Friday, 17 February 2017

Clever Uses for Kitchen Sponges

Posted by Bismah Abdelgawad

12 Clever Ways to Use Sponges in the Kitchen and Beyond


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Clever Uses for Kitchen Sponges

Sponges are most commonly used in the kitchen for cleaning dishes or spills. Surprisingly, there are additional clever uses for these sponges that extend inside the kitchen, as well as in other areas throughout your home.

1. Keep your vegetables crunchy. Place a few new kitchen sponges in your crisper drawer and squeeze them out after they've absorbed excess moisture. This will keep your veggies crisp. 

2. Keep refrigerator odor free. Sprinkle a damp sponge with baking soda and place it in your fridge. It will absorb odors, and you’ll able to stretch a box of baking soda over a longer period of time.

3. Protect surfaces from scratches. Before you place a vase on your coffee table glue a few pieces of a sponge to the bottom to prevent any marks.

4. Seal a drafty window. If your window air-conditioning unit doesn't fit snug, press a sponge into any openings to keep the chilly air inside.

5. Clean narrow vases or containers. Place some tape or rubber band a sponge to the end of a chopstick to clean and dry narrow vases and containers.

6. Nail polish remover pad. Pour some nail polish remover over a sponge instead of disposable cotton balls. Store in a container when not in use and save money by reusing the sponge.

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7. Perfect your pedicure. To avoid smudged polish after an at-home pedicure, cut a sponge in wedges and place between the toes to separate.

8. Protect your hands when shoveling or raking by wrapping a sponge or two around the handle. Secure the sponges with a couple of rubber bands.

9. Simple ice pack. Soak a sponge in water, place it in a sealed plastic sandwich bag and freeze until solid. As the sponge thaws, the water will stay sealed up in the bag without getting all over.Nail polish remover pad. Pour some nail polish remover over a sponge instead of disposable cotton balls. Store in a container when not in use and save money by reusing the sponge.

10. Save your soap. Soap can make such a mess in the bottom of the bathroom dish after several uses. Instead rest your soap on a sponge to wick away moisture and keep your soap clean and ready to use.

11. Remove Lint. Give your clothes and upholstery a quick wipe down with a dampened, wrung out sponge to easily remove lint and pet fur. You can reuse the sponge again simply by running your fingers over its surface and remove the lint.

12. Paint stamps. Make stamps by cutting the sponge into desired shapes. Give the stamps along with some paint to your children and watch them have fun painting with shapes.

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Monday, 6 February 2017

Creamy Hot Chocolate Recipe

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3 Ingredient Homemade Creamy Hot Chocolate 


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Creamy Hot Chocolate Recipe

Hot chocolate is a popular drink among both young and old generations. It is enjoyed best during the cold season and forms many cherished memories in childhood. Playing outside in the snow, skating, or sliding prior to having this delicious hot beverage just makes one appreciate more the simpler things in life. It is a satisfying and soothing beverage that can quickly warm chilled hands.

There are many ways to top up a cup of hot chocolate. Some classic favorites include whipped cream, marshmallows, caramels, cinnamon, marshmallows, sprinkles or jimmies. To make it more fun set up a toppings bar and let everyone choose what they want to place on top of their drinks. 

There are a few ways to whip up a delicious cup of hot chocolate. You can pick up one from a cafe shop, a box or tin from the store, or you can make your own at home. The first two may seem like the easiest ways to get your drink. However with just a few ingredients and a little time you can prepare your own the way you like it. 

The Prepared Pantry

When putting together this recipe the ingredients can be customized to individual taste. Use any milk you prefer whether it be cow, soy, almond, or half and half. Feel free to replace white sugar with any sweetener such as honey, maple syrup, or sweet and low. The following is a basic version that is very simple and quick to put together.

Servings: 2

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
3 - 4 tablespoons sugar (adjust to your desired sweetness)
2 cup milk (full fat/homogenized)

Method: 

1. Whisk together the cocoa, sugar, and about 2 tablespoons of milk in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until cocoa and sugar are dissolved. 

