How To Get Rid of Odors in Your Home Naturally

August 1, 2017 by  
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A home that smells bad can be very frustrating and embarrassing. Bad smells in the home can also indicate problems that could be causing allergies or other respiratory symptoms. Chemical-based, air freshener sprays and synthetic potpourris can actually make allergies worse. Here are some ideas for ridding your home of nasty odors using natural means.

1. Baking soda
Yes, it is part of every natural cleaning suggestion list! There is a reason for that. Baking soda is very effective at absorbing odors. Sprinkle it on your carpet, wait about 10 minutes, and then vacuum. Sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your kitchen garbage can, underneath the garbage bag. Leave a pan of baking soda out to absorb airborne odors. For sink odors, pour baking soda into your sink drain, followed by white vinegar. Leave overnight, then flush with hot water the next morning.

2. Find the source
It will help any smell-eliminating effort to find the source and clean it up. Maybe one of your pets has started using the bathroom in a hidden corner, or perhaps someone dropped some food behind the couch. It could even be your garbage.

3. Check the vacuum
Because they suck up all manner of household debris, vacuum cleaners can get very smelly. Emptying the canister or changing bags often is helpful, as is changing the filters if your vacuum has them. If the smell is stubborn despite these efforts, vacuum up some baking soda. Or, put a few drops of an essential oil you like onto a cotton ball, then vacuum the ball.

4. Enzymes
Enzymatic cleaners are available to clean many odor-causing messes. There are enzymes specifically for pet odors (you pour the liquid right on the area where the pet has soiled – after cleaning it up, of course), and enzymes for combating mildew. These are natural, non-toxic choices for getting rid of odors.

5. Fresh air
Perhaps it’s old-fashioned, but an open window or two can sweep out odors in a matter of minutes. Make a cross-breeze effect by opening windows that are across from each other, and put a fan in the window to pull fresh air in and help circulate it. If the weather will not permit this, just circulating the air with fans can help.

6. Houseplants
If you can’t let fresh air in due to weather (or worse odors outdoors from, say, car exhaust), grow houseplants. Indoor plants can improve air quality significantly; NASA scientists actually studied the effects of houseplants on indoor air and concluded that they do, in fact, pull chemicals from the air. Some plants to consider are English ivy, spider plant, peace lily, bamboo palm or reed palm, rubber plant and other figs (Ficus), and snake plant.

7. Charcoal
Charcoal is used in filters to remove odors and impurities from water, and it can also serve to remove odors from air. Because it can be messy, put the charcoal in a container with holes in the top of it so air can flow through. Place these throughout your home.

8. Dehumidifier
Sometimes, damp air can worsen odors. A dehumidifier can get rid of the water in the air, making it smell much better.

9. Spritzers
It’s easy to make a natural air freshening spray by mixing 1 part rubbing alcohol with 2 parts water in a spritzer, and adding a few drops of essential oil. Some good choices for essential oils are citrus, lavender, bergamot, and peppermint.

“Family Food Heirlooms“ Keep Those Favorite Recipes for Future Generations

August 29, 2015 by  
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How many times have you found yourself gathered around for a family holiday or even just a simple cousin’s get-together and wound up talking about the same thing – the food you all ate when you were younger? No matter how many times you do or do not get together, nike mercurial vapor there seems to be the old familiar conversation about foods, nike air max femme family gathering, and times gone by. With everyone so busy, nike hypervenom wouldn’t it be great if every family member could contribute to some sort of family food memory. nike air max 90 There are many great ways to gather family food heirlooms, nike x fragment so that generations to come can follow and enjoy them.

