Friday, December 2, 2016

10 Ways to Use Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple Cider Vinegar has become quite popular in recent years, as it is believed to be an extremely helpful tonic for about any type of ailment you could possibly think of. Some small studies have even hinted that this vinegar could help with several conditions, including diabetes and obesity. You can find apple cider vinegar at your local supermarket or natural food store. It is typically sold in the condiment and/or health supplement aisles.

There are many different ways to use apple cider vinegar. Here are just a few:

1.) Teeth Whitener
Apple cider vinegar works great for removing stains on your teeth! To whiten your teeth and remove stains, simply rub apple cider vinegar directly onto your teeth, or gargle with apple cider vinegar before brushing. Apple cider vinegar can also be used as a mouthwash. If your breath is feeling less than fresh, gargle with a bit of apple cider vinegar or drink a teaspoon diluted with water, to freshen up and kill odor causing bacteria, after brushing.

2.) Produce Wash & Weed Killer
Apple cider vinegar works great as a “produce wash”. Simply mix 4 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar with a gallon of cold water, and voilà, it can be used to rinse your produce free of bugs, pesticides, and other debris. If your garden is full of weeds, you’re just in luck, because apple cider vinegar is also great when used as a natural weed killer. To make your own weed killer using apple cider vinegar, mix one part apple cider vinegar to eight parts water, then spray on those pesky weeds!

3.) Natural Pest Repellent
Apple cider vinegar is also great if you are looking for an all natural way to repel fleas and ticks on your pup. To use as a flea and tick treatment, first bathe your pooch with their usual shampoo and pat dry, then spray a mix of 3/4 apple cider vinegar to 1/4 warm water over their coat and massage into the skin. Not only will this method repel fleas and ticks, it will also leave your dog’s coat looking nice and shiny.

4.) Cat Urine Deterrent

If your cat has been urinating outside of the litter box or spraying in the house, then try this nifty trick: clean the affected areas first, and then try spraying a little apple cider vinegar. Doing so will deter your feline friend from being drawn back to the spot and keep them from urinating in the same spot twice.

5.) Eco-Friendly House Cleaner & Disinfectant
Mix 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water and you’ll have your very own eco-friendly house cleaner and disinfectant. This concoction works great for cleaning microwaves, bathroom tiles, countertops, windows, mirrors, floors, etc. The mixture also works as a disinfectant. If you are in a hurry, simply spray a little in your toilet bowl overnight and flush away the next day, for a super clean toilet bowl. If you’re running low on air freshener and your house is smelling musty, don’t worry, apple cider vinegar works great for freshening up any room’s unpleasant odor. Simply spritz a little and take in that wonderful fresh, apple scent. If you have an ant problem, wiping the room down in apple cider vinegar will deter them for a few days.

6.) Flawless Skin
Apple cider vinegar is great for maintaining flawless skin! Acting as a natural anti-inflammatory, it works great for fighting breakouts and can be used as a facial toner. To use apple cider vinegar as your very own facial toner, simply dilute the vinegar with 2 parts water, wet a cotton ball, and apply the toner to your entire face for clearer, healthier skin, and fewer breakouts!

7.) Shiny Hair
If your hair is looking a little dry and dull, a little apple cider vinegar will do just the trick! Use the vinegar to wash away buildup, seal cuticles, reduce frizz, and increase shine. Apple cider vinegar will stimulate hair growth will leave your hair looking shiny and feeling soft. After washing your hair, simply run a few tablespoons of the vinegar in your hair, or for a deeper hair detoxification you can wash with baking soda beforehand and then run the apple cider vinegar through your hair again afterwards.

8.) Vegan Buttermilk
If you are vegan or are just looking for a healthier alternative to regular old buttermilk, then look no further than apple cider vinegar. When mixed with a few ingredients, it can be used to make an awesome vegan buttermilk for some of the best pancakes you’ll ever eat. Simply mix the following ratio in any amount: 1 cup soy milk to 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, whisk together and set aside. The combination will thicken into some of the tastiest buttermilk you’ll ever try.

9.) Detox
It has been suggested that apple cider vinegar could help with detoxification in the body. The acids in the vinegar are responsible for the cleansing affect it has; they help to eliminate impurities by binding free radicals and other toxins stored in the blood, fat cells, and organs and removing them from the body. Apple cider vinegar helps increase circulation, boosts the liver’s ability to purge toxins, and supplies the body with tons of essential vitamins, nutrients, minerals and enzymes, which is also essential to purging toxins. In addition to being used as a body cleanser, apple cider vinegar also works great for allergy relief. Taking a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and following it with a glass of water, can help reduce mucus and sinus congestion. It will have you feeling better in no time! The same amount of vinegar can also be added to your favorite type of tea, for the same affect. It will also help prevent the flu, regulate pH balance, and dissolve kidney stones.

