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The Science of Stress

Posted by Angelica on July - 30 - 2011

Quote: “The time to relax is when you don’t have time for it.”

 

Stress has become a major problem in our society and the sad thing is really, people who are stressed are either not aware about this or are still living in denial. High stress level makes us feel tired, anxious, and unable to concentrate, tensed, over alert, & depressed. These symptoms soon lead to insomnia or trouble sleeping, eating disorder (overeating or eating less than usual) & addiction towards short term help such as smoking, alcohol & even drugs. When we are stressed, things happen to us in a reaction of the brain telling the body “Survival is getting hard, so get ready to battle”.

Why do we feel stressed?

Organizational factor

Excessive workload

Long working hours

Work affecting home life

Continuous crisis management

Lack of communication

Lack of recognition

Managerial Biasness

Bullying

Harassment

Racism/ Sexism

Repetitive work

Numerous rules & guidelines

Lack of interest

Trust Issues

Isolation

Boredom

Salary related issues

Threats of poor performance

Comparisons among others

Lack of support from managers

Lack of control

Environment factor

Poor work environment

Air Conditioning problems

Too little workspace

Poor lighting

Lack of resources or tools

Noise pollution

Travelling

Poor ventilation

Poor pantry/ washroom facilities

Self factor

Negativity

Lack of motivation

Self Doubt

Low confidence/ self esteem

Health problems

Loss of direction

Financial matters

Family Problems

Changes (marriage, divorce..)

How much stress can we handle?

 

 
 
In a book I read recently, “Managing Workplace Stress: A best practice Blueprint” written by Stephen Williams & Lesley Cooper; it caught my attention on how stress was elucidated.
 
 
 
 

It was an explanation in a simple graph form but made complete sense on how stress or pressure affects productivity:

Level of stress

This graph explains how pressure affects performance which is divided to 5 levels.

Level 1: Known as the Rust Zone is when we are put under very little pressure that causes unproductively due to boredom or don’t care attitude. People in this level have the tendency to brush of task and constantly complaint of boredom.

Level 2: Known as the Comfort Zone is when we are at the level of stress that is comfortable to our tolerance. People are productive doing the task they know or are good at. Most people in the workplace tend to fall into this group.

Level 3: Known as the Stretch Zone is when we push ourselves out of our boundaries of comfort zone thus getting into the ‘learning curve’. This level is usually when both employees & employers gain optimal results of productivity.

Level 4: Known as the Strain Zone is the continuity of Stretch level stress which is the starting point for productivity loss and cause of other illnesses related to stress. People managers are usually ignorant at this point when they don’t see the need to stop or decrease the pressure input on staffs.

Level 5: Known as the Panic Zone is when we are intolerant to stress anymore and stress has overpowered our personal lives and caused major drop in productivity. This is the point which people face nervous breakdowns, panic attacks, major illnesses & change in behavioral attitude towards negativity.

When to say no?

It is healthy to give & receive pressure right up to the Stretch Zone, but once a person feels the symptoms of stress kicking, it’s wise to put a clear stop sign. Any further push factor done by an individual at the Strain Zone will lead to physical illness such as body aches & pain, diarrhea or constipation, frequent cold, rapid heartbeat, & gastrointestinal problems. It is the body’s way of telling to mind ‘Enough Already’.

Bear in mind that different people have different tolerance level to stress. Just because a peer is hanging on, you are not obliged to put up with high amount of stress. Remember that our health comes as a priority and surpasses any other resources available.

Top 10 Indoor Couples Activity

Posted by Angelica on July - 27 - 2011

Quote of the day

“Just when a couple is able to afford to go out evenings, they’re too busy babysitting their grandchildren”

 

In a relationship, it’s essential to keep the spark burning by initiating activities together as a couple especially if you’ve been with your loved one for quite some time.

Most young couples these days are too busy with work & other chores that being there for each other and spending quality time with each other is simply taken for granted. By the time you realize the lost of bond, it might just be too late to get the chemistry back or to repair the connection. Even worst, your other half might have found someone else who’s keeping them busy and happier.

