Lifestyle

Toothbrush can work in mysterious ways

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Brushing the teeth is such an indispensable part of our daily existence that whenever we miss doing it, we felt like missing a friend or have lost an important accessory.

We do this twice or thrice a day and it will be no surprise to have seen our toothbrushes wither away like an old-aged woman.

Dentists have instructed and advised everyone to replace our toothbrush at least every two months and once a toothbrush’s life is done, it is doomed to be trash.

The cost of a single, generic toothbrush might be something that we can earn in a minute and purchasing a new one won’t even budge the budget, but if you were the resourceful type, you’d surely think twice before throwing it away.

Have you heard of recycling? Yes, well this can also apply to your trusted toothbrush. Below are some tricks and tips to lengthen the life of these teeth cleaners and before you say this would rather be unhygienic, just give it a try and read on.

As a cleaning tool, use your old toothbrush to remove unwanted spots that are hard to reach by the conventional kitchen or utility brushes.

The slim nature and head of your toothbrush is capable of scrubbing tile gaps on your kitchen, remove scum from your bathroom drain or clean the seemingly unreachable parts of your sink.

The brush has the same capabilities of a rough cleaning pad, and so it works exactly the same way. For those who have kids, use the toothbrush as a mighty tool in removing bubble gum stains off your precious little ones’ clothing and beat the struggle of doing so.

If you have quite a number of laptops and keyboards in the house, use your old toothbrush to remove the grit and crumbs that have been stuck underneath and in-between keyboard keys as if you have a miniaturized vacuum cleaner that won’t cost you a fortune.

Toothbrush can also be a gentler way to clean and disinfect your antique and expensive jewelries because it can seep on even the smallest locks and holes.

Be creative enough in introducing toothbrush’s aid on your daily kitchen dramas. For the little husk hairs of your corn cob, get a brand new toothbrush and be delighted at how these silky strands fall off with ease.

Keep your coffee maker filters free of any excess coffee grounds from getting the power of your toothbrush’s small and fine tips working. Your can opener might be an awesome kitchen tool at its best, but when used over time, this can be saturated with grime and food marks.

Soak it in soapy water and with a little swish of your toothbrush; flip it like it’s a brand new kitchen savior.

For beauty and cosmetics, toothbrushes have been an essential tool since time immemorial. Some of the few tricks that you can use toothbrushes with are de-clumping your mascara, tame your uncooperating hair ends, taming the eyebrows and styling it at the same time, can also be a quirky template for your nail art, exfoliate dry and chapped lips, be an instant nail dirt remover and can help you out in hair coloring as your reliable color applicator.

See more:

Extraordinary Uses for Toothbrushes
http://www.rd.com/home/extraordinary-uses-for-toothbrushes/

Alternative Uses for Your Toothbrush
http://thehappyhousewife.com/home-management/alternative-uses-for-your-toothbrush/

Paul Intalan

Once upon A-merican Time

TIME

And then there’s that so- called “American Time.” Americans are known for their value for time. That’s why it was called American Time. When you give a deadline, they will comply with it. But how important it is to be on time?

They say that punctual people are admired and respected. They gain it without asking for it. It is because people see how they value their time and other people’s time. Time is something that you can never get back.

So when, you were attended on time. It means a lot. It means that you are important. Being on time demonstrates that you are diligent and dependable. If you come on time in any appointments that you have, it means that you honor your commitments and you can be trusted.

That you respect other people’s time and you set a good example to other people too. It is said that punctual people build self –confidence, trust and success.

One of the common traits of successful people is that they view their time as a precious resource. When you are late for an appointment with a person who value their time, you will waste their valuable asset and they will also think that you are rude and does not respect them.

You might also get an impression of being irresponsible. And I believe you don’t want to brand yourself like that.

You should also make an effort to be on time for personal commitment, not just for your business- related transactions. Valuing your friend’s time will earn their respect for you. Gaining someone’s respect is an important part of your individual reputation.

Yes, there would be circumstances that may arise and it won’t be possible to be always on time. But if you know that you’ll be late, make sure to make a call as soon as possible. This will allow the other person to plan or adjust their schedule.

Always remember that there is no downside in being early, but, there is a significant downside of being late.

