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Honest Imperfect Produce Delivery Review

Honest Imperfect Produce Review | This Miss Cooks

If you’ve been on the internet or in grocery stores at all in the past few years, you’ve likely seen the many options out there for food delivery companies. Everything from the advanced restaurant delivery of UberEats to the meal kits like Hello Fresh to grocery deliveries from Instacart. One of my favorites has been community supported agriculture, or CSAs for short.

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5 Best Cookbooks for Beginners

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Raise your hand if one of your New Year’s resolutions involved cooking more. According to surveys, the most popular goals this time of year are to lose weight, spend less, learn something new and to eat more at home with loved ones.

These are all wonderful habits to make, in my opinion, but damn it they’re hard.

If you’ve never cut up a grapefruit before, you might not know just how much time it takes to transform into a beautiful (and actually edible) breakfast. What’s the difference between mincing and dicing and chopping and julienning? And we haven’t even started on what it mean to ‘eat healthy’ or  just cook tasty meals.

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5 Ridiculously Easy Tips for Sticking to Your Goals

5 Ridiculously Easy Tips for Sticking to Your Goals | This Miss Cooks

Alright, we’re one week into January. Hopefully your goal of surviving the year is going well so far.

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? I know I made a few as well. A little under half of Americans usually make goals for themselves this time of year in categories like self-improvement, health and fitness, financial success and romance. How many people feel like they’re successful at keeping them?

8 percent.

Ouch. Some make the mistake of picking unrealistic or hard-to-measure goals, but others really struggle with finding the motivation to start a new habit or keep the momentum going. If you’ve found yourself in that boat, don’t worry! There are plenty of ways to make sticking to your plans a little bit easier. Continue reading

10 Life-Changing New Year’s Resolutions You Can Actually Keep

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve left a trail of broken New Year’s Resolutions over the past few Januaries. But at the same time, there have also been a few that actually stuck around.

A regular fitness routine.

A real emergency fund.

raise at work.

So what makes for the perfect resolution that you can actually stick to?

 I’ve written before about how we should make sure our goals are reasonable, but the problem isn’t just having goals.  Most of our resolutions are either something we think we should want but don’t or just too vague to make a plan to stick to.

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Annoying but true

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Reflect Before Your New Year’s Resolutions

Reflect Before You Resolve This New Years

Alright, it’s time for those New Year’s resolutions. Maybe you’re looking at big lists from blogs that are telling you to go for that big promotion at work or magazines that have the top 20 ways to lose weight.

These aren’t terrible goals to have by any means, but do they reflect the type of person you want to be and the kind of life you want to live for the next 365 days?

Maybe, maybe not.

What were your resolutions last year?

If you wanted to lose weight, did you try diets that made you miss out on birthdays and parties?

If you wanted to get that promotion at work, did you work long hours and rarely see your family?

If you wanted to start a new relationship, did you go out on dates with people who didn’t spark?

It’s time to think if those trade-offs were worth it. Because if you aren’t willing to happily trade your time or energy for your new goals, they aren’t worth having.

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Ultimate Ethical Gift Guide for Christmas 2017 (All under $25!)

Ultimate Ethical Gift Guide for Christmas 2017 | This Miss Cooks

Are you sick of throwing your money at companies that are caught up in everything from sweatshops to environmental pollution to selling cheaply made products this Christmas?

Yeah, me too.

Since starting the tradition of donating to charities the entire month of December, I’ve noticed a positive trend I really love: companies with ethical business models. It’s turned gift giving into this really heart warming experience all year round for me. If you or your giftee are anything like me, a present that comes from an eco-conscious, ethical company means so much more.

And while it used to be the case that buying from brands that aligned with these principles meant spending more than I could afford, there have been some really excellent ones that have popped up in recent years. These are the ethically sourced gifts I’m buying (or have received!) this year or in the past. Continue reading

Advent Giving Month Ideas: Week One

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Whew! It has been a whirlwind of a December, my friends. I’m sure you’re just as busy this holiday season with juggling friends, family and work as I’ve been. I’m simultaneously amazing that it’s only been a week and shocked that Christmas is so close!

If you didn’t see my post last week, I’m doing my Second Annual Advent Giving Month. Hitting my goal of donating to a charity or volunteering once a day can be challenging but it’s also been incredibly rewarding. I’m reminded of the fact that even when life is hectic, we can still find time for the things that are important to us.

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Advent Giving Month

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What is an Advent Giving Month?

I’ll be honest with you, I debated what the title of this should be for far longer than is reasonable. Advent Calendar Giving Month. December Advent Giving. Giving Back Advent Calendar. In the end though, I stuck with the name I came up with randomly two years ago when Christmas had ended and I gave Mr Never Cooks his 25th Advent Calendar gift.

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5 Healthy Instant Pot Party Recipes

5 Healthy Instant Pot Party Recipes | This Miss Cooks

One of my very favorite Cyber Monday purchases from about 2 years back is definitely the Instant Pot. In fact, I think it’s the only bigger item I’ve ever gotten on this most hallowed of shopping-on-your-lunch-break days. I know, shocking that I splurge a little on food-related things! I have yet to regret getting one, even if it’s a bit of a pain to find a spot to store it in my tiny apartment.

Since this handy little gadget has kept going on sale every year around this time, I figured I’d share my favorite time and energy saving Instant Pot recipes. In the spirit of the season — and not becoming a total hermit — I’ve also been trying to plan a few dinner parties with friends.

Without further ado, here are my favorite Instant Pot party recipes that are perfect for feeding a (picky) crowd!

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5 Healthy Holiday Traditions to Start This Year

5 Healthy Holiday Traditions to Start This Year | This Miss Cooks

If your family growing up was anything like mine, the idea of doing something healthy or active in the time between Halloween and Valentine’s Day was a big no-no. Swiss Colony boxes showed up regularly with those processed cheese-like foods that lived in the fridge nearly year-round. Even though we lived in Arizona, I’m pretty sure my Mom thought I would get frostbite if I ventured outside. The closest I got to physical activity was volunteering through the National Honors Society to help man the water stations at a 5k for asthma or heart disease. That last one I still highly recommend, but I’ve since learned that if I want to avoid the Fall/Winter 20 (pounds) I need to figure out how to start some new healthy holiday traditions.

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8 Best Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes

8 Best Vegan Thanksgiving Side Dishes | This Miss Cooks

Okay, so I may have somewhat impulsively planned an impromptu Friendsgiving dinner for Saturday. As in a full Thanksgiving spread 2 days from this moment. I was a glass of wine into my weekly dinner party and thinking about just how much I love stuffing (hint: it’s a lot). Before I knew it, I was telling a roomful of my dearest friends to be there or be square, turkey and all. The thing is, many of my guests are vegetarian, vegan or dairy-free. So, a vegan Friendsgiving it will (partially) be!

So of course I woke up this morning and furiously combed the internet and my own recipe stash for the tastiest vegan Thanksgiving side dishes. On the bright side, this does mean that I’ll be getting a significantly smaller bird. On the other hand, I’m going to need to get extra creative with juggling oven and stove space.

And of course Mr Never Cooks asks SPECIFICALLY for ‘meaty stuffing’ so I know there will be some dishes I’ll need to duplicate. Shouldn’t be too hard, right?!

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