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Heavenly Baked Potato Wedges with Sour Cream Dip

Posted by Angelica on July - 26 - 2012

 Ingredients

Potato Wedges

  • 4 large Potatoes (sliced into wedges of 8)Baked Potatoes
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Pinch of Pepper
  • Olive Oil
  • Crushed Onion paste
  • <Crushed Garlic paste
  • Crushed Green Chili paste
  • ½ teaspoon Paprika powder

Directions

  1. Prepare 4 large potatoes (washed and cut into wedges of 8)
  2. Preheat oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit or 190 degrees celcius
  3. Mix the potatoes in a large bowl with salt, pepper, olive oil, and add the crushed onions, garlic & chili paste. Add in the paprika powder and toss well
  4. Prepare a bake pan nicely coated with olive oil and arrange potatoes on the pan
  5. Put the potatoes into the oven and bake for 20 mins, remove and turn the potatoes to the other side and add thinly sliced butter on the potatoes and bake for another 20 mins for crispy and heavenly wedges.

 Ingredients

The perfect Sour Cream Dip

  • 1 cup Sour CreamSour Cream Dip
  • 2 tablespoon of cream cheese
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 2 table spoon lime/lemon juice
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Dill/chives leaves
  • 5-6 parsley leaves

Directions

  1. Mix 1 cup of sour cream thoroughly with the cream cheese & mayonnaise until smooth texture
  2. Add in lemon juice, salt and pepper
  3. Finally stir in the dill/chives leaves and parsley and mix well. Serve chill with hot from the oven baked potatoes

*Tips/Hints:

– You can make your own sour cream paste at home simply by mixing 1 cup of heavy cream and ½ cup of butter milk

– Dill leaves give a nice texture and smell to sour cream dip while the chives give a sharpness or an onion pungent/fragrant. You can try both and use whichever you like.

– The cream cheese gives the sour cream a nice smooth & creamy texture while the mayonnaise adds sweetness to it. Kids love it!

– Taking out the potatoes from the oven and turning it the other side while adding little butter to it will give it a nice crisp on the outside and soft starchy flakes inside. It’s a great comfort food of all time! J

– Baked potato wedges are a healthy alternative to fried ones. Just the smell of these lovely wedges baking in the oven can satisfy your taste buds for the most comforting food ever.

 

Heavenly Baked Potato Wedges with Sour Cream Dip

Hummus with Pita Bread and Mediterranean Salad

Posted by Angelica on June - 8 - 2012

Ingredients

Hummus

  • 2 cloves of finely crushed garlic Hummus with Pita Bread
  • 3 cups of chickpeas boiled with salt till tender
  • 3 tablespoon of Tahini
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice(1 big lemon)
  • Olive Oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Water

Directions

  1. Drained the boiled chickpea and process it in a food processor with about ½ cup of water till coarse texture.
  2. Add in the tahini, garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper and process further. While processing, progressively add in the olive oil till it reaches a nice smooth texture that great for dippings.
  3. Serve with freshly baked pita bread and a cooling Mediterranean salad

Mediterranean Salad

  • 1 Cucumber (diced) Mediterranean Salad
  • 1/2 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 large ripe tomato (diced)
  • 12-15 cherry tomatoes
  • 10 olives
  • Feta cheese
  • Olive oil
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt & Pepper

Directions

  1. Toss all vegetables in a big bowl
  2. Add lemon juice, olive oil, salt & pepper while tossing gently
  3. Finally add the feta cheese and leave to chill before serving

*Tips:

– Tahini is a sesame paste which can be found in local Middle Eastern stores. You can also find canned hummus in Middle Eastern stores, but it’s really nice to make your own with fresh ingredients

– Leftover hummus are great as raw vegetable/plain crackers dips and its simple and easy to consume

– Try adding other of your favorite ingredients to your hummus like beetroot, corn, or sugar snaps. It gives a nice various color and adds more nutrients to this wonderful dip

– Chickpea/ Garbanzo beans burst with various vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B,E,K riboflavin & niacin. It has low fat content and is very high in fiber. Chickpea is a highly recommended diet for those wanting a nice waistline and glowing skin

Hummus Serving

 

Then vs. Now: How Much Have Kids Changed in a Generation?

Posted by Angelica on April - 23 - 2012

How Much Have Kids Changed in a Generation

One of the major differences between kids now and kids a decade ago is that most kids have their own cell phone now. Unfortunately, the average kid is also less likely to graduate from high school than his counterpart of ten years ago.

On the bright side, the kids of today are a bit less likely to indulge in either marijuana or cigarette use and to practice safer sex. On average, they earn twice as much money as kids did a decade ago and are more likely to be learning a foreign language. They are also about 50 percent less likely to be holding down a part-time job and are not as likely to have a driver’s license.

Despite the higher high school dropout rate experienced by kids these days, a bigger percentage of them intend on seeking higher education in order to accomplish career goals. SAT scores are higher as well.

 

From: Best Education Degrees

 

 

Is Your Job Killing You?

Posted by Angelica on April - 22 - 2012

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Is your job really killing you? You already know the answer to that question. Just look at your face in the mirror. See all those lines and creases around your eyes and mouth. That’s your body’s signal that your job is slowly sucking the life out of you from the inside and leaving a sagging, empty shell behind. Stress in the workplace can affect every fiber of your being, and it doesn’t stop when you punch out.

Job-related stress is responsible for a host of unpleasant disorders and diseases from high blood pressure to anxiety, depression, and more. Unfortunately, people work stressful jobs because they need the paycheck. Few have the opportunity to storm out of the workplace just because the job is causing them diabetes and heart disease. Find ways to reduce the stress in your life, and try not to take your job too seriously before it’s too late.

 

From: Human Resources MBA

 

 

What You Need to Know to Get Rid of Acne

Posted by Angelica on April - 20 - 2012

Acne Awareness

Whether you are an adult or a teenager, suffering from acne is never comfortable and you will undoubtedly wish to remove it as quickly as possible. You may or may not have done research into the causes of acne, so this infographic will aim to provide that information as well as suggest some OTC treatments through which you can get rid of acne and hopefully, get rid of it for good.

Acne outbreaks are usually caused by the accumulation of sebum and old skin cells in clogged pores. The pores then get irritated and become infected, thus causing outbreaks. Inflamed pores will also produce pus, which leads to further inflammation and clogs. Acne can manifest as blackheads, pustules, whiteheads, cysts, and nodules. Armed with the knowledge of what causes acne, you can now proceed to learn about how to get rid of acne.

For some people, acne treatment is simply a matter of developing certain habits and applying good anti-acne gels or creams to their skin. For others with particularly severe acne, they usually have to seek the help of their dermatologist or doctor.

Acne should not become just another part of your daily life, as it can be treated and cured. In fact, with the proper precautions, you can definitely get rid of acne. You are welcome to our site www.BestAcneTreatment.org to learn more about acne treatment.

 

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Save Cash by Thinking Green

Posted by Angelica on April - 18 - 2012

Save Cash By Thinking Green

 

And here’s 10 more!

  1. Buy in bulk. Purchasing food and supplies in bulk can save money and reduce packaging and expensive car trips
  2. Keep your mobile phone, computers and electronics as long as possible, do you really need to replace your 42″ TV with a 50″ one?
  3. Recycle your old mobile for cash rather than binning it. Many mobile phone recyclers exist now who will pay good money for your old phone.
  4. Do you really need it new? Buy second hand to save money and keep it out the trash
  5. Don’t buy bottled water. It’s expensive and tastes just as good from the tap for free – Take a reusable (not plastic) water bottle when out and about to save money and reduce production of plastic water bottles.
  6. Knock your washing machine down to 30 degrees whenever possible
  7. Solar power is free. Use a washing line to cut out using the expensive dryer
  8. Unplug all your charging cables if you’re not using them, they still draw power
  9. When choosing new clothes, look for those that don’t need to be dry cleaned. Dry cleaning is expensive and uses harmful chemicals
  10. Recycle your old CDs, DVDs and games keeping them out the trash.

 

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Lose 10 pounds in 8 days!

Posted by Angelica on January - 30 - 2012

Weight Loss Quote of the Day
The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something. – Carl Sandburg

 

Most of us dream of having the great lifestyle of healthy food, regular exercise and a beautiful body that gets us on our feet’s towards becoming that confident person who gets through any situation in life. Sometimes however, we tend to take a ‘break’ from the healthy us and just feel at ease indulging in some of the best things in life like great food, and indoor activity like sleeping or watching a favorite TV show. Before you know it, the weight piles up within weeks and you’re getting all panicky, and it usually leads to more stress and further cravings toward comfort food. Never to worry however, I found that the best way to lose weight is to kick start the diet with an extreme weight loss to give yourself a boost of confidence to get you back to the star body. This diet is the perfect 1week & a day diet that can get you to lose a whopping 10 pounds or more in a day. Get up on your feet, print out your diet plan and you’re on your way to break that routine of laziness.

