September 6, 2014

If you're looking to save money but need a new lamp, you're in luck! We'll teach you how to turn a bottle into a lamp!

Materials

A pot, vase, bottle, jug, or other vessel
A lamp kit, or you can buy the socket and lamp cord separately.
Plaster of Paris
Putty knife
Lampshade (the width of the shade should not exceed the height of the lamp base)

Directions

Assemble the lamp kit according to the instructions. If the included threaded pipe was not pre-cut, you should cut it one inch longer than the height of your vessel. Melissa skipped this step since she opted to just get the socket and cord.

Mix the plaster of Paris if you're using the lamp kit. Using a putty knife, spread it evenly on the bottom of your vessel, and center the pipe, socket side up in the pot. You may need to hold it for several minutes and let it dry for at least one hour.

Attach the harp, shade, and finial. Add a bulb and plug it in.

Idea from Country Living

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September 6, 2014

This is Halloween, this is Halloween
Pumpkins scream in the dead of night

This is Halloween, everybody make a scene
Trick or treat till the neighbors gonna die of fright
It's our town, everybody scream
In this town of Halloween

Who doesn't love Halloween? If you're like me, it's basically your favorite holiday, and you start planning early! Here is a delicious, easy Halloween treat! It's great for a Halloween party!

Ingredients

1 pound strawberries
1 package of white chocolate chips
1 edible ink pen

Directions

Wash and allow the strawberries to dry.  Set out wax paper or a silpat.  

Melt the chocolate on 50% power in the microwave for two minutes.  Stir until the bowl no longer feels warm.  Then microwave for 30 seconds at 50% power, stirring in between, until the chocolate is completely melted.  

Hold the strawberries by the stem and roll in the chocolate until covered.  Then gently place on wax paper.  Allow the chocolate to harden, then draw the ghost faces and/or mummy eyes.  

Now pipe white chocolate onto the mummy strawberries to look like wrappings.  You don’t have to be careful when you pipe the chocolate. I just do a combination of rotating the strawberry and looping the piping hand around the strawberry, and they turn out pretty cute.

Idea from The Sisters Cafe

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September 6, 2014

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September 5, 2014

Cancer: Passion fruit contains rich amounts of antioxidant Vitamin C. It contains 50% of daily RDA value. passion fruitAntioxidants have been proven to protect from free radicals. Free radicals are produced due to increase in pollution. Due to increase in pollution oxidative stress has increased. High oxidative stress increases production of free radical in the body. These free radicals damage normal cell DNA and turns it into a cancer cell. But free radicals have been proven to neutralize these free radicals and protect from cancer. Passion fruit contains Vitamin A and flavonoids which is effective to protect from oral cancer and lung cancer.

Blood pressure: Passion fruit is highly effective to protect from high blood pressure. It contains 348 mg of potassium which is 7% of RDA.  High potassium balance sodium level in the body. High sodium levels in the body increase the risk of high blood pressure and other disease like heart attack or stroke.

Colon Cleanser: Passion fruit contains soluble fiber. Soluble fiber cleanses toxin stored in the colon. These toxins are responsible for the colon cancer. 100 g passion fruit provides 27% of daily fiber required by the body. So it proves best food to clean the colon.

Eye Vision: Due to change in lifestyle low eye vision problem is growing day by day. Loss of eye vision is usually due to lack of nutrition in food. But loss of eye vision can be reversed by including healthy food in the diet. Passion fruit is among those healthy foods that proves beneficial for eye.  It contains a high amount of antioxidant Vitamin A, Vitamin C and flavonoids. These nutrients protect eyes from free radical damage. So it is beneficial to protect eyes from vision loss and improve eyesight.

Increase Blood production: Passion fruit contains high amounts of iron which is 20% of daily required value. Along with iron it is a rich source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C increase the absorption capacity of iron. So it prevents loss of iron and increase the production of blood.

Improves digestion: Fruit contains high amounts of soluble fiber which increase bulk laxative and improves digestion. Also it improves the nutrient absorbing capacity of the body.

Immunity: Vitamin C is highly effective to increase immunity. It increases immunity to protect from common disease like cold, flu and infections.

