Sunday, August 29, 2010

Flaxseed .

Flaxseed is good for many things and comes in many varieties. I use a ground version :: keep it in a salt shaker with large holes (usually available at the Dollar Tree) and top off every dish with about 1 TBSP. Below is some gnarly information about flaxseed and benefits.
. . . . read on

Good health requires the right ratio of Omega 3 fatty acids to Omega 6 fatty acids in the diet. The ideal ratio is around 1:2. The average american diet is more around 1:20 to 1:50, with way too much Omega 6 and not enough Omega 3. The ratio present in Flaxseed oil is about 4:1. So flaxseed oil is a good source of Omega 3. You should consume every day small portions of flaxseed or flaxseed oil. However if flaxseed oil is used in the diet for long time, without other oils, it may cause Omega 6 LA deficiency symptoms. So the best bet is to blend flaxseed oil with other oils that contain more Omega 6, in order to get the right balance, such as sesame oil, sunflower oil, evening primrose oil.

Flaxseed oil is good for the heart because it is the richest source of alpha-linolenic acid. Flaxseed itself (ground or whole) also contains lignans, which may have antioxidant actions and may help protect against certain cancers, though not everyone agrees on this issue.
Benefits of including some flaxseed in your diet

Flaxseeds and flaxseed oil may help to:

- Lower cholesterol, protect against heart disease and control high blood pressure. Several studies indicate that flaxseed oil, as well as ground flaxseeds, can lower cholesterol, thereby significantly reducing the risk of heart disease. Flaxseed oil may also have a protective effect against angina (chest pain) and high blood pressure. In addition, a 5-year study done recently at Boston's Simmons College found that flaxseed oil may be useful in preventing a 2nd heart attack. It may also help prevent elevated blood pressure by inhibiting inflammatory reactions that cause poor circulation and artery-hardening plaque.

- Counter inflammation associated with lupus and gout. Omega-3 fatty acids appear to limit the inflammatory reaction associated with these conditions. In cases of lupus, flaxseed oil not only reduces inflammation in the joints, kidneys and skin, but also lowers cholesterol levels that may be elevated by the disease. Taking flaxseed oil for gout may lessen the often sudden and severe joint pain or swelling that is a symptom of this condition.

- Control constipation, hemorrhoids, diverticular disorders. Because they are high in soluble fiber, ground flaxseeds can help ease the passage of stools and thus relieve constipation, hemorrhoids and diverticular disease.

- Reduce cancer risk. The lignans in flaxseed appear to play a role in protecting against breast, colon, prostate, and perhaps skin cancer. In one study(1), prostate cancer patients who added about 3 heaping tablespoons of ground flaxseed daily to their diet, had more slowly-dividing tumor cells and a greater rate of tumor cell death than men who did not follow such a diet, after about 5 weeks.

The researchers found no significant difference in levels of prostate specific antigen (PSA), a protein in the blood which indicates prostate cancer progression, between the 2 groups - although men in the early stages of the disease experienced a trend toward lower levels.

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among American men, excluding skin cancers. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 198,000 new cases of prostate cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. each year. While the cancer will be diagnosed in about 1 in 6 men, about 1 in 30 will die of the disease.

I use this brand of softgels , which contains Omega Oils, Flaxseed and Borage Oils :: Healthy Healthy FATS !!! ~ Spring Valley (available on the vitamin aisle in wal-mart.)

Monday, August 23, 2010

. let's go make some juice .

Getting into making things yourself and not paying crazy grocery store prices? Yeah, me too. That's probably even why you're here. So how about making your own juice? I found a great site of Juicer Recipes.

For buying your juicer, read the juicer hub juicer reviews: (Click the image to go to the website)

the Burger King Diet ~ (srsly!)

Burger King is not exactly famous for being "Health Food".... however, last time I was in there I read about their "Under 650 Calories" Menu. Check This out:

Ham, Egg & Cheese Croissanwich - 330 cal

Apple Fries w/ low fat caramel sauce - 70 cal

20 oz Coffee - 15 cal


Tendergrill Garden Salad - 230 cal

Light Italian Dressing - 120 cal

Apple Fries w/ low-fat caramel sauce

water - 0 cal


Whopper Jr. - 340 cal

Value-size Onion Rings - 150 cal

16 oz diet soft drink - 0 cal


9 pc. Chicken Fries w/ BBQ Dip - 420 cal

Side Salad, light Italian dressing & Croutons - 195 cal

16 oz diet soft drink


Original Chicken Sandwhich, NO MAYO - 420 cal

Side Salad & fat-free ranch dressing - 100 cal

16 oz diet soft drink - 0 cal


Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich NO MAYO - 410 cal

Side Salad & fat free ranch - 100 cal

16 oz diet soft drink - 0 cal

tightwad sunday dinner

Black Bean "Homemade" Chili
I am huge fan of canned tomatoes, because I don't eat enough tomatoes to invest in fresh ones. Therefore, these are already chopped, cleaned, and in a lot of cases, flavored. Here is my tightwad dinner recipe:

