Science Says Sleeping In A Cold Room Is Better For Your Health

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Have you given much thought to the temperature at which you fall asleep? I haven’t. Turning on a fan or opening/closing windows is always a game-time decision for me, right when I’m about to hit the hay.

My feet and hands are always chilly, so I prefer to hop in bed when the sheets aren’t ice cold. But if it’s too warm (especially with my furry baby animal heaters,) I’ll wake up in the middle of the night hot and uncomfortable.

So, where’s the middle ground? Is there an optimal sleeping temperature? Science says yes.

Christopher Winter, medical director at Charlottesville Neurology and Sleep Medicine, says your bedroom should be between 60 to 67 degrees Fahrenheit for optimal sleep. Temperatures above 75 degrees and below 54 degrees can disrupt sleep.

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Why?

Over a 24-hour period, our body temperatures naturally peak and decline. Our internal temperature is usually at its highest in the early afternoon and lowest around 5 a.m. When we fall asleep, our bodies naturally cool off. Helping your body get to that lower temperature faster can encourage deeper sleep.

Cameron Van den Heuvel, of the UniSA’s Centre for Sleep Research, says:

“About one to one and a half hours before falling sleep, the body starts to lose heat from its central core and that brings on increased feelings of tiredness in normal healthy adults. These physiological changes happen well before going to bed and may be occurring before people realize them.”

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Benefits Of Cold Sleeping

There are many reasons that sleeping in a cooler environment can benefit your health. Here are four reasons to cool down tonight.

1. Fall Asleep More Quickly

It’s simple math, really. Provide an environment for your body to fall asleep more comfortably, and it will, in a faster manner. If it’s too hot or too cold, your body will waste energy trying to regulate, and leave you tossing and turning all night.

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2. Get A Better Night’s Sleep

When your body isn’t trying to regulate itself, you’ll fall into a deeper, more restorative sleep. Research in Australia has also proven that sleeping in cooler environments can help decrease certain types of insomnia.

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3. Look More Youthful

It’s been shown that sleeping in temperatures between 60-68 degrees will allow your body to release more melatonin, one of our best anti-aging hormones.

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4. Decrease Your Risk For Certain Metabolic Diseases

In a four-month study, it was determined that sleeping in a 66-degree room not only burned more calories while awake, but the amount of “brown fat” (or good fat) in the body increased. Brown fat allows your body to burn calories, not store them.

Together, this could help lower the risk for metabolic diseases like diabetes over time.

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RELATED: Watch this adorable dog tuck in a baby for a nap!

The Best Ways To Keep Cool

Running the AC throughout the year isn’t an economical option. However, there are ways to keep your home cooler without spending a fortune. Perhaps the most efficient way is to buy a programmable thermostat. Programmable thermostats allow your home’s temperature to fluctuate throughout the day, according to when you are or aren’t at home, and your comfort level.

I know a lot of people rave about The Nest, but my husband and I prefer the Lennox iComfort. Not only does it allow us to program the thermostat according to our schedule, but we can see live weather and a five-day forecast.

RELATED: Here’s Why You Should Be Washing Your Clothes In Cold Water

It also has an app so when we go on vacation, we can adjust the temperature from afar so it’s comfortable when we return (like when getting on a return flight).

Here are seven other ways to help keep your cool:

1. Freeze your top sheet and put it on right before bedtime.

2. Sleep naked. Fewer clothes = less insulation.

3. Freeze a stuffed animal and tuck it between your knees.

4. Use a fan to circulate air around the room.

5. Purchase a cooling pillow to help naturally draw the heat away.

6. Soak your top sheet in cold or ice water and ring it out well. As it dries, it will help wick away heat.

7. Stick one or both feet out from under the covers.

How To Make A Copycat Wendy’s Frosty At Home With Only 3 Ingredients

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It’s as easy as 1-2-3 — you can make a Wendy’s Frosty in your own home! Its silky smooth texture is a classic staple for the millions of Wendy’s customers each year.

But POPSUGAR has cracked the code and has shared with us how to make our own copycat version.

Ingredients

  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 gallon chocolate milk
  • 1 tub cool whip

Watch the video to see the simple steps. Yum, enjoy!

RELATED: Here’s How To Make Yummy McDonald’s French Fries At Home

This requires an ice cream maker to get the best results. If you’re looking for a good ice cream maker, Good Housekeeping recommends the Cuisinart ICE-30BC as the best maker ($73). For a cheaper alternative, TheKitchn recommends the Cuisinart ICE-21 ($53).

