10 Inspirational Books That Can Change Your Life

If you want to change your life, you are going to have to do things differently. Sometimes you can look to inspirational books to create a positive change in your life. If you desire change, you are going to have to step out of your comfort zone. As Anthony Robbins points out in the quote below, you are going have to experience discomfort and pain in order to transform your life. Any change, whether it be an organisation or personal, can be a painful process. However, the rewards of going through the change process are priceless.

“All personal breakthroughs begin with a change in beliefs. So how do we change? The most effective way is to get your brain to associate massive pain to the old belief. You must feel deep in your gut that not only has this belief cost you pain in the past, but it’s costing you in the present and, ultimately, can only bring you pain in the future. Then you must associate tremendous pleasure to the idea of adopting an empowering new belief” – Anthony Robbins

There are two specific events that threw my life into a tailspin, where for a while there it felt like I was losing control. These two events were, the sudden and tragic loss of my parents, and being made redundant three times in eighteen months.

With the third redundancy, I was at my lowest point in my life. I felt utterly useless. My self-confidence was at zero, and I could see no future for me.

My life was turned upside down. I knew that I had to turn it around. I just didn’t know how.

Then one wet Sunday afternoon, I picked up a book from my bookshelf called ,“The Gifts of Imperfection” by Brene Brown. I had this book for at least a year and had been meaning to read it, but hadn’t gone anywhere near a book for months.

When I read this book, I decided that I needed to get my life back. I needed to learn how to heal and rebuild my confidence, as well as my self belief.

So I started to read books. I read lots of books about inspirational stories on life, love, and happiness. Personal development and motivational books were full of information, tools, and strategies about how I could take control back and change my life. I would like to share with you the inspirational messages I got from reading these ten books that changed my life.

Read these 10 books because I believe they will inspire you, motivate you, and show you how to take action and go change your life!

Awaken The Giant Within

by Anthony Robbins
The inspirational message from this book is how you have the power right now to control how you think, how you feel, and what you do. Anything you want or desire in your life, you already have the power to achieve it.

“You and I have that same power at our disposal every moment of the day. At the moment, the questions that we ask ourselves can shape our perception of who we are, what we’re capable of, and what we’re willing to do to achieve our dreams” – Anthony Robbins

 


Screw It Lets Do It: Lessons in Life

by Richard Branson
Reading other people’s stories about their journeys in life can give you better perspective of what the journey of change can be about. Richard Branson is into reinvention and as a result, he embraces change.

This book will fuel your enthusiasm to give things a go. It will show you how to sort out the self-limiting beliefs that stop you from stepping up and taking on the challenge of change.

“As soon as something stops being fun, I think it’s time to move on. Life is too short to be unhappy. Waking up stressed and miserable is not a good way to live” – Richard Branson

 


The Art of Happiness

by Dalai Lama

There is not a person I know who is not in the pursuit of happiness.

“The Art of Happiness” is a book that will encourage you to practice the discipline of self-reflection.The more you reflect on your life, the deeper you look into your inner self (your soul). This is where you discover what happiness truly means to you.

Knowing what happiness means to you, gives you purpose. With purpose, you’ll have clarity, focus, and a vision. These are the foundations that will empower you to embark on the journey to change your life.

“Both these people illustrate the essential point that happiness is determined more by one’s state of mind than by external events.” – Dalai Lama

 


The Four Agreements

by Don Miguel Ruiz

“The Four Agreements” are Don Miguel’s code for life.

“The Four Agreements” provide an inspirational code for life, for the way you handle your relationships, how you behave, and how you communicate with others. If you want to change your life, read “The Four Agreements”. This book will show you how to attain a happy fulfilled life.

“If you live in a past dream, you don’t enjoy what is happening right now because you will always wish it to be different than it is. There is no time to miss anyone or anything because you are alive. Not enjoying what is happening right now is living in the past and being only half alive. This leads to self pity, suffering and tears.” – Don Miguel Ruiz

 


The Magic of Thinking Big

by David J Schwartz

According to Dr Schwartz, to create change in your life and to attain all that you desire, you need to change your thinking and your attitude.

The importance of preparing your mind and your thinking for the journey of personal change is the key message of this book.

“Those who believe they can move mountains, do. Those who believe they can’t, cannot. Belief triggers the power to do.” – David J. Schwartz.

 


Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul: How To Create A New You

by Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra believes that personal transformation not only involves the mind, but also your body and soul. According to Chopra, you cannot transform your mind without transforming your body and soul.

