Way back in the early 1800s, the canning process revolutionized our ability to preserve food for when it wasn’t in plentiful supply. Today, with seasonal produce available year round, purchasing canned vegetables has become a thing of our mothers’ era: a bit suspect, with veggies nuked, cooked, and de-texturized beyond recognition.
We here at Savvy Central, make one exception to the "no canned goods" rule and that would be for: The Stewed Tomato. Wow. We love it. For a million reasons, beginning with taste, texture, color, ripeness (they’re even more ripe than a ripe Roma!) affordability, malleability, we could go on, and on and on. But we won’t.
Instead, we’re sharing our favorite two uses for The Stewed Tomato:
Our first camera was a pinhole job, but it took a gorgeous photo of a tree – though it required some serious patience to get the shot. Basically, we had to stand still while natural light captured our majestic tree on the developing paper we had curled around the back of our cardboard oatmeal canister. Funny, isn’t it, when things get better they seem to go faster
So, if you’re a book lover like we are—-what does a savvy gal do with all those books? We have a few simple ideas that will help you maintain a library you love, reduce clutter, and make room for....more books!
Working with your hands can be a nice way to unwind. Often doing a little DIY task can be therapeutic, and take your mind off of things. We've been thinking lately about how to unwind and refresh. We've written an article recently about the beauty of sleep. Because a good night's sleep is truly a beautiful thing. But there are other ways to give oneself a mental break. In our fast-paced world that is locked up in me, me, me - oh, and what can I buy, one of the easiest and cheapest ways to refresh yourself is to do something for someone else. Here are 3 simple tips!
1. Smile. So often we forget that a smile can change everything. Seems simple, but sharing a smile can immediately brighten someone's day - especially if they aren't expecting it.
2. A kind word. Just telling a co-worker, your child, a neighbor, that you admire something about them, can give that person a kick-start for their day. They say young people in adverse circumstances have been known to rise above because just ONE person believed in them. Be that one person.
3. A kind act. Yes, we're all busy and often quite 'self important,' but how about lending a helping hand. Opening the door for that elderly lady, letting someone out of the elevator first, picking up a piece of garbage that someone accidentally dropped. It all adds up.
3 ways to refresh yourself by refreshing others!
There are so many diets out there. SO many! And so many of them work, at least for a time. But old habits are hard to break. Inevitably, everyone puts it back on. This is why we love Weight Watchers. It doesn't tell you what you can't eat, because you can eat anything. What it does do is help you 'watch' what you eat, and therefore make better choices.
As the New Year gets underway, we recommend this simple but effective tip for keeping trim: take a little off the top. Now this may seem hard, but if applied at every meal it really works. Basically, just take a bit away. Eat a little less than you had planned on eating. Make it a game, even. Yummy chicken breast! Only eat 2/3. Baked potato? Eat 3/4. Piece of cake? Eat half.
This little, simple, non-gimmicky approach can help you shed pounds. Try it!
We know that it’s only right to be prudent when using paper products. It’s good for the environment we love to love. But here’s the thing, when it comes to napkins and such at the table, to provide variety we like using paper. Just make sure it’s the recyclable kind!
For a recent holiday dinner, we opted for an aqua theme. There is nothing more refreshing than bringing a summer color into the drab dark of winter. Of course, if you go over the top it doesn’t work as well because the effect is too counter-intuitive.
To bring a bit of richness to the table we went with two types of paper napkins, one layered on top of the other to add complexity. We picked up the aqua theme in the smaller of the two, making sure it’s pattern and color palette mirrored a bit more of a winter feel. Our guests loved the look. We added tea candles in shimmering aqua-hued glass holders too.
Super simple, but super savvy. For our next dinner party we are going with a silver theme. Can’t wait!Great place for recycled napkins?? Crate & Barrel!
If you've got really sensitive skin and find that most makeup removers on the market are too heavy, then we've got the answer for you! All you will need are three simple ingredients; petroleum jelly, aloe vera gel and an essential oil (just to make it smell pretty)! Enjoy!
Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday here at 24/Savvy, and why wouldn't it be?! It is a fun festival filled with family, friends, frivolity and food!! Keep Thanksgiving dinner fresh by trying these 5 new side dishes. They're not the healthiest of options, but they are sure to spice up any traditional Thanksgiving feast!
It must be the twinkling lights and glittering Christmas balls that inspire the shiny pop of the season. The holidays call for beauty that bursts out of the ordinary – here are a few simple, savvy tips to give your beauty regime a boost!
Most of us ladies like a bit of color on our cheeks. This season opt for a berry tint, but go ahead and get a shade with a zing of sparkle. And if your favorite version doesn’t have shine, add a bit on top. Our favorite shine highlighter is Mineral Glow Pearls Powder Palette Blush.
Most days we go for a mat lipstick, but when the holidays arrive we feel that it's our time let our lips twinkle. Lip gloss does the trick, and even if we prefer to stay with the shade that we always wear, we make sure to make a difference with a bit of clear sparkling shine, here’s our favorite: CoverGirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm.
We tend to opt for muted hues on our eyes, but as Christmas approaches we throw demure to the wind and reach for a creamy shade that has loads of glittering pop. Suddenly we go from safe to frisky, its so much fun this time of year. For flirtatious eyes try Prestige Baked Shadow Quad Mineral Eye Shadow.
The easiest way to brighten your entire beauty look is a foundation with a bit of dewy shine, finished with a shimmering powder. Might be best for those holiday parties, rather than the office, but no matter what give your look an instant update. This is the time of year to go for it! We love Borghese Splendore Baked Bronzer.
Savvy Tip of the Week
Sleep on It!
Give yourself a day/night/week to think over large purchases. You’ll save yourself the agony of buyers remorse and time-consuming returns.
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