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Thursday, November 25, 2021

My List Of Movies for Thanksgiving!

 

🍂3 Thanksgiving Movies to Prep You for the Holidays🦃

 




Today I want to talk about my personal top ten Thanksgiving movies to watch.

But so you all have any personal favorites? Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? What was your holiday experience like? Comment down below and share the post if you enjoyed it: 

A Charlie Brown Christmas




This movie remains an unquestioned holiday classic 50 years after its debut, and everyone remembers Linus waiting on Halloween to get a glimpse of a certain jack-o’-lantern in It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. But there’s another Peanuts holiday special that has never seemed to garner the same level of love. We should all be a lot more thankful for A Charlie Brown Thanksgivingbecause it’s a touching tribute to one of America’s best days. Here are five reasons Charlie Brown’s turkey day special shouldn’t be overlooked.

Quintessential Thanksgiving Factor: Watching Woodstock and Snoopy pull apart a wishbone and eat a piece of pumpkin pie together.

Best Quote: "I haven't even finished eating all of my Halloween candy!" — Sally Brown

 The Blind Side



Writer and director John Lee Hancock (The Rookie) has adapted this true sports story from a book by Michael Lewis. Michael Oher now plays for the Baltimore Ravens and as we see in this inspirational story of his life, the source of his transformation is the love, appreciation, support, and counsel of his adoptive mother — Leigh Anne Tuohy. Sandra Bullock carries this film with her nuanced, emotionally powerful, and compelling performance. Her experience illustrates a key spiritual lesson: giving to others reverberates back to the giver, deepening and enriching her life. The film also challenges us redefine the meaning of family values.

The Blind Side is an unabashedly feel-good movie, and it deserves a large and attentive audience. Hancock again signals to us that engaging sports stories can deliver spiritual messages that speak to all of us.

Quintessential Thanksgiving Factor: Loving, and humble movie that you can watch with the whole family!

Best Quote: “Any fool can have courage. But honor, that's the real reason for you either do something or you don't. It's who you are and maybe who you want to be.” Quinton Aaron

Garfield’s Thanksgiving



So there aren’t many Thanksgiving classics, or even much modern specials or movies out there.  With A Charlie Brown ThanksgivingGarfield’s Thanksgiving is one of the few cartoons (special or even movie) honoring the holiday, so if you want a holiday special you’re this is a great option. 

Garfield’s Thanksgiving is a rather nice episode that feels a lot like the Garfield cartoon.  


Best Quote: "Do you see that, Odie?  Tomorrow is Thanksgiving.  That's the day people celebrate having food by eating as much of it as possible!  Yes, that's the day people try to eat every turkey, pumpkin and cranberry on the face of the earth.  It's a tradition.  And you know how I LOVE tradition!"

-Garfield explaining Thanksgiving to Odie.




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Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Tuesday talk

Tuesday Topic Of The Day:
Cannabis



So what is it? Cannabis is a psychoactive plant with history that goes as far as centuries ago that is smoked recreationally, as well used for medical purposes.

But for some reason it has been outlawed by select few states but slowly state after state is beginning to legalize the plant has more pros then cons. As you see I have listed some states that may legalize weed in 2022 or even sooner

 At the start of 2021, 13 state legislatures had recreational legalization measures on the table. New York, New Jersey, Virginia, Connecticut, and New Mexico actually followed through and legalized cannabis for all adults. It’s now legal to possess in all three states. Retail markets are expected to open next year in all those states except Virginia, which doesn’t allow retail stores until 2024.

Who’s next?


 

Maryland

Lawmakers in Maryland started this year confident that they would pass an adult use bill, only to see the legislation falter. But all signs point toward approval in 2022.  

In July, Adrienne Jones, Speaker of the House of Delegates and leader of the body’s Democratic majority, pledged to place the issue before voters as a ballot referendum in 2022. She also took the unusual step of setting up a legislative “work group” that will begin mapping out rules for a regulated industry, even before voters formally approve one. 

A March 2021 survey from Goucher College found two-thirds of Marylanders supported full legalization, including more than half of Republican voters, so the effort stands a good chance of success.

Missouri

Missouri legalization advocates are confident about their chances for approving a regulated market in the coming year. Legal Missouri 2022 is one of two groups aiming to put a ballot referendum before voters. The coronavirus hasn’t made things easy, however.

“The last effort this coalition made was in 2020,” John Payne, campaign manager for Legal Missouri 2022, told Leafly. “We were gathering signatures, and things were going very well. And then the world kind of stopped.”

The group’s most recent constitutional amendment measure was approved by Missouri’s Secretary of State in early October, clearing the way to begin gathering the approximately 171,000 signatures they’ll need.