Facts Women Need to Know about Adult ADHD

August 27, 2015 by  
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For the most part, if you say ADHD, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, you bring up the connotation of a young child (mostly a boy) who simply cannot and will not sit still. However, the truth of the matter is that many more young girls are afflicted by ADHD than realized. Young girls grow into adult women who have not been properly diagnosed with ADHD, and this can affect them in many ways: * In their relationships with others such as a spouse, co-worker, peer, or family member * Within their workplace environment * In their education These are just a few areas where women are affected by ADHD. In addition, ADHD may show up slightly different than in men and in children. Kanken NO.2 UK Studies are beginning to show that men with ADHD may have more of the aggressive side effects than women may because men may have a tendency to be more aggressive in the first place. Men seem to be in the midst of more anger issues and insubordination conflicts with employers than women are. Fjallraven Kanken UK However, women seem to have their own personal issues with ADHD. Some of those issues are as follows: * More problems with overeating and obesity * Higher risk for disease such as diabetes and heart attack due to poor eating habits * Insecurity due to low self-esteem * Anger and depression due to that low self-esteem Men seem to have their issues more outside of the home environment such as when driving in traffic or at the work place, whereas it seems that women have more of their problems at home. Mochilas Kanken España For women who are prone to low self-esteem, poor eating habits, diet and nutritional difficulties, and depression, it may be worthwhile to explore as much information as possible about ADHD. Fjallraven Kanken Big Sale You never know, it may be the missing piece to the puzzle. Some women have felt for a very long time that they have been forgetful, unable to concentrate and focus, and lack discipline. Mochilas Fjallraven Kanken Classic This can be a direct result of having ADHD and not being diagnosed. nike air max thea Not being diagnosed can lead to depression and overeating. It is worth the effort to dive into the symptoms of ADHD and speaking to your doctor about it. Mochilas Kanken It is not necessary to research too heavily and convince yourself that you have ADHD, rather it is simply important to look into the situation and arm yourself with a little bit of knowledge and a few questions about ADHD.

Are You a ‘Non-Responder’ When It Comes to Exercise?

August 26, 2015 by  
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I’m sure if I asked if anyone reading this knows of someone who can eat all they want and never gain an ounce, every single hand would go up. nike air max 90 femme gris rose And, my guess is if you know one,woman-jogging-blur-1181363-m or more, of these types of people you’re feeling just a little resentful and perhaps a lot jealous. Mochilas Kanken Baratas You’re not alone. nike roshe run On the other side of the coin, most of us also know people who can exercise for hours on end and never seem to lose weight. So, what makes us so different with regard to eating and exercise? No doubt there have been hundreds of studies to discover the answer to this exact question but here’s one that might be of interest:

Over a period of approximately 20 weeks, Dr. Bouchard and his team made the discovery that certain individuals react differently to the same exercise regimen. Fjallraven Kanken Mini The experiment, involving the monitoring of hundreds of volunteers that were typically used to leading a sedentary lifestyle, told the tale. Fjallraven Kanken Backpack Monitoring the volunteers for how they processed oxygen and pumped blood throughout their bodies, as well as testing things such as pulse and blood pressure, were a big part of the experiment. The experiment resulted in the discovery that somewhere between 10 and 15 percent of the volunteers did not respond to aerobic exercise while others had moderate success and yet others had a high degree of success. Doing further research will discover which gene could possibly be responsible for the outcome.

Metabolism plays a part as well. Mochilas Fjallraven Kanken Big If you have been trying aerobic exercise with little or no results, for instance it could simply be that your body can’t respond to that particular type of exercise. While these studies showed physical improvement in the volunteers, some simply did not respond to the aerobic exercises the way that others did. It is important to note that with any exercise routine, the advice of your physician and the training by a professional will go a long way toward seeing you reach your goal. Exercise, at least in the early stages, is not something you should approach on your own.

Face Creams That Harm

August 25, 2015 by  
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You may think you can slather on face creams with reckless abandon. nike air max pas cher After all, if a little helps a lot, then a lot must help more, right? Whether you’re trying to smooth out wrinkles, protect from sunlight, cover up blemishes, or something else, it makes sense to use lots, and to mix many different types. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. There are some face creams that actually can do more harm than good, especially if they are used together. Fjallraven Kanken Big Sale Methylisothiazolinone: Long Name, Potential Allergen Methylisothiazolinone (MI) is a preservative, and it’s not new. But it’s only in the last few years that MI has been used alone in various products. basket nike tn In the past, it was combined with other preservatives. This means that MI concentrations have gone up, and its used in everything from baby wipes to soap to, of course, skin creams. MI can cause allergic dermatitis, dermatologists warn, which manifests as red, swollen, and sore skin. Not exactly the look you want to sport with your new face cream… Combining Creams Compounds Problems Experts today warn that a “beauty diet” is preferable to piling on creams. Fjallraven Kanken Kids The problem with mixing and matching is that you can expose your skin to the same ingredients over and over, or mixing ingredients that are more harmful when they’re mixed with others. nike magista For example, sources say you should never mix these chemicals, commonly found in various skin creams: -Retinoids like Retin-A -Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) -Hydroxy acids -Glycolic acid These can react with the others to cause allergic reactions. You’re more likely to end up with a chemical reaction if you use more than one brand and type of face cream. Sunscreens Wearing a daily sunscreen is something many women do as part of their makeup routine. Fjallraven Kanken Backpacks Sale UK But the thing about skin is, it’s absorbent. nike air max flyknit 2017 What you put on can end up getting in to your system. According to various sources, sunscreen’s toxic ingredients may actually increase the chance of developing skin cancer! Here are some that experts warn about: -Oxybenzone -Vitamin A (sounds nice, but when applied on the skin, it may actually promote tumor and lesion growth) -Fragrance -Parabens -“Nano” products (these contain miniscule particles of various substances, and their small size means they can easily be absorbed through pores) Instead, sources say to look for sunscreen that contains titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. These are considered safer because they are not absorbed through the skin.

