Tuesday, 27 November 2018

And now I have a pretty and stylish storage and organization solution for my bathroom! (Mason Jar Bathroom Storage & Accessories)

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I’ve seen these painted and distressed mason jar bathroom storage and accessories sets on Etsy for the past year or so and have to admit I’ve been intrigued. My first concern has been durability. Especially if you’re using craft paint. It’s water soluble. And even with a top clear coat, I worried that they finish would eventually wash off. Or peel off. Which has made me reluctant to try my hand at creating this mason jar bathroom storage set. You’ll admit the finish isn’t permanent. But it’s much more durable than craft paint. Especially after you give it a clear sealant coat.

 

1. Give your jars two coats of Amy Howard One Step Paint in your choice of color; let dry completely between coats.


2. After the second coat dries overnight, distress the raised lettering on the mason jar. I use 80 grit sandpaper.

3. Finish it with two coats of a matte finish sealant. This is my go to product that I found at the online shop.

For the toothbrush holder, I used a mason jar lid insert that is meant for a flower arrangement.
For the soap dispenser, I purchased the lid converter kit from an online shop. And that’s it. The smallest jar is a 4 oz. quilted jelly jar. The cotton balls are in one of Ball’s Elite Collection jars (1/2 pint).
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4 Natural Ways to Wake Up Looking Gorgeous

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The importance of a good night’s sleep isn’t lost on any of us. Besides keeping the mind healthy, it also plays a huge role in making sure you’re looking your very best. And while a solid eight hours of beauty rest can go a long way, why not put those hours spent in bed to good use and get even more gorgeous overnight? These 4 beauty and hair tips work while you sleep, so you just need to lay your pretty head down and wake up looking like new!


1. Wash Your Face:
The best of beauty products won’t make a difference if you don’t start with a clean slate, so always wash your face before going to bed. Keep a stash of cleansing wipes in your bedside table for a quick fix on those exhausting late nights.

2. Honey and Cinnamon Spot Treatment:

Get rid of acne without any harsh chemicals. Honey and cinnamon are natural remedies for killing bacteria, zapping away zits as you sleep. (via Beautiful by Nature)

3. Aloe Vera:
In addition to soothing a nasty sunburn, aloe vera is also another great natural remedy for curing acne. Use aloe vera gel as a spot treatment or as an overnight moisturizer that keeps skin soft but not greasy. (via Mind Body Green)

4. Cold Eye Cream:
You may already be applying your eye cream religiously, but did you know it works better when it’s cold? Keep your eye cream in the refrigerator and apply before going to bed to decrease morning puffiness.

Monday, 26 November 2018

Think you’re in great shape? Test yourself with these foundational exercises that measure your level of fitness and health!

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Whether you’re into bodyweight workouts, walking, running, heavy lifting or dancing, there are a few basic exercises you should be able to do. Being able to perform certain exercises or movements can help you better understand your level of fitness, but more importantly, your health.


1. Pushup: You knew this would be on here! The pushup is an ideal measurement of fitness because it recruits several muscle groups: chest, arms and back in the upper body, the core, and even your glutes. Remember your gym teacher making you do these in elementary school for some physical standardized test? This go-to exercise is also a test standard in most boot camps and in the military.

Here’s how you do it: Place your hands slightly wider than your shoulders and bring your feet together, pushing back through the heels. Brace your abdominals so your hips fall into place – your body should create a solid, straight line from the top of the head through the spine, past the hips and all the way down the back of your legs. Exhale and lower your entire body toward the floor as the elbows bend diagonally behind you, palms pressing into the floor. Go as low as you can, ideally bringing your chest to parallel with the elbows or lower, then inhale to push yourself up without breaking that straight line. Get more details here or try it now!


2. Plank: Going back to the fundamentals of core strength and the first position of a pushup, consider the plank. Basically, you need to be able to suspend your body weight between your hands and your feet. Easy, right? Not exactly. The plank requires a strong core, not just your abs, but your hip flexors and glutes. Good form is so important with a plank and it really makes the difference between being able to do it or falling on your face. Most importantly, being able to achieve the plank position during a workout relates to real life functionality more than any other core exercise. It brings your entire body in-sync, and coordination keeps us safe!

