Party Season Manners

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We spent Thanksgiving with family at their home. They made a delicious traditional Thanksgiving dinner with turkey, stuffing, yams, cranberries, mashed potatoes, chocolate cake and of course pumpkin pie. They spent majority of the day preparing and cooking the least I could do is help clean up, especially if I would like to be invited back. In a world where cell phones and internet abound manners have dwindled. Please do not forget your manners! I mean come on who doesn’t love a clean cut Britain with an accent and manners?

Here are a few tips for good holiday manners:

• When someone invites you to dinner offer to bring an item to share. If they decline accept graciously but offer again the next time they invite you.

• Offer to arrive early to help prepare the meal. But do NOT just show up early. This may throw some people a curve ball.

• Help set the table the way the host would like.

• Insist on how delicious everything is!

• Clear your own plate once you are finished eating.

• Clear your Neighbors plate once they are finished.

• Basically keep clearing the table until it has been wiped and ready for use again.

• Help store any leftovers in appropriate containers.

• Help do the dishes.

• Help wipe appliances down.

• Offer to sweep or vacuum the debris from the eating area.

• Insist that the host remain seated while you clean up.

NEVER criticize the cooking or the cleanliness of the home.

And ALWAYS say Thank You!

 

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This is Bekette helping Colton do his hair for Thanksgiving.  SO cute!

7 Ways to Detox your LIFE

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You don’t have to go to a fancy salon or day spa to detoxify your life. In fact, detoxification isn’t a single event, rather a process that takes time and involves every aspect of your life, from your skin to your home to your friends. Here’s how to get started.

Recycle

You probably know recycling is good for the environment. As the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency points out, recycling conserves energy, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, reduces landfill waste and conserves natural resources, which means you’re helping keep the planet green for yourself and future generations.

Detoxify your body

There are harsh preservatives, antibiotics, high-fructose corn syrup, and all sorts of dreadful ingredients in a vast majority of foods. By detoxing your body, you could potentially increase your metabolism, lower your risk for disease, improve your overall health, and feel at your complete best. The M3 body system by Modere, offers natural supplements that easily cleanse your body from the inside out, and will open the door to a cleaner and healthier future.

Purify your friend list

Whether on social media or in life, cut out people who don’t bring you joy. There’s enough drama and difficulty in the world without inviting it in. If you have a large Facebook friends list, start by cutting 10 percent of your friends (such as your acquaintances from high school you haven’t talked to in years).

Use natural household cleaners

How often have you wrinkled your nose at the scent of household cleaners? They’re more than a harsh smell you’re scrubbing into your countertops and floors – many of the sprays and wipes used in daily cleaning are loaded with chemicals like ammonia, bleach and phosphates. Shop for household cleaners with natural ingredients. Look for products free of parabens, dyes, fragrances, chlorine and nonylphenol ethoxylates (commonly called NPE) to benefit your family and the environment.

Make new habits

It may feel impossible to break unhealthy habits, but it’s necessary for detoxification. Whether you eat too much when you’re depressed, visit places or people that bring out the worst in you or consider it exercise to lift the leg rest on your recliner, it’s time to make a change. Bad habits prevent you from living to your potential, so replace them new, healthier habits.

Exercise for 10 more minutes per day

If you don’t work out, adding 10 minutes of exercise to your day will pay you back with dividends of energy, muscle tone and weight loss. A recent study, as reported by Oprah.com, found women “who walked an average of 72 minutes a week at two to three mph – that’s about 10 minutes of mall-pace striding a day – had significantly improved heart strength and general fitness, nearly matching the efforts of women exercising almost twice as long.” Once you’ve added 10 minutes of exercise, it will be easier to increase workout time and improve your physical fitness over time.

Protect your skin

If you’ve been to a big city, you’ve probably seen smog in the air and smelled car exhaust in the streets. However, pollution doesn’t have to be visible or smelly to be harmful. In fact, your own home is likely filled with pollutants. “The air inside your home may be polluted by lead (in house dust), formaldehyde, fire-retardants, radon, even volatile chemicals from fragrances used in conventional cleaners,” according to WebMD. “Some pollutants are tracked into the home. Some arrive via a new mattress or furniture, carpet cleaners, or a coat of paint on the walls.”

Wherever you are, protect your skin from pollutants by using skin products with ingredients like botanical extracts and pre- and probiotics which help detoxify your skin and protect against free radical damage. You wouldn’t go out in the sun without sunscreen, so why would you let your skin go without pollution protection?

Is That My Neighbors House

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The color and the artwork in this home is astonishing.  The sunlight comes through the windows and brightens the blues and reds that play off the pool and the red rock in the backyard.  I love people that utilize color in their home.  It is very easy to fall into neutral colors, they are comfortable and safe.

