"Bikini" Foods
It's swimsuit seasooooooooon.... Time to stock the fridge with these foods that help you feel less bloated and puffy!
1- Bananas: Extra bloat can come from too much sodium. Bananas have lots of potassium which helpls your body flush the sodium away.
2- Artichokes: These delicious edible flowers are also a great detox food. They help liver and gallbladder function and have cynarin, which stimulates digestion.
3- Hydrate the Right Way: Lots of water prevents constipation and wakes up your digestive system.... Add lemons for some vitamin C, which helps detox and burn fat.
4- Oatmeal: Fiber is your friend! A half-cup serving of steel-cut oats offers up five grams of fiber.
5- Cucumbers: Eat for hydration with low-calorie foods that also have lots of water, like cooling cucumbers and watermelon. Read the full Bikini Food list. (FitSugar) 


6 Things You Didn't Know About Your Bra
Like your best friend, it supports you and lifts you up! Still, despite the efforts of Oprah and countless others, the majority of us are wearing the wrong bra, leading to poor posture and the dreaded "sag." Here are few things you may not know about buying the right bra: 
1- Sizes are interchangeable: If you wear a 34D in one brand and a 36C in another, you're not alone. There is NO standardization of cup sizes between bra manufacturers, so it's a subjective measurement. Don't get set on the size, find a bra fit that works best for you!
2- Support doesn't come from the straps: It’s the band that does the heavy lifting...almost 90% of it. Straps provide a little extra lift, but if the bra fits properly, you should be able to slide your straps off your shoulders and not see any loss of support.
3- It has an expiration date: Here's the simple math... if you have at 3 bras in "wearing rotation," then you can each expect your bra to last about a year to a year and a half. If you're wearing your bra on the tightest hook for over a month, it's time to send it to the bra grave yard. Read 3 other fascinating facts about your lady lifter! (YouBeauty)

How To Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half
The average family spends about 10% of their household income on groceries. Coupons can help you save, but clipping and sorting is often more trouble than it's worth. Still, you can save a lot on groceries, just by changing how you shop!
1- It's Not About Coupons: The 1st step in saving is to shop store sales, it's where you get the most savings. Don't buy food just because it is on sale; buy what you normally would when it goes on sale... which brings us to the next point.
2- Stockpile: In order to buy something only at its lowest price, you have to buy enough of it, while it is on sale, to last until it goes on sale again. Most items go on sale every 6-8 weeks, and you need to buy enough to last that long. If your family eats 2 boxes of a cereal a week, and that cereal is on sale, buy 12 boxes, enough to last the next 6 weeks. Shopping weekly sales means buying a larger quantity of a smaller variety of items, your overall grocery bill will still go down.
3- Change the way you meal plan: Instead of planning weekly meals, then making your shopping list based on that plan, plan meals around what’s on sale and what you already have in your stockpile. You'll save by reducing the non-sale items you buy each week, and still be able to plan meals in advance! Read lots more on cutting your grocery bill. (Livingwellspendingless.com)

Secrets Of People Who Love The Homes They Have
With these tips, you don't need a lot of money to make your home a place of favorite spaces:
They Don't: Keep the dresser in the bedroom.
They Do: Find different places where it'd work.
Dressers are great in hallways and living rooms, for extra storage. Use different pieces of furniture in different rooms to mix things up.
They Don't: Let natural light have all the glory.
They Do: Give every room 4 light sources.
For "bright and airy," you need 3 lights to compliment windows: 1 overhead (a chandelier), 1 eye-level (a lamp), and 1 to bounces off walls (a pair of sconces).
They Don't: Put lots of nails in the walls.
They Do: Put their art on shelves.
Arrange framed photos or prints on a shelf. You can easily swap them out any time, without the hassle of rehanging everything. A great idea for kid's art! Read the other decorating secrets.(O Magazine)

How To Cut Your Grocery Bill In Half

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The average family spends about 10% of their household income on groceries. Coupons can help you save, but clipping and sorting is often more trouble than it's worth. Still, you can save a lot on groceries, just by changing how you shop!
1- It's Not About Coupons: The 1st step in saving is to shop store sales, it's where you get the most savings. Don't buy food just because it is on sale; buy what you normally would when it goes on sale... which brings us to the next point.
2- Stockpile: In order to buy something only at its lowest price, you have to buy enough of it, while it is on sale, to last until it goes on sale again. Most items go on sale every 6-8 weeks, and you need to buy enough to last that long. If your family eats 2 boxes of a cereal a week, and ...

Heather Branch - Just the Facts:
1. I'm an Atlanta Native, born in Piedmont Hospital.
2. Went to college at Virgina Tech, GO HOKIES!
3. I'm a total idiot when it comes tech stuff...I have a blackberry, iPad, and lap top, but none of them sync up with the other so I just end up writing stuff down in a notebook.
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My nephew and niece (Tyler and Reagan), Starbucks, The Good Wife (best TV show EVER!), My hero' s-Tina Fey and Erin Andrews...they're both so cool!, and online shopping at gap.com and ninewest..com

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