Great Care the Easy Way: Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare Website Honored

For the sixth consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare health plan website,, is rated one of the top Medicare websites in the nation for providing consumers with an easy, positive and high-value experience, according to HealthMetrix Research Inc., an independent research firm.

HealthMetrix evaluated 160 Medicare Advantage websites for Medicare WebWatch national certification in 2018, and Kaiser Permanente’s is one of nine given “top benchmark” status, the highest rating. To achieve this status, 50 website features were analyzed including: plan-specific content, external content resources, member connectivity, design and navigation, and transparency and privacy disclosure.

“Making it easy for consumers to learn about their Medicare coverage options is crucial when one considers that approximately 10,000 baby boomers across the nation become eligible for Medicare each day,” said Agnes Strandberg, senior vice president, Kaiser Permanente Medicare program.

Growing numbers of older adults benefit from Kaiser Permanente’s not-for-profit status and from being the nation’s largest integrated health system. They prefer to shop online and those who are eligible can enroll in a Kaiser Permanente Medicare health plan directly on the website.

“We continue to enhance our online capabilities and navigation features to ensure the best possible experience for consumers,” said Strandberg. “Every year we see an increase in visits and enrollments through our Medicare website.”

In addition to providing eligibility requirements, cost and coverage options, and easy online enrollment, Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare website offers:

  • A Medicare Learning Center with easy access to useful information including downloadable checklists, frequently asked questions and answers, and helpful videos for consumers to learn more about Medicare, when to sign up, and how to make an informed plan choice
  • A search tool to help consumers find and register for a Kaiser Permanente Medicare seminar in their area
  • An online enrollment form for Kaiser Permanente Medicare members to enroll in optional supplemental benefits such as dental, hearing, vision and fitness
  • A section that provides a streamlined Medicare educational and enrollment experience to Kaiser Permanente members turning 65
  • Consumer surveys to gather information and apply learnings to optimize the website
  • New capabilities that include a link to health and wellness articles specifically curated for older adults, and look-up tools to find a sales representative in the consumer’s area and to find employer groups that offer online enrollment for their retirees

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5 easy homemade baby foods to get you started


Ashleigh Evans

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Is your little one ready for food? These tips and tricks to start making your own food at home may help you get started.

Quick and easy recipes for making your own baby food. These save time AND money, plus you know exactly what you're feeding the little one! via @babycenter

As a busy mom of 4, I absolutely love a semi-homemade approach to making baby food. Once or twice a week I make 2-3 different varieties for Liam to eat. Nothing crazy complicated and it saves tons of money.

If you’ve never made your own baby food before, all the information can be overwhelming. There are so many gadgets and so-called essentials sold on the market that you don’t really need. Everything you need is probably already in your pantry.

Quick and easy recipes for making your own baby food. These save time AND money, plus you know exactly what you're feeding the little one! via @babycenter

Some useful items:

1. A chopper or blender. We adore our Ninja chopper because it can make smoothies AND chop up foods. Two in one!

2. Fork or masher. Yup, most of the foods can me mashed with a fork.

3. Storage containers. We really love small, wide mouth mason jars (like these Ball jars) with reusable lids.

I really love that almost anything you could want is available in the freezer section now. It’s quite different than when I was first making food for my twins almost 9 years ago. My favorite frozen items to buy are peas, green beans, butternut squash, peas & carrots, broccoli, and vegetable medleys with quinoa.

To make the food, simply steam the frozen veggies in their bags or on the stove. I always recommend using filtered water when making baby food, just to be on the safe side. For carrots, I buy a bag of organic baby carrots, steam them with 1 cup of water, and blend. So simple!

Liam’s first 5 foods:

  1. Mashed bananas
  2. Peas
  3. Avocado
  4. Unsweetened applesauce
  5. Carrots

When you’re purchasing foods, sometimes when you stray away from the baby food aisle, you can save TONS of money. Here in Michigan, a small container (6 ounces) of baby food applesauce averages around $ 1, where a large container of unsweetened in the regular aisle runs around $ 2. Also consider canned fruit in its own juices or no sugar added to blend for food. I love to shop at Aldi for tons of deals.

Quick and easy recipes for making your own baby food. These save time AND money, plus you know exactly what you're feeding the little one! via @babycenter

Do you have any baby food making tips or favorites?

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8 Easy Ways to Curb Your Drunken Spending Habit (Sober You Will Thank You!)

We have a tendency to make bad decisions while drinking. Whether you call it human nature or liquid courage, our drunk selves know no bounds when it comes to the test of intoxication.

Here’s a little test. Which have I done while drinking?

  1. Texted an ex
  2. Cartwheels in the street
  3. Made an impulse purchase
  4. All of the above

The answer is likely “d.” All of the above.

Aside from a bruised knee or ego, recovering from a drunken impulse purchase — or five — takes the longest. A late-night affair with Amazon has compounding repercussions, from overextended budgets and overdrawn accounts to long-term interest on credit cards.

Looks like I’m not the only one shopping under the influence.

Americans Spend Excessively While Drunk

Of Americans who drink regularly, 46% admit to spending while sipping, according to a survey of 2,000 American adults by shopping comparison website

“Who me?”

Yeah, you!

In 2016, the average drunken shopper spent $ 206, but 2017 said, “Hold my beer” and more than doubled that number to $ 447.57. That’s a jaw-dropping total of $ 30.43 billion in spontaneous spending while on the sauce.

Sober brains and depleted bank accounts across America collectively cry out, “Somebody help us.”

Truth is, only you can help yourself.

How to Curb Drunken Spending

Putting a few safeguards in place will keep your accounts in the black when you black out. Let’s be honest, you should probably do a couple of these just for safety’s sake.

1. Remove Any Saved Credit Card Information

Strip away convenience, and delete any saved card numbers from your mobile device and internet browsers.

Sure, it’s annoying to enter it when you’re not drinking, but remember, you’re doing this for your own good. Who knows, it might even make you reconsider your sober spending. Just keep them saved on Uber or Lyft.

2. Delete Store Apps From Your Phone

It seems like an annoying hassle to do, but if that app is a pipeline to your purchasing, delete it. Now! There’s a good chance you won’t remember your login information, or be able to add your credit card or complete a purchase while you’re tipsy. Screenshot any must-haves and reconsider them the next day.

3. Disable One-Click Shopping

This feature makes impulse shopping way too easy. Cut it out on all shopping sites on your mobile devices and computers. It’s a sneaky trick that gets you to spend, even when you’re clear-headed. This is especially important if you cannot or do not remove your saved credit and debit cards.

4. Hide Your Cards

Stash your cards somewhere you can’t access them once you start drinking. It could be in a roommate or parent’s room, or locked in a drawer at work before you hop off to happy hour.

If you’ve also removed them from your browsers and apps, there’s no chance you’re going to order that Loch Ness monster soup ladle at 2 a.m.

5. Plan Ahead and Bring Cash

You can prevent impulse spending if you hide your cards and withdraw only the cash you plan to spend for the evening. Once it runs out, you’re done. No rounds on you for the gang; no access to an ATM. Tomorrow you will appreciate it.

6. Change Your Passwords

If it’s going to be a real rager, safeguard yourself in advance by changing your login information. Write it down, hide it or store it somewhere you can’t access when you start feeling like a baller.

If you still somehow magically end up on a shopping website or app, you will not be able access your account, earn points or complete a purchase if other measures are in place. Just save it to the cart or a wishlist for you to laugh at tomorrow. Better there than on your doorstep.

7. Block Yourself

The Chrome extension StayFocused allows you to limit the amount of time you spend on distracting websites, shopping sites included. You can set a timer for a particular website, and the extension will block you from accessing the site once time is up. Granted, you could just switch browsers, but I doubt your drunk brain will be that dedicated to a Snorlax pillow.

