3 Ways to Enjoy Tofu

3 ways to enjoy tofu!Blend It: Strawberry Banana Tofu SmoothieStrawberry Banana Smoothie   The Soyfoods Council

Bake ItMiso Orange Baked Tofu

Mix It: Tofu “Egg” Salad

Made from soybeans, tofu is a great healthy addition to anyone’s diet – herbivore or carnivore!  Here are just a few known health benefits:

  • Is higher in protein and quality than all other legumes
  • Soybeans derive about 35-38% of their calories from protein
  • 1/2 cup serving of cooked soybeans provides 4 mg of iron.
  • Soy foods are high in zinc
  • Reduces the risk of developing breast and prostate cancer
  • There is epidemiologic (population) evidence suggesting that breast cancer patients may benefit by consuming soy foods.
  • Provides heart-healthy fat and one of the few good sources of both essential fatty acids. Most of the fat in soybeans is unsaturated!

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Going green for the holidays

I can not believe it’s December; this year has just flown by! The holidays are right around the corner and even if it seems too soon to start thinking about them, it’s not! While the holidays are filled with happiness and joy, there’s also a good amount of waste that takes place between the numerous dinner parties and gift exchanges. If you’re on a budget, the holidays can be a trying time for your wallet as you purchase gifts for friends and family.

Going green for the holidays is a great solution to cut back on waste and give gifts from the heart. The tough economy these last few years has also prompted many people to start being more frugal and make do with recycled materials – going back to the thought of ‘waste less’ is better for the budget and gives us all a chance to improve our environment. Here are some great tips for going green this holiday season:

  • Gift wrapping –If you love using wrapping paper, look for recycled paper at the retail store and be sure to recycle the paper after the holiday. Think outside the box when it comes to gift-wrapping! Newspaper with ribbon or twine looks delightfully old-fashioned. Hit yard sales or thrift stores for baking tins, boxes or baskets to pass gifts out in or wrap gifts in tea towels or vintage fabrics!

Newspaper gift wrapping Left: Sustainable Baby Steps   Right: Country Living

  • Bake – Your friends and family will love handmade goodies like cookies or seasonal breads. Making a few batches of cookies is an affordable and thoughtful gift to hand out — wrap up a dozen in cellophane bags and tie with ribbon to give them a finished look.

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  • DIY – Handcrafted gifts are highly appreciated – not to mention they are better for the wallet. Check websites like Pinterest to get gift ideas – candles and sugar scrubs are two simple DIY projects sure to be useful to your gift recipient!

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Another way to stay green this holiday is to avoid using disposable dinnerware during parties. Real dishes and utensils may create more of a cleanup, but reduces the amount of trash – which is especially important if you plan to throw a few parties over the holidays. Hang up LED string lights outside and on the tree to save electricity and be sure to use eco-friendly bags instead of plastic when you’re out shopping!

Over 25 Black Friday deals!

Now that you’ve eaten enough to feed a small town, it’s time to burn it off with some shopping or you can do what I do and enjoy the day off with some online shopping!  Between the web and in-store shopping, this year’s sales look like they will be amazing! No matter which way you like to shop, here are over 25 of this year’s best steals and deals (in alphabetical order, of course)…

Ann Taylor: 50% off everything using coupon code “ANNTHANKS”.

Anthropologie: Extra 50% off already red-lined merchandise from 6 AM to 11 AM (valid in-store and online). After 11 AM, Anthropologie will reduce the markdown to an extra 25 percent off already red-lined products.

Asos: 20% off everything, including already discounted items. This sale runs Friday, Nov. 29, through Sunday, Dec. 1.

BaubleBar: 15% off two items online with code FRIDAY15, 25% off three items with code FRIDAY25, and 35% off of four items or more with code FRIDAY35.

