Using Powdered Milk

Have you ever considered using powdered milk as a substitute for buying regular milk or as a convenient item to have in the kitchen or pantry for those times when you run out of regular milk and can’t easily get to the store to replenish your supply?

First, taste-wise, I think there is a big difference. I don’t think powdered milk is as good as regular. In its favor, powdered milk has a much longer shelf life and is not prone to such easy spoilage as is milk bought in liquid form. That can make a big difference to both convenience and the bottom monetary line. When it comes to saving money, one of the biggest enemies to that goal is throwing away spoiled food and beverage products. In the case of disposing of spoiled liquids, you are literally throwing money down the drain.

Another use of powdered milk is in various recipes so it is good to keep some on hand for that purpose. The package I had also suggests that you can add powdered milk to other foods in order to boost your calcium intake.

Overall, I would give it a “worth it” rating, but I would not rely on this form of milk exclusively.

Growing Your Own Vegetables

It may seem early in the growing season. In fact, it isn’t even the”growing season” here since I look out my window and see ten inches of snow that have been piling up over the last twelve hours or so.

Nonetheless, if you want to start growing your own food this summer, one trick is to start with the seedlings right now. The earlier you plant them, the stronger they will be when it is time to transplant them outside. Also, they will mature faster and you will have a higher yield of food from them.

Now, that brings us to the question of this blog category series, is growing your own vegetable worth the trouble and expense?

Rather than looking at this from a cost accounting point of view (which would factor in the time and labor involved, I’m considering only a purely monetary point of view. Actually, we should consider taste and freshness to so I will mention them as well.

Monetarily, you can’t beat the price. A package of seeds costs 99 cents and will allow you to grow several full plants. Considering the price per pound of any type of produce, growing your own is overwhelmingly the only choice.

Regarding quality of the food, the same applies. You can decide if there should be any pesticides on the plants. You can’t beat the freshness of picking something in your own garden and serving it immediately.

Would you consider the time and labor involved? Would that outweigh the benefits to you?

Free Magnets

Let’s get to the good stuff right away. You may be familiar with Vista Print, the online printing company that offers people the opportunity to test their business cards by getting a box free (you just have to pay for the shipping). I wrote about them before pointing out that I have received business cards from them and was happy with the quality.

Vista is running some other promotions that will give you the same deal on other products hey sell. This blog entry is about their free small magnet offer. If you would like to to get 25 free custom magnets, simply visit that link and enter the coupon code of Blog25FreeMag and you’re good to go.

Custom magnets have been really growing in popularity over the last few years. One large user base is brides-to-be who use them as save the date reminders so their invited guests can put the decorative magnet on the refrigerator and be sure not to make other plans on the same day. These also serve a dual purpose as kind of a pre-wedding favor.

Another interesting use of magnets is to print business card information on them. Since they are easily displayed on a refrigerator, they leave the information for a local restaurant, store, or professional service very handy for consumers. Business people also put them on their cubicles and filing cabinets at work (that’s what we used to do) so it leaves information for potential vendors (and local eateries for lunch) always handy during the workday.

Parents also can use custom magnets (in this case photo magnets) for their children’s pictures. It’s more fun for grandmothers and other relatives to display the kid’s pictures in their own homes that way without having to buy their own frames.

How can you use magnets to promote your business or just for fun in your personal life?

Emotional Eating Or Emotional Overeating

When I first heard of the website www.ShrinkYourself.com, I was thinking it was one of those sites in which you can upload a picture and turn yourself into a funny character. In fact, it is much better and more useful than that! It is actually a site devoted to helping lose weight by understanding the root causes (such as stress, relationship problems, fear, etc.) of what makes them choose to eat and overeat the way they do in the first place.

What an excellent concept to explore. This applies to kids as well. Many kids are overweight because of the food that their parents provide for them (as well as many other factors). I hope parents will take a look at the shrink yourself information and apply it not only to themselves and the choices they make in their own food consumption, but also apply it to the reasons they give their kids certain foods as well.

In addition to a course and available book, there is also a lot of free information on the site to introduce you to eh concepts and give you a solid foundation in understanding why the principles of the program make sense.

If you know that you are eating the wrong foods for all the wrong reasons (actually, is there a right reason to eat the wrong foods?) or you want to get a better understanding of some of the emotional triggers that contribute to overeating, then explore the Shrink Yourself website and let it lead you to a better you.