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Today’s post is a bit of a departure. It is not focused on food or drink. There’s no stunning roast or plate of pasta. And yet, there is a recipe. An easy one, too, using four items found in most pantries: Apple Cider Vinegar, Honey, Ginger, and Cayenne… plus some water. And, so quick to put together, so beneficial, I had to share it with you. Combined, I learned from Maggie, that quartet of pantry ingredients creates a potent remedy to some of the ails of winter: Sore throat, hacking cough, tight congestion. Combined, they turn into a curious orange syrup that can cut through the croup. And, the taste is really good! Like you, we’ve been trying to duck the dreaded cold germs: wash our hands, eat well, get enough sleep, stay warm. I first mixed up a batch for Bill over the holidays, when he caught a cold accompanied by a strangling cough. So, last month, when I felt run down, tight with a tickle in the throat, I shook up a little Remedy. Just last night, Bill came home after a long workday. Related:  Health & Beauty

A Quick Fix For Oily Hair . . . “Dry Clean” It This post is brought to you by Amazon where you can get deals on household supplies! This stuff saved my life this week! Well, OK…maybe that’s a BIT of an exaggeration…but not much! Let’s just say I had a HAIR EMERGENCY on Tuesday and was VERY GRATEFUL I had recently seen this idea by Danielle on Hookable Designs. The funny thing is…I hadn’t originally intended on doing a post on this only because my hair is SO dry that I would never have the need to de-grease my hair. Here is my sad story…with a happy ending! Anyway…back to my sad…then happy…story. Sorry…having difficulty keeping on track today! So…I needed some professional “head shots” for some upcoming stuff and finally decided to bite the bullet and make an appointment. That morning I allowed myself plenty of time to get myself ready and went all-out in my primping session. I quickly located the recipe in my bookmarks and was thrilled to see I had all the ingredients on hand. I call it my: Oily Hair “Dry Cleaner” Ingredients:

Trying something new... Wow! I never realized what a hit my chicken sandwiches were going to be. I just put them out on Pinterest as a lark and it took off like wildfire! Here's what I made for dinner Monday night. Rachael Ray's Southwestern Chili Con Queso Pasta Bake 1 pound penne rigate (ridged penne) 1 1/2 pounds ground beef 1 tablespoon ground cumin (1 palmful) 1 tablespoon roasted ground coriander (1 palmful) 2 tablespoons chili powder (2 palmfuls) Coarse black pepper 1 large yellow onion, chopped 3-5 garlic cloves, chopped (we really like garlic so I put in more, the recipe calls for 3) 1 jalepeño 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour (2 palmfuls) 2 cups milk 3/4 pound cheddar cheese (about 2 1/2 cups) 1/4 cup fresh cilantro leaves (a generous handful), chopped 1/2 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves (a few handfuls) chopped 1 14-ounce can diced fire-roasted tomatoes Preheat the broiler to high and position the rack 8 inches from the heat. Bring a large pot of water to a boil.

How to make your own exfoliating scrub Face and body exfoliators can set us back more money than we might like, and they're often filled with laboratory-concocted ingredients. Making your own natural exfoliators is easy and can save you a ton of money. Here are four easy exfoliator "recipes" to try. Exfoliating is a very important part of any skin care regime. Not only does it slough away dead skin cells, but it also unclogs the oil and dirt that lives in your pores and can cause breakouts. As with any other exfoliating treatments, these should be used two to three times a week, not every day. Basic baking soda scrub The range of what baking soda can do just seems to be getting wider and wider. Nourishing sugar scrub Granulated sugar is another wonderful, natural exfoliant -- and with all these reports coming out that sugar may be toxic when ingested, I’m thinking we might be better served to use it on the body versus in the body. Invigorating coffee scrub Coffee is another fantastic natural exfoliant. Soothing oatmeal scrub

My Rules for Consistent Happiness I work at a newspaper, I'm at home at 2 am or even later. I also have a second job. yeah, I guess its good advice, but not realistic. Are you really sure there isn't a decision point in there? I am sure most people have the choice, but they would have to give up other things or let people down. Some things are not by choice - if you have a child who is crying and cannot sleep at 2200, it would mess up your perfect schedule. Or even if you include fun things that you would absolutely miss, like seeing the fireworks at the ballpark on 4th of July because they occur after the game has concluded, usually around 2200-2300. Just think about people like George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Martin Luther King Jr., Albert Einstein, Barack Obama and whoever else you can think of. Now consider that they all had 24 hours per day, just like you do. Everyone has the same amount of time every single day.

Bath bomb recipe Here is a Friday Flashback about making bath bombs. Bath bombs make the perfect Valentine’s Day gift when packaged to look like a bomb along with a tag that says, “You’re the ‘bomb’!” They would also make cute teacher appreciation gifts! How to make foaming bath bombs Supplies: 2 Cups Baking Soda 1 Cup Citric Acid 4 teaspoons massage oil ( or 2 teaspoons essential oil and 2 teaspoons olive oil) Spray bottle with water mold (60 mm 2 part plastic ball) (I am also thinking the bottoms of two large Easter eggs could be used) This amount only made 5 bath bombs. Mix baking soda and citric acid in large mixing bowl. Add in 4 teaspoons of scented massage oil (or other combination of skin safe essential oil for scent and another oil for moisturizing the skin). This next step can be a bit tricky because you don’t want your bath bomb to start fizzing. You will continue spraying until the mixture will clump in your hand when squeezed. Fill one half of your mold. Gently remove the ball from mold. Enjoy!