Reading this book will encourage you to think about the potential energy force and power you hold within you. This energy grows when you are connected and aligned to your mind, body, and soul.

“The key to transformation is that you create the change you want to see in yourself.” – Deepak Chopra

 


The Greatest Salesman In The World

by Og Mandino

This little classic has been around since 1968. Have you ever wondered what truly successful people have in common?

This book doesn’t really tell you how to be a great salesperson. It will; however, give you some fantastic tips on how to be an entrepreneur, how to self-motivate, and how to think like a successful person.

The underlying message is the power of positive thinking – that you become what you think, say, and do. This book has great tactics for those of us in the process of change.

“My dreams are worthless, my plans are dust, my goals are impossible. All are of no value unless they are followed by action.” – Og Mandino

 


Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

by Richard Carlson

This book helps you to manage the small stuff in your life that is usually creating the most pain in your life. This very supportive book is full of great practical suggestions on how you can live a more joyful and peaceful life.

“True happiness comes not when we get rid of all of our problems, but when we change our relationship to them, when we see our problems as a potential source of awakening, opportunities to practice, and to learn.” – Richard Carlson

 


Switch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard

by Chip & Dan Heath

Have you ever tried to lose weight or get fit and never reached your goal? You know that you have to make changes in your life, but you don’t know how?

If you are nodding in agreement, then you need to read “Switch“. If I had to recommend one book that shows you how to create and maintain lasting change in your life – then it would be “Switch“.

In this book, Chip and Dan share the Secret as to how you can create and sustain change in your life.

Hint: It has something to do with knowing how to “Direct The Rider”, “Motivate The Elephant”, and “Shape the Path.”

This book, without a doubt, will show you how to change your life.

“When you’re at the beginning, don’t obsess about the middle, because the middle is going to look different once you get there. Just look for a strong beginning and a strong ending and get moving.” – Chip & Dan Heath

 


The Gifts of Imperfection

by Brene Brown

Do you ever feel that you are just not worthy enough, intelligent enough, or courageous enough to live a fulfilled happy life?

Do you have secret dreams that you hold deep inside of you that you don’t share in case someone thinks they are silly? Or are you too scared to follow your dreams because you fear that you may fail?

Brene Brown’s book, “The Gifts of Imperfection”, will show you how to find your courage, as well as rediscover your self-belief and self-worth.

This is the book that will get you prepared to embark on your journey of change. “The Gifts of Imperfection” is about you learning how to let go of who you think you’re supposed to be and embrace who you are.

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy — the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.” – Brene Brown

These 10 books were key to helping me change my life. I rediscovered hope for my future. I found my courage, strength, and my self-belief. I hope that by reading these books, you will find the same inspiration and motivation to take up the challenge and change your life.

“If one reads enough books one has a fighting chance. Or better, one’s chances of survival increase with each book one reads.” – Sherman Alexie

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14 FOODS YOU CAN EAT AS MUCH OF AS YOU WANT AND NOT GAIN WEIGHT

While there’s no such thing as a zero-calorie food, there are foods you can enjoy freely without having to worry about packing on the pounds.

According to nutritionist Dr. Lisa Young, these foods generally fall into one of two categories: non-starchy fruits or vegetables.

Young says there are few reasons why you won’t gain weight from eating these foods:

They’re mostly made up of water.

They’re low in calories.

They contain fiber, which helps make you feel and stay full.

Although these fruits and vegetables aren’t high in protein, they’re packed with plenty of vitamins, antioxidants, and other nutrients that have numerous benefits for your health.

Keep scrolling to 14 foods you can eat without restraint.

Celery

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Almost 95% of celery is water, but that doesn’t mean the vegetable doesn’t have significant health benefits. Celery contains potassium, folate, fiber, and 30% of your daily requirement of vitamin K. There are only six calories in a single serving.

You’re best off eating celery when it’s fresh, though. The vegetable loses many of its antioxidants within five to seven days of being purchased.

Kale

Kale is light in calories — one cup of raw kale only has about 33 calories — but it contains close to three grams of protein and 2.5 grams of fiber per serving.

It’s one of the relatively few foods that contains an omega-three fatty acid, a nutrient that most people rely on fish to get. Like other kinds of lettuce, kale is also high in vitamins and folate.