1 can Hormel Chili NO BEANS
1 can Tomatoes ( I used ROTEL for some spice )
1 can Black Beans
I chopped up about 1/3 of an onion and browned it with some garlic in the pot. Then I added the tomatoes, the beans, and the can of chili. Cook until boiling, let simmer as long as possible to maximize flavor. Add crackers and cheese if desired. Also, you may want to drain your beans and tomatoes. I did not, simply because I like my food runny. Ha :)
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. let's go make some juice .

Getting into making things yourself and not paying crazy grocery store prices? Yeah, me too. That's probably even why you're here. So how about making your own juice? I found a great site of Juicer Recipes.

For buying your juicer, read the juicer hub juicer reviews: (Click the image to go to the website)

. happy birthday mom !

In honor of my mom's birthday, I am putting some of her watercolor paintings up for sale on my ALeigh's artist website.

Check it out and make mom's day, too :)

. guaranteed to save you some green .

this is a report from a review of my FAVORITE BOOK AT THE MOMENT!!! i totally agree with every word in this review, therefore I don't have to write my own. and credit is due to Heather, . Click Here.
but SERIOUSLY!>!>!>! Go buy or check out this book from your library.

Frugal Tips From the Tightwad Gazette by heather on May 6, 2009
The Tightwad Gazette II

If you’re into frugal living and saving money tips, then I’ve got a treat for you.

A few days ago I took out The Tightwad Gazette II: Promoting Thrift as a Viable Alternative Lifestyle , by Amy Dacyczyn, from my local library. And, I was enthralled from the first page.

This book teaches you how to frugal hack anything. You can open up any page of this book and find something useful.

The Tightwad Gazette was a newsletter that Ms. Dacyczyn started back in the ’90s. It was a smashing success with readers because they learned tons of ways to save money, and make their things last longer. In fact, Ms. Dacyczyn made so much money off the newsletter and book sales she was able to retire early and raise her family at home.

High fives to her!

All this speaks to the treasure trove of wisdom in these pages. There are three Tightwad Gazette books, and all of them are completely wonderful.

Another cool thing about these books is that Ms. Dacyczyn included countless tips from readers who wrote in over the years with frugal tips of their own. And, these nuggets of money-saving wisdom are invaluable.

So, want to learn some frugal living tips from the Tightwad Gazettes?

Tightwad Gazette Frugal Living Tips

1. Reuse Junk Mail Envelopes- You can reuse the junk mail envelopes you get by carefully turning them inside out. This hides the postal bar code on the front (which would send your mail to the wrong place) and extends the life of the envelope. Note from Amber: I always cut the printed address from junk mail and save them in a tiny box on my desk. all it takes is some scotch tape and free instant address labels!

2. Make Your Shoes Fit With Ice- I loved this tip! If you have bought boots that are too small, try this tip: put a garbage bag into the shoe (make sure it has no holes!) and fill it with water. Tightly tie the top of the garbage bag and put the water-filled shoe in the freezer. As the water turns to ice it expands, and will stretch the leather enough to give your toes more room.

3. Save Money By Marking Your Hubcaps- If you lose a hubcap it’s going to cost $100 or more to replace it. Be proactive by taking off your hubcaps now and, with permanent marker, writing your name, phone number, and “Reward” on the inside. If they fall off, paying someone $20 for returning them will save you big. Note from Amber: I think this is hilarious!!

4. Don’t Buy New Gas Caps
- If you lose your car’s gas cap, then don’t spend money on a new one. Most gas stations have a “lost and found” box full of forgotten gas caps. Often they’ll gladly give you one for free. Note from Amber: VERY good idea. I never knew this but will definitely spread the word!

5. Regulate Your Kid’s Bathwater
- If your kids love to take baths, then put a piece of electrical tape on the inside of the bathtub to let them know when they should turn the water off. This will save money because they’re using less water.

6. Freshen Your Car Naturally
- Instead of buying air fresheners for your car (which are nothing but chemicals we shouldn’t be breathing in anyway), put cloves in your ashtray and leave it open a bit. Do clove cigarettes count ?

