Tips, Tricks and Randoms

Good morning! I hope your week has been a pleasant one, thus far. This week has been a long one, but as we approach the weekend, I thought what better than to share with you some of the interesting reads and product finds I’ve stumbled across throughout the week. Perhaps you’ll find them just as intriguing as I have:

Tips/Knowledge:

  • Rejuvenate Cereal: If you’re similar to me, than at any given time, you might have an abundant number of boxed cereals lining your cabinet shelves. To me, having a vast sampling of cereals to circulate between each morning makes each bowl of cereal a unique experience and one I ultimately look forward to. However, at times, one can pay a price for opening too many cereal boxes at one time and not consuming them within a relatively short time frame. As a result, the cereal we all know and love can gradually become dull, hard and all but inedible. Though, thanks to the friendly and knowledgeable team at All You Magazine, this no longer has to be the case! According to this article (http://dailysavings.allyou.com/2015/05/07/fix-stale-cereal/) to reconstitute cereal that has lost it’s luster,
    “Just preheat your oven to 375 degrees, then spread your cereal out flat on a cookie sheet. Bake your cereal for 5-10 minutes, and then remove from oven and let cool.” Wow, I had no idea I could do this, but it without question solves that nagging, frustrating problem I so often have encountered!

    bowl of cereal

  • How to Know if You’re Making the Right Decision: If you haven’t already noticed, I tend to follow a significant number of magazines and news publications on social media, so it’s no surprise numerous articles often catch my eye. One in particular, posted by another favorite magazine of mine – Marie Claire, tugged at my heartstrings and my mind, so I thought it might be beneficial to share it. This article, (http://www.marieclaire.com/career-advice/news/a14364/ways-to-help-decision-making-choices/?src=spr_TWITTER&spr_id=1449_178248262) details 5 unique and out-of-the-box methods to determine which decision is best. In a nutshell, the article states:

1. Play the Paper Game (i.e. List each possible choice you could make and the potential outcome of that choice on a separate piece of paper, then

  • Moving from left to right, stand in front of the first choice and pause. Look at the choice and then step on top of the paper (symbolically you are stepping INTO that choice). Close your eyes and allow yourself to fully take on that choice. For a moment, commit fully to that option. See yourself making that choice and in the outcome of that choice. How does it feel? What is happening in your body? Where do your thoughts go? What pictures do you see?
  • Repeat the process for the remaining pieces of paper (AKA the other choices)—whichever ultimately felt best is the one you should do.

2. Have Someone Tell You the Choice – Then Note What Your Body Does (i.e. Apparently, if a friend tells you what they think the best decision is, take note of the way they lean when saying it – if they lean in, it is a good choice, versus if they lean back, then their intuition is against the choice)

3. Dim the Lights (i.e. Studies have shown people apparently feel more emotions in bright light!)

4. Make Your Decision Early in The Day (i.e. Apparently, mental fatigue is a true thing, so it is often observed to be better to make decisions early on, before we are influenced by all we have encountered throughout the day, which may persuade or influence our decisions.)

5. Listen to Faster Music (i.e. Apparently a study conducted back in 2009, found that people make better and more accurate decisions when listening to faster music… so turn up that music and get moving!)

Decision Quote

  • Yankee Candle – Homefront Girl Line: If you’re a big fan of candles as I am, then Yankee Candle might be one your favorite candle companies. Earlier this month, Yankee Candle captured my heart and emotions even further with the introduction of their new line of candles affectionately named, “Homefront Girl.” More information can be found on their website: (http://www.yankeecandle.com/browse/new-arrivals/candles/homefront-girl/_/N-8yh) To sum up their initiative, this new line of candles is formed in partnership with Homes For Our Troops (www.hfotusa.org), where Yankee Candle will donate $1.00 per candle sold from the Homefront Girl line, up to $75,000 or until April 30, 2016, whichever comes first! In my opinion, this is an excellent initiative and an even greater incentive to purchase candles. Now, you can purchase candles, experience great scents and contribute to a beneficial cause, all the while, in one transaction!

Yankee Candle Homefront Girl

  • PAPPLE Pears (via Melissa’s Produce -http://www.melissas.com/Papple-Pears-p/1470.htm): As a big fan of fresh produce, I follow one company, Melissa’s Produce, in particular on social media. They often feature new and innovative hybrids and cross-breeds of the fruits we know and love. Just yesterday, I noticed a variety I’d never heard of, but was vastly intriguing to me – Papple Pears! At first glance, they truly do resemble apples, Gala, in particular, but according to the Melissa’s Produce website, they are actually PEARS! It is a hybrid cross between two Chinese and Japanese Asian pears and both has the taste and texture of a pear, while resembling an apple. It is described as semi-crisp, with a high-sugar content. Sounds pretty tasty to me and a variety I’d love to sample!

Papple Pears

  • Ed Sheeran (his newest single – “Photograph“): For a number of years now, I have been a dedicated fan and follower of Ed Sheeran, the soulful musician who is well-known for his lyrics, smooth voice and guitar playing skills. Hailing from the U.K. he has crossed into popular music and receives frequent airplay on the radio. A little over a week ago, I was driving when I heard his newest single – “Photograph.” Since that first time, I’ve heard it many times, watched the music video on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSDgHBxUbVQ) more times than I’d like to admit and heard him perform it live on “The Voice,” finale Tuesday night. The song in itself is a beautiful one with the lyrics even more so. In fact, I truly believe it could be a wedding song, given the lyrics and overall sound. Definitely take a listen if you haven’t already, I don’t think you’ll regret it!

Ed Sheeran

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