Cyber Monday Sale

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Save 15% starting Cyber Monday off your entire order from RV Space Savers.  Great gifts for all those Rver’s, Boaters and those who live in small spaces.  Space saving and collapsible products to stay organized, have more room and carry less weight.  Limited to stock on hand.  Order must be placed by midnight Monday December 10, 2012.  Use coupon code: cyber 15.   NOT GOOD WITH ANY OTHER OFFERS.


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A Great Space and Money Saving Tip

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We all enjoy eating outside and many BBQ most evenings and want to make as few trips as possible carrying things in and out. Most Rver’s don’t have room to carry a lot of extras so the wire baskets for silverware, condiments and plates are handy but can be a luxury. Instead use a cardboard six-pack carrier (the kind used for soda and beer). It collapses for easy storage, saves space and the recycling saves money. You can even decorate it with contact paper to match your decor.

With Cold and Flu Season Coming On Check Out These Hidden “Hot Spots” For Germs

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Lately it seems like everywhere I turn there is someone offering to give me a flu shot!  It’s been a sobering reminder of what the winter season most likely has in store for us. It’s also inspired me to look into some ways (besides getting a flu shot!) that we can do to AVOID colds and flu this year.

After a lot of looking…I am convinced that the VERY best way to prevent colds and flu is to keep away from germs where you are most likely to pick them up. So I proceeded to put together a list of germ “hot spots” to avoid.

Of course we can’t avoid touching most of the items mentioned in the list below….(most Americans touch about 300 different surfaces every 30 minutes)….but I think a little common sense and attention to what you’re coming in contact with can go a long way in helping protect you and your family.

Here are some of the most common germ “hot spots” taken from several different scientific studies (listed below):


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Cutting Board

There are 200 times more fecal bacteria on a cutting board than a toilet seat. The reason? Many people rinse off their cutting board rather than thoroughly washing it.


Prepare a solution of a quart of water and “a jigger of bleach” and wipe down food preparation surfaces before making anything on those areas of the kitchen.

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These innocuous-looking offenders are found on ATMs, elevators, telephones and drink machines, among other things, and are often located in areas that are not cleaned and disinfected regularly.  First-floor buttons in elevators were the dirtiest because EVERYONE needs to go to the first floor. And these germs get transferred to the body part that comes in contact with faces the most — fingers and hands.


Use your knuckle or wait for someone else to push it for you.

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Car Dashboard

Dashboards are one of the most germ-laden locations in a car because it is one of the warmest places and has ventilation systems on either side that can aerate spores, blowing them out among unsuspecting passengers. Because the dashboard receives the most sun and tends to stay warm, it’s prime for growth.

In addition to the dashboard….other car interior “hot spots” include: change holders, cup holders and children’s car seats.


Regularly wipe down the inside of your car with disinfecting wipes. Be more vigilant during allergy season.

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Airplane Bathroom

Airplane bathrooms get cleaned, but the high volume of people they must cater to in a short amount of time leaves them very dirty very quickly.  Many people, will not wash their hands effectively because the sink is small, and dirty hands transfer germs to the face easily.


Treat all airplane bathroom surfaces as if they are radioactive! Keep the lid closed when flushing, use a paper towel to handle lid, faucets and door handles after washing hands, then use hand sanitizer once back at your seat as an extra precaution.

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Cell Phone

The phone provides a convenient meeting place for two different sources of germs — your hands and your mouth. Several studies show they carry tons of bacteria, including staph (which can cause skin infections), pseudomonas (eye infections), and salmonella (stomach ailments). Many electronic devices are in leather or vinyl cases, which provide plenty of creases and crevices for germs to hide.


Use a disinfecting wipe a few times a week, and be conscious of where you rest personal items.

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Handbags, Backpacks

Handbags & backpacks are often place on the floors of restaurants, subway floors, bathroom stalls, etc. Such places can be highly infected with bacteria like Salmonella and E.coli, which can easily adhere to the bottom of bags and can spread easily to other places where you put the bag like dining room table or the kitchen counter.