If it is, consider setting up Cold Turkey, which basically blocks the whole internet until the timer is up. You should be in bed anyway.

8. Skip the Sauce

It’s a Captain Obvious suggestion, but if you’re going to great lengths to stop yourself from draining your accounts and buying Lucky Charms in bulk, maybe sit this round out. Not drinking will definitely save you money and stop you from spending it.

Don’t Let Buyer’s Remorse Get You

I have a friend who doesn’t get hangovers — she’s a medical anomaly. But you know what she does get? Buyer’s remorse. No one is immune to that. If you’re normal like me — in terms of getting post-drinking hangovers, that is — waking up with a throbbing head, dry mouth and a depleted bank account is one of the most regrettable feelings.

See if sober you can put drunk you to the test. The worst thing that can happen is that you have to wait until tomorrow.

Stephanie Bolling is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She recently bought five wedding dresses online after drinking. It said “free returns.”

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10 Easy Ways to Make Your Home Smart

Thanks to home automation, you can now have complete and personalized control of your appliances, lighting, temperature, and even entertainment—all through internet-enabled applications. By automating your home and being able to control it from anywhere in the world, home automation will help you save time, money, and energy. Here are ten easy ways to make your home a smart home.


Secure Your Home

As a homeowner, safety and security is a top priority, and smart homes offer this peace of mind so that you always know what’s going on at home—even when you’re not there.  Safety reviewed 50 home security systems available for smart homes. These systems provide views of the home through cameras in and around the home. Some even offer a keyless entry feature so you can unlock doors from the safety of your car.

Control Your Solar Energy System

Tracking your energy use is particularly important with solar, especially if you net meter. Net metering allows homeowners to sell unused energy back to the utility company. Green Tech Media mentions Sky, a solar power control center that tracks usage to help you investigate peaks and patterns in use. It’s like having a personal utilities assistant.

Ease Landscaping with Automated Sprinklers

Say goodbye to flooded yards and wilted flowers thanks to automatic landscape watering from Rachio. The application connects to wifi and allows users to schedule watering periods based on climate and landscaping needs.

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Set Your Thermostat and Enjoy Off-Peak Hours

Heating and cooling our homes garnishes a large percentage of home budgets. Smart home thermostat applications tap into off-peak times  set by utility companies in order to save consumers money and ease use of power grids. CNET reviews the price and features of some of the most popular smart thermostat systems.

Let Smart Homes Light Your Way

Need to raid the fridge but dread feeling your way down a dark hallway? Homes with smart lighting allow occupants to control lighting from computers and even phone applications. Now you can turn on the kitchen light from your bed. CNET’s review of wifi-enabled home control systems include connections to Echo and Google.

Increase Safety from Gases and Smoke

Rest easy with the best smoke and carbon monoxide detectors of 2018. Applications provide notifications of increased levels while also detecting smoke. Tired of the incessant beeping after burning the popcorn? You’ll also be able to enjoy turning off the smoke detector with a phone app rather than the end of a broomstick.


Keep Track of Loved One’s Movements

Medical Guardian provides a motion detecting system for tracking movements in the home. These systems can alert users of falls of loved ones. The program is popular for adult children caring for aging parents, as well as the parents of children with disabilities who are at risk for leaving home.

Monitor Your Home’s Health

To help protect your home from water leaks and damage (including frozen pipes and flooding), check out some of these smart water leak detectors. These systems are prime for occupants on vacation or otherwise away from home. The system quickly alerts occupants of problems allowing water lines to be turned off sooner, saving money and potential home damage.

Entertaining with the Smart Home

Binging through Netflix and Hulu just got even easier. Now you can watch all your favorites without even leaving the couch, thanks to smart home automation through products that use voice control on entertainment devices including smart TVs, gaming, and music systems. One product, Singlecue, leaves voice control behind, requiring a mere wave of the hand or similar gesturing.

Smart Pools Save Time and Money

Save time and energy with smart pool technology. These systems monitor a pool’s water level and even the chemistry of the water. The system allows scheduling pool pump usage during off-peak hours for savings. This also helps maintain a healthy pool environment by avoiding premature evaporation and escalated chemical levels.

What’s your personal experience with smart home technology? Share with us in the comments below!

This guest article was provided by Kyle Pennell of Power Scout.

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3 Easy Tricks to Untangle Necklaces

If you wear necklaces—and especially if you layer them, as so many of us do—ending up at some point with your chains in a tangle is practically a given. Whether they’re tucked away in your handbag for travel, resting atop your vanity, or simply hanging around your neck, chain necklaces have a way of getting into an entangled mess that can be a nuisance to deal with. After one particularly frustrating knotted-necklace fiasco, we decided it’s time to explore a few solutions. Below we’ve outlined our top three tricks for how to untangle necklaces so you never have to let an intertwined jumble of chains keep you from wearing your favorite pieces. The hacks are quick, easy, and rely on common household items you likely already have lying around. So don’t let anymore tangled necklaces slow down your day—follow the below tricks and get on your way.

Apply baby oil to the knot with a cotton swab. This will make the chains slippery and the knot will come undone easier when you pull on the chain. If the knot is still tight, gently massage it until you begin to feel it loosen. Once you’ve untangled the knot, you can rinse the baby oil off the necklace using a mild soap.

Insert a straight pin into the center of the knot, then slowly pull up to separate the chains that your fingers can’t reach. You may need to work this a few ways to loosen up particularly complex knots. Be sure not to catch any openings in the chain of the necklace and risk breaking it.

Sprinkle baby powder on the knot. This will act as a lubricant to make the chains easier to pull apart. Once you’ve untangled the knot, rinse the baby powder off the necklace using a mild soap.

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Easy DIY Basement and Attic Projects That Will Keep Your Stuff Secure

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Whether it’s boxes of family memories, or just out-of-season clothing and holiday decor, one thing is certain. You need a safe, secure place to stash your cherished belongings.

There’s always the option to store your valuables in a self-storage unit, although you might want the convenience of starting with storage space in your own home. However, basements and attics aren’t always the most suitable environments for important items. But with a few hours, a few bucks and some ingenuity, you can make better use of these prime storage areas and help keep your house from looking like an episode of Hoarders.

Here are four weekend home improvement projects suitable for any level of DIY skill (even no skill!) that will create additional, secure storage for your most important belongings.


Install shelving in your basement

Cost: $ 30 – $ 50
Time commitment: 1 hour (plus purging and organizing)

Tempted to just toss boxes in your basement for what Mike Kerrigan, a Chicago-area DIY er and real estate agent calls a “set-it-and-forget-it” storage system? Don’t do it—and not just because it will be impossible to find anything in the mess. “All basements have the threat of leaking or flooding. If boxes are on the floor,” Kerrigan advises, the contents are likely to be damaged.”

The solution is to install simple shelving, which protects boxes from moisture and also prevents fragile items from getting crushed underneath. While you could build your own shelves with some plywood, he recommends checking into plastic shelving that can be snapped together with no tools. “You can find it at big box stores for as low as $ 30 for five good-size shelves,” Kerrigan says.

Another option is to repurpose kitchen cabinets. Post on your local social media pages or visit a used building supply store like Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore. The less time you spend building the shelves, the more time you can spend on a more useful project—decluttering. “Create zones for your treasures, with different areas for holiday decorations, sports equipment, and documents,” Kerrigan says. “It’ll be much easier to find what you need.”

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Waterproof your basement

Cost: $ 40 – 45 per gallon
Time commitment: 2 hours to an afternoon, depending on size

While it’s true that basements are prone to water leakage, there’s nothing stopping you from making the basement a little less prone to moisture, notes Carrie Thompson, facility manager at Affordable Mini Storage, LLC in Roanoke, VA. “If you have concrete walls, you’ll want to lock the moisture out.”

