Hundreds of scientific studies now confirm that minerals, plant-based medicines and even foods that you already have in your kitchen are just as effective as pharmacological options when it comes to healing you. Here are a few that are beneficial […]

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It’s hard to compete with fried chicken, but this baked alternative is so crispy and crunchy (not to mention healthier), that you might just declare it your new favorite! Serve it on a bed of greens to keep the carbs […]

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For many pet owners, it can feel challenging to cut costs without compromising on care. Here are a few suggestions to help you stretch your budget and treat Fido like the family member he is: Get a membership that pays. […]

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While it might be hard to think clearly with all the money-saving madness, keep in mind that even in this day and age, shopping online makes you vulnerable to hackers, scammers and identity thieves. Here are a few tips to […]

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by Jessica Steinweg I didn’t really know what to anticipate, the first time that I saw Kinky Boots. I’d heard from friends that it’s a fun show; and my stepmother once told me that it was one of the best […]

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The magic of any meal made in a slow cooker is the incredible flavor that’s created, without too much work. While the prep for this recipe is a little more hands on, we promise the finished product is worth it. […]

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Whether you’re inviting a couple of friends or the entire family, preparing your home (and yourself) hosting can be stressful. Here are a few simple tips to help you not only survive the day, but also enjoy yourself: Make a plan. […]

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Appetizers are a must, especially finger foods that can be strategically placed around your home. Snacking gives people something to do, provides a natural gathering place for conversation and keeps overbearing relatives from breathing down your neck in the kitchen. […]

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When you get a large group of family members together, or even friends, it may seem like conflict of some sort is unavoidable. This year, prepare yourself with these three steps towards conflict resolution. If you aren’t involved in the […]

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09 Jan

This delicious cherry pie will provide some nice variety for your plate and your palate. Ingredients: 4 cups all-purpose flour 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. sugar, divided 1/2 cup ground toasted almonds ½ tsp salt 10 Tbsp. cold, unsalted butter, […]

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When we’re so caught up in the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, it’s easy to lose sight of everything we have to be thankful for. This Thanksgiving, try to take a moment to focus on everything in your […]

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Particularly in Western cultures, Friday the 13th is widely regarded as an unlucky day. The origins of this superstition are unclear, but some suggest it has to do with the story of Jesus’ last supper in which 13 individuals were […]

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With a piece of Parmigiano rind adding a savory depth to the broth, it might be hard to limit yourself to just one bowl of this hearty tortellini soup. Sprinkle a little more Parmigiano on top to bring out the […]

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Could your heart age be the key to the fountain of youth? Based on a short, clinically-accurate quiz, this new concept has proven that we can now reverse-age our hearts by 10 to 20 years. Fix the following seven mistakes, […]

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Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day honors everyone who has served in the U.S. Armed Forces, not just those who gave their lives. From all of us here at The Balancing Act, thank you for your service! So often we take […]

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Getting older is unavoidable, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. So how do you cope? The Balancing Act caught up with Alan Thicke to see what advice he has for different generations: New Boomers (born 1983-2001) – “Take only half […]

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The key to French onion soup is the caramelized onions, and the key to this quick version is using sweet onions, which don’t take as long to reach the desired flavor. Infusing the broth with the porcini mushrooms also adds […]

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Sure, your dog is like a member of the family. But the truth is, between a full day of work, chores, extracurricular activities and spending time with the family, sometimes Fido drops to the bottom of your priority list. Here […]

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Feeling under the weather? Before you resort to any over-the-counter medications or a pricey doctor’s visit, try one of these single-serve soups. Made right in the bowl you’ll sip it out of, they’re simple to create and contain cold- and […]

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Homework, late workdays, after-school activities, long commutes…it’s no wonder families find it so hard to eat dinner together. Yet studies show that eating as a family is an important part of healthy living. In fact, a study published in the […]

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Is it just us or does Daylight Savings Time feel like the unofficial kickoff of winter? Evenings are darker, the chill in the air is undeniable and hibernation sounds more and more like the only reasonable way to deal with […]

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When you have a baby, it’s easy to turn all of your attention their way, spending every moment caring for and thinking about their needs while neglecting your own. However, if you aren’t at your best, you cannot be the […]

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November is Pancreatic, Lung and Stomach Cancer Awareness Month. With the growing prevalence of this awful disease, chances are you or someone you know has been affected by it. Although we haven’t yet discovered a cure, we are learning more […]

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Don’t let the instant mixes at the grocery store fool you – making pudding at home is almost as quick, and way more delicious, than anything you find in a box in the aisles. Master this simple chocolate custard for […]

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It’s easy to forget how lucky we are to live in a country where our vote counts for something. Where we are asked, not discouraged, to offer our opinion about leaders, issues, policy and more. Don’t let this valuable right […]

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Why is it that we all assume our mechanics are going to steal our money? Is every person that enters the profession naturally suspicious? Or can we take an honest look back at ourselves and admit that perhaps the uneasiness […]

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Inspiration can come from anywhere. Just ask the woman who created this burger. After dinner one night at a Greek restaurant, she decided to combine the flavors from her grilled meatloaf entrée with her love for pimiento cheese on a […]

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From all of us here at The Balancing Act, have a safe and spooky weekend!