Put your purse or backpack on a bench or a seat. Or, even better, hang the bag off the floor. If possible, wash and wipe your bag with soap and warm water regularly to get rid of germs.

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Paper currency has a way of getting around, from germ-filled hand to germ-filled hand. It picks up germs, viruses and often trace amounts of illegal drugs, and all of that ends up in your wallet. Flu virus strains can be potent on bank notes for 10 to 17 days. Because men keep wallets in their pockets, the wallet is close to body temperature — an ideal temperature for bacteria to breed.


After handling the contents of your wallet, wash your hands with soap or use an alcohol based solution after every transaction.

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Laundry Machines

In the laundry room, your average load of wash contains more than coffee stains. It can be packed with bacteria such as e. coli from clothing, towels and linens.


If you have to wash at lower temperatures, add a laundry disinfectant. Wash your hands after loading the washing machine, since bacteria and fungi build up on damp items. Avoid using the same sorting tables for clean and dirty laundry since the E. coli from the dirty clothes will transfer to the table and then back onto your freshly laundered clothes.

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Kitchen Faucet

The metal aeration screen at the end of the faucet is a bacteria magnet. Running water keeps it moist, an ideal condition for bacteria growth. Because tap water is far from sterile, if you accidentally touch the screen with dirty fingers or food, bacteria can grow on the faucet.


Once a week, remove the screen and soak it in a diluted bleach solution. Replace the screen, and let the water run a few minutes before using.



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Garbage Disposal

The kitchen sink has about 1,000 times more bacteria growing in it than the average toilet! Bacteria loves to grow on the crevices in and around the slimy rubber stopper, contaminating whatever touches it—dishes, utensils, even your hands.


At least once a week, clean the disposal’s rubber stopper with a diluted bleach solution—soap and water aren’t enough.

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Welcome Mat

The area near your front door is one of the dirtiest in the house, and once bacteria is growing in your mat, anytime you walk on it, it has a free ride into your home.


Spray the doormat once a week with a disinfectant. Leave shoes at the door, and avoid resting bags and groceries on the mat, too.

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Vacuum Cleaner

Your vacuum sucks in all kinds of bacteria and food, creating an atmosphere for growth. Each time you use the appliance you could be spreading that bacteria around the house.


Change your vacuum bag frequently OUTDOORS to avoid the cloud of bacteria that filters into the air. Clean the cavity of a bagless vacuum with diluted bleach and let it air-dry. Spray the brush with a disinfectant after every use—traces of bacteria can survive as long as 5 days inside the vacuum after you empty the dirt.



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Dish Towel

Did you know your dish towels can harbor just as many nasty germs as your sponge?  A recent study of hundreds of homes across the United States found dish towels were contaminated with staph bacteria, dangerous strains of E. coli, and other bacteria. We often use towels to wipe up spills then reuse before washing them, which spreads germs.


Stick to paper towels to clean countertops, and save the dishrag to dry just-washed pots and plates. Change towels or launder at least twice a week in hot water and bleach.



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Soap Dispensers

Ironically, most soap containers are never cleaned so bacteria grows as the soap scum builds up. Plus, the bottom of the dispensers are constantly being touched by dirty hands, feeding millions of bacteria.


Scrub hands thoroughly for 15 to 20 seconds with plenty of hot water—and, if you have it, use a hand sanitizer too.

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Restaurant Ketchup Bottle

It’s rare that restaurants regularly bleach down their tabletop condiment containers, and the reality is that many people don’t wash their hands before eating. So while you may be diligent, the guy (or gal) before you may not have been.


Squirt hand sanitizer on the outside of the bottle or use a disinfectant wipe before you grab it. Unfortunately, holding the bottle with a napkin won’t help because they are porous.

