Here's my own personal list of some of the most fashionable women across the pond:
1.) Victoria Beckham: (my personal fav hence the 2 pics)
2.) Cheryl Cole
3.) Keira Knightley
4.) Kate Moss
5.) Alexa Chung
6.) Emma Watson
7.) Sienna Miller
8.) Emily Blunt
Being the foodie that I am, I like to try to make a variety of meals. These are the top sites I visit:
1.) Food Network: The gold standard for me. About 85% of my dishes come from here. What can I say? I love how creative the chefs are!
2.) Recipes from the Rachael Ray Show: Say what you want about her, but Rachael's meals are yumm-o! I use a lot of her recipes for entertaining and always get props!
3.) Betty Crocker: A great place when you have food you want to use up. You can type in the ingredients you have, and this site will show you what you can make. Most of dishes have been pretty good so far. I would recommend joining the site and getting their e-mails because they have coupons.
4.) Hungry Girl: Being the health nut I am, I like Hungry Girl because she is really creative with slashing calories/fat on items you crave. Just searching around on the site can give you some great recipes.
5.) EatingWell: Their recipes are kind of hit-or-miss. Try reading the ratings before you make a recipe; that usually helps.
6.) Women's Health: This is a cool site because you can limit exactly what you're looking for and any health concerns you have (some of the other sites have this as well)
1) Donatella Versace: I think she's an amazing woman, but I'm not going to lie, this photo reminds me of Vigo from Ghostbusters 2:
2.) Kelis: Do I really need a caption?
3.) Miley Cyrus' younger sister Noah...I'm kind of scared of what this child will wear when she actually hits puberty if she's dressing like this (she's 10, fyi). What ever happened to pouffy pink dresses? I guess I'm too old...
and then there's this one which is NOT from Halloween:
4.) Brad Pitt: I wonder if he has the same 'do as George Clinton under that cap...
5.) Danielle from Real Housewives of NJ and Kim from Real Housewives of ATL: They're both pretty (especially for their ages, but why all the plastic surgery??)
So I'm always trying to find out what foods give you the most nutritional bang for your buck. Imagine my delight when I saw an ad in my Eating Well magazine for McCormick and their seven spices to boost your health. Now I won't feel so guilty eating those nachos if I just sprinkle some oregano on it, ha!
1.) Cinnamon: has one of the highest antioxidant levels of any spice and even more than many foods. One teaspoon of this warm-tasting spice has as many antioxidants a full cup of pomegranate juice or ½ cup of blueberries. Additionally, cinnamon is also rich in natural compounds called polyphenols which appear to act like insulin in the body and may help regulate blood sugar levels.
2.) Ginger: eases indigestion and reduce pain. One of the active ingredients in ginger, gingerol, has anti-inflammatory properties. Some studies suggest that this ging compound may work like certain drugs like aspirin and ibuprofen by inhibiting an enzyme that causes inflammation. Research hints that ginger may offer pain relief for everything from arthritis to nausea and migraines.
3.) Oregano: Of all the dried herbs, oregano has one of the highest antioxidant levels. One teaspoon of dried oregano leaves has as many antioxidants as three ounces of almonds and ½ cup of chopped asparagus. Oh yeah and random factoid for you, if you haven't watched Rachael Ray enough, oregano means "joy of the mountain."
4.) Red pepper: Capsaicin is the fiery compound in peppers that gives chiles their heat and their antioxidants. The hotter the pepper, the more of these two guys you'll find. Cayenne or ground red pepper contains the most, but all red peppers, including chili powder and the milder paprika, are surprisingly good sources of antioxidants. This spice also has dietary benefits. That capsaicin compond helps increase satiety, or a feeling of fullness. Beyond helping you control your appetite, findings of some studies indicate that adding cayenne, chili powder and paprika to your meal can help boost your metabolism. If you can't stand the heat, sweet red peppers have been found to increase calorie burning as well.
5.) Rosemary: antioxidants
6.) Thyme: Just one teaspoon of this herb contains about the same amount of antioxidants as a carrot or a ½ cup chopped tomatoes. Thyme also contains a variety of special compounds called flavonoids that increase the herb's antioxidant strength and may offer anti-inflammatory benefits. Some studies suggest the antioxidants in thyme could help maintain brain function and promote heart health.
7.) Yellow curry: Turmeric, found in curry powder, is a concentrated source of antioxidants, equal to strawberries, raspberries, cherries and grapes. According to some studies, curcumin, the bright yellow compound in turmeric, may help inhibit the growth of cancer cells, reduce inflammation and safeguard the brain. In some studies, curcumin helped fight off the development of destructive brain plaques. As a result, this cognitive-friendly compound may be able to protect against Alzheimer's disease.
I know lots of people are aware about these online sample sale sites, but I felt the need to share because they are so incredibly awesome! Join all of them (membership is free) so you can get access to all the expensive stuff for like, 1/3 of retail. Enjoy :)
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Billion Dollar Babes
Folate (aka folic acid) is essential for women because it helps the baby's development in pregnancy. It's also important for the fellas because it helps produce red blood cells, prevents anemia, helps skin cells grow, aids nervous system function, prevents bone fractures, and lowers risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. To get your folate, you can try the following foods:
1.) Cooked lentils (1 cup, 229 calories): 89 percent daily value
2.) Cooked navy beans (1 cup, 258 calories): 63 percent daily value
3.) Cooked beets (1 cup, 74 calories):34 percent daily value
4.) Cooked split peas (1 cup, 231 calories): 31 percent daily value
5.)Papaya (118 calories): 28 percent daily value
6.) Mustard greens (1 cup, 21 calories): 25 percent daily value
7.) Raw peanuts (1/4 cup, 207 calories): 21 percent daily value
8.) Flaxseeds (2 tbsp., 95 calories): 13 percent daily value
9.) Orange (61 calories): 10 percent daily value
10.)Raspberries (1 cup, 60 calories): 8 percent daily value
And no, I'm not talking about that lemon juice cleanse fad. These things actually aren't too bad!
10.) Eat dark chocolate-lots of antioxidants
9.) Use zero-VOC paint, so you don't have to deal with the smell
8.) Drink filtered tap water instead of the plastic bottled stuff
7.) Grow houseplants...they clean the air
6.) Apply a clay mask: it purifies skin
5.) Don't dry clean clothes; hand-wash them then steam
4.) Use body lotion that doesn't have parabens in them. High doses of these synthetic preservatives can disrupt the functioning of the endocrine system. Since body lotions cover a large amount of surface area; it's good to pay attention to these
3.) Buy organic produce if you eat the skin, or wash non-organic produce with some sort of natural cleanser
2.) Once a year, leave your pillows, comforters, etc. on a tarp in the garage overnight when it's freezing outside. It freezes away the allergens to death
1.) Take off your shoes at the door and put them on a newspaper