DIY: Butterfly Nail Art

I know guys I should have posted this nail art early in Summer but I was on holidays and I had no time at all  :(
But here it is now :)
You can rock it in fall maybe?

Let me know if you have any requests of a nail art tutorial :)

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10 Benefits Of Water Consumption

Water in the body of which serves to maintain freshness, help digestion and remove toxins. Many of the benefits of water other than refreshing the body.
Many people do not know the benefits water other than to eliminating thirsty. Water can cure various diseases in a way that is easy and inexpensive. Here are 10 benefits of water that may be the reference time will consume drinks outside of water.

1. Streamlining The Digestive System
Drinking water in sufficient quantities each day will facilitate the digestive system so that we will avoid digestive problems such as ulcers or constipation. Burning calories will also be run efficiently.

2.  Preventing Cancer Progress
White Water Helps Slow growth substances cause cancer, plus prevent kidney stones and heart disease. Drinking water will make the body more energy.

3. Beauty Care
Lack of drinking water will cause the skin to become dry. In addition, water can protect the skin from the outside, as well as moisturize and nourish the skin. To maintain the beauty of anything, as the body must fully considered, with drinking water 8-10 glasses a day.

4. To Fertility
Bathing with cold water every morning will increase testosterone production in men and estrogen in women. Increasing fertility uterus and increase sexual desire, improves skin tissue, nails healthier and stronger.
According to the research result of a thrombosis research institute in London, England, if someone is always showered with cold water then smooth blood circulation and the body feels fresh and fit. Bathing with cold water will increase the production of white blood cells in the body and increase one's ability to attack the virus.

5. Healthy Heart
Water is also believed to participate cure heart disease, rheumatism, skin damage, respiratory disease, intestinal disease and femininity. Today many alternative treatments that use water.

6. As Stroke Drug
Hot water is not only used to treat a variety of skin diseases, but also effective for treating paralysis, such as stroke. Therefore, water can help strengthen back muscles and ligaments as well as expedite the circulatory system and respiratory system.

Effect of heat causes dilation of blood vessels, improving blood circulation and oxygenation tissue, thus preventing muscle stiffness, relieve pain and calm the mind. The content of ions, especially chlorine, magnesium, hydrogen carbonate and sulfate in hot water, helps the dilation of blood vessels thus increasing blood circulation. Besides pH of the water was able to sterilize the skin.

7. Relaxation Effects
Try standing in the shower and feel the effects in the body. Shower water that falls into the body feels like a massage and was able to eliminate fatigue because it feels like a massage. Alternative medical experts say, that come into contact with a fountain, a walk around the waterfalls, or rivers and parks with lots of showers, will receive benefits negative ions. Negative ions which arise due to water droplets collide it can relieve pain, neutralize toxins, fight disease, and help to absorb and utilize oxygen. Negative ions in the bloodstream will accelerate the delivery of oxygen to cells and tissues.
When experiencing muscle tension can be reduced by a warm water bath temperature 37C. When our aching feet are recommended to soak the feet in warm water mixed with a little salt.

8. Slimming Body
Water is also remove impurities in the body that will be faster out through urine. Drink warm water before meals (satiety cause) is one way to reduce the amount of food intake. Moreover the water not containing calories, sugar, or fat. Better drinking of water at medium temperatures, not too hot and not too cold. Want to slim? Just drinking of water.

9. Adding Fitness
Efficacy of water not only to cleanse the body, but also as a substance that our bodies need. We can survive the lack of food but not lack of water. Therefore, water is the biggest part in the composition of the human body.

10. Balancing The Body
Lack of water will reduce the function of the organs of the body so that the body easily infected with bacteria, viruses. However, the human body has a mechanism to maintain a balance of water consumed and spent. Thirst for everyone is a normal mechanism to keeping water in the body. Water bodies require about 2 to 2.5 liters (5-10 cups) per day

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Natural Toners That DOESN'T Dry Out Skin

Most of the Toners really dried out my skin and I absolutely hated that especially in winter. At one point I got kind of flaky skin then I stopped using that toner. I put some research and I found a lot of toners that were natural out there. Yes, they sold NATURAL toners in REAL shops. I didn't actually believe it first but I had to try it out. And so I did. Read more to know which one suits your skin the best...

Lush's Tea Tree Water Toner

When I was watching reviews on this product, people said it made their pores smaller. Even my friend said it when she tried it out. But it didn't make mine smaller :( However, every one is different. It worked on most, it might work on you.
And the best thing I loved about this was that it didn't dry out my skin or it didn't over moisturised my skin.
It was just neutral. It didn't even give me that tight feeling on the skin.
Its great for acne prone skin since tea tree is anti inflammatory and anti bacterial.
So its great for acne prone, combination-dry skin and the ones with large pores.

Rose and Glycerine Toner


First of all, I like its smell.
I read the ingredients and yes there were a few chemicals so it wasn't 100% natural.
But I still tried it because I love rose water. It reminds me of India because a lot of princesses in ancient times used roses for beauty purposes.
Rose water is also good for acne prone skin because it has that cooling effect which calms the acne inflammations.
When I used this toner, I didn't even use my moisturiser sometimes because the toner itself is moisturising.
I think  it can be a 2 in 1 product a toner and moisturiser at the same time.
This is perfect for anyone who doesn't want too much product on their face.
Its great for dry skin type and acne prone skin :)

Sea Salt Toner

I haven't found a NATURAL Sea Salt toner in shops yet.
So I thought to make one. I used it for about a month and it never dried out my skin.
I know you are like how can it not dry out skin because its salt.
Well I think its maybe because its SEA salt not Table Salt. So its not processed in factories.
You can check out this post on DIY: Pure Sea Salt Facial Toner.

