Lifestyle Picks

Editorial picks featuring lifestyle posts–food, travel, pets, bicycling, film, etc.

Dr. Melissa Arca
Media detox: What’s the longest amount of time you’ve gone dark for?

Media detox: What’s the longest amount of time you’ve gone dark for?

I thought our little family was doing pretty darn good when it came to moderating screen time. I mean, I have always been very intentional about our kids and TV viewing; and up until this past Christmas no one owned any handheld gaming device or iPad. My iPhone is still relatively new to me...

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The Citizen Rosebud
Guest Post: Jill Burgess, Everything Just So

Apr 15, 2012
Guest Post: Jill Burgess, Everything Just So

Hi everyone, I’m Jill and I write Everything Just So and I’mexcited to contribute a guest post for Bella! Can we talk about her for amoment?Last September when I found out that she was attending theNYC IFB Conference and was literally staying aroun...

Baked Bree
Recipe: Quiche for Caroline

Apr 15, 2012
Recipe: Quiche for Caroline

There is absolutely nothing more special than welcoming your first child into the world. All children are a blessing, but there is something so magical about your first. Today, we are celebrating Caroline of Chocolate & Carrots with a virtual baby shower as she and her husband are about to have their first baby....

in these small moments
Practicing what I preach

Practicing what I preach

Last night, as I was trying to fall asleep, I had big plans to write a post today to recap the past year, my second year of blogging. I thought that this afternoon I would sit down and share my thoughts with you, but today got away from me. Craig, Katie, Matthew, and I...

Crazy for Crust
Recipe: Chocolate dipped peanut butter donuts

Apr 15, 2012
Recipe: Chocolate dipped peanut butter donuts

I have a serious problem with breakfast pastries. I love them. A lot. It's hard for me to go to Starbucks and NOT buy a scone. I also have a serious problem with free things. Like, I get all crazy and my eyes get big and my heart rate speeds up whe...

Limit Reached
Helpful hints for a first offline online date

Apr 15, 2012
Helpful hints for a first offline online date

Over the past two years, I've gone out on 18 first dates.  Needless to say, I'm a little exhausted.  So, if you are about to go on your first date thanks to a dating site, I thought you could benefit from my experience: PreDate Women: Don'...

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Awake at the Whisk
Recipe: Grilled salmon tacos with sweet potato, lime, cilantro salsa

Apr 14, 2012
Recipe: Grilled salmon tacos with sweet potato, lime, cilantro salsa

My mom used to say that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. I firmly believe that my deployment of this old adage led to the successful ...

Mr. Andrew Bradley
Placer Food Bank

Placer Food Bank

After having a few appetizers at Claim Jumper for Happy Hour on Thursday evening with friends I had the privilege of taking a tour of the Placer Food Bank on Friday. A few months ago I joined the marketing/communications/fund development team and altho...

52 Kitchen Adventures
Recipe: Meyer lemon curd

Recipe: Meyer lemon curd

Have you ever tasted sunshine? No? Then you have to try making lemon curd! I’m lucky enough to have a Meyer lemon tree in my family. My brother and sister-in-law are eager to give away bagfuls of these lemon-orange hybrids, which are sweeter than regular lemons. I’ve used them in vegan lemon cupcakes, candied...

Anne the Dog Photographer
Chihuahua healing from burns is adopted

Apr 14, 2012
Chihuahua healing from burns is adopted

Icarus, a quiet, black chihuahua arrived at the Sacramento city shelter last month with terrible burns.  After treatment and foster care, he was ready for adoption.  His story was put on Facebook and shared, which is where Amanda Fraser read about him.  She felt he was a perfect dog for her and as well...

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