Top 40 Useful Sites To Learn New Skills | This and That... The web is a powerful resource that can easily help you learn new skills. You just have to know where to look. Sure, you can use Google, Yahoo, or Bing to search for sites where you can learn new skills , but I figured I’d save you some time. Here are the top 40 sites I have personally used over the last few years when I want to learn something new. Hack a Day - Hack a Day serves up fresh hacks (short tutorials) every day from around the web and one in-depth ‘How-To hack’ guide each week.eHow - eHow is an online community dedicated to providing visitors the ability to research, share, and discuss solutions and tips for completing day-to-day tasks and projects.Wired How-To Wiki - Collaborate with Wired editors and help them build their extensive library of projects, hacks, tricks and tips.

Shrink a Size in 14 Days Intrigued by research spotlighting eccentric training as one of the most effective ways to get firm, we asked fitness expert Chris Freytag to create a superfast shape-up exercise routine using this unique technique. When we put a group of readers on the plan, the results were eye-popping: Testers had an average weight loss of 6 pounds and 10 inches in 14 days, with the most successful volunteers losing up to 12 pounds and more than 22 inches all over. The secret is in the program's slow-motion strength routine. Get started today with our exclusive jump-start plan* that will help you shed pounds, shrink inches, and feel confident in just 14 days! *Adapted from 2-Week Total Body Turnaround by Chris Freytag with Alyssa Shaffer and the editors of Prevention (Rodale, 2009) The Expert American Council on Exercise board member Chris Freytag is the author of 2-Week Total Body Turnaround, creator of its companion DVDs, and model for the weight loss exercise routines here that she designed.

30 Books I'm Glad I Read Before 30 In various ways, these 30 books convey some of the philosophy of how Angel and I live our lives. I honestly credit a fraction of who I am today to each title. Thus, they have indirectly influenced much of what I write about on this site. A medley of both fiction and nonfiction, these great reads challenged my internal status quo, opening my mind to new ideas and opportunities, and together they gave me a basic framework for living, loving, learning and working successfully. If you haven’t read these books yet, I highly recommend doing so. Stumbling on Happiness by Daniel Gilbert – Gilbert, a Harvard professor of psychology has studied happiness for decades, and he shares scientific findings that just might change the way you look at the world. What are your favorite books? Photo by: Katie Harris

How To Wear Makeup Without Looking Like It | Beauty Anywhere As a makeup artist, you might think that I wear a ton of makeup. The answer is no. I love to wear my makeup so that it covers my flaws, but I still look like myself. The best way to describe it is, I like to look like the best version of myself. There are certain products you need to use to look like you have effortless, impeccable skin. I’m absolutely obsessed with Lauren Conrad’s makeup style. I’m going to show you the necessities to master this look. 1. You have to achieve an even skin tone and hide your imperfections. Lorac Natural Performance Foundation, $36 at Ulta 2. Lauren has a bronzed look to her skin, but it’s not too over the top. NARS Bronzer in Laguna, $34 at Sephora 3. Highlighting is the key to giving your skin back the radiance it naturally emits. Who wouldn’t want to look like this? MAC Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft & Gentle, $34 at MAC stores 4. Eyeliner is something I have mixed feelings about. Bare Minerals Powder Liner Shadow in Onyx, $14 5. 6. Like this:

True Secret to Success: Gratitude I'm utterly convinced that the key to lifelong success is the regular exercise of a single emotional muscle: gratitude. People who approach life with a sense of gratitude are constantly aware of what's wonderful in their life. Because they enjoy the fruits of their successes, they seek out more success. And when things don't go as planned, people who are grateful can put failure into perspective. By contrast, people who lack gratitude are never truly happy. Therefore, if you want to be successful, you need to feel more gratitude. Practice Nightly The best time to exercise gratitude is just before bed. Did you help somebody solve a problem? What you're doing is "programming your brain" to view your day more positively. Reprogramming Your Brain More important, you're also programming your brain to notice even more reasons to feel gratitude. The more regularly you practice this exercise, the stronger its effects. This method works.

12 One-Ingredient Face Masks for Perfect Skin These homemade face masks use just one ingredient but will leave your skin feeling better, looking better, and battle back against the aging process. You likely have many of these items in your home already so you can begin using them today for fast results. 1. Honey Honey is an amazing product, has been for millenia, and science is still figuring out all of the good things it can do for the body. Because of its thick consistency, it’s easy to apply honey as a face mask. Why it works: Honey has antibacterial and antifungal properties to it that help purify the skin on your face. 2. Before you dive into that bowl of oatmeal, you should know that it has other benefits besides helping to lower cholesterol. It’s important to use organic oatmeal, as it will be made from organic oats, will undergo less processing, and be free of toxic poisons like herbicides and pesticides, as well as GMOs. To use you simply make a paste out of oatmeal and water and spread evenly. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11.

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