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A wine and cheese party is a great social icebreaker. Learn supplies you’ll need, how to choose pairings, and how to get your guests talking about the tastings.
As soon as it hit my tongue, my nose crinkled.
My eyes blurred with tears as this particularly pungent variety ravaged my taste buds.
“Try the port,” my co-worker Jen smiled.
Sweet relief, I thought, as I threw my head back and swigged the wine.
Then something happened.
Healthy holiday appetizers will help you stick to your eating plan and stay healthy throughout the holiday season.
My eyes scanned the appetizers at my friend’s Christmas party, searching for something – anything – I could eat without feeling a pang of regret later.
I felt a growl in my stomach and that tingling of my mouth just starting to water at the smell of baked brie, cheesy quiche, and gloriously buttery pastries. Dejected, I hung my head and walked away, dhoulders slumped, silently chiding myself for not having eaten before I came.
It wasn’t my friend’s fault. It’s not her job to cater to my diet and lifestyle. That’s MY job! And I had failed.
I stood there, biting my lip, fists clenched and turning white. I’d known her party wouldn’t be laid with a dazzling display of healthy holiday appetizers. I was mad… At myself. Why didn’t I eat before? Better yet, why didn’t I bring something healthy to share? What was I thinking?
For Americans who are trying to maintain their weight or require a special diet, Thanksgiving dinner is dangerous territory. Luckily, there are many options out there for lighter, gluten-free, and vegan dishes. I’ve pulled together a list of 15 healthy Thanksgiving recipes that deliver all of the flavor, and none of the guilt.
Neighbors can be great. They invite us over for coffee, bring a meal by when we’re sick, lend us their power tools. (Hopefully we give them back!)
But every once in a while, you run into a neighbor who’s a little too… nosy.
She asks for more information than you’re willing to share. She seems very observant. She’s always around.
So how do you deal with nosy neighbors? You can’t allow yourself to be forced into oversharing forever.
There are a few steps you can take to respond effectively to nosy neighbors, without making things awkward going forward. Let’s take a look!
“Volunteers are not paid – not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.” – Unknown.
Volunteers provide almost immeasurable value to not-for-profit organizations (As I wrote about in this post). However, with the right volunteer opportunity, the experience can be just as valuable for the volunteer! Today, I’m helping you find the ideal volunteer opportunity for you.
You and your friends love having movie nights or grabbing drinks. But sometimes those activities get a little… old.
Why not liven things up a bit with a crafts & cocktails night?
You’ll get to hang out with your pals while making something cute and enjoying a cold drink. Best of all, you won’t have to sit through “Coyote Ugly” (again).
Housewarming parties allow you to share the joy of a new home with friends and family, as well as meet new neighbors. However, a big party right after moving to a new home can quickly turn you into a ball of stress. By following a few simple tips and tricks, you’ll pull off the perfect housewarming party. And, you’ll hang on to your sanity in the process. Oh, and before I forget – I have a free printable for you, too!
“Volunteering just isn’t for me because (Your excuse here).” I’ve heard it so many times. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 62.6 million Americans, or about 24.9 percent of those age 16 and up, volunteered their time for a good cause in fiscal year 2015. If you weren’t among them, you should be! Why? Because volunteering is for you! In this 3-part series of posts, I’ll show you why volunteering is important and how it can enrich your life (And the lives of others). Even if you feel you don’t have the time or expertise to contribute, or if you don’t know where to start! In the third and final installment of this series, we’ll address some common “buts” that prevent people from volunteering.
“Volunteering just isn’t for me because (Your excuse here).” I’ve heard it so many times. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 62.6 million Americans, or about 24.9 percent of those age 16 and up, volunteered their time for a good cause in fiscal year 2015. If you weren’t among them, you should be! Why? Because volunteering is for you! In this 3-part series of posts, I’ll show you why volunteering is important and how it can enrich your life (And the lives of others). Even if you feel you don’t have the time or expertise to contribute, or if you don’t know where to start! This week, you’ll discover some of the many benefits of volunteering.
HOAs, or homeowners’ associations, are a staple of suburban America. In the U.S. in 2015, there were 338,000 associations, covering 26.2 million residences, according to the Community Associations Institute. But first off, who exactly is an HOA? Also, what do they do? And when can they force you to make changes to your property? Where do they have jurisdiction? And finally, why even have a homeowners’ association? I’m answering all those questions for you today in an HOA crash course!