23 February 2017

Show Off Your "Egg-cellent" Foodtography Skills for a Chance to Win $5k!


Amateur food photographers rejoice! 

To celebrate 25 years of providing the only egg that provides better taste, better nutrition and better freshness, Eggland’s Best (EB) is searching for the most passionate EB fan, who also happens to have an eye for taking beautiful photos of their delicious & healthy Eggland’s Best dishes! For the first time ever, EB is tapping into the “foodtography” trend and inviting fans to submit their best original “egg-cellant” food photos in one of four categories by April 12, 2017 for a chance to win $5,000 and a year’s supply of EB eggs!

To enter (and for official rules), visit www.egglandsbest.com/foodtography and submit two mouthwatering photos of your favorite EB dishes.  

All dishes must include at least two whole Eggland’s Best eggs and can be entered into one of four categories: 
  • breakfast/brunch
  • appetizer
  • main course
  • dessert

The five highest-scoring entries will be determined from each category for a chance to compete in the semi-finalist round where EB fans can vote to help select the finalist in each category.  The finalists will then be revealed on the EB website where EB fans will once again have the chance to vote for the ultimate EB Foodtographer!  

Each finalist will be awarded $1,000 and a year supply of EB eggs, and the Grand Prize winner will receive $5,000 and a year supply of EB eggs!

All entries must include two original photos (one image photographed during preparation and one photo of the finished dish).  Submissions will be judged on demonstration of passion for the superior taste and nutrition of Eggland’s Best eggs, photographic quality and composition, and originality and creativity.

"Compared to ordinary eggs, Eggland’s Best eggs contain five times more vitamin D, 25 percent less saturated fat, more than double the Omega-3s, ten times more vitamin E and three times more vitamin B12.  Eggland’s Best’s elevated nutritional profile is due to its proprietary all-vegetarian hen feed that contains healthy grains, canola oil and a wholesome supplement of rice bran, alfalfa, sea kelp and Vitamin E.  In addition, independent testing has revealed that Eggland’s Best eggs have stronger shells than ordinary eggs, which leads to less breakage and helps them stay fresher longer than ordinary eggs."
For Official Rules and to enter, visit www.egglandsbest.com/foodtography.

Are You a Secret Hoarder?

Spring is on its way, and what better excuse to have a clear out and get your home looking spic and span? If you’ve been accumulating junk for weeks or you’re a secret hoarder, you may find that spring cleaning lifts your mood and makes you feel less stressed. If you’re keen to tackle overflowing spare rooms or an attic full of boxes, here are some tips:


Set Aside Some Time--

When you’re spring cleaning, you need time. There’s no point in starting a job that you won’t be able to finish. If you’re serious about having a full-scale clear-out, set aside some time and get yourself ready. Perhaps you could take an afternoon off work, or you’ve got a free weekend coming up. Get everything prepped beforehand. You’ll need storage boxes and some space to sort out what you’ve got, what you’re keeping, and what you’re throwing away.

Ask for Help--

Going through the entire house is a massive undertaking for one person, so get the family involved. If you have older children, they can help you unpack boxes, and sort your possessions into piles.

Make It Fun--

Nobody wants to spend a well-earned weekend tidying and cleaning, but sometimes it has to be done. Try and make the experience as fun as possible. Put some music on, take breaks, and treat yourself afterwards. For example, after a long, busy day, you could take a trip to the movies or chill out with a DVD and takeout at home.

Be Ruthless--

If you have characteristics of a hoarder, you probably find it tough to be ruthless and throw things away. When you’re clearing your home, you don’t need to throw everything on the trash pile. But it is beneficial to find your ruthless streak. Look at each item, and think carefully about whether you need it or want it. If you’ve got broken washing machines or radios that haven’t worked for years in the garage, there’s no need for them to taking up space. Call a firm like Bay Wide Hauling, and arrange a pickup. You’ll feel much better when you’ve shifted a load of stuff that doesn’t have any purpose or sentimental value. If you come across items that you don’t want, but other people may like, there are various options. You could put everything together and set a date for a yard sale, you could sell your stuff online, or you could donate it to friends or family or even take it to a charity.


