Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Couple Turn Massive Tree Branch Into A Cat Tree

Couple Turn Massive Tree Branch Into A Cat Tree

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What do you do when you find an awesome branch in the park? You make something for your cat. That's exactly what reddit user kinace did.

This is the branch. Obviously Ramon, the cat, is already intrigued.

After figuring out what to do with it, they decided to debark the branch.

Then they sanded it down to get rid of the rough parts.

Once that was done, they found the perfect base.

They drilled a few holes into the plank and bolted the branch into it.

And, voila! You've got a cat tree branch.

They even created a little hammock for Ramon to sleep in.

They wrapped some rope around the branch to give Ramon traction to help him up the branch.

Cozy as can be!

Ramon eventually even got a friend to fill in that space in his hammock. Meet Henri:

Happy Henri is happy!

The fact that this takes very little time and barely any effort or cost, but it brings such joy to your pets should be the reason it's the number one craft on your to-do list this weekend!

Plus it gives a cool, rustic, raw, forest-y vibe to your home!

Monday, January 22, 2018

21 Ways To Save Cash On Grocery Bills

21 Ways To Save Cash On Grocery Bills

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Feeding yourself and your family can be really expensive. A tight budget shouldn't mean that you can't eat well though. There are many things you can do that will help save some money on food. The more you do these things, the more you will reap the results. Some things cost more money upfront but save over the long run and some are instant money savers.

1. Buy In Season

To save the most money, buy mostly produce that is in season in your area. You'll save money and enjoy better-tasting foods. This handy guide not only tells you when it is in season, but how to cook it too!

2. Buy In Bulk 

Buying things like grains and potatoes in bulk will save you money in the long run. 

3. Know What To Look For 

Sometimes buying fruits and vegetables is a guessing game. Is this ripe? Too ripe? This helpful guide can show you what optimal produce should look like. You'll never buy an overripe melon again.

4. Ripen Up Produce

It can be super frustrating to buy things that won't be ready to eat until next week. Learn how to store things to get them to ripen up fast here. 

5. Cook It Right

Grains are a great addition to bulk up meals but they can be tricky to cook properly. Nobody wants to eat overcooked rice or beans so save yourself from throwing away food by using this guide to cook it right the first time. 

6. Is It Safe? 

"Best by" and "sell by" dates are just a suggestion and a best guess. Don't throw away perfectly good foods because the label says so. Use a guide like this one, which can tell you what foods last forever and which ones you should err on the side of caution with. 

7. Store Meats Properly 

Keep your expensive meats from spoiling by storing them in the proper places in the refrigerator or freezer. Here is a helpful guide to keeping things safe. 

8. Give Produce The Same Consideration 

Storing produce on the counter, in the crisper or in the cupboard makes a difference. Find out which foods go where with this guide. 

9. Use Sand

You're probably thinking this is super weird, but by storing root vegetables in sand, you can preserve them for a very, very long time. If it is good enough for farmers then it should be good enough for your kitchen. 

10. Put Paper Bags To Work 

Not a fan of sand? You can store onions, garlic and shallots in paper bags instead. 

11. Take To The Freezer 

Buying in bulk also means freezing things to make them last longer. Buy in-season fruits and freeze them using this guide as reference. 

12. Freeze Meats 

Portion out your meats before freezing so that you can take out only what you need when you need it. 

13. Make Your Own Baby Food 

Baby food is crazy expensive. Puree your own and freeze it in ice cube trays for a healthy, inexpensive alternative. 

14. Freeze Smoothie Ingredients 

Freeze things like spinach and greens for making smoothies. Keep it whole or pre-puree it. 

15. Single-Serve Herbs 

Freeze things like herbs or green onions flat then put them into an empty water bottle for storage. You can pour out just what you need and put the rest back in the freezer for next time. 

16. Preserve Celery In The Refrigerator 

Wrap celery in aluminum foil to keep your celery lasting longer. 

17. Avocado Knowledge 

Usually you want an avocado the day you buy it. Here's how to tell if it's ripe enough. 

18. Store Food In Glass

Glass jars are reusable, don't get smelly like plastic, and won't warp in the microwave. 

19. Grow Your Own 

Use the ends of the produce you buy to regrow your own. Green onion, lettuce and celery are great options that grow in only water. 

20. Double Your Butter 

Whip butter with water to make it easier to spread and last longer. Don't use it for baking though—the moisture content will make things turn out improperly. 

21. Last-Minute Milk Use 

Milk about to expire? Freeze it with some crushed Oreos for amazing iced coffee. 

Superhero DNA Blocks These Disease From People

Superhero DNA Blocks These Disease From People

There are a lot of traits you can get from your parents. Some of them are learned, like the little expressions they have or the languages they speak. But for every one of these learned behaviors, there are so many other things they passed on through their DNA.

Your eye color and blood type are some of the better-known ones, but your genetic memory is a little more complex than you think. And unfortunately, some people inherit diseases whether their parents know about them or not. Over generations, mutations in this genetic chain can form and lead to some difficult childhood diseases.

And yet, it's just as possible for a different kind of mutation to pass down to you as well. Only this kind can make you seem invincible.

SHARE this and let your friends know what kind of strength might be hiding inside them.

For instance, a rare mutation can ensure some people never contract HIV.

In one landmark case, doctors used stem cells with that mutation to cure Timothy Ray Brown. So far, he's the only person this has worked on, but it's still pretty amazing.

Doctors also found a genetic solution for heart disease.

By blocking a protein called PCSK9, they were able to help the body process cholesterol better. Unfortunately, the drug that does this is incredibly expensive at the moment.

And we might be taking our first steps to targeting some inherited diseases.

Among these diseases are the life-threatening cystic fibrosis and the severely damaging Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome.

Scientists often study sufferers to get to the bottom of a disease.

But the first two cases we looked at show that there's just as much to learn from the "superheroes" who manage to defeat it.

But first, researchers had to find these superheroes.

So they looked for healthy people whose DNA should have doomed them to suffer from these diseases.

And so, they went through 589,306 cases and managed to find 13 people.

These lucky 13 showed all the genetic signs of the diseases but showed no symptoms at all. They seemed to be completely immune.

Unfortunately, this is as far as the research team can get right now.

Thanks to a clause protecting their subjects' medical records, they can't contact most of their superheroes. In some cases, it's even hard to tell who the lucky ones are.

Still, this discovery marks the first steps on a long road towards eliminating the diseases entirely.

Be sure to SHARE this on Facebook and help figure out who's really a superhero inside.

Main image via Sci Fi Elements | 20th Century Fox Film Corporation

Collage image via BBC News | Thinkstock

14 Photos That'll Make You Do A Double Take

14 Photos That'll Make You Do A Double Take

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Pictures don't always depict what we think we are seeing, especially when they are taken at the perfect moment. 

You may see one thing in a photo and somebody else will see another, but your eyes aren't playing tricks on you, if you spend a few minutes examining a picture a lot of new details may show up.Whether they were taken purposely or just coincidently happened, some of these photos are serious illusions! 

1. A dinner table or a face? 

2. Two islands, or a violin? (turn your head to the side) 

3. Strangers or a couple? 

4. Standing on hands...or ? 

5. A dust storm in Australia

6.  Floating

7. And another...for real are they floating? 

8. Eye color makes all the difference.

9. Look at this very closely...

10. Hiding in the clothes...or a t-shirt graphic? 

11. This hurts my eyes 

12. Too many stripes, too many zebra bodies 

13. Ohhhhh

14. A few too many legs