7. Make Your Own Puppets- If your kids are hankering for puppets, don’t buy new ones (which are insanely expensive sometimes). Buy stuffed animals at thrift stores and garage sales, open the back seam, and take out the stuffing. You’ve got a great puppet for a fraction of the cost of a new one.

8. Save Your Six Pack Rings- Instead of recycling (or worse, throwing away) those plastic rings that hold six packs together, save them up (and ask your friends to do the same). You can tie them together with fishing line to make a sturdy, lightweight hammock. Note from Amber: Basically Illogical. This book IS from the mid-nineties so some tips are old fashioned :)

9. Reuse Your Onion Bags In The Bathroom- Those plastic mesh bags that your onions (or oranges) come in are invaluable. Use them to store toys in the bathtub; when you hang them up in the tub they can drip dry during the day. Note from Amber: Good Idea!

10. Save Your Metal Juice Lids- Glue a piece of magnetic tape to the back, and a small picture of your child to the front. You can use these to keep track of who’s doing what chores on the refrigerator chore chart. Or, you can use them just as cool, funky magnets. Note from Amber: Silly Idea::: ive never bought juice like that, ever, unleess I was making margaritas!+

11. Save Stuck Envelopes- If you have old envelopes that have sealed closed because of moisture, stick them in the microwave for 20 seconds. This will extend their life, and help you save money on not buying new ones.

12. Throw Your Ziplocks In the Wash- If you want to extend the life of your plastic bags, turn them inside out and put them into your washing machine with a load of laundry. They’ll be brand new and sparkly clean when the wash is done, just make sure that you get them all out before the load goes into the dryer! Note from Amber: This is very logical and smart. saves a lot of money. she goes over the logistics of it in the first version of the tightwad gazette book.

13. Save Those Boxes- If you buy your kids new toys for Christmas, keep the boxes and store them in your attic or basement. When the kids grow tired of the toys and you’re ready to garage-sale them, put them back in the box. Toys in boxes are always bought first, and you can ask a higher price, especially if the toys are undamaged.

14. Save Your Bread
- If you live in a one or two person household, you might find that going through a loaf of bread is impossible before it gets moldy. So usually, you waste part of the loaf. To prevent this put the bread, two slices at a time, into small Ziplock freezer bags and toss them in the freezer. Keep the first half of the loaf fresh. When you get down to the last few slices, start “unfreezing” the frozen bread. Keeping it with just two slices per bag will help prevent freezer burn. You can also save money (and use less plastic) by easily reusing the Ziplocks each time. Note from Amber: I buy a lot of bread on clearance. The other day I got a loaf of Cranberry Oat Italian Bread for 79 cents. We ate it for 2 days, then froze the rest, took it back out and ate it again for another few days. a layer of fat free generic cream cheese, and this was a really delish sunday brunch-type thing :)

15. Get Your Teeth Cleaned- If you don’t have dental insurance, you can get routine cleanings done for a fraction of the cost at your local dental school. The students have to complete several cleanings in order to graduate, and they do a thorough job because a) they’re watched like hawks and b) they’re graded on each cleaning. Note from Amber: just today, I was reading This article on one of my new fave sites, about getting your dental work done at a medical school. There are PROs and CONs , but definitely an option to consider, especially if you're on a budget.

You also learn…

* How to start a great garden using stuff you have around the house (like egg cartons, milk jugs, old lumber and windows…

* How to revive old cast-iron cookware to make them good as new

* How to make your own gourmet mustard

* Why buying in bulk sometimes isn’t the better deal (statistically, you use more of the product at a time when it’s bought in bulk)

* How to make refrigerator bread dough that is cheap, long lasting, and easy to make

* How to make your own toaster pastries at a fraction of the cost of store-bought ones

Last Word…

Seriously, I’m in love with these Tightwad Gazette books. There is so much fantastic information here, and there’s no way I even covered a fraction of it. I’ve greatly trimmed down my books lately, but these are three that I might have to add to my collection.

One thing to note: because these books were written back in the 1990s, the prices are, understandably, a bit out of date. Remember when a gallon of gas cost $1.20? And that was high?

I couldn’t help but laugh at that one.

There’s also tons of frugal recipes in here. I’m definitely going to be trying the refrigerator bread dough one soon, and I’ll post that as soon I make it on my own. Hot cross buns sound pretty yum!