I hope you found your perfect toner :)

Take Care.
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Don't Touch Your Face

The habit of touching your face with your hands, face scratching, or wiping the sweat is a bad the habit of. Without us knowing the habit of touches include a cause of acne. Every day we do activities with hands that would cause the germs and dirt accumulate in the palm of the hand and fingers. When we touch the face of the germs and dirt from hand to face, clogging pores, causing acne.
It is very difficult to break the habit of touching your face. Suddenly there is an itching or discomfort in the face of the spontaneous hand will scratch or touch. Even scratching with dirty nails. All people would do such a thing.

How do we stop the habit of touching your face. Certainly very difficult. Keep practicing to break the habit.

Here are some simple tips that can be implemented to stop this habit.

Ask for help from friends
Ask a friend or someone who is near to remind us when we touch the face. With people often remind us that over time our memories will remind not to touch your face.

Get used to bring clean handkerchief or tissue
Always provide clean handkerchief or tissue so that we do not touch the face directly but by using a handkerchief or tissue. If we have had to touch the face and no handkerchief or tissue then use the back of the hands, although this does not guarantee you are free from dirt and germs

Wash face
Frequently washing your face with fresh water. This is so that the face is always clean and fresh so it is not easy to feel itchy so we are not tempted to touch the face.

Let us stop the the habit of touching your face with your hands. These simple tips will reduce the appearance of acne on your face. Hopefully useful.

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Back in Ireland

Hey girls! Yup I am back in Ireland now. Feels so lonely and quiet here :(
I loved the noisiness there to be honest. I love living in big noisy cities.
Ireland is really peaceful but truly a beautiful place. Couldn't stop crying when I was coming back BUT I missed blogging and helping you guys out with stuff.

So yea keep sending me emails.
Click HERE if you want to ask me anything. I will try my best to reply :)

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Good Ways To Lose Weight

Losing weight seems to be a very tough thing to do. Many people want to lose weight but they do not try to find out about good tips because they think that losing weight is a torturous job.

There is actually a good way to lose weight that you can perform and integrate in your daily routine. Losing weight need not be difficult and artificial because there is a natural and easy way to get rid of unwanted fat.

The importance of good health and fitness beginning to be realized by many people. But they go into different ways of weight loss.Some people only pursuit a particular method to lose weight without finding out what

methods are safe and good for the body. If you really want to achieve your health goals, you must do so using a good ways to lose weight without harming themselves for unwanted effects. You should consider losing weight, but without having to sweating much and so tired.

Most people do the wrong thing in the diet. They think to actually reduce certain food in a certain amount of food consumed each day in order to get the weight loss.It is certainly not a good way to do it. Instead of depriving yourself of good things, add a healthy substitute for your food. For example, if you put in the milk sugar or sweetener in your morning oatmeal to taste it, why not just add a few pieces of fruit to provide natural sweetness to your breakfast? Depriving yourself of some food and even dangerous to your health because you are not getting enough nutrients for proper body function. With this, your body will become vulnerable to disease and illness.

When you think about losing weight, you think that you need to eat healthy and exercise. Healthy eating part may seem a bit easier, but the exercise may somehow be difficult. Work becomes difficult when you only consider exercising in the gym. The gym certainly offers a lot of different tools to tighten certain body parts. Although there are different exercise machines to choose from, you just think of exercise torture and you're going to be afraid to try.
Exercising does not have to be done in the gym alone. There are many ways, creative ways, lost luggage excess fat from your body. You can jog, go hiking, bike, washing the car, playing Frisbee, swimming, etc. Even doing simple chores, you can actually burn calories.

As mentioned earlier, there are some simple things you can do that will help you burn more fat and calories. One is through walking. For mothers who want to restore their sexy figures, placing the child in a stroller and walking together in the neighborhood or park. If you are not a mother, you can run your own (or bring your dog with you, if you have one) to burn calories while enjoying the fresh air in the garden. Walking just 10 minutes, twice a day, 30 minutes of practice you have to be fully enclosed.

Some people are not blessed with a garden or green, or the time to run. However, they are not exempt from this alternative healthy exercise. If you often use automatic electric mower, try using manual mower instead so you can use the power of your body to tend the grass. Skip the elevator ride to your office and up the stairs instead. Choose to get off the bus a few stops earlier so you can have a chance to walk.
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Get Beautiful Skin With Body Brushing

To get a healthy and beautiful skin does not have to do expensive treatment. Only by 5 minutes every day. Have a soft and supple skin without applying expensive lotions.

Have you ever heard of body brushing?
The habit of brushing the body has been there for years, you may not hear much about it in the media. Why is that? Because it is very easy to learn, with just five minutes a day and you don't need to spend a lot of money for body treatment. Maybe this is the reason the press because it could have body care products will not be sold once people know about this secret. People just need to buy a good quality brush and don't need to buy anything else for body care. Dry skin brushing is the best treatment for dry skin.

Our skin is the largest organ in our body. Skin is also called the third kidney. That's because your skin is responsible for 1/4 of detoxifying your body. Your skin can eliminate 1-2 pounds of junk every day.

Dry skin problems experienced by many women with hypothyroidism, the skin has always been problematic due to the thyroid affects every organ of the body so that the skin is also affected. The skin becomes very dry to occasionally visible cracks. It was painful and it looks bad. Such skin condition can be treated with a brush for 5 minutes every day, and the skin will be better and your skin pretty back.