10.) All Natural Aftershave & Skin and Muscle Relief

If you are looking for an all natural aftershave, then apple cider vinegar is where its at! Fill a bottle with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water, and give it a shake before applying to a recently shaved face. It will soothe irritated skin, which also makes it work great for relieving discomfort from sun burn (add to your bath and soak for 10 minutes), or when used as a natural massage treatment for tired hands and feet, or a sore back, after a hard day’s work.


10 Unique and Different Ways to Quit Smoking that Really Work

Well, the New Year is here and you have decided to quit smoking. Good for you! Even if you have attempted to quit a few times in the past with no luck, do not despair. It simply means you just haven’t found the particular method that will work for you yet.

Below are 10 unique ways to quit that you should try. They have relatively high success rates and there is a very good chance that at least one of them is the answer you have been looking for.

1. EFT

EFT stands for a process called the Emotional Freedom Technique. It is similar to acupuncture but without the use of needles. It is something you can do for yourself, it is easy to learn and best of all it is free. The idea is to tap certain meridian points on your body while focusing on the unwanted habit or emotion that you are experiencing. It works amazingly well. You can see a video of the technique itself here and find the precise words to use in regard to smoking at this site here.

2. Hypnosis

There are a few different options of hypnosis you can undergo. You can have a one-on-one consultation with a National Board Certified Clinical Hypnotist in your area or even purchase a CD program if you would like to try self-hypnosis on your own. There are quite a few of these programs available. Simply go to Google and type Self Hypnosis for Smoking.

3. Laser Therapy

This is a technique my husband used to quit and he has been smoke-free for almost 8 years now. A pain-free laser is used on certain acupressure points of your body. (The technician my husband used focused solely on different parts of his ear.) This technique stimulates and releases “feel-good” endorphins which makes the body feel as if it is getting the “high” of still smoking. However, it also takes away the physical nicotine withdrawal craving, which as many of might know, is really half the battle. Your local directory or a quick search on Google should be able to point you to an expert in your own area.

4. Auricular Therapy or Acupressure Magnets

Similar to the technique above, but no visit to a professional is required. You can purchase a kit that contains two bio-magnets. You place one magnet on each ear (the directions specify the exact location of placement). Similar to the option listed above it eliminates your desire to smoke. Zerosmoke is one brand you can use and should be easy to find online or in your local drug store. From what I understand however, the Laser Therapy technique mentioned above is more effective.

5. Observe the Act of Smoking

This is a unique exercise that is free and easy to do. Many people smoke unconsciously. In other words, they do it while in the process of focusing on something else such as being on the computer, talking on the phone, watching television, etc. Therefore, they smoke more often than they realize. The point of this exercise is to solely focus on the entire act of smoking while you are doing it. Put everything else down and focus on every move you make while smoking. Focus on lighting the cigarette, focus on each inhale, focus on what your hands are doing, etc. Surprisingly, you will find yourself getting turned off very quickly to the idea of smoking. You will start wondering to yourself, “What am I doing? What is really the pleasure in this?” The most important thing is to not let your wind wander to other thoughts. Keep bringing it back to the act of smoking and be sure to do this every time you light up. You will find yourself naturally getting turned off by the idea as each day passes.

6. Try a natural cure

Swing by your local health store and purchase some Avena sativa (oat) extract. One study found that taken at 1 millileters four times a day, it helped habitual tobacco smokers significantly decrease the number of cigarettes they smoked. There is also a product called Smoke Deter that is supposed to be an all-natural spray that will help you kick the habit. (As with all natural remedies however, please be sure to check with your doctor or inform your doctor if you are taking other medications to be sure that they will interact well).

7. Stop Smoking Aids

Nicotine Patches, gum or lozenges can work very well in reducing the physical withdrawal symptoms you might experience when quitting smoking. Many people are hesitant to quit simply because of the side effects they are afraid they will experience when withdrawing from nicotine. Such as anxiety, trouble concentrating, irritability or actually craving nicotine. The products listed above work well to reduce all of these symptoms by slowly weaning you off the nicotine until you are completely smoke free.

8. Prescription Drugs

Luckily new products are coming out on the market all of the time that can help make quitting easier. While they do require a quick doctor visit for a prescription, they are also extremely effective in helping you quit. Two such medications are Zyban and Chantix. They have as high as a 44% to 50% success rate.

