Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Instituto Espanol Rose Body Oil (Review)


If you like the scent of roses, then you will enjoy this rose body oil. This body oil from Instituto Espanol has a light scent of roses. It dries quickly after it is applied onto the skin. This rose oil is perfect for hydrating dry skin and for treating eczema. Due to its antioxidants and antiseptic properties, it gets rid of redness, inflammation, and itchy dry skin. 

Also, this rose body oil can be used as a massage oil. This oil can be applied to your elbows, hands, abdomen, legs, and feet. It helps you feel relaxed and have less pain. After a few days, your skin will feel smoother and have a natural glow.  Here is the link for Instituto Espanol products. 


https://www.institutoespanol.com/


* This is not a paid review post.




Monday, March 30, 2020

How to Deodorize Dresser Drawers?


Deodorizing dresser drawers only take a few minutes out of the day to freshen the scent of your clothes. Begin by mixing water and distilled white vinegar in an empty spray bottle. Then, spray each dresser drawer with vinegar. After that wait for each drawer to air dry. Next, spray Lysol onto the dresser drawers and wait for the drawers to get dry.  Next, place fabric softener sheets on each drawer.

Another way to deodorize dresser drawers is by using your favorite essential oil in cotton balls. Place the cotton balls with the essential oil on every corner of the drawers.  The second way to use essential oils is by placing an essential oil onto a piece of cardstock paper. The third way is putting potpourri in a sachet with your favorite essential oil. Here are more resources about deodorizing dresser drawers.

How to Get Musty Smell Out of Chest of Drawers:
https://www.hunker.com/12317447/how-to-get-musty-smell-out-of-chest-of-drawers

Countless Uses for Fabric Softener Sheets-Clean Laundry:

https://cleanlaundry.com/countless-uses-fabric-softener-sheets/

Homemade Drawer Freshener: Keep Your Clothes Smelling Fresh:
https://madewithoils.com/homemade-drawer-freshener/

Easy Way to Naturally Freshen Drawers & Closets:
https://www.lemonslavenderandlaundry.com/freshen-drawers-closets/




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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Artesanias Mr. Pinzon Cross-body Handbag (Review)


Handmade weaved handbags make an amazing accessory to any outfit. It is easy to take care of these handbags. This particular handbag from Artesanias Mr. Pinzon can be washed by hand. It has a long strap to cross around your body. It has one zipper and a small pocket on the front of the handbag. 


These handbags are light to carry while you are doing your errands. This small cross-body handbag holds the necessary items and makes it easier to find your items too. In addition, the strap is very comfortable around your neck. Artesanias Mr. Pinzon handbags come in different sizes ranging from small coin purses, cell phone bags, cross-body, and backpacks. It also makes a great gift. 


Artesanias Mr. Pinzon bags come in different colors and in solid colors like this black cross-body handbag. These handbags can be found in Etsy, Poshmark, and at Artesanias Pinzon website. Each bag is handwoven and has a unique design. These handbags are handmade in Mexico. Here are more resources to buy and to read about Artesanias Mr. Pinzon handbags. 


Artesanias Mr. Pinzon:

http://www.artesaniaspinzon.com/

Poshmark:
https://poshmark.com/

Etsy:
https://www.etsy.com/

* This is not a paid review post. 




Friday, March 27, 2020

Listening to Bird Music for Relaxation


Bird songs have a calming effect on the brain. It makes you alert and makes you aware of the time. Meditating with bird music reduces your stress and anxiety. By listening to bird songs combined with classical music, the brain also prepares the body for sleep mode. For example, Tosselli's Serenade is a relaxing classical composition that helps you calm down and do visual meditation. 

Another composition is from Delius, On Hearing, the First Cuckoo in Spring has a melancholy sound that makes you feel serene. In addition, it makes you feel creative. The composition from Rautavaara, Cantus Arcticus, has a delightful bird song with classical music to help you concentrate. Overall, listening to bird music is stimulating for the brain. Here are more resources about listening to bird music. 