Blueberries

Blueberries’ claim to fame is their antioxidant content. The fruit has more antioxidants than any other fruit. And for all the fiber a cup of blueberries packs — 14% of your recommended daily value — it only has around 85 calories.

Cucumbers

A fruit that is mostly made up of water, cucumbers only contain 16 calories per serving. The seeds and skin contain most of the fruit’s nutritional value, so you’re best off not peeling your cucumbers.

The peel and seeds provide both fiber and a form of vitamin A known as beta-carotene, which is known to be good for your eyes.

Tomatoes

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Tomatoes are best known for the fact that they contain lycopene, a carotenoid, which helps fight against chronic diseases and also gives the fruit its red color. Besides lycopene, tomatoes are high in vitamins A, C, and B2, as well as folate, chromium, potassium, and fiber.

And for all the nutrients it boasts, one medium-sized tomato only has around 25 calories.

Grapefruits

Studies have shown that adding grapefruit to your diet can increase weight loss, which is often why it’s considered a diet food. This is because grapefruits are high in fiber, which keeps hunger at bay by stabilizing blood sugar levels and helping you feel fuller for longer. There are only 50 calories in one half of a grapefruit.

The vitamin C found in grapefruit can reduce the risk of a number of health problems, like cancer and heart issues. Grapefruit can also work wonders in lowering cholesterol and improving digestion, and the folate found in the fruit makes it an ideal snack for pregnant women.

Broccoli

Broccoli is most nutritious when eaten raw or when steamed. This super vegetable contains sulforaphane, an anticarcinogen that works to destroy cancer-causing chemicals that the body might take in either through the environment or through food.

Besides vitamins A, C, E, and K, one serving of steamed broccoli contains approximately 20% of your daily fiber requirement. Plus, there are only about 31 calories in one serving.

Cantaloupe

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Cantaloupe has more beta carotene — a form of vitamin A that promotes healthy eyes — than many other similar fruits like oranges, grapefruits, peaches, and mangoes. Just one cup of the fruit provides you with potassium as well as more than 100% of your daily recommended value of vitamins A and C.

Plus, since water makes up 90% of cantaloupe, there are only 55 calories in one serving.

Cauliflower

Although its white color may make people think otherwise, cauliflower is actually a very versatile and nutritious vegetable. It contains antioxidants and phytochemicals — both of which help to fight off chronic disease — and it’s an excellent source of folate, fiber, and vitamins C and K.

There are around 25 calories in one serving.

Blackberries

Blackberries’ health benefits are incredibly versatile. Like many other berries, the fruit is rich in vitamin C as well as antioxidants known as bioflavonoids.

Beyond that, eating blackberries can aid with digestion and staying alert, and tightens tissue, leading to younger-looking skin. There are around 62 calories in a single serving of the berries.

Lettuce

Most types of lettuce — whether it’s romaine or iceberg — only have about 10 to 2o calories per serving. And although lettuce won’t add a lot of protein to your diet, it will add plenty of vitamins and nutrients like folate, iron, and vitamins A and C.

Oranges

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Most people know oranges for their vitamin C content, but the citrus fruit touts multiple other benefits. Since vitamin C is crucial in collagen production, oranges help keep skin free of damage and looking good. It’s also low in calories; a medium-sized orange has about 80 calories.

And if you’re not eating that white stuff under an orange’s skin — pith — you should start. Pith contains a lot of fiber, which helps lower cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Strawberries

There’s more vitamin C in one serving of strawberries than there is in one orange. In addition, strawberries are also bursting with polyphenols, a type of antioxidant.

Strawberries are also a good source of potassium and fiber, and they’re fat-free, sodium-free, and cholesterol-free, which makes them healthy for the heart. One cup of the fruit only has around 50 calories.

Honeydew melon

Honeydew melon has only slightly more calories per serving than cantaloupe (64), and the majority of these calories come from the 14 grams of natural sugar the fruit provides.

Honeydew also contains over half of the recommended daily value of vitamin C, as well as copper, which is crucial for healthy skin.