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Refrigerator Seal

Even if you scrub the inside of your fridge…it may not be enough. A University of Arizona survey of 160 homes in three US cities found that the seal around the fridge tested positive 83% of the time for common molds. The mold can spread every time the refrigerator door opens—exposing anyone who’s susceptible to allergies and potentially contaminating the food.


Wipe fridge seals at least once a week with a diluted bleach solution or disinfectant.

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Makeup Testers in the Mall

Free make up testers are tried on many people who come in the mall for shopping. Makeup like lipstick and mascara contain bacteria like E.coli and Staphylococcus, which crawl on the outer casing of these testers. Mascara and eye pencils can lead to pink eye.


The safest way to stay away from these diseases is to avoid using the testers. Try a new lipstick shade on the back of your hand and do not forget to wash it after testing.

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Gym Equipment

Equipment in the gym provide a perfect environment for bacteria, fungus and viruses to thrive. Studies show that weight equipment is contaminated significantly more often than aerobic equipment, and disinfecting the equipment twice a day didn’t do anything to lower the virus count.


When you use a machine, completely bandage all your open wounds to avoid infection; avoid touching your face between sets, and make sure to pack an alcohol-based hand sanitizer in your gym bag.

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Your Shower Curtain

The soap scum hanging out on your curtain is more than just unsightly….vinyl shower curtains are microbe meccas. Plus, the force of the shower spray will make germs take flight.


Hang a fabric shower curtain. It will still harbor bacteria, but it’s much easier to clean. Just toss it in the washer, and use the hottest water the fabric can handle.

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The Lemon Wedge in Your Drink

In a study from the Journal of Environmental Health, nearly 70 percent of the lemon wedges smashed onto restaurant glasses contained disease-causing microbes. Researchers ordered drinks at 21 different restaurants, securing 76 lemons. Testing revealed 25 different microorganisms lingering on the lemons, including E. coli and other fecal bacteria.


Tell the waiter you prefer your drink without fruit. Why risk it?  Boy am I guilty of this one…guess I will start carrying my own lemon!  Gail

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Your Bed

More than 84 percent of beds in U.S. homes host dust mites. These microscopic critters live in your sheets and feed on your dead skin, and their fecal matter and corpses contribute to asthma and allergies.


Don’t make your bed. A made bed traps the moisture dust mites need to thrive. Try bundling a dehumidifier with an oscillating fan for a two-pronged moisture eliminator.

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5 Way to Save Fuel and Money

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This is a great article posted on Woodall’s Family Camping Blog by Rex Vogel.

With thousands of snowbirds planning to hit the road during the coming weeks and months, two things will be on their minds—arriving at their destination safely and the price of fuel.

Nationally, average retail gas prices are approximately 50 cents higher than a year ago and one dollar higher than two years ago, according to

With gas prices reaching record levels, it’s more important than ever to keep tabs on your fuel spending.

While we have no control over the price of fuel, we can do a few things to help save money.

Most motorists share one common goal—to get the best mileage possible. The desire for the best fuel efficiency is especially strong among recreational vehicle owners. There are many ways that you can reduce fuel and related costs while enjoying life ‘on the road’ in your recreational vehicle.

RV drivers are often quite frugal. They budget carefully and they make the most of every trip and vacation. Part of that is being aware of the potential savings that are available to the consumer.

Many RVers take measures to reduce fuel consumption through simple steps like driving 55 instead of 65 or 70 mph and packing lighter to reduce weight in the RV.


Following are five tips to help you save fuel:

1. Avoid High Speeds

Decreasing your speed saves money. The greatest improvement in fuel economy is the speed we drive. As your speed increases, your aerodynamic drag increases. Driving faster pushes more air ahead of the RV which creates more resistance to forward movement. Driving 62 mph rather than 75 mph will reduce fuel consumption by about 15 percent.

2. Do Not Accelerate or Brake Hard
Accelerate gradually, both from a stop and when entering a freeway; avoid sudden jack-rabbit starts and rapid acceleration. By anticipating the traffic and applying slow steady acceleration and braking, fuel economy may increase by as much as 20 percent.

