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Wear gloves for butternut squash

I learned the hard way that when handling raw butternut squash (or any other orange squash) that it's a good idea to wear latex gloves. Butternut squash has enzymes that can act like a chemical skin peel. My fingers turned orange and the skin got really tight and then started peeling over the next...

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Popcorn Tip

Measure out and put your popcorn serving in your own small bowl. This will help you keep from over-indulging. I always over do it when I dive into the massive family bowl of popcorn. With my own smaller serving, I stop when it's gone, and leave the family bowl for the kids.

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ElastoGel Knee wraps

I LOVE my elastogel knee wraps. You put them in the freezer and reuse them as often as you need. I usually ice my bad knees every night , thus reducing the amount of pain meds I have to take. They come in different sizes and the gel is flexible, so the wrap goes entirely around the knee.

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Get Your Sneakers on First Thing

Stay-at-home moms and dads, get dressed and get your sneakers on first thing in the morning. I get so much more done when I've got my running shoes on. Even if I don't find enough time to do planned exercise, the housework I get done makes up for it!

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