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Why You Should Never Drink Cold Water

While a glass of ice water can sound incredibly refreshing, it turns out that there are a number of reasons why drinking cold water can be harmful and warm water is far more beneficial.

 

What cold water does to your body:

Cold water can interfere with a number of healthy bodily processes and actually be detrimental to your well-being in the following ways:

  • Cold water robs you of nutrients: The body’s natural temperature is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. When you drink something that is very cold, your body has to spend an exorbitant amount of energy to regulate your core temperature. This takes away from energy that is needed to digest food and absorb nutrients.
  • It may cause a sore throat: Extremely cold water may cause respiratory mucosa to build up, resulting in increased chance of infection causing a sore throat.
  • It can increase your risk of headache: According to a 2001 study, women who had experienced a migraine in the last year were twice as likely to trigger a headache by drinking cold water.

On the flipside, here are some of the amazing health benefits of drinking warm water:

Warm water provides pain relief:

 

Drinking warm or hot water has a soothing effect on the muscles of the abdomen. It can provide relief from menstrual and abdominal cramping, as well as muscle spasms.

Boosts your weight loss:

Instead of cold water, drink warm water to help boost your weight loss.
Instead of cold water, drink warm water to help boost your weight loss.

By drinking a cup of hot water first thing in the morning, you can jump-start your metabolism. Warm water increases body temperature and increases the rate at which your metabolism burns calories.

Prevents premature aging:

 

Drinking warm water helps to flush compounds from the body that can accelerate aging. It also improves skin elasticity by aiding in cellular repair.

Clears nasal and throat congestion:

Hot water is a wonderful natural treatment for colds. It can naturally dissolve phlegm and clear your airways. It not only clears out nasal congestion, but it also soothes sore throat symptoms as well.

Prevents constipation:

Forget cold water, drinking warm water can help prevent constipation.
Forget cold water, drinking warm water can help prevent constipation.

Hot water can help you to maintain bowel movement regularity. Dehydration is a frequent cause of recurring constipation problems. Not to mention that the movement of the bowel slows down as it fills up. The hot water can finish breaking down food remnants and flush them through the intestines.

 

Aids your digestive process:

 

It is believed that drinking cold water during a meal might promote hardening of oils in the food and lead to a fat deposit in the intestine. As mentioned previously, warm water boosts metabolism and aids the digestive process.

 

Detoxifies your body:

The act of drinking hot water naturally raises the temperature of the body. As the body temperature rises it activates the process of sweating, which flushes toxins out of the body through the pores of the skin. The extra hydration also helps the function of the kidneys to flush waste material out of the body, along with toxins.

 

Improves your outlook:

According to Dr. Michael Wald, the director of Nutritional Services at Integrated Medicine and Nutrition in Mount Kisco, New York, consuming hot water activates receptors found in the stomach, esophagus, intestines and mouth. This stimulates pleasure regions of the brain.

 

Maintains balance in the body:

 

Practitioners of Chinese Medicine believe that drinking warm water that is similar to the temperature of the body maintains balance. They believe that extremes of either hot or cold throw off the body’s yin and yang. Imbalances are believed to be responsible for symptoms like chills, depression, thirst, “foggy” thinking, sleepiness, bloating and more.

 

Enhances blood circulation: 

Drinking warm water breaks down fat deposits that are present in the body and blood stream. The warmth increases the flow of blood circulation and promotes the removal of toxins. The increased circulation induces muscle relaxation, which can reduce pain.

 

Try warm lemon water

Rather than cold water, drink warm water with lemon.
Rather than cold water, drink warm water with lemon.

Another way to drink warm water is by adding a squeeze or two of fresh lemon juice. This is especially beneficial first thing in the morning. Lemons contain citric acid, magnesium, bioflavonoids, vitamin C, pectin, calcium and limonene, which supercharge our immunity so that the body can fight infection. They also help to lower the activity of free radicals and increase the breaking down of body fat, also known as adipose tissue

So, drink warm water for a more overall healthy lifestyle.

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Sheet Pan Healthy Sausage and Veggies

Roasted garlic-parmesan veggies with sausage and herbs all made and cooked on one pan. 10 minutes prep, easy clean-up!