The Surprising Uses for Birdsong-BBC News:

https://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-22298779

Try Listening to Bird Music-Beautiful Voyager:

https://bevoya.com/anxiety-help/bird-song-anxiety-relief

Understanding Why Birds Sing:

https://www.thespruce.com/why-birds-sing-386221

Andre Reiu-Nightinggale Serenade (Tosselli Serenade):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dXApBvgUNBQ



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Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Three Recommendations on How to Work From Home


Working from home gives you more time to take care of your family.  It creates less stress for you and less time worrying about your family. Also, you can create your own schedule to work from home. You can work at your own pace.  Before you begin your work at home, keep in mind these three recommendations.

The first recommendation is to find a quiet room or a corner in the living room. Dust a desk to set up your computer and other work equipment. Make sure there is enough lighting. Add a portable radio, CD player, or an iPod so you can listen to music while you work. Use a headphone set if needed. 

Second, tell your family members that live with you about your work schedule. Next, use a planner to make your own work schedule and include your break time. Working from home should not be too stressful. Third, spend some quality time with your family during your break from working at home. Your family will understand and will appreciate you more.


It is necessary to separate your work problems and your problems at home. Try to stay positive. Always take notes when you receive information from your boss through the telephone. At the end of the day make a to-do list of the items that need to get done for the next day. Here are resources to help you work from home. 

23 Essential Tips for Working Remotely:
https://www.inc.com/lindsey-pollak-eileen-coombes/remote-work-home-productivity-communication-self-care-morale-team.html

20 Tips for Working From Home:

https://www.pcmag.com/news/get-organized-20-tips-for-working-from-home

5 Tips for Staying Productive While You're Working From Home:

https://time.com/5801725/work-from-home-remote-tips/

Remote Working Tools:
https://cocofax.com/resource/remote-working-tools.html 



Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Benefits of Rosehip Oil for Dry & Sensitive Skin


Rosehip oil is used as a carrier oil with essential oils. This carrier oil is used to dilute peppermint, lavender, and chamomile essential oil. However, Rosehip oil is also beneficial for all skin types including dry and sensitive skin. It nourishes, hydrates, and moisturizes the skin leaving the skin smooth. This oil can be applied to your face, neck, and d├ęcolletage to reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation.

Do not confuse Rosehip Oil with Rosewater. Rosehip oil is made from the fruit and the seeds of roses. It is also called Rosehip Seed Oil. In contrast, Rosewater is made from the petals of roses and water which is used as a skin toner. The most beneficial aspect of Rosehip oil is that it helps to form collagen and it is a natural exfoliator.

Before applying Rosehip oil to your face, it is recommended to do a skin patch test to prevent skin allergies. Avoid applying Rosehip oil near your eyes and lips. Massage this oil onto your face, neck, and d├ęcolletage. Furthermore, it reduces the redness and inflammation that the skin might have due to sun damage and skin conditions. Here are more resources about Rosehip Oil.

Rosehip Oil for Skin: The Complete Guide:

7 Amazing Rosehip Oil Skin Benefits-What is Rosehip Seed Oil:

Rosehip Oil for Face: Anti-Aging, Acne, Dark Circles, and More:



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Monday, March 23, 2020

Internet Safety Tips for Children, Teens, & Adults


It is important to inform your children and teens about Internet safety for their peace of mind and yours. It is beneficial to speak to them about the importance of not posting private information online. Also, making them aware of the dangers of being on certain applications on their cellphone, tablet, and computer. Monitoring your children's and your time online will help you feel more at ease. Therefore, this list should help you as a guide on how to protect your children and yourself online while having fun browsing. 

1. Keep your anti-virus program updated.
2. Change passwords frequently.
3. Do not post private information.
4. Check your  Internet privacy settings.
5. Create a screen name without your last name and birthday. 
6. Be careful what you download.
7. Avoid anything negative online. 
8. Preview or read everything before you post or publish your messages online.
9. Always backup your information.
10. Use the two-step identification for sensitive information such as your e-mail and when you log in to certain websites. 