Here’s how you do it: Bring your elbows to the floor underneath the shoulders with your hands together or laying separately, palms down. For a high plank, place the hands directly under the shoulders with your palms pressing evenly into the floor and your fingers pointing forward, slightly spread. Zip the legs together, squeezing through the inner thighs through the abdominals. At the same time, let the shoulder blades round out a bit so you’re really pushing the floor away from you and engaging your lats (see below how Real Mom Model Holly Beck places her hands to engage the lats even more). Pull the belly button into the spine to protect the lower back while flexing the glutes. Push back through your heels to even the weight distribution. Breathe. Get your plank on here.


3. Bridge: A classic yoga pose, the bridge also translates into trendy workouts like barre and CrossFit (pelvic thrusters). By powerfully flexing the glutes and stabilizing with the core, you’re also able to stretch the anterior side of your body. You should be able to lift your hips off the ground using only your muscles and holding the position for at least a few seconds. You want your hips to be in line with your thighs for strength training or surpass the thighs for a bigger stretch, like in yoga.


Here’s how to do it: Lie on your back with your arms at your sides, palms down. Bend your knees and walk your feet toward your hips until they are flat on the ground. Before you even lift, make sure the lower back is protected by first bracing the abs. Squeeze the glutes together, push through your heels and lift the hips off the ground. Unless you’re stretching, do not arch your lower back (see the yoga version here). Put the work in the glutes and the weight into your heels. Continue to flex the glutes until you lower. Lower slowly, vertebra by vertebra until your hips are on the floor again. Get the details here.

2 Yoga Poses for Back Pain – Strengthen and Heal Your Lower Back

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why I’m writing this article and why you’re here. I love yoga, you love yoga, now let’s use the beautiful practice to heal our bodies and reverse all that damn sitting!

1. Supine Spinal Twist

  • Begin from the pose above and with the right knee into the chest.
  • Exhale – roll onto your left hip as the right knee softens toward the ground.
  • Extend your right arm out along the floor, shoulder-width height.
  • Keep the left hand resting gently on the right knee.
  • Let the right knee become heavy, slowly releasing further towards the floor.
  • Stay for 10 – 30 breaths.
  • Inhale – gently engage the low belly and bring both knees back to center.
  • Repeat the above steps on the left side

Benefits: Stretches the back muscles and glutes, massages the back and hips, hydrates the spinal discs, and lengthens, relaxes, and realigns the spine.
Cautions:
if back pain or back injury is a concern, bring both knees together and twist to your body’s comfort.


2.Childs Pose

  • Begin in a neutral tabletop position – bring knees together, sit back onto the heels, then gently release the torso to the ground.
  • The arms can drape behind the body with palms up or extend long towards the front of the mat with palms down.
  • Forehead softly rests on the ground and back of the neck is long.
  • Gently close the eyes and let gravity do the work.

Benefits: helps relax and rejuvenate the entire body, encourages forward flexion in the spine, hips, and knees. Considered a resting pose that centers calms, and soothes the body.
Cautions: avoid if experiencing knee injury or recovering from a recent knee injury.
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Do you know 5 Common Exercises You are doing wrong ?

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Stacy Berman, a New York City certified personal trainer and founder of Stacy’s Boot Camp, recently sent us the top five exercises that people do wrong in the gym, with tips on how to correct your own technique and avoid getting hurt. Follow them to stay injury free!

1. Sit-Ups
The full sit-up isn’t just bad for the neck, it isn’t very effective at toning the mid-section, either. Many people lock their hands behind their head and strain their neck while sitting up, causing a torque in the spine, which ultimately leads to neck and back pain.

Do it Right: For a safe and effective stomach workout, you should do abdominal crunches instead of sit-ups. Lie on your back and position your legs with your feet on the floor and your knees bent.

Then, with your hands either behind your head or crossed over your chest, lift your entire torso from the belly button up to about a 45-degree angle, taking care to keep your spine aligned and your back flat against the floor. Slowly lift and lower your torso for a better overall ab workout with less strain on your neck and back.

2. Squats
When done correctly, squats can be a great strength-building and toning exercise for the lower body. However, many people overdo it when it comes to weight—which can lead to injury. Doing a squat exercise with a barbell across your back puts you in a position to lift a great amount of weight. Many people (men especially) are prone to adding too much weight too soon, causing them to get into an improper position just to lift the weight.

Do it Right: Starting at a low weight is key for squats because you can focus solely on your form. The proper positioning for a squat should be as follows: Standing straight with a no-weight-added barbell across the back of your shoulders and your feet slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, lower your body down as if you are going to sit in a chair. Keeping your knees in a straight line as you lower and stop as your thighs create a 90-degree angle with your lower legs.

