Dealing with stress and frustration.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle.

From teachers to friends, to work to everything, things can tend to get really stressful and unbearable at times and I’m here to help. Here are a few tips I have:

  • Sleep, you’ll be rested and feel a lot better
  • Rant to someone I promise it’ll help
  • Get a cat, they’re soothing
  • Exercise or at least do yoga every other day because it has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress
  • GET A PLANNER. I cannot stress that enough. I promise your life will be so much easier.
  • For things not school related, make a list and check it off as you go along. You’ll get a sense of satisfaction and completion and you won’t be so overwhelmed
  • If someone gives you a job and you know you won’t be able to do it don’t agree just to be polite, apologize and tell them you can’t so they get someone who can. If you do say yes you’ll get overwhelmed and frustrated and the job won’t be done right
  • Please, please, please try to get out of the habit of procrastination. Don’t save everything for Sunday night or like some people I know, Monday morning to do things/ last minute. Do small things at a time and you’ll be calmer.
  • Cry. This might sound odd, but crying helps you because they contain a lot of stress hormones which are released when you cry.
  • Smile. Even if it’s a fake smile, your body gives out endorphins and even if you’re not happy, your body will think you are and you’ll slowly become happier.
  • Help others. Seeing the happiness in others creates this feeling in people that makes them calmer and happier.
  • Stay away from other people. If you know you’re stressed, frustrated etc stay away from others because if you’re anything like me you’ll lash out or break down and do something you’ll end up regretting.
  • Find something like an outlet to let all the anger and frustration go to like screaming, breaking things (try pencils or ripping paper), punching a pillow, chewing gum or ice etc. Just find something inanimate so you don’t lash out on someone.
  • Take breaks. Whether it be in between when you are doing homework, studying, or just during the weekend. Go outside, breathe some fresh air, eat, walk around and then come back to whatever you were doing. If you do so your mind will be well rested and you’ll think better.
  • If you’re doing something and you’re really frustrated for example a project etc. just stop. Sleep on it or come back to it in an hour or so, so that you’ll be calmer and have a fresher perspective when you see it the next time. This helps so your work won’t be sloppy and just thrown together.

Remember, if you can’t do something, it’s not the end of the world, you have second chances, extra credit and so much more, it’s not the end of the world and it will be ok.

Good luck guys and I hope this helps 🙂

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How my menstrual cup changed my life.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., raving reviews

This may be a little sensitive for a few people out there so readers be cautioned.

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I’ve tried a few menstrual cups in and after going back and forth, I finally settled on the Sckoon cup and I love it. Honestly, switching to menstrual cups was one of the best things I’ve done for myself.

WHY?
If not all, most commercial brand tampons and pads contain the chemicals asbestos, dioxin, and rayon (fibers). Asbestos is an irritant that has been known to cause excessive bleeding. Dioxin is toxic to the reproductive and immune systems and has been known to cause endometriosis (irregular bleeding/infertility which is very common among women today.) Rayon creates a breeding ground for dioxin within the vagina (from the use of tampons) by leaving fibers behind in the uterus. Using commercial tampons and pads leave women extremely susceptible to hormonal challenges, fertility issues, and general complications with their reproductive organs. [Source: Wild Woman Speaks]

The average woman menstruates for forty years and uses approximately 20 tampons per cycle, which is roughly 240 tampons each year. This means she will use about 9,600 tampons during the entire course of her menstruating years. That’s a freaking lot of tampons! Women, we must strongly consider our choices regarding menstrual care. Not only is that a massive amount of tampons that wind up in a landfill year after year, but that’s a lot of harsh chemicals that are making their way into our bodies if we are using commercial brands of menstrual products. Choosing to care for our menstrual cycle with organic reusable cloth pads and moon cups not only does our bodies good, it does our environment a whole lot of good, too! [Source]

The tampon industry is convinced that women need bleached white products. They seem to think that we view this as “pure” and “clean.” The fact is, if Dioxin puts women at risk for cancer and Dioxin is stored in fatty tissue (just like that found in the vagina), and a woman uses as many as 11,000 tampons in her lifetime, could the long term use of tampons increase cancer risk? [Source]

How it changed my life:

Every time I used to get my period, I would always get worried that I was leaking or that I would smell etc and would go to the bathroom 2 times more than I usually do. Ever since I’ve discovered menstrual cups, I feel so much more at ease whenever I’m on my period because I don’t have to go to the bathroom every few hours. I’ve always seen the bad effects of tampons so I never used those. Now I go to the bathroom whenever I need to pee or poop, and if you insert it right, you can keep it in for up to 12 hours depending on your flow. I usually wear a pantyliner just in case my flow is a little heavier than usual, but otherwise it’s made my life SO MUCH EASIER especially at night.

So many people get grossed out about putting something up your vagina but we need to get over the “gross”- it’s part of life and natural- even though it may be inconvenient and uncomfortable at times. It makes life so much easier and saves you so much money. You just invest in one and you don’t have to keep buying boxes/packages of pads and tampons and freaking out if you don’t have any in your house when you start your cycle etc.

If you want to get one, start with the a Sckoon cup because they’re a little bit smaller than the rest and are more comfortable. If you have a light to medium flow and have a low cervix, get Size 1 and if you usually have a heavier flow and a higher cervix, get size 2.

I really hope you guys get a chance to try one out and I promise you’ll love it. You just need practice. Here’s more information on how to use it.

Good Luck,

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How to quickly lose weight.

Fitness., Health and Wellness., Lifestyle.

Before I start, you’re beautiful. Don’t look at thinspiration or anything like that, it’ll just motivate you the WRONG way. If you plan on losing a few pounds, guess what? There’s nothing wrong with that. 🙂 You should want to lose weight so that you feel good and so that you’re healthy. Don’t worry about what other people think because it’s your body.