Let's look at the benefits of body brushing. Dry skin to open the pores of the body, so that your skin can more effectively eliminate toxins. Body brushing also stimulates the lymphatic system. It will also help your body to detoxify. Body brushing also stimulates nerve endings and promote natural healing pathways. Increased blood circulation, bring healing to your body. Body brushing can also help digestion, improve the appearance of cellulite and improve your immune system. The benefits of body brushing is not just skin deep. So what are we waiting for? Let's start brushing.

The first step is to buy quality natural bristle brush is good. Natural bristle is important because synthetic bristles can scratch your skin. Your brush should have a long handle so you can reach your back and shoulders.

Body brushing should be done on dry skin, with a dry brush. You should do it before your bath or shower, everyday for maximum results. When body brushing, you should use quick, light strokes. The idea is to start at your extremities, and brush toward your heart. I like to start with my palm, and brush up my arms toward the heart. I continue onto the shoulders, and then the waistline. I then do the other arm. Then, I start on the soles of my feet, working up each leg. The buttocks is brushed next, and finally the abdomen.

You should avoid the face, sensitive areas, and any broken skin. Facial brushing can be done with a brush specifically made for your face. A body brush too hard. If your skin turns red, you apply too much pressure. You should wash your brushes once a week, and allow it to dry completely before using.

So you can see that it is easy to get beautiful skin, even if you have hypothyroidism. All you need is a natural bristle brush, and about five minutes a day.

Cheap and easy method that you can apply in everyday life to get beautiful skin. No need to spend money to buy expensive skin-care products because not necessarily be good for our skin.

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5 Simple Secrets To Get Back The Beauty

Perhaps you are troubled with acne, wondering about how to get beautiful skin. Greatly affect the appearance of acne. There is no reason to denigrate the appearance of your face because of acne. There is always an effective treatment that can be found on the internet. The problem is how we can find the right solution for acne while much information is there? Are you sure you are on medication recommended and appropriate for acne problem?
Here you will find the right answer. Keep reading.

So, if you're looking for a guarantee of what to do to cure acne on your face so that you can get back your pride among your peers, it is recommended that critical. Here we present a natural solution that is safe and easy to get back the beauty of your face.

Sometimes, a lack of desire to do the little things will put everyone at the mercy of the skin condition. Here, the little things matter if you really want to care and treatment with natural ingredients will always bring good results.

First of all you should know that face, beautiful or healthy skin is a function of both preventive and curative measures. Thus, with respect to this fact, here are 5 simple secrets that you need to remove acne from your face.

Apply The Power Of Water Therapy
This has been known by many people that all diseases can be cured or prevented by water. Drinking enough water every day. Of course, the water helps eliminate toxins from the body. Toxins can make your body prone to acne formation. You can also create a natural solution to the boiling water with some corn or fenugreek seeds and then drink it. It helps to clear acne fast!

Apply Raw Honey To Your Acne
Honey is a proven anti-bacterial agent and can be used as a face mask for acne every day. As a treatment for acne, apply on your skin overnight for great results.

Apply Therapy Essential Oils
There are natural oils that can be used as a natural remedy for acne. For example, the use of almond oil can help remove acne scars.

Apply Cold And Hot Compresses
Basically, use a hot compress for acne will work to eliminate swelling while a hot compress will work to open clogged pores. Once the pores open, you can apply other external solutions as suggested earlier to complete the healing process of your skin.

Apply the juice therapy
Juice of certain fruits helps to cure acne. Apply the juice of the lemon because it serves as an exfoliate that can clean up of oil secreted and dirt from your skin. Thus, the pores are open. In the same, you can apply apricot juice can help to eliminate acne lesions.

Additionally, it is wise to consider the fact that your cosmetic products (cream, lotion, make-up) should not be used often and often. They contribute to clogged pores, thus encouraging outbreaks of acne. Do not forget to clean your face every night before bed.

Finally, it is worth noting that the adoption of a natural remedy for acne is a step towards preventative measures that you should take as part of your skin care, rather than just relying on the use of cosmetic products. If you have to use beauty products, look for products made of natural materials.

Care and treatment with natural ingredients will always bring good results.
Good luck and hopefully useful to us.

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Why Your Acne Treatment Is Not Working?

many acne sufferers who complained of treatment is not bringing change in the face. The condition also affects the skin causing treatment failed to cure. Here are some reasons why the acne treatment does not work well.

1. The products used are not meant for your specific acne. if you suffer from acne it is important to know what type of acne because this is the reason why the treatment can not be successful. Some products are made for a particular case and may not match the type of your acne so a treatment becomes ineffective.

2. You may not comply with usage guidelines acne medication. The manufacturers of these products usually do research and tests on skin care products to determine how the benefits can be gained from using a particular product. These studies are usually done in order to increase their profitability, but we can all use it to our advantage. So suppose guidelines for use of the product should be preceded by washing the face with warm water or apply the product twice a day and so on, then use the guidelines to be followed. In many cases the treatment will be successful if we follow suggested guidelines or at least closer than desired. So when you decide to do the the treatment of acne should follow the instructions. failure to follow instructions is one of the many ways that will be responsible for acne treatment is not working as it should.

3. The product may be expired. As obvious as this reason may be, many persons may overlook this. It is important that you check expiration dates on all of the skin care products. Some products may however not have this information but may have the year it was manufactured. As a rule of thumb try not to use products that have been manufactured more than 5 years ago. An indication of the potency of acne product may be evident by the consistency of the product. A product that is too liquid or too thick may be indicative of a problem. We all know the way our acne product looks if it deviates from the normal appearance then this may indicate expiration.

