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9 Foods that Help Cure Hangovers

First thing’s first – HAPPY NEW YEAR! Phew, 2016 is finally over and done with and I bet we’re all ready to move on to bigger and better things.

I hope you all had a wonderful, fun, and SAFE New Year’s celebration! After a night of drinking and celebrating, it can be hard to get up and going the next day…especially if you’re nursing the common New Year’s hangover…

But you don’t have to suffer through it! There are things you can eat and drink now to help put a kabash on those headaches and stomach pains so you can get 2017 off to the right start!

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Unfortunately, the science of hangovers (and how to prevent them) hasn’t quite made it to the research table…leading to brave souls inventing their own “cures” for morning headaches, nausea, and overall crappy-ness.

Though there is nothing that exists – that we know of, at least – that can act as a 100% cure all elixar, there are certain foods and drinks that are better for refuling than others. Stick to foods high in fructose, vitamins, amino acids, and minerals to banish those horrible headaches and help break town the toxins that are causing the reaction…and remember that alochol is a diuretic, which means it pushes water out of the body…so keep drinking water before, during, and after your night of drinking to help avoid a horrible morning.

If you still need some help getting out of bed today, here are a few drinks and foods that will help re-energize you, as well as a few foods to avoid so you don’t have problems later on!

9 Foods that Help Cure Hangovers

Water
Well this is a no-brainer. Alcohol is a diuretic, which means is pushes liquids out of the body (which is why you have to pee so much when you drink). For nourishment, the body will draw water from any available source, including the brain…thus the headaches. Drinking water before heading to bed and when you wake up can help prevent, or at least lessen, the hangover headache.

Sports Drinks
Sometimes there’s just nothing like the taste of a good ol’ fashioned Gatorade to get you back on your feet. Packed with electrolytes and sugar, sports drinks can help restore liquids and help you feel like your normal self.

Ginger or Peppermint Tea
If the nausea bug’s got you down, try an herbal tea. Ginger and peppermint are both known to help reduce nausea and motion sickness and may help ease stomach pain.

Coffee
If you drink coffee on the daily, keep on keepin’ on. The liquid in coffee can help rehydrate your body and skipping it may even lead to a worse headache. However, if you’re not normally a coffee drinker, the caffeine in coffee could make your headache worse…so to each his own.

Eggs
Ugh, eggs are literally one of the last things I want sometimes, but they are chock full of amino acids, which boost liver function. They also help break down the chemicals in alochol that cause headaches.

Bananas or Leafy Greens
Bananas have been praised for ages for having a lot of potassium, but there are actually some greens out there that pack more potassium than bananas…regardless, anything with potassium can help restore important electrolytes in the body. Add yogurt to your banana for an even stronger boost of the good stuff.

Chicken Noodle Soup
All us Jews out there know…this stuff is magic. Chicken noodle soup can help restore liquids in the body as well as restock sodium levels. The chicken is also packed with nutrients that are great for liver recovery.

Oats
A hot bowl of oatmeal contains a ton of essential nutrients, including B vitamins, calcium and iron. Oats can also help neutralize acids in the body and raise blood sugar levels, giving you an instant energy boost.

Watermelon
Any water-rich fruit will help hydrate you and watermelon is loaded with potassium and magnesium, as well as other amino acids that help boost blood circulation.

WHAT TO AVOID

Greasy Foods
I know, I know…everyone says that a greasy spoon breakfast is what you need to fix everything, but actually a hamburger and fries is much better at PREVENTING a hangover than curing it. If you’re planning a big night of drinking, down a good pub meal beforehand to help prevent alcohol from being absorbed into the stomach lining and bloodstream. Eating food like this after you’re already hung over may actually cause more hurt by irritating your stomach.

Hair of the Dog
The Scandinavians were the ones who gave us this popular saying, but boozing in the morning is not the best solution to curing that hangover. Alcohol can help take the edge off, but it will further dehydrate you and make your hangover symptoms worse throughout the day.

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December 30, 2016 · 8:35 am

10 Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Ideas

AHH!!!  Christmas has already come and gone and we’re only a couple days away from kicking 2016 out the door and welcoming in a new year.

I don’t know about you, but I always seem to get so wrapped up in Christmas that I’m almost constantly shocked at how fast New Year’s Eve follows…and it’s not like it’s a surprise…I mean, it’s the same thing every year…but it just never fails to spring up on me!

Thankfully, there are tons of easy, fast, and budget-friendly ways to welcome in 2017 with your friends and family…and they’ll think you’ve been planning for months!  With this collection of 10 Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Ideas, you’ll learn how to create tasty treats and classy decorations that will make your hub THE PLACE for welcoming in a new year!

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So don’t put those Christmas decorations away quite yet…here are 10 easy and fast last-minute NYE decorations that will up your party game in no time!

