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Only four weeks till Thanksgiving! Does the thought of the approaching holidays leave you breathless? Is it your turn to host the thanksgiving meal this year? Do you feel like there is just not enough time to get ready? What can you do to be ready for the day?prudent living


Years ago I read an article that had several steps that would help you to be ready for Thanksgiving. I wrote a few notes down on an index card, placed it in with my recipes and have used the advice every year since then. Even though you only have four weeks till Thanksgiving with these ten simple steps you too can be ready for the big day.4 weeks till Thanksgiving, preparation, holidays


  1. About a month before Thanksgiving compile a guest list. Figure out who’s coming for dinner and if anyone has any sort of food allergy.
  2. Have your guests help out by contributing a dish or a dessert. Be specific, ask your aunt to bring her wonderful creamed onions or your sister to bring her delicious cherry pie for example. Tell everyone you’ll do the turkey and let your guests bring the sides. Once everyone has decided what they are going to bring you can fill in the missing items.dessert, pie, cherries, Recipe Box
  3. Purchase your turkey at least 3-4 weeks ahead of the big day. If you’re ordering a fresh bird you can do that 2-3 weeks in advance.
  4. Prepare and assemble any dishes ahead of time. Baked goods and pie crusts can be prepared ahead of time and placed in the freezer.
  5. The Saturday before Thanksgiving shop for your perishable food. Get out your china, serving dishes and serving utensils.
  6. The Monday before Thanksgiving put the frozen turkey in the refrigerator to thaw. If making your stuffing from scratch cut bread into cubes and put in a plastic bag.
  7. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving cook, peel and mash sweet potatoes, cover and refrigerate. Chop your onions and celery for the stuffing and refrigerate.onions, chutney
  8. The day before Thanksgiving prepare your stuffing and refrigerate. Cook the giblet broth for the gravy. Prepare your cranberry molds and refrigerate. Make your creamed onions. If you can, set the table and arrange the centerpiece. Bake your pies.
  9. On the big day add your liquid to the stuffing and stuff your turkey. Start roasting the turkey so it will be done 30 minutes before you plan to eat. Make sure you have a few light appetizers set out for your guests. Having a few nibbles will help tide everyone over until dinner is ready.
  10. Remember what Thanksgiving is all about. It’s not about the turkey or the special dessert, but who is gathered around your table. Be thankful for your family and friends and enjoy the day!Thanksgiving


It can be unpleasant to have dark circles as they not only have an impact on your appearance but can also affect your confidence. They are nothing but discoloration present around your eyes, either due to bruising or heredity reasons. They often make you look dull and tired.


Various other reasons cause dark circles like lack of sleep, age, bad diet, poor lifestyle, fatigue, anemia, liver issues, medications, and even periorbital hyperpigmentation. You can try natural, home remedies to get rid of dark circles. Not only are they safe, but the ingredients are easily available in your household and kitchen.

English: Example of dark circles

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Curing Dark Circles Through Home Remedies


1) Cucumber Juice

Considered one of the best astringents, cucumber juice is an excellent way to make your skin soft and glowing. Also, it is a commonly used home remedy that is used for getting rid of dark circles.  


Take two cucumbers and grate them. You can either use a food processor or your hand to squeeze out the juice and place it in a small bowl. Now take two cotton balls, dip them into the cucumber solution and apply on the dark circles present under the eyes. For the best results, you need to keep the cotton balls on for about 15- 20 minutes.


Besides removing dark circles, it helps in relieving your eyes from burning sensations. Along with the mixture of refrigerated cucumber, just add lemon juice and lanolin cream to the affected area. Then leave it for about 20 minutes and rinse off with water.


2) Almond Oil

One of the best and most commonly used natural ingredients beneficial for the delicate skin under your eyes is almond oil. With regular usage, your dark circles will fade away. Furthermore, along with almond oil, use vitamin E to reduce the appearance of dark circles.


Just before you hit the sack, take some almond oil and apply it on the dark circles and softly massage it into the skin. Allow it to remain for the entire night, and wash off with cold water in the morning. By following this remedy every day, your dark circles will instantly disappear.


3) Rose Water

Rose water contains incredible ingredients that are beneficial for skin. Not only does it rejuvenate the skin but has a soothing effect on your tired eyes. Because there is a mild astringent property, it is an excellent skin toner.  


First, you need to take some rose water in a bowl and soak cotton eye pads in it for few minutes. Now take the soaked pads and place them on your closed eyelids and leave them on for about 15-20 minutes. Make sure to follow this remedy two times a day.


4) Raw Potato

The natural bleaching agents in potatoes help in lightening dark circles and removing the puffiness around the eyes. Grate two or three raw potatoes and extract their juice. Take two cotton ball, soak them in the juice and place them on your closed eyes. Try to make sure that the juice is covering the dark circles present under your eyes and even the eyelids.


Allow it to remain on your eyes for 15 to 20 minutes, then rinse with cold water. Try to repeat this procedure once or twice every day for a few weeks. Instead of potato juice, you can also use thick potato slices to get rid of dark circles.


5) Vitamin-rich Diet

A vitamin-rich diet is necessary for healthy skin as well as to avoid dark circles under your eyes. Foods rich in vitamin C assist in combating dark circles present under the eyes. Tomatoes, citrus fruits, berries, papayas, green leafy vegetables, and melons are rich in vitamin C and consuming them every day can reduce dark circles.