Since concrete is a porous surface, her best suggestion is to paint concrete walls with DryLok, a latex-based waterproof “paint” that helps keep your space dry, a tip she uses at her own storage facility. “Since DryLok leaves a gritty surface and a dull, off-white look to the walls, we always paint over it with a standard latex paint,” she adds. And while you’re waterproofing your basement, why not add a pop of color to the basement while you’re down there?

Waterproof your attic

Cost: $ 25 – $ 35 per gallon
Time commitment: 2 hours to an afternoon depending on size

DIY-er Caleb Backe finds that people are more prone to think of waterproofing their basement than their attic, but he finds it’s a must if you’re going to be using it for storage. (See below before you decide if that’s a good idea for you or not.)

“From the loss of valuables to problems stemming from mold, water intrusion is not something to be taken lightly,” Backe says. Of course, you’ll want to make sure your roof isn’t leaking, but that’s a job for a professional. You can waterproof the rest of the surfaces with an oil-based waterproofing compound that can cover cement or wood.

“It’s important to move slowly and cover every inch, and use a brush rather than a roller,” Backe recommends. While you’re at it, attic ventilation is a good precaution to take as well.

Add flooring to your attic (proceed with caution!)

Cost: Negligible; visit your lumber supply to get some boards
Time: Minimal

This seems like a no-brainer as a way to increase space, but you’ll want to take care, cautions Kerrigan. “In newer homes, the attic is usually accessed by a narrow hatch, and carrying a box of treasures up a ladder will be a test of balance and strength,” Kerrigan says. “Rafters are designed to hold up the roof and not load rated for much else.”

So unless your home has a pull-down stairwell (think Clark Griswold in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation) or you’re in an older home with a dedicated stairway, your storage will be limited to a few light boxes, he adds. In addition, attics experience dramatic temperature changes, which can harm most of your items—from electronics to photos and artwork.

“Sometimes a few boards laid out on the rafters will provide enough room for storage of lighter items,” Kerrigan says. But don’t overdo it—or you risk having your project turn into far more than DIY.

This guest post was provided by Cathie Ericson of SpareFoot.

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Stay Balanced: 10 Easy Steps to Prevent Falls

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Did you know that falls are the leading cause of fatal and nonfatal injuries in people aged 65 and older?

A study published late last year in the Journal of American Medical Association shows we already know how to stop these falls. For example, encouraging physical exercise and correcting poor vision are extremely beneficial. And older patients also do better when health care teams tailor fall prevention advice specifically to them. All we need to do is use that knowledge, says Eric B. Larson, MD, MPH, vice president for Research and Health Care Innovation, Kaiser Permanente Washington; executive director, Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute.

Dr. Larson knows this to be true because of his own mother’s experiences — she had suffered broken bones from past falls. After starting a daily habit of walking and leg-lifting exercises, she became stronger, gained better balance, and experienced fewer falls.

Gleaned from these learnings with his mother, his own work and research elsewhere, Dr. Larson shares 10 simple tips to help prevent falls.

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10 Easy Ways to Lose Weight Without Dieting

Despite what the latest fad plans may tell you, you don’t have to restrict and starve yourself to lose weight. Making a few easy-to-follow changes can go a long way when it comes to hitting your goal.

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Vegetarian Made Easy: 3 Instant Pot Recipes Under $2 Per Serving

At first, my Instant Pot sat in its box, staring menacingly at me from across the room.

I have to admit I was pretty intimidated at the thought of using a pressure cooker to make meals, so for a while, I simply pretended it didn’t exist.

Of all the pressure cookers out there, the name Instant Pot seems to come up regularly in my circles. My friends raved about the ease of use and bragged about how little time they now spent cooking nutritious and delicious meals for their families. And so, when the Instant Pot was on sale on Amazon at the end of 2016, I took the plunge.

But soon enough, I realized I needed to stop being a wuss and just try it. And once I did, I understood why my friends were such huge fans of this appliance.

Now, many people rave about how easy it is to cook meat in the pressure cooker, and I’m sure that is true. But as a vegetarian, I was looking for meatless meals I could make in my Instant Pot.

When I first started searching, I realized most veggie-based Instant Pot recipes were for side dishes and quickly got discouraged. But once I’d tried out a few recipes and felt more confident, I decided to start converting some of my favorite recipes to Instant Pot recipes.

After some trial and error, I have a list of my favorite vegetarian Instant Pot recipes — some designed for pressure-cooking and some that I have converted. Here are three of my favorites.

Chillie in a bowl next to vegetables

Quinoa chili is vegetarian friendly without sacrificing flavor or texture. Carmen Mandato/The Penny Hoarder

Leek and Potato Soup

I’ve always been a fan of leek and potato soup, so I was thrilled to see this recipe from Instant Pot Eats. The soup requires some sauteeing before pressure-cooking, which is easy using the Instant Pot’s sauté setting. Before eating, I puree the soup using my hand blender, which I find easier than pouring the soup into a traditional blender in batches.

The original recipe calls for you to peel the potatoes, but I skipped this step because I wanted the extra nutrients from the potato skin.


1.2-1.4 ounces of butter (about 3 tablespoons): 30 cents

2 large leeks, sliced: $ 1

1.3 pounds white potatoes, diced into large cubes: $ 1

3 large handfuls of kale leaves: 49 cents

3 cloves garlic, diced: 18 cents

1 teaspoon Dijon mustard: 3 cents

1.5 liter vegetable broth (about 4 cups): $ 1.99

Salt and pepper, to taste

Total: $ 4.99 for 4 servings

Red Lentil Masala with Spinach

This red lentil masala from Naturally Ella has been one of my favorite recipes for a while. It’s tasty, filling and comforting, and it pairs well with rice or naan bread — or both, if you can’t choose!

This isn’t a pressure-cooker recipe, but I was able to convert it using the recipe guide that came with my Instant Pot. I followed the original recipe up until I added the lentils, coconut milk and tomatoes, and then cooked for 15 minutes using the manual setting.

Once the 15 minutes were up, I left the pressure to release naturally for about 10 minutes and then released the remaining pressure using the quick-release function. I then added the spinach and put the lid back on, letting it remain on the warm setting for about 5 minutes before serving.


1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil: 10 cents

1 small red onion, diced: 49 cents

2 cloves garlic, minced: 16 cents

1/3 cup masala paste (see original recipe for details): $ 2.44

1 cup stewed tomatoes: 99 cents

1 cup coconut milk: $ 1.25

1/2 cup red lentils: 47 cents

2 cups spinach, packed: 31 cents

Total: $ 6.21 for 4 servings

Quinoa Chili

quinoa being poured into insta pot

 One benefit of the Instant Pot is that you no longer have to pre-cook the quinoa; it can be added right along with the other ingredients. Carmen Mandato/The Penny Hoarder

Cooking Classy’s quinoa chili is another recipe I adapted for the Instant Pot. I’ve tried many recipes for vegetarian chili, but they all seemed to be missing something.

The addition of quinoa in this recipe adds texture and flavor to the chili, which has become one of my favorites. I like to serve it on top of a baked sweet potato, but it’s equally good with a toasted peanut butter sandwich (go ahead and call me weird).

Rather than pre-cooking the quinoa like the original recipe suggests, I add mine into the Instant Pot raw at the same time as the remaining ingredients. Per my Instant Pot recipe guide, I use a 1:2 ratio of quinoa to liquid, which means I add 1 ⅓ cups of water to the chili before cooking.

Once the quinoa is cooked, I let the pressure come down naturally for 10 minutes before releasing any remaining pressure manually. I then add the corn and beans and let it sit for a few minutes to warm through before serving.