10 Last-Minute New Year’s Eve Ideas

Before you pack up all your Christmas ornaments, sort out those silver and gold bobbles…they’ll come in handy for your New Year’s decor!  Hang them from the ceiling or gather them in a bowl or apothecary jar for a festive decoration that will liven up your home.

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Turn a corner of your home into a fun photo booth!  Use leftover ribbons or cheap streamers to create a fun backdrop and cut NYE letters out of posterboard.  Decorate with balloons and you’ve got a fun photo area your guests will love!

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Jell-O shots have gotten an upgrade!  With these classy Champagne Jell-O Cups, you and your adult friends can enjoy a delicious and tasty start to 2017.

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No NYE party is complete without poppers!  But don’t go out and buy them…you can use leftover toilet paper rolls and any remaining Christmas gift wrap to create your own!  Fill with confetti, candy, or wishes for a great new year.

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Forget those cheap paper party hats…you can craft your own sparkly glitter hats using paper mache cones and fine glitter and tinsel.  Attach your hat to a headband so you don’t have to worry about those uncomfortable elastic strings.

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Whether you make your own or you decorate some store-bought cookies, these glittery fortune cookies are sure to delight.  If you make your own, don’t forget to fill them with good fortunes for your guests!

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Not everyone has a date on NYE…and for some, that’s A-O-KAY!  But everyone deserves a little midnight kiss when 2017 makes its official appearance!

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These free clock printables are great for attaching to goodie bags, hats, cupcake toppers, and more!  Print out your own clocks from nobiggie.net.

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If you’re having friends over throughout the day on NYE, it can be a loooong time until midnight.  To help pass the time, print out some cards and get to know your guests and their hopes and wishes for the new year.  You can print out your own set here.

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Here’s another cute way to use any leftover gift wrapping supplies.  Wrap bamboo sticks with gold pipe cleaners and top with a cute pom pom for a celebratory drink stirrer.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year, everyone!  Hope you all had a safe and happy celebration!

Well, it looks like we made it to 2012.  The world didn’t end, the earth didn’t explode or implode, and the zombies have stayed at bay…well, so far at least.

I’m really excited to start this new year!  I’ve got lots of fun recipes, crafts, and decor ideas for you and I can’t wait to get started!  We’re expanding our reach on all kinds of social media sites and are gaining more followers every day!  Whoo-hoo!

Currently, we’re buzzing all over Pinterest–so be sure to check out our board!  Soon we’ll be on Facebook and Twitter as well…all new things for 2012!

As we jump head first into this new year, I wish you all a lifetime filled with happiness, blessings, and of course creativity!

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5 Ways to Have Fun on New Year’s Eve

Traffic.  Crowds.  Dangerous People.  Drunk People.  Loud People…

If this isn’t the way you want to spend New Year’s Eve, consider spending this new year’s at home.  Here are some ideas to ensure that the fun is brought to you without the fuss.

KEEP IT CLASSY:

There’s something glamourous about having a formal New Year’s Eve party.  Ask your friends to come over in their old prom attire (or at least dress nicely!) and turn it into a potluck.  Less cooking for you and a great opportunity to have a “last meal” before everyone begins their New Year’s diet.

KEEP IT IN THE FAMILY:

Some of my favorite New Year’s memories are just staying in with my parents and siblings and playing games all night.  We would literally dig up every board game we own and would plow through all of them.  It was a great bonding experience and a fun way to spend the time.  We’d dine on finger food and finally watch the ball drop before all crashing on the floor!

SINGLE?  GET READY TO MINGLE!:

Let’s face it, being alone on New Year’s sucks.  Why not follow the ol’ misery loves company rule and invite your girlfriends over for a pajama party?  Pour some wine, dig into a premade cake from Walmart and pop in some old 80’s chick flicks.

KEEPING YOUR RESOLUTION…SERIOUSLY THIS TIME:

Are you making a life-changing resolution this year, or simply ready to make a change, once and for all?  Consider having an awakening New Year’s evening.  Invite some people over, light a fire, and have everyone write down their New Year’s resolution on a piece of paper.  On a different piece of paper, have your guests write down one thing they regreted in the past year or one thing they want to let go.  Go around the room and have everyone talk about their regret, then throw that paper into the fire.  Then talk about your resolutions.  Put these in a container and bring them out next New Year’s and you can all talk about how you’ve changed in a year’s time.

TRAVEL FOR FREE:

Ever want to spend New Year’s in an exotic place?  Write down the places you’d like to spend New Year’s and draw one of them from a hat.  Do some research and see how they spend New Years, what they eat, what they wear, etc. and host a “Destination New Year’s” party.  Celebrate, eat, and live like you were anywhere but where you are.

Knowledge is power!  Learn fun facts, hints and tips, and creative ways to use every day items with “The Buzz” posts on Thursday.

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