Last year there were some major problems with identity breaches. hat can you do to protect your identity?Protect Your Identity

The first step is to determine whether or not you were affected.

 

Here in Vermont we can contact the Consumer Assistance Program, a joint venture between the Vermont Attorney General’s office and the University of Vermont. You can go to their website. I’m sure other states have similar websites. The Vermont site actually has a page with all of the security incidents that may have affected the consumer’s personal information. The list is quite extensive!

 

Monitor Your Credit.

 

Regularly check your credit card statements to make sure there are no erroneous charges. Get a copy of your credit report (It’s free) and make sure that it is an accurate representation of your credit and there are no new accounts opened in your name. There are three major credit bureaus and you should make it a practice to check your credit report every four months. I rotate between the various credit bureaus every four months. This is an important step to protect your identity.

Protect Your IdentityEquifax

P.O. Box 740241
Atlanta, GA 30374
www.equifax.com

 

Protect Your IdentityExperian

P.O. Box 2104
Allen, TX 75013
www.experian.com

 

Protect Your IdentityTransunion

P.O. Box 2000
Chester, PA 19022
www.transunion.com

 

If your Data was affected, you may want to post a “Security Freeze” on your credit information with the three credit bureaus, Equifax, Transunion and Experian.

 

This does not freeze your existing credit cards or other credit tools, but it does lock down your information. Fees may apply.

 

File your annual federal and income tax return as soon as possible.

 

A known scam is to file tax returns before you do in order to get a refund you may be due.Protect Your Identity

 

We all may have a breach of our identity at one time or another but by keeping a close eye on your accounts and monitoring your credit reports you can limit the damage done. Keeping an eye on your finances is a good idea and requesting your free credit report is a good place to start.Protect Your Identity

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6 Ways Bulletproof Coffee Can Improve Your Health

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Everybody is talking about it. Bulletproof coffee has hit the coffee industry and taken the weight loss industry by storm. Bulletproof coffee is made from the highest grade of coffee. Unsalted, grass-fed butter and MCT oil are added to the coffee. These three ingredients, in the highest quality form you can find, is all you need for improvement of your health and beauty. We will show you 6 ways bulletproof coffee can improve your health.

 

Bulletproof Coffee Gives You All the Nutrients of Black Coffee

 

Black coffee is loaded with antioxidants. The caffeine boosts your adrenaline. Coffee improves your performance when working out. It also helps the function of your internal organs.

 

Bulletproof coffee has been shown to:

 

  • Help prevent diabetes
  • Protect the brains for Alzheimer’s disease
  • Prevent Parkinson’s disease
  • Lowers the risk of stroke and depression
  • Protects the liver

Bulletproof Coffee Is High In Healthy Fats

 

The combination of grass-fed (unsalted) butter and MCT oil means bulletproof coffee is very high in omega-3 fatty acids. This aids in the benefits listed above and also has been shown to help:

  • Develop healthy eyes and brains of an unborn child when consumed by the pregnant mother
  • Reduces symptoms of asthma
  • Reduces symptoms of ADHD

Bulletproof Coffee Can Help Keep Your Brain Healthy

 

Bulletproof coffee can help the cognitive function of the brain. It is shown to reduce anxiety and helps the brain fight off age-induced illnesses such as Dementia.

 

Bulletproof Coffee Can Help Boost Your Energy

 

Consumed in moderation, bulletproof coffee improves a person’s ability to do physical activity. If kept to the recommended consumption of no more than 400 milligrams per day, you will enjoy more energy and stamina.

 

Bulletproof Coffee Has An Enjoyable Taste

 

If you are a black coffee lover, you will have no problems switching to bulletproof coffee.However, if you are one who adds sugar, creams, and liquors, it will take some getting used to. Start with a weaker blend and increase it over time. Use Coconut Oil to add a nutty flavor. It is acquired taste. But once you get used to black coffee, this blend will be a sweet difference.  

    

Bulletproof Coffee Can Help With Weight Loss

 

The caffeine in the coffee and the high-energy, healthy fats, when combined with a low-carb diet, turn your body into a fat burning machine. The weight falls off quickly and the drink keeps hunger away for hours at a time.

While all of these other health benefits are worth noting, it is the connection to weight loss that has catapulted bulletproof coffee into the limelight. This is the magic bullet to the success of the low or no carb diet. The addition of bulletproof coffee stops the cravings for carbs. It increases energy so you can get up and get moving. It is the best thing to happen to the weight loss industry in years.

It must be stated that you cannot cheat on the low carb diet while using the bulletproof coffee plan. Bulletproof coffee is high in healthy fats. However, adding carb-rich food to your system tells the body to burn the fat you are consuming and store the rest. Not only will you see an immediate stop in weight loss, you will see a rapid weight gain. Be true to the plan and it will be true to you.

So, if you are ready to feel great again while dropping pounds you don’t need, head to your coffee pot. Your new body awaits.

 

You may remember my very popular post on Amazing Overnight Waffles. It’s a tried and true recipe that we’ve been making for years. My daughter’s now make the same recipe in their families on a regular basis. I should know not to mess with such a wonderful recipe, however I recently found a recipe for Raised Waffles in one of my cookbooks, Cold Weather Cookbook. The recipe was so similar with one addition a pinch of baking soda. I though maybe the addition of baking soda would help the waffles to rise even more.

 

Like the Amazing Overnight Waffles the batter is mixed up the night before and when you wake up in the morning the yeasty aroma of the batter will thrill your senses. However, after mixing up a batch of these Raised Waffles I was not impressed. It’s a good recipe, don’t get me wrong, but not any improvement over the original recipe for Amazing Overnight Waffles!