With a “strong coalition and strong fundraising,” Payne gives the campaign an “80-90 percent” chance of success this year. 

Legal Missouri 2022’s legislation would include home cultivation and some equity measures, like automatic expungement of past cannabis convictions.

Oklahoma

Advocates in Oklahoma are looking to expand and better manage cannabis sales in that state, and earlier this month filed for a proposed constitutional amendment legalizing adult use in 2022. 

Oklahoma passed a medical cannabis program in 2018 that has evolved into one of the most permissive in the country, with few limitations on who can qualify. Invariably described in news reports as weed’s “Wild West,” medical cannabis has exploded in Oklahoma over the past three years, and nearly 10 percent of the state’s population has obtained a medical recommendation.

The current proposal would allow for possession of up to eight ounces of cannabis by those over 21 without a medical approval, and cultivation of up to 12 plants. The measure would also replace the current regulatory agency to help better organize the state’s wide open industry. 

Ohio

Ohio is the largest state with a real chance of legalization in the near term, but its convoluted “initiated statute” process means there’s no smooth path to adult use in the Buckeye State.

“The entire initiated statute approach to an initiative is really opaque,” Douglas Berman, a professor of law at Ohio State University and executive director of the university’s Drug Enforcement and Policy Center, told Leafly. “But it makes it awfully likely that this will get to the ballot by November 2022.” 

As of late August, a group calling itself the Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol has been cleared to begin gathering signatures for the first stage of the likely two-stage process. 

They’ll need around 130,000 signatures of support to qualify their bill, after which it would head to the Ohio legislature for an up or down vote. If the measure is voted down by lawmakers, or if no action is taken within four months — an outcome Berman thinks is likely given Ohio’s conservative statehouse and governor — the measure could be presented to voters at the 2022 election. But only after a second costly round of signature gathering.

Berman thinks the advocacy groups involved are up to the organizational challenge of a dual petitioning period, and that adult use stands a good chance of success. Still, the politics could be fluid amid a heated midterm election, he said, and Ohio voters rejected a controversial adult use bill in 2015.

The proposed measure would legalize possession of up to 2.5 ounces of cannabis and cultivation of up to six plants per person. It would also include expungement of many past nonviolent cannabis convictions.

Arkansas

Like Missouri, Arkansas is another state where legalization efforts withered last year under pressure from the coronavirus. Advocates with Arkansas True Grass had to abandon their signature gathering push amid rising case counts. They’re back at it for 2022, and if they can gather the roughly 89,000 signatures they need, voters in the November midterms will be able to approve a constitutional amendment establishing a legal adult use market.

Advocates are framing the measure as an economic and criminal justice reform, but also hope its cultivation provision will improve access for patients under the medical program approved by Arkansas voters in 2016. Current guidelines don’t permit enough producers to meet demand, advocates say, and retail costs haven’t budged from the top dollar of prohibition days, averaging as much as $20 per gram at the state’s dispensaries.

The measure would amend the state’s constitution to permit retail sales to adults over 21 years old, allow the cultivation of up to 12 plants, and reverse convictions for some of those serving time for nonviolent cannabis offenses. 

Pennsylvania

Now that its neighbors in New Jersey and New York have begun establishing regulated markets, advocates in Pennsylvania hope momentum is building for adult use measures introduced in the state legislature over the past year. One bill, proposed but not formally introduced in February, would set up a retail industry and allow for home cultivation, while a similar measure without the cultivation provisions was introduced in late September. Both bills include equity measures and, in a first for the state, have bipartisan sponsorship. 

Legalization increasingly has support from Pennsylvania’s highest officials. Governor Tom Wolf said in February that he wanted to make cannabis legalization a priority for 2021, joining other top officials like Attorney General Josh Shapiro and Lieutenant Governor John Fetterman, who have long called for an end to prohibition.

Fetterman in particular has been an outspoken cannabis advocate for years, sometimes needling his Republican colleagues by flying a weed leaf flag and an LGBTQ pride banner from his office balcony. 

Despite support from the top, whether legalization can gain traction in Pennsylvania’s Republican-controlled legislature is an open question. A spokesperson for the house majority leader told the Philadelphia Inquirer this month that there was “no significant support” at the moment from Republicans there.

Florida

After previous ballot initiatives were blocked by the state’s highest court twice in close succession this summer, advocates in Florida are making another attempt to get an adult use measure in front of voters in 2022. This time, the group leading the effort, Sensible Florida, is confident their ballot language will pass legal muster.

