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A Package of Temptation

Find yourself digging through the cupboards and end up eating something that you aren't even hungry for, just because the box/packaging had a bright, appetizing, appealing picture?
I turn ALL my boxes/jars/cans/cartons/cont
ainers/bags
so that the "front" (i.e., the side with the huge picture of what it is) is facing the back of the cabinet, so that when I'm digging around for something to eat, I'm not met with an army of pictures!

- Submitted by KITTYMEOW55403 11/21/2012 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Motivation in Plain Sight

1. Find the places where you give up easiest (work, school, home)
2. Dedicate a space in those areas of your life to post reinforcing messages, pictures, etc.
3. Rearrange the area and add new things monthly so it doesn't become stale to look at.
4. Give yourself a few moments daily to look over this dedicated space in your world and remember why it's there.
5. Make it a goal to eventually post a picture of YOURSELF over all of that motivation!

- Submitted by BREECIENC 3/10/2012 in Motivation | 0 Comments
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Kitchen grease cutter

The fastest way I've found to cut the grease on stovetop and other kitchen surfaces is plain old rubbing alcohol. It won't clean, but if you clean first, then apply the alcohol, you'll have a nice grease-free shine.

- Submitted by BEVERLEAF 6/4/2011 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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Want a clean and stain free sink?

I live in an older building anf out sink it prone to "stains"- the amount of scrubbing to remove them is ridiculous! THis handy trick assures me my sink is as clean as it's gonna get with almost noi effort on my part!

- Submitted by BIGOLEDIVA 2/14/2011 in Around The House | 3 Comments
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My favorite kitchen tool

I found a great kitchen tool. It looks like a cylinder-shaped sponge on the end of a handle. The sponge is yellow but the round end has a blue scrubby texture. It is made for cleaning mugs and works wonderfully on mugs, cups and glasses, but I also use it when rinsing dishes before placing them in the dishwasher. I also use it on Teflon pots and pans. And then I put it, handle-end-down in my... (continued)

- Submitted by STORMY724 12/24/2010 in Around The House | 5 Comments
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Water

Everytime I go in to the kitchen I drink a glass of water no matter why I went in there. It has now become a very healthy habit for me. emoticon

- Submitted by FXYGMA 11/5/2010 in Staying Healthy | 5 Comments
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Kitchen Tip

Store some clothespins and different size elastics in a top kitchen drawer...choose whatever works best for closing bread bags, chips, crackers, cereal, salad bags, freezer boxes. Keeps everything fresh and tidy. emoticon

- Submitted by JACEYLEE 10/18/2010 in Around The House | 4 Comments
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Need a pot scrubber?

If you need a non-stick freindly pot scrubber and don't ahve time to run to the store..get the bag that onions come in and wrap a regular sponge ( or your scrubby spnge that has lost its powers-LOL) in it. It will do the job fast and you can rinse and reuse or toss it when done. No need to make a special trip to the store!

- Submitted by AYERSGIRL 8/27/2010 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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No Dirty Dishes in the Sink!

I put a sign above the sink stating "No dirty dishes in the sink." It's easier to get the dishes started when they are not piled in there, and it makes you feel better to have a clean sink. Also, people are forced to stack dishes as we have limited counter space beside the sink.

- Submitted by CRYSTALK638 8/13/2010 in Around The House | 4 Comments
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Getting kitchen linens clean

I soak kitchen linens [towels, rags, cloths] overnight in my washer. Regular detergent + Borax + non-chlorine bleach. Gets out grease, coffee/wine/berry stains, general kitchen yuck. If ya wanna be healthy, ya gotta cook. This means kitchen mess. Clean kitchen linens = a more cheerful cook!

- Submitted by SCRIPTDUCK 7/29/2010 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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Clean out your kitchen cabinets!

If you're anything like I was, you have boxes upon boxes of unhealthy foods in your kitchen cabinets. Get rid of them, and restock with healthy choices. You can donate the unopened boxes to a food pantry, and by doing good for others, you'll also be doing good for yourself and your family!

- Submitted by SLY_REDUX 7/25/2010 in Getting Started | 4 Comments
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My labelmaker is my best friend!

I use a label maker to keep everything organized; it's worked in my kitchen, my office, craft room, storage space, and bathroom. Just seeing the labels reminds me that everything has a correct place, and makes me want to keep things neat and tidy! It especially helps to keep food fresh.

- Submitted by XCSARAH 7/22/2010 in Organization | 2 Comments
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Grow Fresh Herbs on Your Kitchen Windowsill

For the same price as a bunch of cut fresh herbs at the supermarket, you can buy a small potted herb plant at Home Depot, Lowes, etc. Keep it on your kitchen windowsill and use when you're cooking. Fresh herbs add so much flavor that you won't even miss the salt and fat you cut out of the recipe!

- Submitted by TURBO-GIRL 6/26/2010 in Healthy Eating | 2 Comments
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Canned Goods

When I buy canned fruit or vegetables, I take a permanent marker and put the date bought on the lid. Even with an expiration date, I still use this system to let me know just how long that particular item has been in my pantry.

- Submitted by EVER-EVOLVING 6/10/2010 in Around The House | 3 Comments
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Get Your Feet & Legs Moving In Kitchen

Just small movement of feet can energized yourself while preparing meals. Try to do march or tap your feet while preparing cooking ingridient.

- Submitted by FATHINSN 5/20/2010 in Exercise | 0 Comments
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Tracking

Make sure you accurately track all your meals.
A set of kitchen scales, to weigh things like rice and pasta, is an absolute must.
It is easy to miss calories by not tracking correctly. eg
cups of coffee with milk and sugar three cups a day is just over 100 calories, if you have a biscuit more calories.

- Submitted by BILDAD1 5/19/2010 in Using SparkPeople | 5 Comments
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Cooking Workout!

You can lose weight or at least workout WHILE you cook!: emoticon

Make cakes the old way: leave the mixer in the cupboard. Use the hand-mix method: 360 strokes. Do short counts on each hand. Altern. 50 strokes on each hand (3 times each hand); with 30 each hand the last round.

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- Submitted by MZSPB1 4/4/2010 in Around The House | 0 Comments
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Salt + Ice Removes Stains from Coffee Pot

A trick learned from my days as a coffee house waitress. Sprinkle a tablespoon or so of salt into the bottom of your dry empty COOLED TO ROOM TEMPERATURE coffee pot. Add a couple of ice cubes and swirl them around. Rinse and admire your crystal-clean work!

- Submitted by KYMBERLI_M 4/2/2010 in Around The House | 5 Comments
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