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Presidents' Day 2018


Origin of Presidents Day

This year, President's Day falls on February 19th. Presidents’ Day is an American holiday celebrated on the third Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington. It is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the Federal government.

Customarily celebrated on February 22 – Washington’s actual day of birth – the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after it was moved as part of 1971’s “Uniform Monday Holiday Act”, an effort to generate more three-day weekends for the nation’s workforce. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Abraham Lincoln and other personalities, Presidents’ Day is now commonly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present.





DIY Valentine Chocolate

Guess what? Chocolate really CAN be good for you!

Most of us have heard that before, it ranks right up there with the amazing news that the antioxidants in red wine contributes to heart health. Is it true, or just another bunch of hype to get us all hopped up on Valentine’s Day Chocolate?

As it turns out, there is some truth to the hype and red wine and chocolate can be good for you. As with everything, the balance between quality and quantity is key. Sadly, there is no way to justify downing a box of chocolates and a bottle of two buck chuck every night. However, sipping a glass of nice red wine and enjoying a quality piece of chocolate could be just what you need.

You can also boost the benefits of your chocolate indulgence by making the chocolate yourself. Try this recipe and let us know what you think! You can make your own simple syrup quick and easy


Boiling Water
4 Tablespoons cacao
1-2 Tablespoon Simple Syrup
4 ounces cacao butter

In a medium sized bowl, whisk together the simple syrup and cacao powder. Mix well.

In a double broiler, melt the cacao butter. Once the butter is completely melted, whisk in the syrup/powder mixture. Stir until completely combined and smooth.

Cool slightly and pour into molds. Refrigerate for about 2 hours. Enjoy!

Crash Test Dummies

Crash Test Dummies

Crash Test Dummies

Auto safety advocates honor engineer Samuel Alderson to this day for developing the very first Anthropomorphic Test Device — popularly known as "the crash dummy." He did it back in 1968.

Crash dummies really hit the big-time in the 1980s, with the debut of public service announcements starring "Vince" and "Larry," whose various automotive disasters helped "drive home" the advantages of buckling up.

Though Vince and Larry retired from the PSA circuit back in 1999, their costumes live on, as part of the collection at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

More importantly, the Crash Dummy PSA campaign is credited with increasing seat-belt use more than five-fold, saving some 85,000 lives.

DIY Light Box

DIY Light Box

DIY Light Box 

If you've read the post on how to take great product pictures, you've read about the importance of light in your pictures.  When using natural light isn’t possible or just doesn’t work for your particular needs, a light box is often the next best alternative. This post will demonstrate how to make a DIY Light Box. No need for any fancy materials or supplies. Many of the items are probably things you have at home already!

List of Supplies:

1. Cardboard box

2. Box cutter or X-acto Knife

3. White printer paper or White Tissue Paper (the type found in the gift wrap section)

4. White poster board

5. Portable lamp

6. 100 watt white light bulb

7. Double sided tape (or regular tape that you roll up on itself)



About the cardboard box. It should be large enough to hold the items you are photographing but not so huge that you can’t store or transport it easily. After assembly, remove the top flaps of the box. You want this part to be open. Next, using your box cutter or X-acto Knife, cut the sides out of the box leaving a small border around the edges. You are going for a “picture frame” look on all sides. Do not cut out the bottom!

Once all your sides are cut out, apply double sided tape to the inside of each “frame”. This is where you will be applying the white paper. The goal is to (as seamlessly as possible) cover the inside of the box with your paper. We are trying to make an environment as free from color and shadows as possible.

Voila, you’ve made a light box! Now get busy taking pictures and posting your stuff. I find it works best if you go into a dark room and put the lamp as close to your box as possible. If you are not getting the desired lighting, add more lamps. I’ve seen examples online using up to 3 lamps at a time.


From: thepreparedmother.wordpress.com

Kid Car Activities

DIY Kids Activities for The Car

As a mom of many, we spend a ton of time in the car going to the various events.  We need to make the time worthwhile.  Make the time spent in your vehicle more organized, more efficient and less stressful with some of these car tricks.

Help entertain your kids with a DIY travel book.  You can create pages of activities for your kids to do independently in their carseats.

Send yourself a message in a bottle to remind yourself of all the fun you are having on an outing together.

