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Travel Tips for Hassle-Free Vacations

I’m fortunate enough that I’ve been able to travel the US extensively. We have friends all across the country and love to go visit them. In all my travels I’ve learned a few things to make traveling a little more enjoyable and less stressful. Here are a few travel tips I’ve learned over the last few years. Invest in a pair of noise canceling headphones. They’re totally worth the cost if you’re a nervous flyer. I analyze every little noise I hear on a plane thinking we could be in life-altering danger. These help block those noises out. Just be...

I’ve combed through over a thousand reviews of the Ninja Cooking System online to save you the time. See the best tips I've found here! 3

Reviews of the Ninja Cooking System ★ Helpful Tips

I love perusing reviews online. Whether it’s a major purchase or something as simple as a cookbook, I like knowing what other people think. I also like knowing how many people are out there talking about it—the more the merrier. Information seems more reliable when it comes from a bunch of real people who have actually used the item in question. Not surprisingly, I scoured online reviews of the Ninja Cooking System before I decided to pull the trigger and put one in my kitchen. That was well over a year ago now. I knew I made a good purchase with...

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Spiced Cider Brined & Roasted Turkey

I owe my Thanksgiving hosting good fortune to my Joy of Cooking cookbook. The first time I planned to host the holiday, I turned to the turkey section in my trusty cooking reference. The book gives a pretty hard sell on brined & roasted turkey. When you need advice for hosting your first Thanksgiving or roasting your first turkey, confident and straightforward advice is reassuring. And so I’d like to return the favor that I received from the authors of one of my favorite cookbooks. When in doubt, do a brined & roasted turkey. The first time I brined a turkey, I spent a good...

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Rethinking Resolutions for the New Year

It’s time to start rethinking resolutions. At Dish-y, we encourage the feel good factor. We do what we can to inspire positivity. If you haven’t already, check out our previous post and get a positivity fix before making next year’s goals. I think it’s important to start rethinking resolutions. That’s because I believe typical resolutions are more likely to set us up for disappointing failure than fulfilling success. (And failure tends to make us feel bad/worse/worst. This is the opposite of the feel good factor.) Here are three ways that I believe typical resolutions set us up for failure: Many resolutions...

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Do This Before Making New Year’s Resolutions

Before making New Year’s Resolutions this time around, I’d like to suggest a little exercise in reflecting on the positive side of life. I have always enjoyed making New Year’s Resolutions, but it’s occurred to me that the way most of us go about setting goals at the beginning of a new year can be more self-defeating than anything. I think the reason that many typical New Year’s Resolutions set us up for failure is that we focus so much on things that we think need to be fixed. Sometimes they are things that really do need to be fixed, but...

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13 Rules to Live By When Hosting Thanksgiving

It can be a little daunting hosting Thanksgiving at your home. Will the turkey explode into a dried mess when you cut into it? Will your drunk uncle go off on a tangent about those Starbucks cups? Will people like the new chef-y recipe you came up with for stuffing stuffed artichokes? I have now hosted Thanksgiving in my home for the last three years. Here are a few rules to live by to make sure you end the day with your sanity and everything turns out beautifully. Determine Your Menu Well in Advance First, brainstorm your menu. If you...

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My Top 5 Most Used Cookbooks

My biggest collection in my house could possibly be my shot glass collection. But definitely the runner-up is my cookbook collection. I have so many cookbooks that I don’t care to count. Some became my most used cookbooks, and some I sold in garage sales or donated to Goodwill because I was done with them. (I’ve only ever gotten rid of a shot glass if it became broken.) Cookbooks were my original textbooks and teachers when I first set out to learn to cook. Perhaps my Grandma Mast was my inspiration. I always remember her cooking up the wonderful Sunday dinners. My...

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Five Tips for Toddler Parenting

Right now, we’re raising a toddler. It is a delightful time in the development of a child. Cooper is so curious and creative. He surprises us almost every day. When Cooper was just a baby, I was a bit apprehensive about the toddler parenting phase. It’s the time when kids begin to develop their own opinions and become big enough to get into more dangerous trouble around the house. One thing I can say is that I’ve been surprised at how much my instincts have taken over. I find comfort in trusting my own instincts about a lot of aspects...

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7 Things I’d tell my 21 year old self

Like many people, when I turned 21 I was so excited about this whole new part of the world opening up to me. After having been left behind for months by older friends who were always “headed to the bars” in the later part of the evening, I was chomping at the bit for my turn to go along. If I ever end up stuck in a time machine, there are a few things I’d like to tell my 21 year old self. When I was finally able to go out to the bars with my friends, I didn’t even...

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7 Ways to Prepare Your Body for Pregnancy

I’m now 12 weeks into my pregnancy with our second child. Even though I learned a lot being pregnant with Cooper, I’ve been thrust into the discovery mode again. I’m realizing new things about being pregnant every day! Goes to show that there’s always something to learn. I wanted to share some advice about preparing for pregnancy that I carried with me from the first time around. And I’m throwing in some bonus tips that I wish someone had shared with me leading up to this pregnancy (or even the first). It’s amazing to me how different separate pregnancies can...