 

The Great Cabbage Soup Diet!


The Miracle Cabbage Soup Diet Recipe

  • 6 large spring onions
  • 2 green peppers/bell pepper (cut in small long pieces)
  • 2 medium size tomatoes (diced)
  • 2 carrots (diced)
  • 1 bunch of celery (diced)
  • 1 head of cabbage (cut it however you like)
  • 1 package soup stock (your choice of flavor- onion, chicken, beef..etc)
  • 1 or 2 cubes of bouillon (optional)
  • Salt to taste
  • Season with pepper, parsley, paprika powder, garlic powder, lime juice, etc.

Prepare a cooking pot with very little oil and sauté the onions for about 2 minutes. Add in the green peppers, carrots and celery. Sauté for another 3 minutes and add in about 3 glasses of water. When it starts to boil, add in the cabbage, tomato, and soup stock, salt and let it simmer for about 3-4 minutes. Finally add the flavoring ingredients of your choice taste it and off the heat immediately. Once cool, store it in the refrigerator. As and when needed, reheat as much of cabbage soup preferred and you’re good for a fulfilling and low calorie meal whenever you feel hungry!

 

cabbage soup diet

 

The 8 Day Plan for a Long term change!

Day 1
 

*insert date here*

 


– Today is a preparation for the 7 days Cabbage Soup Diet 

– Go vegetarian for the day

– Stop the alcohol, coffee, butter, desserts etc.

– Throw away the breads, carbs, potato chips, etc. from your kitchen/fridge

– Shop for fresh vegetables, fruits & and lean meat(chicken/beef)

– At night, prepare your first portion of cabbage soup diet and refrigerate

Day 2
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Fruit 

Eat all of the cabbage
soup and fruit you want (with the exception of bananas, they are not allowed). Eat only the cabbage
soup and fruit for the first day. You may drink unsweetened tea, cranberry juice and water throughout the day.

Day 3
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Vegetables 

Eat all of the cabbage
soup and fresh, raw or cooked vegetables of your choice. Try to eat green, leafy vegetables and avoid starchy vegetables. You may have a baked potato with butter with dinner. Do not eat fruit today.

Day 4
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Fruit and Vegetables 

This is a combination of Days One and Two. You may eat all the soup, fruits and vegetables you want. You may not have starchy vegetables at all (no potato today).

Day 5
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Bananas and Skim Milk 

Eat as much of the cabbage
soup as you want, along with up to eight bananas and as many glasses of skim milk as you desire.

Day 6
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Beef And Tomatoes 

Today you can have as much of the cabbage
soup as you want, along with 10-20 ounces of beef and up to six fresh tomatoes. Drink at least 6 to 8 glasses of water today. Eat your soup at least once this day. You may eat broiled or baked chicken instead of beef (the chicken must be skinless).

Day 7
 

*insert date here*

 

 


Cabbage Soup and Beef and Vegetables 

You may have as much beef and vegetables as you want today, along with as much of the cabbage
soup as you like. Stay away from starchy vegetables.

Day 8
 

*insert date here*

 


Cabbage Soup and Brown Rice, Vegetables, and Unsweetened Fruit Juices
 

Eat as much of the above as you wish. Do not let yourself get hungry. Eat with as much cabbage
soup as you like.

 

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Great Christmas Themes & Ideas at Home & Office

Posted by Angelica on December - 6 - 2011

Christmas Quote

Wish you all A Merry Christmas,
May the Joys of the season
Fill your heart with goodwill and cheer.
May the chimes of Christmas glory
Add up more shine and spread
Smiles across the miles,
To-day & In the New Year.
~Rosie Cash

 

It’s December again and Christmas is just around the corner. If you’re still confused about this year’s Christmas theme, here’s a list of Christmas ideas on settings and decoration to help you guide and prepare for a great holiday seasons. The most important thing to remember is to have fun doing and enjoy your preparation work. J Merry Christmas Everyone!

 

Christmas Celebration at Home


  • Neighborhood Christmas house deco – set up a small neighborhood committee who would like to participate and have a fun competition to decorate each houses and see who’s best. You can choose to lay down a few rules and evaluation points like the most attractive, the most organized, the most nature friendly or so on. The idea is really to get everyone start mingling and getting into the Christmas spirit together.

    outdoor Christmas deco outdoor Christmas deco

     

  • Decorating a home based on color themes – Choosing a color theme can go a long way. It helps you get the ball rolling with inspirational ideas based on the color you’ve chosen. Try Blue & White for a white Christmas feel, or the classic Gold & Red, or even something modern and chic like Green and Orange or Fluorescent Pink & Silver. Once you get started on the color, you’ll be surprised at how many things in the house that starts changing accordingly to the color theme 😉

    orange Christmas tree

     

  • Bake cookies/cakes – Home make the cookies & cakes by Yourself instead of buying and get everyone at home involved. It’s a great way to get the family connected including the boys. For ideas on Christmas cookies and cakes recipe, visit Joyofbaking.com/Christmas

    Christmas cookiesChristmas cookies

     

  • Christmas caroling – caroling for Christmas never gets old. Here’s a quick step-by-step guide of ‘How to Organize a Christmas Caroling. Plan early to decide on timing of sessions (between Thanksgiving & Christmas), pick dates & songs list, identify your top carolers and make sure they’re there at all the session, plan your route, encourage and invite more people to participate along the way, dress up in your Santa, Elf, Santarina, or Victorian costume, and just enjoy yourself. Optional: bring eggnogs!
    Christmas caroling


  • Christmas deco ideas – work around with lots of lights, wreath & ornaments, snowflakes, confetti’s, stockings, candles, ribbons, gingerbread houses, candy canes, mistletoes & pines or Christmas cards.
    Christmas deco idea


  • Give – Think of the poor and disable and how would they celebrate Christmas? This is a great month for giving and getting the blessings from doing so. Give away clothes, food and any other things not in use or simply give out money for charity.
    Christmas charity giving


  • Organize kids Christmas party – The children are usually most excited about Christmas and it’s a great idea to organize Christmas parties for them. Get come of the older kids to give some creative ideas on Christmas crafts, games, stuffing of stockings, snacks or food and get them to help in organizing this fun and excited event. Your kids will love you for this and don’t be surprised that you might have a great time too planning and joining this event.
    kids Christmas party


Christmas Celebration in the Office


  • Cubicle decorating competition – everyone in the office has their cubicle and what better way there is to get into the mood and spirit of Christmas than decorating your own cubicles. The idea is really not to get the most expensive gifts for the winners but rather to get everyone involved in this event.
    office Christmas cubicle office Christmas cubicle


  • Homemade cookie baking and tasting competition – get staffs to participate in this competition to get a chance of having some Christmas treats in the office. You’ll be surprised that many staffs would want to join in this event as many of them will be preparing their own cookies at home and this would just be some additional fun. After judging, and price giving ceremony, everyone gets to enjoy the cookies! You might also decide to throw in a potluck along.
    Christmas in office


  • White Elephant Gift Exchange – If you work in a big office with many people, this game is great to get everyone involved. The rules are really simple. You determine a budget for all the participants to buy a gift anonymously bring all the gifts on that day and everyone sits in a circle. One by one then, you each person gets to either pick and un-wrap their gift from the gift bundle or steals it from the person before. This is also a great game for ice breaking among big group of people in the office!
    Christmas gift exchange in office


  • Christmas theme best dressed day – announce a day nearing Christmas for everyone to come to office in their Christmas costumes. Not only you have an opportunity to dress down for a day, but some might even get creative doing this. Imagine Santa, Sexy Santarina, Rudolf or Mary in the Manger coming in to office.
    Christmas costumes


  • Christmas tree decoration/ ornament making competition – it’s easy to have a Christmas tree in the office but imagine how much fun it can get to have the employees involved in decorating the tree. Organize something like each staff needs to make an ornament and hang in on the tree with the names and signature attached to it. It becomes more meaningful when each employee sees that they have put in effort decorating their office Christmas tree. J
    handcrafted Christmas ornament

Face Shapes and Styles that Suits Best

Posted by Angelica on December - 2 - 2011

Quotes of the Day

“Some people, no matter how old they get, never lose their beauty – they merely move it from their faces into their hearts.” ~Martin Buxbaum
“Remember that the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless; peacocks and lilies for instance.”– John Ruskin

There are 8 major face shapes that are most common in this world. Have you ever thought of which category you might fall into? Knowing your face shape and finding the most complimenting style is essential for every men and women. The worst kind of fashion blunder is trying to impersonate someone who has the total opposite features as you do and looking extremely weird in it. Read further to determine your face type and the styles that suits you best!

 

Common face shapes

  • Oblong face – is longer than it is wide with a rounded jaw-line. May have high cheekbone, long nose & tall forehead. The key to dealing with the oblong face is to introduce a style with added width and emphasize horizontal lines. For the angular version smooth curves should be included to create contours. Celebrities that match this face type include, Sarah Jessica Parker, Ben Affleck, Collin Farrell & Liv Tyler.