2. Whisk in the rest of the milk and heat it over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until it is hot.

3. Pour in cups and serve. 

Tips:

If serving to small children fill their cups half full with the hot chocolate and then add a little cold milk.

When travelling outside in cold weather fill a thermos with hot chocolate and take it with you.


Creamy Hot Chocolate Recipe

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Tuesday, 31 January 2017

Introducing the Gymboree Peter Rabbit Collection

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Shop the Peter Rabbit Collection at Gymboree



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 Gymboree Peter Rabbit collection

Gymboree just introduced the brand new Peter Rabbit collection. This collection is specially designed for the littlest ones in your life. It is the perfect way to celebrate the upcoming Spring with bunny-soft styles, cute ruffles, and exquisite embroidery. Each and every piece in this collection is absolutely adorable.

This collection features dresses, one piece tops and pants, outfits sets, accessories, and more for both boys and girls. There are even plush Peter Rabbit toys. These all make great gifts for baby showers, birthdays, or any occasion. Here are just some of the pieces available:
 Garden Dress

 Peter Rabbit Dress


 Bunny Loves 1 - Piece


 Rabbit Overall Set


 Rabbit Ears Cardigan

Gymboree celebrates childhood and creates quality clothes and accessories that are the fabric of childhood. We inspire moms with our cute, colorful,coordinated collections. In Gymboree, kids shine bright and families look great together—for family moments, for special occasions, and for the special occasion that is every day of childhood.

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Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Getting Organized with EasyClosets

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Get Organized and Inspired with EasyClosets


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 EasyClosets

Are you thinking about custom organizing storage areas throughout your home? If so you may be wondering: “What is the best way to design my own custom organization system?” Whether it’s a bedroom closet, kid’s room closet, pantry, entryway or even the garage, a well-designed storage system can help improve organization and enhance the appearance of your home. Get inspired to design your dream space with expert design tips and ideas from EasyClosets.

With the easy online design tool, it’s simple to custom design closet systems to fit the exact dimensions of your space. And, your closet system can be made even more efficient by adding accessories like belt racks, shelf dividers, baskets and more. Custom organization systems are made of high quality, 3/4" thick commercial grade composite panels with a thermally fused laminate surface that provides a durable, attractive finish. With a wide variety of colors, styles and accessories available in stock, you can customize designs specifically for your space, lifestyle and home decor.

EasyClosets are also Environmental friendly. The core of EasyClosets panels are made of 100% recycled and/or recovered wood fiber and certified to meet California Air Resources Board (CARB) Phase II standards.

EasyClosets custom closet and home organization solutions are sold online 7 days a week and free professional design service is available. Our professional design team can create a personalized plan for any area of your home at no extra charge. Get free design service or use our easy online design tool to design your custom home organization solution today.

Shipping is FREE within the contiguous U.S. for orders over $100. Orders placed by 6:00 p.m. ET typically ship the next business day so you can get started on your dream space right away.


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Monday, 23 January 2017

Extra 30% off your First Order at NatureBox

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Extra 30% off your First Order with code EXTRA30 at NatureBox


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 NatureBox

Eat well. Live Better. NatureBox snacks are made with high-quality, simple ingredients. Now through Monday, January 30, if you haven't yet tried NatureBox, you can save an extra 30% on the first purchase. Try some of these best sellers below and enjoy extra savings using code EXTRA30!

 Baked Blue Corn Tortilla Chips


Baked Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

Feeling blue . . . but in a good way! These baked, made from whole grain blue corn chips are packed with fiber. Delicious on their own yet sturdy enough to dip into salsa or your favorite hummus. With only 120 calories a serving, there's no need to feel guilty.

Jalapeno Cashews


 Jalapeno Cashews

Goes well with Cerveza. Add a little something to crunch on at your happy hour or game night. These high quality roasted cashews with their unique and spicy seasoning will totally tide you over until your 8-foot-long party sub arrives.