Be More Organized--

When you’ve reached the bottom of the pile, and you’ve got everything in order, make a vow to be more organized. Invest in some extra storage boxes, and try and keep everything in order. Resist the temptation to chuck things in the spare room or let piles of papers mount up in the office. Get into the habit of storing your possessions in an organized manner. This will save you time and hassle, and keep your home lovely and tidy.


Are you a secret hoarder? Have you come across a load of stuff you didn’t even know you had? If you haven’t had a good clear-out for years, now is the time to get your home in order. Hopefully, these tips will come in handy!

You Can Save with These Household Ingredients

There are many things you can make at home instead of buying expensive products elsewhere. Whether you want to clean your house or wash your face, you can look in your cupboards and cabinets to see what you can use. If you don't have any useful ingredients at home, it's easy to buy some cheap items in your grocery store or from your local health store. Natural ingredients you can find at home can be used to keep pests away and even to administer minor first aid. If you're wondering what you might be able to do with the everyday ingredients in your home, have a look at these ideas.


Clean Your Home--

If you want to make your own cleaning products, there are lots of things you can use from your kitchen or other rooms in the house. Some useful ingredients for cleaning products include lemon juice, sodium bicarbonate, vinegar, and more. These substances can help you clean anything from your windows to your floors. For example, if you mix water, white vinegar, and rubbing alcohol together, it creates a great solution for cleaning your windows. You can mix baking soda with warm water to create an all-purpose cleaner that you can also use to remove odors. There are many more simple recipes you can find online.

Get Rid of Pests--

Keeping pests away is a top priority for many people's home. They can come in all shapes and sizes, from creepy crawlies to rodents. In some places, they might even be as large as deer! However, a lot of people don't want to use inhumane pest control methods or anything that might hurt the environment. If you want to use more natural remedies, there are lots of options that could work. For example, you can use peppermint spray for spiders if you want to get them out of your house. Of course, the most natural way of keeping pest away is often to take preventative measures such as keeping a clean and tidy home.


Keep up Your Beauty Regime--

Natural beauty products might also appeal to you, whether you're interested in cleansing products or makeup. There are lots of easy face masks you can make, as well as body scrubs and even your own bath bombs. You can make a face scrub with lemon juice and brown sugar, an avocado mask, or your own deodorant with ingredients such as arrowroot, baking soda, shea butter, and coconut oil.

Treat Minor Injuries and Illnesses--

You can even use natural ingredients found in your home for minor first aid. For example, you can use hydrogen peroxide to create a solution for cleaning out cuts. It can also be used to treat earwax and possibly prevent ear infections. Witch hazel can also be useful for cuts and scrapes. There are some things you might want to use if you're not feeling well. For example, garlic has excellent antibiotic properties, so plenty of it when you have a cold can help you recover.

If you like living a natural life, it can essentially save you money, too. Make your own products to use around the house and on your body.

22 February 2017

Getting a Gorgeous Yard That's Cheap and Easy to Maintain

Growing and maintaining a yard can be anything but easy. There is so much thought, physically labor, and cost that goes into it. It’s no wonder some folks just leave it to get overgrown. But a yard can be wonderful things when it's attractive, and you can make it so without breaking your back or your bank balance. Read on to find out more.

Lawn--

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Most folks that have a good lookin' yard have some sort of lawn either large or small, and if they are growing right lawns can be pretty cheap and low maintenance. However, if there is a problem with your lawn, it can be expensive to get it looking gorgeous again, as well as taking a lot of work.

To avoid the cost and extra labor of digging up and relaying a lawn that isn't looking too green and lush, you can use patch fixing seed. This is a container of grass seed that comes with a plant food incorporated. So all you have to do is sprinkle it on the rough patches and leave it to grow. Then you can get a nice green and even lawn for under $20.

