Let's Layer on Love this Season

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The holiday season is a great time to express gratitude to those we call friends and family. We spend a large portion of our time surrounding ourselves with some of our favorite people, holiday decor and recipes. It's also a great time to "Layer on love" and help those in need or to“give it forward” to members of our community. Coca-Cola wants to help "Layer on love" by supporting the non-profit organization, One Warm Coat, in their mission to donate half a million free coats this holiday season. You can get involved in giving back, too! Coca-Cola is challenging you to continue the giving by encouraging you to share how you are helping those in need by paying it forward and then sharing how you have by using #LayerOnLove on Social Media!

Holiday Scents and Crafts

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The holiday season is now upon us and for many of us, it's that time of the year when we decorate our homes with cheer and festive flair. As we gather in our homes with friends and family to create new memories, we enjoy surrounding ourselves with our favorite holiday decorations and scents of the season.

What scent reminds you of the holidays? Is it the smell of spruce? Apple cinnamon? or vanilla? Your favorite holiday scents can help bring joy into your home during this joyous season. The smell of a pine tree lets me know that the holidays have arrived and it's time to celebrate traditions with those I love. The scent of spruce invokes many great childhood memories. I'm taken back to my childhood when my family and I would visit a tree lot to pick out our tree to bring home and decorate it together.

Mini Pumpkin Spice Pie Desserts

Mini pumpkin pie desserts are a fun and cute way to serve a traditional dessert for the holidays. These small sized portions are great for small and large gatherings. No need for dirty dishes or cutting tools, just grab and munch.

  • 1 box of ready made pie crust
  • 1 can (30 oz) Easy Pumpkin Pie Mix
  • 2/3 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tablespoon of Pumpkin Spice
Mix all ingredients together to make your pie mix.

5 Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth

November 17th is World Prematurity Day, 1 in 10 babies are born too soon, worldwide. A healthy pregnancy can lower the odds of a premature birth. Preemies are much more perceptible to diseases and other complications.

The National Partnership for Women and Families and UnitedHealthcare are giving tips to expectant mothers about having a healthy pregnancy and healthy birth. You can follow along with #healthybabymonth on your social media channels.

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Five Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy and Birth

By Debra Ness, president of National Partnership for Women & Families, and Dr. Sam Ho, chief medical officer of UnitedHealthcare

Pregnancy is often a time of excitement and joy; yet, with so much information to consider, moms-to-be can feel overwhelmed. That’s why access to appropriate prenatal, post-partum and well-child care is important for mothers’ and babies’ immediate and long-term health.

Family Memories. Family Traditions

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Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican holiday observed by many Mexicans and Hispanics in Mexico and the United States. For many Mexican families, observing the holiday has been a tradition for centuries. Many people observe the holiday in many different ways that are special and meaningful to them. The holiday is used to gather with friends and family to remember loved ones who have passed. Some people honor the dead by building altars and decorating them with sugar skulls, marigolds, foods like pan de muerto or other favorite items, and beverages. During my childhood, we never observed the holiday with fiestas or parades. Growing up in Los Angeles, it wasn't something many people celebrated publicly like many cities in Mexico. Many members of my family would have mini altars displayed in their homes throughout the year.

Be Fearless.

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We recently celebrated the debut of our new Disney princess, Elena of Avalor. She is the first and only Latina princess and my little Latina princess and I were ready to welcome her with open arms. Set in the enchanted fairytale land of Avalor, the series tells the story of Elena, a brave and adventurous teenager who has saved her kingdom from an evil sorceress and must now learn to rule as crown princess until she is old enough to be queen.