 

Healthy garlic parmesan roasted veggies with sausage and herbs all made and cooked on one pan. 10 minutes prep, easy clean-up! GREAT MEAL PREP IDEA. Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.com

 

Thinking about easy dinner recipes this is one of them.  Tons of veggies & sausage mixed with herbs and olive oil and then all tossed together on one foil or parchment-lined pan = ridiculously fast prep, insanely quick clean-up (like none really), and so much delicious flavor. This is a one pan healthy dinner that you are going to love!

 

Make one huge tray of these veggies + sausage and a big batch of quinoa (or rice) and voila: easy and healthy lunches for an entire week long.

 

Healthy garlic parmesan roasted veggies with sausage and herbs all made and cooked on one pan. 10 minutes prep, easy clean-up! GREAT MEAL PREP IDEA. Recipe via chelseasmessyapron.com

 

 

This sheet pan dinner is ridiculously easy, healthy, and tastes great even by the end of the week!

I mean, there’s nothing like this sheet pan dinner straight out of the oven, but, it also makes for pretty good meal prep.

You can basically use whatever veggies you have on hand or need to use up as this dish is pretty forgiving. The one vegetable that has precise instructions are the red potatoes — you want them chopped pretty little if they are going to bake in the same time as everything else.

You can use whatever sausage you like best. And last but not least, if you are enjoying this straight out of the oven, try some freshly grated Parmesan because that is out-of-this-world. It takes the roasted veggies to a whole new level!

 

Sheet Pan Healthy Sausage and Veggies
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 30 mins
Total Time: 40 mins
Servings4 if served with rice/quinoa
Ingredients
  • 2 cups (~1 small) red potato
  • 3/4ths pound green beans
  • 1 large head of broccoli (~ 1 and 1/2 cups)
  • 1 and 1/2 cups chopped bell peppers 2 large or 6-7 mini sweet bell peppers
  • 9 ounces smoked sausage, not ground sausage
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes optional
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Serve with: fresh parsley, quinoa/rice, lots of freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Line a large sheet pan with foil or parchment paper.
  3. Prep the veggies: chop the red potatoes (pretty small pieces here so they will be tender in time), trim the green beans and halve, chop the broccoli, chop the peppers into thick squares, and cut the sausage in thick slices.
  4. Place all the veggies and sausage on a sheet pan. Pour the olive oil and all the spices on top. Toss to evenly coat all the veggies and meat.
  5. Bake 15 minutes, remove from the oven and flip/stir all the veggies around. Return to the oven and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until vegetables are crisp tender and sausage is browned.
  6. If desired, sprinkle freshly grated Parmesan cheese over the veggies and sausage as soon as they come out of the oven.
  7. Enjoy with rice or quinoa and fresh parsley if desired.
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Walmart Will Track Veggies On The Blockchain After An Epic Lettuce Scare

Health officials, who are looking at how to apply blockchain technology to public health issues, consulted with Walmart on improving food supply traceability.

After hundreds of people in the US became ill after eating contaminated romaine lettuce earlier this year, Walmart, along with many other food retailers and restaurants, pulled the potentially tainted produce from their shelves after regulators issued a warning. The company says the outbreak could have been stemmed sooner if there were a faster and easier way to trace what people had eaten.

Walmart thinks blockchain technology could be the solution. The big-box company worked for more than a year with IBM and 11 food companies to develop a blockchain-enabled food traceability network. Now, Walmart and its subsidiary, Sam’s Club, will require their leafy greens suppliers to use its blockchain technology to implement real-time, end-to-end traceability back to farms within a year, the company announced today.

The company claims its blockchain technology dramatically improves efficiency. In an early test, Walmart’s vice president of food safety, Frank Yiannas, brought in sliced mangoes and asked his team to “stop everything they were doing and trace that product back to its origin on a farm,”. “It took them nearly seven days, as the methods of tracking today are antiquated — sometimes done with pencil and paper.” But using the blockchain, that tracking process can be done in 2.2 seconds.

 

 

 

“Imagine if blockchain would have been able to do what it’s done in our pilots,” the spokesperson said regarding the romaine lettuce outbreak.

“We had to throw out all romaine because there was no way to precisely identify which romaine was from Yuma [the region where the contaminated lettuce originated] versus other growing regions. … It not only affected Walmart, but all of retail and even restaurants. All romaine had to go.”

