5 Ways To Get Rid Of Spider Veins Fast

Spider veins are an annoyance that so many of us face way too often. If you’re not sure if you have spider veins, they are red, blue or purple veins at the surface of the skin, that kind of look like a spider web of veins.

The causes of spider veins, or varicose veins, vary a lot. They could be from prolonged standing, (a lot of nurses and hairdressers get them). They could also be from obesity, birth control pills, bad circulation, pregnancy or even menopause.

If you choose to get these removed by a doctor, they will probably preform laser surgery or sclerotherapy. If you’ve gotten either of these procedures done before, you probably know that they don’t stop the veins from coming back.

Obviously, it is too much to keep going back for these procedures every time these veins reoccur. Most people just live with these veins, avoiding shorts and dresses as much as possible. Luckily, there are home remedies that you can try to minimize the veins, and maybe even get rid of them.

Witch hazel is an anti-inflammatory so, it can be used to shrink the veins. Just apply witch hazel soaked in a cotton ball to the area with the spider veins. Repeat two to three times a day to help reduce the blotchy appearance caused by spider veins.

There was actually a study done on witch hazel on varicose veins and researchers found that it helps keep blood within a damaged vein. They also said that witch hazel has always been used to treat varicose veins.

Ginger works by improving your circulation. It does this by lowering your blood pressure and thinning the blood. A small amount won’t do much, but try to implement it in your diet as often as possible. If you are already on blood thinning medication, talk to your doctor before eating large amounts of ginger on a regular basis.

I swear by this next one.

Here’s a new twist on two of our classic favorites!

Kraft macaroni & cheese, hot dog, PIZZA!  That’s right – we’ve taken two of almost every child’s favorite dishes and merged it together to make one epic pizza! The ultimate comfort meal. Give it a try tonight!

Your picky eater won’t stand a chance against this pizza!

  • 1 box Kraft Macaroni & Cheese
  • pre-baked pizza crust
  • 4 hot dogs cut into slices
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ¾ cup cheddar cheese
  • olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Prepare boxed Kraft Macaroni & Cheese with cheese. Set aside
  3. Spread ketchup on the crust to act as the pizza sauce.
  4. Brush the crust with olive oil.
  5. Pour prepared macaroni and cheese over top of the pizza.
  6. Top with sliced hot dogs.
  7. Sprinkle cheddar cheese over the top and then bake for 10 -12 minutes.
  8. Crust should be golden brown and cheese melted. Enjoy!

Easy to Make Reuben Sandwich Sliders!

Trying to figure out what to make for a lazy Saturday night in? These reuben sandwich sliders are just the thing you’ve been looking for! Quick, delicious, and an easy clean up makes this recipe a staple in my cookbook.

These would also make a great snack for a get together with friends one night!

  • 12 slider buns
  • 8 oz sliced swiss cheese
  • 8oz corned beef thinly sliced
  • 1 cup sauerkraut
  • ⅓ cup thousand island dressing
  • 1 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dijon mustard
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Slice the buns in half separating the top and bottom buns, but do not separate the buns into individual buns. Place onto a sprayed baking sheet. .
  3. In a small bowl, mix together the melted butter, dijon mustard, garlic powder, and dried minced onion. Set aside.
  4. Spread thousand island dressing on the bottom buns, and then top with cheese, corned beef, sauerkraut, and more cheese.
  5. Place on the top half of the buns,  and then brush the butter mixture overtop.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Serve warm and enjoy!

This Easy Stromboli Recipe Is Definitely One to Keep on Hand!

If you’re pinched for time for a quick and easy dinner recipe, then look no further than this easy stromboli recipe! Done in 30 minutes or less, and it’s bound to be a family favorite with all the cheesy gooey goodness! Try one tonight!