See More:

A Man Is Punctual: The Importance of Being on Time
http://www.artofmanliness.com/2012/07/16/a-man-is-punctual-the-importance-of-being-on-time/

The Importance of Being On Time
http://www.littlethingsmatter.com/blog/2010/01/21/the-importance-of-being-on-time/

Maria Alcantara

Make your statement at your doorstep

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The door welcomes anyone who steps in your home. And it is important that we care on its general appearance. With that being said, it is important to have a good, quality doormat at your doorstep.

Doormats, do not just beautify your space, but it also keep your floor in perfect condition. It also keeps your home from germs, making it dirt- free. But how will you make a statement at the door with a great doormat?

It is not impossible to make your entryway look appealing. You just need to make sure to choose quality and beautiful doormat. All you need to consider is both feet are fit and feet are comfortable onto the mat.

You also need to make sure that it is in good condition and quality, resistant materials like rubber, coir and bamboo. Also, it should withstand tough weather conditions and should be easy to clean as well.

Choose a color or pattern that will make a good impression of your home as soon as they step in at your doorstep. Here are some of the ideas you might want to check out:

Personalized doormats with written messages. These are the mats with the most appealing sense. It’s like having the first words you’ll say to your visitors before they enter your home.

You may also choose funny messages and your guests will surely appreciate your sense of humor.

Doormats with drawings. You can choose doormats with drawings of animals or some fun drawing depending on what type of person you are. You can also consider partnering it to your home design or theme.

Colors and patterns. Colors and patterns can make an impression and a statement. You may choose striking colors that will get your guest’s attention. As for the shape, the bolder will be better.

Having a welcoming entryway will make your guests think that you are a good host. It’s also important that it is always clean to make a good impression on what’s inside.

See More:

Design Statement Front Doors
http://www.marilyn.ca/AtHome/segments/Daily/May2015/5_7_2015/StatementFrontDoors

Stylish Front Door Mats
http://www.popsugar.com/home/Stylish-Front-Door-Mats-18858733

Maria Alcantara

Less fat, less worries

FAT

Fats, a product of meat and poultry and any other food related to meats, caused a greater percentage of deaths due to heart attacks and cardiac failures. Many institutions keep on finding a way on how to prevent this life-taking the substance.

They release many information about heart attacks and failures and how it can be prevented. They teach the method of measuring fat intake through the Recommended Daily intake index wherein the daily intake of every age bracket is listed along with every measure of food and its equivalent and total weight (milligrams) of vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, calories and fats.

By looking at this table, you would realize that a serving of a double-quarter-pound-cheesy-overload-jaw-breaker burger has fats equivalent to three days of the recommended intake. Too bad for the heart and yourself.

Many companies (technological, industrial, and pharmaceutical) do help in this case through their products. The non-stick pans and casseroles help you cook using less oil than usual. The air fryers which gives you a lot of joy and fries with less fat.

Food companies brag their low-fat-low –calorie products. Pills that help burn fats faster are said to be available in the market along with food products containing low or no fat.

Nutritionist and dieticians says that instead of depending on those products and drugs, a diet of fish, fruits and vegetables would help in reducing the risk of heart attacks and failure due to too much fat.

For a day’s energy, don’t rely too much on meat for fats, instead, choose protein-rich meal. Consult a doctor and have a heart check-up for better adjustments of meals and activities.

Have a regular exercise. Walking or jogging would simply have it done for you. It does not only burn fat, but exercises your heart and lungs as well.

The best remedy for such a thing is discipline. Always remember that “one is enough, two is too much” and that too much makes things worse, but with discipline, you’ll have less worries.

See More:

The Disadvantages of Fatty Foods
http://www.livestrong.com/article/277777-the-disadvantages-of-fatty-foods/

What Are the Advantages & Disadvantages of Eating Fats
http://livehealthy.chron.com/advantages-disadvantages-eating-fats-1331.html

Maria Alcantara

What is scalp psoriasis?

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Itchy scalp, flaky, and reddish? You can associate it to dandruff, yet scalp psoriasis is entirely different.

