The need to clean hidden areas of your kitchen (think exhaust fan and garbage disposal) comes around once a year just like tax time. Spring is a great time to tackle these tougher jobs, and with Paula’s tips, you’ll find most of the cleaners you’ll need in your fridge or pantry.
This looks like a very simple yet organized storage solution for the mud room or a back door entrance. Join tower-style bookcases to mimic the look of custom built-ins. Set a wall cabinet on the floor as a seat and connect the towers with a shelf and wall-mount hooks. Install file bins to sort incoming and outgoing mail and hang a mirror for a quick primp before heading out the door.
To make bouquets last longer, use these tips from the new book, Jane Packer's Guide to Flower Arranging.
Strip all the leaves from the part of the stems below the waterline to minimize bacterial growth; recut stems on a sharp angle to encourage water absorption.
For extra oomph, massage your ears for a minute, beginning at the lobe and working to the top of the ear, says Jacob Teitelbaum, M.D., medical director of the Fibromyalgia and Fatigue Centers, a national group of clinics: "According to ancient Chinese medicine, stimulating acupressure points on the ears increases blood circulation, providing an immediate energy boost."
Fast forward to warmer months and healthier fare with a salad of ripe tomatoes drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, says Connie Guttersen, R.D., Ph.D., registered dietitian and nutrition instructor at the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley and author of The New Sonoma Diet. "The oil not only brings out the flavor," she says, "but also helps your body absorb more of the disease-preventing lycopenes in tomatoes." Lycopenes are the secret ingredient that can help you keep your heart in shape for the summer ahead. In fact, a 2010 Japanese study of 264 women found that women with the highest levels of lycopene—an antioxidant that gives tomatoes and other vegetables their color—had the least stiffness in their arteries. Artery stiffness is a warning sign of atherosclerosis, or hardening of the arteries, which can cause heart attacks or strokes—diseases that are striking just as many women as men these days.
You know they're tasty, but just a handful (1 ounce) of almonds reduces LDL, or bad, cholesterol, and so your risk of heart disease, says nutritionist Guttersen: "Almonds are protective against cancer and diabetes as well." Pair them with dark chocolate, she says, and you have a double source of antioxidants. They fit right in with the new U.S. dietary guidelines, too, which stress eating more nuts and seeds.
In honor of Dr. Suess' birthday and Read Across America Day, her class is reading Dr. Suess' books.
March 2 is the birthday of Theodor Seuss Geisel, also known as the infamous writer and poet Dr. Suess. In honor of Dr. Suess’ birthday children and adults participate in Read Across America, a year-round reading awareness and motivation program. 14 years ago the day was declared “Read Across America” day to honor the life and writings of Dr. Suess. As the Washington Post reports, this past Wednesday marked the 107th anniversary of his birth.
To encourage the whole family to drink more water with meals and throughout the day, it is recommended to have a BPA-free refillable water bottle for each family member. "Toss some lemon or lime slices or even some cucumber in the water for some added flavor and to provide an alternative to sports drinks and other sugary beverages."
According to IHOP, it's National Pancake Day! Customers will receive a free short stack of 3 pancakes from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. today. They have raised more than $5.65 million since it started the promotion in 2006. It's goal for this year is to raise $2.3 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and other local charities. So, head on over to IHOP and have some free pancakes with your order!