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Nov 26, 2015 by

This week I am featuring a whole lot of yummy!

Hot Chocolate and Hot Apple Cider Bar
Home on the Corner


Pumpkin Bread Recipe
Kandy Kreations

Pumpkin Bread Recipe

Vegan Broccoli Cheese Soup
Pancake Warriors


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How to Make Homemade Shampoo

Nov 24, 2015 by

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Store bought hair products tend to have lots of nasty chemicals and added ingredients that your body just does not need. And the best hair products are often the simplest ones – which can be found in your own pantry.

Here are a few homemade shampoo recipes to get you started:

Avocado, honey and milk shampoo (for dry hair)

#1 – peel the avocado and place in blender

# 2 – Add a tablespoon of honey to avocado. This will not only help to smooth and nourish the hair but will give it a lovely sweet smell

#3 – add ½ cup of milk to avocado and honey.

#4 – Blend on high until smooth and use within three days. If you have some left over you can simply cover with plastic wrap and store in the fridge.

Honey, seaweed and lemon shampoo (for oily hair)

#1 – place ¼ cup of dry seaweed pieces (available at health food stores) in a large bowl.

#2 – Add 1 tablespoon of honey to seaweed.

#3 – Add the juice of one lemon to seaweed and honey.

#4- Mix well and set aside for 30 minutes so that ingredients can infuse together. Use on hair and cover any leftovers with plastic wrap and store in the fridge for up to 5 days.

The lemon will make hair less oily while giving it a lustrous shine. The seaweed will nourish the hair while the honey will make it smell gorgeous and remain frizz free.

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Nov 19, 2015 by

DIY Headboard to Faux Fireplace Reveal
Here is a nice project to help make your house more cozy! Home on the Corner

headboard to fireplace

The Most Popular Party Appetizer
A great idea and Delicious! Crazy Organized

bacon wrapped

Painted Chestnuts
So fun and pretty too! Kreativ K

christmas craft

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5 Ways Anyone Can Benefit From Bodyweight Training

Nov 16, 2015 by

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Anyone can benefit from bodyweight training. That’s right, regardless of age, fitness level or experience, everyone can gain from doing bodyweight training.

Bodyweight training has been around for a long, long time – thousands of years. Before the invention of weight training equipment, bodyweight was all people had to train with. The Ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Indian Wrestlers, Shaolin Monks and even the military today used (and the last three still use) bodyweight training as a primary source of physical fitness. Why? Two reasons: it can be done anywhere and it works! In particular we are going to look at five ways almost anyone can benefit from bodyweight training:

Weight Loss/Management

While bodyweight training is not known for its calorie burning ability, it is known for building muscle and muscle mass burns calories; the more muscle, the more calories burned even when at a resting rate. So bodyweight training should be viewed as having more of a long term result when it comes to weight loss or management.

Stay Flexible

Older adults benefit greatly from bodyweight training, because as we age, we tend to lose bone mass and get more inflexible. However because bodyweight exercises use eccentric and concentric contraction, they tend to work a joint through its full range of motion, thus improving flexibility. This translates to less joint pain making the Golden Years more enjoyable.

Make Life Easier

Just doing all the things of daily life, such as laundry, vacuuming, carrying in groceries are more difficult if the muscles used in these tasks are not toned and developed. Because bodyweight exercises are a functional type of training program, it develops the muscle you use most, thus making daily tasks easier.

Better Mental Health

Wait, how can bodyweight training help me mentally? When we exercise, our heartrate goes up and the blood in our veins and arteries pumps faster, thus taking more wastes out of our cells and bringing in more oxygen and hormones necessary for good health. Not only does this happen in the cells of our muscles, but also in the brain cells. Consequently, you can think more clearly and have less stress.

Sleep Better

Bodyweight training helps reduce the stress hormone cortisol. With reduced stress levels, less will be on your mind when you go to bed, meaning not only will you go to sleep quicker, but you’ll get a more restful quality of sleep.

With being well rested the next day, looking great from the toning and defining bodyweight training does to your muscles, confidence and self-esteem will exude from you; all around you people will notice and ask what you are doing to look and feel as good as you do. Tell them – bodyweight training!

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Choosing the Best Formula for Your Baby

Nov 15, 2015 by

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If you’ve decided on formula as the choice for feeding your baby or if you have decided to supplement your breastfed baby with formula, you might be a bit confused about all the choices. You will want to find the best formula for your baby’s needs and which is the best formula for breastfed babies if you will be supplementing.

