Healthier ways to satisfy your sugar craving

Healthier ways to satisfy your sugar craving

I’ve always loved sugar. But I’d rather not. I’ve tried quitting sugar cold turkey, and it’s extremely difficult. When I walk past the pastries in the grocery store, I need to have an alternative to block my ears to their siren call. It’s a lot easier to just say ‘no’ to doughnuts when I know I’ll be buying an alternative, healthier sugary food. So now I opt for a healthier way without stressing that it’s not the absolute healthiest way. Moderation in all things! Here’s my top 7 most effective...
Fun and healthy activities for your kids

Fun and healthy activities for your kids

Sports vs activities for younger kids I’ve never been great at sports, but that didn’t stop me from getting a lot out of them as a player and later as a referee. Sports are fun for all ages, but not as much fun for toddlers and preschoolers. Smaller kids don’t have as much desire for structure or competition when playing. Watching preschoolers try to ‘play soccer’ is incredibly cute, but they’d probably have more fun with a friend at the park. Unstructured playing also gives them more...
Loud Sounds and Music Are Damaging Your Hearing, Permanently

Loud Sounds and Music Are Damaging Your Hearing, Permanently

  I was at a concert in a bad seat in 2010, right in front of giant speakers. By the end, I was hearing a very disturbing crackling in my ears.   This is what happens when your ears are being damaged, and afterwards, they will never be the same. Thankfully, that experience freaked me out enough that I sought hearing protection for over-loud situations. Maybe you’ve done this thought experiment with your friends: Would you rather be blind or deaf? The real answer, of course, is neither.  ...
Ditch the Teabags and Switch to Loose-Leaf Tea. How and Why

Ditch the Teabags and Switch to Loose-Leaf Tea. How and Why

  I love tea just as much as I love coffee, and now that I use loose-leaf tea, I drink it every day.   In the past, I exclusively used teabags from the grocery store until this year when I was given loose-leaf tea as a gift, along with a steeping pot to brew it in. Now, loose-leaf has made me love tea more than ever. I was initially hesitant to get into loose-leaf tea brewing simply out of ignorance. Had I known that is was just as easy (and in many ways, easier) than brewing with tea bags I...
5 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers under $35 on Amazon

5 Best Portable Bluetooth Speakers under $35 on Amazon

  What is a portable Bluetooth speaker good for? Basically everything, with a few exceptions.     Portable Bluetooth Speakers excel whenever you need:   A speaker in a place where it would be inconvenient or impossible to be plugged in to power A speaker that can be moved from one place to another A speaker in a place where you can’t put a large speaker due to space constraints Many Portable Bluetooth speakers are also water resistant or even waterproof. This makes them useful for...
Your Towel Isn’t Clean if You Used it Once Between Washes

Your Towel Isn’t Clean if You Used it Once Between Washes

Let me start by saying this: My intention here is not to make you fear your dirty towels. It’s more interesting science than anything else, but it may also lead to you changing your towel-washing habits for the better, as it did for me. That being said: We’re clean when we get out of the shower and dry ourselves, so our bath towels must stay clean for a while between washes, right?   Not so, according to science Apparently, our towels should be washed at least once every three...
Put IKEA Furniture Together the Easy Way: With a Cheap Power Drill

Put IKEA Furniture Together the Easy Way: With a Cheap Power Drill

Four years ago, I decided to buy a bunch of matching furniture all at once. Although I was initially hesitant to go full IKEA, I eventually did and have not regretted it. IKEA furniture is famous for being pretty easy to put together, but if you get one of the more screw-or-bolt-heavy pieces (like a bed, for instance), you will get tired of doing it all manually long before you’re actually finished assembling it. If you buy multiple pieces of big furniture at once, having power-tool...
Getting the most out of your Starbucks visit

Getting the most out of your Starbucks visit

   
I love coffee. I got hooked on it when I used to work at Starbucks for a few years. But it’s more expensive than making coffee at home, so I try to get the most for my money when I go. To make it more worthwhile for those of us with a smaller budget for coffee, here are some tips for getting the most out of your next Starbucks visit! Registering for their rewards program (which is as easy as downloading the Starbucks app and following their prompts) means you can get free refills of hot...
Tips you need for finding your next home

Tips you need for finding your next home

Even if you’re not thinking of moving right away, it’s always fun to look at places where you would rather live. But it’s not so simple as just finding your dream house, especially if you have kids. We’ll look at some more in-depth issues with choosing your next home.   Registered sex offenders are required to make it public knowledge where they live. This means you can use the database to check your area for convicted sex offenders prior to moving. It’s disturbing to see how many there are,...
Get Daylight LED Bulbs for Your House, Now

Get Daylight LED Bulbs for Your House, Now

The Bad Old Days of Incandescent bulbs are basically gone, and everything else (Compact Fluorescent (CFL), Fluorescent bulbs, Halogen bulbs, HID Bulbs) is being phased out due to their many inferiorities You probably know about LED bulbs, and with the price dropping significantly in recent years (less than $2 a bulb, more on that later), it’s time to buy.   In this run-down, I will tell you:   – Why the issues with early LED bulbs that may have deterred you from buying them are no...
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