:)

7 Apr

Okay, I’m going to start up my blog again, after a 3-day (errrrr…..). I will leave it for the week though, and start it up again Monday morning πŸ™‚

?

5 Apr

I’m so used to having my two posts up and posted by 9:00am-ish every day.
And today? Nothing… :\

I have been having a lot of fun with my blog, but I’m not entirely sure about keeping it.. there are so many blogs out there. But the thing I loved about my blog was the fact that I was talking about every day things, not just “AWESOME SHOES! OMG!”

So I’m not sure…

What Would YOU Buy?

2 Apr

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Very simple blog today… if you money grew on trees, or you had an unlimited supply..

WHAT WOULD YOU PURCHASE?

OR

WHAT IS THE FIRST THING YOU WOULD PURCHASE?

Personally, I would start up a couple businesses (which I will keep to myself πŸ˜‰ but I would buy a piece of land right by my cottage and build a stable and fill it with horses πŸ™‚

Tip Of The Day!

2 Apr

6 things that will help you sleep
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(sorry I couldn’t resist πŸ™‚

1. COOKIES & MILK
The tryptophan in milk will help you feel sleepy (WARM MILK IS BETTER), but you need some carbs to get it where you want it to go in your brain, says Mary Susan Esther, M.D., and president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. Cookies are her carb of choice. Just make sure to choose a low-fat variety and eat them in moderation.

2. SOOTHING SOUND MACHINE
Street noise, a restless neighbour or even sounds around the house can be very disruptive if you’re having trouble nodding off. A sound machine can help drown out the annoying noise around you.
– It is very soothing. GALAXIE Music Channels for your TV are wonderful, they have such a variety, and within a couple minutes your screen goes black so the light won’t bother you. I for one always listen to the NATURE channel, it’s truly relaxing. Rain, thunderstorms, birds, waves helps me sleep πŸ™‚

3. LAVENDER
Studies show that the effects of herbal fragrances such as lavender reduce stress levels. In one study, people exposed to lavender showed an increase in the type of brain waves that suggest increased relaxation. A quick spritz of soothing lavender water on your pillows before bed will help calm your exhausted mind.
(CHECK OUT MY POST ABOUT A MIST A MISTY SLEEP)

4. SLEEP MASK
Add a little glam to your nighttime routine. You’ll look darn cute getting your beauty sleep. One pair of earplugs is included for added sleep comfort. $6, well.ca.

5. FAN
Lower the temperature of your bedroom before you climb into bed, says Becky Wang-Cheng, M.D., a medical director at Kettering Medical Center in Ohio. Lower temperatures signal your body it’s time to sleep. Try cooling down a stuffy room with an electric fan like this 12-in. Table Fan from the Rona Collection. $43, rona.ca.

6. LUXE SHEETS
Buy silky, natural-fibre sheets in a soothing colour, like these ivory-coloured Coyuchi Organic Cotton Sateen Sheets from Grassroots ($80 each, grassrootsstore.com). They’re made from 100 percent certified organic cotton grown and made without any pesticides, chlorine bleach or chemical softeners. Add an exquisitely soft cashmere throw for the bed, a hypoallergenic down comforter and pillows, pillows and more pillows.

Snack Time!

1 Apr

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I was reading the latest issue of O Magazine and these were listed as Oprah’s “O List” (her favourite things), and came across this: LunchSkins – reusable and dishwasher-safe sandwich and snack holder.

I’m all about reusable items, but I’m not sure about this. Why would you want to mix your fruits, peanuts, or sandwiches together? I think just getting one is not good enough. Because if you have let’s say an egg sandwich for lunch today, you get home and obviously it will smell like egg, there will be crumbs and obviously some egg would have “slipped” out of the sandwich. If you want to use it the next day for peanuts, you don’t want egg all over your peanuts! So you have to wash it… which isn’t really good for the environment (or your hydro bill!).

So I highly suggest getting one for your sandwiches, one for fruits, and one for any kind of snack.

PRICE: $8, 3GreenMoms, LunchSkins.com

Tip Of The Day!

1 Apr

WHY WE HAVE NIGHTMARES
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(photo credit: Best Health)

I have definitely had nightmares before! They can truly be frightening 😦

Nightmare triggers
Nightmares can be caused by medications, oddball genes, degenerative neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s, last night’s tamales, traumatic events in the present, never-healed wounds from the past that a recent event has unmasked, and gut-level threats to health, safety, and the very sense of who you are.

Those who put a lid on expressing how they feel in response to stressful events during the day are likely to be taken for a ride by those emotions in the form of nightmares at night. And some, particularly people who are open and sensitive, may have a “thin” boundary between what’s real and what’s a dreamβ€”which means that their waking life is more than likely to stir up their night life and cause some pretty hairy dreams.

