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13 Ways to Make Your Home Smell Gorgeous
This is such an exquisite post! eliza ellis

13 ways to make your home smell gorgeous

Make Money Posting DIY Guides
This was very interesting! Live Randomly Simple

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Decorative Notepad Holder
I thought these little notebooks were really pretty too! Creatively Renewed



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6 Great Health Benefits of Turmeric

Oct 29, 2014 by

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Turmeric is a yellow culinary spice derived from the rhizome of the curcuma longa plant. It is a main ingredient in Indian curry and is a relative of ginger.

Statistics indicate that the population of India has a much lower incidence of heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, and arthritis than in the Western world. this is probably because of the extensive use of turmeric in Indian cooking.

The main health promoting compound in turmeric is believed to be curcumin. This compound is the yellow pigment which gives turmeric its rich yellow color.

There are many great health benefits with this wonder spice, and I will share 6 in particular.

1. Powerful Anti-inflammatory

Turmeric has proven very useful in reducing inflammation involved in illnesses such as arthritis, joint inflammation, muscle pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, as well as many others. As a matter of fact, turmeric contains healing properties just as effective as some modern anti-inflammatory medications without any negative side effects.

2. Heart Health

Turmeric helps lower bad cholesterol and prevent plaque build up so it helps against heart disease. It also helps to lower blood pressure.

3. Powerful Antioxidant

This amazing spice is a powerful antioxidant helping to neutralize free radicals. It also helps boost the body’s natural antioxidant activity. Because of this and its anti-inflammatory properties, it is very beneficial to the liver.

4. Anti-bacterial and Antiseptic

Turmeric is shown to be a good support to the immune system and an aide to healing with its anti-bacterial and antiseptic properties. Some people even like to use it topically in a paste for skin ailments such as pimple breakouts.

5. Cancer Fighting

Many animal studies show that turmeric is showing great promise in the reduction of both the size and number of various cancerous tumors.

6. Uplifting Your Mood

Some studies show that turmeric may have a positive effect on the production of mood enhancing chemicals such as serotonin, noradrenalin, and dopamine and may help reverse some of the negative effects of chronic stress.

Turmeric is a great addition to a healthy eating and exercise program. This wonder spice is very tasty added to numerous dishes. You can sprinkle some in your stir fry, add some to your legumes, meat or eggs, or add a bit to yogurt for a tasty vegetable dip. This spice is very versatile and easy to use in many different ways. I especially like it sprinkled lightly on my pasta. It is recommended to eat turmeric or curry with a bit of black pepper as it helps with your body’s absorption of curcumin.

A Few Cautions

Turmeric is not recommended for people with gallstones as it may aggravate this condition. It also has blood thinning properties so it should be used with caution if you are taking blood thinning medication. High doses of turmeric in animals have shown to sometimes cause liver problems. As with any other health food, it should be part of a varied and healthy diet.

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Ten Healthy Eating Habits to Adopt

Oct 28, 2014 by

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As we know, a habit can be either good or bad and can certainly become a way of life. It is up to us to choose whether or not we want healthy eating habits incorporated to our daily lives.

When we view healthy eating habits as a choice and not something that has been forced upon us, we have the power to incorporate those healthy eating habits into the next year. With power and freedom to choose, healthy eating habits can simply be our everyday eating habits and not something we will ever have to think about again.

1. Add something new to your diet

Sometimes we think that dieting is all about taking something out of your diet. However, if you try to add something new to your diet every day, you will not feel as though you are missing anything. Try a new fruit or vegetable that you have never tried before.

2. Eat a good breakfast

Partaking in a good breakfast high in fiber and incorporating whole grains will keep you full and fit for the entire day. If you are concerned about cholesterol, an egg white frittata can fill the bill.

3. Snack yourself to healthy

Often times, we look to decrease our intake of calories and forget that the point of staying healthy is not to starve ourselves but to nourish ourselves. Snacking in-between meals (healthy snacking of course) is the way to keep your metabolism up and running.

