Yesterday I started brewing coffee…then I ran out of the house to get to a sale at Target and totally left the coffee. Poor coffee, I didn’t mean to do that…I really do cherish and appreciate you!
I go through a lot of coffee…a lot…and so I throw out a lot of coffee grinds! Poor little coffee grounds, they live such a short life!
If you feel a little bad about all the coffee grounds you throw away…you’re in luck!
Hello coffee ground hacks!!
Around the house…
Exterminate fleas from your pet
When bathing your dog (or cat), after shampooing and before rinsing rub some of the grounds into their fur.
Clean a dirty grill
The thinking behind this is the same as the above. The grainy texture of the grounds will remove the build-up of grease.
Unblock the sink
If your drains are clogged, pour the grounds into the sink followed by liquid soap and a kettle of boiling water
As a beauty product…
Reduce under-eye puffiness
It’s not just teabags that can do this - coffee too has been known to remove puffiness from under your eyes. Simply mix up the coffee grounds with some water and make into a paste. Smear it on the affected area and leave to rest for 15 minutes.
Get rid of cellulite
Massage a mixture of grounds and coconut into the troubled spots, leave for a few minutes then rinse off. Keep doing this every day for two weeks and you will soon notice the difference.
You can even use it in your garden!
Banish slugs and snails
Instead of salting your outdoor surfaces to keep away the slugs, just sprinkle the used grounds on your patio and around the flower beds and you will never have to deal with slugs again as they don’t like the acidity of coffee.
Change the color of your flowers
This works especially well for hydrangeas as their color can be manipulated simply by altering the pH levels of the soil. The coffee grounds reduce the pH level and will give you bright blue blooms.
Never would I have thought of any of these!!
Thank you to all of the “out of the box” thinkers for having our backs with these amazing life hacks!
It’s that time of year again!!! The sun is out and Summer will be here before we know it!!! WOO HOOO!!!!
I’ve sure missed this time of year!!
Yesterday I sat outside for maybe 40 minutes tops…I got a little sunburn! That was fast!
OOOPS!!! I didn’t even think to put on sunscreen!! I do this at the beginning of the summer every single year! I never learn!!
So I thought we should have a refresher course in sun safety!!!
It’s obviously important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays…there are several things you can do to protect yourself…because lets be honest, sun burn is PAINFUL!
Cancer.org suggests wearing clothes that keep you covered up along with wearing hats and sunglasses to protect your eyes and face.
You should also limit your time in the sun, seek some shade. The time in which UV rays are the strongest are from 10-4pm so make sure you’re getting some shade!
Of course you should use sunscreen…cancer.org recommends an SPF of 30 or higher…you should also check the labels and make sure your sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays.
Make sure to apply it generously…especially in places where your skin is exposed…and re-apply every few hours!!
I got an email this morning from Pillsbury.
Pillsbury of all places…This is odd because I’ve never given Pillsbury my email address. I’ve never even been on the Pillsbury website. So its peculiar to me that Pillsbury would email me.
I’m a little peeved. I understand getting spam from websites I actually use or have been on at least once in my life…but this is ridiculous!
Now I know we can’t block all the spam, but I’m very diligent in always hitting the “don’t send newsletter, spam, etc” button on websites…but somehow I still get those pesky emails!
How can we stop this madness!?!?!
The Online Privacy Blog has some advice on how to decrease the amount of spam you get!
According to the Online Privacy Blog you should…
Create a temporary email address: One of the simplest measures that you can take to stop spam in your inbox is create a temporary email address (also called a fake, disposable, or alias email address).
Filter your spam: you can create various filters to put particular emails into different inboxes. Most times, the ability to create filters is located in your email client’s “settings” menu, and the filters can be created based on specific words, addresses, subject lines, groups of people, and many other criteria.
Unsubscribe: Clicking “Unsubscribe” usually takes you to an external website that lets you unsubscribe from receiving any further email from that particular sender. Make sure you click the option that completely removes you and doesn’t just limit emails.
This is a never-ending battle that we just have to learn to manage!
Pillsbury, I love you, I really do…your cookies, biscuits and other tasty confections but please stop emailing me!
Don’t eat the seeds because a watermelon will grow in your stomach!
The fear that a watermelon or apple tree will grow in your stomach if you eat them is real. IT’S TERRIFYING.
I will tell you…I am very OCD about watermelon seeds…I love watermelon and I spend an absurd amount of time making sure I get all the seeds out of it! It’s a bit ridiculous.
Guess what? You should be eating the seeds!
Everything I know is a lie. My whole life is a lie.
Are you saying a watermelon won’t grow in my stomach if I eat the seeds?!
So it’s ok to eat watermelon seeds…
Just not straight from the watermelon, they need to be sprouted and shelled.
According to The Huffington Post, “Once sprouted, shelled and dried, watermelon seeds become edible, protein-packed treasures. Just a one-ounce serving (about 1/8 of a cup) boasts 10 grams of protein.”
Not only are they packed with protein, they also contain“vitamin B, magnesium, and monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, which have been shown to reduce cholesterol levels, inflammation and risk for heart disease and stroke.”
They are better than sprouted almonds and sunflower seeds!
This is all great to know but I’m still not going to eat them…just incase.
We’ve all had those mornings we wake up from a good night to a pounding headache!
When you’ve had a few too many vodka sodas and my hair hurts the next day, my first instinct is to eat something greasy…a breakfast sandwich or pizza are generally my ‘go to’s’ followed by a solid nap and BOOM-good to go, happy girl.
Have you heard that greasy food is not the way to go in terms of hangovers?
Yea I’ve heard that too…what do they know?
Clearly they haven’t had a breakfast sandwich post hangover…they would feel like a million bucks. Guaranteed.
Some food that contains vitamin E? Kale and almonds. EW. No thank you.
The vitamin E found in kale and almonds will decrease the stress on your cells, thus helping your hangover.
There is a detailed scientific description of why kale is the best thing for your hormones…but I’m stuck on the fact that the day after a lot of drinking the LAST thing I want in this world is kale. THE LAST THING.
What are your 'go to' hangover foods?! Email me at Tory@1017thebull.com or tweet me @ToryTheBull!
Ladies, once a month we turn in to the Incredible Hulk. Don’t lie to me, or yourselves…you do!
We don’t even realize that we have become a green monster of anger until small children are running away from us in fear!
We are truly sorry…but we have no control over are hormones being all out of whack!
The only thing that can calm us down is ice cream. We NEED it!
Just give us the ice cream, back away slowly and no one gets hurt!
A graphic designer just made ice cream a million times better…if that’s even possible.
Parker Jones is from Dallas and she has just created the best ice cream labels for PMS… she is genius.
The flavors are called, “Don’t Come Near Me,” “I Need Some More,” and “I Think I’m Dying”
This is already amazing!
But wait there’s more…each label describes all the emotions we woman are feeling along with the break down of the 5-7 days of our periods. Perfect.
Thank you Parker Jones. Just thank you!
Now I need some ice cream!