5 Unusual Sources of Motivation

5 Unusual Sources of Motivation | This Miss Cooks

Have you ever read a book that light a fire under you to get up and change something about your life? Listened to an utterly inspiring TED talk that makes something in your head finally click? Watched a documentary that made you put down whatever it was you were eating and never touch it again?

Yeah, me neither. :/

Look, I try to read the motivational tomes my book club seems to hold so near and dear, but aside from The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up (which I skimmed) I just can’t get into them. So instead of trying to find inspiration in all the normal places, I decided to work with the brain I was born and epigenetically raised with. Continue reading

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Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Things Summer Taught Us About Making That Fall Bucket List

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The official beginning of Fall is right around the corner (7 days, 7 hours, and 2 minutes but who’s counting) which means that it’s time to revisit any Summer bucket lists you might have made. If you’re the type of person who doesn’t need written out aspirations to get off your phone and exploring somewhere or something fun, I applaud you. If, however, you often need your Fitbit or that annoying little Netflix are you still there message to remind you that you’ve spent all weekend glued to your couch, then seasonal bucket lists can help avoid that feeling of dread as Summer draws to a close.

Here are the five things I learned while trying to check everything off of my own list.

1. Make sure your Bucket List aligns with your health & fitness goals

Okay, so maybe you wanted to try every microbrewery in your city. Or check out all the local wineries. Picnic in the park with your beloved (spouse, partner, friend or dog). If your list has you eating cheese and drinking cocktails just to keep up, perhaps you were a little too ambitious when you made it. For every item on your list that involves a bit of a treat, add on another that contributes to your overall wellness.

Adding in physical activities like hiking, trying new workout classes, or simply taking more walks with your loved ones can help you stay in line with your health goals. Pick a farm-to-table restaurant to try, or maybe plan a dinner night in using only seasonal produce. Balance is how these healthy habits become permanent lifestyles. Continue reading

Table for One

Self-love, selfishness, or just plain loneliness

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Table For One: Self-Love, Selfishness, or Just Plain LonelinessThis guest post is brought to us by my wonderful and talented friend Julianne.

A few weeks ago, I sat in a coffee shop in a small town in Vermont staring out the window. I had tasked myself to enjoy my quiet time. All I had to do was spend fifteen minutes here and I could consider it a success. I sat there and stared out the window imagining all the good I was doing for myself. Cue the internal monologue. Continue reading

Feeling Fine Friday: 3 Health Myths, 1 Truth & A Bonus Recommend

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You know, this little segment technically started as a way for me to pull together my favorite things from the week all in one place, but not-so-secretly I’m a major grouch with bad science. Look, it’s not my fault, I’ve just been in this biz for 5 years and don’t take too kindly to people abusing and misusing it.

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1. Turmeric makes a tasty dinner–and that’s it.

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Wedding Wednesday: 5 Challenges of an Early Fall Wedding

5 Challenges of an Early Fall Wedding | This Miss Cooks

Depending on where you live, Fall can take any number of shapes by the time October rolls around. In the Pacific Northwest, it can be even more unpredictable than in places like my home state of Arizona. My fiancé and I never really expected to have to push our date this far back, but I’d encourage any couples out there to keep an open mind to the opportunity if it arises. There are a million reasons why it’s the perfect time of year for many, though it does have its drawbacks. Continue reading

Feeling Fine Friday: 5 Health Science Myths Introduced by Bad Scientists

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Ever felt overwhelmed in one of those inevitable Facebook arguments with your* Aunt Barb** when she pulls out a link to scientific-seeming articles showing you why there totally are chemtrails from planes that are killing us all? I kid you not I had to look up what that was a few months back.

Yeah, bad science has existed for as long as people have had hypotheses about the way literally anything works as far as I can tell. We thought that teething was a leading cause of death for babies for a long time, people. Oh, and we treated them with, essentially, heroine.

With that in mind, I figured I’d pull together a list of some of my favorite health-related myths, from the bizarre to the truly awful. Some of these are pretty well-known, and others are a little less mainstream.

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1. Back off my burgers, man.

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Wedding Wednesday {Free Download} :: Finding Your Venue Spreadsheet

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When Mr Never Cooks and I started looking at thinking about pondering the idea of where we would tie the knot, it didn’t take long for us to get buried under a mountain of historical buildings and ballrooms. Last week I shared the 7 strategies we used to find and book our perfect wedding venue in no time at all. It’s amazing how many vendor search engines there are (like The Knot), let alone the number of ceremony and reception sites in your area.

If you’re following one of the top pieces of advice from my last post, you’ll be quickly sorting through tons of options and reaching out to plenty of venue representatives in the process. Continue reading