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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Hair products for your hair type.

Beauty., Reviews and Unboxings


For years now I’ve just been grabbing random shampoos from the store because they either smelled nice or the packaging was pretty etc until I found this brand. They’re AMAZING and have products for basically every hair type. *sponsored*

Frizzy Hair?

Argan Oil is known for it’s deep penetrating and split end repairing qualities. It leaves hair soft and fortified. It strengthens and restores dry, damaged and frizzy hair.

Dry Hair?

Macadamia Oils is known for extreme hydration, it’s deep penetration and cuticle sealing qualities. It will moisturize and protect your hair to the point it leaves even the most damaged hair nourished and glossy.

Dull Hair?

Monoi Oil is known to nourish and hydrate all hair types. It quickly absorbs into your hair and leaves it soft, silky and shiny.

Weak Hair?

Keratin Protein is what your hair is made up of. It strengthens and smooths out your hair shaft from the inside out. It’s ultra restorative and leaves hair smooth, shiny and frizz-free. It helps repairs damage, reduces breakage and helps reduce static.

Flat Hair?

Almond Oil is known for it’s high content of Omega fatty acids, Vitamin E and Magnesium, and this helps increase the body and texture of your hair while also reviving and strengthening it.

I hope you guys give this AMAZING brand a try. Their products are really affordable so I’ll definitely me stocking up when I finish my current bottle. Hope this helped.

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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 manage school and a job.

Lifestyle., School., Tips.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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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,

Target: FREE $20 Gift Card When You Create Wedding Registry

Freebies.

Do you know anyone who is planning a wedding? Starting this Sunday (2/15), the first 22,500 that create a new Target Wedding Registrywill score a FREE $20 Target eGift Card! The registry your create must include a minimum of $500 (which adds up pretty quickly) worth of merchandise to be eligible for the free $20 Target eGift Card, and the gift card will e-mailed to you within 72 hours after you’ve created the registry. Please pass this post on to anyone you know who is planning to get married soon OR if you’re like me and have nothing better to do (I actually love home decor and planning stuff so).

Have fun,

Beauty tricks with Coconut oil.

Beauty., Tips.

Coconut oil is such a versatile product and has been used all over the world for decades. If you thought it was just for cooking boy are you wrong. It’s used to WAY more things and all of these will help you at some point.

1. To soothe dry hands
After you come home from school, get out of the shower, do dishes etc. try using coconut oil as a moisturizer. It can work wonders on your dry hands. And if you cook with coconut oil—you can sub it for butter in baking recipes because it’s solid at room temperature—scoop out a little extra for your hands, too. What’s the harm?

2. As a cheekbone highlighter
Nothing perks up a tired face like a little highlighter, but you don’t need store-bought products to achieve the same effect. Simply sweep a small amount of coconut oil on top of makeup and leave it alone. It looks like your skin but glowier, which is why many natural makeup brands use it as a base ingredient in their formulas. It’s also natural, so isn’t that better? 😉

3. To shave your legs
I hate going out to buy shaving cream or other shaving products -.- Coconut oil, on the other hand tho, is inexpensive, naturally antimicrobial, and smells divine. Plus, its skin-soothing properties will leave your legs looking hydrated (but never greasy).

4. As a deep-conditioner
There’s a reason many conditioners contain coconut oil: It’s better able to penetrate hair (and prevent protein loss) than mineral and sunflower oil. Apply a quarter-size dollop to your hair, comb it, and then pile it into a loose bun. You’ll want to place a soft towel over your pillow or sleep in a shower cap. In the morning, shampoo as usual with a gentle cleanser.

5. To remove eye makeup
Yes, coconut oil even works on waterproof mascara! Put a little on a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your eyes, paying attention to your under-eyes as well. The oil does a great job breaking down waxy, inky eye makeup, and leaves the delicate area hydrated, too. Once you’re done, wash your face as usual.

6. As a body moisturizer
A recent animal study found that when applied topically, virgin coconut oil can speed up wound healing, and a human study found it to be effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss in seriously dry skin.

7. To clean and hydrate your face
Because coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, and moisturizing. Simply rub the oil in circular motions all over your face and neck, giving yourself a gentle massage as you go. When you’re done, wash off the residue with your favorite cleanser. (If you’re adult-acne prone, avoid this technique unless you know your skin tolerates coconut oil.)

8. To add shine
Smooth a tiny amount of coconut oil onto your ends to add a little shine, or on flyaways if you have dark hair. Remember that a dab will do you: Any more and your hair might appear greasy.

9. In a luscious body scrub
Here’s a little DIY beauty secret: That store-bought body scrub you save for special occasions? It’s a waste of money. That’s because you can make one yourself with ingredients you already have in your kitchen. To make your own, melt 1/2 c of coconut oil at very low heat. Pour it over 1 c of brown sugar or salt and stir well. If you have some on hand, add in five drops of your favorite essential oil or some pure vanilla extract for a scrub so fragrant you’ll want to eat it.

10. For a little rubdown
Many store-bought massage oils have either coconut or jojoba oil as their base. Cut out the middleman and go straight to the bottle. It’s slippery, skin-friendly, and moisturizing, too.

Hope this helps a lot of you.

Dealing with procrastination.

School., Tips.

I procrastinate SO much especially since i’m always on the computer. I’m also pretty sure a lot of you out there do too, so with the help of a few people I know I’m here to help you guys procrastinate less this school year.

1.// Motivation

– The truth is that you’ll never get anything done without some motivation.

– Try making a reward for when you accomplish something. I usually use food but you could also use the privilege to watch TV or maybe you could say that if you don’t finish your work first, you won’t go to some ‘special’ event like a party or something.

– Imagine the bad results you could get because you procrastinated. Maybe it will be that you stay up all night and in the morning, you’re tired and regret going to sleep late. Or maybe it’ll be the bad grade you’d get in school because you didn’t work.

– Now try imagining the good results you’d get if you didn’t procrastinate. The good grades, the well-rested feeling you get when you wake up in the morning, etc.

2.// Create a work area

– It’s best to sit somewhere where you are comfortable and can’t get distracted.

– Some say that it’s best to work in a very quiet place but I tend to disagree. I always work best with my favorite music playing. It may be different for you, so try different methods until you find one that fits you.

3.// Make a list

– So now that you have some motivation, it’s best to start with a list to get everything you need to do on paper. This way you are organized and you know what you have to get done.

4.// Start getting into a routine

– Having a routine will keep things moving. Make sure your schedule is manageable, efficient, attainable and easy to follow.

– Keep your routine where you can see it as you work.

– Make sure to keep your eye on the clock so you can check that you are still following your routine.

5.// Distraction’s

– The tough part. The distractions

– I know that all our lives are extremely dramatic and we just HAVE to go on Facebook, or Twitter etc. but there are more important things to get finished before any of that. But what’s the harm of checking Instagram for a second? Well, to start, that ‘second’ usually lasts for at least an hour from my experience.

– If you really have a big problem when it comes to getting distracted by other websites, block them until you finish all your work.

– Instead finish all your work then go on the computer or play outside or whatever, that way you’ll look forward to finishing faster and doing that thing.

Have a great school year guys ♥

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