4. Increase your fluid Intake

For some women, water does not go down very well. Try different variations of liquid beverages until you find the one that is right for you. Sometimes simply adding fruits such as orange, lemon, or lime to your water will give you the added flavor you desire. Even green tea with honey added to it can make the difference.

5. Mix it up a little bit

If you get bored with salad, feel free to be creative. Creating a different salad for every day of the week is easy when you mix it up a little bit. Adding things like hard-boiled eggs, broiled chicken, garbanzo beans and anything else you can think of can give the standard salad a pick-me-up. Cranberries and oranges are wonderful additions to a tossed salad.

6. Watch the clock

Be aware of time management when it comes to healthy eating habits. Once you have finished dinner, have whatever snack or cup of tea that you desire shortly thereafter. It’s even ok to have hot cocoa once in a while, but be sure not to have anything at all too close to bedtime.

7. A little preparation goes a long way

By preparing a few simple items on a Sunday afternoon, you can make your healthy eating habits a breeze. An egg white vegetable quiche can be sliced into smaller portions and eaten for breakfast on the go during the week. Broiling a chicken breast and adding tomato, lettuce, and fat-free mayo can be lunch two to three times per week. This will help you resist the urge to buy something “quick” on the run. It is healthy and you prepared it. You save time, money, and eat healthy all at the same time.

8. Do not deprive yourself

Everyone craves a treat once in a while so do not deprive yourself. Just be picky about what you choose. Denying yourself will only make you eat the whole pie instead of just a piece. Dark chocolate is a healthy treat that offers mood boosters and important vitamins and minerals. It does not hurt that it tastes great too.

9. Incorporate exercise into your healthy eating habits

While exercise is not a healthy eating habit, one without the other just will not work. Exercise does not have to be something you dive into at full speed. Starting off slowly, perhaps power walking with a friend, is all the momentum you will need to get and keep this healthy habit in place.

10. Grab a partner

Sometimes when we set off to do something alone, we find it hard to keep motivated. Incorporating a healthy eating habit partner into your plan will allow you to have someone you have to be accountable to as well.

By incorporating these 10 healthy eating habits into your daily routine, you will see how fast these habits become second nature.

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Oct 23, 2014 by

Wasn’t that a fun Pin Junkie Blogiversary Party last week! Thank you so much, Bonnie, for sharing the fun!

Grateful,Thankful and Blessed Wood Plaque!!!
I really thought this was a wonderful little project! Judy’s Handmade Creations

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Seasonal Mason Jar Votives
these are so cute! Our Secondhand House


Recipe: Parmesan Upside Down Baked Potatoes
These look amazing! A must try recipe! a little bit of everything

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Where You Bean? The Home Coffee Revolution

Oct 20, 2014 by

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Coffee is serious business. Chains like Starbucks and Costa, as well as small, independent specialists, have brought us freshly ground beans from all over the world, in every strength and flavour. Now, more and more of us want the quality of the coffee we drink at home to match or surpass the coffee shop experience. Supermarkets are getting in on the act too, offering whole coffee beans and a range of coarse and fine ground beans to suit different types of coffee machines and coffee makers.

From a simple cafetiere or drip filter to a catering standard machine, the options for home coffee making are almost limitless. With machines capable of everything from grinding the beans to frothing the milk, coffee fans can do as much or as little of the work as they like.

The AeroPress, made by Aerobie, has become a cult object since its invention in 2005. The device works by pressing a plunger in an airtight cylinder to force coffee through a filter, producing espresso strength coffee. Devotees swear by the taste. However, while it’s great for one, the AeroPress only provides a single serving.

At the other end of the scale of complexity, the Italian company De’Longhi manufactures machines which will walk you through every step of the process from whole beans to finished cup, allowing you to design your own perfect coffee by tweaking your preferences. Italy is a country famous for its coffee, so Italian machines have a certain cachet, and De’Longhi’s sleek black and chrome masterpieces are as much a decorative accessory for your home as they are a practical kitchen appliance, but they will set you back more than a bean or two.