A side bonus? Making copycat meals at home can help you save money too!

According to the most recent consumer expenditure report published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average household spends $3,008 per year dining out, which is up almost 9% from the year before.

Here are a few of our other favorite copycat recipes.

McDonald’s Sausage, Egg & Cheese McMuffin

McDonald’s breakfast is the best way to ease the pain of waking up early (although, now you can get many breakfast items all day long!).

But, if you want to enjoy a Sausage McMuffin without having to hit the drive-thru, you can easily prepare one in your own kitchen. Check out this copycat recipe from Iowa Girl Eats.

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Olive Garden Salad Dressing

The salad at Olive Garden is one of the highlights of the meal. Luckily, it’s easy to copy the dressing, and you don’t even have to shell out for a store-bought bottle. Get the recipe here from Dessert Now Dinner Later.

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Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

Panera’s broccoli cheese soup is always a must-order for me, whether it’s a hot day in July or a snowy day in December. Now you can make it anytime you want at home. Here’s the recipe from 77 Easy Recipes.

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TGI Fridays Potato Skins

Who doesn’t love TGI Fridays Potato Skins? And now you can make these crispy, cheesy and chewy skins at home. Get the recipe from Cincy Shopper.

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Fazoli’s Breadsticks

The endless supply of breadsticks is one of the best things about dining in at Fazoli’s.

But now you can make them at home and impress your family and friends. The recipe is here from Sasaki Time. (The recipe is so mind-numbingly easy you won’t believe it … you just need one secret ingredient — Whirl Butter.)

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Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

If you’re anything like me, you max out so quickly on Red Lobster’s delicious biscuits that you barely have any room in your belly when your main course arrives.

Now you can enjoy them at home (in just 20 minutes!) with this easy copycat recipe from The Slow-Roasted Italian.

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Like making your restaurant faves at home? Check out this recipe for homemade fortune cookies:

Stay in tonight and enjoy!

Christmas Craft: How To Make A Fishbowl Snowman

I saw this adorable Christmas decoration while visiting a friend’s house last year during the holidays. And I thought to myself: “That craft looks so simple, I could make it! Heck, even my husband could do it!”

So this year, we’re making one, and you totally should, too! We found a similar craft at the Smart School House. Here are the materials needed, along with assembly instructions and a quick video in case you’re more of a visual learner. Enjoy—and Happy Holidays!

Materials Needed

  • 3 fishbowls (1 of each size – S/M/L)
  • 1-2 bags of fake snow
  • 1 sheet of black foam crafting paper
  • Plaid ribbon to use around the snowman’s hat (about 12.5 inches in length)
  • Snow village pieces, e.g., figurines, houses, xmas trees, animals, signs, sleds, etc.
  • Flameless candle(s) – optional
  • Glue gun
  • Scissors

How To Make The Top Hat

  • Trace and cut out two circles in the black craft foam. Ours were approximately 3 inches & 5 inches in diameter.
  • Using the black foam craft paper, cut a rectangle approximately 2.5 inches x 12 inches.
  • Roll the rectangle into a tube then hot glue the ends together.
  • Glue circles to each end of the cylinder to make the top hat.
  • Trim any excess foam paper from the “top” of the top hat.
  • Cut and glue your plaid ribbon around the base of the hat.

How To Make The Snowman

  • Dump ½-1 inch of snow into the bottom of each bowl.
  • Arrange your figurines (and flameless candles, if you bought them) in each bowl to create a cute winter scene.
  • Stack the fish bowls from largest to smallest.
  • Place the hat on top and you’re finished!

If you’d like to get inspired with more adorable Holiday crafts, pop on over to our friends at Smart School House. Kelly has such fun, clever (and easy!) craft ideas. Here’s some of our favorites:

Snowman Place Setting

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Strawberry Santas

Mason Jar Lid Snow Globe

Happy crafting!

Can You Find The Panda Amongst The Skeletons?

There’s a panda hidden in the skeletons – can you find it? Share with a friend that loves these types of puzzles!

Frustrated? This one is definitely a bit challenging because the panda blends in really well with the black & white skeletons. Click to the next page for a hint!


OK, ready for a hint? The panda’s eyes, nose and mouth are slightly different then all the others. Take another look.

