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*Tips & Other Bright Ideas*

When we consider the importance of creativity and inovation in our lives we realize how healing it can be. When the creative juices flow we are living in the 'now' moment. Creativity allows us to share, recycle, create and heal!

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*Four Great Tips for Living in the NOW* 4 Replies

 If your sense of peace and contentment comes from what you own, or what goals and achievements you have created throughout your life, then it is time to stop and take a look around you. We are human…Continue

Started by Sarah Sunny. Last reply by Alexa EagleFeather Oct 20, 2010.

*Stress Relief Tips* 1 Reply

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Started by Sarah Sunny. Last reply by Sarah Sunny Oct 17, 2010.

Slimmed-Down Scalloped Potatoes 2 Replies

Ingredients3 cloves garlic, peeled1 pound all-purpose potatoes, preferably Yukon Gold (about 3 medium), peeled and sliced2 cups nonfat milk1/2 onion, finely chopped1/2 teaspoon saltPinch freshly…Continue

Started by Allie. Last reply by Sarah Sunny Oct 10, 2010.

*Homemade Gravy Tips & Fixes: Darken, Add Flavor & More* 6 Replies

  How to Darken GravyLast minute “in a pinch” fixes…■Instant Coffee Granules■Soy Sauce■Dark Molasses■Cocoa■Worcestershire Sauce■Gravy Enhancers like Kitchen Bouquet, Gravy MasterHomemade Gravy…Continue

Started by Sarah Sunny. Last reply by Sarah Sunny Oct 10, 2010.

*Decluttering tips** 3 Replies

Deal with your clothes. Clean out closets and dressers. Sell, consign, give away or toss anything that you no longer love or that no longer fits you. If it’s beyond repair, out of style,…Continue

Started by Sarah Sunny. Last reply by inet Oct 2, 2010.

What's the best apple?

Fun tips for choosing apples during apple season!! What’s Fresh: The best and worst apples for eating, cooking & baking  All apples are not created equal—at least when it comes to cooking vs.…Continue

Tags: baking, cooking, fall harvest, apples

Started by Alexa EagleFeather Sep 18, 2010.

How To Heal With Aloe Vera Plants: Tips Guide

  If you’re thinking about introducing a new houseplant to your home, the Aloe Vera plant offers a wealth of benefits since it’s a plant that gives and gives, then gives some more!Here is a large…Continue

Started by Sarah Sunny Aug 24, 2010.

What to make for dinner 2 Replies

Bored with your dinner routine? Then it's time to kick pasta to the curb and and try adding zest to your meal with Asian flavors. Our new recipe website find,…Continue

Started by Allie. Last reply by Alexa EagleFeather Aug 13, 2010.

*Tips for getting along with your mother-in-law 1 Reply

 How to get along with your mother-in-lawTalk to your spouse. If your spouse has no idea how you feel about your mother in-law, they may put you in situations you'd rather not be in, like taking care…Continue

Started by Sarah Sunny. Last reply by Sarah Sunny Aug 13, 2010.

*8 ways to add Art to your Home* 4 Replies

 1 Go big in a small space"A large piece can look great in a small space," says Lisa. This silkscreen originally hung in…Continue

Started by Sarah Sunny. Last reply by Sarah Sunny Aug 9, 2010.

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Comment by Alexa EagleFeather on August 9, 2013 at 11:13pm

fantastic! ... Peeling Garlic - Martha Stewart Cooking School

and yes, it works! I do this all the time now.

Comment by Alexa EagleFeather on May 12, 2011 at 4:52pm

I like those organizing tips and the photos help too! thanks and best Spring wishes too Sarah.

Comment by Sarah Sunny on March 28, 2011 at 11:33pm
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Comment by Sarah Sunny on March 28, 2011 at 11:25pm
Thanks for these tips Alexa, last year I finally got a rain barrel for all of the spouts around my house. Last year I was able to use my rain water for almost all of my watering except for twice, that's a start!
Comment by Alexa EagleFeather on March 27, 2011 at 10:55am

It's important to conserve when watering, but many of us have been ignoring a natural, renewable resource that can make our gardens more eco-friendly and cut costs from our municipal water bills: rainwater.

