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August 20, 2017 – 2:01 PM - | Posted in Uncategorized | 1 Comment »

Solar Eclipse Eye Safety Tips from Lighthouse Guild


Excitement continues to build for the solar eclipse that will take place on Monday, August 21. Lighthouse Guild offers five tips to help protect your eyes while watching this extraordinary event.

The only safe way to look directly at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such as “eclipse glasses” or handheld solar viewers. Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun. They transmit thousands of times too much sunlight.

  • If you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.
  • Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun.
  • After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter. Do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device.
  • Do not look at the sun through a camera, telescope, binoculars, or any other optical device while using your eclipse glasses or handheld solar viewer –- the concentrated solar rays could damage the filter and enter your eyes causing serious injury.

(This safety information has been endorsed by the American Astronomical Society, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the American Academy of Optometry, the American Optometric Association, and the National Science Foundation.)

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August 20, 2017 – 1:51 PM - | Posted in health | No Comments »

Back To Campus with At Home – Make Your Space Your Own! #AtHomeStores


It’s back to school time, and a lot of kids are headed away from home for the very first time as they head back to campus. That means a lot more money for just books and clothes and lunch, it’s time to furnish their own space….Their way!

It’s already nerve wracking enough and a scary time for our kids, so why not let them pick out their very own style and décor for their space as they head away from home. At Home store wants to help them make that transition just a little more comfortable allowing our kids to make their small dorm spaces their own.

You may think of the major things like bedding and storage for their clothing, but don’t forget the small little touches along the way.

At Home has a great selection of the major items for a fraction of the cost elsewhere, but they also have a huge collection of pieces that will make their space their own. Think about once they have their bedding about finding things like pillows, accents and different pillow cases and things to spruce it up a little to make it their own style. You can pick up a great bedding set from an assortment of colors, and move outward from there.

One thing I love is inspirational quotes. My daughters are no different. So of course they may find posters they like, be sure to pick up a few pieces of wall décor that will get them through those tough days, where they can look up and remember what they need to do, and what they can do!

Don’t forget photos from home. A place to put pictures of their friends, families and beloved pets that they’ll of course miss more than us!

When you think about storage, don’t just think about dressers and shelves, At Home has a huge collection of different styles of baskets where you can house not only clothing, but their electronics, towels, books, and so much more. A little more unconventional than a usual shelf or dresser.

Speaking of shelving, why go with typical wall shelves? We fell in love with this great piece, perfect to use for little things such as picture frames, small baskets with hair accessories, speakers, and so much more. They come in different colors as well, perfect to add that little touch of you!

Pillows are also a great accessory, can be used as seating for the floor, or something to just cuddle up with when they’re feeling a little more homesick than usual. Soft, Fluffy and fun!

Don’t forget some of the little odds and ends either, like shower curtains, and small appliances for cooking! At Home has everything you need for a new dorm room, or even your own house, you know, once they leave, you can spice up your décor a little too without a huge bill hanging over your head!

            

If your interested in finding out more, you can visit www.athome.com to find a store near you, or to see some of their great ideas for dorm rooms.

I have partnered with MomSelect and At Home Store to bring you this post. All Opinions are my own.
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August 3, 2017 – 6:18 PM - | Posted in back to school | No Comments »

Why this is the best time to quit smoking….


Our knowledge of smoking as a vice has increased dramatically in last several decades. Nowadays we can with certainty tell that smoke is bad for your health and cigarettes and tobacco cause several severe diseases.

With the progress of our knowledge of nicotine, our knowledge of how to quit smoking also increased. People all over the world have fought for decades against this vice and we finally have a list of solutions that can help.

And not only that.

We also have good substitutions to cigarettes such as electronic cigarettes and e-juice. They are much better for our health and finally represent something that can dissuade you from smoking any longer.

Without prolonging any further, let’s check all the tips and tricks that can help you deal with this vice.

1. Creating a proper plan
First thing that you need to realize is that removing cigarettes from your life doesn’t mean the same thing for everyone. While there are those who will try to limit their consumption or decide to smoke in special occasions, others will try to quit forever. No matter what you wish to do, it is necessary to create a realistic plan before anything else. Reducing amount smoked is a step in the right direction but will not be satisfy everyone. Start with little steps and as you go you can easily increase your expectations and goal until you reach your ultimate goal and that is completely removing cigarettes from your life.

2. Creating a positive mental attitude
Like with all vices this battle can be won in your head. It is first necessary to create a positive atmosphere and to think the right way. Simply wanting to stop smoking will not cut it. If that was enough, most of the smoker would’ve stopped smoking by now. Instead you need to create a list with all the reasons why smoking is bad for you. This will strengthen your will and persuade you that you’re making the right decision. With all this being said, it is also necessary to mention your current mental state (regardless of smoking). If you are depressed or have some other issues pulling you down in life, it will be very hard to stop. Only with a clear head can you start tackling the issue.

