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Use mustard instead of mayo to save fat and calories

I love tuna salad, but I don't like the fat free mayo, so I tried mustard instead. It was delicious! It helps me eat healthier and keep my fat under my target.

- Submitted by GZELLEFRO 5/25/2011 in Weight Loss | 4 Comments
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Don't buy envelopes, use the ones you get in the mail

Instead of buying envelopes, I use the ones that I get in junk mail and bills (I pay online, so I don't need the envelopes). I put the address labels I get from companies who want me to buy stuff or donate money over the return address. If there's a clear window or address printed in the "mail to" area of the envelope, I cover it with a piece of paper taped or glued in place and put the correct address on it.

- Submitted by GZELLEFRO 4/24/2011 in Saving Money | 6 Comments
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Get all the lotion out of the bottle!

I hate to throw the little bit of lotion or shampoo left in the bottle away, so when I can't get it out through the top, I take a pair of scissors (sometimes need to be heavy duty) and carefully poke a hole in the bottle, then cut the bottle into two pieces. I take a small rubber spatula and scrape out the remainder and put it into a small container with a seal, like a Tupperware smidget. That keeps the lotion from getting dried out or rubbery.

- Submitted by GZELLEFRO 4/3/2011 in Saving Money | 1 Comment
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Swiffer wet wipes

If you run out of wet wipes for the Swiffer, use an old washcloth! It lasts much longer, stays wet longer, and is much less expensive than buying the wet wipes!

- Submitted by GZELLEFRO 2/28/2011 in Around The House | 4 Comments
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Lowfat Baking Alternatives

When I make muffins, cakes, or brownies, I substitute skim milk for the milk, applesauce for the oil, and egg beaters for the eggs. If it calls for 1/2 c. of oil, use 1/2 c. of applesauce. Egg beater conversion is 1 egg equals 1/4 c. egg beaters. This really cuts down on the fat and it doesn't take away from the taste.

- Submitted by GZELLEFRO 2/25/2011 in Cooking | 3 Comments
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Exercise on vacation

When I go on vacation, I take my bicycle, strapped to the back of my car. Then I ride every other day or so. Another thing that I've done is swim while on vacation and/or walk.

- Submitted by GZELLEFRO 2/24/2011 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Sticky Zipper?

If your zipper gets stuck zipping up or down, rub a bar of soap on the teeth and voila! it'll work smoothly. emoticon

- Submitted by GZELLEFRO 2/21/2011 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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In it for the long haul

To keep with my healthy program, I had to concede that this was a lifestyle change emoticon I've had to put away the four letter word, diet. It's not a diet-it's permanent. It's about me making good choices so that I'll live a healthier life and hopefully be around to see my grandchildren grow up. Part I: watch what I eat; stop eating junk! Part II: Exercise at least 5 days a week. Part III: If I have a setback, don't sweat it; get up dust off my pants and get back on the horse!

- Submitted by GZELLEFRO 2/17/2011 in Staying Healthy | 5 Comments
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Other uses for fabric softener sheets

You can hang one in your car to get a nice fresh odor in your car, you can rub it on your clothes to get rid of static cling, you can store it in your drawers to freshen your clothes, wipe your tv and computer screens with one to clean off the dust.

- Submitted by GZELLEFRO 1/26/2011 in Around The House | 4 Comments
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onion smell on your hands?

rub your hands on any stainless steel item, like your faucet and the smell will go away!

- Submitted by GZELLEFRO 1/26/2011 in Around The House | 1 Comment
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