Wholesome Doggie Treats

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Looking for some healthy and wholesome treats for your dog? When you make these treats at home, at least you know what your dog is getting. These are not hard to make, and your pup will enjoy eating them!

Here are the ingredients you need:
1/2 cup canned pumpkin
4 tbsp honey
4 tbsp water
2 tbsp coconut oil
2 cups whole wheat flour
¼ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp baking powder
1 tsp cinnamon

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper.
-Mix pumpkin, honey, coconut oil, and water together in a bowl.
-Add the whole wheat flour, baking soda, baking powder and cinnamon to the mixture and stir until dough softens.
-Knead with your hands to blend all the ingredients.
-Divide the dough into half.
-Roll out the dough about 1/4 inch thick. Cut out different treats with mini cookie cutters.
-Bake at 350 for 25 minutes or until doggy treat are hard.

Let them cool and store in zippered bags to keep them fresh.
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7 Couponing Don’ts

Woman In Grocery Aisle Of Supermarket With Coupons
Woman In Grocery Aisle Of Supermarket With Coupons
Couponing is a terrific way to save money for most of us frugal shoppers. Maybe you love to watch those TV shows featuring couponing to the extreme. There are some things you should know about couponing correctly (and politely) as well as staying within the law. Here are 7 couponing DON’TS:

1. Decoding coupons. Decoding is using an app or other site to ‘decode’ the barcode on the coupon itself. This allows you to see what the store scans. Some shoppers try to purchase items other than those the coupon was intended for. This practice defrauds the store and they lose the coupon money. Decoding is also illegal, so don’t be tempted to try it.

2. Copying coupons. The majority of coupons are valid only if original, not copied. Coupon copying is illegal and against the law. Sometimes you can print coupons online twice, but no other copies are allowed. It is not worth the chance of fraud jus to save a little bit.

3. Buying items that you don’t need. Getting things free is great, but don’t buy things you won’t use. You don’t want items expiring and ending up just disposing of them. This is really wasteful. It is ok to get these products even if you can’t use them as long as you can give them away to charity, family or friends.

4. Clearing shelves. If you have a lot of coupons, look into preorders or rain checks from your store. It is not polite to clear all the shelves, and many larger stores will order these items for you so it won’t impact your fellow couponers.

5. Clearing Shelf Coupons. Occasionally you find a great coupon on a tear pad near the shelf. Go ahead and take a few for yourself, but don’t take them all. Share with other shoppers, please.

6. Selling coupons. Selling coupons is in a legal gray area, but it is better to be safe and just don’t do it.

7. Selling excess product. It is good to stockpile paper goods and some food, but keep it reasonable. Manufacturers give coupons for the benefit of individual customers, not to have you start a buying and selling business. Reselling is usually considered a violation of the coupon, and may even be against local health and safety codes.

Using coupons is a great tool to save money and can even be fun. Just use your head and be polite. We don’t want to give couponing a bad rap. Be courteous to other frugal shoppers and make sure to adhere to the law. Everybody wins!

Get Healthy Eating Tomatoes

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10 Reasons to Eat Tomatoes

Looking for the perfect fruit (or vegetable, depending on who you ask)? Look no further than the beautiful, red, round tomato. Tomatoes are chock full of vitamins and nutrients, and can help you get and stay healthy. Here are 10 great reasons to add the tomato to your regular diet:

1. Tomatoes are full of vitamins, C and, as well as potassium.
2. Tomatoes are naturally low in saturated fat, sodium, calories and cholesterol
3. One serving of tomatoes has 2 grams of Fiber and a high water content, so you will get full sooner and not be hungry- great for losing weight!
4. Tomatoes provide many vitamin benefits. This fruit contains thiamin, vitamin B6, niacin, copper , phosphorus and magnesium which all contribute to being healthy.
5. The lycopene and beta-carotene in tomatoes help your skin look great
6. The calcium and vitamin K in tomatoes help strengthen your bones
7. Lycopene and the antioxidants in tomatoes can help reduce the risk of many cancers
8. The Chromium in tomatoes can help regulate blood sugar
9. Be kind to your eyes! The vitamin A in tomatoes can improve vision and possibly reduce the risk of macular degeneration. Vitamin A also helps keep your hair strong and looking great
10. Chronic pain can be reduced by eating tomatoes. The carotenoids and bioflavonoids work as anti-inflammatory agents