Bar codes, a common supply chain management tool, “are not a continuous chain (i.e. distributor, farmer, etc. could use different codes along the way),” the Walmart spokesperson said in an email. And even if “they did use the same barcode, the database would still differ by retailer. We are eliminating duplicity within the supply chain and creating one shared system.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has been working with IBM on applying blockchain solutions to other public health issues, such as the opioid crisis, consulted with Walmart on improving traceability to help public health officials investigate foodborne disease outbreaks and find the source of contaminated food.

As the MIT Technology Review explained in an article about the CDC and the health care blockchain, “a complex mishmash of data usage agreements and government privacy rules dictate which members can access information and which ones can modify it. That slows things down. A number of additional, sometimes manual processes are needed to make sure the correct organization or person sent or received the right data, and that it was used correctly. A blockchain can automate these steps.”

 

 

 

Walmart said the aim of its new blockchain system is “to help reduce the number of people who fall ill during food incidents, while at the same time reducing losses for retailers and suppliers during a recall.” The information about Walmart’s leafy greens will not be immediately available to consumers, but “that’s in our roadmap,” the spokesperson said.

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23 Cheap Things To Treat Yourself To Right Now

Adorable PJs, geeky mugs, a precious planter, and more under-$25 goodies you definitely deserve to own RIGHT NOW.

 

1. A hydrating cleansing mask that bubbles when applied to wet skin so you can see and feel it working.

Promising review: “This works well to get a nice, deep clean. I love the tingling feeling, which makes my skin feel refreshed. I have very oily and sensitive skin, but after a month of using this I’ve had fewer breakouts and no issues with sensitivity. ” —Idaho

Get it from Amazon for $10.90 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

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2. A friendly fox oven mitt here to protect your paws in the kitchen.

Get one from ModCloth for $15 or a set of two from Amazon for $24.99.

ModCloth

Get one from ModCloth for $15 or a set of two from Amazon for $24.99 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

3. A delicate cat necklace that’s happy to ~hang~ out and be the purrfect finishing touch to your everyday outfits.

Get it from Amazon for $9.79+ (available in two colors). (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

4. Quirky PJs so adorable, you may have to host a good old fashioned slumber party just so you can show them off.

Amazon

Get them from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 28 designs). (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

 

5. A LOL-worthy spoon that’ll put you in the ranks of infamous cereal criminals like Norman Flakes and the Headless Horsebran.

Get it from Amazon for $18.

amazon

Get it from Amazon for $18. (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

6. An unbelievably affordable 2-in-1 eyeliner, which (*extremely Stefon voice*) has got everything: a pencil and liquid eyeliner brush, over 1,000 positive reviews, and most importantly, a fun leopard bottle.

Amazon, 

Promising review: “I have been wing challenged forever. I love the look of a nice black cat eye, but the technique has always escaped me. This tool is amazing. The tip is firm so you have lots of control, and the actual liner is a nice intense black that dries down matte. I quickly stocked up on more of these because I’m thinking it might be the holy grail. The picture I included is my first use with just one pass.” —Tiarra Reyes

Get it from Amazon for $1.46 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

7. An aww-worthy bunny planter who’s ear to give your succulents adorable accommodations and bring some joy to your desk.

Promising review: “It’s super adorable! Though this is a very tiny planter pot, it’s the perfect size for a desktop or window sill, for a succulent or other low-water plant. It comes with a saucer, which is separate, so it can be removed when you water it.” —Sprout

Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

8. Mismatch astrological sign ankle socks I recommend letting peek out from your shoes so everyone else can horoscope them out.

Get them from Urban Outfitters for $12 or two for $20 (available in 12 signs).

Urban Outfitters

9. A sweet cropped sweater with a lace-up back that’s sure to become close knit pals with all the high-waisted items in your wardrobe.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes XS/S-XL and in 16 colors). (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

10. A cream-scented, slow-rising peach squishy that’ll give you a satisfying, stress-relieving squish, no butts about it.

Amazon

Promising review: “It’s sooooo soft OMG, I can’t even! It’s so cute too! It’s super slow rising — it takes about 20 seconds to rise!” —Panda

Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

11. A set of four hanging storage caddies you can stack and arrange however you want, and that’ll do a meow-volous job of holding your knickknacks.

Amazon

Get them from Amazon for $9.99 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

12. A pretty feather trinket dish for a practical touch to your dresser sure to ~tickle~ your fancy.

Get it from Urban Outfitters for $12 (available in two colors).