9. Stay Inspired.

There is no better way to keep yourself on the non-smoking path than positive reinforcement. There are a few websites that can help you feel truly inspired to keep it up by telling you fun things like how much money you are saving on a daily basis, how much healthier you are getting week by week, etc. One of the sites you can try is Quit Smoking Counter or if you would like to find others you can search on Google with the term “Quit Smoking Counters”.

10. Cigarette Alternatives

If you are not completely ready to give up cigarettes there are alternatives that can at least get you one step closer to quitting.

Ruyan E-Cigarette – The Ruyan E-Cigarette is an electronic device that atomizes purified, liquid nicotine and produces a vapor that, when inhaled, satisfies a smoker’s craving for nicotine.

According to their websites product description:

“Tests done on the Ruyan prove conclusively that: It does not produce anything harmful to bystanders and it does not produce tar or carbon monoxide. Additionally, since the product does not contain tobacco or create smoke of any kind it can be used where smokers cannot smoke and where they would not smoke.”

While I don’t know anyone personally who has tried this procedure you can find out more about it at this website

Cigarette Filters – You can purchase cigarette filters that will lower your nicotine dependency in gradual increments while you are adjusting to the idea of quitting. A product named One Step At A Time is one of those products. Again if you type “Cigarette Filters” into Google you can find many others.

So why not give some of these unique ideas a try? You can be smoke-free before you know it.


10 Upbeat Country Songs for Girls-Only Road Trips

‘Upbeat country music’ and ‘road trip’ go together like peanut butter and honey, mustard and fries, vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce. Whether you and your girlfriends are heartbroken or hearty-hearted, here are 10 girl power-infused and upbeat country songs perfect for any girls-only road trip.

Upbeat Country Road Trip Song #1: American Girl. All hail “beautiful, wonderful, perfect all-American” girls! This one has a thrice-stamped ticket to success: It’s cute, it’s super catchy, and it’s delivered by uber popular American Idol winner turned country sensation Carrie Underwood. If you want to feel good about yourself and your roots, this one’s a winner.

Upbeat Country Road Trip Songs #2 and #3: Born to Fly and Suds in the Bucket. Sara Evans turns in a potent double-shot of girl power with these two tracks. Both tunes explore the concept of breaking away from one’s roots in search of a dream, so what better music is there for a roadtrip?

Upbeat Country Road Trip Song #4: Bye Bye. This one’s a kick-’em-to-the-curb, I’m-outta-here, girl power rocks kind of tune, just perfect for ladies on a mission to re-live and forget. If there’s a newly single gal among your ranks, this one from JoDee Messina is a must-have.

Upbeat Country Road Trip Song #5: This One’s for the Girls. Life may move on and things may change over the natural progression of time, but Martina McBride reminds us that it’s all good. We are who we were made to be, and that’s a beautiful thing. So roll down those windows and crank up the volume!

Upbeat Country Road Trip Song #6: Nineteen Somethin’. Mark Wills’ nostalgia-inspiring hit is essential for ladies who remember the 1970s and 80s. It’s a rockin’ look back at the things that made being a kid and a teen in the decades of “Farrah Fawcett hair” and “parachute pants” truly awesome. It may not be a girl-power song, per se, but it’s such an emotion-inducing tune that it begged for a spot on your list.

Upbeat Country Road Trip Song #7: Settlin’. Sugarland’s Jennifer Nettles throws down the relationship gauntlet with this hit when she refuses to settle for less than “everything” she wants. You go, girl!

Upbeat Country Road Trip Song #8: Good-Bye Earle. This darkly comedic song from the Dixie Chicks reminds listeners to never, ever underestimate the power – and will – of a girl and her best pal. Got a bone to pick with a boarish ex? Pop this one into the CD player an let it roll. It’s guaranteed to elicit a chuckle and a gasp.

Upbeat Country Road Trip Song #9: Passenger Seat. From the talented trio SHeDaisy, Passenger Seat is pretty simple: It’s a song about roadtripping with your significant other, just enjoying the ride. And enjoying the ride of life – and your roadtrip – is essential.

Upbeat Country Road Trip Song #10: Wild at Heart. Gloriana’s catchy song is all about letting go and embracing your freedom. Release it, girls, and have some fun!

There you have it: 10 must-have country songs for your girls-only road trip. Happy travels!


10 Unique Ways to Wean Your Child Off a Pacifier

Parents face many pressures to encourage their kids to grow up and move on to the next developmental stage, and giving up a pacifier can be a huge source of stress in some families. Children get comfort from their pacifiers and a happy child means a happy parent, so many parents are understandably panicked when it’s time to get rid of the pacifier. Parenting websites and books have offered countless suggestions for weaning children from their pacifiers, but here are ten unique ways to get your child to give up her pacifier:

Make Your Child Ask For It
Many children who love their pacifiers use their pacifiers when they don’t really “need” it. Try putting the pacifier in a cabinet and only giving your child her pacifier when she asks for it. Give her a half hour or so with it then tell her it’s time for her pacifier to go back to its home.

