Monday, November 30, 2020

How to Heal from Disappointment?


Disappointments can sometimes make you feel frustrated, upset, and fearful. Frustrated especially when you could not get the job or the love you want to receive. Yet, it makes you feel afraid of continuing to look for the right job or person to love. However, do not think of it as a failed attempt to achieve the right job or the right relationship for you. Look at it as a steppingstone. 

Every stone is unique, colorful, and brings a decorative element to landscaping. But, in a personal aspect, each stone can represent your disappointments which will always be there. First, accept and be thankful for that experience it brought in your life. Second, do not give up because eventually, you will find the right job or person who can love you. Third, do not be hesitant and ashamed in believing it was all your fault. 

Instead, keep yourself busy. Consider what is best for you and the other person in the relationship or their happiness. Take care of yourself in terms of your appearance, emotional health, and physical health. In time, you will be able to heal from disappointments. Here are more resources about overcoming disappointments.

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Hot Apple Spice Tea


Every time the holidays arrive or when it is too cold outside, it is the best time to make hot teas. Drinking hot tea is so comforting especially during the autumn and winter season. Adding fruit to hot teas gives it more flavor. However, dry fruit tends to have too much sugar if you are trying to control your sugar levels. This hot tea recipe does not have that much sugar because of the natural fresh fruit.

You can add apples, pineapples, or any other fruit. Yet, if you are watching your sugar levels, it is best to stick to one or two fruits for making your hot teas. Nevertheless, this tea only uses a few ingredients and has a delightful scent. It is the perfect tea for relaxing and watching a good movie on television. Here is the recipe for making this hot spiced apple tea.

Ingredients:

1 Red Apple

1 Cinnamon Stick

Cinnamon Powder

1 Pineapple Tea Bag

2 Chamomile Tea Bags

Sugar (Optional)

Hot Water

First, add one cinnamon stick to one pot of water. Second, add the tea bags to the pot. Third, wash and peel one red apple. Remove the core of the apple and slice the apple. Chop the apple slices into cubes. 

After that add the cubed apple slices inside the pot with the tea bags and cinnamon. Wait for the water to boil or until the water turns to a darkish red color. Last, remove the tea bags. Then, immediately serve the tea. This recipe is for one person. But this recipe can be adjusted by adding more apples and cinnamon sticks when you are serving this hot tea for more than one person. Have a safe Thanksgiving. Below are more resources about apples, cinnamon, and tea.  

Types of Teas and Their Health Benefits:

https://www.webmd.com/diet/features/tea-types-and-their-health-benefits#1

Apples: Benefits, Nutrition, and Tips:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/267290

Cinnamon: Health Benefits and Nutrition:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266069




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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

DIY Painted Plastic Clear Bathroom Organizer

 

Since this clear plastic bathroom organizer had two minimal cracks on the sides when it was purchased at the dollar store; I decided to paint flowers over the cracks. This gave it a different decorative look and for the cracks to be less noticeable. Using the same acrylic paint colors of my painted soap dispenser and the same painted flower style; This clear plastic bathroom organizer made a great addition to my bathroom d├ęcor. Here is the tutorial for making your own painted clear plastic bathroom organizer. This project will only take approximately one hour to do.  

 

Materials:

4 different colors of Acrylic Paint

Paintbrushes

1 Clear Plastic Bathroom Organizer

1 Clear Topcoat of Paint

First, paint the stems of the flowers. Since there were cracks on this clear plastic bathroom organizer, I used Hunter Green acrylic paint color to cover the cracks. Second, wait for the paint to dry. Next, using another paintbrush, paint the middle part of the flower. In this case, I used yellow acrylic paint. Third, paint the flower petals in any color. Repeat the same steps for painting the back of the bathroom organizer and the sides of the organizer. 

Wait for the paint to dry. Fourth, paint a lighter color on top of the flower petals. Wait for the paint to dry. Fifth, add a clear topcoat of paint to the entire design. Last, wait for the paint to dry. Have fun painting your bathroom organizers. 



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Sunday, November 22, 2020

National Gratitude Month (November)


This year National Gratitude Month is somewhat different because of the pandemic. Yet, this should not stop you from saying “Thank you” to the people who have helped you grow and become the person you are now. Writing thank you e-mails might seem impersonal, but it does make a difference to the person who is receiving the e-mail. Another way to practice gratitude is by adding thank you quotes to the personalized e-mails that you can send to your co-worker, friends, and acquaintances. Also, explain why you chose that specific thank you quote to that person in an e-mail or a private message on social media.