3. Anticipate traffic flow

Look at the traffic as far ahead as possible in order to avoid unnecessary stopping and starting within the flow of traffic. Maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle ahead.

Brake smoothly, avoiding fast stops; rapid braking wastes fuel and cut down your mileage.

Look ahead and anticipate traffic conditions. Slow down well before you need to. Instead of slamming on your breaks just before the line, slowly ease off the accelerator, coasting to a stop and thus avoid wasting fuel and wear on the brakes.

When the light changes green, forget that pedal to the metal mindset and, again, ease into it.

4. Keep Tires Properly Inflated

Another fuel saver is to keep tire air pressures at the levels recommended by the tire manufacturer. Tire pressure can severely affects fuel economy.

If the tires are low on air, the engine has to push harder to move the RV ahead. It is important to know that tires can look normal when they are seriously under inflated.


Regularly check the air pressure in all tires, when the tires are cool (air pressure increases while you are driving).

Under-inflated tires can increase fuel consumption by up to 4 percent, according to International Energy Agency.

Proper inflation also reduces the incidence of tire failure.

5. Control your weight

Added weight significantly decreases fuel mileage and increases wear and tear on your tires.

Keep in mind that everything you put in your RV has weight. The average couple carries approximately 2,000 pounds of “stuff,” and many full-timing couples carry as much as 3,000 pounds.

When possible, travel with empty gray and black holding tanks and fresh water tank no more than ¼ full.

The following are approximate weights of the liquids that RVs commonly carry:

  • Water—8.3 pounds/gallon
  • Gasoline—6 pounds/gallon
  • Diesel fuel—6.6 pounds/gallon
  • Propane—4.5 pounds/gallon

An Easy and Tasty Crockpot Meal

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Southwestern Barbeque Beef

Slow-Cooked Beef Sandwiches with a Southwestern Flair.

The ingredients are easy to acquire:

  • 1 beef chuck roast, 2-3 lbs. (I buy whatever is on sale and have never been disappointed)
  • 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  • 1 can petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 can chicken broth
  • Fresh green chilies or 3 cans diced green chilies (the original recipe I modified called for 3 cans chipotle chilies in adobo, but we about burned our tongues off when eating it, so if you are a purist, consider yourself warned!)
  • 2 Tbsps chili powder
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1.5 cups your favorite sweet barbecue sauce (I like to use a chipotle flavored sauce to honor the chipotle chilies I am omitting)

All of these items, except perhaps the chipotle chilies are easy enough to acquire in any grocery store so you can purchase them before you leave home or from wherever you are camping.

Then, before you take off for your day of hiking, biking or just being outdoors, simply toss (gently, the barbecue sauce will make a real mess otherwise) all ingredients into the crock pot and cook on low 6 to 8 hours, until the meat is tender enough to shred. When the meat is done, simply remove it from pot and shred when it is cool enough to handle. Transfer the sauce to a large saucepan and reduce it to the thickness of barbecue sauce. Combine the sauce with the meat and serve this pulled beef on its own, in warm sandwich buns with dill pickles or in honor of its southwestern roots, in warm tortillas with sour cream. Accompanied with a small fresh salad or a few chips, this is a delicious satisfying meal. It is especially good for the cooler nights of spring and fall camping.

Shared by: Diane Berry in Woodall’s Family Camping Blog



Who Doesn’t Love Potatoes?

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How to Make a Perfect Baked Potato

Some great baked potato ideas.  Most of these will make a complete meal.  What a great thing to take on a camping trip.  Just throw the potatoes, wrapped in foil around the campfire while you prepare the goodies to go with them.

14 Delicious Ways to Make a Baked Potato a Meal

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Do You Have A Well Stocked First Aid Kit?

