Rethinking the work lunch: Healthy lunches for work and the rules to follow

Food for Grownups
healthy work lunches, easy lunch ideas to bring to the office
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Depending on your job, lunch is an oasis in the dessert. Half time. Intermission. A hiatus. So why not make those 60 minutes count?

Just say no to mundane work lunches. Say no to insipid salads. No to five days in a row of the same thing. Say no to anything “instant” and “in a cup.” We are past that, Fierce friends. We deserve better than that.

Take time for yourself. Embrace your office community (even if you find your coworkers to be…strange).

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The Secret to Keeping Those Job Skills Fresh After 50

Career and Vocation, Learn for a Lifetime
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Did you see the Harry Potter movies?

If so, you’ll remember the weirdly wonderful Hogwart’s School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where friendly ghosts roam the halls and painted portraits talk to the students and each other.

Strangest of all is Hogwart’s enormous network of moving staircases. Stairs shift without warning, sometimes while students are in mid-ascent, forcing them to plot new paths to reach their destination.

Sometimes life can feel like that.  Just when you’re starting to make progress, the stairway moves.  The formerly straight path takes a turn, forcing you to make a choice.

Either alter your course or find yourself stuck.

This is especially true when it comes to our careers.

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Three Perfect Recipes for World Baking Day (Plus, My Favorite Baking Cookbooks)

Books, Food for Grownups
best cookie recipes, best baking cookbooks
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Cookies, banana bread, muffins, oh my! Today is World Baking Day and it’s time to fire up those ovens, Fierce Friends. Don’t tell my Weight Watchers Freestyle Plan, but sometimes I just need sugar. And carbs. And butter. And joy.

Here are a few of my go-to recipes when those cravings hit and a few baking cookbooks that have guided me along the way.  continue reading

Flower Pot Ideas from a Master Gardener (with Deer Resistant Flowers!)

Home Matters
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It took its sweet time getting here but I say, “Hooray for Spring!”

I don’t know about you but I am more than ready for sunshine and flowers. The sunshine is definitely here but the flowers have proven a bit trickier.

Though our new neighborhood is surrounded by forests and plenty of common space, the lot is much smaller than our old one, really too small to put in a proper garden.  Even if it were otherwise, the hordes of deer that populate the surrounding forests seem to think of gardens as their personal salad bar.

But deer or no deer, acres of land or gardens the size of a postage stamp, it’s spring. I want to plant flowers. I need to plant flowers. continue reading

Garage Makeover – Part 1

Home Matters
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When we moved into our new home on May 28thof last year it wasn’t exactly finished.

The trim work, tile work, and interior painting weren’t quite finished. The upper kitchen cabinets had yet to be delivered and installed. And the built-in bookshelves hadn’t even been started. Oh, yes.  And there were no rods or shelves in the bedroom closets.

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Mother’s Day Brunch Recipes You’ll Want to Make All Year Long

Food for Grownups, Hospitality and Entertaining
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Mother’s Day and brunch seem to go together like April showers and May flowers. So why not knock it out of the park this year? Whether you are celebrating your own mother, celebrating yourself (we know, you’ve done a great job and deserve a delicious meal), or perhaps daughters, daughter-in-laws, or friends, Mother’s Day brunch calls for a sense of occasion. It should be pretty, feminine, bright, and delicious. Most of all, it should make the moms in your life feel special and loved. continue reading

DIY Mother’s Day Card Ideas To Show Your Love

Creativity and Crafts
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Have you ever stood in the aisle reading card after card and feeling like none of them really hit the right notes?

Too generic. Too clever. Too millennial. Too expensive. Too. Much. Glitter.

For the moms in your life, whether they are your actual mom, an honorary mom, your daughters, daughters in law, or your friends, sometimes a homemade card is the best way to show how much you care. continue reading

Reviving the Lost Art of Letter Writing

Friends and Community
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The prediction I’m about to make is somewhat surprising, possibly even audacious. So I want you to remember that you heard it here first.

I believe that letter writing is about to make a comeback. continue reading

How to Write a Memoir and 6 Writing Tips From a Real Author

Shape Your Legacy
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You’ve been thinking about it for a while now.

Maybe the sound of your most recent “speed limit” birthday (the kind that ends with a zero) whizzing past helped make up your mind.

Maybe it was the results of a study showing that an alarming percentage of millennials don’t know that JFK was a president as well as an airport and think that milk comes from a laboratory.

Or maybe you want your kids, or grandkids, or the world to understand how many mountains you had to climb to become who you are today.

Whatever the reason, you’ve decided to write your memoir.

Good decision!

But now that you’ve made up your mind, where do you begin?

Good question.

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