“A nightmare is a dysfunctional dream,” explains Rosalind Cartwright, director of the sleep disorder service at Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center in Chicago. Instead of integrating the day’s events and feelings with older, stored memories and defusing negative emotions β€” which is what some researchers feel a dream is supposed to do β€” the emotions your brain is processing overload your circuits, prevent their integration into older memories, and jerk you from sleep.

If you’re in a bad car accident, for example, you may not be able to process all the negative emotions the accident generates right away, says Cartwright. The fear and your sense of vulnerability and mortality are overwhelming. So you may have nightmares for a while as your mind keeps working away at integrating your feelings. Once it does, however, the nightmares go away.

As Cartwright writes in her book Crisis Dreaming, “Nightmares are a cry for resolution for finding a way to incorporate the terrible experience into our lives. Occasional nightmares are normal,” she adds. “But not nightly, and not over and over again.”

How to banish nightmares
Nightmares are a sign of overload. Check with a doctor, psychiatrist, or therapist if you’re depressed, if they recur, or if you discover that your dreams are caused by distressing feelings from the past that have been triggered by current events. Otherwise, here’s how Cartwright suggests you keep them at bay:

β€’ Recognize that the dream is bad while you’re having it. This may sound impossible to do, but it’s not. Simply resolve that you’re going to do this before you fall asleep. It may take a few tries, but you’ll get the hang of it.

β€’ Identify what in the dream makes you feel bad. What are the feelings or events involved?

β€’ Stop any bad dream. Believe it or not, you can do it β€” often simply by recognizing that it’s bad.

β€’ Change the ending. Turn what’s negative into something positive. You may have to wake up to do it, but eventually you’ll be able to tell yourself to write a better ending as you sleep.

β€’ Keep a dream diary. Write down your dreams every morning. All your dreams, not just the nightmares. Then periodically review the ones that trouble you. Try to figure out why they’re upsetting.

Remember to keep your journal beside your pillow (or under, or even on your night stand) because trust me, you will not remember your dream in the morning!

Chapters/Indigo is horrible for searching (not for books), but there is no category for “Journals,” so I am left to suggest these wonderful journals from Borders.com.
Borders.com Journals

This is actually a free service! I *just* came across it.. It’s pretty fabulous. Not only is it free, but it works like a regular journal where you can make everything private, everything public, or only have what you want public!
DREAM JOURNAL

Don’t forget to come back tomorrow, when I will be listing the 6 THINGS THAT WILL HELP YOU SLEEP!

Things A Woman Should Have In her Purse

31 Mar

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Honestly, I could never understand why women put soooooo much in their purse and take it around everywhere with them. Then I started doing it myself πŸ™‚

I always used to just have my ipod, digital camera and maybe a small pen & paper, now I’m loaded with stuff! It just keeps adding, every time I would go out I would think “I wish I had floss…. I wish I had chap stick… I need a mirror!”

So here are a few essentials:

1. GUM/MINTS
– Honestly, you never know when you’re going to need it. Besides, what if you go out for lunch or have a coffee? You don’t want garlic AND coffee breath do you? What if you run into a crush? πŸ˜‰

2. HAND SANITIZER
– Isn’t it gross touching doors, dirty ATM buttons, and who knows what else… It’s always best to have some kind of anti-bacterial bottle in your purse. Places like Bath & Body Works now have them in heavenly scents. And they come in travel sizes!

3. ASPIRIN
– Many times I’ve gone out and the dreaded pounding starts. Nothing is worse than a headache. There have been many times I wish I had it. Thankfully I started, and it’s saved my life! Headaches always ruin one’s day. So make sure you grab a bottle and carry a few around. Good thing because IB now comes in “travel” sizes.

4. NOTEBOOK & PEN
– Like the aspirin, a simple notebook and pen has saved me many times! Writing anything you might want in the future comes in handy. What if you need to scribble down a number or address? They have them at Wal-Mart, Zellers, Chapters/Indigo, or even Dollarama!

5. MONEY
– Always have money. I can’t understand people who just carry around cards. What if you need cash? Carry about $20, and about $5 in change.

6. MIRROR
– What if something is in your eye? Or you eat chocolate cake – nothing funnier than someone with chocolate all over their teeth πŸ™‚

7. SNACK
– Just a small baggy (zip-lock is just fine) of various nuts. Or even carry a granola bar, never know when your stomach will rumble!

8. FLOSS
– Refreshens your teeth!

9. DIGITAL CAMERA
– You never know what you’re going to see! I always have mine, even if I’m just walking down the street to pick up a paper πŸ™‚

10. IPOD
– My iPod has been attached to my hip for years πŸ™‚ It goes EVERYWHERE with me… as long as I have my iPod and digital camera I’m set!

11. BOOK
– Thankfully books don’t always come in large/heavy sizes anymore! You can purchase small books that easily fit into your purse!