Eugenie Bouchard makes qualifying for US Open look easy

She’s ready for the main draw. Eugenie Bouchard trounced through US Open qualifying with three easy wins in which she lost a total of seven games. The Canadian has seen her game torpedo since advancing to the 2014 Wimbledon finals and reaching No. 5 in the world. But she is slowly inching her way back…
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Fab Finds: Easy Breezy Summer Items

It’s hot just about everywhere in the northern hemisphere at the moment. In fact, CNN mentioned last week that 2018 is the fourth hottest year on record. On that note here are some very breezy tops and dresses to wear in high heat. Lots of colours and sizes to choose.

1. Cloth & Stone Benton Ruffled Tank

Ignore the stock photos because this top looks great UNTUCKED, and simply worn over pants, shorts or straighter skirts. If you want more structure, semi- or fully tuck. It’s got one of those magical necklines that looks good on most bust sizes and neck lengths. The armholes are neat and tidy, albeit a little roomy. The torso has volume that’s tempered by the drape of the fabric and V-shape of the neck. Excellent camouflage for muffin top. This is not suppose to be a fitted top. 100% cotton and machine washable. Bonus: the white is NOT transparent, so no need for a camisole.

2. Akemi & Kin Tibby Tank

Again, they’ve showed the top tucked, and it looks great UNTUCKED. Another magical neckline that looks good on an assortment of bust sizes and neck lengths. The drape is gorgeous and the fabric super soft. Nice length for taller girls and flattering high-low hemline. It’s supposed to look drapey and voluminous — extra ventilating — but size down. The dusty rose colour is unusual and rich.

3. Bordeaux Gatineau Knotted Tank

This tank is almost too good to be true. It’s fitted on the arms, shoulders and neckline, and gently glides over the torso making it forgiving of midsection extra bits. Good on an assortment of body types. The waist knot detailing lies flat, and gives the top structure. The neckline is not too low. It’s an excellent top to wear over casual skirts because you don’t need to tuck or semi-tuck the hem! Ideal for those who feel short-waisted when tucking. The coral is brighter in person, and the white is NOT see-through so no need for a camisole. 100% cotton and machine washable. I thought it ran TTS because the XS fit me perfectly. But I need a narrow fit so if you prefer a regular fit, you might need to size up.

4. Sole Society Karon Faux Leather Shoulder Bag

Sole Society makes excellent faux leather bags, and this one is darling. It’s larger than you expect, and lies flat against the body. Comfortable, although it does not have a zipper closure. It closes with a magnetic stud, which should be fine in a crossbody style.

5. Caslon Stripe A-Line Maxi

I keep saying that diagonal lines do magical things on the body, and this is no exception. A cool and breezy maxi that is gently fitted can do the trick. The V-neck and diagonal lines add structure to the straighter torso, or flatten curves and muffin top. Armholes not too low, and the length can be hemmed to midi. It has a linen content so be at peace with the crease.

6. Caslon Stripe Linen Shirtdress

It’s hard to find a shirtdress with sufficient length and a little structure, and this one fits the bill. The short sleeves are flattering and just long enough to feel cool yet covered. The vertical stripes draw the eye up and down. It’s 100% linen so it will crease and you won’t want it too tight. Read the rave reviews.

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5 Easy Ways to Feel Stunning in Your Swimsuit (with a Little Help From Self-Love Advocate Sarah Sapora)

Not feeling yourself when you look in the mirror lately? Sarah Sapora wants to change that.

The wellness advocate, whose Instagram has more than 150,000 followers who love her positive messaging, is helping women find self-love by leading by example.

“I realized that if I could share my stories, which has always come really easily and comfortably for me, then I could help create a safe space for others to have their experience,” she tells PEOPLE.

Sapora’s journey of personal growth began in 2015, when both of her parents ended up in the hospital at the same time. Sapora, then 360 lbs., could barely walk the city block to  the hospital without feeling extreme pain.

“That was the moment where it flashed in my head like a neon light; I had two parents with serious heart disease and I had to do something,” she says. “Not only did I feel my career was stalling, but my life felt like it was stalling out. I knew I needed to find out what my dream was and what was meaningful to me.”

Eventually, she did some soul-searching and started to work out. “I made a promise to myself, ‘I’m willing to begin this journey without knowing what it’s going to look like,’ ” she said.

