6 Ways Fad Diets Can Harm You

Fad diets are weight loss schemes that promise quick fixes, often involving very strict and extreme eating plans, or very low caloric intake. Unfortunately, these diets do not provide long-term benefits. If anything, they can cause serious health problems.

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13 Trending Recipes for July 30, 2015

Here is a round-up of delicious-looking recipes trending on Pinterest today. I think I’m in a cooking slump! I need some interesting ideas. Hope you enjoy some of these.

Included are:

1.  Slow Cooker Baked Beans
2.  Honey Garlic Pork Chops
3.  Mint Chocolate Chip Cheesecake Brownies
4.  Taco Braid
5.  One-Pot Mac and Cheese
6.  Pumpkin Spice Rice Krispie Treats
7.  Caramel Apple Crisp Cheesecake
8.  Mini Pumpkin Pies in a Muffin Tin
9.  2-Ingredient Cinnamon Apple Cake
10.  Strawberry Shortcake Kabobs
11.  Steak Sandwiches
12.  Crock Pot Pizza Dip
13.  Baked Ham and Cheese Sandwiches

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Tasty Cheddar Chicken Bake

At times I get tired of trying to make chicken less boring.  This recipe uses cheese crackers, saltines, panko bread crumbs, and cheddar cheese to bring it to life.  I think you’ll enjoy this dish.

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Ridding Your Home of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are common in many states, and are despised by almost everyone who hosts them. They have six legs, two antennae and sometimes wings. They can be large, often times measuring over two inches in length. They love to invade homes and restaurants, and can carry diseases since they tend to congregate near bathrooms as well as kitchens.

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Mosquito Control around the Home

Mosquitoes are very common pests. You would be hard pressed to find any area in North America that does not have to deal with these pesky little critters. Often, mosquitoes are nothing more than an annoyance. But other times, they can mean more serious problems. Some individuals have severe reactions to mosquito bites. Other times, mosquitoes can carry diseases such as West Nile virus, dengue and malaria that can become serious and life threatening very quickly. For whatever reason you want to keep these common pests out of your life, here are some ways to do it.

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Huge Back to School Bundle

Over the years, Old Fashioned Homemaking has published quite a few articles for the “back to school” season. Here is a large collection of these articles. Hopefully, some of these will have tips to help you and your children ease the transition from summer to school.

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Ten Safe Ways to Remove Garden Pests

There are so many great things when it comes to gardening with kids. You can teach them science lessons and also many life lessons. But while gardening with the kids you want to take measures to also make sure they are safe. And removing pests from the garden can lead to some less than safe options to protect your garden from pests.

With that in mind, here are ten safe options to remove garden pests from your home garden.

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How to Bug Proof Your Household Contents

Yesterday we talked about getting rid of bugs in the pantry.  Bugs are a constant threat to every home. There are various types of bugs depending on where you live, but the common denominator is that no one wants them there. Here are some ideas and simple tips to keep bugs out of your home and away from your belongings.

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How to Get Rid of Common Bugs Found in the Pantry

The pantry is a favorite spot of many unwanted insects. What pest wouldn’t love a place where there is such a variety of edible living spaces to be found? Depending on what part of the country you live in, some of these pests may be more common than others. But whatever uninvited guest has made itself at home in your pantry, here is a list of the more frequent ones and how you can get rid of them when they have taken up residence in your kitchen area.

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How to be Cool, Calm and Collected When Kids Push Your Buttons

If you are a parent, you know that your own children are those who are most skilled at knowing and pushing all your buttons. Since we are generally in contact with our children more than anyone else, they become very knowledgeable about who we are and what makes us tick. They also know what to do when they are seeking a reaction from us. Here is what you can do to remain cool, calm and collected when your children push your buttons and are waiting for a reaction.

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5 Ways that Reading and Play Impact Each Other

Reading and play are both essential parts of childhood. They are activities which every child needs and has a right to. They also impact each other in a positive way. How does this interaction work, and how can you make it work in your child’s favor?

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Back to School Breakfast Ideas

(Family Features) It’s the most wonderful time of the year – back to school. But getting kids excited for the day is not exactly easy when faced with a school day morning.

In order to get the energy up and keep it there, a good breakfast is essential. Break away from boring breakfasts with these tasty recipes. Nothing will bring your kids down the stairs faster than the smell of Brown Sugar Glazed Bacon in the morning. Add in a kick of Texas Pete and this sweet and salty bacon recipe is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters. Or take a breakfast trip south of the border. These Steak and Egg Soft Shell Tacos feature juicy skirt steak, potatoes and cheddar cheese, served up with fresh and flavorful Green Mountain Gringo salsa.

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Three Foods to Fire Up Your Metabolism

(BPT) – When it comes to a fast metabolism, some people seem to have hit the genetic jackpot. Luckily, your metabolism doesn’t solely depend on factors out of your control such as genetics, age, or gender. Modifying your exercise habits and making wiser food choices are two ways anyone can achieve a faster metabolism and a smaller waistline.

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‘Cleaning Green’ With Vinegar

(NAPSI)—With the array of cleaning options at the grocery store, it is easy to forget that the most natural and effective cleaner could be sitting in your cabinet at this very moment. Vinegar is an all-in-one cleaner. It can take on most any cleaning challenge, no matter the size, and there’s no need to worry about harmful effects typically associated with harsh, chemical cleaning agents. Budget conscious and eco friendly, vinegar is truly a product with many talents.

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Five Energy-Efficient Interior Design Tips

(NAPSI)—While most people know that energy efficiency is an important consideration when purchasing appliances or mechanical systems for the home, you may care to consider how your interior design choices can also affect energy efficiency.

Try these five tips to help reduce your home’s carbon footprint and save even more on your utility bills:

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