Create a bucket pulley system.  This is great to get things to the back of the car without stopping on long trips.  Be sure to secure or remove the bucket between hauls.

Keep the baby binkie clean.  Carry spares in condiment sauce containers.  When one gets dirty, just open another container.

Create a temporary tattoo of your phone number.  Put it on your child’s hand when you are traveling or at a busy event.  If they get lost they can tell someone how to reach you.

via Car Hacks, Tricks and Tips for Families – Kids Activities Blog.

Lose 60 Pounds

The Steps I Took To Lose 60 Pounds

At 16, I stood on the scale in my aunt’s bathroom and my jaw dropped. I was 5’6 and weighed 200 pounds. Then and there, I decided that I couldn’t live like this anymore. With the help of these six habits I gradually implemented, I lost 60 pounds, and have maintained a healthy weight ever since. I'm not saying it was easy, but focusing on making these small changes helped me sustain my weight loss for 15 years now.

via 8 Steps I Took To Lose 60 Pounds + Keep It Off – mindbodygreen.com.


Helpful Tips for Keeping Your New Year’s Resolutions!

As a psychology professor, I teach classes on changing behavior, and I usually start by asking my students how many of them have made New Year’s resolutions that failed. Most hands go up. In fact, many people respond that they have stopped making New Year’s resolutions because they don’t work.

But it does not have to be this way. Simply put, if you want to succeed with your New Year’s resolutions, you have to start way before New Year’s Eve to get ready. Don’t make a fervent wish on Dec. 31. Instead, people need to give themselves some preparation time.

via How to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions | TIME.


How To Deal With Everyday Anxiety

If you’re one of the millions of Americans who struggle with anxiety, you know the havoc it can wreak on your daily life — from getting in the way of professional development to interfering with your personal relationships.

Fortunately, there are natural, nonprescription ways of dealing with this increasingly common problem. These activities range from relaxation techniques to increased exercise, and each can be tailored to your lifestyle.

Do keep in mind that these tips are best for milder forms of anxiety — not clinical depression or anxiety disorders. If you feel you’re suffering from something more serious, contact a health professional.

Otherwise, combat your stress levels and everyday anxiety with these nine natural methods:

via 9 Easy Ways To Deal With Everyday Anxiety: A Doctor Explains – mindbodygreen.com.

new year's resolutions

New Year’s Resolutions

New Year's Resolutions

Have you made any New Year's Resolutions? While we try to start off every new year on the right foot, we never get official and write any thing down in our family. This year, we're cutting back on sugar and going for a daily walk. Not very ambitious, I know, but we like to be realistic with our goals!  

New Year, healthier you New Year’s resolutions are a bit like babies: They’re fun to make but extremely difficult to maintain.Each January, roughly one in three Americans resolve to better themselves in some way. A much smaller percentage of people actually make good on those resolutions. While about 75% of people stick to their goals for at least a week, less than half (46%) are still on target six months later, a 2002 study found.It's hard to keep up the enthusiasm months after you've swept up the confetti, but it's not impossible. This year, pick one of the following worthy resolutions, and stick with it. Here’s to your health!

Source: Top 10 Healthiest New Year’s Resolutions – Health.com


Juices for Your Health

I love juicing and am always on the prowl for different combinations to try. These 4 juice recipes fit the bill! If you are looking to eat healthier in the New Year, chances are that juicing a few of your meals every week is on your list. Why not give these a try and let us know what you thought?


4 Juices To Reduce Bloating, Cleanse The Liver & Sharpen Your Mind – mindbodygreen.com.

Brussels sprouts make a delicious and colorful gluten free side dish.

Gluten-Free Holiday Side Dishes

Worried about the gluten-free sides you'll be serving at Thanksgiving this year? No need to stress about that part of the menu! Here are 10 healthy and delicious options that will do your meal justice. Both gluten-free eaters and gluten-lovers will enjoy one (or a number!) of these additions to your table.

via Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Side Dishes | POPSUGAR Fitness.


Has New Year’s Day Always Been January 1?

The story of the calendar used in the U.S. and across the Western world begins in 45 B.C.E., when Caesar ordered up a 12-month calendar starting on January 1 based on one complete rotation around the sun, with three cycles of 365 days followed by one leap year of 366 days to compensate for small discrepancies in the man-made calendar and the way the earth actually moves around the sun.

