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Go green with your bathroom

Go green with your bathroom

Eco friendly simply means that these products are less wasteful and less toxic than mainstream products. All of these products are environmentally friendly and guaranteed to be safe for your children, your home, and the earth we live on! Whether you are in search of appliances or personal use products, the “green world” is huge! Here are some top bathroom products that are by and large the least toxic!

Organic bath towels are purer, thicker, absorbent and invigorating from top to bottom than most standard towels out there. Each towel is certified organic and is free of chemicals, pesticides and other harmful toxins; making it a perfect match for those with acute allergies or chemical sensitivities.

Children are particularly vulnerable to environmental toxins because they sleep with their toys and put everything in their mouths. It is important to surround them with items made of non-toxic, natural, organic materials. You will find toys, bedding, clothes, and other supplies that will keep your little ones safe and sound. This is very important!Apart from this, you can also have their bathrooms equipped with organic stuff.

Conventional electronic appliances use a lot of energy than the eco friendly ones. The energy saving appliances consume less energy, come from sustainable sources, and effectively transform your environment into a greener, healthier space.  For bathing, you can have the water conserving shower heads or filters fitted. This way, you save water and have a much better skin and hair that’s non-chlorine after bath.

By using eco-friendly shower curtains, you are making a great contribution towards protecting the environment by reducing the use of plastics and chemicals which in turn lessens landfill mess. Take a look at some organic shower curtains available from various retailers.

 

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Get the best cat collar for your pooch

Get the best cat collar for your pooch

Cats are stylish pets. Unique cat collars can definitely add zing to your cat’s wardrobe. You can make your cat look more stylish by picking up a collar with a lot of bling and jazz. You can go down to the pet store and pick up a readymade collar like the harmony cat collar. Or you can make one for your cat by yourself. It’s not tough. You can do it easily and quickly and it will mean a lot more to your cat that you made it yourself!

  • If you are planning to make a unique collar for your cat, pick up a regular cat collar from the pet store.
  • Drop by the stationery and pick up glue, glitter, beads, artificial jewelry and some glitter paper. If you want, you can put in a bell as well. You can find small cow bells for cat collars.
  • Once you are back home, pick up the collar and apply a layer of glue to the outside face of the collar. Make sure it’s a thin layer of glue.
  • Once the glue is on, sprinkle the collar with the glitter and coat it evenly.
  • Then, apply small portions of glue randomly and attach the beads to the collar.
  • Cut up the glitter paper in any small shapes that you like and stick them on the collar too.
  • Remember to make a pet id tag or buy one from the store. You can write your cat’s name and your phone number on it in case he ever gets lost.
  • Last but not the least, tie the bell to the collar with a small string. Your unique cat collar is ready!

 

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Get in on the scarf act for summer

Get in on the scarf act for summer

A scarf is one accessory that can add pizzazz to any outfit and can be used in innumerable ways to create a new look each time. Light airy summer scarves are versatile, stylish and very useful as well. Here’s a glimpse of some great scarf ideas that you can use to create a cool hip impression this summer.

  1. A dressy side bow around the neck looks alluringly feminine and elegant. All you need to do is circle the scarf around the neck. Tie a knot that will function as the base of the bow, at the side of your neck. Thereafter tie the bow with one end falling in front on your shoulder and the other at the back.
  2. Add zing to your plain handbag by accessorizing it with a print silk scarf.
  3. -Use your scarf as a belt by folding it in half to form a triangle and then horizontally along the long side until a thin band is made, so that it passes neatly through your belt loops.
  4. If you want to wear a scarf to brighten up your formal outfit, form a thin band as directed earlier, place the scarf over your neck such that one end is smaller than the other. Take the long end over the shorter one and bring it out through the loop. Repeat this step. Pull it tight and wear it at the centre of your neck.
  5. Large scarves make attractive shawls and wraps if the evenings become chilly.
  6. Want to protect your hair while driving a car?  Fold the scarf to form a triangle. Place it on your head, take the ends beneath the hair and tie a knot. Secure it with pins if you so desire. You could also tie it as a bandana.

These are just some scarf tying ideas that you can use this summer to brighten up your ensembles.

Check out this fashion blog for latest styles and idea's

Ever want to see a fashion blog that’s really different from the rest? Wiseman Clothing is different. It looks like a high-style fashion blog with a scrapbook and vintage accent. Persis, the blogger behind Miles of Style, shares inspirational quotes, pretty clothing and gorgeous photos on every page. You can find photos of everything, from lovely clothing to chic home décor to foreign cityscapes.

