Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Organized closet

1 - Only keep clothes/accessories you actually wear or use. If you have been hanging on to jeans that you wore ten years ago because you want to fit into them again, let them go. By the time you do, they will be out of style anyway. Not a bad thing to have a goal, but don't hang on to stuff hoping to wear it again. When you don't like how something feels when you wear it or it's just not comfortable, donate it!

2 - Colour code your clothes. One of the nicest things you can do is have your clothes lined up by colour. It's easier to see what colours will go wear. Within that colour coding, you could hang by sleeve length if you really want to go the extra mile. But, colour coding is quick and easy.

3 - Have all the same colour/type hangers. This might seem like a pain in the neck, but it's really not that expensive to do {if you do all plastic or buy in bulk} and will make your closet instantly look organized.

4 - Have a dresser or drawers for your folding clothes. Even if you don't have a closet system, sometimes just putting clothes in a drawer makes it look so much nicer and neater than sitting on the shelf half folded.

Source: Love of Family and Home

5 - Only put appropriate items in your grown-up closet. If you have a closet half full of clothes and half of it with cleaning products, that makes no sense. If possible, keep only the appropriate items in a closet - shirts, pants, purses, belts, shoes, and the like.

6 - Keep a hamper in there. If you have the room, keeping a hamper in the closet to easily throw your clothes into when you are done dressing and undressing keeps things neat and tidy.

Source: Young House Love

7 - Have hooks. You can use hooks to hang belts, scarves, or even to have your outfit ready for the next morning.

Source: Decorology

8 - Consider using pretty boxes and baskets. Having a set of boxes to put your purses into can keep it neat and tidy, plus they can add texture and prettiness.

9 - Put things away as you take them off. It seems obvious, but if it's not dirty, hang it back up. If it's dirty, put it in the hamper. Shoes go back to their original spot, belts on hooks, and purses back on the shelf.

10 - Labels.

11 - Folding. Find a good way to fold your clothes so they fit appropriately in the drawers or on the shelf. Sometimes you will have to come up with something different to fit it in. Try folding in quarters or thirds to fit it in the right way and neatly. Put the folding edge facing you, if it's on a shelf, and standing up, if it's in the drawer.

Cleaning tips

Cleaning Tips You Haven't Heard Before
  • The best way to dust blinds: Close them, then wipe up and down with an old dryer sheet. It'll create an antistatic barrier that helps prevent dust from building up again.
  • The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is your friend. It will cut your cleaning time in half for bathtubs, sinks, countertops, and dirty walls.
  • To clean glass and mirrors, use coffee filters, not paper towels. They leave no streaks or lint — and they're cheap.
  • Vinegar and water is a great deodorizer for a musty bathroom. Spray your shower down as you're getting out. It really absorbs the odors, and the smell of vinegar goes away in an hour.
  • A wet pumice stone will clean a dirty oven faster than any spray-on product.
  • Vacuuming bathroom mats is a nightmare. Toss them in the wash every week or two instead.
  • To damp-mop wood floors, use plain water or a water-based floor cleaner like Bona. Don't use vinegar. The acid in it will pit your polyurethane finish, can void your warranty, and may reduce shine over time.
  • Seventh Generation dish liquid diluted with water is a great nontoxic all-purpose cleanser. Just put two squirts in a spray bottle and fill it with water.
  • Our biggest secret weapon? A powdered product called Bar Keepers Friend ( We use it on everything. Its active ingredient is rhubarb powder, which really cuts through grit and grime. It cleans glass-top stoves, counters, toilets, porcelain and more. Your sink will never be shinier.
  • To clean your microwave oven, microwave a cup of water with some baking soda in it until it's boiling. That eliminates odors and makes it super easy to wipe away all that stuck-on stuff.
  • Clean cobwebs with a yardstick covered by a tube sock. That also works for cleaning under stoves and refrigerators.
  • Shine your bathroom tiles with lemon oil. It also helps prevent mold and mildew.
  • To eliminate that ring in your toilet, drop in a bubbling denture tablet, and leave it for at least 30 minutes or overnight. The stain will come off with just a few swishes of the brush.

Turning dirty, dingy, and stained into white, fresh and clean

1 cap of laundry detergent

1 cup powdered dish washer detergent
1 cup bleach
1/2 cup borax

If possible let the whites sit in the mixture for a while.