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The time required for meal prep and clean-up is cut in half when using the Instant Pot. Carmen Mandato/The Penny Hoarder


⅔ cup quinoa: 56 cents

1 ⅓ cups water

1 tablespoon olive oil: 10 cents

1 large yellow onion, diced: 49 cents

4 cloves garlic, minced: 24 cents

Two 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes: $ 1.98

One 15-ounce can tomato sauce: 99 cents

One 14.5-ounce can vegetable broth: 99 cents

One 7-ounce can diced green chiles: 49 cents

Seasonings: 68 cents

Two 15-ounce cans kidney beans, drained and rinsed: $ 1.98

One 15-ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed: 99 cents

1 ½ cups frozen corn: 33 cents

¼ cup chopped cilantro: 35 cents

1 tablespoon lime juice: 7 cents

Total: $ 10.24 for 6 to 8 servings

If you’re intrigued by pressure cooking but feel intimidated by the sheer number of recipes out there, give these vegetarian options a try — you’re sure to become an Instant Pot convert in no time!

Pressure cookers seem to be all the rage lately. Gone are the pressure cookers of yore that were intimidating to use and potentially dangerous. Today’s models are electric, easy to use and affordable.

Catherine Hiles loves trying new recipes out on her family, especially now that she has discovered pressure cooking. She also enjoys running, working out, reading and watching “Sesame Street” with her toddler.

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TOKYO (Reuters) – Japanese scientists have warned that eating french fries will not cure baldness, after research was published suggesting that chemicals used in cooking fried potatoes could help fight hair loss.

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Kids in the kitchen: Easy Valentine’s dipped cookies


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This easy recipe is something even toddler hands can handle. I did it with my preschooler and he meticulously dipped and sprinkled all 50 cookies. (Anything that can hold his attention that long is a freakin’ miracle!)

I took him to the store with me so he could pick out his own sprinkles. I don’t know why it was so exciting but it literally made his day. While there, we grabbed the strawberry wafer cookies and some almond bark for melting and dipping. That’s all you need!

I melted the almond bark in the microwave while he laid out all of the cookies on Silpat liners. Then he did all the dipping, followed by all the sprinkling. I think they turned out so cute!

Valentine’s Dipped Wafer Cookies

1 package strawberry wafer cookies
1 package almond bark
Assorted sprinkles

1. Melt 1/2 package of almond bark according to package directions.

2. Dip cookies in melted mixture and set on waxed paper or Silpat liners.

3. Sprinkle immediately with sprinkles. Let sit to harden.

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9 Easy Style Swaps to Update Your Look for 2018

While it would be nice to be able to completely overhaul your wardrobe whenever you like — say, every season — that’s not financially feasible for most of us. Sure, it’s tempting to embrace all of the newness you see on the runways but you don’t want to drain your bank account in the process. Luckily, starting out the year in style doesn’t require such drastic measures. There are plenty of quick, easy ways to update your look little by little for Spring 2018 using just a few strategic swaps. Click through above to see nine style switches to make ASAP.

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Easy Outfit Formula: The Knife-Pleated Skirt

The knife or sunray-pleated skirt is a fabulous item, until you have to think about the top to wear it with. Proportions are all over the place, with pleats that can look very pouffy and overly voluminous on the midsection and hips. This bossy skirt needs some discipline. 

The solution: Wear an UNTUCKED welted pullover over the skirt, and watch it submit to your body.

Outfit Formula: Longer knife-pleated skirt + fluid welted pullover + tailored footwear

The pullover must have a welt because therein lies the secret to the structure of the outfit. The welt tempers the volume of the pullover and of the skirt by tapering back to the contour of the body. The effect is much like a dropped waist dress of the ’20s. You have to be okay with surrendering your waistline completely here.

The welt will be positioned differently on the skirt depending on the length of the pullover. A shorter pullover positions the welt higher on the skirt, and vice versa. The neckline of the pullover can be turtleneck, boat neck, V-neck, scoop or crew neck.

The length of the skirt is knee-length or midi. A welted pullover tempers the volume of all knife-pleated skirts, but if that’s not enough, opt for a less voluminous pleated skirt (one that simply has less fabric).

Footwear can range from dressy tall tailored boots and sleek heeled pumps, to ballet flats, mules and sneakers. Here are some bloggers putting the concept through its stylish paces in both subtle and more extreme ways:

Late AfternoonOne Little MommaWardrobe DetectivesThe Fashion Guitar

  • Urban Glitz. You don’t need to wear heels. The dressy crossbody is a nice touch. 
  • Pretty Structure: A basic J.Crew Tippi pullover is paired with a pleated skirt. It’s fairly fitted, although sufficiently fluid. Great flats. 
  • Elegant Polish: The shorter pullover showcases more of the skirt. The classic pumps are gorgeous with the longer length of the skirt, thereby adding its leg lengthening effect. 
  • Playfully Fashion-Forward: The oversized tunic is an acquired taste creating more of a dress effect. The pumps with ties add outfit texture. 

The Halogen Metallic Pleated Skirt is one of the best pleated skirts of the season, and a lot more affordable than a designer version. It’s soft and the pleats lie quite flat against the body. Great length too. It looks fab with the silhouette of pullover I’ve shown in the collection. Tall, streamlined dressy boots look great with this skirt, as do pretty pumps with hosiery.

There was an ‘80s version of this look with shoulder pads that I wore with dressy flat white oxfords. I may have thrown in some white sneakers too. This time round, I want to wear the look with my tall dressy ink blue boots. Who else is feeling the vibe?

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Alabama Evangelicals Find It Easy to Forgive Roy Moore

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama—It’s 7:30 on a Sunday morning, and just outside the main entrance of the massive Briarwood Presbyterian Church campus, a man and a woman were jumping up and down waving “Judge Roy Moore for U.S. Senate” signs at passing cars.

Read more at The Daily Beast.

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5 Easy Ways to Use Pantone’s Color of the Year (aka Our Favorite Color)

In the biggest news since last year’s Pantone color of the year announcement (it was a vibrant shade called “Greenery,” if you’re wondering), the self-proclaimed “Global Color Authority” and influencer of accent walls around the world has announced its pick for the 2018 color of the year.

And we’ve just gotta say: We’re in love. (Although we might be biased.)

The Pantone Color of the Year 2018 Is…

This year’s Pantone color of the year is Ultra Violet — or what we here at The Penny Hoarder HQ affectionately refer to as “Penny Hoarder Purple.”

And while this shade of purple can be, well, a lot to look at in large doses, it’s going to be everywhere pretty soon. And you, like me, are all of a sudden going to need more purple in your life.

(Listen, I don’t make the rules. It’s just that when Pantone announces that color of the year, it’s short order before the hue turns up everywhere and on everything. And while we all try to resist, ultimately our attempts are futile: Pantone’s color choice is law, and — mark my words — you’ll be crazy for it soon enough.)

But here’s the problem: When a new color is announced and hits the height of popularity six months out from the next color of the year announcement, it can be difficult (and pretty expensive) to change up your surroundings every time.

Still, we here at The Penny Hoarder believe in doing things that make you happy, and that includes making your living space pretty and pleasant to be in — and that sometimes even means following a trend. (Gasp!)

So while we’re not going to encourage you to buy a $ 2,000 Ultra Violet rug that you’ll end up selling for a fraction of the price when you’re ready to move on to the next color, we feel there’s no harm in adding a few splashes of this regal pigment around your home.

How to Incorporate This Trend Without Busting Your Budget

When the purple passion comes a’knocking, these ideas will help you incorporate it without breaking the bank — and in a way that allows you to change your mind should you find yourself surrounded by too much of a good thing.

1. Paint a Stripe (Not a Whole Wall)

Listen: An accent wall is a commitment. And while painting is one of the less expensive updates you can make (one that may even help you sell your home for more down the line), purple is a, ahem, highly saturated color to be painting an entire wall that you might want to cover up someday.

Instead, take a cue from the blogger over at Vintage Revivals and paint a simple, playful stripe on one of your walls. (And pay no attention to the Sherwin-Williams color of 2015. We’re talking about Pantone and purple today.) The best part? This update will cost you all of $ 15 in paint and supplies.

