Sunday, August 30, 2020

Relaxing with a Jade Facial Roller


Massaging your face may seem like a simple beauty task to do in the morning and at night. Yet, massaging your face releases tension. It helps the Lymphatic system to drain out toxins and waste material. The Lymphatic system balances the fluid in the body. Also, it has a defense mechanism to fight infections and diseases. The lymph nodes have white blood cells and it acts as a filter.

The lymph nodes are found on the neck and other areas in the body. The Lymphatic system is part of the immune system. Therefore, massaging your face with a jade facial roller relaxes your jaw and face muscles. It helps with blood circulation and reduces puffiness. Additionally, it helps the skin to absorb the face serums, lotions, and oils.

The rolling sensation of the jade facial roller reduces the redness and inflammation of the skin. Jade facial rollers come in different colors, but all facial rollers give a great facial massage. Facial massages are one way to reduce stress. Relaxing with a jade facial roller soothes and improves the skin. Here are more resources about the jade facial roller.


Benefits of Jade Roller:
https://www.beautyexpert.com/blog/in-the-spotlight/benefits-of-jade-roller/

Face Roller Benefits:
https://www.healthline.com/health/face-roller-benefits

How to Clean Jade Roller:
https://www-wellandgood-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.wellandgood.com/how-to-clean-jade-roller/amp/?amp_js_v=a3&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQFKAGwASA%3D

The Lymphatic System:
https://www-livescience-com.cdn.ampproject.org/v/s/www.livescience.com/amp/26983-lymphatic-system.html?amp_js_v=a3&amp_gsa=1&usqp=mq331AQFKAGwASA%3D#aoh=15987550721929&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com&amp_tf=From%20%251%24s&ampshare=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.livescience.com%2F26983-lymphatic-system.html


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Saturday, August 29, 2020

TRUBLU Bath & Body Products (Review)


Do you like to use natural handmade bath and body products? If so, then TRU BLU bath and body products are for you. Recently, I got the opportunity to try out samples of bath and body products that have natural ingredients. TRU BLU bath and body products have an assortment of items: candles, lip balms, lotions, soaps, bath bombs, scrubs, milk baths, bath salts, and other items for a warm cozy bath. After using TRU BLU bath and body products I felt my stress diminish and felt lovely. 

You can have a relaxing spa day at home with TRU BLU bath and body products. TRU BLU bath and body products are natural handmade products that help you feel serene while your skin gets moisturized. Begin your morning routine with a relaxing gentle scent of bath dust by TRU BLU. This bath dust has a soft floral scent which awakens me and makes me feel energized. It leaves my skin feeling smooth.


After taking a bath with bath dust, complete your morning routine with Nona's Garden lotion. It has a refreshing clean scent that your skin will completely absorb. In addition, it will nourish your dry skin in the winter months. If you like citrus and herbal scents, then you will love using TRU BLU Nona's Garden lotion. It does not leave your skin feeling greasy and it gives a natural glow to your skin.

Besides taking care of your skin, it is important to take care of your lips. During the summer and winter months, your lips tend to get dry and chapped. Also, too much sun exposure and cold winds make your lips more sensitive. It is recommended to use a lip scrub to exfoliate your lips. In addition,  always apply chapstick in the morning and at night. 


Nevertheless, with TRU BLU Grape Lip Stain Scrub your lips will get moisturized and will get a natural tint. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a small amount of the lip scrub onto your lips to exfoliate it. Next, apply TRUNILLA chapstick to keep your lips hydrated and smooth. TRU BLU bath and body also has items for spoiling your favorite man of your life. All the products come in recyclable and reusable packaging.

The website is user friendly and it is easy to find the products. It also lists all the natural ingredients that the product has inside. The prices are economical, and the products are of good quality. Last, you can buy birthday boxes and gift sets for your family, friends, and co-workers. Below is the link for purchasing and learning more about TRU BLU bath and body products.

Tru Blu Bath & Body Products:
https://www.trublubbproducts.com/





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Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Chicken and Brussels Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are beneficial for having a healthy vision, strong bones, and the digestive system.  It has vitamin K, vitamin A, and vitamin C. This vegetable can be added to soups, as a side dish, and in salads. It is recommended to eat brussels sprouts once a week to get the necessary nutrients. Brussels sprouts can be a side dish for chicken, salmon, and turkey.

Brussels sprouts can also be sauteed with olive oil, pepper, and a pinch of salt. Pure Ground Pepper gives a thyroid boost. A considerably basic chicken recipe is making chicken with pure ground black pepper and Brussels sprouts. Also, you can use frozen Brussels sprouts to shorten your cooking time. Here is the recipe for making this delightful meal.

