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Kate’s Escapades – Football 101
(What every girl needs to know about football)

Kate’s Escapades – Football 101 <br /> (What every girl needs to know about football)

How many football players are on the field for a team at any given time? How many points does a team get for a touchdown? Confused about the difference between a punt, a kick-off and a field goal? If you don’t know the answers to these questions, maybe it’s time for you to read through Football 101 before the next big game. You see, football is my favorite sport.  It wasn’t always this way, it’s been an acquired … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Tips for Staying Toasty

Kate’s Escapades –  Tips for Staying Toasty

Is it sooooo cold at your house that you feel like you’re living in an igloo? At this very moment, it is currently 3 degrees where I live. It is beyond nippy. There’s a huge ice storm moving across the country. No school once again at Liz’s house because of the weather. Are you feeling chilled to the bone like I am? Trying to find ways to get warm and toasty without cranking up the heater? Here … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – these surprising Halloween perks

Betcha Didn’t Know – these surprising Halloween perks

Perk #1 * Let your creativity loose on a pumpkin.  Get out a knife and get carving.  It doesn’t matter what face you choose, the act of carving a pumpkin stimulates the creative right side of your brain, which is responsible for feelings of playfulness. Need inspiration for carving ideas? Go to ThePumpkinFarm.com       Perk #2 Dressing up for Halloween is not just for the kids.  You can release tension by wearing a costume yourself.  Dressing up for Halloween  has … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – Dyeing your hair recharges your batteries

Betcha Didn’t Know – Dyeing your hair recharges your batteries

Betcha didn’t know… dyeing your hair recharges your batteries. In addition to making you look younger, coloring your hair makes you feel more energized. British researchers who measured how women felt before and after a dye job (even just to cover a few stray grays) discovered that 100% of the women experienced a surge in energy and confidence! Changing your hair is the easiest way to transform yourself and replenish your zest for life, says Charla Krupp, author … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – This tip for reversing winter weight gain

Betcha didn’t know… this tip for reversing winter weight gain. Soak up some sun to curb cravings.  Without enough sunlight, your body’s production of the feel-good hormone serotonin dips dramatically. That may trigger cravings for chips, cookies, ice cream and other refined carbs, which have the power to raise serotonin levels, too, but for a price: calories. But sitting in the sun (or even a brightly lit room) for at least 10 – 15 minutes a day can do the same thing. ~Woman’s World *Leave a comment on this, or any, post and be automatically entered in this week’s giveaway. … Read entire article »

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The Coupon Queen – Liz’s rave

No matter where I live, there’s always one drawer that’s devoted to the coupons. I’ll note one exception: that was when I decided I was done with coupons and would never clip another one. What, you may be asking, could possibly send me so far over the edge that saving money seemed more trouble than it was worth? Enter exhibit A. The coupon drawer. (You know you have one, too. Admit it. It will make you feel better.) Oh, sure, I’ve tried those little pouches with a slot for all the dairy and all the frozen and all the meats and all the beverages. But the fact of the matter is, I still had no clue what coupons I possessed. Just because all dairy was in one slot, that cute little coupon … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – these easy winter tips

Betcha Didn’t Know – these easy winter tips

Betcha didn’t know… how to ice proof your car windows. Expecting frost overnight? Just fill a spray bottle with three parts vinegar to one part water and spray on your car windows at night. In the morning, they should be clear of the icy mess.  How does it work? Vinegar contains acetic acid, which lowers the melting point of water – preventing water from freezing. What to do if you wake up to an already frozen … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Six tricks to look – and feel – younger

During a recent conversation with Kate, the subject turned to tummy tucks, face lifts and lipo-suction. And whether they could be achieved through exercise. Don’t ask me why. I suppose it’s one thing to exercise for your health (I should probably walk more), but something quite different indeed to exercise for tone and a svelte, fat-free body – especially when you’re closer to 50 than 40-years-old. Especially when you’ve never really needed to worry about it before, but one day you look in the mirror and think: “EEK! What happened here?!?!” As I looked for ways to fix the flaws, a nightmarish exercise regime filled my mind: Pain, a five-hour-a-day work-out plan, and muscles so sore I can’t get out of bed, all the while existing on a carrot stick and grain … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – how to energize in two minutes

Betcha didn’t know…how to energize in two minutes. Here’s a quick and easy way to catch your second wind in two minutes. Simply rub each fingertip for about 15 seconds. That stimulates acupressure points that boost flow, which jumpstarts your energy level by sending extra oxygen to your brain. ~Woman’s World … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know…the power of looking at green

Betcha didn’t know – the power of looking at green. When you are feeling tired, just take a look at something bright green. Receptors in the eye are sensitive to the color’s wave-length, stimulating the brain and relaxing the eye strain that causes tiredness. ~Woman’s World … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – five quick fix tips that I betcha didn’t know

Ever find that you’re about to head out the door and notice that you’ve got a big ink spot on your shirt, or that your button is about to pop off? Or maybe your dress is suffering from a big case of static cling? Perhaps your zipper is stuck or you accidentally shrank your sweater in the dryer? Never fear because today I present to you five quick fixes for for these basic clothing mishaps. Give them a try and come back and let me know what you think. m m Tip #1: How to use hand sanitizer to get ink off your clothing If you find yourself with ballpoint pen ink on your shirt, just cover it completely with hand sanitizer and blot with a clean cloth or paper towel. Keep repeating until … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – chewing gum can slow down aging

Betcha didn’t know… chewing gum can slow down aging. Nothing ages your heart, brain, kidneys and skin faster that the stress hormone cortisol, says Ronald Klatz, M.D., of the American Academy of anti-Aging Medicine.  To the rescue: a piece of gum! Proof that it works: In an Australian study, two sets of people were asked to complete the same stressful tasks. The only difference: Half were told to chew sugarless gum, too. Result: Cortisol levels in the gum chewers 16 % lower than in the non-gum chewers! That’s because chewing gum boosts blood flow to the brain, easing the stress response. … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Kate tackles the “Tap” your way to happiness experiment

I was sitting in the car the other day outside the school, thumbing through a magazine while I waited for the kids to get out.  I always try to get to the school early so I can get a prime pick-up spot (parents, you know what I’m talking about here), which leaves me about 10 minutes to kill every afternoon. In an attempt to make good use of my time, I  browse through magazines to find cool tips and trends to pass on to you. I came across a story called “Tap” your way to happiness. Well, I’m all for some extra happiness, and if all I have to do is some “tapping”, whatever that is, I’m game. The article promises that “About 80% of people who try it feel relief … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – this tip for reversing winter weight gain

Betcha didn’t know… this tip for reversing winter weight gain. Trade in those sweats for your jeans. Many of us pull out our warmest sweats when the temps drop, but research shows loose -fitting clothes can contribute to weight gain because they don’t give you any warning that you’ve overindulged. Keep the extra weight off by wearing a pair of jeans that fits your waist. ~Woman’s World *Leave a comment on this, or any, post and be automatically entered in this week’s giveaway. … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – This simple way to feel more optimistic

Betcha didn’t know… this simple way to feel more optimistic. Keep a record of what goes right. Research shows that we remember negative experiences four times longer than happy ones. Luckily, you can help “rewire” your brain to feel more optimistic by focusing on the positive. Simply writing about the good parts of your day – from that perfect omelette you made to getting to work on time – is proven to boost your overall happiness. If you are looking for the positive, you’ll see the positive. ~Woman’s World Magazine … Read entire article »

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