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3 ways to make your own soap

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3 ways to make your own soap

Making your own soap is a great way to be creative and thrifty at the same time. Throughout its long and colorful history, soap making has taken on a life of its own as a sub-culture with numerous enthusiastic participants. Ann Bramson, a handmade soap pioneer and author of Soap, writes in her book, "Where the hard pastel-colored bars sold at the drugstore are anonymous and indifferent, homemade soap has character. It charms…it smells good…feels good…is comforting in ways which manufactured soap can never be." When the process is broken down to its most basic elements, soap is merely the outcome...

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6 components of a great summer salad

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6 components of a great summer salad

When the weather warms up, it's time to ditch those hot soups and heavy casseroles and whip up a delicious and light summer salad! Here are some components of an exceptional salad: Color: Making sure your salad has lots of color will make it nutritionally diverse and attractive! Food and recipe site Serious Eats recommends avocado and mango for pops of color. You can also add red, orange or yellow bell peppers, carrots, radishes or any other favorite veggies!  Crunch: Some crunch will add extra dimension and interest, keeping your salad from being bland and boring! Many fresh fruits and vegetables,...

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Tips on proper utensil placement

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Tips on proper utensil placement

If there was to be only one rule for appropriate utensil placement it is that everything has to be neat or, more specifically, geometrically spaced with the centerpiece consummately controlling the center and the placements sitting at equal distances from each other. So long as this rule is recognized, it is difficult to create an unsightly dinner presentation.  There are several other general decrees. The knives are always situated with the cutting edge pointing toward the plate. Dessert spoons and forks are catered in with the dessert. Also, never place more than three of any utensil. If there are more than...

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

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Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Father's Day is right around the corner, so if you haven't already gotten Dad and Grandpa a present, it's time to start shopping! Here are some ideas to let the fathers in your life know how much you appreciate them: Beer mug: For the beer lover, buy a beautiful, stainless steel beer stein so he can sip his brew in style. Our mugs are made of high-quality, food-grade stainless steel and built with a double-wall to minimize condensation and keep drinks cooler longer. Engrave his initials on the side for extra panache. Chopsticks: Does he love sushi? Get him these...

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Eat these 5 things for a long, healthy life

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Eat these 5 things for a long, healthy life

We all know that a person's diet can have a dramatic effect on their longevity, but which foods are the most effective for extending the human lifespan? Nutritionists have studied the longest-lived ethnic groups in the world, including residents of the Japanese island of Okinawa (average lifespan of 81 years) and Seventh Day Adventists in the US, who outlive other Americans by an average of four years through a combination of alcohol abstinence and vegetarianism. These are some of the foods that these groups emphasize in their diets:  Fish. Loaded with omega-3 fatty acids, eating fish helps to prevent dangerous inflammation...

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