Although she ended up losing about 95 lbs., her goal was never about the scale. “I don’t want to make the number the emphasis of my journey … I wanted to be healthier and happier when I turned 40 than I did when I turned 30,” says Sapora, who hits the milestone in September.

Sapora also found her passion – helping and connecting to other women – along the way. She has since organized an annual Body + Love workshop, a “size-inclusive retreat for persons of every age, shape, and color to connect and learn tools to rise into an empowered life.”

Sapora says she feels no pressure to lose more weight, in fact her ultimate objective is to “bang down the door of the industry for women of size.”

“It’s not my goal to chase skinny. It’s to be the most powerful, aligned badass version of Sarah that I can be,” she says. “And I feel a sense of duty to create a safe space for other people. Every time I go somewhere and I’m the only person of size there, I look around and if the room is filled with slender, very athletic, caucasian young people, I say ‘man, I can’t wait for there to be more body types in here, more colors, more ages’ — and it fuels me.”

In celebration of self-love this summer, Sapora is sharing her favorite five tips below for feeling body confident in your bathing suit.

Take your swimsuit for a test drive.
“Wear your bathing suit around the house, in your backyard, when you are alone or with family. Get comfortable in it before you venture out to a public place like the pool or beach. Spend a day in your bathing suit while doing tasks that have nothing to do with swimming —watch TV, cook, clean, talk on the phone. Doing this will help you get over anxiety about wearing the suit and how your body feels in it in small steps.”

Curate your social media.
“Think of your social media feed as the online equivalent of your inner monologue. Negative self-talk makes you feel the pits while positive stuff uplifts you. Edit your social feed accordingly. Unfollow accounts that make you feel self-conscious and add feeds that inspire you. Consider following influencers in a variety of shapes, sizes, ages, colors and abilities. Observe other people living fearlessly in their skin as it is.”

Do what feels great.
“The better you physically feel in your body, the more comfortable you will be in your swimsuit. Now is not the time to crash diet (honestly, it is never the time to do that!). Instead, learn holistically what makes you feel amazing. Do you love to stretch? Does dancing liberate you? Do you feel lighter on your feet when you lay off the oily foods and eat more naturally? Take time and listen to what your body wants!”

Stop comparing yourself to others.
“You literally have no idea what they are experiencing in life and what their individual body journey is like. The only person you can stack yourself up against is you.”

Be honest about what makes you anxious.
“Get specific. What are you scared of? Are you worried people will look at you funny? Be unkind? Name it and then say, ‘So what?’ So what if someone looks at you? That is a reflection of them. So what if someone says something unkind? That only shows they are nasty; dismiss it and keep going! The stuff that scares you is probably all stuff you literally cannot control. Show up, be you as fully as possible and let other people do their own thing while you make memories!”

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Outfit Formula: Easy Summer Skinnies

Skinnies continue to rule the world because they fit every body type as long as there is a stretch component in the fabric. They are also the easiest and most practical silhouette to pair with comfortable shoes, like casual flats, boots or sneakers. 

Wearing cropped skinny jeans in Summer makes perfect sense when the weather is mild, when temperatures cool down at night, when you work in air conditioning, or when you run cold. That’s why I’ve collected four easy casual looks without heels. It’s been hard to find examples of outfits without tucked or semi-tucked tops, but feel free to keep tops untucked if that’s more your thing.

1. Smart Casual

Combine skinnies with a dressy sleeveless blouse and layer a fluid cardigan over the top. Finish off the look with dressy loafers, mules, ballet flats, baby wedges or sandals, and a structured bag like a satchel, tote or clutch. Choose any colour palette. Here, I love how the black loafer bookends the model’s hair and picks up the colour of the blouse. The high neckline and bow work on a larger bust because of the model’s long neck. Smashing look.

Eloquii Peach Lift Jean

2. Romantic Comfort

This vibe is dead simple and very comfy. Combine a soft, billowing blouse with a pair of skinnies in any colour palette. It’s important that the blouse is fluid or oversized to contrast with the skinnies. The skinnies add structure to the outfit, as does showing bits of forearm and part of the foot. Wear the blouse semi-tucked or untucked. Add flat slides, mules, sandals, d’Orsay flats, loafers, espadrilles, or ankle strap flats.

