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Important Things to Know About Natural Insect Repellents

Posted on Wednesday, May 20th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Bug SprayParents want what’s best for their kids. It’s great to be able to play outside in the warm weather, but the fun stops when the mosquitos start biting. Some parents have concerns about the safety of insect repellants. Others worry about their effectiveness. Here is a quick look at the most important things to know about natural insect repellents.

Reapplication is Necessary
Natural insect repellants may contain ingredients made from plant oils. Some include citronella, lemongrass, peppermint, and cedarwood. Parents who are concerned about the potential effects of DEET might select insect repellants that contain natural ingredients.

Be aware that natural insect repellants need to be reapplied more frequently than do the insect repellants that contain DEET. Set a timer on your smartphone so you will remember to round up your kids and reapply the natural insect repellant several times.

Be Careful When Applying
Before you apply natural insect repellant, check your child’s skin for cuts. It’s just not a good idea to add insect repellant to an open wound – even if the insect repellant is natural. Keep the insect repellant away from your child’s eyes.

It is advised that parents put the natural insect repellant onto their own hands first. Use your hands to apply the natural insect repellant. Applying it directly to the child’s skin could result in accidentally putting too much of it on your child.

Read the Label
Not all insect repellants are the same! Some need to be applied more often than others. It is entirely possible that one brand of natural insect repellant will contain different ingredients than another brand will. Check the label while you are still at the store. Does it contain something that your child is allergic to?

Do not assume that just because an insect repellant is natural that it is safe for everyone. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) points out that oil of lemon eucalyptus products should not be used on children who are under 3 years of age.

Remember to Wash it Off
It is important to take the time to wash the insect repellant off of your child after you are finished playing outside. This is true for “regular” insect repellants and the natural kind, too. Nobody needs to have insect repellant on their skin after they have come indoors (where the mosquitos aren’t).

Choose Effective Insect Repellants
WebMD says that soy-based insect repellants were the most effective alternative to DEET. Insect repellants that contain oil of lemon eucalyptus also work really well. Studies have shown that natural insect repellants that contain citronella, peppermint oil, and other plant based oils are not particularly effective.

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Save on Fresh Corn + A Trick for Husking Corn!

Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 at 9:37 am
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Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Corn at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 5/25/2015.Save 20%.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Corn at participating retailers.

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 5/25/2015.

Stock up on some delicious corn and then try this Magic Corn Trick for easily husking your corn!

Here are this corn sales happening this week:

Albertson's - Southern California Division (5/20 - 5/26)
Piggly Wiggly - Southern Wisconsin (5/20 - 5/26)
 
Kroger - Delta Marketing Area (5/20 - 5/26)
 
Ralphs (5/20 - 5/26)
Safeway - Eastern Division (5/20 - 5/26)
 
Costco Wholesale (Everyday)
Prices may vary by store.
 
Sprouts OC/LA (5/20 - 5/27)
48 Hour Sale: Valid Thursday 5/21 - Friday 5/22 Only
 
Publix - Wednesday (5/20 - 5/26)
B1G1 Sale Priced Based On Purchasing A Single Item
 

 

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How to Wash Produce

Posted on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Fruit & Vegetable PlatterFresh fruits and vegetables are tasty, healthy, and good for you and your family. They tend to be more expensive than those that are canned or frozen. Fresh produce has a limited time in which it is safe to eat. Before you eat it, or serve it to your family, it is very important to wash the produce.

Why should you wash your produce? Some of it may have residual traces of the pesticides that were used when the plant was growing. Organic produce also needs to be washed. Think about how many people may have touched that particular apple, pepper, or zucchini before you bought it at the grocery store or farmers’ market!

To keep yourself, and your family safe, you need to make sure that all fresh fruits and vegetables have been properly washed before you serve them. Better Homes and Gardens points out that you should not use soap or detergents when washing produce. Part of the reason is that you might not be able to get all the soap off the food. People can get sick from consuming even small amounts of soap or detergent.

You don’t necessarily need to buy a special produce wash in order to ensure that your fresh fruits and vegetables are clean. Cool, clean, tap water is perfectly acceptable. Stick the produce in a strainer. Put it in your sink and spray water over the produce. Check it to make sure that everything has been thoroughly washed. Dry it off with a clean cloth towel or paper towel. Doing so will reduce any bacteria that might still be present.

Firm produce, such as melons and cucumbers, can be cleaned with a produce brush. Run them under clean tap water and give them a good scrub! Don’t use that produce brush for any other purpose.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also has some great tips for making sure fresh produce is safe for your family. These tips are ones you need to follow long before you bring the produce home and get ready to wash it.

