S’mores

What a neat idea! 

See more HERE.  At Magnolia, Chip and Joanna. Picture and idea from their website.

“Building a mini fire pit is simpler than it sounds. All you’ll need are a few terracotta pots, clean-burning heat fuel cans, (make sure they are safe for food to be directly heated over), and some rocks or pebbles to surround the burner and hold it upright in the pot. These fuel cans burn for about 45 minutes, so you may want to buy a few back-ups if you’re considering roasting marshmallows for a longer period of time.”  source 

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Image of the Day

Reminds me of something. 

Is this Minecraft headquarters?
This pixelated-looking building is home to a boutique winery in the Rioja region of northern Spain. Inside, the Bodegas Ysios produces red wine from Tempranillo grapes grown in the area. The building itself was designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava to echo the outline of wine barrels lined up in a row. Out here in the foothills of the Sierra de Cantabria, it creates a memorable contrast with the rustic environment.  Bing

Reminds me of a Jeep

Just thought the following was interesting and since this blog is entitled JUST BECAUSE, well, why not?! 

B7KM1P Julius Caesar crossing the Rubicon to begin a civil war against Pompey 49 BC

The Rubicon is a shallow river in northeastern Italy, just south of Ravenna. The same name was given to a river that was famously crossed by Julius Caesar in 49 BC. While it has not been proven, some historians agree that the two rivers are indeed one and the same; this was not always the case. Wikipedia 

 

I Can Do That!

I thought you might be interested in this article by Emily Cappiello. Purportedly, she wrote it for Reader’s Digest and MSN picked it up for their site as well. Read it below.

Doing This Activity 1 Hour a Week Lowers Heart Attack Risk by 70 Percent

You no doubt know that aerobic exercise like walking, cycling, and swimming can help your heart. But now it looks like strength training may be just as important for your ticker, according to research from Iowa State University. The best part? You only need to do it for about an hour a week.

In the study, published in Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, researchers analyzed the health, hearts, and exercise habits of more than 13,000 adults. They were focusing on three health issues: Heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular events that weren’t fatal; total cardiovascular events including deadly ones; also, death from all causes.
The researchers discovered that people who regularly strength trained had a much lower risk of all three conditions. In fact, lifting weights for less than an hour per week could reduce the risk of a heart attack or a stroke by a staggering 40 percent to 70 percent. “People may think they need to spend a lot of time lifting weights, but just two (daily) sets of bench presses that take less than five minutes could be effective,” Duck-chul Lee, PhD, associate professor of kinesiology, said in a press release.

Lee says the findings suggest you don’t have to hit the recommended aerobic-exercise guidelines—30 minutes a day, most days of the week—to lower your heart disease risk. “The results are encouraging,” he says, “but will people make weightlifting part of their lifestyle? Will they do it and stick with it? That’s the million-dollar question.” Lee did note that while cardio exercise is easier to incorporate into one’s lifestyle, it is essential to attempt to find some time to also participate in resistance training. This can include daily lifestyle activities like gardening or lifting heavy shopping bags.

Good news; don’t you think?