Jun 22, 2015

Suprising Household Uses For Cornstarch

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Have a box of cornstarch sitting in your pantry? Take that little box off the shelf and put it to good use around the house! PopSugar has a great article on uses for cornstarch (besides cooking) that will save you money and time. Here are some of my favorite tips:

Feb 13, 2015

Do Bamboo Plants Make Your Home Healthier?

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According to Chinese tradition, Bamboo Plants are associated with health and resilience. And the more stalks your plant has, the healthier your home's environment will be apparently.

Based on a two-year research study by NASA, bamboo plants can make our home healthier. Bamboo plants are great at detoxifying nasty indoor

Feb 12, 2015

5 Fun Single Sock Solutions ( Fun Ideas For Those Lonely Socks!)

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Got a lonely sock that has lost its' partner in the laundry? Don't throw it away - there are some pretty cute ways to use a single sock that will make you smile!

Feb 9, 2015

The Best Drinks You Should Be Drinking Everyday For Your Skin

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I don't know about you, but I can see changes in my skin almost daily as I get older. And I am not liking what I see. I know I need to eat better and exercise more, but yea, like they say, knowing it and actually doing it do not always go hand in hand. So I am just about over-the-moon excited to learn that there is a way to drink your way to healthier looking skin!!

And no, it is not just all about those glasses of  water. This daily must drink beverage menu  has a Soy Latte on it. Everyday. Every single day. If it will help improve my skin, I guess I could force myself to add this delicious drink to my daily must-do list. (see my grin??)

There are the obvious - green tea, water, and more water on the list, of course. Did I mention that soy latte? What I liked in this article is the way they set up an easy do-able schedule for these liquid beverages sure to turn back the hands of time and make me beautiful again. that will hopefully help improve my old skin.

In the morning, start out with a green juice with Kale. Not really sure about Kale as I haven't tried it before (I know...my bad.) It has Vitamins A and C - both of which apparently do amazing things for tired dull skin. Along with that delicious glass of green juice, you are going to have ..wait for it... one Soy Milk Latte!!

Why the Soy Milk Latte you ask? Apparently this beverage is all about the isoflavones in soy. It seems these wondrous guys help protect collagen, something that keeps skin youthful, and studies isoflavones can help can help fight wrinkles due to sunlight. But wait, there is even more good news:  the minerals and proteins in soy milk can reduce the darkening and discoloration of skin.

Two cups of green tea are on the menu for afternoon. Now I can absolutely, without a doubt, tell you that drinking green tea always makes me feel better. Especially if I have eaten too much sugary food - or just food in general (!) But I do tend to get on green tea binges, then back off again. Seeing this list though has reminded me that this is one drink really worth making a daily habit.

In the evening, enjoy a nice tall glass of chilled Pomegranate juice. Did you know that this juice actually has twice the anti-oxidants and polyphenol as green tea?It is also great for building up the collagen in skin - which means less wrinkles and fine-lines.

And as you get ready for bed, drink a glass of cucumber enhanced water. The cucumber will help hydrate skin. Cucumbers are also filled with minerals, like magnesium and potassium, that "help with keeping the alkaline pH of skin and decrease inflammation."

One more thing about this beautiful skin regime. Drink water. Eight glasses a day, Ladies. I know. I know. 

It may be a good idea to never wander from from a bathroom either.

Happy Drinking!!


Oct 12, 2014

#Modern Family's Fall For All Giveaway - Win a Gift Bag Valued at $200!

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  (Update: Winner has been notified. Thanks to all who entered!)

Fox 11 LA is inviting families to join in fall fun at Modern Family's Fall For All  event at The Grove in LA on October 26, from 12 PM -8 PM. This is a FREE EVENT for the whole family to enjoy just in time for Halloween!




Come out and enjoy the amazing interactive corn maze (over 60’ long and 8’ tall!) As you make your way through through the maze, you will be met with several activities that lets you test your "Modern Family" knowledge, retrieve iconic quotes and clips through an augmented reality experience, and even strike a pose for the camera before exiting into fun pumpkin patch full of surprises!