Scalp psoriasis is a disease most commonly seen in the scalp. Fifty percent of those who experience the ailment have at least one flare up in the scalp apart from the formation of scaling plaque on the other parts of the body, such as legs, arms, forehead, nape, and behind the ears.

Scalp psoriasis is a skin disorder, which makes the skin because of the dead skin cell build up. The skin disorder will look like dry skin except so much worse in which you can see skin flaking. This condition is also reddish in appearance around the white patches of skin.

This skin disorder cannot catch from the sufferer. Instead, it can be in the genes, which means you have the possibility of experiencing the disorder once you have a family that experienced scalp psoriasis. Doctors also have their fingers pointed to the immune system for the cause of the disorder.

The specifics of its cause are yet to be pointed out. What we know is there is something defective in our immune system, which causes the skin cells to grow in mere days instead of its normal time that is weeks. Unfortunately, the old skin cells will not shed until its normal time, causing an increase build up, which then triggers the appearance of scalp psoriasis.

Scalp psoriasis is quite hard to diagnose if it only appears on the scalp. You will most likely consider the itchiness as dandruff not knowing you are already developing scalp psoriasis until it is already severe.

While current studies don’t impose threats about the condition, it is still important to see the doctor in order to know if maybe another form of skin disease like seborrheic dermatitis. This skin disease looks similar to scalp psoriasis with other causes and other treatments.

Another reason why you need to see the doctor is in order to get a prescription that will let the skin disorder heal faster. There are over-the-counter treatments for the disease like ointments, medicated shampoos and soaps, but stronger treatments need a prescription from the doctor.

Not giving scalp psoriasis the proper attention will cause you hair loss due to constant scratching and added stress, which will affect your performance and responsibilities.

See more:

Psoriasis Diet, Pictures, Treatment, Symptoms and Causes
http://www.medicinenet.com/psoriasis/article.htm

Psoriasis Causes, Symptoms, Treatments
http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/psoriasis-topic-overview

Mary Grace Valdez

Personal growth: Say “NO”

Saying No

There is always a stigma attached when you say “NO.” Like black and white, we always associate a negative feeling to “no,” while in fact we should know by now there is more to the word than the refusal of the request or demand.

I told my little sister no when she asks me to go to the mall with her this weekend, since I prefer to submerge myself on fictional books instead. Am I selfish to refuse an offer of a bonding time with my sibling? Do I have to explain myself? Do I need to say sorry?

When saying “no,” the society dictates to give an explanation or apology in the least for the rejection. It is to be polite, to avoid hard feelings, and to give the rejected party a little bit of a consolation prize in the form of misguided pity disguised as false control.

This should not be the case. When you say “no,” say no – no explanations and definitely no apology. “Sorry,” is synonymous to admitting you made a bad decision in an attempt to keep the ties. You’ve grown past the crowd pleaser, which shows your personal development.

Personal development could only be achieved when you feel the most alive. And to get the fulfilled life you have to focus on your goals, what matters most, and what you will benefit in the long run. Yet, how will you achieve that when you keep on saying “yes”? Affirming to ideas, which should be disregarded in the first place, will have your energies wasted and your motivation running low. This negative feeling will affect your productivity further widening the gap between you and your goals until you give up for what was once attainable.

Saying “no” takes lots of guts. People will not be happy, but it is necessary to save yourself, your future endeavors, and the people you said “no” in the first place unnecessary heartaches. It is tough, yet it is the key in unlocking the best person you want to be.

See more:

Stress relief: When and how to say no
http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/stress-management/in-depth/stress-relief/art-20044494

The Gentle Art of Saying No
http://www.lifehack.org/articles/communication/the-gentle-art-of-saying-no.html

Mary Grace Valdez

Be better than your hangover episodes

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And so you have been drinking the night before. A little get together with friends have turned into a major ‘boozefest’ that you weren’t successful in avoiding since the spur of the moment excuse gets the best of you.

There’s no harm in occasionally drinking, but you know you have crossed the border last night and all have been coming back to you the morning you wake up in the form of a hangover. You cannot blame anyone but yourself.

So you sluggishly welcomed the day, with your eyes bloodshot and sort of feeling dizzy and nauseous at the same time. It seemed that your head is split open, your brains come sloshing out and you feel like banging it on the nearest concrete.