  • 1 tube of Pilsbury pizza dough
  • ½ cup pizza sauce
  • 12 slices of salami
  • 16 slices of pepperoni
  • 1 ¼ cup of mozzarella
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and roll out the dough.
  3. Spread the pizza sauce on the dough leaving an inch around the outside.
  4. Top with salami, pepperoni, and 1 cup of cheese.
  5. Begin to roll up the dough horizontally, and then pinch the edges to seal.
  6. Brush the top with egg, and then sprinkle the remaining cheese on top along with chopped parsley.
  7. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top.
  8. Cut and enjoy!

5 Simple Wrist Exercises To Prevent Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

If you often feel tingling, pain or numbness in your hands, you may have carpal tunnel syndrome. This is caused by pressure on the median nerve in your wrist.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is extremely uncomfortable and can make any daily basic task painful and difficult.

Carpal tunnel can come from a number of factors from not eating right to repeatedly having strained hand positions.

Although there is no sure fire way to prevent this syndrome, there are a few things you can do to make your chances of getting it a lot smaller.

Here are some lifestyle changes you can do to prevent carpal tunnel:

– Don’t smoke

– Eat healthy

– Stay at a healthy weight

– Lower your salt intake

Although all these methods are extremely effective, it is very hard to make an extreme lifestyle change to prevent something like this. Although these changes will impact a lot more than preventing carpal tunnel, if you wanted to make this kind of a change, you wouldn’t decide on it now to prevent carpal tunnel.

Luckily, there are changes you can make that won’t disrupt your entire life! Every one of these exercises are with your hands so you can do them practically anywhere, anytime.

Here are five exercises you can do to prevent carpal tunnel:

Check out This Quick and Delicious Monkey Bread Recipe!

You won’t have any time for monkey business when it comes to this recipe, and that’s because it only takes 4 minutes! Microwave monkey bread is so delicious and easy to make, that it’ll instantly turn into one of your go-to snacks for the family! Give it a try today!

  • 2 cans of Pilisbury biscuits
  • 7 tablespoons of butter
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon

1. In a small bowl melt butter and mix together with cinnamon, vanilla, and sugar.

2. In a seperate bowl, cut biscuits into quarters and then pour your sugar mixture overtop.

3. Stir to coat all the biscuit quarters, and then transfer into a silicone bundt pan.

4. Microwave on high for 4 minutes, and then allow to cool for 2 minutes.

5. Flip monkey bread out onto a plate and enjoy!

Tips To Place Your Furniture To Look More Cozy

Furniture placement is the easiest way to make sure your living space looks comfortable and put together. You don’t have to have expensive furniture to have a nice looking living room. The placement of your furniture can make or break a living space. With it being the easiest design asset to tackle, make sure it’s done right.

Here’s a list of do’s and don’ts to make your furniture look perfect.

Don’t: Fence anyone in with furniture. No one wants to feel like they have to do gymnastics just to get around your furniture and sit down.  

Do: Create a clear path from the front door to the sitting area, so your guests can sit down easily. The standard suggestion is 30 inches of walk-through space between pieces of furniture.

Don’t: Leave anyone out of the conversation in your living space.

Do: Ensure all furniture is facing each other in a way that is easy for conversation to be had throughout the room.

5 Easy Exercises That You Won’t Even Have To Stand Up For

Exercising is hard and time-consuming. Who really wants to spend the one free hour of their day, to exercise rather than watching Netflix? The answer is no one.

Here’s a list of easy exercises that you don’t have to get off of the couch to do.

1. Calf Muscle Toning

Give your calf muscles a workout by raising your legs up on the very tips of your toes while remaining seated. Your calf muscles should start to burn after a few seconds. Hold for 10 seconds and then repeat eight times.

2. Leg Rotations

Keep your back as straight as possible and extend one leg straight forward. Keeping your upper body still, rotate your leg in small, clockwise circles until your leg muscles are fatigued. Then do counterclockwise circles until your leg is tired. Put your leg back on the floor and repeat with the other leg.

Maple French Toast Casserole Will Change The Way You Make Breakfast

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Get ready for the most delicious breakfast recipe…ever! This Maple French Toast Casserole will get you excited about the first – and most important – meal of the day. Not only is it super tasty, but you cook the whole thing in your Instant Pot. Just set it and forget it and let this handy kitchen gadget do all the hard work for you!

