Friday, January 31, 2014

A 'LIFE' THOUGHT FOR THE DAY!

Ranunculus flower (13)"Everything you do is based on the choices you make.  It’s not your parents, your past relationships, your job, the economy, the weather, an argument, or your age that is to blame.  You and only you are responsible for every decision and choice you make.  Period!" 
 (author unknown)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

A SIMPLE IDEA THAT MAY KEEP YOU FROM HARM OR SAVE YOUR LIFE!

Dear Readers:

I really have some great friends that send me the best emails.  Here is one that could possibly keep you safe or save your life:

WHAT TO TAKE TO BED WITH YOU
Pretty neat idea.  Never thought of it before.  Put your car keys beside your bed at night.  

Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr's office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.  

If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies.

This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It's a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage.  

If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won't stick around. After a few seconds, all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won't want that.

And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.  

P. S.  
I am sending this to everyone I know because I think it is fantastic. Would also be useful for any emergency, such as a heart attack, where you can't reach a phone.  My Mom has suggested to my Dad that he carry his car keys with him in case he falls outside and she doesn't hear him... he can activate the car alarm and then she'll know there's a problem.

Monday, January 27, 2014

A BOTTLE OF WINE...A STORY ALL WOMEN WILL ADORE!

Dear Readers: 

What better way to end this day, but with humor. Please enjoy! ..............................................................................
 

THE BOTTLE OF WINE

For all of us who are married, were married, wish you were married, or wish you weren't married, this is something to smile about the next time you see a bottle of wine:

Sally was driving home from one of her business trips in Northern Arizona when she saw an elderly Navajo woman walking on the side of the road.

As the trip was a long and quiet one, she stopped the car and asked the Navajo woman if she would like a ride.

With a silent nod of thanks, the woman got into the car.

Resuming the journey, Sally tried in vain to make a bit of small talk with the Navajo woman.  The old Woman just sat silently, looking intently at everything she saw, studying every little detail, until she noticed a brown bag on the seat next to Sally.

'What in bag?' asked the old woman.

Sally looked down at the brown bag and said, 'It's a bottle of wine.  I got it for my husband.'

The Navajo woman was silent for another moment or two. 

Then speaking with the quiet wisdom of an elder, she said:
'Good trade.....'

Sunday, January 26, 2014

SHOULD WE RAISE THE MINIMUM WAGE? READ THE ARTICLE AND DECIDE


Should We Raise the Minimum Wage? 01/24/2014
In last year’s State of the Union address, President Obama called for an increase in the minimum wage. Since then, Democrats in Congress have argued that the President didn’t go far enough, proposing even more of an increase.

The question is: Would this actually help the entry-level workers it is supposed to help? Check out and share our infographic.

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Learn more: Obamacare Already Raises the Minimum Wage

THE 'EARTH-SHATTERING' NEWS THE MEDIA IGNORED, BUT YOU NEED TO KNOW!

Dear Readers:

I have been watching what has been going on in Wisconsin over the last couple of years.  Just read this article today - one that you do not see in the "ABC" news.  It starts:

Conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh expressed disgust, though not shock, that the mainstream media ignored an “earth-shattering” story out of Wisconsin that “should have caused a political earthquake.”

The state of Wisconsin’s unemployment rate is “rapidly falling” and the government’s budget ended the year with a $912 million surplus, Limbaugh explained. He says the dramatic turnaround is due in large part to the conservative policies of Gov. Scott Walker.

What’s even more amazing, he continued, is the fact that Walker is going to “rebate the money in the form of tax cuts to the people, who he said own the money.” Limbaugh says the news is “earth-shattering” because, in one of the bluest states, Walker was targeted for removal twice but continued to implement conservative policies that he was confident would help his state — and his strategy appears to be working.

“They did everything they could to gin up hate, anger, tried to destroy his reputation, his career, and his life,” he said. “He hung in there. The state of Wisconsin instituted his policy reforms, de-emphasizing the role of unions in the state.”...


To read the whole article - click HERE

Thursday, January 23, 2014

OP ED ON GETTING THE FLU

Well folks, I have the flu.  Due to various allergies, I cannot take the flu shot.  So I try to do those things to keep the germies at bay.  Take supplements such as echinacea, Vit C, Vit D to name a few.  Also, being a retired RN, every time I turn around, I am washing my handsNow I didn't get the gastro-intestinal kind of flu (THANK GOODNESS), but the upper respiratory kind.  And, when I started to feel under-the-weather, I took my little bod to the doctor, who in turn, put me on Tamaflu, (stuff works).  Am feeling better, getting lots of rest and drinking LOTS of fluids - (my goal is a gallon a day).  

I guess the whole point of this article is to take care of yourself.  I believe that supplements help, at least on minimizing the impact of the flu AND most importantly I cannot stress the simple act of washing your hands - for at least 20 seconds.  How long is 20 seconds?  Just sing Happy Birthday to yourself and maybe you'll get to celebrate your next one in good health!  

Helen

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

THIS VIDEO IS FOR ALL THOSE WHO LOVE DOGS

Dear Readers:

A friend of mine sent this to me today and I wanted to share - it's called "God Made A Dog"
 
CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW:
http://www.youtube.com/embed/lJ7AfSO2fKs?rel=0

Saturday, January 18, 2014

LIKE TO DRINK DIET DRINKS? YOU MAY WANT TO RETHINK - READ THE ARTICLE

Here is an article about diet drinks and weight gain.  It starts:

"Heavy Americans who drink diet beverages rather than those sweetened with sugar appear to eat more, according to a study released on Thursday that raised questions about the role lower-calorie drinks play in helping people lose weight."