The Supreme Court of Florida struck down two earlier cannabis ballot measures, saying summary language submitted by backers was misleading because it didn’t specifically warn about conflicting federal law, or accurately describe possession limits. The most recent language sidesteps those concerns by narrowing its scope dramatically; it would legalize cultivation and possession by adults, but not establish a retail system.

Aside from language, advocates will face new challenges this time around, after Florida lawmakers in April set tighter contribution limits for ballot initiative campaigns, part of a decades-long effort by Republicans in Florida to weaken the citizen initiative process.  

“The pressure is really on lawmakers at every level of government to take action,” said Carly Wolf, NORML’s state policies director. “Public and political support has only continued to increase.”

With the midterm elections coming up in Nov. 2022, some state legislators face increasing pressure to pass a legalization law that they craft—or have the voters pass their own law.

Here’s what’s happening in the states most seriously considering adult-use legalization, in order of most-likely to least-likely.

Weed has been research for helping with such problems including pain, mood, and overall feelings. 

As long as it is being used properly this plant is definitely beneficial to whomever so hopefully in the near future it will be openly available  

 

 

Sunday, November 7, 2021

Why Meal Planning is Important and How it Benefits You?

 

If you want to follow a healthy lifestyle, then meal planning can be a lifesaver. Instead of winging every day, you will have a definitive plan that can act as a roadmap for your healthy eating habits.

Mean planning sounds a great idea to many people, but if you are a working woman, a wife or a mom of four, it can be a lifesaver.



However, it can be somehow challenging, but having a guide to it can help you fill the gap between wanting to plan a meal and actually doing it.

In this blog, you will learn about meal planning, why it is essential, and how it benefits you?
Are you ready to plan your meals? Drumrolls, the Organization, is the key to successful meal planning.

I have always been an advocate of an organized kitchen. However, meticulous organisation is essential in today’s world, where everything is rapid, and everyone finds a fast way to get things done. So, to help you organize things in a better way, I’ve created a list of benefits for you!

Check it below!

Benefits of Meal Planning

In my busy schedule, I always seek help by pre-planning my chores. Sames goes for the meal planning. Moreover, the simple act of meal planning has been shown to result in people eating more fruit and

vegetables and a greater variety of foods overall constantly a positive change when trying to eat well. Here is the list of benefits of meal planning:

It Saves Money
One of the foremost benefits of meal planning is that it saves your money. When you go grocery shopping with a clear vision and a list of things you want for specific recipes, you will wind up buying a lot less.

You will not buy an extra thing other than your planned meals that will automatically save your money.

It Lowers Stress
Did this happen to you too when the clock strikes 6:00 pm, and you questioned yourself that ‘what the heck I’ll make for dinner today?

Are you always curious about your meals?

If yes, then meal planning can be a solution to your problems. A pre-planned menu eliminates all your stress of thinking.

Less Waste
No one wants to waste food. But when you have crafted your daily menu in advance, there is no way to destroy it.

For instance, if I’m making grilled chicken roasted potatoes, I might plan a chicken stir fry and potato pancakes in the following plan.

Opportunity to Try New Things
Meal planning allows trying new things. Do you have a handful of go-to meals that repeat each week?

Scrambled egg and pancakes for breakfast three days in a row? Grilled chicken and veggies in lunch? If you plan your meals ahead, you will have an opportunity to try new things every other week. 

Friday, November 5, 2021

Potential Uses of Turmeric to Boost Immunity against Covid 19

 

The world has been facing severe health issues amid Covid 19 since the emergence of this deadly virus. A diverse and robust diet plan is an essential part of health to respond to this global health issue. We all need to boost our immune systems to combat this virus. It is vital now more than ever for our immune systems to stay in tip-top condition during the Covid 19 pandemic.


Along with the hygiene standards like wearing a mask, using an alcohol sanitizer, and practicing social distancing, taking your proper nutrients and boosting your immunity is paramount at this juncture.

If you are looking for a detailed guide on supporting foods that will boost your immune system effectively amid this pandemic, then you've landed in the right place!

Here you will find a shopping list of foods with solid antioxidants to boost your immune system and a general safety protocol given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Turmeric

Turmeric is a fantastic spice that contains several antioxidants to fight against free radicals in the body. The bright yellow spice has an element 'curcumin’ that functions as an immunity booster.

Turmeric also boosts immunity levels. Its antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties protect us from various infections. Many doctors highly recommend taking a teaspoon full of Turmeric in a glass of warm milk every day to keep the common cold and flu at bay.

Similarly, garlic has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties that provide immunity against several diseases.