After reviewing this list with your children and with yourself, make an online contract with them or make a poster with online safety rules. This will help them remember what they learned about Internet safety. Always delete your Internet browser cookies and history. Last, do not leave your computer and other electronics unattended while you are multitasking. Here are more resources about Internet Safety.

Internet Safety 101: 15 Tips to Keep Your Kids and Family Safe:


How to Child-Proof the Internet:


Internet Safety for Adults:


Privacy Tips for Older Adults-Stay Safe Online:


The Ultimate Online Safety Guide for Senior Citizens:





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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Cleaning Produce During a Pandemic


During these days of quarantine, it is important to clean your produce besides cleaning kitchen counters, stoves, and sinks. After buying your fruits and vegetables, it is highly recommended to wash them before putting them away in your fridge or on the counter. Some vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower, and other cruciferous vegetables should be washed with distilled white vinegar for ten or fifteen minutes in a bowl of water. Also, you can wash them with lemon juice and with water. Other vegetables can be washed with salt and water before you use them for cooking your meals.

When washing your fruits, you can also soak them in water and in salt or with vinegar for ten to fifteen minutes. You can use a plastic toothbrush to gently remove the dirt of strawberries and other small fruits while you wash them with salt and water. Another way is by washing them with baking soda and with water. It is a good idea to wash all your fruits and vegetables to prevent any stomach issues before consuming them.  Washing your fruits and vegetables can prevent food poisoning, E.coli, and bacteria from getting inside your body.

After everything is washed, you will worry less and feel secure about consuming your produce. Although the Coronavirus (COVID-19) does not affect the food system, it is best to prevent stomach issues during these stressful times. This can prevent diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach cramps while you stay at home. It is best to prevent and not to lament later.  Here are more resources about washing your produce.

How to Naturally Clean Fruits and Veggies:

Exactly How To Wash Your Fruits and Vegetables:

How to Wash Fruit and Vegetables:






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Friday, March 20, 2020

International Day of Happiness & Keeping Calm


International Day of  Happiness is always celebrated on March 20th. This day can be celebrated anywhere by doing hobbies that you adore. Also, by being kind to yourself and others. This year's theme is to be calm, to be wise, and to be kind. One way to celebrate is by listening to music, dancing to music, and doing karaoke at home.

The second way is by watching your favorite comedy movie or tv series. Laughter reduces your stress level and helps you to stay calm. The third way is by reading a new book and discuss the book with your friend on the telephone. Making positive actions for yourself and for others makes you feel content and healthy.  Here are more resources about the International Day of Happiness. 

International Day of Happiness:
https://www.dayofhappiness.net/#new

International Day of Happiness:
https://happinessday.org/

International Day of Happiness-2020:
https://www.awarenessdays.com/awareness-days-calendar/international-day-of-happiness-2020/





Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Handmade Easter Card Tutorial


Painting and making cards is a fun way to entertain kids. It also teaches them about gratitude.  Using a few materials, this card only takes about thirty minutes to make. Also, it fits inside a standard size envelope for mailing the card.  Here is the tutorial for making this handmade Easter card. 

Materials:


Acrylic Paint

Paint Brushes
4 X 6 Photo Paper
Stationery Paper
Flower Stickers or Floral Stationery Paper
Scissors
Glue Stick
Egg Stencil (Optional)
Pencil

First, glue paper onto a four by six photo paper. Trim the edges with a pair of scissors. Next, glue paper on the other side of the photo paper. Second, trim the edges. Third, fold the paper in half. 


After that use a stencil or draw an egg with a pencil. Then, using acrylic paint, paint the outline of the egg. Wait for the paint to dry. Fourth, paint the inside of the egg with watercolors or wet the paintbrush with acrylic paint. Once again, wait for the paint to dry. Then, paint flowers inside the egg. Wait for everything to get dry. 