2. Throw Some Throws Around

Snag a couple of inexpensive purple throw blankets and drape them over the back of the couch or the end of your bed. If you’re more of a pillow person, this cozy velvet pillow sham would be the perfect way to update your existing decorative pillow arrangement with a pop of purple.

If you’re looking for a less obvious way to incorporate the hot new hue into your bedroom, try outfitting the bed with purple sheets.

3. Purple-fy Your Kitchen

Purple might be a bold choice when it comes to walls and linens, but it’s a natural (and pretty common) addition to any kitchen. If you’re down to your last glass because somebody can’t wash dishes without breaking them (Anybody else? Just me?) consider restocking with an inexpensive set of purple drinking glasses.

If you’d rather not invest in purple dishware (although this set is sort of really gorgeous) an inexpensive pack of purple dish towels might be the perfect way to introduce the color.

4. Brighten Up the Bathroom

If you’re looking for a simple update that packs a punch, a shower curtain ranks high on the list. I mean, it’s the same effect as an accent wall with a pretty minimal commitment, and whether you go for all the purple or take a more conservative approach, the bathroom is the perfect place to ease into the trend.

If you need even more purple (aren’t you satisfied yet?!) this bath mat would be a gorgeous addition.

5. Don’t Forget the Animals

Pet beds and dishes often wear out quickly, and your beloved, fur-covered friend might be due for an update anyway. A purple food and water dish will have your cat feeling like the king we know he is, while a colorful, cozy bed will show your dog she’s loved (and pretty trendy, if she cares about appearances).

So there you have it: Five easy—and relatively inexpensive—ways to add Ultra Violet (and other variations of our fave hue) to your home. You don’t have to go too crazy, but there’s no harm in treating yourself to a little decor update once in a while in the name of a trend.

Either way, we’re glad Pantone knows what’s up.

#PennyHoarderPurple forever.

Grace Schweizer is a junior writer at The Penny Hoarder. Every year, she tries to resist, and every year, Pantone pulls her right in. She’s not too cool to follow a good trend when she sees one.

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Not Sure How to Write a Resume? This Step-by-Step Guide Makes It Easy

Hiring practices may have changed a bit in the last few years, but one thing has stayed the same.

Resumes are a must during a job hunt.

Many new grads worry their resume isn’t any good because they don’t have much job experience to list. Some lack a resume altogether.

That’s too bad, because a quality resume is a very big deal for job seekers.

It’s your first introduction to prospective employers and can make or break your chances of getting a job.

Hiring a professional resume writer is an option, but it doesn’t come cheap. You could pay anywhere from $ 100 to $ 1,000.

Writing a resume isn’t too complex, but there are some important details to keep in mind. Use this blueprint to create a great resume that gets you noticed.

Choose Your Format

Choose Your Format of Your Resume and What Types of Resume Fits Your Job

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Free online resume templates that let you fill in the blanks are an option, but you get what you pay for — which is to say, not much.

Employer brand consultant Jörgen Sundberg says resume templates cast job candidates in a poor light.

“Basically, it’s the lazy way of doing it,” Sundberg says. “What type of signal do you think these copy and paste skills send to the hiring manager? I would think that this applicant, if hired, would always look for quick and dirty ways of solving problems. I might be cynical here but can you afford to risk that?”

Artists, graphic designers and other visually creative professionals may want to use their resume to highlight their creative talents. Otherwise, keep things simple.

Hiring managers are interested in your skills and experience, not fancy fonts or formatting. Use a standard font like Arial or Tahoma and keep the layout simple.

Create Your Content

Sections of a Resume

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Your resume should contain several important components.

Contact Information

Feature your name and contact information at the top of the page.

Use your full name, followed by your phone number and email address. If you have a LinkedIn profile or professional online portfolio, be sure to include that as well.


Write a short paragraph — two or three sentences at most — highlighting the type of work you’re looking for. Be sure to mention skills and talents that make you perfect for the job.

Work Experience

List your current job (if applicable) first, followed by all previous jobs in reverse chronological order.

Each job should include:

  • Name and address of the company where you worked
  • Your job title
  • Dates of employment
  • Your job responsibilities

If you have no work experience, don’t leave this section blank or eliminate it altogether.

Instead, use the section to highlight skills you’ve developed during college or while doing volunteer work.

“Don’t make the mistake of thinking that the skills you list on your resume need to be the direct result of a previous professional position. As long as you can successfully demonstrate those abilities, go ahead and list them! It really doesn’t matter where you learned them,” recommends The Everygirl’s Kat Boogaard.


In this section, include any community colleges, universities, trade schools or technical colleges you’ve attended. Begin with your most recent school and work backwards.

For each school, be sure to provide:

  • The name, city and state of the school
  • The dates you attended
  • Any degrees or certifications you received

Note: If your degree is in progress, add the expected date of completion to let prospective employers know you’re still working on it.

Honors and Community Experience

This section captures extracurricular activities that don’t fit into the previous sections. For example:

  • Academic or work-related awards
  • Membership in clubs or organizations like Girl or Boy Scouts, 4-H or debate club
  • Volunteer community service
  • Greek Life leadership

Additional Skills

Here’s where to highlight skills and talents that set you apart from other job seekers, including:

  • Fluency in more than one language
  • Typing speed
  • Proficiency in specific computer software programs
  • Experience with public speaking

A Word About Keywords

Many companies ask job candidates to apply online and upload resumes to their website. Resumes are often electronically scanned for specific keywords to quickly weed out unqualified applicants.

“Your resume keywords should include specific job requirements, including your skills, competencies, relevant credentials, and previous positions and employers,” says career expert Alison Doyle. “Essentially, keywords should be words that, at a glance, will show the hiring manager that you are a good fit for the job.”

As you sprinkle keywords throughout your resume, be sure they don’t make the content sound stilted or awkward. Look for ways to work them in naturally; don’t force it.

Final Touches

Once you’ve created your resume, it’s not ready to hand to a hiring manager until you do these three things.

1. Proofread Your Work

It’s not enough to simply run your resume through a spellchecker because they don’t always catch every mistake.

Print a copy of your resume, then read through it slowly several times to make sure it’s error-free.

2. Show It to a Friend

Share your resume with someone you trust to get some honest feedback on how it looks. Have them read it to you out loud to take in the content in a new way.

3. Convert It to a PDF

Save Your Resume into a PDF Before Sending It Off in Job Applications

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Write your resume in whatever software application works best for you, but convert it to a PDF file before you send it to a hiring manager. If your word processing software doesn’t include a conversion feature, there are plenty of free online services to choose from.

PDF file formats are almost universally preferred during the hiring process and they protect your resume’s content from being accidentally altered once it leaves your hands.

Once your cover letter is ready for prime time, write up a cover letter (they’re more important than you think) and start sending it to job prospects.

Happy job hunting!

Lisa McGreevy is a staff writer at The Penny Hoarder. She loves to write anything, and she means anything, except resumes.

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An Easy Guide for Anyone Who’s Still Wondering How the Heck Bitcoin Works

Bitcoin: a confusing, controversial currency whose name has made the rounds across the internet in the past few years. Today, it’s as popular as ever and is booming in price, although prices are highly volatile. Just this week, bitcoin reached a peak value of $ 11,377.33 on Nov. 29, then lost over a fifth of its value the next day.

Many, though, are still unclear about what its purpose is. What can digital currency buy, what gives it such high value, and how does its price shoot up so high all of the time?

What Is Bitcoin, and What’s All the Buzz About?

Bitcoin is a digital currency created in 2009 by an anonymous person or group under the alias Satoshi Nakamoto. The creator(s) capped its circulation at 21 million bitcoins when they introduced the currency. At the time of this writing, approximately 16.7 million bitcoins were in circulation, according to

Bitcoin is completely digital, so there’s no such thing as a physical bitcoin you can hand to your BFF after they spot you during your lunch date.