Insiders Guide to Disneyland!

Insiders Guide to Disneyland!
Written by Lisa. Posted in Disneyland

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Okay so maybe I’m not exactly a Disneyland insider, because I’ve never worked there. But, when it comes to being a guest – I definitely am an insider! My qualifications are:
  • I grew up 15 minutes from the 57 freeway from Disneyland. My Mom use to take us at the end of summer each year on the day before school started.
  • In High School I had an annual pass, a drivers license, and no job – nuff said :)
  • Since having kids our family had annual passes for 2 of those 8 years and have taken at least 10 trips each of those years.
  • On the years we don’t have passes we go at least once at Christmastime.
  • While caring for my Mom I took Davis and Beckham every single weekday for about a month. Each day we had “Mommy only” time at Disneyland from 3-6.
It’s safe to say that I have been to Disneyland well over 100 times. I feel so sad when I see people spending so much money on trip and wasting half of their day just because they lacked information! I always check out the Disneyland “tips” I see on Pinterest and I always feel let down. Really? They never seem to have anything real or practical that you can actually apply to your day, just platitudes.
One day while mopping my floor I thought I should write down our families best tips since I see a lot of people planning trips coming up for Spring Break. I just started typing them out as I thought of them all throughout the day and came up with my top 12. As I was writing them I found there was so much more I wanted to include about individual rides. So, over the next 5 Wednesdays, I will be going through Disneyland, land by land, and telling you what you need to know – ride by ride. Does the line move fast? Is there a fast pass? The best time to ride?
I also thought, why not let you readers ask questions and I’ll answer them each week. Do you have a question for planning your trip? Write to me at I’ve asked Lori from Mouse Encounters to help me answer your questions, so between the two of us we should be able to answer all of your questions!
Ready for my top 12 tips? Here they are! You can download them to print if you would like or you can just keep reading.
12 Tips for Making the Most of your day at Disneyland!
1. Get there early! If the park opens at 9:00, be pulling in no later than 8:15! It takes time to park, ride the tram, and get through the front gates. They open Main Street before the park opens and they block the crowd off at the end of Main Street. It’s a great time to explore Main Street while not using ride time. You can take pictures, browse the shops, and I have even seen some characters out signing autographs before the park officially opens. One of us usually saves our place near the front of the crowd while the other takes the kids potty 10 minutes before it opens. There is nothing worse than having to take a potty break 20 minutes into your first line! When they open the park you are already in the middle of Disneyland ready to roll!
2. Pick a priority ride with no fast past to go on first! For our family it’s always Peter Pan and Casey Junior if we are going to Disneyland (vs. California Adventures). Peter Pan always has a huge line and it doesn’t move fast! It is always our first ride to hit, unless it is a Magic Morning (guests staying at Disney hotels get to enter the park early) and then the line is already long and we go straight to Casey Jr. If you have the chance to do the Magic Mornings, do Peter Pan first! If we are going to California Adventures we hit Toy Story Mania first.
3. Fast pass! You can have 1 fast pass at a time. (With the exception of World of Color in California Adventures. If you want to see World of Color you have to get a pass. You get them at the Grizzly River Run fast pass machines. After the World of Color fast passes are distributed the fast pass machines are converted back to Grizzly River Run.) Fast passes allow you to use a shortcut in the line for that specific ride. Not all rides have fast passes, but most major rides do. To get a fast pass you scan your ticket outside of the ride and it gives you a pass with a time listed on it. That time is when your fast pass is valid for that ride. They only give so many out for each hour, so as the day goes on the time to return gets later depending on how many people are fast passing that ride. Not everyone has to be there to get a fast pass. One of us will go get a fast pass with all our tickets while the other waits in line with our kids. What a lot of people don’t know is that as soon as your fast pass is valid you can get a new one. For example if your fast pass is good from 12:20-1:20 you can get a new fast pass at 12:21. Plan ahead and figure out which rides are most important for you and fast pass those. Space Mountain is a must with a fast pass! Other good rides to fast pass are Star Tours, Indian Jones, and Splash Mountain. Those passes really put you ahead of the line. Thunder Mountain and Autopia’s lines move pretty fast, so fast passes are good, but not as necessary.
4. Wait for attractions right after the first showing! If you want to see Fantasmic, show up when the first show is ending. As people move out you can move in and get a perfect seat! On really busy days this can be a good idea for the Jedi Training Academy too.
5. Incorporate food into waiting – Eat lunch or dinner while waiting for the Parade or Fantasmic. You can bring a tray from any restaurant with you and set it on any trash can in the park and they will return it to the correct restaurant for you! One of us usually waits in a good spot while the other gets the food and then we have a picnic! The best place in my opinion to sit for the parade is the little strip that runs between the Matterhorn and the Castle. What I love about this area is that you have front row seats and no one can stand behind you, so when the parade comes by they look right at you and you get the full show without worrying too much about other people. Be ready to defend your spot though! People will keep trying to squeeze in! This spot is also great because some lines in Fantasyland are closed during the parade and when the parade gets past you, you can jump right into line and not have to wait!
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6. Don’t wear yourself out! Try to plan ahead, so you don’t jump all over the park, rather work your way thought the park. Finish one section of the park and then use the train to get to the other side of the park and start on that side! The train and monorail are different! The train is an actual steam engine train that has 4 stations – Main Street, New Orleans Square (near the Haunted Mansion), Toontown Depot (next to Small World), and Tomorrowland Station (behind Autopia). It’s nice to sit and its interesting to see parts of the park that you can only see on the train. You can get on and off at any of the 4 stations. Most days the line in minimal and trains come every 5 minutes. We have gone between California Adventures and Disneyland on the same day but it wastes a huge amount of time. If you are going for multiple days, plan a day in Disneyland and then another day in California Adventures. You will be able to see more and you won’t be so worn out! Even with doing these tricks I guarantee you will walk more than you have a long time! This is the day to not go for the cute shoes! Wear your running shoes. They may not look the best but you wont be miserable by 3:00 that afternoon either!
