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Apr 23, 2015 by

I have quite a variety of features this week ~Enjoy!

Thrift Store Rattan Sofa Makeover
This is such a beautiful transformation! Our Second Hand House

thrift store sofa makeover

Relax and help fall asleep with Young Living essential oils
I’ve acquired a few essential oils lately and quite like them! Happiest Mom on the Blog

essential oils poster

Healthy Nicoise Salad
I thought this looks totally wonderful! Pancake Warriors

healthy salads

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Does Drinking More Water Boost Your Metabolism?

Apr 21, 2015 by

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How much can drinking more water boost your metabolism?

Most studies show drinking water does boost your metabolism, but by how much? According to a 2003 study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology, participants showed a 30 percent metabolic increase that lasted between 10 and 40 minutes after drinking two cups of water. By drinking the recommended 8 cups per day, you would burn an additional 96 calories. Other studies support these finding, just not to this great of an extent.

Keep in mind, drinking water alone will not increase your metabolism enough to show any appreciable weight loss, but when added to your other weight loss efforts it will help, plus it will keep you from being dehydrated – a major nemesis to weight loss.

If keeping hydrated is part of a weight loss strategy, then why do 22 percent of us not get our 8 glasses per day? Because we falsely use thirst as our guide to drink.

Most studies have found that by the time you feel thirsty, you have already lost 2 percent of the water in your body. While that might not sound like much, it is huge when our body is made up of at least 50 percent water.

Tricks to increase your water consumption

There are a few hacks you can use to get the most metabolic increase from the water you drink:

Drink it cold: When you drink something cold, the body has to work harder to warm the liquid up to body core temperature. The warming process burns additional calories over drinking tepid to lukewarm water – water that is closer to body core temperature.

Add lemon to it: Adding lemon to your water does a couple of things – 1) it makes your water taste better and 2) one lemon has up to 40 percent of your daily requirement of vitamin C and provides the replacement of the electrolytes potassium, magnesium, sodium and calcium lost during an exercise workout. All with the addition of only 15 calories.

Put a day’s worth of water in a pitcher: It is easy to lose track of how much (or how little) water you drink in a day. An easy way is to fill a pitcher with 64 ounces of water, add the juice of one lemon and put it in the refrigerator. All three hacks accomplished at once. Periodically throughout the day get a glass of water from the pitcher. Make sure it is empty by the end of the day.

Drinking an adequate amount of water not only speeds up your metabolism, but is so important for good health. Make it a part of your daily regimen so that you ensure you are getting enough.

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Get Your Wardrobe in Order

Apr 18, 2015 by

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Getting your wardrobe in order can seem like an impossible task, but if you tackle it one logical step at a time, you’ll be surprised at how much you can accomplish!

First take out all the items you love and wear regularly and set them aside. Next take out all the rest so you can assess each item.

Look at one item at a time. If it is a definite no, put it on the discard pile. If it’s a maybe, try it on -does it fit well, do you like it, does it look good, is it in style…? Once you decide, put it on the discard or keep pile. If you’re still not sure, examine any emotional reasons for keeping it, an example of this could be a feeling of guilt because you paid a lot for it or maybe it was a gift. You are going to have to be a little hard on yourself here. Think about when or if you would ever wear it. If it just isn’t a good item to keep, give yourself a break and clear up some space!

This won’t be an easy or quick process. You might need to do this in several chunks of time or maybe you are the type who just likes to get it over with all at once. Make sure you visualize what your beautifully organized wardrobe will look like after!

Once you are done with the sorting into keep and discard piles, take the discards and throw away the stained ones or the ones with holes -or maybe cut some of them up for rags.

Now take the still good discards and either set them aside to sell or package them up to give to a good charity. I prefer to just donate them because for me it is the quickest route to order and moving on.

Now you can take the keep pile and sort it into groups. And when each type of clothing item or accessory has its place, you just need to put them in their places regularly to keep the order.

Use storage products that might be helpful. Be careful here because a big mistake is to buy the storage items before you know what you will be storing in them or using them for. Assess which kinds of items you have that will need storing and find the right storage item for that group of items and it will be a much better fit.

Another tip to make it all look great is to invest in sturdy matching hangers. Also, make use of vertical spaces behind your door or on the wall for various accessories like belts and scarves on racks or rails.