Don’t purchase produce that has been bruised or damaged. Take a close look at the produce before you buy it. Does that apple have a large bruise, or flat spot, that may have happened when someone dropped it on the floor? Put that apple back and select an undamaged one instead.

Ready to wash your produce? Before you do, examine it closely. Cut away any areas that are damaged or bruised. What if you find mold or rot? Produce that has become moldy or rotten needs to be thrown away. You cannot simply cut off the mold or rot that you see and assume the rest is safe. In reality, the mold or rot can be all through the produce (even if you can’t see it).

What if you are planning on peeling the produce before serving it? Go ahead and wash it anyway. Doing so will help remove the dirt and bacteria that is on the produce before it can be spread to other foods.

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Fresh Bananas Coupon + My Favorite Banana Bread Recipe

Posted on Tuesday, May 12th, 2015 at 10:08 am
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Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Bananas at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 5/18/2015.Save 20%.

It’s time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Bananas at participating retailers.

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 5/11/2015.

Stock up on some delicious avocados and then try this recipe for my favorite Banana Bread!

Here are this banana sales happening this week:

Target (5/24 - 5/30)
$5 Target Gift Card WYB 2 Sun Care Items Listed
 
Rite Aid (5/24 - 5/30)
Prices and sales may vary by store
Banana Boat or Hawaiin Tropic Sun Banana Boat or Hawaiian Tropic Sun Care Products Mix & MatchProducts Mix & Match
 
Big Kmart (5/24 - 5/30)
Buy 1 participating Suncare product, get 1 50% OFF; Mix & Match
 
Kroger - Delta Marketing Area (5/20 - 5/26)
Harris Teeter (5/20 - 5/26)
B1G1 Pricing Based On Purchase of Single Item
 
Ralphs (5/20 - 5/26)
 
Meijer - Metro Detroit (5/24 - 5/30)
Sun Care Products Mix & Match; Equal or Lesser Value 50% OFF
Publix - Wednesday (5/20 - 5/26)
B1G1 Sale Priced Based On Purchasing A Single Item
 
Trader Joe's Plugin (5/18 - 5/25)
Prices May Vary By Region
 
 

 

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Tips for Keeping Flowers Fresh

Posted on Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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purple anemonesWhat are you giving your mom this Mother’s Day? One of the most traditional gifts is a bouquet of fresh flowers. Many mothers are happy to receive a vase of fresh, colorful, flowers from their child. The only problem with flowers is that they will not last very long. Here are some tips for keeping flowers fresh.

Potted Flowers
The main reason why flowers don’t stay fresh for very long is because they have been removed from the ground. They cannot get the nutrients they need and are unable to grow. It is the same reason why real Christmas trees don’t stay fresh forever.

One way to ensure that the flowers you give you mother stay fresh is to buy her a lovely flower that is growing it it’s own pot. She can give it water, put nutrients into the soil, and give the flower some sunlight. Moms that like to garden can add the flower to a window box display of flowers. They won’t last forever, but will outlive cut flowers.

Skip the Delivery
It is super easy to go online, pick out a nice bouquet of flowers, and have the seller ship them to your mother. Those of you who live far away from mom might not have many other options than to have flowers delivered. Unfortunately, there have been situations where delivered flowers arrive looking wilted (or rotten).

For best results, pick up the flowers yourself. Buy some from your local flower shop. It is also possible to buy nice bouquets of flowers from some grocery stores. Bring the flowers directly to your mom before they have a chance to wilt.

Flowers from your Garden
Would you like to share some of the flowers that are growing in your garden with your mom? Make sure you gather them at the right time. You will want to collect them during the coolest parts of the day – early morning or late evening. Bring them to your mom as quickly as possible.

Flower Maintenance
Are you a mom who will receive a bouquet of flowers for Mother’s Day? A little bit of effort can stretch the length of time that those flowers will stay fresh. Start by removing the leaves that have gotten submerged in water. Those leaves are going to rot and harm the flowers.

Trim the bottom of the flower while it is still underwater. The cut should have a 45 degree angle. Cut about 1 or 2 inches off each stem. This will help the flowers to intake water. (It’s similar to a technique that is used to keep real Christmas trees fresh). Keep the flowers out of sunlight and heat or they will begin to wilt and die.

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Save on Fresh Avocados + a Recipe for Guacamole

Posted on Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 at 11:42 am
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Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Avocados at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 5/11/2015.Save 20%.

It’s time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Avocados at participating retailers.

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 5/11/2015.

