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Summer Fun and Sunburn Pain: Dangers and Remedies for too Much Sun


There is something a bit pleasant about going into the yard on one of the first nice spring days and feeling the sun on your skin.  A slight “color in

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your face” can make you feel like winter is finally behind you.  But there is nothing pleasant about sunburns, melanoma, or the leather handbag appearance you skin can take on after a lifetime in the sun.  How can you enjoy the sun but avoid the burn?

A sunburn occurs when your skin is exposed to too much UV radiation.  It is the skin’s way of saying that you need to keep out of the sun.  Tans, while we may find them attractive, are simply visible skin damage.  The body knows that these damaged cells need to go before they are allowed to run amok and develop into cancer. Read the rest of this entry

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Asking for Help Makes the Easter Get Together Much More Fun


Does the host or hostess of a gathering ever have time to enjoy themselves? They put so much work into making a great time for others

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Have a Blessed and Happy Easter

that they often don’t have the chance to sit down and admire the job they’re doing as host.  This Easter, delegate some responsibilities.  This will free up some of your time – and help others take part in the celebration.

There’s a lot to do before an Easter party, particularly if you are having a large number of people or children to your home. Start with help from the get-go.  What is the most common response when you extend an invite for a family dinner or gathering?  Typically, it’s “What can I bring?”  And your response may typically be, “Oh nothing! Just bring yourself.” Change your response to, “Sure!  Bring dessert.”  Or a side dish or an appetizer or drinks.  Whatever it is, take people up on their offers.  It means less work for you, and it also allows others to have a sense of “ownership” in the event.

Next, have a few adults or older children help with things like Easter egg hunts. You will also want to get some supplies, activities, and movies ready for small children to keep them entertained and happy throughout the day.  It helps if you do not have to do the entertainment as

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"I Could Write a Sonnet About Your Easter Bonnet"

well as all the other hosting duties.

Let others help after the meal – this is when the real work starts! Have someone clear the table, another start the coffee and get dessert ready, put food away, wash dishes, or take out the trash.  Most hosts do not want to ask their guests to do any work – but most guests are perfectly willing to do so!  They often feel better when they take a little work off your shoulders, so it’s only polite to accept help!

Make Room for this Super Food in Your Diet


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Kale – Deliciously Healthy Salad

We know…there’s a new “super” food every other day, but kale is one that you should certainly add to your grocery list.

One of the healthiest vegetables on the planet, kale offers an incredible array of benefits.  And it has a benefit that you may not think of at first: it’s tasty.  At least it is when you prepare it well!

So why eat kale?  Why not stick with your old iceberg lettuce?  Unlike lettuce, which is  mostly water, kale is packed with an impressive list of nutrients.  It has over 45 different flavonoids, with include kaempferol and quercetin.  It’s not important to necessarily know these specific flavonoids – but you’ll want to know about the benefits to your health.  They combine the power of antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.  Green leafy kale has been shown to have the following benefits:

•It lowers cholesterol, especially if you steam it.
•It lowers the risk of at least five different types of cancer, including cancers of the bladder, colon, ovary, breast, and prostate.
•It detoxes the body at a genetic level.  Everyone can use a good cleanse, and besides being good for the body itself, it is excellent for a healthy appearance.  Yes, kale can help your natural beauty shine a little brighter.
•Kale can help prevent chronic inflammation.
•It can help us avoid oxidative stress, which is a factor in things like heart failure, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and chronic fatigue syndrome.

An added benefit: kale is very easy to grow and is a hardy plant. Some varieties even take a frost or two and keep producing wonderful leaves.  Whether you plant it or buy it, though, cooking it properly is essential.  As mentioned, steaming it is great.  Add a little butter and you have an excellent side dish.  You can eat it raw, chopped small, in salads.  You can eat it
in soups or baked dishes where you would use spinach.  You can sauté it in butter and garlic…the list is endless and delicious.

This recipe for kale chips will get you started.  You will need:

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Curly Leaf Kale

•    A bunch of kale.
•    A tablespoon of olive oil.
•    A teaspoon of seasoned salt.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and prepare a cookie sheet with parchment or wax paper.

Get rid of the stems (the stems can be a bit tough and woody) and tear the leaves into pieces that are just bite-sized.  Wash the kale, and dry it with a salad spinner or paper towel.  Then drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle with salt.  Bake them for about 10-15 minutes or until the edges are brown.  They’ll satisfy a need for crunch, like a potato chip, but your body will like it a whole lot better.