The internet makes it easier than ever to help those in need. Click To Give is a fast and simple way to make a bit of a difference and help some highly respected organizations without donating your own money. It’s as easy as one click of your mouse. While you’re surfing the net, take a second to visit Click To Give and select a cause from their menu (or select all six!):Feed The Children, Child Help (prevention and treatment of child abuse), ASPCA (America Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals), The National Alliance to End Homelessness, The Children’s Cancer Center and Sponsor a Child.
Easter morning is some cuteness. It’s fun putting their baskets together and watching the hunt. The joy excitement they express is priceless! I want to give them the kind of happy Easter morning my mom gave me as a child.
“And he departed from our sight that we might return to our heart, and there find Him. For He departed, and behold, He is here.”
-St. Augustine, Confessions
- Go bananas. They’re full of potassium which has many health benefits including lowering blood pressure, stress and anxiety as well as reducing your risk of stroke. Bananas also have resistant starch, a type of fiber that is not absorbed so neither are as many calories and it’s been shown to improve insulin sensitivity
- Swimsuit season is here so there is no time like the present to kick it into gear and get into shape. Looking hot in a bikini is good motivation but an even better reason? Staying in shape is good cancer prevention. Being sedentary and over weight causes just as many cancer deaths as cigarette smoking! Research strongly suggests that fat encourages tumors to grow so hop on that treadmill while you watch the next episode of The Real Housewives
- Feeling a little sluggish during the day? You might not be drinking enough water. Dehydration can make you feel tired and it may slow your metabolism down. Stay hydrated and you’ll be more alert. Make it more palatable by adding a few slices of lemon, lime or orange
- Germs Like hard surfaces such as light switches, door knobs and remote controls so wipe them of regularly, especially after someone in your family has been ill. Research has found that one third of the surfaces in hotel rooms were still covered in germs a day later, even after the room was cleaned. Eeww. Good reason to pack some wipes.
- Are you looking to add more fiber and omega-3 fatty acids to your diet? Sprinkle ground flax seeds on yogurt, cereal, smoothies, nut butters and add some to your pancake and cookie mixes
Guest Post by Nicole Adams
Living in a large house may be your biggest dream, but it takes time to gain the goals of our lifetime. Until then, you can still have a pleasant domestic environment by creating a comfortable and cozy interior design. There are some great ideas to make small apartments and studios look amazing and make optimum use of the space while giving the illusion of being roomier.
1. Create zones with furniture placement. If your place is long and narrow or just one room without sections, we suggest you use one singular premise and turn it into two or even three by separating the space into zones. Use specific pieces of furniture to make accents on the zone and label it with decoration. Placing a bed and a small bedside table in one corner allows the other corner of the room to be designed as a living room with perhaps a black leather sofa and a contemporary glass coffee table.
2. Get creative with storage. Home storage can be a big challenge in a small space. Select specific and modern furniture with double functions. For instance, a large and compact table may be used for three things: a coffee table during lovely afternoons with friends, a dining table and even a spot where you can arrange books, magazines or kitchen appliances on the shelve under the table.
3. Go vertical by using your wall space. Arrange the biggest pieces of furniture in the center of the room. This will allow you to install cabinets and shelves on the walls for extra storage. Placing the table, sofa and armchairs in the corners of your studio limits the use of walls. Furthermore, when the biggest details in the interior design are in the center, it creates an illusion that the premise is larger.
Guest Author Bio: Nicole Adams is a writer, devoted mom and housewife. She enjoys writing about healthy home organizing, design trends and Barnes moving house.
We shower, wash our cars, water our plants, do our dishes, drench our lawns, drink our 8 glasses… it is very easy to take water for granted. We can’t live without it yet 783 million people on this planet do not have access to safe, clean drinking water.