The other way to say thank you is by writing a personal thank you list for the items you are thankful for this year. The thank you list can also help you write the thank you e-mail to the people you want to say thank you. Also, if you want to add your voice, you can send a thank you video to your friends, family, acquaintances. Make sure you know exactly what you are going to say in the thank you video before sending it to the person. Another tip is to practice several times what you are going to say in the video.

Practicing what you are going to say will help you not feel uncomfortable, awkward, and nervous before making the video. You can also take a picture video and write what you want to say to your friends and family. Saying thank you is not hard to say but you must feel it internally to say it. Last, you can participate in a thank you challenge on social media by writing a brief list or taking a photo of what you are thankful for without including personal details. Here are more resources about National Gratitude Month. 

National Gratitude Month-The Art of Expressing Gratitude:

https://www.dailycal.org/2018/11/26/national-gratitude-month-the-art-of-expressing-gratitude/

November is National Gratitude Month:

http://positivitychange.com/2019/11/november-is-national-gratitude-month/

8 Gratitude Traditions for November:

https://www.organizedmom.net/8-gratitude-traditions-month-november/



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Saturday, November 21, 2020

Celery Salad with Black Olives and Cucumbers


Olives have antioxidants and protect the skin. It has vitamin E, copper, calcium, and iron. Like olives, celery has antioxidants and calcium. Consuming olives help the cardiovascular system and the skeletal system. Olives are generally used in salads, sandwiches, pizza, and as a side dish.

This celery salad is quick and easy to make with the aid of a vegetable chopper. However, you can individually slice each vegetable slowly without a vegetable chopper. This celery salad can be eaten with your favorite salad dressing, your favorite vinaigrette dressing, or no salad dressing at all. Celery salads can accompany meats, chicken, and seafood. Here is the recipe for making this celery salad.

Ingredients:

1 Whole or ½ of Celery Stalk

1 or 2 Cucumbers

1 can or jar of Large Pitted Black Olives

Preparation:

Wash and rinse the celery and the cucumbers. Peel, one or two cucumbers. The quantity varies depending on how many people you will be serving this celery salad. Slice the cucumbers. Then, set it aside.

Remove the leaves of the celery. Remove the celery sticks individually. Once, again the quantity varies. Use half of the celery stalk for two people. Slice the celery.

Last, open one can of black olives and rinse the olives. Next, slice the black olives. Once everything is sliced, toss the three ingredients in one bowl. After that individually serve the salad in small salad bowls. This recipe serves two people. Here are more resources about olives. 

Olives 101-Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/foods/olives#:~:text=Olives%20are%20very%20high%20in,the%20incredibly%20healthy%20Mediterranean%20diet.

Health Benefits of Eating Olives-7 Reasons You Must Eat Olives:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/life-style/health-fitness/diet/7-reasons-you-MUST-eat-olives/articleshow/18516484.cms#:~:text=Cardiovascular%20benefits&text=The%20antioxidant%20nutrients%20in%20black,atherosclerosis%20and%20increase%20good%20cholesterol.

Health Benefit of Black Olives:

https://www.livestrong.com/article/259963-health-benefit-of-black-olives/



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Friday, November 20, 2020

Taking Care of Your Hair


Hair shedding is a natural process. However, too much hair shedding can be caused by too much stress, deficiency of certain vitamins, thyroid issue, diabetes, or an illness. It is recommended to take vitamin A which is found in sweet potatoes, squash, carrots, and spinach. Yet, some fruits also contain vitamin A such as mango, apricots, and tangerines. Additionally, the hair needs vitamin A1 which can be found in tuna, beef, and salmon.

Biotin is also recommended to keep the hair stronger which can be found in mushrooms, beans, and eggs. It also makes your hair shiny, thicker, and makes the hair grow. Keeping your hair down and styling your hair less can prevent less damage to your hair. Another tip for taking care of your hair is by using a detangling spray occasionally to loosen hair tangles. Using satin ribbon elastics also may help to have less hair from coming out.

Satin ribbon elastics are inexpensive and stretches less compared to other elastics. The Scunci ribbon elastics are not too tight and keeps a ponytail in place. The Johnson and Johnson detangling spray has a soft floral scent that can be used on wet or dry hair. It keeps your hair shiny and eliminates the tangles from the hair especially before styling your hair in braids or in a ponytail. Here are more resources about taking care of your hair. 