Try a Star System
Kids love star charts that allow them to get a sticker for good behavior. Consider instituting one for a pacifier. Every time your child willingly gives up her pacifier to you, she gets a gold star, and when the chart is filled she gets a new toy or a special outing. Continue using these charts until your child has completely eliminated her pacifier.

Use It At Bedtime
Eliminating the pacifier except at bedtime is one of the simplest ways to cut down on your child’s pacifier. After she’s done well without her pacifier during the day for a few days or weeks, try taking the pacifier out of her mouth at night after she’s fallen asleep. After this, you can progress to making her request her pacifier at bedtime just like you’ve done during the day.

Trade It In
If your child only uses her pacifier rarely or at bedtime, she may be able to be motivated to willingly give it up. Consider asking her to “Trade in” her pacifier for an awesome new toy or outing with you. Let her know she can take as long as she needs to trade in her pacifier, and you may find she works hard to wean herself off of it.

Ease Into It
Unlike adult habits like smoking or drinking, a pacifier isn’t addictive in the strictest sense of the word. While your child may be dependent on it for comfort, she’s not truly addicted to it, which means giving it up cold turkey may be more difficult than slowly phasing it out. The simplest way to get rid of the pacifier is to slowly cut down on how frequently your child uses it over the course of several weeks or months.

Replace It
Your child almost certainly relies on his pacifier for comfort, so consider replacing one source of comfort with another. You can go shopping with your child for cool new sheets, pajamas, and a stuffed animal, and offer your child the option to trade you the pacifier for the sheets, pajamas, and stuffed animal. Get creative and allow your child to decorate his bed outlandishly if it works.

Cut the Tip
One way to physically eliminate the pacifier over the course of several weeks is to cut the very tip off. Make sure it’s cut evenly so that no pieces can break off and harm your child. Continue to cut more off of the pacifier each week until it’s gone. Reward your child when there’s no pacifier left.

Grow Up and Donate It
Kids love to feel like they’re growing up, and sometimes just explaining to your child that she’s a big kid now can work wonders. Ask her to “donate” her pacifier to a younger child who needs it so she can be more grown up, and then reward her with a new toy or special trip.

Make Your Child “Buy” It
You can teach your child about money and encourage her to give up her pacifier with a simple trick. Give her twenty coins at the beginning of each day. Each coin buys an increment of time with the pacifier (like one minute, five minutes, etc.). When the coins are gone for the day, there’s no more time with the pacifier. Raise the cost of time with the pacifier each week and eventually your child will have less time with the pacifier and ultimately give it up.

Turn It Into A Craft
Talk to your child about giving up her pacifier, and institute one of the methods above to help wean her off of it. When she’s down to only a little bit of time a day with her pacifier, ask her if she wants to “transform” her pacifier. Then work on a craft project together. Consider attaching her pacifier to a doll, turning it into a hat, or otherwise turning the pacifier into something that allows your child to have it but not to suck on it.

Things to Keep In Mind
There’s been a lot of discussion over the past few decades about the negative effects pacifiers have on developing teeth and gums. But the truth is a few more weeks or even months with a pacifier are not going to doom your child’s teeth forever. Orthodontists are now reporting that, as long as a child gives up her pacifier by the age of four, her teeth should be ok. Some parents also worry that a child who still has a pacifier is “immature” or in some way developmentally behind, but the truth is much simpler: kids use pacifiers as a way of self soothing, and your child’s pacifier is probably a help to her in many areas of life. While this doesn’t mean she can have a pacifier forever, it does mean that you shouldn’t feel under constant pressure to eliminate the pacifier right away.

Whatever you do, don’t punish your child for sneaking a few extra moments with his pacifier or for crying because he misses it. Pacifiers are a source of comfort to children, and upsetting your child is more likely to make him stick with the pacifier longer. Instead, reward successes, even small ones. It’s not easy for your child to give up her pacifier, but with patience, compassion, and consistency your child will eventually move past this phase.




Coffee Jars, 10 Uses for Your Folgers Empties

Finished enjoying your Folgers coffee jar don’t just toss the empty jar away. The clear plastic jar with the flip open lid can be put to good use in lots of ways. Peel of the label and wash out the empty jar. No need to add labels as the clear jars make it easy to see the contents.

Reusing coffee jars.

