My latest Saturday a.m. staple is this unusual omelet, filled with cumin-laced black beans and crumbled feta. It's everything one could ask for in a breakfast — salty, creamy, and filling — but it clocks in at under 350 calories and about $1.50 per serving. You can't beat that! Want the recipe? Then read on.
Nighttime wining and dining can devastate your healthy daytime habits, whether you're with a special someone or your closest friends. Those delightfully decadent appetizers, simmering entrees, cocktails, and desserts add up quick, and it's hard to hit the gym afterward when there's fun to be had out on the town. Sunny Summer days and nights make for hot and healthy dates, but there are plenty of sound ways to stick to your resolution to be healthier mid-Winter besides a couple's trip to the gym. Stay fit and flirty despite freezing temperatures and tempting fondue towers with these tips.
- Calculate — Determine your discretionary income with a quick calculation: take your monthly income after taxes and subtract your fixed expenses like rent, insurance, and bills. The money left over is your discretionary income.
- Think Ahead — Look into the near future and pick out any expenses on the horizon like vacations, gifts, appliance replacements, etc.
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Since the International Lighting and Accessories Market is taking place this week in Dallas, TX, it seemed like a perfect time to share some upcoming trends in lighting design. Check out four major 2011 lighting trends from Sean Lavin, Vice President of Product Design at Tech Lighting.
- The Updated Classic – Beautiful Hand-blown Glass in Daring New Styles and On-Trend Colors "Timeless classics are inspired by the past, with a contemporary aesthetic extending to the future. Traditional materials such as hand-blown glass from Murano, Italy, and classic silhouettes are updated with fresh details and in new proportions. Among the colors for 2011 that will breathe new life into rooms for years is smoke, which has made its way into glass and other lighting fabrications as well."
- Contemporary Organic – Making Statements With Fabric "Natural materials and colors drawn from nature, including wool, tweed, thatch, linen, and braided styles are on-trend as calming neutrals. Silhouettes and patterns in this category find inspiration from around the globe, while palettes and textures add timeless interest."
It's not easy, or even foolproof, but that's why I actually believe it. She acknowledges happiness levels are mainly set in the first two years of life, when our brains form neural connections that determine how we regulate emotions. Less-than-ideal parents can put you off the beaten path to contentment, and any later trauma can undo the good done early on.
Regardless of the cause, chronic unhappiness is no way to live, but the brain is quite pliable and it's not too late to rewire it. Find out how below.
I've been curious as to which animal will lead the pack in the 2011 decorating scene. We've spotted birds for years now, and equestrian motifs have also been a hit. I asked you on Facebook to share your choices, and I've also polled friends for their ideas. Take a look at the creatures that have made it to the top of my list, and then vote for the one that you believe should emerge victorious. Will it be the sly fox, or one of the other 11 animals I've narrowed it down to?
I must admit I'm not the biggest pancake person, but this recipe for blueberry-cornmeal griddle cakes, which comes courtesy of the Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas, made me a total convert. There's something about the rustic cornmeal texture and the spicy-sweet chili honey that keeps me intrigued. Want to re-create a spa breakfast in your home? Read on.
Clutter is expensive, because you spend a lot of money buying and storing it. Having clutter can also emotionally cost you — the sight of things lying around unused or messing up your house may cause you stress. Here are some places you should consider cleaning up:
- Closet: I'm sure you have a couple of pieces that you can't fit into or that were in fashion, like, 10 years ago. Start afresh and either sell, donate, or throw them away. Remember, you can help someone out (and get a tax refund) if you give it away to places like the Salvation Army.
- Computer: Come on, admit it. There's plenty of stuff in your computer that needs to be thrown out — old word documents, emails, and online coupons you haven't used. Clean up your computer to make way for more memory space, and sell your unused coupons on CoupRecoup. Make sure to freshen up your online accounts as well like Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn so you can use them more efficiently.
For more places that could use some January cleaning, read on!
What are you up to this weekend? If you've been toying with the idea of hosting a get-together with your friends, then I've got the perfect inspiration for you.
Earlier today, I introduced you to Colleen Reilly and Stephania Stanley, two friends who've been hosting girls' night get-togethers complete with crafts, cooking, and lots of conversation for seven years running. In the first part of our interview, where the two discussed their Thursday night dinners, they offered some general tips on getting your own event started. Now they're back with even more ideas to make your hosting dreams a reality.
CasaSugar: What would you recommend as a good starter Thursday night craft night or dinner hosting experience?
Colleen Reilly: Our "Not Your Typical Doily-ed Valentines" are a good starter Thursday craft because the supplies needed are very shareable and they require little artistic skill, so ladies who don't feel as confident in their crafting abilities can feel comfortable to join in.
Stephania Stanley: Anything in our Lazy Thursdays section on our website would be good for a starter Thursday. Also, Yiayia's Quick Bean Soup is a great, easy cold weather recipe that will feed a lot of people.
We're less than two weeks into 2011, and I'm already failing at my New Year's resolutions to eat out less and go to yoga more. I started the year off with four consecutive yoga classes, but a week-long illness made keeping that up pretty hard. As far as curbing my habit of eating out, I have no excuses — I just haven't made an effort. The good news is that there are 50 weeks left in the year to make good on these promises to myself. I'll be getting my yoga on this weekend at the Yoga Journal Conference: San Francisco, and it's never too late to start brown bagging it to lunch.
How are you doing with your 2011 healthy resolutions — working hard or hardly working? Join our Get Fit For 2011 community challenge and giveaway for some extra incentives to stick with your goals. If you want to talk more about your 2011 healthy resolutions, join us for a live Twitter chat this Thursday. We'll be fielding questions and dishing up advice on how to stick to your resolutions all year long.
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