Wait. So it’s internet money?

That’s one way to think of it. You can send bitcoin electronically and transfer it to anyone around the world. Its network doesn’t exist on the internet you and I use in day-to-day life, but yes, it is bought, sold and transferred via a computer network.  

OK, but how?

Here’s where it gets confusing. Bitcoin is sent through a network, named… bitcoin. How original, right? Your credit card transactions might be sent through a payment network such as American Express or Mastercard. In bitcoin‘s case, payments are sent through the bitcoin network.

This network is decentralized, which means no single person or company runs it — computers do, and volunteers maintain it.

This differs from traditional currencies, which are regulated by a central bank, such as the U.S. Federal Reserve. These banks have the ability to print or withdraw money based on market fluctuations to keep it steady.

Then where does it come from?

New bitcoins are created through a process called mining, and anyone with a strong enough computer can become a miner. During this process, bitcoin miners are the resources that help verify bitcoin transactions between users all around the world.

The network cuts the amount of bitcoins generated in half about every four years. At this rate, all 21 million bitcoins will have been mined by around 2140.

If bitcoin isn’t regulated, then who is keeping track of its exchanges?

Each bitcoin transaction is associated with data; the bitcoin network then combines the data of multiple transactions to create a puzzle.

Bitcoin transfers are stored on the bitcoin network in a giant public database known as a blockchain. Think of the blockchain as a giant book of public records. To create the chain, someone has to put the blocks together — which is where miners come in.

Miners use sophisticated computer hardware and software to solve these puzzles, The Washington Post explains. By doing so, miners verify the data and make sure specific funds aren’t spent twice.

After verifying a block of transactions, the miner currently receives a reward of 12.5 bitcoins, which was worth more than $ 132,000 as of Dec. 1.

The reward for mining a block is cut in half for every 210,000 blocks mined, or about once every four years. It dropped from 25 bitcoins to the current 12.5 bitcoins in 2016; it’s expected to be cut in half again to 6.25 bitcoins in 2020.

Since the bitcoin network isn’t regulated, isn’t it vulnerable to hackers?

Since there are people who help maintain the network — the miners, remember? —  this means they could just alter it to give them more bitcoin… right? Actually, It’s highly unlikely; the computers would recognize the change and would in all likelihood ignore it. The network is open source with a ton of developers working to improve its code and monitor changes. To date, bitcoin has never been hacked. Experts agree that’s unlikely in the short term, although that doesn’t mean it can never happen.

Makes sense. But what gives bitcoin its value?

People bid on bitcoin exchanges every day. Its price fluctuates with the number of people who bid on it. The higher the demand for bitcoin, the higher its price and perceived value. But skeptics say the fact that its value is dependent upon how many people want to buy it, and nothing tangible backing it up, is where the digital currency fails. More on that later!

How do you buy bitcoin?

You can easily buy bitcoin through platforms such as Coinbase. These platforms also act as digital wallets where you can store your bitcoin.

Coinbase allows you to purchase and exchange bitcoin with your bank account or credit card. It also converts bitcoin into your local currency and claims to keep it secure.  

Why People Care So Much About Bitcoin

You can use bitcoin to purchase things anonymously, reducing the risk hackers will get access to your sensitive information. Credit or debit cards, by comparison, are usually linked to bank accounts, Social Security numbers and more.

This anonymity also makes it criminals’ payment method of choice for everything from ransom to purchasing drugs on the darknet. That said, these criminal activities make up just a small percentage of all bitcoin transactions, The New York Times reports.

Bitcoin is commonly used to save money without it losing value in countries with high inflation, like Argentina and Venezuela. It’s also popular for international money transfers, which are nearly instant.

Bitcoin exchanges are also nearly instant and usually carry fees of around 0.25%, whereas money transfers via banks take time to process and come with higher service fees.  

Is There a Bitcoin ‘Bubble’?

The price of bitcoin is soaring. But does that mean we should all ditch our dollar bills and invest now?

Some people, such as famed investor Warren Buffett, argue against it saying there’s a “bitcoin bubble” that will eventually burst.

This “bubble” refers to people buying more and more bitcoin, betting its price will continue to increase. However, skeptics like Buffet say the burst will come when daily bidding and exchanges slow, which will drop its price significantly.

Buffett says Bitcoin isn’t a “value-producing asset,” meaning there isn’t anything tangible backing it. People only buy it because its price keeps increasing, and they want a piece of the pie when they cash out. It isn’t creating earnings or generating steady returns. The prices constantly fluctuate, meaning someone could lose their entire investment at any moment.

A small bitcoin bubble burst in 2013, when bitcoin prices dropped from $ 1,150 to under $ 500,

The Independent reports.

Bitcoin enthusiasts, however, argue that major fluctuations are normal for any developing system. Michael Rauchs, a cryptocurrency and blockchain expert at the Judge Business School at the University of Cambridge, told The Independent that he “would put it in the same category of revolutionary new technologies like the internet.”

“World-changing systems tend to be accompanied by bubbles in their early stages,” he said. “What’s happening now is completely normal.”

As with any investment, there is a risk –– so deciding whether to invest or not is a personal choice.

Kelly Anne Smith is a junior writer and engagement specialist at The Penny Hoarder. Catch her on Twitter at @keywordkelly.

This article contains general information and explains options you may have, but it is not intended to be investment advice or a personal recommendation. We can’t personalize articles for our readers, so your situation may vary from the one discussed here. Please seek a licensed professional for tax advice, legal advice, financial planning advice or investment advice.

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It’s cookie time! Try these EASY salted caramel bars


Lindsay Weiss

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Yay, it’s DECEMBER! Which means it’s totally fine for me to start talking about my favorite subject…


I wanted to give this recipe to you early, because it’s the one you may use the most during this busy, busy month. It’s a shortcut recipe — which means it takes a little help from the store — but it’s the one I keep turning to for last minute events or “Oops! I forgot” moments.

These are a tender sugar cookie bar, jazzed up with a filling of sea salt caramel chips and prepared caramel topping. They are sweet and salty, soft and crunchy — really just an explosion of flavors in a very small bite. I cut these small because they are rich and good. I used a packaged sugar cookie mix as the base for the bar and I don’t regret it one bit because it comes together in just a few minutes.

I found the Hershey’s Sea Salt Caramel Chips in my regular grocery store, and they’re really what started my wheels turning. (No, this is not a promo for them; I just bought them and really liked the flavor.) If you can’t find them in your regular store, you can get them on Amazon. They are pretty important to the recipe, so don’t skip ’em.

These come together incredibly quickly, but look bakery quality (and taste even better). They’re a must-have for this busy season, so pin ’em now and you’ll thank me later!

p.s. If you’re looking for 12 Days of Cookies, it will be over here on my blog, Sugar Mama, starting Friday, Dec. 1!

Easy Salted Caramel Cookie Bars

1 1/2 lbs. packaged sugar cookie mix, divided (typically 1 & 1/2 pouches of sugar cookie mix — don’t worry you’ll make these more than once and use up that extra 1/2!)
13 tbsp. unsalted butter, softened and divided
1 egg
10 oz. bag Hershey’s Sea Salt Caramel Chips
3/4 cup prepared caramel ice cream topping (the best quality you can find)
1 ½ tsp. Fleur de Sel (or coarse sea salt)

Using a 9X13 pan, line with aluminum foil. Spray with baking spray and set aside. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.

In a large bowl, combine one 1 lb. bag of sugar cookie mix, 8 tbsp. of butter and one egg. Use an electric mixer to combine until dough is formed. Press into the bottom of the 9×13 and bake for 10 minutes. Dough should be slightly golden. Remove from oven and immediately sprinkle with sea salt caramel chips. Drizzle caramel topping on top. Let sit five minutes to “melt”. Use a spoon to spread evenly.

