Monthly Archives: September 2016

DealDash Helps: Soothe Those Muscles

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Here on the blog we often talk about the importance of exercise to be healthy. However, sometimes your muscles can really hurt afterwards. Let’s see what DealDash can do to help.

Exercising is definitely a huge part of being healthy, but if you’re a little out of shape like most of us, the day after a hard exercise can feel a little rough on your muscles. There are quite a few different ways to help soothe your aching muscles, here are a few different ways that you can help yourself feel better.

Surprisingly, a little bit of light stretching and exercise can help soothe your sore muscles the next day. The trick is to get increased blood flow to the area, that will make you feel better. This is because research has shown that increased blood flow speeds delivery of nutrients to damaged muscles, which in turn makes your muscles feel better faster than not doing anything to help yourself.

Most people are familiar with heat therapy. Warm temperatures such as those from warm water of a heating pad can increase the blood flow to sore muscles and make you feel a lot better very quickly. Soak in a hot bath, or even better a hot tub. If the pain is more isolated to a particular area, then apply heat directly to the spot that’s giving you trouble. There are many affordable peel-and-stick heating pads available at your local pharmacy. They are great because they can stay in place for hours and are thin enough to wear under clothing with no one being the wiser to your toasty secret.

Lastly, hand-held massagers are great, and massage chairs are even better! Massage chairs were introduced to the consumer market in the late 1980’s. They are designed to imitate the motions and techniques of an actual massage artist, and the massage chair is designed to relieve stress, tension, and alleviate back pain. I absolutely love massage chairs, and I am quite pleased that DealDash now offers different types of hand-held massagers and massage chairs.

Simply click this link right here. You will be taken to DealDash, where you can browse all of the great products, including massage chairs. Visit DealDash and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Helps: Don’t Be Late!

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Are you the sort of person who is always running late? Are you chronically tardy to work? Do you dread special events because you know that you just won’t be able to get there on time? DealDash can help.

It can be really difficult to be on time to meet your friends at a certain time, or arrive at someone’s house for dinner or a birthday party at the correct time. It’s said that being chronically tardy is a sign of an optimistic person. You think that there will be no traffic, no getting lost, and no little bumps of life along the way to make you late. Unfortunately, most people won’t think that you are optimistic if you’re late to meet them – they will think that you just weren’t trying hard enough to meet them, and it will make them feel unhappy.

Luckily, DealDash has a few suggestions to help you get your timeline back on track. Here are some ideas:

  • Be prepared. Everything in life is better when you are prepared for it. If you have already gotten your wallet, keys, phone, and whatever else you need to bring with you ready to go you’re ready to grab them and get out! If you wait until you have to leave to gather everything up that can add precious minutes to your ETA that you don’t even realize. This is especially true if you have small kids that you need to remember to have a snack, sippy cup, diaper, and wipes to bring with you. Be on time – be prepared.
  • Set alarms – for everything. Is there somewhere extremely important that you have to be tomorrow? Set 2 alarms to wake up, 5 minutes apart. Set a timer for the amount of time that you have allotted to shower, get dressed, and finish up in the bathroom. Set a timer for how long you have allotted yourself to eat breakfast. And finally, set an alarm for when you should start gathering up your things, and another alarm for 5 minutes later that signals when you have to leave immediately. This is a bit extreme, of course, I wouldn’t set all of these alarms and timers just to meet a friend for lunch, but if you have a job interview, a meeting at work, or even a wedding or funeral, multiple alarms is the way to go.
  • Trick yourself. This is the oldest trick in the book, but set all of your clocks 10 minutes ahead. Do your best to forget that you have set them 10 minutes ahead, and try not to mentally “add 10 minutes” when you look to see what the time is on the clock. It may or may not work, but at least you made an effort!

DealDash can help you keep track of time. DealDash offers watches and clocks up for auction regularly. Watches and clocks can definitely help keep you on schedule. Just click this link here and go browse all of the auctions on DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding, everyone!

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DealDash Recipes: Autumnal Beef Stew

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As the weather is cooling slightly, it’s a wonderful time to start thinking about fall recipes. Beef stew is one of my favorites.

There is just something to me that says “Winter is coming” with a big hearty bowl of beef stew. It’s delicious, has healthy ingredients, and you can even make a huge batch of it, and freeze it for later use for a night that you don’t feel like cooking this upcoming winter. Pairing beef stew with a delicious home-baked (yes, buying frozen dough and baking it counts as home-baked!) bread makes the perfect meal for a long, chilly night with your family.

Autumnal Beef Stew

Ingredients:

  • 2 LBS stew beef cut into cubes or small chunks
  • 10 small red potatoes cut into quarters
  • 1 LB baby carrots
  • 1 large red onion, cut into small chunks
  • 1/2 a stick of butter
  • 1 TBS flour
  • 1 Cup beef broth or water
  • 1 tsp each of: salt, dried parsley flakes, & garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp each of: pepper, celery seed, & dried thyme

Directions:

  1. Place potatoes, carrots and onions in a 5+ quart crock pot/slow cooker
  2. brown your beef cubes in a pan with the butter
  3. After browning beef, add to slow cooker
  4. Stir flour into the beefy pan drippings until mixed, then cook and stir until browned
  5. Add the water, then bring to a boil and cook while stirring for approximately 2 minutes or until thickened
  6. Add in all of your dry ingredients to the pan drippings, mix, then pour over beef in the slow cooker
  7. Cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours
  8. Serve with crispy buttered bread
  9. Enjoy!

