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The Simple Pea Crostini Recipe You’ll Make All Summer Long

Truth be told, I haven’t always loved peas. Maybe it’s because I grew up on the canned version or maybe it’s because I ate too much split pea soup in college. At any rate, the tables have turned. Whether they’re freshly thawed, tossed into a lemony pasta, or served in aloo matar, peas are delicious. They’re also versatile and family-friendly (my toddler loves this pea soup). If you aren’t keen on peas, this artichoke and spring pea crostini recipe will change your mind. I promise. It’s bursting with seasonal flavors and takes less than 15 minutes to make.

As the seasons change, I find myself reaching for new produce, different herbs, and alternative cooking methods. In the winter, that means roasted root veggies with thyme. In the spring, that means butter lettuce salads with strawberries and mint. Speaking of mint, these artichoke and spring pea crostinis are packed with fresh herbs—an ode to warmer weather and longer days. They represent all things light and simple and flavorful. 

This recipe was inspired by a print I recently bought on Etsy. Eventually, we’ll frame and mount it, but for now, it sits idly on my desk (n added project for a slow weekend). No complaints, though—it’s lovely and inviting, a far stretch from the rest of my desk clutter. Best of all, it often encourages me to make a nourishing, colorful lunch. The kind of meal that propels me through my afternoon to-dos. Anyway, the painted sugar snap peas piqued my interest, a gentle nudge to use the peas in our freezer. 

I adore many aspects of this recipe, but mainly how little time and equipment you need. Plus, if you have herbs growing on your windowsill, a lemon on your counter, and a bottle of olive oil in your pantry, you’re halfway there. You can prep this recipe ahead of time, a throw-together appetizer for friends or a veg-heavy side with fish. And while I spread it on a sliced baguette, this kind of dip pairs well with crudites and up-levels any sandwich.

While traditional pesto calls for pine nuts, most nuts or seeds will do. I used raw pumpkin seeds, but roasted pumpkin seeds, raw cashews, walnuts, or even hemp seeds work. This pea pesto is naturally gluten-free, and you can easily make it vegan by swapping the parm for equal parts nutritional yeast (or Violife vegan parm). Pestos are also an easy way to use leftover kitchen scraps, like carrot tops. Ultimately, use what you have on hand. If you’re out of olive oil, a neutral oil, like avocado oil, works as well. If you’re all out of mint, double down on the basil. In other words, make it your own.

A few tips for making the pesto: if it’s too thick, add cold water to your food processor. The cold water will help the herbs and peas retain their vibrant green color too. Add a small amount of water at a time. A little bit goes a long way. Also, don’t be shy with the salt. Salt brings out the flavor, but the type matters. Rather than using standard table salt, I prefer pink Himalayan salt. In terms of the baguette you use, freshly-baked is best. I love a traditional French baguette, but a gluten-free baguette will also do the trick. 

Last but not least, each crostini is topped with a few artichoke leaves. I went the canned route, a much less laborious option than steaming them from scratch. Plus, the small, canned leaves work well on these baguette rounds. For added flavor, you can use artichokes in oil. They’re rich and immensely satisfying. A few other toppings I love are lemon zest, red chili flakes, and when I’m feeling fancy—a few purple radish sprouts. Serve these at your next get-together, a celebration of spring, togetherness, and seasonal ingredients.

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Terra Moons Solar Cosmic Chameleons Reviews & Swatches (Part 2 of 2)

Artemis

Terra Moons Artemis Cosmic Chameleon Shadow ($13.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a brighter, bluish-teal base with shimmer that shifted from cooler aqua to green to warmer green paired with a sparkling, metallic finish. It was richly pigmented with a brighter, more intense finish that was particularly shiny.

The consistency was moderately emollient, dense but not thick, and picked up well with a dry brush for good, even adhesion to bare skin. It stayed on nicely for eight and a half hours before fading visibly.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$13.00/0.05 oz. – $260.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a cross between “vivid metallic and iridescent chameleon,” so they have a stronger color base but a multichrome shift. The brand recommended applying over an eyeshadow primer and in a thin layer to “intensify the shift,” though I did not personally find that primer necessarily impacted the shift as they were readily apparent used on their own.

They were richly pigmented with a soft, smooth consistency that was lightly emollient but not too thick or too densely-packed into the pan, so it was easy to pick up product with a dry brush as well as fingertips/dampened brushes if preferred. The eyeshadow applied evenly to bare skin and blended out well along the edges.

The vivid, more colored base helped make these easier to incorporate with other eyeshadows, too, so those who find multichromes daunting may like to start with this type of multichrome. They lasted between seven and eight hours on me before creasing visibly.

Browse all of our Terra Moons Cosmic Chameleon Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Silica, Tin oxides, Boron Nitride, Nylon 12, Caranuba Wax, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Caprylic Triglyceride, Isododecane and Phenoexyethanol.

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

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Ceres

Terra Moons Ceres Cosmic Chameleon Shadow ($13.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a very light blue base with gold to warmer gold shift. Per the brand, there was also supposed to be a shift to lavender and a hint of green, but I found that lavender was very, very subtle and harder to tell, even in person, and the green even more so.

