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The cold cure {Ginger Fireball}

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I know it’s hard to believe and sad to admit, but these cold days are here to stay for a little while longer.  I’ve been lucky so far and I have a strong feeling that it’s all thanks to my homemade flu fighting remedy “The Ginger Fireball”

Ingredients:

Fresh Ginger/ 2 teaspoons of honey/ 3 teaspoons of lemon juice/ water

Peel and blend one large piece of ginger (roughly the size of the bottom piece in the image above) in a blender with lemon juice.

Add honey and boiling water and stir.

Bundle up and Enjoy!

Energy saving tips

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Tips For Saving on Your Electric Bill

Switch to Energy Efficient Florescent Lightbulbs
This one was a somewhat tough one for me personally. I hated paying extra for the bulbs and I was not impressed with the lighting that is offered with Florescent Light bulbs. I will admit the bulbs have gotten much cheaper and the quality of lighting has improved.

Inspect your equipment regularly

Faulty equipment is a likely culprit when it comes to energy waste. Check out your heating and air conditioning systems on a regular basis to be sure they are running properly. It is also a good idea to have someone inspect them annually for to ensure maximum production.

Use power strips for items that suck energy

People usually are unaware that certain items will drain energy even if they are not in use. Locate those items throughout your home and plug them into power strips that can be turned on and off. When you use these items, plug them in and turn them off when you are not. Remember all those cell phone chargers and the like? Those are prime examples. We can now purchase energy saving power strips. Many are available online.

Make sure you change your filters regularly

Filters can cause your units to run horribly and that puts a drain on your electric bill. Change them out on a regular basis.

Put lights on a timer

Certain lights stay on all the time in your home whether you intend for them to or not. Put those lights on a timer to go off during the hours of the day that you are not home or asleep. That alone will help you to quell that electric bill.

Turn out lights when you leave the room

No timer can help you here. If you are at home, only you can keep your lights turned out. This simple habit learned by everyone in your home can have a huge impact on your electric bill. Learn it and enforce it.

Use that thermostat programming program

If you have a programmable thermostat, then learn how to use it properly. These things are awesome if you can manipulate them correctly. It is possible to literally heat and cool your home based on time of day, where you are in the home and even room by room. Take the time to learn about your equipment and it will pay off majorly.

Make sure you fill in the cracks

No matter how awesome your equipment might be, it is not going to be efficient if your insulation is horrible. Go around your home inside and out and make sure you have filled in any cracks or holes that are letting precious energy escape. If cold is getting in, then you can be sure heat is getting out. The opposite is true when it is hot outside. Fill in those gaps and check the insulation in your home attic and basement. This can make a huge difference as well.

Consider alternate energy sources

If you have alternate energy sources such as wind or solar power within your means, then you should truly look into it. It will save you a ton of cash over time and take away your dependence on electricity in the process. It also will help the Earth survive longer by saving on natural resources.

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High heel advice: We all want it

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When it comes to looking stylish, nothing beats a gorgeous pair of high heels. Heels make your legs look longer, your body look slimmer, and your whole outfit just a little more polished. Unfortunately, for many women, they also make your feet hurt something awful! Thank shoe designers’ propensity for pointy toes, spindly heels, and narrow silhouettes for your aching post-heel feet. And while according to the American Podiatric Medical Association, you should get rid of any shoes that cause any discomfort, the fashionista in you likely finds that hard to comply with. That’s why you need strategies to help you make your high heels work for you, not against you. Read on for tips on wearing your high heels comfortably (or at least more comfortably).

Buy the right size:

 Sure, seems obvious, but when’s the last time you got measured when you bought shoes? Podiatrists know that feet can grow larger as we get older (and pregnancy can result in longer or wider feet, too). That’s why it’s crucial to have your feet measured every time you buy shoes. Make sure there’s a thumb’s width between your longest toe and the front of the shoe, to give your toes room to move. For heels, this means you may need to go up a size to get a comfortable fit.
Stick to round toes. Lucky for us, round-toed shoes are back in style this season! Where pointy toes can wrench your big toe inward, causing joint pain, crunched toes, and even the beginnings of bunions, round toes allow your toes to lie flat and spread out naturally. That makes for much more comfort. And if you can’t swear off your pointy toes completely? Have some round-toed shoes to alternate with the pointy ones.

