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50 Cute Food Recipes To Brighten Up Your Day

50 Cute Food Recipes To Brighten Up Your Day

There’s no shortage of people making incredible art out of food. Fortunately for us, they share their work with the rest of us. If you are personally lacking the time or talent to recreate these irresistible recipes, you will at least enjoy looking at them.

How much fun would it be to start your day with these breakfasts?

1. Sleepy Bear

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    2. Hot Dogs

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      From: taste-of-japan.blogspot.com

      3. Burger Bear and Bunny

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        From: bentomonsters.com

        4. Duck Stew

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          From: bentomonsters.com

          5.  Dolphins

            From: overthebigmoon.com

            6. Peanut Butter Snails

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              From: walmart.com

              7. Teddy Bear Cookies

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                From: diyncrafts.com

                8. Watermelon Grill

                  From: sheknows.com

                  9. Birdhouse Cookies

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                    From: sheknows.com

                    10. Cat Doughnuts

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                      11. Russian Doll Sushi

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                        12. Mummy Hot Dogs

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                          From: ourkidsmom.com

                          13. Emoji Pancakes

                            From: hellowonderful.co

                            14. Oatmeal Face

                              From: funnyfoodart.com

                              15. Bagel Snowmen

                                From: babble.com

                                16. Pancake Animals

                                  From: bettycrocker.com

                                  17. Cupid Breakfast

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                                    From: kitchenfunwithwmy3sons.com

                                    18. Waffles Lion

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                                      From: kitchenfunwithmy3sons.com

                                      These snacks are too cute to turn down.

                                      19. Fall Fruit Tree

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                                        From: kixcereal.com

                                        20. Toadstool Eggs

                                          From: hillbillyhousewife.com

                                          21. Frankenstein Kiwi

                                            From: twoeealthyktchens.com

                                            22. Fruit Frog

                                              From: canadianfamily.ca

                                              23. Fruity Flowers

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                                                From: blog.honest.com

                                                24. Cucumber Giraffe

                                                  From: theartofnutrition.com

                                                  25. Owl Cheese Plate

                                                    From: hungryhappenings.com

                                                    26. Veggie Boats

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                                                      From: goodshomedesign.com

                                                      27. Fishing Bear

                                                        From: bentodays.com

                                                        Lunch and dinner can be adorable too.

                                                        28. Baked Potato Hippos

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                                                          From: kandeelandkandeeland.blogspot.com

                                                          29. Animal Sandwiches

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                                                            From: meetthedubiens.com

                                                            30. Pirate Plate

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                                                              From: smuckersuncrustables.com

                                                              31. Butterfly Sandwiches

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                                                                From: anallievent.com

                                                                32. Bird in a Tree

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                                                                  From: canadianfamily.ca

                                                                  33. Carrot Veggie Pizzas

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                                                                    34. Rocket Ship Sandwich

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                                                                      35. Snacking Squirrel Sandwich

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                                                                        From: Recipe.com

                                                                        36. Crab Sandwich

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                                                                          From: ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com

                                                                          37. Cuckoo Clock Sandwich

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                                                                            From: parents.com

                                                                            38. Watermelon Popsicles

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                                                                              From: cookingclassy.com

                                                                              39. Candy Pups

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                                                                                From: handmadecharlotte.com

                                                                                40.Hedge Hog Cookies

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                                                                                  From: sixinthesuburbsblog.blogspot.com

                                                                                  41. Elephant Macarons

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                                                                                    From: raspberricupcakes.com

                                                                                    42. Campfire Cookies

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                                                                                      From: ourbestbites.com

                                                                                      43. Polar Bear Paw Cupcakes

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                                                                                        From: onelittleproject.com

                                                                                        44. Teacup Treats

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                                                                                          From: planningwithkids.com

                                                                                          45. Ice Cream Sundae Cupcakes

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                                                                                            From: frugalmomeh.com

                                                                                            46. Racing Peeps

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                                                                                              From: smartschoolhouse.com

                                                                                              47. Kitchen Cookies

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                                                                                                From: sheknows.com

                                                                                                48. Cookie Monster Macarons

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                                                                                                  From: sumopocky.com

                                                                                                  49. Ocean Graham Crackers

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                                                                                                    From: thefirstyearblog.com

                                                                                                    50. Pinata Cookies

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                                                                                                      From: sheknows.com

                                                                                                      Featured photo credit: Fancy Edibles via fancy-edibles.com

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                                                                                                      Last Updated on September 28, 2020

                                                                                                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                                                                                      The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

                                                                                                      At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

                                                                                                      Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

                                                                                                      One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

                                                                                                      When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

                                                                                                      So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

                                                                                                      Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

                                                                                                      This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

                                                                                                      Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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                                                                                                      When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

                                                                                                      Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

                                                                                                      One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

                                                                                                      Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

                                                                                                      An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

                                                                                                      When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

                                                                                                      Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

                                                                                                      Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

                                                                                                      We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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                                                                                                      By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

                                                                                                      Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

                                                                                                      While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

                                                                                                      I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

                                                                                                      You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

                                                                                                      Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

                                                                                                      When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

                                                                                                      Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

                                                                                                      Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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                                                                                                      Con #2: Less Human Interaction

                                                                                                      One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

                                                                                                      Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

                                                                                                      Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

                                                                                                      This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

                                                                                                      While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

                                                                                                      Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

                                                                                                      Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

                                                                                                      This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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                                                                                                      For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

                                                                                                      Con #4: Unique Distractions

                                                                                                      Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

                                                                                                      For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

                                                                                                      To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

                                                                                                      Final Thoughts

                                                                                                      Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

                                                                                                      We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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