All posts by Dana Williams
Myth: Many people feel that healthy living means depriving yourself of the good things in life, and being unrealistically thin.
Fact: Healthy living is all about staying healthy, being full of energy and feeling great about yourself.
Since the 1970’s, the number of overweight children has doubled, while the number of overweight teens has nearly tripled. Research has proven that those that are more than 20% overweight, are at much higher risk of developing diseases such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, heart disease, blood pressure, stroke, depression, as well as some behavioral issues. In the United States of America, obesity is listed as the #2 cause of death, with smoking being #1.
That is why First Lady Michelle Obama, started the "Let’s Move" campaign to end childhood obesity. On June 4th, 2010, she addressed hundreds of chefs in a campaign to go out to the schools and put an end to the unhealthy eating that is rampant today. First Lady Michelle Obama feels that there is no one who can do a better job than a chef to help the next generation make healthy food choices.
In addition to the food we consume, there is the aspect of physical activity as well. Exercise plays an important role in our overall health. 60 minutes of daily physical activity will help children feel more energetic and maintain their proper weight levels.
Summer and bike riding go hand-in-hand. It’s fun, it’s healthy and it’s outdoors! That is if the safety rules are followed. Before letting your child go bike-riding, be sure to teach him/her to go the safe way. Always remember to:
Up the pressure-Low air pressure in tires can go unnoticed until they are 50% under-inflated which can be extremely dangerous. Before riding, press down on the tires with your hands to check the air pressure or, the safer way, use a tire gauge to check the tire pressure. All tires have the right tire pressure printed on the side of the tires.
The right way to brake- Kids should brake using the front and back brakes simultaneously. Braking with just the front tires, can cause the child to be thrown off the bike, over the handle bars, head first! Apply pressure to just the back brakes will cause the bike to swerve out to one side.
Make your child seen- 45% of the most serious bike accidents are caused by poor visibility at sundown and night. Be firm with your kids- do not
allow them to bike-ride once the sun starts to set. In addition, affix reflective tape to their bikes and helmets, both in the front and back so that
motorist heading in either direction should be able to see your child at all times of day and in all weather conditions.
Wear helmets- They can be pretty annoying and sweaty but wearing a helmet reducing the risk of head injuries by 85% and brain injury by 88%. Make sure that the helmet is positioned right with the side straps and chin straps fitting properly.
Putting up supper in a crockpot or slow cooker is as easy as 1-2-3. Place the food into the slow cooker in the morning, add the spices, turn it on and ‘see you at supper time’. Although slow cookers are used mostly for soup and stews, the fact is that you can actually do just about anything in a crockpot, including stewing, roasting, simmering, warming, and yes, even baking.
One of the many conveniences of cooking in a crockpot is that you don’t have to worry about stirring your food, especially when cooking on low heat, since the food will not burn. There is one problem with crockpot cooking though. When stovetop cooking, you do not have to worry about removing the lid to check on your food. A crockpot, on the other hand, every time the lid is removed, the crockpot loses a large amount of heat. You must then add an additional 20 minutes to the original cooking time for each time that the lid is removed.
Just about all recipes can be converted to crockpot cooking. When using a crockpot, unless cooking something like rice, pasta or beans, which actually calls for twice the amount of liquid, reduce the amount of liquid called for in the recipe since crockpot cooking does not evaporate water the same way that stovetop cooking does.
Almost every woman dreams of her ideal kitchen. Then again, the recession has forced many a woman to rethink her dreams. Good news! Your dream can now become a reality. Here’s a plan that will transform any kitchen from depressing to dazzling in ten days or less- without breaking the bank.
- For the cabinets, you can’t be any more economical than by painting or staining them. If your cabinets are gone, head to the lumberyard for replacement doors. Custom cabinets are totally unnecessary.
- If you thought granite was way out of your league, think granite tiles since they cost half the amount of the solid slabs. You don’t even have to get rid of the existing countertop since any professional tiler can apply the tiles right over it. If the granite tiles are still out of budget, opt for ceramic tiles that resemble stone. Use the same tiles for the backsplash and counter to create a neat look.
- As for appliances, you don’t have to buy new ones. Refrigerators can be sprayed and you can buy a new panel for the dishwasher. All appliances should have the same finish or color- either white, stainless steel or black. In the event that you have no choice but to buy new appliances, purchase them all from the same place and have them installed on the same day.
- The key to flooring is to find something that can be placed over your existing floor. It will save lots of time and money. Cheap flooring can last just as long as the expensive flooring.
- The sinks and faucets do not have to be replaced if they’re working just fine. However, if they are not, buy them off-the-rack in a discount lumber store.
Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day is now celebrated on the last Monday in May as a day to remember all the U.S. soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for the sake of our country.
In 1868, Decoration Day, was first recognized as a holiday in order to honor those who died during the Civil War. After General James Garfield spoke at the first Decoration Day ceremony in the Arlington National Cemetery, 5,000 volunteers lent a hand in decorating the graves of over 20,000 soldiers buried there by placing flowers and flags over their graves.
