The Best and Worst Things to Buy on Black Friday

Black Friday is one of the biggest shopping days of the year and has been a culture installation for generations. Many people use Black Friday to kick off the holiday season, and businesses are more than happy to keep the tradition alive. There are certainly some fantastic deals you can find on Black Friday, but there are also some deals that are not as good as they seem. Some items are ideal to buy on Black Friday, but not Read more

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

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

25 Tried and True Copycat Recipes

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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

Fifty Shades of Grey Inspired Recipes: Crock Pot Peanut Butter and Chicken Stir Fry

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As discovered the first time that Ana has Christian over to her apartment and challenges him to help prepare their stir fry dinner, he’s no Wolfgang Puck. Far from it. This cooking newbie has a lot to learn starting with how to chop red peppers. This week’s Fifty Shades of Grey Inspired Recipe, Crock Pot Peanut Butter and Chicken Stir Fry, would most likely leave Christian feeling inadequate. But there’s a first time for everything, right? Read more

Fifty Shades of Grey Inspired Recipe: Crock Pot Carrot Walnut Cake

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I’m jumping the gun here, but I’m really starting to dig the Fifty Shades trilogy! So this week the inspiration comes from Fifty Shades Darker. Immediately, I knew I had to post a recipe that was inspired by the walnut chiffon cake served for dessert at the Masquerade Ball (page 99). This Crock Pot Carrot Walnut Cake may not be as high-end as the chiffon, but let me tell you, it’s out of this world. And so easy to make! Read more

Fifty Shades of Grey Inspired Recipe: Crock Pot Rodeo Omelet

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Continuing the Fifty Shades of Grey Inspired Recipe series is this tasty Crock Pot Rodeo Omelet, which is sometimes referred to as a Western Omelet. On page 71 of the book, Christian eats a healthy egg white omelet. Around here, that would be referred to as “wrong.” When we do omelets, we DO omelets. This dish must include the whole egg and lots and lots of cheese. Read more

Fifty Shades of Grey Inspired Recipe: Vanilla Bean Frozen Custard

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Who has a sweet tooth? Mister Christian Grey of Fifty Shades of Grey, that’s who! And vanilla ice cream appears to be at the top of his list (and all over Ana – but we won’t talk about that in this post). Although I love me some vanilla ice cream (preferably in a bowl – but we won’t talk about that in this post), there’s something that I love even more: vanilla bean frozen custard! If you’re not familiar with this decadent treat, think silky, creamy, smooth… (but we won’t talk about that in this post – YES WE WILL!).  Read more

Fifty Shades of Grey Inspired Recipe: Crock Pot Dark Melted Chocolate Fudge Caramel Bread Pudding

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Crock Pot Dark Melted Chocolate Fudge

In the book Fifty Shades of Grey, Ana describes Christian’s voice as warm and husky like dark melted chocolate fudge caramel…or something. As much as we’d all like to take a bite out of him, I think we should settle for the next best thing, like this Crock Pot Dark Melted Chocolate Fudge Caramel Bread Pudding. Okay. I went a little nuts with the name. I could have said Crock Pot Turtle Bread Pudding. But how sexy is a turtle? Read more

Fifty Shades of Grey Inspired Recipe: Rose Petal Margarita

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Okay peeps! I finally broke down and read Fifty Shades of Grey. Of all the things that could have stuck out: food plays an important role! I cannot believe how often they eat and how many times food is mentioned throughout the pages. That’s why I thought it would be fun to do a series of recipes inspired by the book as we lead up to the much-hyped release of the movie with the same name. Read more

Crock Pot Bacon Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Casserole

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Get ready to drool! This past weekend I made the most scrumptious, off-the-cuff crock pot recipe to date. Introducing MommiFried’s Crock Pot Bacon Cinnamon Roll Breakfast Casserole! In a matter of minutes, you can prepare a mouth watering breakfast delight that the entire family will devour! Read more