Creative Pet Saving Ideas!

We all know that pets can be a lot of work…and a lot of money to take care of. Here are some great tips to help you save money on your pet while still pampering them like you know you love to do!   1. Dog Cape An easy way to pamper your dog is by making him a dog bandana. Simply get a normal bandana and roll it up until it properly fits your dog. Not only will he be a little warmer during the winter months, he’ll also be the coolest looking dog on the block.

2. Cat Bed

So you want to provide your cat with a nice bed to sleep in, but you don’t want to spend a fortune..we’ve got you. All you need is two rugs, some rivets, ropes, and a screw to make this dream castle a reality.

3. Guinea Pig Sweaters

Is this completely unnecessary? Yes. Is this completely awesome? Yes! Show your guinea pig you really care with a custom made guinea pig sweater. And for those of you who don’t know how to knit, a wool sock with some well placed holes will also do the trick.

4. Absolut Fish Tank

Now here’s a project that you will have as much fun gathering the materials for as you will putting it to use. What better way to show off your slippery friend than in a home made Absolut Fish Tank. And if you want to get really creative, then try matching your bottle choice with a fish from that region.

5. Rabbit Toy

In general, rabbits like anything that’s light enough for them to pick up and toss around a bit. You can usually make these toys out of many household items. Here’s one idea for a rabbit toy that you can make out of a empty toilet paper roll.

And on top of everything, don’t forget to pamper your pet with love, and they’ll surely return the favor.

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Football Season DIY Healthy Snack ‘Buffalo Wings’

For those of you who saw our last post and just couldn’t resist not making the ‘Buffalo Wings’, we know what you’re talking about. For all those who didn’t get a chance to make them, well let me tell you, they’re delicious! We made them last night and they came out great. Here are some pics from our cooking session.

1. Gathering Ingredients

You’ll need 2-3 Lb boneless/skinless chicken breast, 1/2-1 cup chicken broth, and 1/2-1 cup Frank’s Red Hot sauce.

2. Preperation

Cut the chicken into 1″ strips.

Mix 1/2 cup chicken broth with 1/2 cup hot sauce. Add more hot sauce if you like it spicy!

3. Cooking

Get a nonstick pan and spray with cooking spray. Cook the chicken until browned and cooked all the way through.

Pour the hot sauce in the pan, lower the heat, and put a lid on it. Allow to simmer for about 15 min. After 15 min open it up and give some time for the water to evaporate and the sauce to solidify a little.

4. Serving

Serve with blue cheese and celery sticks.

Enjoy!

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Staying Healthy This Football Season!

For many college and NFL football fans across the US, end of summer/early fall signals the beginning of a decrease in productivity. Monday and Thursday nights, and all day Sunday are reserved for NFL games, while Saturday is when college games will be watched. In contrast, what will most likely increase, are the inches on everyone’s waist as they pound back the brews and wolf down the cheeseburgers and buffalo wings while they cheer on their favorite teams. In order to save you from yourself this football season, here are a few ways to stay health conscious while still enjoying the game you grew up with:

1. Low Fat Buffalo Wings

For many, buffalo wings are a staple food to munch on while watching two sides battle it out on the football field. Unfortunately though, the traditional recipe calls for deep fried wings, and a sauce that should come with a disclaimer for heart attacks. Thanks to this recipe though, we can now enjoy that buffalo wing taste, without risking a clogged artery.

2. Game Day Dip

Another game day classic that tends to pack on the pounds for some is that game day dip. You know what I’m talking about..that extra meaty, cheesy, sour creamy dip with bacon bits on top. So here’s a recipe for a game day dip that your guests won’t be forced to remember every time they look at themselves in the mirror. Some of the highlights include, plenty of beans, veggies, and low fat cram cheese..

3. Nutritious Pizza

Although tempted, never order out your game day pizza if you’re serious about cutting calories. There are many pizzas that can easily be made at home that contain a fraction of the calories. One of my favorites, the Green pizza, uses brocoli and arugula bits to make a pizza that’s both delicious and nutritious.

4. Potato Chip Alternatives

Generating an annual revenue of 7 billion dollars a year, the potato chip is undoubtably one of America’s favorite snack foods. Unfortunately though, this snack is loaded with salt and unwanted calories. When in search of a healthier alternative, prepare to get creative. You can make healthy ‘potato chips’ out of many different things, taro, sweet potatoes, kale, etc. One of my favorites is apple chips.