A more recent development is Nescafe’s Nespresso range, and similar products. For those who prefer a hands-off approach, pods or pouches of coffee are inserted and turned into hot drinks. A wide range of types and flavours is available, with guaranteed consistency of strength and flavour. The pods are relatively expensive, and you run the risk of your favourite flavours, or support for your machine, being discontinued.

For every gadget fanatic who loves pressing buttons, there is an old school aficionado who will use nothing but a classic stovetop pot of the type used in Europe for nearly a century, and plenty of coffee drinkers who remain perfectly happy with a jar of instant. Today’s options cater for all tastes, lifestyles, and budgets.

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Pin Junkie Blogiversary Party

Oct 16, 2014 by

Two years ago, Bonnie a.k.a. The Pin Junkie decided to actually do
the things she pinned on Pinterest.  She made a few crafts, tried a few
recipes and had so much fun, she wanted to share her love of Pinterest
with everyone and The Pin Junkie was born!  Now she’s completely addicted and working her way through Pinterest one project at a time.  You can join her at:

The Pin Junkie is celebrating it’s two year blogiversary and these bloggers are helping to celebrate in style with a HUGE link party! When you share your crafts and recipes at this party, they will be seen on all 40 of these blogs!

Party Rules
1.  Share anything family friendly – crafts, recipes, DIY projects.
2.  Visit other links at the party.  It’s always nice to leave some comments and pin from the original source.
3.  Visit and follow a few of the co-hosts.  They’d love it if you dropped by to say hello!

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Healthy Food on a Modest Budget

Oct 11, 2014 by

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If you’ve tried to buy healthy food at the grocery store, you might have been put off by the price. After all, organic apples are so much more expensive than conventionally grown ones, and whole grain snack crackers cost more than white soda crackers.

But those price comparisons are not the whole picture – maybe whole grain snack crackers cost more than white ones, but have you compared that to the price of a bag of flour, from which you could make your own snacks? Sometimes you have to rethink the way you view food prices to really get the healthiest food for the best price.

Here are some tips on how you can buy and eat healthy food even on a modest budget.

“Cheap” Food Isn’t as Cheap as You Think

So your favorite brand of potato chips is on sale for $2 a bag, and you have a coupon! But before you gloat about your good deal, have you checked the price of a 3-lb bag of organic potatoes? They may be on sale for $2, too – and guess how many more potato dishes you can make from that bag than you can from a bag of potato chips.

The same goes for nearly all processed foods – they may seem cheap, but buying the whole, healthy version is often cheaper. Think of it this way: instead of buying completed, processed foods, buy ingredients instead. Rather than buying two loaves of bread, buy a bag of whole wheat flour for the same price (or less) and make far more than two loaves.

Stick to the Edges

Overall, whole foods are cheaper than processed, prepackaged ones, and the whole foods are generally sold along the outside edges of the average grocery store. In the center of the store, you’ll find cereal, candy, bread, canned foods, and so forth; along the edges you’ll find produce, meat, and dairy. The exception to this might be whole grains and dried beans – many stores stock their whole grain flours and dried beans in the center aisles.

Cut Back on Meat

When it comes to budgeting your groceries, you may find that meat takes up a big chunk of the budget. However, replacing meat with processed meat substitutes (such as tofu burgers) is not particularly cost-effective. Instead, consider replacing meat with other protein sources, such as brown rice and beans. Blocks of tofu tend to be very inexpensive as well, and are considered healthful meat substitutes.

Buy in Season

Buying foods in season can save a lot of money, and some health experts claim your body processes seasonal foods better. Buying local foods helps, too, and stocking up on favorites when they are in season and preserving them yourself can save a lot. Canning, freezing, and drying seasonal fruits and vegetables helps boost your diet in the winter months, and it’s easier on your budget.

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