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Apr 16, 2015 by

Today I am featuring a lot of pretty ~Enjoy!

Stylish Baking Soda Dispensers
This is such a pretty way to store such a humble and practical thing! City of Creative Dreams

Chic Baking Soda Dispensers

How to Make a White Picket Fence Card
Pretty Simple Ideas

white picket fence card

Hummingbirds – Amazing Acrobats
G+ GrandParents Plus

Hummingbirds

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Do Some People Really Just Have a High or Low Metabolism?

Apr 14, 2015 by

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Do genetics play a part in your metabolism rate?

Genetics do have a role to play in our metabolism. Some people just have a naturally high metabolism, while for others it doesn’t work quite as fast. But before we get into the specifics of the causes of having a high or low metabolism and what can be done about either, let’s first discuss metabolism, so we have a better understanding of it.

What is Metabolism?

Metabolism is a biological process in most living organisms that breaks down food consumed so the body can use the nutrients as energy. It has two parts called reactions – catabolic and anabolic.

The catabolic reaction happens first as it breaks down food so the nutrients can get into your bloodstream and get eventually into your cells. The anabolic reaction occurs after the nutrients enter your cells and are used to build new tissue and repair your body.

The rate at which the catabolic and anabolic reactions happen is your basal metabolic rate (BMR). Your BMR plays a large part in how your weight is affected. A low rate means food is broken down more slowly; a high rate more quickly.

High Metabolism

On the surface, it sounds great to have a high metabolism; in theory, you could eat whatever you want and not gain weight. But, it isn’t all that great because it can cause some serious health issues of its own.

People with high functioning metabolisms eat a lot of calories in a day just to keep from being hungry, but much of the food they eat not only tends to be high in calories, but also high in saturated fat, sugar, salt – all things not good for them. This can lead to an increased risk of heart disease, strokes, high cholesterol and diabetes.

While a high metabolism in many people is caused by their genetics, gender and age, other causes can be an overactive thyroid, smoking and stress. There isn’t much one can do about their genetics, but the other three are treatable and manageable.

Low Metabolism

Generally a low functioning metabolism can be due to a hormone imbalance. As we age we lose testosterone which helps regulate muscle mass. The more muscle we have, the more calories we burn. To build more muscle, add a couple days per week of strength training in addition to your cardio exercise routine.

Just as an overactive thyroid can cause a high metabolism, and underactive one can cause a slow metabolism. Your doctor may be able to reset your thyroid activity through thyroid therapy.

Stress can also cause a slow metabolism due to weight gain brought on by increased cortisol levels. Reduce the stress and you’ll increase your metabolism.

As you can see, having either a high or low functioning metabolism can cause health problems. If you think your metabolism is out of whack, and nothing you try is working to make it function more normally, see your doctor; many times they can help get your metabolism back on track.

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Bold and Beautiful Peonies

Apr 11, 2015 by

The peony is a flower from the family Paeoniaceae, it is native to Asia, Southern Europe and Western North America. Peonies are big, bold, and beautiful and a must have in my flower bed! It helps that they are perennial and so hardy -virtually maintenance free so you can enjoy them year after year. I hope you enjoy this little display!



heirloom peony

Source -Classic Material




peony wedding cake
Source -Little Black Book Blog




Peonies are perfect shabby chic!

peonies in crate
Source -Laughing with Angels




Here’s a little vintage!

Vintage Peonies
Source -Powelton History Blog




They look gorgeous anywhere!

peony bouquet in old pitcher
Source -Dreamy Whites




peonies and birdhouse
Source -Aiken House & Gardens




peonies in mason jars
Source -Hostess with the Mostess




perfect peonies
Source -The Garden Glove



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Apr 9, 2015 by

I’m so excited! Spring is in the air and our oldest daughter is getting married! We are going shopping today for something like this!

wedding dress

Spring Rosebud Wreath
This rosebud wreath is so gorgeous and so perfect for spring! Ash and Crafts

rosebud wreath

Pepperoni & Asparagus Crepes With Hormel Pepperoni
Absolutely delicious! Kathe With an E

pepperoni and asparagus crepes

Cauliflower Tabbouleh
And this looks so wonderful too! Pancake Warriors

cauliflower-tabbouleh-bowl

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