Stock up on some delicious avocados and then try this recipe for “The Best Guacamole I’ve Ever Eaten”

Here are this grapefruit sales happening this week:

Albertson's - Southern California Division (5/20 - 5/26)
 
Piggly Wiggly - Southern Wisconsin (5/20 - 5/26)
 
Kroger - Delta Marketing Area (5/20 - 5/26)
 
Ralphs (5/20 - 5/26)
 
Safeway - Eastern Division (5/20 - 5/26)
 
Whole Foods Market - Northeast Region (5/20 - 5/26)
 
Costco Wholesale (Everyday)
Prices may vary by store.
 
Sprouts OC/LA (5/20 - 5/27)
 
Publix - Wednesday (5/20 - 5/26)
B1G1 Sale Priced Based On Purchasing A Single Item
 
Albertson's - Southern California Division (5/20 - 5/26)
 
Piggly Wiggly - Southern Wisconsin (5/20 - 5/26)
 
Kroger - Delta Marketing Area (5/20 - 5/26)
 
Ralphs (5/20 - 5/26)
 
Safeway - Eastern Division (5/20 - 5/26)
 
Whole Foods Market - Northeast Region (5/20 - 5/26)
 
Costco Wholesale (Everyday)
Prices may vary by store.
 
Sprouts OC/LA (5/20 - 5/27)
 
Publix - Wednesday (5/20 - 5/26)
B1G1 Sale Priced Based On Purchasing A Single Item
 

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Save on Fresh Grapefruit + Glazed Pink Grapefruit Quick Bread Recipe!

Posted on Tuesday, April 28th, 2015 at 9:39 am
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Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Grapefruit at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 5/4/2015.Save 20%.

 

 

 

 

It’s time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Grapefruit at participating retailers.

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 5/4/2015.

Stock up on onions and then try this delicious looking recipe for Glazed Pink Grapefruit Quick Bread!

Here are this grapefruit sales happening this week:

CVS (5/24 - 5/30)
 

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Fresh Onions Coupon + Baked Blooming Onion Recipe!

Posted on Tuesday, April 21st, 2015 at 9:30 am
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Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Onions at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 4/27/2015.Save 20%.

 

 

 

 

It’s time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Onions at participating retailers.

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 4/27/2015.

Stock up on onions and then try this delicious looking recipe for Baked Blooming Onion!

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Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Posted on Wednesday, April 15th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Earth Day TreeEarth Day is celebrated on April 22 every year. The holiday was created in the United States as a way to practice and recognize environmental protection efforts. There are many ways to celebrate Earth Day and all of them involve taking good care of the Earth.

Plant a Tree
Does your yard have enough room for a tree to grow in? You might consider planting one. Trees provide shade, give birds a place to nest in, and produce oxygen. Trees are good for the planet in so many ways!

What if you don’t have the space for a nice, healthy, tree to grow in? You could spend part of the day getting your garden prepared for planting. Remove weeds and figure out what kinds of vegetables or flowers you want to plant and nurture.

Recycle Your eWaste
We love our computers, smartphones, and other devices. Unfortunately, you cannot simply toss the old ones into the recycle bin. Instead, you need to take your eWaste to companies and organizations that can properly recycle it for you.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has a tool that can help you learn about the rules about recycling eWaste in your state. There could be an eWaste recycler in your area. When in doubt, call up the nearest Best Buy store and ask if they can take your old computer, printer, or other eWaste.

Ride your Bike
When was the last time you rode your bike to work? Riding a bike, instead of driving a gas-powered vehicle, is one way to reduce your carbon footprint. If riding a bike to and from work simply isn’t an option for you, consider riding your bike to the store instead of driving there. You can help the planet and get some exercise at the same time!

Buy Local Produce
Visit your local Farmers’ Market and get your fresh fruits and vegetables from there instead of the grocery store. Buying locally is good because the food doesn’t have to be shipped across the country before it gets to you. Farmers’ Markets provide you a way to support your local farmers and find some lovely organically grown produce that is in season.

Create Recycle Bins
The easiest way to get into the habit of recycling cans, bottles, and paper is to have the proper recycling bins in your home. A few small trash cans will work. Make sure to separate your recyclables so that only one kind goes into one bin. Find out what day your town or city collects recyclables and make sure to bring them to the curb for collection.

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Fresh Sweet Potatoes Coupon + Sweet Potato Pancake Recipe to Try!

Posted on Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 at 9:17 am
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Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Sweet Potatoes at participating retailers. See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer..Expires 4/20/2015.Save 20%.

 

It’s time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Sweet Potatoes.

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 4/20/2015.

Stock up on sweet potatoes and then try this delicious looking recipe for Sweet Potato Pancakes!

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