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Holiday Challenge: The Twelve Days of Kindness

What if, instead of the Twelve Days of Christmas, we had the Twelve Days of Kindness? What if this holiday season in particular, when people might be needing a little more love and tenderness than usual, we each decided to set an intention of performing a daily act of kindness for 12 consecutive days? It’s not hard to imagine the benefits of such an endeavor. We would be making life just a little easier for our fellow humans. And, if even for a moment, the world would be a little softer, a little nicer, a little more welcoming. But…

Five Tips to Make This Holiday Season Super Chill

The holidays… for me it brings up visions of glamorous parties, festive twinkly lights, tearful reunions, delicious treats, and of course presents, presents, and more presents. In my imagination, it’s all so joyful and exciting. In reality, it’s a time of year when I have even more on my already busy To Do list: holiday shopping, holiday decorating, holiday baking, holiday entertaining, holiday dressing, holiday travel, holiday cards, etc., etc., etc. No matter that I have no intention of doing half of these things – the problem is I want to do all of these things because I worry…

Upset about the Election Results? Take Action.

Late Tuesday evening, when it became very clear that Hillary Clinton was not going to be elected president, I was completely caught off guard. I realize, now, I had a blind spot about what nearly half of the people in this country think is good and right and reasonable. If I had been more aware, I might have been able to prepare myself for a possible defeat. But I was in complete denial, and so when Donald Trump was elected, it wasn’t just disappointing, it was a terrible shock.

Over the past several days since November 8, I have…

DIY: Make Your Own Standing Desk… Plus Why You NEED One

Hey everybody! Welcome to another annelovescoffeemore DIY: Standing Desks – MacGyver edition. First: fun fact! “…some research shows inactivity now kills more people than smoking.” Yah, you read that right. The quote, by author Tom Rath, is from this Forbes.com article. And though it seems like hyperbole, the key word is “kills,” because even though smoking is a terribly unhealthy habit, it is possible fewer people are dying from smoking because fewer people are smoking period. At the same time, more and more people are spending big chunks of time sitting/inactive – working at a desk job, binge-watching Gilmore…

Unsweetened Dark Chocolate Bark with Raw Nuts and Dried Figs

Those of you who saw last week’s post about Challah now know that I have a special fondness for food items with a sweet flavor profile. I believe this love of sweet things is one of the reasons Halloween is my favorite holiday. I mean, sure, dressing up in a costume can be creative (not looking at you 2-holes-in-sheet ghost) and “fun” but, really, it seems logical that part of the enjoyment is a result of the sugar-high that results from eating 12 trial-size Snickers in a 5-minute span. Plus there is… Click…

Life Hack: How Avocado Can Make Your Skin Smooth

The avocado: a creamy, green, glorious fruit and one of the best food reasons to live in California. I love avocado so damn much. It’s good on toast with salt, lemon and olive oil when I am feeling like a little hipster, and, as guacamole, it’s the best thing about Mexican food (and there are a so many good things about Mexican food). The best thing about avocado, though, is that it is so super good for you. According to [the 100% factually accurate] Wikipedia, 1/2 cup of avocado provides the following RDA: Vitamin C (12%), B…