My tiny winy advice, you’ve found your soul mate, retain them! It takes time, effort & money. But the reward is priceless satisfaction.

 

  1. Make love… Again & again & again

    It costs no money, most pleasurable & highly satisfying. Never use excuses such as being tired, busy or having no time get in the way of your pleasure time with a loved one. The benefits of love making are endless. To spice things up, try candles, aromatherapy oils, massage oils, sexy lingerie, toys & other stuff. If you’re too shy to shop in a mall, try websites like Youumi or AdultToys.

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  3. Cook together & have a romantic candlelight dinner at home

    This highly involves both partners to contribute to preparing for this special night at home. The guy sets up the table for a nice candlelight dinner with champagne or wine. Put on some light jazz music to get the ambiences rising. The lady can prepare the dinner with the help of online recipes from Delish.com or Food.com. Don’t worry to swap task if the either one is a better cook. 😉

    Candle light dinner

  4. Movie marathon

    Get some nice DVD’s and just put on your PJ’s and get all comfortable in your sofa for a long list of your favorite movies. Prepare popcorns or other snacks to munch. The great thing about watching movie at home is you get to choose the sound, laugh or cry as loud as you like, & pause for toilet breaks whenever needed. Don’t forget to cuddle each other.

    Couples activity

     

  5. Create art together

    Being creative as a couple is a great way to enhance the relationship. Get a huge cardboard, paints, paintbrushes, and start a painting together. Be open to each other’s ideas and don’t forget to compliment the other person when he/she comes up with something nice. You’ll be surprised to see the end results of you co-joined work. If it turns out awesome, frame it, if not just laugh your guts out together and take a different hobby next time.

    Modern abstract art

  6. Have shower together

    Undress each other and hit the showers for a nice warm aromatherapy bath. Shampoo each other’s heads and scrub each other’s back. Light up some nice aromatherapy candles in the bathroom to have a more relaxed ambience. Rub oil/ lotion on each other after shower.

     

  7. Indoor couples exercise

    Try yoga or meditating together. Go to GaiamLife for some tips on couples yoga. Put on some relaxing music, and try to meditate in a quiet room. You could also try sit ups, waist bend, stretching, or dancing as couples.

     

  8. Board games/ Card games

    When was the last time you played a board game? Probably as a child. Try to re-kindle the innocents all over again. Try games like Jengga Blocks, Scrabble, Monopoly, Chess, pick-up-sticks, bingo, blackjack, and many others.

    Monopoly Board Game

  9. Home makeover

    Give your home a makeover by taking portions of the house for each other’s ideas & creativity. You might want to do the bedroom together though. Repaint the dining hall, change lightings in the bedroom, fix new wallpapers in the bathroom or change the curtains. A little change in the house will be a good way to revive the relationship as well. Get more ideas from Housebeautiful.com.

     

  10. Exchange love letters

    With the rise on internet, e-mail & hand phones, no one nowadays takes the time to write a love letter anymore. Sit in a quiet space as a couple and write down your feelings towards each other in a letter and exchange it with “yours truly”. Your other half will always have the memory of your handwriting instead of a Microsoft Word font. Keep the letters in a safe place & frequently re-visit to always reawaken the feeling you once had.

     

  11. Adopt a pet/plant

    So you’re not ready for kids. But it’s always good to train your relationship with a pet. A pet brings 2 people together. An animal love is endless and makes us think how small of a being we are in the universe. Make sure to take proper care of it, feeding it on time, maintaining its hygiene & shower it with love. If you’re not an animal person, try getting a “love plant” as a sign of your relationship. The happier the pet/ plant is, the happier your relationship would be!

    ———————–HamsterHaving a plant


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Garden of roses – Part I

Posted by Angelica on July - 25 - 2011

 

Quote of the day

“In real life, unlike in Shakespeare, the sweetness of the rose depends upon the name it bears. Things are not only what they are. They are, in very important respects, what they seem to be.”