  • Cooking Spray
  • 12 slices sandwich bread cut into 1 inch pieces, can use gluten free bread
  • 4 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg grated
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves ground
  • 2 cups milk reduced fat 2%
  • 1 teaspoon powdered sugar
  1. Coat the inner pot of the Instant Pot with cooking spray.
  2. Place cubed bread in the pot
  3. Combine eggs, maple syrup, cinnamon, salt, cloves and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  4. Add milk, stirring with a whisk until blended. Pour milk mixture over bread in the pot, pressing gently with a spoon to coat all bread pieces.
  5. Tear off a 10 1/2 inch long piece of alluminum foil; lay foil on top of inner pot, gently smoothing it down the side of the pot. trim pointed corners even with rest of the foil, and tightly tuck it under the rim
  6. Cut 2 (1 1/4 inch long) slit in the foil about one inch from the edge with a thin sharp knife. Cut a second slit parallel to and about 1 inch to the inside of the first. Repeat this procedure 3 times, creating 2 concentric slits in foil at intervals of 12, 3, 6, and 9 o’clock.
  7. Set inner pot inside cooker. Close and lock the lid of the Instant Pot. Turn steam release handle to Venting. Select the Slow Cook function and adjust time to 90 minutes cooking time.
  8. Serve warm sprinkled with powdered sugar. Enjoy!

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These 4 Efficient Exercises Will Help Jump Start Your 2018 Resolutions

“5, 4, 3, 2, 1, HAPPY NEW YEAR!”

You may have made some serious resolutions at the beginning of 2018 to be a better person, but it can be hard to make dramatic changes in one’s life right away.

One thing we can all agree on, is that it never hurts to get healthy! However, trying to do too much all at once can be overwhelming and keep you from sticking to a healthy regiment.

Personal training experts say that if you want to make fast and obvious changes to your appearance, then you need to stick to a regular habit and keep to it at least 3-5 times a week.

Check out these easy to do workouts that will make you look and feel good!

Need to keep an eye on dinner? Try moving off to the side and doing some standing push ups! They are actually very similar to regular push ups, but are much easier to start out with and can be done almost anywhere!

Turn up the music and get moving! Dancing is a fantastic way to get active and get results fast!

You work out basically every part of your body and focus on cardio as well as muscles. Have you seen what dancers look like? Why not give this one a spin?

Read on to see more at-home exercises you can squeeze into your daily routine!

Another Way to Add a Little Sparkle to Your Christmas Tree!

Here’s a great craft for your kids to do! These tin foil icicles will add that perfect amount of sparkle and glitter to your Christmas tree. When it only take a couple minutes to make, how can you say no to this beautiful added decoration!

  • string
  • tin foil
  • mod podge
  • glitter

1. Take your string and tie it into a hanging knot.

2. Rip off a medium sized piece of tin foil, and begin rolling it up. Make sure to place your string in the tin foil as you roll it up so that you can hang it afterwards.

3. Using a paint brush, brush on some mod podge over your tin foil icicle.

4. Pour glittler over the mod podge areas and then set aside to dry.

A Beautiful Winter Decoration for Your Home

If you’re anything like me once Christmas is over and the decorations come down, I feel like my house is always so bare. That’s why I’ve decided to make Winter Shadow Box decorations! These easy to do crafts take no time at all, and leave your house with beautiful winter decorations making it feel a little less bare.

  • shadow box
  • card paper
  • faux snow
  • vinyl
  • stickers
  • scissors

1. Begin by removing the backing of your shadow box, and placing it over your card paper to trace out the proper size background you will need. Cut it out.

2. Pour faux snow into the shadow box, and then secure the backing with your new card paper background.

3. Flip over your shadow box and it’s time to decorate the front!

4. Place stickers around the border, however you’d lilke.

5. Place a vinyl label on top of the glass – whatever you would like it to say.

6. Use your imagination and make different shadow boxes to display in your home.

And His Heart Grew Three Times That Day!