Tips for Extending the Life of Your Outdoor Wooden Deck

August 23, 2015 by  
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If your deck gets damaged or begins to become structurally unsound, repairing or replacing it can get pretty costly. Maintaining your deck is a much better option that’s more economical in the long run. To help prevent expensive problems from developing, here are some tips for extending the life of your outdoor wooden deck. 1. Regular Inspections Twice a year – usually in spring and fall – it’s a good idea to check on the structure and overall state of your deck. Look for moisture build-up on joints, especially the butt joints, and also on the posts and beams of your deck. If water is pooling anywhere, it will affect the structural integrity of the deck. Fjallraven Kanken Backpacks Sale UK So you’ll want to make adjustments to see that the water drains, perhaps by adjusting the angle of the joints and beams so that gravity will take care of the water. While you are inspecting your deck, remember to look for insect damage, too. Old wasps’ nests, carpenter bee holes, and other damage will need to be repaired. Wood putty works for repairing holes and gauges; wasps’ nests can be scraped off (just make sure they are not occupied!). nike magista 2. Keep It Clean Regularly spray your deck with a garden hose. If there is some dirt build-up, algae, mold, or mildew, use a scrub brush and mild soap and water to scrub these areas. tn nike Just a note – make sure the scrub brush you use has nylon or natural bristles. A wire brush or steel wool pad can cause deep scratches with metallic stains. Using a power washer every year or so can take this hose cleaning up a notch. Keeping the PSI under 2500 is recommended. 3. Sweep and Rake Don’t let leaves, sticks, and so forth pile up on your deck. nike tn 2017 If you do, they will rot and stain your deck. nike air huarache They will also hold moisture close to the wood, leading to rot. So periodically get the “fall out” off your deck and let the air and sunshine dry the wood. nike air presto femme bordeaux 4. Paint or Sealant Applying a coat of paint every five years is recommended. A fresh coat of paint or stain helps keep certain insects at bay, too, particularly carpenter bees. If you are using a sealant, you can stain the deck first and then apply the sealant. You might prefer a combination product that will seal and stain. Power washing before staining, painting, and/or sealing is recommended. 5. Prevent Insect Damage Take steps to prevent insects from eating your deck or making their homes in it. Keeping it sealed and painted is a good first step. Also, be on the lookout for bees and wasps that may be building nests, and treat the area accordingly. Don’t have lights on all night around your deck, as this attracts bugs – if you want lighting on your deck at night, choose a variety that does not attract insects.