 

Types of roses

 

Roses are most probably the prettiest flowers on earth. Commonly available in many places around the world, it comes in different sizes, colors & shapes.There are more than 11,000 species of roses available around the world. Below is a list of the most common types, distinguish them by specific characteristic such as clusters, stems, flowers, & fragrance.

 

Floribunda – A cross of hybrid teas & rosa multiflora. Flowers are medium sized & have many petals which makes the flowers look full. Flowers grow in clusters per stem and throughout the year.

 A cross of hybrid teas & rosa multiflora.

 

Hybrid teas – A cross between hybrid Perpetuals & Tea roses. These are the oldest cultivar rose & the most popular. This rose produces only one blossom at the end of the stem. These flowers are known to have variable fragrance.

 A cross between hybrid Perpetuals & Tea roses

 

Grandiflora – A cross between hybrid teas & floribunda. Bigger flowers than floribunda are clustered at the end of large stems. Have variable fragrance.

A cross between hybrid teas & floribunda

 

Miniature roses – also known as China Roses, these dwarf plants bloom tiny flowers but highly clustered and bloomed roses last a long time.

also known as China Roses

 

Shrub roses – Disease-resistance, grows in a variety of climates with a minimum of attention, little pruning required, blooms beautiful flowers, consistently over a very long season. These make great as borders and fencing.

Shrub roses

Climbing roses – Have long arching stems that follows a supporting structure. Flowers are abundant and clustered and are great as entrance trails, balcony or archway.

Climbing roses

 

Tree roses – These roses are made of hardy root stock grafted to a long stem that is, in turn, grafted to a rose bush at the top of the stem.

Tree roses

 

Ground cover roses – They mostly grow low to the ground and the newer hybrids bloom when there’s plenty sunlight available.

Ground cover roses

 

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Mashed Potato with Goat Cheese & Chives

Posted by Angelica on July - 21 - 2011

Ingredients

  • 5 large potatoesMashed Potato with Chives
  • ½ teaspoon of diluted salt
  • Pinch of pepper
  • 5 dices of good butter
  • 5 tablespoon of milk
  • ½ cup of goat cheese
  • A handful of chives – chopped finely

 

Directions

  1. Boil potatoes in a closed lid saucepan for about 3mins, reduce heat & simmer for another 15mins. Test with a fork by piercing through the potatoes to see if it’s cooked.
  2. Drain water from potatoes till it’s dry; place them in a large bowl. In a small bowl, melt butter until browned and add this to the potatoes.
  3. Add in pepper, salt, & milk and start mashing (top, down motion) with a big fork.
  4. When satisfied with the texture of the mash, add in goat cheese & chives, stirring gently for consistency.
  5. Use shrink wraps to cover the bowl until ready to serve. This will retain the moisture for a long time.

 

 

Tips for great textured mashed potatoes:

  1. Mashing should always be with a fork, top, down motion. Avoid blending or food processor as you’ll end up with a gluey texture.
  2. For great texture, the boiled potatoes need to be dried out before mashing. One way for this is to let the drained potatoes sit in the dry pan till all the water is absolutely absorbed in heat.

 

Tips for leftover mashed potatoes:

  1. Leftover mashed potatoes can be made into “potato patties” by coating them with bread crumbs and frying in a non-stick pan with butter.
  2. Extra mashed potatoes can also be used in stews/soups as a thickening agent.

 

 


Flourless Chocolate Cake

Posted by Angelica on July - 20 - 2011

Chocolate lovers galore

Chocolate Cake

Ingredients for cake

  • 3/4 cup semisweet dark chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Ingredients for chocolate glaze

  • 1 cup dark chocolate bits
  • 3/4 cup whipping cream
  • 3 dices of butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 teaspoons of castor sugar

     

Directions for cake

  1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch round cake pan, and dust with cocoa powder.
  2. In the top of a double boiler over lightly simmering water, melt chocolate and butter. Remove from heat, and stir in sugar, cocoa powder, eggs, and vanilla. Pour into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 30 minutes. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out to a cake plate. Slices can also be reheated for 20 to 30 seconds in the microwave before serving.

