Feeds:
Posts

Posts Tagged ‘e cards’

Grab Bag Cradle to Grave:

il_fullxfull.362602814_18vc

Image credit: Gloriana

The expectation of birth brings planning and parties and preparing our readiness for the impending event.

truffle-wraapers-party-beige-and-white

At the other end of the circle of life we are encouraged to write a will, which helps to clarify how we wish our earthly possessions to move on without us. But what about our own end? Our physical passing from this living existence?

As Judy McDonald points out here, saying “I want to die at home” is not a plan. There are myriad questions and issues that can and will arise in our final phase, and if we choose to ignore those considerations, our potential for trapping ourselves and our loved ones in a spiral of needless pain and sorrow is very real.

Below is Judy’s brief TED talk on dying well. May she inspire us all to plan our exits as meticulously as our entrances.

Judy provides a very simple website with basic worksheets that help build a viable plan to follow.

12345

Grab Bag Awesome Moment:

Another compilation of People Are Awesome… and they are, aren’t they?

PeopleAwesome

Grab Bag Power Play:

Many thanks to Suzanne C., a Stanford Cardinal herself, who shared this with me….. powerful stuff 🙂

There is actually a body language of power, and we know it, but we know it so well that we don’t knowthat we know it. It’s something that we’ve been learning through our socialization since a very, very young age.”

When going into a stressful situation, we think a lot about what we’re going to say. But according to Deborah Gruenfeld, professor of leadership and organizational behavior at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and codirector of the Executive Program for Women Leaders, we should be thinking less about what we’ll say, and more about how we’ll say it — through body language.

Power Play

Grab Bag Chem-Free Oven Cleanse:

Oven cleaner ranks right up there near the top of the Toxic Chemical list. Here’s an alternative that gets great reviews:

How to Clean Your Oven Without Chemicals

“Ingredients”

  • 1 Spray Bottle
  • 1 cup Water
  • 1/3 cup White Vinegar
  • 1/2 cup Kosher Salt
  • 1/2 cup Baking Soda
  • 1 Razor Blade Tool

Directions:

1.  Mix water and vinegar together in the spray bottle. Spray this mixture all over your oven door and/or the inside of your oven.

2.  Sprinkle a thick layer of the Sea Salt evenly over this mixture.

3. Sprinkle a thick layer of the Baking Soda over the salt.

4. Spray the vinegar/water mixture over the salt and baking soda until it forms a paste. Note: you should begin to hear the vinegar and baking soda working together at this point. Now. Let it sit.

5.  Then, using a scouring pad, scrub with a little man power until you start to see the crud coming off. Once you have scrubbed all that you want, get out your razor and, making sure that the mixture stays very wet, gently scrape off any remaining crud. 

Personally, I might just move straight to the razor blade first and see what it does.

Retractable Razor

ovendirtyOvenClean

Grab Bag Mosquito Magic:

It’s summer. You’re loving being in the outdoors, and the mosquitos are loving you being there, too. Review these tips to better your chances of avoiding the bites that take a bite out of summer fun:

Mosquito Tips

Grab Bag Brain Game:

A few different versions are offered here to challenge your focus and concentration. In this one, you are shown a single symbol first, then must find it in the grid in 20 seconds or less.

Private Eye

Grab Bag Funny Stuff:

330bce04c35f22345b9d802c8e90b471 4bbd8094869e1299ef535022e6eacb0d df1aacf8542076bba795c3255c65b704 b932bea7cd8cb2a26a4b4b3e97a9b5b4 af26831d742dcc9ebcd08f47e8c5d874 7a4c40e28b678f14c6daa4eea9bf7bad

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

Grab Bag Wow Moment:

One of the beauties of the tech age is that we can experience things we would never get a chance to otherwise. Such is this video…. a fantastic voyage through the International Space Station, giving us all a small sense of what life is like 222 miles above us, traveling at roughly 17,227 miles per hour:

Space Station Tour

Thanks to Corinna G. for sending this in.

Grab Bag Hotel Hack:

This is a pretty solid idea from Lifehacker.com that is worth a try, should you find yourself within the penalty period for cancelation of your hotel reservations:

Most hotels will charge you a fee if you cancel your room booking less than 24-hours before you’re supposed to check in. Ideally, that shouldn’t be a problem, if you’re not going to make a trip or vacation, you’ll usually know it ahead of time. However, if your flight is cancelled, re-routed, or there’s another emergency, Redditor drwired has the solution: don’t cancel the room, push your arrival time out by a few days, hang up, call later and then cancel it, once you’re safely more than 24-hours from your check-in date.

hotel bell

Grab Bag Tie One On:

Men, let’s get back to the real deal. Tie one on like a REAL man. A useful and well done video… I will put a permanent link in the Information section on the right, for those times you need it.