Madewell High Rise Skinny Jeans

3. Trendy Classic

Apart from the trendy slides, all of the items in this outfit are a trendier version of a classic. Combine skinnies with a tee and blazer in any colour palette. Semi-tuck or untuck the top. Here the tucked top lengthens the leg line from the hips upward, which tempers the length of the long blazer that shortens the leg line. Add trendy slides if you like, or any other comfy flat. Personally, I like how the white tee, shoes and bag lighten the outfit, add a crisp touch, and make it pop.

FRAME Le Skinny De Jeanne-Raw-Stagger Mid-rise Skinny Jeans

4. Moody Graphic

Combine cropped skinnies with an oversized knitted top like a sweatshirt or the like. Finish off the look with sneakers and a statement bag. Stick to black and grey if you want to keep the vibe moody. I like the addition of the white sneakers but you might prefer grey, silver or black. Add jewellery, watch and eyewear as desired.

Closed Skinny Cropped Jeans



Here’s one easy way to save big money on your cable bill

While it’s true that more and more people are opting for streaming TV these days, one question money expert Clark Howard still gets a lot is, “How can I keep cable but save money?”

Here’s how to save money on your cable bill

An easy way to keep your cable but save on your monthly bill is to eliminate your modem fee. Many cable companies charge a monthly fee for using the cable modem that allows you to connect to the internet and watch television. Take a gander at your cable bill and see if you can find this fee or “surcharge.”

Most cable companies charge between $ 6 to $ 10 per month for a cable modem. That means you’re paying up to $ 120 a year — and that fee never goes away. It’s just a perennial charge that the companies collect as long as you’re a customer.

So not only are you paying for the actual content you’re consuming, but the cable company is basically charging you a rental fee for that rectangular box. The great thing is, you can buy one yourself and cut out the middleman altogether.

For example, a Netgear N450 WiFi Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem Router gives you internet access and the capability to get all the channels you subscribe to. It currently costs $ 69.86 on Amazon.

That means for a one-time charge, you can save as much as $ 50 in the first 12 months and be done with that fee forever.

Before you buy, make sure that the modem you choose works with your cable provider. The Netgear modem’s product description says it’s “compatible with Xfinity from Comcast, Spectrum, Cox, & more.”

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No matter which cable modem you choose, make sure it has Wi-Fi. Otherwise, you’ll have to buy a separate router.

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How to make easy money on your work commute with Wrapify

Our radio producer Joel has turned his commute into cash with the Wrapify app! Wrapify is a company that pays you to wrap your car in advertising for their clients.

Make money while you drive with Wrapify

The Wrapify app matches you to ad campaigns based on your driving patterns. Joel explained the steps:

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  1. Download the Wrapify app and set up your account
  2. Wrapify will track your driving for a period of time
  3. They will let you know if you are eligible for a campaign — it may take a few weeks for them to determine your campaign
  4. They’ll set you up with an appointment to get the ad placed on your car — you’ll have to leave it at a body shop for a day while it’s applied
  5. You pick up your car and drive your normal routes — you can track how much cash you’re making in the app

It may be slightly inconvenient to leave your car all day to get wrapped, but Wrapify will reimburse you for a Lyft or Uber to and back from the facility.

Another thing you’ll want to keep in mind: You’ll have to be connected to your car via Bluetooth for them to track your driving. If you don’t have this capability, you may not be eligible.

If you try this, let us know how it works out for you!

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Street vendor copycat: Easy pretzel bites


Lindsay Weiss

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We were in Orlando last week and my kids made us wait in a 45 min line for Wetzel’s Pretzels. We do this every year, and EVERY YEAR I think “I can make these!” (And we definitely don’t need to be standing in this hot, sweaty line…)

So yesterday I put my money where my mouth is and made them. And they were better. (Sorry Wetzels!) It’s super easy (don’t be scared by the long instructions — they include variations for using a bread machine, making an alternate cinnamon sugar topping, which my kids love, etc.)

The key to getting the “street vendor” golden brown and puffy texture is a quick dip in a baking soda solution. Don’t skip this step!

I did my dough in the bread machine because it’s so easy. Once you make these, prepare to make them all the time. (The good news? No standing in line!)

Easy Pretzel Bites

2 1/2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
7/8 to 1 cup warm water*
(*Use the greater amount in the winter, the lesser amount in the summer, and somewhere in between in the spring and fall. Your goal is a soft dough.)

