Monthly Archives: November 2017
5 toys under $20 that have taken over christmas
Have you noticed a high demand for certain toys this year? well we have been surveiling the scene and this is what we have found. most stores and online store can not keep these things in-stock. so if they are in stock now GRAB THEM!
They come in different sizes but I’ve noticed the medium and jumbo are the hardest to find. If they are sold out at Target > try amazon.
If you dont live under a rock you probably know about these little guys and how hard it is to get your hands on an actual fingerling. Cyber monday was HUGE on amazon for restocks.. I suspect we will get another big restock before Christmas. Keep your eyes on our facebook page, we will be posting when they are in stock. here are a few links you can check in the mean time.. Amazon . Kohl’s . Target . ( they go for $14.99 so if people are asking for more just know you are being priced gouged. )
You can get all different brands of these but to my knowledge Soft ‘n Slo is the most popular brand. there is not much purpose other than being super squishies and smell good. they could double for your kid as a stress ball. find them at Target. Amazon. and in-store at Walmart.
I honestly dont know much about these toys other than what my 5 year old daughter has told me about them. I know they are little plastic dolls you can dress, and that they are completely sold out almost everywhere. get them at these places Target, Amazon. (big surpise that is $69 at Target ).
These are this years new spin on Hatchimals and They have made a big impressions on little ones. Mrs Clause knows all of the coolest new toys 😉 get them > here <
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Organize Your Recipes with This Adorable DIY Recipe Binder
*We’re partnering with Avery to let you know about the adorable My Recipe Binders you can make to preserve your family’s favorite recipes.
Organize Your Recipes with This Adorable DIY Recipe Binder
I come from a long line of great home cooks. I grew up on Sunday dinners at my Grandma Richard’s house with homemade chicken noodle soup and handmade noodles. Her homestyle mashed potatoes fueled most of my childhood growth and development. And every single birthday, Grandma made sure to make my favorite huckleberry cheesecake. She passed her recipes and her love for cooking to both my mom and myself.
My childhood was laced with homemade chocolate chip cookies and delicious hearty meals.
Similarly, my Grandma Forbush was known as one of the greatest cooks in our town. Her recipes were always scrawled on notecards (when she used a recipe at all) and she was known for her fabulous homemade bread. She’d make 12 loaves at a time for her seven children and the gaggle of neighbor kids who were always hanging around.
Not only was my Grandma Forbush a great home cook, but she was the head cook at my elementary school lunchroom. My grandma and her sister mixed rolls from scratch for 300 kids, made their own apple crisp, and mixed a lot of love into each day’s school lunch. When I’d come through the line, she’d always gave me an extra breadstick or cupcake and a wink. I was her special girl.
Everyone loved my grandma for her kindness and her cooking.
Family Recipes Tell a Story
Family recipes are woven into our unique DNA. They tell a story of where we come from and who we are. My Grandma Forbush passed away a few years ago and as I was flipping through my recipes the other day, a tiny faded card fell out. It was my grandma’s bread recipe. Tears trickled down my face as I read these uncharacteristic directions:
This recipe makes around 12 loaves of bread or 200 rolls. Some people have tried to break down the recipe, but it never turns out quite right. That’s because a lot of years and a lot of love have gone into making this recipe perfect.”
Family recipes are too important to forget or worse, lose. They are like treasures to me, so I decided to put my favorite and most beloved recipes all in one special recipe binder.
The Avery My Recipe Binder
Avery has a My Recipe Binder that is perfect for organizing your recipes. It would also make an excellent DIY gift for moms, grandmas, sisters, daughters, or granddaughters. I remember going off to college for the first time and whenever I got a little homesick, I’d pull out my family’s recipe book and make a batch of my mom’s cinnamon rolls. It always made home feel a lot closer.
Check out this cute video to see how the Avery My Recipe Binder works.
You can get the My Recipe Binder and starter kit on Amazon for 25% off with the code 25RECIPE. Follow these steps:
- Go to this Amazon link.
- Pick your item
- Add to Cart
- Proceed to checkout
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Assembling Your My Recipe Binder
Along with the My Recipe Binder, it’s also helpful to purchase the Avery My Recipe Binder Starter Kit. The starter kit contains 23 various sheet protectors and pocket providers to help keep your recipes safe.
The My Recipe Starter Kit sheet protectors are super handy for inserting the free printable templates at Avery.com/recipes. Hop over there where you can access and customize binder covers, tables of contents, and recipe pages.
You can also type out some of your hard-to-read recipes at Avery.com/recipes, print them out on their cute custom templates, and insert them into the sheet protectors included in the My Recipe Starter Kit.
