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A 4-Year-Old Ranks the New Halo Top Ice Cream Flavors — Taste Test

I confess that I've been way behind trends, especially when it comes to frozen desserts. But the grocery store gave me a coupon for Halo Top ice cream last week, so I finally caved and picked up a pint of strawberry. It got mixed reviews from my husband, but an enthusiastic thumbs-up from my four-year old daughter. So why not let her, who loves all things frozen (animated and edible), try out Halo Top's eight new flavors and rank them?


5 Tips to Help Your Kids Pack Their Own School Lunches — Back to School

Do you remember the first lunch you made for your child? Maybe it was bittersweet. You pictured them eating the sandwich you lovingly prepared, and reading the sweet note you wrote, and you smiled. But you knew that eating away from home meant they were growing up, and the opportunities to do things for them would be fewer and farther between. Independence was around the corner, and you wanted to hang on for a few more minutes.

But after a few months of lunches? You were over it. There are plenty of ways to show your love other than putting together a dang sandwich when you're ready to go to bed, or before you have your coffee (if you're a procrastinator like I am). The time has come for DIY lunches. The kids will love the newfound freedom, and you'll love the extra eight minutes of sleep.


10 Handmade Bowls on Etsy for $25 or Less — Shopping

There's no shortage of handmade bowls (or handmade anythings) on Etsy. They're not always super budget-friendly, though. You could totally spend more than $100 on a soup bowl if you really wanted to. We're guessing you don't want to, right? Luckily, there are plenty of options for inexpensive yet still well-crafted bowls — you just have to know where to look.

Here would be a good place to start.


10 Amazing Ways to Turn a Can of Tuna into a Meal — Tips from The Kitchn

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Long-time a pantry staple, the can of tuna is reliable. It's there when you need it. It's inexpensive. It's packed with flavor and protein. And it's definitely not boring.

While the traditional tuna salad sandwich is one of my favorite comfort foods, I love that the humble can of tuna can be transformed into a range of amazing meals.


A TV Show About Julia Child’s Secret Life As a Spy Is Coming Soon — Food TV

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Renowned TV personality Julia Child is known for her cookbooks, delicious recipes for French food, and her talents as a chef. But a lesser known fact about the culinary legend's life is that she was a spy. Specifically, Child was an agent for a World War II-era intelligence agency called the OSS (Office of Strategic Services), which preceded the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Yeah, she was kind of a badass.

Now, both parts of her professional life are coming to the silver screen in a fictional television series.


The One Thing You Should Be Doing with Your Ziploc Bags — Storage Smarts

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Ziploc bags are a modern miracle. It's hard to imagine life without them (or the fact that when they were first introduced to the market, people didn't know how to use them). But do you ever feel, you know, a tiny bit guilty about how many you go through? Do you ever stare at the empty box and think, Didn't I just buy these on Sunday?

Well, there is one way to try to use a little less, and reuse a little more — it's something your grandma might've done. We're talking about washing your Ziploc bags.


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