Best Hairstyle for your Face Shape

Best Glasses for your Face Shape

Best Enhancements for your Face Shape

  • Bangs, fringe, horizontal volume, waves, & curls
  • Soft natural looking layers
  • Off centre parting
  • Medium short to medium long length
  • Tall or broad frames with top rims & decorative temples

  • Make up should make the cheekbone appear wider & shorten the face accordingly with the proper blusher techniques
  • Earrings or necklace with more width than length

 

  • Oval face – is known as the ideal face type. The main characteristic of an oval face is that the length will be equal to one and a half times of the width with forehead & jaw having the same width. Think of it as a perfect egg shape. Celebrities that match this face type include, Angelina Jolie, Jessica Alba, Julia Roberts, Halle Berry & Zac Efron

Best Hairstyle for your Face Shape

Best Glasses for your Face Shape

Best Enhancements for your Face Shape

  • Get hair away from your face with pony tails or buns to show off your perfect structure
  • Boy crop it with mini flips & sexy layers
  • Centre parting works great for this face
  • Any glasses will suit this face type but proportionate it with the size of your head. Smaller frames for small foreheads and vice versa

  • All jewelries’ should be proportionate to the face and head size
  • Make up can be simple and enhance the best feature of the face Get creative with hats or scarf’s to heighten your look

 

  • Round face – is almost same in width & length and has full rounded jaw line. Hairline might also be rounded. The key to enhance the round face is by giving it a longer and slimmer illusion. Celebrities that match this face type include, Drew Barrymore, Selena Gomez, Evan Handler, and Kelly Clarkson

Best Hairstyle for your Face Shape

Best Glasses for your Face Shape

Best Enhancements for your Face Shape

  • Try hairstyles that add height to the top of your head to make the face appear longer
  • Layers, soft waves & wispy ends go great for round faces
  • Go for short hairs that end just below the chin

  • Opt for angle frames rather than curves
  • Frames that are longer than width will make the face look longer

  • Apply blush just under the apple (ball) of your cheeks and extend to your temples to give the face a slimmer look
  • Wear earrings or necklaces that are longer than wide to heighten the look

 

  • Rectangular face – has definite length more than width with broad and square jaw. The sides of the face are straight and forehead is squarish inline with the jaw shape. The styling aims are to shorten the face and create a broader face and softer jaw line. Celebrities that match this face type include, Sandra Bullock, Ted Danson & Katrina Kaif.

Best Hairstyle for your Face Shape

Best Glasses for your Face Shape

Best Enhancements for your Face Shape

  • Try hairstyles that add width at the temple, cheekbone & neckline area to give a non square face look
  • Off centre parting works best with natural styles
  • Go for medium to long look and avoid angular cuts

  • Opt for frames with curves to soften the angular look
  • Try wider frames to make the face look less long

  • Apply blush under the cheekbone and blend towards the ear to give the jaw a fuller less angular look
  • Button, tear drop or oval earrings work great to cut off some angularity
  • Avoid hair accessories that add length to the face

 

  • Square face – has characteristics of width & length almost equal with big forehead and jaw line. Most likely for the hairline to also appear square. The aim is to create a longer look and soften angular. Celebrities that match this face type include, Eva Mendes, Keira Knightly, Megan Fox, Calista Flockhart & Ryan Seacrest.

Best Hairstyle for your Face Shape

Best Glasses for your Face Shape

Best Enhancements for your Face Shape

  • Add length to the forehead or crown to heighten the face
  • Avoid centre parting.
  • Work the hair with soft curls, waves & wisps
  • Get hair close to ears to emphasize cheekbones.
  • Avoid very straight or angular hairstyles

  • Opt for frames pointed upwards and curved to the bottom to minimize squareness of the face
  • Avoid frames that are wider than your face

  • Soften forehead and jaw line by applying darker shades of foundation at temples and jaw
  • Apply blusher at apple of cheekbone to give the cheek a rounder and fuller look
  • Opt for long rounded and circular earring and necklace to soften the squares and lengthen the face

 

  • Triangular face – has characteristics of a smaller forehead and larger jaw representing a triangle pattern. The main aim of styling is to minimize the jaw broadness and adding width to the forehead or temples. Celebrities that match this face type include, Minnie Driver, Fantasia Barrino, Billie Piper & Johnny Depp.

Best Hairstyle for your Face Shape

Best Glasses for your Face Shape

Best Enhancements for your Face Shape

  • hairstyles that add height & width at the temple area
  • hair covers the ears and is close to jawline
  • Side parting works best for this face type
  • Bangs, layers, & wisps work great to compliment this face type

  • frames with cat eye or oval shapes work best for this face type as it adds height to the top of the face
  • choose frames with heavy designs or colors at the top of the frame and slightly wider than the temple area

  • apply darker foundation at jaw area to give a smaller effect and add lighter foundation cheekbone and forehead area to enhance the top of your face
  • apply blusher at apple cheekbone area right up to the temple in a V shape
  • choose hats that add width to the top of the head
  • wear earrings that are longer

 

  • Diamond face – is slightly longer than wider and narrow and both chin & forehead. The aim is to create a broader look at the chin & forehead to enhance this look. Celebrities that match this face type include, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Hurley, Katherine Hepburn & Jake Gyllenhaal

Best Hairstyle for your Face Shape

Best Glasses for your Face Shape

Best Enhancements for your Face Shape

  • hairstyles that are full at temple and chin area
  • Fringe or layered bangs that sweeps to the side
  • medium length style with off centre partings
  • styles that are swept into an up-do bun
  • avoid styles that add fullness to the cheek area
  • frames with oval shapes work best for this face type but make sure it’s not wider than the cheekbone area
  • choose style that add width to the brow and has colorful or heavy design at the top frame

  • apply blusher at apple cheekbone and blend towards the centre of the ear
  • apply lighter foundation at chin & temple area to widen the lookchoose earrings that are narrow at the top and wider at the bottom such as triangles, tear drops & pear shapes

 

  • Inverted Triangle or Heart Shaped Face – has a wide forehead and high cheekbone and a narrow chin. The difference between inverted triangle and heart shape is the hair line in where the heart shaped hairline has a widow’s peak. The aim to get a best look for this shape is to make the forehead appear narrower & add width to the chin area. Celebrities that match the inverted triangle look include Beyonce Knowles, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Christina Ricci

Best Hairstyle for your Face Shape

Best Glasses for your Face Shape

Best Enhancements for your Face Shape

  • try styles that add volume at the jaw line
  • bravely opt for centre parting to boast your fine forehead
  • try light bangs or fringe that close your face above the ears
  • avoid straight bangs or fringe, or pulling up your hair in a tight pony tail

  • Round or oval frames that are wide below the eye line works best for this face
  • shape.
  • opt for medium colored or rimless frames.

 

  • apply darker foundation at temple to make the forehead appear narrower
  • apply light foundation at jaw line to make it appear wider
  • choose earring that will add width to your jaw lines such as drops, rectangles & ovals
  • looks for a hat with a prominent crown to make your forehead look narrower

 

10 Ways to Enjoy Oats

Posted by Angelica on November - 3 - 2011

The benefits of oats are endless and it’s ranked one of the healthiest foods in the world. To add on to this, oats is extremely easy & quick to cook and eat. If you’ve always had your oats in the same old recipe, you must read on further to see the various great & tasty ways to flavor and devour it. Now you can have your oats all 7 days in a week and start your journey towards the healthiest lifestyle you’ve ever had!

Oats

Benefits of Eating Oats

  • High in Vitamin B especially Inositol
  • Lowers cholesterols
  • Reduces high blood sugar
  • Selenium & Vitamin E content boost immune system
  • Natural antidepressant
  • Calms down the nerves
  • Relieves fatigue
  • Weight loss due to high fiber intake
  • Great protein source
  • Natural constipation remedy

     

10 Ways to Savour Oats


  1. Oat Cereal – commonly found in your nearest supermarket, this is a great way to enjoy the benefits of oats in the form of cereal and cold low fat milk

    Oat Cereal
       
     

  2. Oatmeal Honey & Fresh Fruits– Mix some rolled oats with hot water & mix in fresh fruits like berries, mangoes, bananas or apricots. Pour over some over & enjoy.

    Oatmeal Honey & Fresh Fruits
       
     

  3. Oats, nuts, dried coconut & fruits, & milk– This is a classic granola style recipe. Use nuts like almond, pecans & walnuts to enhance the taste and benefit out of the richness of the Omega 3 oils. Sprinkle some chocolate chips to sweeten it if desired. Serve with cold low fat milk.

    Oats, nuts, dried coconut & fruits, & milk
                    
     

  4. Oats, yogurt & fruits – Mix Rolled Oats with Greek Yogurt & Tropical Fresh Fruits like Banana, Mangoes, Papaya & Pineapples. Sweeten with honey if desired.