Your knees should stay in line with the rest of your legs (do not let them buckle in or out) and should not at any point bend too far forward as to cover your toes. Also, always keep your toes in sight to make sure you are sitting deep enough into the squat.

3. Shoulder Press
This exercise strains the shoulders, both on the way down and on the way up. The little muscles on the top of your shoulders work too hard and become inflamed, causing “weight-lifters’ shoulder.” It can also a lot of stress on the shoulder joints, which can lead to permanent damage.

Do it Right: By keeping your spine in line with your shoulders and head, you can avoid potential pain and injury in your shoulders and spine. Just like the squat, moderate weight should be used while you are still developing proper form.

You should also avoid the common “thrust up” that you may see many weightlifters using at the gym, as it creates a lot of force on the way up, making the exercise easier but very dangerous if you are not in control of the weight you are lifting.

4. Push-Ups
Push-ups are often the culprit of a neck, lower back, elbow and shoulder pain. They require a lot of strength: holding your entire body parallel to the floor is no small feat and it’s easy to overdo it.

Do it Right: The number one sin when doing push-ups is the saggy back, which Stacy sees in almost all of her clients when they first start doing the exercise. Start with modified push-ups on your knees in the proper form, which is hands placed shoulder-width apart and lower your body until your chest nearly touches the floor, keeping your head, neck and back aligned.

Once you are comfortable doing modified push-ups, start adding just a few regular ones into your routine until you are strong enough to completely replace the modified ones.

5. Pull-Ups
Ever since middle school, pull-ups have been the tried-and-true test for fitness. But this exercise is only effective if you do it right. The most common mistake is locking your elbows when you are lowering yourself from the bar. Pull-ups are a combination of raw strength and momentum, but being in control is a top priority because if you are swinging up and down on the bar, you will strain your arms, neck and back in the process. Knowing when to stop is key.

Do it Right: Using an assisted pull-up machine at the gym will help you reach your goal while maintaining proper form. Using a machine should not make the exercise easy for you, but just “doable.” Position your hands a little wider than shoulder-width apart. Traditional pull-up hand position is to curl your hands under the bar, with your fingers facing you.

The primary muscle you will be engaging is your biceps. Lower yourself slowly until your arms are almost completely extended but not locked at the elbows. Pull yourself back up in the same controlled motion. Do this with a little less assistance each time and eventually, you will be on your own!

Sunday, 25 November 2018

WHY SUGAR IS BAD FOR US ?

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Do you take an extra spoon of sugar in your tea or coffee every morning? Do you like to sip on soft drinks too often? There is some bad news for you. You are consuming a sweet, slow killer every day in the form of sugar. Whether that is regular sugar or added sweeteners, sugar has been proved to be a dangerous item that affects the human body in a number of ways that you surely aren’t aware of. Though the debate has been ongoing for decades, recent research have finally nailed it – yes, sugar is bad for you!
It increases cardiac risk:
While high cholesterol and fat were considered to be the most harmful for cardiac health, sugar isn’t far behind in that race. It has been proved that sugar affects the cardio-vascular activities and increases the risks of a heart attack more than 30%. Sugar, taken in any form, has been identified as a silent killer.

Increase insulin resistance:

Higher consumption of sugar can cause cells of your body to become resistant to insulin, thereby impeding the regular functions of insulin, the most important being the absorption of blood sugar (or glucose) by the cells and its use. Naturally, glucose remains in the blood stream and gives rise to a number of prolonged diseases like cardio-vascular diseases, obesity, metabolism syndrome and type II diabetes.

Increase cancer risk:
Since the body cells become insulin resistant, it becomes impossible for the hormone to prevent uncontrolled cell growth in the body – a condition that is the stepping stone to cancer. What is more, the inflammatory properties of sugar also act as a trigger for cancer in the body.

Increases calorie intake:
Fructose has much different effect on the satiety centers of the brain than glucose. While glucose intake triggers proper activity in the satiety center, fructose intake doesn’t. Naturally, the feeling of hunger persists even after sufficient amount of food has been consumed and this leads to over-eating and thus more unwanted calories in the body.

Can be addictive:
Who could even think that something as negligible as sugar could be addictive! But the truth is really disheartening. Sugar is indeed addictive and this is because the consumption of sugar causes excessive release of dopamine (one of the neurotransmitters) that creates the feeling of pleasure.

Here are the reasons why one should Include chia seeds in diet!

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Chia – as you hear the name, the first feeling that comes to your mind is of those cute chia pets that you have had in your room long time ago. But time has changed and the seeds from the chia flowers are now being considered an important food item and are being marketed all over the world. Originally found in Mexico, the chia seeds are now high in demand amongst health experts and health enthusiasts looking to reap the many benefits of these minute seeds.