4. Treatment does not match your skin type. We may know that the skin has different types. There is a dry skin and oily skin and some acne products formulated for specific skin types. Suppose you have a dry skin might be having problems because the treatment of acne products are usually formulated for oily skin and products aimed to reduce the production of excess oil on the face. This causes people with dry skin will stop treatment because the treatment makes the skin is more problematic. So first identify your skin type before you buy acne products or contact your dermatologist first.

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Easily Way To Fade Acne Scars

Many ways to get rid of the acne scars such as by looking for information on the Internet. Some of the information presented on the internet can work properly but some are not useful at all. It is important to find a way to diminish acne scars easily and without risk.
Whitening cream, modern chemicals can be used to diminish acne scars besides there also take the mode of operation, but both methods proved expensive.
Actually chemicals and the operation can be replaced by cheaper and simpler products such as olive oil vitamin E, rose oil, baking soda and lemon juice method. fig can be run alone at home and proven acne scars can fade easily and cheaply.

Olive Oil Vitamin E And Rose Oil
Take pure olive oil that contains vitamin E, clean the face thoroughly first to remove dirt and excess facial oil. After that massage your face with olive oil three to four times a day. The healing properties of olive oil will not clog pores in the skin will cause skin problems in the future. This method is very safe and ideal for removing acne scars. The content of vitamin E in olive oil is very beneficial for moisturizing the skin. Rose oil is used every day is great for restoring freshness skin which will speed up fade acne scars.

 Lemon Juice Method
Take one cup of fresh lemon juice and one cup water. Mix both ingredients into a bowl. After that, take a clean cloth, soak in the mixture is then rubbed on the face and let it dry. Repeat this method every day. This method will take longer but is not at risk and will encourage natural skin rejuvenation.

Baking Soda
Baking soda is a natural product, when mixed with water and applied to the face as a mask will prove to fade acne scars. This method is very efficient and good, makes skin soft, fade acne scars and removes of dead skin cells.
All recipes are natural, safe and cheap can be made at home to fade acne scars. All materials can be found at the grocery store or drug store. The best time to apply this treatment is at night before sleeping because the healing process of the skin will be very good while the people sleep.

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OOTD and My Canada Tour

This is what I wore on the first day we went out for shoppin in a mall.
This dress is from HnM and it fits me perfect :)
I did simple side french plait like the Katniss Braid. Sorry I don't have a close up photo of my hairstyle :(

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Ask Pam: Speed Up Weight Loss

Losing weight is hard, is there anything I can do to ensure I will be on the right track?

This is such a good question! Losing weight isn’t easy for anyone but with a positive and healthy approach, you will be right on your way to reaching all your weight goals. To have the best weight-loss outcome possible, you must provide your body an optimal environment.

What does an optimal environment mean? Well, making sure your body has what it needs and what it can do to make it better. There are four steps to keep in mind:

1.  Make sure you are eating enough calories daily. You might be thinking “Oh, that’s easy. If I need 1500 calories to lose weight, all I have to do is eat that much — just  eat two or three big meals.” That’s essentially true, but if you spread out your calories in 5-6 sittings, your weight loss might be more effective.

If you eat your daily calories through multiple evenly spaced meals, you’ll give your body just enough for energy purposes and won’t store the excess. And with the regular meal frequency, you will keep your metabolism working all day long and find yourself less hungry.

2. Get into exercise. For weight-loss purposes, view exercise as a tool to elevate your metabolism. Studies have shown you will benefit more from increasing your exercise intensity rather than exercise duration. Also don’t exercise on an empty stomach. When you exercise on an empty stomach you use up muscle energy, you start to break down your muscles and fat for that energy.

The more muscle you have, the higher your resting metabolic rate will be and the faster you will get rid of the excess fat. So make sure you have a small meal or snack with some carbs, a bit of protein and little bit of fat about an hour before you exercise.

3.  Drink lots and lots of water. A well-hydrated body will be an efficiently running body. You give your body what it needs to do its job.

4. Get rest (I need to focus on this one!) You need to rest and recover. Without enough sleep, your body will be under a ton of stress. Stress leads to an increase level of cortisol; regular elevated levels of cortisol can contribute to the accumulation of fat and will only make it harder to lose the weight and fat.

Think of your body as a temple and treat it that way. By following these steps you’ll be doing so and you’ll be right on track with reaching your overall weight loss goal!

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Benefits of Green Tea

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Chemical in lipsticks can cause heart problems

A chemical commonly used in lipsticks, handwashes and other personal care products may cause heart problems and muscle impairment, a new study has claimed.

Scientists at the University of California have found that triclosan, which is used in hundreds of household products, can hinder the process by which muscles, including the heart, receive signals from the brain.

In tests on mice, they noted a ‘dramatic’ 25 per cent reduction in heart function within 20 minutes of exposure, and warned there is ‘strong evidence’ it could affect human health.

However regulators and other experts insist triclosan levels in products are safe, and that the doses injected into the mice were higher than those to which humans would ever be exposed.

Previous studies have found that triclosan may have links to thyroid and fertility problems, this is the first time its effects have been tested on muscles.

Scientists had thought that the chemical — which was devised to prevent bacterial infections in hospitals — was metabolised quickly by the body without harmful effects.

However, the researchers at the University of California say it may remain active and be transported to organs, causing damage.