I’m going to enlighten you with the basics a little bit:

How do you gain weight?
-When you take in more calories than you burn, you gain weight. A lb of fat = 3,500 cal. Your body stores extra calories as fat. So, for every 3,500 cals you consume, you gain 1 lb.

How do you lose weight?
-If you eat calories or exercise, you lose weight. Say you eat 250 cals less than normal and burn off 250 cals. That is 500 fewer cal a day. If you do this every day, you will lose a lb a week.

500(cal) x 7(days in a week) = 3500 cal or 1 lb

[Try to aim for no more than 2 lbs a week. If you try for more, you’ll probably lose more lean muscle and water instead of fat. Just remember, “slow and steady”.]

Anyways, here’s what you can do to quickly lose weight.

  1. EXCERCISE
    1. This might be what everyone says but it’s true. The more muscles you have, the faster your fat will burn away. You build up muscle first and then you lose the fat. Even if you start noticing your legs or whatever increasing in size, eventually after keeping up with it for a while, you WILL see results. Try to maintain a consistent schedule, workout at least 3+ days a week and keep up with it. It’s up to you, if you wanna see faster results you have to either to more HIIT (High-intensity interval training workouts) [This is great if you’re lazy and quickly want to get done with the workout] or do other workouts for a longer period of time. If you want to see faster results, you yourself need to work for it.
      1. If you want to do more HIIT workouts, or just any workouts in general I recommend you start with Blogilates, the Sworkit app or 7-minute workout app because from experience, those are the best.
    2. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. Many people think that if you do arm workouts, you’ll lose fat on your arms but in reality you’re only gaining muscles in your arm. If you want to keep the muscles and strength you have, you have to constantly work those muscles or else it’ll just go back to how it was before. In order to truly lose weight in one specific place is to lose it everywhere at the same time. Fat is balanced out in your body so you can’t really get skinnier arms and have a thicker thigh.
    3. If your body isn’t used to working out, don’t jump into brutal exercises like pushups and pullups. Start in moderation and gradually work your way up to the harder stuff. During your first few sessions, I suggest just stretching and get your body acclimated to moving around a bit. Then you start launching into the workouts. I suggest you get a premade workout plan or watch a YouTube video with workouts that are already given so you don’t get discouraged and say, “Oh I can’t find any good stuff to do”
    4. GET A GYM WORKOUT BUDDY. THIS WILL HELP YOU SO MUCH. I workout by myself and this usually leads to procrastination and not getting anything done. If you workout or go to the gym with a friend, you guys can push each other.
  2. Eat healthy
    1. Eat healthy! But don’t deprive yourself! If you’ve been doing great for a few weeks and are craving.. lets say.. a donut, go eat a donut and reward yourself! I mean you’re not gonna gain ten pounds from one donut. If you have a hard time eating healthy, TRUST ME, I know how it feels. It’s hard, but once you get used to eating healthy, it’ll be a piece of cake!
      1. Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day! It gets your metabolism going and makes you fuller throughout the day! To boost your metabolism even more, drink hot water with lemon water every morning and/or add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to your breakfast somehow every morning to make your metabolism boost up.
      2. Remember to always add a healthy side to your lunch meal! You can add things like fruits, bell peppers, hummus instead of mayo in your sandwiches, baked potatoes instead of french fries, Kale chips (Remove the leaves from the stem, drizzle some olive oil and salt over it and bake for 10-15 min until the edges are brown)
      3. You may think it’s smart to skip meals or snacks to save on calories, but if you deal with hunger as it happens (by eating every three or four hours), you’ll eat less over the course of the day! It works as long as you treat snacks like tiny healthy meals– not just as junk food breaks.
  3. DRINK A LOT OF WATER
    1. Drinking water is directly correlated with losing. A lot of people confuse thirst for hunger so they  tend to eat rather than drink water.If you’re craving a midday snack and want to make sure your pangs are caused by hunger, not hydration, drink a glass of water first. Then see if you’re still hungry 30 minutes later.
    2. Drinking enough water and staying properly hydrated is part of a healthy weight-loss system and healthy weight in general. It helps flush out harmful toxins, increases metabolism, etc.
      1. In a small recent study, researchers at the University of Birmingham in the UK found that, on average, people who drank water 30 minutes before some or all of their three meals a day lost between 5 and 9 pounds over the course of about three months. [source]
    3. If you’re anything like me and don’t like drinking plain water or just need something to help boost your weight loss process try the SlimQuick products
      1. I like their products because they:
        • Increase Metabolism
        • Reduce Appetite
        • Boost Energy
        • Reduce Excess Water
        • Support Hormones
        • Reduce Stress

These are the main ways one can really loss weight and I hope these have helped. Always remember that the number on your scale doesn’t define who you are and if you didn’t reach your goal, it’s ok, tomorrow is a new day. Stay beautiful ♥

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How to manage school and a job.

Lifestyle., School., Tips.

1. Plan Ahead
Before getting a job, think about how you will handle juggling your work and your schoolwork. Talking to a counselor, teacher or parent about working can help you figure out how to balance these two activities. Explain what you need to get from working and what kind of job you want and ask questions like these:
• How can I manage my time to make school and a job work for me?
• What type of job will work best with my schedule, skills and personality?