After exploring the pumpkin patch (which will feature an over-sized carved pumpkin), the kids can check out the  complimentary face painting station. Then head on over to the Hershey's Halloween Candy Bar for some favorite Halloween candy giveaways! Enjoy some healthy snacks at KIND'S Make-a-Flower Wall, a fun-filled activity benefiting the local children's hospital, and get a sneak peak at The North Face's newest winter line of coats.

And those are just some of the many fun fall activities and giveaways that will be happening!

About Modern Family:
Critically lauded for revitalizing the television sitcom, “Modern Family” is also quickly cementing itself as a culturally defining series. The recipient of a record five consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, tying the Emmy record previous set by “Frasier,” and a Golden Globe Award for Best Comedy Television Series, “Modern Family” returns to the ABC Television Network for its sixth season. Additionally, the hit comedy season airs daily in syndication on local stations (Fox11 LA at 7:00pm & 7:30pm nightly) and USA Network.

Win a Modern Family Gift Bag Valued at $200!

Win a Studio Gift Bag valued at $200 filled with lots of fun goodies like Seasons 3 and 4 DVDs, branded clothing (black tee, tank top, and sweatpants), and more, all wrapped up in a fun reusable tote!
a Rafflecopter giveaway Contest ends at 11:59 on October 25, when I will draw a winner at random. Please be sure to leave your email address in your comments if it is not visible in your profile, I will notify the winner and they will have 24 hours to respond.

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Oct 8, 2014

Enter the Fisher My Fresh Twist Recipe Contest!

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Enter the Fisher My Fresh Twist Recipe Contest for a chance to win a trip to NYC and meet Chef Alex Guarnaschelli along with other great prizes! Plus 10 random winners will be chosen each week during submission!



 



  • Enter the Fisher Nuts “My Fresh Twist” Recipe Promotion


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  • The recipe should be perfect for Fisher Nuts fans and must include almonds, walnuts, or pecans as one ingredient.


  • You may submit unlimited entries provided that you must submit a VALID and unique recipe must be each time.


  • Weekly prize winners and runner ups will receive a $100 Visa gift card, a signed cookbook from Chef Alex Guarnaschelli, and a Fisher Nuts product.


  • Sweepstakes ends October 21st.

Please be sure to submit a valid recipe to the contest, and Good Luck!

Oct 5, 2014

Making The Bed Every Morning: Do You Do It?

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 I admit I was once a neglectful bed-owner. I was the busy mom who left the house every morning without so much as picking a forlorn pillow off the floor.

In my defense, I  do manage to get two boys and one teenage daughter plus myself all out the door every morning - dressed, fed(ish) and on time(ish.)

I am proud to say however that I have reformed my ways and now make my bed ((almost)) every morning. That is to say, I get the comforter straightened up and pillows tossed back on top, more or less. And you know, it makes me happy. I almost feel like I am doing something just for me, sort of like pampering myself in a weird sort of way.

Actually, there are several very good reasons why we should be making our beds regularly . According to Charles Duhigg, author of The Power of Habit, doing this one simple  task every morning can motivate us to cultivate other good habits.


"Making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity, a greater sense of well-being, and stronger skills at sticking with a budget," says Duhigg . "It's not that a family meal or a tidy bed causes better grades or less frivolous spending. But somehow those initial shifts start chain reactions that help other good habits take hold."

There are more benefits to taking a moment or two every day to pull up the blankets and fluff those pillows.

You might just get a better night's sleep. 

A National Sleep Foundation poll found that survey participants who reported regularly making their bed were also more likely to say that they got a good night's sleep most nights.

Your bed linens and pillows will look better longer.

Carolyn Forte, the director of the Cleaning Lab at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute, recommends making your bed because it helps minimize wrinkles in your sheets and keep pillows fluffed. Being kind to your linens will help them look clean and new longer.

But really, it just makes you feel good. And feeling good when you leave the house in the morning is a great way to start your day, And coming home to a pretty made-up bed does wonders to help you start to relax after being busy all day!