7. Child swap! If you have kids that are too short for certain rides you can take turns without all the waiting. How it works – the whole family has to go to the line entrance. Find a Disney worker and ask them for a child swap pass. One parent and any kids that are tall enough to ride then wait in line normally, while the other parent stays out of line with the children that are too short to ride. The second parent then can use the child swap pass anytime that day to go through the exit or the fast pass line (depends on the ride) and not have to wait in the whole line. It is good for two people, so you can take another child back with you. For example, our 8 year old can ride the ride with me (we stand in the line normally) and then when my husband goes to ride, the pass will get him and our 8 year old back on. We find this really handy when we can’t get a fast pass. If you have fast passes, it’s pretty much the same thing since both parents can use the fast pass line. But if you can’t get a fast pass and are going to wait in the whole line – take advantage of this for sure!
8. Use the single rider line. Many rides have a single rider line – Splash Mountain, Indiana Jones Adventure, Grizzly River Run, Soaring’ Over California, California Screamin’, & Goofy’s Sky School. Usually there is a sign directing you, or you enter through the exit. When a single space opens up they put you into that spot. This means you can take turns if the line is so long that you don’t want to wait. You just won’t get to sit together, but it’s worth it on a busy day!
9. Pack light! They have lockers, but we just pack light, so we don’t waste time going to and from lockers. Here is our list of essentials that we pack:
Easy snacks – fruit snacks, granola bars, and our kids favorite Dum-Dum-Pops  Insiders Guide to Disneyland!! Perfect for keeping kids in line happy without too much mess! We pack our favorite Disney trail mix too ( Food is expensive, so we usually eat a HUGE breakfast and get full before we get there. We snack until the afternoon when we have a big lunch at one of the Disney restaurants, and then we snack for the rest of the day. A churro makes a great dinner icon smile Insiders Guide to Disneyland! Our favorite restaurants – The Hungry Bear Restaurant is our all-time favorite. It’s tucked away over in Critter Country by Splash Mountain. There is tons of shade and it is right on the Rivers of America. It’s very relaxing and picturesque, plus we like the food. Our second choice is the Rancho del Zocalo Restaurante in Frontierland. Great food and great environment! This is usually the place we hit if we are picnicking it while waiting for the parade.
• We freeze two or three water bottles and let them melt. As the day goes on we just keep filling the melted space up at water fountains. This way we have cold water all day without too much weight to carry and without spending tons of money on water. Stay hydrated! You will feel better and have more energy.
• A deck of cards Insiders Guide to Disneyland! for times when you are waiting for parades or shows. Its light and will keep you busy and make the waiting time go faster! Don’t forget eye spy can be a great ride waiting game! We also use the maps to play eye spy on.
• A cheap tube of glow sticks. Trust me you will thank me for this one! When it gets dark Disneyland has such fun light up toys for so much $$$. We pack our own tube and our kids are happy! We usually find them at the craft store in the dollar section, but you can buy lots of them online Insiders Guide to Disneyland!.
• Sunglasses, sunscreen, and chapstick!
• Headache medicine. Heat, dehydration, walking all day, the motion of the rides – it’s a headache waiting to happen! Not only do I pack it, I usually take 2 Excedrin on the way to prevent a headache. My hubby takes a non-drowsy motion sickness pills Insiders Guide to Disneyland! too, so he can enjoy the rides more.
• If you are taking a stroller pack it light! Our favorite is an umbrella stroller Insiders Guide to Disneyland! with a basket. Don’t underestimate the power of piggybacks while in the park for little ones.
• Camera!
Autograph book and Pen Insiders Guide to Disneyland!. There are some great tutorials out there on how to make your own!
10. Save souvenirs for the end of the day! There is nothing worse than having to haul around toys that kids are sick of carrying. To keep our spending in check we allow our kids 1 souvenir. They look all day long and then at the end of the day we purchase it as we are leaving at the Emporium. The Emporium is a giant Disney store located at the end of Main Street. It has most of the items that are available all over the park, but you buy them on your way out and you only have to carry it to the car! If you want a specialty item ask the store clerk if the Emporium carries it, so you know ahead of time.
11. Don’t let anything spoil your day! You have planned this trip and spent so much thought on picking the perfect date only to show up and see 50 middle school busses full of kids icon sad Insiders Guide to Disneyland! Bummer. This has happened to me and I let it ruin my day. Don’t – you will regret it! You may not get on every ride, but you can still have fun! Fun things to do on really packed days – Ride the Double Decker bus around Main Street, Mark Twain Ferry Boat, Play tag on Pirates Island or play Hide and Go seek in Toon Town (play on teams so kids are not unsupervised), Ride the train around the whole park, Ride the monorail and wait to sit in the very front, get great seats for parades or shows, look for hidden Mickey’s, play in the water in Bugs Life Land, Tarzans Tree House, King Arthur’s Carousel, and the Tiki Room. Whatever you do – have fun! Let the stress go and just roll with the day!
12. Have fun! I cannot tell you how many parents I have seen yelling at their kids and being grumpy! What a waste of money! Don’t forget you are taking this vacation for your family and to have fun! Most of us go to Disneyland for our kids. Don’t forget about them! Make their day special and go with their flow and do what’s important to them. We have a rule in our house – you have to try every ride one time. If they don’t like it, then they don’t have to do it again. Make sure you make the day fun! I love being the coolest Mom at Disneyland! We tell jokes and my kids for one day have my undivided attention. I play like I’m a kid again and it does so much for my relationship with my kids. Don’t forget why you wanted to take the trip!