BCBGMAXAZRIA: Up to 60 percent off; 15 percent off using code “WELCOME2013” plus $100 off your purchase of$300 or more

Bloomingdale’s: Big Brown Bag sale with up to 50 percent off select items; In store, $15 bMoney gift card for every $100 spent; Online-only, take $25 off every $200 spent; 30 percent off designer handbags; Free shipping on online orders until 12/21/2013; Loyalists get double Bloomingdale’s points until 12/1/2013. On Friday, Nov. 29, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., clothing will be discounted from 30 to 50 percent off.

Brooklyn Industries:  35% off (and coffee in stores!) sitewide until noon on Friday. It’s Black Coffee Friday in stores and online until Friday at 12PM. Offer applied automatically at checkout so no code required!

Club Monaco: 30% off reduced styles using coupon code “THANKS30” through Nov. 29

Converse: 25% off select styles using coupon code “AUTOMATIC” until midnight Dec. 2. Clothing at all outlet stores will be an additional 50 percent off on Nov. 29. And regular stores will feature $5 tees, $20 watches as well as $15 and $25 sneakers from Black Friday through Tuesday, Dec. 3.

Diane von Furstenberg: $50 off when you spend $200 online with code “DVFINSIDER”

Express: 50% off every item in the store until noon on Friday. After that, the discount drops to 40 percent off every item.

Gap: The entire store will be 60 percent off on Black Friday through Sunday, Dec. 3. Online will also run the same promotion through Saturday.

Gorjana & Griffin: Shop 40% off site wide, plus free domestic ground shipping.

J.crew: 25% off in-store and online, and free shipping on all orders over $150 with code “COLOR25″.

Lord & Taylor: 20% off sale and clearance items using coupon code “BIG”.

Lulu’s: 15% off sitewide using coupon code “giving15”.

Macy’s: 20% off (plus an extra 15% off home) with code “GOBBLE” plus free shipping with $99 purchase; 60% off select designer coats for women; 20% off select outwear for men; Select Rampage women’s boots for $19.99; 25% off select Dyson items; 70% off memory foam pillows and toppers from Martha Stewart, Sensorpedic and more; Select appliances for $9.99 after $10 rebate.

Madewell: 25% off your entire order. Use coupon code “FEAST25” through Monday.

Mango: Everything up to 50% off in-store and online. Use code “6THANKSMNG” from November 28 to December 1.

Old Navy: 30% off entire purchase or 40% off entire purchase using Old Navy, Gap or Banana Republic credit card until Nov. 28 at 4 p.m. using coupon code “PRESENT;” Free shipping on all orders of $50 or more

Paper Crown: 25% off any purchase with code EXTRA25 Friday through Cyber Monday.

Piperlime: 30% off using coupon code “THANKS” until Nov. 27; Free shipping on all purchases.

Rebecca Taylor: 25% off all dresses. Use coupon code “DRESSES25”. Plus, an extra 25% off sale styles. Use coupon code “BFWEEKEND25”.

Rebecca Minkoff: Spend $200, get 20% off; spend $400, get 25% off; spend $600 get 30% off. In addition, new styles will also be added to sale with a special Black Friday sale section.

Saks Fifth Avenue: 40% of designer items; 60% off Diane von Furstenberg; Free shipping with code “HOLIDAY”.

Saks Off Fifth: 40-50% off entire purchase; Free shipping on all purchases using code “FREESHIP”; Buy one pair of Women’s Denim and get another pair of equal or lesser value free; Buy one pair of Men’s Denim and get another pair of equal or lesser value free; Buy one Men’s Suit, Sportcoat or Dress Pant and get another of equal or lesser value free; An extra 50% off Men’s & Women’s Outerwear, Cashmere Sweaters, Hats, Gloves & Scarves. From 8 a.m. to noon on Black Friday, shoppers can receive up to 60% off in-store.

Shopbop: Spend $250, save 15%; Spend $500, save 20%; Spend $1,000, save 25%.

Steve Madden: 30% off Plus Free shipping using coupon code “THANKFUL30” Thursday through Monday Dec. 1st.

