My husband and I both work full time. When we get home, spending a significant time on making dinner just sounds exhausting. I have a few go to favorites, but we tire of eating the same thing every week. Here is a recipe for a pasta dish, cooked in 1 pot, that can easily be created in 15 minutes. It’s so simple and the variation makes it feel like a new meal each week.
First boil water and add any type of pasta in the appropriate portion for your family.
Then add a combo of a cooked protein, vegetable and sauce. Voila! Dinner is ready!
Here are some of my favorite combos:
The list is endless! Think of all of the combinations you can come up with. It’s a great way to use left-over meat from the night before as well!
You may have noticed tiny little veins showing up on your legs. These are called spider veins and were named because they tend to look like a spider's web. They twist and turn and this causes them to show through the skin. Spider veins are typically harmless but they can be unattractive which might impact your self-esteem. They can be hereditary, although women also get them if they are obese, stand a lot, or are taking hormone medications.
Varicose veins are bit more serious. They are larger in nature and more swollen so they really stand out. They twist as well and can cause pain and also blood clots in the leg. They are also hereditary and can sometimes develop when you are pregnant or have health issues.
The good news is that both types of veins can be treated or eliminated. Start with your diet. Make sure you are getting plenty of fiber and water and eat blueberries whenever you can. These have been shown to improve the microcirculation in your vein linings. Also be sure you are exercising aerobically at least three times a week to improve your circulation. The added benefit is it will help you to lose weight if needed.
If you are experiencing pain in your legs, try to elevate them as much as possible. You can also purchase compression socks or hose online which will do wonders for your feet and legs if you have to stand for long periods of time.
A visit to your doctor is recommended if you can't stand the sight of your veins or they are causing too much pain. There are many procedures the doctor can do in their office to help. The first is called sclerotherapy and involves injecting a saline solution into the vein. This will cause the vein to eventually collapse and disappear in 6 weeks.
A more invasive procedure is done under local anesthesia and involves inserting a laser into the vein. A beam of light is then pulsed through the vein causing it to collapse. Instead of a laser, your doctor may insert a tiny catheter instead and then blast some radiofrequency waves to collapse the vein. Either way you should see good results.
For serious varicose veins your doctor may recommend a more invasive surgery done in the hospital. During this procedure the veins are tied off or completely stripped from your body. The results and also very good.
I recently read an article about the 20 places with the greatest view. I realized that I had been to 4 of them and several more were on my travel wish list. To me, we have a big, beautiful world that is just waiting to be seen. I often tease that the only reason that I work is so that I have the money to travel. I love to travel, but many find it frightening. I would love to challenge you to overcome any fears and restrictions and find a way to see the beauty of this world we live in.
Make a list of places you would love to see. Then rank them my most important. Then explore how much time and how much money you have to budget. Start traveling!
The biggest excuse for not traveling is money! Let’s explore some options. First find where you can cut back in your monthly expenses. Consider giving up a daily expense that isn’t necessary (ie, coffee shop, buying lunch, paying for transportation). You can bring coffee and lunch from home to help save money and walk to closer locations (perk of exercise and saving money). You can quit a bad habit like smoking. Avoid going out to eat and make more meals at home. Consider changing your cell phone plan to something simpler or giving up cable television. Allot all of the money you would save from these sacrifices to fund your vacation.
The second is fear of flying! You can drive to many beautiful locations. Taking a bus tour is another option. Many locations can also be reached by train. All of these are affordable options as well.
Another common fear is traveling alone. Ask a close friend or family member to take a trip with you. This may ease the fear of traveling alone and make it more affordable if you share travel expenses and lodging. You can also take a cruise. They are designed to meet new people and see sites with groups. Travel to visit family in other areas of the country. This will enable you to see new places, stay with family and save money on lodging. You can also consider traveling with a service group.
There are very few good excuses for not traveling! Find a way to travel the world!
My husband loves golf. Every Tuesday night, like clockwork, he heads to the course to join his friends in 18 holes of pure bliss. When he arrives home he is always in a great mood. Unfortunately, he is almost always in pain as well.
You wouldn't think it, but golf is a high-injury sport. It requires quite a bit of coordination, strength, and flexibility throughout your body. Proper technique is the key but unfortunately, most amateurs don't have good technique. If you are continuously injuring yourself when golfing, you might want to seek out a professional to assess your golf swing.
The number one complaint of avid golfers is lower back pain. You might also suffer from elbow, wrist or shoulder injuries. To combat these you can do the following things:
Hopefully you stay healthy this summer and can golf to your heart's content. Fore!!!
This time of year, many people spend a lot of time traveling. Long car rides and long flights increase the risk of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) or blood clot. DVTs commonly occur in the legs, but can also form in the arms. The biggest problem with DVTs is that they can travel to your lungs and cause a pulmonary embolism. It is essential that you are mindful of causes and do your best to prevent them.
Those at HIGHEST risk:
Sitting for extended periods of time
Birth control or hormone replacement therapy with Estrogen
Injury or surgery to an area
Age greater than 60
Blood disorders than make your blood thicker (factor V Leiden)
Signs and Symptoms of a DVT :
Unfortunately many are not aware that they have a DVT until it causes further problems.
Swelling of the leg
Pain or tenderness in the leg (especially when walking)
Warmth to the area
Redness in the area
If a DVT travels to the lung, it can cause a pulmonary embolism or PE. The clot blocks the major vessels to the lungs and can be fatal. Symptoms of a PE include:
Unexplained shortness of breath
Pain with breathing
Coughing up blood
Fast heart rate
If you have any signs or symptoms of a DVT or PE, you should immediately go to an emergency department for evaluation and treatment.
