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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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Recipe of the week –
Cheater Chicken Parmesan

Recipe of the week – <br /> Cheater Chicken Parmesan

Here at Coffee Break we just LOVE our Cheater recipes. So what’s a “Cheater” recipe?  It’s a way to end up with a delicious home cooked meal, side dish or dessert without spending lots of  time to get there. This recipe was sent to us by Coffee Break reader, Susan Stephens. I (Kate) decided to give the Cheater Chicken Parmesan recipe a try this week to see if the family would like it.  I took some pics … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Planning to plan

So I found myself in an office supply store, recently, looking for the perfect pages for my planner. Again. Because that’s what I do every year after Christmas. Sometimes, I wonder why I put myself through it. Because, quite frankly, there is no perfect planner out there. Oh, sure, I’m a big fan of Franklin Covey, but at the beginning of every year, no matter how many planners I look at, I still come away somehow unsatisfied. I know I’m not alone, based on the number of customers in the store, in the same aisle, staring at the same planners, and reacting as I was: Pick one up, look through it. Put it down, pick up another one. And so it continued. Not only at one office supply store, but at every one I visited … Read entire article »

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Liz’s Rants: Our favorite holiday music

Back by popular demand Kate and I bring you a few of our favorite songs of the season. We like a little bit of everything music-wise – old, new, sappy, peppy, traditional, edgy – you name it! And if truth be known, I suspect we’ve both been listening to Christmas music since waaay before Thanksgiving even arrived. Stop for a moment and try to imagine what the holidays would be like without Christmas music. So many of our traditions and memories are tied to the music of the season. With that in mind, we’ll be featuring a few of our all-time favorites, in no particular order, today through Christmas. And we are probably gonna think of another 3,000 favorites as soon as we post these. Nevertheless, here are a few … Read entire article »

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Liz’s Rant: On the road again

Let me begin by saying that I was afforded the unique opportunity to again visit Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center to see off more than 3,000 of  Tennessee’s 278th Armored Cavalry Regiment – the finest National Guardsmen the world has to offer. They are headed back to Iraq. But that’s really another story. Because when I am writing about them, I am in my element. And today, I am going to rant. Not about that experience – because it was grand beyond words. I’m going to rant about the trip back. And for any of you who’ve ever taken a road trip, maybe  you’ll concur with this scenario. The trip back actually began on Friday, in the middle of the night, when my daughter woke up sicker than a dog, throwing … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 1/24-1/30

My goodness! Have you lost weight? Your new haircut is very stylish! And that gourmet  dinner you fixed was simply delicious! Great job on that project! OK, just in case you haven’t figured this one out yet, Jan. 24 is National Compliment Day – a day when you would be well-served to say something nice to the people around you. Go ahead and give it a try. I think you’ll be pleased with the results. Ah, but there’s a kicker on this one. The 24th is also Opposite Day – a day so popular that SpongeBob Squarepants devoted an episode to it. Unfortunately, I can’t link you to a snippet of that episode, because everything I found was either riddled with profanity or otherwise edited. You’re just gonna have to take my … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Validation of my Procrastination

I’ve been putting it off for over a week now. Procrastinating. Justifying. Ignoring. Avoiding. What is this thing that is so dreaded that I am putting so much energy into NOT doing it? This chore that I’m working so hard at forgetting? I’m talking about taking down the Christmas decorations, of course. Sure, they are all fun and exciting and sparkly in November, when I just can’t wait to crack open the red and green storage tubs to see my holiday treasures that have been hidden away for almost a year. But by the time the first week of January hits, those very same precious  snowmen, Santas and ornaments have become dusty, commonplace and overlooked. Suddenly they have evolved into one of my least favorite household duties. Every day for  the past week … 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 trick to instantly make anyone nicer

Betcha didn’t know… this trick to make children, co-workers and spouses nicer and more agreeable. All it takes is a spritz of lemon-scented air freshener. In  recent series of Brigham Young University experiments, catching a whif of lemon-scented Windex made people more generous, altruistic and keen to volunteer! Why? “We subconsciously associate clean scents with good behavior, which is why they bring out the best in people,” explains Katie Liljenquist, M.S., lead author of the study. “This is a very simple way to promote better behavior at home and at work.”  The opposite is true, too:”There’s a link between bad smells and aggressive behavior,” Liljenquist reveals. ~Woman’s World Magazine … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – What this rare cloth is made of

Betcha didn’t know… what this one of a kind cloth is made of! This rare cloth, on display at the American Museum of Natural History in New Your City,  is made from the silk of more than a million wild spiders. According to Wired Science, “To produce this unique golden cloth, 70 people spent four years collecting golden orb spiders from telephone poles in Madagascar, while another dozen workers carefully extracted about 80 feet of silk filament from each of the arachnids. The resulting 11-foot by 4-foot textile is the only large piece of cloth made from natural spider silk existing in the world today.” Want to know more?   Click here. *Leave a comment on this, or any, post and be automatically entered in this week’s giveaway. Related articles by Zemanta 1-million spiders spin a silk … Read entire article »

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Get your party on: 1/3-1/9

It’s hard to believe Christmas and New Year’s Day have come – and gone. Give it a few months and we’ll be saying, “can you believe Christmas is only a few weeks away?” Isn’t that’s how it always goes… Even though two of the biggest holidays are over, we won’t be bored here at Holiday Palooza, because as I’m sure you’ve come to know, the weird, insane and often unjustifiable holidays just keep coming. Let’s begin with Festival of Sleep Day which falls on Jan. 3. This one sounds like it’s right up my alley, especially seeings how it falls on a Sunday this year, and is also the day before the kids go back to school (dread it). Fruitcake Toss Day is Jan. 3, as well, although some maintain this … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – about “Auld Lang Syne”

“Auld Lang Syne” is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year. At least partially written by Robert Burns in the 1700′s, it was first published in 1796 after Burns’ death. Early variations of the song were sung prior to 1700 and inspired Burns to produce the modern rendition. An old Scotch tune, “Auld Lang Syne” literally means “old long ago,” or simply, “the good old days.” Here are the lyrics: Auld Lang Syne Should auld acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot and days of auld lang syne? For auld Lang syne, my dear, for auld Lang syne, We’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Top 10s, anyone?

Kate and I thought it might be fun to wrap up 2009 by looking back at some of the most notable people and events of the past year – and, when necessary – add a few of our own. We begin this foray with the help of The Top 10 Everything of 2009 as determined by Time magazine. Choosing among the 50 lists offered, I’ll be dissecting the Top 10 Quotes, today. While I found the list a bit predictable, and think with a little ingenuity the magazine could have done much better with this category, here are a couple that are worth a second look. Remember the April earthquake in Italy that killed 300 people while thousands more were left homeless? Well, here’s what Italy’s Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi, had to … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades – Our favorite holiday music

Liz and I have been talking (obviously – since we did announce our commemoration of Humbug Day on Monday). Stop for a moment and try to imagine what the holidays would be like without Christmas music. So many of our traditions and memories are tied to the music of the season. We thought you might enjoy a few days of our favorite Christmas songs. So we’ve decided to list 20 of our all-time favorites, in no particular order. And we are probably gonna think of another 3,000 favorites as soon as we post these. Nevertheless, here are a few of our “never get tired of” tunes that seem to get us through the season. We’ll be posting five a day, now through Christmas, providing you with some classics you’re sure to know, as … Read entire article »

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