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5 things to do when you’re stuck at home this Holy Week

Published March 28, 2013 by teacher dahl

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Are you stuck in the city while all your friends are off somewhere for their annual summer vacations?

As bummed as you may feel for not being able to leave due to work, family or financial issues, you can still have a productive time right in your own home.

Now that you are technically on vacation, you have time to get creative, do a little spring cleaning and perhaps even make some money on the side.

Here are a few ideas:

1.    Organize your closet.

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What seems a bit OCD when you are busy on your day-to-day grind will seem like a great idea when you finally have a little downtime. Many times, we have things stuffed in the back of our closets that are perfectly okay to wear, we just don’t know they exist because our closets are a mess. Stack your clothes either according to garment type (shorts, pants, skirts and tops) or according to color. You will be surprised at how easy it will be for you to find things and put together better outfits once you get the ball rolling on wardrobe organization.

2.    Throw out your makeup.

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Cosmetics are not meant to last forever so if they are way past their due dates, chuck them! Even if you really love a particular lipstick color, there is no reason to keep it if the smell has gone off! Mascara should not be kept for more than a few months as it can breed bacteria so don’t be cheap when it comes to the health of your skin or eyes—buy a new tube! If you are one of those makeup hoarders, you will have your work cut out for you as you organize your kikay kit and select what to keep and what to throw out. Put it this way, it will give you an excuse to replenish your kit and do more beauty-related shopping!

3.    Hold a garage sale.

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Once you have organized your closet, what should you do with all the clothes you have outgrown or simply just don’t like anymore? Make some money by having a garage sale, of course! Price your clothes according to wear and tear and age and try not to get too sentimental! Remember that you have no use for these garments and are trying to get rid of them so be ruthless. You can buy yourself some new threads with the money you make!

4.    Make your own beauty treatments.

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Even if you can go out and buy face and hair masks, there is nothing better than using fresh, natural products. Now that you have the time to pamper yourself at home, get some ingredients such as yogurt, bananas, oatmeal, honey, eggs and olive oil and make your own facials and hair treatments at home. Give yourself an entire afternoon to spoil yourself!

5.    Repurpose ( remodel ) your old clothes.
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You may have some clothing that you don’t like anymore but don’t want to give away or sell. You can turn these clothes into new ones with the help of a pair of scissors, a needle and thread. Turn your old pants into skirts or shorts, your oversized t shirts into halter or off-shoulder tops. There are endless possibilities to turning the old into new, exciting stuff. Use your imagination!

Eight (8) Reasons why Ginger Needs to Be A Must Have in Every Home

Published December 22, 2012 by teacher dahl

 Eight (8) Reasons  why Ginger Needs to Be A Must Have in Every Home

I’m a huge ginger fan, and strongly feel that it’s a must have for every home. With over 100 different medicinal uses, this is one powerhouse to acquire NOW!

1.) Digestion. First on the list and one of the oldest hand-me-down remedies is ginger’s knack for eliminating indigestion and soothing upset stomachs. Not only will it help you digest your dinner quicker, it will assist in nutrient absorption. Over long term periods, it can even restore proper digestion and kick out parasites and reduce ulcers to smudge.

2.) Nausea. Are you pregnant? Do you succumb to car sickness easily? Does the thought of anchovies on pizza make your stomach turn? You definitely need this in the house. Ginger has the ability to make symptoms of nausea disappear. It has even been tested for success in extreme cases and post-chemo patients!

3.) Asthma. This is one that really hits close to home. Along with aiding digestion, ginger can loosen up mucus due to sinusitis and also thin the mucus sitting in your bronchial tubes causing asthma flare-ups or attacks and, in turn increase lung capacity. I used to sit and converse among my Korean co-workers while sporting a knob of ginger and a knife eating slice after slice to lessen the possibility of an attack. Let’s just say they had a few good laughs because that Korean ginger was spiiiiiiicy!

4.) Inflammation. This is the body’s natural response to injury, infection, pathogens or even an autoimmune reaction. Chronic inflammation can lead to cancer, but with ginger in the house, we can put a stop to that! Ginger makes a happy body that prevents cancer cell growth and even puts a stop to its spread.

5.) Pain. Yes, it hurts. But fibromyalgia, arthritis, headaches, sore throats and muscles have all shown to be dramatically relieved due to ginger. In many cases, it’s the inflammation that causes swelling and pain, which ginger greatly reduces. Hey, the French knew it and now you do too!

6.) Circulation. Chinese tonics use ginger to boost heart strength and increase blood flow. Due to the anti-inflammatory properties, ginger helps to create an optimum network of strong arteries. And remember, increased blood flow also improves the rehabilitation of injuries; the more blood to an area the better. Are you listening you NFLers you?

7.) Immune system. After all this info, this one might seem like a no-brainer. But, did you know that ginger is also an antiseptic? It fights infectious diseases and kills nasty microorganisms that slow down your bodies ability to fight. Your white blood cells could always use a hand.

8.) Antioxidants. Ginger is packed with a wide variety of antioxidants. To make a long science story short, antioxidants prevent cancer and its growth. Ginger has two of the best, in gingerol and curcumin. These guys along with their friends even clean a sticky substance found surrounding nerve cells in the brain called amyloid plaque. This stuff causes memory loss, brain degeneration, and even leads to Alzheimer’s!

That’s 8! And I didn’t even get into ginger’s aphrodisiac powers! Maybe I should have put that into #6… I think you can see where that might be going.

So, what are some of the quickest ways to get more ginger into your life?

Cook it!
Slice it off and eat it raw!
Juice it!
Peel it, slice it long ways, and boil it down as a tea, just make it extra strong and dilute with honey or warm water afterwards. And don’t forget to throw the leftovers in the fridge for tomorrow! It steeps while you sleep!
So everyone, what are you waiting for? Get more ginger into your fridge and into your body! Can you really afford not to?

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