Daylight “Saving” or “Savings” Time?

If you guessed, “saving”, you’re correct. Daylight saving time without an S!

Daylight saving time has been around for centuries. Some point to Ben Franklin’s satirical 1784 essay that suggested the late-rising French take advantage of morning sunlight to save on candles. Germany was the first country to adopt daylight saving time in 1916 to save energy during World War I, and other countries followed. Nowadays, for most Americans, daylight saving time means only one thing; losing an hour’s sleep. 

So what’s the point? The point is we move clocks forward one hour in the spring because of longer days in the middle of the year, presumably using less lighting. We revert to “standard time” in the fall turning the clocks back one hour. As I was taught to remember, Spring ahead, Fall back!

But some studies suggest when we spring forward by one hour at 2 a.m. on Sunday, it will likely prompt an increase in heart attacks and strokes, cause more car accidents and reduce worker productivity. Disruptions, even minor ones, to human beings’ sleep patterns can have colossal effects, according to researchers. Also, studies have generally failed to show significant energy savings associated with the shift.

Legislators in some states have tried unsuccessfully to pass laws abandoning daylight saving time. Arizona and Hawaii are the only states that do not reset clocks. So for now, Sunday morning will come just a little bit earlier than usual for most of us. My suggestion….sleep in an extra hour or two this Sunday and catch up on your beauty sleep. After all, isn’t that what Sunday mornings are for?

 

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co

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A Tried and True Beauty Product for All

I’m going to share one simple beauty product that will soften your skin. I love it and I think you will too. For me, it’s that tried and true product that works every time. I’m over the cold winter and what it does to my skin and this one product makes it all go away; Egyptian Magic.

Egyptian Magic is described as a multi-purpose, natural skin cream you can use on your face, hands, lips, legs, etc. It really is a hidden treasure among the never-ending list of beauty products and brands. Egyptian Magic can be used for many purposes as their website explains. In a nut shell, it hydrates your skin. When your skin is hydrated, the results are a healthy, smooth and plump complexion which also gives your skin the ability to heal quicker. Scars will diminish and who doesn’t want that! With six simple ingredients; olive oil, beeswax, honey, bee pollen, royal jelly and bee propolis you can rest easy that you’re not hurting the environment and keeping our bees busy. Which is very important and for another blog post coming soon.

The price for a 4 ounce jar on Amazon is around $32. Not the cheapest cream out there but definitely one that gives the best results. Remember, your skin is the body’s largest organ so take care of it every day, and if you focus on good skincare, you really won’t need a lot of make up. I do not have an allergy to bees so if you’re allergic to bee pollen or honey, make sure to test it on a small patch of skin first, before applying over larger areas.

Cheers to soft, sexy and touchable skin at any age!

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co

 

Food for Thought

Weather this weekend along the New Jersey coastline is calling for wind and rain…yuck!  So my weekend activities will include drinking wine and cooking. I love to create new dishes with just what I have in my kitchen. My Italian grandmother, Grandma Lena, taught our family how to make delicious dishes with the bare minimums.  She was from Abruzzo, Italy where Italian cuisine, I believe, is at its purest. Why? Located in central Italy it stretches from the heart of the Apennines to the Adriatic Sea. On mostly mountainous and wild terrain and being surrounded by its famous nations parks between the North and South it has been protected from centuries of foreign cuisine influences.

A small town in Abruzzo called Villa Santa Maria is known as the “Home of Chefs”.
Some of the world’s best chefs have been learning to cook for royalty and renowned restaurants around the world in Villa Santa Maria. In October there is an Abruzzo food festival celebrating Italian cooks, which prominent chefs attend. I would love to celebrate my birthday in this small town one year. You guessed it…my birthday is in October! Abruzzo food is a mixture of different traditional tastes and even today, its variety mirrors its background from a large number of Abruzzo cooking customs from years of uninterrupted traditions – it’s where the cuisine from both the sea and the mountains comes alive!

Here is one of my favorite dishes:  Sagne e Fagioli or better know as Pasta e Fagioli, a pasta and bean soup.

Ingredients:
1 cup Ditalini pasta
6 thick sliced bacon, diced
2 cups onion, chopped
2 cups celery, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
2 cans (15 oz.) white beans, drained
3 cups chicken broth
1 can (15 ½ oz.) kidney beans
1 can (28 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 bay leaf
2 teaspoons dried oregano

Directions:
Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. Rinse with cold water to cool quickly and drain well.

In 5 quart saucepan over medium heat, cook bacon until crisp. Add onion, celery, garlic; stirring occasionally.

In a large bowl, mash 1 can of white beans. Add chicken broth, remaining beans, cooked pasta, tomato with juice, bay leaf and oregano.

Add bean mixture to saucepan, heat to boiling. Reduce heat and simmer uncovered about 10 minutes.

Pour a glass of wine and buon appetito!

 

Rebecca Louise | Realife Co