Sunday, October 27, 2013

A problem that many women run into is having more things than they have space for. This is a simple solution to an ongoing problem




Simply take a glass jar (candle jar works perfectly) and fill it with your choice of decoration pebbles

Easy storage for brushes, liners, pencils, combs and anything else that you'd like to stick in there!


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LAZY SUSAN




I got my lazy susan from Bed Bath & Beyond for less than 10 bucks

Just put one under your sink and/or in your closet to organize all of your bathroom products. This way you can access every bottle and nothing gets lost in the bath or behind others since it spins






5:03 PM Ashley
A problem that many women run into is having more things than they have space for. This is a simple solution to an ongoing problem




Simply take a glass jar (candle jar works perfectly) and fill it with your choice of decoration pebbles

Easy storage for brushes, liners, pencils, combs and anything else that you'd like to stick in there!


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LAZY SUSAN




I got my lazy susan from Bed Bath & Beyond for less than 10 bucks

Just put one under your sink and/or in your closet to organize all of your bathroom products. This way you can access every bottle and nothing gets lost in the bath or behind others since it spins






Tuesday, October 22, 2013

As much as I love my two puggles, Maci & Marley, I hate that I can't buy them any toys because they will typically only last about 15 minutes until they go crazy and tear it to pieces. A friend of mine has a pitbull and made these fleece rope toys so I figured I would give it a try...

IT WORKED. It's been about a month now, and they just ripped out the first piece of fleece!! So here is a picture tutorial of how to make your own fleece rope toy


11:48 AM Ashley
As much as I love my two puggles, Maci & Marley, I hate that I can't buy them any toys because they will typically only last about 15 minutes until they go crazy and tear it to pieces. A friend of mine has a pitbull and made these fleece rope toys so I figured I would give it a try...

IT WORKED. It's been about a month now, and they just ripped out the first piece of fleece!! So here is a picture tutorial of how to make your own fleece rope toy


Sunday, October 20, 2013

Cranberry Craze Salad Recipe



Great for a lunch prep for a week at work

Ingredients:
Organic Spinach
Goat Cheese
Dried Cranberries
Cashews
Almonds
Annie's Organic Raspberry Dressing

I recommend purchasing these divided lunch containers, because it has many different purposes. For this week's lunch prep, it's going to work great for storing my dressing. That's the tough part about prepping salads, if you add the dressing beforehand it ruins the texture of the overall salad. So using the small section in this case is perfect.

Just mix your ingredients, add a hard boiled egg on the side for some protein and you are good to go!


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11:49 AM Ashley
Cranberry Craze Salad Recipe



Great for a lunch prep for a week at work

Ingredients:
Organic Spinach
Goat Cheese
Dried Cranberries
Cashews
Almonds
Annie's Organic Raspberry Dressing

I recommend purchasing these divided lunch containers, because it has many different purposes. For this week's lunch prep, it's going to work great for storing my dressing. That's the tough part about prepping salads, if you add the dressing beforehand it ruins the texture of the overall salad. So using the small section in this case is perfect.

Just mix your ingredients, add a hard boiled egg on the side for some protein and you are good to go!


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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

I recently got a Nutribullet and I absolutely LOVE it. It makes smoothie prepping super easy, and it doesn’t leave chunks, pulp or seeds in the smoothies either.



For more information about the Nutribullet as well as featured recipes, I have attached a link below to the manual that comes with the purchase


Here is the recipe for the MORNING GOOD smoothie J It’s packed with great minerals and nutrients, and will boost your metabolism to ensure a great energy-packed day.

INGREDIENTS:
Handful of Kale or Spinach
1 Banana
1 Apple (skin on, core out)
6-10 Pieces of Pineapple
5-10 Strawberries
Tablespoon of Flax Seed
Tablespoon of Pumpkin Seed
Juice (optional) or Water
Ice Cubes



The first step in creating this is adding a handful of either spinach or kale
*I like to add this first so then the rest of the ingredients can push down the leaves, so you have more room to work with

Add all of your prepped fruit and seeds in, and fill up about 2 cups of juice or water
Blend this for at least 30 seconds, then add ice and blend for another 30 seconds…until the consistency you want is reached

ENJOY J


Alright, now to break it down and explain how all of these ingredients BENEFIT you:

Kale/Spinach

First of all, it’s important to note that kale delivers more than twice the calcium than spinach. But both of these leafy greens contain powerful antioxidants and help protect against many cancers and diseases. They are also great for detox cleanses and boosting your immune system. They also have anti-inflammatory properties!