10 Benefits of Dates: From Improving Bone Health to Promoting Beautiful Skin

From the time it was discovered, which was thousands of years ago, dates were known to have healing powers. And while science has proved that for sure, we love to eat them mostly because of how delicious these dark fruits are. According to history, date palmis known to have come from what is now Iraq, however Egyptians were known to have made wine with dates a lot earlier as well.
Thanks to trade, dates traveled to southwest Asia, Spain, northern Africa, and were later also taken to Mexico and California. Today it continues to be one of the most important ingredients in Middle Eastern cuisine. While there are at least 30 kinds of dates that are found around the world, they pretty much fall under three broad types – soft, semi-dry, and dry, and the differentiation is made according to the glucose, sucrose, and fructose content. One of the most coveted dates incidentally are found at The Gaza Strip, as their produce is known to be exceptionally red, and sweet. Some of the other popular varietals are the Zaghloul, found exclusively in Egypt. It has a dark red skin, is longish in structure, and crunchy in texture. It’s also quite high on the sweetness scale. The Sukkary from Saudi Arabia is one of the most expensive kinds of dates. It has a dark brown skin, a soft flesh, and uniquely sweet. And then there’s the Khadrawy, a soft and dark date that’s also quite popular among the Arabs. And this is just the beginning; it’s said that Iraq has more than 100 kinds of dates available!
Cuisines across the world use dates in small and large quantities, but it’s also important to note that the fruit of the date palm tree also comes with a lot of healthbenefits. The umpteen health benefits of dates has made the delicious fruit of the most sought after foods ij the world of health and nutrition. Dates are a good source of various vitamins and minerals, energy, sugar, and fiber. It also contains calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and zinc.

Benefits of dates: Contains calcium, iron, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and zinc

Health benefits of dates: Here are only a few of the reasons why you should eat dates regularly:

1. Lowers cholesterol

Did you know that dates are free from cholesterol, and contain very little fat? Including them in smaller quantities in your daily diet can help you keep a check on cholesterol level, and even assist in weight loss. So start loading up on dates today.

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Dates are free from cholesterol, and contain very little fat

2. Protein rich

Looking to load up on proteins. Adding some dates in your diet may help. Dates are a strong source for proteins that help us in staying fit, and even keep our muscles strong. A lot of regular gym goers are asked to eat a couple of dates every day as part of their daily routine.

3. Rich in vitamins

Dates contain vitamins such as B1, B2, B3 and B5, as well as A1 and C. If you have a few dates every day, you won’t have to take vitamin supplements. Not only will it keep you healthy, there will be a noticeable change in your energy levels as well because dates contain natural sugars such as glucose, sucrose, and fructose, too. So it works really well as a quick snack.

Health benefits of dates: Dates contain vitamins such as B1, B2, B3 and B5, as well as A1 and C

4. Improves bone health

Dates could do wonders for your bone health too. Yes, you heard us. Dates are rich in selenium, manganese, copper, and magnesium, and all of these are required when it comes to keeping our bones healthy, and preventing conditions such as osteoporosis.

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Dates could do wonders for your bone health too

5. Strengthens the nervous system

Date are loaded with potassium, and yet contain little sodium, and that goes a long way in keeping your nervous system in order. The potassium helps to reduce cholesterol, and keeps the risk of a stroke in check.

6. Rich in iron

Apart from the fluorine that keeps your teeth healthy, dates also contain iron, which is highly recommended for those who suffer from iron deficiency. Severe iron-deficiency anemia may cause fatigue or tiredness, shortness of breath, or chest pain. Plus it’s great for blood purification as well.

7. Promotes digestion

If you soak a few dates in water and chew on them daily, your digestive system will behave itself very well. Due to it’s high fibre content it is also recommended for those who have trouble with constipation.

Dates have high fibre content

8. Improves skin

The vitamins C and D works on your skin’s elasticity, and also keeps your skin smooth. Plus, if you suffer from skin problems, incorporating dates into your diet might help you in the long run. Plus dates also come with anti-ageing benefits, and prevent the accumulation of melanin in your body.

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Dates have decent amount of vitamin C, one of the most skin friendly antioxidants

9. Fixes hangovers

While we haven’t exactly tried it out, but it’s said that dates are an excellent way to control inebriation. And similarly, it also helps to cure hangovers. But for best results, you have to rub the skin a bit, and soak it in water overnight and then eat it.

10. Assists in weight gain

The sugar, proteins, and other vitamins in the fruit help in weight gain, especially when you need it. Incidentally, it’s said that when eaten with cucumber, dates help to keep your weight at a normal level. Now that’s what we call flexibility!