    Oats, yogurt & fruits

     

  5. Oatmeal Cream of Chicken Porridge – This is inspired by the Chinese rice porridge. Take your favorite instant soup such as cream of chicken or cream of mushroom, etc, mix it with some quick cook oats & mix it with hot water & enjoy!

    Oatmeal Cream of Chicken Porridge

     

  6. Oats with cinnamon, nutmeg & brown sugar – this is great if you’re in the mood for some flavorful spices

    Oats with cinnamon, nutmeg & brown sugar

     

  7. Oats, milk, & jam – the classic oatmeal recipe but sweetened with your choice of jam

    Oats, milk, & jam

     

  8. Banana, oats & flour fritters – mash bananas with some brown sugar, vanilla essence, flour & oatsand form a thick batter. Deep fry in hot oil and serve hot.

    Banana, oats & flour fritters

     

  9. Oats Muffin – try this recipe courtesy of Epicurious.com

    Oats Muffin

     

  10. Oats Ice Cream – and you thought deserts are always unhealthy?? Try sprinkling some oats on your favorite ice cream or make your own healthy oats ice cream.

    Oats Ice Cream

     

Tips for Surviving a Clinical Depression

Posted by Angelica on November - 1 - 2011

Quotes of the Day

“Art saved me; it got me through my depression and self-loathing, back to a place of innocence. – Jeanette Winterson”
Depression can seem worse than terminal cancer, because most cancer patients feel loved and they have hope and self-esteem. – David D. Burns”
A lot of people don’t realize that depression is an illness. I don’t wish it on anyone, but if they would know how it feels, I swear they would think twice before they just shrug it. – Jonathan Davis

 

Clinical depression is one of the growing medical problem that women and men around the world are facing and not even realizing it. It’s is a major form of depression that can affect people of all ages (including children), race, and sexuality and will have noticeable effects on a person’s daily life and activities. If you feel that you’ve been suffering from depression for a long time, it’s time now to take control of your life. This article features simple guidelines that will help you to combat depression and live a better life!

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Symptoms of Clinical Depression

  • Inability to sleep or sleeping too much
  • Feeling guilty or worthless
  • Loss of interest in a pleasurable activity or hobbies
  • Having mood swings or feeling depressed most times of the day
  • Weight gain or weight loss at a significant level without changes in food intake or exercise
  • Difficulty concentrating and keeping focus on one thing
  • Difficulty remembering details and making decisions
  • Constant headaches, cramps, pains, and digestive disorders
  • Feeling weak and lack of energy
  • Addiction to smoking, alcohol or drugs
  • Suicidal thoughts or feeling like life is not worth living

 

Tips for Surviving Depression

Combat Sadness, negativity, low energy & anger

  1. Cry it out – Spend time thinking of what is bothering you so much & let it all out. Denial usually makes things worst. You need to face reality and accept whatever it is that has put you through this much of pain.

     

  2. Relaxation – Try meditating to calm your inner soul. Sit in your most comfortable posture & place, close your eyes, and relax completely. Form energy circles and stabilize yourself. Control your mind by facing the questions the mind asks. Observe natural & normal breathing and avoid thinking of anything that is bothering you. Breathing gets easier as you start doing this.

     

  3. Forgiveness – If you’re angry or upset with someone, forgiveness is the key to combat your depression. Hate usually consumes lots of our own energy and makes the body feel drained.

     

  4. Nature therapy – Go out and get some fresh air. Mother Nature is truly the best healer. Imagine listening to the birds chirp, or the flowing water of a stream, the fragrance of pine trees or the blue sky turning orange at sunset.

     

  5. Get support – Talk to a trusted friend. Pouring out your emotions to someone usually releases the burden in the heart and makes you feel lighter. If you really feel you can’t share with the people you know you well, go to forum or chat sites like PacConnection.com to find support from anonymous people who are combating depression successfully.

     

  6. Sweat it out – Exercise triggers the brain cells to boost serotonin, endorphins and other feel-good brain chemicals which work just like antidepressant. It also increases metabolism thus promoting better energy flow. Not to mention, exercise will result in a great hot body you’ve always dreamt off. Need more reasons to exercise?

     

  7. Eat small meals regularly – Boost up & maintain energy level with healthy meals like whole meal sandwiches, baked fish, greens & fruits. Try eating good food every 4 to 5 hours interval to balance the sugar level in the body that can help in relaxation.

     

  8. Sleep it off – A good night’s sleep (7-10 hours for adults) slows down the effects of aging and helps to lower the blood pressure and balance the stress triggering hormones. This process promotes the body muscles to calm down and unwind.

     

  9. Manage stress well –
    Stress is a major cause for depression to form. It is essential to manage stress well, and get the proper support to avoid stress leading into depression. Find ways to minimize the impact of stress especially when it comes to work overload, relationship failures, and managing time.

     

  10. Acupuncture – Traditional Chinese Medication (TCM) treatments has been proven to increase the endorphins level in the body which promotes the feeling of well-being. It’s a similar feeling that is felt when excited, during orgasm, sex, exercise, & love. Make sure though to find a licensed therapist to conduct this intricate treatment.

Life Quote-Depression

 

Tips for Surviving a Recession

Posted by Angelica on October - 18 - 2011

Quotes of the Day

~ “We’re still in a recession. We’re not going to be out of it for a while, but we will get out. – Warren Buffett
~ “Everyone drinks more during a recession; they want to forget. – Christian Audigier”

 

Recession can happen at any point of time to any countries around the world, even more in a highly developed nation. One of the main reasons why nations go into recession is when supply exceeds the demand and goes against the economics law. When this happens at a minimal rate, it doesn’t hurt the natures of macroeconomics, but sometimes, financial institutions, corporations, small & medium enterprises & individuals become a little too greedy and go beyond their personal capacities of borrowings and lending. The first few signs of a recession include the increase of bad debts, inflation, the rise of cost of living, unemployment, & the decrease in purchasing power. These eventually lead to banks cutting down on their borrowings, consumers not having enough funding to continue growing a business or investment, thus resulting in cost cutting, major layoffs and decreased purchasing power. This is usually a vicious cycle of a recession that many countries see when its economy is growing robustly. It is something that no one manages to predict and everyone, from the rich to poor will suffer from it.

 

10 Tips of Surviving Recession

 

  1. Cash is king –save as much cash as possible while you’re still employed. When recession hits, financial institutions immediately cut down on lending of any form (credit card, loans, mortgages, etc). Your fallback will have to be the emergency fund you built in the good days. In any event you lose your job; you need at least 6 months’ pay to survive! Even more reason to save if you’re accountable for a big family. The best ways of savings would be in short term money markets that are easy to liquidate.
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  3. Keep a financial journal – one of the first rules of organizing your financials is keeping track of it. You don’t need financials softwares or solutions to do this. A simple excel works great in tracking your expenses and which categories it hits. Your financial categories should be broken down by into major categories such as groceries, mortgages, medical, transportation, utilities, savings and other essentials. Once you have a structured list which shows you where you income flows, it’s easy to determine the ways to cut down on it.
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  5. Reduce buying –postpone any plans of home makeover, changing your car, wardrobe reorganizing or anything that can wait. Put up with whatever you have currently and buy only essential or necessary goods. If possible, buy in bulks the items which are staple use for your home as this tend to be cheaper.
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  7. Don’t overspend – you would need to still spend for your food & clothes and other daily necessities, but opt for the cheaper choice. Cheaper doesn’t usually mean you need to compromise on quality or comfort. Just forget about brands and luxury for some time and opt for generic items. Tip: Substitute the Starbucks coffee with a fresh home brewed coffee!
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  9. Limit using you credit card – stick to paying off the minimum payment and keep you credit line available for any emergency use that might come along at the time you least expect. If possible, try to settle any outstanding on the credit card while you’re still on an income. The key rule is to pay off loans which incur the highest interest and keep a clean credit line for times of need.
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  11. Take advantage of the stock market – if you have any excess cash available, take the opportunity to buy good undervalued stocks when the market is at its lowest. Learn up about investment in penny stocks at http://www.realpennystocks.com/. Penny stocks when played with the right strategy will give you a nice side income to offset your financial woes.
  12. A Guide To Understanding How Penny Stocks Work-recession

     

  13. Think of other creative & smart ways to make money on top of your day to day job – Some of the common ways of making extra money starts at your home. Perform a home spring cleaning and put aside the things you don’t need. Sell them at cash converters, second hand shops, or organize a garage sell in your neighborhood. See http://www.101waystomakemoney.com/ to learn more about other ways to earn legitimate income.
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  15. Refinance your car loan and mortgages – one of the good news that recession brings is the decrease in interest rates of loans and mortgages. Speak to banks about refinancing your loans at the spot rates which tend to be lower. Survey different lenders to find out the best rates that are being offered in the current market before agreeing to a financier.
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  17. Keep yourself covered at all timesWorkout your insurance coverage for you and your family especially when it comes to medical protection. You want to make sure that in an event of mishap during recession
    times, you’ll be protected by your own insurance. Never rely utterly on the compensation of your company. You never know what cost cutting the employers go into in times of recession. Even worse if you lose your benefits in kind collectively with the layoff.
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  19. Stay safe at jobs or start polishing up your resume – When companies start downsizing, the rule of thumb is usually based on “Last in first out” or “getting rid of the bummer”. If you’ve not qualified of being the most experienced staff or the employee of the month, start increasing your productivity at work or start getting people to realize your importance in the office. At the same time, make necessary updates to your resume and call up job agencies and update your profile with them. An early job hunt would never hurt you in times of recession.