Urban Outfitters

 

13. Cards Against Humanity’s bloody hilarious period-themed expansion pack to pad the fan-favorite raunchy card game with time-of-the-month jokes that’ll have you LOLing menstru-all night long.

Promising review: “Listen up, I don’t write many reviews, but this bad boy is fricking Buzz Lightyear — it went so far above and beyond. Not only were the cards hilarious, but the damn pack comes wrapped inside a pad with a little heart-shaped chocolate. I was laughing for five minutes at the packaging alone.” —Kessa Rigali

Get it from Amazon for $7. (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

14. A clever food decorating pencil sure to be the icing on the cake of your next creative culinary session (besides the literal icing you put in it, of course).

Amazon

Just use the “eraser” tip to fill the syringe with sauce, melted chocolate, gel icing, or whatever, then squeeze the sides to write. When you’re done, it’s dishwasher safe, so cleaning couldn’t be easier. Basically, there’s no reason to graphite how much you want this.

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

15. A heart-shaped old-school alarm clock you’re sure to love, and that’s saying something — your alarm clock is usually your worst enemy.

Get it from Cotton On for $5.

Cotton On

 

16. A box of truly inspirational Bob Ross adhesive bandages to help heal the side effects of your somewhat-less-happy accidents.

Box Lunch

17. A gloriously geeky mug featuring a favorite anime character that ani-may make you squeal with fangirl joy every time you use it.

 

18. A unicorn nail fan to dry your mani so fast it’ll be magical.

Get it from Asos for $16.
Asos

 

19. A super chic bag that looks like Chanel without the Chanel price tag.

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Plus, you can double up the strap to carry it as a hand or shoulder bag.

Check out more of the best purses on Amazon.

Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in two sizes and two colors). (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

20. A critter-motif enamel pin (be it a pile of kitties or a merry manatee) to make any bag or jacket all the more zoo-tiful.

Amazon

Get the “meowtain” or the manatee from Amazon for $9.95 (Search the name at the Amazon Product Search on this page)

21. A Niffler coin bank who wants nothing more than to safely store your gold. Listen, he’s much cuter and more accessible than a Gringotts vault.

Hot Topic

22. An 11-function Pac Man multitool to help you solve minor everyday problems that don’t involve being chased by colorful ghosts.

It's got a bottle opener, a wire stripper, four different size allen wrenches, a ruler, a saw blade, a pry tool, a screwdriver, and a letter opener, and is slim enough to pac in your wallet.Get it from Firebox for $13.19.

firebox

23. A succulent-inspired soy wax candle that’s whimsical, pretty, relaxing, all-around awesome, you get the point.

Etsy

 

 

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16 Tragic Halloween Designs That Deserve To Be Booed

1. This sign that’s meant to greet the season, but instead looks like it says, “HELL fall.”

2. The oddly placed hand of Frankenstein on these Halloween leggings.

3. The tape on this McDonald’s door that looks like it’s legitimately telling people not to enter.

4. The beads of sweat on this pumpkin that look more like something else.

5. This “boo” decoration that looks more like it says, “bod,” or “bad,” or “bool.”

6. These socks that are spooky, tricky, and…creery?

7. This crappy-looking bloody toilet decoration.

8. These Halloween tights that accidentally have the Star of David on ’em instead of a pentagram.

9. This decoration that accidentally swapped the B and the R in “BEWARE.”

10. These skeleton socks that are designed with two right feet.

11. This sign that says, “Let’s get spoy ok.”

12. This fall shirt that should’ve made the candy corn the V if it wanted to say “LOVE” instead of “LAVE.”

13. These spider and scorpion skeleton decorations, even though both creatures have exoskeletons.

14. This daycare that’s just being festive, but sounds super sketchy.

15. This Halloween poster that didn’t just use a font that’s difficult to read, but also features a watermarked stock photo.

16. And finally, this gas station’s dinosaur statue that got a lazy, ghost makeover for the fall.

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The Way This Japanese Pet Groomer Transforms Dogs Is Going Viral

Dogs do some of their own grooming but every once in a while they need a little help. Yoriko Hamachiyo, however, has taken it a step further. She owns a pet salon called Yorikokoro, and has mastered the craft of transforming adorable pups into perfect fluff balls.

