10 Easy Ways to Get Pretty and Healthy Summer Feet

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The delightful season of summer brings with it its own host of problems such as body odor, excessive sweating, parched skin, and skin infections. The feet are particularly susceptible to summer problems since they are constantly exposed to environmental factors and are one of the parts of the body that are commonly ignored. Here’s how you can get pretty and healthy summer feet:

1. Moisturize cracked heels:

Cracked heels should be dealt with quickly before the fissures get deeper. Use a pumice stone to exfoliate the skin on the heels and follow up with a deep hydrating foot cream.

2. Protect feet against blisters:

Blisters are caused by rubbing of shoes against the heel or by rubbing between the toes. To avoid blisters, ensure that you wear proper-fitting sandals and keep your feet dry. Give adequate rest to your feet to prevent sweating and overheating.

3. Avoid sweaty feet:

Feet have approximately 250,000 sweat glands. It is no wonder that they sweat profusely during summer. However, this sweat is a good environment for harmful germs to breed.

You should wear socks to keep your feet dry and healthy. Socks made of synthetic fibers can remove moisture more easily than those made of cotton or wool. Avoid wearing tight pantyhose that traps sweat. Read the rest of this entry

Preparing Healthy Food for the Family

Preparing food for the family can be tough, especially if, despite your best efforts, your family members are staunchly opposed to eating healthily.  When this happens, many people resign themselves to cooking different meals for different family members to appease everyone’s taste buds. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Instead, why not try to find a compromise that pleases everyone? By incorporating certain tactics, you can feed your family nutritious meals that don’t taste like diet food, allowing everyone to eat better.

1. Adhere to Correct Portion Sizes: One of the biggest hurdles people face when it comes to food is overeating. In fact, most people overeat without even realizing they’re doing so. Advertising has taught us that bigger is better, and that goes for meals, too. Unfortunately, this means portion sizes have doubled, and sometimes even tripled in size, and are much larger than what your body actually needs. Simply preparing and eating the correct portion sizes can make a drastic difference in your family’s health.

2. Learn New Recipes: Health food gets a bad reputation as being bland and tasteless – but it doesn’t have to be that way! Different seasonings have the ability to take an otherwise boring dish and turn it into a culinary masterpiece. What’s more is that many of these seasonings also provide health benefits, so take the time to research different recipes and seasonings to find ways to play up the flavor in your dishes.  Read the rest of this entry

How to Fight Procrastination

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We all know somebody who always says, “Don’t worry about that. I will just do it later.” Most of us are probably guilty of this as well; justifying laziness with excuses like working at the last minute increases efficiency and the pressure helps to finish the task.

Think what you will, but in reality, procrastination is not helpful. People who say they work better at the last minute are only fooling themselves, since rushed work tends to lack in quality. Besides that, what happens if you wait too long and can’t complete the task?

Instead of making excuses, taking a proactive approach to fight procrastination is the best route. You will end up feeling more accomplished, and the output produced will be of much higher quality than if you had waited until the last minute.

Give these 5 tips a try and you will see your procrastination subside in no time at all.

1. Schedule Your Time Wisely

One of the main things that lead to procrastination is a lack of scheduling. This doesn’t mean scheduling out every single minute of the day, but blocking off times for specific tasks is essential to getting them done.

Try making a list, either for the day or for the week, of all of the things that you want or need to do. Then, prioritize them based on importance and deadlines. Once this is complete, you can create a schedule that works for you, putting the important tasks into your most productive time blocks. Read the rest of this entry

You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours!

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Do you ever wish you were one of those really arts & crafty people who can see the value in what other people have left for the charity shop, and can turn it in to something fabulous and unique for their own home? Or perhaps you wish that you were just a bit more skilful with DIY, or cake decorating. Or maybe you just wish someone else would lend you their lawnmower every now and again so that you wouldn’t have to buy one yourself when your ‘garden’ is more like a grassy driveway and you don’t have anywhere outside the house to store one?

There can be a solution to all these problems!

We’re all becoming more and more familiar with the reality that people are generous with what they have which is surplus to requirements. I’m sure many of us these days are members of at least one local group on Facebook where people can list any items they no longer want or need, either offering to give them away for free or selling for a small fee, I think I’m involved in two. Having only moved out of home last year, I have been very lucky (as has my bank balance) to have been given for free 1 of our sofas, a folding dining table with 2 chairs, our bed base, and a washing machine.  I also paid very little for our TV and our coffee table. The favourite thing of all was when we decided to get rid of our mattress (deciding to fork out for a brand new one), and finding someone who wanted a mattress and was getting rid of a sofa bed, which we needed. Swaps are brilliant as they suit everyone! Read the rest of this entry

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How to Minimize Your Footprint While on the Road

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You have a whole lifetime of travel plans. You’re off to the mall, work and grocery store on a daily basis, but you also have trips to take. You might take an airplane quite a few times in your life, and you might take a cruise now and then. Some people are truck drivers, and they are on the road all the time.

All that travel amounts to a pretty significant carbon footprint. If you’re interested in looking for a few ways to reduce that lifetime footprint, you’ve come to the right place!

Don’t Fly, Drive!

Airplanes are a major contributor to atmospheric pollution. There are more studies that should be done, but the ones that have all point to one fact: per person, air travel provides greater pollution than non-air travel. That’s why driving cross-country is a better idea for you and your family than flying.

Drive Less (Aggressively)

Almost everyone has to drive at some point. It’s almost impossible not to, so we may as well try and be reasonable about it. First of all, if you don’t really need to drive somewhere, don’t! Walking or riding your bike has the benefit of reducing your footprint while also keeping you in shape.

If you do need to drive, you can still reduce your footprint. Driving like a reasonable person can help you reduce your gas emissions by as much as 33%. In addition to working on your road rage, you can also reduce your footprint even further by keeping your car in shape. Regular oil changes, new tires and other general repairs keeps your car running better and with fewer emissions. Read the rest of this entry



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