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Keep Weight Off Even After 30

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in Blog, Health, Style | Comments Off

Keep Weight Off Even After 30

It’s common to gain weight as you age, but you can prevent pounds from creeping on by understanding some of the changes that occur and gaining insight on some of the solutions.  Although we want to prevent as much weight gain as possible, it’s important to understand that some of the weight gain that occurs with age is natural. Starting in your late 30s, you begin to lose muscle tissue, the body’s chief calorie burner. It’s replaced by fat, a relative freeloader and, with age, muscle tissue simply doesn’t work as efficiently, says...

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2012 Swimwear Trends

Posted by on Jul 26, 2012 in Blog, Style | Comments Off

2012 Swimwear Trends

With summer in full swing, the beach is filled with incredible swimwear variety that we probably all admire with envy.  Well now you can get the same look you see everyone sporting this summer.  Here are the Swimwear Trends everyone is going to stick to this summer Prints All kinds of prints will look amazing on swimsuits. But florals, wild and tribal prints as well as geometrical ones will be hotter than ever. Python, leopard, stripes, zigzags and kaleidoscopic prints can be great options. Cut out Forget traditional bikinis and swimwear,...

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Summer Porch Decorating Ideas

Posted by on Jul 19, 2012 in Blog, Decor, Style | Comments Off

Summer Porch Decorating Ideas

Give your porch or patio an affordable decorating makeover with these budget-smart ideas. Arranging the furniture Instead of a single sofa or two chairs facing out, try situating two love seats set at an angle or across from each other. This helps create a spot perfect for casual conversation. Add an outdoor rug A rug always completes any room, indoors or out by giving it that homey touch. Depending on your patio or porch an outdoor rug (one that is water and mold resistant) might be the best choice. Pretty potted plants Potted plants and...

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Decorating With Chevrons

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Blog, Decor, Style | Comments Off

Decorating With Chevrons

Decorating with Chevrons is a new trend that has been popping up everywhere this season.  Chevron is the inverted V-shaped design pattern that can come in the form of wallpaper, accent rugs, throw pillows, and even wall art.  From thick, bold graphic to soft, subtle weave, it comes in many forms, making decorating with pattern a breeze. And there are just as many ways to incorporate it into your style. Design an entire room around chevrons or use it to add a pop of colour; let it draw the eye or tame an otherwise busy space. As much as I...

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Decorating with Limes

Posted by on Jul 12, 2012 in Blog, Decor, Dining and Entertaining, Style | Comments Off

Decorating with Limes

Limes are a bright, inexpensive centerpiece option that will add a pop of color to your event tables. Use limes in their whole form or in slices to create an unexpected touch of texture to otherwise ordinary centerpieces.  Use clear glass vases that will support the type of flowers you are planning to use. Gather the blooms into thick bunches and place them in the vase. Before you add water, slide lime slices down the sides of the vase so that the circular sections rest against the glass.  Finish the centerpiece by pouring water to cover the...

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Beach Sandals for Summer 2012

Posted by on Jul 10, 2012 in Blog, Style | Comments Off

Beach Sandals for Summer 2012

If you’re looking for comfortable sandals to wear to the beach this summer then you have come to the right place.  When considering anything for the beach, what usually comes to mind is relaxed, laid back, and comfortable….at least for me anyway.  I try to stay away from wearing high sandals to the beach as I don’t feel like having my heels get stuck in the sand and losing my stability.  Here are several stylish options in sandals for Summer 2012. 1. Multi-Colored Leather Sandals – This stylish sandal features a leather upper...

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Gardening Tips and Tricks

Posted by on Jun 28, 2012 in Blog, Cooking, Garden | Comments Off

Gardening Tips and Tricks

A reader asks:  How do I get tomatoes to ripen on the vine? To encourage the green tomatoes on your vines to ripen, remove any remaining flowers. The flowers won’t have time to mature into fruits anyway, and removing them will signal the plant to finish setting seed by ripening the existing tomatoes. If the tomatoes are still a stubborn green, lift the whole plant and hang it in a dry spot in the garage or basement. The tomatoes should take the hint that their mother plant’s days are numbered and begin to ripen. ...

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Best Cleaning Products

Posted by on Jun 26, 2012 in Blog, Cleaning, Cooking, Health | Comments Off

Best Cleaning Products

With so many different types of cleaning products available, it’s easy to find yourself wondering what items are truly necessary to keep your home in top condition. Fortunately, finding the best cleaning products isn’t as difficult as you might expect. All you need to keep messes under control is a few basic products and some versatile cleaning tools.    Some of the very best cleaning products are items you probably already have in your kitchen.   Vinegar works well for removing mineral deposits from your windows and faucets....

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Refreshing Summer Drinks

Posted by on Jun 21, 2012 in Blog, Cooking, Dining and Entertaining, Style | Comments Off

Refreshing Summer Drinks

We love fresh frozen drinks…….These are a few of our favs. Frozen Blueberry Lemonade 1 1/2 cups blueberries 1 cup lemonade 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves, plus more for serving 1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar In a blender, puree the blueberries, lemonade, mint, confectioners’ sugar, and 3 cups ice until smooth.   Garnish with mint sprigs and enjoy. Gingery Peach Cooler 3 cups ginger ale 1/2 cup peach nectar 2 ripe peaches, thinly sliced 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger In a pitcher, combine the ginger ale, nectar, peaches,...

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