Tea for 2 or more

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it’s a delicious way of getting fluid into our body each day, and teas can help protect our teeth and our heart, as well as possibly even helping us to battle cancer.

All non-herbal teas are made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant how much process they go through determines if we are having green, black or oolong tea.

Tea has antioxidants. Drinking tea can help with losing weight, also help with keeping our heart healthy, and has less caffeine so it helps to calm our nerves.

We are putting together a pot of tea using loose leaf earl grey, and exotic sweets and sweetners to make it fun.

Lemon slices

Orange slices

Cinnamon sticks

Crystallized ginger

Cardamom   powder

Condensed milk

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A perfect ❤️

 

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How to keep our skin healthy in winter?

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Healthy skin food and natural moisturizers Almonds,walnuts,yogurt,olive oil,avocado

5 Most important facts for healthy looking  skin in cold temperatures.

1- lock in moisture:

Pamper your skin by using honey, buttermilk, avocado, yogurt, olive and jojoba oils, almond oil, bananas and aloe.

2- Stay hydrated :

Hydrate with a humidifier, or by drinking water.

3- Eat your vegtables, celery, and cucumbers for high water content, and omega3 fats like salmon, olive oil and walnuts.

4- Choose natural soaps to avoid the alcohol and chemicals that cause dryness.

5- Exfoliate to wash away the dead skin and reveal the glowing skin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tips for cleaning

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We started our new year with decluttrring   and organizing, and in the process we learned a few good tips for cleaning.

Laundry

For those impossible stains from butter, salad dressing, cooking oil, use white chalk or corn starch on the spot. Let it absorb the oil and launder as usual.

Bathroom

Remove stubborn stains around the faucet with vinegar. Soak paper towel or cloth in vinegar and wrap it around the stained faucet. Let it stand for several hours and rinse. Or with a tooth brush use a paste of vinegar and baking soda around the faucet.

Smelly helmets

Place it in a large ziplock bag and leave it in the freezer.  The subzero temperature will kill the bacteria causing the smell.

Table linens with candle wax 

place them in the freezer, when the wax spot gets hard just scrape it off.

Musty smell

Leave a box of open baking soda in the linen closet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Persimmons “ The fruit of the gods”

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So sweet and delicious these beautiful fruits originally from China are in season from October to February.

More than 100 varieties we are only familiar with two. The fuyu and hachiya persimmons. The fuyu variety the flat and round shape is full of flavor when they are just soft to the touch, but the acorn shape the hachiya needs to be perfectly rip, very soft to touch before it is sweet and flavorful.

Loaded with vitamins, persimmons are good for our heart, immune system, and are an excellent source of powerful antioxidants like carotenoids and flavonoids.

Easiest way to enjoy a hachiya persimmon :

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Cut out the top
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Cut in half  lengthwise 

This is the year of no clutter

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We are aiming for a year of super organize, discipline, and well informed .

These are the reasons why:

It is a fact that less clutter in our living and work space will help with,

1- Lowering stress, we start feeling like we can breath better

2- Creating a safer home, less chance of bumping into things

3- Spreading less germs, easier to clean thoroughly

4- Reducing allergy and asthma symptoms (less dust ..)

5- Lowering anxiety, easier to find things

6- Discouraging insects to stay around, with more space we do better job of cleaning

7- less junk food purchase when we keep an organized kitchen

8- Less clutter, more open space, in the closet, kitchen, and bathrooms

9- Easier time to clean

10- Less chance of wasting money on things we don’t need

Plan on :

Each day for few minutes put things away before leaving the house. It will help to stay organize, and less chance of starting the clutter habit. Start the mind set of, getting things done.

Keep in mind if we purchase something new, it is time to give away something you have not looked at for a while.

 

 

 

 

Stuck indoors, dumbbell curls

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Yes, cold icy roads and school is out we are stuck indoors with kids, that would love nothing more than more time staring at their iPads, and snack-on till bed time.

Nothing will make the brain function better than the good old blood circulation through our veins, so make it a game and bring the dumbbells ( water bottles ) out.

there are many indoor activities that can be fun and easy to do with some music & good company.

1- Warm up with music

2- push ups

3- squats

4- lunges

5- jumping jacks

6- the plank

7- high knees

8- ballet exercises (plié…)

9- crunches

10- and our favorite dancing

have a great time.

 

 

 

 

Hot drinks for a bad cold

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Hot water, lemon & honey

Remember these ingredients add them to a cup of hot water or cider as soon as you feel symptoms of a cold.

Lemon juice

orange juice

turmeric

ginger

honey

Apple cider

Turmeric  milk recipe 😦 one of our favorite drinks)

1 cup milk (cow, almond, coconut, rice, hemp, soy are all fine as long as they have some fat)

1 tsp Turmeric

1 Tbsp raw wild honey

½ tsp Cinnamon

black pepper, a pinch

1. Heat up your milk in the microwave or on the stove.

2. Add turmeric and whisk to combine.

3. Stir in honey and cinnamon and mix well.

4. Add a pinch of black pepper and stir.

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Turmeric with milk