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1)  Emergency Phone Numbers

2) List of medications and allergies

3) Band-aids and bandages in various sizes, gauze, ace bandage, paper tape and scissors

4) Antibiotic Ointment

5) Antiseptic Wipes

6) Over the counter Pain Medications

7) Medications for your special health issues

8)  Antihistaimines

9) Antidiarrheal Medication

10) Antacids  tablets or liquid

11) Tweezers

12) Instant Ice Pack

13) Cough and Cold Medications

14) Hydrocortisone cream

15) Thermometer

16) Sterile Saline Solution

17)  Anything else you may need for your family

You can buy a First Aid Kit for your home or car but it may not contain everything you need.  You can easily make up 2 (one for home and one for the car) and put everything in a zippered bag.

NOTE:  Make sure you keep things up-to-date that may have expiration dates and replace things as you use them.

Grocery Bill Too High?

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Try these money saving ideas.

According to the USDA, the average American family spends about $10,000 a year on groceries.

What if you could cut your grocery bill in half?

What would you do with an extra $5000 a year?

Maybe it’s time to get serious about grocery savings.

10 Grocery Saving Tips

  1. Set a Budget – Do you have any idea how much you’re spending each week at the grocery…make sure to add up every little trip! Now, cut that amount in half. It sounds scary, but it’s doable if you implement all of these grocery savings tips.
  2. Plan Your Meals – What’s for dinner? Plan you meals based on what you have and what’s on sale. Don’t plan on serving pork chops if they’re not on sale.
  3. Make a List – Grocery shopping without a list wastes time and money, so make a list and stick to it!
  4. Try The Grocery Game – They do the “homework” for you by finding the sales, coupons and unadvertised specials…you do the shopping and saving! The best time to buy? The Grocery Game says stock up when an item is on sale, and there’s a coupon. The Grocery Game – Cut Grocery Bills by 67% or more!
  5. Look at Price Per Unit – Price per unit is what really matters. How can you compare the price of a 16-ounce package of lunchmeat to a 9-ounce package of lunchmeat without knowing the price per ounce? At first glance, the 9-ounce package might look like the better deal because it’s only $2, but the 16-ounce package at $3.25 is really the better buy. Look closely at the tiny print on the shelf tag, and you’ll find price per ounce, price per lb. or price per unit.
  6. Shop Warehouse Clubs – Deals exist at warehouse clubs but duds do too! This is another case where you really need to know your cost per unit, so you can compare that box of 40 granola bars with the box of 10 granola bars at your grocery. Check out my price comparison field trip to Costco and Sam’s.
  7. Don’t Be Brand Loyal – Did you just buy another jar of Hellmann’s mayo without comparing prices? Brand loyalty is a budget buster. If you can’t live without a certain brand, make an effort to stock up on it during a sale.
  8. Buy Store Brands – If there’s only one grocery saving tip to try, this is it! Simply switching to store brands will cut your grocery bill by 25%…no coupons required!
  9. Stock Up – If there’s an amazing buy on an item you use regularly, stock up for 3 months! Most grocery sales run on 12 week cycles meaning they won’t repeat again for 3 more months.
  10. Look for Manager’s Specials – When meat and dairy products are about to expire, many grocery stores will mark them way down (about 75% off!) in an effort to avoid waste. If you can use it before the expiration, go for it and enjoy the huge savings! Remember, you can freeze most meats for 12 months. Kroger sells rotisserie chickens for half price after 8:00, and Meijer sells precut deli lunchmeat for half price after 8:00!

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Have An Occasional Headache and Hate To Take Meds?

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natural headache relief

The other day the hubster came home from work with a pounding headache. He usually takesExcedrin for headache relief, but apparently that wasn’t cutting it on that particular day. He actually asked me if I would make up one of my “voodoo essential oil cures”. lol.

Well, I am no expert, but my SISTER is, and I remembered her posting something on her blog,Camp Wander, about Peppermint and Lavender being effective in getting rid of headaches. So I dug through my ever-growing inventory of essential oils and found the Peppermint and Lavender and proceeded to work my “voodoo magic”. 😉

That “magic” consisted of putting a couple of teaspoons of fractionated coconut oil into a little roll-on bottle, and then adding a few drops each of thePeppermint and Lavender EO’s. I then had him roll it on his forehead, temples and neck.

