Exercise in Fresh Air

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"Nature can motivate: When you exercise outdoors, you tend to work harder and feel more powerful than when you work out inside, a study in Psychology of Sports and Exercise reports. Your Immunity gets a boost from outdoor activity too: Walking in wooded areas can even increase the function of cancer-fighting white blood cells, according to research from the Nippon Medical School in Tokyo." I (Litsa) love this encouragement from Shape's winter issue. I'm a fan of exercising outdoors every … [Read More...]

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Lasagna Language: Layering Matters

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Lasagna is one pasta dish that is absolutely wonderful when it's a gooey mess of tomato sauce & melted cheeses! My favorite---at least one of my favorite pasta dishes---if it is baked correctly. We've all had at least half a slice of lasagna that was withered, pasty, with tough, brittle pasta edges!?! What went wrong!?! The problem lies in the how the layering materialized. Cooking Light (March 2013) suggested a solution to dried out lasagna: "Take the time to spread sauce and … [Read More...]

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Country Life: Broody Hen & Chicks on the Way

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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 chicks she has raised. The last thing we need is more chickens. We have nine laying hens at the moment and have more eggs than we know what to do with. However, I felt that I should let nature run it's course with our broody hen. The cool thing is, our friends have  chicken coop … [Read More...]

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Food & Recipes

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Lasagna Language: Layering Matters…

Lasagna is one pasta dish that is absolutely wonderful when it’s a gooey mess of tomato sauce & melted cheeses! My favorite—at least one of my favorite pasta dishes—if it is baked correctly. We’ve all had at least half a […]

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Grilled Buffalo Shrimp Po Boy Recipe…

The trouble with making homemade buns, breads and baguettes etc. is that you always want to eat it and use it so you can make more and more (Well I might be slightly obsessed with baking bread)! My husband and […]

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Work Week Menu Plan Week of 5/4/15…

What a weekend! We helped a friend move on Saturday and the boys had a baseball game. On Sunday we had an in house karate tournament. Even though we spent very little time at our house, I did manage to […]

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Health & Wellness

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Exercise in Fresh Air…

“Nature can motivate: When you exercise outdoors, you tend to work harder and feel more powerful than when you work out inside, a study in Psychology of Sports and Exercise reports. Your Immunity gets a boost from outdoor activity too: […]

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Heart Healthy Habits…

Placing a ‘heart healthy’ label on all our habits whether mentally or vocally makes a difference in how we live. As I opted how to spend my Monday at home, I (Litsa) nestled into something comfortable to wear that I […]

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Walk It OFF…

The spare tire!?! The mommy pooch!?! Different women, call it various names—-the fat that plumps your middle poses a real threat to your health. No matter what you call it, this is the season to walk it off! This visceral […]

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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: Rum Soaked Grilled Pineapple…

  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: DIY Planters, Homemade Ding…

  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: Recycled Can Cutlery Holder +…

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 don’t […]

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Country Life

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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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Country Life: Chickens Loosing Feathers…

A few days ago we noticed that some of our chickens were loosing their feathers. Chickens loose feathers for many different reasons. It is important to determine the reason for the feather loss. Some feather loss might not be a […]

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Country Life: Caring for Chickens in the Snow…

Over the last week we have had two snowstorms here in Central Virginia. Not only has it been snowy, it has been extremely cold. On Friday, the temperature dropped to -3 degrees. With temperatures that low, it makes it challenging […]

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Home Management

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Stamp Out Hunger: May 9, 2015…

This is the sixth year that I (Litsa) have personally been involved in the Stamp Out Hunger food drive. I must say I love it! It is a breeze to give back by simply placing items in a bag/box and […]

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The ZZ Plant…

While you are updating your outdoor gardens and flowerbeds this season, don’t forget to look for favorite household plants too. One of my favorite is the ZZ plant, or the “Zamioculcas zamiifolia [which] is such a mouthful to say that […]

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Magazine Inspired Envelopes + Party…

If April’s Earth Day appeared and disappeared as quickly as it did off of my calendar, don’t fret! Any rainy day can encompass a GREEN artsy type of day! For today, just bookmark this page. As you gather the items […]

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Ways to Save

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Money Matters: Fact or Fiction!?!…

I always love tossing around money matters and banking on articles that side with my opinion of money issues like this one I (Litsa) pulled from Marie Claire (April 2015). The list of facts and fiction finds were in alignment […]

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Resale Your Treasures…

If you enjoy selling and finding thrifty treasures, you know all about the little saying, “Someone’s junk is someone else’s treasure”! Now, I can’t say that I love junk, junkity, junk—I like the junk I find at thrift stores to […]

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Dress to Please Planet Earth…

There are so many ways to help the environment – including being aware of our attire! I (Litsa) loved this little Glamour tidbit: Three Ways to Dress to Help the Planet—-and since it was still swimming in the sea of […]

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Gardening

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The ZZ Plant…

While you are updating your outdoor gardens and flowerbeds this season, don’t forget to look for favorite household plants too. One of my favorite is the ZZ plant, or the “Zamioculcas zamiifolia [which] is such a mouthful to say that […]

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Spring: Splitting Hosta Plants…

This is the largest clump of hosta shoots that we have in our yard. Each spring, we try to split the hosta so that we can continue to have more hosta plants interspersed among our hydrangea plants. For the most […]

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Blooming Beauties: Hydrangeas…

It’s that time in West Tennessee—-the season of renewal. Our (Litsa’s) hydrangea plants are showcasing their beautiful new green leaves. These tiny little leaves grow each day—after every raindrop and the many rays of sunlight. It’s amazing to walk through […]

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