Eating Vegetables To Increase Hydration

Now that summer has officially arrived, it’s more important than ever to stay hydrated. According to Healthline, if your body water percentage is too low it can lead to fatigue, headaches, skin problems, muscle cramps, low blood pressure, and a rapid heart rate. No wonder folks say you should drink several cups of water per day!

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However, did you know that you can fill up your hydration requirements – not just from glasses of water – but also from the foods on your plate? Here are the best vegetables to consume to increase your daily water intake!

Lettuce

With a water content of 98%, lettuce has a bunch of properties to promote your health. A cup of lettuce will give you 5% of your needed folate intake, 1 gram of fiber, and ¼ cup of water. Lettuce is a great food that you should eat more of because it has a low-calorie count. Moreover, lettuce is high in vitamin K, and A. Both of these vitamins are known to keep your bones and immune system healthy. Also, the fiber provided by lettuce has many benefits including normalizing bowel movements, lowering cholesterol levels, and controlling blood sugar levels. 

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How to Make Your Home a Happier Place

When you’re at home, you want to feel like you’re in your own personal slice of heaven. The best way to do that is to appeal to all five of your senses: sight, sound, taste, smell, and touch. If your home isn’t making you happy, here are some simple changes you can make that cater to your senses to make your home a happier and more positive place.

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Sight

When you come in through your front door, you want everything you see to be something that makes you happy. Clear away any clutter and mess (shoes, coats, bags) and replace any junk on your surfaces with family photos and mementos from trips away. 

Decorate your walls with beautiful artwork—this doesn’t have to be expensive; just buy prints and frames separately to save on framing costs. 

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4 Tips to Make Your Cooking Stand Out

Since cooking is something we do every day, it can be tricky to think of new, exotic, and inventive ways to make meals unique. This can be frustrating when trying to create a showstopping dinner party, or a successful date night. However, there really are many simple ways you can easily spice up your dishes for special occasions. 

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Here are four ways to take your cooking up a notch, for when you really need to wow someone!

Use High-Quality Meat

If you’re making a dish where the meat is the centrepiece, the standard of the meat is what will really make or break it. Source and cuts of meat can vary widely in quality. Thus, ensuring you choose a cut that is of a premium grade is a sure-fire way to ensure your meal will really stand out. Choosing the right type of meat is also of great importance. Chicken and beef are popular and readily available, but are also highly common. Instead, you may consider choosing a more unconventional meat to truly individualise your meal, such as a delectable bone in tenderloin of pork. 

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How to Choose a Quality Cookware Brand

Over the holidays (when I do the MOST cooking almost all at once) I decided that I was long overdue for a new set of pots and pans. And yet, I still don’t have that shiny new assortment of cookware because I can’t for the life of me make up my mind as to just WHAT I want! These days, there are SO many options – I honestly wasn’t sure how I would ever be able to make a choice.

Cooking is something that many of us enjoy doing, whether it is for yourself, your children, or friends it can be a rewarding experience. To see the enjoyment in others after trying your food and knowing they appreciate the hard work you have put into making a delicious meal or a simple snack can be quite satisfying. But, to achieve the best results you need the correct equipment to help you with creating the culinary delights you wish to serve.

Each dish that you make needs to be prepared with the correct equipment and as with the ingredients that you choose the pots, pans and stoves are all key to making the perfect dish. Choosing the best and most suitable equipment for cooking is not easy due to the vast amount of products available in shops today but it is best to go with trusted cookware manufactures and believing in their products and knowledge.

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Buying Quality Cookware Doesn’t Need to be Expensive  

When choosing which cooking utensils it is important to not overspend, there are many types of pots and pans on the market for sale but expensive doesn’t always mean the best. Depending on your needs you can find a good range of options available. The best thing about finding a good quality product is the durability and the ease in which to cook and clean the utensil. Of course, the food quality is the number one main factor.

Buying cookware within your budget is essential and with such a range available in stores and online today it is possible to find the item that suits your needs and help you enjoy cooking at the same time.

Choosing the Correct Type of Utensil

There can be some types of pots, pans, and dishes that can have a negative effect on your food. Aluminum ware can have an effect on certain acidic foods such as tomatoes and can when cooking even absorb some of the metal into your food. It is important to choose the best cooking equipment you can.

Also important is the maintenance of the equipment you use and cleaning should be of high importance when considering which products to buy and use on a daily basis. 

The Different Types of Cookware Available

On the market today there are so many choices for home and businesses to consider when buying cooking ware, here are just some of the examples:

  • Stainless steel is the most popular type of cooking utensil and has been for many years.
  • Cast iron is a metal that we have been using for hundreds of years and is proven to be a very reliable method for cooking.
  • Aluminum is used in over 50% of cooking pots and pans, because of its excellent heat conductivity.
  • Copper is also used by many people due to its durability and its conduction of heat.
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6 Genius Baby Products

You may have noticed that there have been several posts about babies here on the blog of late. No, this is not because I am pregnant. (I’m NOT, by the way, not pregnant.) No, this is also not because I have baby fever! But there are many people in my life right now who have just given birth or who are preparing to give birth, so I’m simply trying to be as helpful as possible when it comes to preparation. Even though we all know you can never be fully prepared for a new baby…we can certainly try when it comes to baby products!

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It seems like we are always on the lookout for the next great baby product to simplify life as a parent. I’ve been to a lot of baby showers here of late, and there are some really neat items on the market! But what are some of the best, tried and true, actual genius baby products that every parent needs to keep in their arsenal of tools? Take a look at these top 6 favorite baby products that are nothing short of genius.

Owlet Smart Sock

Having the ability to monitor and keep an eye on your child is a great way to give parents some peace of mind. The Owlet smart sock is a fantastic tool, giving parents and caretakers the ability to monitor things such as your little one’s heart rate and blood oxygen level. It’s incredibly easy to use, functioning like a normal sock that you would put on a baby’s foot. Many wonder if it’s truly worth the expense- we say absolutely! 

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