2. Pick a job with flexible hours
There are plenty of great part-time jobs out there that can accommodate a schedule that’s filled with classes, club meetings, sports, etc. A few good places to start are restaurants, tutoring places like Kumon, retail jobs, etc.
If you choose to work on school nights, just be sure to get a lot of sleep either after school or whenever you’re free. The amount of sleep you need to lead a productive day varies depending on the individual, but most experts recommend getting at least seven hours a night. I’m pretty sure you aren’t about to get any nap breaks at your job.
Also, be make sure you don’t over-commit to working more than you’re comfortable with, or your life could become a slippery slope of missed classes, low grades, broken promises and a Starbucks dependency. It’s better to target a lower number of hours to work in the beginning. If you get in a groove and are comfortable taking on more, you can ask your employer if there are more shifts available.

3. Start slowly.
Start by doing a couple of shifts a week then gradually work up the hours. Don’t just start with a whole load, and stress yourself out.

4. Make a schedule and stick to it.
You’re not going to successfully juggle work with your other priorities unless you exercise a little discipline. This doesn’t have to be as painful and horrible as it sounds. Before you take on a new job, sit down and write down all of your priorities like your homework, studying for tests, exercise, etc, followed by about how much time they take up each week.  Then figure out how much time you need to relax, hang out with your friends, etc, etc. Now crunch the numbers and see how much time you’ll have to work. Even if it’s only enough for a shift or two a week of work, that’s fine. That is, of course unless you need to work a certain amount each month to pay for college and other cost-of-living expenses, in which case you might have to sacrifice on socializing time.
Once you have your schedule sorted out, it’s important to stick to the rules. If you decided the only way to make it all work is to devote one weekend night each week to doing school work, use this time efficiently and don’t get distracted by a “Pretty Little Liars” marathon or something. By developing these time management skills now, you’ll be ready down the road when life throws even more responsibilities your way.

5. Take assignments with you.
While I advocate for keeping work and school separate, I do think you can fit in your schoolwork at other times during the day. For instance, if you’re sitting at your daughter’s soccer practice or folding laundry, use the time to study. By getting your schoolwork done a little at a time, you’ll avoid cramming the night before your chemistry exam or pulling an all-nighter to write a 20-page paper on Shakespear.

6. Be realistic. Don’t over-commit yourself, thinking you can do it all. Get in the habit of saying “no” if you know that your schedule won’t allow a lot of additional commitments.

7. Don’t stress yourself out.
This is really important!
Make sure to get enough sleep, and enough time to do homework.
Manage your time properly.

8. Get help.
Reach out to your friends or family when you really need help with all your workload. Ask them with helping you out with stuff, if you have a huge workload.

Well I hope this helps. If you have any additional helpful tips, comment below and I’ll add them (:

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Travel beauty and health tips. (Especially for long airplane rides)

Beauty., Lifestyle., Tips.

Traveling can be a hassle and create many problems, especially towards your daily routines and skin. Here are some tips that will help you out a bit:

  1. Because of the recycled air and lack of water on the plane you need as much hydration as you can get. Find a good moisturizer that is oil based or is very hydrating. The Trilane Retinol + Vitamin C and Squalane moisturizer is filled with vitamins and a little goes a long way, it makes my face seem softer and hydrated in the mornings. If you have an oilier face then try the RegenFX Skin Care System, it’s lighter and better to use as at night treatments. The whole system will make your face look fresher and your skin look brighter and this is just what you need after you get off a long flight
  2. Before you leave the house, deep condition your hair with a really moisturizing conditioner so your hair doesn’t frizz up and get staticky. I like to apply coconut oil to my hair half an hour or an hour before I shower, but any normal conditioner will work.
  3. Try to book a flight after 10 pm so that you can get some sleep on the plane right after you get on and your sleep schedule won’t be messed up right away. I like to use Dr. Xu’s Restful Sleep Natural Sleep Aid Supplement (Use the code SAVEREST to save 20% on your purchase) and this is made with chi, herbs and vitamins which help me wake up feeling fresh, not groggy.
  4. Bring some dry shampoo (make sure this fits into your one quart sized bag) and apply some dry shampoo when your hair gets oily and weird.
  5. When you get onto the plane, run some water through your hair and tie it up in a bun so when you take it out after a few hours (do it when you’re an hour from landing) and your hair will be voluminous and have nice curls/waves instead of being flat from being against a headrest for so long.
  6. Find a serum or something with Vitamin C to keep your collagen production going to your face looks bright and fresh when you get off. The one from OZ Naturals is really great. Use this is you don’t need anti-aging and this if you do.
  7. Get oil blotting sheets and if you don’t want to, most planes have seat covers and those get the job done. Plus it’s completely sanitary so don’t freak out.
  8. Place a cotton pad on top of all of your powdered compacts, this prevents your blushes, shadow, powdered foundations etc from breaking.
  9. Try to buy products that contain more than one product like the Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope products or the Naked Palettes. These products contain many shades and so you don’t have to take many along with you.
  10. Keep your liquid products and gel products in contact containers because they’re the perfect size.

Check out my tips on packing for a trip.

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Hope these help,

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Packing for a trip.

Lifestyle.

Ahh, summer is almost here and I’m super excited to go traveling. I’m also planning to take a few college courses online so this should be fun.

