Balancing a Healthy Christmas: One Mom’s Advice on Managing Diabetes During the Holidays

When you think of holidays, especially Thanksgiving and Christmas, one of the first things you think of is: food. Overindulgence just seems to be part of the plan. Willpower seems to go by the wayside, but it is pertinent to a diabetic.

Today, Antoinette Taranto, mom of two sons (one of which is a diabetic), offers some tricks and tips to help enjoy the holidays. With proper management, children with diabetes can enjoy the holidays as well. 

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Preparing Your Kitchen for The Upcoming Holiday #DMHoliday16

Thanksgiving is coming up this week, and Christmas is just around the corner. Even if you don’t celebrate either of these two holidays there are plenty of opportunities to host lovely winter get togethers right in your home. However, with the pleasure of being the host comes the task of ensuring that your kitchen is as prepared as your heart is to welcome people into your home. The holidays are such a wonderful time of year to reflect on all the joy that the year has brought you, or celebrate that which hasn’t been perfect but can be improved upon next year. While you are making your shopping lists this year to ensure that you have all the requirements for entertaining, we have three brands that absolutely cannot be left off your list: Le Crueset, Silpat, and Charles Viancin.

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8 Fun Ways for your Kids to help with Thanksgiving Dinner

Thanksgiving is a time for family, food, and fun. It is a holiday where we gather together with our families and oftentimes extended families and enjoy a meal, share stories, and give thanks for the blessings we have. For most of us, the things we are most thankful for and cherish the most are our children. They light up the room when they walk in with their smiles and laughter. Their silly stories can make even the worst day be forgotten, and looking at their sleeping faces, well that’s just pure bliss. They are the reason we get so excited around the holidays… their joy is contagious!

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Giving Thanks The Fried Turkey Way

John McLemore is at it again, but this time, not only is it tasty and delicious with his signature techniques, but it will save you copious amounts of time this Thanksgiving. Imagine spending the holiday season actually giving thanks for the time you have to gather with friends and family. Instead of the traditional way of cooking a turkey, meaning hours of basting and watching that bird – be with your family and use all of your oven for the delicious side dishes that will beautifully compliment the tasty bird that we’ll show you how to fry up just right. Save time, infuse flavor, impress guests, and indulge this holiday season – all the while, giving thanks. 

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7 tips for Holiday Budget Success

Budgeting year round is a big enough challenge, but preparing for the holiday season can add an additional layer of intricacy. Planning in advance and starting shopping for the holiday season early can help alleviate some of the stress that comes with this expensive time of year. 

We’ve rounded up some finance experts to share their top tips for sticking to a budget throughout the holidays.

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3 Easy Vegetarian Dishes for the Holidays

If you’re a vegetarian, the holidays can be downright depressing. With turkey and ham being the main event at Thanksgiving and Christmas, vegetarians are often relegated to sorry side dishes: sad salads, boring mashed potatoes and tubes of cranberry sauce.

We can do better than that! Here are three hearty, gorgeous, meal-worthy vegetarian dishes for the holidays. Full of color and nutrition and easy to make, these dishes will soon become staples at your family’s Thanksgiving table.

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4 Tips for Holiday Meal Timing

We all want that picture perfect holiday meal — all the dishes spread out on the dining room table, everything perfectly done and steaming flavorful goodness, while the main dish is brought out and carved: moist, delicious and tender.

Norman Rockwell aside, getting that picture perfect holiday meal is easier said than done. We aren’t super moms and our kitchens don’t have 8 separate ovens for all the different foods. Time to employ some tips and tricks to get it all on the table at the right time and the right temperature.

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DIY: Turkey Finger Puppets

Let’s face it: the holiday gatherings are more for the adults in the family than the kids. We decorate with our most festive garlands and wreaths, we set the table with our finest dishes and silver, we plate the food as beautifully as we can. The kids don’t care about any of that. So let’s give them something they can appreciate– a fun, simple and inexpensive Thanksgiving themed craft they can enjoy and entertain themselves with while the grown-ups are preparing the meal or watching football. 

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10 Kid-Friendly Ways to Show Thankfulness

Thanksgiving is almost here and during this time of year we try to focus on recognizing the things we are grateful for. Did you know that gratitude doesn’t always come naturally to kids? It’s something that we, as parents, need to teach them — so doing this should be at the very top of our parenting to-do list. Children who express gratitude are often kinder, more appreciative, empathetic, and happier. Grateful children also have an understanding that other people have needs and they look outside themselves. They often are more polite, usually better behaved and generally more pleasant to be around. We all aspire to have kind, well-rounded and happy kids, and teaching them gratitude is one of the first steps!

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