     

Directions for chocolate glaze

  1. In a small saucepan over low heat, heat dark chocolate bits, whipping cream, butter & sugar stirring constantly. Continue to cook, stirring constantly, until chocolate is melted and sauce is smooth. Stir in vanilla.

 

Tips:

Use dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate as healthier option. Dark chocolate is rich in antioxidants which are good for your heart. It also stimulates endorphin production, which increases pleasure & contains serotonin which acts as a natural anti-depressant.

 

Quick Pancake

Posted by Angelica on July - 19 - 2011
  • You can’t go wrong with this tried and true basic pancake recipe. It is very easy to make, as long as you follow the instructions correctly. You can also serve them with a variety of toppings or just simple butter and syrup.

 

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

Maple Syrup on Pancakes

 

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, vanilla powder, salt and sugar. Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg and melted butter; mix until smooth.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.

 

Tips:

  • This is one of the quickest breakfasts you can have. Serve with options of cream, maple syrup, chocolate syrup, honey and butter, fresh fruits like mangoes, peaches, berries or your favorite choice ice creams.
  • For healthier choice, try blending in some oats/ chopped nuts into the batter.

     

     

     

     


    Cream of Spinach Soup

    Posted by Angelica on July - 17 - 2011

    *Tips: always cook vegetables in low heat as this would retain the vitamins and goodness which are essential for the body.

     

    Cream of Spinach

    Ingredients

    • 1 bowl of spinach leafs
    • 1 tablespoon of butter
    • 1 medium sized onion
    • 2 cloves of garlic
    • 1 cup of milk
    • 1 cups of water
    • A pinch of salt & pepper
    • Heavy cream

    Directions

    1. In a dry pan, put in the butter and sauté the onion & garlic until fragrant in very low heat. Make sure to not let it burn as it will spoil the color of the soup.
    2. When it turns light golden brown, add in water & ½ cup of milk. Add in the spinach leaves & cover the pan with a lid. Once spinach is added, it should only take about 3-5 mins to start boiling and it’s essential to turn off the heat when the boiling starts.
    3. Let it sit in the pan for another 3 mins before putting it into the blender and grinding it until it becomes smooth in texture.
    4. Put the mixture into the pan again and cook it for another 2 mins with the remaining ½ cup of milk.
    5. Garnish with a little heavy cream and serve hot.

     

    Easy Walnut Cake

    Posted by Angelica on July - 14 - 2011

    Ingredients

    • ¾ cup butterWalnut Cake
    • 1¾ cups flour
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2½ teaspoons baking powder
    • Pinch of salt(sieved)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
    • 1 teaspoon almond essence(optional)
    • Yolks of 3 eggs
    • Whites of 2 eggs
    • ½ cup milk
    • ¾ cup coarsely chopped walnuts
    • ½ cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips(optional)
    • Pinch of salt

    Beat butter until slightly fluffy, and add the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, vanilla & almond essence. Mix it with a spoon until you get a nice texture of coarse floury mixture. Don’t worry that it doesn’t look thin enough for a cake recipe. When you’re happy to have mixed the moderately dry ingredients, add the eggs & milk and proceed mixing with a beater until the blend is well. By now the batter will have a cake mixture look and you can add the chopped walnuts and chocolate chips. Mix well, pour into the baking pan.

    Bake at 75 degree Celsius for 45 mins. Let it cool, and enjoy your cake with a nice cup of latte or hot tea!

    *tips:

    1. Get all your ingredients ready before starting the mixture as you want minimal time mixing and try and get it into the oven immediately after done as this will give a nice fluffy cake.
    2. Almond essence gives a great fragrance to your cake especially when it has nuts. 3) Serve it with whipped cream/ crème cheese to enhance its taste. Happy baking!

    Vanilla Pudding

    Posted by Angelica on July - 13 - 2011

    This is a great snack for those with sensitive stomach or those having a sore throat. Also great as a substitute for the high calorie desserts while still being able to satisfy your sweet tooth.