The texture was smooth, lightly emollient without being overly thick, which helped it apply evenly to bare skin and still have full color payoff in one layer. There were signs of fading present after eight hours of wear.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$13.00/0.05 oz. – $260.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a cross between “vivid metallic and iridescent chameleon,” so they have a stronger color base but a multichrome shift. The brand recommended applying over an eyeshadow primer and in a thin layer to “intensify the shift,” though I did not personally find that primer necessarily impacted the shift as they were readily apparent used on their own.

They were richly pigmented with a soft, smooth consistency that was lightly emollient but not too thick or too densely-packed into the pan, so it was easy to pick up product with a dry brush as well as fingertips/dampened brushes if preferred. The eyeshadow applied evenly to bare skin and blended out well along the edges.

The vivid, more colored base helped make these easier to incorporate with other eyeshadows, too, so those who find multichromes daunting may like to start with this type of multichrome. They lasted between seven and eight hours on me before creasing visibly.

Browse all of our Terra Moons Cosmic Chameleon Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Silica, Tin oxides, Boron Nitride, Nylon 12, Caranuba Wax, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Caprylic Triglyceride, Isododecane and Phenoexyethanol.

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

Ceres

PPermanent. $13.00.

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Supernova

Terra Moons Supernova Cosmic Chameleon Shadow ($13.00 for 0.05 oz.) is a medium blue base with shimmer that shifted between yellowy-gold to peachy-gold paired with a metallic finish. The eyeshadow had rich color payoff in a single pass, which adhered well to bare skin with a smooth, even lay down of product.

It had a soft, smooth, and blendable texture that wasn’t too thick or too firmly-pressed, but it wasn’t powdery nor was it prone to fallout. This shade lasted well for eight and a half hours before fading visibly.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$13.00/0.05 oz. – $260.00 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a cross between “vivid metallic and iridescent chameleon,” so they have a stronger color base but a multichrome shift. The brand recommended applying over an eyeshadow primer and in a thin layer to “intensify the shift,” though I did not personally find that primer necessarily impacted the shift as they were readily apparent used on their own.

They were richly pigmented with a soft, smooth consistency that was lightly emollient but not too thick or too densely-packed into the pan, so it was easy to pick up product with a dry brush as well as fingertips/dampened brushes if preferred. The eyeshadow applied evenly to bare skin and blended out well along the edges.

The vivid, more colored base helped make these easier to incorporate with other eyeshadows, too, so those who find multichromes daunting may like to start with this type of multichrome. They lasted between seven and eight hours on me before creasing visibly.

Browse all of our Terra Moons Cosmic Chameleon Shadow swatches.

Ingredients

Mica, Silica, Tin oxides, Boron Nitride, Nylon 12, Caranuba Wax, Magnesium Stearate, Dimethicone, Caprylic Triglyceride, Isododecane and Phenoexyethanol.

Disclaimer: Ingredient lists are as available by the brand (or retailer)
at the time of publishing. Please always check product packaging, if it exists, for the ingredient list applicable
to the product you’re purchasing, or the brand or retailer’s website for the most up-to-date ingredient list.

We hope you’ll consider supporting Temptalia by shopping through our links below. Thanks!

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John Mulaney and Wife Annamarie Tendler Split After 6 Years of Marriage

“I am heartbroken that John has decided to end our marriage.”

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3 Editors Share Their Honest Thoughts

Is there anything more transformative than food? It has the powerful ability to connect, transport your senses to another place and time, and even comfort us when we need it most. It’s no secret that the Camille Styles team loves to gather people around a table. In fact, cooking, entertaining, and eating have always been some of our greatest passions in life. Of course, not everyone (including us) has the time to prepare a chef-worthy meal every night of the week. But if the past year has taught us anything, it’s that you don’t need a lot of people to enjoy a delicious home-cooked meal and every dish you serve is an opportunity to nourish yourself from the inside out. If you’re still new to cooking or you’re just looking for easy, healthy recipes to make then meal kits are the way to go. So, three Camille Styles editors tried one for a week and today we’re sharing our Green Chef review.

We chose Green Chef because of their easy-to-follow meal plans for every lifestyle and diet—they have keto, plant-powered, gluten-free, and more—but also because they’re a certified organic company.

With so many of us working from home now (and juggling work/life balance), having an affordable chef-crafted meal plan delivered straight to your door that’s also easy to prepare and good for you, is something we can totally get behind.

So, keep scrolling to read our Green Chef review along with our honest thoughts on each of the meals we prepared. Put it this way, eating well has never been easier.

And if you’re interested in trying it out for yourself, Green Chef has an exclusive offer for Camille Styles readers. Use code 90CAMILLESTYLES to get a total of $90 off your first four orders, including free shipping on your first box!

This story is in partnership with Green Chef.

Camille Styles, Editor in Chief

Meal name: Maple Cauliflower Power Bowls, as part of my “Balanced Living” meal plan

Prep time: 30 minutes

Ingredient rundown: rainbow quinoa, cauliflower, pecans, shallots, kale, dried cranberries, turmeric, maple syrup, nutritional yeast, green goddess dressing

Expectation vs Reality: 

How long did it really take?
It actually only took me about 25 minutes from start to finish.

Was it simple to prepare?
Super simple, though my one pro tip is that I minimized the number of pots and pans used by making the cauliflower and kale in the same sauté pan (one after the other.) Always looking for places to streamline dish duty!

