You’ll never guess which cooking oil makes for an effective deodorant! Products that keep your body clean, your breath fresh and your hair silky smooth are beauty items you use nearly every day, which is why the costs can really add up. Shelling out tens of dollars for your favorite clarifying shampoo or whitening mouthwash sounds like a good deal at the time. But once you discover these secret beauty swaps, you’ll never look back. In fact, you’ll be smiling ear-to-ear once you find out how far your dollar (literally $1) can stretch.
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Little white cartons are cute, but takeout can be costly—and the food’s never as tasty as when it’s homemade. Stir up an Asian creation of your own with healthier ingredients, better flavor and a swift kick of spice (if that’s the way you like it!). It’s a great way to use up brown rice leftover from last night’s dinner, or lonely veggies lurking in that produce drawer.
Turmeric is a member of the ginger family of plants and is well known for its use in curries and other Eastern dishes. Its bright yellow color makes it useful for dyeing fabric, and it’s also used in decorative body work, particularly at Indian weddings, where the bride is often treated to a bridal mask. As part of this traditional practice, turmeric and milk are mixed together and applied to skin the night before the wedding—creating a golden glow that’s not only beautiful but said to ward off evil spirits.
There’s no doubt in my mind that French toast was created on a Sunday, because it’s the obvious choice for a filling, please-anyone brunch dish. The ingredients are so simple that you can quickly create a family-style buffet with toppings laid out for the picking. Or, you can dress up French toast with vibrant homemade jam to serve your other half on a romantic morning in bed together. C’est de l’amour! Read more →
Forget love…chocolate is in the air this month! Whip up a batch of creamy, dreamy fudge when you crave the taste but don’t want the guilt. Unlike traditional recipes, this vegan version is made without condensed milk or milk chocolate. The perfect blend of ripe banana, coconut oil and raw cacao makes it a healthy treat to share with your sweetheart (or keep it all to yourself — we won’t judge!).
Growing up I was anything but healthy. Soda drinker, fast food consumer, microwaver-of-everything — and when it came to exercise, let’s just say I could barely spell the word. Over time I realized that the decisions I made here and now not only impacted my short-term future, but my health and well-being down the road as well.
Today, my savings account may not be stuffed, but all the extra money and time spent on healthy choices is an investment in my future that’s definitely worth it. Read more →
Can a dessert ever be over the top? What if it’s literally toppling over like a layered wedding cake? Though it sounds overkill, a two-tiered mugcake is actually a modest way to start or end your day. Yes, cake for breakfast. And it won’t tip the scale, because it’s made with mostly whole grain flour, carrots and the juice of an orange. So grab a few mugs, two for the cake and one for your morning (or evening) tea. Read more →
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