Financial Freedom during recession

 

Steve Jobs Quotes

  • “I think we’re having fun. I think our customers really like our products. And we’re always trying to do better.”
  • “My model for business is The Beatles. They were four guys who kept each other’s kind of negative tendencies in check. They balanced each other and the total was greater than the sum of the parts. That’s how I see business: great things in business are never done by one person, they’re done by a team of people.”
  • “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
  • “No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share.”
  • “Your time is limited so don’t waste it living someone else’s life

 

Carrying the real name ‘Steven Paul Jobs’, he was commonly known as Steve Jobs and highly linked to Apple more than any other companies he was associated with. Born on the 24th February 1955, in San Francisco, California, he grew up in a lower middle class family with an educational background of merely high-school certificate and dropped out of college after just the first semester.

Years late, Forbes magazine 2010 ranked Steve Jobs as the 136th richest man on Earth with a Net worth of $8.3 billion in 2011!

I’m not even a big fan of tech and yet when I heard the news of Steve Jobs passing, it saddened me instantly; and then I realized why. He played a huge part in heaps of things that gave happiness & fun in my life; Pixar, Walt Disney, Toy Story, iPod, iPad & communication… Nature’s law of attraction does hit you when you least realize it.

 

Facts of Steve Jobs

Full Name: Steven Paul Jobs

Age: 56 as @ year 2011

Occupation: Co-founder & CEO of Apple Inc.

Adoptive Parents: Paul and Clara Jobs

Religion: Buddhist

Married to: Laurene Powell ; married for 20 years

Children: Lisa Brennan-Jobs (born 1978.) Reed (born 1991), Erin Siena (born 1995) and Eve (born 1998)

 

Early Life of Steve Jobs

Biological parents of Steve Jobs were unmarried Joanne Schieble and Syrian Muslim father Abdulfattah Jandali who met at students at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. His mother had forced to put the baby(Steve Jobs) for adoption as her parents wouldn’t allow her to marry a Muslim.

Steve Jobs Father

Steve Jobs biological father – Abdulfattah Jandali

Steve was adopted by couple Paul & Clara Jobs, who later had they daughter Patti Jobs in 1958. His adoptive parents divorced in 1962.

His biological parents, Schieble & Jandali eventually got married and had a child, Mona Simpson(novelist). Steve discovered his biological sister at the age of 27. Steve describes his sister as “one of my best friends in the world”.

Steve Jobs Biological Sister- Mona Simpsons (novelist)

Steve Jobs Biological Sister – Mona Simpsons (novelist)

Jobs traveled to India Kainchi Ashram with a Reed College friend, Daniel Kottke, in search of spiritual enlightenment. He came back a Buddhist with his head shaved and wearing traditional Indian clothing.

 

Steve Jobs – Family

Steve fathered a child with girlfriend of high school, Chris Ann Brennan. His daughter, Lisa Brennan-Jobs lived with him as a teenager.

Lisa Brennan Jobs

Steve with his daughter from high School girlfriend – Lisa Brennan

Steve met his wife Laurene Powell at Stanford University while giving a speech there. They married in 1991 in a Buddhist ceremony. The couples have a son & 2 daughters.

Apple's Steve Jobs and Laurene Powell

 

Career Path of Steve Jobs


Steve Jobs Career Path


Steve Jobs in Apple


Apple Founders: Steve Jobs & Steve Wozniak

Steve Jobs left with co-founder Steve Wozniak

Apple Inc. was founded in the family garage in 1976 by Steve Jobs & co-founder Steve Wozniak. It’s currently a multinational corporation that creates consumer electronics, softwares & serves.

At Apple, Steve Jobs introduced revolutionary innovations, the OSX(world’s most advance desktop Operating system), iPod, iPhone and the iPad.

Apple Founder: Steve Jobs

‘AAPL’ is the stock symbol under which Apple Inc. trades on the NASDAQ stock market. Apple originally went public in on December 12, 1980, with an initial public offering at US$22.00. Apple shares today are worth close to US$400. It’s the largest technology firm in the world with annual revenues of more than $60billion.

 

Personal with Steve Jobs

Lifestyle: Workaholic before marriage & family focused after marriage

Spirituality: Zen Buddhism

Favorite Places: Yosemite, where his marriage was held & Europe, Paris in particular

Political view: Democrat

Favorite Music: Bob Dylan, Beatles & Grateful Dead

Favorite Art: Photography & Japanese Prints

Food Preference: Strict Vegetarian

Home: Woodside Mansion

Car: Porsche, Mercedes, German cars

Work ethics: Perfectionist, arrogant, demanding, & aggressive

 

Steve Jobs Death


Jobs died on Wednesday, October 5th at the age of 56 after a long battle with a rare form of pancreatic cancer. News of his death has shocked millions of fans around the world.

Steve Jobs Funeral

Apple says that Steve had ensured all specifications required in developing the new iPod, iPhone, iPad & Macbook had been passed to the other engineers.

He is a great loss to Silicon Valley and around the world.

Steve Jobs: You will be remembered and missed dearly for the innovations & inspirations you’ve brought to us!

 

What would you say to Steve Jobs if you had the chance to meet him in person before he died?

-leave your comments and final  tributes to Steve Jobs below at our comments section.

 

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Butter Creamed Corn Kernels

Posted by Angelica on September - 20 - 2011

This recipe is great to be enjoyed warm on a rainy day. It’s truly a soul food and completely comforting. Corn is high in fiber and contains essential Vitamin B, which helps in prevention of heart problems and colon cancer. It also contains phytonutrients that promotes the eye & heart health. I couldn’t think of a better way to enjoy my fresh corn kernels!

Ingredients

  • Corn Kernels (fresh/frozen/canned) – 2 cupsButter Cream Corn
  • 1 stick of pure salted butter
  • Sweetened condensed milk – ½ can
  • Evaporated milk/cream – 5 tablespoons
  • Castard flour – 2 tablespoons, mixed in water

Directions

  1. Melt butter in a non-stick pan with low heat and add corn kernels in. Lightly stir ingredients for about 2 mins until the corn turns light gold.
  2. Add in the condensed milk and caramelize the mixture in the butter stirring occasionally for about 3 mins.
  3. Once it starts boiling lightly, add in the custard flour that has already dissolved in water.
  4. Finally add in the evaporated milk/cream and cook for another minute. Turn off heat, & serve warm/ chill.

 

* Tips: You could also caramelize condensed milk first before adding to this ingredient. Visit wikihow.com/Make-Caramel-from-Sweetened-Condensed-Milk for more details.

Ways to enjoy corn

Hangover Cure

Posted by Angelica on September - 15 - 2011

Quote of the day

Grease is the only cure for a hangover. Cameron Diaz

 

TGIF. It’s the crazy night out with the girls, or buddies are getting together for some massive party session. You just want to get wasted after a long week. What about the post party syndrome now? The head is aching like some little goblins are hammering it inside, and the neck hurts for the slightest movement after the previous night head banging. I certainly wouldn’t want to go on about the feet, ankles & tummy etc..

 

Drinking alcohol in moderation is fine for a once in a while treat. Excessive alcohol consumption has been linked to various conditions such as heart & liver failure, high blood pressure, digestive disorder, stomach ulcer, brain damage, reduced fertility, and even death. Drink responsibly!

Liquor Types

Top Hangover Cure

  1. Lots & lots of Water! – This remedy starts as soon as you’re done drinking. Just before you hit the bed. Alcohol really dehydrates your body and it’s important to rehydrate back

    Lots & lots of Water!

