Colored Guitar Strings from Musicians Friend

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My husband and daughter are learning to play the guitar. My daughter has an acoustic guitar, and my husband has

the electric guitar.  Both are doing well learning to play songs, but hubby really has an ear for picking up a beat without looking at the

written music!

Last week, we were looking for ways to make their guitars more personal to them, and that’s when we started looking at colored guitar

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The Almost-Chefs: Foods You Shouldn’t Be Afraid To Try Cooking

The idea of cooking a meal tends to fall into one of four categories, depending on the person being asked about it.

 

  1. “Cooking? I love it! I cook for fun, don’t even eat it and don’t care about the waste. I just love the feeling of creating something from nothing.”

 

  1. “Cooking? No. Not happening. I will burn it, it will taste foul, and I know what I like – and that’s takeout and restaurant food.”

 

  1. “Cooking? Well sure I can give it a go. I have some staple recipes that I know how to do reasonably well, but I’ve haven’t had time to try anything more adventurous than that.”

 

  1. “Cooking? I do it because I have to. I hate it, but I know my kids and I should eat fresh food. I despise every second of it, though.”

 

Some of these reactions are displayed by people who there’s not much help for. 1 and 2 are set in their ways. Perhaps 4 could be persuaded to find some joy in their own creations, but it’s unlikely.

 

The real pearl in the oyster here is the third option. A chef who doesn’t know they are one – yet. Someone who cooks for function, so they don’t have the opportunity to experiment.

 

Sound familiar? An enormous number of us fall into this category. We love food, but we don’t have the time to go beyond a few tried-and-tested recipes we know we can rely on. That hesitancy goes beyond the cooking itself; it influences what we choose to cook. We tend to leave aside different ingredients, afraid of cooking them and making a mistake. They become our food White Whales (in the Moby Dick sense… not the eating sense, of course!) [Read more…]

Want To Be A Super Saver? Let’s Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half

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We all know that buying a trolley load food for the week can be expensive and it’s often hard to keep track of how just much you’re spending. If you’ve got a family of fussy eaters, any particular dietary requirements such as vegetarians or vegans to consider, or kids that hoover up food like it’s going out of fashion it can be a nightmare to stay in budget while making sure that everyone’s happy!

 

Stick To Your List

 

Write your shopping list out in advance and plan your meals for the entire week as you’ll then know exactly what you need to buy. We’re aware it sounds slightly laborious, but by doing this, you can keep track of how much everything costs, look out for special offers and stock up on ingredients that you’ll need for each meal. Try to avoid going off the list as you’ll be inundated with what seem like good deals but our advice is always look at their size before adding items to the trolley. Don’t be tempted to buy just a ‘few treats’ to see you through the week or be swayed into purchasing a whole load of stuff for the kids that neither, you, nor they need.

 

Clip Those Coupons

 

One of the best ways to get money off everyday items is by couponing, so you know those little strips of paper you get with your receipt? Well, if you save enough of them, swapping ones you don’t need for those that you do with friends and family you can end up getting a substantial discount on many products or even for free. However, couponing will take up a fair amount of your time. You can spend hours at the kitchen table cutting them out of magazines and newspapers, while needing to know which ones are worth collecting, which appear regularly and what products sell like hotcakes so their vouchers never come up.

 

Make The Most Of Leftovers

 

Tons of perfectly edible food is thrown away every day simply because people do not understand sell and use by dates, are too eager to open brand new packets without finishing old ones first and don’t know how to make meals out of leftovers. If you find yourself with some leftover meat, potatoes, vegetables and sauce, you can easily make delicious fried potato hash cakes but ensure that the reheated meat’s piping hot before you eat them, as otherwise you could end up quite unwell. There are loads of fantastic ideas on how to turn a fridge full of leftovers into a meal fit for a king but Sana, at SuperSana.com has a whole page dedicated on what to do such as turning them into salads, curries, soups and even delicious, meaty lasagnas.

