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12 New Ways To Use Hairspray

by Wanda on February 22, 2017

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Hairspray was absolutely necessary for big 60′s and 80′s hair. Today’s hair has a more easy, casual vibe, but we all know that sometimes what looks really easy actually does take some work. Which is why hairspray is still a staple beauty product, and in my experience the more expensive brands are not always better. It’s good to know that you can get a good product that works for you without breaking the bank. And since you already have the can of hairspray around, you might as well get the most from it. Here are 12 new ways to use hairspray:

  1. Kill bugs: Spray those suckers with hairspray; it smells a lot better than bug spray!
  2. Preserve sidewalk art: Your kids work hard on their sidewalk chalk creations, and you can help it last a little longer with a coating of hairspray.
  3. Stop a run: There are few things more annoying than a run in your stocking. Stop it before it gets too big with a spritz of hairspray.
  4. Clean pet hair: Spray on a paper towel and run over the hairy surface. This works great for removing lint, too.
  5. Remove lipstick stains: Get those stains off your clothes with hairspray! Spray the stain, let it sit a little, wipe off, and wash in the laundry.
  6. Dry nail polish: Wait a few seconds after applying top coat and spray your nails. Just be careful not to spray too close.
  7. Fix a loose zipper: Keep it from sliding down by zipping up and spraying.
  8. Protect recipe cards: Coat with hairspray and you’ll be able to wipe off spills and splatters.
  9. Keep flowers longer: Spray them.
  10. Remove ink from clothes: Make the stain damp and then blot it with a towel you’ve sprayed with hairspray. The ink should transfer to the towel.
  11. Control static: Spray on the sticky things.
  12. Tame eyebrows: Eyebrows are hair, after all! Spray a little hairspray onto your finger or an eyebrow brush for a neat look.

What To Eat When You’re Stressed

by Wanda on February 19, 2017

Stress eating is a concept that lots of us are familiar with: you feel stressed, so you eat. You want comfort food, and the sad part about that is that most comfort food is not all that good for you. You might feel better in the short term, but then there’s all that guilt! There are healthy ways to eat to calm stress, though. It’s all about eating foods that have properties that affect mood, and letting that do the work to calm you down.  Here are some foods that calm stress:

  1. Avocado: Avocado has magnesium, which can boost mood and lower anxiety.
  2. Nuts and seeds: Also a great source of magnesium, as well as healthy fats which help with brain health.
  3. Whole grains: Carbs help produce serotonin, the feel-good hormone, and to get the most of carb eating, eat complex carbohydrates which help keep you feeling full longer. Complex carbohydrates keep your blood sugar levels steady, which has a great effect on your mood.
  4. Green leafy vegetables: They have the nutrient folate, which produces dopamine, another pleasure brain chemical.
  5. Turkey: All proteins contain amino acids, which help you relax, but turkey specifically has tryptophan, which has a particularly calming effect.
  6. Salmon: Salmon’s anti-inflammatory properties counteract the effects of stress hormones.
  7. Dark chocolate: Eating dark chocolate can reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. Dark chocolate also lowers blood pressure and creates feelings of euphoria!
  8. Berries: Because they’re packed with vitamin C eating berries calms stress.
  9. Cashews: A good source of zinc- a natural mood booster.
  10. Asparagus: Eating asparagus can be calming, due to their folate content.
  11. Yogurt: The protein and probiotics are helpful for calming you down and controlling anxiety.

Stress eating is something we can all understand, and you won’t catch me bashing comfort food! But if you’re eating to soothe yourself, try the foods that can have the biggest impact on your mood.

11 Reasons To Chew Gum

by Wanda on February 15, 2017

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What if there was one thing that would help your memory, keep you alert, help control your weight, and improve your dental health, among other things? You’d want to know what that one thing was, wouldn’t you? Get ready, because when you hear what this thing is, it’s gonna blow your mind. Ready? It’s gum!

Yes, chewing gum- obviously the sugarless kind- it good for you in a whole bunch of ways! While many people consider chewing gum to be a bad habit, that all changes when there are health benefits involved, as long as you’re considerate and chew politely. Here are the ways that chewing gum is good for you:

  1. It helps concentration and memory: The act of chewing gum increases blood flow to the brain, which is important for focus and memory.
  2. It makes you alert: It’s that blood flow, again. And it’s also thought that chewing stimulates nerves and parts of the brain that make you feel awake. Chewing gum can give you a pick-me-up when you start to drag later in the day.
  3. It relieves stress and anxiety: Chewing gum lowers levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. It’s also a good substitute for other nervous habits like nail biting.
  4. It reduces acid reflux and indigestion: When you chew gum you produce more saliva, which helps with digestion.
  5. It’s good for your teeth: The extra saliva helps clean your teeth. Again, chew sugarless, obvs!
  6. It keeps your breath fresh: Chewing minty gum will make your mouth feel fresh, of course, but it’s not just the smell of the mint. Chewing gum helps kill odor causing bacteria in your mouth.
  7. It controls food cravings: In studies, people who chewed gum felt fewer cravings and decreased hunger.
  8. It can help control weight: Well, fewer cravings always helps, and gum has way fewer calories than regular snacks.
  9. It burns calories: Okay, it’s not like running a marathon, but you are moving, and every calorie counts!
  10. It can help you quit smoking: The physical act of chewing can help.
  11. It can relieve ear pain: When your ears feel like they’re going to explode on an airplane, chewing gum relieves the pressure. This is great when you’re traveling with kids.

Gum! Who would’ve thought? And gum is no great splurge financially, either, so go out, get a few packs, and chew away!

 

11Ways To Zap A Zit

by Wanda on February 12, 2017

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Why is it that when you have a huge zit on your face everyone feels it necessary to point it out to you? As if you hadn’t noticed it yourself. Wouldn’t it be great if  you could just wish it away? Maybe one day, but right now wishing won’t do you any good. But you’ll be happy to know that there are some things you can do to make it go away fast! Next time you’re plagued with a nasty pimple, try some of these interesting methods to zap a zit.

  1. Lemon juice: Dab some lemon juice directly on the blemish to help it dry out faster.
  2. Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil’s antibacterial properties will help kill the bacteria that caused the zit in the first place.
  3. Toothpaste: Sounds crazy, but it works! Dab a little toothpaste on it to help dry it out. Use regular white toothpaste- not gel.
  4. Honey: Honey also acts as an antibacterial, so dab some on and leave it for about 30 minutes before rinsing with warm water. Do this a few times a day to speed healing time.
  5. Papaya: The enzymes in papaya do the work for you. Apply papaya juice, leave for 10-15 minutes, rinse.
  6. Cucumber: Place cucumber slices on the pimple. This is also soothing.
  7. Eye drops: Use the kind for red eyes to help clear a pimple.
  8. Garlic: Cut a clove in half and rub onto the zit. Tolerate the smell for 5 minutes and rinse.
  9. Purell: The alcohol will dry it out.
  10. Apple cider vinegar: Make a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 3 parts water, apply, and leave on for 15 minutes. Do this a few times a day.
  11. Sea salt: Stir 1 teaspoon sea salt into 2 teaspoons of water. Apply salt water with a Q-tip and do not rinse.

Some of these sound kind of crazy, but they do work!