December 15, 2016

The holidays seem to be rife with trash, trash and more trash. From gift boxes, wrapping paper, bows and mailing boxes to food containers, our trash bins seem to be filled to the very brim this time of year.

And the question always arises: Is this recyclable?

We desperately wanted to give you a definitive answer on what is and isn’t recyclable. Unfortunately, while local trash comp...

December 14, 2016

One of my favorite things about fall and winter is that I get to walk around with a thermos, or a Jiva water bottle, filled with a delicious, hot drink all day long. The cold makes the hot drink particularly enjoyable. The hot drink makes the cold more endurable. I could go to Starbucks multiple times a day to get my fix, but these three caffeine-free beverages are so easy to mak...

December 7, 2016

On those days when the world is swirling around us and everyone in our proximity seems to want a piece of us, the default is to sacrifice ourselves for everyone else and dismiss our needs. We put our heads down and plough through as best we can, thinking we will eventually find a moment to breathe.

I have come to find that if during those days I take a step back and steal 10 minut...

November 1, 2016

Growing up, I never quite understood why my mom didn’t enjoy the holidays as much as we did. Now I know. I know it’s difficult to sink into the moment and have fun when you’re making sure everyone is fed, the house isn’t torn apart, and the kids don’t overdose on sugar.

While chatting about Thanksgiving at LYB, we began to think about ways to simplify Thanksgiving dinner so we can...

October 28, 2016

I just finished reading Alain de Botton’s The Course of Love. In de Botton’s words, the book is about “a couple, Rabih and Kirsten, [who] fall in love. They get married. They have children. Society tells us this is the end of the story. In fact, it is only the beginning.”

While The Course of Love is about marriage, I find the thesis applies to almost everything in life, including...

October 19, 2016

We have all heard breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it’s not always easy to put our needs first and get a nutritious meal during what tends to be the most chaotic time of the day.

To make getting a good breakfast fast and easy, we have put together some suggestions. These options are packed with protein and complex carbohydrates, which provide a boost for the da...

October 13, 2016

This past Sunday, for the first time in about two months, I was able to shower without interruptions during the weekend. My 2.5 year old didn’t barge in, eager to show me what he was doing. My husband didn’t need help finding a new pack of diapers. My 5 month old slept through her whole morning nap. I stood under the shower head, feeling the hot water flood over and me and though...

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