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Homemade Makeup

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While it’s true that inner beauty needs no make-up, as women we often feel like our outer beauty needs a little cosmetic help.  But if you’re a little nervous about the chemical additives found in many cosmetic brands, think about inventing your own make-up at home with a few simple ingredients.  Keep in mind that the process may take a little experimentation and just because it’s natural doesn’t mean it’s necessarily perfect for your skin.  


Mason Jar DIY

Feb 23, 2017

The Mason jar has made a comeback in recent years, but I’m not just talking about food storage.  Yes, glass jars are great for storing vegetables through the winter and all manner of other food stuffs, but these days, Mason jars are shabby chic decorating tools too.  Not convinced?  Do a Pinterest search for Mason jars and see how many hits you get!  


It has happened to all of us: you open the pantry door and can’t find anything!  When your cupboards are a jumbled mess, finding ingredients can take longer than actually cooking dinner.  Maximize pantry space and keep things organized by installing shelves on the door and adding under-shelf baskets.   If you find there’s not enough space in the cupboard for all your spices, put them on display on the counter top in clear glass jars.  


Beware of Mold

Feb 21, 2017

Few household problems are more terrifying than finding mold.  Not only is it unsightly, it can also be harmful to your health.  Mold thrives in damp, dusty and stagnant conditions, so it’s important to keep your home well ventilated.  Mold is most common in a basement, but can also occur around leaky pipes and windows.  Should you come across mold in your home, clean it without delay and repair any water issues that may have caused the damage.  


Household staples like detergents and cleaners are common items on your grocery list, but rather than overpaying for those name brands, you can make your own at home and save some money!  Laundry detergent is so easy and CHEAP to make, stop buying those expensive brands and make your own with washing soda, baking soda and a bar of soap.  


Avoid Water Waste

Feb 17, 2017

We waste a lot of water in this country!  You’ve taken steps to help the problem like turning off the tap while brushing your teeth, maybe even using in low flow shower heads or investing in rain-water collection systems to save the fresh water Mother Nature gives us.  But take a moment to think about where else water may be wasted.


No-Bake Energy Bars

Feb 16, 2017

Do you find that your energy drops off dramatically in the afternoon?  Are you struggling to stay awake and stay on task during the day?  While coffee and caffeine may offer a temporary pick-me-up, a better alternative is a light snack packed with protein, fiber and antioxidants to rev your energy and keep your brain firing on all cylinders.  Here is a great recipe for no-bake energy bars

Chances are your children or grandchildren have outgrown a few toys over the years.  But these toys often have a lot of life left, so don’t throw them out with the trash!  Think about taking clean toys to a children’s hospital or the children’s wing of your local hospital to help spread joy.  


It just stands in your kitchen quietly doing its job day in and day out.  You may not think about it much, but life certainly would be more difficult without your refrigerator!  Using your fridge seems like a no-brainer, but refrigerators and freezers require large amounts of energy to chill foods.  The manner in which you use yours can help reduce energy waste.  


These days, it’s difficult to find the energy to make it through the fast pace of life.  Between professional obligations, wanting to spend time with family, and of course, trying to fit in personal goals and fitness, it can all start to feel like there’s just not enough time in the day.  But there are a few simple things you can do to help boost your energy and your mood.  


Going out to eat can be a nice treat, but don’t let your venue de-rail your heart healthy diet plans!  You can maintain your healthy diet at restaurants as long as you keep these tips in mind.  Avoid dishes that are described as being fried, scalloped, buttered, or stuffed as these tend to denote higher caloric values.

We’ve been talking about heart health this week and while it’s best to maintain good cardiovascular health, it’s also beneficial to know the warning signs of a heart attack.  Did you know the warning signs are different for men and women?

Stress can be a major factor in the Heart Health puzzle, so it’s important that you recognize the signs of stress and find constructive ways to manage it.  Think about how stress affects you.  Do you get headaches, back or neck aches?  Do you clench your jaw or feel tired often for no reason?  Do you feel anxious or tense?  These could be some physical manifestations of stress in your life.

Heart Health Goals

Feb 7, 2017

This week we’re talking about Heart Health and your best allies against heart disease is a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.   It can be difficult to find the time to exercise, but it only takes 30 minutes a day to walk your way toward a healthy heart.

Heart Health Month

Feb 6, 2017

February is Heart Health Month, and this is the perfect time to get healthy, lose weight, and lower you cholesterol.  I’m sure you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, but together, we can fight back.