Urban Outfitters: Deals under $20, $30 and $50 for women’s and men’s; Free shipping on all orders over $50. Before 10 a.m. on Friday, shoppers will get an additional 50% off of sale items.

Victoria’s Secret: Free slippers with top PJ gifts; Free Secret reward card with $10 purchase from Dec. 5-20; Free scarf with any sweater purchase; Free laundry bag with any $65 Pink bedding item using code “BAG65;” Free shipping on purchases of $100 or more using coupon code “SHIP13”

Give Thanks…

Give Thanks

We should always give thanks but a hectic life that we all have easily makes us forget how much we all have to be thankful for. Thanksgiving is a good reminder of that. So, here is what I’m thankful for today…

My family & their health….being employed…my wonderful husband-to-be…the internet…my sister moving closer to me…seasons…hot chai…my herb garden…friends who listen and understand me…a roof over our head…crisp, fresh air…my DSLR…PB&J…Laughter…Leggings and boots…my blog…our freedom

While every Thanksgiving is an opportunity to spend time with loved ones and reflect on our blessings, this holiday season is a distinctly special time to give thanks for all we have in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan, the storm that devastated Cebu Island in the Philippines earlier this month.

As we eat dinner and spend the day with our loved ones and friends during this season of thanks and giving, World Vision is making it easy to give back this year through the Philippines Disaster Response Fund, created to provide emergency food, water, and hygiene kits to survivors of the typhoon. World Vision relief workers distributed the first round of supplies – weighing in at 25 tons – to nearly 780 families on November 14, 2013, and plan to continue distributions in the coming days. I can not even imagine what these survivors are going through losing loved ones, their homes and everything they know in a matter of seconds. If we can give what we are able to help survivors of this tragedy, we can all make a little difference.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving Cocktails!

Everyone always thinks about food during Thanksgiving but I think things tend to go better with a few good drinks! You could drink wine with your turkey or maybe even a seasonal beer. But wouldn’t a cocktail be more fun? Here are 5 interesting, yet very appropriate drinks that will surely spice up any dinner!

Spiced Butternut Squash Whiskey Spiced Butternut Squash Whiskey via MashableMulled CiderMulled Cider via Martha Stewart
Warm Cider and Rum PunchWarm Cider and Rum Punch via Martha StewartThanksgiving drinksLeft: Celtic Buck via Epicurious   //  Right: English Harvest via Food & Wine

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10 Easy Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

Yesterday, I shared 5 side dishes that are easy and delicious for Thanksgiving. Today, I’ve compiled 10 of some of my favorite DIY decorating ideas I’ve come across thanks to good ole’ Pinterest. These fresh and fun Thanksgiving decoration ideas will spruce up your home decor just in time for family and friends to admire!

Thanksgiving DecorLeft: Giving Thanks Banner with download via Carina Gardner  Right: Falling Leaves Garland via 6th Street Design School
Thanksgiving DecorLeft: Velvet Ribbon around silverware via Design Dump  Right: BE Thankful Utensil Holder via Eighteen25Thanksgiving Decor Left: Thanksgiving Autumn Wreath via Little Birdie Secrets  Right: Scrapbook Paper Turkey via Someday CraftsThanksgiving DecorLeft: Walnut Table Toppers via Martha Stewart  Right: Twig Votive Candle Holders via FreutcakeThanksgiving DecorRight: The Thankful Tree via Simply Vintage Girl  Right: Wheat Word Art Display via Choose to Thrive

Thanksgiving Side Dishes (& all vegetarian-friendly!)

I’ve been so bad about blogging this month, I just realized I’ve only written only two posts this month and the month is almost over!! Fall festivities, traveling and my bachelorette party are to blame for my lack of blogging. This past weekend was the only weekend where I’ve been home! And, I was ecstatic to not have any plans. Sometimes it’s just nice to sit at home and catch up on work. I’ve soaked up every second of this “me weekend”! But now I should have more time to get back to my blog again!

