Daily Resolution: Cook with a Secret Ingredient

If you have ever watched the Iron Chef, you know about a “secret ingredient”. For those of you who are not familiar with the popular cooking show, the premise is for chefs to creatively and competitively use a selection of secret ingredients to create a delicious meal. Be your own Iron Chef for a day or even a week. Choose some food item you have never used in a meal before. Follow a recipe or create something impromptu. Check out this list of secret ingredients, too!  “Allez Cuisine!”

Daily Resolution: Protect the Crown Jewels

Take an inventory of personal valuables (especially jewelry), and be sure you have insurance coverage on any items that have more than sentimental value. Consider inconspicuous hiding places for your jewelry when you are not home for extended periods of time. There are many items on the market to help “hide” things such as fake ice cubes!  Just don’t forget where you have put things! Read more about the best and worst places to hide your valuables.

Daily Resolution: Try Going Au Naturel!

Sometimes we take for granted how much cosmetic embellishment we add to ourselves each day. Try going for a day without any cologne, scented body wash, make-up, or scented lotions. Think about why you use certain items beyond  any aesthetic  reasons. Examine what kinds of chemicals may be involved in the products you use on a daily basis. Find alternatives to products that use ingredients that are questionable. One recommendation: Don’t skip the deodorant.

Daily Resolution: Get Ahead On The Holidays

Plan ahead and brainstorm a timeline for yourself now, so the world does not come crashing down one week before the holidays. Pay particular attention to things you can do early.  If you are traveling for the holidays, get your arrangements squared away: accommodations, tickets, and any other reservations. Brainstorm gift lists. Get gift wrapping items. Buy baking ingredients for holiday goodies. Taking care of small things early will help you and others to enjoy the holidays more later.

Daily Resolution: Make a Screen Debut

Find yourself a free and fun screensaver to protect your screen when you are not working on your computer. There are many free ones to be found online and programs to create your own. Change it from time to time especially if it can be seen by others. Explore what the computer already might have stored for your use.

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