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Tasty Tuesday: It’s The Great Pumpkin! And Sangria Soup

Fall lends itself to a very interesting time.  We want to embrace what is left of summer, while cuddling up due to the nip of the fall air.  Today’s Tasty Tuesday offering pairs those two things together beautifully. Sangria is the toast of all things summer.  There’s wine.  There’s fruit.  It is a good time [...]

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Do Your Kids Feel “Entitled”? 4 Tips to Get Them Back on Track

As a parent, there are several things that make us cringe, and the word “entitled” is one of the big ones.  It not only means our children think they are owed something, but most of the time they think we  are the ones from whom it is owed.  How are we to teach them the value [...]

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The Health Insurance Marketplace Is Now Open!: Where To Find What You Need

Today enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins. There is a Health Insurance Marketplace set up at HealthCare.gov for those who would like to apply for or find answers about this new insurance coverage.  There are different options available for individuals, small businesses, and options are also different depending on your state. Open enrollment is [...]

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Tonya Lewis Lee Talks “The Watsons Go to Birmingham” Premiere, the Power of our Youth & her A-HA! Moment

I confess, I love Tonya Lewis Lee. As a mother of two, a champion for infant health, a best-selling author and a creative force, she inspires me everyday. And, she commands her own shine even when standing next to her husband, filmmaker Spike Lee. Her star will be shining even brighter on Friday, September 20 [...]

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#TastyTuesdays Delicious Slow Cook Chicken Cacciatore!

  #TastyTuesdays Slow Cook Chicken Cacciatore Recipe!  The kids are back to school and we’ve found the perfect slow cook chicken cacciatore recipe provided by the new Kraft Recipe Makers  product. This meal serves seven comfortably and is a nice easy dinner for nights when you and your children are out for most of the evening. What [...]

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#TastyTuesdays Back To School Snack: Jungle Gems Snack Mix!

  #TastyTuesdays: Jungle Gems Snack Mix! It’s that time of year again…it’s a few weeks until back to school! We’ve got the perfect snack mix recipe your kids will love and it’s not filled with sugar. The Jungle Gems Snack Mix is a unique alternative to trail mix and takes just five minutes to prepare! [...]

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Have You Ever Fought With Your Man While Naked? According to Niecy Nash it's Virtually Impossible To Do!

Have You Ever Fought With Your Man While Naked? According to Niecy Nash it’s Virtually Impossible To Do!

Have You Ever Fought With Your Man While Naked?

According to Niecy Nash it’s Virtually Impossible To Do!

When it comes to relationships, everyone has some sage advice. From 90-day rules to being unavailable, there has always been something said about what it takes to get a man and keep him.

Actress Niecey Nash, star of The Soul Man, (Wednesdays 11pm ET on TV Land) is the author of the new book, ‘It’s Hard to Fight Naked.’

Nash appears on the cover of the (July 1, 2013) JET magazine issue with these words of wisdom: “If you keep a man’s stomach full and his penis empty you won’t have a problem.”

Although you may be more diplomatic in how you say it, you cannot deny the truth in her comments. I believe Chris Rock has also said that men’s needs   are very simple: “food, sex and silence.”
 
So do women shoot themselves in the foot by trying to overcomplicate men instead of just keeping their bellies full and their penises empty? Are men insulted by this summation of their needs? I think not.
 
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12 Foods To Help Boost Your Metabolsim: Including Delicious Dark Chocolate!

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12 Foods To Help Boost Your Metabolism

Yay! Dark Chocolate Made The List!

 It’s Tasty Tuesday and two of our favorite moms, Tia Mowry-Hardict and Tamera Mowry-Housley share great food choices to help build your metabolism on their lifestyle site (tiaandtameraofficial.com)

 Ok so we’ve all been working hard to eat healthier and tone our bodies for the swimsuit season. What you might not know is there are foods that take care of some of some extra calories for you! Whether it’s foods that make your body work harder to digest, or that contain a particular compound that help lower your insulin or increase fat-burning, there are a handful of ingredients that can give your metabolism a jump start and make it easier for you to have a healthy weight and a healthy heart. Here are a list of 12 and how they help:

Green Tea
Switch up your morning coffee (or afternoon latte) for some delicious green tea to bring on some great health benefits. The caffeine combined with antioxidants called catechins are said to stimulate your nervous system and increase fat-burning.

Grapefruit
This low-sugar ball of deliciousness can help reduce insulin levels after eating a meal. That means your body processes food more quickly and you burn more calories and store less fat.

Broccoli
Broccoli, good for you? This one is no surprise. But you might not know that because broccoli contains calcium and vitamin C, the super duo can together help boost your metabolism.

Oats
These guys are rich in fiber, which means they need a lot of calories to break them down. Plus, like other whole grains, they keep insulin levels low after you eat, helping you burn even more calories!

Brown Rice
Speaking of other whole grains, brown rice is delicious and so good for you. It’s full of fiber, which means it’ll boost your metabolism, help you stay fuller longer, and help you lose weight. Choose brown rice and whole grains over white rice and white flour anytime!

Dark Chocolate
You might have heard that dark chocolate contains antioxidants, but did you know it can help you lose weight? Apparently people who eat chocolate have lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol, which prompts the body to store fat. Next time you’re stressed and craving some chocolate, go for it!

Hot Peppers
Peppers like Cayenne, chili, jalepeno, and habanero contain capsaicin, which is an irritant and you’re probably familiar with the burning sensation they produce. The heat can boost your metabolism by up to 25% and can even increase your energy!

Beans
Because beans are full of soluble and insoluble fiber, they use more energy (aka calories) to break down and again, lower insulin levels after digestion. So says the University of Colorado that if you eat foods high in “resistant starch” you can increase your calorie-burning power up to 24% in a day!

Almonds
These nuts are high in fat, but the fat they contain is a good monosaturated fat. According to this study, these good fats can have a positive effect on insulin levels and also make people feel more full so they eat less overall.

Apples
Yes, the doctors knew what they were talking about with that “apple a day” thing. Because they’re full of fiber, they’ll help you stay full longer.

Ginger
I throw this one in my green juice because it has so many health benefits. Besides all the great things I mentioned in my earlier blog, the spiciness can decrease appetite, improve digestion, and boost your metabolism after eating!

Garlic
Another food I toss into my green juice! Garlic has the ability to break down fat, increasing the metabolism. It works by both lowering unhealthy fats in the blood (that lead to high cholesterol) and also by reducing fat in the body’s fat cells.

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5 Deliciously Holistic Recipes: Mango Chia Ginger Granola,Portobello Mushroom Burgers & More

It’s Tasty Tuesday and we’re talking about eating nutritiously with raw, vegan or eat-anything diets that still taste good. Shelley Alexander, a Holistic Chef and Certified Healing Foods Specialist and author of “Deliciously Holistic,” (aharmonyhealing.com) shares her five fav foolproof recipes ( 3 raw, vegan; 1 vegan, 1 meat) for packing in nutrition without sacrificing taste.     [...]

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Beyond Father’s Day: 5 Great Tips for Single Dads For the Rest of the Year

You’ve probably seen enough on Father’s Day and gift buying, so we’re also focused on beyond Father’s Day and offering single dads great tips for managing fatherhood all year round.

 Mark Peters, Founder and CEO of DressMeDaddy.com shares these five suggestions to support newly single dads as they embark on their co-parenting journey.

1.      Spend the time you have with your kids doing things!

Spend the time you have with your kids doing things. You may not be a husband anymore, but you are still a father. Be present with your kids and actively engage them. When you interact with your kids, you build a relationship. Play games, read books, cook, play sports, go fishing, do projects around the house…whatever it is, create memories finding things you have to do together. (Peters also advises creating a “no phone zone” to maximize time between dad and child).

 

2.      Don’t let your anger and frustration with your ex define and dominate the time that should be devoted to your children.

Focus on what you can control and quickly develop a mental picture of what you want it to look like in the future!  There are so many emotions associated with divorce – anger, resentment, disappointment, relief – it is easy to let them get in the way, especially in your relationship with your kids. When your kids look back on this time of their life what do you want them to say about you?  This is your time with them.  Create a memory worth remembering. The rewards will be amazing.  Make sure your kids feel safe, secure, loved and important.

 

3.  Prioritize your life!

Create a list of all of the important things in your life (including professional, financial and personal) to create balance. State everything in detail and then stick to that list. (Peters states his daughter ranked number one on his list no matter what came after).

 

4.      Stay busy! Continue doing things you enjoy!

Take up a hobby if need be: Reading, developing a new business opportunity, working out, catching up with old friends, investing, gardening, etc. are all great ways to keep yourself actively engaged.

 

5.      Talk to someone. Seek counseling if it will help improve your well- being.

 

Although many newly single dads may have spent numerous hours in therapy with their ex-wives to no avail, this may still be a great time to find a trusted counselor and figure out what you did wrong in the relationship. In order for you to improve your own life, you must figure out what internal changes you must make.

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