  • Store you lose nails and screws. You can see at a glance what’s inside the jar. Add a silica gel packet and it will help keep them rust free.

  • Use the jar as a dispenser for string and twine. Store a pair of scissors or craft knife in the jar too.

  • Use as a waste bin in the car. Ideal for candy wrappers, gum or apple cores.

  • Use in the garden to store your seed packets.

  • Store and dispense fertilizer around your plants, controlling the flow of the fertilizer with the flip top lid.

  • Slug pellets can be stored in the jars and spread easily where needed around your plants.

  • Take a jar full of water for your dog when you go for walks in the park.

  • Store dog treats in the car.

  • Fill with water and freeze use as ice packs, keeping your shopping cool. Keep your picnic cold and fresh. Have ice cold water to drink as it thaws.

  • Filled with water, marbles of stones, these jars are an ideal size and shape to use as weights in your exercise regime.


10 Unobvious Things Guys Do that Appall Women

Girls are truly unique beings that men have a difficult time fully understanding. In our minds, we see them as beautiful people who need a constant reminder of how beautiful they are, continuous compliments, and random caressing all at our convience, when in reality they desire a more modest, less tactile approach when hanging out. After maintaining several close friendships with numerous girls over the past six years, I’ve compiled a list of ten “rules” few guys consider that will either weaken or strengthen a friendship/relationship with a girl.

1) Making Excuses – The easiest way to turn-off/annoy a girl is make excuses for something you know you’re already in the wrong for: “but I had to…, because they were…, but I was…” Granted, life emergencies such as a health issue in your immediate family or something work-related is acceptable, but you can’t justify why you didn’t make the dinner reservation or arrive at her house on time because you had to see how the episode of your favorite TV show ended.

2) Too Many Compliments – This might come as a surprise to most guys, but it’s true ‘” too much of a good thing makes it a ho-hum thing. Modesty is the key here and downplaying the obvious is an astute tactic. Pretty/hot/beautiful girls already know they’re pretty/hot/beautiful because coworkers, customers, cashiers and other friends already tell them how good they look on a daily basis, so your constant compliments are borderline annoying. The best approach: during the course of your hang-out session comment on how good she looks once or twice at the most. Try a unique compliment such as “I like your style” or “cool dress” rather that “damn you look hot” or “you are the most beautiful girl in the world.”

3) Unintimate Touching – This can result in the ultimate turn-off for your lady friend if you’re not careful. Sure, in bed, lounging intimately on the couch during a movie, scratching her back or stroking her hair jives well, but when you’re making dinner or looking through photo albums keep your hands to yourself. Surprisingly, this “hard to get” tactic will actually make her want you to touch her more when an intimate situation surfaces.

4) Excessive Bragging – If you really want to get with a girl, let her do the bragging. Girls could care less/lose their attention when you tell her how “you had the fastest car in high school” or “how many friends you have on facebook” for example. Not only does she not care, but this might make her feel somewhat insuperior. If you feel the conversation heading in that direction, act coy about it, and steer the conversation into her telling you how many friends she has on facebook.

5) Forgetting Important/Personal Facts – You generally have about a month to memorize important and personal facts about her because if she has to repeat them after a month it proves you are a bad listener/weren’t focused on her conversations and girls hate a bad listener. If she has to repeat something more than twice after a month, such as “how she likes items in her refrigerator organized” this results in a major disappointment in her eyes. When she speaks to you, she explains these details about her for a reason and expects you to remember that “she doesn’t like sweet foods” and “not to talk to her within the first 30 minutes of waking up.”

6) Never Having Any Money – This is, for the most part, self-explanatory. Even if your girl has a good job and makes more money than you, don’t make plans to hang-out with her if you secretly expect for her to pay for everything. Sometimes it’s more about the gesture than the money. Keep in mind it’s okay to let her pay for drinks/lunch on occasion, but don’t adopt the impression that just because she has lots of money she isn’t flattered when you offer to pay for gas/outings/etc.

7) Dissing Her Friends – A girl’s girlfriends are often the most important people in their lives (next to family members). Her girlfriends have been with her for many years and helped her through difficult times in her life. For you to make a negative comment about one of her friends, such as “she talks too much,” is actually an insult to the girl you’re hanging-out with. If you do personally assess something negative about one of her friends, keep the thought to yourself. If she does bring up something you’ve already thought about, then it’s okay to perpetuate the conversation as long as the friend is not around.

