Fruits for beautiful skin.

Beauty., Health and Wellness.

Not only are fruits good for your insides, they’re also good for your outsides. Here are some fruits that can make your skin AMAZING:

Apples: Apples are a great conditioner & toner for your skin, they have amazing skin-healing powers and have been used as a beauty aid for centuries.

-Add a cup of apple juice to your bath to cleanse and soften your skin.

-Apple juice, when applied to your hair scalp, can prevent dandruff. You can use it as a final rinse after shampooing your hair.

-Apples are filled with pectin – essential for fighting the dreaded acne.

-The juice of apple can be used as a breath freshener too. *not relevant but nice to know

 

Lemons: Lemons are a classic home beauty ingredient for a reason.

-Lemons are used to cleanse, lighten and freshen the skin and hair.

-Use lemon slices to soften rough skin spots such as elbows & heels.

-Lemon slices help deodorize. Mix a few teaspoons of lemon juice in your bath and you’ll feel fresh the whole day.

-Lemon juice can be added to your favorite cleanser or shampoo to refresh and tone your scalp.

-If you use it a few times a month mixed with your shampoo,  it’ll help prevent dandruff.

-Lemon grinds can be rubbed on to scars as it aids healing.

-Lemon is a natural bleach so it can help to fade out dark spots and acne scars too.

 

Bananas: they are rich in protein and natural fats so they can be used on all skin types.

-Banana is a great emollient for your skin and hair

-Make an easy facemask that will make your skin supple by applying mashed banana all over your skin and leaving it on for 20 minutes. Once you’re done, rinse off with warm water and make sure to moisturize.

-Mashed banana also makes a wonderful hair conditioner when mixed with a 1 tablespoon of honey. It’s perfect for keeping hair beautiful even if dyed regularly.

 

Pineapple: Pineapples are great skin softeners, which cleanses and rejuvenates dull and dry skin.

-Use pineapple slices on rough skin spots like knees, elbows, and heels.

-Use a slice of pineapple like you would use a sponge or loofah to scrub your body in the bath or shower.

 

Papaya: Papaya is rich in papain enzyme and Vitamin A which is the best treatment for exfoliating your skin.

-Apply mashed papaya and 3 teaspoons of aloe vera gel and massage all over your body monthly for fresh and glowing skin (leave on your skin for no more than five minutes & rinse thoroughly) [use it with caution for the first time because it may sometimes irritate sensitive skin]

 

Peaches: Peaches are highly emollient and perfect for dry skin types.

-Mash a fresh peach and combine with a tablespoon of plain yogurt to make a smooth paste, apply to your skin and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and your skin will feel moisturized and supple to the touch.

Hope these helped,

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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 make your hair grow faster.

Beauty., Health and Wellness., raving reviews

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Hey guys, I’ve been busy working on some new things for my blog (like ^) so that’s why I haven’t been as active but I’m back and I’m here with a few great tips.

  • DO NOT WASH YOUR HAIR EVERYDAY
    • I cannot stress this enough. Just like our skin, our hair can get dry but unlike our skin we have limited things we can apply to our hair so prevent it from drying out. When you wash your hair with shampoo, it strips your hair of it’s natural oils. Your body then thinks, “omg their hair is too dry, lets me produce some oils to moisturize their scalp”; eventually after a while of too much shampooing your hair is used to producing so many oils that you’ll have to shampoo even more which will just dry out your hair, ruin it and prevent it from growing.
  • Eat foods that have a lot of protein.
    • Your hair is made up of keratin (a protein that’s made up of amino acids). The more protein you the longer your hair will get and just remember the healthier you eat, the better you’ll look, your body, skin, hair, nails, etc.
  • Limit the heat and chemical you use on your hair or else your hair will get brittle and start breaking.
  • Try to deep condition your hair once a week. I love to use coconut oil 30 minutes a week before I shower then I wash it off. I also love coconut oil because it has so many beauty benefits. Check them out here.
  • Damaged hair takes a long time to fix and if your hair is damaged it takes it a long time to repair and unless your hair is healthy, it’ll never grow.
    • Because of this you shouldn’t try to manipulate it too much and this includes getting it colored, a perm, etc.
  • Get a lot of vitamins into your body through your diet or supplements.
    • Omega 3 is one of the best things that can help you get and maintain smooth and shiny hair. It’s known for its ability to combat dry and brittle hair, hair loss, dry, flaky scalp and reduced circulation to the scalp. The benefits of omega-3 EFAs include adding luster, sheen and elasticity to your hair. Both DHA and EPA are vital for the nourishment of hair follicles. Omega-3 can help restart hair growth, help hair grow quicker and stronger and even prevent or reverse hair loss. (If you want to read more about the science behind it, read all about it here).
      • As a Muslim, it’s really hard for me to find supplements that don’t contain pork or just meat products in general so when I found this Omega-3 I was thrilled. It also has Omega 6, Omega 9, DHA, EPA and unlike other fish oil supplements I’ve had, this doesn’t taste weird or leave a lingering smell. Honestly, all their products are amazing.
  • Try to brush your hair often so it doesn’t knot up and force you to pull at it (which makes a lot of your hair rip off.
    • I’ve heard a lot of people raving about The Wet Brush but personally since I don’t have too much of a problem with my hair, I never had to resort to buying one but if you need it, you definitely should buy it.
  • Don’t always keep your hair in the same style, part etc. After a while, your hair gets pulled too much, your hair gets weak and your hair starts thinning which contradicts the whole idea of making your hair grow faster.

Hope these helped,

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Top 10 skincare tips for people with sensitive skin.

Beauty., Health and Wellness.

I’ve had sensitive skin forever and it’s one of the most annoying skin care problems after dry skin. You can’t use scented things or else your skin gets red, your face reacts weirdly to products everyone else can use and it’s just plain annoying.

Since I’ve had it, I’ve learned many things from Dermatologists, skin specialists and my own experience so here are some of my tips:

  1. Don’t use scented products on your skin and this includes perfumes, body sprays, soaps etc. These almost always causes irritation and some amount of inflammation to sensitive skin. If you really love scents like I do though then just lay your clothes down onto your bed or somewhere and lightly spray it with whatever. Give the scent a few minutes to dry on the fabric before getting dressed. If you do this, it’ll prevent direct contact with your skin which will prevent irritations.
  2. DOVE is your best friend. I’ve been using the Dove Sensitive Skin body wash for years now. You know when you use other body washes your skin feels like it has some weird residue left over? That’s soap scum and Dove is one soap that doesn’t have that (Watch it and see). Try to switch to liquid soaps for your body instead of bars because bars just sit in your tub and collect bacteria over time and that rubs onto your skin causing irritation.
  3. Even though you have sensitive skin, you should still have a wash your face at least once daily. Wash your face in the morning after you wake up to get rid of the oils and bacteria that got onto your face at night from your hair, pillow, hands etc. Wash your face again at night to get rid of the other dirt and bacteria that came onto your face throughout the day. Use a gentle cleaner to remove dirt, oils etc without stripping your skin. Brands like Simple or Cetaphil are gentle but still clean really well.
  4. Try not to pile on makeup and if you can, don’t wear any at all. If you really feel like you need it, get one that’s lightweight and doesn’t clog your skin. Go to a makeup specialist (Sephora is a great place to start) and ask them for what they recommend.
  5. DO NOT BUY FULL-SIZE PRODUCTS WITHOUT TRYING IT FIRST. I cannot stress this enough, there are so many things I’ve gotten because of ads and whatever and when I tried it, it didn’t work well for my skin and I ended up not using it. So many places offer samples of products, just ask. Sometimes I go into Sephora, talk to a consultant and just get 5-10 samples to try out; it doesn’t hurt and it definitely will save your bank account.
    1. If you don’t have a Sephora near you, you could at least find products specific to your needs here.
    2. Make sure to test products on somewhere like your upper arm or the side of your neck, somewhere, if you do get a rash, it’s easy to cover up.
  6. I would say to keep away from the sun but we all know that can’t happen so invest in a really good moisturizer with SPF. I LOVE the Algenist Lightweight UV Defense Fluid. It’s SPF 50 and feels like nothing. I don’t know about you guys, but I hate applying lotion or sunscreen onto my face especially in the summer because my face gets greasy and oily so I just skip it all together. DON’T DO THAT.  Too much heat damages skin cells and can often cause skin rashes and diseases.
  7. Watch what you eat but it’s not just what you’re eating, some external factors such as smoking, stress, lack of sleep or excessive pollution can cause sensitive skin to flare up with rashes and may also cause even bigger skin problems.
  8. Always choose cosmetic products which are “Fragrance-free” because most of the cosmetics with fragrance may react on your sensitive skin to create problems. It is much better if you choose products labeled “No artificial colors”.
  9. Exfoliate your skin with something fine. This gets rid of the dead skin on your face to moisturizers can actually benefit you and go into your skin instead of just sitting on top of the dead skin doing nothing. The Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme Dermafoliant is the best one I’ve come across so far. It’s a dupe of the far more expensive Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder.
  10. Make a Rosewater soothing face mist. This will help hydrate you skin, fight acne and eczema, heal scars etc.

Check out 20 common questions about sensitive skin (answered by doctors and dermatologists)

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DIY: Rosewater Soothing Face Mist.

Beauty., Health and Wellness.

Rosewater has astringent properties and works well as a facial toner. But that’s not all, when it’s combined with witch hazel, rosewater acts as a great cleanser, removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores and thus creating clear skin. If you want to kick it up a notch you can add in Aloe Vera which moisturizes, treats acne and also evens out your skin tone.

What you need:

  • A dozen freshly picked organic rose petals
  • A measuring cup/small funnel
  • A small pot with glass lid
  • A small glass bowl
  • Distilled water
  • A spray bottle
  • (optional) Organic Aloe Vera or its juice
  • (optional) Witch hazel
  1. Wash all the flowers and try to find one that’s organic and not synthetically dyed because it is going onto your face.
  2. Pull the petals off by grabbing the bottom of the bud and separating the petals from the stem; then put all the rose petals on the pot.
  3. Pour enough water into your pot so that 3/4 of the pot is filled but not too much or else your spray will be watered down. *If you want, now is the time to add the witch hazel and/or Aloe Vera; I recommend you add about 2-3 tablespoons of each*
  4. Put the bowl inside the pot and put the lid on upside down; this ensures you get the purest form of the rose water.
  5. Let the water boil for about half an hour or until your petals lose its color. (If you’re impatient like me, put some ice cubes on top of the upside-down lid)
  6. Once done, pour the liquid from the bowl into your spray bottle with the help of a measuring cup or a funnel.
  7. You can also pour it into a clean ice cube tray and just rub it onto your face when you feel really hot and grimy.