  1.  Clothes
    1. Depending on how long your trip is, pack accordingly. If it’s a shorter trip feel  bring an outfit for every day, plus two more outfits just in case. If your trip is about a month or more, try to pack things like a plain white tee and a bunch of basic pieces so you can layer and change your look more often without having to take too many things.
      1. Make sure to consider where you’re going and take a look at the average weather temperatures.
    2. MAKE SURE TO ROLL YOUR CLOTHES TO SAVE SPACE. I’ve tried this so many times. If I fold my clothes and put it in a bag/luggage then do it all again, but this time by rolling, I can fix at least 5 or 7 more clothing pieces.
    3. Put your shoes in shower caps to prevent your clothes from getting dirty.
    4. If you have lighter clothes or really any clothes with sequins and stuff, turn it inside out to prevent it from getting dirty and your sequins from falling out
  2. Toiletries // Essentials
    1. Even if you don’t think you’ll be on your period, bring a few pads just in case because it’s better to be safe than sorry. Personally, I’ve started using Menstrual cups and they’re so convenient.
    2. Put your toothbrush and paste into a ziploc and keep it in your carry on.
      1. Make sure to also bring these:
        1. Lotion
        2. Shampoo/conditioner
        3. Your hair brush
        4. Deodorant
        5. DRY SHAMPOO (WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE)
      2. MAKE SURE IF YOU TAKE A LIQUID LIKE PRODUCT, get some plastic wrap, unscrew the bottle, cover the top and screw the top back on to prevent leakage.
  3. Electronics
    1. Definitely buy a Power Pack, it’s so helpful.
    2. If you have a camera that requires batteries, bring some extra batteries along.
    3. Remember to bring all your chargers. DO NOT FORGET.
  4. Accessories
    1. Put all your stud earring onto buttons
    2. String your necklaces through straps to prevent getting tangles
  5. MAKE A LIST or take a picture of everything you pack
    1. This is really helpful so you don’t forget anything when you’re coming back.

Take a carry-on bag and try not to take a heavy purse or else you’ll dread it. Try to find a medium-sized bag with wheels like this one:

In there, pack things like:

  • A cardigan
  • Small head pillow
  • Small blanket/throw/quilt
  • Snacks
  • A few books
  • Your chargers
  • Your laptop
  • Your “beauty bag” of things like deodorant, lotion, things you use day to day, etc.

If you do carry a purse, keep these in it:

  • Gum (helps your ear pop on the plane to help get rid of discomfort)
  • A digital camera (If you have a DSLR put it in your carry-on
  • A water bottle that has good structure (I always buy a Vitamin Water before I travel because I know it won’t get a dent easily or break) [Don’t take a reusable one because you might lose it]
    • After you go through security you can buy any drinks or food and bring it onto the plane but if you bring it before security, they won’t let you in.
      • You can also take empty water bottle through security and fill it up later.
  • Money
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Smaller snacks
  • Your cell phone/iPod
  • Hair ties
  • Pen/Paper/A notebook

MAKE SURE IF YOU TAKE ANY LIQUID-LIKE THINGS IN YOUR CARRY ON IT’S NOT OVER 3 OZ. Also do the plastic trick from above. Anything more than 3 oz must be put in your luggage.

Hope this helped.

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Things to eat to settle an upset stomach.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle.

This is mostly for my friend and since I’m basically the nurse of my friend group I’m usually the one advising people health wise. So if you’re not having an upset stomach now, bookmark this till you do.

  • Bananas
    • Bananas are filled with Potassium and that helps you especially if you’re dehydrated from vomiting or diarrhea. They also contain pectin which helps to naturally firm bowel movements.
  • Burnt Toast
    • Burnt toast is great what you have an upset stomach because the char absorbs toxins that are making you feel sick. Eat is with some butter and sugar or jelly to avoid the gag reflex.
  • Any citric products
    • When you’re sick you need to consume as much Vitamin C as you can.
  • Plain Yogurt
    • Try to find one that contains “active cultures: because these will help increase the production of good bacteria which will help get rid of that bloated feeling and will also help in digestion.
  • An antacid
    • ‎Some examples are Alka-Seltzer and ‎Tums and they  help neutralize stomach acidity.
  • Apple Cider vinegar
    • Eat a mixture of one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, one cup warm water, and one tablespoon honey will ease indigestion and may alleviate cramping and gas in your upset stomach. It can also lessen discomfort caused by heartburn.
  • Papaya
    • Eating papaya helps encourage digestion, ease indigestion, and also help with constipation. The magic is in the enzymes papain and chymopapain, which help break down proteins and soothe the stomach by promoting a healthy acidic environment.
  • Rice/Boiled Potatoes.
    • My mom always has be eat this after I vomit/get diarrhea because your stomach will still be acting a bit uneasy and you’ll need to eat really simple foods which will absorb fluids and add bulk to your stomach and poop in general.
  • Ginger/Ginger Ale
    • This works if you’re feeling really queasy and nauseous because it helps digestion since it’s a relaxant/accelerant. The flavonoids in ginger helps neutralize the acidity in your stomach. Either drink a cup/two, chew on a bite size piece of ginger or but it in some hot tea.
  • Apples/Apple sauce
    • Just like ginger, apples have the same relaxant factor and help reduce the symptoms of an upset stomach. I suggest making or buying apple sauce because the cooked one will be so much easier to digest.
  • Cranberry juice.
    • Avoiding solid food for a day is sometimes recommended when you’re nauseated and vomiting, but don’t give up the fluids. Drink cranberry juice during your fast. It’s generally easy on your digestive tract.
  • Lime juice
    • For an immediate nausea/vomiting stopper, mix 1 cup water, about 10-15 drops of lime juice, and 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Then add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and drink.
  • An extra:
    • Sometimes the smell of vomit can cause additional vomiting, or continued nausea. After you vomit, rinse the remaining particles out of your mouth with 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup vinegar in a 4-ounce glass. The stomach acids in vomit can be harsh on tooth enamel. Just rinse, don’t gargle. This freshens your breath, too.

Hope you get better soon,

Having a class with someone you dislike.

Etc., Lifestyle., School., Tips.

The feeling of disliking someone to the point where you get annoyed even when they cough. Have a person like that in class? Well here’s a few tips for you: (this was requested btw)

  • Stay calm

    The moment you walk into your class and spy the irritating being just try to keep calm. Don’t reveal your annoyance/dislike outwardly (basically don’t go up to them and say “ew” or anything like that).

