Don't talk yourself into an outfit that isn't flattering to your frame. There are only two kinds of clothes in this world. Clothes that flatter you and clothes that don't and avoid the latter regardless of how popular and trendy they are.
It is one thing to go shopping with your girlfriends because that can be very social and enjoyable but keep in mind don't shop with a competitive friend because she will cajole you into buying more and possibly unflattering items weather or not you need it.
If you are shopping for a cocktail (event) dress remember to bring your shoes. That way if you need to have in-store alterations you will be all set.
If you need to power shop remember to bring a list. This can help focus your attention and keep you on task.
Nothing good will come from buying uncomfortable shoes regardless of how fabulous they are.
Don't buy something you don't need because it is a fantastic sale price. I know we have all done this but it is a waste of money and closet space.
Don't buy on impulse. Ask yourself the following questions when deciding if to buy. Do I need this? Does it fit with my lifestyle or wardrobe? Where am I going to wear this? If you are still undecided then put it on hold and if you are still thinking about it at the end of the day -buy it.
Fashion Shopping tips for you
Spend money on great shoes because they can make or break an outfit. You can even wear them with jeans and look fabulous!
Buy items that fit your lifestyle. If you know you are going to live in your jeans then it is ok to spend $150 a pair especially if you had to try on dozens to find the right fit. Buy clothes to suit your lifestyle.
Spend money on staples on shoes, bags, a cashmere sweater, a black pair of pants and skimp on belts, socks, trendy tops, scarves, hats and sunglasses. .
Before you shop know what you own. Make a point to go through your closet at the beginning of every season.
Invest in undergarments because the right foundation garments can make everything you own look better
If you are painting and have to use a second paint of coat on a wall for the next day, put your paint roller, and rolling pan in a trash bag. Then freeze it. You won't have to do any clean up on them that night. The next day when you have to paint, just let it defrost and paint away.
Take a hammer and nail and poke four small holes on the rim of the paint can. All the paint will drain right back to the can. Less mess and the lid will not stick.
If you are painting from the can, put a large rubber band or string across the middle. Just wipe your brush on that, no paint drips on the side of the can to worry about.
Don't use masking tape on the windows when you are painting by the glass part of the window frames. Use strips of wet newspaper. They stick great. Just make sure to remove them before they dry. They are easier to remove that way.
Also if you are painting cabinet doors and don't want them to stick to the frame of the cabinet, clip a clothespin at the bottom of the door. It helps keep the door open enough so it won't stick. Sure there will be a tiny spot at the bottom, but that is easy enough to touch up when everything else is dry.
Cleaning Gas Grills
Gas grills can get messy pretty quickly, but they're not too hard to clean. Materials needed:
Large plastic tub half filled with soapy water
Plastic scouring pad
Grill brushes, made with soft metal such as brass
New lava rocks
Wet/dry shop vacuum cleaner
Before you start cleaning a gas grill, disconnect and remove the gas canister. This makes the cleaning job both easier and safer. Remove the main grills and place them in a large tub of soapy water. Allow them to soak for an hour or so. Remove the upper racks and soak them too. Remove and discard the lava rocks. They lose their effectiveness after a year or two as they're covered with grease drippings.
Take out the lava-rock rack and soak it with the grills. If the rack is rusty, you may need to replace it.
If the grill has a drip guard that prevents grease from getting onto the burners, it probably needs cleaning too. Lift it out and place it in the tub. Use a spatula to scrape burnt-on grease from the inner walls of the grill. Use a wet/dry shop vacuum cleaner to remove the rest of the rocks, food particles and other debris from inside the grill.
Now that you've removed everything from the grill cabinet, inspect the burner and the cabinet body. If the burner appears damaged, replace it. If you notice rust in the cabinet, don't paint it, spread vegetable oil over it. The heat from the grill will bake the oil into the rust and prevent it from spreading.
After the grills, rack and burner cover have soaked for an hour or so, remove them from the tub, and scrub them to remove baked-on grease. You can use a metal grill-cleaning brush on stainless-steel grills, but porcelain grills should be cleaned with plastic or nylon scouring pads: metal brushes could scratch the finish.
If the grills are rusty, replace them. Consider a stainless steel or porcelain-finish grill, which won't rust and is easy to clean.
When you're done cleaning, reassemble the grill. Protect the grill from the elements with a grill cover.
Great Uses for Coffee Filters
If you have cork pieces floating in a bottle of wine, run the wine through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.
Separate your china dishes for safer storage: place a coffee filter between each dish. (I use paper plates for this when packing my good dishes for moving.)
Splatter-proof bowls or dishes when cooking in the microwave by covering them with a coffee filter. (This works great!)
Recycle frying oil by straining it through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.
Weigh chopped foods by placing ingredients in a coffee filter on the kitchen scale.
Coffee filters make great wrappers for tacos and other messy foods! (Wow! Love this one!)
Line a flower planter with a coffee filter to prevent soil from leaking through the drain holes.
Insert a popsicle stick in a coffee filter to catch the drips. (Love this one, too!)
Back to School Tips
To remove odors from thermos bottles: leave crushed newspapers in the bottle (or any smelly sealed container) for a couple of days. Or: fill the thermos with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets. Let it soak for an hour, longer if necessary.
