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27 No-Carve Pumpkin Decorating Ideas

Halloween is coming and I love to decorate... but I suck at crafty stuff.  Even just carving a pumpkin like a normal person doesn't come easily to me.  Last year I actually over cleaned the pumpkin dug right through the bottom.  Oops.  And, sadly, Miss O seems to have gotten my crating ability. So if I want cute...
Whenever my husband tells me I've made "The best meal ever", it always includes my 2 secret ingredients. And you won't believe what they are!

My 2 Secret Ingredients

Not every dish you prepare is going to be a home run.  But I've found that every time Mr. O pronounces something, "The best I've ever made," it usually contains very simple items... and my 2 secret ingredients. Pardon me, but I'm going to string you along for a bit.  See if you can guess my 2 secret ingredients as...

5 Ways to Honor Lost Loved Ones During the Holidays

The holiday season is a joyous time.  Filled with laughter, love, good food, and good friends.  But for those who've lost a loved one, the joy can be overshadowed by the absence of a husband, wife, spouse, or sibling.  Of course, our loved ones wouldn't want us to miss out on the happiness of the season. So how can...
Love crockpot applesauce? Try this delicious variation with a touch of ginger!

Ginger-Cinnamon Crockpot Applesauce

Does anything say fall better than applesauce?  It's sweet and tangy, and there are a million different ways to make it!  Making applesauce in your crockpot is super easy and it makes your whole house smell delicious. I started making crockpot applesauce several years ago after we went apple picking and had an...
These are no ordinary chocolate chip cookies! They're big and packed with yummy chips, nuts, and cookie flavor.

Chocolate Chip Cookies from the “Bite Me More” Sisters

Chocolate chip cookies are a classic treat, and for a party or a bake sale you really can't go wrong with those soft, chewy confections.  And though they're a classic, there are as many variations of chocolate chip cookies are there are pebbles in a stream. Personally, I think all versions of this cookie have their...

How to Enjoy the Holidays Without Becoming a Stuffed Turkey

How can you survive All You Can Eat Day (otherwise known as Thanksgiving), especially if you're someone who has recommitted to a healthier lifestyle? Read on for ways to thrive this Turkey Day, and every holiday. If you're someone who is struggling with your weight and tends to overeat during the holidays, then...

50 Things to Do With an Extra Hour

The end of Daylight Savings Time is coming and that means we all get that hour back that we painfully gave up last spring.  Rather than letting that hour go to waste, here are some things you can do to make the most of your extra hour this weekend. Sleep Read Have sex Clean Play Candy Crush/ Angry Birds/ game of the...
Is your calendar overwhelming you? During times when we're overworked and overscheduled it's more important than ever to take care of ourselves.

Taking Care of Yourself When You’re Overscheduled

Most of us would describe our daily lives as busy.  We rush from home to work, to daycare, then back home.  We don't get enough sleep, and probably rely on takeout more often than we should. But sometimes our busy lives get too busy.  Whether because of bad timing, over-scheduling, or something completely beyond our...

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