You'll probably also enjoy:::

How To Make Your Own Deoderant

Cut Your Electricity Costs With An Energy Monitor

Don't Fall For These Grocery Store Tricks

Budgeting is the art of doing that well with one dollar which any bungler can do with two.” -Arthur Wellington, British soldier and statesmen (1769-1852)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

a gillion freebies to occupy your time

Save money in the kitchen

Reduce spending on the kitchen basics and you'll be surprised how much money you can save. For example, extend the life of your kitchen sponge by tossing it in with a load of dishes in the dishwasher every couple of days or so. This will sanitize it and give you several additional weeks' use.

Cut down on kitchen energy costs

After the dishwasher's final rinse, open the door and pull out the racks. Let the dishes air-dry to save electricity.

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When the kids could use a little assistance―but not enough to justify hiring an expensive tutor―they can ask real educators questions at this study guide site. There’s also a section for parents, so you, too, can brush up on topics from biology to math.

Free matchmaking *

Most of the reputable services include a hefty price tag, but this free site gets high marks for making terrific matches according to your personality profile, and boasts a fun and interactive experience as well.

Free ringtones *

Who doesn’t want to add a personal touch to her cell phone, but those ringtone fees add up! Scan Myxer’s free database of thousands of ringtones (and wallpaper) or use its tools to customize your own and download it to your phone in a snap.

Free virus protection *

This site’s free, dependable package also includes spyware removal, a spam killer, a scam shield and more. I would also recommend Avast Anti-Virus. (

Free graph paper *

HeHe!!! Generate free printable graph paper for lists or homework by choosing the size and grid color, then save your choices so you can quickly access it again.

Free test preparation *

Get your kids ready for the SAT, ACT or GRE with these preparation courses, complete with vocabulary builders, practice sessions and tutorials.

Want to illegitimately go back to school??

Free business classes *

If you’re looking to break into the business world but aren’t sure where to begin, start at this site. Budding entrepreneurs (or those who are simply curious) can take advantage of a wide range of self-paced courses, including How to Prepare a Business Plan, Marketing 101 and Introduction to Accounting. The courses are offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration, free of charge. (p.s. "illegitimately" going back to school is just a funny term that made me chuckle)

Also, classes are offered at * MIT Online

Get a top-flight education without the price tag. MIT OpenCourseWare is a Web-based publication with most of MIT’s courses and exams, and it’s available to everyone. Several other first-rate universities (Harvard and Stanford, to name two) post some course material as well, but none match MIT’s extensive offering.)

Free language courses *

Always wanted to speak a foreign tongue? Whether it’s Spanish or Swahili, become fluent and get the chance to interact with other language learners around the world. Practice conversation with a native and help others with their English.

IDK about you, but my eyes seem to glaze over at this pont::

Free financial planner *

The cost of a financial planner is typically from $150 to $250 per hour. takes your banking information and compiles a financial profile so you can keep track of your spending, saving and more. The site also gives advice on getting a new credit card, negotiating lower interest rates, allocating your investment portfolio and other money matters.

Free (No, SRSLY) credit reports *

You’re entitled to one free report per year from each of the main credit bureaus, and you can access all three―Equifax, Experian and TransUnion―through this reliable site. Keep this form handy to order a copy of your credit report every year. It does not hurt your credit to check your own score.

Free tax return help *

I've done my Federal taxes here for the past several years.

People with low to moderate incomes ($49,000 and less), military families and folks age 60 and older qualify for free help with tax returns from trained volunteers. At the site, locate the category that applies to you, then call the number provided.

Free text messaging *

Sign up for an online account, then enter a friend’s mobile number and carrier so you can text each other. Because the Web site, not your phone, sends and receives the messages, there’s no cost to you. You can also use Yahoo! Messenger to send free texts.

Free greeting cards *

Skip the cost of a card, postage and envelope by delivering an animated e-card for any occasion. Can’t find the right note here? Check out or, for a sarcastically funny selection, visit

Free TV and movies *

This site carries the best selection of TV episodes, along with classic and newer flicks. The official sites of ABC and PBS also post programming, and it’s always worth a search on to catch a missed show or access obscure video clips.

Free silver jewelry *

There is a price to pay here, but it’s only for shipping ($7). Visit daily to see the rotating selection of necklaces, rings and more that can be yours for nothing. The catch? There isn’t one. The company gets to spread its name, and you get to add shiny new baubles to your jewelry box.

Free cruise vacations *

If you’re flexible, click here often to look for rotating deals on free cruise vacations. We found a trip for two that was all-inclusive, except for airfare. The cruise lines post these deals in the hope that you’ll spread the word about your fabulous time on-board.