Fifth, cut strips of paper to make the label for the card. Cut flowers from floral stationery paper or use flower stickers. Glue the flowers or place flower stickers onto the card. Last, glue a strip of paper onto the card and write down, " Happy Easter" on the front of the card. Repeat the same steps on the back of the card.



However, paint a different design on the back of the card such as dots, circles, or any other shape. Wait for everything to dry before gluing the paper flowers or placing the stickers onto the card. Complete the card by gluing a strip of paper and writing down, " Made by and your name." After everything is glued, you can write a message inside the card. Also, this card can be made for celebrating the spring season too. Happy Easter in advance!







Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Letting Go of Disappointment



Letting go of disappointment can be tricky. However, having mixed emotions and not feeling your emotions can hurt in the long run. First, let go of your emotions by writing them down or talking to someone you trust. Second, take care of yourself and do not take issues personally. Third, disappointments are unavoidable. Learn from your experiences without being afraid of the present. 


Sit down and write down your emotions for ten or fifteen minutes. Be open to your options and do not lose any opportunity to reach your goal. Practice yoga, meditation, or any other way to manage your stress and to let go of disappointment. Seek professional help if you cannot stop thinking about your disappointments. Here are more resources about letting go of disappointment. 

How to Let Go: 12 Tips for Letting Go of the Past:
https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-let-go#1

Disappointment: Anxiety and Sadness to Letting Go-Gratitude:
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/love-and-gratitude/201209/disappointment-anxiety-and-sadness-letting-go-gratitude

How to Deal With Disappointment and Let Things Go:
https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/how-to/how-to-deal-with-disappointment-and-let-things-go/



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Sunday, March 15, 2020

Found Poetry in Photo Images


Reading poetry during different times of the day encourages your mind to stay sharp. Today, I've written two poems called " Found Poetry". Found Poetry is a collage of words found from books, magazines, and journals. It is a great way to learn new words. All you will need is a magazine, book, or journal and flip to any random page.  

Then, underline any word or words that you like. After that notice, if there is a theme to write your found poem. Also, if are using a short story, your poem will have a summary of the story. These poems were made from the Woman's World magazine issue on October 22, 2018. Here are more resources about Found Poetry. 

What is Found Poetry:

Found Poetry: Read Examples and Write Your Own Literary Remix:

Found Poem:



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Friday, March 13, 2020

Spring Time To-Do List


Making to-do lists is important to organize your priorities. It helps you stick to your schedule. To-do lists should have a starting date and a due date to complete the task. You can have more than one list. One list can have all of your chores, appointments, and other items. 

Using numbers or bullets also helps to sort your duties at home and at work. Make one to-do list for the items that need to be done at home. Next, make another to-do list for work or for college. Use different colored pens to write your list. Although there are apps to create a to-do list,  sometimes writing it down helps to remember the tasks that need to be done for that day or for the week.

Do not feel guilty if you add assignments that you love to do on your to-do list. Here are more resources about to-do lists. Below, I have created three to-do lists that can be printed and colored. Each to-do list has flowers drawn by hand and other design elements. These to-do lists are free and for your personal use only. 

Benefits of To-Do Lists-Robins Key:

How Writing To-Do Lists Helps Your Brain Even When You Don't Complete:

Why Keeping a To-Do List is So Important and How to Get Started:








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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Strawberry and Apple Dessert


Eating healthy snacks during the day energizes you throughout the day. It also gives a boost in concentration. Additionally, it keeps you full between meals. One of my favorite snacks is eating yogurt with fruit such as apples and strawberries. Strawberries are helpful to keep your heart healthy and it controls your sugar levels. Similarly, eating apples are great for your heart because it reduces the bad cholesterol.