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The sugar, proteins, and other vitamins in dates help in weight gain

Cooking with Dates

Dates are best eaten by themselves. The sweet fruit makes for an excellent breakfastsnack, or in cereals and porridges. Plenty of people have even switched to date syrup instead of refined sugar. Jaggery made from date palm tastes delicious with black coffee, and dried dates can be added to cakes, bread, and other dishes. Keep a box of seeded or seedless dates in your refrigerator, and make sure to have a few every day. It will also prevent you from overeating.

5 Essential Tips To Reduce Climate Change

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It’s not up to governments alone —there’s plenty you can do to help fight climate change on a day-to-day basis. It’s our responsibility to future generations, to nature, and to ourselves to take these steps as soon as possible (if you haven’t already).

If you think climate change won’t affect you directly, you’re wrong. Maybe you won’t get to see an extinction-level event in your lifetime (your grandchildren might, though, and they’ll blame you), but you will start seeing more and more problems and your own quality of life could be dramatically reduced over the next few decades. Already we’re seeing record-high temperatures around the world, the ice caps are melting, and fresh water outflow in the oceans (which have a very delicate balance of salt and fresh water) is starting to change the currents. We’ll start experiencing more and more disasters as climate change progresses, and as reported by The New York Times, the situation is more dire than we had previously estimated. A recent report from the Intergovernmental Panel On Climate Change indicates that we might start seeing dramatic changes to our way of life and a devastating blow to the economy by 2040, much sooner than scientists had thought.

Governments need to step up their game, and we can all put pressure on them to do so. Furthermore, if you’re wondering what you can do on an individual level, here are five things you can do in your everyday life. Keep in mind we’re consuming more resources than the earth is able to generate. This is what unsustainability is all about, and it means future generations will be in a lot of trouble. Even if climate change weren’t a problem —which it most assuredly is—, sustainability is still an issue, so there’s no reason why you shouldn’t implement these five changes.

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1) Be energy-efficient

This means reducing your overall use of electricity. Whenever you do use energy, do it sensibly. Specifically, you should switch off lights when not in use, buy energy-efficient light bulbs, unplug electronics when you don’t need them. When possible, wash clothes in cold water and dry them naturally —and when not possible, turn on the washing machine only when the load is full. Finally, take shorter showers (and perhaps you should also consider showering fewer times a week to let your natural oils do their job). And remember, implementing these changes has the added advantage of saving money!

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2) Use renewable energy and avoid fossil fuels

Burning fossil fuels is the leading source of greenhouse emissions, and unfortunately, most of the energy we use today is obtained through this harmful process. Not only that: it also causes urban pollution, which affects our health in all kinds of ways, including an alarming reduction in IQ. So, it’s only sensible to start moving away from fossil-based energy and into renewables instead. Use a bike, walk, or try to carpool to reduce the amount of cars on the streets. If possible, install solar panels in your home. Try to fly less often too —traveling is great, sure, but don’t do it at the planet’s expense!

You should also consider investing in renewable energy in order to promote companies to shift more and more towards this path. Look for environmentally friendly suppliers, and support sustainable technologies whenever you can.

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3) Reduce consumption

The most effective way to reduce the amount of waste in our planet is to simply stop generating waste in the first place. So, buy just what you need. Don’t waste food and compost your kitchen. Ideally, you should grow your own vegetables, but if not, try at least to buy packaging-free products. Also, get in the habit of making the most of what you’ve got: take care of your clothes, make them last, and mend them whenever you need. In short, buy as little as you can. Consider that the more products of any kind you buy, the more waste there will be. If you’re skeptical about the damage you can cause, just multiply your habits by 7 billion and you’ll get an idea of what’s actually happening in our over-populated world.

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4) Be careful about what you throw away

We already suggested buying less. Now, whatever you do buy, make sure you are aware of how to dispose of it. If you buy packaging, check it’s biodegradable. Recycle as much as you can —separate your garbage, reuse materials, and throw away as little as possible. Also, avoid throwing plastic away by minimizing its consumption, since recycling it might not actually be a solution. As urged by Scientific American, eventually we must simply stop using plastic altogether.

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5) Mind what you eat

The meat industry is responsible for most of the human-induced animal suffering in the world and for much of the greenhouse emissions today. Regardless of whether we’re carnivores or not, we should all strive to eat as less meat as possible. This doesn’t mean you have to go vegan or vegetarian. It simply means you should take greater care of where you obtain your meat, and try not to eat it daily. Support organic farmers, demand responsible suppliers, and let the meat producers know they can’t get away with harming us or other species for profit. Buy local whenever possible, and please don’t waste food!
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Even if you doubt climate change is exacerbated by humans (which you shouldn’t, since the evidence for this is overwhelming), living sustainably will still yield nothing but good results. Simply put, there’s no good reason not to do it. Whatever your political or economical leanings, it’s time we changed our ways to more reasonable and sensible habits of consumption. If not for other species, if not for future generations, then do it for you and your own health.