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Berry Merry xmas

Berry Merry Xmas
Holiday Cocktails recipe: Berry Merry XmasWant a little fruit with your vodka? No problem. Embrace your guilty pleasures with this berry-licious cocktail. (We’ll even allow you to count it as your ‘fruit’ portion for the day).
1-1/2 oz Pomegranate Vodka
1/2 oz Triple Sec
1/2 oz Peach Schnapps
1 oz Cranberry Juice
1 oz Club Soda
Add all ingredients into a shaker and shake over ice. Pour into a martini glass or on the rocks.

Electric lemonade

Electric lemonade

handful of ice
~1 shot vodka
~1 shot blue curacao
lemonade powder mix

Barbie drink

The Ultimate Girly Drink: A Barbie Shot

1 oz Malibu® coconut rum
1 oz Absolut® vodka
1 oz
cranberry juice
1 oz
orange juice

This pink drink is delicious!
You can order it in shot form or drink form. It comes with sugar on the rim. Happy drinking, Lovelies!

Blueberry lemon recipe

Blueberry Lemonade Recipe

makes about 8 cups

1 cup sugar
1 cup lemon juice (I used bottled)
6 cups water
1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

Place all ingredients in a pitcher and stir till sugar dissolves. Muddle the blueberries a little using the back of a wooden spoon to release their juices and color. Taste and adjust sugar if needed. Serve chilled.