In a separate bowl, combine HALF of a 1 lb. bag of sugar cookie mix and 5 tbsp butter. Use a fork and blend together until coarse crumbs appear. Sprinkle on top of caramel topping and bake near the top of the oven for 12-15 minutes.

If you want top a little more golden, broil for 30 seconds watching very carefully. Allow to cool and cut into squares.

Makes 36 bars.

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Kids in the kitchen: Easy cinnamon roll turkeys for Thanksgiving morning


Lindsay Weiss

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These will make your Thanksgiving morning so fun! The kids can do most of the work (you handle the bacon, they can decorate the rolls) and the end result is festive AND delicious!

If you have a homemade cinnamon roll recipe you love, go for it. I was looking for quick and easy so took some help from the store. There are two important things about this recipe:

1. Before baking, you have to unroll the cinnamon rolls a tiny bit and tuck the end up into the roll. See pic below. This helps create a “neck” for the turkey.

2. You need to bake these in a round (9-10″) cake pan. If you bake on a cookie sheet, they spread and don’t rise as high, so your turkey looks a little flat.

That’s it! Then let the kids at it. The bacon “feathers” don’t need to be perfect, so let the little hands put them wherever they want!

Everyone will gobble, gobble these up…

Easy Turkey Cinnamon Rolls
Adapted from Pillsbury. I just simplified everything so little hands could help with these.

1 can (17.5 oz) Pillsbury Grands refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
10 slices bacon
5 candy corns
candy eyes

Cook or bake bacon until crisp; drain on paper towel-lined plate.

Heat oven to 350°F. Spray round baking pan with cooking spray.

Set icing aside. Separate dough into 5 rolls. Unroll each roll about 1 inch; tuck dough into roll to create neck of turkey. (See pic below for “tucking”, make sure to pull the end all the way down. Remember do NOT bake these on a cookie sheet. I learned the hard way!)

Follow package baking instructions (or until light golden brown). Remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack; cool 5 minutes. Drizzle tops of rolls with icing.

Cut bacon slices in half. Tuck 4 halves of bacon into back of each cinnamon roll so they stick up and look like tail feathers.

Decorate turkeys with candy eyeballs and candy corn. Enjoy!

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Dr. Brown’s makes it easy to move from a bottle to a sippy cup


Kelly Wilbanks

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My third baby is following quickly on the heels of her older sisters: She’s crawling earlier, eating sooner, and wants to be part of any activity going on. That means it’s getting harder to nurse her if her siblings are anywhere nearby.

She’s 9 months old and we’ve started introducing solids — well, more accurately, she began slamming her hand on the table and screaming until I would feed her bits from my plate. Though she’s transitioning to eating solids, I know she’ll still benefit from whatever breast milk I can give her.

Not only is my milk full of the nutrition she needs, it also has antibodies to fight against the germs hitching a ride on my kindergartner each day. My breast milk will be what gets her through the cold and flu season.

But she’s so busy and distracted by her siblings that it’s getting harder to keep her attention long enough to give her a good feeding during the day. That’s where I’ve found Dr. Brown’s 2-in-1 Transition Bottle Kit and Sippy Spouts helpful. She wants to figure out how to make it work so it holds her attention. I’ve begun giving her bottles with my breast milk and letting her practice the sippy cup version with water.

During this season of transition it’s felt like an olive branch between us. I can pump and have that process only take a few minutes rather than trying to get through a frustrating nursing session. She still gets the nutrients and antibodies she needs and she can begin moving towards that independence she (and I) sort of crave at this point.

She still loves her nighttime feedings and I still enjoy that bond and holding her close without her sisters crashing the party. My baby is just growing up. She needs me, but she needs to develop hand/eye coordination and become the busy toddler she’s turning into.


Each Dr. Brown’s 2-in-1 Transition Bottle Kit includes all of the items you see in the photo to the left below: bottle, cleaning brush, nipple ring, internal vent system, bottle nipple, sippy cup nipple, and a lid. I love that it’s all included so we’re ready to give her what she needs when she needs it.

Both the bottle and the sippy are easy for my daughter to grasp, even though she is just beginning to learn. I can tell she’s just as proud of using her new sippy cup as she is of crawling across the living room. Sometimes she’s dragging it with her or knocking it over so I’m glad it’s spill-proof too.


Here’s an inside tip: you can use the lid and sippy cup spout with the 4-ounce version of the bottle body as well. I had one on hand and tried it out. Since my daughter is just becoming dextrous, we found the smaller bottle is even easier for her to handle.

dr. browns wideneck transitions bottle

My teething baby loved the soft spout on both the nipple and the sippy spout; I loved that it’s 100 percent silicone and BPA-free. Another thing I love: it’s easy to clean. I can’t hand-wash everything (actually sometimes I can barely run loads of dishes) so the fact that I can wash these on the top rack of my dishwasher is so helpful.


I personally like anything that can serve two purposes and both versions are in use right now. Heck, when we can’t find my 2-year-old daughter’s sippy cup we borrow her little sister’s, so the cup spans multiple ages and multiple children. I’m glad I’ll have these cups on hand as she grows and transitions from bottle to cup, and I’m sure she’ll continue to love using them too.

What age did your baby transition to a sippy cup?

This post is sponsored by Dr Brown’s. All opinions are truthful and my own.

Images by Kelly Wilbanks

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7 Tips for Quick and Easy Cleanup After Dinner

It would be nice if a delicious, home-cooked meal didn’t come with the downside of having to do dishes once you’ve finished eating. But tidying up doesn’t have to be a big chore. There are steps you can take to make cleanup fast and simple. Check out these 7 tricks to make after-dinner dish duty easier than ever.
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A chilling tale of how easy it is for banks to lose your money

Two years ago, I wrote a column that frightened a lot of people. Now, I’m going to scare you again — this time, maybe even more. That column, which appeared on Sept. 24, 2015, explained that it had become easier for states to confiscate people’s bank, money market and other financial accounts because they were…
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Apple just made it easy for iPhone X buyers to check in-store availability online

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In something of a throwback to early iPhone launches, many Apple retail stores across the world are still seeing absolutely massive lines as eager customers are queuing up in the hopes that they can get their hands on Apple’s next-gen iPhone X. As a quick example, I strolled by two Apple stores in Chicago today and both still had throngs of people lined up down the block well into the afternoon.

Now if you’re not already in line but are perhaps interested in making a trek out to a nearby Apple store, you might want to consult Apple’s iPhone X webpage first. Originally spotted by MacRumors, Apple earlier today added a “check availability” option which lets interested buyers see if their desired model is currently available for purchase. With iPhone X supply said to be extremely small this year, the aforementioned tool could very well save you from making a trip for nothing.

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Easy Ways to Lend Luxury to Your Bathroom

Luxury is trending in the realm of bathroom decor – and we can understand why! The standard stress and chaos of every day life calls for a balancing element; for some, this is a spa-like bathroom to come home to at the end of a long day, where they can effectively wind down and self-indulge. In the spirit of tranquility, keep reading for five products and ideas that will add a feeling of luxury to your bathroom. 

A Genius Shower System

At the forefront of bathroom luxury is Riobel, with their Genius™ Shower system. Their smart shower system comes with a user-friendly keypad interface, which allows users to adjust water temperature with the click of a button, and its high-flow functionality and auto-recharge battery ensures consistent water pressure, even in the effect of a power blackout!

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A De-primping Station

While your morning primping routine may be a rushed one, addled with interruptions and chaos via everyone else’s respective routines, your evening de-primping routine doesn’t have to necessarily be so. Having somewhere to sit and take off your makeup at the end of a long day can be a godsend and is inherently indicative of a luxury bathroom. Think: a tufted ottoman, an ornate armchair, or even a chaise lounger, if you space allows for it.