Nutty Power Clusters

 Nutty Power Clusters

So good it's nutty! These clusters are a powerhouse combination of walnuts, cashews, almonds, seeds, crispy rice and a touch of sea salt. Grab a handful of these babies and you'll be raring to go!

Chocolate Lovers, 4 Snack Pack

 Chocolate Lovers, 4 Snack Pack

This box is perfect for the snacker with a sweet tooth. What's included: Dark Cocoa Nom Noms, Dark Chocolate Berry Trail Mix, Chocolate Hazelnut Granola, and three Mocha Almond Bars.

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Friday, 20 January 2017

Healthy and Tasty Oatmeal Toppings

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10 Healthy and Tasty Oatmeal Toppings



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Healthy and Tasty Oatmeal Toppings

A steaming hot bowl of oatmeal can help kick start your day especially on those cold winter mornings. For many people, myself included plain oatmeal may taste too bland to be able to eat and enjoy. There are instant packets of oatmeal with added flavorings, however they also contain high amounts of sugar. It is actually very easy and much more healthy to add your own fresh toppings. Here are some of my favorites:

1. Apple and cinnamon. Chop an apple into slices and spread out over the oatmeal. Sprinkle cinnamon over.

2. Fruit and yogurt. Replace milk with yogurt and add some chopped berries or fruit.

3. Banana and cinnamon with honey. Slice a banana and place over the oatmeal. Add a little cinnamon and honey. Mix all together if desired.

4. Banana nut. Slice up one banana. Add to oatmeal and stir in two tablespoons of chopped walnuts.



5. Trail mix. Top with any nuts or seeds such as almonds, cashews, walnuts, cranberries, raisins, or sunflowers.

6. Fig and honey. Mash up one fresh fig. Stir in fig along with half a tablespoon of honey.

7. Strawberries and cream. Add half a cup of strawberries and 1/4 cup of milk. Stir well.

8. Mango and coconut. Chop one mango. Stir in half. Place the other half on a plate to eat on the side or keep for later. Add desired amount of coconut. Mix. 

9. Cinnamon and peach. Remove the pits from two small peaches and slice or mash. Add to the oats. Sprinkle desired cinnamon. Mix.

10. Dates. Remove pits from 1/4 cup of dates and stir in. This is my favorite topping!



 Healthy And Tasty Oatmeal Toppings

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Friday, 13 January 2017

Stella & Dot's Sign-Up Special

Posted by Bismah Abdelgawad

Stella & Dot's Sign-Up Special is on Now


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From extra income to flexibility, there are so many great reasons to become a Stella & Dot Stylist. Stylists get to work from home at their own pace while also earning free jewelry for themselves. Right now, Stella & Dot is offering extra bling for anyone who sign up to become a Stylist! Until February 1st, you can enroll as a Stylist for as little as $199 and when you do, you get $650 in free jewelry! You also have the opportunity to earn a $199 cash rebate!

Here are three reasons you may love being a stylist:

1. Income & Free Products 

Get 25% - 35% commissions on sales, shop at a discount up to 50% off, plus get tons of free products and perks.

2. Be Your Own  Boss

You choose the hours, you call the shots. How much you work is up to you. No minimum requirements.

3. Training & Support 

Extra income is just the beginning. Join a community of strong and supportive women.




Here are the details of the Stylist Sign-up Promotion:

- Sign Up Special is valid now through February 1st.- Join for $199 and get up to $650 of free accessories. It's like joining for free!


- Get their $199 cash rebate when they reach $1000 in sales in their first 30 days. That's $650 of free stuff.



For more information on the Stella & Dot's Sign-Up Special visit here!















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Monday, 9 January 2017

Simple Tips to Declutter your Home

Posted by Bismah Abdelgawad

Declutter your Home with These 10 Simple Tips


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Simple Tips to Declutter your Home

Your home has become overcrowded with items in every room, closet, and drawers. Everything from clothing that is no longer worn, stacks of papers, dust collectors, and toys that are no longer used or old. With the start of a new year, it is the perfect time to think about decluttering your home.

