6 Truths About Helicopter Parents

My parenting style can be best described as a hybrid mashup—a combination of authoritative, authoritarian, and permissive. But if one parenting style was to surface and all others sink, at the end of the day I would emerge a predominantly helicopter parent. The term "helicopter parenting" was coined back in 1990 by child development researchers Foster Cline and Jim Fay in their book, Parenting With Love and Logic. Helicopter parents, according to the official definition, take an overprotective or excessive interest in the life of Read more

How to Plan the Ultimate Staycation

Who wouldn’t want to take a vacation every month, or even every weekend? Unfortunately for most, there isn’t room for a trip in the schedule—or budget. Plus, as most holiday vacations prove, it can be exhausting and overwhelming to coordinate a family trip out of town. That’s why many people in need of a small getaway take staycations instead. Staycations allow you to relax and do fun activities with your family, all without the expense of travel or booking Read more

Top of the Tingles: The ASMR A-List

Relaxation. Euphoria. Tingling. These are the words used to describe the result of an Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response, or ASMR, trigger. In a piece I recently wrote for Sanity & Self, I describe the concept as "the physical response to auditory, visual, or tactile triggers, usually a tingly sensation similar to feeling chills. Think of the goosebumps you might get when someone whispers into your ear. That’s ASMR. Most experts attribute ASMR’s relaxing sensations to the release of endorphins, Read more

Self-Discovery Questions to Ask Yourself Each Day

In today’s uber-connected world, it’s so easy to get caught up in your phone wherever you go. Whether you're responding to work emails, organizing your kids’ schedules, or updating your Instagram, the hours can fly by before you know it. While this is certainly convenient, it can become unhealthy if it turns into a habit. Because we’re all so busy, your mental health could be suffering and you wouldn’t even know it because you’re too preoccupied to pay attention Read more

Self-Care With Hygge

Taking time for yourself as a mom can be difficult between appointments, errands and keeping everyone fed, on time and in clean clothes. Finding ways to fit in self-care and moments to yourself are so important, even short breaks can have a positive impact on your day. One shortcut to make sure you get the change to recharge is make your house ready for relaxation whenever you are. You may have heard of it as an emerging decor trend, hygge Read more

The New Nutrition Facts Label

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During your next grocery run, you may notice changes to the Nutrition Facts label on packaged foods. The Food and Drug Administration issued new regulations for the Nutrition Facts label to reflect updated scientific information about what constitutes a healthy diet. The new label will be required on all packaged foods made in the U.S. and imported. Here are several changes that are being implemented this year in regard to the Nutrition Facts label: Read more

8 Primal Cuts of Beef

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There are over 100 different types of sub-primal cuts and each varies depending on the region of the world you live in. While America has 8 primal beef cuts, Europeans break the cow down differently only creating 6 primal beef cuts. In other countries, there may be as many as 20 primal cuts. Each of these sub-primal cuts is unique and very different from each other in the way they are handled, prepared, cooked and served. Read more

Easy Low-Carb Swaps for Your Favorite Dishes

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There are a great deal of health foodies out there who consider “low-carb” to mean “boring.” I’m here to clear the air and say: that’s simply not true! If anything, dishes that are low in carbohydrates and packed with other nutrients contain some of the most compelling tastes around.

Living a low-carb lifestyle doesn’t have to mean restricting yourself from your cravings. Those of us who are committed to the diet have the opportunity to get a little extra creative. With a few tips in mind, you’ll be shocked at how easy it is to swap a carb-heavy dish for one made up of rich flavor and nutritious fats.

Here are five simple and easy swaps for your favorite dishes that are so good, you’ll never be bored of your lunch again. Read more

10 Easy-to-Make Dog Treats that Your Kids Can Help With

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Teaching kids how to cook is an essential part of parenting. It is an exciting activity that can distract them from their iPads and tablets. Easy to make dog treats are an excellent way to let your kids help with cooking. Before getting started, let kiddos know to stay away from the oven at all times, as even the door may get hot. Also, cool all the treats before sharing with your pup and always place them in air-tight containers.

Ready? Here are ten dog treat recipes that are super quick and simple: Read more

Summer Activity for Kids: Fresh Lemonade (Recipes)

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Crazy for Bacon? We’ve Got Your Fix!

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Bacon. Just hearing the word makes my heart sing. Smelling it cooking in the air? I’m like a kid in a bouncy house! I’m crazy for bacon, y’all! And nowadays it seems the passion for bacon has spread to just about every dish and recipe on the planet. You’ll find it flavoring up Uncle Jimmy’s bourbon, giving cousin Wilma’s jam a kick, and even tenderly hugging Grandma’s fresh asparagus in neat little wraps. EVERYWHERE. That’s where bacon can be found.

It’s also made its way into these crazy recipes including my very own Bacon Fudge. Enjoy! Read more

Cocoa Butter Smoothie

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I bought a new blender the other day and since then, I’ve gone a little crazy. Insane, actually. I’ve been blending the holy hell out of everything! A few years back, I had the most amazing cocoa butter latte at a little cafe in Boston. So I thought I’d put a spin on this drink and create a Cocoa Butter Smoothie version because… blender! Now before you turn your nose up at supposedly eating body cream, nooooo. Cocoa butter or cacao butter is actually derived from the cocoa plant. And, baby, that’s where chocolate comes from! Read more

25 Tried and True Copycat Recipes

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25 TRIED AND TRUE

When we run out of ketchup, you’d think there was a national emergency. Around here ketchup goes on everything… from eggs to macaroni and cheese. It also works well covering up some of the cooking mishaps like slightly burnt meatloaf. Rather than settle for mass panic, the last time we ran out I reached for my grandmother’s recipe tin. Inside was a recipe for… you guessed it… ketchup. In fact, it was a copycat recipe of Heinz’s infamous brand. This is one of the last recipes she placed in the tin (date stamp), but I could tell it had been used. Probably more than a few times. Read more

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