Meatless Monday

Try a variety of beans, peas, and lentils.  Dry beans are the most economical choice but take the longest to cook.  Canned beans are your quickest option.  Look for canned beans with no added salt to keep your sodium levels in check.

Visit Meatless Monday for inspiration.

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Vanguard Webinar – Getting on Track for Retirement

Vanguard’s 2nd Quarterly Webinar: Getting on Track for Retirement

This webinar is intended for employees 10 to 20 years from retirement.  Participants will learn how to estimate if they’re on track for retirement by using Vanguard’s Retirement Income Calculator and get partical strategies on how to get back on track if needed.

The webinar is offered on the following dates and times:

Friday, May 8th – 9 a.m., 12 noon, 3 p.m.

Monday, May 11th – 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 8 p.m.

Click here to register for the second quarter webinar. You can save this link to register for furture quarterly webinars in 2020.

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Taco Tuesday

Fillings for tacos are limitless!  Let your creative juices run wild and wrapped in a whole grain tortilla. Make sure to fill the tortilla with plenty of veggies!  Using bagged lettuce or slaw can save on time in the kitchen but does cost more than making your own salad mixes.   


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Grocery Budget Resources

In times like these, we need to reevaluate our grocery budget.  Are we eating at home more?  Are we feeding hungry teens?  Do we need to tighten the purse strings?  Check out this grocery budget calculator.

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How Hobbies Reduce Stress

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The Real Reason Hobbies Like Baking and Puzzles Calm Our Coronavirus Stress
Certain types of projects can provide relief for the type of anxiety we’re all experiencing right now.

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FREE Cooking Classes

Brush up on your cooking skills and theory—knife skills, cooking with herbs, stews, advanced vegetable prep, Instant Pot tips and more—with online courses from Boston-based Milk Street.

Courses are free through the end of April.

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The Social Distancing Festival

This is a site for celebrating art from all over the world, showcasing amazing talent, and coming together as a community at a time when we need it more than ever.

Click here for a list of events including dance, music, theatre and visual arts.

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Mood Boosters to Lift Your Spirits

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Try These Mood-Boosters to Lift Your Spirits Right Now

From coloring with your kids to playing your favorite song, carving out time for the small things that bring us joy is key for getting through challenging times.

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Cures for Weekend Cabin Fever

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Thriving During COVID-19

Over 150 employees have responded to the survey on the HarbinSTRONG portal asking “What are you doing to thrive during COVID-19?

It is great to hear that everyone is practicing social distancing, sheltering in place, washing hands, taking minimal trips to the grocery, cleaning frequently and overall following the CDC recommendations to stay safe and help stop the spread of the disease.

In addition, employees are practicing self-care and taking advantage of more time with family. Here are some of the ways Harbinites are thriving…

  • Making sure to keep in touch with family and checking in on them regularly.
  • Going outside as much as possible to be in the sunshine and fresh air.
  • Facetime to keep up with friends and family
  • Taking care of my health by cooking meals every night and also bringing my own lunches.
  • Doing fun activities @ home
  • Continuing to be active with indoor and outdoor activities… Trying to keep things as normal as possible for my children during this time of confusion and so many changes.
  • Morning devotional time & solo home workout.
  • Staying home except to go to work and pick up groceries. Exercising multiple times, a week. Taking multivitamins. Texting or calling family and friends to check up on them.
  • I am being overly cautious about hygiene. I am trying to stay positive to help with my mental health. I am attempting to exercise at home due to gym closings.
  • We are completing projects together that have been put off.
  • Encouraging everyone to get exercise, help with meal planning/prep, and trying to maintain a “normal” schedule wake up/go to bed on time.
  • Daily walks with the hubby and dog in the neighborhood.  Staying home and cooking instead of eating out or getting delivery.
  • Prayer is a must, to ask for strength and protection.
  • We have been doing a lot of activities as a family.  We just got some chickens so my boys, ages 3 and 4 are learning responsibility by helping care for the chickens and collect eggs every day
  • We are focusing on making more meals at home as well as learning new recipes that we can continue to use once the coronavirus is over! 
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