  • They don’t exist

    Pretend they don’t exist. In your mind let yourself believe they aren’t even in the class with you. Keep yourself from making eye contact or any contact with them and this could be very easy.

  • Be civil

    If you must come in contact with them, be civil. Speak to them politely and straightforwardly. Try not to say anything too personal to them. If they do speak to you try to make the conversation as pleasant as it can be.

  • Working with them

    Sometimes in classes you’re going to have to work with people you dislike, it’s a part of life. Again- just try to be civil. Try your best to remain on topic and not have any conversations that aren’t about the assignment/project. However, if it gets to a point that you just cannot deal with them ask your teacher (politely) for a new partner.

  • Both don’t like each other

    If it’s a mutual dislike for each other there shouldn’t be much of an issue of seeing around them. Keep yourself distanced from them and I’m sure they’ll do the same. Don’t get in each other’s way basically.

  • Avoid

    Avoid the person by surrounding yourself with people you do like in the class. Keep yourself in a small friend group that’s away from them. If you share a friend group, don’t completely ignore them. Be POLITE. But if you can, try to keep talking to at least one person in the group.

In the end try not to get into fights and just try to find good things about the person/people because you don’t need negativity in your life, it’ll just fill you with anxiety so just let it goooooo, let it gooo.

Haha sorry.

Hope things work out,

Soothing a sore throat.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., Tips.

Where I live it’s Fall and is pretty cold and its only October 😛 I feel like it might snow around the end of the month.

A lot of people are also getting sick and I felt like I was sorta getting a sore throat and was looking up stuff so I decided why not put this up as a tip?

So here are a few things that will help sooth a sore throat:
Garlic//

Try it when: You begin to notice a tickle.

You could microwave a few cloves for about 10 seconds (so it taste less yucky) and crush them up and eat it with honey or crackers.
Zinc Lozenges//

Try them when: You have mild soreness along with a stuffy nose. Pop in one every two to four hours as needed.

Honestly I’m not sure what there are, never seen them before, but they seem like a better and more sick curing thingamajig cough drops. So if you don’t have that suck on a cough drop.
Warm Salt Water//

Try it when: Your throat is feeling sore and scratchy.

Subtitle says it all. The water shouldn’t be hot cause you don’t wanna burn your throat. If you don’t want to drink it try gurgling it.

Also you could try warm water mixed with honey if you want add a few squeeze’s of lemon’s too.
Herbal Tea//

Try it when: The pain persists all day.

Cause it’s warm and soothing.
Over-the-Counter Numbing Spray//

Try it when: Every swallow aches a little.

I used to have one, i think it was Chloraseptic. I might be repurchasing it because it is AMAZING. but all they do is mask the pain 😛 but at least i got sleep.
Humidifier//

Try it when: Your throat feels dry.

It’s good to keep this on all night so when your nose gets all stuffy it’ll open up cause of the humidifier. It’s really nice especially because the heater will be on in the winter and that could dry out your nose and throat even more, which isn’t good 😛
&& make sure to keep it clean.

Also take a shower in the morning, cause the steam will help clean up yucky mucus.
Sleep//

Get a lot of rest. That is the time your body will be fighting off germs and working harder then usual. Try sleeping on top of 2-3 more pillows to help improve breathing through out the night.
Get well soon 🙂

Beauty secrets from around the world.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., Tips.

– Under Eye Circles.

In Spain, they apply thin slices of potato on their eyes for ten minutes to lighten the skin and fade dark circles after a night of partying.

– Reduce Puffiness.

Scandinavian women banish puffiness with 15 to 20 splashes of ice-cold spring mineral water.

– Softer, More Youthful Skin.

In France, they apply freshly cut and mashed grapes to make skin softer and more youthful, because grapes contain potent antioxidants and have moisturizing benefits.

– Instant Lip Conditioner and Gloss.

Italian women rub olive oil on their lips to condition lips and add shine.

– Soothe Irritated Skin.

Greek women massage olive oil onto their skin to soften dry, irritated skin and to treat sunburns.

– Get Rid of Stretchmarks.

In Asia, women use white camellia nut oil to moisturize, condition, nourish, and soften skin. Shalini shares that she knows a few celebrities who swear by this oil for combating stretch marks while pregnant. Women also use it to promote hair growth, treat burns, and strengthen nails.

– A Cleansing Jumpstart.

The women of Zimbabwe drink a cup of hot tea with lemon at the beginning of the day to cleanse the system and jumpstart the metabolism.

– Strong, Shiny Hair.

In India, women massage coconut oil into their hair and scalp once a week to strengthen hair, promote growth, help with split ends, and make hair shiny.

– Dandruff Fighter.

To get rid of dandruff, Australians add a few drops of eucalyptus or tea tree oil to shampoo.
*credit to Tumblr.

Hope these help 🙂

How to get rid of under eye circles.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., Random, Tips.

1// Sleeping position
 
Try to sleep on your back rather than your side or stomach. Sleep on two pillows stacked on top of each other. This will decrease the build up of blood flow to your eyes during the night.
 
2// Sleep
 
Just sleep more! Lack of sleep can lead to under eye bags. Try to go to bed earlier or find ways to keep yourself asleep.
 
3// Diet
 
Having a bad diet can affect your under eye circles. Lack of nutrients are the cause of this. Eat your veggies, fruits, vitamins, and drink lots of water! Water can flush out the toxins in your body, helping reduce the look of under eye bags.
 
4// Allergies
 
You may just have allergies, eczema, or asthma. These things can cause darkness under the eyes due to frequent itching because of irritation. Try to get your allergies treated.
 
