Meatless Monday: Tempeh Tacos

In honor of Meatless Monday, today we are talking about tempeh. You know — that brownish, grayish, grainy, cake-y looking block you see in the meat substitute section at the grocery store.

We just made tempeh sound really appetizing, right?

We know — tempeh looks a little odd, but it really is quite delicious! Plus, it’s bursting with protein and vitamins, is super easy to digest and a total breeze to cook with. Don’t believe us? Here’s a recipe for tempeh tacos that will take you all of 15 minutes to whip together, start to finish. Add your favorite taco toppings, and you’ll have a nutritious and delicious Meatless Monday dish your family will be asking for all week long!

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Turning Your Day Around When Chaos Strikes

“Tweet, tweet, tweet!” chirp the birds outside your window. You smile and stretch, give your husband a smooch and get up slowly to start your day. The coffee is already brewed, and you sit down to enjoy a hot cup of joe when the kids come downstairs, dressed and ready for breakfast. “Pancakes or toast?” you ask, having a very June Cleaver moment, when all of a sudden… you wake up. From what, pray tell?

Your 4-year-old smacking you in the face demanding Caillou and Cheerios and your husband jumping out of bed, a half hour late to work since you accidentally set the alarm to PM not AM (again). As you rush downstairs, toddler at your feet, you realize there’s no coffee or milk for the Cheerios and you’re bickering with your husband over Alarmgate 2015.

Sound familiar? We all have those days where you wish you could start over and not feel like you are about to explode before 8am. When your morning starts with chaos, it tends to set the mood for the rest of the day and leaves you stressed out and easily agitated. Since you can’t snap your fingers and have a do-over, here are five tips to help you mentally and emotionally start the day over for the better.

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9 Autumn Activities for the Whole Family

Welcome to fall! The time of year when you tend to move your activities inside as you prepare for shorter days and chillier weather. But don’t be so quick to shut off the idea of outdoor fun. Grab your favorite sweater, because there are plenty of outdoor autumn activities that you can enjoy as a family. So as football season approaches, get off the couch, head outside and tackle these fun (and mostly free) family fall activities!

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6 Things to Consider before Filing a Lawsuit

You slipped and fell in a restaurant.
You were rear ended at an intersection.
Your doctor prescribed medication and you had unpleasant side effects.
You tripped on a curb in the parking lot of a major retail chain.

There are several things you should consider before hiring a lawyer and filing a lawsuit. Civil litigators have seen Plaintiffs panic when they realize, by filing a lawsuit, that sensitive information they’d rather leave in the past gets dredged upWhile there’s no question that a person who is legitimately injured because of someone else’s negligence should be compensated, you need to consider these 6 things first and ask yourself if a lawsuit is really worth it

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Fostering Relationships with Family Far Away

Living far from your extended family can be tough, especially when raising kids. The majority of parents want their children to have close relationships with their extended family, but because of work or other circumstances, it isn’t possible to actually live close.  Living far away doesn’t mean your kids can’t have amazing relationships with everyone in your family. Here are 4 ideas to guide you in fostering relationships with family far away.

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Make Your Own Mayo

Mayonnaise is a staple in most every American household. From a simple turkey sandwich, to pasta and tuna salads, to snack foods and dinner entrees, mayo is a crowd pleaser and a palate pleaser. Instead of settling for the unwanted and mysterious ingredients in major mayo store brands, don’t you think something with a bit less sugar and preservatives and made with real ingredients sounds more enticing? We’re here to give you a healthier mayo fix by showing you how to whip up your own homemade mayonnaise in 15 minutes with 5 ingredients!

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5 Rules to Help You Be a Better Stepmom

If you grew up within a stepfamily, then you already know the unique perspective you have going into the role of being a stepmom. In many ways, it can give you a helping hand in better understanding the feelings your children and stepchildren are experiencing. After all, you felt those same feelings when you were a child.

These five rules are never-break laws that can help you navigate your life and become a better stepmother.

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Pen Pals: Get Your Kids Writing

Pen Pals

If you ever had a pen pal as a child, you might remember the excitement of seeing a letter with your name written on it.  Even if you never had a pen pal, just think of how fun it was to receive a piece of mail that was addressed to you during the holidays or for your birthday.  Surely it made you feel special to know someone far away was thinking of you and it might have even inspired you to write a letter in return.  Writing letters is not only a way to show someone you are thinking of them, it is also educational and instills a little thoughtful discipline, too.  All in all, the practice of letter writing reinforces good manners, friendships, and develops your child’s character in a positive way.

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10 Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

We are all guilty of participating in a yo-yo diet at one point, and there is no doubt that the end result was less than satisfying. There is a common misconception that, as we age, our metabolism starts to slow down making it harder for our body to break down food which in turn can make it hard to lose or maintain a healthy weight.

Metabolism is defined as thephysical and chemical processes in an organism by which its material substance is produced, maintained, and destroyed, and by which energy is made available.

Not only is that claim of ‘as we get older our metabolism slows down’ not true, but in fact there are several ways to boost your metabolism:

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Keepsake Bins: Organizing Your Child’s School & Art Work

Masterpiece after masterpiece has been posted to your refrigerator door. Second grade poems of “Roses are red, violets are blue, you’re my mom, and I love you!” and finger painted butterflies have been strewn on intricately designed clotheslines on your walls (thanks, Pinterest!), or placed in frames to be displayed for a short while until the next A+ comes along. While it is so important to display your child’s hard work and creativity, we know the question on every parent’s mind when another piece comes home stuffed inside their backpack — Am I supposed to save e v e r y t h i n g? The answer is no, but there is an efficient way that you can save the important pieces all in one place where they will be kept safe and organized for you and your child to look back on for years to come. 

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3 Stages of Learning for Children

If you have small children, you have probably already noticed their propensity for asking “Why?” While the barrage of these “why”s can be exhausting some days, you understand that you are pouring information into little sponges who are anxious to learn about the world around them. But what about elementary age children? Or middle school? Or high school? How are these bigger kids learning?

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How to Create a Bunco Group

As busy moms, we sometimes don’t carve out enough time for friends and fun, and if we do, it’s usually once in a blue moon. If you’re craving some lady time that is consistent, fun, and “rewarding”, then consider creating a Bunco group with your gals!

Bunco… you mean the game that my grandma plays at her retirement home? Yup, that’s the one! But, believe it or not, it’s a game that has no age prejudice, and is just as fun if you’re 20 or 80. Grandma may or may not bring the booze, but we bet she loves the quality time spent with her friends, the magical feeling of lady luck on her shoulder, and the chance of becoming Bunco Queen complete with a wad of cash in hand as she waddles back to Room #3B.

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