Thursday, July 13, 2006

Sponsored Weddings - Do You Think the Trend will Last?

In the Marriage newsletter, there was an article about Sponsored Weddings. This is when the bride and groom offer advertising spots, on napkins, wedding favors, brochures, etc, in hopes of paying for part or all of the wedding costs.

Read about one such couple, David and Carrie, sponsored wedding highlights. And what do you think of this trend? Do you consider it tacky or good business sense?

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Diabetes Prevention by Melissa B. Rayn

My dear husband was recently admitted to the hospital due to an infection, high fever and high blood sugar. It's not only important to monitor your blood sugar but to look at ways to prevent it.
Diabetes Prevention By: Melissa B. Rayn

At least 10 million Americans are at risk for type II diabetes, many of them will develop the disease at some point in their lives. Is it possible to prevent diabetes, especially if your medical professional has already diagnosed you with pre diabetes? Yes, you can prevent or at the very least delay onset of type II diabetes with proper nutrition and exercise.

According to a study by the National Institute of Health people with an increased risk for type II diabetes can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes by losing 5 to 7 percent of their body weight through exercise and proper nutrition.

Losing 5 to 7 percent of your body weight really isn’t that much considering what an improvement it can bring to your health. If you currently weigh 160 pounds, you would need to lose between 8 and 11 pounds. If you were weighing in at 200 pounds, you would only need to lose between 10 and 14 pounds to see a major improvement in your blood sugar levels.

Get started by cutting out some of the high calorie foods in your diet and substituting them with fresh produce and lean meat. Eat an apple instead of a candy bar or a small bag of chips as a snack. Bake your chicken instead of frying it and replace the heavy cream in your coffee with skim milk. Small changes will go a long over time.

Since we are talking about small changes, let’s look at how you can easily incorporate a little bit of exercise each day. Ideally you want to aim for 30 minutes of daily exercise. This can be as simple as taking a 30-minute walk at lunch or walking around the block in the morning and when you get home from work in the afternoon. Go for a bike ride through the neighborhood, or pedal on your stationary bike while you watch your favorite TV show. Remember every little bit of exercise will help in diabetes prevention.

Start with a few small changes and make them a habit. Before you know it you will have lost 5, 10 or 15 pounds and will have dramatically decreased your risk of developing type II diabetes.

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June 12 is National Blueberry Muffin Day

I just love blueberry muffins. My favorite could be found at a small restaurant, in Portland, Maine, called 'Little Miss Muffin'. The muffins were moist, bursting with warm blueberries and not too sweet. They made a terrific breakfast with a cup of Green Mountain Hazelnut coffee!

These days I sometimes make my own blueberry muffins. If I can get fresh blueberries I'll use them. I usually use frozen Maine blueberries but organic blueberries are a good substitute. Here's some recipes for you to try.

Blueberry Muffin with Cinammon Sugar Topping

Better Homes and Gardens Blueberry Muffins - My Favorite

Alton Brown's Blueberry Muffins

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Apron Talk at

Stop by board to read the HomeCast Crew's comments on aprons. You'll love reading Jessica Harvey's post on the importance of the apron. Check out her pictures of a homemade apron, maybe you'll get inspired!

Monday, July 10, 2006

CWAHM Internet Talk Radio Show - July 10

Jill Hart, host, talks with Dorothy Lyons, author of 'Carrie: Seasons of a Second Chance'. This is a tribute to the author's mother and an inspirational story.

Diana Ennen, Virtual Word Publishing, gives us some great summertime tips for WAH moms. Topics of discussion are balancing kids on vacation, your business and your life. I have our teen in summer day camps. It keeps him busy and happy and me free to work or study.

Don't forget to sign up for the CWAHM Podcast newsletter. You'll never miss a show, receive links to the special guests, segments and more.

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