How did it taste?
I loved the flavor combination of these ingredients. The golden turmeric sautéed cauliflower was insanely good on its own. I realized I had a head of cauliflower in the fridge, so I actually doubled up the cauliflower that I made and had leftovers to throw into my lunch salad the next day. The sautéed kale with cranberries and pecans tasted restaurant-worthy; it was simple to make but had a really complex flavor that won over even my husband Adam, who is on the fence about kale. 

Final Verdict:

As someone who really loves to cook, I’ve truthfully never been that interested in meal delivery kits—since I enjoy the process of making a meal from scratch, I just didn’t really see the point. That said, I’m in a particularly busy season of life, and during the week, my cooking process is often super rushed with after-school activities for the kids and wrapping up my workday. Lately, on the weekends, I don’t feel like devoting myself to much Sunday meal prep. Well, I’m so glad I tried Green Chef because it felt like I was still doing the cooking, but like I had a sous chef by my side doing all that prep work for me! 

The ingredients were super fresh, and I particularly loved that I knew what was organic—the one “conventional” item (the shallot) was clearly labeled as such. Both my husband and I agreed it was one of those vegetarian dishes where you didn’t miss the meat. It was totally satisfying, packed with protein, and a perfect way to start the week when we’re looking for a solid #meatlessmonday dinner idea.

Michelle Nash, Senior Producer 

Meal name: Spicy Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry, as part of my “Keto + Paleo” meal plan

Prep time: 20 minutes

Ingredient rundown: chicken, cashews, broccoli, bell peppers, green cabbage, spicy ginger-lime aioli, chili & ginger spice rub

Expectation vs Reality: 

How long did it really take?
It took me just about 20 minutes. I love how straightforward yet delicious stir-fries can be. 

Was it simple to prepare?
Almost all of the ingredients were already chopped, so it really just involved seasoning and throwing everything onto a pan. Doesn’t get much easier than that! 

How did it taste?
I was surprised how delicious this dish was despite being so simple. I had to omit the spicy ginger-lime aioli because of an allergy to eggs, but even without it the flavor really delivered. 

Final Verdict: 

This dish was so simple and delicious, and honestly who doesn’t love stir fry? I made this one for lunch in the middle of a workday, which is something I rarely do because of time constraints. Normally I have to prep a big batch of something on the weekends to have every day for lunch or order takeout, and it tends to get pretty boring. Since this stir fry only took 20 minutes, throwing everything together turned out to be the perfect break in the middle of the day.

Taking a quick break to cook something delicious and healthy immediately elevated my lunchtime experience. Plus, the pre-portioned ingredients saved a ton of time, and I didn’t have to worry about that “what’s for lunch?” conundrum many have daily. Overall, Green Chef saved me time, energy, and money at the grocery store, and left me with little to no food waste afterward. 

Green Chef also earns bonus points in my book for having keto, paleo, and gluten-free dishes. I have a lot of food intolerances which normally steers me away from meal kit services, but they had plenty of options for me. Whether you have allergies too or are just trying to eat a certain way, I found that the plans are very adaptable to dietary preferences. I felt energized after eating this stir fry instead of feeling that after-lunch slump so many of us experience. 

Sacha Strebe, Deputy Editor

Meal name: Tuscan White Bean & Chard Soup, as part of my “Plant-Powered” meal plan

Prep time: 35 Minutes

Ingredient rundown: celery, yellow onion, garlic, great Northern beans, rainbow chard, chives, carrots, rosemary, basil and sage blend, white wine vinegar, vegetable stock concentrate, multigrain mini loaf, crushed red pepper flakes. 

Expectation vs Reality: 

How long did it really take?
My husband and I prepare and cook every meal at home (Friday night is our takeout night) so we consider ourselves to be skilled home cooks and this soup definitely took the allotted 35 minutes of cook time (maybe even a little longer for bonus flavor) but it was worth it.

Was it simple to prepare?
This recipe is foolproof. Every ingredient is portioned out so there is zero room for error. I think this is a great option for time-poor, busy couples or families like us who need healthy, easy meals that even the kids will love. And it’s a one-pot meal so the clean-up is also a breeze.  

How did it taste?
Our family loves soup—we probably eat it at least two times a week (even in summer!). So, we had high expectations for this soup recipe but it did not disappoint. I loved the chewier texture of the rainbow chard with the softness of the great northern beans, and the celery gave it a wintery broth flavor that is just instant comfort in a meal. We had this on a cool spring evening and it was perfect. I also sprinkled some feta on top instead of adding salt or parmesan and it was delicious—highly recommended. 

Final Verdict: 

As I mentioned earlier, my husband and I are major foodies so we cook everything ourselves which means we can tend to be picky when eating out. We are also vegetarian and gluten-free so it’s usually just easier to prepare meals at home to accommodate our dietary needs. While this soup does come with bread, we just skipped that part of the preparation and swapped in our own gluten-free toast using the same seasoning from the box.

Overall, I couldn’t be happier with Green Chef for making it so easy for people with food allergies and diet restrictions to eat really delicious and nutritious meals that are also incredibly easy to prepare. Everything was so fresh and easily labeled, there really is no way you can get this wrong. 

Oh, and it passed the kid’s tastebud’s test, too. Our son is almost 13 and not unlike most kids his age and younger, is brutally honest when he doesn’t like something, But I’m happy to report that he scraped the bowl clean. Now that makes me one very happy mama.