8) Excessive Talking on the Phone/Texting/Facebooking – The girl your with wants to be the center of attention, not your phone/computer. Often times ignoring a ringing phone might make you appear more mysterious, especially if you don’t tell her who’s calling and play it off as if the call is not important. If you find yourself around a computer, let her show-off her facebook page, and explain that you’ll check yours later. This will reiterate that you care about her life and friends, and avoid a potentially awkward moment if your facebook page is full of pictures of other girls.

9) Losing Track of Important Dates – Since girls have several people in their life besides you, multiple days throughout the year hold special significance to them. Parent’s anniversaries, the day you met, sibling’s birthdays, etc. need to be honored on your end. When these significant dates approach, and you want to really shine in her eyes, offer to buy a card or small gift for birthdays, or honor the anniversary of the day you met by taking her out somewhere special.

10) Arriving Late – Guys might have a preestablished mentality that showing up late to a girl’s house translates to “fashionably late,” when in reality it’s the drastic opposite. If a girl sets a time for you to show up, say 7:00 pm, be there at 7:00 pm! There actually is about a 30 minute window, but if you’re certain you’ll be later than 10 minutes, call and make her aware. If you show up 30-45 minutes later than planned you practically ruined the whole night.


10 Uses for Clear Nail Polish

You knew clear nail polish would make nails shine, but did you know that it could also remove warts, fix cracked eyeglasses , tighten loose drawer knobs, scuff-proof new boots and do six other remarkable things? Neither did I, until I put the product to the test and discovered these 10 uses for clear nail polish.

Remove Warts

Apply a thick coat of clear nail polish over a wart every day for a few weeks (mine took four weeks). The polish will create an invisible airtight seal over the wart, suffocating it and causing it dry up and disappear.

Fix Cracked Eyeglasses

A simple crack in eyeglass lens can be temporarily fixed with a swipe of clear fingernail polish. Seal the crack by applying a thin coat of polish over the crack, as the polish dries it binds the broken lens together.

Tighten Loose Drawer Knobs

Got a drawer knob you have to re-tighten every few days? Most of us do, but you can put the screw driver away if you apply clear nail polish to the loose screw next time you fix it. Remove the drawer knob and screw, apply a thin coat of clear nail polish to the screw then replace knob and screw into drawer and tightly secure into place. As the polish dries, it will glue the screw threads to the inside pull hole to prevent it from becoming loose again.

Scuff Proof New Boots

To prevent ‘driver’s heel’ or other predicable scuff marks from defacing your new boots, apply a coat of clear nail polish to those predicable scuff-mark-prone areas. Feather out the edges of the clear polish and re-apply as needed.

Prevent Clothes Hanger Snags

Expensive wooden hangers develop small nicks and jagged edges with use. But even those small blemishes can cause big problems on some clothing fabrics. Prevent snags by applying clear nail polish over the nicked and jagged spots on the wooden hangers. The polymers in the polish will smooth out the rough edges and keep garments looking flawless.

Wear Costume Jewelry Again

If wearing pretty and inexpensive costume jewelry cause your skin to rebel (crusty, itchy earlobes or red, blotchy wrist) a coat of clear polish will prevent the allergic rebellion. Apply a thin coat of polish to earring posts and backs and any other piece of jewelry that cause your skin to break out. The polish will prevent the metal (usually nickel) from coming into direct contact with skin.

Protect Faux Pearl Buttons

Faux pearl buttons often found on sweaters lose their luster over time and ruin the look of the sweater. Protect the shine on the faux pearl buttons by applying a thin coat of clear polish to prevent dulling and peeling.

Prevent Frayed Ribbon Ends

The cut end of ribbon has the tendency to fray, a little clear polish prevent the fraying before it start. Just brush on a little polish to the cut ribbon ends.

Cut Back on Salt Usage

This is a simple trick for those of us on restricted salt diets or for those who have the tendency to over-salt foods – Remove the salt shaker lid and use clear nail polish to plug up some of the holes. Apply polish on inside of lid and allow to dry before replacing lid.

Stop Late Night Snacking

Keep a bottle of clear nail polish beside your favorite TV watching chair. When your tempted to have a late night snack while watching your favorite TV program, apply a coat of clear polish to your nails. The wet nails will prevent you from reaching for a snack until the urge passes plus the scent of polish diminishes the urge to eat.


10 Unique Wedding Songs

There are many unique wedding songs out there to choose from. Here is a list of some of the most beautiful and not overplayed songs which can be perfect for a first wedding dance. It includes everything from country to modern rock.

1. “Unbreakable” by Westlife

If you don’t mind using a boy band for your wedding song, this can be a great choice. Westlife sing about an unbreakable, unmistakable love. This song has a melody that is perfect for a first wedding dance.