Reasons why chia seeds are a must-have

Prevents aging
Though very small in size, chia seeds are a powerhouse of anti-oxidants that effectively fight against about 70% of the free radicals in the body, thus preventing cell damage and promoting better cell health. Better cell health ensures overall better health as well as stops the sagging of skin, keeping it soft and youthful.

Good for cardiac health
First and foremost, chia’s bounty of omega-3 fatty acids is immensely effective in lowering blood pressure, preventing inflammation, maintaining cholesterol levels as well as reducing blood clots and presence of triglycerides. All these together ensure a better cardiac health and at the same time, reduce chances of heart failure, stroke or erratic heartbeats.

Treats diabetes
Increased blood sugar levels are one of the most common problems affecting people all over the world today and chia seeds are an excellent solution for this problem. Studies have shown that the fiber and ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) content of chia seeds are a cure for common disorders like insulin resistance and dyslipidemia that are known to be the precursors of diabetes. Naturally, daily consumption of chia seeds not only controls your blood sugar levels, but also lowers it.

Good for skeletal health
Chia contains good amounts of magnesium, phosphorous, calcium along with proteins and these nutrients together help build better bones and maintain skeletal health.

Fights cancer
You may find it difficult to believe but ALA (alpha-linolenic acid) has been shown to stop the growth of cancerous cells in cervix and breasts, thus preventing spread of cancer. ALA can also selectively destroy cancerous cells in the body.
HAPPY PINNING:)

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

How to prevent an angora sweater from shedding all over the damn place ?

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To prevent an angora sweater from shedding all over the damn place, place it in a plastic bag and store it in the freezer for three hours. Shake it after you take it out of the bag to remove excess hair.

How to get rid of pills from an old hoodie or sweat shirt?

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Try a razor to get rid of pills from an old hoodie or sweatshirt.

The Secret to Unshrinking a Sweater

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You can un-shrink a sweater, by soaking it in warm water and
 hair conditioner for a few minutes.

Hacks for washing Socks

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Never lose another effing sock again:
Wash your socks in a lingerie bag.
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Clothing Hacks when you sat in some gum

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 So you sat in some gum. NBD!
 Get it out by freezing it and then scraping it off with a butter knife.
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Thursday, 1 November 2018

In Case If your stiff leather jacket isn’t to your liking here is what to do?

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If your stiff leather jacket isn’t to your liking, you can loosen it up by getting it wet and stretching in it a bit.

Clothing Hacks That’ll Make Your Life Far Better

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2. Get a stuck zipper unstuck by rubbing some crayon on both sides of the zipper. (It’s best to match the crayon color to the zipper)

Seriously Ingenious Clothing And Shoe Hacks That’ll Make Your Life Far Better

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1. Skip the softener but use a little lavender essential oil in your laundry for the best-smelling clothes ever.

Simply add 12 to 15 drops of the stuff to your liquid detergent and mix, before adding to your machine. Here’s more on how to do it. And if you don’t love lavender, feel free to use another essential oil!

How to Whiten Your Teeth Naturally In 3 Minutes at Home

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Products aimed at beautifying your smile line the shelves of drugstores these days. The problem? Many of these teeth whitening products contain chemicals that can be harmful to your health and can ultimately lead to eroding the enamel on your teeth. You can naturally and cheaply whiten your teeth at home using just two simple, all-natural ingredients and a toothbrush. You can brush your way to a whiter smile in just a few minutes’ time, once per week.

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 tablespoon of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) – you can also use baking soda as a general kitchen medicine. The juice of half a lemon or lime – also sees how to use lemon as a medicine. A clean, new toothbrush. That’s it! Here is how to put nature’s smile brightener to work for you:)

Teeth Whitening at Home – The Method

1. Place a tablespoon of baking soda into a small bowl and squeeze the juice of half a lemon (or half a lime) over the top.

2. The mixture will fizz up as the soda interacts with the citric acid in the citrus juice.

3. Once the fizzing subsides somewhat, take your toothbrush and stir the mixture into a thick paste. If the paste is too runny, add a dash or two more of baking soda until the proper consistency has been reached.

4. Put the paste onto the toothbrush and brush all of your teeth thoroughly, just as you would with regular toothpaste.

5. Rinse your mouth out well with plenty of water, and you’re done! That’s all there is to it.
Happy Pinning :)