Along with the Christmas holiday comes Christmas traditions, and that means watching the movie “The Grinch”. This year, take it a step further and make your very own Christmas grinch punch to go along with it!

  • red sugar
  • sprite
  • ice
  • frozen lemonade concentrate
  • pineapple juice
  • sugar
  • lemon-lime Kool-aid
  • One gallon pitcher

1. Pour 2 quarts of water into the pitcher.

2. Add in Kool-aid and sugar, stir until sugar is all dissolved.

3. Stir in pineapple juice and lemonade.

4. Add in ice and top of the rest with sprite.

5. Rim glasses with red sugar, and then pour and enjoy!

A Delicious Ornament for Your Tree Minus the Calories!

These cupcake ornaments are the perfect decoration for your tree, and a great last minute gift idea. Get the kids together and get involved for some fun Christmas crafting!

  • cupcake liners
  • styrofoam ball
  • hot glue gun
  • faux snow
  • mod podge
  • mini Christmas bulbs
  • string

1. Cover 3/4 of your styrofoam ball in mod podge, then sprinkle with faux snow and set aside to dry.

2. Using the hot glue gun add a dab of glue to the bottom of the cupcake liner, and then attach the styrofoam ball inside with the faux snow facing upwards. Set aside to dry.

3. Add another dab of glue on top of the cupcake, then add the mini Christmas bulb as the cherry.

4. Attach a loop of string around the “cherry” to allow the ornament to hang from the tree.

8 Homemade Decorations For You To Deck The Halls With This Christmas

It’s the holiday season, and Santa Claus has a toy for every good girl and good little boy, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try your hand at crafting your own great big bundles of joy!

Much of the happiness we get from this time of year comes from spending time with our families, and adding to our ornament collections. Easily the best parts of Christmas are dressing the tree, decking the halls, and pulling out all the nostalgic items we remember from childhood.

Over time, we may lose or break most of our favorite ornaments, but that doesn’t mean we can’t make more year after year!

Here are a ton of ideas for really creative homemade decorations that you and your close ones can make for the holidays this year!

These are fantastic way to spruce up the house, and even make a great replacement for an actual tree! Less mess to clean up and instead of going through the whole trouble of chopping down a pine tree and dragging it needles-and-all through the house, you can pick up all the articles at your local thrift shop or department store!

Want to bring the winter wonderland onto the dining room table? Find some old see-through salt shakers lying around the house or from the dollar store and adding toy evergreens inside the glass bottles. Be on the look-out for reindeer, snowmen, and even jolly Saint Nick’s that you can add to a Christmas collection that is worth its salt!

Another low-mess option to a real tree or expensive aluminum tree, these can be made of recycled wooden pallets used for shipping. After that, all you need is some buckets of paint and your imagination!

Don’t stop with green, either! Grab every color you can get your hands on and paint on your favorite ornaments, bulbs, stars, and then add some lights to get the whole effect. Make sure that the wood you grab is either clean or gets a proper scrubbing before touching it too much!

For a holiday already so saturated with treats, candy, and sugar already, it is understandable that we don’t always want our children (or ourselves) to binge out on chocolate the whole month through. What many people have decided to do is start making their own advent calendars that they can fill with whatever they want!

Some good ideas are small toys, non-perishable (healthy) food items, and handwritten notes with words of love are a great gift to give day after day!

You can even skip the box part! Just get some brown envelopes and hang them with strings and clothespins!

You Won’t Believe It’s Not Store Bought!

Have you ever tried to re-create those beautiful Christmas bow’s, but instead end up with something completely different and not so beautiful? Well, lucky for you we have the step by step instructions on how to get the perfect bow for your tree!

  • burlap
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors

1. Begin by taking your burlap and cutting out four strips the following lengths….18 inches, 18 inches, 15 inches, and 4 inches.