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A Towel Warmer

Stemming from European bathroom design, towel warmers are the feature you won’t know you needed until you get one. Particularly beloved by users during colder winter months and early mornings, the benefits of towel warmers are twofold: to keep you warm right out of the shower and to keep your towels mold and mildew-free 

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The Power of Plants

Is there anything more luxe than a tall, exotic potted plant in the corner of your contemporary bathroom? Whether your feeling towards plants is more of a passion or preference, there’s no doubt the personality, health benefits, and subtle luxury plants can bring to the bathroom setting. Bamboo, orchids, and aloe vera are good starter plants which will do well in a humid bathroom setting. 

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The Power of Plant-esq 

Not into plants? No problem. In the past year alone, the popularity of plant-reminiscent things has skyrocketed; greenery-inspired wallpaper, shower curtain, and wall-art are all great options. After all, you can’t go wrong with the calming and cleansing effects of the color green.  


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This easy pumpkin pull-apart bread recipe will make you a hero


Lindsay Weiss

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I am pretty much a hero in my house today since I actually made these for breakfast. This is a major feat in my house because my oldest begins school at 7:40, meaning we have to leave the house at 7:15. So breakfast of any kind that requires actual preparation or, you know, cooking, doesn’t ever happen because I AM NOT A MORNING PERSON.

(That is the understatement of the century.)

But I hobbled out of bed and threw this together in my sleep, basically. It made the house smell so amazing that the kids actually got themselves out of bed and peered down the stairs thinking it was Christmas morning because someone had actually cooked them breakfast.

Sure, this recipe is cheating because it starts with canned biscuits. But if said canned biscuits enable you to sleep 30 minutes later on any given morning you have to seize that moment and sleep like it’s your job for those 30 minutes. Rip open the biscuits and stir the pumpkin goodness together. Layer ’em all up and throw ’em in the oven while you stir up the glaze.

I promise the end product tastes nothing like canned biscuits. This one is a keeper.

Easy Pumpkin Pull-Apart Bread

3/4 cup pumpkin puree
1/2 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 large egg
1 can (8 count) Pillsbury Grands Biscuits (homestyle or buttermilk, not flaky)
1 teaspoon cinnamon

4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 to 4 tablespoons milk – more for a thinner glaze

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8×4 or 9×5 loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray.

2. Stir together the pumpkin puree, 1/4 cup granulated sugar, vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and egg. Set aside.

3. Separate the dough into 8 biscuits. Separate each biscuit into 2 layers, making total of 16 biscuit rounds. Stir together remaining 1/4 cup granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon cinnamon in a small bowl. Coat each slice of raw biscuit dough with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

4. Add about 1 T. of pumpkin mixture on top of first biscuit layer. Repeat, stacking biscuits in 4 piles of 4 biscuits each.

5. Place stacks on their sides in a row in loaf pan, making sure sides without filling are on both ends touching pan. Place carefully into the pan.

6. Bake for about 20-26 minutes, or until the top is golden and the center is cooked through. I like to cover the top loosely with foil for the first 10-15 minutes so the top doesn’t get too done while the center is still gooey. Remove from oven and cool before glazing.

7. To make the glaze: Beat cream cheese until very creamy. Beat in powdered sugar. Stir in vanilla. Add 3 tablespoons milk. Combine all the ingredients. Add more milk to get desired consistency. Drizzle over loaf, pull apart, and serve.

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Kids in the kitchen: Easy monster eyeballs for Halloween


Lindsay Weiss

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My kids had no school on Friday, so we needed a project. These little Halloween cookies seemed like the perfect thing and we only needed a few ingredients to make them happen. My 4-year-old could do this project from start to finish, but my older kids loved it too. I just spread out a big plastic tablecloth on our kitchen table and let them have at it. I also melted the candy wafers for them (because their attention span for the microwave is questionable).

I mistakenly took the long route and baked mini cookies from some sugar cookie dough for the kids to use. But after I did that, I realized mini vanilla wafers would have been ready-made and much easier!

We actually included these in our “Boo” baskets we gave to friends. It was a super cute homemade addition that the kids felt really proud of.

Easy Monster Eyeballs

Mini vanilla wafers (Or mini sugar cookies)
Green candy melts (I found Wilton melts at Walmart)
Eyeball candies (Also from Wilton)

Melt candy according to package directions. Stir in canola oil to thin if necessary. Dip cookies entirely in melted candy and shake off excess. Top each with eyeball candy. Let set for 20 min or so to harden.

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Here’s how easy it is for anyone to use Facebook like Russian actors did


It only takes about five minutes to buy a Facebook ad with a link to a fake anti-Muslim story and aim it at residents of a Michigan electoral battleground county whom the social network’s algorithms perceive to be “very conservative.”

This capability is at the heart of an ongoing controversy around revelations that a Russian troll farm gamed Facebook’s ad targeting apparatus with exactly these sorts of purchases. Facebook has admitted that it sold 3,000 ads to entities aligned with the Russian government’s campaign to influence the presidential election. The Kremlin-linked actors reportedly used Facebook’s tools to target ads around electoral geography, feelings toward Muslims, and racial divisions, among other political pressure points.  Read more…

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Oliver Stone on Harvey Weinstein: ‘It’s Not Easy What He’s Going Through’

Oliver Stone has weighed in on Harvey Weinstein amid the growing allegations of sexual assault against his rival producer, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

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Earth Day | Easy tips for living more sustainably.


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Here are three easy tips that can make your everyday life more sustainable!


TIP 1: Use/Bring your own utencils with you.

Using your own utencils is an easy way to avoid using plastic ones that are most commonly provided.

EARTHDAY-tip2 TIP 2: Use a reusable bottle.

Carry your beverages in a reusable bottle or thermos, rather than a plastic bottle.

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TIP 3: Bring your lunch/food in your own bag.

Rather than bringing your lunch/food in a plastic bag, transport it in a stylish MATT & NAT bag! We recommend the SOLEIL as the perfect lunch bag.

These are just a few easy tips to staying eco-friendly! Live beautifully with us.


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13 Easy DIYs for Instant Autumn Curb Appeal

As the days grow shorter and the first chill of fall fills the air, you may feel inspired to update your home’s curb appeal. It’s time to sweep away all memory of the sweltering dog days of summer and start celebrating this season of bountiful harvests, family gatherings, and fun with friends. With a little help from talented bloggers, we’ve assembled 13 timeless tricks that you can use to create your own colorful outdoor autumn displays. No fancy tools or skills are necessary, and the projects are inexpensive to boot! What are you waiting for? Click through and get inspired!
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Super easy one-pot chicken chili verde


Lindsay Weiss

posted in Life

Need a dump-and-stir dinner that tastes restaurant quality? This easy white bean chicken chili is perfect for busy weeknights. It takes some help from a can of verde (green) salsa which provides the burst of flavor and color.

All the work is done in one stock pot. You stir up the olive oil, onions, and spices and simply dump the rest of the ingredients in. Let it simmer as long as you need — it can go for hours if needed on low, low heat. Stir in the cooked chicken right before serving and you’ve got dinner.

If you don’t have any cooked chicken breast handy, a rotisserie chicken works great.

Easy One-Pot Chicken Chili Verde
If you’re going to let this simmer for a long while (on very low heat), wait and add the cooked chicken just before serving. This will keep it from overcooking. This makes your house smell SO GOOD!

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup diced yellow onion
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
16 ounces salsa verde
15-ounces cannellini beans or Great Northern beans, not drained
1 pound (about 4 cups) shredded cooked chicken
32 ounces chicken broth or stock
1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (or to taste)

Heat oil in a stock pot over medium heat. Add diced onion and cook, stirring occasionally for 4-5 minutes. Add cumin, salt and pepper, continue to stir and cook for another 1 minute.
Stir in salsa verde and bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally.

Add remaining ingredients, bring to a simmer. Salt and pepper to taste, lower heat and cook covered for about 20 minutes.

Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Serves 6.

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