Add a sprinkling of baking soda to your child's lunch box each day after school. Wipe clean or shake out the baking soda in the morning before packing their lunch. Keeps that box smelling fresh all year!
At the beginning of each school year, buy an accordion file folder. Add all the school papers as they come in. You can sort them when you have time.
Bring home an unused large (or extra-large) pizza box from your neighborhood pizzeria to store art work and large paper projects that you or your child will want to keep. You can stash the pizza box under a bed for easy storage.
Buy a rubber stamp or order self stick labels with your child's name and grade for identifying books, field trip permission slips, lunch money envelopes, etc.
If you can persuade your child to wait just two or three weeks for school supplies (back packs, lunch boxes, etc.) these items will be in the clearance section by mid September with huge discounts. The kids can get by with last year's stuff while they wait.
Write a love note, silly poem or an inspiring message to your child on their lunch napkin.
Headaches - Eat plenty of fish. Fish oil helps prevent headaches. So does ginger, which reduces inflammation and pain.
Hay Fever - Eat lots of yogurt before pollen season.
To Prevent Strokes - Prevent buildup of fatty deposits on artery walls with regular doses of tea.
Insomnia - Use honey as a tranquilizer and sedative.
Asthma - Eating onions helps ease constriction of bronchial tubes.
Arthritis - Salmon, tuna, mackerel and sardines actually prevent arthritis.
Upset Stomach - Bananas will settle an upset stomach. Ginger will cure morning sickness and nausea.
Bladder Infection - High-acid cranberry juice controls harmful bacteria.
Bone Problems - Bone fractures and osteoporosis can be prevented by the manganese in pineapple.
PMS - Women can ward off the effects of PMS with cornflakes, which help reduce depression, anxiety and fatigue. (Hey, what about chocolate? LOL!)
Memory Problems - Oysters help improve your mental functioning by supplying much-needed zinc. (Oh yuck ... I'll stay stoopid. ;-) )
Colds - Clear up that stuffy head with garlic.
Coughing - A substance similar to that found in cough syrups is found in hot red pepper.
Breast Cancer - Wheat, bran, cabbage. Bran and cabbage help maintain estrogen at healthy levels.
Lung Cancer - A good antidote is beta carotene, a form of Vitamin A found in dark green and orange vegetables.
Ulcers - Cabbage contains chemicals that help heal both gastric and duodena ulcers.
Diarrhea - Grate an apple with its skin, let it turn brown and eat it to cure this condition.
Clogged Arteries - Mono unsaturated fat in avocados lowers cholesterol.
High Blood Pressure - Olive oil has been shown to lower blood pressure. Celery contains a chemical that lowers pressure, too.
Blood Sugar Imbalance - The chromium in broccoli and peanuts help regulate insulin and blood sugar.
They're so simple, yet so effective. Aromatherapy candles do more than fragrance the rooms in your home. They emit scents that have the power to enhance your mood, lift your spirits and heal your tensions. Whereas aromatherapy bath salts have to be utilized in the tub, and essential oils require burners or diffusers, aromatherapy candles are their own neat little package. All you need is a match or a lighter and other than that, they're totally self-contained.
Self contained fragrant wonders
Burning aromatherapy candles brings warmth to a room. The fragrance and the soft glow of the flame provide beautiful ambience, and when complemented with fresh flowers, can transform a dull space into one that inspires health and harmony. When shopping for aromatherapy candles, be sure not to confuse them with scented ones, which merely contain a fragrance, and not natural essential oils. It is these pure oils that offer the therapeutic benefits, and likely mean a more expensive purchase. You can, however, intensify a scented candle by adding a couple of drops of essential oil near its wick before lighting. Small bottles of these oils can be bought online or from speciality stores. Aromatherapy candles make a lovely wedding gift. The newly married couple might like to use them on the wedding night to create an even more romantic atmosphere. Imagine the handsome groom and his blissful bride looking into each other's eyes, savouring a perfume that will linger for years to come as a reminder of their big day. If looking for a birthday gift for a friend or relative, something not as expensive as jewelry but just as thoughtful, aromatherapy candles might be just the idea. Several kinds exist on the market. Instead of regular paraffin wax, they can also be made from soy, palm or beeswax, and moulded into interesting shapes. Votive candles are available in glass, tea lights float in water and pillars make a more bold statement. You can even obtain gel candles, which, although popular for their transparent properties, tend to be a little less stable when it comes to the longevity of the aroma provided by the oils. Keep in mind that care must be exercised when using aromatherapy candles for the purpose of inducing sleep, for obvious reasons. Be sure to use a fireproof surface underneath to protect the furniture upon which it stands, just in case. The power of fragrance to affect our state of mind is as significant as that of music to make us move our body. Experiment with different scents to determine which work for you in the way that you desire. In the same way that Mozart might help you drift off to a peaceful slumber, and the Rolling Stones might pump you up for an energetic day, you can customize the way you apply aromatherapy to your life by trying diverse categories of aromas. At the very least, it's a truly interesting process, but it has the potential to make a genuine difference to the way you begin and end each day.
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