Forgo the Fridge: Foods That Should Not Be Refrigerated

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Forgo, omit or go without using the fridge with certain foods!?! Indeed. All of these foods listed in Oxygen's April issue (2015) are kitchen-approved and tested without a refrigerator in my personal kitchen (Litsa's)---however, sometimes I'll let an avocado sit in the crisper drawer just so that I can enjoy the cool, smooth nutty flavor. The refrigerator doesn't alter the taste of an avocado but the coolness does enhance it's texture in my opinion. But all the rest of these foods maintain their … [Read More...]

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Live Well: Walk or Run Healthy Miles

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Most of us know that running and/or walking is one of the best calorie-burners around that's safe for people of all ages. Although as we age, we want to maintain safety in our routines. I (Litsa) love to walk/run outside but always seek to avoid a fall/slip, etc. At my age (40) and in my busy days as mom, I can't fathom slowing down for an injury. Thus, I enjoy reading about 'smart steps' to take to prevent getting hurt. Recently, I came across these tidbits: Wear the right sneakers. Your … [Read More...]

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The Consumer’s Voice

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Your voice as a consumer is vital. Products and companies value both positive feedback and any criticism you may have on their products. Sometimes there are issues that arise that are troublesome but unless we communicate them to the company, no resolution can be obtained. Recently, I (Litsa) was dusting with my favorite product, Pledge. I noticed that the bottle was half full but it would not spray out besides a dribble. I placed it aside with a mental note to write the company. I tried a … [Read More...]

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Food & Recipes

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Forgo the Fridge: Foods That Should Not Be…

Forgo, omit or go without using the fridge with certain foods!?! Indeed. All of these foods listed in Oxygen’s April issue (2015) are kitchen-approved and tested without a refrigerator in my personal kitchen (Litsa’s)—however, sometimes I’ll let an avocado sit […]

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Herb & Cheese Potato Wedges Recipe…

I grew up calling them mojos but whatever you call them potato wedges are a versatile and hearty side dish that pairs great with burgers, sloppy joes, fried chicken, BBQ and much more! Toss your favorite seasonings together, bake or […]

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Honey Garlic Chicken Recipe…

Chinese restaurants can be found in just about every town and city across the country nowadays. While relatively inexpensive places to eat, considering many are all you can eat buffets, my family and I have made a conscious decision not […]

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Health & Wellness

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Live Well: Walk or Run Healthy Miles…

Most of us know that running and/or walking is one of the best calorie-burners around that’s safe for people of all ages. Although as we age, we want to maintain safety in our routines. I (Litsa) love to walk/run outside […]

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The Fitness Dress…

Several fitness magazines arrive in my mailbox throughout the year—many of them are previewed and then tossed into the recycle bin before I order everything I love (some items just have to come keep me company so they are ordered)! […]

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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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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: Banana Split Stick,…

  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: Avocado Chicken Salad, Tile…

  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: 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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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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The Consumer’s Voice…

Your voice as a consumer is vital. Products and companies value both positive feedback and any criticism you may have on their products. Sometimes there are issues that arise that are troublesome but unless we communicate them to the company, […]

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Thank a Teacher…

Can you believe that the end of the school year is near? Some schools are getting out for summer break this week! As a former classroom teacher, I (Litsa) enjoy seeing teacher appreciation week publicized across social media—-and love, love […]

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Family Finances: Caring for Aging Parents…

As life expectancy gets longer, the financial needs get greater. It takes a lot of financial planning to navigate the later years in life. If you have aging parents and relatives, it’s important to start planning now. Dave Ramsey & […]

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Ways to Save

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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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Summer Movie Programs for Kids 2015…

Do you have the summer planned out for your kids? There are many free or discounted activities if you do a little research. Many movie theaters across the country offer free or discount movie showings throughout the summer. I just […]

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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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