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Black Friday has some great deals, but is it really worth the hassle? Here are 6 reasons you should stay home this year.

6 Reasons to Stay Home on Black Friday

My Black Friday shopping strategy: Don't leave the house! The only thing better than scoring a great deal is scoring a great deal while still in my jammies with hot tea and leftover pie in hand.  Seriously.  Thanks to my social anxiety, I don't do crowds well.  They make me very uncomfortable, so the internet,...
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...
Turkey may be the main event, but side dishes are just as important. Check out this collection of delicious sides for your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

22 Super Sides for Your Holiday Dinner

Sure, the turkey gets all the attention, but the side dishes are just as important.  To help you get that spark of creativity I've gathered up some of the internet's best side dish recipes.  Some are classics, some have a new twist to them.  But they're all sure to be a big hit! Potatoes Whipped Garlic Mashed...

How Not to Build a Fire Pit

Building a fire pit is a fairly simple home project.  It involves some heavy lifting, but for the most part it can be done by a novice DIYer. That is, of course, unless you're me. I have a natural talent for taking small, simple projects and turning them into epic tasks that end with a trip to the chiropractor. Last...

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...

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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