Love Life: Longevity-Boosting Tricks

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Dan Buettner's The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World's Healthiest People outlines the most important longevity-boosting habits of centenarians around the globe. Even if you adopt only a few of these habits, you'll stand a better chance of celebrating your 100th birthday. 1. Find your tribe. Individuals that we choose to hang out with can impact our health. Strong connections with others helps us live longer. 2. Eat smart. Buettner suggests that those living close to 100 … [Read More...]

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Garden Update: Tomatoes, Berries & Beans

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When the garden starts producing, it is pure joy! Every time I head to the garden and see fruit and vegetables ready to pick, a surge of happiness runs through me. It is just so cool to be able to grow your own food! We have had a lot of rain and very hot temperatures over the last couple of weeks here in Central Virginia. The result has been huge tomato plants! It's looking like we will have the best tomato crop so far as long as we can keep the tomato blight from returning. We've … [Read More...]

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Endless Leaf Lessons: Leafy Greens to Add to Your Diet

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If you're wandering the produce aisle, you've probably noticed the endless leafy greens----kale, Swiss chard, mustard greens, watercress, arugula, collards, dandelion greens, etc. We have choices for every night (and day) of the week whether we are adding them to our salads, soups, sandwiches, or making fresh green juices! So which leafy greens do you tend to select when you are purchasing greens? I (Litsa) personally choose spinach but there's leaf lessons lurking everywhere I look. If … [Read More...]

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Food & Recipes

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Try Something New: Balsamic Vinegar with…

Balsamic vinegar is popular all around the world. It has become a staple in many American kitchens since popular gourmet chefs have introduced it many dishes online, in magazines/cookbooks, on television, and/or at select upscale restaurants. Italians and Greeks have […]

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Better with Basil: Tips on Using &…

Basil is at its peak in summer. Whether you’re growing basil at home or buying it fresh at the local farmer’s market, you’ll want to get the most out of it now and later by storing it properly, keeping it […]

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Try Something New: Mulberry…

One of our (Litsa & daughter) favorite summer treats is eating fresh mulberries from the village Mulberry trees. There are two trees in our village that are near our family home in Greece. They produce white mulberries that are sweet. […]

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Health & Wellness

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Love Life: Longevity-Boosting Tricks…

Dan Buettner’s The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People outlines the most important longevity-boosting habits of centenarians around the globe. Even if you adopt only a few of these habits, you’ll stand a better chance […]

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Produce Wash

Endless Leaf Lessons: Leafy Greens to Add to…

If you’re wandering the produce aisle, you’ve probably noticed the endless leafy greens—-kale, Swiss chard, mustard greens, watercress, arugula, collards, dandelion greens, etc. We have choices for every night (and day) of the week whether we are adding them to […]

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Potassium’s Prominent Role for Strong…

Big, bold black letters caught my attention in a current magazine that read, “The nutrient you need now.” Below the heading, the mini summary spotlighted potassium: “You know calcium is good for your bones, but potassium also plays a huge […]

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Juicing

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A Juicing Neutralizer: Cucumbers…

Cucumbers are perfect to add to many juices whether they are cleansing juices or green juices—sweet or more bitter—add cucumbers to act as a neutralizer! Cucumbers are called vegetables but they are really fruit. More importantly they are almost 100% […]

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Beet Detox Juice Recipe…

Beets are packed with nutrients and have been used to cleanse the liver. Not only are beets good for a liver detox, but they also increase the oxygen in the blood! Many juicing books and recipes use beets in their […]

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A 21-Day Juicing Challenge!?!…

Are you ready to change your body!?! Do you love to sip on fruity mixes? What about wholesome vegetables!?! You may want to give juicing a try with this 21 Day Juicing Challenge! Last year, I (Litsa) tried out the […]

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File it Friday

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File it Friday: Cottage Cheese Pancakes, Ice…

  During the week I come across a lot of articles and blog posts that I think are worth reading. Or I come across a new recipe I want to try or a craft idea. Most of the time I […]

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File it Friday: Shrimp Foil Packets, Bacon…

  During the week I come across a lot of articles and blog posts that I think are worth reading. Or I come across a new recipe I want to try or a craft idea. Most of the time I […]

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File it Friday: Melon Ball Punch, Peach…

  During the week I come across a lot of articles and blog posts that I think are worth reading. Or I come across a new recipe I want to try or a craft idea. Most of the time I […]

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Country Life

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Country Life: Snake in the Chicken Coop…

The daily collection of eggs from the chicken coop is pretty routine these days. Every afternoon the eggs are collected in a mindless manner. Things changed Saturday when I opened the chicken coop door to find a snake in the […]

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Country Life: Tips on Saving a Newly Hatched…

Last week our baby chicks hatched! This is the third set of chicks that our hen, Brown Town, had hatched. She is an excellent mama hen. However, sometimes chicks are born with deformities. Last year we lost two chicks right […]

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Country Life: Broody Hen & Chicks on the…

Last week nature took over and our beloved hen, Brown Town, decided she wanted to raise chicks again. It seems that each Spring Brown Town becomes broody. She is just a natural mom! This will be the third batch of […]

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Home Management

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Gratitude is Instilled: Raising Grateful…

The title, “Instill Gratitude, Not Attitude” by Farnoosh Torabi in Money’s April 2015 issue caught my attention. Money matters are hard enough to grapple with as an adult but balancing the budget with children seems almost impossible until we reflect […]

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Cleaning Reusable Water Bottles…

Hot weather means that reusable water bottles are constantly in use. I don’t leave my house without filling up a water bottle for me and the boys. Many times those water bottles get left in the hot car or in […]

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Country Life: Snake in the Chicken Coop…

The daily collection of eggs from the chicken coop is pretty routine these days. Every afternoon the eggs are collected in a mindless manner. Things changed Saturday when I opened the chicken coop door to find a snake in the […]

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Ways to Save

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Giveaway: General Mills Cereal Prize Pack…

So who is excited about the new Star Wars movie premiering in December 2015? My family recently saw the previews for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens. My boys are so excited since they are HUGE Star Wars […]

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Kids Summer Reading Programs 2015…

Summer is almost here! For most kid’s, summer is their favorite time of year. School is out and it’s time for fun. However, it’s important to keep up with reading throughout the summer. Keep your child’s brain active by reading! […]

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Things to Do in Central Virginia #Staycation…

Central Virginia is one of the most beautiful places in the country. Surrounded by green trees and mountains this area experiences the full four seasons. One of my favorite places is Charlottesville which is located in the heart of Virginia […]

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Gardening

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Garden Update: Tomatoes, Berries & Beans…

When the garden starts producing, it is pure joy! Every time I head to the garden and see fruit and vegetables ready to pick, a surge of happiness runs through me. It is just so cool to be able to […]

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How to Get Rid of Ants in the Garden…

When we were planting our vegetable garden this Spring, we came across an unusual amount of ants. It seemed that everywhere I dug, an ant nest was uncovered. There were a variety of ants too! From tiny to large and […]

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Gardening: Volunteer Plants…

One of my favorite parts of having a Spring vegetable garden is discovering volunteer plants. Every year we have volunteer plants popup. Most of the time we have volunteer tomato plants. Volunteer plants occur when seeds from dropped fruit or […]

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