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Spiked water trick

I meant to buy water flavoring this week but forgot. I don't much get inspired by water, even bottled, and I can drink Diet Coke Cherry or Vanilla Zero by the VAT. This isn't good, even though moderate diet soda consumption is ok. So I got the idea to spike my bottled water with about an ounce of D...

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cottage cheese

I liked cottage cheese but it did not agree with my stomach. Can't take credit, saw it on youtube. I blend the cottage smooth in the blender Now its fine and a good source of protein. Great tip.

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Pillowcase as Ceiling Fan Duster

Slide an old case over a fan's blade then pull the fabric back, keeping all the dust and dirt contained.

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Add pics to help organize

Regardless of what you are organizing, take a picture of it, and put in on the outside of the container for an easy visual of what is there. This works well with shoes, crafting supplies, and decorations!

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Healthy Ice Cream

Take a frozen banana, one cup of another frozen fruit (example blueberries), blend them up in the blender. I then add a tblspoon of Garden of Life Raw Meal Chocolate Powder--and instant chocolate ice cream!

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Put That Exercise On "PAUSE"--You Heard me!

When I decide to do a chore, read a bit, watch tv, or anything else, I pop in my exercise dvd/video for the day. Whenever I need a break, I turn it on and work out as hard as I can for up to ten minutes. I then put the dv/video on "pause" and go back to whatever it was I was involved in. Doing short...

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Lunch: Pack it at Night

I pack my lunch each night, usually when I'm cleaning up from dinner. That way, when I'm rushed in the morning, I can't forget to make a healthy lunch.

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Fabulous snack and very refreshing

frozen grapes!

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Dirty Microwaves

If you have a dirty microwave and everything you put in it blew up and now you have a tough mess to clean. Simply cut a lemon in 1/2 and put it in a bowl with some water and microwave for 2-3mins. The steam will loosen the mess and the lemon leaves it smelling wonderfully. Easy to clean no chemicals...

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Lasagna without noodles

I blanch cabbage leaves and drain them and then use them in place of the pasta. It freezes beautifully and my husband and I hardly miss the pasta.

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