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Do you ever cheat on Spark People?

Friday, August 06, 2010

Do you ever cheat on your tracking? I mean, do you ever count more on your water intake, less on your calories and/or fitness?

Do you add friends, but not stay in touch?

Do you join teams, but never give input to them?

Don't get me wrong, I know we can have bad days, days where we just want to sit back and follow along with what others are doing. Those days we may be tired, or a bit down or just feel that we have nothing to say. For a few days we may not even Spark that much. That's okay.

I'm talking about doing these cheating things habitually.

I've been tempted...especially to add exercise that I haven't done. I have even thought, "I'll enter my exercise for today now, before I do it. If I don't get it done, I can delete it tomorrow." Yeah, who was I kidding? As if I'd even remember to do that!

I have decided that I WILL NOT EVER cheat on Spark People (just as I wouldn't cheat on my partner ;-) What good would the site be do me if I did cheated? What good would I be to others?

This whole blog today has to have an apology entered. My goal when I joined was that if I didn't hear from a friend in a while, I would check in with them...send them a Spark Mail or give them a goody. I don't believe I have done that with all my Spark Friends. Of course, with some of you I have daily contact, and that is so rewarding.

Do me a favor, please? If you are a friend of mine and we haven't communicated for some time, Spark me! I'll do the same back to you. I do love and appreciate every one of you and wish you success and satisfaction on your journey.

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THATS_LOVELY101 8/10/2010 2:01PM

    When it comes to my water intake, fitness, and nutrition I have never cheated. You don't need to fake your way through Spark to make others approve of you. Show them with your actions that you are making a positive change. The attention you recieve from these positive actions will make you feel 100x better than the falsified ones! It's easy to get caught up in wanting the most points or wanting to have as many finess minutes as the coaches, but just be realistic, set goals for yourself and stick to them. Thanks for the great blog!

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SILLYHP1953 8/10/2010 1:33PM

    Good blog...I will add friends and not keep in contact with them. You make a fine point. If I add a team I try hard to do the goals and huddle and such. But I'm going to start going thru my friends and keeping in contact. Thank you.

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SHERRY666 8/7/2010 4:14PM

    I always try to keep up with my Spark friends..... but some days it's hard...... even if you only have a few..... there is so much going on with Sparks and my person life....... the day is just not long enough to talk to everyone...... I have never cheated on my fitness or food tracker..... it's only me who loses in the end..... and I'd only be cheating myself..... if it's a bad day I just don't enter it..... I have not forgot about you....... and hope things are going great for you..... emoticon

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RUBYCLAIRE 8/7/2010 10:14AM

    I too see no point in cheating because you're only cheating yourself. I haven't been tracking food because I've been cheat EATING so much lately. WRONG thing to be doing, but at least I have been maintaining & not gaining.

I find it REALLY difficult to have the time to leave comments on my closest SP friends. I try to read most of them but sometimes that is even difficult. Thanks BUNCHES Peggy for bringing this to our awareness. I know we all love to get and read comments to our blogs and/or status so we need to really shake a leg and comment back to our friends as much as possible.

emoticon Peggy! You are an absolute DOLL!

Now tell us, how are things going for your little angel?
Prayers galore still being sent your family's way!


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WENCHMAID 8/7/2010 2:18AM

    I'm so honest with my fitness tracking that I subtract five minutes from all my cardio minutes partially account for warm-up/cool down time. The only time I pre-enter my food is if I'm at work and I know everything that is in my lunch bag. And I try to go through once a month and leave comments for everyone on their spark pages just to check in and who doesn't like a friendly hello?

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BEAR_GURL 8/6/2010 11:51PM

    I must admit, I've had this very question; not that I doubt my SP pals, know what I'm saying. I have entered my exercise or food before the actual event, especially if I know it's going to be a busy day. I'm good at writing down my nutritional info, but don't always remember to add it to SP!

I try to keep in touch with everyone and often copy and paste a certain message or phrase; I never realized how many people enjoyed receiving mail from me!!! Not to brag, but trying to maintain communication with friends who aren't active on the site has its may remind or motivate them to return!



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BECCA_ANNE 8/6/2010 11:50PM

    I am honest on my food and exercise tracking. I am doing this for myself, so it would be pointless to cheat myself. I try to keep up with my sparkfriends but I can't all the time. When school starts in the fall it will be even harder due to limited computer "fun" time.