Bananas

Provide energy through the high content of healthy carbs and potassium, promotes cardiovascular health, natural antacid effects which protects against stomach ulcers, digestive/colon health, balanaced mood & brain health, improved nutrient and mineral absorption, improves kidney health and supports your immune system.

Pineapples

Pineapples are an excellent source of manganese as well as vitamins C, B1 and B6. Pineapples are also good sources of copper and dietary fiber. Pineapples have anti-inflammatory properties and they help with digestion. They contain an enzyme, bromelain, which helps break down protein.

Apples (with skin)

Apples are a good source of fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants. Studies suggest that apples may protect against osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Apples may help prevent lung, breast, colon and liver cancer. Apples are shown to lower cholesterol, help manage diabetes and help with weight loss. Apples are a heart-healthy food and support lung function. Some studies have shown that pregnant women who include apples in their diet have a lower risk of giving birth to children who develop asthma. Also, studies suggest that children with asthma who drink apple juice regularly show reduced symptoms.

Strawberries

Packed with vitamins, fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols, strawberries are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food. They are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source of manganese and potassium. Just one serving -- about eight strawberries -- provides more vitamin C than an orange.

Flax Seed

First, flax is a great source of fiber. Most Americans do not get enough fiber in their diet. Each tablespoon of flax contains about 8 grams of fiber. This helps keep the bowels regular. Because of all the fiber, be sure to start slow (say, with a half-teaspoon) and build up. Otherwise, you may experience bloating.
Second, flax is a plant source of omega-3. Once again, most Americans are short on their omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids ("essential" meaning they must be consumed because our bodies don’t make them) play an important role in the anti-inflammatory system of our body. Flax contains the shorter chain omega-3 called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Thus, it is not a replacement for fish or fish oil supplements that contain DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (ecosapentaenoic acid.)
Third, flax contains lignans which reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. The lignans alter the way your body metabolizes estrogens into safer forms.
As if this wasn’t enough, flax  has been shown to reduce hot flashes in menopausal women. To reap the benefits, this requires a daily dose of 2 tablespoons. And flax can normalize the menstrual cycle by supporting the second phase (the luteal phase).

Pumpkin Seed


Raw pumpkin seeds provide a rich source of fiber, a type of carbohydrate that prevents constipation and benefits digestive health. The seeds also boost your intake of protein -- each ounce of seeds provides almost 9 grams of the nutrient. You also increase your mineral intake when you eat pepitas. The seeds contain iron, a mineral important to red blood cell function, as well as potassium, phosphorus, zinc and magnesium. Because fiber, protein and minerals are not destroyed by roasting, these nutrients are found in roughly equal amounts in both raw and roasted pumpkin seeds.
12:39 PM Ashley
I recently got a Nutribullet and I absolutely LOVE it. It makes smoothie prepping super easy, and it doesn’t leave chunks, pulp or seeds in the smoothies either.



For more information about the Nutribullet as well as featured recipes, I have attached a link below to the manual that comes with the purchase


Here is the recipe for the MORNING GOOD smoothie J It’s packed with great minerals and nutrients, and will boost your metabolism to ensure a great energy-packed day.

INGREDIENTS:
Handful of Kale or Spinach
1 Banana
1 Apple (skin on, core out)
6-10 Pieces of Pineapple
5-10 Strawberries
Tablespoon of Flax Seed
Tablespoon of Pumpkin Seed
Juice (optional) or Water
Ice Cubes



The first step in creating this is adding a handful of either spinach or kale
*I like to add this first so then the rest of the ingredients can push down the leaves, so you have more room to work with

Add all of your prepped fruit and seeds in, and fill up about 2 cups of juice or water
Blend this for at least 30 seconds, then add ice and blend for another 30 seconds…until the consistency you want is reached

ENJOY J


Alright, now to break it down and explain how all of these ingredients BENEFIT you:

Kale/Spinach

First of all, it’s important to note that kale delivers more than twice the calcium than spinach. But both of these leafy greens contain powerful antioxidants and help protect against many cancers and diseases. They are also great for detox cleanses and boosting your immune system. They also have anti-inflammatory properties!

Bananas

Provide energy through the high content of healthy carbs and potassium, promotes cardiovascular health, natural antacid effects which protects against stomach ulcers, digestive/colon health, balanaced mood & brain health, improved nutrient and mineral absorption, improves kidney health and supports your immune system.