3. Find a substitution until you completely quit
As I already mentioned, going cold turkey overnight is rather hard thing to do. This is why most smokers decide to deal with their nicotine addiction slowly. Before they completely give up on in, they try various substitutions. Main thing with these substitutions is to provide you a feeling as if you’re still smoking and actually you’re not. This is very important as cigarettes and tobacco create a motoric dependency where you’re used to having something in your hands. Best way to deal with it? Get e-cigarettes. They use vape juice or e-juice instead of nicotine. It is a substance that is much healthier and doesn’t cause dependency. At the same time, you will still have a feeling of smoking and this will allow you to slowly reduce and ultimately remove smokes from your life.

4. Rely on support
When it comes to vices most people hate relying on support groups and family. This is mostly due to our arrogance. We think that this is an issue we will easily be able to tackle and tend to sneer on anyone’s attempts to assist. However, support groups have shown incredible results over the years. Best thing about them is the fact they consist of people who have already been through same hell as you did and have learned valuable lessons. There are also those who managed to quit and they represent a shining example of how your life could be. Family is also very important in this situation. Although family doesn’t have the same teaching purpose it definitely can help you in an emotional way. They can also be there when you need to take your mind of cigarettes and do some fun activities.

As you can see, it can be really easy to quit smoking. All you need is a proper plan a support of your friends and family!

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August 1, 2017 – 10:47 AM - | Posted in health | No Comments »

Complete Microwave Meals in Minutes


This back-to-school season, take cooking to a whole new level with delicious microwave meals in minutes. While many parents look to their stove or oven for making meals, they often forget the microwave goes beyond melting, defrosting and general-time saving and creates complete meals – including dessert – in less than 30 minutes.

From a Southwest-style Frittata with Breakfast Sausage to Rice Pilaf with BBQ Chicken to a Decadent Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Sauce, you’ll quickly realize why these recipes are truly a miracle and borderline genius.

Southwest-Style Frittata with Breakfast Sausage

Recipe by Princess House

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:
6 eggs
1 tbsp. milk
¼ tsp. black pepper
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
3 cups southwest-style potatoes with onions and peppers
1 cup (4 oz.) shredded Colby & Monterey Jack cheese
12 breakfast sausage
1 small plum tomato, chopped

Directions:
– In medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk and pepper together; set aside.
– Drizzle oil over bottom of 3 Qt. Casserole.
– Pour potatoes over oil.
– Cook in microwave on HIGH uncovered 4 minutes.
– Stir, cook 3 additional minutes.
– Sprinkle cheese over potato mixture.
– Pour egg mixture over cheese.
– Cook uncovered 4 minutes.
– Place 6 sausage links in
– Place Lid on top.
– Cook on HIGH 3 minutes.
– Rearrange sausages; cook 2-3 additional minutes or until sausage is done.
– Remove frittata from microwave and allow to cool slightly.
– Meanwhile, remove the first 6 sausages and repeat cooking with remaining 6 sausages.
– Cut frittata into wedges; top with chopped tomato and serve with sausage links.
– Serves 6

 

 

Rice Pilaf with BBQ Chicken

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ingredients:
1 (14.5 oz.) can less sodium chicken broth
1/4 cup water
1 (4.3 oz.) package long grain & wild rice blend
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped zucchini
2 tbsp. grated carrot
4 (4 oz.) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 tsp. pepper
1/4 tsp. salt

Barbecue Sauce
1/3 cup ketchup
1 tbsp. brown sugar, packed
1 tbsp. cider vinegar
2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp. ground chili powder

Directions:
– In 3 Qt. Casserole combine chicken broth, water, contents of rice package, bell pepper, zucchini and carrot.
– Microwave on HIGH power uncovered for 14 minutes. Remove and stir.
– Place chicken breasts in Glass Cover, evenly season with pepper and salt.
– Place lid over rice Casserole.
– Microwave on HIGH 4 minutes.
– Meanwhile, in small bowl combine Barbecue Sauce ingredients; stir.
– Carefully remove dish from microwave, turn chicken over and spoon Barbecue Sauce over chicken to evenly coat.
– Cook rice and chicken 2 minutes or until chicken reaches internal temperature of 165°.
– Allow chicken and rice to stand covered 5-10 minutes, or until water is absorbed and rice is tender.
– Serves 4.

Microwave Flan with Raspberry Sauce

Ingredients:
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
4 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract

Raspberry Sauce
1 ½ cups frozen sweetened raspberries
¼ cup packed brown sugar
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice

 

Directions:
– In blender, combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, eggs and vanilla extract; blend for 30 seconds.
– Pour milk mixture into 3 Qt. Casserole.
– Cook in microwave uncovered at 50% power for 8 minutes, then cook on HIGH for 7 minutes.
– A knife inserted into the center of the flan should come out clean when it is done.
– If additional time is needed, cook at one-minute intervals, checking each time.
– Refrigerate at least 2 hours or until ready to serve.
– For sauce, combine all ingredients in Glass Cover.
– Place cover on top; cook 4-5 minutes.
– Stir; pour sauce into a bowl.
– If desired to strain sauce.
– With the back of a spoon, stir sauce to separate large raspberry seeds from sauce.
– Discard large seeds.
– Cut flan into wedges and serve with raspberry sauce.
– Serves 8.

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July 31, 2017 – 9:10 PM - | Posted in recipes | No Comments »
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