not preserved by freezing, canning, pickling, salting, drying, etc.: fresh vegetables
About this time last year, I never felt more like an adult than when my roommates and I decided to host our own Thanksgiving dinner. Although I always travel home to be with family for the actual day, having a dinner with friends the week before is the perfect opportunity to get creative with decorations, try out new recipes (or even better, an old family recipe), and give thanks for all those people that have made the transition to the real world that much easier. I’m big on tradition when it comes to the holidays, but there are some fresh Thanksgiving ideas that I’m excited to try out this year! From a festive pre-dinner cocktail to edible place cards, to a simple, fun way of donating meals to families who could use a little extra help this year, use these ideas to infuse your traditions with a little something fresh.
A light, refreshing cocktail for your guests to sip on while mingling. The girls will love the elegant touch and the guys will sip on anything if it tastes good and there’s football on in the background.
Fresh fruit that is functional as a place card and edible later with a drizzle of honey? Genius!
Kraft Foods Huddle to Fight Hunger
Kraft Foods is making it so easy to donate Thanksgiving meals to families who need them this year. Just click the link below! You can donate a meal just by tweeting about the effort, liking their Facebook page, or watching one of their videos on Youtube. Click here
novel; original: a fresh outlook
One of my favorite NPR programs, Talk of the Nation Science Friday, recently featured a Harvard scientist who is aiming to answer a shockingly simple question: what makes you happy? While the question might not be new or fresh, the approach certainly is. Instead of just asking people what they think makes them happy, doctoral student Matt Killingsworth has designed the study so that participants receive text messages and/or emails 3 times a day, asking them to take a minute to report how they’re feeling at that moment. After 50 check-ins, participants receive a happiness report highlighting patterns associated with their happiness. (Currently, the phone app is only for iphones, which leads me to a quick digression: Is studying the happiness of iphone owners who have time in their day to do this really going to teach us anything that useful?)
Although I’m skeptical that a happiness report will reveal anything too surprising, I was curious enough to take the leap and sign up. I feel like I spend a lot of my day getting from one place to the next, finishing one project to get to the next, making it through a meeting to get to happy hour, and rarely stop to think whether I’m happy doing what I’m doing. I’m not saying that I’m not happy, I’m just not really thinking about it. But now that I am thinking about it, there are definitely things within my control that make my day a happier one. Getting 8 hours of sleep. Starting the day with hazelnut coffee. Writing an email to a friend during my lunch break. Tackling that project that has been pushed to the bottom of my to-do list for the last 3 weeks. Doing laundry. Starting a new book. Going to kickboxing. Taking myself out for a glass of wine. If 3 minutes/day can help me identify the little things that make me happy, then it might be worth it. Because when I’m happy, I’m better prepared to take on the bigger challenges that life will inevitably present and better able to be there for others. While I find certain methodological aspects of this study questionable, I am still intrigued by this blend of social science and social media. Happiness is a Constitutional right after all–so do your forefathers proud and check out the app!
Sign up at: http://trackyourhappiness.org.
pure, cool, or refreshing, as air.
There’s a new kid on the Origins skincare block and I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that it actually makes me get out of bed a little faster in the mornings. (Origins is my favorite skincare line for several reasons. Not only are the products effective, refreshing, and reasonably-priced, but the company is extremely earth-friendly. The ingredients behind the glow are natural rather than chemical and you can bring in any used product container from ANY company and they will recycle it for you!) At my last free mini-facial (call and book one, it’s a perfect girls-day-out activity), I tried the VitaZing moisturizer. I’m usually very picky about moisturizer as they can be heavy on my skin and make it feel greasy, but this moisturizer is light and refreshing. Plus, the caffeine in it is like a cup of coffee for your skin. It’s perfect for those why-did-I-go-out-on -a-Thursday-night Friday mornings when all you want to do is put your head down on your keyboard and nap.
recently arrived; just come: fresh from school
I have to be honest. Neither country music nor Gwyneth Paltrow come immediately to mind when I think of the word fresh. But put these two together and you have one of the most surprising–and beautiful– musical combinations of the year. Watching Paltrow rock a country guitar in stilettos, bat her smokey eyes while inflecting just the right amount of twang into her “stroooooong” is definition fresh.
There are 20+ definitions listed on dictionary.com for the word fresh. This blog will try to capture as many as we can. (Except for possibly definition 16: “(of a cow) having recently given birth to a calf”…although you never know.) Fresh style, fresh music, fresh ideas, fresh food. People who are fresh. But what is fresh? Fresh is original. Fresh is pure and cool. Fresh is edgy. From John Legend and the Roots to John Wall’s NBA debut, from organic nail polish to a wind farm off Massachusetts, we’re out there looking for what’s fresh. Fresh is that je ne sais quoi. You know it when you see it, but it’s hard to define. Which is probably why there are 20+ definitions. But we’re sure going to try.