 

Grow Something

 

It’s highly possible, and cheap, to grow your own carrots, corn, lettuce, tomatoes, and even cucumber which is what many people did before commercial supermarkets arrived. Why not turn it into a family project? Getting everyone involved and establish a weekly rota, so you know exactly whose turn it is to check on, water, maintain and, of course, pull up or pick your vegetables.

 

Food-Tastic Ideas You Need To Make A Memorable Breakfast

Breakfast can always be a tricky time for moms. After all, it can be challenging to get your little ones to sit down and eat something before they can go to school. They say they are not hungry, or they don’t want their boring toast or cereal option. But as you know, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. And if your kids don’t eat anything, they will end up not concentrating properly in the morning. Therefore, they might end up doing poorly when they are at school. And not only this, but they will be hungry in an hour or two so might end up snacking on unhealthy choices. So you need to try and think of some good breakfast ideas that will entice them to eat up! Therefore, here are some food-tastic ideas you need to make a memorable breakfast.

 

Make some fruit-tastic smoothies for the kids

 

It’s often hard to get kids to consume enough fruit in their life. But with the recommended amount being five portions per day, it’s important to ensure they get their fill of fruit every single day. One way of doing this would be by making smoothies for breakfast. For one thing, it makes for an interesting breakfast option that your kids will hopefully not put their nose up at. After all, the delicious flavors can make the smoothies appetizing. And it’s better than sitting down at the table with a bowl of boring cereal. But also, making smoothies gives you a good chance to ensure your kids have their five-a-day. After all, you can add a ton of different fruits to the smoothies to make sure it’s delicious for your kids. And while they might hate particular fruits like oranges and apples when they are whole, they might actually enjoy them in a smoothie! The good thing about a smoothie is they can be consumed quickly. It means your kids won’t have to take ages sitting at the table. And if they don’t finish it before you need to get in the car, they can finish it on the way to school! Remember to let your kids help you to make the smoothies to ensure they drink them! And wash all fruit before you put it in the blender to ensure it’s healthy for the kids.

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With Groupon Coupons Saving Money Has Never Been Easier

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3 Most Important Things You Need To Keep Your Horses Safe

There are a number of things that a good horse Mom (and Dad) need to be sure they have, to make sure that their horses (same goes for cows, and other animals) are kept safe.  This was a hard lesson that I learned the hard way, and will remember for the rest of my life.

My big boy Alabi

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Drink Up: The Best Beverages For A Cold Morning

Most of us know how tough it is to crawl out of our soft, warm beds in the winter. Especially when the sun isn’t even up, and it’s freezing cold outside. But it still has to be done. Luckily, making yourself, a hot beverage first thing can really help wake you up, warm you up, and set you up for the day ahead. But what are the best beverages to drink on those cold winter mornings? Read on to find out.

 

Earl Grey Tea

 

If you are a tea person, rather than a coffee fiend, then a great way to start the day is with a classic, hot, English cup of Earl Grey tea. Designed to be drunk without milk, this tea has delicate smoky bergamot flavor.

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It is a marvelously gentle way to wake up your senses on a cold winter’s morning. Add a slice of lemon or a little honey for extra flavor, although the tea cup and saucer is optional!

 

Hazelnut Café Mocha.

 

So this dream of a drink has all the good things in it. Its pretty darn easy to make to, so don’t get your knickers in a twist about not having enough in the mornings, either!

 

All you need to do is make a fresh ground batch of coffee. So check out some of the articles like coffee grinders 101 to decide which grinder to get. Then add to this a mix of cream, melted with hazelnut spread, and cocoa powder. Finish it off with a squirt of whipped cream for an added treat, and you won’t be disappointed.

 

Chai Tea

 

One of the most fashionable brews to get you going in the mornings, Chai tea is delicious and can easily be made at home. A classic cup of Chai tea, is made with black tea and Masala Chai spice, as well as milk.

 

To get the best effect, warm and froth with milk before you add it to the tea. You can also buy Chai tea in bags now. But for the most authentic taste, add your own Chai Masala spice which you can get here.