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    I am honest with my tracking (sometimes brutally so when it comes to nutrition! It keeps me in line though so it is worth it...). I think I do a decent job keeping up with SparkFriends, but it is hard to stay in touch with those who do not update or blog or post new messages now and then. But goodness knows, I try! That has got to count for something, lol.
Have a good night!

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    I do try to keep up with all my spark friends. I have a system where I will comment on so many of my friends say 20 a day, just to check on them. If you do that each day, every one should get a message from you at least once a week. I always check on the friend feed, but that only hits the active people. I want to reach out to the not so active members as well. I will admit that sometimes I may copy and paste the same message if it is something like "just seeing how you are". It might just be the one message that member got that week.
As to cheating on the trackers, not on purpose.

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ACROSONIC 8/6/2010 8:42PM

    I don't cheat on Spark People. There's really no point in it! You're only hurting yourself. I find tracking foods and exercise keeps me more on track.

As to Spark Friends: I try to check in periodically with ones I haven't heard from in awhile. But, I really don't have time to do it, in between reading articles on here and people's blogs. I do check the activity feed. I finally figured out it was a quick and easy way to keep up with friends who are active.

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LINDAKAY228 8/6/2010 7:48PM

    I try to be honest on my food and fitness, but do have to admit that I do fall behind with my friends. And I tend to be more active on the teams that are active, but if I'm on a team not doing much I really could work harder to get something up and going and not waiting for someone else to do it. Good reminders.

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GOOZLEBEAR 8/6/2010 7:45PM

    Great blog Peggy! I am the same way about not checking in on all my Spark Friends. To my knowledge I haven't cheated on the exercise or water because I know I would only be cheating myself. But I do need to check on more of my Spark Friends because each one that I have added to my "list" are special to me!!

Thanks for the reminder.

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Your Prayers Have Helped!

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

Yesterday, in a panic, I let you know that my newborn preemie grandson (from my youngest son and DIL-their first) who had been in NNICU was having problems.

At first my son texted that they'd get to bring him home. Then came "FALSE ALARM. His intestines are engorged. They don't know why. Back on an IV and higher ICU."

That was early yesterday. I promptly put an 'urgent prayer request' on my status. Just after that I had to give up the pc to my partner. I sent a further request to my friends whose names I could remember correctly on my Blackberry. (I have since added ALL my friends to my Spark mailbox address book!)

THANK YOU SO MUCH, dear ones.

Please keep the prayers and good wishes coming, but there is positive news. Danny said Easton was doing so well that they were letting him eat all he wanted. The engorgment has gone down. He is being fed again - but rationed.

All may be well ... thanks to Faith and Spark Friends. I will keep you posted, but briefly. I thank you for being with me during this emotional time, but that is not our primary reason for being members of this marvelous site, these stupendous's time for me to go work out!

Here is another photo ... me holding another incentive of mine for health and fitness via Spark People: (you can't really tell, but I am wearing a Spark People tee shirt)

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KESTRIE 8/7/2010 9:31PM

    What a cutie! Glad to see in your status that he's home now! emoticon

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LINDAKAY228 8/6/2010 7:50PM

    Beautiful pic and I'm glad he's doing better.

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KARENO5 8/5/2010 12:02AM

    What a sweet baby. I hope he thrives.
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OUREB33 8/4/2010 10:58PM

    He is so beautiful my prayers are with you and hope for speedy recovery so he can go home.

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OUREB33 8/4/2010 10:58PM

    He is so beautiful my prayers are with you and hope for speedy recovery so he can go home.

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OUREB33 8/4/2010 10:58PM

    He is so beautiful my prayers are with you and hope for speedy recovery so he can go home.

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OUREB33 8/4/2010 10:57PM

    He is so beautiful my prayers are with you and hope for speedy recovery so he can go home.

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DGILBRIDE1949 8/4/2010 10:37PM

    That is really beautiful!

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CANBDONE 8/4/2010 9:51PM

    The love and joy on your face is beautiful! I'm praying.... emoticon

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SHAKENMA 8/4/2010 9:46PM

    I love the picture and I am so happy to hear he is better emoticon

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BEAR_GURL 8/4/2010 7:38PM

    SO glad he is doing better...prayer does go a long way: ) Best of luck and I hope he's able to come home the picture!!!



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KCLARK1355 8/4/2010 4:41PM

    What a wonderful picture grandma! So cute and I'm glad to hear he is doing okay!