I got distracted with something else after that, but about a half hour later I remembered to ask him how his head felt. For a split second he didn’t know what I was talking about because I think he’d completely forgotten about it! Headache gone!

After that experience (and numerous others) we have become BIG believers in the power of essential oils in this house….AND in the idea that it’s not always necessary to reach for the pill bottle when you have a headache.

Here are some MORE homemade headache remedies to try:


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Ginger Tea
Crush up an inch of ginger root and add it to boiling water. This homemade tea reduces inflammation in about the same amount of time as it would take an aspirin to work. It has been used for centuries in Asia to treat a number of ailments.

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Capsaicin Cream
The active ingredient in this cream is cayenne pepper. Apply a small amount to the inside of your nostril that’s on the side of your head where you are experiencing pain. The cream works to block nerve pain signals.

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In clinical trials, this supplement from the sunflower family has been shown to be effective for treating migraines. It reduces inflammation, which takes pressure off the nerves and can help prevent migraines entirely.

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Acupressure Massage
This ancient Chinese healing method involves applying pressure to certain points on the body to relieve pain. Place your finger in the depression between your first and second toe and press firmly for 3-5 minutes. Another technique is to put your thumb in your mouth on the same side as the pain, reaching up to find the cheekbone. Press that bone up and out. Repeat on the other side. Then place both thumbs on the upper palate (inside the mouth) and press the sides out.


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Used medicinally since the middle ages, butterbur extract can be taken daily to help reduce the number and severity of headache attacks. It is available commercially in capsules, powder, tincture, or other forms and is thought to have both antispasmodic effects and anti-inflammatory properties.



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Take a multivitamin containing magnesium. The mineral helps to calm nerves, which tend to get overexcited during a migraine. Some studies have found that migraine sufferers tend to be deficient in magnesium. You can also increase your magnesium by eating foods like broccoli, beans, soy milk, nuts, spinach, etc.


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Stand in water as hot as you can stand for two minutes (this increases blood flow to the skin), then as cold as you can stand for two minutes (this sends blood to the core of the body). Alternate back and forth for 20 minutes to increase blood flow and circulation, bringing nutrients to organs and carrying away toxins.

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Cold (or Hot) Compress
Apply icepack to your head, but make sure not to put the ice directly on your head. You can wrap ice or a bag of frozen vegetables in a towel.
Apply heat to the back of the neck with a hot shower, bath, or heating pad. Heat can loosen up the muscles that tighten with tension headaches.


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Avoiding Eyestrain
Staring at a computer screen for long periods of time can leave your head aching. To avoid eyestrain the most important thing you can do is take frequent breaks from your monitor. Get up at least once every fifteen minutes and focus your eyes on something that is at least twenty to thirty feet away. Adjust the brightness and the contrast on your monitor so that the glare is not hard on your eyes. You should also have your monitor set up so you are viewing it at eye level and keep it at least a foot and a half from your face.


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Getting Adequate Sleep
Studies indicate that those who sleep an average of six hours a night tend to have significantly more severe and more frequent headaches than those who get more z’s. Keeping a regular schedule that allows for adequate sleep may reduce sleep-related headaches.

Proper Sleeping Conditions
Make your sleeping place comfortable. Be sure that it is dark, quiet, and not too warm or too cold. If light is a problem, try a sleeping mask. If noise is a problem, try earplugs, a fan, or a “white noise” machine to cover up the sounds.

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Exercise increases blood circulation and the fresh air will also help to relieve headache. Also, it allows the whole body to relax. Most tension headache sufferers find immense relief with the addition of exercise.


