Do You Really Need Expensive Pillows?

Lumpy, rough, flat and stinky might not be Doc, Dopey or Bashful's remote cousins, but they might be adjectives utilized to explain an old, uncomfortable pillow, which can make you drowsy and grumpy. When your pillow needs changing, you might ask yourself just how much an excellent night's sleep deserves. But rate isn't really always an aspect; a fairly priced pillow might be simply as comfortable as a pricey one. 

Down to Plumes
In a 2012 blind study by "Customer's Report," participants preferred sleeping on a more expensive down-filled pillow compared with a feather-filled pillow at about one-third the cost. If you're purchasing the more expensive option, look for down-pillow buzzwords, such as "hypoallergenic," "fill power"-- a fill power variety of 600 is basic quality, while 800 or more implies high quality, and "freshness guaranteed" or "clean and dust-free," as quality assurance. Also, the tighter the cover's weave-- preferably a thread count of 300 or greater-- the more included and protected the material. But a low-cost feather pillow slipped into a padded, protective pillow cover, or a down-alternative pillow uses a method to save some cash, and possibly rest simply as easily. A plume, down or down-alternative pillow that complies with your head and neck for a neutral or straight spinal column can eliminate neck pain, encourages scientists at Harvard University, and may justify investing more loan, if needed.

Paying for Polyester
You could pay eight times the expense of a low-cost polyester pillow for a costly pillow, however, as the "Consumer's Report" research study shows, investing more loan is likely going to imply improving sleep. No matter how much you choose to invest, however, if you sleep on your back, settle for a flatter pillow for ideal head and neck positioning, states WebMD. If you sleep on your side, opt for a thicker, firm pillow to fill out the area created by your shoulder.

Mind Your Memory Foam
The higher cost of the best stay cool pillow might be highly overrated, the "Customer's Report" research study shows. Try an economical memory-foam pillow, at around one-third the rate of the more expensive variations. Foam pillows have the tendency to feel warm due to their density, so if you choose a cool head in the evening, paying a bit more for a memory-foam pillow with a cooling-gel surface area should assist you rest simpler.

The Price of Longevity
Your old pillows have to be replaced-- potentially more often than you realize. You may have observed that old pillows have the tendency to "place on some weight" for many years. The included weight is the weight of skin cells, dust mites, fungi and mold that collect with time. Wash a machine-washable pillow every season or as needed. Before washing any pillow, refer to the care label and washing instructions. Replace your pillow at least each year, but faster if it ends up being lumpy, bumpy, flat or smelly.

Delicious Margarita Beef with Orange Salsa - Summer Flavor!!

We love summer flavors, and nothing says southwestern summer like this Margarita Beef. You can leave your best steak knives in the drawer because the marinade for this makes your meat fall apart. You're going to think you made it in a pressure cooker! It's great to make a big batch, as it makes a really perfect BBQ alternative to boring burgers. Check it out, and let us know what you think!! 

Recipe: Margarita Beef with Orange Salsa

Margarita Beef With Orange Salsa
This recipe was the winner of the 1992 National Beef Cook-Off.

2/3 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1/2 cup tequila
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons chopped fresh ginger
2 medium cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
1 1/2 pounds well-trimmed boneless beef
1 (1-inch thick) round steak
Orange Salsa (recipe follows)

Combine orange juice concentrate, tequila, lime juice, oil, ginger, garlic, salt, oregano and red pepper.

Place steak in a plastic bag: add marinade, turning to coat. Close bag securely and marinate, refrigerated, for 4 hours, or up to overnight.

Prepare Orange Salsa (recipe below). Remove steak from marinade; discard marinade. Place steak on grill over medium coals (you should be able to hold your hand 4 inches above the coals for a count of 4 seconds). Grill 22 to 26 minutes for medium-rare to medium doneness, turning once. Remove steak to carving board; let stand 10 minutes. Carve steak crosswise into thin slices: Arrange on serving platter. Garnish with cilantro and lime; serve with Orange Salsa.

Makes 5 to 6 servings.

Orange Salsa
2 oranges, peeled and cubes
1 small onion, chopped
1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 to 3 tablespoon fresh lime juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried oregano leaves

In a nonreactive bowl, combine all ingredients. Refrigerate at least one hour.

Makes 1 1/2 cups.

Top 5 Useful Cleaning Tips for Your Kitchen

I dont know about you, but when it comes to making my house into a home and getting new tips on keeping it sparkly clean I am all ears. I recently went shopping at Williams-Sonoma with the hubs and while there we talked a whole lot to one of the store managers. She was super sweet and gave us a few tips on what to use to reseal our cutting board. Proof that you can get so much more than fab cookware, dinner accents and cookbooks there.

Ive combined some of my tried and true tips passed down to me and some of the new tips I learned to bring you my top 5 useful kitchen tips.

1. When washing your kitchen dish towels, dont use fabric softener on them. The fabric softener coats the dish towel fibers and makes them less absorbing.

2. Use white vinegar when washing your dish towels. This helps take out old oder out of them. Another thing white vinegar does is it helps set the color when you bring some pretty new ones home.

3. If your cutting board turns green from cutting fresh herbs on it, use a mix of kosher salt and water to scrub the stain out.

4. To naturally polish copper pots, mix equal parts salt and lemon juice and use a soft cotton towel to rub it it.  Believe it or not, ketchup is also perfect or this job. Its not just for burgers. Its also really good for cleaning copper pots.

5. To polish old tarnished silver, fill your sink with water a quarter way up.  Next lay a sheet of aluminum foil at the bottom of the sink. Then sprinkle a 1/4 cup of salt in the sink. Add the silver, and let it sit in the sink for 10-15 minutes until the tarnish has lessened. Rinse utensils with water, remove and dry. The chemical reaction that happens from the salt interacting with the aluminum foil, causes a reactions that polishes the silver.