Still can’t find her? Her ears cannot be seen with her costume, because it’s covering them up.

And another hint: she’s in the lower half of the picture.

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Alright, no more tricks, here’s the treat…scroll down..

 

Keep going…

 

 

A little farther…

 

 

 

There she is!

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Do This To Remove Scratches From Your Dishes

Throughout various times of the year, we have family and friends over for dinners, events and gatherings. With frequent use (or aggressive eaters), dishes can become scratched, which is an unfortunate sight.

Fortunately, we found a way to quickly and easily remove the dark scruffs from your dishes. Using a little Bar Keeper’s Friend and elbow grease, you can have your dishes looking like new in no time.

Here’s how you do it:

  • Sprinkle a little Bar Keeper’s Friend on the dish.
  • Scrub with a dampened* sponge until scratches disappear.
  • Wipe with a damp cloth to remove excess cleaning agent, then wash thoroughly.

*You don’t need the power to dissolve into a paste, just be a little damp.

It’s important to note that this will not help chips in plates or other dishes, just surface scratches.

Easy And Delicious Crock-Pot Maple Cinnamon Roll Recipe

It’s that time of the year when family and guests come over in abundance, and you always need to have food handy. One of my family’s favorite comfort foods is cinnamon rolls. Yours too? Then keep reading, you’re going to love this recipe.

Making rolls in a Crock-Pot is not only delicious, it allows you to free up your oven for baking such delights as egg muffins and french toast casseroles, or cooking huge amounts of bacon all at once. Plus, you reduce the risk of overcooking them, as the lower heat and extra ingredients below will male them as soft and delectable as can be.

Here’s the ooey-gooey recipe:

Ingredients

  • (1) 12 oz tube of cinnamon rolls
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. nutmeg
  • raisins (optional)

Cooking Instructions

  • Line your slow cooker with parchment paper. You may need 2 sheets, crossed on top of other so you have the four ends sticking out above the cinnamon rolls (this is how you’ll pull out the finished product).
  • Separate the rolls and place a layer of them on the bottom of your slow cooker; gently squish them in so you almost completely cover the bottom. Save the icing packets for later.
  • Sprinkle on raisins (optional); push them down a little bit if needed so they stick into the dough.
  • In a bowl, beat eggs, cream, maple syrup, vanilla and spices until well blended.
  • Pour evenly over the rolls in the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours (you’ll know its finished when the sides are golden and center of the rolls is set). Note: Keep an eye on the Crock-Pot as they all cook at slightly different temperatures.
  • Pull up on the parchment paper to remove the rolls from the crockpot, drizzle icing over top and serve immediately.

These rolls are so delicious and easy to make, you’ll no doubt be adding them to the list of unexpected recipes you can make in your slow cooker. From pizza to baked potatoes to Pumpkin Spice Lattes, the wonders of a Crock-Pot are pretty endless!

How To Make Inexpensive Mercury Glass At Home With Old Vases And Glassware

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Over the years, one undoubtedly accumulates various vases and glass pieces. If you’re like me, they make their way into a cabinet or closet, where they sit and collect dust.

I personally like to keep vases of various sizes for different floral or holiday arrangements, but with mercury glass being the “in” design trend, I wanted to come up with a way to really put all that glassware to use.

I found this idea on 17 Apart and decided to try it myself. Aside from needing a space to spray the glass-looking spray (and some rubber gloves to keep the stuff off my fingers), it was relatively simple.

If you like the look of mercury glass and want to transform a few pieces in your home, you should definitely try this. If you don’t want to take the plunge on some of your favorite pieces at home, consider going to a local Goodwill or thrift store and pick up some glassware there. I found pieces for as little as $0.50. This is also a great (and inexpensive way) to add custom center pieces for a wedding or fundraiser event.

Materials Needed

  • Various glass containers
  • Spray bottle
  • Water
  • White vinegar
  • Krylon looking glass spray
  • Paper towels
  • Newspaper or other protective covering
  • Rubber gloves

Craft Instructions

  • Clean and dry all glass pieces you’re going to spray.
  • Mix one part water, one part vinegar into spray bottle. Adjust nozzle so it’s on a fine mist setting.
  • Gently spray the outside of jar with spray bottle mixture (you should create small droplets that bead up, but don’t run).
  • Immediately spray a gentle, even layer of the metallic spray.
  • Allow this to dry for 1 minute.
  • Add another fine mist of water/vinegar spray over entire glassware.
  • Allow to dry for another 2 minutes.
  • Gently blot jar with paper towel to lift off water/vinegar & reveal the antiqued look. Don’t rub or it’ll streak!
  • Repeat above steps to create a layered, antiqued look.
  • Let completely dry for 2-3 hours, then add any adornments or flowers!

