In anticipation of the Chinese New Year, the house is swept clean of all of the "dust" from the past year so the new year will begin free from old troubles. Then begins a 16-day celebration called Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival, according to travelchinaguide.com.
A new movement is creeping across the globe. Begun as a grassroots effort to combat busy modern life, the Slow Movement embraces taking life at the right pace and learning to savor food, relationships and experiences. Life is more meaningful when you are mindful. Here are four things worth slowing down for. Read on — at your own leisurely pace.
Make no mistake about it, Valentine's Day is about feasting — or at least that's how it was originally intended.
When it comes to making Valentine's Day treats, sugar cookies are always a winner.
I feel sad whenever I hear someone grumble, "I hate Valentine's Day."
Want to "wow" your beloved with several surprises on Valentine's Day? Here's a list of 20 awesome ideas to get you started. And if you want to spread the love, make your sweetie feel extra special with a whole week of heartfelt gestures.
Hearts and flowers and candy. Lacey valentines decorated with ribbons and bows. Affectionate couples with stars in their eyes and their heads in the clouds. The romantic sentiments associated with Valentine’s Day can stir hopes and dreams for some — and evoke dismay and an accentuated sense of aloneness in others. Love yet to be expressed, lost love, broken hearts and dashed expectations still exist even with cupid fluttering around like a dazed butterfly.
Meghan Trainor exploded onto the music scene this year with her groovy, sugar-laced pop album, “Title.” Among the songs on her album, which features a mashup sound of hip-hop, dancehall and 1950s chord sets, is the song “All About that Bass.”
To construct a brand-sparkling-new skyscraper, builders demolish the existing structure. Sometimes, it is only after the edifice is a pile of rubble that someone steps forward and says that it was a palace.
I have been at the mountain top. I have seen the promised land. I was in Phoenix during Super Bowl Week.
I’ve known Daisy for five years, and she has taught me lessons about loyalty, happiness, friendship and love that I’ll never forget.
Oh, the eternal dinnertime struggle of kids who don’t eat their vegetables. There are countless recipes that advertise sneaky ways to cook and bake with vegetables, leaving your kids none the wiser. But I caution against this tactic. Honesty is always the best policy, even when it comes to disguising vegetables. Though it may be tempting to try and trick your children into healthy eating, there are four major reasons why that is the opposite of what you should be doing.
Many people think that the main job of an architect is to make a house look good. While that is certainly one goal of a residential remodeling project, there are others of equal or even greater importance. The way a house flows and circulates is critical to how it feels and functions. How a house functions determines the ultimate success of a project. As the old adage says, “Pretty is as pretty does.”
If your mornings are at all similar to mine, they look a little something like this: ensuring the kids wake up on time, getting dressed, making sure the dog gets fed and let out, making breakfast and lunch (bonus points if it's nutritional), convincing the 3-year-old to actually eat breakfast, and then brushing, braiding, combing and curling hair, locating homework, back-packs, socks and shoes, then sending kids off with a prayer and a peck on the cheek -- all before 8:15 a.m.
First and foremost, this article is not about motherhood, it’s about Mother’s Day.
As a child, Laurence Gonzalez cut his teeth on the survival stories of his father.
Springtime always brings a lift to our spirits, but if that isn’t enough to drag you out of the doldrums, keep reading. Even if you’re over-the-moon happy it may be worth your while, since we can never have too much happiness.
Of all the extra appliances I have, the panini machine is perhaps the most neglected.
Over the past two weeks, I fulfilled a life dream with my mother of traveling to Europe. This started in earnest a year ago with an opportunity (my mother’s phone call of, “I want to take you back to the 'Old Country,' i.e., Scotland"), but was a seeming impossibility (age of my children, life schedules) that became a stressful possibility (“Can we just hire a travel agent?”). At last, planets aligned and we were off.
“First, let me take a selfie.”
Travel back in time to the iciest days of the Cold War. Elementary school students are watching “duck and cover” public service films in their classrooms and air raid siren tests pierce the Saturday morning quiet every week. Fallout shelter symbols are posted in every neighborhood.