When you are in the hospital, if your baby is getting formula, it will likely be pre-mixed in one serving disposable bottles, and will be a name brand, milk based formula. This is likely to be what your pediatrician recommends and will work well for most babies. You may be able to use this for the whole first year, with no issues.

If your baby has trouble with this formula, he may have a milk allergy, and may need soy, or other special type of formula. If your baby is having trouble tolerating his formula, he may cry significantly after eating, indicating that he has a stomach ache or he may throw up or have diarrhea. If you notice what you think might be intolerance to the formula, contact your pediatrician right away. You might have to experiment with a few before you find the right one, but don’t lose hope. There is a formula out there that will work well for your baby.

Your next consideration is whether you want pre-mixed, liquid concentrate or powdered formula. Pre-mixed means you just pour and serve. Liquid concentrates need to have water added, as does powdered. Pre-mixed is the most expensive, powdered is the least. But, of course, pre-mixed is also the most convenient. Pre-mixed and liquid concentrates also spoil more quickly. Powdered formulas do have a shelf life, but are generally good for about two weeks. Your decision will generally be decided by your budget and lifestyle, as babies tolerate all three types equally well. You might want to mix and match, using powdered formula when you’re at home, and pre-mixed when you travel. Follow the directions on your formula package carefully.

When you’re bottle feeding, you must also be diligent about sterilizing your bottles. Keeping the feeding equipment sterile is critical to protecting your baby’s health, especially in the early days. If you want to minimize the equipment that needs to be sterile, try using the bottles that hold disposable milk bags. These are good at keeping air out of the baby’s tummy, and require that only the nipple be sterilized. The down side is that you have to buy the sterile disposable bags, and each bag can be used only once. You might want to spend some time shopping around to decide what kind of bottle your want to try. Whatever type you choose, just be sure to read the sterilization instructions, and follow them closely.

At first, bottle feeding may seem like a lot of work, but give it some time. Once you get the hang of sterilizing bottles and preparing formula, it will be a breeze.

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Nov 12, 2015 by

Focus Friday: Snuggle Time
Thank you Linda for this nice reflection with a pretty picture! Paper Seedlings

pretty fall leaves

Silhouettes in Leaves
This is such a pretty and super easy fall craft idea! Wesens-Art

easy fall leaf craft

Fab 5 Friday – Favorite Pumpkin Desserts
Yum Yum! Laina Turner

great pumpkin desserts

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4 Abdominal Exercise Ideas

Nov 9, 2015 by

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Many bodyweight exercises work at strengthening just the abdominal core, but planks and lunges not only target your core, but burns belly fat too. Let’s look at 2 advanced workout variations of each type…


Most of us are familiar with the basic bridge plank, but let’s look at the Side Plank and one of its variations:

Side Plank

Lie on your side with your legs straight. Prop yourself up with your forearm so your body forms a diagonal line from your shoulders to your feet. Rest your free hand on your hip. Pull in your abs and hold for 60 seconds. If you can’t hold your abs in for that long, hold for 5 to 10 seconds, rest for 5 seconds, hold again, etc. for 1 minute total. Be sure to keep that straight line by keeping your hips and knees off the floor.

Side Plank With Rotation

From the Side Plank position, brace your abs and reach your free hand toward the ceiling. Next, rotate it downward while twisting your body downward until your torso is almost parallel to the floor. Finish the repetition by returning to the side plank starting position. Do 2 or 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps on each side, resting for 1 minute between sets.


Reverse Lunge

Grab a 5- to 15-pound dumbbell in your left hand and hold it up next to your left shoulder, palm facing in. Step backward with your left foot and lower your body until your knees are bent and your front leg perpendicular with the floor. During the time you are stepping backward and lowering yourself down, push the dumbbell directly overhead without bending or leaning at the waist. Lower the weight back down to the starting position as you push quickly back to the starting position. Do 10 to 15 of these, then switch sides.

Lunge With Rotation

Grab a 5 to 15-pound dumbbell by the ends with both hands. Keep your elbows straight, but not locked. Stand with your feet hip-width apart and your arms straight out. Pull in your abs and take a big step forward with your left foot while at the same time twisting your torso to the left as you bend your knees and lower your body until your front leg is perpendicular with the floor. Twist back to center, push off your left foot, and back to the starting position. Do 2 or 3 sets of 10 to 15 reps and then repeat with the other leg.

Add these advanced plank and lunge workouts to your normal abdominal routines to bring your core building and belly fat burn to the next level.

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