5 Sauces and Condiments for the Health Conscious to Avoid

Condiments are a great way to jazz up a meal, but if you’re counting the calories, just one tablespoon of some of the less healthy products can make your fat consumption sky-rocket. Those harmless looking sauce bottles could be your diet downfall. Here are some of the worst condiments you can use in your cooking:


Most of us know that mayonnaise is bad for us, but even if you do avoid it, you may be inadvertently consuming this eggy gloop in chicken salads and sandwiches. For every calorie you consume, you’re putting 100% fat into your mouth, and one tablespoon of mayonnaise amounts to 100 calories.

Sour Cream

If the title is in any way confusing, sour cream is just cream that has been fermented. When you load up your nachos with this, guacamole, cheese, and salsa, you might as well be dolloping full-fat cream on top of your Mexican food. It’s nowhere near as bad as mayonnaise, in terms of calorie count per tablespoon (30), but it’s one sure-fire way to bump up the fat content in any dish.

Ranch and Blue Cheese Dressing

If you apply ranch or blue cheese dressing to your salad, you may as well just throw your healthy lunch out of the window for all the dieting benefits it’ll give you. These dressings are made from a mixture of the worst condiment sins: sour cream, mayonnaise, cream, blue cheese…it’s no wonder two tablespoons amount to a whopping 150 calories!

Tip: watch out for salads. Although they’re marketed as healthy (and given a heavy price tag), more often than not you’re consuming a high quantity of calories. Pay attention to the dressings – that’s usually where the problem lies.


So red sauce isn’t particularly high in fats, but it’s certainly packed with ridiculous levels of sugar. Don’t kid yourself that this is a reasonably healthy addition to your fish and chips. “But it’s made out of tomatoes!” The tomatoes are just a sideshow to the massive sugar content. You might as well just sprinkle caster sugar onto your burger.


Just because Gran used to have it on her toast every morning, it doesn’t mean butter is even a little bit good for you. Mostly, people use margarine as a substitute these days, which has a fraction of the fat content. But if you’re still in love with the salty goldenness of proper butter, consider what you’re doing to your body.

Butter has 11 grams of fat per tablespoon, 33 mg of cholesterol, and 100 calories. With just two tablespoons, you’ve consumed more than one-third of your daily fat allowance.

The moral of the story isn’t ‘cut these evil condiments out of your life altogether,’ but control your portions and be mindful of what you’re consuming. A little of your favourite taste-boosting sauces won’t do you any harm, but wolfing them down in vast quantities can seriously affect your health. 

This post has been contributed by Zoe, a health-conscious blogger from the UK. She has composed this post today for essential oil manufacturer Ungerer.

The Men Are As Fashion Savvy As Women Today

Fashion wear and grooming has fast caught on with men. It was once considered sissy for men to be preoccupied or interested in such items. During those times, men were expected to be rugged and macho looking and not personally taken to cosmetics, hair styling and fashion wear.

We know that it has changed now. It has become a huge and profitable enterprise for every item that a man uses, just like it is for women. There are even men fashion and lifestyle magazines. To gain more, the producers have hyped the unisex appeal for couples, too.

This has gone even as far as facial skin care and solutions for men. We have come a far distance since those dull days for men in this regard.

Originally published on June 10, 2010.

Well Done!

When we went to see the Les Miserables musical last Saturday, I saw that ludwig accent cs combo at guitar center was used by some of the musicians behind the stage that took charge of the musical scoring.

It was a night of amazing musical performance! I was in awe! It was like seeing the actual and exact replica of the Les Miserables. Well done to all actors and actresses of that musical, young and old alike.

Have Fashion Shows Gone Too Far?

From the Haute couture establishments the world over, Paris, New York, London, you name the location… we have fashion designers flaunting their latest. Some of these designs draw gasps from the spectators. Gasps I must say because I have seen video replays of these fashion shows and it makes me wonder where does one draw the line.

It can be clearly seen that the model on the catwalk is bra-less. Back in my grandmother’s day, she would have fainted had she watched such a video replay. But that isn’t what I am writing about. It has gone even worse than that.

Being skimpily dressed may have its justification by the sort of design the model exhibits. But does the female model have to exhibit her naked breasts too? It has become usual fare now to see models walking breast naked on the catwalk. Makes me wonder what asset is being promoted at these fashion shows.

At the rate permissiveness is with these fashion shows, will there come a time when …… hmmmm you can guess what I am saying..

Originally published on June 11, 2010.

The Best Skin Tightening Cream: Three Things to Focus On

Skin aging is a fact of life, but it should be remembered that with proper skin care, anyone can delay its onset and achieve healthy looking skin. One of the most common signs of skin aging is the manifestation of wrinkles, fine lines, stretch marks, and dark circles.

Afterwards, the skin may begin to sag and they can be more noticeable as time goes by. It is a good thing though that the telltale signs of skin aging can be prevented by maintaining a healthy diet, exercising, and using topical skin tightening care creams.

