Monday, June 27, 2011

6 Health Myths—Busted!

I love sharing articles that I read that wish I had known years ago, but I share with my younger friends. However, I am always glad to learn new things.  It turns out many "remedies" and "hazards" are more pseudo than science. Two doctors separate fiction from fact
You know how vitamin C protects against colds? Actually, it doesn't. Warm milk contains no magic sleep aid. And hydrogen peroxide will do your skinned knee more harm than good. In their new book, Don't Cross Your Eyes...They'll Get Stuck That Way, Aaron Carroll, MD, and Rachel Vreeman, MD, both of the Indiana University School of Medicine, use hard science to disprove wives' tales that have been passed down through generations. The findings may surprise you—and save you money on cold cures (none of them work). Read on for six remedies that aren't, and the doctors' tips on what you should try instead. 

"Sitting Too Close to the Screen Will Ruin Your Eyes"

When TVs first became popular in the 1950s, they emitted 100,000 times more radiation than they do today, so parents may have been smart to keep their kids away from the tube back then. But sitting too close to a modern set or computer screen won't do any permanent damage to your eyes. The fuzzy vision and headaches that follow a long day at the office (or an I Love Lucymarathon) are symptoms of eyestrain—a temporary condition no different from the soreness you feel after a workout. Relieve the aching with light massage around your eyes. 

"Vitamin C Prevents Colds"
It's true that if you don't have enough C, you'll get sick—but with scurvy, not a runny nose. Carroll and Vreeman hypothesize that this bug-fighting theory began when we discovered the vitamin's link to that infamous sailors' affliction, in 1932; if C could prevent one illness, the logic likely went, perhaps it could prevent others, too. But dozens of studies have found no difference in the number or duration of colds suffered by people who take C and those who don't. What is the best way to stay cold-free? "Nothing beats hand washing," Carroll says. 

"Jet Hand Dryers are More Sanitary Than Paper Towels"

Dryer or paper towel? It's a confounding daily dilemma. Molecular biologist Keith Redway, of the University of Westminster, has done a series of experiments to put an end to the debate. He found that jet dryers actually increase the amount of bacteria on users' hands because the air inside the machines is far from sterile. The driers make the restroom dirtier, too, spewing germs more than six feet. Redway named paper towels the winner. 

"A Glass of Warm Milk will Help You Snooze"

Even thousands of years ago, the Talmud associated drinking milk with sleep. Today there's no scientific evidence that it has the slightest impact on drowsiness. Milk does contain the nap-inducing amino acid tryptophan, but only in trace amounts. Eggs and cheese have more, but even an egg and cheese sandwich won't knock you out. (You'd probably have to eat seven of them, the authors speculate.) However, if a hot-milk nightcap seems to help you catch z's, drink up. A little placebo effect never hurt anyone. 

"Hydrogen Peroxide is Good For Cleaning Wounds"
You know the fizzing that happens when the liquid touches your wound? It's the sound of the chemical attacking germs, yes, and also your own cells. A study in The Journal of Trauma found that H2O2 inhibits fibroblasts—a type of cell involved in tissue formation—thereby slowing the healing process. The authors recommend washing your cuts gently with soap and water, then dabbing on a topical antibiotic. 

"If Your Mucus Turns Green, Your Infection is Bacterial—and You Need Antibiotics"

Congratulations, nose-blowing sleuths! This adage is partially true: When you have an infection, your body sends white blood cells called neutrophils to fight the germs, and when an enzyme in the neutrophils mixes with the healthy cells in your nose, your mucus changes color. The falsehood is that you need antibiotics. The infection in your body is not necessarily bacterial; it could be viral—in which case, no amount of antibiotics will help

By Ramona Emerson
O, The Oprah Magazine  |  From the July 2011 issue of O, The Oprah Magazine

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Silhouette review and GIVEAWAY!

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Saturday, June 25, 2011

The Dirty Dozen

I found this extremely interesting, since the past few months we have been focusing on eating healthier and more vegetables The Environmental Working Group has updated their “Dirty Dozen” and “Clean Fifteen” lists with recommendations on the fruits and veggies that contain the highest and lowest levels of pesticide residue.
If you can only afford to buy some things organic, you’ll want to prioritize the items on the Dirty Dozen list. I don’t know about you, but I’m really bummed that apples is on there since that’s one of our most common produce purchases!
Here are the 2011 lists:

The Dirty Dozen

1. apples
2. celery
3. strawberries
4. peaches
5. spinach
6. nectarines
7. grapes
8. bell peppers
9. potatoes
10. blueberries
11. lettuce
12. kale

The Clean Fifteen

1. onions
2. sweet corn
3. pineapples
4. avocado
5. asparagus
6. sweet peas
7. mangoes
8. eggplant
9. cantaloupe
10. kiwi
11. cabbage
12. watermelon
13. sweet potatoes
14. grapefruit
15. mushrooms

Monday, June 20, 2011

Broccoli slaw salad with cranberries, almonds and yogurt dressing

Made this great recipe this past weekend...I must say, it brought rave reviews. I need to mention that I substituted the agave nectar for some honey that was given to me by a neighbor. This recipe came from the Perfect Pantry.