1 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons baking soda
coarse, kosher or pretzel salt; or coarse or Swedish pearl sugar, optional
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
cinnamon-sugar, optional

To make dough by hand, or with a mixer: Place all of the dough ingredients into a bowl, and beat until well-combined. Knead the dough, by hand or machine, for about 5 minutes, until it’s soft, smooth, and quite slack. Flour the dough and place it in a bag, and allow it to rest for 30 minutes.

To make dough with a bread machine: Place all of the dough ingredients into the pan of your bread machine, program the machine for dough or manual, and press Start. Allow the dough to proceed through its kneading cycle (no need to let it rise), then cancel the machine, flour the dough, and give it a rest in a plastic bag, as instructed above.

While the dough is resting, prepare the topping: Combine the boiling water and baking soda, stirring until the soda is totally (or almost totally) dissolved. Set the mixture aside to cool to lukewarm (or cooler).

Preheat your oven to 400°F. Prepare a baking sheet by spraying it with vegetable oil spray, or lining it with parchment paper.

Transfer the dough to a lightly greased work surface, and divide it into six equal pieces.
Roll the six pieces of dough into 12″ to 15″ ropes. Cut each rope crosswise into about 12 pieces.

Pour the cooled baking soda solution into a pan large enough to hold the bites. Place the bites into the solution, gently swish them around, and leave them there for a couple of minutes. Transfer them to a greased or parchment-lined baking sheet, and top with pretzel salt or sea salt; or with pearl sugar, for sweet pretzel bites.

Bake the bites for 12 to 15 minutes, until golden brown. Remove them from the oven, and roll them in the melted butter.

For cinnamon-sugar pretzels, toss with cinnamon-sugar once you’ve rolled the bites in the butter.

Place on a rack. In you’re not going to enjoy them immediately, store the bites, well-wrapped, at room temperature. Reheat briefly before serving.

Yield: about 6 dozen bites.

Recipe from King Arthur Flour

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Designing a Laundry Room with Easy Access

If your laundry room is merely an afterthought, perhaps it’s time to renew your take on this important room. Just a few years ago, frill-free and forlorn was the norm when it came to laundry rooms, but contemporary trends have since redefined that norm, citing the modern laundry room as an accessible, stylish place that homeowners actually want to spend time in.

Designer Kelsey Kosman, of Dollhouse Design, shares some tips on modern laundry room design, and speaks to an advancement in drain pump technology, which makes the task of modernizing your laundry room system much more feasible, flexible, and cost-effective.

Front-Loading Machines

When faced with the choice between front-loading or top-loading washer/dryers, Kelsey recommends the former for a very practical reason. Employing front-loading systems frees up invaluable space for folding on the top of the machine, and homeowners can better capitalize on that space by utilizing a laminate countertop piece as a tabletop.

Cheerful Color Use

Paint is an economical way to improve the atmosphere in your laundry room, and beyond that, vibrant color use is an effective way to improve your experience doing every-day chores. Salt Spring, by Beauti-Tone, is a bright, cheerful, and optimistic hue, perfect for adding visual intrigue to your laundry room walls. Go one step further, and supplement with some creative laundry-room-themed wall art.

Location, Location, Location

As far as location goes, laundry rooms tend to inhabit less-than-prime real estate in the home, be it in the basement, adjacent to the garage, or tucked away behind the guest bathroom. That said, as a family of two grows into a family of three, four, or five, having your laundry room at the bottom of a flight of stairs may end up being more of a hindrance than anticipated. The same can be said if you’re planning on aging in place.


At this point, you might be asking yourself: is relocation even feasible? Given the high costs associated with plumbing, uprooting your entire laundry system probably seems like more hassle than it’s worth. Enter: the SANISWIFT by Saniflo. The SANISWIFT is a modern drain pump which boasts compact design, high performance, and powerful and economical pumping action. Put simply, the SANISWIFT system makes it possible to mobilize a variety of sanitary fixtures, including the kitchen sink, shower, and laundry system. 


In addition to being economical, the SANISWIFT system forgoes the use of complicated, moving parts, and can contour neatly into tight spaces, no construction necessary. The SANISWIFT system is perfect for small spaces or rental units, and can be easily installed, DIY-style.