Furthermore, vitamin E rich foods like carrots, spinach, apples, sunflower seeds, beef, avocado, celery, whole grains and asparagus help in removing dark circles and making the skin more glowing and soft.


Check out the infographic below, to know more about the benefits of Vitamins.
14 Potent Vitamins for Younger and Healthier Skin





There are various natural remedies available to reduce dark circles. The ingredients given above are the common ones and are easy to use. To know more about the other beauty tips like the best primer for acne prone skin, check out the Fix Your Skin website.


So, go ahead and try these remedies and also provide your feedback in the comments.


My husband and I are always trying to think of ways to save money, especially on our food budget. This is the one area we tend to over spend on. There are numerous blogs dedicated to frugal meals, one of my favorites is Premeditated Leftovers. Don’t you just love the name! Alea has a wonderful cookbook out called Prep Ahead Meals From Scratch. CookbookYou may already know that the best way to save money on your meals is to cook from scratch. I cook from scratch the majority of the time and over the years have come up with many frugal ideas for our dinners.frugal meals

We have many frugal meals that are so tasty they have become favorites. As the weather cools, this is one of my favorites. I love macaroni and cheese and the additional of  tunafish and vegetables makes this dish even more delicious. It’s a great way to sneak a few vegetables into your  dinner. This Tuna Veggie Macaroni is perfect for my husband and I. There is usually a little left over and that is perfect for lunch the next day. If we have company this recipe is easily doubled.frugal meals


Tuna Veggie Macaroni



1 ¼ cups uncooked elbow macaroni
5 oz Cheddar Cheese
½ cup milk
2 cups of frozen peas and carrots, thawed
1 can (6 ounces) of solid white tuna, drained
¼ tsp dill weed


Cook the macaroni according to the package directions; drain. Add the cheese and milk and stir until the cheese is melted. Stir in the vegetables, tuna and dill. Heat the mixture through.

Makes three servings.

As the weather cools what are your favorite frugal meals? Usually soup is the number one favorite in our house, but I have to say this Tuna Veggie Macaroni is an all time favorite. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!frugal meals

Several months ago I wrote a post about safe stripping in regards to refinishing your wooden antiques. So called “safe” strippers are a good place to turn for refinishing your wooden antiques. Safe Strippers don’t irritate your skin, their fumes aren’t damaging to your health, and their contents aren’t flammable or explosive – though, of course, rags and residue must be disposed of safely.

At the time we had two projects in the works. One was an antique fireplace mantle that we still plan the turn into a headboard for our queen-size bed and the other was a set of antique wooden twin beds that had been once been painted pink then painted red. The beds were maple and in dire need of refinishing. The twin beds were our first project.

To be safe the entire project was completed in the garage, we had an empty bay where we set up and workstation to complete the project. To read more about the beginning stages of the safe stripping project click here.Tools assembled. ready to start!

It took awhile to get all the paint removed especially on the spindles.cleaning the spindlesWhen the paint was all removed a final cleanup was done using fine sandpaper. Finally the beds were ready for stain.bed frames

My husband used a cloth to rob a stain into the wood.safe stripping, staining To match the other bedroom furniture we used a dark stain, which would cover up the tiny imperfections, while at the same time reveal the grain of the wood.safe stripping The finish coat was a satin polyurethane to protect the wood. The end result was perfection! The beds look great in the bedroom. You would never have a clue that they were once painted pink and then red!safe stripping This top coat of polyurethane should last for many years. Any future projects on these beds will not be done by us, we’re going to enjoy them just as they are!safe stripping

Next project for this winter will be to turn the antique fireplace mantle into a queen size headboard!

The house is on the market or perhaps you are downsizing and you’re wondering about yard sales and how to be successful?house for salePricing:

The first thing to do to is to label everything you are selling with a price. Most people aren’t comfortable with haggling and would like to see what the price of an item is. They still might try to make a deal, but at least they know what you are hoping to sell an item for. Many people shopping at yard sales expect you to know what your items are worth.

You can also have tables where everything is one price, for example rather than labeling each book you could say, “all hard cover books are $2.00”. The items you are selling should be displayed nicely so people can see clearly what you have to offer.

If you have collectables the best place to sell them is on eBay not in a yard sale. If you live in a rural area and don’t expect to have a lot of people show up at your yard sale them you might want to try selling the higher priced items in the local paper or on Craig’s List.

There are many useful sites that will help you to price your items. Here are a few I found:

Salvation Army Value Guide

Garage Sale Pricing Guide

Garage Sale Price Searches

eBay Listings

Check these sites to make sure your items are priced correctly. Price your items 50-75 cents higher than you would like, this will give you a little room in case people want to bargain with you. Be reasonable when you mark prices, shoppers are expecting bargains and you don’t want to have anything left at the end of the day.

If you don’t think you have enough “stuff” for a successful yard sale team up with another family or two. You can then advertise as a “multi family” yard sale and expect more traffic.


A week or two before your sale advertise in the local paper, in any online town forums or even on Facebook if your town has a Facebook page. The evening before the sale or early that morning put signs out, you want to make sure people can find you sale!yard sales

At the end of the day put up a sign that says everything must go and mark things down ½ price. Have these signs made in advance to you can put them out before the yard sale is over. Hopefully these tips will help you to have a successful yard sale.

We held our first yard sale over Labor Day weekend. Due to the holiday there was increased traffic and we had more people stop by than we might have on any other weekend. It was a fun day and we meet many nice people! We’re planning a second yard sale over Columbus Day weekend, any tips you’d like to pass along for holding successful yard sales?

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