Want to try Green Chef too? Well, make the most of our exclusive offer and use code 90CAMILLESTYLES to get a total of $90 off your first four orders, including free shipping on your first box!

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ColourPop Sweet Roll Cheek Palette Review & Swatches

Sweet Roll

ColourPop Sweet Roll 4-Pan Cheek Palette ($18.00 for 0.3 oz.) includes one cream highlighter, one shimmery powder blush, and two matte blushes: rich copper, gold-shimmered rusty red, matte plum, and matte reddish-brown. They were fairly as-marketed with respect to pigmentation; the blushes were more buildable and hard to over-apply, though they had enough payoff to show up on skin.

I found that the texture of the blushes was very smooth and finely-milled, which didn’t seem to adhere as well to my arm (which is quite dry) but worked well on my face (ultimately, where I test cheek products!).

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Avalon

Avalon is a bright, medium copper with strong, warm undertones and a pearly sheen. It had opaque pigmentation when applied with a fingertip and more buildable coverage when applied with a brush, as marketed. The consistency felt emollient to the touch, smooth, and lightly spongy with a cream-to-powder formula that worked well over bare skin as well as over foundation. It lasted nicely for 10 hours before fading visibly.

Avalon

PPermanent. $8.00.

ColourPop Toffee Cake Pressed Powder Blush
ColourPop Toffee Cake Pressed Powder Blush
ColourPop Toffee Cake Pressed Powder Blush
ColourPop Toffee Cake Pressed Powder Blush
ColourPop Toffee Cake Pressed Powder Blush
ColourPop Toffee Cake Pressed Powder Blush

Toffee Cake

Toffee Cake is a medium-dark red with warmer undertones and fine pearl that gave it more of a satin-like sheen when applied and blended out on my cheeks. The texture was soft, finely-milled, and blendable without being too powdery–one of the least powdery shades in the range. It had mostly opaque pigmentation in a single layer, so it was more pigmented than marketed, but it could be used with a lighter hand for more buildable coverage if desired. This shade showed signs of fading after eight and a half hours of wear.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.13 oz. – $61.54 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to go on “smoothly” and have a “natural and healthy flush” that has “long wear” and “can be layered to your desired intensity.” It is a lightly to moderately powdery powder blush with semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable color payoff. The consistency has a drier, thinner feel and though it feels silky to the touch, I found it the type of powder blush can be tricky to blend out evenly on the skin, depending on one’s skin type or base preferences. The drier the skin/base, the better the formula would blend, but any natural oils or slip caused the blush to go on unevenly and was difficult to blend out. The wear was between seven and eight hours on me on average.

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Icing on Top

Icing on Top is a medium-dark, reddish-plum with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. It had medium, buildable pigmentation with a soft, lightly powdery consistency that felt finely-milled and silky to the touch. The blush applied evenly to bare skin and blended out quite well, especially for this type of finish and depth, and wore well for eight and a half hours before fading noticeably.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.13 oz. – $61.54 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to go on “smoothly” and have a “natural and healthy flush” that has “long wear” and “can be layered to your desired intensity.” It is a lightly to moderately powdery powder blush with semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable color payoff. The consistency has a drier, thinner feel and though it feels silky to the touch, I found it the type of powder blush can be tricky to blend out evenly on the skin, depending on one’s skin type or base preferences. The drier the skin/base, the better the formula would blend, but any natural oils or slip caused the blush to go on unevenly and was difficult to blend out. The wear was between seven and eight hours on me on average.

Browse all of our ColourPop Pressed Powder Blush swatches.

Sweet Cinnamon

Sweet Cinnamon is a rich, burgundy-brown with subtle, warm undertones and a matte finish. The texture of this wasn’t as finely-milled as most shades in the quad range, and it impacted the blendability of it on my cheeks. I’d recommend applying this with a feathery brush, building up as desired, and then using a clean, larger powder blush to diffuse and buff it out. The blending was so-so, but the dryness of the blush was present on my skin.

I would be careful about applying it over more powdered/set foundation, too, which seemed to exacerbate the issues. It had semi-opaque, buildable pigmentation that lasted well for eight and a half hours before fading visibly.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$8.00/0.13 oz. – $61.54 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to go on “smoothly” and have a “natural and healthy flush” that has “long wear” and “can be layered to your desired intensity.” It is a lightly to moderately powdery powder blush with semi-sheer to semi-opaque, buildable color payoff. The consistency has a drier, thinner feel and though it feels silky to the touch, I found it the type of powder blush can be tricky to blend out evenly on the skin, depending on one’s skin type or base preferences. The drier the skin/base, the better the formula would blend, but any natural oils or slip caused the blush to go on unevenly and was difficult to blend out. The wear was between seven and eight hours on me on average.

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7 Backyard Activitites to Keep the Whole Family Entertained

I am a firm believer that being bored is good for little ones. There were hundreds of times as a child that I whined to my mother “Mooommm, I’m bored,” to which she promptly said, “Go play outside, use your imagination!” Although I hated it at the time, I always felt so much better when I’d had time outdoors doing backyard activities. Now that I’m a mother, I know that I will be instilling the same values into my own children. 

