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Your Shopping List for Easy Weeknight Meals

By Elizabeth Leader Smith, August 23, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Elizabeth Leader Smith

Greens with Carrots, Feta Cheese and Brown Rice
Greens with Carrots, Feta Cheese and Brown Rice

Fall is often linked with a return to routine. This can mean adopting time- and money-saving strategies or embracing healthier eating habits. In both cases, the Whole Story blog is here to help. Through mid-September we’re sharing our favorite pointers for mealtimes (including snacks!) from how to shop to how to prep, so you can get back on track with ease.

In my experience, dinner success hinges on being prepared. My husband and I make a meal plan...

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How to Choose the Best Acne Care + a Coupon

By Paige Schilt, August 22, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Schilt

Alba BotanicaAs the mother of a pre-teen, I’ve been bracing myself to deal with pimples. I know that hormones can wreak havoc on the skin — and not just for teens. In fact, when I was pregnant, I suffered from acne far worse than anything I experienced in high school.

Luckily, acne care has come a long way since my teenage days, when neon-blue astringent was the weapon of choice. Here are a few tips for making smart choices in the modern-day skin-care aisle:

  • Skip synthetic fragrances and other potential irritants. Contrary to popular belief, acne care doesn't have to sting to be effective!
  • Look for soothing botanical ingredients, such as aloe and calendula.
  • ...
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Discover Value in the Produce Department

By Abe Louise Young, August 22, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Abe Louise Young

In this short video, food blogger and author Jenny Rosenstrach of Dinner: A Love Story, shares her top tips on finding sweet deals in the Produce section to keep her family fed on a budget.

Looking to save in the Produce department? Here are Jenny’s tips, plus a few of my own!

  • Pay attention to in-season offerings. The food in season will be highlighted front and center in the Produce section. These are the freshest, ripest, most flavorful veggies and fruits (mmm, like autumn apples). Since they are in-season and have to move quickly, look for sales. In-season and on sale is pounce-worthy!
  • Shop the sales. When you’re making your weekly meal...
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Explore the World of Rice

By Paige Schilt, August 21, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Schilt


When I was growing up in the South and Midwest, rice with dinner meant one thing: a scoop of long-grain white rice with a pat of melting butter on top. If we were lucky enough to have leftovers, my mom might heat it up for breakfast with milk and brown sugar — but that was about as exciting as rice ever got.

Imagine my surprise when I moved to Seattle for college and discovered the myriad types of rice that lend distinct flavors and textures to international cuisines. I tasted Indian dishes on beds of basmati, devoured California rolls stuffed with sushi rice, ordered Italian risottos with creamy Arborio and inhaled the fragrant aroma of jasmine rice in the city’s many Thai restaurants....

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Kids in the Garden

By Cecilia Nasti, August 20, 2014  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Cecilia Nasti

Kids in the Garden with Chickpeas :: Photos by Cecilia Nasti

I remember being transfixed watching my mother work in our backyard gardens. I'd stand nearby, hoping she would see me and give me a small task so I could help her. When she did, I was thrilled and took great pride in my accomplishments.

Looking back, I realize I wasn't nearly as helpful to my mother as I thought I was. Nevertheless, Mom encouraged my efforts while doing her best not to take over or redo my work, even though either of those things would have been quicker and made for a better looking garden. She used a light hand in her corrections as not...

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