Sad to say, while there are countless skin care creams out on the market, finding the best skin tightening cream can be a challenge because there are so many manufacturers out there that promise firm and tight skin.
Those who really want to achieve the skin that they have always wanted should take hid of the following factors to get the best tightening cream that complements their needs, budget, and more.

Contain Natural Ingredients
Conventional tightening creams come with a myriad of harmful chemicals and preservatives—components—that do more harm than good. It should be remembered that constant use can lead to serious health conditions that are difficult to treat by ordinary clinical means.

The best skin tightening cream is made up of natural components like emu oil, hyaluronic acid, collagen III, tea oil, green tea, and peptides.

Use Tried and Tested Skin Tightening Formulas
In addition to natural formulas, interested individuals should pay attention to formulas that have been proven safe and effective in clinical tests. Some of the most accepted formulas when it comes to skin tightening are increasing the collagen, hyaluronic acid and elastin levels of the body.

Contain the Right Amount Ingredients
A myriad of manufacturers out there trick consumers into believing that the skin tightening creams that they sell contain appropriate amounts of skin tightening ingredients. The truth is such claims are only true on paper since the essential additives that they contain are lower than necessary.

In order to purchase the best skin tightening cream, it would be best to purchase only from Skin Energizer (Skinenergizer.com) and other tried and tested companies. This is important because this is the only way that individuals who want to achieve young-looking and firm skin can get their money’s worth.

While there are really no shortcuts to the said endeavour, it should be remembered that purchasing from reputable companies comes with endless gains.

Where Have All The Flowers Gone?

In this evergreen song, “Where Have All The Flowers Gone:” (Pete Seeger), there is this verse and it goes like this…

Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the young girls gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the young girls gone?
Taken husbands every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

I can surely attest that that is not true in my country. Gosh! here in the Philippines, there are more women than men. A great percentage have not been taken husbands every one, that’s for sure.

It is very unfortunate that my Flipina “sisters” bear the brunt of a largely male dominated culture. In this rat race for survival, countless Filipinas end up in the shady and sordid lifestyle just to earn crumbs to support their siblings and aged parents back in the village.

Despite her proud boast of being a largely literate country and where Religion is the bulwark of the greater majority, it is sad that incompetent leaders and politicking and unabated criminal activities have brought undue hardship except for the privileged minority.

Over the past three decades every hope of the common Filipino has been blighted by what I have just related. It galls those who are endowed with intelligence and ability to see opportunities squandered by avaricious leaders and guardians of law and order.

As once said by an illustrious poet, “They also serve who only stand and wait” (John Milton). That’s the everyday whisper on the lips of the common folk in the Philippines.

Originally published on June 10, 2010.

The Best Birthday Gift For My Mom

My Mom’s birthday is just a month away. It is kind of a different celebration for her this year. She is at the prime of her life and I want her to have the best.

My fabulous Mom

I am torn between giving her a cash gift or just a simple jewelry that would last her a lifetime. I have got a couple of Coupon Chief coupon codes here anyway that would make it a wise buy. It would save me a good deal of money by opting for that.

My Mom is the most beautiful and precious creature that I ever have. I would not have been the person I am today if not for her. Tears would well up my eyes for my guilty conscience whenever I think of our disagreements and I can’t help but snap at her. I have a very strong personality but it does not mean that I am being disrespectful to the mother that gave me life. I tell you. It is often petty arguments- when the old school meets a modern, outspoken woman. LOL!

Anyhow, I would want my Mom to feel loved on her special day. She is loved even on ordinary days anyway so I don’t think it will make much of a difference but I want that day for her to cherish. She is a very essential part of my being and I won’t let the day pass without making her feel very special.

History of the Aran Sweater

Aran sweaters, jerseys, or jumpers (as they are called in Great Britain and Ireland) are traditionally knit from intricate stitch patterns in cream-colored, undyed sheep’s wool. The Aran sweater originated from the Aran Islands located in Galway Bay off Ireland’s western coast, and was created by the wives of the island fishermen.

Characteristics of the Aran Sweater

A classic Aran sweater was crafted from unwashed sheep’s wool that contained lanolin, a water-resistant oil. This helped to provide warmth even while wet, providing a practical garment for fishermen at sea and farmers working in the fields. The natural insulating properties of wool help to maintain body temperature, and are breathable. Wool is capable of absorbing up to 30% of its weight in water while still keeping the wearer comfortable.

The hand-knit Aran sweater is designed with a complex stitch pattern of 4-6 different columns of 2-4 inches(5-10 cm) in width that run form the top to bottom of the garment. The sweater’s sleeves usually repeat the same design that is on the front of the sweater. Similar textured knitting designs are often used on other garments such as vests, hats or socks.

A hand-knit Aran sweater may have up to 100,000 individual stitches and take as long as 60 days to complete.

History of the Aran Sweater

Most historians believe that the technique of Aran knitting was developed by entrepreneurial island women in the early 1900s by fisherman’s wives who created garments for their families and also made sweaters to be sold as a supplemental source of income.