Backyard activities prove a number of benefits for your children, as Harvard Health reports, there are six key reasons playing outside is good for your children. This includes exposure to sunshine and vitamin D that helps boost our immune systems, and at least one hour of exercise has been shown to boost moods, but more importantly, is also sure to wear your kids out too (hopefully this will also encourage a good nap or early bedtime!) Playing outside also aids in building executive functions which are skills that help us plan, prioritize, troubleshoot, negotiate, and multitask.

Taking risks can help to build confidence and encourage bravery. Then of course there is the socialization aspect, which helps you learn to work together as a family and boost those communication skills—not to mention the appreciation of nature. In my unprofessional opinion, the only way to truly help children appreciate nature is to make sure you expose them to it.

Often my husband and I line up our weekend like this; one activity out of the house and one at the house. This is typically spent outside in the California sunshine. With a full year of being at home, I’ve been able to round up some of my favorite backyard activities you can share with your family. 

Ideas for Backyard Fun

Chalk. Chalk can provide hours of entertainment and also encourage free expression of art. You can create some activities based on age too such as hopscotch, foursquare. As your kids get older, you can teach them to tell a story through chalk storyboards.  

Bubble dance party. This one is a hit with the toddler and baby crowd. We recently went to a birthday party and this provided 40 mins of nonstop entertainment. 

Slip & slide, sprinklers, and water fun. Keep it simple and turn on the sprinklers. Every time I do this I have flashbacks of my childhood. You could even invest in a slip and slide or create a waterway with this cool wooden waterway set. Pro-tip: As a parent, I’m a big fan of Native and Birkenstocks Eva shoes for outdoor fun. They’re easy to spray off if they get muddy. 

Outdoor movie night. I love nothing more than cuddling up with the kids and watching a movie. Lately, Moana has been on repeat. My husband and I just got our backyard dialed in and created a really nice space for lounging. Plus we can use the side of our home as a screen for our projector. This is a great way to end the day, wind down and spend some family time. You can also invite some friends over or even do a monthly viewing. 

Camping in your own backyard. Camping provides endless ideas and fun for your family. Building a tent together proved an opportunity to work together to accomplish a task through communication and hard work. Make a meal on the grill and celebrate with some after. Don’t forget about storytime, bust out the flashlights and add animation to the mix with shadow puppets. 

Obstacle course. This one hits those coordination, balance, and exercise tips from above. Use items you have around the house like a stool, ladder, or cones, or try some of these Montessori play pieces. 

Gardening. Whether you’re planting a vegetable garden or sprucing up the yard, gardening gives everyone in the family a chance to get involved. Help your kids appreciate nature and the ecosystems hard at work, while also inspiring them to be lifelong lovers of nature. It also teaches patients as you nurture something to grow.

What are your favorite backyard activities? Share them with us below.

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14 On-Screen Mother-Daughter Relationships We Love

When I watch movies that center around mother-daughter relationships, I can’t help but think about my own mom. Whether it’s Rory and Lorelai of Gilmore Girls or Tammy and Julie of Friday Night Lights, I always see a bit of my mom and myself reflected in them. During the phase of my life where everything my mom did would embarrass me, I felt like Lindsay Lohan in Freaky Friday. When I matured and realized that my mom is my best friend, it was a Sophie and Donna Mamma Mia! moment.

I have always loved that on-screen relationships teach me a lot about my own, and the mother-daughter relationship is no exception.

Firefly Lane taught me to appreciate the mother I have, and Stepmom showed me that moms only want the best for their daughters. 

Not only have these on-screen mother-daughter duos taught me a lot, but they have been fun for my mom and me to watch together. I am grateful that I get to spend this Mother’s Day with my mom at home, but even if you are apart from your mom, or you have a strained relationship, the best mother-daughter relationships on screen show us that there is no “right” way, and there will always be different dynamics and challenges along the way. 

Read on to see the top picks for mother-daughter duos in TV shows and movies

Best Mother-Daughter Relationships on TV

Rory and Lorelai are the kinds of best friend mother and daughter that everyone dreams of. They have their flaws, sure, but they ultimately act more like sisters. Rory didn’t have the most stable upbringing, as Lorelai got pregnant at a young age and ran away from home, but as long as they are together, they make it work. 

The time jumps in This is Us really allow viewers to relate to both Rebecca and Kate, as we see them through so many stages of their lives. Rebecca and Kate most definitely have their ups and downs, but I think they are such a beautiful and raw representation of the mother-daughter relationship.

Xo and Jane’s relationship always seemed so fun to me. I love the juxtaposition of Xo’s free-spiritedness and Jane’s goody-two-shoes ways. Xo’s mother, Alba, also plays a huge role in both Xo and Jane’s lives, which gives the show a unique three-generation perspective.

Kate and Marah, Tully and Cloud, Firefly Lane

Firefly Lane was one of my most anticipated television book adaptations of this year, and while the show deviates from the original plot, it is still worth the watch. It explores grown-up Kate’s complicated relationship with her teenage daughter (which looks a lot like me as a teenager), and Tully’s ongoing struggle with her own drug-addicted mother. It makes you realize that whatever struggles you have with your mom or daughter, you aren’t alone, and there is always hope.

Little Fires Everywhere and the mother/daughter relationships in it are intense, to say the least. However, Mia and Pearl’s relationship shows the special bond that moms and daughters have, and how they are a team. On the other hand, Elena’s relationship with her girls, Izzy and Lexie, explores how sometimes daughters feel the need to hide from their moms to avoid disappointing her. This show will really make you think, make you smile, and make you feel.