Cardiovascular Health: Passion fruit contains high amount fiber which reduces cholesterol level in blood. It increases HDL ( good cholesterol) and reduce LDL ( bad cholesterol). So it prevents blockage of blood flow towards the heart. Also high amount of antioxidants protect arteries from free radicals. So it proves highly beneficial to the cardiovascular system.

Improve Sleep quality: It was found that eating passion fruit relaxes the nervous system and induces sleep.

Asthma: Passion fruit is highly effective to reduce symptoms of asthma.

Information from Fitness World

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September 5, 2014

Why Should You Use Homemade Fruit Scrubs?

If you are a fruit lover, you would like to integrate fruits in your daily life in more than one way! Using fruit scrubs is an excellent way to do that!
Making a fruit scrub is simple. While eating a fruit, just make sure that you keep a small portion that can be mixed with a granular substance and used on your face.
They are cheap ways of giving the best treatment to your skin, unless, of course, the fruit you use as a base is too expensive!
Fruits have nutrients and enzymes that are gentle on your skin, these natural ingredients are effective on your skin without exposing it to the dangers of harsh chemicals and preservatives.

Fall/Winter Face Scrub

Oranges have an unique citrus fragrance that revitalizes your senses. Take an orange (1/4 part) and two spoons of cornmeal. Squeeze out the orange juice and mix it with cornmeal. Make a paste. Now wash your face and apply it on your face. Scrub gently and wash off after three minutes. Follow up with a mild moisturizer. It is a perfect treat for your skin during the fall and winter months.

Helpful Tips

Do not use facial scrub more than two times in a week.
Make sure that the granules you use in homemade scrubs are ground finely.
We your face with water before using a scrub.
Do not scrub for more than three or four minutes.
After scrubbing, use a light moisturizer.

Idea from Indian Makeup & Beauty Blog

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September 4, 2014

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September 4, 2014

Have you been looking for a safer cleaner to use around the home? Try this homemade orange vinegar cleaner!

Materials

Citrus Peels (I used a combination of navel orange and clementine)
Distilled White Vinegar
Water (optional)
Airtight Glass Container
Spray Bottle
Measuring Cup
Strainer

Directions

 Collect citrus peels and store them in an airtight glass container.
Note: citrus fruits contain d-limonene, a natural solvent that chemically reacts with oil to break it down.

Once your container is full, cover the peels with white vinegar.

Date your jar, and let it sit for about 2 weeks.
Note: when ready, the vinegar should have a strong citrus odor and be yellowish in color.

Strain the peels.

Dilute with water if you so desire.
The concentration depends on your intended use and preference. I used a 1:1 ratio.

Pour into a spray bottle and use.
While I have been using it mostly in my kitchen to clean up stove top grease, this makes for a great, all purpose cleaner.

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Idea from Apartment Therapy

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September 4, 2014

Have you ever caught yourself wishing there were more hours in the day? Have you ever wondered where the time went? How it already September? Here are a few of our favorite time saving tips!

Finish simple tasks.

Always complete easy tasks without switching between tasks. Switching between simple tasks wastes time because the information gets jumbled, and we have to start the process all over again. Bottom line: Don't try to do two simple tasks at once.

Break up complex tasks.

Complex tasks like building a budget differ from simple ones: You can complete them more quickly and efficiently by breaking them up. Studies show that people who had to complete challenging tasks did so more effectively when they took a two-minute break and worked on something completely different -- for example, doing a crossword when trying to finish your taxes. 

Build willpower.

Willpower is key to efficiency -- and just like the muscles in your body, if you exercise it more frequently, you can improve it. Hone your willpower by breaking a routine like driving the same way to work or by giving up a bad habit like junk food for a week. Willpower gets depleted when you use it too much -- which is why judges and surgeons, who make decisions all day, begin to make generic or underinformed ones later on. Avoid making major decisions after a series of hard choices. When possible, make the toughest decisions when your willpower is strongest -- in the morning for most.

Develop Google discipline.

Gorging on all the data available today has made us a nation of distracted thinkers. How many times have you searched for an answer online only to find yourself wandering through a hyperlink forest, gobbling up factoids, switching from LinkedIn to Facebook to email? Limit your searching to what you need for a project. Whenever possible, turn off all other technology, like email and your phone, when completing a project on your computer.

Keep a calendar, not a to-do list.