MAKE SURE TO REFRIDGERATE.This has a shelf-life of about 2-3 week or until it turns into a weird yellow color and starts to smell.

Benefits of using rosewater on your skin: here and here.

Enjoy,

Getting perfectly smooth shaved legs.

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

Woot woot, summer is here and that means shorts, beaches and smooth shaved legs.

Here’s how:

1. Start off  soaking your legs in some warm water to soften the leg hair a little bit. This will also open up your pores which will give you a closer shave. Don’t use hot water because that will dry out your skin and will eventually cause razor burns and flaky skin.

2. Liberally apply shaving cream to avoid razor bumps. Lather it onto your legs like it was shampoo. I use the Smoothing Shaving Gel with Soy from Target but any shaving gel will do.

3. Shave against the hair growth in long strokes. I find it easier to just wipe your thumb down the razor to get the hairs off the razor then wash that off instead of washing the razor off in between shaves. I really like the BIC Soleil Glow Disposable Razor and I’ve used it for a few (about 20+) and the blades are still fine. Plus I didn’t really get razor burns with this, it does the job and I like it.

4. Once you’ve shaved both of your legs, exfoliate them with a good body scrub. I use the Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub. This is really great because it eliminates the need to apply moisturizers after, gets rid of dead skin and also is filled with essentials oils. It really softens my body after I use it and also has a really nice smell which lasts for a few days.

Before I used to use the Barefoot exfoliating polish and it does an ok job, it exfoliates a little and smells nice but I still have to moisturize after and it runs out really quickly. If you should get anything, get the Adovia one above, that does a lot of things and also will last a while.

5. Wash off the exfoliator and shave once again. If you use the Adovia you won’t have to apply another layer of shaving cream because your legs will already have a smooth oil-based layer which will assist the shave. Doing this will ensure that any ingrown hairs that were exposed after exfoliating are removed.

6. Wash off your legs with cold water to close your pores and again if you don’t have the Adovia, you’ll have to moisturize your legs to make sure they stay silky smooth.

&& that’s it.

 

Check out common hair removal mistakes as well.

Here are some of my other summer related posts:

Good luck,

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Have picky kids in your house who don’t really like vegetables? Try this.

Freebies., Health and Wellness.

I know so many people who are picky eaters and end up being underweight [my little sister] and they seem to be fine with it. Here’s a solution for that:

Animal Parade KidGreenz Chewables Samples!

The Animal Parade KidGreenz Children’s Chewables in Tropical Fruit Flavor is an all-natural vitamin that is hypo-allergenic, gluten free and vegetarian. Each tablet contains the nutritional power of broccoli, spinach, spirulina, chlorella, kelp, lactic flora growth accelerants and much more!

Not only do these chewables give your kids all the nutrients and vitamins they need, but they also come in a delicious tropical fruit flavor! With today’s freebie, you can now get a FREE sample of Animal Parade KidGreenz Children’s Chewable vitamins!

Click here to get a sample. If your kids/you/siblings like it buy it from here because it’s the least expensive out of all other stores. [Subtotal: $9.69]

Enjoy,

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Jamba Juice: Any Small Smoothie – Only $2 (Coupon)

Health and Wellness., Random

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Calling all Jamba Juice fans! Jamba Juice is offering a new printable coupon valid for an Any Small Fruit & Veggie Smoothie for just $2! This coupon expires on March 31st.

Also check out my other post on Jamba Juice: (This can be paired with the above coupon to get a free drink)

Jamba Juice Insider Rewards: Get $3 off Your Next Purchase

Enjoy,

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Common hair removal mistakes and why they’re bad.

Health and Wellness., Tips.

I thought that this was an appropriate tip for right now, considering it’s getting warmer and summer’s coming up. This is a list of common hair removal mistakes and why you should stop doing them! I mention my sources throughout the tip, but then I added more at the end. Following these will make you have a closer shave, a more sanitary shave and a painless experience. 🙂

And just a myth-buster: Shaving does not influence hair growth or thickness. What you are seeing when you shave is actually an optical illusion caused by the blunt hair growing from the shaft and appearing thicker, when it is exactly the same size it always was.

1// Sunbathing Before and After Waxing or Laser Hair Removal

According to them, “You should avoid heat [such as tanning] following a wax treatment for 24 hours because it will inflame the skin. This includes hot water try using cool or lukewarm water.” And according to spainthevalley.com “If you tan before waxing, there is an increased chance of skin irritation or abrasion, even with no visible sunburn. If you tan after waxing, there is an increased chance of sunburn of that area.” So basically, don’t tan before and after a wax—it will cause major irritation. Wait at least 24 hours.

2// Not Exfoliating
Exfoliation gets rid of all the excess dead skin, which exposes more of the hair. The more hair you expose the more hair you cut off. And the more hair you cut off, the closer your shave will be. But I’d avoid exfoliating after, not only does the, again, expose hair (that this time you won’t be cutting off) it will also irritate the life out of your skin.

A good exfoliate I use for my body is the Spa Professional Exfoliating Polish. It does an amazing job of exfoliating. Sometimes I mix it with another liquid soap so I can get 2 birds knocked out with one stone.

3// Sharing a Razor
According to Dr. Oz (though I do think he sometimes comes off as a crack doctor) “a razor is the worst thing to share in your medicine cabinet. By sharing a razor, you can spread Staphylococcus, bacteria, and viruses by scraping bits of your skin. You can also transfer antibiotic resistant germs in your body. So be mindful of your hygiene and do not share razors!” Sharing a razor is basically cutting your friend, then cutting yourself, and putting both of those wound together for an extended amount of time. The thing is I didn’t even know people did that, it’s really disgusting honestly.

4// Dry Shaving
When you have wet surface you loosen a lot of friction between your skin and the razor, letting the razor glide over your skin. When you shave dry though, that friction is alllll there. And it takes everything with it. Shaving dry takes off way too many skin cells and you’ll be left stinging all over. You’re also more prone to cuts.

5// Shaving During a Hot Bath
Not only is it not a fun thought to think about bathing in your body hair, it isn’t exactly the best way to shave. Your skin actually swells up as it gets really hot. and when your skin swells up, not as much hair is exposed—are you seeing a trend here? Also, hot water leaches out the moisture in your skin, no moisture, no softness. Go for warm water. Which will both soften the skin and keep it moisturized.

6// Not Replacing Your Razor
Not only is this stupid and unsanitary, it hurts and it doesn’t work. Your razor is the a germ’s paradise. Yummy dead skin cells, nice moisture and heat, and all kinds of adjoining bacteria build up on it. Believe it or not, rinsing your razor for a quick second doesn’t actually kill those germs—no, not even if the water is really hot. If you let that sit for months you will risk a skin infection or worse. Not replacing your blade also will make your blade dull—which doesn’t shave as well and it hurts more. It will cause you so much cuts. So, as a recap, you’ll cut yourself, you’ll get an infection, and you won’t even get a nice shave out of it. Replace yours every few months or even once a month depending how often you shave.

7// Getting Waxed or Lasered the Week Before That Time of the Month
This will hurt you so bad. When you are on your period your nerves will be so touchy. It also just asks for inflammation and ingrown hairs. Wax in the middle of your cycle (like if your period starts the first of every month, get it down on the fifteenth).

Hope this helped,

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Easy exercises for lazy people.

Fitness., Health and Wellness.

Hahah I for one am super lazy so I don’t blame anyone but I decided to get up on my feet and do some workouts. By now we all know the dangers of eating too much and exercising too little: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, etc. Seeing that I am a lazy person, I needed some that weren’t that hard but still gave me results are here are a few:

Chin Tuck

The Chin Tuck improves posture, helps stiff neck and limbers up the trapezius (neck, shoulders and upper back), as well as the throat and jaw muscles.

Sit or stand, facing directly ahead. Keep your shoulders relaxed. Push your head slightly forward, then pull your head back slowly. Bring your chin toward your chest, and imagine the top of your head is rising toward the ceiling.

Feel the stretch in the back of the neck. Remember to breathe. Hold for 10 seconds. Relax. Repeat as desired.

Butt Clench

This is absolutely the best exercise for lazy people. The Butt Clench tightens the buttocks, helps strengthen the lower back, and helps release stress-related energy in the butt and thighs.

Tuck your tailbone in slightly. Clench your butt together. Hold for ten seconds. Relax. Repeat as desired.

Foot Flexes and Foot Rotations

A human foot has 26 bones, 20 muscles, 33 joints and over 150 ligaments. In one day, the feet take a cumulative force of several hundred tons. When your feet are tired, you are tired. Foot flexes and

rotations help limber up the feet and legs, de-stress the joints and muscles, improve blood circulation and give you an overall feeling of energy and well-being.

Foot Flexes: Slowly thrust out your heel, while pointing your toes toward your knee. You will feel the stretch in the back of the legs. Repeat 5 times with each foot.

Foot Rotations: Slowly rotate your foot at the ankle. Rotate to the left 10-20 times, then rotate to the right. Repeat with each foot.

Backward Elbow Stretch

This is a great exercise for the back, shoulders, upper arms, chest, and posture. The Backward Elbow Stretch can help prevent joint problems such as frozen shoulder.

Raise your hands to about waist-height. Keeping your back straight but relaxed, try to touch your elbows together behind your back. Unless you’re super-flexible, you won’t be able to do it, but you’ll feel the stretch in the shoulders, arms and chest.

Hold for ten seconds and remember to breathe. Repeat as desired.

The Backward Elbow Stretch exercise also helps strengthen the back muscles. Weak back muscles are a common cause of chronic pain and poor posture.

Tummy Tuck Exercise

The Tummy Tuck Exercise helps tone abdominal and belly muscles.

Exhale completely, allowing your stomach to deflate, while pulling your belly button towards your spine. Keep back relaxed, shoulders straight (don’t slouch) . Let the tummy do the work. Inhale, allowing your chest to rise, and let your stomach relax.

Scissor Abs

Scissor Abs

Working against gravity, this ab exercise will target your core quickly and effectively. Just be sure to keep a flat back and control the movement with your abs rather than your legs or arms. Here’s how:

Lie flat on your back with your arms at your sides, palms pressing into the floor. Bring both legs straight up toward the ceiling, engaging your abs and pressing your lower back into the ground.

Keeping abs pulled in and lower back on the ground, slowly lower your left leg until it’s a few inches above the floor, then scissor your legs, lifting your right leg up. This completes one rep. Do 15 to 20 reps.

A few tips:

  • Instead of a chair at work use an exercise ball instead of in your armchair, you’ll strengthen your core muscles and improve your balance without noticing you are exercising. You can additionally use your exercise ball as a seat while reading or working on the computer.
  • To develop triceps, or back muscles on your upper arms, lie on your left side. Grasp your right arm between the elbow and shoulder with your left hand. Try to pull your right arm back while simultaneously creating resistance with your left hand. Do this for a few seconds and relax. Repeat five times before switching sides. Gradually increase repetitions until you are performing 25 on each side per day.