ADHD – How It Affects Social Skills

August 22, 2015 by  
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Social skills, under the best of circumstances, can be difficult to master. Meeting new people, learning where you fit in, holding on to core values while feeling peer pressure are all issues young teens deal with on a daily basis. Throw in sexuality and hormones and you have a volatile set of emotions mixed with the complex world of learning social skills. Dealing with social skills when a young adult is afflicted with ADHD is even more harrowing. ADHD, also known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, makes learning and keeping social skills even more difficult. Fjallraven Kanken NO.2 There are two sides to social skills. nike air max 90 One of them is the capability to process and comprehend your own emotional understanding and the other is how to relate to the actions and emotions of others. Giving out social impressions and taking in social impressions are important emotional components necessary for the flow of well-managed social skills. Teens with ADHD typically do not have the social skills necessary to succeed in interpersonal relationships. Many issues can arise for them during their teen years, as well as during their adult years. However, if young children learn the skills to create close friendships during their formative years, it will ease their difficulties later on in life. There are many unfortunate circumstances contributing to poor social skills in teens with ADHD. nike air tn Many times, a teen with ADHD is the one picked last for a sporting team or the one individual who seems to always hover in the background and not be included as much as their peers. This can have a negative impact on any future social skill building techniques that ADHD teens need to learn. Confidence and self-esteem are greatly impacted by feeling left out or different. This can set off a circular chain of events. The less a young adult is included in social activities, the more he or she may act out. The more he or she acts out, the lesser chance that they will be included. Fjallraven Kanken Backpacks It can be a difficult cycle. Children with ADHD often display aggressive and impulsive behavior and, therefore, other children tend to stay away from them. The more they are left out, the more aggressive they may become – thereby exacerbating the social situation even further. It is important for a child who is diagnosed with ADHD to begin learning social skills as early on as possible. Having them interact with other children for short periods of time is a positive beginning. Fjallraven Kanken Mini Sale Rewarding the child for positive behavior with other children reinforces the fact that behaving in a positive manner will result in positive reception for the child.

Express Yourself: Take an Art Class

August 21, 2015 by  
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Art is an excellent way to express yourself, even if you don’t consider yourself an “artist.” Expressing yourself through art can be a very therapeutic, and it’s a chance to meet and talk with others who have similar interests. Whether you studied art in the past and want to get back into it, or are a newbie who’s always wanted to try it, expressing yourself by taking an art class can be a healthy, energizing activity. Fjallraven Kanken Backpack Sale Here are some benefits of expressing yourself through an art class. 1. Broaden Your Horizons Even if you’ve been doing art for some time, getting out and mingling with other artists broadens your horizons. nike air max 90 Not only do you get to meet new people who share an interest in art; but you also get to hear other perspectives. There will be various points of view and ideas about technique that may “stretch” you a bit. Fjallraven Kanken Backpack And of course, you can offer your perspective to the others in the class as well. 2. Explore a New Medium Maybe you’ve been doing art for some time, but you haven’t explored a particular medium. Now’s your chance! Express yourself in a new way – try oil painting if you’ve always worked with acrylic; try sculpting if you’ve previously done only drawing or painting. Choose a medium that fits your living situation – something you can do at home – so you can take what you’ve learned and work on it at home. nike air max 2015 3. Explore Your Talent You may surprise yourself with your artistic abilities, especially if the art class is well run by an accomplished artist who knows how to teach. It may just be the self-confidence boost you needed. acheter chaussures nike Moreover, after you find your artistic ability, you’re more likely to feel confident in pursuing your art on your own, and it can become a form of self-expression for years to come. 4. Healing Effects It’s no coincidence that therapists use art to bring about the management of various mental, psychological, emotional, and even physical challenges. nike air max thea Art therapy is an established, well-documented method in these contexts, and it could have a very similar effect on you, too. Who knows – you might aspire to get a degree in art, and/or take what you’ve learned and teach others. 5. People May Get an Insight into You Many art classes culminate in a show. Students display their art and invite guests to come and view their work. This could be the chance for other people to see a part of you that you couldn’t express in words. It can be very satisfying to have other people gain a new level of understanding about who you are.

