15 Thoughts I Have While Watching Hallmark Holiday Movies

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By Kate Kole

I love Christmas movies. In fact, I even named my fantasy football team Countdown to Christmas this year, paying homage to the Hallmark Channel holiday lineup. They are, quite possibly, my favorite vehicle to escape this world and hop into a kinder, sweeter, and less stressful alternate universe. We all have our vices, and too good to be true Christmas movies just happen to be mine. Continue reading

On Navigating The Post-Election Thanksgiving of 2016

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By Mary Van de Graaf

Like nearly everyone else on the planet, I’ve spent the past week thinking long and hard about this election, going through every single emotion, trying to make sense of what happened, while simultaneously mourning the loss of all that could have been. I’ve been thinking about the deep discontentment and alarming hatred in this country that brought us to where we now stand, and how we can possibly start to mend the divide. I’ve gone through the very troubling reasons why our country couldn’t get behind Hillary Clinton, behind a woman, behind someone who was so qualified, so smart, dedicated, and so equipped to lead. I’ve thought about what we are supposed to tell our children, whether this electoral college petition thing could actually get Hillary in office (probably not), and of course, what we do now. Continue reading

World, Let’s Join Them: A Little Encouragement for this Post-Election Season

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By Nikki Norris

At least half of our nation is stunned, and many are grieving. We grieve a loss, yes, but more than that, we grieve for those who no longer feel safe. For me, the horror began early this year as evangelical leader after evangelical leader spoke out in support of Donald Trump. How professed followers of Jesus – the model of self-sacrificial love – could support a platform built on hate is baffling. And now, after a staggering 81% of white evangelicals voted for Trump, I can’t decide what’s worse: the knife in the back from the American people, or the twist of the knife from the evangelical church. Continue reading

10 Thanksgiving Dishes From Start To Finish

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By De & Kate

Thanksgiving is – wait for itone week away. Perhaps you’ve already Pinterest planned this year’s entire menu and have your holiday dinner lineup set. In which case, we commend you with emoji claps all around. If you’re anything like us, turkey (or tofurkey) day totally snuck up on you this fall and now, you’re googling recipes galore.

Hoping we can save you some precious time, so you can do more pressing things with these next seven days, we’ve rounded up 10 delicious dishes from start to finish! Continue reading

Checking My Status Before Logging On

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By Kate Kole

I did a mini social media detox last week. Closing my Twitter tab, scrolling out of Instagram, and logging off Facebook, I declared the 72 hours dividing Wednesday morning and the weekend as deliberately free my typical news feeds. 3 days is hardly a long time and I didn’t expect any lasting life changing epiphanies to occur. I equated it more to the likes of a fruit and vegetable cleanse, figuring that a couple days of eating greens doesn’t overhaul my everyday snacking tendencies the same way a few days without Facebook wouldn’t change my online habits. Continue reading

5 Common Misconceptions About Practicing Mindfulness

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By Heather Angiletta

Mindfulness seems to be popping up everywhere- Mindful Business, Mindful Parenting, Mindful Marriage, Mindfulness in schools. Just add the word ‘Mindful’ in front of anything and it seems to hold a promise of better. And Mindfulness is a pretty powerful thing, proven to increase immunity, resilience, creativity, attention and to decrease stress and pain, among other benefits. But what is Mindfulness anyway?

Mindfulness is non-judgmental awareness of the present moment. Continue reading

52 Thoughts I Had About Once Upon A Time’s “I’ll Be Your Mirror”

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By Casey Rose Frank

This week we get a heavy dose of those Season One vibes that have become the backbone for much of this season’s narrative, and Henry gets some extra screen time that makes it obvious to viewers and his family members that the boy who once ran away to find his birth mother and show her a book of fairytales has officially become a young man in his own right. Continue reading