We’ve collected some before-and-after pictures of Yoriko’s four-legged clients and it’s hard to believe they show the same dogs. Sometimes, the groomer spices up their photoshoots with a few accessories, too. Bow ties seem to be her favorite! Scroll down to check out the pawesome makeovers she gave to the lovely pooches.

Japanese dog groomer Yoriko Hamachiyo has taken the craft to another level

Hamachiyo owns a pet salon called Yorikokoro, and has mastered transforming adorable pups into perfect fluff balls

After she’s worked her magic, Yoriko’s clients look nothing like before

Sometimes, the groomer spices up their photoshoots with a few accessories

Bow ties seem to be her favorite!

 

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Ohio boy’s lawn care business goes viral after ‘ridiculous’ neighbor calls cops on him

A resident in a Maple Heights, Ohio neighborhood called the police on a 12-year-old boy who is spending the summer mowing lawns.

The boy, Reginald “Reggie” Fields, along with his siblings and cousins, were mowing a customer’s lawn when Reggie accidently cut a different neighbor’s grass.

The mistake spurred that resident to call the Maple Heights Police Department, Lt. Joe Mocsiran confirmed to Fox News on Friday.

“They said I was cutting their grass. I didn’t know it,” Reggie first told WEWS News 5.

Mocsiran said no action was taken against Reggie.

“A little kid is out there working hard — heck no,” he said, explaining that it’s difficult to tell where one person’s lawn starts and another ends in the neighborhood where the incident occured.

The situation prompted Lucille Holt, the customer whose lawn Reggie was mowing, to post a video to Facebook detailing the incident and documenting the children’s hard work.

“I guess I have a line where part of it is not my yard. They called the police to tell the police that the kids were cutting their grass,” Holt said in the video.

“Who does that?” she asked. “I’m so angry right now, this is totally ridiculous.”

As of Friday afternoon, the video had more than 50,000 views and 500 reactions.

Holt’s video has caused a surge in Reggie’s business, WEWS News 5 reported, adding that people from across the city have now asked Reggie to mow their lawn.

“People are inboxing me like, ‘how can I get in touch with these children? Where are they at? I got property I want these kids to cut,'” Holt said.

The young boy, whose business is called “Mr. Reggie’s Lawn Cutting Service,” according to WEWS News 5, plans to use the money he earns this summer to buy new equipment to expand his business.

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This Picture Of An Empty Toys R Us Will Make You Regret Buying Toys From Amazon

In March, Toys R Us announced that it was closing all 800 of its US stores, a final chapter for so many now-grownups who grew up begging their parents to take them to the iconic toy store.

issy@issymimi

countless trips to toysrus as a child only to find out it’s closing down for good in six weeks. my heart

Samuel in Deep Thought@SuddenSam147

A whole generation of ToysRUs kids are crying inside right now. Smh

And then this happened.

☝🏽That’s Geoffrey the Giraffe saying goodbye to his home of almost 70 years. Here he is below, in a happier time.

And as if that photo wasn’t enough, just look at what happens when you go to the Toys R Us website.

@ReapHoward / Via Twitter: @ReapHoward

Seeing the empty store has hit people right in the depths of their childhood nostalgia.

Final proof of the inevitable – that the stores are really closing forever …

🧜🏽‍♀️@whattabxtch

This just made me so sad. pic.twitter.com/a7I1crM71W

♋️💗@ChampagneJatii

I heard they were closing and didn’t even care until I saw this pic.twitter.com/Yl1t0EZHG3

And that there will never be another Toys R Us Kid …

The Observant Nubian@ICanSEEYallTho

From bikes
To Trains
To Video Games
It’s the biggest Toy Store there is

🗣Gee Whiz!

I don’t wanna grow up
Cause baby if I diiiiiiiiiiiid!!!!!
I couldn’t be a Toys R’ Us kid!

🗣More games, more toys, Oh boy!

😢I’ll forever be a Toys R’ Us kid!😢 pic.twitter.com/xtPSMBSfQ0

The Observant Nubian@ICanSEEYallTho

I do know why I’m crying in the club. pic.twitter.com/JjnC08CvX6

Because they’ve all grown up.

Thanks for all the years of magic Toys R Us.

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Tiny Houses, Reasons to buy one.

Tiny Houses Reasons to buy one.

