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3 Ways to Be Healthy at a Restaurant

3 Ways to Be Healthy at a Restaurant

Aug 11, 2014

Going out to eat doesn’t have to undo your healthy habits. It doesn’t have to be a bland experience either! Keep your experience easy, fun, and health-concious with these tips. 1. “On The Side” If you order something with dressing or sauce, order it on the side. That way, you have control over how much is used, and how many calories you add! 2. Water… with Lemon Order a glass of ice water with lemon. This simple zero-calorie drink will hydrate you better than soft drinks or cocktails, and can curb hunger. An added bonus: it also freshens your breath! 3. Sharing is Caring When it comes to side dishes, share with the group! You can always order more fries if you’re truly hungry, but it’s often too easy to mindlessly eat an entire side yourself.   Visit any great restaurants lately? Create a list on eMazeMe.com and use these tips during your next...

5 Occasions to Eat Cake

5 Occasions to Eat Cake

Jul 2, 2014

To be completely honest, who needs a reason to eat cake? Thankfully, life presents many occasions for which we can justify stuffing our faces. We’ve presented our five favorite reasons to bust out our mixers and create fun AND delicious concoction – not to mention a little irresistible baking inspiration found on Pinterest! 1. The Birthday Cake Is there anything more simple than the birthday cake? Whether you’re turning 5 or 50, there’s nothing better than blowing out the candles and making a wish. Here’s some birthday cake inspiration: two cakes perfect for a little girl or little boy’s big day!    2. The Anniversary Cake Anniversaries are another yearly celebration that deserve a delicious dessert to celebrate. Marking the years with your significant other, a company, or any other achievement is the perfect reason to treat yourself to a slice (or two) of cake! Need a simple idea for an anniversary party coming up? Try this sea shell theme!   3. The Graduation Cake When summer starts, graduation parties will be in full swing. From kindergarden commencements to law school graduations, nothing says “congratulations” like a cake! Are you throwing a grad party, but tired of the same old graduation cap idea? Opt for a simpler option, like this! 4. The Potluck/Holiday Cake Potlucks are a staple of family parties everywhere, and many are centered around a holiday. When everyone is asked to bring a dish, do you volunteer your baking skills? If you have a 4th of July potluck coming up, wow the crowd with this festive red, white, and blue treat!   5. The “It’s Tuesday Night And I Have A Sweet Tooth” Cake  Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be a special occasion to indulge. If you’ve had a long day at work and need your sugar fix, go ahead – bake yourself a cake! For all you chocolate lovers, nothing improves a weeknight like a simple double-chocolate cake, like this!       What is your favorite reason to eat cake? COMMENT BELOW, and start your list of baking places and providers on...

Throw a Great Party in 7 Steps

Throw a Great Party in 7 Steps

Jun 5, 2014

1. Decide the day. The first step in planning any party is deciding WHEN the party will be! For larger, more formal celebrations, like graduation parties or anniversary dinners, it is best to choose your date earlier to give yourself time to prepare. 2. Get the group. Your guests are arguably the most important part of the party. Without them, there wouldn’t be one! Make a list of people that would create a fun, diverse crowd and give them two weeks to a month’s notice. Send them a formal invitation in the mail, or a more casual invite through email or Facebook. Make sure to include the time your party starts, the address and directions, suggested attire, and any other information they need to know in order to have a great time! 3. Make the menu. What’s for dinner (or breakfast, lunch or brunch)? This important question must cross the mind of any party planner. Things to consider include any dietary restrictions of your guests, as well as the presentation! One hint? Plan the plate! Whether you decide to serve light appetizers or a five course meal, pick foods whose colors complement each other. Your guests will be sure to compliment YOU when they sit down to eat! 4. Tackle the tunes. What is a party without a playlist? Use your iTunes or download Spotify and make a playlist for your party. Pick songs that everyone (not just you…) will enjoy! To guarantee your playlist will keep the party going, ask your guest for song requests before the party and be sure to include them. 5. Buy the basics. Now that you have your menu, music, and more all planned out, it’s time for the pre-party store run. Make your master list of all the food, drinks, and decorations you need. Go a couple of days before so you won’t stress (as much) on the big day! 6. Set the scene. Before the guests arrive, make sure your home or venue looks great! The night before, put up your decorations, and set the table or food area. Make sure your music works – that means testing your speakers, and making sure everything is charged! Not sure how to set the...