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About magazine's Kelsey Reinhart and Todd Porter give you their takes on everything from crafting to parenting, sports to photography, local business talk to cooking, and more! Check back weekly to stay up on the latest from the About Blogs.

5 local wish list items

The holidays are upon us, and that means family get-togethers, parties, shopping and of course, gifting. I always feel weird answering the age-old question, "What do you want for Christmas?" When I was a kid, I would create multiple lists so that I wouldn't get two of the same gift. Smart thinking!

TV shows worth watching this fall

With streaming services like Netflix and Hulu, it's hard for traditional TV shows to last. With that being said, there are some new shows that have cut through the fluff and are worth watching this fall. There are still plenty of rejects and shows that just try too hard.

Books you should curl up with

Now that the temps have cooled down, it's a great time to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and a good book. Here are some recent reads that I highly recommend.

Healthier Halloween treats

Whether you have kids or you're an adult who loves to celebrate Halloween, the sweets and treats can be hard on your teeth (and stomachs). This year, try some healthier snacks to satisfy your cravings.

5 ways to get ready for fall

Fall is on the way. If you're like me, then your house has been filled with the smell of pumpkin for a month now. But for the rest of you, here are some ways to transition into the next season.

3 non-food pick-me-ups

Who doesn't love a little pick-me-up? Whether it's a reward system for finishing a project or getting through a rough week, pick-me-ups are something to look forward to. Rather than rewarding yourself with food, try one of these to boost your mood.
Cinnamon glaze cakes from Twisted Citrus

Local restaurants I love | Breakfast edition

If I could eat breakfast food all day, every day, I probably would. There's nothing better than pancakes, eggs, waffles, bacon, donuts, a fresh cup of coffee and all that syrupy goodness. I've been scouting out local restaurants to feed my breakfast need.

Iced coffee recipes

Summer is the perfect time for iced coffee. If you're like me and you like to save a buck here and there, making a cup at home every now and then can save quite a bit. The trick is to make a cup that's tasty. Here are some recipes I'm going to try.

3 Podcasts worth listening to

Lately, I've been listening to podcasts on my drive to work. It relaxes my mind, and it's much better than hearing the same popular songs playing over and over. I also like to listen to them at home when I'm doing dishes or cleaning my apartment. Here are some that have caught my attention lately.