“Triclosan is found in virtually everyone’s home and is pervasive in the environment,” said professor Isaac Pessah, who led the study, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

“These findings provide strong evidence that it is of concern to both human and environmental health,”

“For someone who is healthy a 10 per cent drop in heart function may not have an effect, but if you have heart disease it could make a big difference,” Pessah said.

His team injected a group of mice with triclosan. They saw a ‘significantly reduced’ function in the heart’s left ventricle within 20 minutes.

“The effects of triclosan on cardiac function were really dramatic,” said Nipavan Chiamvimonvat, professor of cardiovascular medicine at UC Davis and a study co-author.
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Acupressure is a holistic, noninvasive way to relieve pain in the body. Su Jok, a Korean form of healing acupressure, is based on reference meridian points in the hands and feet that represent the entire body.

If you have a sore area, you can address it specifically by finding the corresponding part of the hand. For example, for lower-back pain, press on the back of the hand right between the middle and fourth finger. Once you find the proper point in the hand, apply pressure for a few seconds.

The results of acupressure are instant and can be similar to Chinese acupuncture; in some patients, they are so dramatic it seems like magic.
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Don’t have a clue why you should Alkalize?

What MOST of us do not know about the foods we consume is, everything we eat and drink leaves a resultant ash of either acid or alkali in our bodies.

Viruses, bacteria, molds, fungi all thrive in an acid environment.  When we eat predominantly acid producing foods, we supply a dandy habitat for an excess population of any of the above. Be aware, we have all of the above in our bodies already, but when we don’t supply enough alkali producing foods to keep them in check, that is, eat those foods, we feed and house the enemy; anything from Candida to strep or halitosis to influena. An acid based body also supports disorders such as diabetes & obesity & is suspect in every health malady today. 

Becoming Alkaline!

This is not as difficult or as technical as it sounds.  When we talk about eating alkaline foods or starting an alkaline diet we are referring to consuming those foods and drink which have an alkaline effect on the body.  This effect is based upon the mineral content of the food and therefore the ash residue that remains after our foods are consumed.  Some foods leave an acid ash, whereas others leave an alkaline ash. Conveniently for us, it just so happens that the foods that contain alkaline minerals (and leave an alkaline ash) are all the foods we already know are good for us: low sugar foods, fresh alkaline vegetables etc. And the foods that contain minerals that leave an acid ash? You guessed it, sweets, alcohol, saturated fats, meats, dairy etc.

Of course, everybody is different – but most of us should aim to eat 70-80% alkaline foods and a maximum of 20-30% acid forming foods.

This does not have to be measured in calories, grams or anything technical, just look at your plate! Is 70% of the food on it alkalising? And for the other 30%? You can do with this what you like (how acid is up to you – dependent upon the results you want), but feel free to go for some oily fish, wholemeal pasta or wild rice for example.

“After years of societal changes, millions of dollars worth of marketing spent and technological advances we, as a race, are now facing more dietary based health challenges than ever before.  It is no coincidence that the rapidly growing numbers of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and morbid obesity, correlate almost exactly with the rise in consumption of acid forming foods such as sugars, saturated fats, and white breads. At the same time our consumption of fresh alkaline vegetables and essential fatty acids has decreased dramatically, making way for convenience and a generation hooked on sugary treats.” quote- www.

When you become alkalized you will discover a new health confidence you’ve most likely never known. You will  be able to be around family and friends knowing you won’t come down with something having just visited your ailing grandchild or been in the company of a crouping bridge partner. Following these good health practices will increase your awareness of the state of your body and give you ongoing health tactics.   

As Always…The Key is Always Prevention…Not Cure!
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Health Habits That Are a Waste of Time

Editors of Men's Health A little more than a year ago, my eye doctor prescribed new disposable contact lenses. My insurance, he explained, would pay for only one six-month supply per year.

"I'll just take six months' worth then," I told him.

I called to reorder just last week. Since it's been more than a year, my insurance will pay for my next "6-month" supply, which I hope will last me another year or so.

Sacrificing my eye health in the name of saving a few bucks? Hardly. I'm simply following the advice I received from Keith Baratz, M.D., an associate professor of ophthalmology at the Mayo Clinic. If a contact lens is approved for continuous day and night wear for 2 weeks, he said, it can last twice as long if you wear it only during the day. (Read The Truth about Calories to discover even more need-to-know health and nutrition advice.)

The Truth about Calories

When it comes to staying healthy, much of what we accept as gospel is actually heresy. It's what Mom said. It's what our friends do. And everything sounds so reasonable. But some of it is completely unnecessary. Here are 8 more items you can cross off your to-do list.

See Your Dentist Twice A Year

This advice originally came from an old toothpaste ad. There was no science behind it, and there still isn't. A 2003 review looked at 29 studies and found no conclusive evidence supporting a need to go every 6 months. If your choppers (and gums!) are healthy, once a year is enough to catch any developing problems, says James Bader, D.D.S., M.P.H., a research professor at the University of North Carolina school of dentistry.

Just don't wait longer than that: A study presented at the American Heart Association meeting last year found that having your teeth cleaned by a professional once a year lowers your risk of heart attack by 24 percent and stroke by 13 percent.

Don't Eat After 8 P.M.

Calories can't tell time. There's no difference between the 6:30 a.m. and 8:20 p.m. kinds, says Susan Bowerman, M.S., R.D., assistant director of the UCLA Center for Human Nutrition. Plus, hitting the sack hungry can disrupt sleep patterns. In fact, new research suggests you should eat right before bed if you exercise at night, or if you're over 60. A protein-packed meal—or even a whey protein shake—provides more fuel for your body to synthesize muscle. It also helps combat the effects of age-related muscle loss. (Have you found it hard to stick to your workouts? Don't worry—the No Gym, No Excuses Workout will help you incinerate fat and pack on muscle without lifting a weight.)

