holidays

Eating Right During the Festival of Lights

Posted on 12/12/2011 by | General News | Comments

Personal HealthThis is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act. From the latkes fried in oil and served with sour cream to the (often) fatty brisket, Hanukkah can be a trying time for those trying to eat healthier. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are several collections of healthier Hanukkah recipes that whittle down the calories, fat and cholesterol while remaining delicious.

A Caregiver’s Christmas Wish List

Posted on 12/9/2011 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingWondering what to give your favorite family caregiver this year? Here is my Christmas Wish List that I shared two years ago. It still holds true so I thought I’d share it with you again this year. It’s a short list – only 5 items…the intangibles that are most meaningful to caregivers. Surely Santa can help with these! All I want for Christmas is: 1. An empathic ear. Caregiving is intense, and new challenges arise every single day. Even if they …

Dogs In Christmas Sweaters: Just What Are We Celebrating?

Posted on 12/8/2011 by | Home & Family blogger | Comments

Home & FamilyScrooge Alert! I found myself roaming around a pet store today oblivious to the festiveness going on around me. Had the beagles in tow, so my task was to get their favorite treats and food, then get out. Dredging our way to the checkout line I saw it: an entire aisle dedicated to Christmas apparel for dogs. Of course this isn’t the first time I’ve seen this; each year I go out of my way to avoid it. Gaudy sweaters, tacky jackets …

Women: The Warriors of the Holiday Season

Posted on 12/6/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeSome things get better with time. The holidays to me fall into that category. We seem to linger with friends a little longer, recognize the true meaning of the season, really enjoy watching all the wonderful classic holiday movies, converse over special ornaments as we hang them on the tree, and on and on….It is only the first of December and I have already watched “Miracle on 34th Street” and “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Do you remember in “It’s a …

Sweets Minus Guilt = Better-For-You Holiday Cookie Recipes

Posted on 11/30/2011 by | General News | Comments

Personal HealthThis is a guest post by Annie Lynsen, on loan to AARP from Small Act. I’m committed to my healthy lifestyle, but the idea of a holiday without cookies makes me really sad. That’s why I was so excited to find not just one, but several collections of better-for-you holiday cookies. They all include healthy swaps to help cut the fat, calories and guilt that often go hand-in-hand with holiday sweets. A word of caution, however – even though these cookies …

Let your Expectations of this Upcoming Season Be the Unexpected

Posted on 11/29/2011 by | Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeHow was your Thanksgiving? I hope it was memorable. Ours was one of the best ever. We all loaded up and headed to Baltimore because the NFL decided the Ravens would play on Thanksgiving night. Now, I was perfectly happy about this scheduling as not only did I not have to cook, I didn’t even have to drive around and pick up food. It was just perfect. I told SJ, “You can either have a game dog or chicken tenders, and …