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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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Liz’s rant: The sink is shiny. I hope you’re happy.

As you may know, Kate did a piece a couple of weeks ago, where she’d found the perfect way to clean house, etc. Unfortunately, I took the bait, followed the link, and decided that I, too, could make my house everything I wanted it to be. Forget that she was getting massive emails to achieve this perfection. I’d just delete them. But somewhere along the way, I got sucked in to the wicked world of shiny sinks. Don’t misunderstand me – on its face, it isn’t that bad. You shine your sink every night, you wake up to a shiny sink, and all is right with the world. You declutter little by little and before you know it, your house is a FLY house, if you will. Now the original Flylady will insist … 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 – The 15 minute challenge

The other day I was flitting around on the internet, browsing through some sites trying to get  ideas on how to be more organized and productive. I suffer from the same problem that many people have these days, too much to do and too little time to do it in. I reasoned, I can’t change how much stuff I have to do, and I can’t change the amount of hours in a day, so I had better figure out how to use my time more wisely to get more done. I found a great site full of tons of good stuff. Organizing tips. Cleaning tips. Motivational pep talks. Everything I was looking for, all rolled up into one great site. It was a site where you have to join, but it … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – even more random and useless facts

Betcha didn’t know… even more random and useless facts. These were sent to us by a Coffee Break reader. While we can’t verify the correctness of all of these facts, we think they are funny, interesting, informative and, above all, useless. Perhaps these tidbits will help you win a game show sometime. If so, please remember us. Enjoy! - Babies are born without kneecaps; they don’t appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age. - Butterflies taste with their feet. - Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds; dogs only have about 10. - “Dreamt” is the only English word that ends in the letters “mt”. - February 1865 is the only month in recorded history to have not had a full moon. - … Read entire article »

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Betcha Didn’t Know – even more random and useless facts

Betcha didn’t know… even more random and useless facts. These were sent to us by a Coffee Break reader.  While we can’t verify the correctness of all of these facts, we think they are funny, interesting, informative and, above all, useless. Perhaps these tidbits will help you win a game show sometime. If so, please remember us. Enjoy! -  A cat has 32 muscles in each ear. -  A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue. -  A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours. -  A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. -  A “jiffy” is an actual unit of time representing 1/100th of a second. -  A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes. -  A snail can sleep for three years. -  … 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 – more random and useless facts

Betcha didn’t know… more random and useless facts. These were sent to us by a Coffee Break reader.  While we can’t verify the correctness of all of these facts, we think they are funny, interesting, informative and, above all, useless. Perhaps these tidbits will help you win a game show sometime. If so, please remember us. Enjoy! -  Most dust particles in your house are made up of shed dead skin cells. -  The first owner of the Marlboro cigarette company died of lung cancer, along with the first “Marlboro Man.” -  Walt Disney was afraid of mice. - Pearls disintegrate in vinegar. -  The three most valuable brand names on earth are:  Marlboro, Coca-Cola, and Budweiser—in that order. -  Cows can walk up stairs with no trouble, but they cannot walk … 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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Kate’s Escapades – what I learned from wearing my pajamas all day

Last Thursday, on the morning of New Year’s Eve, my nine year old son and  I were sitting at the kitchen table at about 9am discussing our plans for the day. It wasn’t going to be a terribly busy day, mostly just  typical daily housework like washing the dishes, sweeping the floors, a load or two of laundry, and making lots of yummy, fattening, unhealthy treats to eat during our New Year’s Eve sleep-over at grandma and grandpa’s house. “So we’re not leaving the house today, right?” asked my son. “Right. Just going to work around the house until it’s time to go to grandma and grandpa’s house,” was my reply. “Then I’m not getting dressed today. It will just be  wasting my time if I get dressed and then just have to … 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 – these surprising uses for coffee filters: Tip 3

Betcha didn’t know… this surprising use for a coffee filter. Use it to line a flower pot.  Place a coffee filter in the bottom of a flowerpot before adding the dirt and plant. The porous paper allows water to drain without allowing nutrient rich soil to leak out the hole. … Read entire article »

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