While at first glance Friday Night Lights is a show about high school football, I love it for the Taylor family dynamics. Tami Taylor is the show’s moral compass, always fighting for equality in the schools and standing up for the kids that don’t have anyone else. Julie goes through an interesting journey on the show and I think it makes a statement about how daughters are going to find themselves their own ways, even with all the incredible advice that moms like Tami have to give. 

Best Mother/Daughter Relationships in Film 

I watched this movie for the 100th time this week and fell in love with Donna and Sophie all over again. It is truly the two of them against the world. The scene where Donna helps Sophie get ready for her wedding makes me cry every time. There may or may not have been extra tears this time around, as my sister is getting married in a week and I know my mom will feel the exact same way that Donna did: proud, bittersweet, and full of love. 

Marmee, Jo, Amy, Meg, and Beth, Little Women

This is a movie about sisters, but it is just as much a movie about mothers and daughters. All four March girls begin the film living at home with their mother (which would be my mom’s dream!). You really get to see how the girls depend on their mother and how they would not be who they are without her. Marmee March is a truly sacrificial mother, who admits to her faults and will get angry every once in a while, but would do anything for her daughters to be happy.

Oh to be in your mother’s shoes for a day… I’m not sure that my mother and I could handle each other’s lives, but Freaky Friday is a hilarious illustration of what that might look like. Anna and Tess do not see eye to eye, but when they end up in each other’s bodies, they realize that they aren’t so different after all and they learn to appreciate each other. This movie was a childhood staple for my sisters and me, but I now appreciate the mother/daughter dynamics even more than dreamy Chad Michael Murray.

Lady Bird and Marion, Lady Bird

Lady Bird is primarily a coming of age story, but I think that Lady Bird’s complex relationship with her mom takes the film to a new level. Even though most of their conversations are passive-aggressive, the two love each other so much that they just do not know how to express it. It is a funny, real, and moving film about an eclectic daughter, a mother that doesn’t understand her, and their work-in-progress relationship. 

It’s no secret that mother/daughter relationships change drastically over the course of life, and Terms of Endearment is a perfect example. Young Emma can’t wait to marry and escape from her controlling mother, but adult and new mother Emma can’t do it without her mom. Over the 30 years that this film covers, Aurora and Emma learn that when you can’t depend on anyone, you can depend on your mother or daughter.

Jackie, Isabel, and Anna, Stepmom

In my opinion, Stepmom is one of the best mother/daughter movies as it shows the lengths that mothers will go to for their children. When diagnosed with a terminal illness, Jackie sets out to make sure that her ex-husband’s new girlfriend will know how to mother her children after her death. Not only is it a great movie for moms and daughters, but it’s also a testament to women working past their differences for the greater good.

Daphne is the mother of three girls, like my own mother, and wants the best for all three, also like my own mother. However, I would hope that my mom wouldn’t meddle in my love life the way that Daphne meddles in Milly’s. Daphne sets off on a mission to set her youngest daughter up with Mr. Right and eventually has to learn that her daughters are capable women themselves. It’s a testament to growing up and letting go, a lesson that I’m sure is hard on every mother. 

I think this title perfectly captures the mother/daughter relationship: it’s as tough as steel and as delicate as a magnolia flower. This classic movie follows M’lynn and her daughter Shelby through Shelby’s Type 1 Diabetes diagnosis, marriage, and pregnancy. A story about love, loss, and the hard decisions that moms have to make, this one will make you give your mom an extra hug on Mother’s Day. 

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Coloured Raine Caramel Delight Bronzer Review & Swatches

Coloured Raine Caramel Delight Bronzer ($16.00 for 0.3 oz.) is a medium-dark brown with moderate, warm yellow undertones and a matte finish. It was richly pigmented where a little went a long way, so it was much easier to work with when applied with a more feathery brush and gently patted onto the skin first, then using a clean blending or buffing brush to diffuse and buff out the color.

The texture was smooth to the touch, though a little drier to me, and it applied fairly evenly but seemed more prone to clinging to dryness on my skin. I applied this shade four times, and I was able to get a good result once, so-so result once (what is shown in the photos), and patchy/unblended results twice. It was just more finicky to work with than I would have expected. It definitely was easiest to work with over set foundation as it really interacted poorly with any natural oils or slip on the skin. It lasted decently for eight hours before fading visibly.

FURTHER READING:
Formula Overview
for details on general performance and characteristics (like scent).

Formula Overview

$16.00/0.3 oz. – $53.33 Per Ounce

The formula is supposed to be a matte bronzer, though the brand also touted it as multi-use, so the powders could also be used to brighten, set makeup, contour, or as an eyeshadow, depending on your skin tone with respect to a given shade. The formula is supposed to be “buttery smooth” and give a “smoothing and pore blurring” effect.

It felt smooth enough to the touch, but it also felt slightly drier, which I’ve found is a type of texture that is often harder for me to blend out. This was true with some of the shades–to varying degrees–and it was easiest to apply it over totally matte skin/foundation, e.g. over set foundation, which made it more forgiving for blending. It actually reminded me a lot of the texture AND experience I had with Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Bronzer.