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JOANEMALM37 8/4/2010 4:24PM

    Great news, and Praise God. What a beautiful bundle of joy. Give him hugs and kisses from all your Sparks buddies.

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MTNGRL 8/4/2010 3:40PM

    I thank God and give him all the praise! I am so happy you have good news. Thanks for including the picture. It is so nice to see your smile as you hold Easton. I'll continue to pray.

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SEESTARS 8/4/2010 3:29PM

    Glad to hear that Easton is doing better today.

Great picture, too!

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OLDERDANDRT 8/4/2010 2:24PM

    So glad to hear that Easton is doing better! Continued prayers for him and for all of you! Good for you to go do your workout!!! Be well, my friend!


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60SIXTY 8/4/2010 2:08PM

    Great News.
But, I will continue to keep the baby on my prayer list.

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LOULOUBELLE2 8/4/2010 2:05PM

    Thank God for blessings Little Easton with the power of his Love.
That is one proud Grandma in that picture, Soon Little Easton will be home with his Mommy and Daddy, right where he belongs. An answer to prayer for sure and I for 1 will continue to pray for his complete and swift recover, so you, his parents and the family can breath easy again.
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CHOESCH 8/4/2010 1:35PM

    What a sweet baby! You are blessed to have this sweet little one in your life. So glad that things are looking up today. Isn't prayer amazing?! Give him a BIG hug and kiss from all of us and know that the prayers will continue not only for Easton but also for you and your children - we all need extra help through these stressful times!

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  that is great news my friend. That is a great picture of you and baby!! A very proud Grandma indeed!! My prayers and thoughts are with you that all goes well and Easton will be able to go home soon with the very proud parents.

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    Thank God! What wonderful news! Keep us posted! We wil keep all in our prayers!

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BSKTCON 8/4/2010 12:53PM

    Aren't babies a special blessing? I don't have any grandchildren yet, but I can't wait to be a "Grammy". I'll keep your little guy in my prayers. Hang in there!

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GOOZLEBEAR 8/4/2010 12:49PM

    Peggy, that is a cute picture of you and Easton!! So thankful he is able to eat and things are improving for him.

I believe Spark is a site and these wonderful friends, message boards etc. are for whatever our need is at the moment. Definitely offering up prayers for a special grandbaby is important to share with you friends here. I, for one, am glad to be a part of little Easton's recovery by offering up prayers.

Hugs to you and the baby,

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My First Photo Blog

Monday, August 02, 2010

I promised you I would do a photo blog. It had trouble due to illness yesterday (too much of the wrong thing at the sushi buffet Saturday with my dr son and DIL). To top it off, I try to upload photos from my Blackberry to the pc and EVERY TIME my pc shuts down! I ended up emailing them to myself!

The day began on Saturday with my middle son inviting us to his new home near where he will start his practice.

They are just living there for about a year. It's closer to his work, but the schools aren't the best. Steve has just finished his fellowship in cardiology at Loyola. He will be joining a team of physicians that works in 3 hospitals in Oswego, IL. His wife, Helen, is an Advocate physician working in a clinic several days per week.

From there I was to go to another suburb to FINALLY see my newest grandson who is still in neonatal intensive care. Hopefully Easton will be going home soon. He is now 4 pounds and 12 ounces. Here is is just born with his lovely mama, Michele

Steve, Helen and their precious little ones Jadyn and Ian took me out to dinner to a sushi buffet first. Little Jadyn picked me out a Tinker Bell cake. Here is Steve showing it to me before we left for the buffet.

Here's photos of the little ones at the restaurant: first Jadyn with mommy and now Ian who had been 'giving daddy five.'

Just two weeks before this, my partner Suz, DIL had her shower. Here are Ginger and Suz daughter, Dani at the start of the shower Ginger and Wayne's baby girl is to be born on August 12th.

Since this blog has been a long time coming, I'm going to add Jadyn and Ian on New Year's with their traditional Korean outfits.

Ben and Zach, grandsons from my oldest son, weren't able to attend my 64th celebration . You c an see them on the second page of my photos.

Here is the newest picture I have of the year old son of my daughter Grandma had brought him a bunch of new toys from a neighbor's garage sale.

Are you bored yet?

Lastly, here's me down 20 pounds (about 5 pounds ago). All the clothes are too big!

