Enter iVillage's momtourage Contest! Every woman needs a momtourage—the people, organizations and businesses in her life that provide her with support, help her get things done, and allow her to be the best mom she can be. Get some great tips and enter to win iVillage's momtourage contest on their website. You could win a personal chef, babysitter or housecleaner, dinner by one of Bravo's Top Chef cheftestants for you and your momtourage or a spa day.
Instead of making croutons, use leftover bread to make a simple supper in the form of a strata. Like a savory bread pudding, this layered dish is filled with fleshy tomatoes and melted cheese. The recipe involves minimal prepwork giving you plenty of time to unwind after a long day. Pair with a glass of wine and a green salad. For the recipe, read more
Anyone who says they don't love a good deal is lying. With that notion in mind, iVillage has started Steals & Deals, a shopping blog that dishes about sample sales, in-store sales, and designer discounts. They also provide coupon codes for fashion and accessories. What's the latest? A Rachel Roy NYC sample sale!
Kids will be begging for their parents to pick up at least one of these bad boys:
- We already showed you the latest and greatest Elmo Vibe that likes to shake his money maker. Still in his prototype phase, he will be making his debut at toy stores soon!
To see some of the highlighted toys and a clip of kids testing them out, read more
Some cold, long, winter nights require chili. With its spicy heat and hearty goodness, a pot of chili warms the soul and the kitchen. Typically associated with stews and slow cooked meals, a delicious chili can actually be made in a short amount of time.
This chili, with chunks of chicken and pinto beans, comes together in a half an hour. To make this version vegetarian, substitute tofu for the chicken thighs and vegetable broth for the chicken broth. Sound delicious? Get the recipe, read more
Since this month's theme is Home Entertainment, I thought you might be interested in iVillage's list of items that are essential to throwing a good home-based party. I've excerpted part of the list below, and while I don't agree that disposable hand towels are a party essential (setting out several hand towels next to the sink is a more economical and environmental option), most of these tips are definite party musts. Since I have a party coming up this weekend — a traditional German Christmas party called a Feuerzangenbowle that my fiancé throws every year — I know that I'm going to take iVillage's advice and stock up on many of these supplies.
- Invitations. Set the tone for your holiday gathering with an invitation that reflects your party style — casual or formal, trendy or traditional.
- Fresh flowers. Flowers are a lovely and welcoming addition to a table or a guest bedroom. Buy a bunch and use them for decoration.
- Party favors. Send guests home with a small favor to help them remember your gathering. Candles, photographs, and cookies are fun and festive options.
- Centerpiece. Assemble a holiday-themed centerpiece. For Christmas, find pine garlands, holly, mistletoe, and pine cones. For Hanukkah, purchase dreidels and chocolate gelt.
- Firewood. A roaring fire will make your guests feel cozy and warm on a cold night. An even better option is using a Duraflame log. If you don't have a fireplace, and add a soft glow with candles.
- Wreaths. Create an inviting entrance to your home with a seasonal wreath. Eucalyptus or pine will evoke the spirit of the holidays.
- Soap. Fancy soaps, whether molded or French milled, will make your guests feel pampered.
Serving fish or chicken on top of a bed of greens, instead of rice or potatoes, is a great way to incorporate more vegetables into your everyday diet. Start tonight with a simple, sole spinach salad. Petrole sole is a super mild, flaky fish that takes on its surrounding flavors.
In this recipe, the lightly seasoned sole is quick-cooked in a sauté pan and served atop a bed of spinach, scallions, and shaved Parmesan. Luscious salty capers provide a jewel-like finish.
To get the delicious recipe, read more
Wondering what to do with almost wilted spinach? Mix it into a carbonara style pasta dish! Last week, I made this scrumptious dish that comes together in minutes. The spinach is tossed with garlic and lightly sautéed. To this, add cooked pasta and an egg, Parmesan, and parsley mixture. The egg provides a deliciously creamy texture, and the bacon gives the dish a salty finish. To get this wonderful, quick-fix recipe that pairs perfectly with a glass of red wine, read more
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