The Top 10 Biotin-Rich Foods:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/biotin-rich-foods

Is the Pandemic Making Me Lose My Hair?-W Magazine:

Is the Pandemic Making Me Lose My Hair? (wmagazine.com)

Hair Shedding: Why It Happens and How to Prevent it:

https://www.luxyhair.com/blogs/hair-blog/why-is-my-hair-shedding#:~:text=Keep%20your%20scalp%20healthy%20by,lead%20to%20less%20hair%20shedding.

10 Best Hair Detanglers of 2020-How to get rid of Knots and Tangles:

https://www.cosmopolitan.com/style-beauty/beauty/g27091073/best-hair-detangler/

4 Hairstyles that Damage Your Hair:

https://www.byrdie.com/hairstyles-that-cause-damage



 
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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Meditation for Trapped Emotions

Trapped emotions are emotions that can not be released when an event or a trauma occurs. Often, those trapped emotions makes a person feel anxious, sad, and not willing to receive love from loved ones. Also, it might lead to unexplained pain, digestive issues, and an undiagnosed medical condition. When this happens, it is best to practice meditation and to seek professional help from a therapist. Movement meditation can release the tension and the pain that is caused by trapped emotions.

For example, dancing in slow movement improves your mood and your overall health. It alleviates any ailments your body had, and it releases hidden emotions. Sometimes, those hidden emotions will surprise you, make you laugh, or cry when it is released. Another way is by expressing yourself through writing or by making art to express those emotions that can not be expressed through speech. Last, by doing Qigong which uses meditation, breathing, and body postures will help release stuck emotions. Here are links to resources about trapped emotions and about Qigong.

How to Let Go of Trapped Emotions to Avoid a Nervous Breakdown:

https://www.powerofpositivity.com/release-trapped-emotions/#:~:text=In%20order%20to%20release%20trapped%20emotions%2C%20you%20need,amazing%20tool%20for%20dealing%20with%20stress%20and%20anxiety.

Deepak Chopra's 7 Step Exercise to Release Emotional Turbulence:

https://www.gaiam.com/blogs/discover/deepak-chopras-7-step-exercise-to-release-emotional-turbulence

RAIN: A Mindfulness Practice for Welcoming Your Emotions:

https://www.mindful.org/rain-a-mindfulness-practice-for-welcoming-your-emotions/


How to Release the Painful Memories & Emotions Stored in Your Body:

https://tinybuddha.com/blog/how-to-release-the-painful-memories-emotions-stored-in-your-body/

What is Qigong:

https://www.yogajournal.com/yoga-101/what-is-qi-gong



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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Blackberry and Banana Smoothie


Blackberries have vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A, and antioxidants. It has plenty of fiber. This fruit is good for the brain, for heart, and skin health. Blackberries can help the skin to repair itself from injuries and can be beneficial for the bones. The best part is that these berries help you to have a bowel movement and can help to control your blood sugar levels.

If you love making banana smoothies, you will love making this blackberry and banana smoothie. It keeps you full before having lunch or dinner. Adding plain Greek yogurt to your smoothies makes the smoothie thicker and aids in digestion. This smoothie is not too sweet. Here is the recipe for making this smoothie.

Ingredients:

1 or 2 bananas

1 small box of blackberries

1 small cup of Greek Yogurt

Whipped Cream

Milk

First, peel the bananas and slice the bananas. Wash and rinse the blackberries. Second, add the bananas and the blackberries with milk in a blender. Third, add one or two spoons of whipped cream and one small cup of Greek Yogurt inside the blender. Last, blend everything and serve immediately. This recipe serves two people. Below are links about the healthy benefits of blackberries. 

7 Blackberry Benefits Every Healthy Eater Should Know:

https://www.wellandgood.com/blackberry-benefits/

Health Benefits of Blackberries:

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-blackberries

6 Blackberry Health Benefits You Can't Ignore: 

https://www.healthline.com/health/benefits-of-blackberries




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Saturday, November 14, 2020

Inspirational Autumn Quotes for the Week



Before winter arrives, here are a few inspirational autumn quotes for the week. A few quotes are about sunflowers. The other quotes are about the beauty of the season. Nonetheless, these quotes will raise your self-esteem and confidence. These inspirational autumn quotes are free and for your personal use. 

























 

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Thursday, November 12, 2020

National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month (November)


Once again, it is National Alzheimer’s Disease Month. Alzheimer’s might be a difficult topic to discuss and hard to understand. It is also a confusing, anxious, and nervous time for the family that is going through a loved one’s Alzheimer’s process. Yet, there might be some hope for finding a cure for Alzheimer’s. Doing brain exercises, being physically fit, and reducing stress may help to prevent Alzheimer’s. 

