November Birthstone!

Through much of history, all yellow gems were considered topaz and all topaz was thought to be yellow. Topaz is actually available in many colors, and it’s likely not even related to the stones that first donned its name. The name topaz derives from Topazios, the ancient Greek name for St. John’s Island in the…

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Fruits of Our Nature

Grapefruit -Besides being a good source of vitamins and minerals, it is known for its ability to aid weight loss and reduce insulin resistance. Pineapple –  Pineapple also contains bromelain, a mixture of enzymes known for its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to digest protein. Avocado – The majority of the fat in avocado is oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat…

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Fun Fact Friday!

The Bermuda Triangle is a mythical section of the Atlantic Ocean roughly bounded by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico where dozens of ships and airplanes have disappeared. Unexplained circumstances surround some of these accidents, including one in which the pilots of a squadron of U.S. Navy bombers became disoriented while flying over the area; the…

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Now You See It Now You Dont

The DoDo Bird Oh, dodo. Poor dodo. The flightless bird, native to the island of Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, was known to mankind for less than 100 years Dinosaurs  They were gone long before the first human graced the planet, yet they’ve still managed to capture the hearts of school kids across the globe, thanks to…

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Cold Weather Tips

Bundle Up (and Swap Out the Leggings) It might seem obvious, but piling on a few extra layers is a great way to stay warm, especially if you have to be outside. Keeping your core warm is especially important when temperatures dip below freezing, so try wearing an extra shirt or two under your coat. Worried about looking…

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12 Toasty Tips for Staying Warm in Cold Weather

12 Toasty Tips for Staying Warm in Cold Weather ISTOCK/SHIRONOSOV Using these tips, you can stay warm no matter how frightful the weather outside gets. 1. WARM YOURSELF FIRST. ISTOCK/KATARZYNABIALASIEWICZ It’s easier to change your body temperature than room temperature, not to mention more eco-friendly. Instead of turning up the heat, put on another layer…

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Baby It’s Cold Outside!

2 pounds cubed beef stew meat 3 tablespoons vegetable oil 4 cubes beef bouillon, crumbled 4 cups water 1 teaspoon dried rosemary 1 teaspoon dried parsley 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper 3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed 4 carrots, cut into 1-inch pieces 4 stalks celery, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 large onion, chopped 2…

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Self Appreciation!

Self-appreciation is a not a commonly used term. Most people confuse self-appreciation with self-esteem and self-confidence. But self-appreciation is actually very unlike the other two. Self-appreciation is the process of appreciating yourself. Appreciating yourself is about being grateful for yourself. Self-esteem, on the other hand, is a personal evaluation of one’s self-worth. It’s a judgment. Esteem itself is defined as respect and admiration. If you value yourself…

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The Fascinating History of Jewelry

The Fascinating History of Jewelry Man has always loved to be adorned with jewels. This led to jewelry developing as an industry. Jewelry is an ornament, for personal adornment. The word jewelry is an anglicized form of the Latin word, jocale which means plaything history says that about 40,000 years back, the first jewelry was…

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