What IF…


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What if when someone told us something they were struggling with instead of us judging or pulling away because we are uncomfortable or unsure what to say we find a way to treat that person the same way we always have and remember that inside them is the same person they have always been and that person is dying to be re-discovered and flourish. Amidst our trials and things that are tearing us apart what do you want most? You want to be able to crawl out and conquer the trial, the trial that you are so firmly grasping onto the edge of the cliff hanging on for dear life, waiting for it to pass. What if the way you treat someone is what could make the difference from them letting go of their grasp or kicking their leg up over the ledge to climb out. What if we find it in ourselves to be the good, to help someone find themselves again… find the person we saw before?  So, How can we do that?

3 simple ways:

1.  Listen without judgment.

2.  Treat the person the same way before you knew what was going on. Reach down deep inside and climb out of your comfort shell and step into the uncomfortable zone that you are creating and act the same.  You’ll be surprised at what will come back your way for this support.

3.  Love them with service and kindness.  Don’t ask them what you can do for them, JUST DO something!

 

Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cupcake

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Ingredients

Modere Pure Chocolate Whey Protein 1/2 cup
Oat flour 1/2 cup
Unsweetened cocoa powder 1/4 cup
Baking powder 1 tsp
Greek yogurt 170 g
Whole egg 1
Egg white 1 white
Unsweetened almond milk 1/4 cup
Stevia or other powdered sweetener 1/3 cup
Natural peanut butter 1/3 cup

 

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350F (180C).
2. Combine all the ingredients except the peanut butter in a food processor.
3. Divide the mixture between nine cups in a cupcake tin. Then pop a teaspoon of peanut butter in each and push it down so it is submerged.
4. Bake the cupcakes for around 10-15 minutes until they’re cooked through. They’re best eaten fresh from the oven. If you have any leftovers, microwave them later to re-melt the peanut butter center.

 

Pro Tip

No need to run out to the market for oat flour! The oat flour can be made by blending up oats in a food processor. It can also be substituted for brown rice flour or almond flour in other recipes.

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1 cupcake
Recipe yields: 8 cupcakes
Calories: 134
Total Fat: 7g
Total Carbs: 8.4g
Protein: 11.7g

You Think Too Much

 

 

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I was once told I think too much.

There are a lot of things in my past that I am happy to leave in my past. I have grown, learned and changed for the better. But that comment echoes in my head.

When I was younger I was compelled to believe thinking was a bad thing. That I should restrict my thoughts, limit them to only necessary activity. I learned that over thinking causes problems. It upsets people.

I will no longer stand in fear of my own thoughts. I used to think pondering things was a bad thing and I tried to suppress them.  But now I am turning them into something good. Be the good in the world. Share your thoughts. Share your feelings. We can all stand to learn from each other.

“The Best Lemon Bar Ever!”

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If you like dessert and you like Lemon’s you must try this recipe!

Crust:

1 cup butter or margarine

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups flour, unsifted

Cream butter and powdered sugar.  Add salt and flour mix well.  Pat into 9″ x 13″ greased baking dish.  Bake at 350 for 15 to 29 minutes.

Filling:

4 eggs, slightly beaten

2 cups sugar

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 cup flour

1/4 cup lemon juice

Rind of 1 lemon, grated

To make filling, mix all ingredients and pour over hot crust.  Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes .  When done, sprinkle with powdered sugar.  Cut when cool.  Yield:  One 9″ x 13″ cake.

Lemon is a fruit so it’s healthy!

 

Is That My Neighbors House

 

 

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As soon as I saw the leopard print pumpkin I fell head over heels for this home.  Everything about this living and dining room combo makes me swoon.  The color choices, the textures and the magnificent light coming through the windows.

 

 

 

 

 

 

10 Ways to Workout on a Busy Schedule

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Let’s face it, there aren’t enough hours in the day sometimes. Work, family, running errands, more work, there is just too much going on, so how on earth are we supposed to fit a workout routine into our schedule?

It isn’t easy, but it’s doable. There are literally thousands of blogs from stay-at-home moms, marketing gurus, or travel enthusiasts who talk about fitting a workout into a busy schedule. So where do you start?

Shoot for the morning

Gyms Close to Home or Work

Find a Buddy

Get Competition Ready

Be a Weekend Warrior

Workouts for You

Schedule your workout

Share Your Goals

Make Any Space a Home Gym

Meal Planning and Tracking Calories

Most importantly a WORKOUT SHOULD BE FUN!  If you are dreading your workout mix it up and try something new.  There are hundreds of different options.

*Remember to consult your physician before starting any new workout program.