Now you’re ready to assemble your recipe binder!
Step 1: Gather all of your favorite recipes.
Step 2: Once you’ve purchased your favorite My Recipe Binder, head to Avery.com/recipe to print out the free templates that go with it.
Last Step: Insert all of your recipes and customized pages into the My Recipe Starter Kit sheet protectors and organize them by your preferred categories.
Avery Recipe Binders are easy to customize and Avery.com/recipes has free coordinating templates for binder cover sheets, spine labels, dividers and tabs, recipe cards, full recipe pages, and more. You can seriously deck out your recipe book if you so desire!
Gals, these recipe binders are stain-resistant and super durable. That means the designs won’t rub off and each Avery Recipe Binder is easy to clean and wipe when your aunt’s secret spaghetti sauce splatters on it! Each binder can hold up to 220 sheets of paper and there are three beautiful designs to choose from.
Preserve your family’s priceless memories because someday, they’ll be a legacy that lives on through generations. I miss my grandma so much, but I can channel her every time I make her recipes. And just in case you’re wondering, I always follow her bread recipe to the tee. I’m afraid of what might happen if I didn’t!
Photos by Maggie Grace Photography
*Thank you to Avery for sponsoring this post. All opinions and grandma stories are my own.
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Want to Live Longer? Every Movement Counts, Even Cleaning the House
This article originally appeared on Time.com.
You don’t have to break a sweat to reap the health benefits of physical activity, according to new research in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. In a study of women age 65 and older, just 30 minutes a day of light exercise—like running errands and cleaning the house—was linked to a lower risk of death.
Moderate-intensity exercise, like leisurely bike riding or brisk walking, was associated with an even greater reduction in risk. The authors say that improving doing more light and moderate physical activity could be almost as effective as rigorous exercise at preventing disease and prolonging life. “The paradigm needs to shift when we think about being active,” says senior author Andrea LaCroix, professor of family medicine and public health at the University of California San Diego.
For the study, LaCroix and her colleagues asked 6,000 women, ages 65 to 99, to wear activity-tracking accelerometers for seven days as they went about their daily activities. The women were then followed for an average of three years.
Based on the data from the women’s activity trackers, the researchers found that those who got at least 30 minutes of light physical activity a day were 12% less likely to die, compared to those who got less. Those who got an additional 30 minutes of moderate activity were 39% less likely to die.
Light physical activity includes just about any type of behavior that isn’t sitting down: walking to the mailbox, strolling around the neighborhood and doing laundry. Activities like these account for more than 55% of older adults’ daily activity, says LaCroix, so the fact that they were protective in this study is very good news.
“We’ve always been told that this type of activity isn’t enough to do you good,” says LaCroix. “But what we have here is solid evidence that light physical activity reduces a woman’s risk of dying over the next three to four years—and we see the benefits are substantial and independent of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity.”
MORE: TIME’s Guide to Exercise
The study could not show a cause-and-effect relationship between activity level and risk of death, only an association. But the link was present in all types of women in the study, including those of all races and ethnicities, women who were obese and those who were not, women with high and low functional abilities and women older and younger than 80.
As adults get older, they expend more energy doing the same activities they did when they were younger, LaCroix says—so they don’t need to exercise as much, or as intensely, to burn the same amount of calories or get their heart rate up. “We know that people of different ages need different amounts and intensities of exercise to get the same result,” she says. “It’s not one size fits all.”
But national guidelines still recommend that adults over age 65 follow the same guidelines as younger people: to get at least 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week. And recent analyses, compiled from studies in which adults self-reported their levels of physical activity, have suggested that older adults have to log moderate-to-vigorous exercise in order to reduce their risk of early death.
LaCroix says her new study refutes that research and shows that older adults can still benefit at levels below the moderate-to-vigorous guidelines. Questionnaires used in self-reported studies don’t do a good job of encompassing all the ways people get physical activity throughout the day, she says, which may have skewed previous study results. “What makes our study stronger than those others is that we used a device that was able to measure all of the movements we do in our daily lives,” she says.
The researchers hope their work sparks more discussion about how people—especially older ones—think about exercise and their goals for being active. “I think the current guidelines are discouraging to older people who don’t believe they can do 150 minutes of hard exercise,” LaCroix says. “They throw up their hands and think, ‘that’s not for me.’ But everyone does light physical activity, and the idea that doing more of it can have substantial health benefits should be welcome news.”
Karlie Kloss Says Running the Marathon Was the Best Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Training
This article originally appeared on People.com.
After a two year hiatus from the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show, Karlie Kloss made her grand return to the runway in Shanghai. And the supermodel feels right at home with the Angel squad.