No Gym, No Excuses Workout

How much protein? A recent study in the American Journal of Physiology found that elderly men who ate 35 grams of whey protein experienced more muscle growth than those who ate 10 or 20 grams.

Go For An Annual Full-Body Scan

They're pretty useless, particularly for the abdomen and pelvis, says Jonathan Goldin, M.D., a radiologist at UCLA. Often, scans miss lesions, giving a false sense of security—or they "find" something that's not there, leading to unnecessary anxiety and more tests. Scans can help detect lung cancer and coronary-artery calcium, but these tests are recommended only for people over 45 who have risk factors like smoking, moderately high blood pressure, or moderately high cholesterol. If that isn't you, you don't need a scan.

Throw Away Milk When It Reaches The Expiration Date

The date on the carton is just the date after which it can't be sold. The milk probably has another week of freshness, says Bowerman. Give it a sniff and proceed. And if you drink sour milk, there'll be a flavor problem—oh, yes indeed—but you don't need to have your stomach pumped. There's another word for curdled milk: cheese.

Feed A Cold

There's no science behind this old adage, says Jack M. Gwaltney Jr., M.D., head of the division of epidemiology and virology at the University of Virginia. "In the short term, what you eat doesn't matter at all," he says. "Drink lots of fluids, but eat whatever you feel like." That said, the cysteine in chicken soup has been proven to relieve mucus buildup and sore throat. Stop your sniffling, sneezing, and stuffy head by checking out the Men's Health Allergy Center. It's your complete guide to allergy medicines, expert advice and it even has a sympton decoder!

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Starve A Fever

Wrong again. A high temperature boosts your metabolism, causing you to burn calories. If you're weakened, the illness will hang around longer. So try to replace calories any way you can, says Ben Ansell, M.D., director of the Comprehensive Health Program at UCLA. "It's even more important to maintain regular fluid intake, as your body's demands may be at least twice what they are in other circumstances." Your fever could be caused by any number of ailments, so monitor it and see a doctor if it gets to 105 degrees or lasts for several days. (Steer clear of colds and flu by avoiding the 6 Germiest Places You Touch Every Day.)

Use A Hard Toothbrush To Clean Your Teeth Better

A soft one cleans just as well and causes less damage to teeth and gums, says Philip Mendelovitz, D.D.S., an associate professor of dentistry at the UCLA school of medicine.

Brush And Floss Twice A Day

In terms of dental health, once a day is fine. "Plaque takes 24 hours to harden," Dr. Mendelovitz says. "One really good brushing every 24 hours is better than two half-baked attempts." But commit to the job—spend at least 2 minutes. And do it before bed. Saliva combats plaque, and its production decreases when you sleep, Dr. Bader says. But remember: This is just about plaque. Your breath is still going to reek in the morning, so be a good coworker/friend/close talker and either brush or use mouthwash when you wake up.

Another reason to floss every day: New York University researchers found that people who floss infrequently are three times more likely to develop stomach cancer. Jot down a plan of when, where, and how you'll floss each day and you'll be more likely to actually do it, a German study found. Another great way to keep your teeth clean and healthy: Avoid these 12 Foods Your Dentist Would Never Eat!
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How To Whiten Your Teeth At Home!


As asked by many this is a video on how I whiten my teeth at home. This has worked for me for years, it may not work for you, its just a tip I am sharing.  

Do not over do it as it may lead to you weakening your enamel.I only do it ONCE a WEEK, because I have SENSITIVE teeth and as you know too much of anything is bad for you, so please dont over do it, you will end up toothless lol and I will not go to prision for your toothless ass if you over do it.


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Back To School Outfits 2012!


dress - kohl's
belt - forever21
shoes - marshall's
bag - sears

shirt - Kohl's
shorts - charlotte russe
shoes - k mart

shirt - hollister
shorts - charlotte russe
shoes - target ?

shirt - Kohl's
tank top underneath - Justice :)
shorts - hollister
shoes - k mart

shirt - Pacsun
shorts - Hollister
shoes - DSW

shirt - ? can't remember... Forever21 ?
shorts - kohl's
shoes - Payless

shirt - Hollister
shorts - Kohl's
shoes - Payless

shirt - Forever21
shorts - Forever21
shoes - Payless

dress - Forever21
denim jacket - Charlotte Russe
belt - Charlotte Russe
shoes - DSW

shirt - Justice :)
denim jacket - Charlotte Russe
skirt - Abercrombie
shoes - Payless

shirt - Delia's
shorts - Kohl's
shoes - Payless  


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Are they bad for cholesterol and how many can I have?: Unscrambling the truth about eggs

Daily Mail Online

Once demonised as bad for the heart, eggs have been repositioned as a health food in recent years as researchers have found that not only are they good for hearts, but can even help you to lose weight.

But last week Canadian researchers published findings that could crack eggs’ nutritious reputation. 

In the study of 1,200 subjects with an average age of 61, it was suggested that build-up of carotid plaque, a waxy substance that clogs blood vessels and is linked to cardiovascular disease, was greater in people who ate at least two eggs per week.

The researchers specifically blamed egg yolks for this effect.

Britons eat nearly 30 million eggs a day. Should we curtail our egg habit to protect our hearts?


The latest Canadian research ‘goes against the grain of current scientific thinking’, says Helen Bond, of the British Dietetic Association. 