Stay healthy,

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Start working out today.

Fitness., Health and Wellness.

Happy March 🙂 Join me as I work with Cassie from Blogilates to get fit again. I always put off working out because I’m too tired or busy but if you’ve read this far, you have to join me as well. Since it’s a start of a new month, it’s also a great time to get things started.

Subscribe to her newsletter to get monthly workouts and health tips through out the month.

I love the way she creates them so that you start off slowly and end hard so you don’t have to force yourself from the start.

This month I’m going to be doing this one:

30 day thigh slimming challenge

If you want to focus more on your whole body, do this one:

March 2015 3

Sunday: Bunday (butt)

Monday: Legs & Thighs

Tuesday: Core Crusher

Wednesday: Hump Day HIIT

Thursday: Arms ‘n Back

Friday: Relax ‘n Revive (For stretch day, make sure you download the free Blogilates app and subscribe to the calendar to see my exclusive “Revitalizing Stretch Routine.”)
Read more here.

Enjoy and good luck.

Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups

DIY'S, Health and Wellness., Recipes.

Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved snacking on stuff like Fruit Roll-Up’s but recently I realized that they were filled with so many random and also harmful things for you.

Take a look at the ingredient list in General Mills Fruit Roll-Ups: pears from concentrate, corn syrup, dried corn syrup, sugar, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, citric acid, sodium citrate, acetylated monoglycerides, fruit pectin, dextrose, maltic acid, ascorbic acid, natural flavor and the following food coloring: blue 1, red 40 and yellows 5 and 6.

I mean wouldn’t it just be better to make some of your own? If you’re curious on how to make some then read on:

This recipe is pretty flexible. You have the freedom to pick one fruit or a mix of multiple fruits. You can use fresh, frozen and/or dried fruit. I suggest making a few different trays of fruit at the same time because these won’t last long in your house and though they are VERY simple to make, they do take a long time to set.

  1. Warm the fruit in a pot on the stove and mix it into a puree. If there are seeds in the puree you can pour it into a sieve to get the seeds out.
  2. Spread the puree on a oil-sprayed silpat baking mat or parchment paper (BE SURE to spray! If you don’t it will stick!). [If you’re letting it sit outside you can use plastic wrap]
  3. 1 1/2 cup of fruit puree is enough for 1 baking sheet, and put in the oven on 140°F (or as low as your oven can go. my stove’s lowest temperature is 170). Leave the oven door open a little bit to let the moisture out.
  4. They’re done when the puree isn’t sticky anymore. (You normally need between 5-8 hours depending on the oven and your fruit choices.) [If you live in a warm climate, you can just leave the pan in the sun for the day].
  5. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut them and roll them with wax or parchment paper when they are still warm. Enjoy this healthy alternative.

Some combos you can use:

Yellow: 1 fresh mango, 200 g dried apricots, 1 orange (the juice) (these come out the best!)
Purple: Frozen raspberries, frozen blackberries and 1 banana (these were very seedy, you could replace the raspberries with blueberries)
Green: Kiwi, mango and mint leaves
Blue: Blueberries and grape juice
Red: Strawberries and banana

You can also add spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla pods or mint leaves.

Credit to this lovely lady for coming up with the recipes above.

Enjoy,

50+ Ways to Cure Hiccups

Health and Wellness., Tips.

O1. SWALLOWING METHOD
– Breathe out as much as you can
-Swallow without letting any air out.
-Breathe in more, as far as you can. Do not let any air out!
-Repeat steps two and three as many times as possible. When you feel you can’t swallow anymore, swallow again. You may turn red and make squeaking noises, but keep swallowing and inhaling.
-When you absolutely can’t swallow anymore, exhale all the way.

O2. STOPWATCH METHOD
-Start a stopwatch and click lapse/ split every time you hiccup
-Slowly breathe in until you can hold no more breath, then begin breathing out slowly. Meanwhile imagine that the time difference between each hiccup lengthens.
-Repeat and before you know it, hiccups stop!

O3. SLOW-RELEASE METHOD
-Take in a really big breath, taking in as much air as you can.
-Hold it for 10 seconds than let a little go, not taking any more in.
-Hold it for 5 more and do it again.
-Carry on until you run out of air.
-Repeat 2-3 times.

O4. AMERICAN INDIAN METHOD
-Sit in a chair.
-Close your eyes.
-Very gently press your pointer and middle fingers on both of your eyes simultaneously. Apply the pressure until you see “white specs”.
-Slowly release the pressure.

O5. HOLDING YOUR BREATH AND DRINKING METHOD
-Hold your breath.
-Take 5-10 sips of water. (Be careful, start small if you have a hard time holding your breath for awhile.)
-Exhale slowly.

O6. OPEN-MOUTHED SWALLOWING METHOD
-Open your mouth and keep it open for a couple of minutes.
-If you feel the need to swallow, do so, but try to keep your lips apart when you do.

O7. GULPING METHOD
-Make sure you are not wearing anything tight around your chest. If you are, loosen it.
-Keep gulping every few seconds, especially when you feel a hiccup might be coming. A couple of hiccups might escape, but with continuous gulping, hiccups should be gone within 3 minutes.

O8. DRINKING METHOD 1
-Fill a glass with water.
-Bend over until you are as upside down as possible, then drink the water.
-Don’t stop to breathe! That should cure your hiccups.

O9. DRINKING METHOD 2
-Get a 12 ounce glass of water.
-Hold your nose shut by pinching the sides with your fingers.
-Drink as much water as you can as fast as you can. You should feel your ears pop slightly.
-Repeat the steps, if necessary.

1O. DRINKING METHOD 3
-Get a small glass of water.
-Take a sip of water but do not swallow it.
-Tilt your head back as far as possible and swallow the water. Its harder then drinking normally, but your hiccups should be gone.

11. DRINKING METHOD 4
-Fill a glass of water to the brim.
-With your thumbs, plug your ears.
-With your index fingers, plug your nostrils (squeeze to close).
-With both ears and nostrils plugged, use your remaining free fingers to grasp the glass and raise it to your mouth.
-Drink the entire glass of water without releasing your ears or your nostrils.
-You must finish the entire glass of water without releasing your ears or your nostrils!

12. DRINKING METHOD 5
-Fill two tall 12 oz. glasses with cool water and set them on a table in front of you. The second glass is for just in case you finish the first one, if you really need it.
-Close your eyes and settle yourself. Confidence and positive thinking are important here, so chill out and loosen up.
-Pick up the first glass and wait for a hiccup. Just after it hits, begin drinking slowly, steadily and continuously until the glass is empty.
-Try not to think about hiccuping as you set the empty glass down. Hopefully you will have interrupted the rhythm of the hiccups, but if not then you will have to go to the second glass and repeat the process.
-Drink the second glass of water, slow and steadily, and do your best to remain calm and relaxed. By the time you’ve finished, the hiccups should be gone.

13. DRINKING METHOD 6
-Fill a glass with cool drinking water.
-Get a clean paper towel. (If you have no paper towels, a thin cloth will work.)
-Cover the top of the glass with the paper towel. Fold down the edges of the paper towel to completely wrap the top of the glass. Hold the paper towel in place by grasping the glass in your hand.
-Drink a sip of water through the paper towel.
-One sip is often enough; if not, take a few more sips.

14. DRINKING METHOD 7
-Fill a glass to the brim with room temperature water.
-Slowly drink the entire glass of water by taking very small quick sips. Don’t chug the water and do not remove the glass from your mouth. You should be continuously swallowing small sips of water.
-Slowly drink the entire glass of water by taking very small quick sips. Don’t chug the water and do not remove the glass from your mouth. You should be continuously swallowing small sips of water.

15. DRINKING METHOD 8
-Fill a drinking glass with room temperature water.
-With glass in hand, bend over at your waist.
-Place your lips on the side of the glass opposite that from which you would normally drink. Your bottom lip should be above the lip of the glass where your top lip would normally be, and your top lip should be against the side of the glass against the edge where your bottom lip would normally be.
-Carefully tip the glass away from you and into your mouth.
-Swallow and repeat. Your hiccups should be gone.

16. DRINKING METHOD 9
-Get a bottle of water.
-Instead of drinking normally, drink with your bottom lip in the lower portion of the opening and your top lip over the top. You develop a “vacuum” to keep from spilling or pouring it down your shirt. It doesn’t take much; just a sip or two will work.

17. DRINKING METHOD 1O
-Start with a small glass of water (about 4 ounces).
-Put in about half as much crushed ice as you have water. Make sure that the ice bits are smaller than a pea, or choking may result!
-Drink the water slowly, swallowing the ice bits along with the water. If you encounter large pieces of ice, chew so that they break into pea-sized segments and swallow.
-Take deep breaths in between sips. Inhale and exhale, making sure that the air goes into your lungs, so your cheeks shouldn’t “puff up” and fill with air.
-If that does not work, repeat the above method but this time put in 2 tablespoons of sugar.

18. DRINKING METHOD 11
-Pour about a medium glass of water into a cup.
-Put a metal spoon in the glass with the handle side sticking out. The handle must be out of water.
-Tilt the cup toward your lips like your about to take a sip.
-Make sure the spoon handle is pressing against the area between your eye brows.
-Take a few sips of water while the spoon is pressing against the area between your eyebrows and your hiccups will be gone!

19. DRINKING METHOD 12
-Get a glass of water.
-Take a sip standing upright, but don’t swallow.
-Turn your head upside down and swallow slowly.

2O. DRINKING METHOD 13
-Get a partner and a cup filled with water.
-Stand facing the partner, bent forward at the waist.
-Have your partner tilt the cup to your lips, and drink.

21. STRAW & NOSE PINCH METHOD
-Get a cup filled with a non-carbonated beverage of your choice and a straw.
-Take a deep breath and hold it, and with one hand pinch your nostrils.
-With the other hand, raise the cup to your mouth and swallow as much as you can through the straw while holding your breath.
-Hiccups will be gone by the time you are done drinking.

22. THE 3O-SECOND CURE METHOD
-Start by inhaling through your mouth until your lungs feel full (when it feels like you cannot inhale any more). For overall best results, try to do this as quickly as you can.
-Try to not let any air out before you have completed the steps below.
-Swallow. You are not really swallowing anything but it seems that without this act, it doesn’t work.
-Now inhale some more. You don’t need to inhale a lot, but do get some more air in. It will start to get difficult to do this as you go, but keep trying. You obviously can’t suck in as much air as you did initially, but just a little will do (think of it as taking a “sip” of air).
-Swallow again. This too will become more difficult as you go.
-Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you cannot swallow again. While it seems you can almost always suck in just a little more and the swallowing that gets to be impossible.
-When you feel like you cannot swallow again, swallow again anyway. It will be hard to do, your face will probably turn red, and you may make squeaking sounds. But you can swallow one last time. By this time, your lungs should also be quite full and it should be difficult to get much more air in as well. While you should try not to let any air out, if you have really repeated steps 3 and 4 as many times as you can, you probably will end up letting a little out before you can take that last swallow. If you find that air keeps escaping out of your nose even early in the process, try squeezing it shut with your fingers.
-Exhale.

