The Perfect Wintry Date

After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, the rest of winter always brings restlessness. The days are short and the weather is cold. But one advantage of the snow and the ice is that it creates the ideal conditions for snuggling up to your significant other. As the frigid temperatures of January and February set in, spending time with a special someone can keep you toasty until the first signs of spring.

There is plenty of dating fun to be had in the wintertime, whether you and your significant other are strict homebodies or thrill seekers itching for adventure. Rather than looking at winter as a waiting period for trips to the beach or the pool, grab your sweetheart and take advantage of the unique date activities that only winter has to offer. Whether you’re getting to know someone new or looking for a fun evening with a longtime lover, these plans are perfect for winter dates.

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Recipes For a Resolute New Year

With the New Year come the inevitable New Year’s resolutions. Whether you’ve vowed to make more time for yourself or to take up a new hobby, 12 months can seem like a long time to meet that goal when you’re looking at it from January 1. However, work, family, and other commitments can sometimes cloud that rosy New Year’s vision, making it harder to follow through and make a change for the better.

Some of the most popular New Year’s resolutions center on being healthy, whether that means losing weight, exercising more, or giving up a bad habit, like smoking or drinking. Coincidentally, healthy resolutions are hardest resolutions to keep. Along with regular exercise, one of the key steps to staying healthy is eating right. Although busy schedules and old routines make it hard to adhere to your New Year’s promise to change your diet, developing healthy eating habits is easier than you might think. Check out these recipes for a happier, healthier New Year.

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Comfort Foods to Keep You Warm

At long last! It’s that cheerful time of year when the holiday charm has us feeling all warm inside. But the cold outside is a different story… With the seasonal chill settling in and our winter wear in full use, we can’t wait to come home, get cozy, and eat something delicious.

Whether you love the briskness of winter or fantasize about nestling up by the fire, we can all agree that it’s the perfect time of year to break out the best comfort food recipes. There’s no better feeling than settling into our favorite spot in our homes and enjoying a tasty, flavorful, and warming meal. This winter, get out your cooking utensils, fire up the oven, and put your culinary skills to the test with our hit-list of fantastic comfort foods!

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How to De-Stress During the Holidays

There’s nothing like the magical cheer that comes along when the winter season arrives. We wait all year to revel in the spirited fun, enjoy spending time with family and friends, and of course, indulging in delicious meals. But between holiday parties, shopping, and cleaning, the holidays can become a source of major stress (which is certainly not on anyone’s Christmas list.)

Oftentimes, we set unrealistic expectations for ourselves and attempt to make the holidays “perfect” for our guests. This can not only lead to anxiety, but can also lead us to neglect ourselves and our well-being. This holiday season, instead of letting the demands get you down, make sure to make time for yourself — with these tips, you can turn winter stress into the joy and happiness that you deserve!

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Your Ultimate End-of-Autumn To-Do List

Although we love the wintery glisten and holiday cheer of the upcoming season, we know that celebrating the end of fall is a must. Before the cold weather arrives, make sure to take full advantage of the beauty and splendor of all things autumn.

If you love taking in the fall foliage outdoors and making delicious fall-flavored treats, we’ve got an incredible to-do list for you. Put on your coziest sweater, get your oven ready, and venture outside for a massive celebration of autumn in New Jersey!

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New Ways To Make Thanksgiving Unforgettable

There’s nothing quite like a good meal shared with family and friends in the middle of the fall season. But before we prepare to gather around and give thanks, let’s think of Thanksgiving this year as a way to unleash our creativity in cooking and decorating. While traditional staples like turkey and mashed potatoes will always have  their rightful place, there are many ways to give your Thanksgiving meal a kick.

With homemade decorations that spell out your gratitude and love, and a meal that spruces up wonderful tradition, your guests will look back on this Thanksgiving with the warmest memories.

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The Ultimate Halloween

The air’s getting chillier, festive decorations are in abundance, and “monstrous” bags of candy line the grocery store aisles. The spookiest and most fun season of all is here! This Halloween, tap into your inner child and enjoy the spirit all around you. Warm up your oven and sharpen your eye for design: we have a scarily great lineup of things for you to do to make this your favorite Halloween yet.

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Festive Recipes For Fall Foodies

While the sweet, spiced flavors of autumn foods have us fall-dreaming all year long, we know it’s time for a warm, delicious autumn meal. Whether a sweet dessert or a savory meal, the vibrant and brilliant taste of fall has our taste buds dancing until the very last bite. So cozy up in your favorite sweater and indulge in a few of our favorite recipes of the season.

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Fall Fun in New Jersey

The seasonal transition between summer and winter, fall is as beautiful as it is cozy. During this temperate time, night arrives earlier, the temperatures begin cooling, and the colors of the world around us start to change from vibrant greens to bright variations of reds, yellows, and oranges as the vegetation prepares for winter dormancy. There’s a burnt feeling to fall – a warm glow emanating from campfires and candles.

This is also the season for going back to school and for fun holidays, as Halloween and Thanksgiving are fast approaching. And while we’re always sorry to see summer go, over here in New Jersey, we’re excited for sweater-weather and pumpkin-flavored treats. After all, what better place than in the state that hosts one of the most magnificent Monarch butterfly migrations each fall. New Jersey is packed with nature-centered activities and other fall fun – there’s truly something for everyone to enjoy, kids and adults alike.

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Back-To-School: Weekly Lunches and Dinners

It’s that time again — the summer heat is dying down and the air has a certain crisp feel to it. The leaves will change just as quickly as the kids will run out the door to head to a new year of school. Morning and nighttime routines in the fall can be simple and fun, but they shouldn’t have to be stressful.

Meal prep on the weekend is a great way to get your week started on the right foot, and to send your kids off with delicious and healthy lunches. When they come home, easy-to-prepare dinners will give you the time you need to run your errands, tend to your children, and get your necessary “me-time.”

Back-to-school can be busy, but it can also be productive and enjoyable. Check out our recommendations for quick, easy, and most importantly — tasty! — weekly meals for school lunches and nightly dinners.

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