Pineapples

Pineapples are an excellent source of manganese as well as vitamins C, B1 and B6. Pineapples are also good sources of copper and dietary fiber. Pineapples have anti-inflammatory properties and they help with digestion. They contain an enzyme, bromelain, which helps break down protein.

Apples (with skin)

Apples are a good source of fiber, vitamin C and antioxidants. Studies suggest that apples may protect against osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Apples may help prevent lung, breast, colon and liver cancer. Apples are shown to lower cholesterol, help manage diabetes and help with weight loss. Apples are a heart-healthy food and support lung function. Some studies have shown that pregnant women who include apples in their diet have a lower risk of giving birth to children who develop asthma. Also, studies suggest that children with asthma who drink apple juice regularly show reduced symptoms.

Strawberries

Packed with vitamins, fiber, and particularly high levels of antioxidants known as polyphenols, strawberries are a sodium-free, fat-free, cholesterol-free, low-calorie food. They are among the top 20 fruits in antioxidant capacity and are a good source of manganese and potassium. Just one serving -- about eight strawberries -- provides more vitamin C than an orange.

Flax Seed

First, flax is a great source of fiber. Most Americans do not get enough fiber in their diet. Each tablespoon of flax contains about 8 grams of fiber. This helps keep the bowels regular. Because of all the fiber, be sure to start slow (say, with a half-teaspoon) and build up. Otherwise, you may experience bloating.
Second, flax is a plant source of omega-3. Once again, most Americans are short on their omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids ("essential" meaning they must be consumed because our bodies don’t make them) play an important role in the anti-inflammatory system of our body. Flax contains the shorter chain omega-3 called ALA (alpha-linolenic acid). Thus, it is not a replacement for fish or fish oil supplements that contain DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) and EPA (ecosapentaenoic acid.)
Third, flax contains lignans which reduce the risk of breast cancer in women and prostate cancer in men. The lignans alter the way your body metabolizes estrogens into safer forms.
As if this wasn’t enough, flax  has been shown to reduce hot flashes in menopausal women. To reap the benefits, this requires a daily dose of 2 tablespoons. And flax can normalize the menstrual cycle by supporting the second phase (the luteal phase).

Pumpkin Seed


Raw pumpkin seeds provide a rich source of fiber, a type of carbohydrate that prevents constipation and benefits digestive health. The seeds also boost your intake of protein -- each ounce of seeds provides almost 9 grams of the nutrient. You also increase your mineral intake when you eat pepitas. The seeds contain iron, a mineral important to red blood cell function, as well as potassium, phosphorus, zinc and magnesium. Because fiber, protein and minerals are not destroyed by roasting, these nutrients are found in roughly equal amounts in both raw and roasted pumpkin seeds.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

FREE PRINTABLE CALENDARS


Just print out the document, and mark off your progress everyday 

Good luck :) Who is participating?

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2:37 PM Ashley
FREE PRINTABLE CALENDARS


Just print out the document, and mark off your progress everyday 

Good luck :) Who is participating?

----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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Sunday, October 13, 2013

Get an elegant look for very cheap with Wet N Wild's Fergie line


3 coats polish, 2 top coats

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11:11 PM Ashley
Get an elegant look for very cheap with Wet N Wild's Fergie line


3 coats polish, 2 top coats

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Mind Jar for Children



As a parent, learning how to effectively punish your children can be pretty tough. The mind jar is a great solution because your children will begin to see a timeout as a time to relax and calm down versus getting in trouble and throwing tantrums.

The idea of the mind jar, is that when you feel a timeout is necessary, you tell your child to go take some time with the mind jar. You (or the child) can shake it up, and then they have to sit there until the glitter settles. The don’t HAVE to watch the glitter, but majority of children will become mesmerized. What happens then is that within those 2-5 minutes, they calm down and can come and hand you the jar and say the glitter has all fallen down.



Depending on the age of your child, at this point you can ask what was on their mind. Some will say nothing, some will apologize, some will say I don’t know, but what’s important is that you ask them if they feel better now that they have taken some time to relax.

The reason I think this is so great for parents is that instead of having a loud argument with crying and yelling, you just simply have to ask them to go take some time with the jar. Sure, they may stomp over there and be unhappy about it, but by the time the glitter settles they will feel much better. Typically when kids are sent into timeouts, they have to sit in silence or they feel isolated, which angers them even more leading to tantrums. This way they still are to sit in silence, but their attention is solely on the glitter.

SO, now how to make one of these bad boys for your home!

It’s very simple, and the amounts of the ingredients will differ based on your jar or water bottle size, as well as the age of the child(ren).