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Johnny Manziel’s road to CFL stardom: Why it won’t be easy

Finding success in Canada is Manziel’s best chance at an NFL return. Can he do it? Here’s why the transition will be more difficult than you think. – NFL
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Three Easy Outfits You Can Pull Off For Memorial Day On All Budgets

With Memorial Day quickly approaching, many of us are eagerly thinking of what activities we plan to tackle on the three-day weekend: Barbecuing with friends, going out with family, posing for selfies, basking in bathing suits, all of it. Now if you’re like me, the holiday weekend probably sprung up on you — busy weeks working, tackling that side hustle, and all the in-betweens, you may have forgotten that Monday you’ve got off.

Now you’re receiving texts on weekend plans, but honestly have no idea what to wear. Well, here are a few outfit ideas you can try and tackle, depending on your style:

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15 of the best easy rural escapes from UK cities

These UK nature sites, from a new book, Wild and Free, offer abundant wildlife within an hour’s drive of a city or town, making them perfect for a day trip

Share your favourite wild UK escape in the comments

These locations have been chosen with several criteria in mind. They are all free to enter, they all have good wildlife for at least part of the year, and are all within an hour’s drive of a large town or city. Many are off the beaten track, or at least low profile, without signposts or a website, and that is a deliberate choice. One of the great joys of Britain is its profusion of unheralded nooks and crannies. Many of these sites are nature reserves, lovingly preserved and looked after. They deserve more recognition.

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7 Easy Ways to Make Your Next DIY Project Less Messy

Let’s face it: Some projects can be downright messy. In fact, you’ve probably scrubbed up after a few particularly dirty ones yourself! But if you’re spending as much time cleaning up—or even just covering up sloppy mistakes—as you are actually working on a project, why not try something new? You may not realize it, but all this mess can often be minimized—or eliminated—just by starting with the right tools and techniques. Read on for several innovative tips and tools that will help you achieve professional results while keeping you and your surroundings clean.

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Cheater’s cashew chicken: So easy, so good


Lindsay Weiss

posted in Life

I have never posted this because it’s really not even a recipe. But I make it almost weekly (it’s one of the kids’ favorites) so I figured it might come in handy in your rotation too.

I should point out that there are plenty of NON-CHEATING recipes for cashew chicken, where you actually make the delicious sauce yourself, but when time is short and you don’t want fast food, this is our go-to.

There are two secrets to this “recipe”:

1. Get your chicken breasts at the meat counter and have the butcher chop them into bite-sized pieces for you. It saves so much time and gross-ness.

2. Buy a bottled sauce that’s good. We love PF Chang’s Teriyaki sauce which is sold in the regular grocery store.

Cheater’s Cashew Chicken

3-4 chicken breasts, chopped into bite size pieces
1 bottle teriyaki sauce
1 cup cashew pieces
Rice, broccoli, or whatever you want on the side

Drizzle a large saute pan with olive oil and cook chicken pieces over medium heat until cooked through, about 6-8 minutes. Drizzle with sauce and cashews and stir to combine.

I usually blanch the broccoli while the chicken is cooking. Add broccoli to boiling water for 3-5 min. Drain and rinse with cold water. Stir with a little butter and salt.

Embarrassingly easy, right?

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Easy weeknight meal: Cilantro-lime chicken quinoa bowl


Lindsay Weiss

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Looking for a weeknight meal that’s fast, easy and doesn’t require a single side dish because it’s all in one bowl? Done.

This was inspired by my kiddos’ love of cilantro-lime rice from Chipotle. I frequently make chicken and rice bowls, but wondered if I could up the protein, fiber and overall nutrition by using quinoa instead of rice.

It worked like a charm! The kids didn’t even bat an eyelash at the quinoa. This is a quick easy meal that is packed with flavor and doubled as lunch the next day. It’s good cold, hot, or anywhere in between. And when you have chicken leftover from another meal, this is the perfect way to use up one or two lone breasts or thighs.

Cilantro-Lime Chicken Quinoa Bowls
You can also sub some chopped rotisserie chicken if you don’t have time to cook chicken at home.

3 cups cooked quinoa, cooled
1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup fresh cilantro, finely chopped
Juice + zest of 1 lime
1/8 teaspoon chili powder (more if desired)
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

1-2 chicken breasts, cooked and chopped into bite-sized pieces

Add all ingredients to a bowl and toss to combine! (Really, it’s that simple!)