For spiked lemonade – add 1 to 2 cups of vodka (preferably citron flavor) to above recipe.

How to make body wash from bar soap

How to make body wash from bar soap
1. Grate 2 bars of soap with a fine cheese grater.Click the image to open in full size.

2. Pour 1 1/2 cups of water and grated soap in a saucepan. Heat together over medium low until soap is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
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3. Cool slightly. My soap had the consistency of whole milk at this point. Pour into bottles. I used 3, 8oz BBW lotion bottles. You can top off your bottles with more water to make 24 oz if you want. I didn't.
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4. Cool completely overnight. Mine had the consistency of melted ice cream when cooled. Use a dime or nickle sized dollop on your poof.

7 foods to Avoid

7 Foods to Avoid

We've gone over the dirty dozen produce to avoid and the food containers to shun in your house. But according to researchers, the USDA and other food experts, there are seven foods in particular that they wouldn't even touch. From potatoes to microwave popcorn, start off the new year right by avoiding the foods on this important list.

1. Canned Tomatoes: "The resin linings of tin cans contain bisphenol-A, a synthetic estrogen that has been linked to ailments ranging from reproductive problems to heart disease, diabetes, and obesity."

2. Corn-Fed Beef: "Cattle evolved to eat grass, not grains. But farmers today feed their animals corn and soybeans, which fatten up the animals faster for slaughter... Compared with corn-fed beef, grass-fed beef is higher in beta-carotene, vitamin E, omega-3s, conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), calcium, magnesium, and potassium; lower in inflammatory omega-6s; and lower in saturated fats that have been linked to heart disease."
3. Microwave Popcorn: "Chemicals, including perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA), in the lining of the bag, are part of a class of compounds that may be linked to infertility in humans, according to a recent study from UCLA. In animal testing, the chemicals cause liver, testicular, and pancreatic cancer. Studies show that microwaving causes the chemicals to vaporize-and migrate into your popcorn."

4. Nonorganic Potatoes: "Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. In the case of potatoes-the nation's most popular vegetable-they're treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they're dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting... I've talked with potato growers who say point-blank they would never eat the potatoes they sell. They have separate plots where they grow potatoes for themselves without all the chemicals."

5. Farmed Salmon: "Farmed salmon is lower in vitamin D and higher in contaminants, including carcinogens, PCBs, brominated flame retardants, and pesticides such as dioxin and DDT... The most contaminated fish come from Northern Europe, which can be found on American menus."
6. Milk Produced with Artificial Hormones: "Milk producers treat their dairy cattle with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH or rBST, as it is also known) to boost milk production. In people, high levels of IGF-1 may contribute to breast, prostate, and colon cancers."

7. Conventional Apples (nonorganic): "They are individually grafted (descended from a single tree) so that each variety maintains its distinctive flavor. As such, apples don't develop resistance to pests and are sprayed frequently."

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Benefits of Limes

Three limes sitting on a table, one sliced

1. Limes are good for women's health. These citrus gems contain calcium and folate, two nutrients that are important for post-menopausal women and women of child-bearing age. One fresh lime contains 22 milligrams of calcium and over five micrograms of folate. Not bad for a tiny little fruit!  

Lime peels can combat aging skin. The peels of citrus fruits contain an inhibitor of melanin production. With age and UV ray exposure, melanin, which gives skin its pigment, can build up and deposit itself as spots on your skin. Treating skin to a mask with bits of lime peel in it could reduce this hyperpigmentation.   

3. Limes are anti-carcinogenic. The limonoid compounds in limes have been shown to prevent cancers of the colon, stomach and blood. Though the exact mechanism is unknown, scientists have observed that antioxidant limonoids also cause cancer cell death. Lime limonoids also stay active longer in your bloodstream, mopping more free radicals than green tea or dark chocolate.     

4. Lime juice can help prevent formation of kidney stones. Fresh or from concentrate, lime juice contains more citric acid than orange or grapefruit juice. Citric acid is a natural inhibitor of kidney stones made of crystallized calcium. Go for fresh lime juice squeezed into water, as opposed to commercial limeades, for maximal benefits.  