 

Bulletproof Coffee

 

This is a drink that has become particularly popular within the whole eating movement. It is designed to provide a boost of caffeine as well as enough fat to get your brain and body going in the mornings.

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But how do you make it? Well, it’s pretty simple, and all you need are good quality ingredients. Firstly take great quality coffee, beans ground fresh. Add these to filtered water to make your brew. Then add unsalted butter or ghee, grass fed, and there you have it.

 

Hot Water And Lemon

 

For all you purists out there on a healthy eating kick, there really is only one suitable hot beverage for the morning. That is hot water and lemon.

 

In this, you will find no caffeine and caffeine and no dairy. Ok, so it sounds a little boring. But its is actually pretty refreshing. Also you are getting hydrated without having to chug down a load of cold water when it’s freezing weather outside.

 

You can even add a little ginger to spice things up a bit. Which acts are a great cleaning agent and can help to stimulate your digestive system.

 

Kickstart Your Healthy Eating Regime: The Best Ways To Use A Blender

Have you vowed to make more of an effort to eat healthily in 2017? Are you trying to eat more fruit and vegetables or cut out your takeout habit? If so, a blender is an excellent investment. If you’re looking to supercharge your diet, here are some of the best ways to use a blender.

 

Smoothies

You can buy smoothies from cafes and stores, but if you ordered one on a daily basis, you’d soon notice a dent in your finances. Buying a blender is a much cheaper way of doing things. You can also control what goes into your smoothies, which means that you can design flavor combinations, and decide how much sugar you add. Smoothies are often marketed as healthy alternatives to soda and energy drinks. But if you look at the nutritional information, you’ll often find that they contain a lot of sugar. When you’re in charge, you can make sure your smoothies are a healthy option. If you don’t already have a blender, you can read reviews on sites like Blender Friend. You can also access recipes online. Popular flavor combinations include strawberry and banana, apple and mango, and kiwi and lime. The best thing to do is experiment, and see what concoctions you come up with. If you’re worried about cost, you don’t have to use fresh fruit. You can also buy frozen fruit, which tends to be cheaper.

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Soups

When it’s pouring down outside, and you’re trying to get warm, there are few things more comforting than a hearty bowl of soup. Soup is a cheap and easy dish, which is also really versatile. You can rustle up large batches and freeze what you don’t use, and there are so many different flavor combinations to try. If you’re a fan of the classics, go for chicken and vegetable, tomato and basil or leek and potato. If you fancy something a little different, why not try spiced pumpkin, chorizo and French bean or broccoli and Stilton?

 

Lean burgers

Are burgers your Achilles heel? If so, don’t worry. With the help of a blender, you can make much healthier versions than the ones served at your local diner. Opt for turkey mince or blend a salmon fillet. Add herbs, garlic, lemon zest, salt, and pepper and blend with an egg and a dash of olive oil.

 

Pasta sauces

Pasta sauces occupy both ends of the scale when it comes to healthy food. On one hand, tomato-based sauces with vegetables are nutritious with high fiber and low fat values. On the other, you get cheesy, creamy sauces, which are laden with fat. Try and make your own sauces from scratch rather than buying pre-packed tins and cartons. This way, you can add as much veg as you like, and you can regulate the sugar and salt content. All you need to do is add the vegetables you want to use to your bowl, add seasoning and a drop of oil, and seconds later, you’ll be ready to go.

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If you’re on a healthy eating mission, a blender is a great investment. Hopefully, these suggestions will help you produce healthy, tasty meals with minimal hassle.

Amazon: What is a review, and am I safe to review?

I have received MANY, many questions since my first Amazon post.
“What is a product review”, “How do I get involved in Product Reviewing”, “Am I safe to review on Amazon?”

Product Review

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So first, lets start with the easiest question first.

“What is a product review”

Many people, when they think of a product review, will admit that they only leave a product review if the product has issues or if the seller support or customer service sucks.  HONESTLY.. you really should be leaving a product review on ANYTHING that you buy!   [Read more…]

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