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Colorful Centerpiece

Looking for a way to bring lasting color to your tablescape? Plant a Bromeliad in a decorative pot for a sculptural, bright look that will last for months.

Protect Your Floors

    1.    Use rugs and runners in high traffic areas and furniture pads.
    2.    Vacuum rugs regularly to prevent scratches.  Clean spills promptly.
    3.    Ask your manufacturer about specific care and cleaning requirements.

Party Supplies

Use everyday household items for food trays and bowls instead of purchasing them for the party like cutting boards, a hollowed-out watermelon or extra floral vases. The vases can make great carafes.
Source: Cru Cafe & Catering

Wedding Cake Toppers

The tradition of saving the top tier of the cake dates back to the 19th century. The top tier was to be served at your first child's christening, assuming that it would occur within a year or so after the wedding.

Tread-Wear

Check your tires regularly for balding or uneven tread-wear, often caused by improper inflation, misaligned wheels, damaged tires, or by problems with suspension parts. For an easy check, insert a penny into a tire groove with Lincoln’s head toward the tire. If you can see Abe’s head, the tread is too worn.

Toss the Rice

Rice is often thrown at newlyweds to symbolize prosperity and fertility. Put your own spin on the tradition by providing your guests with alternatives. How about bubbles, bird seed, flower petals, sparklers, glow sticks, or candles?

Top 5 Plastic Surgery

Did you know?The top five cosmetic surgery procedures are Breast Augmentation, Nose Reshaping, Eyelid Surgery, Liposuction and Tummy Tuck.

Source: American Society of Plastic Surgeons

 

Tight and Loose

When you’re wearing a tight shirt, wear loose pants, and when wearing loose pants, wear a tight shirt. Loose with loose has the potential to make you look sloppy, and tight on tight can, at times, make you look a little too showy.

Thanks a Latte A special ingredient called pinocembrin, found only in honey, can keep your heart healthy by keeping blood vessels open and therefore less likely to clog. Treat yourself to a sweet latte that will make your heart happy! Mix two tablespoons of honey with a cup of nonfat milk, two cups of coffee, one teaspoon vanilla and two cups of ice and blend. Enjoy!
Target Heart Rate

When exercising, it is important that your heart works at a rate that is safe and effective. The American Heart Association recommends that your target exercise heart rate be 50 – 75% of your maximum heart rate, calculated as the number 220 minus your age.

Soles4Souls 


This organization collects shoes from companies, groups and individuals and “changes the world one pair at a time” by distributing them to those in need in the US and abroad. Visit their website to find out where to ship your “gently worn” shoes, including the Village Northwest Warehouse location staffed by over 180 adults with disabilities.
 www.soles4souls.org

Shaken or Stirred?

Shake cocktails when they include fruit juices, cream, syrup or any other thick mixers. Shaking your cocktail creates a cloudy look at first, which will clear up within a few minutes. Stirring is a more gentle technique for mixing cocktails and is used to delicately combine distilled spirits with the perfect amount of dilution.

Proactive About Healthcare

Did you ask more questions about your cell phone plan than you did during your last medical appointment?  Improve the care you and your loved one’s receive by becoming an active participant in the treatment you receive.  The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s “Questions Are the Answer” tool gives you a lists of questions to ask and a tool to create your own, customized list.

Party in a Box

Acme Party Box Company provides stylish, eco-friendly party sets delivered to your door and ready to set up. From kid’s birthdays to grown up dinner parties, party boxes contain everything from invitations to decorations. You’ll also love their party planning checklists and resources. 
www.acmepartybox.com

No Dirt Nails

Don’t you hate the dirt that gets under your nails while gardening?

Before you garden, run your nails over a bar of soap. The soap flakes will act as a natural barrier to dirt and when you are done gardening and wash your hands your nails will be squeaky clean!

Moooved by Almonds

One cup of almond milk has about half the calories of regular cow’s milk, no cholesterol or saturated fat, and 15% more calcium. Plus, it is creamy and delicious.  Buy it at the supermarket or make your own by blending one cup of raw, unsalted almonds (soaked in a bowl overnight) with 3 cups of water until smooth. Add vanilla or sugar to taste and you have a NUTritious substitute for milk!

Long, Lean Illusion

We don’t all have beautiful, long, lean legs, but we can pretend we do! Create the illusion of longer legs with jeans that are a few inches too long for you paired with your favorite super-high heels. Wearing vertical stripes or patterns also helps create this long and lean illusion.

Ironing Deficiency

Tired of ironing or you just don’t have time?  You no longer need to worry.  All you need to do is mix 1 part vinegar with 3 parts water and mist this on your wrinkled clothes as soon as they come out of the dryer.  Hang to air-dry and voila, the wrinkles are gone!

Ikea Ideas

The simplicity, aesthetic and price of Ikea furniture has made it a favorite for many busy women. Some fans have taken their love to a new level by personalizing and repurposing their Ikea finds and posting their creations online. Visit the Ikea Hackers site to find ingenious solutions like turning spice racks into kid's bookshelves, and get inspired to hack your own masterpiece!

www.ikeahackers.net

Green in the Office

Adding plants to a room can help improve your health and mood. Not only do they help clean the air and lessen the amount of dust, but they also make you feel less isolated. Some low-maintenance plants include Philodendrons, Dracaenas (dragon tree), Scheffleras (umbrella plant), and Sansevieria (snake plant).

Fido's Clean Teeth

Veterinarians recommend that your dog’s teeth be cleaned regularly at home, in some cases, up two twice a week. Make sure to use a special dog toothpaste and brush to remove tartar and to keep Fido’s pearly whites healthy and strong.

Children's Chores

Give your children age-appropriate daily chores. Teach them how to do a load of laundry, unload the dishwasher, clean their room, make their bed, take out the trash or walk the dog. They will learn responsibility while giving you a few extra minutes each day.

Budget Family Fun

  • Family Book Club: Read a book with the whole family and pick a time to discuss it.
  • DIY Water Park: Set up the sprinkler and break out the hose. Add some water balloons for extra splash!
  • Camping: State parks offer camp sites at very reasonable rates, or set up camp in the backyard. Don't forget the smores and ghost stories.
Broken Bulb Twist Fix

Light bulbs that break while still screwed in were tricky until now: slice a white potato in half and push it into the broken light bulb, then unscrew. The potato should keep your hands, fingers and nails from getting nicked.

Bridal Veil Alternatives

•    Flowers
•    Feathers
•    Antique clip or brooch
•    Hat or Fascinator

Bra Headache

Although they may make you look and feel fabulous at times, they may also cause headaches. Does your strap dig into your shoulder? If so, the pressure can damage those nerves, which can cause headaches or bad neck pain. Wearing thin–strapped bras too snugly can lead to severe nerve damage. To avoid this, buy wide-strapped bras with plenty of support.

Academichic

Being brainy has never looked so good!  This website was created by women in academia who are “on a crusade against the ill-fitting polyester suit of academic yore”.   
www.academichic.com

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