Grilled fruit punchMy mom's birthday is right around the corner, and this year she's requesting a small gathering with her sisters and a few other women with whom she wants to celebrate. Being her only child, I've taken charge of all the party planning, including inviting the guests and preparing the menu. Her only request thus far is having a shindig that's casual and relaxed. I am going to do a brunch, but nailing the relaxed and casual part has me stumped. What to do?
And then I had an epiphany! Why not hold the party outdoors and make brunch on the grill? For one, it's summertime, and second, grilling the party fare will help cultivate a relaxed, casual atmosphere - exactly what my mom requested! Next, I thought about drinks and what would go well with a breakfast lunch theme. I found the perfect fit: cored pineapple and ginger ale! How wonderful would it be to grill the fruit then place it in cold ginger ale for a sparkling grilled fruit punch? Sounds refreshing, right?
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Grilled fruit punchMy mom's birthday is right around the corner, and this year she's requesting a small gathering with her sisters and a few other women with whom she wants to celebrate. Being her only child, I've taken charge of all the party planning, including inviting the guests and preparing the menu. Her only request thus far is having a shindig that's casual and relaxed. I am going to do a brunch, but nailing the relaxed and casual part has me stumped. What to do?Read More »from Party in a Bowl: Make Sparkling Grilled Fruit Punch
- Babble.com | Healthy Living – Wed, Jul 17, 2013 12:23 PM EDT
While the name sounds like a beverage that would give you more than a little jolt to get you out of bed in the morning, bulletproof coffee isn't another name for the caffeine addict's go-to drink, the red eye. (For those without a severe coffee habit, that's coffee with an extra shot of espresso in it.) Gooooood morning!
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- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Wed, Jul 17, 2013 12:17 PM EDT
Today marks my 9th wedding anniversary and after 14 years together, my husband and I have been through a lot together. I don't think anything tested or changed our relationship more than adding children to our family and it's clear to me why some couples don't survive through those first few years with young kids. We've been through ups and downs in our relationship and especially when it came to our mood after having a baby. Your love life isn't doomed after you add children into your family though and I can attest to that. We have three young children at home and expecting our 4th and while things have changed from time-to-time, we've learned how to grow together and more importantly, how to communicate what we're feeling. Getting back in the love groove after having kids is not always simple, but there are a few tips that have helped me personally in the past 7 or 8 years on how to get that spark back and I have a feeling they'll work for you too. Click through to read 7 ways youRead More »from No Love Lost: 7 Tips for Getting Back in the Mood After Having a Baby
links"Spend less than you earn" is a common refrain in personal finance. It's a little like, "burn more calories than you consume" when it comes to losing weight.
That is to say, obvious, but not easy.
However, I've been using a trick that has saved me thousands of dollars in just a few months.
Here's my secret to save more money, and one you can employ, too. Open another account at a different financial institution and deposit a certain percentage of your paycheck there. Seriously, that's all there is to it.
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- Babble.com | Beauty – Wed, Jul 17, 2013 12:17 PM EDT
Feeling a bit sleep deprived? If you are anything like me, your eyes may be showing the effects not catching enough Zs. Dark circles, puffiness, and dullness can really put a damper on your day. Luckily, you can fake it 'til you make it by treating and illuminating tired eyes. Find out how to get brighter eyes with these 7 excellent products. - By Sonya Lee Benham
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You know how it is: You start a new diet, get the urge to try a new recipe, or just make a commitment to eating more healthy, and with that, you usually have to purchase new food items. You take a trip to the grocery store or health food store and you buy these new-to-you ingredients that you may have never tried or even heard of before, and after your diet or your new recipe has passed, they sit in the pantry or fridge and collect dust, never to be used again. Two years later, in a cleaning frenzy, you throw out the interesting health food item and shake your head that you wasted your money. I've been there, and it stinks. While I love being adventurous and trying new things, I also hate wasting money and food. So when I got Gwyneth's new cookbook and saw that I would have to buy a whole slew of new ingredients, I was a bit hesitant, but wanted to give it a try. While I've wasted my money on a few items, that I know I'll never use again (gluten free breadcrumbs!), there have beenRead More »from A Few Good Menus: 5 Clean Eating Items Gwyneth Paltrow Made Me Buy
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Jul 16, 2013 1:39 PM EDT
There are superstitions about everything - unlucky dates to the color of the cat that just walked past you! There is no real easy way to trace back where these ideas came from. There are everyday superstitions and then there are wedding superstitions, just to make that day a little more stressful for you, if you believe in that sort of thing. I don't really believe in superstitions. I can't say I don't believe in any of them because if you're with me outside and we pass a penny on the street, I will stop to pick it up. However, when I got married, I wasn't overly concerned with the bad omen's that people talk about when it comes to your wedding day. There are a lot of common superstitions out there though when it comes to weddings and most of them I happen to think are a little on the ridiculous side, especially if you're stressing yourself to the max worrying about them. Click through for the top 7 most common wedding superstitions! -By Devan McGuinnesRead More »from Don't Drop the Rings! Top 7 Most Common Wedding Superstitions
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- Babble.com | Work + Money – Tue, Jul 16, 2013 1:01 PM EDT
It came as a shock when the news hit that Cory Monteith of Glee had died at the age of 31. He was a young, healthy, and talented man at the height of his career. He had a great job, a wonderful girlfriend, and was beloved by Glee fans across the globe. But his life ended on Saturday, July 13th in a hotel room in Vancouver, shocking his friends, family, fans and co-stars on Glee. I am not a regular watcher of Glee, but when I did tune in, I did very much appreciate Cory Monteith's talent, presence, and on-screen magnetism. Finding out that he was suddenly gone was a tragic thing to hear, I was surprised and stunned but I was not a die-hard fan, those people were really hit hard by the news. Every now and then, and more often than it should, a celebrity dies far too young - from causes ranging from drugs and alcohol to a tragic plane crash. Each time a star leaves this earth too early, we are in a state of shock. Click through for 7 young celebs who died too young! -By Sunny ChanelRead More »from Forever Young: 7 Celebrities Who Died Tragically Early
- Babble.com | Love + Sex – Tue, Jul 16, 2013 12:38 PM EDT
Why do those two (or three) words wreak so much havoc in relationships? Why are they so hard to say? And why is it that when so many people say them, they get it wrong? People are getting it wrong because you can't just apologize any old way and expect that your mate will receive it. In your apology, you must be able to demonstrate that you truly regret the pain that you have caused and that you want to work towards resolution. So the apology is not only about saying the words, but it is about your demeanor - the way in which you say the words, and your actions that follow. Every relationship has its troubles. But if you address your issues in the right way, you have an opportunity to strengthen your bond. Click through for 4 ways to apologize, and 3 ways NOT to! -By Ronnie TylerRead More »from I'm Sorry, It's Your Fault: 4 Ways to Apologize to Your Spouse — and 3 Ways NOT To
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- Babble.com | At Home – Tue, Jul 16, 2013 12:16 PM EDT
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