A child dies every 20 seconds from a water-related illness
Today is World Water Day when we bring awareness to this global crisis and support those suffering every single day deprived of clean water and adequate sanitation. 90% of the nearly 2 million deaths caused by diarrheal diseases each year from lack of proper sanitation are in children under the age of 5. It’s a problem even here in the United States, 8% of us do not have access to clean drinking water. We need to raise awareness today and every day. WaterDay.org would like everyone to post photos via Instagram with the hashtag #waterday in support of the cause. You can also help by donating and spreading the word, tweet this and post it to Facebook.
“The crisis of our diminishing water resources is just as severe (if less obviously immediate) as any wartime crisis we have ever faced. Our survival is just as much at stake as it was at the time of Pearl Harbor, or the Argonne, or Gettysburg, or Saratoga”
~Jim Wright, U.S. Representative, The Coming Water Famine, 1966
Women are busier than ever these days. Whether you’re a stay at home mom or you work outside the home, you’re juggling a multitude of things. We’re working, keeping house, raising our kids and trying to take care of everything and everyone.
As crazy as our lives get, we must also take care of ourselves or we can’t properly care for those around us. I’m a busy mom, doing it all with no nanny, housekeeper or family to help but I carve out time and look after myself with exercise, proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. There are simple things we can do that really make a big difference… Read entire article at Just Between Friends.
Last week Whole Foods made a smart decision. The health food chain announced that they will begin labeling all genetically modified foods and by the year 2018. Kudos to them!
“Today, we stood up for the consumer’s right to know by announcing that all products in our US and Canadian stores containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) must be clearly labeled within five years. We heard our customers loud and clear asking us for GMO labeling and we are responding where we have control: in our own stores.
We are the first national grocery chain to set a deadline for full GMO transparency. By 2018, we will require our supplier partners to label products containing GMO ingredients, and we will work in collaboration with them as they transition to sourcing non-GMO ingredients or to clearly labeling products with ingredients containing GMOs.”
They predict that most of their suppliers will comply long before the 5 year deadline is up and the Whole Foods 365 brand is already nearly fully labeled. They are doing this even though Prop 37, that would have required GMO labeling for all foods sold in the state did not pass in California last year. Fortunately they realize the importance of letting consumers know which foods have GMOs.
Chances are, many of the foods in your pantry are genetically engineered because up to 80% of processed food in the U.S. contain genetically engineered ingredients. At least 85% of corn, canola and sugar beets are grown from GMO seeds. Soy and papaya are also often from genetically modified crops. There is no conclusive verdict on the the safety of GMOs but there are no set safety standards and there is significant scientific evidence that shows they are harmful and pose health risks including antibiotic resistance, endocrine disruption, reproductive disorders, organ damage, allergen exposure and accelerated aging – uh, no thank you! If you want to avoid GMOs go organic. The USDA certification of organic foods ensure that they are not bio-engineered in any way.
Thank you Whole foods for looking out for your customers, I hope all grocery stores follow suit and begin labeling all foods containing GMOs because consumers have the right to know what is in the food we spend our money on, whether it’s a law or not.
This video tells the amazing story of how an extraordinary 15 year old high school student developed a test that can detect ovarian, pancreatic and lung cancer in just 5 minutes for only 3 cents. Incredibly inspiring…
Happy Birthday Daddy!
My dad, Jake, is a great man and a wonderful father, grandfather and great grandfather. I am proud and very blessed to be his daughter ♥
My dad has had an amazing life. He is a true American hero who served in World War II for nearly 3 years, receiving four medals. 3 Bronze Stars and a special medal for fighting on D-day. He was in the 121st Engineer Combat Battalion of the United States Army and battled in 3 major special series combat campaigns including D-day. His was one of the first American units to storm the beaches in Normandy. He married his high school sweetheart 3 weeks after returning from duty.
He owned his own business while I was growing up but he’s always been a song and dance man! Over the years, his talent, wit and charismatic charm has won him roles in plays, musicals and commercials. You might have seen his latest commercial for Kayak, it’s pretty funny, he plays Mr. Carroll…