Resolutions That Make A Difference

  It’s that time of year again, when you find out just how much willpower you have, to follow through on your New Year’s resolutions. Last year it was losing weight, and the year before that it was watching less TV. This year it’s time for a resolution that really makes a difference in the world, not just in your life. Here are some ideas that will help you feel good about your impact in 2017.   Start Recycling  The EPA estimates that 42% of the greenhouse gases emitted in America come from transporting, processing and disposing of the foods

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The Best Brownie In A Mug Recipe

  There you are watching TV like any normal night, when out of nowhere it strikes you right in the stomach: you need a brownie. There’s no use ignoring it. You won’t be able to think about anything else until you eat a brownie. We’ve found a recipe courtesy of Inspired Taste that will take care of your craving quicker than you can say “stomachache.” All you need is a mug and a few simple ingredients and you’ll have a fresh brownie from your microwave without a trip to the store. Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons Coconut Oil, melted and not hot (melted butter,

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The Best Gluten-Free Sugar Cookies

Every year, the gluten-free community comes up with better and better recipes for treats that the rest of the world takes for granted. We’ve discovered a recipe for gluten-free sugar cookies that knocks the starch off our collars. Kids will love helping you with the cookie cutters and sprinkles. Check out this recipe from naturalchow.com and see how long it takes your family to scarf down the whole batch. Gluten Free Cut-Out Sugar Cookies Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 10 mins Total time:  20 mins Yield: ABOUT 16 COOKIES (DEPENDING ON SIZE) (Pictures here) Ingredients: 3 cups Bob’s Red

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Cooking Christmas Dinner For Your Vegetarian

  They walk among us, hidden in plain sight. They dress just like us, they watch the same TV shows, they go to school with your children. And there’s one sitting at your table on Christmas day. They’re vegetarians. Luckily, vegetarians are easily handled if you know what kind of food keeps them satisfied. Here are a few Christmas dish ideas to keep your veggie-friendly holiday guests happy.   Funeral Potatoes Despite the ominous name, funeral potatoes are a celebration of how good food can taste while you’re alive. A simple dish that’s easy to make your own, you’ll have

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3 Signs You Should Stay Home From Work

It’s the classic conundrum: do you feel so sick that you need to use one of your precious vacation days, or can you tough it out even if you’re miserable throughout the day? It’s not a light decision to make. The last thing you want to do is go in and be unproductive, or stay home when you actually would have been fine at the office. Here are three signs that will help you know when to call in sick.   You’re running a high fever. Even if it’s your only symptom, a fever is like the rumbling before a

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Does A Neti Pot Really Work?

A neti pot is one of those devices that’s simple in theory, which makes it easy to use incorrectly. But when it works its magic, you can feel more relief from your allergies and congestion than you ever imagined. If you’ve never seen one, a neti pot is a container that looks like a teapot, with a spout on one end and a handle on the other. The proper way to use a neti pot is to:   Fill the pot with specially prepared water or a saline solution. (IMPORTANT: The liquid must be prepared according to the safety instructions

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3 Easy Tips to Avoid Sickness

  Let’s face it—even the healthiest person in the world gets sick every now and then. So the question is, how do I avoid sickness and when I do get sick how do I fight it off quickly? The guidelines for staying healthy are simple and easy, thankfully. Be consistent with these microbe-fighting habits and you’ll stay on your feet as often as possible this winter.   Get a flu shot. This is one of the easiest one-time things you can do to dramatically lower your chances of ending up on your back this winter. Unless you’re allergic or have certain

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Is My Child Too Sick For School?

Is My Child Too Sick For School?   We’ve all seen it: that sudden shift from your bright, smiling son or daughter to a groggy, grimacing mess that wants to lay on the couch all day. Before you spend the day nursing them back to health, read through these guidelines to decide when your child might be too sick to go to school.   1. They’re too contagious. The two biggest infections that run rampant in schools besides the common cold are strep throat and pink eye, AKA conjunctivitis. They’re the infections that you wish other parents would keep their

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5 Ways to Combat a Sore Throat

5 Ways to Combat a Sore Throat   Sore throats are one of the most common symptoms that patients complain of when they go to the doctor. They can be caused by anything from allergies to viruses to bacteria, like strep throat. An everyday symptom calls for an everyday remedy. We’ve put together a list of five ways you can take on your sore throat without visiting the doctor’s office.   Herbal tea There’s no end to the benefits of herbs to relieve all kinds of aches and pains. Drinking tea infused with lemon, ginger or honey is especially effective

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Eek! Lice at School!

Before you panic, know that head lice are relatively common and easy to treat. And it doesn’t mean your child has bad hygiene–good or bad hygiene has nothing to do with who gets head lice.   What are lice? Lice are tiny wingless insects that feed on human blood. The most common type of lice, especially in children, is head lice. They live near the scalp and attach their eggs to strands hair. You can most often find them around the hairline and at the nape of the neck. Head lice do not transmit any diseases to humans.   How

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