Tuesday, April 18, 2017

10 #Tips for a #HappyLife - Smile

I was told that there are FOUR basic emotions - Anger, Sadness, Happiness, and Worry. Everything else is a combination of those in varying degrees (In Inside Out, they used Disgust and Fear, but hey, it's not an exact science - don't worry about it!)

Either way you slice it, HAPPINESS is OUTNUMBERED!

That's why it takes a lot of effort to get over a tough situation.
That's why feeling happy and positive is so awesome!
That's why we need to spread more of it around.

It's so easy to criticize and doubt and make fun of others - Twitter and social media have become trumpets of negativity. So much arguing. No compromise or giving others a chance or trying to see things from another perspective. Blech!

Remember when TVs were called "idiot boxes?" Well, it looks like phones and devices are taking their place, but they're worse. They possess people! People become obsessed with them. They can't live without the little buggers. The instant feedback is addictive. And many base their happiness on the number of "likes" or "followers" they have.

My hope is for people to realize we need to disconnect from our devices sometimes and have in person, human interactions. Put down the device and look around. Communicate face to face. Take a walk without your earbuds and listen to nature. Have a device-free meal and talk to your family.

This Device Free Dinner video made me smile =)


Share a real live smile, not just an emoji!
Smiles are healthy contagious!
Spread happiness with a smile!

Have a happy week!

Friday, April 14, 2017

The POISON We Create

About a week ago, a good friend and I were having a late night convo. She's one of those friends you take your problems to, vent them to the high heavens with no judgement on their part. THOSE kinds of friends are seriously the best! Anyways, there I was venting out my "to the high heavens", and she gave the best advice I could ever receive heard elsewhere.

It's like YOU'RE drinking the poison, but waiting for THEM to die.

And then, it all made sense. I literally was poisoning my life, my family, my world by dredging on things going on, knowing I couldn't control them, or better yet - people are going to do stupid things all the time.

So what to do? Well, like the quote says, if I'm going to drink the poison, then I'm only hurting myself internally by stewing about it. And stewing means your attitude changes, and THAT effects other facets of your life as well. BUT, if I don't drink the poison, then...I'm literally letting it go.

How hard is that? Well, very. I am human. And my personality is the type to remember those things. But, when phrased like I'm killing myself while they continue life like la-la-la...um, well, then the joke is on me. And that sucks.

I hope this reaches out to anyone stressing their life out with unnecessariness. It happens. It's real. We create it. We mold it. We embellish it. We sometimes even see things that aren't there. Stop. Think about it. Stop whatever it is you're doing to create the poison and getting you to drink it. It's not easy. But it's worth it!! Peace will come. Give it a few days. Heck, a few weeks. It's worth it!! And P.S. - so are you!

Suck out the poison...and keep...moving...forward!!


Friday, April 7, 2017

Pumping Iron

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Ironing. 
Love it. Hate it. Avoid it. 

What's to love? The history! 

Did you know the board we use today was invented by a freed African-American slave? Sarah Boone was a dressmaker in Connecticut. She did a lot of ironing and got fed up with boards that didn't quite fit, so she designed the board we all know and love today. I suppose until Sarah stepped up and made improvements, people were ironing on tables and floors like broke college students.



What's to hate? The work! 
But we can make that a little easier...

1. Line your board with foil to reflect the heat from the iron.
2. Keep a spray bottle of clear water handy. Set it to mist, not stream.
3. Iron easily scorched items by covering with a square of cotton, like a pillow case or cloth napkin.
4. Got a broken decal (you know, the raised kind like on jerseys)? Touch up the bad sections with waxed paper. Lay waxed side down and use the tip of the hot iron to go over the section.
5. Accidentally got goop on your iron that will leave black smears? Try toothpaste first. If that fails, use a fine grit sandpaper attached to a wooden block. Rub gently while iron is hot, wipe clean.

What to avoid? Any bit you can!

1. Hang or fold easily wrinkled clothes immediately from the dryer.
2. Allow clothes to run through the cool cycle on the dryer before tossing in a basket.
3. Never press clothes into the basket, like my husband. Three loads of clothes stuffed in one basket will always cause wrinkles.
4. Left a load of clothes in the basket too long and have a mess of wrinkles? Spritz clothes with clear water and toss back in the dryer.
5. Bringing out seasonal clothes from bags in storage? Soak a washcloth with water and a bit of liquid fabric softener and toss in dryer with clothes. It removes the wrinkles and comes out smelling fresh.



