Food & Drink

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Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. People's perception of every country in the world via Matador Network.

2. One hundred of the best ways to get organized via Woman's Day.

3. The most popular day of the year to workout via Glamour.

Why Reading Is One Of My Favorite Ways To Learn

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Reading is something that many of us cannot help but do and something we do everyday often without realizing it. Whether you read the news on the way to work, enjoy a chapter or two from a novel before bed, read a menu at a restaurant, browse your favorite blogs, or flip through a magazine on your break, reading is a joy to be treasured.

But reading isn’t just about enjoying yourself or entertainment; reading is also one of the best ways to learn new things, improve your ability to concentrate and even develop your ability to communicate. It also seems that extensive reading is quite an attractive feature too. I might be biased. After all, I have an English degree and have done extensive reading since my elementary school days.

However, you can't ignore the fact that communication is one of the main distinguishing features of humans and the better we get at it, the happier and more successful we tend to be (just ask A.J Hoge from Effortless English Club how communication saves jobs).

Playing Favorites

Playing Favorites is a monthly series where I share my latest obsessions, favorite finds, and any kind of entertainment (books, movies, TV, podcasts, and magazines) that I am loving. Here's what I am loving this month.

1. Mario Badescu Rosewater Facial Spray - When I first bought this facial spray, I intended to use it solely on my face, but after reading a few reviews, I learned it had other beneficial uses as well. I most frequently use it after I moisturize at night. I spray it on my face as an added layer of hydration for the overnight hours. It can also be used to set your makeup or two spray on the ends of your hair if its dry.

Tips For A Happier Home

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So you’ve got the spouse of your dreams. Your kids are little angels and will (hopefully) remain that way for the rest of their lives. You’ve got your house, your car, you’re happy. But you realize there are still problems for you to solve. Your home may seem happy, but it can always be happier, right?

It's a new year, and you want to kick it off right. So let's start at home. What sorts of things can contribute to disrupting a happy home? Money troubles are probably at the top of everybody’s list of things they wish they could solve with a snap of the fingers. And along with money, there are other things, like the home feeling empty, is it time for a pet? And when was the last time you took a holiday? It pays to tackle any issue that crops up to make your home as happy as possible as soon as you can. 

5 Game Time Party Tips



This shopper has been compensated by SheSpeaks, Inc., The Coca-Cola Company and Mondelez International group. All opinions are mine alone.

Game time is a big deal in our house. We love hosting football parties with friends and family and sharing our favorite game time snacks and game-watching traditions.

Our family is pulled in so many directions during the week that we love coming together on the weekends for game time. Whether we watch college or professional football, it doesn't make a difference. What matters is our special time together and making the most of it. In order to make the most of it, here are 5 game time party tips that ensure that you stay organized and on task and that you'll have just as much fun (maybe more!) than your guests.

Best Online Reads


The ten stories from around the web that I am loving this week:

1. How to organize the dreaded junk drawer via Refinery29.

2. Eleven things every adult should know how to make (not buy) via PureWow.

3. Why teens aren't partying anymore via Wired.

Weekend Dispatch


January and February are typically months that seem to drag on, but I have to say that this January seems to be flying by. I can hardly believe that it's the MLK Jr. weekend already. This is my first Weekend Dispatch since before the holiday break, and I am ready to jump back in. I'm not one for making sweeping, large-scale changes or resolutions, but I am always up for a fresh start. Keeping that in mind, I'm planning to try lots of new things on the weekends this year and squeeze in as much as is possible.

So, let's do this! Shall we?

The Best Purebred Dogs To Own

If you are thinking of getting a dog for your family, you will have probably already narrowed down your choice to just a handful of breeds. But are you sure that your shortlist will all be suitable? Sure, all of your listed breeds will be super cute but there might be some hidden issues that you have yet to uncover. For instance, some dog breeds have been bred so much through the years that they now suffer from numerous health conditions because of the changes to their body. Not only that, though, but some breeds are known as being very aggressive and might not adapt to family life, especially if there are small children in the household.

But every dog breed has some negative aspects. You will find that if you take one of these breeds under your wing, all of the extra effort that goes into looking after them really pays off. You’ll develop a much stronger bond and will really feel like you’ve found your best friend!

Here are some dog breeds that are really worth all the extra effort.

What We're Reading

The cold, snowy weather we've been having here on the east coast hasn't exactly gotten me excited. It has, however, been conducive to reading. Staying in, throwing on my comfiest clothes, and hunkering down with a good book has been one of the things I look forward to most on the weekends.

Here's what we are currently reading as we try to stay warm and dry:

Tips To Help Ease Anxiety Over Flying

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As a species, humans were not created to be in the air. We were not blessed with sleek wings that help us to soar through the open skies, and yet we get on a giant metal airplane at any opportunity to go and seek adventures around the world. If you think about it too much, you can really freak yourself out by what you are doing. A giant, heavy metal bird is taking off at huge speed to carry you and three hundred other people to your holiday destination of choice. All of that happens with weight limits on luggage and you’re supposed to feel calm and good about it.

Technology may have raced ahead to make air travel as comprehensive as it is today, but 25% of Americans currently have a fear of flying. Being in cramped cabins, thousands of miles in the air with no control over the airplane can invite feelings of panic. It’s normal to be afraid and experience anxiety when flying. However, no one wants to be rooted to the spot.