2. “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” by Lady Antebellum

This song by Lady Antebellum can be a great choice if you are looking for a very unique country wedding song. The song is about not being able to open up to anyone until you meet that special person. The slow melody of this song and the line “I just can’t take my eyes off you” make it perfect for a first dance.

3. “It Feels Like Home” by Chantal Kreviazuk

You may have heard this song in the movie “How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days.” It is a very sweet song about how that special person feels like home to you. This can be a beautiful wedding song choice for the right couple.

4. “We Belong Together” by Gavin Degraw

If you’re looking for a unique modern rock wedding song, this can be a great option to consider. Gavin Degraw sings, “We belong together, like the open seas and shores/ Wedded by the planet force, we’ve been spoken for.” This song can be a beautiful choice for a first dance.

5. “Something Like You” by N*Sync

Though N*Sync is well known for “This I Promise You,” your guests may not even have a clue who sings this song. It can be a beautiful choice if you are looking for a unique wedding song. N*Sync sings, “Could it be true, this is what God has meant for me?/ Cause baby, I can’t believe that something like you could happen to me.”

6. “Look After You” by the Fray

While this is probably the most well known song on this list, you don’t hear it played at wedding receptions too often. The melody of this song makes it a beautiful choice for a first dance. It is about looking after that special person and giving them all that you have to offer.

7. “Only You Can Love Me This Way” by Keith Urban

Though his songs “Your Everything” and “Making Memories of Us” are popular wedding songs, this is a more unique option. Keith Urban sings, “And there’s no one that comes close to you/ Could ever take your place/ ‘Cause only you can love me this way.” It can be a great unique country song choice.

8. “My Heart is Yours” by Justin Nozuka

This is an incredibly unique song which would be suitable for a first wedding dance. The name of the song basically says it all. It can be a beautiful song for couples who want a wedding song that is theirs alone.

9. “When You Look Me in the Eyes” by the Jonas Brothers

The popularity of this wedding song has really died down, making it a unique choice. The song is about the feeling you get when that special person looks you in the eyes.

10. “Two is Better than One” by Boys Like Girls

This wedding song is ideal for couples who like modern rock. The song, which features Taylor Swift, has a very slow melody and lyrics which are suitable for a first wedding dance.



10 Unique Mother's Day Gifts for Bird Watchers

Do you have a bird watcher in the family and don’t know what to get them for Mother’s Day? Mother’s Day gifts for bird watchers can be a snap to shop for if you use this guide.

This guide has some of the best and unique gift items that are out there for bird watchers. With these gift ideas you will be able to find the perfect gift for a bird watcher on Mother’s Day.

Mother’s Day gifts for bird watchers: Recycled bird houses

What better gift to give a birdwatcher than their very own bird house. These bird houses are made with recycled material so you would be purchasing something that would help the environment also.

Mother’s Day gifts for bird watchers: Flying Mobile

These flying mobiles are made into shapes like birds that hang down from places like your tree or front porch. Each time the wind blows the flying mobiles bird flaps its wings.

Mother’s Day gifts for bird watchers: Bird Blanket

A blanket with different types of birds on it is a great gift to give for Mother’s Day. Even during the hot months of the year, this bird blanket can be used for decoration by hanging it on the wall or it can be used as a nice comfy cover to cover yourself with when the night air is chilly.

Mother’s Day gifts for bird watchers: Bird Watching gift package

Everything that a person needs to for bird watching can be found in a bird watching gift package. You can either purchase one of these or make one yourself to give. If you decide to make one yourself all you have to do is find a basket, decorate it, and fill it with bird watching supplies.

Mother’s Day gifts for bird watchers: Bird watching binoculars

These binoculars will come in handy when they want to do a little bird watching from a far.

Mother’s Day gifts for bird watchers: Humming bird wind chime

This cute wind chime has a humming bird attached to the bottom of it. This can be hung on the porch, the patio, or in a tree somewhere. Every time the wind blows, you will hear a nice little chime.

Mother’s Day gifts for bird watchers: Digital Camera Binoculars

These are different from other bird watching binoculars, these come with a built in digital camera. If you see something that you like and would like to take photos of it, use your nice little digital camera binocular for this.

Mother’s Day gifts for bird watchers: Bird Watchers Digest

Want to give them a gift that will allow them to keep up on the latest bird watching gadgets or information, give them a digest especially made for their hobby.

Mother’s Day gifts for bird watchers: Digital Motion Detector Camera

This camera will allow you to take photos every time a bird passes by without you having to be there. This is perfect for those pesky birds that won’t hold still long enough for you to take a photo.