5. Drink Wisely

Even without chowing down during game time, it’s still possible to grow that gut with unhealthy drink choices. Should you decide to drink beer during the game, be advised that a light beer is a good choice when you’re watching your waist. Also, as a general rule, be sure to steer clear of dark beers. Just one bottle of Blue Moon or Sam Adams IPA and you’re 170+ calories down.

Now put these tips to good use this upcoming football season while you cheer your team to victory!

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Inspired by The Summer Olympics!

There’s no doubt that the athletes that compete in the 2012 Olympic games inspire feelings of pride for one’s country. They are skilled beyond belief at their respective sports and they are shining examples of what hard work and determination can accomplish. But most of all they remind us what an average person can accomplish should they too put in the time and effort.

Now the majority of us aren’t going to drop everything and start training for the 2016 Olympic games. But for those feeling a bit inspired to get in shape, here are some work out tips that you can do without having to sign up for an expensive gym membership.

1. Work Out Gear

The first and maybe not so obvious tip is to buy yourself some work out gear. The proper work out gear can be the difference between just running around and actually pushing yourself to a point where you improve. We took a trip to Dick’s sporting goods today to check out some of their sale items and here is what we found.

First things first, not only is it uncomfortable to work out on an injured knee, but it can have lasting effects on the way you walk. If you feel any aches or pains before you start to work out, take precaution and wear a brace.

Get the right work out clothes. A good set of work out clothes not only makes you look and feel better while working out, but they can also inspire you to follow through with your work out plans.

If you decide to start playing a sport to get in shape (a good idea if you usually have trouble enjoying a workout), then you’ll want to equip yourself with the proper sports gear. Now we’re not saying that you need to choose soccer as your sport…but it is a great sport that can make running for 45 min straight a lot of fun; and they have some pretty cool looking cleats :).

2. The Workouts

There are many workouts you can do that don’t require a gym and all that fancy equipment. For most people, all you need is your own body weight to start your journey to a more fit you.

You’ve all heard that saying, “You have to walk before you can run.” Well, there’s some truth to it after all. A good way to start getting back into working out is by going for regular walks. When you’re ready, you can pick up the pace and eventually start jogging.

For those of you who want to take advantage of their time outdoors and see a bit more of the scenery than walking will allow, biking is a great alternative. Not only is it a great form of transportation, it also provides for less impact than walking or running and can be a great option for those with knee injuries.

For all of those who want to do a little more than cardio, there are many ways you can work out without weights and see results. Some of the basic and classics include push-ups, sit-ups, leg lifts, squats, wall sits, and the front plank. All you need to do these is an open space and some motivation.

3. Workout Fuel

The last and most important tip to having a solid workout, is to keep hydrated!

While shopping at Dick’s today, we came across an awesome sale that Gatorade is having to promote their G Series. Gatorade, or a similar sports drink, is definitely recommended during your workouts. Sports drinks work better than water because they provide you with the electrolytes that you need to keep yourself in the game.

Follow these tips and you can begin your journey to a more fit you. Who knows, maybe this will be the beginning of your run at being a future Olympic competitor. Until then, best of luck to all those competing in the 2012 Olympic games!

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Great Ideas For Lazy Summer Days!

It’s the middle of summer and the sun is out! You’ve already been outdoors and enjoyed the tolerably hot days, wrestled you’re kids to and from camps, and had a family summer vacation. Now it’s time to slow down a little and enjoy a lazy summer day! Here are some tips to make the most out of it.

1. Hammock

The quintessential item that symbolizes a lazy summer day is the hammock. Hammocks are not only easy to make and set up, they’re also incredibly easy to take with you. So weather you’re lounging at home, or off in some remote area, don’t forget to set up your hammock..you WILL NOT regret it!

2. A Refreshing Drink

Another must on a day like this is a cool summer drink. While most might grab for the lemonade, don’t be so fast in your selection. There’s plenty of drinks that will do that job..who knows, you might find a new favorite.