Beef stew is the quintessential dinner for a chilly winter’s day. It can fill you up with its hearty goodness, and make you feel warm and comfortable even in the midst of a winter snowstorm. It’s easy to make, and delicious to eat. Even picky children usually like this beef stew, even if they end up picking out the onions!

If you want to make this recipe you must have a slow cooker. If you don’t have a slow cooker, DealDash has auctions for slow cookers quite frequently. DealDash can offer you a great deal on a slow cooker, and you can have fun bidding, as well. Just click this link here and it will take you to DealDash. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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DealDash Cleans Out Those Closets

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You should be cleaning out your closets twice per year – once in the spring, and once in the fall. The fall is upon us, let’s clean!

It’s easy to let your closet get away from you, especially if you are a big shopper, like myself. If you are reading the DealDash entertainment shopping blog, then I am going to assume that you are a big shopper as well. I find myself picking up new clothing items for myself or my children on a weekly basis, I am a sucker for a great deal, and I will often buy things that are definitely not in season in order to save some money. Now is the time to get organized.

The first thing that you need to do is to take out all of the items in your closet that scream “SUMMER!!” these include bathing suits, swim cover ups, shorts, tank tops, and floppy hats. After you have removed all of the summer things, take a good look through them. Are there items that you don’t often wear, or you bought without trying on, and when you got home and tried them they just weren’t your style? Make 3 piles – keep, give to a friend, and donate.

The keep pile is easy, stick those keepers in some large Rubbermaid-style totes and pack them away in your attic, basement, or wherever you chose to store them. If you would like to keep them fresh and ready to go for next year, stick in a few of those cedar disks or even just a dryer sheet or two. Be sure to label your totes so you can find them easily when it’s time to put out the summer clothing again.

Next is the give to a friend pile. Do you have a friend who is your size that would enjoy your hand-me-downs? If you’re cleaning your child’s closet, do they have a cousin or other younger family member who would fit into their discarded clothing next summer? Why not bag them up and give them to your friend or family member? It’s an easy thing to do, and might make that person’s day a little brighter.

Lastly, is the donation pile. Anything that you aren’t planning on keeping, and have no one in your immediate friend or family circle that can use them, why not bag them up give them to your local charity shop? I personally prefer smaller, locally owned charity shops versus corporate ones, they tend to keep donated items in the community rather than shipping them out elsewhere, but that’s just my personal preference. Give your discarded clothing to whatever charity you feel comfortable giving them to, and enjoy that good karma!

Now that you have cleaned out your closet, why not reward yourself with a little entertainment shopping on DealDash? DealDash has everything that you might want for your home such as artwork, furniture, and kitchen supplies. DealDash also has gift cards, in case you don’t see exactly what you are looking for. Just click this link right here, and see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

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Fall is Here! DealDash Does Yard Work

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Fall is upon us, and in most parts of the US that means it’s time for yard work!

No matter if your yard is big or small, if you have even one tree that means you will have some yard work to do this season. Of course, most people who have a yard have more than one there, and therefore more yard work to accomplish. Even if you don’t have any trees, don’t worry, there’s yard work for you to do as well! Here are a few of the common tasks that you should be doing in the fall to prepare for the winter ahead.

  • Raking – of course! When most people think of fall they immediately think of raking the fallen leaves. This is usually a fairly easy task that can even be fun if the whole family gets involved. Go ahead, just in that leaf pile, it will melt away the stresses of the day and add an added bonus will amuse your young children and embarrass your older ones. Win-win!
  • Plant your flower bulbs now for the spring. Yes, now is the optimal time to plant tulips, daffodils and hyacinths. If you plant the bulbs now you can avoid having to do this in the spring. Just be sure that you are planting the freshest bulbs – give them a squeeze to ensure firmness before planting. You can also plant cooler weather grasses, as well.  The most common ones are Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, tall fescue, and fine fescue. These are often packaged up and sold as a blend, which is very convenient if you were planning on planting a mixture anyway.
  • Cover your assets. Be sure to detach your gas tank from your grill and cover it up with a quality grill cover. Also, cover up your patio furniture if possible, and move anything else into your garage or basement such as tiki torches, lanterns, and any kid’s toys you have scattered about.
  • Clean those gutters. If you live in a house with gutters be sure that you have scooped and cleaned them out after most of the leaves have fallen. Clogged gutters can damage your home and cause basement flooding when snow melts, so it’s important to clean your gutters before winter arrives. Just get up on a ladder and scoops those yucky leaves out. After you have scooped, give the gutters a quick rinse with the garden hose.

Those are the basics! Now make yourself a checklist and get to work. DealDash has many things that can help you with your fall maintenance such as rakes, tools, and much more. DealDash has a wonderful outdoors section that you can check out. Just click this link and you can see how much you can save. Good luck and happy bidding everyone!

Flexrake 48-inch Handle with 19-inch Steel Head Lawn Rake