2. Take your 18 inch strip and using your hot glue, glue the ends together to create a circle. Once completed, do the same thing with your second 15 inch piece.

3. Now glue your two circles together, with the smaller one on top.

4. Fold the bow in the middle to create the dimples of the bow. Glue the ribbon together at each fold.

5. Take your remaining 18 inch strip and place it at the bottom of your bow ensuring both ends of the equal amount hanging, then using your smallest strip wrap it around the whole bow and tail and use your hot glue to keep it in place.

6. Final step is to cut triangles out at the end of each of your bow tails.

7. Fluff your bow so it’s not flat, and then find the perfect place to show it.

6 Stretches For Back Pain That Are So Easy You Can Do Them In Bed

Trying to live your life with back pain is really hard. Having to try and focus on your work while you have a constant ache in your back can be really challenging. There are ways you can treat pain with medication or massage, but sometimes that is not an option.

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For those of us who can’t get a massage every week, there are actually some simple stretches you can do from the comfort of your own bed that will help soothe your sore muscles. Doing these quick and easy moves before you leave your warm and toasty bed will help make your back stronger, more resilient, and more capable of handling your busy days.

This is so simple to do when you first wake up. All you need to do is lie on your back with your legs extended, then slowly lift one or both knees into your chest. Clasp your fingers around your knee (or knees) and pull down gently to stretch further. If you do one at a time, keep your other leg relaxed while stretching. Hold it for 15-30 seconds before releasing it and repeating it on the other side.

While on your back raise one leg as high as you can while keeping your pelvis on the bed. Use your hands to pull your leg slowly towards your head. Switch sides after 30 seconds.

On your back put your feet flat on the bed. Cross your right ankle over your left knee and let the right leg bend outwards. Put your hands behind your leg thigh and gently pull it towards your chest. Hold for 30 seconds before releasing and switch sides.

There are even more simple stretches that are absolutely essential if you have back pain…

Cranberry Apple Cider Sangria Is The Perfect Cocktail For Fall

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This cocktail is delicious and super festive! It combines all of the most delicious fall flavors into one yummy drink. The cranberry, apple, cinnamon and red wine go together so perfectly all your friends and family will be begging for the recipe.

  • 1 bottle of red wine
  • 2 cups apple cider (non-alcoholic)
  • 1 cup unsweetened cranberry juice
  • 1/2 cup Triple Sec
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup cranberries (fresh or frozen)
  • Sparkling water
  • 1 cup diced apples
  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish
  1. In a large pitcher combine the red wine, apple cider, cranberry juice, Triple Sec, and honey.
  2. Add the diced apples and cranberries. Stir to combine.
  3. Serve in glasses over ice and top with sparkling water.
  4. Garnish with cinnamon sticks if desired.

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Re-purpose Old Shirts Into Dapper Dog Collars

Oh my gosh! This has got to be the cutest DIY project ever! These DIY Dog Collars made from old button-down shirts are super adorable. You don’t even need any fancy skills to make them. Just cut the collar off an old shirt and you’re done!

  • Old button-down shirt
  • Scissors
  1. Take your shirt and using sharp scissors cut off the collar. Make sure to leave the top button intact!
  2. Put the collar on your pup and you’re done! Easy peasy!

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Doritos Cheese Balls Are A Quick And Easy Party Snack

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These bite-sized Doritos Cheese Balls are delicious AND cute! Whip them up for your family get-togethers, birthday parties…or really anytime you’re craving some yummy appetizers. Give them a try and don’t forget to share the recipe with your friends!

  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar
  • 1/2 cup crushed Doritos
  • Pretzel sticks
  1. Place your crushed Doritos in a bowl and set aside.
  2. Mix together the cream cheese, cheddar and taco seasoning.
  3. Scoop out teaspoon-sized balls of the cheese mixture and roll in your bowl of crushed Doritos.
  4. Place the cheese balls on a serving platter. Add a pretzel stick to each ball when ready to serve. Enjoy!

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