Entire Town Helps Terminally Ill Farmer Harvest His Crops

Carl Bates is a farmer in Galva, Illinois. Sadly, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer. When it was time to harvest his corn in 2015, he was bedridden and simply didn’t have the ability to do so.

His family gently reached out to a few neighbors and asked if they could help harvest his 450 acres.

This is where the story becomes magical. Word quickly spread through the town and on a day in September, 40 people arrived at Carl’s farm with 10 corn combines, 12 super-sized grain carts and 16 semi trucks to give Carl a helping hand.

What normally takes Carl an entire week took the team only 10 hours to accomplish. Local businesses even pitched in to keep the volunteers fed as they worked the long hours.

Bates, extremely thankful for the generosity of his neighbors, told Today, “One of the things we’ve noticed is how great it is to see people help each other for a change as opposed to all the bad news stories out there.”

Even a year later, this story makes me feel good. As I visit my own family farm and pass others harvesting their fall crops, I can’t help but think how wonderful our community is.

Do you have an inspiring story like this that deserves to be shared? We have a new website called The Delite. Here, we write about positive and uplifting stories and would love to share yours. Simply send us an email to [email protected]

Can You Find The M&M In The Candy Corn?

In this yummy pile of candy corn is a yellow M&M. Can you find it?

Once you find it, share with a friend who loves photo-hunt puzzles as much as you do!

Take a look at the picture below. (And try not to get too hungry for candy corn while you’re at it.)

OK, are you frustrated? Stumped because you can’t find the yellow M&M? Need a hint? Keep reading!

Here’s a hint. It’s looks like it’s a mini-sized M&M, not a regular-sized one. So look for something small.

Still can’t find it?

Keep scrolling…

OK, here it is…

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See, I told you it was tiny!

Another Great Hidden Picture

This one comes from Simplemost writer Mitchell Byars.

Take a look and try to  find the circles in a photo full of squares.

Remember those posters you would stare at forever trying to find the sailboat or unicorn or whatever shape was hidden in the frame? Well, we’ve got another one for you. The Coffer Illusion—which has been making the rounds on Facebook—has everyone questioning the sanity of the person who first created it and posed the question: How many circles are there really?

Because: Wait. Circles? Are you out of your mind?

Take a look at the image in question:

At first glance, this would appear to be just a bunch of black and white lines and squares. But no. There are actually 16 circles in this photo. Can you spot them? I’ll give you a second to stare at it.

Or a minute.

Or an hour.

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As one commenter on the photo said, “Once you see them, you can’t unsee them.” Still can’t find them?

I’ll give you a hint: Look between the rectangles…

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Ohhhhhhhh…

Now try to un-see them. You probably can’t look past them now, right?

The person who posted the puzzle, Nicholas Johnson, is actually a magician and entertainer who also educates children on the science of deception and the mind. He said it took him 30 minutes to find the circles. His post has since been shared about 10,000 times by some people who were equally confounded, and others who thought Johnson was a blind moron.

But Can You Find This Bat?

For another Halloween-themed hidden puzzle, check out the image below. That’s a LOT of vampires.

All of them look like fairly friendly vampires, on a side note. One’s even wearing a clown nose.

And there is, in fact, one tiny bat hanging out with the vampires. And by tiny, I mean tiny. Look for one set of tiny little bat eyes.

Can you find him?

Get some hints and find the answer here.

Find The Cat In This Pile Of Logs

Now can you find the cat in this pile of logs?

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Find the answer here.

Want more optical illusions? See if you find the frog in this photo or the hidden faces in this one.

Can You Find The Pikachu Hidden Among The Charlie Browns?

Good grief, that’s a lot of Charlie Browns! Hidden among our favorite Peanuts character is a cute little Pikachu. Can you find him?

Not sure what a Pikachu is? Here’s what he looks like:

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Frustrated? Keep scrolling to get the answer.

In the meantime, let’s play a little Peanuts trivia, shall we?  Can you name this other Peanuts character?

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Yep, you’ve got it.

 

 

 

Too easy?