23. THE TEMPLE METHOD
-Hold in a very big breath.
-Have someone else hold your temples until you feel as though you cannot hold your breath anymore. (If you do it to yourself, then it does not work as well.)

24. BARTENDER METHOD
-Place 4 or 5 drops of Angostora Bitters on a lemon wedge and bite into the wedge, sucking in the juice. Sugar may be added to the lemon to ease the taste. (Don’t do this too often because the acid in the lemon juice is bad for tooth enamel.)
-Repeat until the hiccups stop.

25. STRAW METHOD
-Get a glass of water and two straws.
-Put one straw inside the glass as usual and the other straw pressed up against the side of the glass on the outside.
-Put both straws in your mouth at once, drink the water like you would normally, taking as big of gulps as possible.
-Drink a couple of gulps and then your hiccups should be gone.

26. STRETCHING METHOD
-Stand upright with your feet hip-width apart.
-Lock one thumb in the palm of your other hand with fingertips outstretched.
-Lift your chin, look up and stretch your arms over your head (reach for the sky).
-Pull your abs in as if trying to let your pants fall off your hips.
-Breathe deeply several times.

27. SUGAR METHOD
-Take a spoon and fill it with brown sugar.
-Hold the spoon in your mouth for five seconds.
-Swallow.
-Take a sip of water.
-Repeat until hiccups are gone.

28. ALTERNATIVE SUGAR METHOD
-Fill a tablespoon of sugar.
-Put the spoon in your mouth and slide the sugar off into it.
-Let the sugar dissolve, do not chew or swallow.
-When it all has pretty much dissolved (should take 15 or so seconds) you can swallow it. Hiccups should be gone.

29. AIRLINE ATTENDANT METHOD (Not recommended if you have back problems!)
-Find a straight-backed chair and sit down with your back fully pressed into the back of the chair.
-Slowly bend over in the tuck position with your arms crossed over your body – the same way you would when instructed by an airline stewardess to “get in the crash position”. Do this until you feel slightly uncomfortable.
-Slowly squeeze your arms and try to squeeze your body and hold your breath for 5 to 10 seconds, and release.
-Stay in the same position but relax then repeat this procedure again at least 2 to 3 times. Then slowly sit back up.

3O. BALANCED BODY METHOD
-Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, knees bent, arms relaxed.
-Close your eyes, and become aware of subtle forces on your body.
-Allow your body to sway with the forces, arms floating and drifting.
-Do this for 5-10 seconds, which is usually enough. Watching someone else do it also works.

31. BREATHING METHOD 1
-Break the rhythm. Hiccups happens at certain intervals (in rhythm). Try holding your breath or consciously not hiccuping to throw off the rhythm.

32. BREATHING METHOD 2
-Lean back in a chair and get comfortable.
-Slowly breathe in until you feel like you can’t inhale any more, trying to get a feel for extending the breath down towards your abdomen. You are trying to stretch your diaphragm to interrupt the hiccups.
-Hold your breath for 30 seconds.
-Exhale slowly until your lungs are empty.
-Repeat 4 to 5 times or until you feel better.
-Slowly bring your chair back forward as you exhale your 4th or 5th time of this exercise.

33. BREATHING METHOD 3
-Inhale and exhale once slowly. As you exhale, push as much air out as possible (until your body forces you to inhale again).
-Inhale deeply and stick out your tongue.
-Hold your breath and your nose for 40 seconds with your fingers in your ears.
-Exhale slowly.
-If you feel as if it is not going to work, try again. After all, 3 times is the charm.

34. BREATHING METHOD 4
-Imagine breathing in a figure eight. As the out-breath reaches the end, slow the breath and twist it around so that it becomes the in-breath. Then simply create a figure eight of continuous breath.
-The hiccups will subside almost immediately. It usually works within 10 cycles.

35. BREATHING METHOD 5
-Hold your breath for as long as you can. If you hiccup any time during this, start over.
-When you feel like you can no longer hold your breath (CO2 is building up in your lungs, but you still have a lot of air left), let it out slowly for ten seconds, counting in your head.
-Do not inhale during these ten seconds, but if you run out of breath, just skip to 1 and finish.

36. BREATHING METHOD 6
-Take a deep breath and hold it.
-Plug your nose and close your mouth.
-Now begin to move your diaphragm as if you were breathing in and out rapidly.
-Exhale once the hiccups disappear or you need more air.
-Repeat if hiccups persist.

37. BURPING METHOD
-Swallow some air until you burp.
-Burp.
-Repeat until hiccups are gone.

38. COUGHING METHOD
-Count the amount of time between hiccups.
-Around the time a hiccup should be coming up, or when you feel it coming up, cough loudly and/or scream!
-Repeat 3 or 4 times.

39. PICKLE JUICE METHOD
-Drink about a half a teaspoon of pickle juice every 7-10 seconds until your hiccups stop.

4O. EAR METHOD 1
-Drink a normal-sized gulp of water, but don’t swallow! Leave the water in your mouth.
-Pull down both your earlobes.
-Tilt your head back.
-Swallow. It works!

41. EAR METHOD 2
-Have someone cover your ears with their hands, applying pressure, but not enough to cause pain.
-Drink a glass of water normally. This works great!

42. EAR METHOD 3
-Place your thumbs on the little flap in front of the ear canal (called the tragus) and press inward, closing the canal.
-Close your nose with your pinkie fingers.
-Close your eyes, then take a deep breath and hold it as long as possible.
-Try and breathe normally after coming out of the exercise. The natural reaction is to breathe hard or pant.

43. THE MONEY METHOD
-If you are with a friend who has hiccups, wait until they hiccup.
-Tell him or her you will give pay $20 for a hiccup right now. The author of this suggestion has been doing this for years and has never had to part with his money!

44. PEANUT BUTTER METHOD
-Get a big tablespoon of peanut butter.
-Put it in your mouth and hold it for 5 seconds.
-Swallow the peanut butter without chewing.
Alternatively you can use Almond Butter or Nutella. Anything with a sticky gooey consistency similar to PB of which you can eat a tablespoon.

45. NECK METHOD
-Breathe inwards quickly until you cannot do so anymore.
-Look downwards so your neck is bent.
-like this for 10-20 seconds.
-to normal position, and think of the air staying down in your lungs. This disrupts the hiccup cycle, and you will no longer have hiccups!

46. STOMACH METHOD
-Suck in your stomach as much as you can for about 10 seconds.
-Release the air very quickly.
-Repeat.

47. COUGHING METHOD
-Stick out your pointer fingers straight in front of you, try to get them as close as possible, but not touching each-other. Try not to become distracted.
-Count silently.
-Hold your breath. Do not let out until you have reached 30 or 40, or it will get worse or stay the same. Between intervals, make sure to breathe evenly.

48. PENCIL METHOD
-Get a pencil and bite down on it, so that it’s sitting horizontally between your teeth.
-Drink a glass of water with the pencil still in your mouth.
-Drink as much of the water as you can without the pencil falling out. You do not have to drink the whole glass, just a couple sips will do.

49. TONGUE METHOD
-Stick your tongue out.
-Hold it with your hand if you need to.
-Keep your tongue stuck out for several minutes.

5O. TONGUE ROLL-BACK METHOD
-Point your tongue back towards your throat.
-Hold it for as long as required.
-Maintain the position throughout.

For more techniques, please go to:
http://www.wikihow.com/Cure-Hiccups
[Credit to that website ^]

Hope these helped,

DIY: Banana Face Masks.

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

LUSH | Oatifix face mask...but i DIY at home as its that simple to make!I know a lot of you guys out there don’t really like bananas but it can do wonders for your face. Bananas are full of beneficial nutrients for skin. They contain vitamin C and antioxidants that are fabulous for softening wrinkles and conditioning skin.

Banana peels are a great solution for reducing the inflammation associated with psoriasis and eczema. The peel also exfoliates skin removing loose, flaky skin simultaneously nourishing it with antioxidants and minerals. Simply store a banana skin in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three uses.

Here are a few easy face masks for you to try:

Getting rid of wrinkles//

  • Rub a fresh banana peel onto your skin to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines. The antioxidants and acids will loosen flaky dead skin cells revealing smoother and fresher-looking skin.

Getting rid of acne\pimples//

  • Bananas are effective when used as an acne mask. They’re high in potassium which suffocates the bacteria in cells, helping blemishes heal faster. They also have anti-bacterial properties so when combined with honey, essential oils like tea tree, neem and lavender, it can make a simple but powerful acne mask.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 mashed banana
  2. 2 to 3 drops tea tree, neem and/or lavender oil (If you don’t have essential oils handy use a squeeze of lemon or lime juice and a pinch of baking soda or turmeric powder)
  3. 1 tablespoon honey
  4. (OPTIONAL) Add a tablespoon of unsweetened yogurt to boost this recipe

Instructions:

Mix together well and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Stir and apply to skin leaving on for ten minutes before washing off. You can leave the remaining mixture in an airtight container in the fridge overnight and use again in the morning.  Lemon juice stops the mixture going brown.

Getting rid of itchy\irritated skin//

  • Bananas combined with the soothing properties of oatmeal can make a great mask used to soothe inflamed itchy skin.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 mashed banana
  2. 1 teaspoon of oatmeal (pre-soaked in a little water or calming cooled chamomile tea)
  3. 1 tablespoon honey
  4. (OPTIONAL) Few drops of lavender essential oil

Instructions:

Mix together well and apply to skin leaving on for ten minutes before washing off.

Getting rid of dry skin//

  • This is a very moisturizing banana face mask recipe that is full of benefits for your skin and is worth the effort.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 mashed banana
  2. 1 teaspoon of almond, avocado or olive oil
  3. 1 tablespoon honey
  4. (OPTIONAL) Add a tablespoon of coconut cream
  5. (OPTIONAL) 1 tablespoon mashed avocado

Instructions:

Mix together well and apply to skin leaving on for ten minutes before washing off.

Have fun,

Getting softer skin in 20 minutes.

Beauty., DIY'S, Etc., Health and Wellness., Uncategorized

Who doesn’t want soft skin? Here’s a quick, easy and chemical-free way to touch up your skin once in a while.