A few years ago, Bruce Griffin, professor of nutritional metabolism at the University of Surrey, analysed 30 egg studies carried out over 30 years and found eggs ‘have no clinically significant impact’ on cholesterol levels.


In fact, a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found eggs helped to maintain healthy blood pressure levels, says Helen Bond.  

And last year, scientists at the University of Alberta discovered egg yolks contain two important amino acids, tryptophan and tyrosine, and that two raw egg yolks have almost twice as many antioxidants as an apple. 

Frying or boiling reduced antioxidant levels by about half. 


Thanks to changes in chicken feed, eggs today are healthier than those produced 30 years ago. 

Modern eggs contain 70 per cent more vitamin D and double the amount of selenium. 

Levels of these are low in the UK diet, and linked to an increased risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease and infertility. Each egg yolk also provides 13 essential nutrients.


The Department of Health now says we can eat as many eggs as we like, as long as they form part of a healthy, balanced diet. There is no upper limit, says Bond, unless you have inherited high cholesterol.

Of the Canadian study, she says that carotid plaque rises anyway with age after 40. 

And the researchers didn’t take into account lifestyle factors such as exercise and diet. 


In the Department of Health analysis it was found that eggs contain around 20 per cent less fat, 13 per cent fewer calories and 10 per cent less cholesterol than 30 years ago. 

In one study, overweight women had eggs or a bagel for breakfast. The egg eaters consumed fewer calories in the following 24 hours.

‘Scientists put the positive effects down to the satiating effects of egg protein,’ says Bond.

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Body Sugaring Experience

Hi Girls! I am in Canada for holidays right now. Thats why I haven't been able to write many posts :( But here's a lovely comment sent by one of my beautiful reader who have tried the Body Sugaring technique to remove hair. If you want to know more about it click HERE.
So this is what she commented and I really appreciate it. I think its a better idea :)

I have been sugaring regularly for about six months now, using a different method from the one you describe. I am very happy with it and I want to share it with everyone.
I prepare the sugar by cooking two cups of water, three cups of sugar, and two teaspoons of lemon juice to 260°F (make sure to adjust for altitude). It's important to be precise with the temperature, otherwise the sugarwax turns either too liquid or too firm, and it's useless in both cases. A $1 candy thermometer works just fine.

I let it cool to room temperature (it turns a light golden yellow), then I take a small piece of the pliable mixture and mold it with my hands a little. I apply it against the natural direction of hair growth, making sure to push it into the hair follicles, and pull it quickly in the direction of hair growth. I reuse the same piece of sugar for as long as it works, and just grab a new one when there is too much hair on it. There are several youtube videos explaining how to do this stripless sugaring, however most of them use a different recipe. I have tested several, and I find this one to work best.

I prefer stripless sugaring to virtually any other method for just about any part of my body. I find that hair takes longer to grow back than regular waxing, and there is virtually no skin irritation because sugar doesn't adhere to live skin like wax does. Finally, pulling the hairs out in the direction of their growth has unexpected benefits: less pain and no ingrowns (usually a big issue for me).

So this is what she does and to be honest I think this is better :)
Thanks for your idea :)

Take Care

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How Much Exercise Do Kids Really Need?

By Heather Turgeon

After soccer practice this weekend, my three-and-a-half year old son and his buddies hit the playground for a good hour of running and climbing. 

A gallon of water and a hamburger later, my husband and I were ready to call it a day, but he had a different idea - how about we go to the park and use the climbing wall? 

Most little kids have boundless physical energy (when it comes to activities they like, at least) and when they're young, a healthy dose of activity will come in the course of a normal day without much thought. Still, educators and public health officials have guidelines to help parents make sure their little ones are getting the exercise they need for healthy development. 

Beyond physical health 

We all know that exercise is important for muscle strength, lean body composition, setting kids on a lifelong trajectory of good cardiovascular health, and lowering the risk of chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes. 

But when your kid is huffing and puffing, it's not just a benefit to her body. Physical activity has been shown to improve executive function (the ability to focus on and retain important information and filter distractions), perhaps through an increase in available blood or energy to the frontal cortex and the memory-forming hippocampus. In other words, exercise also helps your child think. 

And we have reason to believe that staying active is important to your child's mood, too. On an immediate level you can see this difference in spirit - let's say, when your child starts to hit his friends after he's cooped up too long, or when he's been sluggishly devouring shows on the iPad and then brightens when he gets out of the house to play tag. 

How much exercise do kids need? 

You'll find plenty of benchmarks for children's physical activity out there, and most, like those from the CDC and the Department of Health and Human Services, converge on the idea that male and female children and adolescents need at least one hour of exercise every day. That should be composed of activities that are:

  • Aerobic (running, jumping, biking, dancing, and other pastimes that up your child's heart rate)
  • Muscle-strengthening (climbing or other actions that "overload" muscles beyond their normal work)
  • Bone-strengthening (jumping, running, hopscotch, and other actions that put force on the bones)
The National Association for Sport and Physical Education says that toddlers need 30 minutes of structured and 60 minutes of unstructured activity every day, and that they should not be sedentary for more than 60 minutes at a time except to sleep. For preschoolers, the recommendation is 60 minutes of structured and 60 minutes to several hours of unstructured activity, with the same parameter of being sedentary for no more than an hour. Kids ages five to 12 should get at least an hour of activity all or most days of the week. 