At its worst, the product would adhere unevenly wherever I first applied it but then not want to diffuse or blend out. I had the best luck blending out the shades more consistently by gently tapping on product where I wanted the most coverage (but not diffusing, blending, or sweeping!) and using a clean, buffer brush to blend more vigorously. The formula is most suitable for someone who always applies their bronzer over matte or set foundation and has no desire to use it over bare skin/luminous foundation.

They were very pigmented to the point where a little went a long way, so using a lighter hand would be a good way to start using this formula and then adjusting as desired. When everything blended out, it looked matte and smooth, though almost flat-matte on my normal-to-dry skin. They lasted between seven and eight hours before fading visibly.

Browse all of our Coloured Raine Bronzer swatches.

Ingredients

Talc, Zinc Stearate, Nylon 12, Mica (CI 77019), Dimethicone, Triethylhexanoin, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Lauroyl Lysine May Contain +/- Iron Oxides (CI 77499, CI 77491, CI 77492), Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), FD&C Yellow No 5 Aluminum Lake (CI 19140), Ultramarines (CI 77007)

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Barack and Michelle Obama Mourn the Loss of Their Family Dog, Bo

On May 8, Former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama announced the passing of their family dog, Bo. He was 12 years old. 

“Today our family lost a true friend and loyal companion,” Barack Obama wrote in a series of tweets. For more than a decade, Bo was a constant, gentle presence in our lives—happy to see us on our good days our bad days, and every day in between.”

The Portuguese Water Dog was brought to the White House in April 2009. According to Obama.org, the Obamas promised their daughter’s Sasha and Malia Obama a family pet no matter who won the 2008 presidential election. “I love you both more than you can imagine,” he said in a victory speech. “You have earned the puppy that is coming with us!”

Sunny, a female Portuguese Water Dog, was added to the family in 2013. 

“He tolerated all the fuss that came with being in the White House, had a big bark but no bite, loved to jump in the pool in the summer, was unflappable with children, lived for scraps around the dinner table, and had great hair,” Barack said of Bo in another tweet. “He was exactly what we needed and more than we ever expected. We will miss him dearly.”

Michelle Obama also shared a tribute to Bo on Instagram. “This afternoon was a difficult one for our family. We said goodbye to our best friend—our dog, Bo—after a battle with cancer,” she wrote on May 8. “On the campaign trail in 2008, we promised our daughters that we would get a puppy after the election. At the time, Bo was supposed to be a companion for the girls. We had no idea how much he would mean to all of us.”



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10 Foods That Are High in B12 (and the Best B12 Supplements)

Stroll the drink aisle at the grocery store, and you’re bound to find an energy drink (or five) with a B12-adorned label. And while there is a hint of truth there, it’s mostly marketing. After all, vitamin B12 isn’t a stimulant. It doesn’t give you more energy—rather, B vitamins play an important role in converting what you eat into energy. Said differently: while vitamin B12 is related to energy, it doesn’t give you the same caffeine boost as a cup of coffee. But the good news is, there are a lot of foods that are high in B12 you can incorporate into your diet to help boost your energy (and your overall health and wellbeing, too!). 

If you think of your body as a car, vitamin B12 helps keep the motor humming along. It’s an essential vitamin, just like iron is an essential mineral. In that same vein, along with foods that contain iron, there are also a variety of foods with B12. From clams to cheese, vitamin B12 is present in animal-based ingredients. As an omnivore, there is plenty to choose from. Plant foods, however, do not contain vitamin B12. If you lean plant-based (or are fully vegan), no need to fret. Vitamin B12 supplements are widely available.

Since your body doesn’t make vitamin B12 on its own, it’s important to get it from what you’re consuming—be it animal-based foods or a high-quality B12 supplement. This nutrient does a myriad of things for your body, from helping make your DNA to creating red blood cells. It’s vital, to say the least. When was the last time you had your B12 level checked? Luckily, most people in the U.S. get enough of this vitamin, but if you’ve recently made changes to your diet, chat with your healthcare provider about vitamin B12.

Read on to learn more about B12, the top 10 foods that are high in B12, and the recipes to cook them with.

What is vitamin B12?

Vitamin B12 is a water-soluble vitamin. It’s one of the eight B vitamins that helps the body convert food into glucose. This, in turn, gives you energy. Your body needs vitamin B12 to stay healthy. It plays an essential role in the formation and metabolism of your red blood cells. It also aids in your ability to produce DNA (the genetic material in your cells).

Vitamin B12 has a number of additional functions too. From supporting the well-being of your nervous system to preventing anemia, vitamin B12 is key. In fact, vitamin B12 helps maintain your nerve cells’ overall health. 

Why we need vitamin B12

It’s important to maintain adequate levels of B12 in the body. It is vital for human life. Due to its role in making red blood cells, supporting brain health, and nerve function, we need vitamin B12 to thrive. For pregnant and breastfeeding women, specifically, vitamin B12 is necessary for an infant’s neurological development, red blood cell production, and immune system.

How much B12 should you consume a day? 

The standard supplemental dose of vitamin B12 is 1-25 mcg per day. The recommended dietary allowances (RDAs) of vitamin B12 vary. Ultimately, the amount of vitamin B12 you need is primarily based on age. Broken down further, these are the ranges in micrograms:

  • birth-12 months: 0.5mcg
  • 1-3 years: 0.9mcg
  • 4-8 years: 1.2 mcg
  • 9-13 years: 1.8 mcg
  • 14 years and older: 2.4 mcg
  • pregnant teens and women: 5-10 mcg
  • breast-feeding teens and women: 5-10 mcg

As you can see, pregnant and lactating women need higher levels of B12. Research shows that when combined with folic acid, B12 supplements can help prevent spinal and nervous system birth defects in babies.