What you need//

  1. Salt or sugar
  2. Water
  3. Towel
  4. Moisturizer
  5. Olive oil.

// Rub the oil onto the area of skin.
Pour a little bit of olive oil onto the area and rub it well. You can rub it by massaging in circular movements.

// Exfoliate the area with salt or sugar.
Put a generous amount of salt onto the skin area and scrub. Don’t be rough or you might hurt your skin. But don’t be afraid of scrub well. It’s important because this step removes dead skin.

//Leave it in for 10 minutes.
This step takes patience. You can scrub while you’re waiting. But be careful, because if you don’t leave it in for 1O minutes, you’re skin won’t be soft :c

// Wash the mixture off.
Preferably with lukewarm water. Note: don’t wash with soap or a cleanser. Why? it’s good to leave some olive oil in to keep the skin soft. And you can use the towel.

// Moisturize.
Get a healthy amount of moisturizer. Also, rub it into the skin area. But rub it in well, to make sure it makes the maximum effect.

That’s it 🙂

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Top 10 foods for your abs.

Health and Wellness., Tips.

1// Berries : Fiber is one of the best things to eat, especially when trying to lose weight. It can help regulate your digestive system and make you feel fresh and healthy. Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are all great picks.

2// Turkey : This is a superb lean protein. You can just buy slices and either snack on them or add them into a sandwich and it’ll keep you full and satisfied. It’s very lean, high in protein, and low in calories.

3// Almonds, peanuts and other nuts. : Fabulous source of protein and not to mention extremely delicious! But be careful, too much can add on more than half of what you need for your daily caloric intake. To reduce overeating, carry a limited amount in a Ziploc bag or small container so you don’t keep grabbing them from a jar.

4// Eggs : Eggs are so great because they’re loaded with protein to keep you full and satisfied. I love them poached or sunny-side up, with a dash of salt. Be careful about fried eggs, and scrambled eggs. They can add up grams of fat that you don’t need. Or, I love them in omelets, with fresh cilantro or something. Boiled eggs are good too.

5// Low-fat Dairy: Researchers believe that eating low-fat dairy can help increase the way your body breaks down fats. Not to mention it’s delicious! Try skim cheese sticks, low-fat milk, or low-fat yogurt.

6// Veggies/Spinach : I go through little phases where I just snack on vegetable trays or raw vegetables and even though I might not like all of them I try to always remind myself that it’ll make me more fit and make my skin clear. I like to eat cucumbers, bell peppers, celery, carrots, etc. They help supply your daily needs for vitamins, and can help keep you full. I know some people don’t enjoy them, but they are a food that is really important for overall health. EAT YOUR VEGGIES! 🙂

7// Apples : Apples are loaded with fiber, so you feel full, like berries. An apple a day keeps the doctor away 🙂

8// Salmon : Excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids. They promote a faster metabolism, and helps curb cravings by improving your glucose/insulin response.

9// Peanut Butter : This is good for the same reason why nuts are good for you. A good source of healthy fats. But buy the all natural, it is better for you; less artificial flavor.

10// Oatmeal : Studies show that oatmeal is more filling than other dry cereal. Add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and a little low-fat milk to give it flavor. I usually add in crasins, any frozen fruit really, dates and bananas. (obviously not all together)

Stay healthy,

Getting rid of split ends.

Health and Wellness., Tips.

Things You’ll Need//

  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Pair of hair scissors
  • Leave in conditioner and/or hair detangler
  • Regular hair trims
  • Conditioner
  • Weekly hair mask
  • Proper hairbands (if used)
  1. Identify whether you have split ends in your hair. The scientific name for them is Trichoptilosis, a longitudinal splitting of the hair fiber, and there are several types:
    • The generic end split
    • Splits occurring multiple times up the same strand of hair
    • A split occurring in the middle of the hair strand that will appear as a hole if the strand is bunched up
  2. Cut a snip of hair off. Cut no more than 1/4 or inch. You can do this as much as you want depending on how bad your hair is.
    • Single strand knots (not really split ends) which occur most often in dry, curly hair
  3. Get your hair cut regularly, meaning every six to eight weeks. All hair gets damaged after a while. Get a trim of at least 1/4 to 1 inches, and you should have solved the problem. It will remove split ends and keep your hair healthy and growing strong. Note that you really only need to trim when you have splits on the ends of the hair, so your schedule may vary with your hair type, how you treat your hair, and your style goals.
  4. Cut them yourself between haircuts using a pair of hair shears. Cut about 1/4″ above the split of a single strand; there may even be a small ball above the split. If you don’t cut above the damage, the split will reappear.
  5. Don’t rely on products that claim to “heal” split ends. They can seal the split end to help it look healthier, but they aren’t reversing the damage. These products can however help prevent future damage to otherwise healthy hair.

Prevention

Here are some of the ways hair is damaged everyday and how to prevent damage from these factors and in turn split ends.

Chemicals//
Most kinds of chemicals are going to damage your hair to some extent. Chemicals from getting a perm, having your hair highlighted, colored, etc., or even chlorine in bath or pool water all count.Try to steer clear of chemicals. Natural hair is beautiful. If you absolutely must color your hair, search for the gentlest coloring agent you can find. If you are going to be using chemicals on your hair, be sure to condition your hair more often.

Protect your hair before swimming in a pool, ocean, or lake. This could include: using a leave-in conditioner, oiling your hair, or using a swim cap. Rinsing your hair thoroughly before swimming will also help it absorb less chemicals. Be sure to rinse and shampoo your hair as soon as possible after swimming.

Find out if the water you use to wash your hair is harmful//
There can be damaging chemicals in the water you wash your hair with…mainly chlorine. There are filters that will reduce the amount of chlorine in your water.
High concentrations of calcium carbonate can make your water “hard”. If you are in the USA you can check this map to see how hard the water in your area is. A water softening system will be most beneficial to your hair if you live in a hard water area.

Brushing and Combing//
Many people don’t realize just how fragile the ends of hair are. Being too rough with a brush or comb, or brushing or combing too often can damage your hair.
Stop teasing or back combing your hair. This is the most damaging type of brushing. It pulls up the scales of your hair and when you comb/brush that section again the scales break off.

Find a hair friendly comb and/or brush. If you have thicker hair you may need to use a pick or wide-toothed comb. Combs in general are more gentle. Your brush or comb should aid you in untangling your hair, not pulling it out.

Never over brush. 100 brushstrokes is not necessary, and may lead to more splits than anything else.

Comb the hair gently. Start at the bottom and work your way up. When you encounter a tangle, don’t rip the comb/brush through it, stop and untangle with your fingers and then proceed. You have to be extremely gentle while untangling wet hair. Curly hair types may require combing the hair when it is still wet.

The Sun//
Protect your hair from the Sun. Ultraviolet rays can be as damaging to your hair as your skin.
Wear a hat. If your hair is super long and/or thick, be sure to get a hat that you will be able to fit all your hair into (preferably in a bun).

Look for conditioners that contain sunscreen or mix sunscreen and conditioner together and leave that in your hair.

Washing and Drying

Incorrect washing and washing with shampoos that are too harsh or contain certain ingredients can be damaging to your hair. Rubbing your hair with a towel to dry it can cause nasty damage to your hair. Using a hairdryer on your hair too often will also cause damage.
Buy a good shampoo and conditioner and experiment with what works best with your hair. This may include not washing it everyday–possibly conditioning it will suffice.

Wash your hair properly. It is best to only wash the scalp hair and leave the length to hang down your back…the length should not be piled on top of your head. When you rinse the shampoo out of your hair, the shampoo will run down the length, that is as much washing as the ends of your hair need. Conditioner should then be applied to the length to soak for a while before rinsing out. Hot water strips away moisture so rinse your hair with the coolest water you can stand.

Deep condition regularly. If your conditioner regimen isn’t working, try a “deep condition” once or twice a month. This involves putting a leave-in conditioner or oil on your hair and leaving it in for a while. Oils like jojoba and coconut oil are fantastic for this.

Dry hair gently. Vigorously rubbing your hair dry with a towel is not a good idea. Dripping wet hair should be gently squeezed with a towel to get rid of the excess water. Once the excess water is removed, it is best to let your hair air dry naturally.

Tone down the drying. If you are using a dryer or hot tongs regularly, your hair will start to show some damage–the hot air removes moisture from your hair. Using too hot a setting or holding the dryer too close to your hair will also cause damage.
Tips&& Warnings
For oily hair try washing your scalp with a gentle shampoo and use a light conditioner on the length on a daily basis.

For curly hair you have to be very gentle. Let your hair air dry if you live in a warmer arid climate. Use a blow dryer on medium to low with a diffuser if you live a cooler more humid climate. Comb out tangles in the shower while you still have conditioner in your hair.

For dry hair try these tips. Do not dry your hair all the way, it tends to dry it out more. Use coconut, avocado, or jojoba oil overnight as a deep conditioning treatment.

Eat a balanced diet. Getting all the vitamins and sufficient protein will ensure that your body produces the healthiest hair possible. Vitamins sold at drugstores can also help increase growth.

Do not cut your hair without the proper tools. A good majority of the general population do not have scissors sharp enough for cutting hair. Buy a pair of hair-cutting scissors, and use them only for hair. Dull scissors will only encourage the hair to split further.

Be sure not to fall into the bad habit of taking a section of your ponytail in each hand below the hair band and pulling the two sections apart to tighten the ponytail. This is equivalent to back brushing and very damaging!

Do not straighten or curl your hair everyday once every two weeks or maybe even once a month depending upon your requirement.

Good luck,

DIY natural energy drinks.

DIY'S, Health and Wellness., Recipes., Uncategorized

Hey guys, so there are a lot of energy drinks out there that promise so many hours of energy in just one bottle, but they can be very dangerous if you drink too many. If you want a less processed way to get energy, make one of these!

The Fire Hydrant

  • water
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

The lemon helps your body maintain a healthy pH level. The cayenne pepper raises your energy naturally and protects your heart. Combine this with the water you need to stay hydrated!

 

The Quick Fix//

  • 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons honey (for taste)
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric

Cut off two thin slices of ginger and add it a mug of hot water. Use a garlic press to juice the rest, and add it into the water along with the spices and stir. Ginger and turmeric speeds up metabolism and increased circulation. Cardamom speeds up your metabolism and boosts energy. Honey is one of the best sugars for your body.

 

The Heavy Lifter//

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds or 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 scoop of whey protein powder
  • 2 washed kale leaves
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 cup milk

A morning energy smoothie is a good way to make sure you start off your day fueled. Pair this with a slice of whole grain toast, and you’ve got the perfect breakfast!

Stay pumped,

Want to DeTox your body and look/feel so much better?

Freebies., Health and Wellness.

This AMAZING tea has become my life blood ❤️

Well it’s like $6 a box ha ha so not really. #doilooklikebillgates smh for 16 tea bags BUT it is from Europe and it really is worth it.

