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The Paleo Diet

Mar 10, 2017

Perhaps you’ve heard of the latest buzzword diet: the Paleo Diet.  But what is a paleo diet, and why should you give it a try?  Simply put, this diet harkens back to the cavemen, which means you can eat anything a caveman could hunt or gather: grass fed meat, fish, nuts, leafy greens, regional veggies and seeds.


Healing Foods

Mar 9, 2017

It seems like common sense, but using food as medicine may be the best way to head off illness before it becomes a problem.  For example, prebiotics and probiotics, those bacteria found in things like yogurt and sauerkraut can help regulate your digestive system and even calm an upset stomach.


Washing fruits and vegetables to remove wax and pesticides is a good idea, but did you know that a white vinegar and water wash kills ninety-eight per cent of germs and removes pesticides?  You can reuse a sanitized spray bottle and combine three parts water to one part white vinegar.


So, you want to grow your own vegetables, but you don’t have the space outside or maybe you want to cultivate your garden year-round.  Did you know there are many different vegetables that you can grow indoors?


Vegan Fast Food

Mar 6, 2017

Plant based diets are good for your health and some studies suggest that a diet free of animal byproducts can reduce health care costs and are better for the environment.  So what do US companies do to encourage us to be meat free?

Plastic bags are ubiquitous in our society, so put your collection to good use with these easy ideas.  Of course you can get an extra use out a plastic bag by lining a trash can or picking up after you pet on your daily walk.  Are you planning to move?  Use plastic bags to wrap and protect your valuables.  Plastic bags are perfect for wrapping your plants on nights when frost threatens. 


More Counter Space

Mar 2, 2017

Kitchen space is a commodity – most of the time you wish you had more of it.  Here are some quick and easy ways to clear your counters of clutter.  Think about investing in an island or even a small kitchen cart for added storage and work space.  Gain counter space and extra drawer space by hanging utensils on the wall and knives on a wall mounted magnetic strip. 


It’s a room you use quite a lot, and remodeling that bathroom can get pricey.  Here are some ideas to refresh your wash room without breaking the bank.  Start by taking stock of what you like in the room.  Have you got a great tub that just needs a fresh coat of paint?  Could you love your vanity again if only it had a new sink or fixtures?  


How to Paint a Room

Feb 28, 2017

I love how a fresh coat of paint can instantly transform the impact of a room.  If you’re open to trying new paint colors, purchase a mis-tint (or what I like to call “Ooops paint”) to save a little money.  Mis-tints are quality paints that just weren’t dyed quite the right shade and are sold at a great discount at paint stores and home improvements stores. 


Looking for a way to spruce up your home without spending a lot of money?  It’s not as difficult as you’d think to redecorate on a budget.  Start by shopping your own home.  Are there items in storage you could reuse?  Think about rearranging furniture between rooms for a new look.  Or move artwork into other rooms for a new color palette. 


Homemade Makeup

Feb 24, 2017

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. 

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