Supplies Needed:
Jar or Water Bottle
Water
Glitter Glue
Small Glitter
Dish Soap
Whisk
Bowl



Important notes
*The water MUST be hot (not boiling) when mixing because the heat will help separate the glue and materials

Fill up your container with water, and fill it just about to the top. Then you want to dump this water into a bowl or large measuring cup, and stick it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until the water is hot.
Next you will start to squirt in the glitter glue, whisking it as you squeeze it in. (I used almost the whole bottle with my large jar) At this time you can slowly begin to add your dry glitter as well.



When you are mixing it with the whisk, you can take a break and see how long it is taking the glitter to settle in the bowl. This is when you can begin to add dish soap or clear glue to thicken it up. Just add a little at a time, and observe the difference it makes.

Now it’s time to transport it into the jar! I would suggest you super glue or hot glue gun the lid shut once you are satisfied with the jar, so that it is never reopened.

At this time I would time the glitter, so you can expect how long your child’s “timeout/mind jar time” to be in the future. Also, feel free to decorate. The more detail and “fun” there is on this jar, the better experience they will have with it.






This particular jar takes about 3 minutes to fully settle. Perfect for miss Olivia, the 3 year old







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4:19 PM Ashley
Mind Jar for Children



As a parent, learning how to effectively punish your children can be pretty tough. The mind jar is a great solution because your children will begin to see a timeout as a time to relax and calm down versus getting in trouble and throwing tantrums.

The idea of the mind jar, is that when you feel a timeout is necessary, you tell your child to go take some time with the mind jar. You (or the child) can shake it up, and then they have to sit there until the glitter settles. The don’t HAVE to watch the glitter, but majority of children will become mesmerized. What happens then is that within those 2-5 minutes, they calm down and can come and hand you the jar and say the glitter has all fallen down.



Depending on the age of your child, at this point you can ask what was on their mind. Some will say nothing, some will apologize, some will say I don’t know, but what’s important is that you ask them if they feel better now that they have taken some time to relax.

The reason I think this is so great for parents is that instead of having a loud argument with crying and yelling, you just simply have to ask them to go take some time with the jar. Sure, they may stomp over there and be unhappy about it, but by the time the glitter settles they will feel much better. Typically when kids are sent into timeouts, they have to sit in silence or they feel isolated, which angers them even more leading to tantrums. This way they still are to sit in silence, but their attention is solely on the glitter.

SO, now how to make one of these bad boys for your home!

It’s very simple, and the amounts of the ingredients will differ based on your jar or water bottle size, as well as the age of the child(ren).

Supplies Needed:
Jar or Water Bottle
Water
Glitter Glue
Small Glitter
Dish Soap
Whisk
Bowl



Important notes
*The water MUST be hot (not boiling) when mixing because the heat will help separate the glue and materials

Fill up your container with water, and fill it just about to the top. Then you want to dump this water into a bowl or large measuring cup, and stick it in the microwave for 1-2 minutes until the water is hot.
Next you will start to squirt in the glitter glue, whisking it as you squeeze it in. (I used almost the whole bottle with my large jar) At this time you can slowly begin to add your dry glitter as well.



When you are mixing it with the whisk, you can take a break and see how long it is taking the glitter to settle in the bowl. This is when you can begin to add dish soap or clear glue to thicken it up. Just add a little at a time, and observe the difference it makes.

Now it’s time to transport it into the jar! I would suggest you super glue or hot glue gun the lid shut once you are satisfied with the jar, so that it is never reopened.

At this time I would time the glitter, so you can expect how long your child’s “timeout/mind jar time” to be in the future. Also, feel free to decorate. The more detail and “fun” there is on this jar, the better experience they will have with it.






This particular jar takes about 3 minutes to fully settle. Perfect for miss Olivia, the 3 year old







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Monday, October 7, 2013




The internet has been FLOODING lately with so much political hate, which isn’t unusual I suppose but it was starting to really bug me. I have seen recently the most posting regarding the Obamacare that is slowly coming into play. I decided to do my own research on this matter, because even though many of those Meme pictures on Facebook are comical…majority of them are completely false.

What I found was that being a young adult, especially female, Obamacare holds MANY benefits. This information was taken directly from the Healthcare.gov website as well as the obamacarefacts.org website.

The more I learn about this plan, the more I like it. Here are some ways that Obamacare will specifically benefit women:

Preventive Care Is Covered
Yep, it’s true…and about time! These free services include check-ups, screenings for diabetes as well as HIV, mammograms, contraceptives such as the pill, the ring, the patch, the shot, implants, IUDs and sterilization procedures. Obamacare will require all plans to cover all FDA-approved methods. NO MORE CO-PAYS!!
*Certain religious employers are exempt from this requirement.