Just after 1 I seriously think it’s magic, it made my skin more radiant and my body just looked better and I was filled with so much energy for days. I defiantly recommend it to everyone. Get a free sample here. (get it from All-new or Well Being to get the DeTox sample)

You can buy it online or any store near you. (For me it was Kroger and Target)

Any of the DeTox teas are great but the Berry one (above) tastes the best.

Good luck,

14 ways to get rid of acne scars

Beauty., Health and Wellness.

1//Castor Oil
Castor oil can be used as both a blemish-fighter and a natural facial wash for acne. It’s best to apply the purest form of the oil to your skin. Lather on a layer and allow it to settle on your face for a minute or two before rinsing it off with warm water. You can use many of the natural toners listed above made from apple cider vinegar or rosewater for an effective treatment that will make your skin glow. Castor oil can also be combined with a little baking soda to create an exfoliating mask that can clear up blackheads and lift them from your skin before they have a chance to form scars. For internal treatment, add a little castor oil to your juice or tea to cleanse the colon and keep acne from forming.

2// Oregano Oil
Oil of oregano is a potent antibacterial agent that can get rid of breakouts in just a few days. The oil also helps to even skin tone. Since the oil is pretty strong, it’s best to mix it with a little witch hazel to use as a toner after washing the face with a mild cleanser. You can also add fresh oregano to your food to fight bacteria inside of the body that could lead to breakouts.

3// Tea Tree Oil
To get rid of blackheads and whiteheads, apply tea tree oil combined with witch hazel to your face. The oil will quickly remove impurities and even the skin tone. It can be used in place of benzyl peroxide to dry up pimples and achieve glowing skin.

4// Lavender Oil
Lavender is a soothing oil that relaxes both your mind and your complexion. Diluting the oil in water or olive oil makes an effective natural moisturizer that makes acne blemishes fade in a short amount of time. A mixture of lavender oil, tea tree oil and witch hazel also helps to clear the skin and fights off breakouts all day under makeup. You can also mix rosewater and lavender oil and spray the solution on your pillow to, you can fight acne scars and breakouts while you’re sleeping.

5// Yogurt
The live enzymes in yogurt help to remove impurities from the skin and lighten the complexion. Plain, sugar-free yogurt is best for getting rid of acne scars. Just spread yogurt into the affected areas of your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes. You can also add egg whites or avocado to the yogurt to make the skin soft and supple while making your pores smaller. Taking acidophilus supplements can also get rid of blemishes while helping to improve digestion. Acidophilus is one of the main probiotics and yogurt and can help to tone the skin.

6// Fenugreek
Fenugreek leaves can be combined with water and made into a paste to help get rid of acne scars. Leave the mixture on your skin for about half an hour before rinsing it off with a mild cleanser. Fenugreek can also be taken in tea form and is especially effective when you add a little cinnamon to help reduce inflammation. The herb not only helps to rid the skin of scars, but can balance blood sugar to keep breakouts from forming.

7// Lemon Juice
When you want to naturally lighten your skin in certain spots, lemon juice can help. Just squeeze a little of the juice onto a cotton ball and swipe across the skin after cleansing your face. Leave the lemon juice on your face for about ten minutes and rinse with cool water to seal your pores. The citric acid in the juice will help to reduce inflammation and prevent deep acne scarring.

8// Honey
Honey is antibacterial and can help to get rid of skin blemishes. Simply add a little honey to acne scars and leave the sweet ingredient on the skin for about 15 minutes before rinsing with cool water. Honey and yogurt can also be combined to create a facial mask that will help to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles and balance the moisture in your skin. To make an even more potent honey mask, add a little lemon juice to the yogurt and honey. Leave it on your face for about 10 minutes before rinsing with cool water and patting your skin dry.

9// Olive Oil
Olive oil is a natural moisturizer that helps to protect the skin from free radicals. The oil can also reduce facial swelling and lighten scars from previous breakouts. Use olive oil as a night cream to both get rid of acne scars and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

10// Ice Cubes
Ice cubes are a practical way to eliminate the swelling that comes with breakouts. Applying ice cubes to the face at the first sign of a large pimple can also prevent a scar from forming. Wrap the ice in a washcloth and apply the cloth to the face for two or three minutes at a time for best results.

11// Rosewater
Rosewater is a gentle cleanser that clears breakouts and eliminates fine lines. The antiseptic properties of rose water to reduce scars and blemishes on the skin, and you can add a few drops of essential oil like lavender or tea tree oil to the rosewater for an all-natural facial toner that protects the skin against future breakouts.

12// Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera gel can cut down on the redness that comes from acne and lighten scars from past acne breakouts. You can apply the gel directly to your face, particularly after spending time in the sun, to get new blemishes from forming. Aloe gel can also be used as a natural night cream for a more youthful and radiant complexion

13// Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a potent antibacterial ingredient that can get rid of whiteheads right away. You can apply the vinegar directly to your face with a cotton ball or mix it with a little tea tree oil for even more antiseptic power. Apple cider can also be taken internally to help cleanse the colon and balance blood sugar, which makes your skin much less prone to breakouts.

14// Baking Soda
Baking soda is potent enough to dry up existing pimples and keep new ones from developing. Simply mix baking soda with a little water to create a paste and apply the solution to your face. Leave the mask on for about 10 minutes and rinse gently with tepid water. The exfoliating action of the baking soda gently removes dirt and oil while eliminating dark spots. You can also add egg whites to this natural facial mask to help tighten the pores and prevent free radicals from harming your complexion.

Good luck,

Staying well in the winter.

Health and Wellness., Tips.

Sorry this post has come up so late but I’ve been putting it off for a while as I kept on adding more things and then I was like you know what? Let me just put up what I’ve got, so here it is.

The change of season, basically flu season, get’s to almost everyone. Here’s my tip on soothing a sore throat.

Get a Humidifier
The heat causes your nose to become really dry so sleep with a humidifier on ether

Eat the right medicine
If you blow your nose and clear snot comes out then you have allergies. Take an allergy pill/ medicine instead of the regular Tylenol/Motrin/etc. If you blow your nose and yellow/green mucus comes out, it means you have a cold. This means you should eat a type of Acetaminophen/Tylenol/etc.

Wear Socks
When you go to bed or just when you’re feeling cold in general wear socks. Majority of the time when you feel cold it’s because your feet is cold, so if you cover your feet 60% of your body you will feel warm again.

Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize
All the harsh cold air from outside and the heaters inside will cause your skin to get super dry. If you don’t moisturize, you’ll break out from and get super dry. Your body will send out oils to help balance out your skin which will then make it oily, so moisturize your face and if you have time, your body, in the morning, evening and night time. If you don’t have time to moisturize your body, do it at least 3-4 times a week or else your skin might get so dry that you might get eczema. (If you do get it, use this, it works really nicely.) If you have oily skin you can find lotions that are oil free for example this gel (I use this in the summer tho since my skin gets oily then and it’s great).So try to keep your face to moisturize as much as you can

Drink/eat a lot of Vatamin C filled things
Your immune system is really weak during the winter and you need as much vitamin C as you can to prevent yourself from getting sick. Something you can invest in is Emmerce-C. It’s really odd tasting but in the end it’ll be work it.

Fill your diet with anything and everything healthy
This will help nourish your body and keep it from breaking out, and will help you fight any sicknesses that hit you.

Try to avoid sharing things with others
Everyone has germs and many people are sick and some you may not even know about. So if you want to avoid catching random sicknesses than you shouldn’t share things like cups, chapsticks, etc.

Use hand sanitizers and wash your hands often
In the winter, viruses are EVERYWHERE and unless you want to stay sick for weeks I suggest you keep up with this. Make sure to mosturize a lot as well after this because hand sanitizers strip away the skins much needed oils and that makes your skin even drier than it was before.

Stay healthy,

Getting healthy nails.

Beauty., Health and Wellness., Tips.

1// Clean your nails

  • You should always keep your nails clean. Wash your hands with soap and clean inside of your nails in case you have dirt or anything inside them (you don’t want people seeing your nails and getting grossed out do you?)

2//Trim your nails

  • Thoroughly clean the inner part of your nails before clipping them
  • Its best to keep your nails short because then it looks neat, stays clean, breaks less easily and is also easier to manage
  • Try to cut your nails all the same length and size
  • After your done cutting your nails file them so that they aren’t rough or sharp.

3// Lotion

  • Just like your hands get dry your nails get dry too so just rub on some lotion on and around your nails so the skin doesn’t come of and the area around it stays healthy.

4//Nail Biting

  • I should have put this first. this is a problem for a lot of people its a really bad habit and can really ruin your nails
  • If you need help to stop biting your nails try putting on nail polish or chewing gum so you don’t have to put your nails in your mouth ( sounds nasty when you say it like that)

5//Vaseline

  • Vaseline isn’t just for your lips its helps with cracks dry skin and your nails.
  • Put some on your nails everyday so they can get stronger.

6//Water

  • Water is really goood for your nails
  • So drink a lot of water and when you wash your hands make sure you wash your nails too

7// Food

  • If you consume a lot of calcium rich foods your nails get stronger and wont chip as often, so eat lots of cheese ,yogurt, ice cream..etc

8// Capsules

  • There are many vitamins which can promote nail growth and make them healthier. Honestly I haven’t tried them myself to say if they work but it won’t hurt to try. In several studies though, researchers found that supplements of biotin increased nail thickness and prevented splitting and breaking. Here is an example of one:

9// Don’t mess around with your cuticles

  • DO NOT cut them too often unless they’re overgrown and you NEED to because your cuticles are barriers which protect your nails from bacteria and stuff so if you cut them too close you might get an infection like: (&& that’s not pretty)

10//Limit getting too many professional manicures done

  • Your nails might feel and look nice for a while but eventually over time your nails will become brittle and dry because of all the chemicals applied to them.
  • The tools they use are also used on thousands of other people and doing manicures at home will reduce the rick of infection.

11// Apply cuticle oil

  • If your nails are prone to breaking that means they need moisture and putting oil around the cuticle helps moisturize your nails which will reduce breaking.

12// Try not to use Acetone-based nail polish removers

  • We all know how hard it can be to remove glitter nail polish and acetone might be an easy way to do it but never fear, Aisha is here (lol I should stop)
    • Before applying any glitter/hard to remove polish apply a base coat of Elmers glue or any basic white school glue and let it dry. Once it’s dry, apply the nail polish. Whenever you want to take it off just pick on it a little and it should peel right off.

13// Don’t over wash your hands

  • I know I mentioned above that water is good for your nails but drinking wise. If you wash your hands more than you need to, it’ll wash away natural oils and those are essential for keeping your nails healthy.
    • If you really need to wash your hands a lot just make sure to moisturize as often as you can.