Ingredients:

1 Chicken Package
1 Red Bell Pepper
1 Green Bell Pepper
Pure Ground Black Pepper
Salt (Optional)
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Saltine or Unsalted Crackers (Optional)

First, wash the chicken and remove the fat from the chicken. Second, rub pure ground black pepper and a little bit of salt on both sides of the chicken. The salt is optional especially if you need to reduce your salt intake. Wash and remove the seeds of the bell peppers. Slice the bell peppers. After that use one skillet and place the chicken with the bell peppers with water.

Once the chicken is soft, place the olive oil in another skillet. Then, slowly place the chicken inside the skillet with the olive oil. Cook the chicken in oil for a few minutes or until it is golden brown. Next, boil the Brussels sprouts or microwave one frozen bag of Brussels sprouts. These brussels sprouts were from a frozen bag. Yet, these mini cabbages were delicious with this peppered chicken and crackers. Here are more resources about Brussels sprouts and pepper.


Benefits of Brussel Sprouts:
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-brussels-sprouts

Brussels Sprouts:
https://www.hsph.harvard.edu/nutritionsource/food-features/brussels-sprouts/

Ayurvedic Herbs and Thyroid Health:
https://www.ayush.com/ayurvedic-herbs-and-thyroid-health

Is Black Pepper Good for You?
https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/is-black-pepper-good-for-you#benefits


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Monday, August 24, 2020

Autumn Poetry in Watercolor Paintings


A fun way to write poetry is by using a painting as the main theme of the poem. Sometimes, seeing a painting can inspire you to write a poem or a short story.   It is an incredible way to write down your feelings.  You will also practice your writing skills on another level. Pick a painting that you like online or make your own watercolor paintings. 

 Write down how you feel and what you see. The best part is that it does not have to rhyme. For example, I made two watercolor paintings and wrote two short poems about the autumn season. The first poem is about autumn leaves. The second poem is about autumn trees. Enjoy!

 




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Sunday, August 23, 2020

How to end Addictions?

Addictions cause too much turmoil. Often, addictions make families dysfunctional. Individually, addictions are hard to understand especially when your partner is addicted to alcohol, cigarettes, and porn. Sometimes, you cannot find the correct words to make them end their excessive consumption of alcohol, smoking, and from viewing erotica. Being their moral support might not be enough.

Seek professional help, individual therapy, or group therapy to overcome addictions. Depending on the type of addiction, the person might need individual therapy and family therapy. Educate yourself to understand your partner's addiction. It will help you understand how addictions change the brain's mechanism in distinguishing reality from fantasy. Having an addiction becomes obsessive, abusive, and compulsive.

Other times, addictions cause the person to feel aggressive and withdrawn. It can be difficult to see your partner go through the different stages of withdrawal. Do not provide alcohol, cigarettes, or anything that they are addicted to.  Do not give them money either. Yet, provide them kindness and let your partner accept his addiction. Here are more resources about addictions.


How to Help Addicts:
https://www.verywellmind.com/how-to-help-addicts-22238

Found out Friend has a Porn Problem and Now What:
https://fightthenewdrug.org/found-out-friend-has-a-porn-problem-now-what/

Helping an Alcoholic:
https://www.alcohol.org/helping-an-alcoholic/

Drug Dangers:
www.drugdangers.com




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Friday, August 21, 2020

Coloring Bookmarks of Frangipani (Freebie)


Frangipani flowers always remind me of the summer season. Today, I have created bookmarks with Frangipani flowers. Each bookmark has blank spaces and has Frangipani flowers. These bookmarks are free and for your personal use. Have fun coloring these Frangipani flower bookmarks.







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Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Allergies & Meditation


Seasonal allergies can be bothersome and frustrating. Taking antihistamines can make you feel tired and drowsy. However, not all antihistamines have the same side effects. Besides taking medication, meditation can be another method to deal with allergies. Meditation helps the immune system especially when you have allergies throughout the year. 

Meditation and mindfulness strengthen the immune system. Meditation helps you inhale and exhale slowly. It also helps to practice mindfulness to relax the entire body to lessen the symptoms of allergies. Practicing meditation makes you breathe better and changes your temperament when you are dealing with allergies. Here are more resources about allergies and meditation.

 

Ways to Strengthen Your Immune System:

Guided Meditation for Dust and Pollen:

Guided Meditation for Allergies:



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Sunday, August 16, 2020

Free Coloring Pages of Frangipani Flowers

Frangipani flowers are a symbol of loyalty, love, and strength from overcoming challenges. These flowers are used in Hawaiian leis and at weddings. Frangipani flowers vary from white to bright colors of pink, yellow, and purple. These beautiful flowers can withstand high temperatures and throw off a sweet scent. Here are three coloring pages of frangipanis that can be printed and colored. These coloring pages are free and for your personal use.

 







Here are more resources about Frangipanis.

