Fun football finger foods to serve at your partyGame day is right around the corner. Wouldn't it be great to impress your party guests with some cool alternatives to the regular snacks? Food Network and Cooking Channel star Melissa d'Arabian joins Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini with ideas for fun football finger foods.
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First, d'Arabian shares her recipe for Ranch Barbecue Deviled Eggs. She says that the recipe is "Super easy, a big crowd pleaser, and you can make it using pantry ingredients."
• Boil eight eggs.
• Separate the egg whites from the yolks.
• To the yolks, add 3 tbsp ranch dressing, 1 tsp Dijon mustard, and 1 tbsp of mayonnaise. Mash until creamy.
• Fill the whites with the yolk.
• Drizzle barbecue sauce on the eggs and top with green onion.
This recipe can be modified in many ways. "A deviled egg is a fantastic canvas. You can go all sorts of different flavor profiles," says d'Arabian. Another option she features is Asian-inspired and includes sesame oil and tuna tartare.
Fun football finger foods to serve at your partyGame day is right around the corner. Wouldn't it be great to impress your party guests with some cool alternatives to the regular snacks? Food Network and Cooking Channel star Melissa d'Arabian joins Easy Does It host Ereka Vetrini with ideas for fun football finger foods.Read More »from Fun and Delicious Football Finger Foods
You know that expression "fake it until you make it"? That's kind of the idea behind a cool new book to hit shelves this week. The Face of Emotion, by Maryland-based dermatological surgeon Eric Finzi, MD, suggests that the happier we look, the happier we feel. Say cheese and get cheerful? Easy enough.
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In 2006, Finzi published a study that suggested that using Botox to erase frown lines actually helped improve symptoms of depression. "By inhibiting their ability to frown, patients found themselves in a state of relief rather than despair," Finzi writes. "These findings introduce a novel concept for mental health--using facial expressions to influence thoughts and feelings."
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5 Reasons My Family Still Eats Dinner as a FamilyIt's 6pm in my house, and a little pigtailed girl is counting forks: One, two, three, four, five. Her older brothers fill glasses with water and milk, and bicker with each other about whose turn it is to feed the dogs. I'm wiping the sauce I spilled off the counters and placing opened cans of green beans in the recycling bin. It's dinner time at my house, and while it's definitely not a linen napkins and candlelight experience, it's my favorite part of the day.Read More »from Pull Up a Chair: 6 Reasons Why We Bother with Family Dinner
Like a lot of families, evenings are hectic in my house. There's homework to supervise, shuttling kids to and from activities, and there are often errands to run for the next day. In addition to the kids' busy schedules, my husband makes going to the gym every night a priority, and I have a class one evening a week.
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With everything we have going on, it would be easy for us not to bother with family meals. After all, my life is not a 1950s era fantasy where Father knows
5 Lessons About Helping Others From My GrandmaGrowing up in the Dominican Republic, I experienced firsthand the trials and tribulations of everyday life in a developing country: constant power outages, lack of food and water, diseases that are almost unheard of in first-world countries, among many other things. But despite how little my family had, I have vivid memories of my grandmother encouraging us to help and take care of those around us, and always, always give.Read More »from 5 Simple Ways to Teach Your Kids to Give Back
Every two months or so, my grandma would visit her hometown, a small village in the countryside where there was a great need for clothing and shoes but an abundance of fruit, vegetables, and animals. We'd travel with two huge sacks full of hand-me-down items and return home with bags full of veggies, fruits, chickens, and roots.
Now that I have my own children -- and I'm fortunate enough to be able to take the basic things for granted -- I find myself thinking of ways to make "doing good" something as normal and familiar as it was for me growing up,
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Hit "Play" on any one of these killer routines -- selected after our 100-plus testers sweated through the latest releases. They bring an all-new meaning to the term homebody.
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Denise Austin: Shrink Belly Fat ($9, deniseaustin.com)
What you'll need: A 3- to 8-pound dumbbell, a yoga mat
Calories burned: 198 per 45-minute workout
The skinny: Whether you string together all three 15-minute core workouts -- classic ab exercises, a more advanced routine that includes moving planks and Turkish get-ups, and a cardio calorie blaster -- or do them separately, expect to "feel the burn" and to be "eager to repeat [them] over and over." The "very encouraging" Austin points out modifications being done by the exercisers behind her. Testers said they could easily figure out what level they were on as well as see what goals they could advance toward.