Toward the end of the 1800s, numerous communities throughout the United States began celebrating Memorial Day.
In 1966, the federal government declared Waterloo, New York, as the official hometown of Memorial Day due to the fact that this town made Memorial Day an annual commemoration day. Businesses stayed closed for the day and all the locals bedecked the graves of the soldiers with flags and flowers.
If you are busy walking around with a pile of bad credit scores on your shoulders, you are bound to pay much more for credit cards, mortgages and car loans. Some tips on how to turn them around as quick as possible.
- Spread out balances- Your credit score will plunge if you have used over half of your available credit or, even worse, if you’ve maxed out! It would be best to always try and keep it at 50%.
- Pay it down- For the next couple of months, put all your spare cash toward your credit card payments. Paying down the balances can boost you r score up to 70 points, so keep on sanding it down.
- Do not request extra credit- Lenders will be much more nervous to lend you money if they see too many lines of credit since it makes you looks like you are quite money hungry.
- Choose direct deposit- Although most people tend to believe that getting a paper paycheck is safer than getting a direct deposit the opposite holds true. Having your paycheck deposited electronically into your bank account, lowers your risk of forgery and identity theft.
- Check up on credit scores- By not checking up on your credit every so often, you are allowing your credit to wither away. In the event that you come across an incorrect statement on your report, it is urgent for you to get in touch with the creditor to correct it at once.
- Old credits- Unpaid credits, loans or bills can hurt your credit report even if the agencies did not try contacting you to collect their money.
- Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.
- Months that begin on Sunday will always have a Friday the 13th.
- The word queue is the only word in the English language that is still pronounced the same way when the last four letters are removed.
- All babies are born color blind.
Although the primary use for toothpaste is for your teeth (duh!), there are many other things that you can actually use it for. In fact, toothpaste is pretty multi-talented. Here are just 5 good reasons why you should always keep a tube of toothpaste on hand.
1. Whether you have just handled pickles, fish or spare change, you detest the sharp smell that refuses to leave even after you have washed your hands with soap and water. In order to get rid of the stench completely, squirt a drop of toothpaste into each palm, lather and rinse thoroughly with warm water. The fluoride that is in the paste will neutralize the strongest scent particles, leaving your hands smelling minty and clean.
2. In the few seconds that you turned your back on your three year old, the little ‘angel’ became more capable than ever. He/she managed to create a literally breathtaking work of art on your dining room wall using crayons! For super-fast cleanup (the guest are expected to arrive any second), apply a small amount of toothpaste, rub it over the crayon marks and wipe it clean.
3. There is nothing more than the classic look of white tennis shoes, but your pair looks a little dingy lately. To get them squeaky clean once more, squeeze some non-gel toothpaste onto a toothbrush (probably one that you won’t use for your teeth again) and scrub the sneakers in a circular motion. Clean off the remainder of the toothpaste using a moist cloth. The toothpaste lends a hand in removing the grunge, whereas the carbonate peroxide whitens the fabric and makes the sneakers look like new.
Mother. When you are young, you think the world of her. As a teenager, you think of her as horrifically out-dated, old-fashioned. As adults, you begin to realize that maybe she does know something. And, by the time you truly, fully understand what she is all about, it is too late. Grab hold of the opportunity before it slips through your fingers and thank your mom for all she did, does, and will do for you because without her, you wouldn’t be here.
Some of the Things my Mom Taught Me…
- Logic- "Because I said so, that’s why."
- Foresight- "Make sure you wear clean underwear, in case you’re in an accident."
- Irony- "Keep crying and I’ll give you something to cry about."
- Weather- "This room of yours looks as if a hurricane hit it."
- Hypocrisy- "If I told you once, I’ve told you a million times. Stop exaggerating!"
- Behavior Modification- "Stop acting like your father!"
- Envy- "There are millions of less fortunate children in this world who don’t have wonderful parents like you do."
- Medical Science- "If you don’t stop crossing your eyes, they are going to freeze that way."
Summer is finally here and you know what that means- hot weather and of course Popsicles!!! Ever noticed how many Popsicle sticks you can collect in just a short amount of time? If your family loves Popsicles as much as mine does, you are now going to love the sticks even more. Learn how creative you can be with those sticks once thought to be so annoying.
1) Plant marker
If you’re anything like me, let’s just say you have a hard time remembering which plant is growing where in your garden. Nothing to worry about, it is just that we have a whole load of other things to on our minds. Is that plant parsley?… or maybe it’s thyme? Let the Popsicle sticks do the remembering for you by using them as plant markers. Simply mark the stick with the type of seed you planted and stick it into the ground.
2) Paint Stirrer Say good-bye to paint/glue marked fingers. Use the Popsicle sticks instead of your fingers to spread white glue or paint. You can also use it to stir paint when you want to mix colors or just need to stir some paint in a container.