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Squash Pasta with Sage Pesto This out-of-the-box pasta recipe is so delicious, you won’t believe it’s made from raw zucchini! Use a spiralizer or a veggie peeler to create your ideal size “noodles” and see how long it takes for […]

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Just like humans, the age of your dog determines a lot of the care they require. If your furry best friend is approaching their golden years, here are four things you should be doing to ease the transition: Ensure they […]

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We all know that first impressions go a long way. Yet, the foyers of many homes are often overlooked as just a pass-through space. Here we’ve compiled a list of suggestions to help you channel your inner interior decorator and […]

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27 Oct

If you’re cutting back on red meat, but still craving tacos, pork can serve as a delicious alternative to ground beef. And what better night than Taco Tuesday to give these a try? Pork Tacos Ingredients: 2 tsp oil 1 […]

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27 Oct

Soup is a no-brainer, go-to meal as soon as the temperatures start to dip. However, the convenience of the canned options from the grocery store is trumped by the high sodium levels. So next time you’re craving a steaming bowl […]

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Watching what you eat isn’t only about following the food pyramid. Recently, there’s been an increased interest in the link between good nutrition and a long, healthy life, drawing more attention than ever to the quality of the food we […]

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We all have our bad days, but if you feel like you’ve had more than your fair share lately, these tips can help you beat the blues. Next time the stress starts to creep in or you feel a bad […]

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More than 70 million Americans suffer from intermittent or chronic sleep problems. If you’re one of them, your diet may be to blame. Here are a few foods proven to help you grab some Zs: Carbohydrates boost serotonin, a hormone […]

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We asked the host of The Balancing Act, Julie Moran, for her favorite recipe. Her choice, a delicious breakfast “pie”, comes from a cookbook from her hometown of Thomasville, Georgia.  As she said, besides being tasty, she recommends the dish […]

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To determine whether you’re ready to transition from a renter to a homeowner, you need to do a true, side-by-side comparison. Here’s an example: let’s say you are renting for $1,100 a month and you’re considering a $200,000 home. You […]

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Just because you’re cutting back on red meat, doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a burger. This quinoa and bean alternative is still packed with protein, so it’s sure to fill you up, without filling you out. Smokey Quinoa & Bean […]

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Just saying the words “mac n cheese” can transport most of us back to our childhood, impatiently waiting at the dinner table for mom to deliver a steaming bowl of cheesy golden goodness. Don’t abandon your enthusiasm now that you’re […]

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Denise Austin is a fitness industry pioneer who has sold more than 24 million exercise videos and DVDs, authored 12 books on fitness and starred in the longest-running fitness show in the history of television. Her trademark zest for life, […]

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If you’re trying to transform your space, painting the walls is one of the simplest ways to go about it. However, trying to pick the best color when the selection seems endless can be overwhelming, to say the least. As […]

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Many of us are only used to the pickled beets we see in jars at the store, but there are multiple other ways to enjoy them. For this fresh, citrusy salad, start by picking smaller beets (they’ll be more tender […]

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A macaroon is a type of small, circular cake that more closely resembles a cookie. Legend has it that this delicious dessert can be traced to an Italian monastery during the French Revolution of the 9th century. Seeking asylum, two […]

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Have you and your family finally decided to add another furry member to your family? Instead of breaking out the wallet and buying, consider visiting a local shelter or rescue organization. According to The American Society for the Prevention of […]

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If you’ve never tried your melon with salt and pepper, this salad is the perfect excuse! Perfect for a backyard BBQ or dinner with friends, the bright summer colors in this dish are as beautiful as they are delicious. Avocado […]

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The terms “natural” and “organic” seem to be popping up everywhere these days. But just because a product has the right buzz words on the label, doesn’t mean it is free of harmful chemicals. Many of us use beauty products […]

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Feeding the whole family is no small feat, especially when you take cost into account. Try the recipe below for a delicious and economical dinner solution! Check your pantry for the necessary ingredients before going shopping. Chicken & Rice with […]

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Planning for retirement is a challenge, no matter who you are. However women face a series of unique obstacles when trying to put enough money away for later in life: Women live an average of seven years longer than men, […]

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Harvested in the fall, winter squash (such as the butternut variety) is delicious prepared in almost any way. It will keep for many months, so don’t hesitate to pick one up the next time you’re at the grocery store, even […]

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From an early age, children’s brains are programmed to learn, unconsciously soaking up sensory impressions from the world around them like a sponge. However, research into brain development has shown that neural pathways are only strengthened in those areas of […]

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Spoiler alert: This cake is actually just muffin batter baked into cake form. But that doesn’t mean it’s any less delicious! Pick a morning you feel like having dessert for breakfast and serve it warm, preferably in bed. Blueberry Muffin […]

