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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Summer Cleanup: Preparing For a New Season

Before you know it, autumn scents (hello, pumpkin spice!) and cool temperatures will replace the sweltering summer heat. Leaves will be in bold fall colors, and cozy sweaters will be in abundance.

With every new season, we’re ready to make some practical and fun changes. “Summer cleanup” is a way to say goodbye to summer by sprucing up your home in anticipation of fall. This year, think of it as a way to declutter your living spaces and embark on a fresh start.

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Summer Dinner Parties That Aren’t BBQs

While backyard barbecues are always a hit, let’s face it — sometimes we want a delicious summer meal that doesn’t involve charred food and sweating over smoking hot flames. There’s more to explore when it comes to summer food staples, and for the remainder of summer 2017, we urge you to try something new! Put down your spatula and basting brush, and whip out the wine glasses, pasta bowls, and flower vases. Check out our recommendations for a summer dinner party that doesn’t involve burgers and hot dogs.

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Your End-of-Summer Bucket List

The time always comes — the hot weather starts to cool, children go back to school, and the salty scent of the beach leaves our clothes and sandals. The end of the summer will be here before we know it, but we’re not ready to throw in the (beach) towel just yet…

We’re looking to make the most out of our last summer months with Jersey outings, great recipes, and awesome DIY projects. Check out our bucket list for the top things to do in NJ before we say goodbye to our beloved summer and welcome the fall weather. Have a great time!

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