Maternity Coverage
There are currently just over 12% of health plans that include coverage for maternity. Beginning in 2014, ALL of the individual health plans will be required to include 10 essential health benefits such as maternity care, hospitalization, prescription medication, mental health services and preventive services.

Equalized Pricing
The average 25 year old woman can pay up to 50% more than the average 25 year old man for the same coverage on insurance. Beginning in 2014, gender rating will no longer be valid.

Lucky Number 26
This one goes for men as well, but now we are able to stay on a family plan, or our parents health plan until the age of 26. Previously, many young adults faced many problems because they were dropped from their parents and couldn’t yet afford their own quality plan. This began back in 2010 with the Affordable Care Act put in place by Obama.

Current Problem? No Problem
Currently health insurance can deny you if you have a pre-existing condition (such as diabetes or asthma) because they consider you a “risk”…but that will no longer be the case come 2014. Health premiums can only be based on your age, where you live and whether or not you are a smoker. (Great reason to quit)!

Breastfeeding
The law requires your employer to provide as reasonable break time in a secluded area (other than a bathroom if preferred) for you to pump breast milk throughout the work day. The law also requires these plans to cover the costs of breastfeeding equipment and counseling WITHOUT A CO-PAY.

If You Make Less Than $16,000
If you make less than $16,000.00 a year may be eligible for Medicaid. Medicaid is the state-federal health insurance program for the poor, and it’s being expanded by the law to those whose annual income is under the federal poverty level. However, the expansion is ‘optional’ between states, and about half will be participating at this point in time. You will have to research your specific area.

As I learn more, I will be updating this post.

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1:50 PM Ashley



The internet has been FLOODING lately with so much political hate, which isn’t unusual I suppose but it was starting to really bug me. I have seen recently the most posting regarding the Obamacare that is slowly coming into play. I decided to do my own research on this matter, because even though many of those Meme pictures on Facebook are comical…majority of them are completely false.

What I found was that being a young adult, especially female, Obamacare holds MANY benefits. This information was taken directly from the Healthcare.gov website as well as the obamacarefacts.org website.

The more I learn about this plan, the more I like it. Here are some ways that Obamacare will specifically benefit women:

Preventive Care Is Covered
Yep, it’s true…and about time! These free services include check-ups, screenings for diabetes as well as HIV, mammograms, contraceptives such as the pill, the ring, the patch, the shot, implants, IUDs and sterilization procedures. Obamacare will require all plans to cover all FDA-approved methods. NO MORE CO-PAYS!!
*Certain religious employers are exempt from this requirement.

Maternity Coverage
There are currently just over 12% of health plans that include coverage for maternity. Beginning in 2014, ALL of the individual health plans will be required to include 10 essential health benefits such as maternity care, hospitalization, prescription medication, mental health services and preventive services.

Equalized Pricing
The average 25 year old woman can pay up to 50% more than the average 25 year old man for the same coverage on insurance. Beginning in 2014, gender rating will no longer be valid.

Lucky Number 26
This one goes for men as well, but now we are able to stay on a family plan, or our parents health plan until the age of 26. Previously, many young adults faced many problems because they were dropped from their parents and couldn’t yet afford their own quality plan. This began back in 2010 with the Affordable Care Act put in place by Obama.

Current Problem? No Problem
Currently health insurance can deny you if you have a pre-existing condition (such as diabetes or asthma) because they consider you a “risk”…but that will no longer be the case come 2014. Health premiums can only be based on your age, where you live and whether or not you are a smoker. (Great reason to quit)!

Breastfeeding
The law requires your employer to provide as reasonable break time in a secluded area (other than a bathroom if preferred) for you to pump breast milk throughout the work day. The law also requires these plans to cover the costs of breastfeeding equipment and counseling WITHOUT A CO-PAY.

If You Make Less Than $16,000
If you make less than $16,000.00 a year may be eligible for Medicaid. Medicaid is the state-federal health insurance program for the poor, and it’s being expanded by the law to those whose annual income is under the federal poverty level. However, the expansion is ‘optional’ between states, and about half will be participating at this point in time. You will have to research your specific area.

As I learn more, I will be updating this post.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Costume Ideas for halloween and/or theme parties
























































Honey Boo Boo family goes as Kardashians

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Costume Ideas for halloween and/or theme parties
























































Honey Boo Boo family goes as Kardashians

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