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Different Yoga Practices

Yoga is a healing practice that can positively affect your life. This ancient art stems from Eastern philosophy, but there are different types of yoga and yoga styles, some of which were created within the last few decades.

The physical and mental health benefits of yoga are many. According to the American Osteopathic Association, yoga promotes relaxation, relieves stress and lessens chronic pain resulting from conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome, arthritis, low back pain and headaches…. See More

Growing Peas

If you don’t care much for peas, I’m going to get right to the point. If I can convince you of one thing from this blog it would be to give peas another chance by growing your own.

Fresh peas from your garden taste nothing like the canned or frozen peas you may have had before. Garden-fresh peas are sweet and juicy, whether eaten fresh out of the pod, tossed into soup, gently steamed or lightly sautéed. And when grown and harvested in the cool spring weather, their sugar levels rise even… See More

Spring Cleaning Checklist

For the past few weeks we’ve been talking about how to keep up with your home with simple schedules and plans to keep things clean and tidy. This week we are going to focus on some deeper cleaning tasks that you need to do to keep your home truly clean. Some of the things on my spring kitchen cleaning list may seem overwhelming, but remember this list does not need to be done in one day. I’d recommend working on this list over a month or two. We are all very busy, but we need to deep clean our… See More

Flower Beds and Your Yard

Yard edging comes in so many varieties that you can choose edgings to match the style of your home, garden or even a particular type of flower. You might decide to edge a bright bed of pansies with a scalloped edging or complement an English garden with quaint flagstone edging to add old-fashioned romance. Either way, yard  edgings help you keep your garden in order and can add a subtle accent  that makes your garden a reflection of your personality.
Installing flower bed borders
When you install… See More

Terrarium How-Tos: Try Your Hand at the Newest Decorating Trend

Check out any garden center, decorating magazine or craft store, and you’ll spot one of the fastest growing trends in home décor: the terrarium. These classic little indoor gardens are cool again.

Here’s how to do it.

First, decide whether you want a soilless, sandy, or soil-filled terrarium. The materials and plants you use will depend on which you choose.

Next, gather your supplies. You’ll need:

For taller or self-contained terrariums, a transparent vessel, preferably one with… See More

Slow Cooker Chili Recipes

Everyone’s busy with work, school and family, so when it comes to preparing meals at home, we’re often looking for the quickest solution. The quick, easy solution usually isn’t the healthiest, but a slow cooker can be an excellent way for you have a great meal that will be ready to serve as soon as you walk in the door. Chili is a natural choice for the slow cooker and is a great way to have of food prepared for weeknight meals or for large amounts of food for family get-togethers or parties.

Classic-style… See More

Go Cuckoo for the Slow Cooker

The slow cooker can be the perfect kitchen appliance for anyone, regardless of how much time you have to prepare meals or your individual food budget. There are dozens of easy recipes that can be all made in the slow cooker, ready to serve immediately or frozen and stored for meals during the week.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

You’d never know this flavorful soup was thrown together in just a few minutes.

Ingredients:

2 chicken breasts
1 can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
1 can mild… See More

Tips for Buying Cookware for a Small Family

Knowing the best choices to make when buying cookware can be a challenge, and if you have a small family, you don’t want to spend money on items that are too large for you needs. You also want to purchase items that will be sturdy enough to withstand day-to-day usage. Here we’ll give you some tips on how to assemble an array of fry pans and skillets, along with pots and other cookware, so you can then start dreaming up some recipes for future meals.

Gathering the basics

Many cooking novices… See More

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