With Thanksgiving in just 4 days, I will be posting different Thanksgiving-related posts until Wednesday. This first one being focused on great (and may I add vegetarian) side dishes. While the turkey is usually the main event for most people, as a vegetarian that is the last thing on my mind! All I’m thinking about is the side dishes! Here are 5 recipes that can be mixed and matched and may even steal the show from the turkey! Plus, offering a variety of side dishes will keep your guests happy and full.

Mashed PotatosVegan Mashed Potato & Cauliflower with Roasted peppers and caramelized onions via Cookin’ Canuck
Cream Cheese & Parmesan AsparagusCream cheese and Parmesan asparagus via Lil’ LunaHoney Roasted Cauliflower pine nutsHoney roasted cauliflower with pine nuts and crispy sage via Food for My Family

Basil Mac & CheeseBasil Mac and Cheese via Juggling ActQuinoa Salad with Butternut Squash with CranberriesQuinoa salad with butternut squash salad, dried cranberries and pepitas via Two Peas & Their Pod

Tomorrow, I’ll be writing about a few fabulous and easy Thanksgiving decor ideas!

 

Decorate with a Vintage Camera

There’s something chic about mixing old and new in home decor and one piece I love is a vintage camera. There are so many styles of cameras out there – just walk around an antique store or flea market and you’re sure to find a unique or old-fashioned camera somewhere! Photography, or art itself, is an essential part of home decor and if you love taking pictures or just appreciate photography, then collecting vintage cameras is a perfect way to add a bit of personality to your space.How do you decorate with vintage cameras? It’s simple – complement or contrast your existing home decor with a vintage piece to offer your space style and function. Check out some of these ways to include vintage cameras into your home:

  • Bookend – Add style to a bookshelf by using vintage cameras as bookends! Usually an inexpensive option compared to purchasing bookends, vintage cameras add a lovely visual to otherwise bland shelves. Using cameras as bookends is perfect if you have various styles and aren’t sure what to do with them. Incorporate the vintage cameras on different shelves to tie the entire look together.

  • Paperweight – Use a vintage camera as a paperweight on any table. If you’re into photography, setting out a few of your favorite cameras on a work desk is a fun way to show off your personality and add a unique look to the space. Want to add an old-fashioned camera to the living room? Stack a few of your favorite photography books on the coffee table and top them off with a vintage camera.

  • Create art – While photography is an art in itself, why not display your eclectic collection of vintage cameras in the home? Instead of hiding your cameras away in a box, install a few floating shelves and show off your collection!

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If your space is modern and fresh, incorporating vintage cameras into the decor is the perfect way to blend old and new. Check out websites like Etsy or Ebay to find unique, inexpensive vintage cameras and find perfect pieces to add to your collection!

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Isabel Marant for H&M

In just ten days, H&M’s next collaboration with French designer, Isabel Marant hits stores! The designers’ signature style of boho-chic and rock ‘n’ roll will resonate throughout the exclusive collection.

The collection will hit 250 H&M stores as well as the brand’s website on November 14. The collection will feature women’s clothing and accessories, as well as a collection for men, a first for Marant. You can check out the full collection here and here.

A sneak peek of the collection with 6 looks!

Jimmy Kimmel Ruins Halloween

I saw these videos the year it came out and completely forgot about them until I was reminded again about this week. After rewatching them, I forgot just how funny they were and thought they were perfect for today’s post! For the last two years, comedian Jimmy Kimmel issued an open challenge to his audience after Halloween. Two years in a row, the challenge went viral and was a YouTube sensation with over 40 million hits! Parents that took on the challenge had to tell their kids they ate all their Halloween candy, then upload video of their response.  The result was HILARIOUS! The reactions range from complete freak outs to insane crying. These kids (mostly toddlers), crack me up!

Watch below to see those kids’ priceless reactions in case you’ve missed them. We can’t help but laugh while feeling a little sorry for them.  Happy Halloween!

The Original Challenge in 2011: 

So funny the first time, he had to do it again in 2012: