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Tips For Coping With Holiday Stress

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naturemadeatwalmart-vitaminsI think that the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is the most stressful time of year for me.  It’s cold out (yuck), money is tight from all the holiday shopping, I never see any Sunshine (when I leave for work it’s dark and when I get home it’s already dark) and there is so much to do.  It is easy to feel overwhelmed and stressed out (and I usually do).  This year I am trying a few different techniques to try to keep myself healthy and happy.   Continue reading

5 Small Changes That Have Made A Big Impact On My Health

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For the last year I have worked hard at achieving better health (both mentally and physically).  I have finally started to get into a groove and have made more progress within the last two months than I did the rest of the entire year.  I switched up a few things and those small tweaks made a tremendous difference in the way I look and feel.   Continue reading

Cold Weather Purse Essentials and a DIY Headphones Case!

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Oh boy, do I hate the cold.  The thought of it just gave me the chills.  Don’t get me wrong, I know it has it’s perks.  I love snow days, hot chocolate and the holidays but I despise commuting during the Winter!  As a New Yorker, I take mass transit to work every day and Fall through Spring means being stuffed into a small subway car with tons of  people and their germs.  Today, I am sharing my purse essentials for escaping their cooties and staying sane!  

I usually stock up around this time of year on the items listed below so I am prepared and can avoid sickness at all costs.  I grabbed most of these products at Walmart last weekend.  They have everything you need to stay healthy and happy (even in the middle of Winter).

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1. Hand Sanitizer.  This is an absolute MUST!  I put it on immediately after getting off the subway.  It kills all the gross germs I picked up while holding on to the pole.

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2.  Advil.  There is nothing like being delayed on the subway with a headache or cramps.  Suddenly, the train just stops and you have no idea how long you will be there and there is no way to exit.  That has happened to me enough to know that it is a necessity to carry a little vial of Advil.  Nothing’s stronger, longer lasting or better on your tough aches and pains than Advil, and nothing works on more pains than Advil (among OTC pain relievers).

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3.  Tissues.  I carry a little packet in my bag year round (it is the Mama in me).  They are vital in the colder months though.

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4.  Chapstick.  I just picked this one up at Walmart last weekend and I am OBSESSED with it!  It is 100% natural, keeps my lips from getting chapped and it smells divine!

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5. Emergen-C Immune+ Chewables.  I have been eating these like they are candy lately.  This is the time of year when everyone starts coming down with colds so these are crucial to staying healthy.  They provide immune support and have more vitamin C than 10 oranges.  They also contain B vitamins to support energy naturally.  

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6.  Portable Cell Phone Charger.  There are no power outlets on the subway and being without electronics to distract you is awful.  I make sure to have a small, fully-charged power bank in my purse constantly.

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7.  Snack.  I try not to eat on public transportation because I think it is rude.  Sometimes, I start to believe that I am the only one that subscribes to that notion though.  Fun fact, there was a girl next to me yesterday (like two inches from my face) eating fried chicken.  I could have leaned in and easily taken a bite, lol.  While I would not usually eat on a packed subway (especially something with a strong smell…like fried chicken) I do always carry a small, non-messy snack just in case of an emergency.

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8.  Headphones.  They are crucial during every Season but especially so in the Winter.  It is essential to me to be able to drown out the coughing and sneezing and pretend I am somewhere tropical.  Sometimes I have an issue with my headphones getting tangled inside my tote bag, so I DIYed a cute little holder last week!   It was so easy!  After cleaning out an empty mint container with soap and water, I gave it a coat of gold spray paint (left over from when I created my Halloween costume) and then decorated it with some glittery foam stickers.  Now, I don’t have to worry about fishing them out of my bag and working out knots when I could be rocking out.

Headphone Case

What are your must have purse essentials for colder weather?

Asian Chicken Salad With Soy Ginger Dressing

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Is anyone else super stressed lately now that school and activities are back in full swing?  My daughter has soccer practices and games, CCD and piano lessons on weeknights and they keep us running all over the place.  

For the first few weeks I gave in to the ease of the drive-thru more often than I care to admit but I quickly realized I had to figure something else out.  I like to eat dinner with Taylor every night at the table.  I think that is important bonding time and in order to make that happen I knew that I would need to be better prepared.  I started meal planning, making things in my slow cooker (that I can set in the morning so they will be ready when I get home) and also implementing meal hacks to create some effortless meals.  

One of my favorite tricks for reducing cooking time is to buy a rotisserie chicken and use it to create other easy meals.  I can run into Walmart on my way home, head over to the deli department (which thankfully is right near the front of the store) and grab a Marketside rotisserie chicken meal which comes with a 2 lb side of potato salad, macaroni salad or cole slaw along with a 2 liter of Coca-Cola.  The signage at Walmart makes it easy for people to find what to make for dinner with little effort.  They also have pizza meals that come with a 16″ pepperoni pizza or cheese pizza with  a 2 liter of Coca-Cola.  I will definitely be buying that one in the future as well.

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This past week I made a delicious Asian Chicken Salad and it was totally delicious.  I stopped at Walmart on my way back from Taylor’s piano lesson and picked up everything I needed in order to get a quick and tasty dinner on the table.   This included the Marketside rotisserie chicken deal and the ingredients I would need to make my salad and dressing.

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I began by rinsing off my lettuce.

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Next, I separated the meat from the chicken.

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Then, I added matchstick carrots, scallions, chow mein noodles and the chicken to the top of my lettuce.  (I like to wait until I am seated at the table to stir everything up and add dressing so nothing gets soggy.)

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For the dressing I took a clean and empty mason jar and added 2/3 cup of rice vinegar, 1/4 cup of soy sauce, 2 tablespoons of freshly grated ginger, 2 tablespoons of honey, 2 tablespoons of sesame oil, 3/4 cup of olive oil and a teaspoon of sesame seeds.  I love how pretty it looks with the oils are all layered.  When you are ready to use it just make sure the cap is on tight and give it a few good shakes.  

Ginger Soy Dressing

Thanks to Walmart I was able to put a decent meal on the table in under 10 minutes. 

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What are your tips for avoiding the drive-thru?

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How To Style Your Shelves For Fall

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I tend to get pretty excited about each coming Season and jump the gun with my decorations.  Each year I am the first neighbor with my Christmas lights up.  As soon as Labor Day was over I was anxiously anticipating Autumn decor.  I am sure you can imagine my glee last weekend when I noticed that they put it out in the Seasonal aisles at Walmart!  I immediately starting loading my cart up with leaves, gourds, candles, burlap and sparkly pumpkins.  Nevermind that I have a ton of this stuff from previous years.  I obviously need more.

My favorite place to decorate is the set of shelves in my living room.  They are the first thing you see when you come in the front door.

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I take everything off and start with a blank canvas.

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Then, I put on a few larger things to see how they look together.  

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I play around, arrange, move things, step back and see how it all works as a whole.

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I continue adding, taking away and changing things around until I feel like the shelves look symmetrical and I am satisfied with the overall look.

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 Then I add in finishing touches (like leaves, acorns and candles).

I never spend too much money on decorations.  Everything I used for this arrangement was purchased (inexpensively) at Walmart or I already owned it.  

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Some tips to keep in mind when decorating shelves are:

Stagger the heights of the objects you are using.  I do this by elevating candles with holders or putting out baskets that I fill with seasonal items.  I also make sure I put some taller things (in this case I used signs) on the top shelf to draw the eye up. 

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Include a signature fragrance.  I read recently that our sense of smell is 10,000 times more sensitive than our other senses.  I am a HUGE fan of candles and I think fragrance plays a large role in how we perceive our surroundings.  

I was recently introduced to a new line at Walmart called American Home by Yankee Candle® brand and I am OBSESSED!  You can find them right in the home and candle section and there are tons of fragrances to choose from.  

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Not only are they super affordable, (the larger two wick tumbler I bought was around $15 and the smaller ones were only around $5) but it is so convenient that they are sold at Walmart.  It saves me from having to take a trip to the mall to buy my candles.  As a Mom, I am CONSTANTLY at Walmart for something, so if I can also pick up some fabulous Yankee Candle® products during one of my many monthly trips I am all about it.  

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For this project I picked up Banana Walnut Bread and Buttercream Frosting because I wanted my living room to feel cozy and the deep Vanilla-based fragrances remind me of home.  I really wish I had the ability to let you smell them through the computer because they are heavenly!

Sparkle and Little Touches.  Remember – everything’s better with a little glitter!  After I am done with the main pieces of decor I like to sprinkle around some added touches (little heart candies for Valentine’s Day or ornaments around Christmas).  I think they add a little something to a display.  For Fall I sprinkled faux colored leaves and pinecones around.

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I have shared how I like to style my shelves for Fall using pumpkins, gourds, candles and colorful leaves.  What tips do you have for creating a beautiful Autumnal display?  Leave them in the comments section!  xo