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BB108fOIFor many people, their morning cup (or three) of coffee is prime motivation to get out of bed it gives you an energy boost, it tastes good, and the ritual of sipping from your favorite mug sets the tone for the day. But then you make another cup, and soon enough, it’s time for your afternoon Starbucks to ward off the 4 p.m. yawns…

If that sounds familiar, 85 percent of Americans are right there with you enjoying their caffeine. Even though drinking coffee isn’t necessarily bad for you in fact, it has some health benefits there is such a thing as sipping too much java. Caffeine is still a drug, and over-consuming can trigger adverse reactions in your body.

Kelli McGrane RD, for the calorie counting app Lose It!, reveals five signs of excessive coffee consumption. If you’re experiencing them, consider this your wakeup call that maybe it’s time to cut back. And, to keep the rest of your habits in check.


A guide to ordering food during a pandemic

BB14s73OThe coronavirus pandemic has given everyone a lot of food for thought on whether or not it’s safe to order food for takeout, delivery or pick-up. The short answer is yes, it’s safe – but it’s better to take a few extra steps to be sure. From the best way to order and tipping to proper packaging handling, here is a list of practices to follow.


Myths about the coronavirus BB14nh3ohave been circulating since it first emerged. And as states start to reopen and lockdown orders begin to lift, more myths and misconceptions are coming to light. Are things just going to go back to exactly how they were before quarantine? Will everything reopen at once? Can businesses or states be forced to reopen? This is the truth behind the reopening myths you need to stop believing. And for more things you should expect as places reopen.


We’ve always been big fans of cocktails. But without bars and restaurants to lean on for our fix, our appreciation for quality homemade mixed drinks has increased exponentially in the past who-knows-how-many-weeks.

herbs_in_drinksI’ll jump on any mention of a new method for making a better from-scratch margarita (skip the Triple Sec and use fresh-squeezed OJ) or a way to reinvent the Moscow mule (make them into slushies), but my favorite home-mixology experiment to date has been incorporating as many fresh herbs, spices, and fresh-slash-frozen fruits as possible. Between the finally-growing herbs on my countertop and a pantry filled with an excess of nothing but booze, spice bottles, banana bread, and frozen blueberries, making infused cocktails has been a solid creative outlet and for me and my sanity. The drinks are delicious, too.


Can Dogs Eat Cat Food?

Posted: May 21, 2020 in Did you know?

dog_cat_eat_foodDogs will eat any food they can find. Whether it’s dog food, cat food, something you dropped on the ground while eating dinner, or garbage they find on their walk, they don’t discriminate. We can assume that the garbage your dog finds on the road isn’t healthy for him, but is it bad if your dog occasionally eats the leftovers your cat left in her bowl? Can dogs eat cat food? If your cat is the pet in your house that loves to eat, learn if cats can eat dog food.


During my downtime I re-watched this all time popular series for things I had maybe missed the first time I watched Lost, if you have not ever watched Lost you can binge watch every season on Amazon Prime, but it is worth watching a second time too. I recommend this series

lost-season1The show contains elements of supernatural and science fiction, and follows the survivors of a commercial jet airliner flying between Sydney and Los Angeles, after the plane crashes on a mysterious island somewhere in the South Pacific Ocean. The story is told in a heavily serialized manner.

First episode date: September 22, 2004

Final episode date: May 23, 2010

Writer: Abrams, J.J., Adam Horowitz

Genre: Drama


potatoesWhoever dubbed it the “humble” potato forgot how versatile—not to mention delicious—the spud can be. And when you consider that potatoes can last in storage for months (months!), they’re basically a pantry hero. Still, if you bought a bag weeks ago and now you think they might be past their prime, it can be a little murky. Here’s how to tell if potatoes are bad, plus how to keep them fresh in the first place.


gardentoolWhat Exactly Is Topsoil?

Topsoil is the top portion of the soil consisting of minerals, organic matter and microorganisms. It can range from a few inches deep in some areas to a few feet deep in the Corn Belt. Topsoil has accumulated over millennia, but erosion is a serious problem. Erosion can deplete topsoil quickly, which is why it is important to cover bare soil with mulch or a ground cover plant.

What’s in Topsoil?

Topsoil is made up of sand, clay and silt. The proportions vary. An ideal topsoil, called loam, is soft and crumbly and has roughly equal parts sand, clay and silt (a fine, dust-like sediment of rock and mineral particles). However, many gardeners struggle with less-than-ideal topsoil that tilts towards heavy clay (slow draining and less oxygen available to plant roots) or sand (fast draining but less able to hold moisture and nutrients). Surprisingly, compost can improve clay and sandy soils.


shopping_bag_reuseableReusable grocery bags are a great way to go green, and they’re often your only option in states and cities that banned plastic bags. Yet many people neglect to properly wash them often enough, or at all! Here’s everything you need to know about how to clean reusable grocery bags.


You’ve heard it a zillion times: opposites attract. Heck, we were all raised on Disney-ified versions of this (I’m looking at you, Belle and Beast, and Anna and Kristoff), so it’s kind of hard not to buy into this concept.

attraction“When it comes to romantic compatibility, many people first think of similarities,” says Manhattan-based licensed clinical psychologist Joseph Cilona, PsyD. But “while similar traits can certainly increase romantic compatibility, it’s not always the case and can backfire for some couples,” Cilona says. For example, if you and your partner are both total alphas in relationships, you’re probably going to butt heads when it comes to fairly simple stuff, like deciding where you want to go eat on any given date night. Ditto if you both prefer to take a backseat on decision-making you’ll never get anything accomplished.