Easy & Delicious Halloween Party Food Ideas for Your Big Bash

Banana Mummy Pups

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INGREDIENTS
4 bananas
1 lb. white chocolate
4 oz. white chocolate
16 mini m&m’s
4 oz. milk chocolate chips
8 Lollipop sticks
DIRECTIONS
  1. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Skewer each banana half with a lollipop stick and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours.
  2. In a large microwave-safe measuring cup, melt 1 pound white chocolate in the microwave according to package directions. One at a time, dip the bananas into the chocolate to coat, shaking off any excess. Return to the baking sheet and immediately place two M&M candies near the top for eyes.
  3. Melt the remaining white chocolate in the microwave according to package directions and fill a small piping bag fitted with a small, round nozzle tip. Pipe zigzags over the banana to form bandages. Repeat this step with the milk chocolate, if using. Chill or freeze until ready to serve.

Candy Corn Fudge

INGREDIENTS
8 oz. cream cheese at room temperature
2 c. confectioners’ sugar
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
3 c. white chocolate chips (about 18 oz)
2 c. mini pretzels or broken pretzel pieces
1 c. dried cherries
1 c. candy corn
DIRECTIONS
  1. Line an 8- or 9-in. square pan with 2 sheets of parchment paper, leaving an overhang on all sides.
  2. Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar in a large bowl until smooth, about 2 minutes; beat in the vanilla.
  3. Meanwhile, melt the chocolate in the microwave according to package directions.
  4. Add the melted chocolate to the cream cheese mixture and beat until smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Fold in the pretzels and cherries. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and top with the candy corn. Refrigerate until firm, at least 2 hours and up to 2 days.
  5. Using the overhangs, transfer the fudge to a cutting board and cut into 1-in. pieces. Serve in mini cupcake liners, if desired.

Coffin Cake

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INGREDIENTS
Oil, for the pans
3 c. all-purpose flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. freshly ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. kosher salt
2 c. sugar
1 c. (2 sticks) unsalted butter, melted
3 large eggs
1 15-oz. can pumpkin
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/2 c. buttermilk
FOR THE FROSTING
1 8-oz. package cream cheese, at room temperature
4 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
2 c. confectioners’ sugar
1/4 c. heavy cream
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
4 candy eyeballs for serving
DIRECTIONS
  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil two 8½ x 4½-in. loaf pans and line the bottoms with parchment paper, leaving at least 1 in. of overhang on the two long sides.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt.
  3. In a second large bowl, beat together sugar, butter, eggs, pumpkin, and vanilla. Add flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with buttermilk and mixing in between addition to combine.
  4. Divide mixture between the prepared loaf pans and bake, rotating the pans halfway through, until a wooden pick inserted into the center comes out clean, 65 to 70 minutes. Transfer the pans to a wire rack to cool for 10 minutes before using the parchment overhangs to remove cakes to a rack to cool completely.
  5. Using an electric mixer, beat cream cheese and butter in a large bowl on low speed until smooth. Add sugar, beating until just combined. Add heavy cream and vanilla and beat until soft peaks form, about 2 minutes. Spread a thin layer of frosting (about ÂĽ cup) over the top of each cake. Transfer remaining frosting to a large piping bag fitted with a large flat tip, then pipe lines back and forth on a diagonal to create mummy bandages. Place two candy eyeballs at one end of each cake.

Bite-Size Eyeballs

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INGREDIENTS
1/2 c. (1 stick) Unsalted butter
Kosher salt and pepper
1 c. all-purpose flour
4 large eggs
4 oz. Guryère cheese, coarsely grated
Cream cheese, Persian cucumbers, and pimiento-stuffed olives, for decorating
Sriacha or ketchup, for decorating
DIRECTIONS
  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Place butter, 1 cup water, and ½ tsp salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat. Add flour and stir vigorously until mixture comes together and looks smooth and shiny, about 1 minute. Continue stirring for 1 minute, then transfer mixture to a large bowl and let sit until no longer hot to the touch, about 15 minutes.
  3. Add eggs, 1 at a time, and beat, using a wooden spoon, until mixture comes back together and is smooth. Add ÂĽ tsp pepper and cheese.
  4. Using a 1-Tbsp cookie scoop, drop small balls 2 in. apart on prepared baking sheet. Bake for 10 minutes, then rotate the pans top to bottom and front to back. Reduce heat to 350°F and continue baking until light golden brown and set, 12 to 17 minutes more. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  5. To make eyeballs, use cream cheese as glue to place slices of cucumber and olives on top of each puff. Squeeze sriracha or ketchup into lines around the sides.