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Power shake

I drink this protein shake every morning. My hair has never looked and felt so good and my hairdresser agrees. I get my 30 grams for protein within 30 minutes of waking up, which is helping with my weight loss. My skin is also so soft and smooth. I also hate the taste of protein power and this shake help hinder the taste.

1 scoop of chocolate protein powder (I use the Naturals brand)
Half a banana
Scoop of natural peanut butter or Almond butter
Teaspoon of Flax Seed

Blend Shake.

Foolproof Food Combos to Slow Down Aging

Foolproof Combo to Prevent Cell Damage: Pink Grapefruit and Avocado
Grapefruits are great on their own: They’re rich in lycopene, an antioxidant that's been shown to reduce inflammation and prevent cell damage. But when you pair grapefruit with avocado, the avocado’s healthy fats actually help increase lycopene absorption, making it more available for your body to use.

Try eating the grapefruit and avocado combo 1-2 times a week, using about half of each. Incorporate them into your meals by cooking citrus-glazed shrimp tacos with avocado and grapefruit for a zesty, creamy treat, or simply toss them together in a salad.

Foolproof Combo to Protect Your Eyes: Brussels Sprouts and Olive Oil
Lutein, found in Brussels sprouts, lowers the risk of cataracts and age-related macular degeneration, a leading cause of blindness, making it one of the most beneficial nutrients out there for your vision. When you add olive oil to the sprouts, the oil’s healthy fats enhance the amount of the lutein that your body can store and absorb, providing a combination that’s bursting with flavor and health benefits.

One delicious way to eat the combo the recommended 1-2 times per week is by making a brown rice bowl with caramelized Brussels sprouts. Use some minute-microwavable brown rice and sauté steamed Brussels sprouts in olive oil with turkey bacon. Combine and enjoy!

Foolproof Combo to Prevent Heart Disease: Apples and Chocolate
Keep your heart young with the anti-inflammatory compound found in apples called quercetin. Apple skins are loaded with it. You can boost your benefits even more by combining the apples with flavonoid-rich dark chocolate. Studies show that when you eat them together, the antioxidant-heavy duo significantly reduces your risk of heart disease and helps prevent blood clots.

For a tasty dessert, take a cue from fondue and dip apple slices in melted dark chocolate and some chopped nuts, then chill them in the fridge. It’s a great dessert that, in moderate portions, can be enjoyed daily!

Foolproof Combo to Keep Your Skin Young: Green Tea and Lemon
Green tea is naturally rich in catechin, a powerful antioxidant; by adding a splash of lemon juice, you’ll maximize catechin’s ability to keep your skin looking young. The vitamin C within the lemon juice slows the breakdown of the tea’s antioxidants, so more are readily available for your body to use. This delicious combo can be enjoyed daily, even up to a few times a day.

Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Cheapest Hidden Cures at the Drugstore

Witch Hazel for Hemorrhoids
Traditionally, witch hazel is used to treat sunburns, mosquito bites, and other surface skin ailments. But the astringent quality of witch hazel can provide an instant effect on irritated hemorrhoid tissue, relieving itching, burning and general discomfort. Also, because it is a mild astringent, witch hazel helps shrink the inflamed veins that cause hemorrhoids. You can get witch hazel for about $6 at the drugstore, which is half the price of hemorrhoid creams or pads.

Zinc Gluconate Lozenges for Colds
When people get sick with the common cold, they will reach for any and all medicine to get rid of it – from cold and flu medicine to cough drops. Zinc lozenges help to get rid of colds quickly and efficiently. Studies have shown that zinc gluconate lozenges not only shorten the duration of the common cold, but they’re more effective than vitamin C in treating it. A bag of these lozenges is only $8 and you can take 3-4 per day. Plus, one bag of lozenges will cost a lot less than a cocktail of other medications.

Baking Soda for Canker Sores
Canker sores are harmless but irritating shallow sores that can be treated easily with baking soda. Your mouth’s acidity can irritate the sore further and make it more painful. The properties in baking soda neutralize the acidity and soothe the pain that comes with canker sores. Simply create a paste by mixing baking soda with water, and apply a thin layer with a cotton swab. Not only will it soothe the pain, but it also seals in the canker sore and gives it a chance to heal. Baking soda is only about a dollar, whereas canker sore numbing gels can cost about $7.

