Today’s link round-up has tips for avoiding stress, hairstyle ideas, waffles without the batter, and more.
Confessions of an Overworked Mom told us some ways to avoid stress at Christmas.
One Good Thing by Jillee showed us how to make croissant waffles, or waffles without the batter.
I Should Be Mopping the Floor shared a recipe for sausage and stuffing balls with cranberry dipping sauce.
A Beautiful Mess taught us how to do a romantic triple-twist ponytail.
Cup of Jo shared an easy, romantic updo tutorial.
Designer Trapped showed us how to make a gift bag.
One Little Project taught us how to make Christmas tree brownies.
Photo credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom and A Beautiful Mess
Today’s link round-up has an easy cranberry candle centerpiece idea, homemade hot cereal mix, sweet potato bread, and more.
Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared an easy cranberry candle centerpiece idea.
One Good Thing by Jillee shared five simple tips to save you time and money this Thanksgiving.
I Should Be Mopping the Floor shared a recipe for sweet potato bread with brown sugar.
A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make hot cereal mix.
Cup of Jo shared a recipe for caramelized onion and tomato focaccia.
Cupcakes and Cashmere inspired us with fall neutrals.
Domestic Bliss Squared showed us how to make a square scarf, no sewing necessary.
Photo credit: Confessions of an Overworked Mom and A Beautiful Mess
Many of us struggle with weight and wonder why it’s so hard to lose.
Unfortunately, it’s harder to lose as we age because we gradually lose muscle mass which helps us burn calories. That translates to, we need to eat less and try strength train.
But besides that, there are things we do that contribute to overeating that we don’t even realize. One of those is to eat with other people.
When we get together with others to eat, research shows we consume, on average, 44 percent more food than when we eat alone.
When I first heard this, 44 percent sounded really high, but then I thought about the portion sizes served in restaurants and how often you think you’ve had enough but continue to pick and eat as you visit.
Even when we have a cookout with friends or family in our backyard, I have to admit, I tend to eat more than I would normally.
I don’t know about you, but I eat with a group like this at least twice a week and usually more. For me the habit of eating with others, means the habit of eating at least 44 percent more than I would if I was eating at home!
Plus, meals I prepare at home are usually healthier than what I choose from the menu. So not only am I eating more, but more of fattening stuff for the most part.
According to the study, dining with four, six, or eight or more friends coincided with meal amount increases of 69, 70, and 96 percent, respectively.
This is partly due to the amout of time we spend together at the table, but it can’t only be attributed to that because it has been shown that people who read while they eat take significantly longer, but don’t eat more.
Equipped with this information, one of the things I’ve started to do at restaurants is to ask for a to-go box when they bring my food. I put half of the entrée into the box before I start eating.
At get-togethers like birthdays, cook-outs and pot lucks, I make sure I don’t take seconds and usually skip dessert.
Having a plan to eat less before you get together can really help, but even then you’ll need an extra measure of will power.
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Today’s link round-up has ways to make your home smell like the holidays, a peppermint body scrub recipe, a dry shampoo review, and more.
Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for brown sugar gooey bars.
A Beautiful Mess shared three stove simmers to make your house smell like the holidays.
Aunt Peaches showed us how to make a candle cozy in a minute.
Mrs. Happy Homemaker shared a recipe for Hawaiian haystacks.
Confessions of an Overworked Mom showed us how to make peppermint body scrub.
Strength and Sunshine shared a recipe for purple sweet potato gnocchi with tahini parsley sauce.
Makeup and Beauty Blog reviewed the Elizabeth and James Nirvana dry shampoo.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Confessions of an Overworked Mom
Today’s link round-up has a kid-friendly Thanksgiving party, how to create vacuum lines like the pros, a gift guide, and more.
Spaceships and Laser Beams showed us how to throw a kid-friendly Thanksgiving party.
Create Craft Love shared a gift guide for the crafter.
I Should Be Mopping the Floor taught us how to create vacuum lines like the pros.
Restyled Junk showed us how to make cork tree ornaments.
A Beautiful Mess showed us how to find the perfect white for your home.
Confessions of an Overworked Mom showed us how to make easy cinnamon pine cones with essential oils.
Aunt Peaches inspired us with furniture makeovers.
Photo credit: Spaceships and Laser Beams and A Beautiful Mess
Today’s link round-up has a DIY pom-pom blanket, upcycled jars, cleaning tips, and more.
A Beautiful Mess shared a pom-pom blanket DIY.
Krystal’s Kitsch shared a printable for a morning routine that’ll set you up for a productive day.
Cupcakes and Cashmere showed us how to make a monochromatic gray outfit more interesting with pops of burgundy.
One Good Thing by Jillee showed us how to clean a ceiling fan in two seconds.
Kenarry showed us how to make a DIY tray with upcycled jars.
I Love to Create showed us how to make a no-sew sequin pillow.
Alisa Burke taught us how to make a yarn wrapped statement necklace.
Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Kenarry
Today’s link round-up has a beach-themed birthday party for twin boys, chocolate peanut butter candy bars, margarita mix, and more.
Spaceships and Laser Beams showed us how to throw a beach-themed birthday party for twin boys.
A Beautiful Mess showed us how to put together a homemade margarita mix.
Cupcakes and Cashmere inspired us with an all-black outfit that’s anything but boring.
Makeup and Beauty Blog shared tips for lining your lips.
Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for chocolate peanut butter candy bars.
One Good Thing by Jillee showed us how to make tote bags from t-shirts.
I Love to Create showed us how to create cool effects by brushing on dye.
Photo credit: Spaceships and Laser Beams and Chocolate Covered Katie
Since I learned my cholesterol had climbed into the high zone, one of my dietary changes has been to switch to black tea, because it is supposed to help bring cholesterol down, and I like it better than green tea.
The funny thing is that these two teas come from the same plant. In fact, oolong tea also comes from this same source plant, and I like that, too. However, I’ve just learned about pu-erh tea (also from the same plant), which is part of The 7-Day Flat Belly Tea Cleanse.
So with all these teas coming from the same plant, what’s the difference? It is how they are processed. Green tea isn’t fermented, oolong is only partially fermented, black tea is completely fermented, and pu-erh tea is fermented and then aged.
In fact, some are aged for 50 years or more. The downside to this is that it can sometimes have a musty smell or taste because mold and bacteria can occur during the aging process.
Chinese researchers decided to look into the brew’s fat-reuding powers. For this study, they divided rats into five groups, and fed each group a different diet for two months.
Along with the control group, one group ate a high-fat diet with no tea supplementation, and the other three groups were fed a high-fat diet with varying doses of pu-erh tea extract.
Results showed that the tea significantly lowered triglyceride concentrations and belly fat in the high-fat diet groups.
So add pu-erh tea to the list of teas to drink when losing weight and overall health. According to The 7-Day Flat-Bell Tea Clease, test panelists lost 10 pounds in one week.
Granted, I’d never expect those kind of results, but I’d be happy with lower cholesterol, as well as improved mental alertness. Love to hear from anyone who has tried it or the cleanse.
Today’s link round-up has infused water ideas, a 3D pumpkin fall craft, a sugar skull garland, and more.
Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for almond butter brownies that are flourless and vegan.
Confessions of an Overworked Mom shared an easy 3D pumpkin fall craft anyone can do.
Create Craft Love showed us how to make a sugar skull garland.
A Beautiful Mess inspired us to drink up with infused water ideas.
DelightfulE Made showed us how to make monster cookie dough bites.
The Kitchen Is My Playground showed us how to make pumpkin cheesecake crescents and they look delicious.
One Little Project showed us how to make glow stick broomsticks.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and A Beautiful Mess