How to Go Thrifty When Buying for Your Baby

August 20, 2015 by  
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How many times have you heard someone say that babies are expensive? It can sure seem that way, and unless you make some deliberate choices about thrift, it may end up being true. If you look at the “average baby cost” charts, and start adding up all the “essentials,” you may get sticker shock. nike internationalist soldes But guess what? You don’t even need a lot of those “necessities.” Besides, you never know what your needs will be; it’s impossible to anticipate everything. There are plenty of things you think you’ll need that you don’t (and, admittedly, the reverse can happen too). nike air max 90 femme The good news is, babies do not have to be exorbitantly expensive. Here are some tips on how to go thrifty when buying for your baby. Let’s start with pre-birth purchases. 1. soldes nike air max 2018 The Perfect Nursery Many new moms have the idea that they must have the perfect nursery with all the accessories – crib, changing table, sheet sets, perfect wall color with stenciled border, rocking chair… First, the crib. While many parents won’t admit it unless they find out you’re doing the same, most of them don’t even use the crib for the first months. nike air presto femme bordeaux Do your research on co-sleeping, and you may be pleasantly surprised at the fact that many parents successfully raise babies without cribs. Look into cheaper alternatives, or use a hand-me-down crib (as long as it passes current safety codes). nike mercurial Next, the changing table. This is another item you can skip altogether. Couches, beds, rugs, and even tabletops make fine changing areas. It’s up to you as to the nursery decorating (or if you even choose to have a nursery at all, given your “baby” will soon be a child who wants to redecorate the whole thing). But thrifty options are to paint the room yourself and go with used furniture (such as a thrift-store or borrowed rocking chair). 2. Diapers Despite what seems like a large initial cost, it’s been shown over and over that cloth diapers save tons of money. The savings is even greater if you have more than one child; the diapers can be reused each time. Even if you factor in the cost of washing and drying, you’re still saving a bundle. Disposable diapers cost $1500 to $2000 from birth to potty training, per baby. Cloth diapers cost about $100 to $200 for a dozen, and it’s a one-time purchase. 3. Food Breastfeeding is clearly the thrifty choice in newborn feeding. The cost of bottles and formula can be absolutely astronomical. In addition, breastfed babies have fewer illnesses, thereby offsetting the cost of doctor visits, missed work, medications, and other inconveniences. When baby begins eating solids, you can save a great deal by making your own baby food. nike internationalist There are entire books and websites on this topic; it’s not nearly as difficult as you might think, and you’ll spend a lot less that way than paying for dozens of individual jars. 4. Clothes Yard sales, second-hand stores, consignment sales, and other moms are the best resources for baby clothes. You may not have to pay anything for them if you find another mom who is willing to pass them along. These are just a few tips for going thrifty when buying for your baby.

Activities of Daily Life That Can Help the Elder Person Restore Balance

August 20, 2015 by  
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Staying active is so important for all of us but especially for the elderly. Daily activities help keep those in their senior years out of depression. Activity also helps to keep the elderly folks minds occupied and can also help restore a sense of balance. tn requin pas cher homme But for some older folks, it’s not so easy to stay active, especially if they are now living in a retirement home. Here are some activities of daily life that can help the elder person restore balance. nike air presto 1. basket nike tn Volunteering Not all seniors are able to volunteer, but for those who can, it can be a wonderful way for them to feel useful and give back. Habitat for Humanity is a possibility for able-bodied seniors who like to work with their hands. A hospice and the local nursing home may also appreciate volunteers to socialize with and visit the residents. Even volunteering for social roles in the apartment building where they live can be a great way to interact and stay active. 2. Get a Pet The psychological and emotional advantages of having a pet are well-documented. Fjallraven Kanken Big Pets do depend on their owners, so the elderly person with a pet has an additional push to get up in the morning. A pet requires daily activity. Make sure, though, that there is “stand by” care if needed, and someone to take the pet in the event of the elderly person’s illness. Good pets are small dogs, cats, and even rabbits. Just make sure the pet fits the senior’s personality and skill level. 3. basket nike Routines A set routine is helpful for young and old for helping to create a balanced life and one where good activity fits in. In elderly people, looking to the past can help to establish a good routine. For example, what were the past routines in the older person’s life? Can they be re-established (although with a few necessary changes)? Older people may find security in getting back to some elements of their old way of life and their long-established habits. True, they may require help to do these things where they didn’t before (hence the necessary changes). But a little time spent helping can go a long way toward the elder person’s sense of security and wellbeing. Some examples include gardening, housekeeping chores, hobbies like woodworking and crafts, and daily self-care like brushing hair or putting on makeup. 4. Kanken Kids UK Time Outdoors To maintain a sense of balance, spending some time outdoors is essential. Staying in one place day after day can depress anyone’s spirits; elders are no exception, and they are more likely to spend time in one place without help and inspiration. Try to find some time to get outside when weather permits. It can be as simple as sitting on a porch or as involved as a summer picnic. Regular strolls in the neighborhood and local park are also beneficial. These outings are not just for a change of scenery; exposure to sunlight means the body generates vitamin D, a crucial vitamin in staving off depression and lifting the mood.

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