Now that fall is here many of us start thinking about the season of gifts! Everyone wants their presents to be appreciated, but in this age of consumerism it’s sometimes hard to find the perfect fit. Personally, I find myself struggling between an inclination to to give gifts that will be enjoyed and a desire to break the cycle of stuff and clutter in our culture. (Remember how I’ve been
You’ve eaten your share of healthy pumpkin foods made with this incredibly versatile vegetable (which is technically a fruit), but now it’s time for dessert. We’ve compiled a list of unusual pumpkin recipes that go beyond your typical pumpkin pie. 1. Pumpkin Cannoli. Mama Mia! Filled with a lightly spiced sweet pumpkin ricotta filling, the classic Italian dessert gets a fall-themed twist in this recipe from A Treats Affair.
You’ll see pumpkins everywhere this time of year, from pumpkin-flavored foods, to pumpkin spice lattes to pumpkin spice scented air fresheners and candles. Most people know pumpkin is a healthy food packed with fiber, anti-oxidants and nutrients. But did you know it’s also good for pets? Pumpkin has many health benefits for your pet, including: Urinary Tract Support. Veterinarians believe that the oils contained in the seeds and flesh of
It’s that time of year again… pumpkins are everywhere. Today I popped into my local grocery store and saw a large display of pumpkin scones, pumpkin cookies and mini pumpkin pies. Just looking at these mouth-watering items made me feel like the holiday weight was already starting to form on my hips. But don’t blame pumpkins! Pumpkins are dense with nutrients while offering little in
Having recently reached a milestone birthday, I found myself pondering the past. When I think about all the guys I spent so much time pining for, all the heartache, I wish I knew what I know now. When I think about the job opportunities that didn’t pan out, that I spent hours beating myself up over, I wish I could talk to my 20-something year-old
I have a confession to make. I love looking at all the creative ideas that people post on Pinterest… but it’s rare that I actually attempt to copy these recipes or crafts – even when I fully intend to. I can look at these elaborate bento box inspired lunch ideas and know, without a doubt, that I will never make them. But that’s okay. I can
My little girl has wanted to be a mermaid since preschool. She is now 11 and this obsession has not waned. Judging by all the mermaid-themed tees and merchandise offered at The Children’s Place, Justice, Old Navy and other popular kids’ stores, she’s clearly not the only one. If you’ve got a mermaid wannabe in your family, dive in to our definitive mermaid list. From
No one can deny that it’s a stressful world we live in. There are a million reasons to worry and that daily pressure can affect our health, relationships, and quality of life. On top of all our responsibilities, we are so busy that we have less and less time to fight stress as we should (you know, through exercise and a healthy diet). Nearly ten years ago,
My daughter has long, thick, wavy hair that tangles easily. She is also a swimmer, which means her hair has a lot of opportunities to get tangled. When I first heard of detangling brushes, I was skeptical. They don’t look any different from conventional brushes, after all, so it sounded like a big marketing ploy. But after too many rounds of tugging through my daughter’s knots
July is National Blueberry Month. What better way to celebrate than with some fun, creative recipes that go beyond the standard blueberry muffins, blueberry pie, blueberry scones, etc. Whether you pick ’em yourself or buy them fresh or frozen, blueberries are the bomb. Not only are they delicious, but they are packed with antioxidants, fiber and Vitamin C. We’ve gone ahead and hand-picked some creative blueberry recipes
In the scorching summer heat, I’m always craving the perfect pair of well-worn cut-off jeans. I have always been picky about my shorts. Since thrift stores are brimming with jeans, this seemed like the right time to perfect a DIY project I’d always planned to try. So after scouring Pinterest and my local thrift stores, and experimenting with almost a dozen pairs of jeans, I have rounded up
Want to celebrate Shark Week without having to take a bite out of your wallet? We’ve got some fin-tastic suggestions to help your week go swimmingly! From shark-themed gifts to food ideas to activities, we’ve got ideas you’ve just got to sea. 7 ideas for Shark Week that will hook you in. 1. 7-11’s Exclusive Shark-Themed Treats. Cool down with a jawsome blue raspberry Slurpee in a fishbowl-shaped cup or a molded cup
It’s that time of year again, when you feel yourself overheating. You hit the Starbucks drive-through, get yourself a Refresher and a cake-pop… and somehow it’s cost you more than five dollars. Well, hang on to your cash this summer as you put our Starbucks drink recipes to work for you. 6 Starbucks Summer Drink Recipes 1. Very Berry Hibiscus Refresher. Love this drink – but
Fast food is easy and cheap, especially when you opt for the Dollar Menu items. But what of the cost to your health – never mind your waistline? Personally, I don’t eat fast food. I don’t eat red meat and don’t crave what McDonald’s and Burger King are selling. However… I do find myself occasionally with a hankering for a Wendy’s Frosty. Mmm… chocolatey goodness.