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Staying Healthy for the Holidays

Monday, December 17th, 2012
Staying healthy during the holiday season can feel like a monumental task. Image from here.

Staying healthy during the holiday season can feel like a monumental task. Image from here.

Very soon, regardless of how or what you do or don’t celebrate, you’ll likely have some time off and be spending the majority of it indoors with family in that warm and dry, recycled air filled with their bacteria. Mmm. It’s usually only a matter of time in the winter before someone gets the flu or a terrible cold, and naturally everyone else in the family panics about getting it, especially if there are small children or a pregnant family member in the house. Beyond physical sicknesses, there’s always someone that buys bags of chocolate candies and double fudge-covered cookies to keep you occupied. Clean eating becomes inevitably more difficult during the holidays.

Instead of just leaving you and your family’s health to chance, there are some things you can do to ensure your holidays are full of health. Read more »



Pin review: DIY Dollar Store Moisturizing Lotion Gift

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012
The original post / idea is by One Good Thing by Jillee, using baby lotion, vitamin E cream & coconut oil to make a simple DIY moisturizing lotion.

The original post / idea is by One Good Thing by Jillee, using baby lotion, vitamin E cream & coconut oil to make a simple DIY moisturizing lotion.

It’s almost the holidays! Now that exams are nearly over, it’s time for me to start scrambling to make some inexpensive handmade gifts to show the people I care about them despite being on a small budget. Today the pin that I am reviewing is a soft, pink handmade lotion with vitamin E, coconut oil, and baby lotion. Winter is the worst time of year for dry skin and rough feet so moisturizing lotion didn’t seem like a bad idea for a holiday gift. So now…it’s time to make some lotion! Read more »



5 secrets to seeing through sneaky sales schemes to become a savvy shopper

Monday, December 3rd, 2012
Wouldn’t it be great to be a savvy consumer who always gets the best deals? It only takes a little preparation to shop with purpose and walk out of the store with what you want every time.

Wouldn’t it be great to be a savvy consumer who always gets the best deals? It only takes a little preparation to shop with purpose and walk out of the store with what you want every time.

We all want to get good value for your our money, whether buying a car, hiring a contractor, or purchasing a new vacuum or dehumidifier. Whenever you enter a store or office that is selling a product or service, you immediately become a selling target. Actually, in the age of the internet, we are all constantly sales targets with ads, commercials, email marketing, and direct mail. Everyone on the internet seems to have an agenda; even things that are “free” seem to have ulterior goals. Wouldn’t it be nice if when you went to the store, people always told you the truth? Or we already knew the value of the product? With groceries and style, this may not be as hard for you, but with big ticket items and appliances, it’s easy to get lost in a sea of specs and jargon. Here are our top 5 tips for becoming that savvy shopper who walks in knowing what they want: Read more »