Birdseed Wreath

Feb 3, 2017

Backyard birding is a fun hobby, but if you’re looking to attract more birds to your backyard, try making a birdseed wreath.  You can use your favorite bunt pan or ring pan- the more decorative, the better.  You could use a shaped cake pan, but place a cup or glass in the center so you can hang your wreath later.  Spray the mold or pan with nonstick cooking spray. 

Homemade Deodorant

Feb 2, 2017

The carcinogens and parabens in your cosmetics is a scary topic, and this includes your deodorant which can contain a lot of harmful chemicals.  Natural options can be expensive, but the bottom line is you want them to work!  So try making this probiotic deodorant at home.

Most vegetable broths use onion, celery and carrot as the base, but when making your own (and it really is so easy to do), you can use all kinds of kitchen scraps for flavor like carrot peel, mushroom stems, green onion ends, shallot and onion skin, and even the stems of your favorite herbs. 

We’re a few weeks into the New Year, and if you’re thinking your home needs a little refreshing for the New Year, here are a few quick and easy tips to renew your living space.  One quick way to instantly feel better about your home is to get a head start on your Spring Cleaning- start cleaning out the clutter.  Organize your pantry and closet for an instant face lift. 

Cozy Winter Home

Jan 30, 2017

When cold winter temperatures drive you inside, a warm cozy environment is important.  In South Carolina, we really don’t get enough cold weather to warrant installing radiant floor heating, so here are a few affordable tips to create a warm and inviting space to weather this winter.  Add accessories that literally provide warmth like candles, cozy blankets, and rugs.  Check your insulation to make sure you’re not losing heat. 

Home fires are more common than you think, but many are avoidable when you’re aware of the hazards in your home.  You should never ignore appliance recalls.  It’s estimated that in the US, 150,000 fires each year are cause by home appliances, so do your part to reduce the risk of home fire by keeping your appliances in good working condition.  


Home fires are more common than you think.  Here are some fire hazards that could spell disaster if you’re not careful.  Let’s start with those heated blankets.  They’re great for mitigating the cold winter weather, but you shouldn’t let pets snuggle on top and you shouldn’t pile extra covers on top of a heated blanket – excessive heat buildup could cause a fire.  And remember to turn that blanket off in the morning.  


Winter in South Carolina is unpredictable – some winters are harsh and others are quite mild, but one thing you should be checking regularly, regardless of the conditions, is your tires.  You want to make sure your tires are properly maintained, but you also need to check regularly that the tire pressure is correct for your vehicle and tire specifications.  


Have you ever thought of all the people who work in the recycling industry?  First, think about the local employees who collect your plastic bottle.  Then those recyclables are transported to recycling facilities across the state where workers sort, separate, and package plastics.  Those bundles then travel to a grinding facility where workers sort bottles by color and then machinery grinds bottles down into what is called flake. 


Vertical Storage

Jan 20, 2017

Keeping your home clutter free starts with a good system for organizing your stuff!  If you have limited closet space, think about vertical storage!

We spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and for good reason.  Cooking meals at home is healthier and much more economical than eating out.  So take the time to organize the space you use so often.  Keep in mind that you don’t have to completely remodel your kitchen to create a useable space; Organization is the key!

LED Light Bulbs

Jan 18, 2017

If you’re missing the bright light your old incandescent bulbs provided, you’re not alone.  Those compact fluorescent bulbs, or CFLs, are much better for the environment, but they just don’t seem to emit that bright light we’re used to!  Fear not, there is an energy efficient option that is also bright: LED bulbs.

As you know, making small changes, like adjusting your thermostat just a couple of degrees, can add up over time.  Simple things like closing your curtains at night to stop drafts and replacing old light bulbs with newer energy efficient ones can make a difference on your power bill.

Juicer Pulp

Jan 6, 2017

Many people have discovered the joy of juicing.  It tastes great and does wonders for your health.  But what do you do with all that left-over pulp?  You could bake it into a batch of bran muffins for a little extra fiber, or sneak vegetable pulp into your macaroni and cheese recipe for an extra serving of vegetables.  Here’s a great way to flavor your morning bagel with that left-over pulp.


Candlelight is a great way to warm up a room and add a bit of mood lighting, but rather than purchase a candle holder, make your own from items you can find in your backyard.  Create a rustic tea light holder from a dried out branch with a few simple tools.


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