"Getting kids involved in the kitchen at Thanksgiving is a terrific way to get them excited about the meal," says blogger Kelsey Banfield of The Naptime Chef. And who doesn't need a few extra hands in the kitchen on Thanksgiving? Here, six ideas for easy dishes your kids can make with your or comple
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- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | More For My Family – Fri, Nov 19, 2010 5:54 PM EST
By now you've likely read several articles about making this Thanksgiving like none other. You've got visions of grandeur: you've clipped seven new recipes, have invited your boss (just for kicks!), and are thinking of crocheting cornucopia centerpieces for the big day. Hold up there, Ms. Great Expectation. Lisa Quinn, author of Life's Too Short to Fold Fitted Sheets advises taking the urge to be perfect down a notch. Read on for ways to keep your cool when you've got guests coming out of your ears and the biggest meal of the year on the stove.Read More »from Thanksgiving sanity savers to help you juggle the big meal and houseful of people
Put on Your Game Face
This might sound a little intense, but let's take a cue from football stars on this one: get in the zone. Just as important as having enough sugar and flour for the pies is being mentally prepared for the day. You might not need to rehearse the image of you sliding the turkey into the oven, but you might want to be ready for Aunt Gladys's questions about why you haven't gotten a "real job" or why it seems you've "put on
As long as I can remember, my grandma has worn the Estee Lauder perfume Beautiful. And she is beautiful: she's got the same twinkling eyes at 86 that she had at 23, and the slightest whiff of that white floral is, for me, all about her spirited pluck and shameless flirting. Perfume is such an evocative part of figuring out what kind of woman we want to be (including, of course, the kind that doesn't wear perfume). We watched our moms dab an amber liquid behind her earlobes before a night out, and we sprayed Love's Baby Soft and Charlie on our wrists in the drugstore. Perfume, even more than clothes, is about individuality. Spray the same fragrance on three different women and you'll get three different scents. Which is exactly why the new perfume Beauty by Calvin Klein is so annoying: its concept of beauty seems so dang singular.Read More »from Poll: Is our idea of beauty changing?
The ads feature gorgeous, stylish Diane Kruger wearing a drapey white gown, bathed in a clear, cool light with the big word "BEAUTY" running across her torso.
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | More For My Family – Mon, Nov 15, 2010 5:00 PM EST
When you're used to 4-pound chickens, the prospect of a giant turkey is intimidating, to say the least. How do you know how much to buy? And what happens when dinner is tomorrow and you forgot that whole defrosting thing? Below, a cheat sheet of tips to arm yourself with.Read More »from How to pick the right-sized bird, and other turkey questions answered
How Much to Buy?
Figuring out how much turkey to buy can seem confusing, but it doesn't have to be. For dinner itself, registered dietician Shari Steinbach advises figuring one-pound uncooked turkey per person when buying your bird. If you want leftovers, the rule of thumb is one-and-a-half pounds per person. So, a host with eighteen guests and a future filled with turkey tetrazzini, should buy a 27-pound bird. Still confused? Let this calculator do the arithmetic for you.
Should I Buy Fresh or Frozen?
"Most people agree that there's no noticeable difference in taste between fresh and frozen turkeys," says household savings expert for Coupons.com, Jeanette Pavini, so it's just a matter of choosing the option that's
photo via Flickr user ShimelleWe're closing in on the holiday season where talking about what we're grateful for is part of the drill. And actually, we're really grateful for that. Studies show what most of us already knew to be true: that savoring the delights in your life contributes to feelings of happiness. We're grateful for the big stuff, of course, like our health and a roof over our heads. But we thought we'd kick off the season with an ode to the little joys we're counting our lucky stars for.Read More »from 15 unexpected things weâ€™re grateful for
Red holiday Starbucks cups. Even if we prefer to drink our coffee at home, there's something about the sight of those cheery cups that's just puts us in a better mood.
YouTube videos that still make us laugh. We've seen that one with the sneezing panda, like, 15 times, and still think it's criminally cute. Charlie biting his brother and Christian the Lion? They just never get old.