Grab Bag Zit Zap:

Also from Lifehacker.com, and a good tip for any acne-prone face:

Sleep with a clean and freshly washed towel or pillowcase on your pillow every night. It is said to be more effective than acne meds.

I researched this a bit and there are lots of comments on sites like acne.org and others that all say using a fresh pillow case or fresh towel over the pillow every night makes a BIG difference for acne.

pillow cases

Grab Bag Breakfast Bonanza:

It truly is, at the risk of overstating it, the most important meal of the day.

There is irrefutable evidence showing that consuming a healthy, balanced breakfast helps in a plethora of health aspects, foremost among them your weight, your blood sugar and your energy levels; three very good reasons why you need to eat healthy as the day begins.

Do not come with the, “I’m just never hungry in the morning” or, “I never have time”. Not listening.

Here are 8 healthy breakfast suggestions from Prevention magazine:

Yogurt With Almonds

1. Greek yogurt is a powerhouse breakfast, packing up to 18 g of protein into just one 6-ounce container. Plus, one serving of plain can tally only 100 calories and 0 g of fat. Mix in some almonds and a fiber-rich fruit, like fresh pear, to round out the meal.

kind7rainbow

2. Grab a bar, but not just any one: Many are laden with sugar and fat. Try Kind fruit and nut bars, which have up to 10 g of protein and 5 g of fiber, plus antioxidants.

Spinach Feta Wrap

3.  If the drive-thru is your only option, avoid morning calorie sinkholes like muffins, bagels, and pancakes, and order a protein-packed egg sandwich instead. To save calories, hold the cheese. (Note from LK: Starbuck’s has a couple of clean options… spinach feta wrap and low-fat turkey bacon and egg breakfast sandwich.)

odwalla-beverages

4. If your body’s not used to having breakfast, ease yourself into it by sipping on a smoothie (we like Odwalla) throughout the morning to start your day with vitamins and nutrients. Also, curb late-night snacking, which can suppress your morning appetite. Up for making a smoothie yourself? One of these 20 delicious smoothie recipes will totally hit the spot.

Kashi's

5. If you need to fuel a workout, carbs and protein are essential for repairing your muscles post sweat session. Kashi’s 7 Grain frozen waffle has 7 g of fiber and 4 g of protein per serving. Pair it with a protein-packed serving of peanut butter, some sliced bananas, and a glass of fat-free milk and you’ll have a winning start.

green_tea_pot

6. If you’re trying to lose 10 pounds, swap your morning cup o’ joe for a mug of green tea—research shows that it can rev your metabolism. As for your main meal: Fill up on two eggs any way you like ’em. Studies show that people who incorporated eggs instead of bagels into a reduced-calorie diet lost 65% more weight. (Note from LK… I told you so, on both these counts!)

Breakfast Burrito

7. If heart health is your priority, try a breakfast burrito chock-full of heart-friendly monounsaturated fats. Fill a whole wheat wrap with sliced avocado, scrambled eggs, and a splash of salsa. Also check out these other tasty breakfast burrito ideas.

kashi_biscuits

8. If you need more fiber, don’t settle for a cereal with fewer than 5 g of fiber per serving. Some varieties, such as Fiber One, contain as much as 14 g. To add even more fiber-filled food (and flavor): Toss in raspberries. (Note from LK: Kashi Cinnamon Harvest is one of my favs!)

Grab Bag Brain Game:

A variation on the “Stroop” effect, this game asks you to click on the color of the word, not the color that the word actually spells.

Adding to the challenge, the color of the background is changing as the words and their colors are changing also. Give it a few rounds…. you’ll get better…. and it will improve your focus and concentration.

BRAIN BENDER

Brain Bender

Grab Bag Funny Stuff:

50735933272402520_4Oy73u9a_c

7951736813635214_4qPyx9Aj_c

266838346643364296_pBuWjAOV_c
61220876156024792_JyRuBRXb_c

54043264249085973_7guHNfYL_c

217369119485388773_n9dGdRns_c 120541727496570868_pyBOovag_c

Read Full Post »

Grab Bag Price Detective:

So I just learned that Costco, Sam’s Club, Target and probably other retailers have a code built into their pricing that let’s employees know at a glance if the item is full price, discounted or a final stock that will not be reordered. 

The Costco info comes from a pretty thorough blog on the topic, written by Len Rappaport. Read the article on Costco pricing here and for this 2012 holiday season here.

Here are the highlights:

Items with prices ending in $__._9 are the original price

Items with prices ending in $__,_7 are reduced for clearance

Items with odd price endings like .89, .79 or .49 usually mean Costco got a special deal from the manufacturer and are passing it on to you.

Items with an asterisk (” * “) in the right hand corner of the price tag will on the price sign will not be re-stocked.

