While we’ve all been staying at home more, a lot of us have set some goals. Some have fitness goals. Others are baking up delectables in the kitchen. Others are working on home projects, organizing all the things, or working in the garden. (And, hopefully all of us are doing this.) It’s been interesting to see what people have done in this crazy and challenging time. In our house we’ve been doing a lot of the above, but I’ve also been taking time to explore my horizons when it comes to wine. I often reach for my go-to faves when…

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If you’re like so many of us (myself included), you’re probably ordering your groceries online and having them delivered a lot more now — and maybe for the first time ever. Online grocery delivery has always been really, really convenient. But now? Well, I’ve never been more grateful for my Instacart shopper. But there is an art to ordering groceries online — and planning a whole week or two of meals out when you’re not entirely certain what’s going to actually be in stock. Plus, there are other things to consider. Like: what’s appropriate for a tip right now (spoiler:…

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What’s something you’ve done during this pandemic that you’re proud of? What’s one thing that’s made you feel good? via GIPHY Maybe it’s sending a postcard or letter to a friend, or leaving some fresh baked cookies on your neighbor’s doorstep. Perhaps you’re writing positive reviews for local businesses you would normally frequent, or making time to call your parents or grandparents more often. If you’re looking for an idea beyond the ones above, may I suggest a little online shopping with the Women’s Bean Project? Whether you’re looking for some snacks and staples to stock your own pantry or…

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A lot of people have set quarantine goals. Although I tend to be of the mindset that getting through it is the only goal — period — I have tried to use the extra time at home to explore one of my growing passions: wine. And while non-essential travel is obviously out of the question for us for awhile, I have been able to virtually get away via Netflix and Amazon Prime to some pretty incredible wine destinations — and I’ve learned A LOT in the process. If you love wine, too, and have a thirst for knowing more about…

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I feel like a lot of us are opening up our pantries these days and looking for something … anything … tasty to throw together. via GIPHY I absolutely don’t want to go to the grocery store unless I have to, so I’ve been stretching my culinary muscles to make the most of pantry essentials. Because if there’s ever been a time to embrace being basic, this is it. via GIPHY And you don’t get much more basic than beans and rice. It’s a staple in so many cultures’ cuisines for good reason — it’s filling, it’s nutritious, and it’s…

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Editor’s note: This post was largely written before the insanity and reality/tragedy of COVID-19 set in around the world.  The first time I had a spritz was in Italy. I was in Venice with my then boyfriend (now husband) and it was what the bartender recommended at the hotel bar. One sip and I was like … via GIPHY I LIKE this drink. Now, the spritz has gotten super trendy — and even had some backlash against it for being overrated. Which just seems grumpy to me. via GIPHY Because the spritz is not only tasty, but also it’s refreshing…

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Another year. Another Friend Feast. And 2019’s Friend Feast was a sparkly, decadent, and delicious throwback to the 1980s. In Vegas. See, each year we have a theme or a main dish that’s very shareable among 14 or so guests. Last year was Mexican-inspired. The year before that was paella. We’ve also done a shrimp boil, fried chicken and champagne, and then two menus of more fancy food (pre-kids!) in 2014 and 2013. This year, my husband’s late grandfather’s annual tips to Vegas served as the inspiration. A few times a year he’d travel to Vegas — but not the…

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If you resolved to cook more in the New Year, first, we applaud you! Because cooking is fun and awesome. Second, we’re so glad you found this post, because we think you might find that picking the best meal kit delivery service is a HUGE help in achieving this goal! While we don’t mind freewheeling in the kitchen, we know that lots of people don’t — and that cooking can be a bit intimidating. Which is why we’re generally big fans of meal kit delivery services. Most of them make making dinner a breeze and totally convenient — and they…

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The weather is chilly. via GIPHY The heater is on. via GIPHY You’ve got a warm mug of coffee or tea to go along with your slippers. via GIPHY Yep, coziness is in full affect. via GIPHY And one of our favorite breakfasts for these awesomely lazy and cozy mornings? Oatmeal. But just because oatmeal can be basic, it doesn’t mean it has to be basic. In fact, here are three ways we love getting our cozy oatmeal mornings on. And not one of them is boring, in the least. Foodie and Fast While it can be nice to fire…

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You’ve likely heard a lot about eating mindfully, but maybe you’re short on tangible tips for actually doing it. If so, you’re in luck with today’s guest post from Heather Sears, founder of Kinsho, the go-to bento box brand for creating enlightened eats, and the four-time award-winning author of Mind to Mouth: A Busy Chick’s Guide to Mindful Mealtime Moments. She lives in Boston with her family where she was named a 2018 Trailblazer, and she’s sharing her thoughts on how using a bento box can make a real difference in how you eat your meals. Mindful eating may feel trendy, but researchers…

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