Author Archives: Caroline Sloan
We can’t always be with loved ones over the holidays. But it’s easy to send them a heartfelt card to let them know that you’re thinking of them. Or, if sentiment makes you uncomfortable, you could take our route, and send them an off-color Thanksgiving greeting from someecards. Browse through ten of our favorites, then send one of your own.
You know Thanksgiving is tomorrow, right? We assume you already know what you’re bringing to your parent’s/sibling’s/friend’s/in-law’s house for dinner. But if not, don’t freak out quite yet. There’s still time to save yourself and not ruin the holiday for everyone — without spending a fortune. We found ten things you can pick up tonight and bring to Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow. And these aren’t your run-of-the-mill card store gifts; they’re indulgent and thoughtful, and are made from natural and organic ingredients. No need to thank us. We’re just here to save Thanksgiving, one cheap slacker at a time. More
Those of us who live in apartments or houses with limited cabinet space know how frustrating it can be to have a dinner party. We don’t want to resort to wasteful paper plates, but we also don’t want to resort to being the hobo who ask her friends to bring their own dishes. That’s why we love Maaike Seegers’s idea for Meltware. If you need extra dishes, just pour hot Carnauba wax in a mold and watch your new dishes emerge. Then, after the party’s over, just melt the wax down again. More
We manage pretty well in our data-saturated lives. But sometimes it’s beneficial to take a step back and look at how much information you’re actually processing within a 24 hour period. This informative clip from GOOD‘s blog does just that, and leaves us with just one question: Is all this data necessarily a bad thing? More
We’re sure you were in line at Barnes and Noble at 7:00 a.m. yesterday so you could get your very own copy of Sarah Palin’s latest masterpiece, America by Heart. No? Great, you aren’t nuts. But we know that you have a perverse desire to see what kind of backwards gems are hidden within the book’s patriotic pages. So, to save you the trouble of putting a paper bag over your head and flipping through the pages at your local book store, Slate’s Jessica Grose read it so you don’t have to. According to her, it’s safe to say that America by Heart won’t become a feminist classic any time soon: More
Nuts are a perfect way to get a little bit of sweetness with a crapload of protein. But sometimes, when you buy a bag of trail mix or mixed nuts, they’re coated in high-fructose corn syrup and preservatives or mixed with bits of candy. We found a sweet nutty treat that (dare we say it) even our beloved Michael Pollan would let us eat: Mrs. May’s Almond Crunch. More
As many of us prepare to board flights for a delightful day of holiday travel, a post on GOOD’s blog addressed the dismal state of airline food. Even though we know the food will be terrible (and overpriced), we can’t help but want our in-flight snack to be satisfying. That’s why flying presents a conundrum as far as eating (not to mention nutrition) is concerned.
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Do you find that you’re often confused by what your underlings are trying to tell you? Your driver, your cook — they make these scrunched-up faces and you just don’t know what they’re feeling. We get it. The reason for your clueless behavior could be your ability to be self-sufficient. A new study showed that people of a lower socio-economic standing were better at figuring out other people’s feelings than those from the upper class. Researchers think this is because poorer people rely on the help of others more than people with money do. More
Whether you’re calmly assembling your cornucopia centerpiece or frantically trying to find an oven rack that fits your enormous bird, it’s time to face it: Thanksgiving is just two days away. Yesterday we found ten unusual pie recipes to spice up your after-dinner spread of sweets. But sometimes don’t you just get sick of pie? (Kidding. We don’t, either.) But we do know that pie crusts aren’t every baker’s cup of tea. So we found ten Thanksgiving cookie recipes that will be the perfect complement to dinner on Thursday (thanks to flavors like ginger, cinnamon, apple, cranberry, maple, and pecan). Just make sure to have a glass of wine or three prior to diving into the cookie plate — you may prefer not to remember how many you’re about to eat. More
Why do countless studies prove the benefits of eating a diet full of fruits and vegetables, yet under one-third of Americans eat two servings of fruits daily? A study from The Archives of Internal Medicine found that adults who had higher levels of alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and lycopene in their blood were less likely to die over a 14-year period than people with low levels of these antioxidants that are found in fruits and vegetables. To us (and we’d hope to a lot of you) this is a no-brainer.