 

 

 

Linus. You’re right.

 

 

 

But do you know his last name?

 

 

 

If you said “van Pelt,” you are correct!

 

 

 

And do you remember which Peanuts character loved Linus so dearly?

 

 

 

Think about it…

 

 

 

 

Maybe you’ve got it…

 

 

 

That’s right!

 

 

 

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Sally! Remember, she always called him her “Sweet Baboo”? But poor Sally, for Linus never paid her much attention. Sigh.

 

 

Now back to that Pikachu…

 

 

There he is! Barely visible.

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But why was Pikachu hiding in the first place? Maybe someone pulled his tail. Here’s some fun facts about one of the most beloved Pokemon characters:

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1. There Are Male And Female Pikachu

How can you tell the difference? The female has a dent in her tail. Who knew? I certainly wouldn’t have noticed this difference if I weren’t looking for it.

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2. The Name’s Meaning Is As Cute As It Sounds

In Japan, “Pika” is the sound electricity makes. “Chu” is the Japanese interpretation of the sound a mouse makes. We’d say “squeak,” they’d say “chu.” How cute is that? Since Pikachu is a mouse with electric powers… it all makes sense now.

3. Is It Pikachu Or Pikachus?

Pikachu is the official plural form of the word, according to Wikipedia. If you aren’t a big gamer, however, you could probably get away with saying “Pikachus” for clarity. We have this same question when it comes to emoji. Is the plural emoji or emojis? While sophisticates would probably say “emoji” for plural and singular, it kind of just sounds better in regular use to say “emojis,” and we’re frankly fine with that!

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4. Pikachu Is Huge In Japan

In Japan, Pikachu is as popular as Mickey Mouse. Often, people will dress in Pikachu costumes and make appearances at outings and events. Pikachu got a second life in the U.S. when Pokemon Go took the country by storm in the summer of 2016 and people all around the country spent days walking around with their noses in their phones searching for Pokemon.

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OK, now that you are up on your Pikachu knowledge, are you ready for more hidden pictures?

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Try finding a cat in this pile of logs, a tiny bat in this sea of vampires and check out how many circles you can find this picture that appears to be a series of squares.

 

Engineers Made A Real-Life BMW Transformer

Your day is about to get 100 times cooler. Turkish engineers at Letvision have created a real-life transformer out of a BMW. The car is electric and operated by a remote. When stopped (using the remote) the car will morph into you guessed it, a transformer!

According to Robotic Gizmos, while it cannot yet walk, fly or save the world from the Deceptions, it can move its head, neck and arms, wrists, fingers and talk. It also has dynamic lights and Wi-Fi (to operate the remote, of course). In addition to the red BMW (shown), there are four other models: Bizmut, Argon, Wolfram, and Tantal.

It took a team of 12 engineers and four technicians approximately eight months to complete the first model. They’re not yet drivable in traffic but for the right person, they are for sale (expensive, I’m sure).

This is pretty sweet. Be sure to show this to your kids or anyone who loves the “Transformer” movies. I hope they make Bumblebee next.

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This Baby Pig Dancing To Rihanna’s ‘Work’ Will Make Your Day

I can’t even… I watched this video on my bus ride home from work and couldn’t help but snort. And then I showed it to the girl that sits next to me. I don’t know her name, but she’s nice, and she laughed at this cute little pig video too.

I can’t stop watching it. I hope it makes you as happy as it just made me.

Want to watch some more funny animal dancing videos? Here’s a kitty remix.

And various animals dancing to, “Push It.” The stuff people put on the internet for our entertainment..

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Here’s A Fun And Easy Craft: Sunburst String Art

String art has always been a popular craft. With just a few materials, you can create a fun and unique piece of art for your home. On Etsy, these statement pieces can range from $15-$300.

I was able to purchase a few materials at my local craft and hardware store and make mine for about $15. Because I like to work quickly, I feel the most challenging part was wrapping the string around the little nails. It definitely requires patience, but the effort is totally worth it!

If you’re looking to have some fun, or make budget friendly (and unique) gifts, try making string art!

