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Heart Health Goals

Feb 7, 2017

This week we’re talking about Heart Health and your best allies against heart disease is a healthy diet and an active lifestyle.   It can be difficult to find the time to exercise, but it only takes 30 minutes a day to walk your way toward a healthy heart.

Heart Health Month

Feb 6, 2017

February is Heart Health Month, and this is the perfect time to get healthy, lose weight, and lower you cholesterol.  I’m sure you know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in America, but together, we can fight back.

Birdseed Wreath

Feb 3, 2017

Backyard birding is a fun hobby, but if you’re looking to attract more birds to your backyard, try making a birdseed wreath.  You can use your favorite bunt pan or ring pan- the more decorative, the better.  You could use a shaped cake pan, but place a cup or glass in the center so you can hang your wreath later.  Spray the mold or pan with nonstick cooking spray. 

Homemade Deodorant

Feb 2, 2017

The carcinogens and parabens in your cosmetics is a scary topic, and this includes your deodorant which can contain a lot of harmful chemicals.  Natural options can be expensive, but the bottom line is you want them to work!  So try making this probiotic deodorant at home.

Most vegetable broths use onion, celery and carrot as the base, but when making your own (and it really is so easy to do), you can use all kinds of kitchen scraps for flavor like carrot peel, mushroom stems, green onion ends, shallot and onion skin, and even the stems of your favorite herbs. 

We’re a few weeks into the New Year, and if you’re thinking your home needs a little refreshing for the New Year, here are a few quick and easy tips to renew your living space.  One quick way to instantly feel better about your home is to get a head start on your Spring Cleaning- start cleaning out the clutter.  Organize your pantry and closet for an instant face lift. 

Cozy Winter Home

Jan 30, 2017

When cold winter temperatures drive you inside, a warm cozy environment is important.  In South Carolina, we really don’t get enough cold weather to warrant installing radiant floor heating, so here are a few affordable tips to create a warm and inviting space to weather this winter.  Add accessories that literally provide warmth like candles, cozy blankets, and rugs.  Check your insulation to make sure you’re not losing heat. 

Home fires are more common than you think, but many are avoidable when you’re aware of the hazards in your home.  You should never ignore appliance recalls.  It’s estimated that in the US, 150,000 fires each year are cause by home appliances, so do your part to reduce the risk of home fire by keeping your appliances in good working condition.  


Home fires are more common than you think.  Here are some fire hazards that could spell disaster if you’re not careful.  Let’s start with those heated blankets.  They’re great for mitigating the cold winter weather, but you shouldn’t let pets snuggle on top and you shouldn’t pile extra covers on top of a heated blanket – excessive heat buildup could cause a fire.  And remember to turn that blanket off in the morning.  


Winter in South Carolina is unpredictable – some winters are harsh and others are quite mild, but one thing you should be checking regularly, regardless of the conditions, is your tires.  You want to make sure your tires are properly maintained, but you also need to check regularly that the tire pressure is correct for your vehicle and tire specifications.  


Have you ever thought of all the people who work in the recycling industry?  First, think about the local employees who collect your plastic bottle.  Then those recyclables are transported to recycling facilities across the state where workers sort, separate, and package plastics.  Those bundles then travel to a grinding facility where workers sort bottles by color and then machinery grinds bottles down into what is called flake. 


Vertical Storage

Jan 20, 2017

Keeping your home clutter free starts with a good system for organizing your stuff!  If you have limited closet space, think about vertical storage!

We spend a lot of time in the kitchen, and for good reason.  Cooking meals at home is healthier and much more economical than eating out.  So take the time to organize the space you use so often.  Keep in mind that you don’t have to completely remodel your kitchen to create a useable space; Organization is the key!

LED Light Bulbs

Jan 18, 2017

If you’re missing the bright light your old incandescent bulbs provided, you’re not alone.  Those compact fluorescent bulbs, or CFLs, are much better for the environment, but they just don’t seem to emit that bright light we’re used to!  Fear not, there is an energy efficient option that is also bright: LED bulbs.

As you know, making small changes, like adjusting your thermostat just a couple of degrees, can add up over time.  Simple things like closing your curtains at night to stop drafts and replacing old light bulbs with newer energy efficient ones can make a difference on your power bill.

Juicer Pulp

Jan 6, 2017

Many people have discovered the joy of juicing.  It tastes great and does wonders for your health.  But what do you do with all that left-over pulp?  You could bake it into a batch of bran muffins for a little extra fiber, or sneak vegetable pulp into your macaroni and cheese recipe for an extra serving of vegetables.  Here’s a great way to flavor your morning bagel with that left-over pulp.


Candlelight is a great way to warm up a room and add a bit of mood lighting, but rather than purchase a candle holder, make your own from items you can find in your backyard.  Create a rustic tea light holder from a dried out branch with a few simple tools.


Hidden Sugar

Jan 4, 2017

If you’re trying to lose weight, then you know that sugar is the enemy!  Generally, if it’s packaged at your grocery store, then it’s probably packed with sugar, but don’t let hidden sugar derail your healthy plans.


Orchid How-To

Jan 3, 2017

Orchids have a reputation for being very difficult to keep alive, but you can enjoy a healthy, beautiful plant if you abide by a few simple tips.  First, don’t water your orchid with ice cubes.


Many South Carolina residents use natural gas to heat their homes.  While this energy source is warm, it’s also a good idea to keep safety in mind to protect your property.  Here are the major signs of a gas leak indoors: an odor that smells like rotten eggs or an unusual noise coming from your gas equipment are very serious dangers.


The best way to stay healthy during cold and flu season is to let your immune system do the work.  In order to do that, you have to make sure your body is getting all the nutrients it needs to keep you well.  Fruit and vegetable smoothies are a great way to get a large number of vitamins and minerals in your diet quickly.


Winter Composting

Dec 28, 2016

Generally, we compost during the warmer months of the year, but maybe you started composting last summer and you’re wondering how to care for your compost material through the cold months.


Winter Mulch

Dec 27, 2016

As the weather turns colder, it may be a good time to plan winter mulching for your garden.  The point of mulching in the fall and winter time is to prevent the ground around your plants from alternately freezing and thawing, which can injure plant roots.


You’ve been enjoying that Christmas tree all month long, and while it’s sad to think about taking it down and packing away your decorations, start planning for how you’ll reuse that live Christmas tree.


This time of year is magical- unless you’re allergic to the holidays!  No, I’m not talking about Scrooge, but think about all the allergy irritants this time of year.  First, those decorations have been sitting in the attic for a year collecting dust, and anyone with indoor allergies knows that dust can be a real headache.


The holidays are just around the corner, and if you have family coming to visit, it’s a good time to think about some quick home improvements before the crowd arrives.


Cold Weather Safety

Dec 21, 2016

Winter weather can turn hazardous quickly, but if you’re prepared, you can handle anything Mother Nature throws at you!  If you don’t already have an emergency kit, think about pulling together a few emergency items like batteries, candles, a first aid kit, et cetera.


We’ve talked about common cold weather myths, and one of the most common misconceptions about this time of year is that you don’t need sunscreen.  In fact, snow and ice can reflect up to eighty percent of harmful UV rays, so lather up with sunscreen even in the winter.


Winter is here and with it comes some outdated information about the cold temperatures, but don’t let winter health myths get the best of you!  For starters, cold air does not make you sick.


Unwrapping gifts this season is so much fun, but that gift wrap accounts for much of the twenty five per cent spike in waste during the holiday season.  So reuse paper you already have to avoid extra waste.


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