“This is the greatest show on Earth. It’s really special to be back here with all my girls and in the famous pink robe and just getting ready for the show here in Shanghai,” she told PEOPLE backstage at the 2017 Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show. “It’s a very, very special runway and it’s a very special year have this big show in China.”
Kloss last walked the runway in 2014 (alongside Taylor Swift!), and shortly thereafter ended her contract with the brand because of other commitments. But Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show head Ed Razek told PEOPLE at the time that “she will always be an Angel to me.” And he wasn’t kidding, inviting the model to return whenever she wanted to.
“It just felt like the right time. It’s like riding a bike, getting back out there and wearing the wings,” she shared. “I was in rehearsals and had my wings on and I kind of had a ‘pinch me’ moment. I never thought I’d be back out here and it was really special. Being on the Victoria’s Secret Runway makes me feel invincible.”
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Earlier the month, Kloss ran the New York City marathon, and said it was the best physical training she could have ton to get VS runway ready.
“I just ran the marathon and that was one of the greatest physical and mental challenges that I ever willingly signed up for, and I’m kind of addicted to it now,” she shared. “I want to do it next year and maybe run another one in between. I’ve always dreamed of doing it and it was tough, but it was a great way to train for this runway.”
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Kloss also maintains that a healthy diet, even after the show, has been key to her lifestyle.
“I think all of us treat ourselves like athletes and we’re constantly traveling and on the road and all of us to train and have energy to do our job and to workout and feel strong you have to eat properly and really fuel your body and your mind,” she said, before adding, “I’m looking forward to a delicious meal after the show — I heard rumors there is going to be pizza at the so I look forward to that!”
Trainer Does the Splits While Lifting 65 Lbs. Over Her Head: ‘I Love Doing Silly Things with My Body!’
This article originally appeared on People.com.
Doing the splits is already impressive. But it can be outdone, as fitness trainer Katie Sonier proves by regularly weightlifting up to 65 lbs. while in a full split.
The Miami-based former gymnast says her aerobic moves started during her days as a college lacrosse player.
“I love doing silly, yet impressive, things with my body!” Sonier, 25, tells PEOPLE. “Whenever I fell on the field I would do either some sort of split roll or gymnastic move out of it. My teammates thought it was hilarious.”
What began as a joke turned into a serious pitch for adding flexibility to fitness, something she preaches to her clients, though on a much smaller scale (Don’t try doing weightlifting splits on your own).
“Lifting weights while doing a split is meant to be a silly thing, but it also shows the hard work I put in daily on all elements to fitness — stability, strength, mobility, flexibility. The human body is a machine and it’s pretty cool what it’s capable of with some hard work!” Sonier says.
She adds that many people who feel tired and sore after a workout think they’re overtraining, but in reality they just lack flexibility.
“Flexibility is unfortunately an element to fitness that is often neglected,” Sonier says. “But it’s so important because when you improve flexibility, you improve your range of motion. Which then means you can move more optimally, which then means more opportunity for making progress and building muscle and puts you at a lower risk of injury.”
For people trying to improve their flexibility, Sonier, who also created a six-week flexibility training plan, recommends starting small with forward hangs and side twists, and committing to a few minutes of daily stretching.
“Just like anything else, the more you work on it, the more improvements you will make,” she says.
6 Awesome Gifts Grandparents Can Give that Aren’t Toys
Today as I wedged myself into our cataclysmic playroom and got down on my hands and knees to sort through the rubble, I decided I was over toys. Most of them have come from generous grandparents who like to spoil their grandchildren. And I love that they do that, but this year, I’ve been brainstorming gift ideas that aren’t toys.
Here are six good ones that would be perfect for grandma and grandpa!
6 Awesome Gifts Grandparents Can Give that Aren’t Toys
1. Pay for a sport or an activity.
Is there something your grandchild has always wanted to try but mom and dad don’t necessarily have the extra money to do it? Talk to their parents about it first to see if it’s feasible for everyone, and then give the gift of fun!
Enroll them in a season of flag football or sign them up for a community cake decorating class. Parents will love that you thought outside the box and kids will be thrilled to try something they’ve always wanted.
2. When giving money, make it memorable.
Every single year, from my first birthday to my 18th birthday, my Grandma and Grandpa Forbush gave me the same gift, but it was one I absolutely could not wait to get. I knew when they handed me that long rectangular wrapped gift exactly what would be inside—a cereal fun pack with a $10 bill taped to the top.
It was the funniest thing, but I think I anticipated and loved the cereal fun pack more than the money. Those eight mini breakfast cereals were sugary (the kinds my mom would never buy) and they were all mine! I’d savor one of them each day and notice how my siblings ogled them, wishing it was their birthday.