5// Sunscreen
 
Wearing sunscreen everyday is very important! Make sure you slather some on before you go out. You can also wear it if you’re staying indoors.
 
6// Home remedies
 
Here are a few home remedies you can try to reduce those under eye circles.
 
-Place two slices of cucumber in your freezer for a couple of hours. Take them out of the freezer. Lay down and place one cucumber on each eyelid and stay there for 10-15 minutes.
 
-Put two spoons in your freezer and leave them in overnight. When you wake up, grab the spoons out of the freezer. Press the underside of the spoon (the side you wouldn’t eat with) gently underneath your eyes and keep them there until the spoons are no longer cold. This will help tighten the skin 🙂
 
-Take two slices of potato and place them in the freezer for a couple of hours. Take them out and place them one on each eyelid & allow them to stay there for 10-15 minutes.
 
-Dab a small amount of almond oil on your under eye circles before bed. In the morning rinse it off with cold water.
 
-Make some tea (preferably black tea). Take the tea bags out of your tea and place them in the freezer to cool down. Put one tea bag on each eyelid and keep them there for 10-15 minutes.
 
-Dip a cotton ball into some rosewater. Dab the cotton ball all over your eyelids and dark circles. Don’t touch your face for 10 minutes. You don’t have to rinse off the rosewater after the 10 mins.
 
-Wrap a frozen bag of vegetables in a clean towel and set it down on your eyes for 10-15 minutes.
 
-Crush up some mint leaves and apply them to your dark circles. Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes. Wipe off with a clean, damp cloth.

 

Good luck, 

Oily skin 101

Beauty., Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., Tips.

How do you know if your skin is oily?
 
You have:
Acne
Large pores
“Shiny” skin
Breakouts and blackheads
 
You don’t have:
Dry patches
 
Oily skin, has patches of shiny skin around the forehead, nose, and cheeks. If you were to wipe a tissue on this type of skin, you would see noticeable residue.
 
&& now on the TIPS;
 
– Use a deep cleanser that washes away dirt, oil, and fights bacteria
 
– Use a gentle toner on your clean skin
Try foundations and powders that control oil and shine without causing dryness to your skin
 
– Avoid touching your face during the day! Oils from your hands will get transferred from your palms or fingers without you knowing it!
 
– Change your pillowcases often. Oils get can trapped in the cloth and irritate your skin.
 

 

8 Effective Home Remedies For Oily Skin:
 
1) Apply Aloe Vera Gel
 
Aloe Vera Gel is very effective in absorbing the excessive oil from the skin. Application of Aloe Vera Gel on skin also clears out the skin pores and prevents the greasy appearance. You should apply 2-3 times a day.

 
2) Use Salt Spray
 
Using salt spray is a unique and effective home remedy for oily skin. You need to add a teaspoon of salt in a spray bottle and fill it up with clean water. Shake this bottle well so that the salt gets properly dissolved. Close your eyes and spray a small quantity of this salty water on your face once a day and then blot it dry.

 
3) Use Water-Based Cosmetics
 
Use of makeup should be restricted by people, who have an oily skin. If you need to apply makeup then you should avoid using foundation because it may trap the excess oil and cause blemishes. You should choose cosmetics that are water-based. This means that you should avoid the use of oil-based cosmetics. You should avoid cream foundations and prefer gel or powder blushers. These makeup precautions will help you to deal with your oily skin in an appropriate way.

 
4) Apply Milk
 
Milk is also very effective in getting rid of the extra oil from the skin without causing dryness. You can apply milk over your facial skin in different ways. One method is to simply apply milk on your oily skin, let it remain for a few minutes, scrub gently and then wash it off properly with cool water. You can also add a few drops of lavender essential oil in milk to increase its effectiveness in alleviating oiliness.
 
If you have extremely oily skin then you can dip a piece of ice in milk and apply it on your oily face for a few minutes. This will remove the extra oil from your face and it will look clean and fresh.
 

5) Use Baking Soda
 
Baking soda also works well in getting rid of excess oil from skin. You should add half teaspoon of baking soda into a good-quality liquid soap and shake the bottle well before using it. Take a small quantity of this mixture and rub it gently over your face, particularly the chin and the nose area. Wash it off with cool water to get rid of the extra oil. This home remedy is also effective in removing the blackheads.

 
6) Rinse with Cold Water
 
Cold water also contributes in removing the excess oil from face, without costing you a penny. You should splash your face with cold water and then blot it dry. Repeat this simple process 4 to 5 times a day. It will minimize the sebum production and will remove the extra oil to a certain extent. But you should avoid overdoing it during the winter season; otherwise you may catch a cold.
 

7) Apply Egg Yolk
 
Egg is a food that keeps your body healthy when consumed internally. But eggs have other uses too! They can be used in the preparation of many face masks that can be applied on the facial skin for maintaining the health of skin.
 
In order to remove the extra oil from you facial skin, you should apply the yolk of an egg on the oily skin. Let it remain on your skin for about 15 minutes. After this you should wash it off properly with cool water. The property of an egg yolk mask is that it dries out the skin, thus you get relief from excessive oiliness.
 

8) Apply a Homemade Scrub
 
Although you can get a variety of facial scrubs for oily skin in the market, it is a wiser option to prepare them at home. You can prepare a range of scrubs by using the ingredients present in your kitchen. Homemade scrubs are very effective in getting rid of the excess oil from the surface of the skin. An effective scrub for oily skin can be prepared with almonds and honey.
 
Take a small quantity of almond meal and mix a little bit of honey into it. Now you should gently massage your oily skin with this mixture. You can use a hot washcloth to apply this paste uniformly over your skin. After giving a light massage for a few minutes, you should rinse your face thoroughly with cool water. Almonds have the natural skin whitening property. Hence, it also serves the purpose of eliminating blemishes from your skin.
 
Apart from the home remedies mentioned above, you should also pay attention to your diet. Avoid eating oily foods and fast foods to prevent the occurrence of greasy appearance.
 

Neutrogena and Clean & Clear have some really good products for oily skin 🙂
 
I know this is too long but I really need to work on my oily face because I kinda can’t stand it haha (:
Good part of having oily face is when you get older, it prevents wrinkles but kinda sucks when you have large pores.
 

 
So I hope this helped ♥

Food that helps fight stress.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., School., Tips.

We’re all under a lot of pressure lately. Whether it’s school, family or work, a boy, friends etc. these can really drag you down.

The bad news? Things might take a while to get better.

The good news? Your diet, can actually help lift off some of that pressure.

If lately you’ve been noticing that you have been gaining weight, I know I have, stress might be playing a key role in it. Hormones relocate to your stomach when you stress causing belly fat and for you to eat a lot.

Eating the right foods, however, can do wonders. Chinese nutrition views anxiety and stress as the result of kidney and liver imbalances, and there are plenty of foods that nourish these organs, reducing the crazies and enhancing the calm.

Foods to beat anxiety:

Help minimize some of the stress and anxiety in your life by incorporating more of these fruits, veggies and leafy greens into a whole, balanced diet:


Root veggies: yams, radishes, parsnips, beets, carrots and potatoes

Serving Tip: Bake yams, potatoes and beets; juice beets and carrots with greens below, and cook parsnips in a soup with lentils and leeks.


Dark, leafy greens: chard, kale, spinach, arugula and watercress

Serving Tip: You can add any of these greens in a salad or juice.

Sea vegetables: kelp, nori, wakame, hijiki, dulse and kombu

Serving Tip: Sprinkle some in your salad, or add to sushi with brown rice and avocado or to miso broth.

Protein: black beans, black sesame seeds, tofu, mung beans and millet

Serving Tip: Add black beans to chili; sesame seeds on salads or with steamed veggies; sprouted mung beans in curry or in salad; millet instead of rice and tofu with steamed veggies and quinoa.

Berries: blackberries

Serving Tip: Add in fruit salad, smoothie, or mixed with coconut kefir or almond yogurt.

Nutrients You Need

You also want to make sure you’re getting plenty of the following nutrients:

Folic acid

Found in: brown, red and wild rice, beans, oranges and dark greens

Vitamin B12

Found in: sea vegetables, nutritional yeast, miso, fortified and fermented foods. (People with vitamin B deficiencies are more likely to have severe depression.)

Magnesium

Found in: wheat and oat bran, brown rice, nuts and molasses. These magnesium-rich foods support brain function and are helpful for mood disorders, including PMS and bipolar disorder.

Omega-3 fatty acids

Found in: seaweed, walnuts, flax seeds, chia seeds, hemp seeds, borage oil and primrose oil. Omega-3 fatty acids help build healthy brain cell membranes and facilitate neuron-to-neuron communication.

Chromium

Found in: broccoli, grapes, oranges and whole grains. Chromium assists with symptoms of depression, particularly for people who also crave sugar. Chromium is a blood sugar stabilizer.

Zinc

Found in: beans, nuts and oatmeal. Zinc helps metabolize omega-3 fatty acids in the brain. Low zinc levels are often found in those suffering from postpartum depression.

Hope these helped.

A Self-help Masterpost.

Etc., Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., Tips.

All credit goes to the masterpost…posters. Because they’re great people. 

Cheer up and Relax
Fun Stuff
Mental Illness
Self Harm
Films
General Self Help
Everything
In Case Of Emergency
Others

 

I love this and it’s SOOO helpful. I hope it helps you also. Bookmark it, save it do whatever.

Exercise everyday with Blogilates.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., Tips.

Cassy Ho aka Blogilates is the queen. Her YouTube videos and app are the best things ever! I’ve just started so I’ve been doing about 1-3 workouts a day and my body has been dyingggg but I’m loving it.

The thing is working out isn’t just about getting skinny and all that, it’s about becoming healthy, fit, stronger and better inside and out so that you can live a better, longer and healthier life. Whatever your goal may be I’m not here to judge but just to help you out. 

Trust me. Start off with the beginners calender and then work up to the monthly one’s and you’ll be fit, strong and healthy in no time.

 

She gives you a calendar to follow through everyday:

&& there’s a new one each month. 

If you download her app, you can just follow through with that and it’s available on Apple and Android.

She also has stuff for beginners:

 

Good luck.

Closet organization and storage tips.

Interior/Exterior Design and Decor inspo., Lifestyle., Tips.

These are from the interior decorating queen, Carly Cristman. She is so amazing and genuine, I love her. 

The system used above is the Ikea Pax System. Here are a few more people who use this system:

This system is great, especially if you have a big empty wall or random guest room or what not.

 

Here are her tips:

If you have a smaller sized closet or live in a place lacking closet space, you know how difficult storage set up can be! 

1. Remove Excess
Ask yourself- have I worn this piece in the last year? The last three years? Have I even thought about wearing it?  If the answer is no, it’s time to part ways. I find myself hanging on to pieces because of memories or price tag, but in reality, it’s using up precious closet real estate. If you don’t USE it, it’s time to lose it.

2. Organize
Everyone has a system that works best for them- mine is color coding. I find that color coding my pieces and sub-organizing by style really maximizes my space [and minimizes my stress]. Color coding helps a closet look visually appealing, while also saving you time searching for a particular item. You can still make it look great even if your closet isn’t!

3. Add storage
I love these hanging shelve units. They’re easy, efficient and require no construction [why build a shelving display when you can just hang it up? Cheaper too!]. This is a great way to store a lot in a smaller space. In an area that could probably fit 20 dresses, I hung all of my sweats, t-shirts, tank tops and shorts! These are also great to fold and display your jeans- they hold much more than you could fit hanging, or stuffed in a drawer.

I also like stacking units [you can find similar ones at bed bath and beyond, the container store, etc]. These are great to organize loose accessories, while still making them accessible. I like that I can see all of my clutches and wallets, yet they’re still in a small space. Shoe boxes take up a ton of room- these are also great for sandals and flats!

 

Here is her video that includes more in-depth tips && here is a little tour of the first two pictures.

I hope these helped.

How to clean your pores.

DIY'S, Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., Tips.

Aurora Mohn This has been requested by a lot of people. && its good to keep your pores clean so that you don’t get acne and stuff like that on your face. Before you start exfoliating you need to know what type of skin you have. There are 3 different kinds and they all need to be taking care of differently.

 

– Oily. If your skin is oily, it will look greasy and shiny and feel heavy.

This skin type is prone to acne and often has larger, visible pores. Resist the temptation to wash your face hourly to get rid of excess oils.

Limit cleansing to morning and night, or the pores will generate more oil, which will make the situation worse.

Use a mild oil-free cleanser for oily skin, but make sure it is not too harsh.

Regularly using a 10-percent benzoil peroxide cleanser is too harsh for most skin types and will only lead to further problems. Use one with a lower concentration of acne-fighting ingredients, or just a mild cleanser. You can use a toner after you cleanse, but again, you don’t want one with harsh ingredients.

Even oily skin needs a moisturizer and SPF protection, so don’t skip this step regardless of your skin type. If you need extra medication, use a night cream with alpha-hydroxy acids that act as a gentle exfoliant to keep the pores clear.

 

– Dry. This skin type is the opposite of oily, and often feels dry and tight, particularly after washing. It feels as if it can’t retain moisture and may have flaky patches.

This type of skin needs to be cleansed with gentle cream cleansers that won’t strip skin of needed moisture. If you like to use a toner afterward, make sure it is gentle and does not contain alcohol.

Dry skin can use a heavier lotion, but you should make sure it contains an SPF ingredient for sun protection. Even more than other skin types, dry skin is prone to fine lines that sun damage will only accentuate.

 

– Normal. People with this skin type have smooth texture and even skin tone with no oily or dry patches. They may have a few pimples due to hormonal changes, but it is not an ongoing problem.

Normal skin needs to maintain this balance by keeping a clean face with mild cleansers and warm water. Unless you need extra exfoliation, you can skip the toner and opt for a good moisturizer with SPF protection. Any of the moisturizers should work for normal skin – experiment and find one with a texture you like.

Be sure to keep your products mild, or normal skin can flare up and find itself in one of the other categories.  

 

– Combination. Despite the beauty industry’s categorization of “normal” skin, combination skin is actually the most common.

If you have oily patches on your forehead, chin and around your nose that are shiny, and dry areas on your cheeks and around your eyes, you have combination skin.

There are products out there that are balanced for this skin type, but you may have to experiment with different products for different areas of your face. Stick with products that are gentle, so they don’t cause irritation to either the oily or dry spots.

You can spot-treat with a product containing glycolic acids for exfoliation, or with mild acne treatments for the oily zone. As with all other skin types, you should use a good SPF moisturizer daily.  

 

How to clean your pores:

1. The first step to clean skin is to use a mild cleanser formulated for your particular skin type. Use warm water, not hot, for cleansing.

2. Use steam to relax your skin. You can either let the steam from a shower do the work, or hold your face above a steaming bowl of water. Do this for several minutes.

3. In addition to regular cleansing, you can add a simple mask to the home remedies for cleaning your pores. These are usually made with things you already have in your kitchen, but can be surprisingly effective.  

 

Masks to clean your pores with:

Baking soda- Mix one tablespoon of baking soda with 1 teaspoon of water and scrub face using circular motions, rinse well with clear warm water. This will deep clean your pores removing built up oils and make up that often cause acne. It will also remove dead skin leaving your face looking fresher and younger.

 

Oatmeal mask- This is great for gentle scrubbing of all but the most acne-prone skin. Mix ½ cup of cooked instant oatmeal (plain variety only – apples and cinnamon won’t work for this recipe) with one teaspoon of olive oil. Smooth it onto your skin and let it sit for 15 minutes. Wipe off and rinse thoroughly. Many like to rinse with cool or cold water. This will feel great, but it will not help to “close” your pores.

 

Eggs and honey- For dry skin, mix one egg yolk, one teaspoon of honey and one teaspoon of olive oil. Let this mixture sit on the skin for 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly.

 

Avocado- Avocados have natural oils that are great for hydration. Mash half an avocado and smear it on your face. While you are letting that sit for 15 minutes, you can make guacamole with the other half. Wipe the avocado off with a wet washcloth and rinse well.

Cornmeal- Mix cornmeal and water to make a paste and gently rub it on your face. Let it dry and rinse off. This is great for oily or acne-prone skin.  

Some extra tips:

DO NOT touch your face a lot, cause it’ll cause dirt and bacteria to get on your face which clogs your pores.

Make sure your sunglasses and glasses are clean.

Remember to wash your makeup off before you go to bed, especially on your eyes no matter what. If you don’t, when you wake up your face will be all red and blotchy. If you wash it constantly you’re gonna get dry patches and breakouts all over your face because you’re getting rid of all the natural oils which are needed.

When you breakout or get a dry patch DO NOT clog your face with 50 products because it will get worse.

 

I hope this helped all of you ♥