The world spins beneath your feet and it’s like you’re dead drunk again, but in reality, the remaining power of alcohol is careening still on your bloodstream, waiting to be flushed out.

But work says 8AM and you need all your might to get-up straight and start the day as if you’re feeling nothing unusual. The next question is how. Below are some tips to successfully combat the quirky effects of over the top beer binging and its hangover accompaniment.

One of the most effective ways to keep the hangover at minimal is to drink as much water as you can once the blow hits. Because of alcohol’s diuretic nature, people who drink it will have the side effect of peeing more than normal and in the end be the cause of dehydration.

If you’re in for a night of debauchery again, try to have a balance between one glass of water to a pint of beer. If you’re feeling a little bit more scientific with electrolyte replacement, grab a bottle of your trusted sports drink and let it do its wonders on your fazed-out bodily system.

Coffee and crackers can be a lethal combination to trump out the remnants of alcohol in your body the morning after. Coffee, like its usual purpose, would definitely aid you in being jolted back to reality and wake your whole body up.

If you choose to gulp down on this magic potion, still be prepared with your glass of cold water as caffeine is said to contribute to further dehydration. Crackers, on the other hand, are said to bring back your digestive system working the way it should be because of its carb content.

Carbohydrate intake would also help you out in putting your blood sugar levels back to its normal settings.

If you’re one of the many who wanted to seek the power of medicine and drugs, keep the selection of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to cure your irritating hangover episodes. Be keen on picking just the likes of aspirin, ibuprofen and naproxen as these types won’t do anything harmful to your body.

Get the nutrients on the level it should be by taking-in your daily multivitamins. Exercise will be the best possible way to aid you in combating hangover. Sweating it out through your usual lifts and routines on the treadmill would definitely strike a chord on your bodily systems that it is the time to work normally again.

See more:

Hangover Remedies: Cures That Work
http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20452426,00.html

11 Ways to Cure a Hangover
http://www.menshealth.com/best-life/11-ways-ease-nasty-hangover

Paul Intalan

Rose hip and its wonders

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Rose hip’s benefits have been known since the middle age. This fruit of the endearing rose plant has its functions too. Take away the beauty of the flower itself, the goodness rose hip can bring on strengthening one’s health and curing health conditions have been well known even earlier times.

Rose hip can be found just on the branches after the flower. What’s impressive in this small bud of fruit is its richness in Vitamin C. It’s an even better alternative because it has 50% more vitamin C than oranges. Getting a dose of this fruit will then provide a better immune system that has the ability to combat illnesses such as colds, flu and asthma.

The goodness of this fruit can be experienced in its different forms. While it can be eaten raw, old medicine dries rosehips and seeds.

Some also turn it into a tea, jelly or syrup. Beauty junkies though, has popularly known it in oil form. Content wise, aside from vitamin C, rosehip is also a champion when it comes to having vitamin A, calcium and iron. It is also rich in manganese, vitamin E and vitamin B complex.

Rose hip tea is a god diuretic and laxative. It soothes the condition of constipation and kidney related diseases. Since it is rich in vitamin A and other inflammatory properties, it helps the body to waive off infections helps in treating wounds and allergies.

It is also considered as a good choice when it comes to cancer prevention. Properties like carotenoids, flavonoids, polyphenols, leucoanthocyanins and catechins are antioxidants that are effective to rule out the existence of cancer onto one’s health.

Those who suffer from arthritis can resort to rise hip on getting remedy the natural way. It alleviates the soreness and pain and stiffness being experienced by joints. Rose hip also lowers and control the cholesterol in the body.

Having an enough level of cholesterol will avoid the occurrence of heart diseases like stroke. Drink rose hip tea in the morning to have a more controlled cholesterol level.

Rose hip is also believed to aid acne and halt the signs of aging, the vitamin C in rose hip fights the bacteria in acne and brings cure to the stubborn appearance of the said skin condition.

It also helps with hydration and developing of newer, healthier skin for a glowing complexion.

