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Hosting a Dinner Party for People with Food Allergies and a Menu to Get You Started

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Küchenstück mit Köchin und Küchenmagd by Joachim BeuckelaerAt least 15 million Americans suffer from known food allergies. Many more have food sensitivities they may not even be aware of.

I hesitate to invite over friends with food allergies. It can be a lot of trouble to go on a special shopping trip or buy expensive special ingredients. Plus, making food for friends with food allergies puts their health in my kitchen. That’s a big responsibility!
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The Examined Life

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Socrates once said that the unexamined life is not worth living. His advice still resonates today. It’s so easy to get caught up in a routine, even if those routines make us feel isolated, unwell, or unhappy. Developing a habit of thinking about our course as a person or as a family can help us dramatically improve our lives by making us more reflective and more thoughtful people. Read the rest of this entry

10 Ways Your Body Tells You You’re Stressed and What You Can Do about It

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Over the past few months, I’ve learned how insidious stress really is. That it causes short- and long-term health problems. That it makes me more vulnerable to depression and anxiety disorders. And that those of us who suffer from chronic stress may not feel stressed because we don’t remember what it feels like not to be stressed.

Identifying and coping with stress is an important way to protect our mental health and the mental health of the people we spend time with. How many physiological signs of stress do you have? Read the rest of this entry

9 Free Ways to Spend an Evening with Family and Friends

During the summer, the great outdoors provide virtually unlimited ways to enjoy time with the people you care about at very little cost. But cooler weather and a lighter wallet don’t mean you have to turn your friends and family away. These nine free ideas provide endless get-togethers with friends, girls’ nights in, and evenings of family fun. Read the rest of this entry

Building an Emotional Support System

Humans are communal animals. (Aristotle wrote that only a superhuman or a savage could live outside of a community.) But too often the pace and structure of our modern lives forces us to face our challenges alone. It doesn’t have to be that way!

When we proactively cultivate a community of family, friends, and co-workers around us, we know that we’ll be there for each other when the going gets tough. When any of you needs help, you’ll never be alone. Here are three ideas for building up your emotional support system. Read the rest of this entry

The Perfect Sunday Dinner: Why It’s Important and How to Pull It Off

Sunday dinner is a beloved tradition all women should share with their friends and families. This Italian Roast Beef with Polenta recipe is a great way to start a Sunday dinner tradition of your own. Brown the beef, add some spices, and throw the whole thing in a crock pot for eight hours while you enjoy an afternoon with the people you care about. The polenta cooks in the time it takes to set the table.

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Make the Most of Your Weekend with a Day of Rest

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Jews and Christians value a day for rest as one of the most important parts of their religious devotion. Muslims, Buddhists, and Bahá’ís all devote one day a week to rest, reflection, and community building. There are very real benefits of taking a day of rest for all of us—even those who aren’t people of faith.
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