Doing physical activities such as gardening, yoga, and tai-chi, may prevent Alzheimer’s and will reduce too much stress on the brain. Listening to music and trying to guess who sings the song or the name of the song is a fun way to exercise the brain. Also, joining a book club will help the brain to remember what is being read. Also, reading the same book with a friend will help you discuss in detail what you read and understood. This will help your memory. Here are more links to other websites about National  Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month.  

6 Activities that may Help to Prevent Alzheimer's:

https://www.fivestarseniorliving.com/blog-post/6-activities-that-may-help-prevent-alzheimers

November is Alzheimer's Awareness Month:

https://alzfdn.org/november-is-alzheimers-awareness-month-heres-what-you-should-know-about-alzheimers/

Which Exercises are Ok for Someone with Alzheimer's:

https://www.webmd.com/alzheimers/ss/slideshow-exercise-alzheimers

Try These Brain Exercises for Alzheimer's Brain Awareness Month:

https://www.nevadaadultdaycare.com/try-these-brain-exercises-for-alzheimers-brain-awareness-month/





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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Free Thanksgiving Coloring Cards


It is National Gratitude Month. Therefore, I have created three coloring cards that can be used for Thanksgiving. One card has a basket of vegetables and fruits. The second card has leaves and vegetables. Last, the third card has a cornucopia. These coloring thanksgiving cards are free and for your personal use. Have fun coloring these thank you cards. 










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Tuesday, November 10, 2020

Raspberry & Strawberry Smoothie

 

Raspberries and strawberries help control your sugar. Both fruits have fiber and vitamin C. Additionally, these fruits have vitamin K and vitamin E which keeps the blood cells healthy. Drinking raspberries and strawberries in smoothies help with weight loss and with digestion. It is not too sweet to drink. Consuming this smoothie during breakfast will help with constipation and with other digestive issues. Here is the recipe for making this raspberry and strawberry smoothie. 

Ingredients:

2 Bananas

Half of 1 box of Raspberries

Half of 1 box of Strawberries

1 Small Cup of Plain Greek Yogurt

Milk

Whip Cream (Optional)

Peel the bananas and slice the bananas. Wash the raspberries and strawberries. Remove the leaves of the strawberries and slice the strawberries into small pieces. Add the sliced bananas, sliced strawberries, and the raspberries inside the blender with milk. Blend everything until smooth. Last, add plain Greek yogurt and blend everything for a second time. Last, you can add whip cream and blend everything for one last time. After that serve, the smoothie immediately. This smoothie serves two people. Here are more resources about raspberries and strawberries.

Raspberries:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/283018#benefits

Strawberries:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/271285

Raspberry Nutrition:

https://draxe.com/nutrition/raspberry-nutrition/





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Monday, November 9, 2020

Skippy Peanut Butter Review


Peanut Butter makes a great snack and a good ingredient to add to smoothies. It has vitamin E, vitamin B3, Magnesium, and Copper. Eating peanut butter in moderation can help you lose weight because it keeps your stomach full. Also, if you pair peanut butter with graham crackers, you will feel full and it adds fiber to your digestive system. Today, I received a sample from Pinchme and tried the new Skippy peanut butter. 


Skippy peanut butter is delicious with apples, whole grain bread, graham crackers, and other fruits. This Skippy peanut butter is easy to use. There is no need to use a spoon to take out the peanut butter from the container or jar. Simply, open and remove the cap to squeeze out the peanut butter. This peanut butter is creamy which makes a good spread for graham crackers, whole grain bread, or with fruits. 

Your children will find it easier to make their snacks by squeezing the peanut butter onto celery, apples, bananas, or onto graham crackers. Also, it makes it quicker to make peanut butter smoothies with bananas. After eating peanut butter, you will feel energetic. Peanut butter is recommended for diabetics because it controls the sugar in the blood. Below are more resources about peanut butter graham crackers, and recipes from Skippy.