14// File your nails right

  • When you file your nails to often it’ll cause the layers to peels but when you do, file them in one direction not back and forth to help reduce breakage.

&& Don’t forget that your toenails are just as important.

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,

21 tips & tricks for healthy hair.

Etc., Health and Wellness., Random, Tips.

Lately, I have been struggling to fix my hair because of the recent change of season. I found these tips on some notebook of mine from I have no idea where and I wanted to share tips and tricks to keep your hair nice and pretty.

1// As we all know, humidity enters hair, especially curly hair and changes the curl pattern. This leaves hair frizzy and full of flyaways. After shampooing, apply a leave-in humidity-fighting product or a drop of regular conditioner to fix your hair. Don’t rinse it out.

2// Too much chlorine isnt good for your hair. To keep locks in peak form, rinse your hair with fresh water as soon as possible after you swim.

3// Use gel to tame your hair if it looks wacky when you have just woken up.

4// Using the wrong brush can really ruin your “do”. To add fullness to straight hair, use a jumbo round brush. To straighten wavy hair, try a half-round styling brush or paddle brush. Never brush curly hair, scrunch your curls with your fingers instead.

5// Let your hair air-dry sometimes or as often as you can and have split-ends trimmed often.

6// Your diet does affect your hair. Choose nutritious foods for nutritious hair

7// The wrong styling product, or too much product, can really make a mess of your hair. less is more!

8// If your hair is curly, don’t use shampoos designed to add volume. Read labels and pick your cleansing products with care.

9// Baby-fine hair can cause any look to go limp- especially in the heat. Opt for a great cut.

10// If you recently changed your hairstyle, you may have some trouble working with it at first. get some ideas from the stylist before leaving the salon.

11// There are hair vitamins available at your local vitamin store that will help promote healthier and stronger hair.

12// Shampooing everyday is not good for your hair; it removes natural oils that your hair needs to maintain its shine.

13// Conditioning your hair is very important. never put conditioner on the scalp. Instead, apply it about 2-3 inches from the scalp down through to the ends. Keep a wide-tooth comb in the shower so you can avoid snarls and tangling.

14// If you use flat irons, curling irons, etc. You must use conditioner to prevent damaged hair.

15// Avoid tight styles like ponytails. They will cause breakage.

16// Never use a rubber band. Use cloth-covered bands as a replacement.

17// Avoid over exposure to the sun. If you cant avoid it, use a leave-in conditioner and spray it through your hair.

18// Limit your use of flat irons, curling irons, or blow dryers

19// You can fight frizzy hair with a silicone based serum. They are non-greasy and usually contain added vitamins.

20// Do not brush on a wet hair. Your hair is at its weakest point when wet and it will severely damage it.

21// Don’t shampoo your hair everyday because if you do, just like your skin, more oils will be given out to keep things balanced so try limiting it to every other day.

More of my hair tips.

Good luck,

Best foods to BOOST your brain.

Health and Wellness., Tips.

You surely are what you eat, and YES, your diet can make you smarter! Research shows that what you eat is one of the most powerful influences on everyday brain skills.

The following foods keep brain cells healthy:

1// Fatty fish
Seafood like salmon, albacore tuna, mackerel, and sardines are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, powerful and versatile nutrients that are essential for a healthy mind.

Eat it: At least twice a week

2// Leafy green vegetables

broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, bok choy, and brussels sprouts are filled with antioxidants like vitamin C and plant compounds called carotenoids, which are particularly powerful brain protectors.

While all antioxidants (from a variety of plants) are good for your brain, these cruciferous veggies are especially effective.

Eat it: Daily, as part of a well-rounded mix of other colorful veggies.

3//  Avocado, Oils, Nuts, and Seeds

They all contain another important antioxidant: vitamin E.

Eat it: Frequently; shoot for 15 mg of E a day, the equivalent of 2 ounces of almonds.

4// Chocolate

Sweeten your brain-boosting diet with the dark kind (at least 70% cocoa); it contains flavonoids, another class of antioxidants that some research links to brain health. Other flavonoid-rich foods include apples, red and purple grapes, red wine, onions, tea, and beer.

Eat it: Frequently, as part of a healthy total calorie intake. Up to half an ounce daily has also been shown to lower blood pressure.

5// Curry

Go for Thai or Indian takeout; these cuisines often use the potent spice known to fight inflammation. Studies have shown that curry’s active ingredient, curcumin, actually clears away Alzheimer’s-causing proteins in the brain.

Eat it: As an ingredient in pasta sauces, salad dressings, or meat marinades.

6// Berries

Research indicates these antioxidant powerhouses may protect your brain, although the mechanism isn’t fully understood. Some scientists think they help to build healthy connections between brain cells.

Eat them: Daily, added to yogurt, oatmeal, or cereal for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

7// Whole grains

Fiber-rich oatmeal, oat bran, brown rice, and so on help stabilize blood glucose (sugar) levels. Your body digests these simple sugars quickly, so you have a sudden energy spike. Since glucose is the brain’s main source of fuel, it’s important to keep levels steady

Eat them: Daily, aiming for 25 grams of fiber; fruits, vegetables, and beans are other good sources.

8// Water

Every cell in your body needs water to thrive, and your brain cells are no exception; in fact, about three-quarters of your brain is water.

Drink it: Throughout the day; aim to sip 6 to 8 glasses total.

9// Coffee

Caffeine is a substance wherein the dose makes the poison: In excess, it can cause brain fog, but in moderate amounts, caffeine can improve attention span, reaction time, and other brain skills.

Drink it: Daily, limiting caffeine intake to 300 to 400 mg; an 8-ounce cup of coffee has around 100 mg.

Good luck,

Ways to make your hair look longer.

Beauty., Etc., Health and Wellness., Tips.

There are plenty of tricks for longer hair you definitely need to know. Extensions may be one of them, true enough, but they are not the only magically fast hair growth trick in the book. Here are a few other tips and tricks:

1// Straighten it.

Wondering how to make hair look longer? Well, your favorite straightener just might be everything you’ll need to make it happen! Girls with curly hair should really see a huge difference although you can count on your hair appearing longer even if it was only wavy or almost straight to begin with. Due to its smooth texture, picture-perfect, straightened hair not only looks longer but shinier too!

2// Pull it up.

Unusual? Maybe! But it works like a charm! Your shoulder length hair will look much longer and more voluminous if you tease the bottom part and twist it into a chignon or put it up into a glamorous bun using a bun sponge as a base. Don’t ask me why, don’t ask me how but trust me – this is one of those tricks for longer hair that really works!

3// Braid it.

Thinking about radically changing your hairstyle? Why not opt for micro-braids? This interesting hairstyle provides endless possibilities in terms of styling and can even be used to fake a super fast hair growth! Simply purchase synthetic hair of desired length (and fear not as synthetic is actually best for braids) and have your hairstylist braid those strands with your own! Voila! These braids will keep looking great well over a month, allowing you to not only enjoy the added length but keep your own hair protected as well.

4// Consider clip extentions.

Safe, relatively budget-friendly and incredibly easy to use, clip in extensions are the perfect answer to a question that has been troubling us all at some point – how to make hair look longer instantly? You can opt for very real-looking synthetic hair in case you’re not planning on using them a lot or purchase a set made with real hair that can be curled, washed and maintained just as your own tresses. Clip in, clip out – how easier can it get? I’m giving them thumbs up!

5// Wear contrast colors.

My photo says it all – I absolutely love black! I love it so much that I can freely say that every single “key piece” of my wardrobe is black! But, guess what? That’s actually a bad thing because my hair is dark enough to blend in with my clothes and appear shorter than it actually is. I haven’t really noticed this until my friend pointed it out but now that I do. I can really say that my recent efforts to incorporate a bit of color into my wardrobe are paying off. Give it a shot, it’s a good and, most importantly, very unique trick for longer hair you probably won’t get to see mentioned anywhere else.

6// Add shine.

Straight and shiny equals longer-looking! Another optical illusion, another interesting trick for longer hair to try out! So? What are you waiting for? Give your flat iron a run for its money and don’t forget to seal the look and prevent frizz by applying a coat of shine serum! This last step won’t take more than a minute of your time and will do wonders for your looks!

7// Hairpieces.

Last but not the least important, hairpieces are not the newest nor the hottest product on the market but could sure help you fake longer hair for special occasions. Have them in mind in case you’re looking for ideas on how to make hair look longer, shall you? After all, I bet no one could ever doubt their usefulness, especially when it comes to the styling of really short hair! Step one – style or smooth your hair down using gel or hairspray, step two – secure the ends into a ponytail, step three – attach a bun/chignon or a ponytail of desired length. So simple!

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Here’s my tip on doing basic braids && here’s the one on making your hair lighter naturally.

Hope this helps 🙂

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, 

Becoming Taller.

Fitness., Health and Wellness., Tips.

I guess I could say that I’m just a bit taller than average, I’m 16&& 5’6 but many people aren’t and  if you are or aren’t but want to here’s a tip to help you.

Also, yes I do know genetics plays a large part in your height but their are some things that you can avoid or do to help you.
 
 
1// Avoid growth stunting factors

-Caffeine (No, it doesn’t make you short. But it can keep you awake. You do most of your growing in your sleep. So you really don’t need that much sStarbucksa week, enjoy it in moderation)
 
-Smoking (I haven’t got much to say about this, you should know the risks by now)
 
-Steroids (You don’t need performance enhancers! Do your best naturally. Steroids can give you health problems 😦 )
 

2// Sleep

 
-This should be easy! Who doesn’t like sleeping?
 
-Studies show growing teens and even adults should get 8-11 hours of sleep each night.
 
-Try not to use any electronics 1 hour prior to sleeping, using electronics can keep your mind racing and thinking too much.
 
-Sleep in a calm environment to get your best sleep.

 
3// Eat right

 
-The food we consume has an effect on everything we do and everything that makes up us.
 
-Take a daily vitamin everyday
 
– Dairy=calcium. Lots of calcium is good and promotes bone growth
 
-Vitamin D is necessary! Go outside and soak up the sun. Eat fish, mushrooms, and alfalfa sprouts. Maybe even take a vitamin D supplement
 
-Proteins! Meat, eggs, tofu,etc. they all have the essential building blocks for your body to grow. Have one to two of the above suggested proteins in at least one of your meals each day.
 
-Zinc. Zinc deficiency can set you up to end up being short 😦 So eat some peanuts, asparagus, peas, chocolate, eggs, etc.
 
-Eat 3 MEALS a day! Don’t skip out on anything please 🙂 Eat some snacks in between meals.
 
4// Exercise

 
-Light exercise is good if you’re not into heavy.
 
– Swimming
 
– Biking
 
– Jogging
 
– Yoga
 
-Stretching is good as well and some people claim it can help you grow taller (not sure if thats true?)
 