Aran sweaters were developed as a modified version of the Gansey jumpers of the British Isles, which were created from finer wool and different knitting techniques. Aran knitters used heavier wool to produce a sweater in less time.

Aran knitting patterns were commercially produced in England in the 1940s. Island knitters were instructed in creating garments with standardized sizing for the international market and knitting became an integral part of the Aran Islands economy. Aran sweaters became well-known in the United States in the 1960s due to the popularity of the Irish folk group The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. They appeared on national television shows such as the Ed Sullivan show and wore Aran sweaters as their standard on-stage garb.

Hand-knitted Aran sweaters are highly sought-after today, the Donegal Shop based in Dunlin’s city center stocks a range of these high quality sweaters.

Aran Knitting Stitch Patterns

The knitting stitch patterns used in Aran Sweaters were often closely-guarded family secrets kept within a clan for generations. These unique patterns could be used to identify the body of a fisherman washed up on shore after an accident at sea. Traditionally, the wearer’s initials were knit into the bottom of the garment, and a fisherman’s township or parish could be identified by his sweater pattern.

Stitch patterns contain specific meanings or symbolism based on the lives of the Aran islanders. The Cable Stitch represents the ropes or cables used by fishermen, and is said to be a wish for good luck while fishing. The Diamond Stitch depicts the patchwork of fields on the islands, and represents wealth and success. The Basket Stitch represents the plentiful catch of a fisherman’s basket. The Tree of Life Stitch depicts the importance and strength of the children and parents of the clan.

The Aran sweater remains a valuable and timeless symbol of Irish heritage and craft.

Children Fashion Wear Is Now Big Business Too

Fashion trends and fashion wear has not left any stone unturned. It now covers the entire spectrum of humans, for every gender and age. And that includes tiny tots to the irrepressible teens. The fashion industry has gobbled up anything that it is able to design an item.

Children have become comparably more conscious of their existence today than it was a decade or more before. Gone are the days when children were even glad that they had clothes and a pair of shoes to wear. It is no longer like that today.

Today, it is status quo. It is the ability to wear “branded” clothes and “branded” shoes. Even “branded” underwear. It is the sign that the child’s parents have arrived in life and can afford such expensive fashion wear for their children.

Have you seen a child wear a wrist watch when he can’t even read and tell you what time it is on his wrist watch?

Believe me, it is not a Mickey Mouse wrist watch that the child is wearing! He has to look like his Dad, wrist watch, sun shades, et al.

These are the sure signs of economic affluence and progress. It’s becoming more expensive to clothe a kid.

Originally published on June 11, 2010

Durable Closet Hangers: Redecorating Your Wardrobe with Limited Budget

It is wrong to perceive that in case you have a limited budget, you cannot think about redecorating your wardrobe using hangers. However, you need to plan your move in a correct manner. You should make sure that you buy durable closet hangers, which are, in a process, a onetime investment for you. Planning over here comes in a manner, where you have to identify that what would be an ideal hanger for you in this scenario and from where should you make the purchase.

Option Available in Durable Hangers

When it comes to durability, wooden hangers lead the pack. Most wooden hangers can last the test of time and still stay in the same shape, as it was at the time of purchase. It even keeps your clothes wrinkle-free, as there is a lot of space present between two clothes hanged together. However, it is quite difficult for you to find the space, which it requires. Since it is quite thick in structure, you would need your wardrobe to be quite spacious, if you wish to include wooden hangers there.

Another option in durable closet hangers is metal hangers. These also offer a sturdy option to your wardrobe. At the same time, with their sleek design, they assure that you have enough space for hanging a lot of clothes in your closet. It might be not as durable as a wooden hanger is. Such products might lose it touch after sometime. However, till its fresh and new, your wardrobe will get a trendy appearance with their presence.

So, if you have the space in your closet, opt for wooden hangers, else you should go for the design and the sleekness of the metal ones.

Where can You Find Such Hangers?

Now, you would say that durable closet hangers should be available at all the stores, where such products are sold. However, you can get better products from a reputed vendor. So, you should give an effort to look for a reputed vendor, who sells quality hangers. The information on such dealers can be easily located on the internet. You can find portals sharing valuable information with you that can help in finding top dealers in your area.

Again, it is a wrong assumption to have that if you are looking to buy durable closet hangers, it will come at a lot of price. If you use internet to your advantage, you will be able to determine the dealers, which sell their products at a reasonable price range without compromising on the quality perspective. Even saving a meager amount by making such a deal is not a bad option.

So, get your closet a desirable look by making a onetime investment and purchasing durable closet hangers from a reputed store today. If you do not have time to go to a physical store to make the purchase, such products are available in the online market as well. All you need to do is to make the selection and order today. 

We offer quality Clothing Hangers, Wooden Hangers, Coat Hangers, Plastic Hangers and more for upscale retail stores, top designers and fashion showrooms.