12 Cool Ways to Honor Veterans

If you are not lucky enough to have a veteran living right there in your own home demanding foot rubs and home cooked meals this week, you might be wondering how you can show your support for veterans on Veteran’s Day. Here are some quick and easy ways to support our vets, and some that require a bit more commitment.

Social Media – since you’re already on Facebook, give a like or a share to a business that’s supporting veterans. It’s literally the easiest way to let companies know that their efforts to support our vets have not gone unnoticed. Here is a list of freebies and deals for vets from companies that are offering everything from free meals, to free haircuts, to a free cup of coffee. Don’t forget the companies that support veterans every day with discounts and deals on everything from cars to clothes to home supplies.

Gift Matching – Search out and support promotions that gift a donation to veteran support groups with every purchase. Starbucks is currently donating $5 to the USO for every Veteran’s Day gift card and e-card activated.

Send a Card – Create handmade cards or drawings with the kids and deliver them to the local VA hospital. Cute drawings, happy notes, and well wishes are typically appreciated over “Thank You for Your Service” type messages which can be troubling to struggling veterans, especially many who were drafted in the Vietnam war, a VA doctor recommends.

Greenlight A Vet This campaign was created to establish visible national support for our veterans by changing one light to green. Change one light to green in a visible location-on your porch, in your home, or at your office-and keep it glowing every day as a symbol of appreciation and support for our veterans. Then, share your support by taking a picture of your green light and posting it using the hashtag #greenlightavet

Spend Veteran’s Day at a Parade – If the kids have a holiday bring them to a local parade. Here’s a nation-wide list of Veteran’s Day parades 2015.

Visit a National Park – Here are the National Parks which commemorate our military history. This is the perfect time to see one of the lesser known national parks or revisit a favorite with a focus on it’s military contribution. This sounds like the perfect way to spend Veteran’s Day with a vet that you love.

Care Packages for Homeless Vets – Jaime’s thoughtful post on Helping the Homeless with Car Car Packages, is a practical way to help homeless veterans.

Share the Outdoors – IRISH WATER DOGS WARRIORS is a monthly program for Veterans and First Responders, focused on kayaking, kayak fishing, hiking and camping and outdoor photography. Their goal is to bring calm and peace to our service personnel, by offering a a low impact adaptive sport with both mental and physical benefits.

Play Chauffeur –  Volunteering to drive a vet ensures that even those living remotely from VA hospitals can make their appointments and never go without the treatment they need. Learn how to apply for this important roll at DAV.org.

Volunteer Locally  – Volunteer opportunities to assist vets are offered through both Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals, and the Local Veterans Assistance Program. Learn more about volunteering with vets on at DAV.org.

Join the DAV Commander’s Action Network Take some time here and learn how DAV is working with lawmakers on Veterans behalf. Read more and discover how you, too, can stand with our heroes and make sure their voice is heard in Washington.

Hire Veterans – If you have hiring power at your company, work to create job opportunities for veterans and military spouses. Starbucks, for example, is halfway to their goal of hiring 10,000 veterans and military spouses by 2018, which is so awesome. Here is a list of companies with a focus on hiring veterans and their family members.



Roasted Vegetable Pie

Roasted Vegetable Pie RecipeThe best way to eat vegetables is to roast them, in my humble opinion. Well, maybe grilling them is better, but it’s winter, so roasting is the thing to do. I love roasted veggies with their sweet carmelized goodness, and I find my kid tends to like them better roasted as well. I’m not going to lie and say my kid will eat this roasted vegetable pie, but the rest of your friends and family will gobble it up.

Here’s the deal: Roast up a ton of vegetables, then make them into a pie. It’s pretty simple. With or without a crust, it’s delicious. I usually make two at a time, then let one cool, cut it into pieces, then wrap each individually and freeze them for easy single-serve lunches for myself packed with veggie goodness. Make this in a beautiful pie plate to serve at your Thanksgiving meal, as it’s also quite pretty. Roasted Vegetable Pie Recipe

My recipe is a guideline you can use to customize your own vegetable pie based on what you have in your fridge. It’s especially great if you have a pile of veggies that you didn’t get around to cooking that are about to spoil – just toss them in the oven and throw one of these together. Roasted Vegetable Pie Recipe 4

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A Festive Thanksgiving Countdown Calendar

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Feel annoyed that Christmas is pushing out Thanksgiving? According to my highly-scientific study of reading my Facebook feed, most people do. Since it’s exactly 3 weeks until Turkey day, or Tofurkey day or Turducken day (whatever you’re into) here are 21 ways to celebrate Thanksgiving. It’s like an advent calendar of love and appreciation all rolled up in a pumpkin-spice acorn pile, it’s a Festive Thanksgiving Countdown Calendar! (more…)


Three Days in Copenhagen

Nyhavn from the Canal, Copenhagen Denmark Just a few weeks back, I had the pleasure of spending 72 peaceful hours wandering about Copenhagen all by lonesome. Copenhagen has all of the ease of Scandinavian traveling (which you know I adore), along with a vibrant foodie and art scene, nestled amongst colorful rooftops along stunning canals. Here’s what to do with three days all to yourself (or with a friend or two) in Denmark’s bustling hub.

With 3 days in Copenhagen here’s the basics you need to cover: Eat and drink… Coffee Collective Torvehallerne Food Market Copenhagen

Bike like a local…Cycling Copenhagen Bike Tour

Wander the streets…Copenhagen Flower Stalls

Cruise the canals…Copenhagen 23

and spend a day in the North. Kornborg Castle Helsingør Denmark

Get my full itinerary for three days in Copenhagen after the jump… (more…)