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Oct 13, 2016 by

Once again I have some great features for you this week! ~I am always so amazed at all your creativity!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins
Isn’t this photo just perfect! Courtney’s Cookbook


Keeping Clutter Away
I love these kinds of posts ~It’s definitely a work in progress for us! 2 Dishing Divas


Open Faced Yam Burger With Hummus Sauce
This is a perfect and healthy lunch! Cookilicious


Falling Leaves Door Hanging
This is so pretty! Home on the Corner


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Why Is Protein Important in Our Diets?

Oct 12, 2016 by


Protein is essential for life! Like the other macronutrients – fat and carbohydrates, we need protein for a variety of reasons. But unlike the other two, our body doesn’t store protein, so we need some if it every day and here is why.

In general, there are three types of amino acids in our body: essential, nonessential and conditional. The nonessential and conditional types are made by the body as needed, but the essential type has to come from protein in our food and cannot be made by our body.

The essential amino acids in protein keeps us healthy by working in the background making new cells, enzymes and various hormones to keep our body functioning optimally. Most people recognize protein as building muscle and losing weight.

Building Muscle

When we exercise, the protein in muscle cells is damaged. Part of the recovery phase is called protein breakdown where the damaged cells are purged from the muscle. The other part of recovery is replacing the purged cells and adding new ones making for more muscle mass.

Because it takes more calories to support more muscle, metabolism is sped up and the body ends up burning more calories than before – even while at rest – known as the Basal Metabolic Rate.

Losing Weight

Most diet plans focus on controlling carbs to help their customers lose weight. It is true that in the short-term, a calorie deduction of 500 per day each day should result in a loss of one pound per week, and protein helps create that calorie deduction. First, protein keeps one feeling fuller longer, so there is less of a tendency to grab a snack (more than likely one that is not healthy) between meals. Because the craving to eat is not there, fewer calories are consumed.

Second, because protein is harder for the body to breakdown than either fat or carbs, the body uses some of the calories in protein to break it down – known as the thermic effect. For every 100 protein calories consumed, 30 are used in the thermic effect.

From building new cells for hair, nails, to balancing out enzymes and hormones, to building muscle and reducing calorie intake, it is easy to see why we need some protein each day. On average, about 8 grams of protein from meats, dairy, eggs, tofu and legumes per 20 pounds of body weight is required each day for optimal body performance.

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Oct 6, 2016 by

I have some great features for you this week! ~Enjoy!

Easy Kids Bathroom Refresh
Lolly Jane


Home Tour: Master Bathroom Reveal!
Grandma’s House DIY


Pressure Cooker Pot Roast
Pressure Cook Recipes


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Sep 22, 2016 by

I have some really pretty features for you this week! ~Enjoy!

BEFORE & AFTER: Shabby French Bedside Tables
These are gorgeous! Thrift Diving


DIY Fall Wreath
Here is a great fall project to pretty things up! Vikalpah


How to Make Painted Medallions Wall Decor
I think these look really nice and can add a lot of interest to a wall! The Crafty Blog Stalker


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Sep 15, 2016 by

Caramel Apple Turnovers Recipe
These look perfect and fun to make! Creatively Homemade


How to Take Care of Indoor Succulents
I think I’m ready to take on succulents again! White House Crafts


Pickled Onions & Cucumbers
These beautiful jars look perfect! Floyd Family Homestead


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Beginners Guide to Blogging, Getting Started Right!

Sep 14, 2016 by

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A blog is basically an online journal wherein you can digitally pen down your thoughts, ideas, opinions and practically anything that you want people to read. Blogs come in different styles, formats, and settings, depending on the preference of the user. Many blogging sites, offer built in features such as hyperlink, straight texts, pictures etc. Some blogging sites, even allow you to put video and mp3’s on your blogs.

Blogging tips and tricks for beginners. Instead of writing texts, some bloggers choose to make their blogs more audio friendly, by using spoken word entries. This is called audio blogging.

Basically a blog contains these features:

title- which allows you to label your post
body- this is the content of your post
trackback- other sites can be linked back to your blog
permanent link- every article that you write has a URL
comments- this allow readers to post comments on your blog.

One of the advantages of blogging, is that it is made of only a few templates. Unlike, other websites that is made up of numerous individual pages. This make it easier for blog users to create new pages, because it already has a fix setting that include: slots for title, body of the post, category, etc.

This is especially useful for first time users, since they can start blogging right away. They can chose from a number of templates that blogging websites provide.

Anyone who wants to start a blog can do so by becoming a member of a blogging website of their choice. Once they’ve become members, they automatically become a part of that particular blogging community. They can browse through other bloggers pages, and link them back to their own blogs. They can also make comments on other members’ blogs.

Blogging is not just limited to personal usage. There are a lot of blogs that follow a theme such as: sports, politics, philosophy, social commentary, etc. These blogs espouse on their specific themes. This way blogging becomes a medium in which people can share their knowledge and opinions about a variety of themes and topics.

Some bloggers even use their blogs as a means to advertise. Some authors advertise their books on their blogs. While other bloggers, use their blogs to shed light to currents issues, events, news and catastrophes.

Nowadays in education, blogs also play an important part. Professors use blogging to document the lessons that they have discussed and taught. This way, students who who have missed classes, can easily catch up with their assignments.

A lot of entrepreneurs benefit from blogging by promoting their businesses on their blogs, with millions and millions of people logging onto the net everyday, blogging has become a lucrative move. Some bloggers who run online businesses promote their merchandise online. While others profit through advertisement.

But by far, the most popular blog type is the one that takes the form of a personal journal. This is the kind that is usually used by first time bloggers. Individuals who want to document the daily struggle of their everyday lives, poems, rants, opinions, find that blogging offers them a medium in which to express themselves.

Bloggers usually communicate within themselves. This is one of the appeals of blogging. It creates a community of people sharing their ideas, thoughts, and comments with each other.

Blogs varying in topics, themes, and set-ups, can be found in blog directories. First time users who want to get an idea of what the blogging world is all about can browse through a number of blogs using these directories. This way they’d get an idea of what these blogging communities are like.

Blogging is popular all over the world. Blog is short for the term weblog. There are no rules when it comes to blogging. Bloggers have the freedom to express themselves how ever way they want, and the best thing about blogging, is that most blogging sites are free.

There are numerous blogging websites to choose from in the net. This give first time users the option of joining a blogging community that appeals to their interests.

Just search any blogging directory and you’d get a listing of a lot of blogging sites that are available on the net. It’s easy to search a blogging directory, because it is organized according to category. This way you would get exactly what you are after. Blogging is really for everyone. It is fun, simple and easy.

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Sep 8, 2016 by

Easy Cheesy Spinach Bake
Here is a wonderful delicious recipe! Courtney’s Cookbook


Distressed Mason Jars
These jars are so pretty! Under a Texas Sky


The Perfect Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
This is a gotta have recipe! The Blue Elephants


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