See More:

The Wonders of Rose Hips
http://lifeasahuman.com/2015/home-living/gardening/the-wonders-of-rose-hips/

The Wonders of Rose Hips
http://www.thejoyofwellness.net/the-wonders-of-rose-hips/

Aira Algado

Battle of tails: Cocktails VS Mocktails

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We cannot say that a party is a party if there is no wine served. However, not all party- goers drink alcohol. Some just want to chill and be with their friend’s party. But how can a party-goer who’s not into the alcoholic drink can enjoy the party and join every “cheers” session? Well, thanks to mocktail! Ever heard of it? From its root word “mock” or to mimic, or imitate, a mocktail is a drink that is served just like a cocktail, but with minimum or zero alcohol content. A mocktail saves the day for non-alcoholic party people.

While cocktail is an alcoholic mixed drink, it is perfect to be served for the older ones, therefore mocktails are served for the younger guests in the parties or events. The good thing with mocktails is that you won’t get intoxicated while enjoying the party. Cocktails should be taken in moderation for the alcohol content, though its 4 parts of a glass, it might lead to mild intoxication, or even worse.

It is said that mocktails are cocktails without spirits. No kick. No punch. Just taste. For example, is the Pina Colada. This cocktail has a creamy topping with the spirit and the pineapple juice below.

In some recipe, all its ingredients are blended with crushed ice and served creamed all over. But with the Virgin Pina Colada, a mocktail, you’ll experience its pleasure and taste without the kick. Spirit free Pina Colada as some may call it. Both have the same creamy texture, the same taste (though its cocktail has a bit of punch because of its base) and both enjoyable.

In some bars and restaurant, mocktails are classified as ladies’ drink. It’s mild. And because of the styles and garnishes, it’s really tempting. In preparing these “tails”, presentation and appearance are important aspects along with the taste.

For example, is the rainbow punch, it looks like a rainbow because the colors in the wine do not mix unless stirred.

Mocktails and cocktails are said to aid in losing weight, detoxification, proper metabolism, fair skin and staying fit. To help you get fit, you might want to have a mocktail punch in your lunch and a glass of your favorite cocktail at night.

See More:

Cocktails Vs. Mocktails — What’s The Difference?
http://de.slideshare.net/drink123/cocktails-vs-mocktails-whats-the-difference

25 Cocktails & Mocktails for Sparkling Celebrations
http://www.thekitchn.com/20-cocktails-mo-163500

Maria Alcantara

Improve beauty with Multani Mitti

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Multani Mitti, popularly known as fuller’s earth is being used even during the ancient times in India. This is an ancient natural remedy for preserving and maintaining one’s beauty. This clay can be used and turned into various forms like cleanser, toner and facial mask which happened to be the most popular.

Ladies, cut your regular meet up with your facials and save up by using this nature’s gift. This is total budget-friendly and very gentle that it will not harm, even the most sensitive skin.

Multani Mitti is most popular in the form of masks. Known for being rich in magnesium chlorine, acne prone skin would really benefit from this nature’s wonder. It eliminates excess oil and dirt that’s responsible for the occurrence of acne.

We all know that deep seated bacteria are the ones to blame for having ugly impurities on the skin. Mix it with rose water and experience a better looking skin.

Those that have acne scars can also pair it with lemon juice to even out dark spots. Worrying about having oily skin can be lessened because this clay is also known for its oil absorbing properties while delivering a cooling effect. Great for those that suffer from irritation and ideal for those who wear sensitive skin.

It can also slough off dead skin that’s responsible for a dull looking aura. Reveal the younger skin by eliminating the old and allow the body’s largest organ to breathe in a better way. The result is a glowing skin with improved texture. Add beaten egg and put it onto face and get the feel of having a home-made firming mask. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and notice a better looking skin.

Multani Mitti can also be used in treating sunburn because of its soothing properties. Mix it with essential oils of Aloe Vera and slather to skin. Let it stay for 10-15 minutes and wash thoroughly.

This will not only heal the burnt surface but will also speed up the process of scraping the old skin to reveal a healthier surface.

See More:

Fuller’s Earth / Multani mitti beauty benefits
https://beautyhealthtips.in/beauty-benefits-of-multani-mitti/

Awesome Benefits of Multani Mitti for Face, Skin and Hair
http://www.stylishwalks.com/awesome-benefits-multani-mitti-face-skin-hair/

Aira Algado