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National Day of the Month Calendar for October

I do not know when everyday became a holiday, but hey why not celebrate something. Here is the National Day Calendar for October 2015. Post it and celebrate!

 Monthly and weekly designations follow the daily designations.

October 1

October 2

October 3

October 4

October 5

October 6

October 7

October 8

October 9

October  10

October 11

October 12

October 13

October 14

October 15

October 16

October 17

October 18

October 19

October 20

October 21

October 22

October 23

October 24

October 25

October 26

October 27

October 28

October 29

October 30

October 31

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Small Tips on Eating Clean

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The following article if from a blog called www.skinnymom.com

She has a lot of helpful articles on eating clean and fitness. This one I picked out is easy reading and very helpful on inserting your baby steps into eating and cooking clean. Melina

Clean eating isn’t a fad diet. It’s a permanent, healthy way of eating that, with a little practice, can (and should) become a way of life. Clean eating is eating for the sake of nourishing your body with food as close to it’s natural state as possible. There is no math, no point systems, no insane calorie restrictions. When you begin to replace the processed, fried and unhealthy foods from your diet with whole grains, fruits, veggies and lean protein, your body will respond in amazing ways.

Your muscles will respond to the added lean protein by growing which will speed up your metabolism.
Your body will respond to the whole grains by regulating itself.
Your body will also rid itself of water weight caused by excess sodium that is PACKED in processed food.

To make getting started on a clean eating path as simple as possible, we have created an acronym:

C: COUNT your meals. You should aim to eat 5-6 times a day (3 meals and 2-3 small snacks). Shoot for every couple of hours. This will keep your metabolism burning all day long!
L: LEAN protein! Each meal should contain about a palm-sized serving of lean protein (white-meat chicken/turkey, fish, black beans, egg whites, etc.) Find your favorites and keep them on hand.
E: EAT your fruits and veggies! They’re delicious, filling and packed with what our bodies need.
A: AVOID processed and refined foods. White flour, sugar, bread and pastas are no-nos. Replace them with complex carbs such as brown rice and whole wheat. Also, read ingredient lists. A long list means ‘not clean’. Read Food Labels Translated: 10 Alarming Ingredients to Avoid!
N: NEVER eat mindlessly. Too often, we tend to grab a food and toss it back without even a thought. The next time you go to eat something, ask yourself, “Will this do anything positive for my body?” and “Will I regret this choice later?”.
Check out 4 must-have ingredients for clean eating here!
4 Must Have Ingredients for Clean Eating!
by Brooke Griffin | April 4, 2013
Are you on the “clean eating wagon” yet? Eating foods that are “clean” means the food isn’t processed or chemically injected. If you are thinking about trying it, it may take a little bit to get used to…and a little more effort shopping and prepping wise. But, it’s so worth it. Here are 4 ingredients that we suggest having in your fridge at all times to help you stay on track!

1. Lemons: They add flavor to pretty much everything; water, tea, salads, salmon, chicken, etc. This little yellow beauty is filled with vitamin-C and can be a real flavor bomb. The best part? It’s almost no added calories!
2. Bell peppers: Yellow, green, red, orange; we love them all! Great to just cut up and eat fresh or dip in some hummus. Cook them into all of your meals; grilled, broiled, or roasted – they are wonderful each way. They are said to help with fat-burning and have tons of vitamins and potassium!
3. Greek yogurt: Plain Greek yogurt is extremely versatile. You can bake with it, substitute it for sour cream, or eat it as is. Other yogurt can be high in added sugar, but plain Greek yogurt is naturally low in sugar and has around 10-15 grams of protein (depending on brand). Add your own sweetener, like organic wildflower honey or fresh fruit and top it off with some toasted oats and almonds.
4. Leafy greens: Greens like romaine lettuce, spinach, kale, collards, etc are essential in eating clean and general good health. They are packed with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. Super easy to toss into a salad, blend into your smoothies, or saute for dinner. Enjoy!
While there really are so many foods that are “clean” foods, these are just 4 of the basics that we feel are great to have at-hand whenever you need them.

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50 Tips for all aged women

b2932e5788b7cc4f94dc0260f29d3f56So some we know, some we don’t but I think its a great list to pin up somewhere for the New Year of 2015. Here is to all us women, some younger some older and I believe we can be reminded of some healthy habits to add to our weekly regimind. Happy New Year and “Here’s to us Women in high heeled shoe’s” 🙂24534779-beauty-sexy-lips-with-heart-shape-paint-valentines-day