The Julian Calendar was in wide use until the fall of the Roman Empire in the fifth century C.E., after which the European calendar fell into a bit of disarray. Dates were shifted to coincide with Christian holidays. In some places the year was moved back to start at Christmas, in others moved up to start in March to coincide with the Incarnation of Jesus.

(We still have a vestige of the old March-start calendars hidden with us in plain sight: September, the ninth month of our year, is Latin for seventh month; October for eight month; November for ninth, December for tenth.)

via Why We Celebrate New Year’s Day on January 1 | TIME.

Sticking to your New Year's Resolutions can be a challenge. We try to make it easier for you.

5 Tips to Keep Your New Year’s Resolutions

Struggling to keep your New Year's Resolutions? According to the Statistic Brain Research Institute, only 71% of Americans make it through the first week of their resolutions. After the first month, only 64% are still sticking with it. 

While these statistics could be disheartening, the truth is that it's never too late to start again and just because you took a week (or more) off from your resolutions doesn't mean that you have to give up! In fact, every week can be a chance to start a new resolution! If you are having trouble sticking with your goals, it could be time to take an honest look at what is keeping you from succeeding and tackle the obstacles! At the same time, keep these 5 tips in mind. 

5 Tips to Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

1. Make Changes One at a Time

Have more than one resolution that you are trying to tackle this year? While it's great to have goals, it's important to be realistic and to set yourself up for success! Most New Year's Resolutions take serious behavior changes and if you overdo it you are more likely to give up as you begin to feel overwhelmed. 

2. Avoid Stress

I know, this sounds like we're being overly simplistic but it truly will make a huge difference. The changes you are making are going to be stressful enough without adding additional stress. Now is not the time to take on extra tasks or get a new puppy! Instead, surround yourself with supportive friends and family that know what you are trying to do and can give you the emotional boost that you may need. 

3. Stay Away From Absolutes

Any time you are denying yourself, you are tempting your rebellious side. Rather than state, "I am never eating carbs again!" try limiting carbs to one or two days a week.Knowing that you can indulge your carb cravings if you just hold out one more day, may help you to quell those cravings!

4. Avoid Your Triggers

While this may not be possible all the time, it's a good idea to stay away from situations that will cause you to crave those things that you are trying to avoid. Trying to quit smoking? Take a few weeks off from those social functions where you would normally have a cigarette. Is your goal to work out more often? Don't stay up late the night before you are planning a trip to the gym.Figure out what situations cause you to ditch your resolutions and then stay away from those situations. 

5. Make a Plan

Most successful endeavors begin with a well thought out and constructed plan. While winging it can work some of the time, the best way to ensure success is to seriously consider from the outset your goals and the obstacles and how you can tackle both!

The bottom line, stick with it! Major habit changes definitely don't happen overnight but most of them are worth the effort and some can add years to your life! For more helpful tips on keeping you New Year's Resolutions, check out this article!


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WomensSuite.com is a FREE online social networking community devoted to women with four synergistic components: Marketplace, Social NetworkingMagazine and CommUNITY fourm. 

We think you deserve:

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If you sell nothing that’s exactly what we get; Zippo, nada, zilch, nothing, niente, the big zero. 

When you do sell one of your artistic creations we only receive a 3% service fee plus the Credit Card companies fees. That‘s it

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Homemade Instant Hot Chocolate

Homemade Instant Hot Chocolate

Didn’t know instant hot chocolate contained hydrogenated oils?  Let’s take a peek at the labels of the two leading instant hot chocolates manufacturers.

corn syrup, sugar, cocoa (processed with alkali), hydrogenated coconut oil, nonfat milk, salt, less than 2% of: dipotassium phosphate, dextrose, mono- and diglycerides, acesulfame potassium, carrageenan, natural and artifical flavor, sucralose.

Those are the ingredients straight from a box of Swiss Miss Original Hot Cocoa. MANY ingredients are raising red flags here… obviously the hydrogenated oil but there’s also carrageenan and FIVE types of sweetener?!  Can’t we have hot chocolate without all the processed junk?!

Yes we can!  Making our own instant hot chocolate is SO easy to do, and it’s so good!  I made an entire jar of this in just a few minutes, and now it’s handy anytime we want a warming cup of deliciousness.


