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Healthy Holidays 2015

The holiday season can mean a time of high stress for many people. For some people the holiday season reminds them of lost loved ones, for those in college with finals it can overwhelm and anyone with debt or financial problems the idea of having to buy extravagant gifts for loved ones can make the holiday less than a time for festivities.


In addition to gift giving stress we also have holiday parties with too much eating and drinking, putting stress on our bodies and fueling more overall stress.

Don’t let this holiday season bring you down, the following tips can help:

1. Missing Lost Loved Ones
The holidays suck after people die. There I said it. No magic pill exists to take away the pain, especially the first year, however, you can honor them in special ways. Family photos are a great gift to share, watching home movies, talking about the funny things they did, and making their favorite dish to bring to a potluck can also help honor them. The goal is to resect your feelings and doing whatever you have to that feels right, getting drunk and miserable may not be the best option.

2. Finals Not the End of the World
The mere thought of starting school again (YAY Rutgers Coordinated Dietetics Program – BS Nutrition/RD exam eligible) has brought back the anxiety of classes, tuition and test-taking. For those students that have finals all the way until the week before Christmas, during Hanukkah or whatever end of year festival you observe, the idea of coming up with a thoughtful gift may not rank very high or at all. No worries, school-inspired gifts can help educate the masses. Books, science kits, jewelry-making and painting kits can entertain while building a skill for old and young.

3. Not Getting Into More Debt
Setting a budget for each gift can help control holiday spending as can letting your loved ones know that you can’t spend as much as you have in the past. If they have a problem with that then maybe they need a refresher on the spirit of the holidays. Also, by saying something you might be expressing what others feel as well and they may welcome an opportunity to avoid spending money on frivolous items that no one really wanted in the first place. A family grab bag can also help keep holiday gift-giving costs down and fun. Pick a name out of a hat, set a limit and have at it.

4. Healthy Body
To compound the emotional stress of the holidays the body also takes a lickin’ with all the party food and cocktails imbibed. A few ways to ease the overindulging include water between drinks, this way you don’t drink as much, you avoid embarrassing yourself (especially at a work party!), and you have kept yourself hydrating helping to avoid or lessen the hangover. Before you get to a party you can decide to only have a certain number of alcoholic drinks and once you reach that number switch off to non-alcoholic beverages. To handle food intake you can eat a light meal before a party to avoid over-eating. No need to skip dessert, split it with a friend or just have a one bite policy. Take one bite’s worth of everything offered so you can have a taste without feeling like a glutton.


Don’t let the holidays get you down or drive you crazy. Keeping a clear head will help you make better decisions when it comes to gift giving and holiday parties. The spirit of the holiday should make you feel joyous, not miserable.

Have a great holiday everyone!

Xo Evelyn Continue reading

Holiday Gift Ideas $25 and under

I can’t believe the year is almost over. I feel like I just did last year’s Holiday Guide. Low budget doesn’t have to mean low WOW factor, here are a few ideas for those that are thrifty yet thoughtful!

Live Butterfly Garden

I don’t understand why there is a photo of 2 kids on this package because this would be great for anyone of any age. I mean really who wouldn’t love to have a gaggle of butterflies flitting about. Especially for those of us with gardens, they can make great pollinators!


Recycled Glass Big Bowl Glasses

Recycled Glass Big Bowl Glasses

These pretty glasses are perfect for that stylish eco-minded friend. They can sip organic sulfite free wine while watching the butterflies flittering about.

$24 for a set of 2

Recycled Keyboard Frame

Recycled Keyboard Frame

For the tech lover in your life this 4×6 frame is a great gift. You can give it to them with a photo already in there to remind them that there’s life in the meat space – j/k, but not really.


Softest Hands Kit

Softest Hands Kit

I’m a big fan of 100% Pure products and absolutely love their hand creams so I was thrilled to see this hand cream set. I know where I would keep my 4: computer, purse, work desk, night table.

$22 for the gift set of 4

Davidson’s Tea

Davidson’s Tea Bulk, Classic Chai

For the tea snob in your life delight them with a pound of organic chai tea from Davidson’s Tea. Chai not their thing? No worries, they have a huge variety teas to choose from.

$13.50 for 1lb

Moleskine Sketch Book

Moleskine Sketch Book

I love pretty notebooks. Moleskine books are one of the best out there. They’re durable and make you look good. This notebook is a sketch book but can also double as a journal – you can use it to skournal!


Not really sure what to give the person that has everything – how about giving in their name.

Farm Sanctuary

Bat Conservation International
Children’s Defense Fund

Environmental Defense Fund
Lighthouse International

International Rescue Committee

Physicians for Social Responsibility

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Honorable Mentions
While these items are a little over budget I thought they were neat enough to include:

Wine Bottle Tumblers

Upcycled Recycled Glass Wine Bottle … FOUR Tumblers made from Reused Repurposed Bottles with blue

Davidson’s Organic Tea Sampler

Holiday Gift Ideas $25 and under

It’s that time of year to give and to get. There’s a saying that it is better give than to receive, well the following treats may leave you with second thoughts on giving…

Thermos Stainless Steel Tea Tumbler with Infuser

Tea Thermos

How cool is this! you put your tea int he basket and it steeps and keep it hot. I broke my thermos last year after one use and haven’t had a chance to replace it They come in clear too. This is something that’s definitely going on my list!

Trudeau Tea-Mendous 16-Ounce Tea Tumbler, Clear
Totes – Adult Clear Bubble Umbrella

Bubble Umbrella

OK how many of you had a bubble umbrella when you were a kid they were so much fun then and for those of us craving the good old days it’s a great gift.


Vintage Vinyl LP Record Coasters – Set of 6

Vintage Vinyl Coasters

These coasters will make a great gift for the music buff in your life. Although those born after 1990 might need an explanation of what they are 🙂

Compost Pail

Pinzon 1-Gallon Ceramic Compost Pail

This is perfect for that friend that really wants to start composting but need a kick in the butt to do it. This kitchen composter is a great way to start. We all know what a pain it is to go to the yard after every food prep this pail can hold the cutting board remains of a few meals Those of you that are afraid of breaking the ceramic pail there is also a steel version, that’s the one that this clutzy household has.

Buddha Board

Buddha Board Original with Black Wooden Easel Stand

For the artist in your life there’s the Buddha Board. It’s a water-based canvas that can constatnly change as the water evaporates. Great for that Zen feeling, and for those of us that don’t like to show our work to other people. This comes in at $28 not bad for a really unique gift.