How to re-gift or gift used items + Poll

With the holidays behind us, you might be looking at a pile of gifts bestowed to you by wonderful friends and family. If you’re lucky, you received things that you need or are particularly special or significant. However, chances are you got some items that don’t fit your lifestyle or personality. Re-gifting, giving hand-me-downs or gifting newly purchased but previously used items (like at a … Continue reading How to re-gift or gift used items + Poll

Happy New Year + Top Posts of 2014

How has 2014 been for you? For me it’s been hard to reflect because so much has happened! I’m trying not to put too much pressure on myself to try and digest it all at once. I’m trying to take it in piece by piece. And above all else, I’m realizing that living in the moment is just as important as looking back. Anyway, hope … Continue reading Happy New Year + Top Posts of 2014

“Inter-nesting” (aka my top websites for preparing for baby)

I’m officially coining the phrase “inter-nesting” (…Internet + nesting? Gosh I love it) … It’s how the nesting/preparing-for-baby instinct can manifest in the 21st century. Sure, you might fold blankets and get the crib ready, too, but hours spent online reading about baby gear and advice from other parents is awesome. And less messy than painting. Here are the sites I visited over and over … Continue reading “Inter-nesting” (aka my top websites for preparing for baby)

10 ways to recover from a bad night’s sleep (aka: fake a well-rested glow)

You’ve heard it before but I’ll say it again: Sleep is so important. It is more important than catching up on Twitter on your phone, finishing the latest episode of [insert-must-see-TV-or-Netflix-show-here]. Regularly getting a good night’s sleep contributes so much to your mental and full-body health. In other words, get enough sleep for your body and wonderful things happen. If you’re lucky (and possibly a … Continue reading 10 ways to recover from a bad night’s sleep (aka: fake a well-rested glow)

Friday Finds from the Meredith Tested blog

Friday Finds: April 11, 2014

Happy Friday! Oops, it’s Monday. Guess I forgot to schedule. Whoops. I’ll forgive myself & hopefully you will, too 😉 How’s the weather where you are? Some people think weather talk is mundane but given the power a sunny, slightly warm Spring day can have, I’m not below this “small talk.” Seriously – a walk around the block on a nice day can completely change … Continue reading Friday Finds: April 11, 2014

Friday Finds: March 14, 2014

Happy Friday from Chicago! I’ve left the snow of Burlington, Vermont for the snow of Chicago. 🙂 Enjoy these tidbits I’ve found interesting this week: It’s Pi Day (3.14) and lots of people are celebrating with Pie! Here’s an awesome pie recipe I’d make for two reasons: (1) adorable and mini (2) gluten free, baby! Manchester Wood makes high-quality furniture, made in the USA. This … Continue reading Friday Finds: March 14, 2014

It Starts With Food Whole30 Review // MeredithTested.wordpress.com

Book Review: “It Starts With Food”

Here are the basics: It Starts With Food (or buy on eBay*) by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig outlines why some foods make some people sick in various ways – inflammation, stomach/gut issues, skin problems, etc. Then they offer a solution: an elimination diet called Whole30 where you eat meat, fruit, veggies and healthy fats (avocado, coconut oil, olives). No sugar (or alcohol), grains of any kind, … Continue reading Book Review: “It Starts With Food”

Friday Finds from the Meredith Tested blog

Friday Finds 2/28/14

February is only 2-3 days shorter than the typical month but I swear it just ZOOMs by every year. It’s MARCH tomorrow. What?! Stop. This map above shows which languages other than English or Spanish are spoken in major U.S. cities! Cool! Because I went to UW-Madison, I have to share this: “No. Badgers.”  (and yes I’m still upset that they broke up.Waah.) Another way … Continue reading Friday Finds 2/28/14

Why go green? #ecofriendly #green #greenbbloggers #greenbloggers // MeredithTested.wordpress.com

The “Going Green” Tag

I was tagged by Amy from Disguised By Zebras to complete a quick questionnaire about “Going Green.”  Here are my answers – hope you enjoy! 1. What started it all off for you? I’ve always had a lot of passion for the environment thanks to my environmentalist parents, but like several other bloggers answering this tag, most of my big changes started with food. I … Continue reading The “Going Green” Tag

Friday Finds: 2/21/2014

Hey, hey! It’s Friday! Let’s welcome the weekend by checking out some cool stuff: Just came across this lovely e-commerce site Moorea Seal. Everything’s made in America and they support charities with every order. I’m sold. A few examples of their wares: Good advice on Navigating the Eco-Fashion World Our Own Worst Enemy: When women keep women from leading  Apparently bike lanes are not a … Continue reading Friday Finds: 2/21/2014