Broccoli slaw salad with cranberries, almonds and yogurt dressing
Serves 4-6.
1/4 cup sliced raw almonds
1 12-oz package store-bought broccoli slaw
1/2 cup dried cranberries
3 Tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp rice vinegar
3 Tbsp agave nectar (or honey)
3 Tbsp Greek yogurt
1-1/2 tsp Dijon mustard
1/4 tsp kosher salt
1/4 tsp fresh black pepper
In a small dry nonstick frying pan, toast the almonds over medium heat, shaking the pan frequently, until just starting to brown. Remove from heat and set aside to cool. Add the broccoli slaw and cranberries to a large mixing bowl. Combine remaining ingredients in a large measuring cup or mixing bowl. Whisk together until the dressing is smooth and emulsified. Pour the dressing over the broccoli slaw. Add the cooled almonds, and stir well to combine. Let sit for at least 30 minutes or up to 4 hours, stirring occasionally to redistribute the dressing that will settle on the bottom of the bowl. (On warm days, refrigerate until ready to serve.) Serve at room temperature or cool.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Have you tried Pinterest?

Pinterest is a wonderful tool to organize all of your virtual inspiration boards.  Think of it as a place to store your online inspirations and endless resource of others’ inspiration boards!  This is way, way better than printing out every photo I see for inspiration, and storing in a book. Saves alot of ink and paper! It is always right there at your fingertips. I have a "Pin It" short cut on my desktop for when I happen onto an inspiration, I can just click the shortcut and its saved. Better yet, there is an App for Pinterest. You need an invitation to register on Pinterest. If you need a new addiction in your life, let me know and I will send you an invite.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Words Cannot Describe

This past weekend I attended the Art of Spring in Dallas, Texas with fifty- something other gals from all over the United States. I made alot of new friends, shared so much laughter, learned some new craft techniques, ate some  fabulous food, and  experienced one of the best events in my life. I went with my Art Sister, Sheryl, to the event. It is great to have such a good friend to share our experiences and travels together.
We arrived and we had assigned seating..
with beautiful table settings, along with many gifts to such as the scissors and the cutting boards on the table.
This was only the beginning of many wonderful gifts & give aways during the event. Debbie and Shea totally spoiled us during our stay.
 The studio was a dream come true, I would love to do some creating in this space...
Huge honor to be in the presence of Jo Packham,  the creator of Stampington & Company's Somerset Studio. 
And last but not least, it was such a please for us to meet Christy Tomlinson, that taught the SheArt Class we took online from her. She is such a talented gal with a beautiful smile & soul. 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

The Art of Spring in Dallas, Tx


Today has finally arrived and I am off to the Art of Spring in Dallas, Texas. My art buddy and bestie, Sheryl is traveling with me.  These gatherings are the talk of the art communities and I feel so fortunate to be able to attend. I am actually feeling a little nervous as I read of all the women attending. Some are very talented artist that I have taken classes from in person and online. Attending for me is to create and learn new skills and challenge me. Its an opportunity to interact with other creative souls. 

The host of the event are the mother-daughter design team of Debbie Murray and Shea Fragoso that have been collaborating in creative ways for as long as both can remember. When Shea was growing up, Debbie taught stained glass classes in the community college system and owned a custom design business and fine art painting studio. When Shea finished school, they owned gift shops together in Southern California. Shea became a highly sought-after jewelry designer; her creations appeared in dozens of fashion magazines and graced the red carpet several times. Both women designed products for the gift industry and sold pieces to collectors around the world. In 2009, Debbie and Shea completed a major remodeling of a gothic church in Dallas, Texas. Here, they indulged in their love of crowns and European design and were constantly inspired by the architecture and the light.
We have been told that Shea and Debbie have signed two book deals, and there will be a professional photographer following us around during the entire event. What do I wear?
Let me not forget, here are a couple of the items I will be making...