(Halloween)5 of the Best Horror Movies to Stream Right Now

It’s nearly Halloween season and now is the time to get your scary movie binge-watching lists in order. Watching Hocus Pocus during Freeform’s 31 Nights of Halloween and Halloweentown 1-3 on Disney Channel a bajillion times is all well and good, but it’s nice to branch out and watch some other horror gems this holiday season.

1. The Babysitter

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movie talk about a boy who learns his attractive babysitter is part of a satanic cult that’s plotting to kill him.

2. The Conjuring

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This film focus on a poltergeist case from the files of real life paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren.

3. Let Me In

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A bullied, lonely boy befriends his new neighbor, only to learn she’s actually a vampire. 13 Reasons Why star Dylan Minnette stars as the ringleader of the bullies.

4. The Strangers

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A couple is stalked by three unknown assailants wearing super freaky masks in a remote cabin. The ending will leave you gutted (and making sure all your doors and windows are locked up tightly)!

5. The Lost Boys

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This 1980s masterpiece is perfect for fans of Strangers Things — or just fans of classic horror movies in general. When two brothers move to a new town, they accidentally discover a nest of vicious vampires and must fight to survive.

Inspiring Motivational Quotes for Being Happier

When things look dark, we can all use a simple reminder of what is truly important. We can all use a small burst of inspiration.

Tweet them. Share them.

But most important, pick one you like best and place it where you’ll see it every day… and let it help make your day a little brighter.

“Dream as if you’ll live forever, live as if you’ll die today.” James Dean
“Doing what you like is freedom. Liking what you do is happiness.” Frank Tyger
“Be happy with what you have. Be excited about what you want.” Alan Cohen
“Life is a journey, and if you fall in love with the journey, you will be in love forever.” Peter Hagerty
“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou
“Much of the stress that people feel doesn’t come from having too much to do. It comes from not finishing what they’ve started.” David Allen
“We forge the chains we wear in life.” Charles Dickens
“If you look to others for fulfillment, you will never be fulfilled. If your happiness depends on money, you will never be happy with yourself. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the world belongs to you.” Lao Tzu
“Everything is a gift of the universe–even joy, anger, jealously, frustration, or separateness. Everything is perfect either for our growth or our enjoyment.” Ken Keyes Jr.
“There is no such thing as a problem without a gift for you in its hands. You seek problems because you need their gifts.” Richard Bach
“If you want to be happy, set a goal that commands your thoughts, liberates your energy, and inspires your hopes.” Andrew Carnegie
“Tension is who you think you should be, relaxation is who you are.” Chinese Proverb
“For me it is sufficient to have a corner by my hearth, a book, and a friend, and a nap undisturbed by creditors or grief.” Fernandez de Andrada
“You cannot judge what should bring others joy, and others cannot judge what should bring you joy.” Alan Cohen
“The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than growing with them.” Bernard M. Baruch
“Our capacity to draw happiness from aesthetic objects or material goods in fact seems critically dependent on our first satisfying a more important range of emotional or psychological needs, among them the need for understanding, for love, expression and respect.” Alain De Botton
“If you start to think the problem is ‘out there,’ stop yourself. That thought is the problem.” Stephen Covey
“Happiness cannot be traveled to, owned, earned, worn or consumed. Happiness is the spiritual experience of living every minute with love, grace, and gratitude.” Denis Waitley
“Happiness is not a station you arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” Margaret Lee Runbeck
“Security is when everything is settled, when nothing can happen to you; security is the denial of life.” Germaine Greer
“Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” Greg Anderson
“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” Buddha
“The best remedy for those who are afraid, lonely or unhappy is to go outside, somewhere where they can be quiet, alone with the heavens, nature and God. As long as this exists, and it certainly always will, then there will be comfort for every sorrow, whatever the circumstances may be.” Anne FrankInspiring Motivational Quotes for Being Happier

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