If you’re going to give money, make it memorable.
3. Take them shopping for a special outfit.
Gifts come and go, and I honestly don’t remember most of the ones I got as a child, but I do remember the one birthday my grandma picked me up to take me shopping for a special dress. I felt so big, riding in the passenger seat next to her in her big car. When she pulled into the JCPenny parking lot, I couldn’t believe she was taking me somewhere so fancy.
That birthday, grandma didn’t just buy me a dress…she let me pick out the dress. It probably wasn’t something she’d pick out herself, but is was a dress I absolutely loved. Every time I wore it, I’d think of my grandma and that special birthday.
4. Movie tickets
How cool would it be to get movie tickets from grandma and grandpa every year. Movie theatre gift cards make the perfect gift for every age. Young kids will think it’s the coolest thing in the world to go to a movie for their birthday and even get popcorn! Teens will play it cool, but will think it’s a pretty awesome gift, and adult grandkids (speaking from experience) will love the rare chance to go to a movie.
5. A season pass
If you really want to get creative, consider giving your grandkids the gift of a season pass somewhere nearby. This would be a great family gift too! Season passes to the zoo, children’s museum, water park, or local theme park would be epic.
6. Take them on a special date.
Most of all, kids crave time with grandma and grandpa and flourish when they get it. If you want to give a memorable gift, give the gift of time. Take your grandson or granddaughter on a special day trip or “date.” You could go fishing, go out to lunch, or to them mall. Make it a tradition and they’ll have memories of grandma and grandpa that last a lifetime.
Feature Photo by Ben White on Unsplash
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Uber Hack Jeopardized the Personal Information of 57 Million Users
(SAN FRANCISCO) — Uber is coming clean about its cover-up of a year-old hacking attack that stole personal information about 57 million of the beleaguered ride-hailing service’s customers and drivers.
The revelation Tuesday marks the latest stain on Uber’s reputation.
The San Francisco company ousted Travis Kalanick as CEO in June after an internal investigation concluded he had built a culture that allowed female workers to be sexually harassed and encouraged employees to push legal limits.
Uber’s current CEO, Dara Khosrowshahi, criticized the company’s handling of the data theft in a blog post that said there’s no evidence the stolen information has been misused.
The heist took the names, email addresses and phone numbers of 57 million riders. The thieves also nabbed the driver’s license numbers of 600,000 Uber drivers.
Has it really been 40 years already?
Last week, REC Senior Editor David Jones stopped by with the news that Tierra Grande, our flagship magazine, turned 40 this year.
Longtime readers have grown so accustomed to the quarterly publication’s reliable research and beautiful design that starting a magazine back in ’77 probably seemed like a no-brainer. It wasn’t.
Jones said then-director Dr. Alvin B. Wooten was "a bit skeptical." He said Wooten and others on the staff had experience with academic or refereed journals, but they were uncomfortable writing for the public.
"Shortly after the first issue was published," Jones recalled, "Dr. Wooten told me, ‘Well, that’s one magazine in the books. Do you think we can find enough material for a second?’”
The rest, as they say, is history, although Wooten’s concerns didn’t go away entirely.
"He frequently cautioned the staff to avoid the ‘big error,’" Jones said. "He worried that publishing a big mistake would have a long-lasting negative effect on the young Center. We established a formal review and approval process using green cover letters. That process continues today, except the cover sheets are blue.
"It took a couple of years before the staff really understood the concept of popular magazine writing. Although they did not say so to me, I think the staff secretly hoped the magazine would just go away if they ignored it."
It didn’t. In fact, on July 13, 1977, Wooten sent a memo to the staff saying, “Each staff member should now consider the magazine a reality and begin planning accordingly.”
The magazine was an instant hit with readers. The inaugural issue included articles about economic growth, homebuyer demographic, and real estate education. There was even a profile of that most quintessential of Texas towns—Luckenbach.
Some of these topics will undoubtedly ring familiar to today’s readers, but there’s a key difference.
"Articles in early issues were based on data that was months and sometimes years old," Jones said. "Today, data is current, and authors write more about what is going to happen rather than what has happened."
Of course, evolving technology has made a difference in the life of the magazine as well.
"The digital age makes it possible for us to publish electronic versions of articles days, weeks, or even months before they appear in the print version. That keeps content relevant," Jones said.
One other thing changed as well: the size of the magazine’s audience.
In the beginning, Tierra Grande was mailed only to the 35,000 Texas real estate brokers. Today, it goes to all active and inactive licensees. As of this month, that number is about 166,000.