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?
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