To prevent a DVT:
Avoid a sedentary lifestyle
Maintain a healthy weight
Move around frequently
If you cannot walk around, exercise your legs while sitting (raise and lower heels with toes on the floor, then switch and raise and lower toes with heels on the floor).
Wear loose fitting clothing
Talk to your medical provider if you are at high risk for DVT
The shoulders can be tricky. Many adults suffer from stiffness, pain, and other problems due to the long hours they spend in front of a computer. If you think you might have shoulder issues, try this test:
Wall Angels - Stand in front of a wall with your back and shoulders flat against the surface. You may have to bring your feet out slightly. Raise your arms above your head and press them and the back of your hands against the wall as well. Slowly lower your arms down in the same motion you would use if you were making an angel in the snow.
If this move was difficult then you probably have some shoulder issues. You can do the wall angel move to loosen things up. Below are some other moves that might be helpful:
Elbow Hinge - Stand with your arms at a 90 degree angle in front of you, palms facing each other, with your elbows pressed against your side. Slowly move your arms away from each other, but keep your elbows pressed at your side. When this gets easy you can add hand weights.
Shoulder Raises - Stand with your arms hanging down at your sides. Slowly raise both arms up in front of your body and stop when they are at shoulder level. Your palms should be facing down. Then lower the arms back to your side. When this gets easy you can add hand weights.
Shoulder Stretch - (As shown in the photo above). Take your right arm out in front of your body. Use your left hand to grasp your right arm just above or below the elbow. Gently pull your right arm towards the body until you feel a stretch in the front of your shoulder. Repeat on the opposite side.
With practice these moves should become easier and your shoulder should regain some of it's flexibility and strength.
We often grumble about our jobs. They are usually exhausting and rarely does everything go smoothly. You may not be content in your current place of employment. We have to work for a very long time to support our families, pay off bills and set ourselves up for retirement, so you should find a way to enjoy your work.
First, we assume that leadership is aware of problems or frustrations that we have. Schedule a meeting with your superior to discuss problems at work. Be sure to come with a list, leave emotions out, and present just factual information with appropriate examples. You can even take it one step further by proposing solutions to the problems that you witness. Then take it another step further and volunteer to steer the solution and report back.
You may not feel you are being paid enough for the work you are doing. Again, leadership may not be aware of all of your responsibilities or accomplishments. First, update your list of skills and qualifications. Provide evidence of improvements that you have personally made for your company. Describe how your role has advanced since you initially took the position. Show any additional training that you have gotten to improve your role. Research what the regional income is for your position and experience. Then meet with your superior to propose a raise. If they are not able to financially give you a pay raise or bonus, perhaps you can negotiate for additional vacation days, a better parking spot, a change in hours, increased company shares, a better office space or other creative perks.
Often we work with negative and depressing colleagues. Be the person you want to be surrounded by. Be positive at work, surprisingly smiling and pleasantries are addicting. Find positive things to complement your colleagues on. Be encouraging and avoid negative comments and gossip. Let others know they are appreciated and respected for their roles, try not to take them for granted. Bring in snacks or a treat for your colleagues or plan a group outing after work. Often people who are friends outside of the workplace, work better together in the workplace. Be a team player and assist others when you can.
If all of this fails you, perhaps your place of employment is just not a good fit for you. Don’t be afraid to look into other employment opportunities. After all, you should enjoy the 30 plus years of employment!
I am hosting a women's craft night at my house. In the old days this would have put me in a tizzy. I used to think hosting a party meant cleaning the house from top to bottom, shopping and planning an elaborate menu, and offering a large variety of drinks to my guests. Then, after spending all night serving food and clearing dishes, I would drop into bed exhausted knowing full well I would still have to clean the next morning. UGH!
Ladies, it doesn't have to be this way. A party should be about having fun and laughing with your guests. Lose the notion that it has to be perfect. Instead, try these tips for a stress-free party:
t took me 15 minutes to get my house ready for the craft party. I ordered pizza and salad to be delivered from a local restaurant and stocked up on simple beverages. I'm ready! Best of all I'll be able to spend time crafting and enjoying time with my friends.
Back to school shopping can be tough on your budget, especially if you have more than one child. There are ways to make it more affordable.
· Set a budget. It is important to review your finances and know what you can comfortably spend on back to school shopping.
· If you have a student that insists on more items or expensive items, have them supplement the cost with allowance, side jobs, or savings.
· Make back to school shopping a fun game. This time of year, we are transitioning from summer to fall items. There are lots of clearance and sale items available. Tell them to find items for $10 and under.
· Buy only items that meet your budget, are of good quality and fit appropriately. Avoid buying splurges or poor quality items just because they are affordable.
· Consider spreading the cost out over the school year. Provide one new outfit monthly or ask family and friends to buy needed items for Christmas or birthday presents.
· Use what you have. Review what you have at home that can be reallocated or reused. Sometimes going through closets and dresser drawers, you find items that have not been worn or just need a good wash and iron to appear nice again.
· Visit discount stores-Consider starting your school shopping at resale shops. There are several now that carry name-brand, gently used items that are much more budget friendly.
· Exchange items among friends and neighbors. Often students want new items not because they are worn, but because they are bored with what they have. Consider getting a similar age group together to exchange items so that your student has new items to wear.
· Take advantage of back to school sales. Be careful to take advantage of just the sale items and avoid picking up other items.
· Consider waiting until after school starts to truly evaluate what is “needed” for the school year. Then take advantage of even further sales of back to school items that have not yet been purchased.
Have a budget friendly back to school shopping experience!
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