Don’t go too high:

Podiatrists agree that a heel of one to two inches is a good choice for comfort and foot health. And with kitten heels still such a big look, that’s great news. Avoid three- or four-inch heels, which put undue pressure on the ball and bones in the front of your foot.

Tailor your width:

Sometimes the toe isn’t the problem — it’s the width. Many fashion shoes come in a standard medium width. But if you have wide feet, medium-width shoes will feel uncomfortable. When you find a pair of shoes you love, see if they come in a wide width; if not, a shoemaker can usually stretch the shoes to widen the toe box, enhancing the comfort of the shoe.

Cushion up:

When you have the shoe size and style right, it’s time to think about cushioning. Many fashion shoes come with less-than-adequate cushioning on the area you need it most: right under the ball of your foot. Especially when you’re wearing heels, which shifts your weight fully onto the ball of your foot, ample cushioning will help your feet stay comfy. If your shoes don’t have enough, consider adding some with a shoe insert. A brand called Foot Petals makes Tip Toes ($6.95), a flower-shaped insert that provides great cushioning.

Alternate:

Wearing heels for many days in a row can make your feet feel ravaged. To maintain some comfort, switch between heels and a flatter pair of shoes. Although heels elongate your legs when you’re wearing a skirt, they are less important when you are wearing trousers, so give feet a rest on those days.

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Makeup application tip: “The Hollywood V”

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Makeup lesson: Know how to conceal those under-eye circles

Since dark circles are such a sore spot for most of us, we took a lot of time mixing just the right blend of orange-tinted concealer with a beige-colored concealer that matched our skin tones. The Napoleon Perdis Paparazzi Makeup To-Go class teaches how to remove under-eye circles with the “Hollywood V.” With your concealer brush, swipe the color-correcting concealer under your eye in a “V” shape from your outer to inner corner. Then, buff the concealer into your skin, until you get to the center of your lower lid, where you’ll want to feather the concealer for a lighter application.

While it seems like a lot of work, customizing a color-correcting mixture made especially for your skin tone can actually erase stubborn bags instead of highlighting them.

Friday Beauty tip: Murray’s pomade

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Friday’s Beauty tip:
Ladies… This little orange tin is going to change your life.

We all hate those little broken hairs and fly aways that always seem to pop up when you’ve just finished taking the time to round brush or flat iron your hair.
I’ve tried the expensive salon products and I always resort back to this trusty tin.
At a cool $4.50 from any department or drug store, this will hold those little buggers down in a hurricane.

Try it out!

If you need me… I’ll be vacuuming

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If you’d told me five years ago that I would spend upwards of $600 on vacuum cleaner, I would have probably said you were out of your mind…but Dyson’s don’t come cheap. I thought the Dyson was nothing more than a cool kid vacuum. To me, it was the Macbook of vacuums; the kind of thing that you owned if you drove a hatchback SUV with a ‘Baby on Board” or those family stickmen stickers on the back window. (No offence to anyone with those stickers… lol) Anyway, I never considered myself the kind of person who would even think
about looking down the Dyson aisle. I’ll admit I was intrigued when they displayed those weird modern Dyson fans at the front of department stores but,not intrigued enough to waste my hard-earned money on a fancy cleaning appliance that would only be stowed away in the cupboard. Well… 5 years… 2 Dirt Devils, 1 Bissel, 2 Hoover handheld vacuums and countless Swiffer refills later, I’ve discovered that the old adage was right…you get what you pay for. I admit, it wasn’t east to come to terms with the fact that I had wasted hundreds of dollars on Walmart’s ‘Roll Back the Savings’ leading up to this discovery. The point is… if they sold “Dyson cool kid” t shirts… I would buy one in every colour. I searched the internet and scoured the weekly flyers to find some kind of savings. Online, I was lucky to find the Dyson Stowaway for $200 off at The Bay. Knowing that these miracle appliances very rarely go on sale I jumped at the chance. The vacuum arrived…I don’t know how I’ve lived without one all these years. The novelty will wear off I’m sure but for now… if you need me… I’ll be vacuuming.

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