So you learned how some of our vices can truncate our life, but hey, it's not all bad news, friends! Here are five things you can do to add time to your life, according to David Spiegelhalter's analysis:
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1. Taking a daily statin (cholesterol-lowering drug) adds 30 minutes a day.
2. Drinking one alcoholic drink a day adds 30 minutes a day.
3. Exercising moderately for 20 minutes a day adds 1 hour a day.
4. A diet filled with fresh fruits and veggies
adds two hours a day.
5. Being female rather than male adds
two hours a day. Sorry, dudes! So, what do you think? Are these easy adjustments you can do you tweak your regular routine?
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Dainty and flavourful, everyone loves to indulge in tiny bites of traditional tea sandwiches. Though they appear finicky to make, these tea sandwiches are easy to assemble and entirely make-ahead.
Pinwheel Sandwiches Trim crusts from 5 slices white or whole wheat sandwich loaf, cut Pullman-style. (Ask bakery to cut sandwich loaf horizontally, or Pullman style.) Using rolling pin, flatten slices slightly. Spread with 1/3 cup (75 mL) butter, softened; spread with filling.
Place 1 asparagus spear (or 2 baby gherkins) along 1 short end of each. Starting at asparagus, roll up tightly without squeezing. Wrap each roll tightly in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 1 hour. With serrated knife, trim ends; cut each roll into 6 slices.
Makes 30 pieces. Pinwheel Sandwich recipe: Curried Egg Salad Triangle Sandwiches Spread 16 thin slices whole wheat or white sandwich bread with 1/3 cup (75 mL) butter, softened; spread filling evenly over 8 of the slices. Top with remaining slices, pressing lightly. Place on rimmed baking sheet and cover with damp tea towel; cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, about 1 hour. Trim off crusts. Cut each sandwich into 4 pieces.
Makes 32 pieces. Triangle Sandwich recipe: Ham Pickle Spread Square Sandwiches Make sandwiches as in Triangle Sandwiches above except use 8 thin slices white and 8 thin slices whole wheat sandwich bread. Cut each sandwich into quarters.
Makes 32 pieces.Square Sandwich recipe: Pimiento Cheese Spread Finger Sandwiches Make sandwiches as in Triangle Sandwiches above. Cut each sandwich lengthwise into 4 fingers.
Makes 32 pieces. Finger Sandwich recipe: Tuna Olive Salad
Choose the best-quality bread. Never serve end slices. Freezing bread before cutting and then spreading makes for easier handling.
Bread should be lightly buttered no matter what the filling. Butter should be at room temperature before spreading. Sandwiches will not become limp and soggy as readily if you spread butter right to edge of bread.
Cut crusts off bread with long, sharp knife after (not before) assembling sandwiches. This keeps everything neater.
Since tea sandwiches should be delicate, cut each sandwich into thirds or quarters or in half diagonally. Or use cookie cutters to cut into decorative shapes.
Why make Valentines Day all about romance when Galentines Day looks so much fun. These famous ladies have stood the test of time, talk about friendship goals!
Whether it's characters from your favourite TV series, movies or real life celebrity friends that you may stalk on social media, everyone feels for the bond that these pals share. Some started as frenemies, while others co-stars, but there's no question that these duos are amazing together!
1. Penny Marshall & Cindy Williams
You probably know this pair better as Laverne and Shirley from the 1970s sitcom hit. This duo were the original BFFs and roommates, making us all hope for the day we moved in with our best friends.
2. Jane Fonda & Lily Tomlin
Many friendships in Hollywood meet as co-stars and then become friends. For Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, their 40 years of friendship led them to starring in the Netflix comedy "Grace and Frankie" together.
3. Jennifer Aniston & Courteney Cox
From co-starring on one of the most notable sitcom series of the late 90s / early 2000s, to Jennifer spilling the details on babysitting Courteney's kids more than 20 years later, these girls have been besties ever since Friends and the world is so thankful.
4. Tina Fey & Amy Poehler
This hilarious pair have been best friends since their early 20s and have gone on to star in movies together, present awards to each other and host the infamous Golden Globes together, more than once!
5. Maya Rudolph & Kristen Wiig
These SNL alumni are a gut-busting duo that truly screams girl power. After their SNL days, they reunited for the 2011 female-packed comedy hit "Bridesmaids," playing on-screen lifelong BFFS.
6. Cameron Diaz & Drew Barrymore
These "Charlie's Angels" co-stars still have a friendship that is going strong! Both in their 40s now, Cameron Diaz and Drew Barrymore continue to be the closest of pals and have done countless interviews praising each other.
7. Gwenyth Paltrow & Beyonce
This friendship pairing might seem a little random, but the adorable duo met through their husbands and have been incredibly close ever since. Even now, their children have play dates and brunches together, which makes us a little jealous of a toddler's social life.
8. Ellen Pompeo & Sandra Oh
Meredith Grey and Cristina Yang have been friendship goals since Grey's Anatomy first premiered in 2005. The on-screen best friend pairing put any viewer through an emotional roller coaster, so it was the best to find out these women are friends in real life too!