Serves 4 as a main dish.

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Traveling in the Big Easy


New Orleans in Louisiana, nicknamed the ‘Big Easy’ is a real melting pot of cultures and experiences, making it one of the most fascinating cities in the world to visit. However, it can be pretty hard to know how to make the most out of your visit to the Big Easy. There are so many attractions to go to, things to see, places to eat and drink, and sights you simply can’t miss. Planning your trip to New Orleans can seem stressful if you want to try and do as much as possible during your time there. Luckily, we have you covered! Here is everything you need to know about traveling in the Big Easy.

Staying in New Orleans

As you would probably imagine from such a unique city, there are plenty of weird and wonderful places to stay. No matter your budget, decor tastes, or location preferences, there will be somewhere for you in the Big Easy. While there are plenty of hotels and B&Bs to choose from, you could also go down the route of AirBnB and similar room rental websites. However, it’s important to note that the residents of New Orleans aren’t the biggest fans of those who rent their rooms out, so perhaps a hotel would be a better choice. It will also give you a chance to explore some of the rich cultures that this city has to offer.

Eating in New Orleans

New Orleans is renowned for having some of the best food in the country. Due to the real mix of cultures, you can experience some seriously delicious local food that you might not be able to eat elsewhere. With over 208 cajun and Creole restaurants, this is definitely one style of food you have to try while you are in the Big Easy. Seafood is also a big hitter in New Orleans, so check out somewhere like GW Fins to get your fishy fix. There are eateries to suit every budget in this city, from the cheap eats of Commerce Restaurant through to the fine dining at Upperline. Make sure you sample everything this wonderful city has to offer.

Things to see in New Orleans

There are so many things to see and do in New Orleans, that there is a good chance you won’t be able to tick everything off your list during your visit. However, there are some attractions that you simply must make time for. The National WWII Museum is truly outstanding and constantly voted as the number one things to do in the city. You will need a good few hours to experience everything this museum has to offer, so factor this in during your vacation. You can also go on a variety of walking tours, including some spectacular ghost tours in New Orleans. If you’re not easily frightened, we would highly recommend the City of the Dead Cemetery Tour, which includes a visit to a voodoo shop. Spooky!

New Orleans is one of the most exciting cities to visit in America, and somewhere you should definitely add to your bucket list. Even just wandering around the streets, taking in the fascinating architecture, would be a good use of your time in this city! However, once you have finished wandering, use our guide and make the most out of your time in the Big Easy.


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Easy no-bake Easter nests


Lindsay Weiss

posted in Life

The kids can help with this super-easy treat and it’s ready in minutes. If you’re a fan of the traditional chocolate/peanut butter no-bake cookie, these will really make you happy. We chose them because we’re not fans of jelly beans and Peeps, but a sweet and salty “nest” with a creamy chocolate egg is definitely our thing.

I added some chopped chow mein noodles to the traditional oatmeal used to make these. It adds a nice crunch and gives the nests some realistic dimension.

Bonus, these have some protein and fiber so there’s a little something to balance out the sugar.

Happy Easter!

Easy No-Bake Easter Nests

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup milk
2 cups sugar
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup creamy peanut butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups quick-oats or old-fashioned oats
1 cup coarsely chopped chow mein noodles
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups chocolate mini-egg candies

Place butter in a medium saucepan and melt over medium-high heat. Stir in milk, sugar, and cocoa and and bring to a low boil. Boil for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat. Stir in peanut butter and vanilla, and stir until smooth. Add oats, chow mein noodles, and salt and stir until combined.

Drop mixture by spoonfuls onto waxed paper or silpat liners and form into bird nest shapes. Press down the center with your thumb so there will be a place for the candies. Let the nests cool completely. Place egg candies in the center of the nests.

Makes about 18.

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Turns out recording an album in communist Cuba isn’t easy

José “Pepito” Gómez defected from Cuba 10 years ago. But even long after he’d made a home in America, the singer never forgot Havana’s Areito Studios, where greats like Frank Sinatra and Celia Cruz recorded in the 1940s and ’50s, before Fidel Castro took power. And so, while discussing dream projects with a couple of…
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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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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.

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated by Dacy Knight.

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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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