     

  2. The big breakfast– try eggs, bacon, & toast. Eggs have been researched to have ‘cysteine’, which has detoxification properties on alcohol intake. Bacon is high in protein which helps the recovery of brain functioning, and carbohydrates in the toast will increase the sugar level while providing the energy you need to function

    The big breakfast

     

     

  3. Banana – this fruit is known for its high content of potassium & magnesium which are essential to be replaced as alcohol drains lots of vitamins and minerals from your body. The natural sugar or fructose in the banana helps to process the alcohol faster

    Banana

     

  4. Electrolyte drink – such as Gatorade or Coconut water will help treat the general loss of electrolytes & help to address the imbalance of potassium & sodium. It would also help in the rehydration process

    Coconut water

     

  5. Orange juice – helps with replacement of Vitamin C & potassium that is lost. Orange juice also takes away the alcohol feel from your mouth

    Orange juice

     

  6. Cheeseburger – this food will really boost your appetite to eat the morning after, plus it contains beef for the protein source, bread for instance energy & pickles to heighten your taste buds

    Cheeseburger

     

  7. Spicy soup or curry – the hotness of chili and other spices will help to incite your system and beat sluggishness. Try it with some carbohydrates such as pita bread or rice to give the instant energy boost

    Spicy soup or curry

     

  8. Vitamins – almost all types of vitamins are lost from alcohol consumption, thus its best to pop in a multivitamin pill the night before sleeping

    Vitamins - Pills for you

     

  9. Painkillers – if you’ve been mixing your drinks or downing up fast enough to give you an instant sting of joy to your head, you’re almost sure of the headache that is to follow. Aspirin works best but be sure to take it after food so it doesn’t hurt your stomach. To be taken the night before and morning after.

    Aspirin

     

  10. Sleep over it – rest is most important as the body needs time to clean up toxins. If you’re drinking on a workday late night, try taking some time-off to sleep through before going back to work

    Sleep over it

     

Tips to reduce health risk when drinking

  • Drink a glass of water for every glass of alcohol as it slows alcohol absorption to the body. This way, you can make sure your intake is reasonable and you’ll not be over dehydrated
  • Fill your stomach before drinking to avoid gastrointestinal problems. Alcohol is a high acidity food that can damage your stomach lining
  • Stick to one type of drink. Mixing drinks increases your tendencies to drink more and having a worse hangover the morning after
  • Don’t drink when you’re on medications, antibiotics or other drugs. Alcohol is known to interact with other drugs and can cause serious health problems including death
  • Choose clear liquors such as vodka, gin or white wine over dark ones such as whiskey, brandy or rum. Clear liquors have less congeners(a toxic chemical)
  • Don’t leave your drinks unattended to avoid risk of your drinks being spiked
  • To avoid your excess heat in your body, take a cold shower in the morning after your drinking session. This would also help you feel sober faster
  • Get a non-drinking friend to drive or take cab home. Do not think you’d be able to drive when you can’t even walk straight
  • Know your limits of drinking. Stop immediately or take lots of water when you feel you’re not in control of yourself anymore. Moderation is the key to everything

    Be hangover free

Caring for your Hair

Posted by Angelica on September - 11 - 2011

Quote of the day

I don’t think I could live without hair, makeup and styling, let alone be the performer I am. I am a glamour girl through and through –Lady Gaga

As part of human evolutions, having hair on the head was for the purpose of keeping the head warm, and protecting the scalp. As we evolved further to a modernized society, hair plays a significant role to determine personality, youthfulness, health & masculinity in men. Hair defines your facial appearance and can greatly accentuate your style.

 

Hottest Hair Looks 2011-2012

For Men

The fringe

Men's hair style

For Women

The Medium Bob

Women's hair style

General Hair Care

Below are some of the guidelines which can be followed in order to have a healthy & desired hair:

Don’ts

  • Smoke or drink excessively
  • Crash diets until it strains essential hair vitamins
  • Constantly expose yourself to stressful environment
  • Use products with alcohol in it as it dries out your hair
  • Apply products directly into the scalp which would result in pores clogging
  • Wash hair with hot water as it damages your hair
  • Blow-dry on hot heat at one spot for more than 3 seconds
  • Repeatedly brush your hair as it can cause breakage and thinning
  • Tie hair back on a tight ponytail
  • Work on the hair too hard when its wet as it is easily damaged
  • Color, perm or go for many styling that involves harsh chemicals

     

Do’s

  • Have a healthy & balanced lifestyle
  • Get enough sleep at night
  • Eat lots of vegetables and a balanced meal
  • Blow-dry on cool setting
  • Use swimming cap to protect your hair when in chlorinated water
  • Use conditioner or apply oil on your head when you find hair to be dry or damaged
  • Wash your hair frequently with a good mild shampoo if you are prone to have oily scalp. Always opt for “Sulfate free”

  • Get a haircut or trim every two months once to encourage repair of split ends and promote growth
  • Use elastic & soft ponytail holders if you need to tie your hair. Tie lightly towards the end of your end/ neckline to avoid strain on your crown area which could cause breakage & hair loss

  • Stimulate follicle repair & hair growth by massaging your scalp for about 5-10mins when applying moisturizer or shampoo

Massaging your scalp

 

Top 5 Hair Care for Men

  1. Wash out gels or other hair products as soon as you get home
  2. Avoid using hot shower for your hair, try lukewarm or cold water
  3. Don’t brush on wet hair as its most fragile when wet. If needed, use a wide toothed comb
  4. Do not towel dry excessively when out of shower, instead shake off excess water
  5. Avoid frequently wearing a cap or ponytail which could lead to hair loss in the long-run

 

Essential Vitamins for Hair

Vitamin B – all Vitamin B & especially Biotin that is essential for hair, skin & nails. It helps in the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates and enables the body to effectively manage blood sugar and contributed to energy metabolism. Lack of this vitamin causes anemia which will result in hair loss. Biotin is a major component to aid the natural hair growth and development process and is commonly prescribed with major hair loss medications. Food high in vitamin B includes fish, shellfish, meat, liver, poultry, dairy, and eggs, nuts, brown rice, grains, and yeast extract (malt). Recommended dosage daily for vitamin B-complex is less than 500mg, and Biotin is less than 3000mcg.

 

L-lysine – an essential amino acid/ protein that is essential for hair. It helps in the absorption of calcium. This supplement is vital for the body but is not produced naturally. It has to come from foods(to be taken in fairly large quantity daily) like red meat, pork, and poultry, cheese cod & sardine fish, legumes, beans, nuts, eggs, & soybeans. Recommended dosage is 500mg per day taken in capsule form.

 

Omega 3 oils – is important for a healthy scalp & to make the hair stronger & shinier. Omega 3 intake promotes the production of natural oils to prevent dryness & dullness. It’s also a supplement that decreases the release of stress related hormones which can lead to unhealthy hair or hair loss. Food rich in Omega 3 includes tuna, salmon, mackerel, eggs, walnuts, spinach, flaxseed oil/grounded. Recommended dose for capsule is less than 1000mg, twice a week.

 

Vitamin E – keeps hair strong, hydrated & healthy and enhances blood circulation in the scalp. Food sources of vitamin E are vegetable oil, soybean, wheat germ, seeds, nuts, beans, avocado, and green vegetables. Recommended dosage is 400 IU 3 times a week.

*tip: break up the soft gels & extract the oil to be applied on the hair overnight for immense shine

 

Vitamin C – essential antioxidant that reduces the damage caused by the body’s free radicals(in this case free radicals that affect the hair) and helps with the absorption of iron, collagen, glucosamine & other essential nutrients that promote healthy hair. Foods that are high in Vitamin C include lemon, oranges, dark leafy vegetables, yellow bell pepper, parsley, guava, broccoli, kiwi fruit, papaya & strawberries. You need to supplement your intake if you’re not getting it from the foods mentioned above. The recommended dosage of Vitamin C daily is 500mg that is best taken throughout the day for optimal absorption.

 

Vitamin A/Retinol – produces a healthy sebum for the scalp & contains beta-carotene; a nutrient essential for the hair. Vitamin A is found in dark green and yellow vegetables/fruits, such as broccoli spinach, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, cantaloupe, and apricots, and in animal sources such as liver, milk, butter, cheese, and whole eggs. Recommended dosage is 10000IU taken once a week.

 

All you need to know about Anger Management

Posted by Angelica on September - 4 - 2011

Quote of the day

Anger is a killing thing: it kills the man who angers, for each rage leaves him less than he had been before – it takes something from him. – Louis L’Amour

 

Anger exists in every single one of us. No man would tell you that he/she had never lost their temper unless of course they’re 6 feet down the ground. Anger is a strong feeling of discontentment, hostility or violent behavior provoked by a rage or wrongness. If you’ve been guilty of losing your anger, you’re not alone, and you don’t have to hit yourself repeatedly for it. The key is really to learn how to control this fragile emotion of anger and not letting it control you.

How angry are you at this moment of time

Anger is one letter short of danger

The first step to managing anger is really recognizing that you’re currently experiencing this rage. Ponder on what or who has made you has put on this feeling onto you and accept it. The worst thing to feeling angry is denial towards it.

Below is a scale to quantify your anger. Each scale is weighted against the Intermational Mercalli intensity scale which is also used in the measurement of earthquakes.

The red line between 2 and 3 would show where your limit should be, or rather here’s where you need to start getting help or imply anger management techniques already!

 

Which level do you belong to?

