Five Ways to De-Stress

1. Stay positive.
2. Meditate. (Yoga can also relax the mind and body!)
3. Exercise.
4. Unplug. (Even if it’s for just 10 or 15 minutes.)
5. Find ways to take the edge off your stress. (Take a warm bath, listen to music, or spending time on a favorite hobby.)

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Cool Wine Bottle Decorations!

Instead of throwing your empty wine bottles away, try these cool and easy DIY (do it yourself) wine bottle decorations! Let us know how they turned out!

Check it out here.

It’s Almost That Time…

FOOTBALL SEASON is almost here!!! Take a look at the full schedule of this season's games.

www.nfl.com/schedules/

Who's you favorite team? Let us know!

How to Clean and Disinfect Wooden Cutting Boards

A wooden cutting board is an essential tool in any kitchen, but it's also one of the most confounding items when it comes to cleaning and disinfecting. Can you use water? Should you wash with regular dish soap? The list of questions is never-ending, but these tried-and-true methods will show you how it's done!

  1. The lemon and salt method. If you’re partial to using all-natural cleaning techniques in your kitchen, this may be the cutting board method for you. Simply sprinkle the cutting board with coarse salt, then use half of a lemon to scrape away deep-set stains and bacteria.
  2. The bleach method. Create a solution of 2 tablespoons of bleach per 1 gallon of water, then wipe your cutting board using quick, swift motions to avoid waterlog. Be sure to rinse thoroughly before using.
  3. The vinegar method. Another great all-natural way to clean your cutting board is by using simple white vinegar. Sprinkle baking soda all over the cutting board and spray it with a spray bottle of vinegar, as the vinegar has natural disinfecting properties. Allow the paste to bubble, then wipe it away with a cold, wet cloth.
  4. The hydrogen peroxide method. First, wipe your cutting board with a paper towel soaked in white vinegar, then finish the job with a second paper towel soaked in hydrogen peroxide to kill germs.

How to Clean a Cutting Board: 7 Effective Treatments [Reader’s Digest]
How To Clean a Wooden Cutting Board with Lemon and Salt [The Kitchn]
How to Clean a Cutting Board [Clorox]

Taco Tuesday!

Since it's Taco Tuesday, here's a great taco recipe for Steak Tacos with Charred Corn and Sriracha.

For ingredients and directions, click here.

Try it out and let us know what you think!

Back to School Shopping Tips!

It's that time of the year again! School will be starting soon and that means back to school shopping. Here are some great tips on how to save money and time while shopping!

1. Make a list before you start shopping.
2. Take inventory.
3. Set a budget and stick to it!
4. Buy in quantities.
5. Compare pricing online (this will save you a lot of time).
6. Host/attend a clothes swap.

For more details on how to save time and money on back to school shopping, click here.

Read All About It: Nifty Ways to Reuse Old Magazines and Newspapers

You love reading magazines and newspapers, but you don’t love having to throw them out after you’re done reading. Instead of tossing out your old reading materials, use these creative tips for making something new and exciting out of your favorite periodicals.

Starburst Clock [happinessisblog.com]
Use this surprisingly simple DIY project to make a gorgeous mid-century modern-inspired clock that actually works. Simply roll the pages of magazines into small tubes, string them together using sturdy twine and attach some attractive hands to the center.

Recycled Gift Bows [craftingagreenworld.com]
Instead of purchasing pre-made gift bows for birthdays or holidays, make your own out of colorful magazine or newspaper pages. Cut the paper into strips, do some crafty folding, and glue it together to create a bow that looks just like the ones from the store.

Woven Magazine Basket [niftythriftythings.com]
Weave a cute and quirky basket by folding the pages into accordion shapes and securing them with a bit of string. These can be used to hold knick knacks or brighten up an empty shelf.

Nail Art [fashionandpoise.blogspot.com]
Press old newspaper pages onto your fingernails for a unique manicure that you won’t find at the nail salon. All it takes is some nail polish, rubbing alcohol, and a few pages from an old newspaper.

Delicious Barbeque Chicken Pizza!

We all love pizza! Here's an easy recipe for homemade BBQ Chicken pizza. Give it a try and let us know what you think!

Ingredients:
•1/2 recipe homemade pizza crust
•1/3 cup + 2 Tablespoons your favorite BBQ sauce
•1 cup cooked, sliced chicken breast (about one 8-ounce breast)
•2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
•2/3 cup shredded smoked gouda cheese1
•1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
•fresh cilantro, for topping

For directions please click here.

How to Style a Bed Just Like in the Catalogs

Many people dream of diving into the cushions and blankets of beds photographed in interior design magazines and catalogs, but you may not realize how simple it is to make that type of perfectly styled bed a reality. Use these smart tips to improve your bed — and likely improve your night’s sleep as well.

  1. Make a tier of pillows. Whether you have a headboard or not, creating a tier of pillows always looks aesthetically pleasing. Start with two extra-large pillows in the back, then add one shorter set of standard queen sized pillows in the center. Finish with one or two throw pillows in the front to make a statement.
  2. Use a minimal color scheme. If you don’t feel confident enough to mix and match colors and patterns, simply use a minimal color scheme with one bright, bold pop of color. Use white, grey, or simple pinstripes for your duvet and pillows, then add a fun throw or small pillow in an accent hue.
  3. Add texture. If your bed looks a bit flat, add bit of texture by incorporating one faux fur, velvet, or chunky knitted item.
  4. Use an alternative headboard. If you don’t have a headboard, don’t fret. Use an antique door, large tapestry, or DIY wood palette headboard to add eclectic style to your room. Or for a more traditional look, a tufted or wooden headboard can be used as the bed’s focal point.

How To: Style a Bed 3 Ways [Style Me Pretty: Living]
How to Style a Bed [The Everygirl]
How to Make the Perfect Bed [Pottery Barn]

Great Casserole Recipes!

Everyone loves simple and delicious dinner recipes! Here's a list of easy casserole recipes that are great for potlucks, family dinners or a dinner for one!

-Chicken Spaghetti
-Tuna Noodle Casserole
-Sloppy Joe and Macaroni
-Beef and Bean Taco Casserole
-Baked Penne with Roasted Veggies

For the recipes, click here.

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