Half-price Halloween candy. Fun-sized Snickers and mini-packs of M&M's for cheap? We're all over that.
Read more: 10 recipes to make
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Work + Money – Thu, Nov 11, 2010 4:24 PM EST
Rules-y overachievers in magazines and stylishly-appointed (and edited!) cooking shows have given the impression that entertaining--major holiday or not--is the sort of endeavor best overseen by a professional staff and creative director. But you don't have to serve dinner on fine (or even matching) china to make people feel cared for and tended to. "To invite a person into your house," wrote French good time guy Brillat-Savarin, "is to take charge of his happiness for as long as he is under your roof." Keep that in mind when you start to confuse serving perfect roast turkey for dispensing happiness. Here, how to make you guests feel welcomed with open arms (and how to have a good time yourself!).Read More »from Ways to be a warm and gracious hostess that donâ€™t cost a dime
Imagine Guests Are Arriving 30 Minutes Earlier Than They Actually Are
Part of making people feel welcome is being ready when they arrive and not, you know, wearing your curlers and doing a last-minute once-over with the vacuum. Invited people over for 3 o'clock Thanksgiving dinner? Plan your
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | More For My Family – Tue, Nov 2, 2010 2:45 PM EDT
Thanksgiving eats up the monthly food budget as quickly as Uncle Mike wolfs down the pecan pie. And it's no laughing matter. So how can you squeeze out a month of meals with what's left over in the purse? It might require a slight shift in the way we cook and eat, but think of it as a month-long experiment that ends with an extravaganza of turkey and stuffing.
You most definitely don't need to spring into a state of hysteria just because we flipped the calendar to November. Time--and grocery store savings--are on your side. We asked money-saving experts how getting a jump on our Thanksgiving shopping can save our food dollars and our sanity.Read More »from Shopping ahead for Thanksgiving staples
Make a plan
"The key to saving on groceries," says Stephanie Nelson, a.k.a. the Coupon Mom, "is taking time to plan your list and shopping strategy." The time spent planning will be paid off in savings. "Sit down and list the dishes you plan to make and the ingredients you will need to buy." Take a full inventory of your kitchen to know what you already have on hand and what you still need.
Let sales dictate the menu
"Try to only buy items on sale," advises Ellie Kay author of Living Rich for Less. "With a specific menu, you're obligated to buy the groceries on your menu." But when you buy only what's on sale, you let your family eat well and at the lowest price point possible.
Seize the day
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Fri, Oct 29, 2010 5:05 PM EDT
Earlier this week, a perfect stranger sized me up and, out of nowhere, suggested I do the thing I've always wanted to do--let's say it was roller skating across the country. That moment was at once terrifying and a wonderful boost of self-esteem; if this person thinks I can do it, why don't I? Well, thanks to a career quiz in O magazine, I know exactly why. I tied evenly between fear of failure and fear of success, and burst out laughing right in the bathtub.Read More »from Poll: What would you do if you knew you couldn't fail?
Lots of us keep lists squirreled away of what we want to do with our lives. They are lists that often detail dreams that can seem too lofty or woefully mundane: we want to buy a house with a pantry, live in Paris, drive across the country, have kids, start a bakery. But we don't dare do more than write it down because if we were to voice the thing we want to do than it would be out there, acknowledged and unfulfilled. Somehow, that stings more than just keeping it to ourselves.
When it comes to setting goals and meeting them, we
The upshot to the changing office rules? You can compose a memo while standing in line at the grocery store. The downside? You can still be composing that memo at 11pm after the dinner dishes have been washed. Being able to work any and everywhere has freed many of us up to work billable hours in our pajamas and dictate letters from the drive-thru, but how and where do you draw the line to keep work from overrunning the rest of your life?Read More »from Keeping work and life in balance and in check
Size up the landscape
Look at your life right now and the roles that work, family, me-time, and recreation are all playing. What needs to change in order for you to feel more balanced? You might be craving more time with your better half or more time for yoga. Take a step back and think about whether you can meet your priorities by cutting out evening email or getting more help from your spouse at home. You might also consider whether a bigger change is in order, like a career with more flexibility. It never hurts to take a timeout in life to think