Nettle Tea for Seasonal Allergies
This tea has antihistamine properties, and can prevent hay fever or allergy attacks from happening in the first place. It also relieves annoying allergy symptoms like stuffy nose, sneezing and itchy eyes. Typically, allergy medications can cost around $15, but nettle tea is only about $3 for a box of 20 tea bags.

How to take you vitamins

Do you watch Dr. OZ, he mentions a lot of vitamins. Here are the essentials for healthy adults.

Multivitamin: Take ½ of your multivitamin in the morning and take the other ½ at night – your body can’t absorb all of the vitamins at once, so this way you’ll get the most out of your multivitamin. When selecting a multivitamin, choose one that has a 100% daily value, not more, of vitamins and minerals. Some types of multivitamins have more than the daily value, in some cases up to 500%. Because these megadoses can actually cause more harm than good, make sure to avoid multivitamins like this. Your multivitamin should contain vitamin A, B COMPLEX, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, vitamin K, AND ESSENTIAL MINERALS LIKE ZINC and iodine. Your multivitamin should not contain calcium (or at least no more than 200 mg) or iron (if you are post-menopausal)
Calcium (600 mg) with magnesium (400 mg): Take your calcium with magnesium twice a day with a full glass of water. Calcium actually blocks the absorption of other medications or supplements, so it best to take it several hours after taking your multivitamin or prescription drugs. These minerals are important for your muscles, bones, and teeth. The magnesium helps counteract some of the negative side effects of calcium, like constipation and stiff arteries.
· Vitamin D3 (1000 IU daily): This should be in addition to your multivitamin (as most multivitamins contain a lower dose of vitamin D). Vitamin D3 improves immune function, reduces inflammation, and help your body absorb calcium. The best source of vitamin D3 is the sun, but if you live north of Atlanta, you probably do not get enough from the sun alone. Take vitamin D3 with DHA or yogurt.
· DHA Omega-3 (600 mg daily): The most common type of DHA Omega-3 supplement is fish oil. DHA Omega-3 is very important for brain and heart health. This should be taken in the morning with breakfast. Store your pills in the refrigerator so they last longer.
· Baby Aspirin (2 at night, 163 mg total): Baby aspirin has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attack by 36% by making platelets less sticky to avoid clotting and by decreasing arterial inflammation. Taken at night, baby aspirin helps reduce blood pressure by morning. Take with warm water (½ glass before and ½ glass after) to avoid gastric discomfort and to help the pills dissolve faster.

Disney movies

Monday, 2 April 2012

Want Shiny and Silky Hair?

Add 2 Tbsp of baking soda to 3 cups of water. After shampooing, rinse with the baking soda water and then use conditioner. Or, put your shampoo in your hand and then sprinkle a decent amount of baking soda on top of that. Then wash your hair.
The baking soda will REALLY help clarify your hair and leave it shiny and silky – kinda like it’s brand new.
Who Should Use This: It’s okay for any hair type (especially if you only do it once a week), but it’s best served for people who have issues with hard water or product build-up, dull hair, or hair that just hangs out and doesn’t have much life to it.

Keratosis Pilaris (bumps on arms and upper legs)

Keratosis Pilaris (Or Those Bumps On Your Upper Arms) – Apple Cider Vinegar and Sugar Scrub
I found a home remedy on a lady's blog and she has tried everything, as have I.
Washing with apple cider vinegar and then using a gentle sugar scrub. It takes two or three times of doing this to see any difference.

Here’s how to have NO MORE CHICKEN SKIN ARMS!
  • In the shower, wash your upper arms with apple cider vinegar (you can dilute it or just use a teaspoon on a wet washcloth).
  • Rinse your arms with water.
  • Finish with a very gentle sugar scrub using 1/2 c. sugar with 1/2 c. coconut oil or grapeseed oil mixed in (which you can put in a jar and leave in your bathroom at all times if desired).
  • After massaging gently for a minute or two, rinse this off and enjoy your arms – finally!
I will tell you my personal results in a week.