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Congestion is one of the more annoying manifestations of catching a cold, and the stuffy nose and sinus pain that result from it can make other cold symptoms even more unbearable. Instead of loading up on an over-the-counter decongestant, which may make you drowsy and foggy-headed, here are four natural ways you can relieve congestion.
- Use the shower: Steam from a shower is beneficial for opening up nasal passageways, so focus on breathing while you're in there. Make a conscious effort to breathe deeply and slowly to maximize the steam's decongesting benefits.
- Exercise: You may not feel like you're at full energy, but even if you go slower than you're used to, cardio can help open up your nose and relieve sinus pressure. Aim for 20 minutes of brisk walking, jogging, or other cardio to help break up sinus pressure.
- Tea remedy: A spicy tea can help open nasal passages while also warming you up. Peruse your spice cabinet
Throwing a family-friendly football partyFootball parties can be a blast, but the kids always seem to get left out. Lifestyle expert and New York Times bestselling author Cheryl Najafi joins Away We Grow host Diane Mizota to share her tips for getting the whole family involved in the fun.Read More »from Throwing a Family-Friendly Football Party
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"The secret is to get them involved at the very beginning," says Najafi. "Give them tasks. Make them feel like it's their party as much as it's yours."
Najafi notes that decorations get kids really excited, so she suggests creating fun craft projects for them. For example, the kids can create pennants and decorate juice boxes to look like mini footballs.
"The theme of football should be incorporated into the party," adds Najafi. Use chalkboard paint on glasses so that you can write fun things on them, for example. You can also decorate your table with AstroTurf made to look like a football field.
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Household items can also be
- FitSugar | Team Mom – Tue, Jan 29, 2013 7:50 PM EST
Source: Snack Stash: Nonperishable Food to Keep in Your Gym Bag
Refueling after a long, hard workout is important to help muscles repair and recover so you can hit it just as hard your next time out. If you're a gal on the go, then it's a good idea to always pack a few nonperishable items. Here are some tasty and nutritious ideas.
- Package of unsalted raw peanuts and mini boxes of raisins (18 nuts are 104 calories, one mini box of raisins is 45 calories): 146 calories.
- Small packages of Late July Organic Mini Peanut Butter Sandwich Crackers: one bag is 120 calories.
- Shelf-stable Soy Dream Chocolate soy milk: one eight-ounce container is 150 calories.
- Kind Nut Delight Bars and a bag of dried apricots (half a bar is 105 calories, three apricots are 50 calories): 155 calories.
- Package of unsalted sunflower seeds and bag of medjool dates (one tablespoon seeds is 47 calories, four organic dates are 100 calories): 147 calories.
- Barbara's Bakery Raspberry Fig Bars and raw almonds
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A little fish made a big splash yesterday when Jon Klassen received the Randolph Caldecott Medal for This Is Not My Hat. The American Library Association awards the prestigious prize yearly to the artist of the most distinguished American's children's picture book. Past winners have included Maurice Sendak for Where the Wild Things Are, Brian Selznick for The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Jerry Pinkney for The Lion & the Mouse and Chris Raschka for A Ball for Daisy.
The American Library Association also announced today that Katherine Applegate won the Newbery Medal for The One and Only Ivan. The honor is awarded every year to the writer of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. Past winners include Jack Gantos for Dead End in Norvelt, Clare Vanderpool for Moon Over Manifest, Susan Patron for The Higher Power of Lucky and Christopher Paul Curtis for Bud, Not Buddy.
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Organize your mudroom with the help of your kids.
Your mud room is the buffer zone between the great outdoors and your living quarters. It stops kids with wet boots in their tracks and provides you with an opportunity to wipe off the dog's paws before heading inside. Cleaning the mud room can be a family-friendly activity that teaches kids a sense of responsibility and perhaps just a little more appreciation for your housekeeping efforts.
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- Wash. Walls need to be washed down, too. It is amazing how many fingerprints and smudges build up in this little area. A sturdy sponge and a
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