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Relaxation Techniques

  • Count to 10. This makes you stop and relax before you react to a stressful situation.
  • Take deep breaths. This makes you breathe slower and helps your muscles relax.
  • Think positive. Remember the things that are good in your life.
  • S T R E T C H. Stretching makes muscles relax and helps you feel less tense.
  • Take hot baths or showers to help you relax.
  • Massage tense muscles. The muscles in the back of your neck and upper back usually get tense when you are stressed.
  • Listen to relaxing music.

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Boil a handful of rosemary in a liter of water and place it in a bowl after it boils. Place a towel over your head and inhale the steam for as long as you can. Keep repeating this until the headache goes away. Peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, sandalwood, and basil work well also.


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Staying Hydrated
Probably the most common reason people get headaches is because they are dehydrated. A headache is a warning sign, letting you know that something is wrong. Most people don’t drink enough water. Drinking at least 4-6 glasses of water every day will ease a lot of headaches.


natural headache remedies

Fresh lemon juice with tea is one of the best cures for headaches. The lemon peel is also very useful. Pound the lemon peel into a fine paste and apply it as a plaster on the forehead.


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Avoiding Certain Foods
Some foods can cause headaches and migraines. Limit foods rich in sodium (salt), saturated fats, cholesterol, Trans fats, and added sugars. Foods like milk, butter, cheese, cream, meat products, red wine, caffeine, and chocolate are known headache triggers. You should also try to avoid foods with nitrites and sulfites in them. These dilate capillaries in the brain and increase blood flow which causes pain.

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Like to Eat Out? Here’s A Way To Do It Cheaper

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Try these 8 easy tips for saving money when eating out. It really is possible to never pay full price at restaurants, but you’ll have to make a little effort and plan ahead if you want to eat out cheap!

  1. Discounted Gift Cards – Stock up on discounted gift cards for your favorite restaurants or buy discounted gift cards for restaurants you’d like to try. How about a $50 California Pizza Kitchen gift card for just $42 or a $50 Cheesecake Factory Gift Card for only $44.50?Save up to 35%! Buy discounted restaurant gift cards from Plastic Jungle.The selection of restaurant gift cards changes daily, but you’ll always find plenty to choose from! Discounted restaurant gift cards are great for vacations if you know which chain restaurants will be available at your destination.
  2. Groupon – Restaurants are frequently on Groupon, and the savings can be as much as 50%! Get in the habit of checking Groupon which can always be found on the right side of this page. It’s a great way to try new restaurants in your area and save money!
  3. Kids Eat Free – If you have children, take a moment to check out the website You can search by city and state to discover all the free kids meals in your neighborhood.
  4. Coupons on Restaurant Websites – Many restaurant websites have a free printable coupon waiting for you, and even more restaurants will send you coupons via email if you sign up for their newsletter. It’s worth your time to visit the websites of your favorite restaurants.
  5. Twitter – Take a moment to follow your favorite restaurants on twitter! Restaurants like Papa John’s, Outback and Quizno’s have been known to regularly give out freebies to their followers.
  6. – More than 15,000 restaurants participate in’s $25 restaurant gift certificates for only $10! If you look on the right side of this page, you’ll always see the latest deal which can make a $25 gift certificate as little as $2!
  7. Birthday Freebies – Check out The Budget Diet’s list of Birthday Freebies! Think BIG, think beyond just a free dessert! You’ll find generous offers like a free $30 gift certificate from Benihana or a FREE Grand Slam Breakfast from Denny’s. Even better, many of these restaurants not only send you a free coupon on your birthday, but they will also send you a coupon the very day you sign up! Most offers do not require you use the coupon on your birthday, so load up and enjoy lots of freebies!
  8. – Restaurants want their tables filled, and you want to eat out cheap… puts you together.  Currently is in 20 cities (more coming soon), and discounts are 30% – 40%.


There you have it, 8 easy ways to save money eating out! Remember, with all great deals you must read the fine print. Groupon and often restrict the days and times that you can redeem your certificate and other restrictions may apply.

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