Materials

  • Wood board, at least 3/4″ thick
  • Small mirror (about 3″ in diameter)
  • Hot glue gun
  • 1 ½” finishing nails
  • A hammer
  • A sunburst template printed on paper (you can save the one we used below)
  • String (any color)

Craft Instructions

  • Lay paper template on board.
  • Using the finishing nails, nail the pattern through paper template.
  • One you’ve hammered in all your nails, remove paper template by simply ripping it off.
  • Double knot string to one nail. Trim excess string.
  • Keep string taut and start wrapping around nails, being careful not to cross over any negative space (where the mirror will be in the center).
  • Finish by tying a double knot to a nail.
  • Trim excess string.
  • Hot glue mirror into center of sunburst.
  • Add a picture hook on the back and hang on your wall (optional).

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Sunburst template:

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Other inspiration:

Family Name, $85.00

Dog, $25.00

Fleur De Lis, $18.00

Team Pride, $30.00

Easy And Tasty Hawaiian Ham & Cheese Slider Recipe

If you have some leftover ingredients in your pantry, or looking for a quick + easy meal to make for dinner (that the entire family will absolutely love), you need to make these little toasted sandwiches.

In an effort to not let any food go to waste in my house, I’ve made these tasty little bites with everything from Hawaiian rolls, croissants, hamburger buns, and sub buns. I’ve also used a combination of ham, roast beef, cheddar cheese, turkey – whatever is in the fridge, really.

Make some of them at your home this week – how did they turn out? Share your results with us on our Facebook page.

 

Ingredients

Sandwiches:

  • 1 package Kings Hawaiian Rolls
  • Pineapple, sliced
  • Ham, sliced deli style
  • Swiss cheese, sliced
  • 1/4 cup mayo

Drizzle topping

  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp. poppy seeds
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce

Recipe Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • Place parchment paper in baking tin
  • Slice Hawiian rolls horizontally in half
  • Put bottom of rolls in the pan
  • Spread mayo on the bottom of the rolls
  • Layer on ham, pineapple, then cheese
  • Cover with top of rolls
  • Mix drizzle ingredients, then drizzle/cover the rolls.
  • Bake for 10-15 minutes
  • Cut apart & serve immediately

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Fast And Fun Craft: Marbling Ceramic Pottery

Source: Marbling Ceramic Mugs and Accessories by Simplemost on Rumble

If you have various boring, white ceramics collecting dust around your house or camping out in boxes in the attic, try this fun and easy craft to give them new life.

This is also a really fun activity to do with kids as it’s not too messy and allows them to experiment with colors. Simply visit your local thrift store and pick up a few items if you don’t have any at home. I think it would also be fun to try this with glassware as well – how neat would a flower vase look with some eclectic colors?

Materials Needed

  • Plastic tub (at least 8” deep)
  • Ceramic items
  • 1-3 nail polish colors
  • Toothpicks
  • Clear acrylic spray
  • Paper towels

DIY Instructions

  • Add warm water to your plastic tub (enough to mostly submerge your object without touching the bottom).
  • Gently pour nail polish color(s) of your choice into the bowl.
  • Use a toothpick to gently swirl the colors.
  • Dip the object into your mixture.
  • Place on towel to allow nail polish to dry (3-4 minutes).
  • Gently pat dry with paper towel.
  • Finish by spraying with clear acrylic spray.

Tip: It is not recommended to eat food off these items. If they become dirty, we recommend you hand wash them; they are not microwave or dishwasher safe

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This Trick Will Change How You Clean Your Stovetop Burners Forever

Why has my mother never shared this trick with me? My stove would be SO much cleaner if I had only known this simple little trick from DIY Super Mom – use ammonia to clean your stubborn stovetop grates.

What You Need:

  • The dirty burner tops (eww)
  • Large plastic bags
  • Spray bottle
  • Ammonia

Instructions:

  • Put the burner top into the plastic bag
  • Generously spray the ammonia over the burner in the bag
  • Seal the bag and flip it over (so burner is face down)
  • Let sit overnight
  • The next day, gently scrub your burner to remove residue

RELATED: The 13 Things Most People Forget To Clean In Their Home – And How To Best Clean Them

Watch the video above for full tutorial!

What tips do you have? Share them with us on our Facebook page!

Dog Hilariously Plays Dead Because He Doesn’t Want To Leave The Park

Like me not wanting to leave the warm comfort of my bed or a child refusing to leave the cereal aisle until she gets her frosted puffs, this dog doesn’t want to leave the park.

Posted by wipandco in 2013, this golden retriever loves the fresh air so much that he’s mastered the art of playing dead.

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From gently being picked up and flopped over on his back, he plays the part better than Leo. Somebody get this guy an Oscar.