#42 got of got me so here is what I found-

Chlorophyll is a chemical compound that collects light and uses the light to make energy in plants. Additionally, chlorophyll gives plants their green color. You can find large amounts of chlorophyll in leafy vegetables and to a lesser extent in fruits. The liquid form of chlorophyll is a health supplement that some claim will provide you with many of the benefits of eating vegetables and fruits that contain chlorophyll. As with any supplement, you should talk to a medical professional prior to consuming liquid chlorophyll.
Blood Benefits
According to “Encyclopedia of Natural Medicine,” liquid chlorophyll can increase the quality and quantity of your red blood cells because the compound has a chemical composition very similar to hemoglobin. Hemoglobin is a molecule found in your red blood cells responsible for transporting oxygen. While hemoglobin has iron as its center atom, liquid chlorophyll has magnesium as its center atom. Increasing the number and quality of your red blood cells can result in better oxygen transportation.
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As an Antioxidant
Liquid chlorophyll also is a powerful antioxidant. This antioxidant action, according to “”Encyclopedia of Herbal Medicine” can lower your risk for developing certain types of cancer. Additionally, the antioxidant properties also can reduce inflammation in your body. This action can benefit from medical disorders characterized by increased inflammation such as arthritis and amygdalitis. Your immune system also benefits from antioxidants because it helps protect the body from toxins and wastes.
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Chlorophyll and Cancer
According to “Chlorophylls and Bacteriochlorophylls: Biochemistry, Biophysics, Functions and Applications,” liquid chlorophyll can effectively bind carcinogenic molecules such as polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons from incomplete combustion of fuels, heterocyclic amines produced from grilling foods and aflatoxin produced from molds in foods. Chlorophyll forms a complex with the carcinogens that your body has a difficult time absorbing, so you body eliminates these complexes through feces, helping to prevent cancer.
Other Benefits
Liquid chlorophyll also has the ability to bind and remove toxic heavy metals such as mercury from your body. Additionally, liquid chlorophyll aids your body in destroying and removing germs and help to prevent the growth of new germs. Further, liquid chlorophyll can function as a deodorizer and a promoter of good digestive function. Therefore, medical professionals sometimes recommend this supplement to treat bad breath. Moreover, liquid chlorophyll is a good and effective source of magnesium that can alkalinize your body.

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His & Hers 2014 Football Charts

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Couple more days until the official football season begins and I gotta add something about Football to my decor. Football season always reminds me of the beginning of Fall and back to school. In my day 1st day of school was always around the same time as Football season, now here in the Desert we start school beginning of August and Fall doesn’t really start until October, just not the same.

So for the football decor I once again made the “His & Hers” schedules. We enjoyed it last year and its easy, fun and cute:) Can you use the word “cute” in football decor?
Hope it inspires you to make your own schedules and by the way
“GO FORTY NINERS”!!!!!!

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Ombre’ Easter Eggs

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This was my first attempt at these eggs and I used blue dye but they turned out kinda purple like. So with like anything else my second round will probably turn out even better. I got a teal color that I want to try next.

Here are the directions I followed:

Ombré Easter Eggs

You can create this dramatic display with just two 0.25-ounce vials of blue dye you may already have in the kitchen. Set out six 12-ounce glasses, labeled A through F. Add one cup of boiling water and two teaspoons of white vinegar to each and stir, using a separate spoon for each glass. Then, mix in the color as follows: A, two drops; B, six drops; C, 10 drops; D, 20 drops; E, 45 drops; F, 60 drops. Submerge a hard-boiled egg in each glass. Steep for five minutes, or until you’re happy with the hue, then remove and place in an empty egg carton to dry. Repeat with additional eggs (up to three dozen).

I followed these directions exactly using some gel food dye that I purchased at Hobby Lobby. I didn’t put A-F on my jars cause I could figure that out on my own 🙂 I also let mine soak for about 8 minutes. I let them dry on a rack before placing them into the egg cart.

I was happy with their out come, but next time I will try some of the dye from the grocery store type because I believe it is thinner and to make sure the dye water is mixed up well and try soaking up to 10 minutes.

Enjoy your Easter decorating

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Lemon Ice Box Cake

I remember growing up and eating this cake, not sure who made it but probably my Noni (this was my Grandma). I’m sure it was made from scratch and we had it at our Family Reunion’s.I found this recipe and it taste like I remember and it’s made from a box mix and its delicious and easy to make.20140214-153405.jpg

It bakes usually in a 9×13 pan but I was sharing this cake so I made one  8×8 and one heart shape since it is Valentine’s Day. This cake remind’s me of summer but since today is 88 degree’s here in the Desert and we have a abundance of lemon’s it just seems appropriate.20140214-153414.jpg

Ingredients

  • 1 Duncan Hines moist deluxe lemon cake mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 3oz.lemon instant pudding mix (dry) sugar-free can be used
  • Icing:
  • 4 cups powder sugar
  • 1/3 cup fresh or bottled lemon juice
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 3 Tbsp water

Directions:

In a large bowl, stir together dry cake mix and pudding mix. In another bowl, combine wet ingredients and eggs that the cake mix calls for plus the buttermilk.If your box mix reads 1 1/3 cup water substitute the 1/3 cup for lemon juice.If it calls for 1 cup water add that plus the 1/3 cup lemon juice.This will make the cake even more lemon puckering. Beat with mixer until blended. Add to dry mixture and beat until combined. Bake in a greased 9×13 baking pan in a preheated 350 degree oven for the time the cake mix box calls for. It will require a couple of minutes longer baking time than cake mix box calls for because of the extra moisture produced by the milk. Check with tooth pick for doneness.