Spring Cleaning Chart

Spring Cleaning Chart

Product safety

When you are reading the ingredients in the products you are buying for your family do you really know which ingredients are bad for your health. Most of the time you cant even pronounce the ingredients. I discovered this website SkinDeep. It rates all beauty and health products; which products are the safest for your health and which products are affecting your health. Here is cheat sheet for when you are shopping:

Your body

Getting clean
No { triclocarban (bar soap) or triclosan (liquid soap) }
Yes { hand sanitizers with ethanol/ethyl alcohol }

No { retinyl palmitate or retinol in daytime skin products }

Your Teeth

No { triclosan in toothpaste }

Your Lips

No { retinyl palmitate or retinol }

Your skin + the sun

Very few sunscreens provide adequate sun protection and are free of harmful ingredients.

SPF above 50
Retinyl palmitate
Aerosol spray and powder sunscreen
Insect repellent

Hats and shade in mid-day sun.
Zinc or Titanium are the best active ingredients, otherwise Avobenzone at 3%
SPF 30 for intense sun
Use a lot and reapply frequently

Safer Sunscreens:

Baby Natural Protection Mineral Block Face Stick, SPF

Water Babies Pure & Simple Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

Coppertone Sensitive Skin Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 50

Coppertone Oil-Free Sunscreen Lotion, SPF 15
Your hair

PEGs, ceteareths and polyethylene
Parabens: propyl, isopropyl, butyl, isobutyl
DMDM hydantoin

Your nails

Formaldehyde or formalin in polish, hardeners or other nail products.
Dibutyl phthalate (DBP).
Pregnant? Skip polish

Your kids

Kids are sensitive. Use few products and pick them carefully.

Diaper Cream
No Boric Acid

Baby Wipes
No 2-Bromo-2-nitropropane-1,3-diol (bronopol)

LIMIT fluoride toothpaste for kids who might swallow it (none for kids under 2)

5 problem products:

Some categories of products have major safety concerns. Avoid them, particularly for children.

Hair straighteners : cancer, allergy, skin and scalp irritation, hair damage and hair loss

Loose powders: inhalation risk

Perfumes/fragrances: allergy concerns

Dark permanent hair dyes: linked to cancer

Skin lighteners: skin irritation and damage

Spring Cleaning

Spring Cleaning Challenge

Vacuum all upholstered furniture and vacuum or launder curtains.
Put away all Winter jackets, boots, mitts, hats and bring out umbrellas and spring jackets.
Give the bathroom(s) a deep clean, especially the parts you usually skip.
Give the kitchen a deep clean. (Vacuum refrigerator coils, washout all drawers and wipe down all handles and doors.
Dust light fixtures and ceiling fans--microfiber dampened with vinegar is good
Take rugs and mats outside and beat with a broom handle
Wash windows inside and out. A mix of water and vinegar with a microfiber cloth work great!

Take everything off the bed and launder, including things you might wash less often like comforters or bed skirts
Go through your wardrobe and either donate clothes or put in garbage.
Deep clean the walls especially around the toilet.
Clean Oven and Microwave. Pull out all appliances’ vacuum and wash underneath.
Sweep cobwebs in corners and along the ceiling
Spot-clean the carpet.
Spot-clean the walls

Scrub out all window tracks with soapy water and an old toothbrush.
Sprinkle the mattress with baking soda and let sit for at least an hour, and then vacuum.
Bring summer clothes to the front and hide winter clothes in the back
Go through your make-up, WASH your make-up brushes.
Clean Fridge. Pull out crisper, wash and lay paper towel in crisper.
Dust all horizontal surfaces—tops of doors, picture frames, shelves, baseboards, counters.
Wash Kitchen table and chairs legs. Replace cushions on bottom of chair.
Vacuum all upholstered furniture and vacuum or launder curtains.
Check fire extinguishers, smoke alarms (change batteries) and air filters. A/C guy says, change the filters every 2 months
Cleaning the baseboards. You can just use the soft brush on your vacuum.
Clean Bath tub (Cooking spray or wet dryer sheet to clean water spots)
Check expiration dates in your fridge, pantry, and medicine cabinet, and bring things to the front—or to the garbage!
Wipe down circulating fans, wall, and floor vents with a cloth dampened with vinegar.
Polish and condition wood
Car Care: empty out, vacuum, clean windows, wash, wax, engine service

Before you start your cleaning make sure you have everything.

The Basics: Baking Soda x4, Wash clothes, Vinegar, window cleaner or homemade cleaner, Dish soap, air filter, vacuum filter, vacuum bags.