Ultimately, we are all bio-individuals. Your nutrient needs are unique to your body. I recommend getting a blood test and consulting with your doctor or healthcare professional before significantly increasing your B12 consumption.

What are the symptoms of B12 deficiency?

Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause damage to your nerves and can affect memory and thinking. A few symptoms of B12 deficiency include:

  • Weakness or tiredness
  • Heart palpitations and shortness of breath
  • Pale skin
  • A smooth tongue
  • GI issues, like constipation
  • Sensation of pins and needles
  • Disturbed vision or lightheadedness

I eat a plant-based diet, do I need to supplement with B12?

Yes. Vegans are most likely to be deficient in vitamin B12. For that matter, vegetarians, pregnant women, and lactating mothers will want to track their diets closely to make sure they’re getting enough vitamin B12.

I’m anemic, do I need to supplement with B12?

Possibly. After all, not having enough B12 can lead to anemia, which means your body does not have enough red blood cells. Vitamin B12 is necessary for making red blood cells, which carry oxygen throughout your body. Without enough red blood cells, your tissues and organs don’t get enough oxygen. In turn, this can make you feel weak and tired. Of course, consult your physician or healthcare provider if you think you need to supplement with vitamin B12.

I need more energy, should I supplement with B12?

It depends, of course! While some people feel an immediate energy boost from taking a B12 spray, others may experience no effect at all. Personally, if I am eating a more plant-based diet, I notice a difference when I supplement with B12. However, quality and absorption matters. More on that, below.

Ultimately, it comes down to deficiency. If you determine you’re B12 deficientvia a blood testyou’ll likely benefit from supplementation. In essence, because B12 helps convert food into energy, you can better utilize your snacks and meals when B12 is in a normal range. However, other lifestyle factors matter too. For example, if your energy levels are low due to stress or lack of sleep, supplementing with B12 won’t necessarily give you the energy boost you need.

2 tips to enhance B12 absorption in the body

  1. B12 absorption can be increased by taking folate (another B vitamin) at the same time. Whether that’s in a supplement or food source, the two go hand-in-hand. Foods with folate include chickpeas, liver, pinto beans, lentils, avocado, and more.
  2. If you’re supplementing, aim for a B12 supplement that contains methylcobalamin or adenosylcobalamin. Both of these bypass several potential issues in the absorption cycle). Cyanocobalamin, on the contrary, is the least absorbable. A quick label check will do the trick.

The best B12 supplements

While there are plenty of ways to get vitamin B12 through diet—and there are many animal-based foods that are high in vitamin B12—supplementing is an easy way to make sure you’re getting the daily recommended amount.

Keep in mind that most supplements contain much higher doses than you actually need (often 500 – 2,500mcg). That said, these amounts are generally considered safe. No tolerable upper intake has been established, due to low risk for B12 toxicity. Excess vitamin B12 gets excreted by the body, but supplementing with higher doses will likely result in the urine becoming a brighter shade of yellow (which is harmless.) My favorite B12 supplements are sprays from Mary Ruth’s and Garden of Life.

Is it possible to eat too many B12-rich foods?

Short answer, no. In fact, the Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) does not provide an upper limit for vitamin B12. This is because most people tolerate B12 well with no unwanted side effects. When you intake more B vitamins than your body has an immediate use for, its excess is excreted through the urine. Unlike other water-soluble vitamins, the liver stores large quantities of B12. In fact, stores can potentially last for three to five years in healthy adults. In other words, if you stop consuming vitamin B12, the body’s stores of this vitamin typically take upwards of five years to exhaust

Edie’s Top 10 B12-Rich Foods to Add to Your Diet

Foods highest in vitamin B12 are organ meats, trout, salmon, yogurt, and egg yolk. Although plant foods do not produce vitamin B12, certain packaged foods are fortified with vitamin B12, like non-dairy milk and meat substitutes.

B12 levels: 14mcg per 2.5oz

The recipe: Secret Liver Burgers

B12 levels: 7.9mcg per 2.5oz

The recipe: Tuna Niçoise Toast

B12 levels: 3.3mcg per 2.5oz

The recipe: Baked Pesto Salmon

B12 levels: 2.2mcg per 2.5oz

The recipe: Easy Canned Tuna Pasta

B12 levels: 1.5mcg per 1 cup

The recipe: Cottage Cheese Breakfast Bowls

B12 levels: 1.5mcg per 1.5oz

The recipe: Ham, Apple, and Swiss Panini

B12 levels: 1.3mcg per 2.5oz

The recipe: Slow Cooker Beef Roast

B12 levels: 1.3mcg per ¾ cup

 The recipe: Raspberry Chia Yogurt

B12 levels: 1.1mcg per 1 cup

The recipe: Basic French Toast

B12 levels: 0.8mcg per 2.5oz

The recipe: Orange-Chili Glazed Pork Tenderloin

Shop Edie’s Favorite Vitamin B12 Sprays:

 

Mary Ruth’s Organic Methyl B12 Spray, 1 oz

What are your go-to recipes that are high in vitamin B12? 

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