When you first start to examine the extra items throughout your home it may be difficult to think about letting them go. You may think how can there be a positive side to getting rid of extra things that you might need sometime in the future. Well if you haven't used it in the past year it is highly unlikely that you will ever use it.

There are many positives to living a more simplified and uncluttered life. There will be less to clean and organize. You will have more space. You will feel less stressed and will feel more relaxed when in your home. Not to mention that you will even save some money. That is enough of a reason to begin removing some of the excess from your life. So where do you start?

1. Involve the entire family. Talk with family members about why it is important to clean clutter from around the home.

2. Choose a good day to declutter your home. 

3. Make it into a numbers game. Choose a number, depending on how badly cluttered your home is and using that number eliminate items from each area of your home. 

4. Start with a small area. If there’s too many things to clear and you are not sure where to begin, start off with a manageable spot. If it’s your room, start off with your dresser top. If it’s your wardrobe, pick one of the smaller compartments. Before you know it, you will be done with the area and you are ready to the next.


5. Designate one room in your home to keep clutter free at all times. The living room or sitting room might be the best choice since these are areas most visited by outside guests. Keeping one area clutter free will also inspire you to try and keep other areas in the home clutter free as well.

6. Divide seasonal items into storage containersAlthough you most likely have seasonal clothing and accessories stored in your home, it is not necessary for these items to lie around throughout the year. Divide them into individually marked storage bins, and keep them in one organized place. 

7. Let go of items that you have no use for. Use a huge garbage bag to dump everything you can let go. It makes it much simpler to discard stuff.

8. Get rid of expired items. Go through medicine, beauty products and food. Make a note of what is thrown out to reduce or eliminate these items when shopping to cut down on wastage.

9. Sort paperwork into designated folders. Separate paperwork into their own categories such as bills needing payment, licences, and other important documents. Throw out any junkmail or outdated papers that are no longer needed. 

10. Remove garbage bags from your home as soon as they become full. If you routinely bag items for charity yet delay the actual delivery of the goods, those bags can accumulate within your household quickly. Eliminate this source of clutter by taking newly packed bags out to your car right away.

Simple Tips to Declutter your Home

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Sunday, 1 January 2017

KitchenAid Mixer Giveaway

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Enter to Win a KitchenAid Mixer from Just Free Stuff



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Just Free stuff is giving away a KitchenAid Mixer on February 1st, 2017. All you need to do is click the highlighted link below and enter your email address. You will be sent an email back to confirm your entry. That's it. How simple is that?

With this KitchenAid Mixer you can easily make your favorite cakes and multiple batches of cookie dough with the 5-quart stainless steel mixing bowl with comfortable handle. With 10 speeds, the standmixer will quickly become your kitchen’s culinary center as you mix, knead and whip ingredients with ease. And for even more versatility, the power hub fits optional attachments from food grinders to pasta makers and more. ARV: $266.10

Daily Entry. Expires January 31, 2017. U.S. and Canada Only.

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Tuesday, 27 December 2016

Mango Apple Pear Smoothie

Posted by Bismah Abdelgawad 16 Comments

Simple and Delicious Mango Apple Pear Smoothie



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Mango Apple Pear Smoothie

Fruit smoothies are a healthy and easy way to get a boost of energy along with the taste sweetness, without feeling guilty. There are so many combinations of fruits to try when putting together these delicious and refreshing drinks. Packed with loads of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins, smoothies are great any time during the day from an early morning breakfast on the go to a bedtime snack. 

The following smoothie recipe is no exception when it comes to fresh, wholesome ingredients as well as simple and quick preparation. It is best to prepare this recipe using fruits that are well ripened. Chill beforehand if you prefer a nice cold and refreshing drink. You can even add a few ice cubes if you desire!



Ingredients:

1 mango peeled and seeds removed

1 apple peeled with seeds and core removed

pear peeled and seeded

1 cup of milk

Method:

1. Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend well until smooth. 

2. Add milk and blend until you get the desired consistency. Enjoy!


Mango Apple Pear Smoothie

Have you ever tried a mango apple pear smoothie?





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