There are countless things to be grateful for, but let's face it: the best way to be thankful on Turkey Day is to kick back, bond, and have a drink (or three) with loved ones. To take Thanksgiving entertaining to the next level, match your courses with deserving wines, and start off with cocktail hour. Don't forget to refill your ice trays, because we've got 10 tipples that are guaranteed to be magnificent with your meal.
Just because Summer is long gone doesn't mean you have to stop enjoying sangria. Depending on the ingredients you employ, the wine-based punch can be sipped all year round. Instead of using warm-weather fruits like strawberries and peaches, this sangria is infused with Fall's most woody herb, sage. The recipe is simple, but the resulting drink is complex and earthy, perfect for sipping in front of a roaring fire. Honey adds a subtle sweetness and the sage makes this concoction an ideal pairing for any autumnal dinner. Want the easy recipe? Keep reading.
Are apple cores a myth? Foodbeast thinks so — its new video on how to eat an apple like a boss has the entire apple-a-day-eating universe talking. The premise? Eating an apple from the bottom up eliminates the issue of the dreaded apple "core" and helps prevent waste.
We have to admit: we were skeptical. After all, the core of an apple is tougher and thicker, and there are seeds, stems, and other not-so-appetizing apple parts. Would this breakthrough apple-eating technique really work? We put the new method to the test, eating the apple bottom to top, "core" and all, as instructed. See the results.
Fall gives us all an excuse to snuggle into our lush wool sweaters — and our pets love a little extra warmth too. Etsy and its congregation of talented craftspeople are our go-to source for all things snug and toasty, so check out this collection of handpicked favorite warm and woolies for pets this Fall!
— Additional reporting by Sara Yoo
With warming spices and seasonal flavors, it's hard to resist the Starbucks Fall menu. While steering clear of its Pumpkin Spice Latte is essential if you're cutting back on sugar, there are plenty of other delicious drinks that toast the season. Check out which picks are best to skip and which you should have in your next order.
|Instead Of||16 oz. Salted Caramel Mocha: Espresso and steamed milk, blended with mocha sauce and toffee-nut-flavored syrup. Topped with sweetened whipped cream, caramel drizzle, and a mixture of turbinado sugar and sea salt: 420 calories|
|Go For||16 oz. Nonfat Caramel Macchiato: Freshly steamed milk with vanilla-flavored syrup, marked with espresso and finished with caramel sauce: 190 calories|
|Instead Of||16 oz. Chocolate Chai Tea Latte: A warm blend of spices, black tea, creamy cocoa, and steamed milk. Topped with whipped cream: 260 calories|
|Go For||16 oz. Skinny Mocha: Bittersweet skinny mocha sauce, espresso, and steamed nonfat milk, lightly topped with foam: 140 calories|
|Instead Of||16 oz. White Chocolate Mocha: Espresso with white-chocolate-flavored sauce and steamed milk, topped with sweetened whipped cream: 470 calories|
|Go For||16 oz. Skinny Vanilla Latte: Rich, full-bodied espresso blended with creamy steamed milk and vanilla syrup: 120 calories|
Keep reading more healthy swaps — including one for the Pumpkin Spice Latte.
It's easy to bolt out the front door when the sun is shining and a warm breeze wafts the scent of fresh flowers your way. Unfortunately, this picture-perfect weather can't last forever. As quickly as leaves begin to turn and fall from the branches, temps also begin to drop. If you intend to keep up your outdoor runs, you can't let Fall's chilly days keep you away. Here are some ways to ensure your morning runs keep happening.
- Go shopping! Running shorts and a tank just won't cut it when temps dip into the 40s. If you don't have some warmer gear, then it's time to head to the store. A lightweight long-sleeved shirt is a must; look for one that you can easily slip off and tie around your waist if you begin to get too hot. You'll also need leggings and socks that cover your ankles, and on chilly mornings, a light pair of running mittens feels especially cozy. Be careful not to overdo it — you're not heading into arctic temps here. Wearing too much will have you sweating buckets, which can actually make you feel colder. You'll know you're wearing the right amount of clothes when you step outside and feel slightly chilled. Once you start running, you'll quickly warm up.
