How to Restore Outside Furniture for the Summer

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How to Restore Outside Furniture for the Summer

Summertime means you’ll probably be spending more time outdoors. You may have outdoor furniture you use each year. However, you may not know how to restore your outside furniture so it’s ready for the summer. The following guidelines can help make that outside furniture look like new.

There are many types of materials used for outdoor furniture. You may have some made from plastic, wicker, teak, pine, cedar or redwood. Each material will require a different type of care.

Plastic furniture may be the least expensive but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the best choice. Plastic outdoor furniture can degrade over the years. It becomes weak and may not be safe after several years. If your outdoor furniture is relatively new, you can clean it with warm, soapy water. Furniture which is looking ratty can be spruced up by painting it with a spray paint specially designed to adhere to plastic.

Wicker furniture can be cleaned with warm, soapy water using a mild soap. Be sure you spray the wicker furniture to get all of the soap off of it. Much wicker furniture is painted, so you may want to reapply paint to help it look new. Some wicker furniture is natural and may only need to have a fresh coat of sealer on it. Check with the manufacturer to see what they recommend and follow their directions. Read more

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Body

Detoxing your body

Spring Cleaning Tips for Your Body 

Each year people spring clean their homes. They go through their houses, cleaning and getting rid of stuff they don’t need. Have you thought about using this idea for your body? Detoxing your body can give you a new lease on life which may be just what you need to feel renewed and healthy.

The typical standard American diet (SAD) leaves your body with improper digestion, decreased energy, clogged sinuses, foggy mind and poor sleep habits. Detoxing is believed to improve each of these as well as strengthen your body’s reaction to viruses, reduce allergy symptoms and achieve hormonal balances. You may also experience fewer mood swings, clearer skin and more. Follow these tips if you’d like to try a spring cleaning for your body.

* Change your diet from SAD to glad. Begin by eliminating junk foods such as those which are fried, sugary, processed, prepared and packaged. These can be full of food additives, trans fats and sugar the body doesn’t need.

* Read the labels. If you can’t pronounce the ingredients, you’d be better off leaving it on the shelf. Instead of foods with chemical compounds for ingredients, choose fresh fruits and vegetables.

* Increase how much pure water you drink daily to between eight and ten cups. Water will help flush toxins out of your body. Add the freshly squeezed juice of a lemon to the water your drink first thing in the morning. This will alkalize your body chemistry. Lemon may also aid in cleansing your kidneys, colon and liver. Read more

Scrumptious Easter Dessert Recipes

Scrumptious Easter Dessert Recipes

Nearly everyone expects to have something sweet during Easter. If it’s not chocolate bunnies, it is jelly beans. But if you’re not satisfied with these candies, you may want to try these scrumptious Easter dessert recipes to soothe your sweet tooth.

Carrot Cake

Bunnies love carrots, but you’ll love this lite version of carrot cake. You’ll need:

* 1 cup cake flour
* 1 cup whole wheat flour
* 1 cup packed brown sugar
* 1/2 cup white sugar
* 1 teaspoon baking powder
* 1 teaspoon baking soda
* 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
* 3 eggs
* 1/3 cup vegetable oil
* 2/3 cup buttermilk
* 1 1/2 cups grated carrots

Begin by preheating your oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour a 9-inch by 13-inch pan or two 9-inch round cake pans. Separate the eggs and then beat the whites until frothy. While whipping the egg whites, add 1/2 of the white sugar. Continue beating until stiff peaks are formed.

Combine both types of flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon in a large bowl. Add the oil and butter milk, being sure to mix well. Add the egg yolks and continue mixing. Fold in the egg whites, being careful not to flatten the mixture, and then add the carrots. Pour the batter into the prepared baking pans. Bake the cake for 25 to 35 minutes. Once it is cool, frost the cake using your favorite cream cheese frosting. Read more

Benefits Of Reading To Your Children


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What are the Benefits of Reading to Your Children?

Most of us can remember the first book we ever read. Can you? Words are incredibly powerful. They invoke images of far away lands; scary castles; or princesses looking for their knights in shining armor. They can also become friends. Yes, books are the window through which your child sees and experiences different worlds; viewpoints; the fantasies and realities of life. So what are the benefits of reading to your children? Oh, so many, one could write a book on the subject.

There is nothing more worthwhile than reading to your children. Even as babies; the sounds and connotations in your voice can calm and soothe them. More importantly, even before your child is born, research has suggested that your children tend to have a higher degree of understanding and learning. What a wonderful gift to give to your children. Read more

Positive Reinforcement Ideas for Kids

Positive Reinforcement Ideas for Kids

Using The Rewards System For Good Behavior

Sometimes, all children need is a little encouragement and positive reinforcement to ensure they are on their best behavior. Using the rewards system for good behavior is a controversial subject. While some proponents believe it can be a good thing; others think it can be overused, thus having no affect at all.

Here are a few positive reinforcement ideas for kids, when used properly, can help you tame the unruly child.

How do you reward your child for good behavior? Do you buy a toy which he or she has been asking for? Do you allow them an extra hour of TV? Or do you use another approach? There are several methods you can use to reward your child for good behavior which will not cost anything at all. One is praise. Children need to feel loved and accepted. Praising them for an accomplishment or behavior can reinforce that love. According to experts, verbal reinforcement is very powerful. Yes, words are very powerful; and when used appropriately can make all the difference in the world to a child. It is positive reinforcement at its very best. Read more