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A Fine Way To Lose

21 Jan

I made a great decision recently.  A decision that I’ve made twice before in my life. I joined Weight Watchers (online), once again.  I’ve been successful with their online program twice – VERY successful.  It’s a fine way to lose.  But, like most people, where I need to improve is maintenance.  That, my friends, is where I intend to be more successful this time around.  I’ve been joined in this new lifestyle by my dearest friend (by the way, check out her great blog, 24 at Heart), and my husband (he doesn’t have a blog, yet), and my daughter (and check out her really fun blog, Kits and Kaboodles).  Even my dearest friend’s mother has joined us in this pursuit of healthier bodies and she has a very inspirational blog, Thru My Daddy’s Eyes.

So, for those of you on Weight Watchers, maybe I will share a few tips from time to time.  I can promise you that the majority of those tips will be centered around food – one of my favorite subjects.  I’m known in these parts as a “foodie.”  I take that as a compliment.

In fact, let me share a food tip with you now.  ‘Tis so simple, yet so fine and sweet . . .

2 tablespoons Cool Whip Fat Free Whipped Topping (0 PointsPlus) gently folded into a Snackpack Fat Free Chocolate Pudding (2 PointsPlus) = delicious “chocolate mousse” worth only 2 PointsPlus!  Enjoy!

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It’s A Wrap

14 Jan

At the beginning of each year I purchase a new roll of wrapping paper from Hobby Lobby (Brother Sister Design Studio brand), along with a roll of tulle in a coordinating color (they have quite a selection of colors in their wedding section).  I find that this brand of paper is of excellent quality and a great value – it doesn’t tear or wrinkle easily and it is the perfect thickness for nice crisp folds.  And, I fancy the fact that it has grid marks on the back side, which makes cutting a straight line so much easier.  This roll of paper is the one that I use throughout the year for miscellaneous gifts (other than my daughter’s and husband’s birthdays – those warrant rolls of specially purchased paper).  Tulle is a netted fabric which makes it quite easy to make a beautiful full bow that cannot be crushed.

Now, it seems that most of the gifts I give are to females, so one roll of paper works fine for me.  But, if you have men you buy for, then either purchase two rolls, or, better yet, purchase a generic paper – a beautiful black and cream harlequin pattern, for example.  And then purchase two rolls of ribbon – one that would make it “pretty” for a female, and another (black, perhaps) that would work for males.

I secure opened rolls of paper and ribbon with three plain ponytail holders (that’s what we call them in Texas; I think they are also called hair elastics) – the average size, not the tiny ones.  These are inexpensive, reusable, do not break like rubber bands, and gently hold the paper in place without wrinkling or tearing it.  It is important to use soft bands, not the grippy type that feel more like a rubber band.

Along with the paper and ribbon I keep scissors, a roll of double-sided tape, a few nice boxes (but only those that fold flat for easy storing), white tissue paper and a few blank notecards.  Then, when I have need to wrap a gift, all of the supplies are handy.

With the proper supplies on hand, you will be beautifully wrapping fine gifts throughout the year.

A Fine And Fancy Scent

6 Jan

Ok, maybe this is a silly thing to post about.  But, it’s a little trick that I use frequently in my home.  I don’t even remember where I got the idea, but it works.

Have you ever put whole cloves in your vacuum cleaner – so that while vacuuming you are putting the scent of cloves into the air, rather than having that sometimes musty smell that comes from vacuums?  If you haven’t already tried it, you should.  I keep a large bottle of whole cloves handy in my pantry (or you could keep it in the closet with the vacuum cleaner).  After emptying the canister I toss in 8-10 cloves.  The next time I vacuum the room gets a fresh scent as well. It’s a fine idea!