Peanut Butter Recipes & Skippy Information:

https://www.peanutbutter.com/

Is Peanut Butter Bad for You or Good? A Look at the Evidence:

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/is-peanut-butter-bad-for-you#TOC_TITLE_HDR_6

Graham Crackers and Weight Loss:

https://www.livestrong.com/article/434174-graham-crackers-and-weight-loss/


Is Peanut Butter Good for You? Health Benefits and Nutrition:

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/323781



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Saturday, November 7, 2020

Diabetes Awareness Month in November


The whole month of November is dedicated to Diabetes Awareness Month. The symptoms vary depending on the type of diabetes that is in the blood. Weight loss, vomiting, and nausea are the symptoms of Type 1 diabetes. The other symptoms are frequent urination, frequent thirst, itchy and dry skin which are symptoms of Type 2 diabetes. Also, some pregnant women are diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes.

Diabetes can be controlled by monitoring your sugar levels. Eating smaller portions and having snacks in between your meals. Always follow your doctor's instructions with medications and with the insulin dose. Check your feet, get your yearly eye exam, and exercise. Here are more resources about National Diabetes Month. 

American Diabetes Month:

https://www.diabetes.org/community/american-diabetes-month

Ten Ways to Observe National Diabetes Month:

https://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/about-diabetes/general-diabetes-information/ten-ways-to-observe-national-diabetes-month/

November is Diabetes Awareness Month and World Diabetes Day:

https://www.healthline.com/diabetesmine/november-world-diabetes-day-and-diabetes-awareness-month#Diabetes-Awareness-Month:-What-To-Know



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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Relax with a Gel Eye Mask


Today is National Stress Awareness Day. One way I like to relax is by using a gel eye mask with beads. Relaxing with a gel eye mask helps your tired eyes to reduce puffiness and to reduce dark circles. When you apply a cold gel eye mask, the cold temperature diminishes the dilated vessels and the appearance of dark circles. It awakens you especially if you got fewer hours of sleep the night before. 

Make sure the eye gel mask has an opening for your eyes and straps to fit the mask around your head. The second way, I like to relax is by doing a facial massage at home with a scrub or with a face lotion. Massaging around the eyes, forehead, and cheeks. Sometimes, I do a facial massage using a jade massage roller. Last, massaging the eyebrows and ears with my fingers makes me feel relaxed. Here are more resources about gel eye masks, dark circles, and National Stress Awareness Day. 

Dark Circles:

https://www.healthline.com/health/dark-circle-under-eyes#:~:text=A%20cold%20compress%20can%20help,and%20apply%20to%20your%20eyes.

National Stress Awareness Day:

https://www.ibtimes.com/national-stress-awareness-day-common-signs-stress-3075840#:~:text=The%20first%20Wednesday%20of%20November,aware%20of%20it%20or%20not.

The 3 Best Cooling Eye Masks:

https://www.bustle.com/p/the-3-best-cooling-eye-masks-9361752






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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

DIY Charm and Beads Necklace


This star necklace is easy and quick to make with broken chains, jump rings, beads, and a charm in the shape of a star. You will need big jump rings to create the center of the necklace. The focus of this necklace is the star and the beads. However, you can use the same technique using different charms for the center of the necklace. This necklace only has three color beads. 

I used red, dark green, and yellow beads inside a jump ring. Yet, you can use any color combination to make this charm necklace. This necklace can be made as a gift or for yourself. You can make this necklace using your favorite colors or your friend's favorite colors. To make this necklace, you will need the following materials. 

Materials:

Three different colors of small round beads

13 big jump rings

2 small jump rings

1 lobster clasp

2 broken chains

1 charm 

Jewelry pliers

Begin with the two broken chains and the jump rings. Connect one jump ring with one broken chain with jewelry pliers. Next, connect another jump ring to the first jump ring. Continue adding the jump rings until it is a total of ten jump rings. After that add one broken chain to the tenth jump ring. 



Use jewelry pliers to close all the jump rings in place. Add one small jump ring to the end of the chain. Close the jump ring. Then, add a second small jump ring to the other side of the chain necklace. Close the jump ring. Add one lobster clasp to one side of the chain necklace. 



Next, add three small beads to one big jump ring. Find the center of the chain necklace and insert the jump ring with the beads. Close the jump ring. After that add more beads into a second big jump ring. Attach the second jump ring with the beads to the other side of the necklace. Close the jump ring. In the middle of the jump ring with the beads, insert one jump ring with a charm. Close the jump ring with the star charm. Have fun making this charm and bead necklace. 





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Monday, November 2, 2020

Free Shoe Coloring Pages (High Heel Boots)



If you love wearing boots, then these coloring pages are for you. Today,  I have created three coloring pages of high heel boots. Each coloring page has one boot and leaves falling. These coloring pages are free and for your personal use. Have fun coloring these high heel boots. 













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