    Vanilla Pudding

    Ingredients

    • 2 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
    • A pinch of salt
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Directions

    1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly.

    2. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.

    3. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolk; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat. Gently stir in butter and vanilla.

    4. Cool for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to dessert dishes. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

    Color your plate

    Posted by Angelica on July - 12 - 2011

    “Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie.”

    – Jim Davis

    Eat a rainbow of Vegetables & Fruits

    If you thought that green cabbages & purple cabbages were the same with differences only in price, you’ll probably need to think again & change your mindset completely. The vegetables & fruits you eat everyday apparently has got nothing to which family it belongs to but of the colors they are!

    It has been researched and proven that vegetables & fruits of different colors have different kind of nutrients that help to protect the body against illness.

    This is going to make your groceries shopping adventure more exciting that you thought it is…. J

     

    Red Group
     

    Antioxidants & reduce cancer risk,

    Yellow/Orange

    Reduce Heart Disease, cancer, good for eyes, improve immune. High in Vitamin A, C, B & folate, and beta carotene

    Green

    Contains chlorophyll, prevents cancer, prevent cataract/blindness in old age, reduce risk of birth defect. Rich in Vitamins

    Blue/Purple

    Antioxidants, protects cell from damages, reduce cancer, stroke & heart disease. Improve memory & age healthy

    White/Beige

    Health Promoting Chemicals, lower cholesterol & blood pressure. Reduce risk of stomach cancer. Good source of mineral & potassium

    Red apples

    Yellow apples

    Green apples

    Blackberries

    Bananas

    Beets

    Apricots

    Artichokes

    Blueberries

    Cauliflower

    Red cabbage

    Butternut squash

    Asparagus

    Eggplant

    Garlic

    Cherries

    Cantaloupe

    Avocados

    Figs

    Ginger

    Cranberries

    Carrots

    Green beans

    Juneberries

    Jicamas

    Pink grapefruit

    Grapefruit

    Broccoli

    Plums

    Mushrooms

    Red grapes

    Lemons

    Brussels sprouts

    Prunes

    Onions

    Red peppers

    Mangoes

    Green cabbage

    Purple grapes

    Parsnips

    Pomegranates

    Nectarines

    Cucumbers

    Raisins

    Potatoes

    Red potatoes

    Oranges

    Green grapes

    Purple Cabbage

    Turnips

    Radishes

    Papayas

    Honeydew melon

    Blackcurrants

    White Peach

    Raspberries

    Peaches

    Kiwi

    Purple Figs

    Pears

    Rhubarb

    Pears

    Lettuce

    Elderberries

    Rambutans

    Strawberries

    Yellow peppers

    Limes

    Black Olives

    Lychees

    Tomatoes (best when cooked)

    Persimmons

    Green onions

    Purple Potatoes

    Watermelon

    Pineapple

    Peas

    Purple Asparagus

    Red Onions

    Pumpkin

    Green pepper

    Purple Yam

    Blood Oranges

    Rutabagas

    Spinach

    Mangosteen

    Yellow winter squash

    Zucchini

    Pink Dragon Fruit

    Sweet corn

    Green Peas

    Red Plums

    Sweet potatoes

    Leeks

    Nectarines

    Tangerines

    Okra

    Yellow tomatoes

    Butterhead

    Yellow watermelon

    Long Bean

     

     

     

    RED VEGETABLES & FRUITS

    Red Vegetables

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    YELLOW/ORANGE VEGETABLES & FRUITS

    Yellow / Orange Vegetables

     

     

     

     

     

     

    GREEN VEGETABLES & FRUITS

    Green VegetablesGreen Vegetables

    BLUE/PURPLE VEGETABLES & FRUITS

    Blue / Purple Vegetables

     

     

     

     

     

     

    WHITE/BEIGE VEGETABLES &

    FRUITS

    White / Beige Vegetable

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Boredom Rescuer List

    Posted by Angelica on July - 11 - 2011

    Quote of the day

    “In order to live free and happily, you must sacrifice boredom. It is not always an easy sacrifice.” – “Richard Bach”

     

    Things to do when you’re bored

     

    1. Private karaoke
    2. Download lyrics from websites & Sing along to your favorite song. Music has been proven to increase the mood & put a smile to your face!