Running out of ideas to keep your kid moving? Try these tips for staying active: 

Go for the big schoolyard 

If your child is in daycare or preschool (especially if it's a full day program), make sure there is plenty of indoor and outdoor space for toddling and running, and also a safe climbing structure. By the age of three, most kids need a nice wide-open yard to play tag, bike, or just run in good old-fashioned circles. 

Keep the stroller for long walks 

While the stroller makes life easier for parents, try to limit it to longer hikes. Help your toddler or preschooler get in the habit of walking next to you instead. Make it an "adventure walk," in which you pick up interesting treasures along the way or pretend you're exploring the neighborhood, if she needs encouragement. 

The friend factor 

A recent study gave us reason to think that social dynamics can have an impact on a child's level of activity; feeling ostracized or excluded may make our little ones more likely to be sedentary. Check out what's happening on the playground with your child's friends and make sure she feels comfortable and motivated to get in the game. 

Limit TV 

Television is the ultimate anti-exercise, so see if you can limit screen time by having parameters around it, such as only on the weekends or only one show per day. 

Sleep and eat well 

Your little one needs energy to play, so check that she's sleeping well (13-15 hours a day for a one-year-old; 12-14 hours a day for a two-year-old; and at least 11-12 hours for a preschooler) and getting plenty of healthy foods and lots of water. 

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DIY: Make Your Own Finishing/Setting Spray Suitable for Acne-Prone Skin

So there I was watching YouTube Beauty tutorials where the girls showed their favourite products.. A lot of them mentioned Mac's Fix + Finishing/Setting Spray and they all said it was amazing. It made their makeup flawless after a few mists of this product. So I got really excited about buying this and I did buy it. I compared the Mac's spray with my 100% Natural Finishing Spray. And here's what I think which one is better and which suits what skin type. Read more to find out...
You will be VERY surprised when I tell you about my secret setting or finishing spray that I use after I put my foundation and concealer.
It is just simple Cold Water stored in a spray bottle. Yes, ONLY Cold Water.

Now I have tried the Mac Spray a couple of times... about 10-11 times.
It is actually good but it makes my skin a little shiny. So I tried again and didn't spray too much this time but I had the same result. I had a shiny T-Zone.
Well I have naturally oily-combination skin so I thought this spray just made it more oilier.
BUT you can use it if you have dry skin. Then yes, definitely you will have that FLAWLESS model look.
For me, I think I will use it in winter when my skin gets a little dry. So I can balance out the whole skin issue.
You can even use this spray as a highlighter. Just spray this mist a few times on a sponge and dab it on your cheekbones and there you go... You have a lovely healthy glow to your skin ;)
When I use the Cold Water as a Finishing Spray, it makes me feel sooooo fresh and my make up is perfect. Its not too shiny and not too matte. Its somewhere in the middle with a natural looking finish.
It wakes me up instantly if I am lazy in the mornings.
It is good for acne because cold water is natural of course and since it is cold, it calms the inflammation of acne. And there are no harsh chemicals going on your skin to aggravate the acne.
I use water from the cold tap in my bathroom to be honest.
The best thing is that it is absolutely FREE.
I change the water every day and I fill my spray bottle with FRESH Cold Water. I don't like using yesterday's stored water. Its just not fresh for me you know.
I hope this helps you with your skin :)

So which one would you prefer? Comment below to let me know which works for you the best :)

Take Care.
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Back to School: Middle School Advice!

It's school time again! You're probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer is over. Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. Luckily, these "new" worries only stick around for a little while. Let's find out more about going back to school.
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How To Make Your Face Look Thinner!

Does this Blush Make my butt look big? Ok, seriously, we all know that makeup can't make you lose weight, but it can give the appearance of being thinner using contouring, placing your blush on the mid-lower cheek bone and finishing with some glowing highlighter!

Have fun in your skinny makeup and remember that true beauty radiates from within you!
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10 Tips on How to Grow & Look After Your Long Hair!

Growing long and healthy hair is everybody's wish. Hair grows long naturally, but for some people it takes some time. Another important thing to keep in mind is that just about everyone has a "terminal length" which is the longest your hair can grow based on the active growth period of your hair follicles (the growth cycle of individual hair follicles turns on and off as determined by your genetics) which is natural and you can't help it. But, you can definitely make your hair look more beautiful by following some quick and easy tips.
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Tips For New High School Freshmen!

So I got this idea form someone who asked me, and something seniors and juniors are doing for our freshmen this year. If you aren't a freshman, you probably won't find this at all helpful. But if I can help just one person, then it's worth it.
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Girl Talk: First kisses!

Most guys just don't realize how important that first kiss is to woman. Well, this should give you an idea: When you kiss a woman for the first time, she decides right then and there if she ever wants to kiss you again.
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Top 10 Annoying things about a Guy!

Hi guys! It's Chantha. Just made a video of the Top 10 Annoying things about a guy. And before you write mean comments!!, just know that I will be making one for girls as well! So be sure to come check that video out as soon as I post it up! In the mean time, enjoy the video. Hope you girls can relate and you guys can learn a few new things.
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How Not To Look 'Slutty' In A Mini Skirt!

What's another word for Slutty??? It's a little rude but you guys know what I mean! Just thought I'd show how I like to wear mini skirts.

Chain- Urban Outfitters Outfit
1. Shirt -Forever 21 Mini -H&M Shoes -Jeffrey Campbell Bag- ASOS Outfit
2 Top-New look Shoes- Aldo Bag- Christmas prezzie Outfit
3 Top- Primark Tights- ASOS Belt- Thrift Bag- Primark Outfit
4 Blazer- ZARA Top- Asos Bag-
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