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Rub Some Dirt In It!

Did you hear that scream just now? That's me when I accidentally bite my ice cream instead of carefully dropping it on my tongue in the back of my mouth. Some people have sensitive teeth. I have touchy little hypochondriac teeth that like to scream if a cool breeze enters my mouth.

Over the years, my dentist has given me a dozen recommendations and even a prescription toothpaste that tasted like a urinal cake smells. I've tried every OTC sensitive toothpaste sold in two states by this point. Some worked a little bit, some stained my teeth, and in the hunt I discovered that anything with stannous fluoride gives me Kylie Jenner lips and makes my tongue bleed. Ouch!

There's a phrase my husband loves to say when anyone gets a cut in our household: "Rub some dirt in it!" Followed by a manly grunt, of course. So after all of the many failures with conventional toothpaste, imagine my surprise when I find a conversation on a forum about sensitive teeth where people have had success with...

Dirt.

In their mouths.

My first thought - and pardon my Klingon - was heeeelllllllllll no. But then I found it discussed on a few other forums where people just like me with crazy-sensitive teeth were really experiencing great results with The Dirt Natural Toothpaste, so I did a little more digging about how it works.

From the website: "Did you know the glycerin in modern toothpaste can coat your teeth and prevent the natural process of re-mineralization that keeps your teeth strong and white? The Dirt is made to allow your natural re-mineralization process to do it's thang and get your teeth back to their strong, sparkly selves."

After about a week, I finally forgave them for the gratuitous use of "thang" and ordered it from the site.

The smallest jar claims to be a 3-month supply and it was as expensive as the prescription toothpaste I'd tried ($20). I generally get 2 months use out of a $6-8 tube of paste, and the penny-pinching side of me is still flinching a bit. So was it worth it? I've been using it now for about a week and here's what I've experienced so far:

  • The first time you use it is W-E-I-R-D. The fine bentonite clay they use to aid in re-mineralization reminds you that yes, there is actual, honest-to-god dirt in your mouth right now. And when you spit, it's totes mud. But it isn't grainy or thick, thank goodness, so there isn't a texture to be grossed out over.
  • The cinnamon and orange spice flavor is actually really pleasant. The chalky taste of the fine clay lingers a bit, though, so I still feel better if I use a diluted mouth wash after for additional freshness.
  • My teeth start squeaking while I'm brushing and by the time I'm finished, they feel exactly like they do after the dentist polishes them. And I can't stop running my tongue over them.
  • 4 days after I started using it, I drank a fountain soda full of ice without a straw... and didn't squeal when the ice hit my teeth. It was still totally uncomfortable, but that ice-pick in my tooth feeling didn't come like it usually does.
  • A week later I'm able to breathe in through my mouth and the rush of air doesn't bother my teeth like it used to.
And no - I promise I'm not receiving anything for this post! I just know there are tons of us out there with cold-sensitive teeth, and I hope this review helps one of you. 

I haven't had any negative experiences/side effects or anything with this yet, but if something does happen I fully intend to come back and edit this post with my findings.

Have any of you had luck with natural toothpastes or other remedies for sensitive teeth?





Monday, March 20, 2017

10 #Tips for a #HappyLife - Breathe

As I send my first born off to college this Fall, I want to give him a few last pieces of advice, whether he takes it or not... I'll be sharing them with you all over the next ten months in my week here at the House. And I'll gladly take any comments or suggestions you'd like to add!

10 Tips for a Happy Life

10. Breathe. Go ahead and laugh. I did when I heard a friend say this the other day as advice she got from someone to help her with her stress at basketball games. Just saying it to each other helped us laugh some stress away at the horrible calls...

But breathing really is a great way to calm down. If more people took a deep breath before immediately reacting to bad news or someone disagreeing with them, there might be more peace in the world.

Controlled breathing is also a good way to help you get through something intense. Anticipation of a traumatic or important event--like public speaking which I am about to try, ah!--can elevate heart rate and cause anxiety. Taking a few calming breaths beforehand gives you control over your body's reaction and can steady your nerves enough to get you past that first step.

Lastly, steady breathing can help you fall asleep. If you are worried about something and it's causing you to stay awake at night, try concentrating on slow, steady breathing. In addition, imagine each muscle in your body relaxes, starting with your toes and work your way up. You'll feel the tension leave and probably won't reach your waist before you're fast asleep!

Wouldn't the world be a better place if people breathed more? Ha!

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