Also look for “Manufacturer’s Rebate”, which is often an exclusive deal Costco has negotiated with the manufacturer.

Here are some examples price codes and rebates Len Rappaport found this holiday season at Costco compared to the same items available on Amazon:

This Cuisinart Food Processor has been reduced and will not be reordered.

Selling for $37-$95 on the internet

Price codes at Target:

Items with prices ending in $__._9 are the regular price

Items with prices ending in 8,7,6,5 and 4 are discounted.

If the price ends in a 4, such as $5.94, that signifies that it is the last time an item will be marked down

The small numbers in the top right corner of the price tag indicate the percentage discount you’re getting off of the regular price (for example, if you see “75”, that’s 75% off the regular or original price)

If you see ” * ” it mean these items have more than one location somewhere on the floor, like and endcap.

Grab Bag Egg-ceptional Choices:

So… is there REALLY a good reason to buy free-range eggs? Ummm… ya… looks like there is. Phil Lempert, food editor for NBC’s Today show and creator of the website SupermarketGuru.com, reports on recent testing on free-range eggs:

According to Mother Earth News (motherearthnews.com), testing was carried out on 14 chicken flocks around the country that range freely on pasture or are housed in moveable pens, rotated frequently to maximize access to fresh pasture and protect the birds from predators. They found that, compared to official U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) nutrient data for commercial, “conventional” (i.e., from confined hens) eggs, eggs from hens raised on pasture may contain:
• 1/3 less cholesterol
• 1/4 less saturated fat
• 2/3 more vitamin A
• 2 times more omega-3 fatty acids
• 3 times more vitamin E
• 7 times more beta carotene.

In addition to the health benefits for humans, the chickens benefit, too. Many times commercially raised chickens are crowded into small spaces and never see the light of day and are fed a diet that consists of corn, soy or cottonseed with additives. When you buy certified free-range eggs you can support more humane conditions for the chickens, comforted by the knowledge that they have foraged on real pasture, under real sunlight or rain and be assured that their natural diet, which includes green plants, insects and worms, has ensured their nutritional superiority for you the consumer.

Grab Bag Medical Meditation:

Here’s your prescription…. meditate for 12 minutes a day and call me in 20 years…. and you will likely remember.  The good doctors Oz and Rosen from RealAge.com have this to say about the practice of meditation and how it affects memory:

We firmly believe that daily meditation transforms the mind, body, and spirit. It makes grey (and white) matter grow in brain regions that affect learning and mood. Plus, meditation reduces stress and strengthens your cardiovascular system.

New findings add to all that! Seems that people with mild memory loss can prevent the early onset of Alzheimer’s disease by increasing cerebral blood flow, boosting mood, and relieving anxiety, tension, and fatigue with as little as 12 minutes of daily meditation. That helps restore their recall ability and prevents future memory loss.

For those of us who don’t have memory loss yet, meditation has many benefits, including brain health. If you want to give meditation a try, follow this 4-step meditation plan:

  1. Set aside 12 minutes a day to meditate, and keep that time in your schedule sacred.
  2. Get thee to a quiet place. No cells, no music, no Internet. Turn it all off so you can tune in.
  3. Sit in a comfortable position with good posture. Breathe in through your nose slowly for 4 seconds and exhale slowly through an open mouth for as long as you can. Build to 8 seconds.
  4. Repeat the breathing rhythm while you let your mind drift. Recognize thoughts as they appear and let them go. Say OM — and OMG, you’ll feel clearer and stronger.

Grab Bag Clever Cuppa’:

Some people are just plain clever. How about this as a an alternative to disposable coffee cups, now probably numbering in the billions in our landfills?

Take a Mason or Bell jar with the two-part lid, and use the collar portion to secure a plastic hot cup spouted lid. Coffee/tea/whatever on the go, with so little waste 🙂 Even feel OK about grabbing a cardboard “hot sleeve” from your local coffee place, or invent one of your own.

Grab Bag Clean Crafter:

From the Queen of Clean and Craft, Martha Stewart, comes this simple recipe that is touted by many to battle water spots and tub grim better than anything you could buy in a store:

Here’s a nontoxic but effective way to clean your tub and shower: Add one teaspoon of liquid soap and several drops of a naturally antibacterial essential oil (such as tea tree, eucalyptus, rosemary, or peppermint) to one cup of baking soda. Add just enough water to form a paste, and use it with a sponge or brush to scour bathtub surfaces.

Grab Bag Pumpkin Patch:

In case you want to get a jump on next autumn’s decor, check out these pics from the Arboretum in Dallas, Texas for some inspiration:

Grab Bag Brain Game:

The colored balls float in and out, disappearing behind the target. Track their speed and direction with your mind and click the corresponding ball under the image when you think it is in the bullseye.

Grab Bag Funny Stuff:

Read Full Post »

%d bloggers like this: