I have a friend who lives a very stressful life with working two jobs, caring for three wonderful little kids and her marriage. She was very frustrated that she keeps losing socks in the laundry. She happened to find one in her shirt during a business meeting at work and took a lot of jokes for the next week.
I kindly provided her with a suggestion to use mesh laundry bags. My friend was not even aware of them, so I wonder how many others are also unaware of this simple, yet incredible invention! Mesh laundry bags can be purchased in the laundry section of stores (where you find hampers and baskets) or online. You put your socks, pantyhose, underwear or other small items that tend to disappear in the wash into the bag, zip the bag and throw it in the washer with the rest of your laundry. Then transfer to the dryer. When your laundry is done, open the zipper and remove your items. They are very affordable. They can be given to each member of the family to keep track of socks. This method also saves time on pairing a large amount of socks. They are also great at protecting pantyhose from getting runners while they are being washed.
Consider trying them and save yourself some frustration!
When it comes to football I find that women usually fall into one of two camps. Camp A is for the die-hard fans (like Mary and Liza) who look forward to the season, know their team well, and watch or go to the games faithfully. God bless them!
Camp B is for women like me. We either have absolutely no interest in football, or like it for about 10 minutes and then are bored. If you fall into Camp B then I have some fun football facts for you that may help when you're forced to watch a game:
Next time you're at a game, pull out one of these facts and wow the crowd. Better yet, find a comfy place to take a nap. There's nothing like the sound of a football game to lull me right to sleep. Go Browns!!
In my never-ending quest to find the perfect veggie burger recipe, I stumbled across this in a magazine. It was created by Ree Drummond.
You will need:
2 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1/4 cup grated onion
1/2 tsp chili powder
Salt & Pepper
Mash the beans until they are mushy but still have some pieces.
Mix the breadcrumbs, onion, chili powder, egg, and salt/pepper into the beans. Add a bit of water if the mixture still looks dry. Set aside for 5 minutes.
Preheat a large skillet over medium-high head and add a few tablespoons of oi.l
Divide the bean mixture into 4 balls and shape into patties. Cook the burgers until browned, about 5 minutes on each side.
You can shake it up a bit by adding your own favorite seasonings. In the picture above I added corn and Mexican seasonings. This is an easy and delicious vegetarian meal!
September is national ovarian cancer awareness month. As a women reading this blog, it is essential that you are aware of this very horrible disease because it is the deadliest of all gynecologic cancers. Because there is no routine testing for it and symptoms can be vague, ovarian cancer is often diagnosed in later stages. 1 in 75 women will develop ovarian cancer.
Many women believe that as long as they continue to see their gynecologist and get routine PAP smears, they are covered. It is important to know that PAP smears DO NOT test for ovarian cancer.
Signs of ovarian cancer may be different for every woman. It is important to know your body and trust when you notice changes. These signs may not be related to ovarian cancer and could be related to a noncancerous condition. Ovarian cysts have very similar symptoms. It is important to work with your medical provider to determine the cause of your symptoms.
· Feeling full quickly
· Abdominal or Pelvic pain
· Needing to urinate more frequently
· Changes in bowel movements
· Increasing abdominal size
· Weight loss
· Feeling tired or low energy
Higher risk of ovarian cancer occurs in women who are:
· Older than 55 years of age
· Post-menopausal women with ovarian cysts
· Did NOT give birth to a child
· Family history of ovarian cancer
· Personal history of breast, colorectal or endometrial cancer
If you feel have any of these symptoms, talk to your doctor about ovarian cancer being a potential problem.
I've always been a big water drinker. Growing up, water was a mainstay. My family of 10 went through milk and juice way too fast, and soda was a rare treat. So I grew accustomed to water and that carried over into my adult life.
We've all heard the advice: drink eight glasses a day. But recently, there was a lot of press about the fact there is no scientific evidence to back up the 8 glasses/day suggestion.
OK. Sure. But that doesn't mean that there aren't many benefits of drinking water. The most obvious is that it is calorie-free. For those who don't want the nutritionally-void calories of soda and some juices, water is a great option. And if you don't mind drinking from the tap, you can save a ton of money too.
The other significant benefit of drinking plenty of water each day is the fact that it cleanses your body. Think about it: all that water you're slugging is making its way through your body, keeping things hydrated and moving the waste along.. Kidneys and bowels function better if they're getting plenty of fluids, and water helps energize muscles.
My co-workers know that I'm a big water drinker. I have a 32-ounce bottle that I fill two or three times per day, and they see me heading to the restroom every hour or so---another benefit because I'm not sitting at my desk for several hours at a time.
So why not get up and pour yourself a big glass of water?
There are three types of kids when it comes to school lunches. The ones who pack every day, the ones who buy their lunch every day and the hybrid who does a combination of packing and buying. For those that buy lunches, most school programs ensure a healthy, balanced meal option. For those that pack daily, sometimes there is more of a struggle to ensure a healthy balance. Some parents pack lunches for their children, others allow children to pack for themselves. Here are some ideas to make packing lunches a bit easier for you.
· Pack lunches the night before. This saves you time in the morning when you are rushing to get out of the door on time.
· Include your children in the process. Have your children help choose the items to ensure they will actually eat the foods they choose while at school.
· Buy prepared/pre-cut fruits and veggies or cut a large amount of fruits and veggies up on the weekend and store in containers for the week. Pre-cut foods may cost a little more, but it will save you time when you are busy with other things.
· Store foods in portion sized bags. I love the snack size bags. Once or twice a week, fill several snack size bags with fruits, veggies, healthy snacks, lean protein, and dairy. Buy plastic bins and number them. Have your child take one item from each bin to make a complete lunch. Refill bins as appropriate.
· Incorporate left overs into lunches. Many kids love left-overs and several do not have to be reheated. These can include cool pizza, meat cut into snack sizes, chips and salsa & pasta with pesto or olive oil. When you finish dinner, simply put left-overs into containers that can be easily taken to school the next day.
· Make your own lunchables. Using a plastic container, fill with 4 cupcake liners. Put a fruit in one, a veggie in one, a lean protein in one and a snack in another. Have your children help choose the items to ensure they will actually eat the foods they choose while at school.
· Make home-made ice packs. Buy sponges at the dollar store, dampen with water, put into a sealable plastic bag and put in the freezer. These are very cheap and easy to make and won’t be upset when they disappear “by accident” of course!
Did you know that all cultures use music? It has been a part of life since humans have existed. Other animals enjoy a melody as well. If you don't believe me, play an instrument or sing when you're dog is around. Most will try to join in and the results can be hysterical.
Music is good for our health. There are have been many studies conducted in this area and an entire field of Music Therapy to help those in need. Here's what music can do for you:
That's some pretty stellar reasons to crank out some tunes and sing to your heart's content! Try varying what you listen to and see how it impacts you on a mental and physical level. I recently pulled out some oldies from my college days and boy did that bring back the memories! Many people find that holiday music does the same thing.
I hope you have a melodious day!!
Do you feel like your metabolism has slowed down? Are you gaining weight? Are you tired all the time? Has your sex life taken a vacation? You could have a low thyroid, also known as hypothyroidism. As many as 30% of women have this disease.
Your thyroid gland is located just below your Adam's apple and produces two hormones (T3 and T4) which control your metabolism. When production of these hormones is impaired, a low thyroid issue results.
What are the signs of hypothyroidism?
If you suspect that you may have this disease, call your doctor. They can run a simple blood test and can put you on a prescription hormone to correct the problem. There are other things you can do to support your thyroid and these include:
Your thyroid is an important organ that impacts every other area of your body. Take care of it for a healthy and happy life!
Medication compliance means taking a medication as ordered by a licensed provider. I work in the medical field, so this is a common topic in my world. I was surprised to see a statistic that as many as 25 % of prescriptions are never filled. I am even more surprised when patients take themselves off of essential medications without discussing it with their provider.
Today, medicine is geared toward PREVENTATIVE medicine. This means that we are trying to prevent serious, debilitating and even fatal diseases and illnesses. Medications are prescribed to prevent further progression of illnesses to more serious illnesses. For example, anti-hypertensive medications (blood pressure medication) is prescribed to keep your blood pressure controlled to prevent stroke, peripheral vascular disease, cardiac disease and eye disease. It is essential that you have a good understanding of why a provider orders a medication for you, what the side effects are, and know how long you should take this medication.
Please do NOT just stop medications. Some medications have rebound effects. For example stopping a beta-blocker that is meant to lower heart rate and blood pressure, may actually result in a very high heart rate and blood pressure. Other medications can cause withdraw symptoms. For example, gabapentin is often prescribed for neurological pain, but when stopped suddenly, it can cause confusion, agitation, headache, nausea, tremors and anxiety. If you are not happy with how you feel on a medication, please talk to your provider about how to safely stop it and alternative treatment options.
Even worse, many people stop taking their antibiotics before they are finished because their infection looks better or they feel better. Not completing the entire course of antibiotics may not only cause the infection to come back, but it may also an antibiotic resistance that may be difficult to treat. This often requires hospital admission for IV antibiotics and specialist to treat a now very complex infection.
All medications should be taken very seriously. You should sit down with your provider and discuss all medications that you are on, both over-the-counter and prescribed. You should know why you are taking it, when to take it and how long to take it. You should also see if there are any testing that needs to be done while you are on that medication (blood tests to see if doses are appropriate). You should know common side effects of the medications you are on. You should keep an accurate list of your medications with their doses and timing in your wallet for medical providers to review at all appointments and emergency visits. If you feel you no longer need a medication, have a discussion with your provider.
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