All things Frangipanis:
http://www.allthingsfrangipani.com/frangipanis.html

How to Grow Frangipani:
https://www.bhg.com.au/frangipani-how-to-grow

Frangipani:
https://www.southernliving.com/plants/frangipani


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Saturday, August 15, 2020

National Wellness Month


The month of August is the perfect month for thinking and beginning a wellness habit. Learning how to control your emotions, adding physical exercise, and mental exercises to your routine will help in the long run. Wellness is more than self-care and reducing your stress; It is a way to control your physical, intellectual, and emotional self. Also, having wellness habits help with your profession and social skills. Therefore, the entire month of August is devoted to National Wellness Month.

Creating a wellness habit does not require that much effort. Ask yourself what needs to be modified in your daily habits. Changing your decor for a relaxing ambiance and making your spa days at home might be enough to begin your wellness routine. Adding a new workout, adding a new vegetable to your meals, and doing facial massages at home are a few ways to add a wellness habit. Here are more resources to National Wellness Month.


Six Dimensions of Wellness:
https://nationalwellness.org/resources/six-dimensions-of-wellness/

National Wellness Month:
https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-wellness-month-august/

Celebrate National Wellness Month:
https://www.americanspa.com/wellness/celebrate-national-wellness-month-all-august-long



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Friday, August 14, 2020

St. Ives Soothing Oatmeal & Shea Butter Body Lotion (Review)


Oatmeal and Shea butter have amazing benefits for the skin. Oatmeal can be used to treat dry skin. It also used for itchy and irritated skin. Oatmeal softens the skin. While shea butter has anti-inflammatory properties that calm sensitive skin. 

Together, oatmeal and shea butter make a good moisturizer for dry skin. It has a softer and gentler scent especially when it is applied at night. St. Ives Soothing Oatmeal and shea butter lotion is absorbed quickly and does not feel greasy. After a few weeks, you will feel the difference in the composition of your skin. Here are more resources about the skin benefits of oatmeal and shea butter. 


Oatmeal Benefits for Skin-St. Ives:

https://www.stives.com/oatmeal-benefits-for-skin

11 Benefits of Oatmeal for Your Skin:
https://www.schoolofnaturalskincare.com/11-benefits-of-oatmeal-for-your-skin/

22 Best Benefits of Oatmeal for Skin, Hair, and Health:
https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/amazing-health-benefits-of-oats/

Shea Butter for Your Face: Skincare Benefits and How to Use It: 
https://www.healthline.com/health/shea-butter-for-face#:~:text=High%20concentrations%20of%20fatty%20acids,tone%2C%20and%20soothe%20your%20skin.

Shea Butter Benefits: 
https://www.wellandgood.com/shea-butter-benefits/

28 Best Shea Butter Benefits for Skin, Hair, and Health:
https://www.stylecraze.com/articles/best-benefits-of-shea-butter-for-skin-hair-and-health/




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Thursday, August 13, 2020

National Relaxation Day


The body needs relaxation to repair and heal itself. There are many options to find the right technique to help you relax. August 15th is National Relaxation Day. Relaxing for a few hours or for an entire day is beneficial for the body and mind. For example, watching entertaining tv-shows will make you sleep better.

 In addition, laughter reduces tension and improves your mood. Massaging your neck, face, feet, or hands reduces body stress. Swimming or any other type of exercise relaxes the body and gives relief from pain. Finding time to relax also improves your social skills. 

Here are more resources about things to do on National Relaxation Day. 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Free Watercolor Butterfly Quotes


Making watercolor quotes can be so uplifting and can make you feel serene. Simply seeing pastel colors can lower your blood pressure, reduce stress, and make you heal quickly. Watercolors make it easy to express your creativity. It is a fun way to make artwork for decorating any room. Below are links to butterfly quotes. 

Also, here are three watercolor quotes that will inspire you to feel productive. These watercolor quotes are free and for your personal use. Each quote has a butterfly theme. Butterflies symbolize hope and change. Additionally, seeing butterflies bring an instant smile.  




Butterfly Quotes:

Butterfly Quotes-Butterfly Inspirational Sayings:

Butterfly Quotes-Inspirational Quotes by Brainy Quote:



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Friday, August 7, 2020

Mandarin Essential Oil for the Nervous System

Mandarin Essential oil helps you fall asleep and makes you feel less jittery. It has a sweet scent which lifts your mood. This essential oil can be blended with other essential oils such as Lavender, Sandalwood, and Lemongrass. However, this essential oil can be diluted with almond oil, jojoba oil, and other carrier oils. Mandarin essential oil can be applied on the skin for acne and to reduce scars. 