One needs to add all these nutrients to one daily diet to build an immunity against all the diseases in this pandemic situation. While going out for groceries, keep all these things in mind to deal with Covid 19 effectively.

How to Consume Turmeric?

After knowing the health benefits of Turmeric, it is essential to consider how one can consume Turmeric?

  •   You could use Turmeric by adding it to your dishes for color and taste.

  •   To get turmeric's maximum benefits, consume it with garlic and black pepper. Both the

    ingredients will increase the absorption of Turmeric in the body. That will automatically boost

    your immunity against free radicals.

  •   Turmeric added in the milk is an immune booster known as 'Golden Milk.'

Health Benefits of Turmeric

Turmeric is an active compound that has scientifically proven health benefits. It is an anti-inflammatory and antioxidant that improves disorders like arthritis and depression.

With its golden color, it makes the dishes super delicious and healthy. However, Turmeric also increases the antioxidant capacity of the human body.

Turmeric was used to treat various forms of cancer in the past because it reduces cancerous cells' growth and development in the human body.

A balanced Diet

Proper nutrition and a balanced diet are essential to stay healthier and boost your immune system. According to World Health Organization (WHO), people with a balanced diet have robust immune systems and are less prone to chronic and infectious diseases.

One needs to eat various fresh and unprocessed foods to get the proper nutrients that a body requires. Covid 19 is a deadly virus, and everyone has varied symptoms according to their immune system. However, some of the nutrients that must be included in one's diet to boost the immune system amid this pandemic are discussed below.

Eating fresh and unprocessed foods.

Incorporate fresh fruits and vegetables, legumes (lentils, beans), nuts, and whole grains (oats, millets, wheat, rice) into your daily diet. Meat, including beef, mutton, and chicken, are also a good source of nutrients.

Eating a moderate amount of fats and oil.

Only consume unsaturated fats found in fish, nuts, olive oil, avocados, soy, canola, sunflower, and corn oils. Don't go for saturated oils found in meat, cream, butter, and ghee.

Only choose white meat, including fish that is generally low in fat.

Eating Less Sugar and Salt

Consume less sugar and salt while cooking, limit daily intake of salt up to 5 g only, and only use iodized salt.

Immunity-Boosting Foods

The only way to deal with the current pandemic situation is by taking immunity-boosting foods. Here are some everyday superfood and supplements that can play their role:

Vitamin C

This particular vitamin is an essential participant in the army of immunity. It helps in preventing the common cold. It works as a powerful antioxidant and protects against damage induced by oxidative stress.

For severe infections, including sepsis and acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), high dose intravenous vitamin C treatment has been shown to significantly improve patients' symptoms.

Vitamin D

Vitamin D supplements have a mild protective effect against respiratory tract infections. Most people are deficient in Vitamin D, so it's best to consult with a doctor about taking a Vitamin D supplement to boost immune response.

Zinc

Zinc is a vital component of WBC (white blood corpuscles) which fights infections. Zinc deficiency often makes one more susceptible to flu, cold, and other viral infections. It is advisable to take a zinc supplement, especially for older people.

Friday, October 29, 2021

8 Staple Foods to Freeze to Save Your Time

 

Do you also face difficulty while making your meal after coming back from a long hectic day? Are you looking for a solution that helps you save your leftovers and make efficient meals on time? Are you lazy enough to cut and cook on the same day?

If yes, then take one day to cut, chop or prepare the food and freeze it. It not only saves your time, but it tastes delicious the same way when you designed it!

A well-organized freezer with some staple food is the key to save your time.
This article will learn about 8 staple foods that you can freeze to make ahead meals and save your time.

When I apprise you that you can freeze anything you want, it means anything! Anything from fresh produce to pre-made meals or leftovers from the last night.

Here are some staple foods that you can freeze and use to make ahead meal without any second thought!

Spinach
Spinach is one of the leafy green vegetables that you can freeze quickly to make ahead meals. It is great to make smoothies, soup, stock, dips, quiches, and several pasta meals.

When you buy spinach at the start of the week, but you feel that it can’t last long for the weekend, you can simply freeze it for later use.


Avocados
Avocados are known for being overripe overnight. So, what to do with these overripe brown avocadoes?

No worries!

You can simply slice them and freeze them in halves or quarters chunks.

Here is a little tip to prevent avocadoes from browning:

Brush avocados with a bit of lemon juice. And when you need to use the avocado, simply bring it to room temperature for about 30 minutes and use them.

Meat
Any type of meat, whether cooked, uncooked, or fresh, can be quickly frozen. So, you can keep raw or fresh meat for last-minute dinners and just for the convenience of not running to the store.