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Want to simplify your life? Want to lower your monthly expenses? Want to reduce your dependency on your job? Tiny houses may be the answer for you and your family.

Below is a list of the many benefits of owning a tiny home. Here we go…

Less initial cost
A tiny house is obviously smaller than a traditional home. There are less materials and the labor required to build it because of it’s size. Since tiny homes often have most of the features a traditional house has (kitchen, plumbing, roof, flooring) the price per square foot is usually more expensive. But since overall size of the house is so much smaller, the overall price is only a fraction of traditional homes.

Less energy consumption
Tiny homes require much less energy to heat and cool simply because they have much less interior air space. Since many tiny homes are on wheels, a tiny house owner could move their house under a large tree in the summer, and out into the sun during the winter. Two additional culprits for significant energy consumption are refrigerators and hot water heaters. Both are typically smaller in a tiny house and consume far less energy. Another use of energy is your own energy. It doesn’t take long to tidy up a very small dwelling. I have seen folks who have been very creative with reducing their tiny house’s energy consumption and making use of the fact that their home is very small. Solar panels, wood stoves, wind turbines, compost toilets, the list goes on and on.

Less water consumption and trash
If you have a small shower and small hot water heater, chances are your showers will be alot shorter. If you have a small trash can, chances are you will generate less trash. Using less water and producing less trash is both good for environment and your wallet.

Less cost for repairs
Repair costs for your tiny home are simply a matter of mathematics. The cost to replace the roof of a 2,000 square foot home will be alot less than the cost of a 300 square foot home. This is of course because of the reduction in materials and labor.

Less insurance
Insurance for your home can add up quickly, especially when it comes time to use it. Tiny houses cost much less to insure because they are less valuable. Many insurance companies consider tiny houses on wheels to be an RV. Since insurance companies aren’t non profits and are in business to make money, you will often have difficulty getting the money from them. By owning a tiny home you can minimize the amount you give to them in the first place.

More disposable income
All of the above reasons listed for buying a tiny house have been focused on “less”. Less consumption, less money out of pocket. All of this leads to having more money in the bank at your disposal. If you write a list of your recurring expenses, you’ll quickly realize that costs associated with your home represent the majority of your expenses. By owning and living in a tiny house, you are slashing your living expenses at every level.

More freedom
When you own and live in a small house, you free up your two most precious resources, money and time, not to mention some of Earth’s most precious resources…water and energy. Does your current standard of living prevent you from working at the job you want? Does it prevent you from going on vacations and taking time off when you like? Do you have to sacrifice spending time doing exactly what you want simply to pay your bills? Are you worried about the Earth and environment and leaving it in good shape for those that follow us? By living in a tiny house, you free up money by cutting expenses in a big way. You use less natural resources. You free up time by spending less of it cleaning and maintaining your home. You trade square feet for freedom.

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Gratitude Really is an Attitude

Gratitude Really is an Attitude

I try to find gratitude in the everyday world and most times, I’m fairly good at it. But, like everyone, I can find myself worrying about small things and letting them cloud the good.

So, today, I’m recommitting myself to look for gratitude and goodness. I hope you will do so as well.

Steps to finding gratitude:

o If you’re having a tough day, stay in the here and now. It’s so easy to focus on all the things that have gone wrong, especially in times of struggle. When something’s not quite right in our lives, we have a tendency to remember all the other things that haven’t been right, big and small. Work hard to focus only on the current struggle.

Then:

o Focus on the things that are right in your life. It would be a rare life that has nothing positive. Write them down, over and over, if necessary. Keep the list where you can see it! Review it every time you want to wallow in the negative.

o Keep photos of your loved ones everywhere: home, office, wallet, etc. When you can see those you love, it’s hard to avoid gratitude. If they are happy and healthy, you have so much to be grateful for; the other less positive things will take a back seat.

o Share the positives with others. If you make a point of telling others what’s going well in our life, you will be more apt to focus on this. And, as a side effect, others will certainly enjoy your company more than if you are continually complaining. Both negative and positive are contagious. Choose to spread the positive!

o Smile! It’s been said that if you smile a lot, people will wonder what you’ve been up to. It will also send a message to others and to yourself that you have things in your life to smile about. This is gratitude! And Laugh alot. Because when you laugh it gives you gratitude and makes you happy more and that’s also contagious. So, stay positive and happy with gratitude.

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