To-do lists are ineffective because they lack context: Research shows people leave the most difficult tasks undone at the end of the day. Blocking out time provides structure and gives you micro-deadlines to complete tasks. Leave a few empty spaces for inevitable crises and interruptions, and to make room for tasks that may take longer.

Pull, don't push.

Most of us are bombarded with emails, calls, and requests that don't necessarily need our attention that moment -- or even that day. Pull information when needed rather than passively receiving it anytime. If a project is complicated and involves multiple people, talk about it instead of emailing. Don't constantly check and respond to emails – process messages in batches, like once every three hours. 

Limit your choices.

While you can't change the number of decisions you make for your job, you can limit daily choices at home. For instance, President Obama wears only blue or gray suits to curb unnecessary decisions. He also uses "decision" memos with three check boxes: agree, disagree and discuss.

Prep the night before.

While it's important to get a good night's sleep, the time just before bed is ideal for getting your thoughts together for the next day -- and not just because it lessens what you have to do tomorrow. But avoid overly stressful projects before bed, which may cause you to toss and turn with worry. And don't work on anything with a screen within an hour of bed: Studies show the blue light in screens can lead to fitful sleep.

Idea from Huffington Post

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September 3, 2014

Every Halloween do you wonder what to do with your pumpkin seeds?  You're in luck! We have a delicious way for you to use your leftover pumpkin seeds!

Ingredients

1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for baking sheet

1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar

1/4 cup honey

1 cup fresh pumpkin seeds, rinsed well, dried, and toasted

Directions

 

Butter an 11-by-17-inch rimmed baking sheet; set aside.

 

Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in sugar and honey. Bring to a boil. Cook, without stirring, until mixture is medium amber and a candy thermometer registers 280 degrees, about 6 minutes. Stir in pumpkin seeds. Cook until mixture reaches 300 degrees, about 2 minutes. Pour onto prepared baking sheet. Let cool completely. Break into pieces.

Serves 4

Total time: approximately 20 minutes

Idea from: Martha Stewart

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September 3, 2014

The findings from the seven year follow-up study of nearly 0.5 million people in the China Kadoorie Biobank found that the more fruit people ate, the more their risk of CVD declined.

LONDON: Daily fruit consumption can cut the risk of overall death by 32 per cent and cardiovascular disease (CVD) by up to 40 per cent, according to a new Oxford study.

The findings from the seven year follow-up study of nearly 0.5 million people in the China Kadoorie Biobank found that the more fruit people ate, the more their risk of CVD declined.

"CVD, including ischaemic heart disease (IHD) and stroke, is the leading cause of death worldwide. Improving diet and lifestyle is critical for CVD risk reduction in the general population but the large majority of this evidence has come from western countries and hardly any from China," said Dr Huaidong Du from Oxford University.

The current study included 451,681 participants with no history of CVD and not on anti-hypertensive treatment at baseline in 10 different areas of China, 5 rural and 5 urban.

Over the seven year follow up period there were 19,300 cases of IHD and 19,689 strokes (14,688 ischaemic and 3,562 haemorrhagic).

Some 18 per cent of participants consumed fruit daily and 6.3 per cent never consumed fruit. The average amount of fruit eaten by the daily consumers was 1.5 portions (150g).

Researchers found that compared to people who never ate fruit, those who ate fruit daily cut their CVD risks by 25-40 per cent (around 15 per cent for IHD, around 25 per cent for ischaemic stroke and 40 per cent for haemorrhagic stroke). There was a dose response relationship between the frequency of fruit consumption and the risk of CVD.

"Our data clearly shows that eating fresh fruit can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, including ischaemic heart disease and stroke (particularly haemorrhagic stroke). And not only that, the more fruit you eat the more your CVD risk goes down. It does suggest that eating more fruit is beneficial compared to less or no fruit," said Du.

The researchers also found that people who consumed fruit more often had significantly lower blood pressure (BP).

In a separate analysis, the researchers examined the association of fruit consumption with total mortality and CV mortality in more than 61,000 patients who had CVD or hypertension at baseline.

They found that compared to those who never ate fruit, daily consumers of fruit cut their overall risk of death by 32 per cent. They also reduced their risks of dying from IHD by 27 per cent and from stroke by around 40 per cent.

The research was presented at ESC Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

 

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