Anger Level

 

Anger Indicator

Here are some of the symptoms that you’re currently feeling angry and seriously need to deal with it immediately:

  • Rapid Heart Beat and breathing becomes intenseAnger Indicator
  • Stiffening of neck, jaw, arms & shoulders
  • Feeling the adrenaline rush
  • Clenching of fists until the fingernails start hurting
  • Head becomes numb and aches
  • Stomach feels rigid and tight
  • Muscles work hard and become tensed
  • Face becomes red and heated up
  • Sweating of palms and forehead
  • Tendency to throw things
  • Tendency to break things
  • Tendency to hit/punch into things
  • Destruction of others and Self
  • Screaming on top of your lungs
  • Using fowl languages or cursing
  • Thoughts of hurting or harming a person
  • Becoming mentally unstable

Control your Anger with these Powerful and Easy Tips

  • Take a deep breath. Inhale & Exhale slowly & repeatedly for about 10 times. Let the oxygen stream into your nerves & blood flow while calming it down
  • Pause and count until 50 before you make any further moves
  • Channel positive thoughts like love, happiness, relaxation, enjoyment, or excitement to replace angry feelings
  • Drink some water to calm your nerves
  • Ask for comfort and help from the Almighty. Prayers are a powerful way when you’re confused and lost
  • Move away from the person or thing which inflicted anger to you
  • Remember than anger and hate will not solve anything. It brings no good to yourself nor others
  • Repeat words like “control”, “relax”, “calm down” or other calming terminology
  • Imagine calming environment/sceneries or think of calming songs or music

    Be Calm

  • grateful that for the gift of life and wisdom which makes us rationalize between good, & bad. No problem in this world cannot be fixed
  • Do some physical exercise to loosed up stiff muscles and release tensions that build up as a result of anger
  • Release your anger in a piece of paper. Writing down your emotions have similar impact to talking to a friend without being secretive or worried that you’ll be judged
  • Once calm, start expressing your angry in a non-destructive way
  • Put yourself in the shoes of the person who made you angry. Ponder shortly on the reason the acted the way they did?
  • Think thoroughly before you speak. It’s no point to be regretting after you’ve blurted out words that might have hurt the other person more than you think
  • Reflect and determine a possible solution for your rage
  • Forgiveness, forgiveness, forgiveness – yourself and everyone/everything else. Release a white dove(a symbol of forgiveness), when you have a major grudge in you

    Ask for forgiveness to free yourself

  • Use silly humor to switch emotions, make sure it’s not offensive
  • If anger levels are too high, sleep over it before confronting or dealing with it
  • Seek therapy or anger management classes if you find it too difficult to cope
  • Join anger management forums, or chat groups to see how others are coping with this crisis
  • Never bottle up your anger inside you for too long. Accept it, and find a way to deal with it
  • If you really have to let go of your anger physically, find a punching bag or a stuffed toy to punch out to your heart’s content
  • Always remember your values in life. Have you conflicted your principles & morale by behaving negatively towards an emotion?

Values in Life

Recommended Products For Anger Management

 

 

Assertiveness – Building your Interpersonal Skills

Posted by Angelica on August - 31 - 2011

Quote of the day

The best defense against atrocious government is an assertive citizenry. – William F. Buckley, Jr.

 

The term assertive is defined in the Oxford Advanced Learners dictionary as “expressing opinions or desires strongly and with confidence, so that people take notice”. Communicating assertively is becoming one of the growing skills that is being learnt & thought in many developing nations. It’s a cognitive behavioral skill that has proven to help express messages across in an effective and affirmative way. Take the test on Mtstcil.org to see how assertive you are.

 

What is Assertiveness?

It’s being able to say “no” politely without feeling guilty about it because you genuinely didn’t have the time to help out. Assertiveness is a balance between submissive & aggressive to a request or question that comes up. It’s particularly important to have a clear assertiveness when disagreeing, confrontation, rejecting, requesting help, accept constructive feedback or standing up for your rights if you’ve been treated unfairly or unreasonably while maintaining a good relationship with the other party. Behaving assertively is not about overriding or offending others but rather about speaking out clearly and effectively.

 

The main characteristics of assertiveness

  1. Expressing yourself confidently & positively so that your message gets through effectively.
  2. Speaking directly or honestly rather than hinting or presuming other will make out your meaning. This encourages other to be open as well as they tend to respect your sincerity.
  3. Giving respect to others while representing your views while avoiding offensive behavior.
  4. Communicating distinctively to be heard & understood.
  5. Behaving openly & relaxed, keeping eye contact, proper respectful tone, participating rather than dominating, calm hand gestures, little blinking, smiling & laughing appropriately & using a neutral tone.
  6. Controlling emotions by remaining calm & confident so opinions & view and stated openly & effective.
  7. Benefits everyone who’s interacting with the assertive person by feeling good about the encounter & shares opinion with respect, won’t waste your time, points are clear, decision can be made thoroughly.
  8. Avoid judgments or exaggerations

 

Benefits of being assertive

  • Get what you want since you speak up and other will know your interest
  • Gain respect as you stick up for your rights, and have strong believes
  • Reduce stress as problems are easier to manage & and resolve
  • Solve problems efficiently as communication is clear and it’s easier to identify possible solutions
  • Improves productivity as a positive environment is created
  • Develops open & honest relationship & builds relationship based on mutual respect

Distinguishing assertiveness, aggressiveness & passiveness

 

Distinguishing assertiveness & aggressiveness

Below are the characteristics of aggressiveness that should not be perplexed with assertiveness:

  • Interrupts oftencharacteristics of aggressiveness
  • Rude & Inconsiderate
  • Glares & stares offensively
  • Crosses arms
  • Invades personal space
  • Speaks loudly for no reason
  • Gives an angry/annoyed facial expression
  • Manipulates or gossips to other to get their points across
  • Has an intimidating or dominating behavior
  • Often portrays a rigid posture, clenched jaw, sarcastic smile, feet’s up, a loud or harsh tone

     

Distinguishing Passiveness from assertiveness

Below are the characteristics of a passive person who fails to assert their thoughts:

  • Speak softly or doesn’t speak out at all
  • Doesn’t contribute much
  • Doesn’t observe eye contact
  • Accepts being pushed around
  • Avoid confrontation or embarrassment but feel frustrated in the long-run
  • Evasive, uncertain & indecisive
  • Doesn’t say no even when uncomfortable agreeing
  • Is Indirect & submissive
  • Shrugs, smiles nervously, hesitates, and depicts a slouching body language

characteristics of a passive personpassive person

 

How to ask for a raise or promotion

Here’s a step-by-step guidance on how to request for a pay raise by using the characteristics of assertiveness as mentioned in the top part of the article:

Step 1: Find out the Industry standard (applies rule #8)

Step 2: Conduct due diligence of your company to see if they can afford your raise or promotion (applies rule #3/7)

Step 3: Prepare yourself well by listing down & quantifying your accomplishment, skills, or improvements that you’ve shown in your employment (applies rule #1/2/4)

Step 4: Schedule a face to face session with your manager to show that you’re serious. This also gives the opportunity to apply confident body languages (applies rule #5)

Step 5: Have a plan B if your request gets turned down. You might decide to gracefully accept the rejection of continue to present other supporting documents like the industry pay scale or achievement which contributed to the departments or company’s growth or success (applies rule #6)

*Tip: Use “I” statement to take ownership of your request e.g.: “I think”, “I believe”, or “I deserve”.

 

How to be respectful when communicating

  • Start with positive statement before going confrontational
  • Show respect to positions or point of view and don’t belittle others approach
  • Present opinion/view in a neutral way without being harsh

 

What if assertiveness doesn’t work?

  1. Repeat to ensure understanding of the other party and give a second chance.
  2. Rephrase your statement as directive/commanding so the listener responds to your request.
  3. Add emotions to show your seriousness e.g.: “I truly hope you understand why I can’t present your case”.
  4. Communicating the consequences (not threat) if listener still doesn’t respond and then implementing when everything else fails.

 

How to Sleep Well

Posted by Angelica on August - 25 - 2011

Quote of the day

There is only one thing people like that is good for them; a good night’s sleep” – “Edgar Watson Howe”

A human spends almost 1/3 of their lives sleeping and this should already tell you why a proper sleep is imperative more than anything else. Studies show that those who sleep between 6 to 9 hours live the longest. This has been proven to be the ideal and optimal sleeping period which is needed by a person.

 

Why is a proper night of sleep important?

Everyone out there at one point or another would have gone through the sleepless nights when the body so badly needs its rest, but somehow the mind doesn’t stop functioning. Dozing off at this point of time might seem like the most impossible thing to do. It’s like someone telling you “Don’t think of pink elephants” and what’s the first thing that appears in your thought? Click the link below that directs you to the alertness test. This illustrates on how well you’ve rested for the day.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/sleep/sheep/

Contrary to this, some other people find that they sleep more than they should be. The cause of oversleeping is mainly due to the lack of sleep itself and other reasons such as disorientated sleeping patterns, habits, stress, or other medical conditions such as diabetes or heart diseases.

