How to Consume Less Calories

December 6th, 2010 - 

So you want to lose weight but you hate dieting. You can’t stand being restricted. Having to say no to chocolate just makes you crave it all the more. Don’t worry. Here are some simple suggestions for you to consume less calories and lose weight without having to diet! Read more:

1. Drink water. If you love to drink soda, that’s fine but limit yourself to one can a day. Don’t buy 2-liters as you’ll want to continually fill that glass. Avoid caffeine. Get down to one cup a day.

2. Trade in your white bread for wheat bread. Likewise, don’t give up your pasta but try wheat noodles instead. This simple exchange will save you many calories and will also provide your family with a much healthier food option.

3. Take your time. Enjoy each bite. Chew each bite thoroughly before swallowing. This may sound overly simple but by following this step, you’ll allow the gases from digestion to rise from your stomach to your brain and avoid overeating as the gases allow you to recognize when you are full. The faster you eat, the more you can eat before you realize you are full. Also, take a sip after every two to three bites. 

4. Many people confuse thirst with hunger. When you first feel hungry, drink so water. If ten minutes later, you still feel hungry, you actually are so go ahead and eat. But you’ll be surprised by the number of times your ‘hunger’ goes away. Likewise, eat more watery foods such as cucumbers. They will fill you up fast and you’ll actually consume less calories by eating them instead of other heavier food options.

6. Whenever possible, buy portion sized. Buy individual chip bags instead of the large family size. Instead of having just one more chip (which always turns into much more than just one!), you are forced and limited to a smaller amount.

7. If you always clean your plate, try to leave a bite or two. Knowing when to stop eating is important. Also, when you go out to a restaurant, immediately ask for a box. When your meal arrives, put half into the
box. Out of sight, out of mind and not into your mouth. Now you have lunch for the next day and won’t have to worry about overeating or stuffing yourself with the huge portions that all restaurants serve.

8. Make sure you eat breakfast! Breakfast is the most important meal of the day because it jumpstarts your metablism. So, basically, if you eat breakfast, you’ll feel less hungry throughout the day. Another tip for cutting calories: use less spread of your toast. Just doing something so small and simple equals less calories and the fewer calories you take in, the better!

Rescue Stained Textiles with a Cool Graphic Pattern

December 6th, 2010 - 

Spilled a glass of wine on your favorite tablecloth? No need to buy a new one: Design Sponge has shared some brilliant inspiration for extending the life of flawed textiles. Just cut out the shape of your choice in fabric (and fusible webbing), iron on, and sew. We love the choice of colors and the modern shape of the example here. More details, and a detailed photo, after the jump. This idea works for much more than tablecloths– think pillow covers, comforters, placemats, even sofa cushions. Not only can it cover stains, it
can also be a way to revitalize something you’ve gotten a little tired of. For all the great green products out there, our favorite way to decorate responsibly is to make the stuff we already have last longer. Visit Design Sponge for the
full how-to instructions.(Images: Design Sponge)

Creative Reuse: 10 Ways To Repurpose Light Bulbs

December 6th, 2010 - 

1 Mixed Moss Terrarium – $16 from Etsy seller MossTerrariums

2 Bud Vase – DIY instructions at ReadyMade

3 Tiny Terrarium – DIY instructions at The Hipster Home

4 Hanging Vases – DIY instructions at Care2

5 Valentine – DIY instructions at Design*Sponge

6 Greenhouse – DIY instructions at Instructables

7 Aquarium – $20 from Etsy seller SagesLeaf

8 Bud Vase – Spotted by AT:SF in Mexico

9 Edison Air Planter – $7.95 from Etsy seller chicweed

10 Ship In a Bottle – DIY instructions at Instructables

5 Things to Do With Bubble Wrap After You Move

December 6th, 2010 - 
Keep it. Even if you aren’t an active eBay seller, bubble wrap comes in handy for shipping anything even semi-fragile or making your own padded envelopes. It’s also great to bring to yard sales and flea markets for wrapping up delicate treasures. Or take it to the grocery store for insulating frozen foods or meats during the car ride home on particularly hot days.

Get crafty. Make bubble wrap printed art or wrapping paper (see a how-to on daisy yellow). Make curtains or shower curtains. Make bubble wrap “stained glass” windows (these are also probably great for providing insulation).
De-stress. Keep some sheets of bubble wrap by your desk at work or in your car. We all know that pop, pop, popping can soothe the soul during times of trouble.

Insulate your plants. Even popped bubble wrap is useful for protecting your plants from cold and frost.
There’s a bubble wrap greenhouse how-to on BBC Gardner’s World, but you could also create a simple tent or cover for plants and bushes during the winter months.
Recyclet it. If your curbside recycling doesn’t take bubble wrap, you can check whether you can donate it to your nearest mailbox store for them to reuse.

8 Bathroom Items to Repurpose Around the House

December 6th, 2010 - 

Let’s say you’re upgrading or renovating your bathroom, and you don’t know what to do with a couple of leftover shower pipes, an old medicine cabinet, or a sink you no longer need.

Here are a few ways to rethink those things.
1. Install a medicine cabinet on a bedroom or entryway wall to create a space-saving vanity, or use one in the dining room as a wall bar.

2. Hang shower curtains on the windows. They’re just the right length for big windows with a 72-inch (or less) sill-to-frame height.
3. Martha Stewart suggests using a toothbrush holder as a flower vase. Just slip the stems through the holes for an instant arrangement.
4. Another idea from Martha: use a wall-mounted soap dish as a key catch in the entryway. You could also try one above a bedside table or dresser to hold earrings.
5. Cardboard toilet paper rolls make good cord wranglers, especially if you cover them in fabric to make them more durable (and prettier).
6. There are lots of different ways to repurpose pipe plumbing into furniture or wall racks. For ideas, click here.
7. Make a wooden bath mat into a boot tray, or use it as a door mat.
8. Fitted into a hallway alcove, an old sink becomes a heavy-duty, industrial looking planter. The porcelain is easy to clean and it’s moisture-resistant, so the plant won’t cause it any damage.