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Who Can Donate Their Eggs? Egg Donation and You

Who can donate their eggs? Are there risks or side effects? Does it hurt? Who is going to use my eggs? These are some examples of valid questions a young woman asks herself when deciding to become an egg donor.…

How to Save Money on Family Debt

One of the biggest challenges that modern families face, is figuring out how to spend less money,…

What Thermostat Temperature Setting Should I Use in the Summer?

In this day and age, every little bit you do to help the environment helps. Conserving energy is one of the major global concerns, and those efforts start right there in your home. But when the summer comes, many homeowners don’t give a…

All Blog Posts Tagged 'dinner' (134)

National Shrimp Day | 2 Shrimp Recipes to Enjoy with your Family!

Today is National Shrimp Day! I love shrimp, it cooks really fast and is delicious.  Here are two delicious shrimp recipes with Cucina Antica’s authentic Italian cooking sauces!  These recipes would be great to make tonight for dinner or even this weekend for Mom since it's Mother's Day weekend!  …

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Added by Jessica Briggs on May 10, 2018 at 6:53pm — No Comments

Lucky California | Dublin, CA

I am very excited to share with you about the all NEW Lucky California in Dublin This grocery store is absolutely gorgeous and has amazing prices.  It reminds me of a Sprouts and Whole Foods Market but with Lucky prices.  If you live in Dublin, Livermore, or the Bay Area make this your go-to store for all your grocery needs.…

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Added by Jessica Briggs on May 9, 2018 at 4:56pm — No Comments

Those years I stopped eating chicken

If you were to listen to my Mom's side of the story, it would sound like no big deal. She tells the tale of how - for several years - I refused to eat any meat, and my brother wouldn't eat any vegetables. So, she would give me extra helpings of my brother's vegetables and she would give him my meat and everyone was happy.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on March 9, 2018 at 6:55am — No Comments

We're going to talk about our day now

Every night at dinner, I ask my family about their day. I do this for many reasons:…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 9, 2018 at 7:03am — No Comments

The light from your screens hurts my eyes

We were at dinner in a restaurant.



It wasn't a special dinner or a fancy restaurant, just the three of us having a meal together before going to an event. After we ordered, as is our custom, I pulled out a pack of UNO cards and asked my husband and son if they wanted to play. They (as usual) said yes; we…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 11, 2017 at 6:48am — No Comments

Not in the mood to cook

Think about one of those bad days at work. The kind of day in which nothing went right. Let's say you got stuck with some work you didn't want to do, had to smile through some negative comments from customers, figured out a way to stay out of your boss's cross hairs, got some moody text messages from a spouse and a friend, and then you had to fight through traffic the whole way home only to be reminded when you got there that you have to…

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Added by Lauren Markman on December 6, 2017 at 6:40am — No Comments

Picking apart dinners

For a few years now my family has had a special tradition on Wednesdays: We let our son pick dinner. When he was younger, this meant that we usually ate at one of his favorite restaurants. But now that he is older, he actually cooks dinner for the family every other week.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 27, 2017 at 6:30am — No Comments

National Family Meals Month

In honor of National Family Meals Month, I am sharing a fun family recipe.  A twist on your Mama’s lasagna by making Lasagna 'Grilled Cheese' using Cucina Antica pasta sauce. This month falls in line with back-to-school and reminds us to bring families back to the dinner table, to share time together and a good meal!

Cucina Antica sauces are a great option for National Family Meals Month.  All…

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Added by Jessica Briggs on August 11, 2017 at 6:19pm — No Comments

Intentional Dinner Conversations

My husband and I recently participated in the Ziglar 7-Day Family Challenge from Ziglar Family. One of the challenge topics was "Communication". They shared on the practical importance of family meal-time and the importance of making daily connection really count. 

As a family we typically eat dinner together as a family 4 days out of the week.  I would have…
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Added by Jessica Briggs on June 9, 2017 at 2:18pm — No Comments

How many times will you cook this weekend?

I feel like I spend a lot of time in the kitchen on the weekends. This is probably because I cook several more meals on weekends than during weekdays: While I regularly make my and my son's lunches in the mornings, breakfast is provided at his school.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on May 19, 2017 at 6:37am — No Comments

5 Things I am Currently Craving and It Has Nothing To do With A Pregnancy

5 Things I'm currently craving and it has nothing to do with a pregnancy.



My random, strange and sometime extra out of ordinary cravings have been under the attack of questions such that suggest a perceived pregnancy many times prior to now. However, I didn't crave any of these things even when I was actually pregnant.…



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Added by Niedria Kenny on May 16, 2017 at 4:00pm — No Comments

General Tso's Chicken at Home

Not something I usually do, but I came across something I was eager to share!





I like Chinese food, but I haven't had food from a neighborhood Chinese restaurant in years. The closest I've come to enjoying some was going to P.F. Chang's last year, but it still doesn't compare. So I have been getting my fix of egg rolls from the Publix…

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Added by Ronda on April 14, 2017 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Spending time with the one you love

My husband and I try to have lunch together at least once a week. He and I are fortunate enough to work only a few blocks apart, and that Tuesday lunch is a treat. It is wonderful to see him in the middle of a busy working day.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on February 17, 2017 at 6:44am — No Comments

Dinner at home

As mentioned before, I am the primary cook in my family. I love cooking. And I feel secure enough to admit that the idea of cooking for my family has been integrated with what I think constitutes Mommyness for me.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 9, 2016 at 6:38am — No Comments

The TV isn't invited to dinner

Sometimes when my husband has to work late, I give my son a special treat and let him watch a movie while he eats dinner. It's a rare event, but one that I can justify since most of our dinners are spent around the family table, eating and talking about our days. That together time at dinner is important to me, as it is one of the best parts of my day.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on November 7, 2016 at 7:12am — No Comments

It's OK to give up on the peas

It's dinnertime, and I am preparing two meals. I find that I do this frequently enough that I question my sanity, but not often enough that I stop doing it. I would like to prepare just one meal - one that my whole family enjoys, but that doesn't happen every day of the week, so two meals it is.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 17, 2016 at 7:06am — No Comments

Morality is very black and white (for children)

Like most parents, we are constantly reviewing the difference between good and bad decisions with our son. This usually happens at the dinner table. "Tell me something good about today," I prompt my son. This is followed by the less well-received, "Did anything bad happen today that you want to talk about?"…

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Added by Lauren Markman on October 4, 2016 at 6:57am — No Comments

Delinking the food from the fun

"Mom, is it a dessert night?"



I get asked that question almost every night. And I am pretty arbitrary in whether or not it will be a dessert night, as it depends on a lot of factors. To paraphrase Cookie Monster: Dessert is a sometimes food.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on August 19, 2016 at 6:33am — No Comments

Please go home, Mom

Sometimes, I work late.



It's not intentional, but things happen, and I work a little later than I originally intended to. It's not frequent, as I am a huge advocate of the work/life balance for my employees, and I believe in setting a good role model for them and showing them that I don't work late (at least…

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Added by Lauren Markman on July 1, 2016 at 7:59am — No Comments

A phone-free dinner table

It's really hard to follow our own technology rules. We know that. I, for one, would consider it a win to have a phone-free dinner table. Maybe I could use a little help.…

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Added by Lauren Markman on June 27, 2016 at 7:00am — No Comments

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