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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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Kate goes on an Adventure to an Oxygen Bar

Kate goes on an Adventure to an Oxygen Bar

Kate Goes to an Oxygen Bar. Tag along with Kate as she makes an attempt at being cool, hip and trendy. Oxygen bars are all the rage these days among the young trendy yuppie types. While I’ll be the first to admit that I am neither young or trendy, I do occasionally try to be hip. My latest attempt at “hipness” involved putting pink plastic tubes up my nose and breathing  the scent of an orange … 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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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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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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Will you take a quarter? – Liz’s rant

Perhaps I should begin by telling you that Summer, Bert and I had a yard sale over the weekend, in case you hadn’t already figured that out by the headline. Because I’m betting if you’ve ever held a yard sale, or been to a yard sale, you’ve heard these words before. Heck, you may have even said these words. I’m also betting that if you’ve ever held a yard sale, you can pretty much figure out where this is going. I’m probably getting ahead of myself, so let’s start at the beginning. Well, not the real beginning, where you go through everything you’ve owned, closely examining each item and assigning it value a scale of 1-10 – one being something you’ve never used or haven’t used in many years, 10 being … 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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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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Craftdown to Christmas, week 4

Just when I’m ready to give up faith in humanity, you guys pull through with another splendid idea for the Christmas season. I knew I could count on you guys. This week’s fare features both edible and non-edible goodies. I recommend making the eats first, so you have something to munch on while completing the other project. A glass of that Cranberry Wine could be a nice touch, too. Anyway, on to the craftdown. My cousin Susan submitted this great idea for personalizing Christmas cards. Her idea reminds me of Sandra Lee’s cooking show – both of these fine ladies know the art of taking store-bought goods and making them their own. Thanks, Susan! Low Cost Christmas Cards To me a Christmas card without glitter is just not worth sending. Fancy glittered boxed … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: A shift in thinking

I’m pretty sure this is how it always begins. The day after Halloween, my mind starts rambling in a different direction, with the realization that, for the most part, the holidays are upon us. Maybe it’s my excuse for crafting and baking. Maybe it’s the Christmas decorations in all the stores. Or maybe it’s the calendar in my mind that say: 24 days until Thanksgiving, which means 25 days until the season’s first batch of Nuts and Bolts. That’s barely more than three weeks away! Then a mere four more weeks and it’s Christmas! I swear, time never went by this fast when I was little. (Insert slight panic here.) Which is one of the reasons for this post. There’s no reason we can’t plan things out and avoid last-minute chaos. No … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Bouncin’ around

Liz’s rant: Bouncin’ around

Who knew there were a bazillion and three uses for Bounce dryer sheets? Not me. Now I did know of a few – like sticking one in a drawer or closet to keep it smelling fresh. But I mean beyond the obvious. So I thought I’d rant about the other uses for Bounce – as in the uses I didn’t know about. So without further ado… Take the odor out of books and photo albums that … Read entire article »

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Kate’s Escapades: Watermelon De-seeding 101

When I was at the store recently, the price of a seedless watermelon was 59 cents per pound and the price of a seeded watermelon was 19 cents a pound…a 40 cent per pound difference! In my never ceasing effort to make life in the kitchen easier for you (and me)…here is my quick and easy step by step method of turning  a seeded watermelon into a delicious SEEDLESS snack for you and your family.    Step 1.  Wash the outside of your melon                     Step 2.  Cut off both ends           Step 3.  Score into the melon by cutting about halfway to the center all the way around.                     Step 4.  Pound firmly up & down a slice to loosen it, then pull out gently.   The slice should break apart at the seed line.   Step 5.  Cut the … Read entire article »

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Liz’s rant: Do you ChaCha?

Let’s play a little word association game. I say a word, you say the first thing that comes to mind. Ready? ChaCha. So what did you come up with? Visions of the 40s and 50s? Cuba? Latin music? Something like this video below? (By the way, the intro commercial for men’s dancing shoes is worth the price of admission ) Well, that was fun, wasn’t it? Now back to our word association. If the ChaCha made you think of this dance, you’d be correct… historically speaking, anyway. While ChaCha could bring the dance to mind, this is 2010. Let me introduce you to the new ChaCha – where information is as close as your cellphone. Think of it as a search engine for your computer, without having to be at your computer. Say … Read entire article »

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Liz’s Rant: How does your garden grow?

Did you ever wonder if Mary, Mary, Quite Contrary actually had a garden? Was it just a line? Or did she truly have a garden, and if so, what did this garden look like? Maybe it’s not important to you. But it’s important to me. Because for the second year in a row, I’m starting a garden. I say “starting” because last year I didn’t end up with a garden – just several tomato plants. I have visions of grandeur, too, picturing my own version of a farmer’s market growing in my own back yard. But in truth, the radishes were water-logged, the carrots never grew past the half-inch mark, and the green onions never, uh, turned green (much less grew…). (I did have herbs, though – lots and lots of herbs.) I also … Read entire article »

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