Free books *

Scroll to the bottom of the home page and click on “Free Books.” There you can access more than 5,000 full classics―from Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn to Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre―to enjoy right on your screen.

Free crosswords *

Rather than buying a book of puzzles for your three-hour flight, choose from a wide selection of free printable crosswords (with solutions) or fill them in right on your computer.

Free music *

This radio site plays music based on your personal tastes. I love pandora, because the first time I listened, I typed in my favorite band, and it built my custom radio station (that was AWESOME and from entering only one band!!!). If you’re a serious rock aficionado, check out

Free medical help *

After signing up for an account, you can manage your health (keeping track of your weight, for example, and how much water you drink daily), watch health-related videos, read articles and send any questions or concerns you have to certified specialists, who will answer you in a timely fashion.

Gotta point out: this awesome computer deal !

Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipe

Make your own !

There is no need to spend on pricey bath products. You can save money by making your own body scrub.

Just put 1 cup sugar in an airtight container; pour in enough olive oil to cover. Add a few drops lemon or orange extract and stir. This homemade scrub will keep your skin soft and smelling fresh.

There are a lot of variations, such as adding scented oils, etc. Get creative! Then, send me your recipe variations!

Saturday, August 21, 2010

home decorating tips so simple , we often forget them !

Thanks to HouseBeautiful for this simple bare-bones article with ingenious ideas about simple decorating.
12 Easy Decorating Ideas You Can Do in a Day

Small decor changes make a big impact in a home's look. Here are fast and inexpensive quick fixes from five interior designers.

Organize With Trays

Corral items like TV remotes on a tray on the coffee table. Put liquor bottles, glasses, and bar accoutrements on a tray in the living or dining room, like in this Georgia beach house. —Jim Howard

Display Children's Artwork

Display drawings in a colorful frame, or in a white frame with a colored mat. Hang them in an otherwise unimaginative space. They're full of spirit — and meaningful. —Eric Cohler

Remove Upper Cabinet Doors

If you love the look of glass cabinets, but want an affordable alternative, consider removing your upper doors. Arrange your dishes and glasses in an interesting way. Put miscellaneous items in low wicker baskets that are all uniform. —Jim Howard.

Paint the Lampshades

Buy an inexpensive paper shade and paint it red — Farrow & Ball's Blazer is a gorgeous scarlet. A red shade makes the light incredibly romantic and flattering.

Bring on the Branches

Put branches in a container. You could even then go to Home Depot and get a small spotlight to light them from below. It casts fantastic shadows into empty corners. —Jean Larette

Refresh the Bath

Change your shower curtain, or just the liner. Add fragrant candles and a small bouquet. Clear the counters of everything except your prettiest essentials. —Jean Larette

Update With New Sheets

Change your shower curtain, or just the liner. Add fragrant candles and a small bouquet. Clear the counters of everything except your prettiest essentials. —Jean Larette

Wallpaper the Backs of Shelves

Don't forget about closets and shelving. Try papering the back of a cabinet or bookshelf in faux-snakeskin, crocodile, or ostrich. Paint can't come close to the impact. It will inspire you to rearrange your shelves. —Jean Larette

Remove Some Rugs

Take up some of your rugs. Bare wood and stone floors can be just as beautiful. Or get a carpet remnant and put it down in an unusual place, like a patio or balcony. —Eric Cohler

Accessorize With Books

Stack art, design, gardening, travel books — whatever you collect — on a table. Books are my favorite accessory because they're so personal — they reflect your interests. —Joe Nye

Paint Curtain Rods

This curtain blends into a wall painted a similar shade. You can achieve a similar look by painting rods and rings with a color that complements the curtains. Rub the paint on with a rag — it creates a softer effect. —Jim Howard

Also from HouseBeautiful online:
20 Decorating Secrets

Pick your paint colors last, choose mismatched seating, and don't forget the closet lighting. Here are the best tips and tricks that nobody ever tells you about decorating. ~ By Multiple Authors

101 Makeover Ideas from 101 Designers
So you want to do something different to your home right now? Here are 101 ideas from 101 designers, and there's something for every room. For even more ideas, read our other makeover stories. ~ By Christine Pittel

I love love LOVE the television on the easel. Super Creative and Super Easy!
"Go to Home Depot, buy a length of crown molding at least two inches deep, and nail it to the wall to create a picture ledge. I'd do it in a family space, like a kitchen or a hallway. Buy standard frames and pop in your children's art or family photos and change it around every few weeks." - Suzanne Lovell
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