Some of the best parts of Wiseman Clothing's blog:

- Designers and photographers: Readers will learn about Twig Hutchinson and her girly, clean style. You just might have to buy white cotton sheets after checking out this designer! You may also discover new photographers such as the talented Tibi Clenci.

- Fun font: This aspect of Persis’ blog is spectacular. The font itself is different from any other blog. This is creative and gives Miles of Style a lot of fun personality that is hard to find anywhere else.

- Travel: Nothing has convinced me to see Seville like Persis’ post about this gorgeous city. I want to get a thin digital camera and take hundreds of photos of quaint sidewalk cafes and breathtakingly beautiful architecture.

- Beautiful photos: Each and every photo is pretty. I could spend hours looking through Miles of Style. Not only will you find clothing inspiration from these beautiful photos, but you will surely find home décor inspiration!

- Etsy finds: You are sure to stumble upon a must-have from the Etsy shops that are featured on Miles of Style.

I highly recommend walking through Wiseman Clothing and their website

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Uhhhhhhh, bugs I hate them

I was under the impression that a clean home is free of bugs and allergens. Now that we have moved into our brand new 1200 square-feet home, which is otherwise squeaky clean, we know better. However grossed-out bugs may make us feel, it is something either we have to learn to live with or find ways to live without. Having selected the second option, this is how I went about it.


Since I wanted a bug-free home, the question that came to my mind is can I achieve this without having an adverse effect on our health? This is because conventional pesticides are usually loaded with harmful chemicals and toxins. That set me into finding out a good vacuum cleaner. With Shark cordless vacuum cleaners offering an impressive lineup and that too at an attractive price, it took little time in deciding on a particular lightweight, cordless model. My new vacuum cleaner has made pulling out dirts, dander, dust mites and other allergens hiding inside the rugs an easy job. Shark cordless vacuum cleaners are also a good choice if you suffer from sensitive back like me. Just plug in and switch on and you are ready for vacuuming without having to bend or crawl.

After deciding on the vacuum cleaner, my next stop was to find a good portable air purifier. I found that while air purifiers with HEPA filters can trap in finer airborne particles (dust or pollens), such filters may not be so effective in killing viruses or germs. I found UV air purifiers a better choice. They include a UV lamp, which produces germicidal irradiation every second. Such portable air purifier claims to kill germs, air pollutants and allergens directly and more effectively than those with HEPA filters. Based on the research, I brought home a Calutech ultraviolet air purifier.

If you have an existing air purifier, you can upgrade its filters with quality allergen reduction filters. Such allergen reduction filters would help you enjoy clean and crisp air without spending big bucks, which you would if you replace your existing air purifier with a new one.

With my mission accomplished, I am a much relieved person these days. There is nothing like a healthy and happy family.

I can now happily say cheers to my new bug-free home!

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Slap suncreen on for extra protection in the summer

Slap suncreen on for extra protection in the summer

If you love taking your child outside, a good sunscreen is something you would look for to protect your toddler’s sensitive skin. This is because tender skin of a baby burns more easily on direct sun exposure than an adult skin. While sunscreen for babies like that of baby organic sunscreen was unheard of a few years ago, with growing awareness about the harmful effects of ultraviolet rays on human health, it is now of paramount importance to concerned parents. Let’s check out some of the options.

Are you planning to take your baby out this weekend? Try to cover her up adequately (also in the shade) or keep him away from direct sun exposure as much as possible. If that is not possible, make sure that you select a good natural or a baby organic sunscreen from a reputed kids’ brand.

To be effective, kids’ sunscreen should come with high SPF (Sun Protection Formula). SPF 30+ Mineral sunscreen from Little Twig skincare products is a good option as it is suggested to come with broad-spectrum (both UVA and UVB) protection. To offer this protection, the sunscreen includes micronized zinc oxide and titanium. The sunscreen from Little Twig skincare products also claims to contain natural ingredients and is free of chemicals, mineral oil and paraben, making it non-irritating and hypoallergenic. Also, that the sunscreen is loaded with antioxidants and is extra-mild and unscented makes it all the more suitable for kids’ skin.

A similar good choice in baby organic sunscreen for eco-conscious parents is California Baby sunscreen. The eco-friendly sunscreen not only contains natural ingredients minus the harsh chemicals, it is also suggested to provide broad-spectrum protection for optimal skincare protection of babies.

Sunscreens come in a great many varieties – lotions, foams, gels and sprays. Before applying a baby sunscreen lotion for the first time, you may want to do a patch test on your baby’s skin (a small area) to see if there is any irritation. Wait for about ten minutes. Only when you are satisfied that there is no redness or swelling, then only apply the lotion to the rest of his body which are likely to be exposed to sun.