HARVESTING RAINWATER BY THE NUMBERS

Ten inches of rain falling on an average roof (1,360-square feet) during the spring and summer yields 8,160 gallons of rainwater. Assuming you have the roof part covered, here's what else you'll need to begin harvesting gallons and gallons of rainwater for landscape irrigation and other nonpotable uses:

  1. Gutters and a Downspout: High quality gutters can be expensive, so if you don't already have them on your house, this investment is the biggest cost you'll face. Just installing rain gutters on the east-facing side of your house will keep your rain barrel full all summer long.
  2. A Downspout Diverter: To make filling up your rain barrel more convenient, fit your downspout with a diverter. They come with several feet of leader hose and some brands even have an automatic overflow control that directs water back to the downspout when the barrel is full. They're usually around $30 and can be found online at Gardeners.com or at your local Home Depot.
  3. A Storage Tank: Rainwater cisterns are usually made of either plastic or concrete and can hold hundreds or even thousands of gallons of water. A wooden or plastic rain barrel from a hardware/ garden supply store typically holds 40 to 80 gallons of water and will cost between $50 and $100. These are great if you want to start small and keep things simple; and if you have the space several barrels can be set up in tandem.
  4. A Debris Screen and a Lid: Before the water goes into your tank or rain barrel, you'll need a debris screen to filter out leaves and pine needles. If the debris isn't filtered, it will collect at the bottom of the tank and may clog the outflow. Screening your rain barrel also prevents mosquitoes from breeding in the water. If the rain barrel you buy doesn't already come with a removable, purpose-made screen, you can easily make one from nylon window mesh. A mesh filter or screen, in addition to a well-fitting lid, will also keep children and pets from falling into the rain barrel.
  5. A Distribution Device: Plants love rainwater because it's naturally soft and free of chemicals and dissolved minerals. Using rainwater on your lawn and garden can also reduce salt accumulation in the soil, which can be harmful to root growth. To use all the rainwater you've harvested, you'll need either a standard spigot or a short length of hose that's installed near the bottom of the barrel and has an on/off valve. You can attach a longer hose to reach your garden or just use the spigot to fill up watering cans.
Comment by Alexa EagleFeather on March 14, 2011 at 8:57am

Pamper yourself

5 Zen Beauty Tips to Revitalize Your Body

1.  Aromatherapy Massage
Treat yourself to an aromatherapy massage at a spa.  I especially recommend Lavender.  The massage will relax your body and the aromatherapy will revitalize your senses.  The combination should keep your body silky soft for a few days.

2.  Skin Tightening
Keeping our bodies physically fit is just as important.  As we age, we lose elasticity in our skin.  Skin Brushing is a great technique to keep the skin on our bodies tight and youthful.  Purchase a boar bristle brush from your local drugstore.  Before showering, brush the bottoms of your feet, then start brushing upward from the ankles.  Never brush in a downward motion.  Always brush towards the heart. 

3.  Hand Soother
Winter time can bring dry, cracked hands.  Mix some brown sugar with a teaspoon of extra virgin coconut oil.  Stir together until smooth, then rub into your hands.  Put some plastic gloves on your hands for about 15 minutes.  Afterwards, take the gloves off and rinse away the mixture.  Your hands should be smooth as a baby’s bottom for at least a week.

4.  Avocado Facial Mask
My favorite face mask of all time consists of half and avocado, a teaspoon of honey and a couple of drops of coconut oil.  Mix the combo together and apply to your freshly washed face.  Leave on for half an hour. Afterwards, clean the excess off with some soft tissue paper.  Massage the leftover avocado and oils into your skin for added moisture benefits.

5.  Brighter Skin
If your skin is anything like mine, it can bruise easily and leave marks from a blemish.  I have also always suffered from dark elbows and knees.  Cut a fresh lemon in half, then rub it on any dark spots.  Do this a few times a week until all dark spots disappear.

Comment by Alexa EagleFeather on February 25, 2011 at 12:55am

I love those Sarah!

 

True friends see your character where others only see mistakes, they find awe where others find flaw, and delight in the story of you. ♥

 

Comment by Sarah Sunny on February 1, 2011 at 10:18am
Treat your friends the way you want to be treated.
Keep secrets that are told to you.
Pay attention when your friend is talking.
Keep your promises.
Share things with your friend.
Tell your friend the truth.
Stick up for your friend.
Take turns.
Tips for friendship by, Third graders.
Comment by Sarah Sunny on January 9, 2011 at 10:15am
 

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