-Make it fun and exercise with a friend
 

5//Good Posture

 
-This doesn’t help you GROW taller as much is it does make you LOOK taller (same difference right? :P)
 
-Don’t slouch. Not in chairs and not while walking
 
-Keep your shoulders back and your chin up
 

6//Little things you can do
 
-Stretch in the morning when you wake up
 
-Stay HYDRATED (drink lots of WATER)
 
-Drink Milk! 🙂
 
-Make your meals have a variety of foods
 
-Sleep with your neck and back straight
 
-Don’t fret if you’re not super duper super model tall. Who cares? Height isn’t the most important thing in the world. You can’t change everything about yourself to make you happy. So embrace how you look!

 

Good luck and remember growing takes time.

What do your breakouts mean?

Health and Wellness., Tips.

Who doesn’t like to have clear skin? I know I do and I thought I would find out why I have breakouts and just wanted to share them with you guys.

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//Forehead:
Breakouts across the forehead are often triggered by stress or sleep deprivation. make sure to get 7 to 9 hours of beauty rest a night.

//Above the brow:
The area above the brow is affected by your immune system. breakouts
tend to happen here right before,
after, or during a cold or flu. drink
plenty of water.

//Between brows:
breakouts between the brows can
be caused by unhealthy foods or
a food allergy. to clear up skin in
this zone, cut back on sugar & dairy.

//Cheeks:
your cheeks are linked to your
respiratory system. smoking or
breathing polluted air can cause
breakouts here.

//Side of chin:
the sides of your chin are affected
by hormones. breakouts here occur
around the time of your period.

//Chin:
if your diet has been loaded with
rich and heavy foods then consider
a detox or adding more fiber to your
diet and exercise to routine to help
with digestion.

//Nose:
this area is skin full of dilated pores
so make sure your make-up brushes
and anything that you bring close to
your face are kept clean. also, get
more fresh air and exercise daily.

//Ear & eyes:
spots close to your ear and even
dark circles around the eyes can be
caused by dehydration. avoid coffee,
tea and salt whenever possible.

//Lip:
to clear zits here, eat less spicy and
fried foods. also, include more fresh
fruits and vegetables in your diet.

Hope these helped.
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Free subscription to Cosmopolitan and Shape Magazine.

Beauty., Fitness., Freebies.

It’s back again…Head on over to score a FREE 2-Year Subscription to ‘Cosmopolitan’ Magazine and click here for a free subscription to Shape magazine. Just fill out the survey to snag yours. Your first issue should arrive within 8 to 10 weeks!

I’ve done this and have never received a bill at all. It’s all complimentary and is like a gift subscription. 

Hope you enjoy.

 

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 ♥

Sleeping better and deeper.

Health and Wellness., Tips.

Sleep is essential for good health, good focus, even good skin. It’s a time to rest, rejuvenate and let all of the information from the day to sink in, for you to re-gain energy and start fresh the next day.


Below are some tips to sleep better and deeper. So, if you can get your beauty sleep, you’ll sleep well, but even if you don’t have as many hours to sleep as you should (8-9), you can get the most out of the few hours you can sleep.

1. Setting a Routine

-Try to go to bed the same time every night. Your body will get used to it, making getting to sleep easier.

-Set a routine before you go to bed. Brush your hair, wash your face, brush your teeth, maybe do a few yoga poses or read a chapter or two, so your brain knows its time for bed

-Try a nice warm glass of milk or non-caffeinated tea

-Write down any worries or thoughts in a journal, so they won’t bother you while lying in bed

-Put a pad and paper next to your bed, so if you think of something you need to do, jot it down without getting up

2.Setting the Environment

-Turn off all lights. Any blinking or bright lights will tell your brain it’s time to work. When its dark, your brain prepares for sleep.

-Make sure the temperature is just right- turn on the AC if it’s too hot, or the heater (or grab a warm blanket) if it’s too cold

-If cold feet bother you, pull on a pair of socks.

-If any sounds bother you, try turning on a fan to create white noise, get a noise machine or turn on some music you like (if silence bothers you). Try relaxing light music, and avoid energetic or loud music

3. Preparing for Sleep

-Avoid rigorous exercise before going to sleep

-Do things to relax you- avoid TV and your computer. Try reading, relaxing, chatting with family or doing some yoga poses / stretches

-Get into comfortable pajamas.

-Maybe take a warm bath before sleep

-Avoid caffeine for the night and afternoon

-Avoid sugary snacks

-Put a water bottle near your bed, go to the bath room, put a pad and paper near your bed.

4.Falling Asleep

-Think about what you are doing the next day, what you might wear, something that made you happy

-Count sheep.

-Count down from 100, visualizing the numbers in your head.

-Try to clear your thoughts completely

5.Take advantage of your sleep

-Slather on foot cream and put on socks( to make your feet softer)

-Put on hand cream

-Put on any hair treatments, any facial treatments that take time to soak in

 

Sweet dreams ♥

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.

5 minute abs.

Fitness., Health and Wellness., Tips.

Obviously you’re not gonna get abs in 5 minutes BUT this workout, if done consistently like everyday for 5 minutes will eventually give you abs.

 

1. 25 leg lifts.

Position yourself flat on the ground, lying on your back, head and shoulders on the floor. Keep both of your legs and raise them to about a 45 degree angle, hold for two seconds, than bring them back to the floor; but DO NOT TOUCH them on the floor or it will wreck the workout. Also, make sure not to arch your back, keep the rest of your body flat as your legs lift and lower. If it does arch, badly, or your abs aren’t that strong bring your legs higher when you lift. 

 

2. 60 bicycle crunches.

Position yourself with your head and shoulders off the floor, your hands behing your head, your legs in the air, knees bent. Here is a picture of this position: 

Then, bring your left elbow to your right knee using your ab strength, push the other leg out straight. Then, bring your right elbow to your left knee, while pushing the other leg out. Keep repeating this motion. Here:

 

3. Side plank for 60 seconds. To start, position yourself laying on your side, then lift your body up with the arm that is on the ground, and the sides of your feet. (your body should be tight and your legs should be tightly together so you don’t fall. Lift your opposite arm straight in the air. If you are having trouble, look at this picture: 

 

4. Do 60 regular crunches.

If the full regular ones are hard for you, you can do these:

 

5. Do 60 leg flutters.

Position yourself flat on the ground, arms flat by your side. Then, lift your head and shoulders off the floor, and lft your feet slightly from the floor. Your arms should now be straight out infront of you, pointed towards your feet. Proceed to flutter your legs up and down quickly without ever touching them to the ground.

R E M E M B E R ; NO breaks between these five ab sequences! Good Luck! It will get easier as you do it.

 

Enjoy body sculpting 🙂

 

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 ♥

Get white teeth with a freebie.

Etc., Freebies., Health and Wellness., Random

Who doesn’t want white teeth? && a chance to get white teeth for free? That’s even better.

I mean just look at them:

No matter how pretty you are, EVERYONE is more beautiful with a gleaming white smile. 

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You’ll receive a Whitestrips sample and a $10 coupon for a full box (and a whiter smile!), redeemable at your nearest store. Limit one per household.

Use the promo code J2L6.

I believe you get one or two of those packets below:

 

Happy Whitening.

8 week workout.

Fitness., Health and Wellness., Tips., Uncategorized

IT’S SUMMERRRRRRR ♥

That means tanning, traveling, looking good (which means get up and workout) etcetera, etcetera.

So come on tell me, who wouldn’t want to loose all the weight gained from stress, random snack breaks and the couple extra pounds from just all year round? I mean come on I would love to look and feel better for the up coming school year and I know you would too.

This is why I found an eight week workout for you guys to get fit this summer.

LETS GOOOOOO!

1st and 2nd week

In first and second week you will workout on 3 days and the 4th day is optional.

Day 1:
– jog 8 minutes.
– 6 pushups
– 15 sit ups
– 10 jumping jacks
– 10 squats
– 15 butt kicks
– jog 4 minutes

Day 2:
– 6 pushups
– 20 sit ups
– 15 jumping jacks
– 8 lunges
Repeat this 2 times and then jog 10 – 15 minutes

Day 3:
– jog 15 minutes (1st week)/ jog 20 minutes (2nd week)

Day 4: (optional)
On this day choose one of this activities:
– swimming (about 30 minutes with breaks if you need them)
– jogging 25 minutes
– riding a bike 30 – 45 minutes
– playing tennis (if you have a friend who would also like to lose few pounds you could go play tennis together)
3rd, 4th and 5th week

In these weeks you will workout on 4 days

Day 1:
– jog 10 minutes
– 8 pushups
– 20 sit ups
– 10 jumping jacks
– 12 squats
– 20 butt kicks
– jog 5 minutes

Day 2:
– 6 pushups
– 1 minute wall sit
– 20 sit ups
– 20 jumping jacks
– 8 lunges
– jog 15 minutes

Day 3:
– 15 sit ups
– 4 pushups
– 8 squats
– 15 butt kicks
– 6 lunges
Repeat this 3 times and then jog 8 minutes

Day 4:
On this day choose one of this activities:
– swimming (about 30 minutes with breaks if you need them)
– jogging 30 minutes
– riding a bike 30 – 45 minutes
– playing tennis (if you have a friend who would also like to some few pounds you could go play tennis together)
6th, 7th and 8th week

In 6th week you will workout 4 days and in 7th and 8th week you will work out 5 days

Day 1:
– jog 10 minutes
– 1 minute wall sit
– 8 pushups (try 10 if you can)
– 20 sit ups
– 15 jumping jacks
– 15 squats
– 20 butt kicks
– jog 5 minutes

Day 2:
– 8 pushups (try 10 if you can)
– 45 seconds wall sit
– 20 sit ups
– 20 jumping jacks
– 8 lunges
In 6th week repeat this 2 times and in 7th and 8th week repeat it 3 times
– jog 8 minutes

Day 3:
– 20 sit ups
– 6 pushups
– 1 minute wall sit
– 10 squats
– 20 butt kicks
– 6 lunges
Repeat this 3 times and then jog 10 – 15 minutes

Day 4:
– jog 30 minutes or if there is a pool in your neighborhood you should swim about 30 – 45 minutes

Day 5 (only 7th and 8th week):
On this day choose one of this activities:
– swimming (about 35 – 45 minutes with breaks if you need them)
– jogging 30 minutes
– riding a bike 45 – 60 minutes
– playing tennis (if you have a friend who would also like to some few pounds you could go play tennis together)
That’s it. Don’t forget to stretch before and after workout, drink water during the breaks between workouts and don’t eat too much :). After these 8 weeks if you start to like working out more, you should jog around your neighborhood sometimes, go swimming or join a sports team.

I hope this helps everyone ♥
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