Icing:

Combine water, oil, powdered sugar and lemon juice with a mixer until smooth. Add one more tablespoon of water if it seems to thick. Glaze the cake when it is just slightly cooled. Do not over glaze it because the icing is sweet. Apply just a thin layer . There will be icing left over for a few more cakes or donuts or anything you make in the next few weeks that would be great with this glaze drizzled over top. Store in the fridge and serve cold or room temp. This cake is rich so a small piece goes along way.20140214-153422.jpgEnjoy and Happy Valentine’s Day xoxoxoxo

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5 Things Super Successful People Do Before 8 AM

This is a article by Forbes magazine. I totally agree with this and “TRY” to do it everyday.Wanted to share it with you.

Rise and shine! Morning time just became your new best friend. Love it or hate it, utilizing the morning hours before work may be the key to a successful and healthy lifestyle. That’s right, early rising is a common trait found in many CEOs, government officials, and other influential people. Margaret Thatcher was up every day at 5 a.m.; Frank Lloyd Wright at 4 am and Robert Iger, the CEO of Disney wakes at 4:30am just to name a few. I know what you’re thinking – you do your best work at night. Not so fast. According to Inc. Magazine, morning people have been found to be more proactive and more productive. In addition, the health benefits for those with a life before work go on and on. Let’s explore 5 of the things successful people do before 8 am.

1. Exercise. I’ve said it once, I’ll say it again. Most people that work out daily, work out in the morning. Whether it’s a morning yoga session or a trip to the gym, exercising before work gives you a boost of energy for the day and that deserved sense of accomplishment. Anyone can tackle a pile of paperwork after 200 ab reps! Morning workouts also eliminate the possibility of flaking out on your cardio after a long day at work. Even if you aren’t bright eyed and bushy tailed at the thought of a 5 am jog, try waking up 15 minutes early for a quick bedside set of pushups or stretching. It’ll help wake up your body, and prep you for your day.

2. Map Out Your Day. Maximize your potential by mapping out your schedule for the day, as well as your goals and to dos. The morning is a good time for this as it is often one of the only quiet times a person gets throughout the day. The early hours foster easier reflection that helps when prioritizing your activities. They also allow for uninterrupted problem solving when trying to fit everything into your timetable. While scheduling, don’t forget about your mental health. Plan a 10 minute break after that stressful meeting for a quick walk around the block or a moment of meditation at your desk. Trying to eat healthy? Schedule a small window in the evening to pack a few nutritious snacks to bring to work the next day.

3. Eat a Healthy Breakfast. We all know that rush out the door with a cup of coffee and an empty stomach feeling. You sit down at your desk, and you’re already wondering how early that taco truck sets up camp outside your office. No good. Take that extra time in the morning to fuel your body for the tasks ahead of it. It will help keep your mind on what’s at hand and not your growling stomach. Not only is breakfast good for your physical health, it is also a good time to connect socially. Even five minutes of talking with your kids or spouse while eating a quick bowl of oatmeal can boost your spirits before heading out the door.

4. Visualization. These days we talk about our physical health ad nauseam, but sometimes our mental health gets overlooked. The morning is the perfect time to spend some quiet time inside your mind meditating or visualizing. Take a moment to visualize your day ahead of you, focusing on the successes you will have. Even just a minute of visualization and positive thinking can help improve your mood and outlook on your work load for the day.

5. Make Your Day Top Heavy. We all have that one item on our to do list that we dread. It looms over you all day (or week) until you finally suck it up and do it after much procrastination. Here’s an easy tip to save yourself the stress – do that least desirable task on your list first. Instead of anticipating the unpleasantness of it from first coffee through your lunch break, get it out of the way. The morning is the time when you are (generally) more well rested and your energy level is up. Therefore, you are more well equipped to handle more difficult projects. And look at it this way, your day will get progressively easier, not the other way around. By the time your work day is ending, you’re winding down with easier to dos and heading into your free time more relaxed. Success!

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Halloween Printables

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Love Halloween printables. These are some really cute ones and they are all free.Print out on your printer and frame them, would also make cute banners etc. Hurry and get with it you still have 11 day’s until the “Boo Day”.

Click on the link below and it will take you to lots of free printables and some really great blogs.

www.craftinterrupted.com/2011/10/things-to-try-31-free-halloween.html

Happy Printing!

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Healthy Halloween Treat

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Carmel Apple
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This is a healthy alternative to candy, I know it’s a little pricy to make them up for give a ways , so save them up for parties or just your special little Trick or Treat’ers

I bought these single serving Carmel Dips at the grocery store right next to the apples. Popped them into a cello bag with a Granny Smith Apple (best for caramel dipping) and tied up with holiday ribbon. Healthy, cute and festive for the Halloween season.

Happy Halloween and have a safe and scary trick or treat night 🙂

XO-Witchie Poo