From: dontwastethecrumbs.com


How To: Roasted Garlic

Now that the days are growing cooler, keeping the oven on for close to an hour is much more appealing. If you are cooking a casserole or roast already, why not toss in a couple heads of garlic and make magic in your kitchen!

Roasted garlic is indeed the best thing EVER! If you've done it before, I'm willing to bet that you agree it to be one of the best pay offs for 10 minutes of your time that you can do in the kitchen. While you're at it, go ahead and roast several at once. This is something you can never have too much of, and extra can be frozen for several months. 

The exact cooking time can depend on the size of the garlic heads and the age of your garlic, but in general heads of garlic will roast to perfection in about 45 minutes. To be sure, begin checking them around 30 minutes and keep cooking them until they are to your liking. Don't worry, in order to over cook garlic you would have to really be trying. 

Super-simple method to roasting garlic. 


1 (or 2 or 10) full heads of garlic

Olive Oil

Sharp Knife

Aluminum Foil


1. Preheat oven to 400F. If your adding this to the oven to roast with another recipe, simply adjust your "check it" time accordingly. 

2. Cut the tip off each full head of garlic. Not much, just enough to expose each clove. Peel away the loose papery bits but leave the inner layer of paper. This will keep all the cloves snug together. 

3. Wrap the garlic in the aluminum foil, leaving it open on the top. Drizzle approx. 1 tablespoon of olive oil on each head of garlic. Allow a minute or so to let the olive oil settle into the head of garlic. Now close the foil over the top, fully wrapping the garlic in the foil. Place the foil wrapped garlic on a baking sheet and place in the oven. Begin checking for the soft, roasted garlicky goodness after 30 minutes. 




Deck the Halls!

The rustic Christmas scene that she pulled off is amazing! This is the sort of vignette that inspires me to "Deck the Halls"! Beautiful!


Ok, I’ll admit it. I’m usually a get my Christmas decor up December 23 type of girl. I don’t know why the holidays always seem to sneak up on me. But this year is entirely different! Not only is the Loft fully decked out {on December 1st no less}, but this year I did my very best to create the ultimate yuletide feeling. Though I did have a bit of an incentive!

via Apartment 34 – Your ultimate source for style, fashion, living and beauty.

homemade chicken broth

Homemade Chicken Broth

Homemade Chicken Broth?

Yep! Homemade Chicken Broth is a definite can-do DIY even for the busiest of moms. Have you found yourself eyeing the bottles of bone broth in your local natural foods store? At $6 a pop, you can quickly sink a sizeable chunk of your grocery budget into this delicious habit. Don't get me wrong, the health benefits are totally worth it! But with just a little hands-on time and a few dollars invested, you can make gallons of your own delicious and nourishing bone broth! For instance, If you have your pot bubbling on the back burner and have to run out for an our (or so), simply turn the burner off and re-start when you return home. Even better, toss the whole kit into your slow-cooker and it will basically take care of itself! 

Homemade chicken stock is not only powerful help for healthy hair, skin, nails and joints because of all the gelatin and collagen it packs in, but it’s even a natural immune booster – the old wives’ tale about it being helpful for beating colds is TRUE, especially if you leave the fat in.I’ve been making homemade chicken stock since before I was even interested in real food at all because it’s something my mom always did (yay, mom!!) and it’s a habit I’ll never ever drop. Since my first post explaining how to make it, I’ve picked up some new tips and tricks along the way, and I realized I wanted a “one stop shop” resource with all the information in one place.

via How to Make Homemade Chicken Stock: The Complete Guide.

gingerbread house diy

Gingerbread House DIY from Three Pixie Lane

Not Your Average Gingerbread House

This is the sort of Gingerbread House DIY that I can find myself getting excited about! If you've ever dreamed of curling up with your honey in front of a fire while sipping a warm and cozy mug of something, then you probably imagined yourself in a rustic lodge such as this one! There is something so very romantic about this scene. While most of us in today's society are far removed from such an environment, we remain wistfully nostalgic. 

From Three Pixie Lane, we bring you the Gingerbread Log Cabin!

We worked on this over several days.  My son and I had planned to enter the local town contest; however, we missed the admission deadline.  Also, I believe the rules are that everything has to be made of food.  The car and the bottle brush trees would have to go, but for our purposes, they add such character!

Source: Three Pixie Lane: Gingerbread Log Cabin