Mother’s Day gifts for bird watchers: Solar Fountain birdbath

Love birdbaths? Why not get one that is solar powered. This is very pretty and makes a great gift for anyone who loves to attract birds into their yard.


10 Uses for Beau Monde Seasoning

Beau monde seasoning has been manufactured by Spice Islands since 1941. With more than 60 years experience, Spice Islands have earned recognition as an industry leader by using some of the worlds’ most sought after and treasured spices.

Beau monde seasoning is a versatile mixture of spices that can be used to perk up the flavor of beef, pork, poultry, seafood, vegetables, soups and salads. Beau monde is often used with homemade dips, salad dressings and sauces and is the perfect accompaniment to frittatas and deviled eggs.

Made from a combination of salt, black pepper, white pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, cloves, mace and celery seeds, Beau Monde seasoning adds a mild nutty flavor. A little goes a long way, so Beau Monde should be used sparingly.

I was introduced to this delectable spice over 30 years ago, when my sister made a delightful chip and veggie dip which instantly became a family favorite. The beau monde dip can be served year round and is perfect for family gatherings, summer picnics and holiday fare.

To make beau monde chip and veggie dip, you’ll need: 1 8-ounce package softened cream cheese, 1-1/2 teaspoons Beau Monde seasoning, 1/2 teaspoon sea salt, 2 to 3 tablespoons whole milk and 1/3 cup minced onion.

Using a hand mixer beat all ingredients together, except onions. Add milk one tablespoon at a time to achieve desired consistency. If serving with potato chips, the dip should be a bit thinner than if serving with vegetables. Once all ingredients are incorporated, add onions and mix by hand to incorporate.

Refrigerate beau monde dip for at least one hour before serving. Serve with potato chips, corn chips or fresh vegetables such as cucumber slices, cherry tomatoes, cauliflower or broccoli florets, baby carrots, celery sticks, radishes, black or green olives.

My second favorite use of beau monde seasoning is as a prime rib rub. Simply rinse the prime rib in cool water, shake off excess and add one to two teaspoons of seasoning per pound of meat. Gently press the seasoning over the entire surface of the meat and roast, broil, grill or slow cook.

A third use of beau monde seasoning is preparing chicken dishes. Season boneless chicken breasts with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of spice mixture, or use 1 teaspoon per pound when seasoning a whole chicken. Add 2 teaspoons of beau monde to white or whole wheat flour when making fried chicken. Add 1 teaspoon of beau monde seasoning to 1/2 cup butter and 1/4 cup hot sauce when making deep fried or grilled chicken wings.

A fourth use of beau monde seasoning is to enhance the flavor of pork. Season pork chops with 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of spice mixture and bake, broil, pan fry or grill. Beau monde is perfect for pork roasts, but should be used in moderation to prevent an over salty flavor. Mix 1 tablespoon beau monde with 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper to create a char-crust for pork roasts. When making ribs add 1 to 2 teaspoons of beau monde to premade or homemade BBQ sauce for extra-zippy flavor.

A fifth use of beau monde seasoning is to combine 1 teaspoon of beau monde with 1/2 cup of crumbled blue cheese. Use seasoned blue cheese as a hamburger topping or sprinkle on salads.

A six use for beau monde is when cooking with potatoes. Nearly every potato recipe will taste better with the addition of this flavorful spice. Use beau monde with potato salad recipes, potato casseroles, boiled red potatoes, hash browns, or to season baked potatoes and French fries.

The seventh use for beau monde is with vegetables. Beau monde can be sprinkled on raw cucumber slices, radishes, green, red or yellow peppers, cherry or grape tomatoes, tomato slices and celery. It is the perfect accompaniment with steamed green beans, squash, carrots, spinach, collard greens and corn.

An eighth use for beau monde seasoning is with seafood and shellfish. Beau monde is a wonderful addition to shrimp cocktail, steamed lobster and crab, seafood chowders, clam bakes and as a rub for mahi-mahi, tilapia, salmon, trout and halibut.

The ninth use for beau monde spice is with eggs. Substitute beau monde for salt when making scrambled eggs, quiche, omelets or deviled eggs. Sprinkle a small amount of beau monde on fried eggs. Add one teaspoon of seasoning blend to Hollandaise sauce when making Eggs Benedict.

Last, but not least, beau monde is perfect for seasoning pasta dishes. From spaghetti and meatballs to manicotti and lasagna, beau monde heightens the flavor of all types of pasta. Add one teaspoon of beau monde seasoning to water before boiling pasta or add to premade or homemade sauces.

As you can see, beau monde can be used to season nearly any dish. Once you try it, chances are you will want to use beau monde in all your family favorite recipes. Explore more culinary delights using beau monde by visiting


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