You can also easily store cooked meat; just make sure that beef is cooled enough before freezing and place it in an airtight container.

Berries
If you buy fresh berries from the supermarket and want to store them later, you can go for it. No need for any preservatives like sodium or salt.

Simply grab them, wash thoroughly, take the stem off and freeze!

Bananas
Buy fresh and ripe bananas to freeze them for later use.

You can use freeze bananas in making smoothies, pancakes, or skewers. Just make sure to peel them and store them in a plastic bag.

Eggs
Eggs can also be stored in the freezer for later use. If you have a recipe that requires egg yolk or white, only you can freeze the part you didn’t use.

Feel free to freeze the remaining thing after cracking the eggs and storing them in an airtight container.

Bread
Bread is one of the staple foods that can be quickly frozen.

Sea food
Just like meat, seafood can also be frozen for ahead use. You just need to wrap it tightly before tossing it in the freezer.

When you are ready to use it, thaw in the fridge or under cool water.

Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Halloween Festival

 

🎃 Halloween Festival 🍂

On Sunday October the 24th was the annual Halloween Festival, where hundreds of Kentucky citizens goes to see and admire the Parade, Food, and Other Entertainment!

Besides the rising number of covid-19 cases Lexington, KY still managed to have the annual Halloween CELABERATION! 


The past year was hard on everyone but as the United States races to come up with a full proof vaccine and other underlying issues in America, I think it's finally good that people are starting to get into the new norm while still being safe while having a good time. So please I encourage others with interest to find a red jacket and join the party in the years to come.

The evening’s festivities also included a Halloween variety show, with performances by Lexington-area arts groups.



There was a verity of food venders as well including: Go, go burgers, Sam's Hotdog Stand, Hot Buns Food Truck, and more, I personally went to Go, go burgers. I ordered the Burden BBQ Burger.






Sunday, October 24, 2021

Vitamins and Minerals that Boost your Focus and Concentration



 To live a healthy life, getting enough essential minerals and vitamins is essential as they are crucial for optimal mental and physical health.

Therefore, if you are looking for vitamins and minerals that boost your focus and concentration, this blog post is for you.

Here is the list of minerals and vitamins that are crucial for overall health.



Vitamin C

There is a direct link between Vitamin C concentration and mental functionality. A recent cross-sectional analysis published in the peer-reviewed journal of Nutrition explored the link between Vitamin C and mental function.

Vitamin C is the central part of producing neurotransmitter norepinephrine- which controls the attention and response actions. Therefore, Vitamin C helps in focusing better indirectly.

It also protects against oxidative stresses, like alcohol, medications, and stress.

Vitamin C is easily found in Blueberries, Kale, Chili Peppers, Thyme, Spinach, Kiwis, Brocolli, Brussels Sprouts, Lemon, Strawberries, Papayas and Oranges.


Moreover, Vitamin C supplement in your routine supports immune resilience too.


Vitamin D3

Vitamin D3 is one of the essential supplements that one can take to boost your focus and concentration level. It is proved essential for healthy nerve function (a fast-firing brain) and overall body’s performance.

A scientific report proved that low vitamin D3 levels could lead to ‘impaired cognitive function’, low energy and even depression in severe cases.


Unluckily, the majority of the people living in western society have a Vitamin D3 deficiency.

Especially for vegetarians and vegans, the risk of a vitamin D deficiency is high.


Magnesium

Magnesium is an essential mineral that we all need to take a supplement daily.

In recent research, it has been shown that magnesium supplements help in healthy bone mass, higher performance during exercise, and improves blood sugar regulation.

Moreover, magnesium helps in several chemical reactions that occur in the body.

Magnesium also aids in less stress, less antsiness and less static throughout the body.

It is also essential for converting many B vitamins into their active form and has been proven to improve long-term memory.


Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3 fatty acids are a powerhouse of vitamins, and that’s why it is essential to add them to the diet daily. It helps optimize many functions in the body like your sight, heart, liver fat, and the list.

It is beneficial for cognitive functions as well. It is also shown that Omega 3 Fatty Acids improve attention span, memory, and speed of neural transfer and ability to complete tasks efficiently.


Furthermore, some studies even show that these acids are more potent than Prozac and even directly affect your brain size.


B Vitamins

The B Vitamins are also known for improving energy, focus, and concentration. They are involved in almost everything from conversions of nutrients into neurotransmitters like serotonin to proper mitochondrial function.

Moreover, B vitamins will give you more energy, resilience, and even more cognitive capabilities.

People with a deficiency in B vitamins have been demonstrated to have slower learning abilities, decreased energy, and are more prone to distractions.