To read the article click HERE 

HAVE FIBROMYALGIA? YOU MAY WANT TO READ THIS ARTICLE

Dear Readers:

Came across this article to day about Vitamin D and Fibromyalgia.  It starts:

"Taking vitamin D supplements may alleviate chronic pain in people with fibromyalgia who have low levels of the vitamin, according to a new study from Austria.

Patients with fibromyalgia syndrome suffer from chronic, body-wide muscle and joint pain, and fatigue. Previous studies have pointed to the possible role of vitamin D in the perception of chronic pain."

Thursday, January 16, 2014

RECIPE TIME - QUICK AND EASY CHICKEN 'NOODLE' SOUP

Dear Readers:

You've had a long day at work, it's cold outside, and you don't feel like cooking, but would love to have some soup.  So, for the first recipe of the New Year, here is a quick and easy way to prepare chicken 'noodle' soup.  Click on the current recipes at the top of the web page
  
Don't forget to check out the coupon web pages posted this week on my web page to see if there is any that can be used for the  ingredients.
  • For Coupons.com - Click - HERE
  • For RedPlum - Click HERE 
  • For Hopster - Click HERE
  • For CellFire - Click HERE
  • For SavingStar eGrocery Coupons - Click HERE

For those new to my web, this recipe page can be found by clicking on the words 'Current Recipes' in the upper left hand corner of the page.  To find older recipes, click on the  'Archived Recipes' pages (5).  

If you would like to receive a weekly email from me when I post a recipe, notify me at hjcouponlady30@gmail.com and I will place you on my list.  As stated in my privacy policy, I do not share email information with other parties.

Enjoy!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

"THIS IS NOT A RANKING WE SHOULD BE PROUD OF"

Dear Readers:

The article below comes from the Heritage Foundation:  (the highlight is mine)


Would you want to live in a country that is losing freedom?  

How about a country that has lost ground in property rights and become more corrupt? 

If you’re an American, you’re living there. 

The 20th anniversary edition of the Index of Economic Freedom reveals that the United States has dropped out of the top 10 freest economies in the world. 

When President Obama took office, the U.S. was ranked 6th. Now it is 12th.
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According to the Index, which is published jointly by The Heritage Foundation and The Wall Street Journal:

Over the 20-year history of the Index, the U.S.’s economic freedom has fluctuated significantly. During the first 10 years, its score rose gradually, and it joined the ranks of the economically “free” in 2006. Since then, it has suffered a dramatic decline of almost 6 points, with particularly large losses in property rights, freedom from corruption, and control of government spending. The U.S. is the only country to have recorded a loss of economic freedom each of the past seven years.
Which country is #1? Check out the new Index to find out >>>

The Index grades each country in 10 areas of economic freedom. The area where the U.S. ranks the worst: government spending. America’s out-of-control government spending is having a major impact on our economic freedoms—which isn’t too surprising when you see that total public debt has grown bigger than the size of the entire U.S. economy.

And in case you were wondering whether Obamacare has had real economic effects, the authors note that the law “appears to be significantly hurting job creation and full-time employment.”
 

That’s part of a bigger trend: “Substantial expansion in the size and scope of government, including through new and costly regulations in areas like finance and health care, has contributed significantly to the erosion of U.S. economic freedom.”


This is a trend that needs reversing. Derrick Morgan, Heritage’s vice president for domestic and economic policy, urges:
The 2014 Index of Economic Freedom rankings should act as a wake-up call to U.S. policymakers and citizens alike. Freedom leads to prosperity, and our founders put us on that path of freedom. As we fight for just government, we must also fight for a government that lives within its means and does not spend the next generation’s money.
The Index’s release is well-timed as Congress prepares to spend a possible $1 trillion in the next week or so.

HELPFUL HINT: CAN'T FIND THE TWIST TIE TO SECURE THAT PACKAGE - HERE'S AN IDEA!

Dear Readers:

Have you ever spent time looking through the kitchen drawers looking for one of those twist tie thingies or a rubber band to secure that plastic bag.  Well, here is a way to recycle and secure that bag.  See the pictures below:

 
 Here I am using a milk carton that I have rinsed out.
 I've removed the pouring spout and cap, and then washed them.
 Place the item/food in a plastic bag and pull the bag through the plastic spout.
 Fold the plastic bag over the spout and take the cap and screw it down over the plastic covered spout.  

These can be reused often, they don't take up a lot of room in your kitchen drawer, and they're FREE.

Monday, January 13, 2014

COFFEE DRINKER - DID YOU KNOW THAT IT MAY HELP YOUR MEMORY?

Here is some good news for those of us who drink coffee.  The article starts...

"There’s yet another reason to indulge in a midday cup of coffee: New research indicates that caffeine may help boost long-term memory, Medical News Today reported.
 
In a study published in the journal Nature Neuroscience, researchers analyzed how caffeine consumption affected learning in 160 people between the ages of 18 and 30. In the first portion of the study, participants looked at pictures of various objects and were asked to determine whether they were ‘indoor’ or ‘outdoor’ products. After the task, participants received either a placebo pill or a 200 mg caffeine pill..."

To read the complete article click HERE

ADULT BEVERAGES MAY HELP BOOST YOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM ACCORDING TO THIS STUDY

Dear Readers:

Read this interesting article today and it brought back the memory of my grandmother.  When I was a little girl, I remember her drinking a glass of red wine two or three times a week.  She said it was prescribed by her doctor to help build up her blood.  Well, it looks like his advice may have had some merit.  The article starts...

"You know alcohol in hand sanitizer can ward off germs, but what if it's served in a martini glass? Surprisingly, drinking in moderation may boost your immune system, according to a new animal study published in the journal Vaccine..."

Here's the link to the rest of the article - Click Here 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

INTERESTING PHOTO...

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 This is an actual photo from space.