7 Habits That Cause Holiday Weight Gain

The November through December holiday season can feel a little like freshman year of college. Between the excitement, stress, planning, and partying, before you know it those jeans are a little tough to zip. How can we think about eating healthy when there’s cookies, stuffing, pies, and endless comfort food, right? Wrong! The problem, though,... Read more »

Simple ingredient substitutions for holiday baking

Holiday baking traditions are delicious, but they’re still a time consuming chore: shopping…measuring…mixing…baking…and endless cleaning. The worst part, though, is realizing you’re missing an ingredient after you’ve begun. Don’t lose your baking mojo by running back to the store, these simple ingredient substitutions are probably already in your kitchen. In addition to the convenient baking... Read more »

7 recipes for leftover pumpkin puree

So we’ve hit the two months of the year when everything is pumpkin. Though I could do without the pumpkin spice lattes, I’m quite content with a cold slice of pumpkin pie. While there’s no shortage of pumpkin recipes, it’s a little annoying when the recipe doesn’t call for the entire can of pumpkin puree. There’s... Read more »

3 Badass Motivating TV Monologues

<blockquote class="twitter-video" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">&quot;Suck it up and run the world.&quot; Mellie with the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/MondayMotivation?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#MondayMotivation</a>! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Scandal?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Scandal</a> <a href="https://t.co/m6mUpqdRzA">pic.twitter.com/m6mUpqdRzA</a></p>&mdash; Scandal (@ScandalABC) <a href="https://twitter.com/ScandalABC/status/841276409427439616?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">March 13, 2017</a></blockquote>
<script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script> <br>Because we aren't always in a situation we love, and we aren't always in a position to leave it...but we can do something about it (Mellie Grant, Scandal)<br>
Apparently yesterday was International Day of the Girl. Though I’d never heard of it before, I’m happy to celebrate a day that empowers girls to change the future as women. Of course there are already young girls : Malala, Jazz Jennings, Julia Bluhm, Maya Penn, and this third grader making their mark on the world. I’d love to... Read more »

6 fabulous books for teens: plus one more important book for all ages

In general, I hate the books assigned to high school teenagers. Yes, classics are great and have their place, but packed into the high school curriculum isn’t necessarily that place. I despise Dickens…and The Great Gatsby may be one of my least favorite books…next to Watership Down. Yes, this is coming from a former high... Read more »

Puffed Pear Pancake: tastes like Sunday morning, simple enough for busy weekday breakfast

We’ve heard it a million times, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But, when the school bus comes at 6:30, you’re trying to get kids- and yourself- ready and out the door, making a hot breakfast seems downright laughable. Flipping pancakes before I’ve had a cup of coffee isn’t my favorite way... Read more »

Are you making these 5 clean eating mistakes?

I get it. Eating healthy isn’t always easy. It seems like one day this food is great for you, and the next…hmmm..maybe not so much. In general, though, choosing whole foods is more nutritious than focusing on the sum of its parts. A vitamin C supplement may give you a vitamin boost, but it won’t... Read more »

I found an auto service shop that doesn't suck: Dear Subaru this is for you

Dear Subaru, Grab a snack. This might take awhile. It’s a story of love…and hate…and love. At the end of 2010 it was time for a new car. As the owner of a sustainable living company, I was drawn to Subaru’s environmental reputation. “Get a Subaru” friends said. “They’re environmentally friendly!” “They have great customer... Read more »

Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey: and an unlikely love story

I often get frustrated with minor inconveniences: red lights when I’m running late, lost car keys, an uncooperative phone. Nothing of importance in the grand scheme of life…but I’ve been known to lose my shit over it a time or two. A crisis, on the other hand, and I’m your woman. I find my balance... Read more »

Still wondering what's a GMO? Here's how to decide if they're safe for your family

You’ve probably heard about GMO’s on the news…maybe you’ve even noticed “made with genetically modified ingredients” listed in ingredients. But what in the world ARE they? GMO’s (genetically modified organisms) are supposed to be the answer to end world hunger. ….they’re supposed to prevent farmers from losing crops to pests- to disease- to weather- And... Read more »