Whether it is a baby sunscreen lotion or a gel, no matter how effective it is, make sure that it is replaced before its expiration date. Once the sunscreen loses its potency, it is of no use.

Finally, before taking your baby out in the sun, make sure that he is wearing a full-sleeve shirt, tightly woven long pants and a wide-brimmed hat. Our babies deserve the best and we must see to it that they get it.

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Environmentally friendly rugs - With NO bugs

Environmentally friendly rugs - With NO bugs

To most of us, our home is our heaven. No matter where we go and what we do, at the end of the day, we all prefer to be home and there is nothing better than sipping a cup of coffee laying back on the couch. To make our house beautiful from inside, we put wall hangings, chandeliers, paintings on the wall and much more. There is another way to make your house look fabulous.

Rugs are a great way to add variety and personality to any room without having to lay a permanent carpet. If you haven’t tried one, here’s the time. However, only environmentally friendly rugs will do. Resource intensive products such as nylon or other petroleum by-products must be avoided. Since rugs are laid on the floor, the risk of germs spreading due to its usage is usually high. A natural fiber area rug can be your best bet. In fact, I have two of them in my house. Natural fiber area rugs are environmentally friendly and the chemicals used to treat them for stain resistant are of less concentrate.

My personal favorite is a 5X8 Olutanga natural fiber area rug is hand-woven and is made of 100% abaca fiber. The size is perfect for my study room where I usually prefer not to carry the footwear. This rug is a perfect example for the integration of quality natural plant fibers. The color is brown and adds warmth to the room made for pure peace of mind.

Like most organic products, the rise in organic rugs is apparent. My colleague bought an organic area rug for her bedroom and seems quite happy with it. Of course, she has cane furniture tailor-made for her room. Most organic area rugs are made of organic colors and materials and usually come in earthy colors. They give a fresh look to any room and are lightweight to move.  Naturally durable aloe, jute and hemp are hand woven by local artists.

If you are someone who concentrates on keeping the floor tidy then its time you don’t leave it naked. Cover it with some world-class and environmentally friendly rugs and let you feet feel the difference.

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Drinking water for optimum health

Drinking water for optimum health

We have been told right the time we were kids, that drinking eight glasses of water a day is good for us. Even though we know the benefits of drinking water, it’s not a habit most of us form easily. I still remember how irritated I used to get, when my mom insisted on carrying bottled drinking water to my school. Around 70% of our body is made of water. From nourishing and cleansing our body, to controlling our weight, the role of water in our life is endless. It is the most important nutrient in our life apart from oxygen. Below are some top powerful reasons to drink water:

Top 5 reasons to drink water

  1. Unlike coffee and other beverages, water is a refreshing no-calorie drink which acts as a natural weight suppressor. Water helps in burning stored fat and regulating or reducing our appetite naturally, thereby helping those who want to lose weight or are on a diet.
  2. All our five vital organs – kidneys, liver, brain, heart and lungs depend on water for nutrients and oxygen. Drinking less water means starving these important organs and preventing them from doing their role, which are so essential for our survival.
  3. Drinking enough water also cleanses our system. Water acts as a medium through which all our metabolic wastes are flushed out via the excretory organs in the form of urine and sweat.
  4. Water also helps to control our blood pressure. It is suggested that in case of acute dehydration (due to various reasons), our body tries to compensate the fluid loss by constricting our blood vessels. This, in turn, often shoots up the blood pressure leading to high blood pressure. Drinking sufficient water, even if it is bottled drinking water, can manage this problem.
  5. Drinking adequate water can also minimize the risk of sunstroke by regulating our body temperature.

And it not only helps to carry your own reusable sports water bottle or a Sigg water bottle to stay hydrated, but it’s also eco-friendly!

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Top 5 summer foods for weight loss

Get fit for summer

Get fit for summer

Want to look slim and attractive in swimsuits and enjoy the admiring glances turned your way? You don’t need to starve yourself for that. With summer in full swing, nature is generous with mouth-watering fruits and vegetables. Summer-special food are not just light and refreshing, if taken in reasonable amount can also help you lose weight. Here is a list of the top 5 summer foods, low in calories and high on vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and fiber to keep you fit and slim.


