- Mon, Nov 25, 2013 10:42 AM EST | Comments
As much as my family loves celebrity gossip, good TV, and the latest superhero movies, we don't generally look to Hollywood for our role models. Just scan the headlines and you'll see loads of selfishness, impropriety, decadence, and - I'll say it - smut. It's enough to make a mother gasp! But, you know what? It's not all bad. There will always be "celebrities" who become famous for being famous or famous for being shocking or famous simply for having poor, poor judgement. But some people rise to the top because they have enormous talent, have worked hard, live good lives, and do their best. I celebrate celebrities like this! I am especially grateful for all the women out there like Emma Watson, Anne Hathaway, and Tina Fey who live impressive lives. I can point to them as women I'd like my daughters to emulate. Take a look at these impressive women who are celebrities your daughters can look up to. (Sons, too!) -By Kacy Faulconer
- Mon, Nov 25, 2013 1:25 PM EST | CommentsHave you seen The Hunger Games: Catching Fire yet? More importantly, if you haven't: Do you have your outfit planned? Chances are the theater won't let you sit in a seat with pea green painted skin a la Octavia. And who wants to commit to Effie's pink mound of teased hair? That's got to be heavy.
Here's some easy Hunger Games nail art you can do that shows your District 12 spirit but won't make you look like a Capitol freak on the way to the theater. This ombre glitter design is a more abstract interpretation of "The Girl on Fire" dress.
OK, I know. In the book it says Katniss has tiny flames on her nails when she goes into the arena. But you know what nails with flames really look like? A Harley-Davidson decal. It's a bit tacky for me, and I'm not spending money on nail art tools that look like kebab skewers. Also, I do not have time to devote hours marbling flames on my nails and I bet you don't either.
Click through the photos below to create your own Girl on Fire nails. Pair it with a signature Katniss braid and a mockingjay necklace and you've got a subtle, sophisticated fan girl look.
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-By Deanne Revel for DIYNetwork.com
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- Mon, Nov 25, 2013 2:00 PM EST | Comments
So, come Thursday, your house will be full of guests. Your friends, your family, your extended family and possibly your in-laws. Despite the mounting stress of your daily life, you've decided to play hostess this year. Good for you! We applaud you. In an effort to make the turkey basting, pie baking, cranberry sauce prepping, stuffing concepting and general mayhem in your kitchen a little easier, here are five different hostess outfits to get you through Thanksgiving. At least when your turkey coma hits, you know you'll be napping in a really solid look.
- Tue, Nov 26, 2013 11:11 AM EST | CommentsBy Alina Gonzalez, Refinery29
The holidays are still a ways off, but somehow, it seems there's never enough time. The days get shorter, the to-do lists get longer, and scoring the perfect gift for your boyfriend becomes the proverbial thorn in your side.
Since we'd like for you to win Most Valuable Girlfriend this year, we did the work for you and put together a handy gift guide just for the dudes. Whether you're hunting for a guy who's gadget obsessed, a TV fiend, or one who just found his sea legs in the kitchen, your search ends here. Click through for the easiest holiday shopping of your life - and clear a little space for that MVG trophy.
- Mon, Nov 25, 2013 1:44 PM EST | CommentsBy Kelsey Miller & Lexi Nisita, Refinery29
It happens every year. We hit the perfect storm of holiday travel, gift shopping, and suddenly everyone gets engaged. Everything costs money. Oh, and it's your mom's birthday. And, rent is due. In the next month we'll spend more cash than any other time of year - and somehow, we still have to eat. Realizing that a person cannot live on party snacks alone (we tried that once; it was a very bloated season), we challenged ourselves to come up with some real meals we could make on the cheap. We're not talking about microwave meals or basic, bland staples either. We wanted solid, healthy, sustaining dinners that would carry us through the season feeling healthy, satisfied, and not so poor.
Turns out, it wasn't so challenging after all. If you shop just a little smarter, and think outside the microwave you can come up with some great stuff. We asked the pros for tips on how to up our grocery-store game and then whipped up four fabulous dinners, each with a net cost of $5 or less per serving. All of these recipes met the cheap challenge at the supermarket and taste test on the dinner table. These are your holiday season lifesavers, in more ways than one. Please, put down the menu and back out of the drive-thru. There's a better way.
To help us get started, we reached out to Cooking Matters for their tips on how to shop smarter, and keep our kitchen well stocked on the cheap. This great organization pairs chefs with low-income families to help them cook healthy, delicious meals on a budget. Never mind Seamless, you're probably losing thousands every year on wasted groceries. Sounds extreme, but when we hit the supermarket with the Cooking Matters team we learned a lot about buying and storing food that had simply never occurred to us before. Here are 10 (ridiculously simple) steps to help you shop, eat, and store your food smarter.
1. It all starts with the cart
Wasting less food begins at the grocery store. Live by the motto, "Buy what you need, and eat what you buy." Always have a plan and a list before going grocery shopping. Check your pantry and fridge before you head to the store to make sure you're buying what you really need.
2. Buy fresh produce a week at a time
Buy in bulk only if you will use them before they go bad. If you are able to get to the grocery store weekly, buy only enough fresh produce to last that week.