 

I’ll include the recipe below and you can try them for yourself and then let me know how you think they compare to my ever-popular Amazing Overnight Waffles!Amazing Overnight Waffles

 

Raised WafflesAmazing Overnight Waffles

 

Ingredients:

 

½ cup water

1 pkg. active dry yeast

1 tsp. sugar

2 cups lukewarm milk

½ cup butter, melted and cooled

1 tsp. salt

2 cups flour

2 large eggs, lightly beaten

Pinch of baking soda

 

Directions:

 

The night before prepare your batter. Combine the water, yeast, and sugar in a large mixing bowl. Let stand for 5 minutes for the yeast to dissolve. Add the milk, butter, salt and flour and stir until completely smooth. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit overnight at room temperature.

 

The next morning heat your waffle iron according to the manufacturers directions. Beat the eggs with the baking soda and add to the batter, stirring until well mixed. Pour enough batter onto your waffle iron to cover it and cook until crisp and golden.Amazing Overnight Waffles Repeat this process until you have used up all the batter. Serve with hot maple syrup. Makes about six large waffles. Like the original Amazing Overnight Waffles, these waffles also freeze well to enjoy at a later date.

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Welcome to the Simple Homestead Blog Hop!

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The beginning of a new year is the perfect time to revisit goals and look for ways to make self improvements. There are a lot of reasons to seek self improvement, but the most important is simply to help you be a better person, and realize your full potential. Selecting goals and new year’s resolutions can be a daunting task, and can easily become overwhelming. Here are a few healthy habit ideas to implement in the new year.

 

Cook more; eat out less

 

Most new year’s resolutions revolve around being healthier, or losing weight. These are great goals and aspirations, but there’s more to it than just making sure you go to the gym three times a week. One of the biggest contributors to your weight loss, is making sure that you’re eating healthy. Most people eat out a lot more than they realize. Going out to eat for lunch during work, grabbing takeout for dinner on the way home, and treating yourself to a nice meal out with friends on the weekend; all of this starts to add up pretty quickly. Not only is it not very healthy, it’s also a pretty expensive habit to keep. A great habit to try to implement during the new year, is to spend less money on eating out. Don’t try cutting it out entirely, because that will make it considerably more difficult to maintain. Just cut it back, and give yourself a limit of how many times you can eat out in a week, or rather, how much money you can spend when you eat out.healthy habits

 

Walk more

 

Exercise is a pretty big part of any healthy lifestyle change. You should absolutely add a regular exercise regimen into your schedule, but your trip to the gym isn’t the only time you should work up a sweat and get your body moving. Having a healthy lifestyle requires an attitude change, and changes to many different areas of your life. Going to the gym a few times a week is a great start, but try to make sure that’s not the only time you get your heart rate up. When you go to work, park at the far end of the parking lot, so you have to walk farther. Or even better, go on a walk during your lunch break. Commit to taking your dog on a walk right when you get home from work every single day of the week. These small excursions will start to add up, and you’ll begin feeling fitter and better.healthy habits

 

Improve your quality of sleep

 

How many times a week do you fall asleep with your phone screen inches away from your nose, the bright white light from your screen illuminating your face and leaving light imprints on your eyes? The answer should be no. If this is a habit you have, the new year is a great time to break it. Try having at least half an hour before bedtime be a screen-free time. Plug it in in a different room, and then wind down and relax. Having a bright light shining on your face as you’re falling asleep isn’t good for your eyes, your brain, or the rest of your body. Your body is used to the light around you getting darker gradually as the time to go to sleep draws nearer. By staring at your phone for hours before falling asleep, you’re confusing your body and making it harder for you to relax and fall asleep when it’s time to. Try and remove any and all distractions before bedtime, to improve the quality of your sleep. Another great way to start sleeping more soundly, is to set up a sleep schedule. Go to sleep at the same time, and wake up at the same time. Your body thrives when it’s on a schedule, and it helps you be more productive if you have a consistent sleep schedule.  In addition to being on a great schedule, you’ll be able to plan your week and the tasks you need to accomplish much better because you’ll know when you’ll be waking up and going to sleep. And when you’re well rested, you’ll be able to be more productive, since you’ll be properly rested.healthy habits

You may have seen the graphics on Facebook or Pinterest regarding a Blessing Jar or a Happiness Jar.blessing jar Basically you write something down every day for a year that made you happy or was a blessing. At the end of the year you read about all the amazing things that happened. Last January first my husband and I decided to do just that. Start a Blessings Jar.Blessing Jar

 

We had become discouraged, my husband had been out of work our house was on the market but we hadn’t had an offer yet and we wanted to focus on the blessings all around us and not the discouragements.

 

So for the last 365 days, every day we wrote down a blessing for that day. Some days were easier than others but we were able to focus on the blessings around us each and every day.blessing jar

 

Often it would be something simple like being thankful for modern technology, which enables us to connect with each of our children from miles away. Other times it would be for something major, a freelance job or time spent with all of our family. Each day we were able to focus on something good.

 

It’s amazing when you do something for 365 days you find it becomes a habit. You wake up in the morning and wonder what blessing will you find in the day?

 

Will we continue this blessing jar? YES! We have emptied the jar and over the next couple of days we plan to read each card aloud and remember all the blessings in 2017. We will also start once again to write down a blessing each day for the New Year!blessing jar

 

Have you ever tried keeping track of the blessings in your life or the things that make you happy? It is so easy to do. Find a large jar and set it in a prominent place where you will see it everyday. Cut up some small pieces of paper, just enough to write a sentence or two and get started. If you start today you will enjoy a wonderful year ahead thinking of all the blessings in your life!blessing jar

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