Apples also regulate your sugar levels too. Combining fruit in plain yogurt is beneficial for your digestion and for keeping your heart healthy. Sometimes, adding a little bit of whip cream makes it a delightful dessert. Taking a healthy snack to work improves your mood too especially when you are having a stressful workday. Here is the recipe in making this strawberry and apple dessert.

Ingredients:
1 box or half a box of Strawberries
1 Red Apple
1 Cup of Plain Yogurt
Whip Cream (Optional)

First, wash the strawberries. Then, slice the strawberries in half. Second, wash one apple and remove the core of the apple. After that peel and slice the apple. Third, add a few spoons of plain yogurt to a small bowl. Next, add the apple in the bowl with the yogurt. Continue adding the strawberries and apples to the small bowl with the yogurt. Last, add some whip cream in case the strawberries aren’t that sweet. This recipe serves two people. Here are more resources about healthy snacking. 

Why Are Healthy Snacks Important?

Health Benefits of Snacking:

Benefits of Healthy Snacking-National Nutrition Month:



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Free Easter Coloring Bookmarks


Easter is almost here! Therefore, I have created five bookmarks for Easter. Four bookmarks have blank spaces to write words, phrases, and quotes. There are three bookmarks with easter eggs that have blank spaces for personalizing each bookmark. The other two bookmarks have butterflies on them and only one butterfly bookmark can be personalized. Have fun coloring these bookmarks.







Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Classical Music & Meditation


Listening to classical music at night helps you to fall asleep thirty minutes or less. It lowers your blood pressure and reduces your stress. Also, it connects parts of the brain making your brain stay sharp. Classical music reduces pain and it is very comforting. Yet, classical music also invigorates the mind and body. 

Similarly,  classical music is beneficial for plants which makes them grow and last longer. It is recommended to listen to Chopin, Beethoven, and Ravel for adequate sleep at night. However, if you need to be energized and awaken, it is recommended to listen to J.S. Bach, Richard Strauss, Debussy, and Tchaikovsky. Meditating with classical music for twenty or thirty minutes is effective for managing your stress. Sitting or laying down while meditating and listening to classical music will help you forget about anything that bothers, frustrates, or angers you. 


Additionally, classical music stimulates the brain for creativity and for romance. Listening to Handel, Puccini, and Rachmaninoff makes you feel sentimental. Taking deep breaths and letting your mind escape for a few minutes will help you feel good. Therefore, listening to classical music and doing yoga poses will establish a satisfactory exercise routine. Here are more resources about classical music and meditation. 


Classical Music Benefits: 

https://musicoomph.com/classical-music-benefits/

How Music Affects Plant Growth: 

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/info/how-music-affects-plant-growth.htm

How to Practice Music Meditation:

https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-practice-music-meditation-3144791




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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Painting a Cell Phone Cover Case Tutorial


Are you looking for a spring painting project? This do it yourself painted cell phone case only takes about ten or twenty minutes to do. All you will need is glitter, paint, and a cell phone cover case. Using two different color paint and glitter, you can create your own painted flower cell phone cover case. Here is the tutorial for painting this flower cellphone cover case.

Materials:
Acrylic Red paint or any other color paint
Acrylic Green Paint
Glitter or Glitter Nail Polish
One Plain Cell Phone Cover Case
Stencil (optional)

First, you paint a flower onto the cellphone cover case. You can use a stencil of a flower of your choice for the cover case. Second, paint the stem and the leaves of the flower. Third, wait for the paint to get dry. Fourth, add glitter or glitter nail polish on top of the acrylic paint. Last, wait for the nail polish to get dry before placing your cell phone onto the cellphone cover case. Happy Spring season in advance!

 DIY These 6 Phone Cases in Under 10 Minutes:
https://www.brit.co/clear-phone-case-diy/

How to Paint a Cell Phone Cover:

https://www.techwalla.com/articles/how-to-paint-a-cell-phone-cover

12 Fun DIY Phone Cases To Try Out:
https://www.oola.com/day-to-day-life/2457842/fun-diy-phone-cases/


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