- Beat the darkness: Lack of light in the Fall is a huge motivation-crasher for early-morning runners. Since you don't have the power of the bright sun getting you psyched to go outside, you'll have to find other ways to get inspired. Blast your favorite cardio tunes while getting dressed, turn on a bunch of lights to help wake up your brain, and read some of the motivational quotes posted on your bathroom mirror.
- Prep the night before: Even if you're not slipping your running sneakers on first thing, prepping the night before will bring you that much closer to actually running. Aside from saving you the time and frustration of a scavenger hunt for your favorite wicking sock, it's impossible to walk by an entire outfit that you laid out without either slipping it on or grabbing it to use later.
- Warm up indoors: Once you're completely dressed and ready to go, instead of heading into the cold weather for your warmup, do yours inside. Breathe through five Sun Salutations, run up and down your stairs, do some Mountain Climbers, or try this five-move warmup.
- Have a warm breakfast to come home to: As humans, we can't help but feel motivated by rewards, and there's nothing wrong with bribing yourself to run with the promise of a deliciously warm and toasty meal after a hot shower. These are powerful thoughts that'll not only get you out the door, but will also keep you going strong for the entire run. You'll keep thinking, "The faster I run, the quicker I'll be cupping a warm bowl of pumpkin pie oatmeal."
- Use the power of a friend: When you find it impossible to motivate on your own, making a running date with a friend will keep you honest. You'll feel too bad leaving them to run in the cold all alone, and once you start chatting it up, you'll forget all about how cold you feel (just ignore your misty breath if you can see it!).
While they are undeniably beautiful, tropical and exotic flowers are usually shipped thousands of miles to make it to your door. Not only does this create a major impression on your carbon footprint, it often means that the flowers are less than fresh. Instead of relying on tropical beauties, consider some of the domestic options that stick with the natural progression of the seasons.
Choosing flowers local to your area has such an array of benefits. Not only will you support a local florist or farmer, growing flowers naturally attracts wildlife that helps to create a natural balance of pest control for your community. Here are a five of our favorite picks that will bring a beautiful Fall vibe to your next bouquet:
- Coxcomb: It should come as no surprise that we love the crazy-looking coxcomb. Its unique shape and texture bring such interesting dimension to an Autumn arrangement. They look like something that could live under the sea!
- Crab Apples: You may not think to include these little guys in a floral arrangement, but they can add the bright pop of red or yellow your arrangement needs.
- Chrysanthemum: While mums are available all year-round, their actual season is Fall. These jewel-toned beauties have such a beautiful shape.
- Marigold: If you want to add some Autumn flair to an arrangement, these golden and orange blooms scream Fall. While they resemble daisies and carnations, you may not know that marigolds are actually in the sunflower family.
- Zinnias: These bright and cheerful blooms (seen above) come in a variety of colors and go great with a number of other flowers.
- Sunflowers: Sunflowers are a Fall favorite and will brighten up any room you use them in. While the yellow ones are the most common, they come in variety rich tones and shades like burgundy red.
— Additional reporting by Emily Bibb
The cooler nights have got us aching for a cocktail that feels a little more like Autumn. Make the most of seasonal fruits and flavors by enjoying these eight festive cocktails that'll help you embrace long nights and sweater weather.
One they're bundled up in their coziest coats and sweaters, you can start thinking about your kids' finishing touches — the hats and mittens that'll keep tiny heads, ears, and fingers wrapped and warm all season long. Check out our favorite Winter accessory sets for wee ones.
Nolan Glove Headphone Hat and Mitten Set
He can bee-bop around town and still stay cozy in Nolan Gloves's adorable (and, affordable!) Headphone Hat and Mitten Set ($15).
Milly Minis Sequined Hat and Glove Set
It's a total indulgence, but this Sequined Hat and Mitten Set ($95) by Milly Minis is the sparkliest (and possibly most fun) little winterwear we've seen yet.
With all the feasting and festivities that go along with the holidays, it's easy to throw up your hands and put off any healthy habits until the new year hits — but why put off the positive changes that you could be making now?
Don't use the cool weather, the parties, and the holiday buffets as an excuse to ignore your health. Instead, end the year on a positive note by following these five simple tips for a healthy, no-excuses November!