Brandi Tomko-Blovas

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Budget Survival by SensiblePrepper

Sensible Prepper Presents: `Budget Survival` We look at ways to find and buy good usable supplies and gear for reasonable prices. Prepping can be …

10 Outdoor DIYs You Can Do for a Dollar

Now that the worst of winter is behind us, it’s time to set our sights on relaxing, entertaining, and eating alfresco. But outfitting these spaces …

Dollar Store

10 Trees That Any Prepper Should Grow

When it comes to selecting trees to plant it is important to think about all the survival needs that can be met by using trees. Aside from food …

J.K. Rowling’s The History of Magic in North America Will Change the Way You See EVERYTHING

As if <i>Harry Potter</i> wasn’t already a mighty magical force in our world (even having this surprising effect on baby names and influencing our Hogwart’s inspired home decor), there’s now yet another reason for some justifiably over-the-top excitement, magic-lovin’ muggles! J.K. Rowling’s brand new …

North America

Can an underactive thyroid cause weight gain?

Underactive thyroid: Thyroid is a common problem which is spreading amongst the people these days. Though many reasons facilitate the problem if you …

The 7 Best Things to Eat and Drink After Your Workout

You can do better than a Snickers bar.<p>Hitting the gym is just half the battle. Can't seem to put on more muscle? Too exhausted to come back the next day? Can't knock off the flab around your midsection? Chances are, the problem isn't your fitness routine—it's what's on your plate. Below, seven …

Sweet Potatoes

How to Cleanse Your Body, Feel Great — And Not Starve Yourself in the Process

The idea of detoxing your body through a cleanse might sound good in theory, but starving it by only drinking pressed juice for three days straight …

Best foods to fight the flu

If you’re like most people, you are itching to put your winter boots and coat into storage and trade them in for sandals and a T-shirt. Personally, I’m SO ready for spring. Too bad the cold and flu virus haven’t gotten the memo. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), flu season …

Here’s Your Running For Weight Loss 5K Training Plan

Know how to knock out two big goals with one stone? Run your first 5K! Losing a few extra pounds and toeing the line at your first road race are two …

Extreme Sports

13 Belly-Happy Foods to Help You Lose Weight

Photo: Shutterstock.<p><b>Trying to lose weight sucks.</b> The human digestive system is incredibly complex, and it can be difficult to balance different …

8 Foods To Eat Your Way To Clear, Smooth Skin

Acne is determined by a number of factors we can't control: genes, age, gender. Luckily, there's one thing we <i>can</i> do something about, and that's diet. …

Effective Yoga Stretches For Sciatic Nerve Pain Relief

Bodyweight exercises are gaining ground in the fitness world due to the practicality and simplicity of getting in shape using your own body weight. …

Thomas Jefferson

Stash Box: Indica, Sativa, or What?

<b>From a botanical point of view</b>, there is little difference between indica and sativa. But before I get into that, perhaps I should back up a little. …

Homemade Dog Cookies for a Healthy Heart Start with Spinach & Carrots

Homemade Dog Cookies -<br>with Heart Healthy Spinach<p>Green homemade dog cookies? You bet! Boost your dogs heart health with these delectable spinach and …

Food

You’ll Be Obsessed With This 3-Ingredient DIY Face Mist

I have a confession to make. I am a face mistaholic.<p>A former coworker turned me on to Caudalie’s Beauty Elixir — it basically has a cult following — and I was instantly hooked on the $49-per-bottle beauty-boosting spray. It smelled so refreshing, worked wonders on my skin and I was able to use it …

Skin Care

Make your own veggie and fruit wash

<b>Fight food contamination by taking the time to wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before eating. Here are some easy and cheap ways to do it at</b> …

Recipes

The Real Solution to Protecting Pit Bulls

<i>Belle was found by animal control officers in Cleveland with pieces of her jaw missing, and her face and body torn to shreds. The investigation regarding her condition is still ongoing. She was rehabilitated by the Animal Cruelty Task Force of Ohio.</i><p>Throughout Pit Bull Awareness Month this past …

The fats you don’t need to fear, and the carbs that you do

He explained that saturated fat, found in fatty animal foods like meats and dairy products, raises blood levels of cholesterol and is not healthy, …

Dear PETA: Dogs Respond To PETA Joining Terrible Anti-Pit Bull Coalition

We asked, they spoke, in surprisingly good English: It turns out dogs have a lot to say about PETA joining up with a group that's advocating to ban all pit bulls.<p>Well, some of them do, anyway.<p>That's right, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals has thrown its hat in with an anti-pit bull …

Pets

22 Things To Keep In Your Home In Case Of Emergency

Sure, you have a first-aid kit and a couple cans of garbanzo beans. But, in our experience, it's always better to be over-prepared than not. Here, 22 things to keep on hand so you're ready for fire, flooding, zombies, cute zombies...anything that life throws your way.<p><b>1. Three days' worth of</b> …

In Case of Emergency

7 Yoga-Body Drinks for Weight Loss

Being a practitioner of yoga is like a certificate of sexiness. Yogis are invariably lean, strong and toned, with flat bellies, limber limbs and …

Heimlich Maneuver for a Choking Pet

<b>By Dr. Becker</b><p>If your pet began choking or suddenly fell unconscious, would you know how to react? Many pet parents don’t, and the panic that usually …

4 Amazing Animal Sanctuaries Who Need Your Help to Continue Saving Animals

In a world where the lives of animals are nearly always considered to be unimportant and disposable, it is almost miraculous that so many humans out …

Do You Love Your Dog More Than Humans?

Puppy love is real – and usually healthy.<p>P. Elizabeth Anderson once had a daughter named Grace. Like any parents would, she and her husband cared for her, nurtured her and tried to keep her out of trouble. They took her on vacations and enjoyed her company around the house. “She was my constant …

Vodka treatment saves poisoned puppy

Vodka is often called “the hair of the dog,” but for Cloe, an American Staffordshire Terrier puppy from Melbourne, Australia, the Russian spirit …

Pets

9 DIY dog beds to keep your pooch comfortable at the cottage

We all want our precious pups to have comfortable, cute places to sleep, but store-bought dog beds can be boring, impersonal, and often overpriced. …

Camping First Aid Kit: DIY First Aid Kit And Ready-Made Products

Camping can be a fun time to spend with family and friends, but most people forget that it’s not always as safe and secure as they tend to believe. …