3. Cook with canned and frozen fruits and vegetables
They can be a good solution if you aren't sure you'll be able to use up fresh foods before they go bad. Bonus: They are often more affordable than fresh and can be even more nutritious.
4. Make friends with the freezer
Freeze bread when it won't be used right away, or if you have some left over from a meal (bread can be stored in a freezer for up to 6 months). Freeze leftover vegetables for use in later soups or stir fries. Chop and store fresh fruits in freezer to use for fruit smoothies.
5. Use up produce before it goes bad
Combine fruits into a fruit salad or top cereal with sliced fruit. Cook berries, apples, or pears into a tasty crisp or crumble. Use overripe fruit in muffins, breads, or pancakes. Add vegetables to soups, stews, casseroles, pastas, sauces, or omelets. Combine vegetables and a little salad dressing for a side dish or snack.
6. Store fresh herbs well To help them last longer, wrap the stems in damp paper towels. Store in a plastic bag in the produce bin of your fridge. Still not able to use up all your fresh herbs before they go bad? Chop them up and throw them in the freezer. Try freezing them in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, remove the cubes and place them in a freezer-safe bag. This way you can pull out just what you need the next time you cook.
7. Transform leftovers into a new meal
Left over mashed potatoes can become a hearty soup by combining them with stock, a splash of vinegar, onions, carrots and any other veggies you have on hand.
8. Fill your pantry with flavor
Vinegars and other condiments, like Dijon mustard, are great for quick, homemade salad dressings. Or use them to make a flavorful marinade for proteins or vegetables. Apple cider, red wine, rice, and balsamic vinegars are all good options. Keep the dried herbs and spices you use often on hand. Use to add taste in place of extra salt or fat.
9. Don't forget fish
Another item you may not think of buying canned is fish. But canned fish is a great secret for getting more heart-healthy fish into your diet in an affordable way. Use canned tuna or salmon to add protein to salads, casseroles, and pastas.
Canned or dried beans add bulk to soups, salads, and pastas. Swap in beans in place of half the meat in tacos or other dishes. They are less expensive and lower in saturated fats. Look for low-sodium or no salt added when buying canned.
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- Mon, Nov 25, 2013 10:41 AM EST | CommentsHave a beautifully decorated table to complement all of your delicious holiday food with these Thanksgiving table inspirations. Start by being inspired by the plants and colors right outside your door. Fill the centerpieces with branches for a rustic look, and line candles down the table for a cozy feel. Consider using rich jewel tones or minimal neutrals for a chic style. With DIY tips to help you along the way, these 7 Thanksgiving tables to be inspired by are a great guide to get you started.
-By Jacinda Boneau
- Tue, Nov 26, 2013 3:37 PM EST | CommentsSince I was old enough to walk, I've been head over heels (pun intended) in love with shoes, particularly high heels. In fact, my first real job was selling shoes at Nordstrom's. For a short time, the women's shoe department cured me of my insatiable appetite for more shoes. It was a hard job. Now, with the holidays at our feet (another pun intended), we are all getting dressed up for parties and festivities! Whether you've already found the dress, or you are looking for some inspiration for how to dress up, you are going to need a pair of gorgeous shoes. As much as we all would love to slip our feet into a pair of Jimmy Choos, it's likely not in our holiday budget with gifts, food, and trims on the list. So I found 7 pretty pairs for under $100! Whether you like silver and gold, traditional and classic, shiny and sparkly, or something a little more out of the box (sorry, I had too), I've got a pair for you!
-By Brooke White and Summer Bellessa
- Tue, Nov 26, 2013 10:58 AM EST | CommentsBy Ali Hoffman, Refinery29
'Tis the season for tinsel, carolers, eggnog, and really annoying skin breakouts. Well, you can cross the latter off the list this year! We've enlisted Hollywood's cult-favorite aesthetician Francesca Paige to help us conquer the holiday hurdles that stand between you and perfect, radiant skin.
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Ahead, we break down the six meanest skin grinches and how to combat each. Come on, let's leave the very shiny nose to Rudolph.
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- Mon, Nov 25, 2013 9:53 PM EST | CommentsBy Perrie Samotin, StyleCaster
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- Mon, Nov 25, 2013 11:10 AM EST | CommentsEven if you're not remotely interested in fitness, I'd find it hard to believe if you hadn't heard of Crossfit. Though not new by any means, this branded form of intense functional fitness workouts has skyrocketed in popularity over the past year or two. If you're into fitness, there's a good chance you've noticed boxes (the term for a gym in Crossfit lingo) opening near you, or your regular gym starting to offer Crossfit-inspired group fitness classes so they don't lose you to that new local box. If you're not into fitness, you've probably unwillingly been subject to a friend or acquaintances' social media updates on how much they lifted,or how fast they did a workout, or at least seen a bunch of crazy abbreviations that don't make any sense until you've been a crash course in Crossfit talk. Regardless of any of the above, Crossfit is an "in" thing, so get used to hearing about it, wanting to try it, or already doing it. Whether you're into the craze or not, there's no denying that this style of fitness offers some serious butt-kicking workouts that will make you wonder what the hell you were thinking while you're in the middle of it, and then when it's over, wanting to do nothing more than do it again the next day. - By Heather Neal