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  • capfedwomensway 8:27 am on July 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    It’s hot, hot, HOT! 

    If you are anywhere near the Midwest right now, you know just how hot it is, and there is no apparent end in sight.  So, in honor of this sweltering heat, we’ve sourced some of the best tips on how to stay cool.

    • The Mayo Clinic staff produced this article on how to stay cool while exercising outside, “Heat and Exercising: Keeping Cool in Hot Weather.”  Hot weather adds extra stress to your body, which can be troublesome when exercising and already raising the temperature of your body.  In order to counter the heat, they suggest watching the temperature outside and exercising during the early morning or later evening hours.  Also, acclimate yourself to the heat before going into an all out sprint.  Wearing lightweight, loose-fitting clothing can also help, plus drinking plenty of fluids.  Dehydration is the key factor in heat illness, and it’s best to drink lots and lots of water – yet avoid alcoholic beverages.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.
    • InStyle Magazine, in their “10 Ways to Stay Cool” feature proclaimed, “You don’t need us to tell you that a ponytail feels lighter than a heavy, down do. But we can tell you why. Keeping your neck cool helps regulate your body’s overall temperature. So slick up your hair like Joy Bryant.”  They also suggest sipping on a mint drink or nibbling on mint leaves, “The menthol in mint triggers the skin’s cold receptors, which is why the herb is cooling when applied topically, eaten—or sipped on the rocks with club soda and lime juice.”  InStyle provides some other interesting beauty tips for the heat; click the link above to check them out.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.
    • To keep your house as cool as possible, and keep your air-conditioning bills in check, follow some of these tips from the blog, Leave Debt Behind.  The blog suggests using fans, turning up your thermostat when you are not in the house, closing shades/blinds and changing the air filter in your A/C.   The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.
    • Then, of course, there is the tried and true method of a Pool Day!

    >> How do you beat the heat, or at least deal with it?  Let the community know by replying to this story. 

    See you at the pool!

     
  • capfedwomensway 3:15 pm on July 8, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Preserving Herbs 

    At some point, you might decide you have too much coming from your herb garden and not enough people to give it to.  When that happens, you might want to consider preserving your bounty for later use.  Or maybe you want to enjoy your herbs year round.  Here are a few tips on how to do this with some of the more popular herbs:

    Freezing Basil:
    The “A Pinch of” Blog suggests chopping basil and then freezing it into cubes.  Once ready to use, thaw the cubes over a strainer, or drop them into a sauce or soup.  Sandra Bowens, from the same site, also suggests creating pesto with extra basil.  She explains the process here.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    Drying Herbs:
    PlanetGreen.com explains
    that you can dry herbs two ways.  The first way is air dry and another way is to use a dehydrator.  They don’t recommend using the microwave.  Some herbs that dry well are basil, oregano, parsley, rosemary, thyme, sage, mint, tarragon, lemon balm and dill.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    Storing Cilantro:
    Real Simple Magazine says the best way to store cilantro is to treat it like a bouquet of flowers.  Trim the ends of the bunch, place it in an inch high glass of water and place it on the counter at room temperature.  This should keep it fresh for a couple of weeks.  If you use the fridge, the leaves will turn black.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    Enjoy the Plants Year Round:
    If you want to enjoy your herbs beyond the warm months, you can simply relocate your plants indoors, says re-nest.com.  You will just need to carefully dig around the plant, then move it to a pot or container.  Be sure to place the plant in a bright window for good sunlight.  See the detailed instructions here.  Herbs that do well indoors include basil, thyme, marjoram, sage, oregano and parsley.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.

    Get Crafty:
    You don’t necessarily have to eat all of the herbs you grow; you could use them in bouquets, wreaths and displays or in gifts.  To do this, Amy Jeanroy from About.com provides the steps to preserve herbs with glycerin.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.


    >> Do you know of ways to preserve herbs, not discussed above?  Share with the community by clicking the Reply button above.

     
  • capfedwomensway 11:16 am on May 27, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Are You A Generous Tipper? 

    This week’s question involves the service industry – tell us what you think:


    >> Tell us your thoughts! Click Reply above and share your opinion on restaurant tipping.

     
  • capfedwomensway 8:27 am on May 13, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Grab A Rabbit’s Foot And Cross Your Fingers 

    Fun Friday the 13th Facts on this superstitious day:

    • Any month’s 13th day will fall on a Friday, if the month starts on a Sunday.
    • This day occurs at least once, but at most three times a year.
    • “It’s been estimated that $800 or $900 million is lost in business on this day because people will not fly or do business they would normally do,” said Donald Dossey, founder of the Stress Management Center and Phobia Institute in Asheville, North Carolina.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.
    • LiveScience.com says, “President Franklin D. Roosevelt would not travel on the 13th day of any month and would never host 13 guests at a meal. Napoleon and Herbert Hoover were also triskaidekaphobic, with an abnormal fear of the number 13.”  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.
    • In numerology, the number twelve is considered the number of completeness, as reflected in the twelve months of the year, twelve signs of the zodiac, twelve hours of the clock, twelve tribes of Israel, twelve Apostles of Jesus, twelve gods of Olympus, etc., whereas the number thirteen was considered irregular, breaking this completeness.  The highlighted link will take you off the Capitol Federal Savings Bank website. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is not responsible for the contents of the site or any further links from such site. Capitol Federal Savings Bank is providing these links to you only as a convenience, and the inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement of the linked site by Capitol Federal Savings Bank.
     
  • capfedwomensway 12:03 pm on March 30, 2011 Permalink | Reply  

    Spring Planting Tip – Newspaper Weeds Away 

    A perfect way to use old newspapers, save money and control your weeds!
    Place wet newspapers around your plant beds and then cover with mulch or pebbles.

    This works best when planting new plants, because you can place the newspapers over the soil, then cut the area around where you will place the new plants.

    The newspaper will keep the weeds from coming up but still will allow your plants to grow.  The recommended amount of newspaper is five layers.

    >> Has this worked for you? Do you have any other tips to keep weeds at bay?  Share with us.

     
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