The “Best Lemonade Ever” Recipe

Pomegranate Daiquiri

Fresh Mint Margaritas

3. A great read

To accompany your hammock and drink, you’re going to need something to read. If you have a book already picked out, that’s fine, but if not then we suggest grabbing yourself an e-reader. From there, the options are endless!

Follow these three simple steps, and you’re guaranteed a great lazy summer day!

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Tips For Healthy Summer Living!

Didn’t quite start those new year resolutions yet? Well no worries, summer time is a great time to get healthy, tone up, and enjoy the outdoors. Here are some tips on how to start your path to a healthier you.

1. Healthy Eating

A healthy summer starts with healthy eating. One of the first things that you should eat every day are berries. Barries are loaded with antioxidants and help reduce age related illnesses as well as damage to tissues; important when you are working out.

Summer also means outdoor BBQing. So next time you have a BBQ, throw some vegetable skewers on the grill. This makes for a delicious way to eat your veggies and still enjoy their natural health benefits.

And of course there’s the classic watermelon. Watermelons are a great way to stay healthy and hydrated during the summer. They’re about half water, so have no fear and enjoy all of the sweetness that they have to offer.

2. Keep Active

Eating healthy is only the first step to a healthier you. The second step is keeping active. This doesn’t mean that you need to hit the gym every day for hours on end, instead find something that works for you and your schedule. One of my personal favorite ways to stay active is yoga. Try to get to the yoga studio at least 3 times a week. And if you have the luxury of living by a beach..yoga on the beach can be especially relaxing.

When the heat is on during the summer months, swimming can be a great way to stay in shape while keeping cool. It’s also a great form of exercise for anyone who might have joint pain, cartilage problems, or pain in their feet or legs.

3. Healthy Habits

A good compliment to a healthy diet and exercise plan is to practice healthy living habits. This is especially important during the summer months when the heat is up and your body is under a lot of extra stress. One of the first things you should consider doing is putting sunscreen on when you go outside. Even if your skin tone isn’t the most prone to being burnt, it’s still susceptible to skin cancer should you soak up too much of the sun’s harmful rays.

For all of those who aren’t a fan of ultraviolet A and B rays, sunglasses are a must! Not only do they look stylish, but they also help protect you from getting cataracts and bags around your eyes.

Don’t forget to sleep! We know the summer days can be long, and vacations can make it enticing to stay up late. But a healthy sleep cycle can do wonders for the body and your stress levels. Make sure to get your 8 hours every day and avoid alcohol within 3 hours of bedtime.

4. Get Help

Sometimes staying healthy can take some motivation. Here are two of my favorite apps that will help you do just that. The first on our list the My Plate calorie tracker by Livestrong.com. This tracker has a great database that lets you look up about any dish that you might be ready to consume. And for those who might have went over their daily calorie goal, it suggests workouts that will help you burn those extra calories and keep you on track.

Another great app is Yoga Stretch. This app provides you with a yoga instructor on the go! Now whether you’re traveling for business or just taking a vacation, you have no excuse not to get some yoga in.

Follow these tips and you’ll see the differences in no time!

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Cooling Down During The Summer!

Record heat waves across the U.S. Mid Atlantic and Northeast have people finding all sorts of creative ways to stay cool without seeing a massive electric. Here are some tips that will keep you cool even on the hottest of days.

1. Spray Bottle/Mister

First in our arsenal of cool down tricks is the refrigerated spray bottle or mister. This technique provides a quick blast of cool water to your face whenever you feel that the heat is just too much.

2. Cool Bandana

A cool bandana is another awesome (and potentially fashionable) way to stay cool during these summer months. Simply moisten a bandana, place it in the refrigerator, then place around head and/or neck once it is cold. I like to have a few bandanas ready to go in the fridge so that I always have a fresh one around my neck.

3. Ice Cubes

Now of course ice cubes can cool you down, but to get the maximum effect it all matters where you put them. Place ice cubes on pressure points for maximum cooling power. I usually place them on my wrists.

4. Foot Bath

Playing off of the pressure point idea, a cold foot bath is a great way to cool down. Simply fill up a bucket with some cold water, put your feet in, and feel a cool sensation run all throughout your body.

5. Cold Foods

Most of all though, cooling down should be fun. Enjoy your favorite cold foods these summer months and take time to try out some new ones. One of my personal favorites is the ice cream sandwich.

Stay cool everyone!

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