Anything more than 9 hours in a day leads to oversleeping which is linked to medical problems such as diabetes, obesity, back pain, heart disease, depression, and increased risk of death. Anything less than 6 hours in a day leads to sleep deprivation which is linked to even more problems such as fatigue, daytime sleepiness; clumsiness, weight loss/gain, trouble focusing, and it affects the brain & cognitive functions. Long-term total sleep deprivation can also cause death.

 

Sleepiness

 

The quality of your sleep directly affects the quality of your waking life, including your mental sharpness, productivity, emotional balance, creativity, physical vitality, and weight. Proper sleep is the most effortless activity which gives you this many benefits and a quality life.

 

The Sleep Cycle – the stages of sleep

There are two types of sleep which is Non-Rapid Eye Movement (NREM) known as quiet sleep and Rapid Eye Movement (REM) known as active sleep. Below are the stages of sleep that takes place when a person hits the bed. The stages below are not necessarily in the order of 1-5.

 

Stages of sleep

The Secrets to a Good Nights’ sleep

Sleeping

 

  • Make sleep a priority
  • Aim for 8 hours of sleep every night
  • Maintain regular sleep schedule, even on weekends
  • Establish relaxing bedtime rituals such as reading, or having a warm bath
  • Make sure not to go to sleep when you’re angry
  • Avoid caffeine, nicotine, & alcohol in the evenings
  • Try to stay away from long naps of more than 2 hours during the day
  • Make your bedroom as dark as possible and avoid distraction of TV/Laptops
  • Listen to relaxing music’s like light Jazz, meditative music, classical piano, spa tunes, etc
  • Keep a miniature fountain by the bed. Flowing water sends relaxing signal to your brains
  • Try breathing techniques from Livestrong.com to help promote sleep
  • Stop working at least 1 hour before bedtime. Your brains need to calm down and relax to be able to fall asleep fast
  • Exercise during the early parts of the day to tire the muscles. This will result in easier dozing off at night as the body would automatically crave for its rest
  • If you don’t fall asleep within 15-30mins upon hitting the bed, get up and do some light activities like reading or listening to music until you feel sleepy again
  • Write down worrying thoughts in a piece of paper which you can review the next morning. Never go to bed with any bothering thoughts in your head.
  • Try warm milk with honey. It has proven to relax your mind and promote better sleep
  • Shop for a good eye mask & ear plugs if the bedroom seems bright or if you have a noisy neighborhood/ partner
  • Invest in a good pillow that helps promote sleep. Check out SleepingPillow.org for more tips on choosing the right pillow.

 

Herbal Remedies to Promote Sleep

Chamomile Tea

Chamomile Tea – sometimes referred to as pineapple weed, it helps to calm the nerves & soothes stomach. Taken in a hot tea form.

Valerian (Valeriana officinalis) – it’s a mild sedative herb that has been reported to help patients with insomnia & sleeping disorders. Its best taken in capsule form due to its strong smell.

PassionFlower (Passiflora incarnate) – safe sedative particularly helpful for insomnia caused by anxiety, worry or an overactive mind. Taken in capsule/ extract form

Kava root extract capsules (Piper methysticum) – a sedative that produces mild euphoria & works as muscle relaxer. Best to be taken in capsule form due to its pungent smell & taste

Lemon Balm (Melissa officinalis) – Traditionally used to reduce stress and anxiety, promote sleep, improve appetite, and ease pain & discomfort from indigestion. Works better when combined with other herbs like valerian.

Try lemon balm as a topical use as the smell is believed to promote relaxation

Ashwagandha
(Withania somnifera) – also known as winter Cherry or Indian Ginseng, this herb carries a Latin name that literally means “sleep inducer”. It has tranquilizing effect that relieves anxiety, increases resistance to stress, uplifts mood and relaxes muscles. It’s taken as a supplement capsule form.

Other herbal products to aid sleep

 

What you need to know before purchasing herbal products:

  • Research if your herbal product can interact with other medications, food or medical conditions.
  • Talk to your doctor before trying an alternative approach and be sure to tell all your doctors what alternative treatments you are using.
  • If you experience side effects such as nausea, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, anxiety, diarrhea or skin rashes, stop taking the herbal product and notify your doctor immediately.
  • Avoid preparations made with more than one herb unless it has been researched before & proven effective.
  • Beware of commercial claims of what herbal products can do. Look for scientific-based sources of information.
  • Select brands carefully. Only purchase brands that list the herb’s common and scientific name, the name and address of the manufacturer, a batch and lot number, expiration date, clear dosage guidelines and potential side effects.

 

Top 10 Outdoor Couples Activity

Posted by Angelica on August - 16 - 2011

Quote of the day

“Ideally, couples need three lives; one for him, one for her and one for them together” – Jacqueline Bisset

 

Its weekend soon and you’re still empty on plans? Staying home again for the weekend might just make it past even faster than you thought and before you know it, Monday blues hit you hard and you’ll be regretting why you didn’t spend the precious time with your loved one strengthening your bond. If you come from a huge family (brothers, sisters, in-laws, grandma, grandpa, nieces, nephews, maid…etc) , this is the time you get to go out; just the two of you and spend that quality time you need while discovering each other in a whole lot of ways.

 

  1. Join Classes

    This is a great way to start a routine together. Pick a favorite mutual activity(Gym, dancing, cooking, arts, music, photography, sports, etc), find a place near your home that offers great classes of your choice, decide on your budget and you’ve established a ritual together at least once a month of learning a new skill together. Make sure not to dominate or convince the other party to say yes to your choice. The goal is to spend quality time together while having lots of fun.

     

    Dancing Class

     

  2. Go for a Romantic dinner

    Romantic dinners can be arranged at any point of the year without needing an occasion as an excuse. On a schedule where both of you are free, make reservations at nice ambience restaurants which you and your partner can get all dressed up and attend. Try restaurants that offer candle light dinner, with relaxing music and tranquility. You can share your feelings and have a good chat about your future plans. Some of the best spots to choose would be by the beach, a place with picturesque scenery, away from the hustle & bustle of the city, or a splurging fine dining where you pay for the ambience.

     

  3. Watch a nice movie in the cinema

    This is one of the most regular things you could do as a couple. Going for the movies usually kindles back the feeling of youthfulness like when you first started dating. Get popcorns, and drinks for sharing and hit the cold & dark cinemas where you get to cuddle each other tightly while enjoying a new blockbuster. Checkout MovieWeb.com for latest/popular movie releases.

     

    Movie at theater

     

  4. Volunteer

    The benefits of volunteering are endless and even more if you do it as a couple. Some of the benefits as include making a positive change for your community, connecting with other, boosting your career, giving a meaning of fulfillment to your life and definitely having lots of fun while doing it. There are many ways you can give to your community and this gives the flexibility to choose to volunteer in the area that interest you most e.g home for elderly/the disabled, zoo, pets shelter..etc. See Wikipedia listing on the different types of volunteering available.

     

  5. Couples Massage/Spa

    Many Spa/Beauty parlors these days offer a wide variety of package for couples to pamper themselves together. Packages are designed to be shared with the significant other and it’s a great time to bond which indulging side-by-side. Some luxury spa’s will provide special features such as shower room, Jacuzzis, dual soaking tubs, or even champagne & strawberry’s.

     

    Couples Massage

     

  6. Travel

    People and couples especially often get nervous when you mention the word travel as it’s usually linked to luxurious holidays with lots of planning, spending & time involved. I would say that this is highly misinterpreted or probably the worst excuse to give. You don’t have to journey a few thousand miles to call it travelling. Try organizing trip to a neighboring state or country which usually has so much more to offer than you think. Take a slow drive together instead of traveling by plane. The adventure is much more rewarding and satisfying and usually doesn’t burn a hole in your pocket. If budget allows, plan to visit the famous “love countries” like Paris, Venice, Bali or the Caribbean’s.

     

  7. Adventurous trips

    If both of you are into outdoor adventures, try arranging trips like hiking, jungle trekking, white water rafting diving, horse riding by the beach or bungee jumping. Outdoor trips bring you closer to Mother Nature and you get to admire the best of what the environment has to offer such as mountains, beaches, streams, rivers, marine life, flora & fauna.

     

    Bungee Jumping as a couple

     

  8. Watch the sunset/star gazing trip

    Do some research on the best places of hangout with great sunset view or star gazing sights, and take a drive there during evenings. Watching the sunset/star gazing while cuddling with each other in pure serenity can be one of the most peaceful and harmonious way of acquainting.

     

  9. Attend concerts/ plays

    Lookout in the entertainment section of newspapers, magazines or media announcements for details on the current happenings at your place. Some of the renowned events which you could attend together depending on preference are celebrity concerts, theatres, rave parties, sports, musicals, dances, talks, parades or festivals.

     

    Concert

     

  10. Attend wedding parties, birthday parties or other social events

    Social events are a great place to go as a couple as you get to meet other couples, friends, family and enables networking. In the event you’re planning your big-day soon, attend wedding parties to get lots of ideas on how you can conduct yours ;).

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