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Acer Aspire One Netbook

I just finished setting up my new Acer Aspire One D260 netbook, which replaces my 'old' D250 - it is a gorgeous Aquamarine [my old one is a gorgeous blue] and cost only $399 [old one was $350] - I've typically paid $2000+ for a computer & these are BETTER so woohoo!! Stats - 2MB RAM, 320MB hard disk, wifi, weighs 2.5 lbs - if you need a new computer, check these out! The only challenge I've had was getting used to the smaller keyboard but I adjusted quickly and LOVE my Acer Aspire One netbook!!

- Submitted by LYNDALOVES2HIKE 2/3/2011 in Product Reviews | 5 Comments
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Butter Buds instead of Butter

Sometimes I just want the FLAVOR of butter but without all the calories - Butter Buds are a 100% natural product made from dairy but presented in a powdered form - they come in organic and non-organic versions. They are super low-calorie [5 cals vs 67 cals for the butter equivalent], gluten free, kosher and taste great - I like to sprinkle it on fish or potatoes, mix in casseroles and it works in any recipe calling for butter. Try it, you'll like it!

- Submitted by LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/23/2010 in Product Reviews | 2 Comments
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Fage 0% Greek Yogurt [cheapest price at Costco]

I love this brand the best because it is so creamy, thick, versatile & high protein. I've tried other brands but they taste thin or watery compared to this one, which seems as creamy as 2% in other brands. I get it at Costco for $5.50 a quart - 4 oz is just 60 cals & mixed w/Splenda & Frozen fruit, it even makes a great ice cream substitute!

- Submitted by LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/6/2010 in Product Reviews | 5 Comments
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"Magic cure" for negative thinking and depression

When I start to have negative thoughts, it usually leads to feeling depressed - the best way to change those thoughts is to write 12 things on a Gratitude List - even if some of them seem trivial, like "I'm grateful I have soap," or tinged with negativity, like "only gained 20 lbs instead of 30," it still works like a magic cure! After all, a lot of people DON'T have soap or DID gain more than I did and it helps to put things into perspective. Maybe my life isn't so bad after all ;-)

- Submitted by LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/1/2010 in Staying Positive | 3 Comments
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Twofer: Burn calories & lower costs

When I go to the store, I park further away & take 1 or 2 shopping carts back to the store. When I'm finished shopping & have loaded my car, I take my basket & often others back to the store. This lowers my costs because it reduces shopping cart damage & labor costs, which are ultimately passed on to the consumers, & prevents door dings, which lower auto resale values & raise ins rates. Pushing a couple of shopping carts is more effort than just walking, which burns more calories.

- Submitted by LYNDALOVES2HIKE 10/30/2010 in Exercise | 3 Comments
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