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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,...
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...

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...

How to Manage a Time Change with Young Children

Time changes are an annoyance for everyone.  So if you're traveling to a different time zone or just facing a daylight savings time shift, get ready for a bumpy ride. In the US Daylight Savings Time ends November 1 at 2 am this year.  Whether or not getting an "extra hour" on the day after Halloween is a good thing...

Awesome Apple Recipes for Autmn

Nothing against the pumpkin - I grew some in our garden this year - but remember when the apple was King of Autumn?  I miss those days, especially since I much prefer apple flavored treats to pumpkin. So I've gathered up a bunch of neat ideas that feature apples for you to try this autumn.  Enjoy! Honeycrisp Apple...

Stay Healthy This Holiday Season with These Winter Wellness Tips

The holiday season is all about spending time with family and friends. The last thing you want this time of year is a nasty cold or the flu. Luckily, there are several ways we can prevent these illnesses during the cold winter months. Follow these winter wellness tips to stay happy and healthy this holiday season....
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...

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...

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