Now, with a family like that - who wouldn't want to get healthy? Thank you Spark Guy, coaches, team leaders and friends!

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SHERRY666 8/7/2010 4:08PM

    What a great blog........ Love all the pictures of your children and grand children....... lovely family and worth getting healthy for..... you look great.... Go for it girl.... emoticon

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DGILBRIDE1949 8/4/2010 10:43PM

    emoticon emoticon Lovely pictures. Beautiful house. Adorable children.
Sushi? No thanks!

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LOULOUBELLE2 8/4/2010 12:14PM

    emoticonPictures and emoticonfor sharing...I'm keeping prayers going, fingers and toes crossed that Easton will make it through his latest problems and soon will be home with the rest of your beautiful family. And I never got bored, not even for 1 second.
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RUBYCLAIRE 8/3/2010 10:28PM

    Bored? NEVER!!!

What a WONDERFUL blog and SUPERB family pictures!
I LOVE looking at pictures!

You are such a Sweetie, Thanks so much for sharing all of this with us and as stated before, there are LOTS of prayers going to you & your family.

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BEAR_GURL 8/3/2010 10:22PM

    Thanks for sharing...what a lovely family! I hope baby Easton get's better soon and is able to come home; you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers!



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    What adorable little ones!! I hope your teeny, tiny little Easton gets to go home soon - what a sweetheart!
Thanks for sharing your family pics, and yay for progress pics too!

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SAL2525 8/2/2010 5:58PM

    I am not bored I love looking at pictures! Your grandchildren our adorable! You must have a had blast with them. Easton looks so cute! Sorry the sushi did not agree with you! Thanks for sharing them with us your Spark Friends. Sal

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LINDAKAY228 8/2/2010 4:37PM

    Oh they are all just so cute!! I'm so glad Easton is doing well. He looked so tiny in the pic right after he was born. Still tiny but at least growing. Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics. It looks like you had a good birthday except for the after effects of the sushi. Hope you're feeling better now.

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BECCA_ANNE 8/2/2010 4:34PM

    What a beautiful family you have! Keep up the good work, clothes that are too big are a great way to celebrate your birthday!

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--KREN 8/2/2010 3:51PM

    Great photos. The kids are precious! Can you believe one of them weighs less than a bag of sugar? Medical care has come a long way. Hooray for your son the cardiologist. Drs like him have done wonderful things for my mother. Karen PS - Love those baggy clothes! They're trophies!

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MOTHER-NATURE 8/2/2010 3:48PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonblog my dear friend .. thank you so much for sharing pictures of your beautiful family with us ... Praying that your darling grandson Easton will be home soon.



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GOOZLEBEAR 8/2/2010 3:45PM

    Great blog and you did a great job with your pictures. Those children are adorable and sure hope the new little 4lber gets to go home soon.

You look wonderful too!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thanks Peggy for sending me the spark mail to let me know the pictures were there. They are so cute and that cake looks yummy!!! You did a great job with the photos!!!!

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No Coffee? Daily Reflections

Thursday, July 29, 2010

I was awakened today by my router beeping, telling me it was without power.

That meant NO COFFEE, NO PC and NO SPARKING! Oh, I can track on my Blackberry and see what emails I have, but its internet connection is very slow.

Electric was out on our side of the street for well over a block. The workmen who came to fix it were SO pleasant, apologetic and so friendly.

So were the clerks in the 7-11 where I went for coffee.

When I read my Daily Reflections email, it was about the value of friendship and our gratitude for it.

It got me thinking that (at least with my view of life) there are friends EVERYWHERE. I like the (American Indian?) quote, "Everyone is my friend until they've proved themselves my enemy." (actually I don't believe in enemies ;-)

My most valuable friends are the coaches and experts here at and ALL my wonderful Spark friends!

How they have encouraged me! Here I see friends who have a harder time than I do and who have an easier one, who weigh more and who weigh less than I do. I have younger and older Spark friends. I have friends both male and female. I have friends that I can encourage right back!

Whenever you are elated, frustrated, down on yourself, back from an absence, needing a prayer, congratulations or motivation (or when they are) - please be grateful to and communicate with your Spark friends. I am sure they are just as terrific as mine. In fact, many may be mutual!