Weeds--

Unless you are the luckiest person in the world, from time to time you are going to come across weeds in your yard. While some can actually look quite pretty, most grow quickly and suffocate the plants that you actually want in your outdoor space. So, unfortunately-- they need to go.

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Unfortunately, weeding is known to be a very tough job. As not only does it including digging and pulling the things out by their roots, but you also have to bend down while you are doing it. This can wreak havoc on your back.

But if you would rather deal with your weed problem without ending up needing to see a chiropractor after each session, there are some things you can try. For one, you can use a weed burner, which is a piece of natural gas equipment that burns a large section of weeds away. So the effort for you is minimal. Of course, you need to be pretty careful that you only get the plant you are trying to destroy and not the ones you want to keep!

Or you can use a telescopic weeder. This is a garden tool that extends towards the ground, so you don't have to bend over to get those pesky weeds out!

Or if you are looking for a low cost and low effort option you can make a natural weed killer from everyday households products. Which even if it doesn't get rid of them entirely, will certainly make the job of getting rid of them a lot easier.

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Plants--

If you have ever been to a flower or vegetable show, you will know that some folks spend a lot of time, effort, and money on growing plants. But you don't have to be an award-winning grower to get a pleasant looking yard, or spend all of your savings either.

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A simple and cheap solution is to grow your plants from seed. As you are not paying a premium for them to be raised for you. Choose mixed wildflower seeds, as these are the easiest way of integrating a little color into your yard without spending a fortune.

Practical Furniture Replacements That'll Save You Money

Let’s not lie to ourselves and say that furniture is worth the money. $1000 for a sofa? $500 for a table? $100 for one chair? That’s absolutely ridiculous! We don’t need to spend insane amounts of money just to keep our butts healthy when we sit down and we certainly don’t need an expensive table to eat at. What ever happened to thrifty living and making do with what you had? Why would you need an expensive table to eat at when you can use your computer desk or a coffee table? Why do you need expensive sofas that you aren’t going to sit at because you’re usually at a computer or in your bed?

Let’s face it, we can save loads of money by simply cutting out furniture that simply isn’t practical. If you’re worried about impressing your friends and family members then perhaps you have a good reason to keep up your impressions by buying furniture to accommodate visitors, but if all you are planning to do is live a comfortable lifestyle then you can do away with expensive things.


Beds Are Expensive--

A decent bed from even a cheaper retailer such as IKEA.com is going to set you back a good $500 if you include the mattress. You also have to build it yourself and find some place to fit it. Sure, it might make sense to invest money in your own bed, but what about guests or what if you don’t want to spend so much money?

You could just buy a single mattress, place it on the floor and sleep like that. It’s perfectly acceptable and there’s really no reason why you should feel ashamed unless you are trying to impress someone. Alternatively, you could check out MyInflatableBed.com if you want a bed that is comfortable and saves you plenty of space. You can inflate it whenever you like and let your guests use it should they need a place to stay. You can deflate it after you use it and claim back the space you would’ve used on a bed. Handy, right?

Who Needs Dining Chairs--

Dining chairs are rather pointless. They’re not exactly cheap or comfortable and we only sit on them for about an hour each day or even less because we only sit at the table to eat. Why not invest in a comfortable sofa instead of several chairs? A couple of chairs will cost you anywhere from $50 to $100 per chair, but you can get a long sofa that sits four people comfortably for less than $300. Think about those fancy restaurants and bars that have long sofa-like seating at their dining tables and you’ll realize that very few homes in the United States utilize these types of dining seats.


Computer Desks Are Overpriced--

Look at the cost of a computer desk and you’ll see that it can exceed $200. Why? Just because there’s an extra drawer or because it has a few holes in the back for cables? That’s absolutely ridiculous considering you could get a standard table for roughly $50 that is sturdy, customize-able, and you can add on an extra drawer for another $50. It’s practical, saves money, and you aren’t paying ridiculous prices for something fancy-looking.