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Stress relief could be right under your nose! Aromatherapy, or the practice of using aromatic compounds like essential oils to enhance physical and emotional well-being, is a popular form of alternative healing that can easily be practiced at home. Here […]

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The first thing you have to come to terms with when you’re on the hunt for a new job is the pool of other candidates you’re up against. There are a lot of talented people in the world, and to […]

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Did you know that 90% of a child’s brain is developed by the age of 5? During this critical window, parents act as the first, and perhaps, most influential teachers, and one of the best ways to embrace this role […]

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Parmesan cheese makes everything delicious. If you’ve got picky eaters at home or know someone who turns their nose up at cauliflower, try serving this recipe as a side dish and watch them change their tune after one bite. Roasted […]

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There are few things scarier than the idea of suffering a heart attack. However, 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented if you make the right choices for your heart such as diet, exercise and abstaining from smoking. This […]

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The back-to-school season is fast approaching, and if you have an upcoming freshman, it can be a stressful time of year. Going from high school to college is a big change, but below, we’ve compiled a few ways to make […]

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Superfoods: we’ve all heard the term, but what does it really mean? The following foods, among others, are packed with phytonutrients that can help promote your health, elevate your mood and even control your weight. Nuts – Nuts are rich […]

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In case you missed our Monday lasagna post (or if you just ran out of leftovers), here’s another healthy twist on the family favorite, using beans instead of meat to help cut back on the calories. Mexican Lasagna Ingredients: 2 […]

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Greek yogurt is delicious all on its own, but it can also be added to your everyday cooking for a fun and nutritional twist. Not only does it contain about twice the protein of regular yogurt, it is also high […]

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Arthritis literally means inflammation of the joints, but more commonly, it refers to the over 100 conditions that can cause joint pain. These include: Gout, old injuries, infections, Systemic Lupus, Psoriasis, Crohn’s and other autoimmune diseases. Determining which of these […]

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07 Oct

Sometimes, the simplest ingredients around your home can create the most delicious, unexpected treats. While it uses familiar saltine crackers as a base, this toffee bar recipe is anything but basic. Your friends and family won’t believe what the secret […]

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When you’re limited to 140 characters, you have to be selective about what you say. Here are ten pointers to ensure you’re making the most of your Twitter account: Be careful. You don’t have to follow everyone, or allow everyone […]

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Bring the tropics to the table with sweet papaya, creamy coconut and juicy pineapple. Like a vacation in your mouth, this healthy and refreshing fruit salad is sure to be a crowd pleaser! Tropical Coconut Fruit Salad Ingredients: 1 papaya, […]

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Starting any sort of business venture can be daunting. However, the truth is, no matter your skills or your interests, women have the power to make a difference and find success in any field.  Here are the stories of a […]

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Adding a simple red sauce to pasta can be a quick and easy dinner solution. However, it’s not the only quick and easy pasta dish. Mix it up with this recipe below or get creative by including your own additions! […]

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Think a salad can’t fill you up? Think again! Thanks to the tabbouleh, a complex carb, this salad is sure to curb any appetite. Add the crunchy cucumber, juicy watermelon and fresh herbs and what’s not to love?! Feta, Watermelon […]

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Pears are one of the few fruits available year-round, however, it isn’t until the fall that they seem to step into the spotlight. This simple, beautiful, free-form pie is the perfect way to take full advantage. Easy Pear Pie Ingredients: […]

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Everyone wants to save money, but there’s a fine line between being thrifty and being frugal. Follow the tips below to get the discounts you want – without coming off as that crazy, coupon-clipping lady. Furniture. Don’t settle for the […]

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Today marks the beginning of Customer Service Week, an international celebration of the importance of the customer service industry and the people within it. It was first recognized by the U.S. Congress in 1992 and since then, companies across the […]

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As temperatures around the country start to drop, comfort foods that warm us up start to sound more and more appetizing. This recipe is perfect for the fall weather and a Monday: simple yet satisfying. Chili Con Carne Ingredients: 1 […]

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Being in any relationship requires negotiation, compromise, communication and decision making. Even something as simple as deciding where to go for dinner is an example of how often you have the opportunity to work together…or work against each other. Here […]

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Ratatouille has slowly been making a comeback, from that dish no one has ever heard of to everyone’s favorite vegetable medley. Fire up the grill and try this tailgate-inspired twist tonight. Grilled Idaho Potato Ratatouille Salad Ingredients: 2 lbs. large […]

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Buttermilk is similar to yogurt, with a slightly tangy flavor and a thick texture. Thanks to its low fat content and the acid it contains, it’s the ideal ingredient for flaky biscuits, tender chicken and creamy smoothies, salad dressings and […]

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Lasagna is irresistible, there’s no way around that. But if you’re watching your weight, all that meat can be a bit heavy. Try this vegetarian-friendly version, which makes the most of the perfectly-in-season butternut squash, for a slightly less-guilty dinner […]

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