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--KREN 8/2/2010 3:52PM

    I have a sign on my fridge that says "Give me coffee and no one gets hurt." Given to me by a friend that knows me, lol. Karen

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SUNSET09 7/29/2010 5:41PM

  Hear, hear! Thanking those who really have made a difference in our lives! emoticon

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Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I started this as a team post and then decided everyone should know!

The Amazing Cucumber

This information was in The New York Times several weeks ago as part of their "Spotlight on the Home" series that highlighted creative and fanciful ways to solve common problems.

1. Cucumbers contain most of the vitamins you need every day, just one cucumber contains Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B5, Vitamin B6, Folic Acid, Vitamin C, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium and Zinc.

2. Feeling tired in the afternoon, put down the caffeinated soda and pick up a cucumber. Cucumbers are a good source of B Vitamins and Carbohydrates that can provide that quick pick-me-up that can last for hours.

3. Tired of your bathroom mirror fogging up after a shower? Try rubbing a cucumber slice along the mirror, it will eliminate the fog and provide a soothing, spa-like fragrance.

4. Are grubs and slugs ruining your planting beds? Place a few slices in a small pie tin and your garden will be free of pests all season long. The chemicals in the cucumber react with the aluminum to give off a scent undetectable to humans but drive garden pests crazy and make them flee the area.

5. Looking for a fast and easy way to remove cellulite before going out or to the pool? Try rubbing a slice or two of cucumbers along your problem area for a few minutes, the phytochemicals in the cucumber cause the collagen in your skin to tighten, firming up the outer layer and reducing the visibility of cellulite. Works great on wrinkles too!!!

6. Want to avoid a hangover or terrible headache? Eat a few cucumber slices before going to bed and wake up refreshed and headache free. Cucumbers contain enough sugar, B vitamins and electrolytes to replenish essential nutrients the body lost, keeping everything in equilibrium, avoiding both a hangover and headache!!

7. Looking to fight off that afternoon or evening snacking binge? Cucumbers have been used for centuries and often used by European trappers, traders and explorers for quick meals to thwart off starvation.

8. Have an important meeting or job interview and you realize that you don't have enough time to polish your shoes? Rub a freshly cut cucumber over the shoe, its chemicals will provide a quick and durable shine that not only looks great but also repels water.

9. Out of WD 40 and need to fix a squeaky hinge? Take a cucumber slice and rub it along the problematic hinge, and voila, the squeak is gone!

10. Stressed out and don't have time for massage, facial or visit to the spa? Cut up an entire cucumber and place it in a boiling pot of water, the chemicals and nutrients from the cucumber will react with the boiling water and be released in the steam, creating a soothing, relaxing aroma that has been shown to reduce stress in new mothers and college students during final exams.

11. Just finished a business lunch and realize you don't have gum or mints? Take a slice of cucumber and press it to the roof of your mouth with your tongue for 30 seconds to eliminate bad breath, the phytochemcials will kill the bacteria in your mouth responsible for causing bad breath.

12. Looking for a 'green' way to clean your faucets, sinks or stainless steel? Take a slice of cucumber and rub it on the surface you want to clean, not only will it remove years of tarnish and bring back the shine, but it won't leave streaks and won't harm you fingers or fingernails while you clean.

13. Using a pen and made a mistake? Take the outside of the cucumber and slowly use it to erase the pen writing, also works great on crayons and markers that the kids have used to decorate the walls!!

(public newspaper, shared with permission)


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SUNNY332 7/28/2010 9:01AM

    Awesome - I picked 10 out of the garden yesterday.

Thanks for the information.


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LEAH57 7/28/2010 8:58AM

    Just checked with 2 of my favorite websites, Snopes, and TruthOrFiction. Truth or Fiction doesn't list this, but Snopes does.

For what it's worth, Snopes hasn't determined the validity of either the original source, or the truth to all the (non-nutrition) claims.

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CBSPECIAL 7/28/2010 7:12AM

    I'm going to try a few of these!

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PUDLECRAZY 7/27/2010 4:53PM

    Wow! Okay, I'm running to the fridge right now. Eat some, and put a slice on my shiner.

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OLDERDANDRT 7/27/2010 4:41PM

    Cool! I knew that cucmbers are often used in spas over the eyes to refresh and lessen baggies....didn't know all those other uses! Thanks for the info!

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GOOZLEBEAR 7/27/2010 1:12PM

    I knew I loved cucumbers!!! thanks for sharing!!

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AJB121299 7/27/2010 12:59PM

    i like these ideas

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