9. Naomi Campbell & Kate Moss
With over 25 years of friendship under their designer belt, these infamous models could possibly be the most high-fashion friend pair in the industry. Can you say power pair?
10. The Taylor Swift "Squad"
It is no secret that Taylor Swift has created the #squadgoals for this generation, as their get togethers and outings are splashed across every social media platform you can think of. You know the models and singers that are friends with Swift, but her squad also consists of Lena Dunham, Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds, Uzo Aduba, and Serena Williams!
Warm up in style this winter with this super soft—and luxurious—alpaca yarn wrap.
Cuddle up with the Banff Wrap – an extra soft wrap knit in a luxurious alpaca yarn. The wrap is knit with two strands of Eco Alpaca DK yarn held together, and the ombre effect is created simply by alternating the colours of the strands – a lot simpler than it sounds! The large finished wrap is the perfect size to keep you warm from indoors to outdoors, fall to winter.
The Banff Wrap is knit in three sections – each one with a different colour combination. When you run out of yarn for one colour combination, you switch to the next. The instructions clearly explain how to switch between colour sections, so you can smoothly transition and avoid mistakes. If you desire a smaller or larger wrap, simply subtract or add stitches when you cast on, but it is important to remember that your cast on must remain an odd number.
Materials: - 7 Skeins of Americo Eco Alpaca DK (100% Superfine Alpaca) 100g / 262 yards (240 m) - 7 mm (US10.75) 24-inch (60 cm) circular needles - Yarn needle
Contrast Colour AA Eco Alpaca DK in a dark colour 3 Skeins
Contrast Colour AB Eco Alpaca DK, one strand of colour A and one of B
Contrast Colour BB Eco Alpaca DK in a light colour 4 Skeins
Note about the yarn:Eco Alpaca DK is available through Americo Original online and at select yarn stores. You can substitute for other DK weight yarns in your stash. Remember that you will need 3 skeins of one colour, and 4 skeins of a second colour.
Measurements: One Size – 67 inches (170 cm) in length and 23.5 inches (60 cm) in width
Gauge: 13 stitches and 17 rows = 4 inches (10 cm) in garter stitch using 7 mm (US10.75) size needles or size needed to achieve gauge
K, k: knit
P, p: purl
CC: contrast colour
This pattern is knit using 2 strands of yarn at the same time.
Section 1: Colour AA
Using 2 strands of colour A held together, cast on 79 stitches
Purl 2 rows
Begin Seed Stitch Pattern:
R1: K2 *(p1, k1), repeat from * to last 3 stitches, p1, k2
Repeat row 1 until you have used up 2 full skeins of colour A.
*Note: As new colours are added, make sure that they are joined on the same side of the work in order for the stitches to look consistent on both sides.
Section 2: Colour AB
Add colour B to the 3rd skein of colour A and with 2 strands held together continue knitting until you have used up colour AB.
Section 3: Colour BB
Using two strands of colour B held together continue knitting in seed stitch pattern until you have enough yarn to complete the following:
Repeat row 1 once more
Knit 2 rows.
Cast off and weave in ends…and enjoy your beautiful new wrap!
Americo Original is a Canadian yarn company and online knitting shop that features a high-end selection of yarns, textiles, custom knitwear patterns and accessories. Only natural fibers, produced especially for us in the Andean highlands of South America are offered, including luxurious wools, llama, alpaca, organic and premium cottons, linen, silk and cashmere. Americo's one-of-a kind runway pieces and classic styles for the hand knitter are created in our design lab. Americo is based in Toronto, Canada and ships internationally from their online store: americo.ca/shop.
Here's how to make your own shower bomb with essential oils for a whole new level of relaxation.
If you enjoy a hot shower or bath to help you relax at the end of a stress-filled day, you'll love these quick DIY shower bombs that allow you to add a soothing essential oil blend to your shower's steam. Essential oils have long been used to aid everything from sleep to energy.
Now Solutions created this recipe to help you get the benefits of essential oils through inhaling the scented steam of your shower—it's like your own home spa treatment. When these scents are diffused through steam, they reach the nerves in the olfactory cavity, which go right to the brain, so you're likely to feel the calming effects right away.
How to make your own shower bomb
Preheat your oven to 325 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a mini-muffin tin with foil liners. Mix 1 cup of baking soda with 1/3 cup of water to form a thick paste. Pour by tablespoon into the mini-muffin cups. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool. Top with several drops of essential oils.
For a shower bomb that will help you relax and unwind, Now recommends a blend of one drop of chamomile oil, two drops of lavender oil and two drops of sandalwood blend oil. But you can make your own blend, too. Clove essential oil is also soothing and comforting, as is ylang ylang. Or, if you're looking for a pick-me-up to start your day with, basil essential oil is known to be energizing, and bergamot and lemon are both uplifting scents.
When your shower bomb is ready, place it on your shower floor and enjoy the relaxing vapours.