Top 5 summer foods for weight loss

  •     Chilled soups: Most of you would agree that chilled soups are the best way to beat the hot and sultry summer. And you don’t need to visit Spain for that! You can try your own version of gazpacho soup, and keep it in attractive glass food storage containers for later use. Perhaps, you may like to surprise your guests with something oriental like mouth-watering vichyssoise soup, served chilled. Not only these soups are a delicious way to start a meal, they are quite filling so you would eat less too.food storage containers
  •     Fresh salads: Want to prepare an instant meal? Take advantage of the wide variety of fresh vegetables and fruits that is available in the summer. Peel and dice fresh fruits and vegetables, add some low-fat cheese and some juicy blue berries before tossing them in your salad bowl. Then, garnish the salad with chopped parsley or some fresh herbs and a handful of toasted nuts for some crunch. You can also substitute low-fat cheese with fat-free plain yogurt and the result will be just as delectable. Finally, serve it in elegant salad plates along with your favorite chilled fruit juice for a great weight-loss meal.hand painted salad bowl
  •     Grilled vegetables: When it is summer, no way you would want to give a miss to the backyard parties. Just imagining about the options in crunchy grilled vegetables brings water in my mouth – from savory grilled onions to grilled asparagus, mushrooms, zucchini, corns or cabbage. For added flavor and texture, marinate the vegetables with fresh herbs and oil or, better still, some light BBQ sauces before sizzling them on your barbecue grill burner.
  •     Watermelon: Now this is my favorite summer fruit. Having a fresh slice of watermelon with a dash of lemon juice, to balance it out, is just the thing I need to feel refresh. Watermelon smoothies are also a popular summer drink. On gorgeous summer evenings, we also like having chilled watermelon soup as a starter on our beautiful patio.
  •     Summer Deserts: In summer, if not cautious, you can easily end up gaining extra pounds instead of losing weight. To tame your sweet tooth, how about taking something which is naturally sweet instead of surrendering yourself to popular decadent desserts? Fresh raspberries tossed with diced pineapple (fresh or frozen) make a colorful and tasty treat when served with a spoonful of whipped cream or non-fat peach yogurt. Having broiled pineapple (cut into chunks) together with a squeeze of tart lime juice is also a perfect way to end your meal.

With summer food, the options are endless. Just be creative and you can relish a new dish everyday and lose weight in a healthy way.

 

Want to look slim and attractive in swimsuits and enjoy the admiring glances turned your way? You don’t need to starve yourself for that. With summer in full swing, nature is generous with mouth-watering fruits and vegetables. Summer-special food are not just light and refreshing, if taken in reasonable amount can also help you lose weight. Here is a list of the top 5 summer foods, low in calories and high on vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and fiber to keep you fit and slim.


Top 5 summer foods for weight loss

  • Chilled soups: Most of you would agree that chilled soups are the best way to beat the hot and sultry summer. And you don’t need to visit Spain for that! You can try your own version of gazpacho soup, and keep it in attractive glass food storage containers for later use. Perhaps, you may like to surprise your guests with something oriental like mouth-watering vichyssoise soup, served chilled. Not only these soups are a delicious way to start a meal, they are quite filling so you would eat less too.food storage containers
  • Fresh salads: Want to prepare an instant meal? Take advantage of the wide variety of fresh vegetables and fruits that is available in the summer. Peel and dice fresh fruits and vegetables, add some low-fat cheese and some juicy blue berries before tossing them in your salad bowl. Then, garnish the salad with chopped parsley or some fresh herbs and a handful of toasted nuts for some crunch. You can also substitute low-fat cheese with fat-free plain yogurt and the result will be just as delectable. Finally, serve it in elegant salad plates along with your favorite chilled fruit juice for a great weight-loss meal.hand painted salad bowl
  • Grilled vegetables: When it is summer, no way you would want to give a miss to the backyard parties. Just imagining about the options in crunchy grilled vegetables brings water in my mouth – from savory grilled onions to grilled asparagus, mushrooms, zucchini, corns or cabbage. For added flavor and texture, marinate the vegetables with fresh herbs and oil or, better still, some light BBQ sauces before sizzling them on your barbecue grill burner.
  • Watermelon: Now this is my favorite summer fruit. Having a fresh slice of watermelon with a dash of lemon juice, to balance it out, is just the thing I need to feel refresh. Watermelon smoothies are also a popular summer drink. On gorgeous summer evenings, we also like having chilled watermelon soup as a starter on our beautiful patio.
  • Summer Deserts: In summer, if not cautious, you can easily end up gaining extra pounds instead of losing weight. To tame your sweet tooth, how about taking something which is naturally sweet instead of surrendering yourself to popular decadent desserts? Fresh raspberries tossed with diced pineapple (fresh or frozen) make a colorful and tasty treat when served with a spoonful of whipped cream or non-fat peach yogurt. Having broiled pineapple (cut into chunks) together with a squeeze of tart lime juice is also a perfect way to end your meal.

With summer food, the options are endless. Just be creative and you can relish a new dish everyday and lose weight in a healthy way.



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