       

    3. Go You-tubing @ www.youtube.com
    4. Find funny videos, motivational clips, trainings & self-improvement videos and many more.


    5. Just “Dolce far niente” which means the “Sweetness of doing nothing” in Italian
    6. Remember the times when you get so busy with work until you don’t have time to breathe? If you’re bored now, you might want to take this time to enjoy some laziness just not doing anything for a few hours or a day… or what the hell, even for a week!

       

    7. Browse the website for Cheap deals
    8. Try sites like Groupons, Hostelworld, AirAsia, eBay, Lelong.com and many more

       

    9. Groom yourself
    10. Why spend so much on Spa, when you can make your own at home, at your own leisure & space. Try creating your homemade beauty products with the items found in your kitchen & indulge in a nice body scrub or hair treatment. Purchase some nice scented candles/ aromatherapy oils to increase your home spa experience.

      Spices to spice things up

    11. Try Yoga or Meditation to lift up the Zen!
    12. Search for beginners’ yoga or meditation videos and try to imitate position for about 15mins to an hour on your own personal room or space. See how it will relax the mind and boost the energy in no time. You might even take it up as a long term hobby!

       

    13. Cook, bake, make a cocktail or mocktails
    14. Try simple recipes like an omelette with everything you have in your fridge/kitchen e.g: Tomatoes, cheese, parsley, bacon, ham, mayonnaise, mustard, milk, mushroom, etc. Buy beginner cookbooks of your choice and try a recipe. Enjoy adding your own creativity and you’ll be surprised with the outcome. Get some cocktail recipes from About.com

       

    15. Plant a tree
    16. I never knew how interesting this would be until I tried it myself. Get to a nearest supermarket to get a nice pot, some black soil, and your favorite seed (choose from vegetables & fruit like tomatoes, corn, herbs, or pretty flowers like daisy, orchids or roses). Make sure to water it at least once every day for 2 weeks until you see the first leaf. After that, you’ll want to keep visiting your plant friend. Try even talking to it by asking it to grow faster. 😉 If you live in an apartment, try indoor plants. See i-village for top indoor plants idea.

       

       

    17. Adopt a Pet
    18. A cat, dog, rabbits, fishes make great companionship and is a way to keep ourselves occupied. A pet would need feeding, cleaning up, love & care. Just make sure to consider the responsibility factors before owning a pet.

      Man's best friend

    19. Take a drive for food hunt
    20. Team up with some friends or family over the weekend for a food hunt somewhere far. Places like Ipoh, & Penang are well known for good & cheap food. It’ll be a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of the city too.

       

    21. Go Window Shopping
    22. Month end is still far away? It’s okey, just go window shopping. Look at stuffs, touch them, feel them, try it on, and then walk out of the shop. No need to spend anything or swipe the credit card for it, unless of course you really feel it’s a life/death deal you can’t miss. If you feel guilty of the staffs giving you a cheap look, just remember that they are paid to work there, and it’s not your responsibility to make them feel satisfied.

       

    23. Paint your nails/try NailArt (girls only) use diamonds, glittery stuffs and decorate…
    24. You’ll need many colors of nail polish, nail clippers & buffers, toothpicks, nail art stickers and a top coat, and never ever forget the nail polish remover. It can get really messy for beginners. Refer to step-by-step nail art for more ideas.

      Give your nails new look

    25. Read a book
    26. Books used to be a way to put me to sleep those days. And then I figured that no one should be forcing you to read a book but yourself. Try asking yourself what interest you the most. It could be fiction, motivational, romance, horror/thriller, mystery and many other interesting genres’ of books available. Take time read a few pages before picking a book that will interest you. Each writer will have a different approach to suit different readers. In no time, you’ll find yourself totally hooked to a book and no time for boredom!

     

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