Also, you can use an unscented lotion to dilute the mandarin essential oil.  It is an alternative to citrus essential oils that are too intense to smell. Mandarin essential oil is used in diffusers to eliminate bad odors in the room. No matter how you use Mandarin essential oil, it will become one of your favorite essential oils. Here are more resources about Mandarin Essential Oil. 
Mandarin Essential Oil-Uses and Benefits:
https://www.aromaweb.com/essential-oils/mandarin-oil.asp

Health Benefits of Mandarin Essential Oil:

11 Best Essential Oils for Stress Relief and Anxiety:

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

National Eye Exam Month in August


Getting an eye exam every year or every two years can prevent eye infections and it detects eye diseases. Eating healthy and resting your eyes from too much screen time on electronic devices may protect your eyes and brain. Too much screen time on electronics causes eye strain and headaches over time. If you wear contact lenses or eyeglasses, it is recommended to check your eyes once a year. The entire month of August is dedicated to bringing awareness to eye exams which are called, National Eye Exam Month.

Children should get eye exams by the age of three to check for eye movement, eye contact, and vision changes. Also, an optometrist can check for watery eyes, red itchy eyes, and other symptoms of allergies and eye infections. Eye exams can also detect cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes. It can detect prediabetes besides blurry vision. Here are more resources about National Eye Exam Month.   

Protect Your Eyes:

5 Ways to Take Care of Your Eyes:

Eye Health-Good Eyesight:

What You Need to Know About Contact Lens Hygiene and Compliance:




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Monday, August 3, 2020

Know the Warning Signs (Domestic Violence)


Domestic violence has increased due to too much stress at home or at work. Losing a job, not having enough to eat, and not feeling loved are a few reasons that domestic violence occurs at home. However, knowing the warning signs of abuse and domestic violence may prevent it from happening. Domestic violence leaves emotional and physical scars to the man or woman. One of the warning signs is the physical evidence on the body such as bruises on the face and other areas of the body.

Yet, there are times when the abuser physically attacks and leaves bruises in areas that can be hidden with clothes. The second warning sign is when the abuser starts controlling their partner's way of dressing. The abuser makes their partner dress more conservative in public and to dress more provocatively at home. The third sign is when the abuser sets a schedule, gives them an allowance. Often times, following their partner's whereabouts. The stalker syndrome makes the abuser feel more in control and manipulative.  The abuser feels more powerful towards their partner.

The need of having control over their partner can be caused by being insecure, being abused themselves, or by thinking of their own needs. The fourth warning sign is when the abuser verbally abuses their partner and making their partner feel worthless. Most of the time, the abuser takes their partner for granted and has no empathy for their feelings. Sometimes, the warning signs are ignored thinking their partner will change. Yet, an abuser does not change and gets worse in the relationship. But, knowing the warning signs of domestic violence can help someone that is already in an abusive relationship. Here are more resources about the warning signs of domestic violence.

Abuser Tricks:
http://www.newhopeforwomen.org/abuser-tricks

Women's Health- Relationships and Safety:
https://www.womenshealth.gov/relationships-and-safety/other-types/stalking

Signs Someone is Being Abused:
https://www.verywellmind.com/signs-someone-is-being-abused-66535

Webmd-Domestic Abuse Signs:
https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/mental-domestic-abuse-signs




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Saturday, August 1, 2020

Hand Painted Mason Jars for Kitchen Storage

Mason jars were invented in 1858 by John Landis Mason. Today, mason jars are used for kitchen and bathroom storage items. Sometimes, mason jars are used as vases. However, mason jars give a warm inviting look to your kitchen. You can use spray paint or acrylic paint to paint your Mason jars. 

Mason jars are one of my favorite items for painting and for use as kitchen storage.  Painting mason jars make an effortless way to decorate and store kitchen items. Some kitchen items such as tea bags, coffee stirrers, and sugar can be stored and secured in mason jars. The best part is that you can recycle pickle jars for this painting project. Here is the tutorial for making these hand-painted mason jars.

Materials:

4 Different Colors of Acrylic Paint

(Antique White) (Blue) (Red) (Yellow)

Paintbrushes

3 Mason Jars or Pickle Jars with Lids

Letter Stencil (Optional)

High Gloss Topcoat 

Pencil

Begin by removing the labels of the pickle jars. Wash the jars and wait for the jars to get dry. Then, paint one or two coats of paint onto the jars. You can paint the whole jar or make a label size shape with the paint. Wait for the acrylic paint to get dry. Next, use a letter stencil and a pencil to spell the words, Coffee, Tea, and Sugar. You can use any word for your kitchen storage jar. 




After that paint, each letter with different color paint. Wait for the letters to dry. Then, paint flowers and lines. Wait for the paint to get dry. Last, use a high gloss topcoat paint on top of the painted design. Wait for it to get dry before using the jars. Have fun painting your Mason jars. Here are more resources about painting mason jars and the history of these jars. 

Mason Jar History:

How to Paint Mason Jars:

How to Spray Paint Mason Jars:


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