Saturday, August 30, 2008
Sunflowers are a natural choice to lift your mood and boost the spirit because of their bright, cheery colors. They'll catch your eyes and reflect the sun's energy for days.
The intoxicating aroma of sweet peas is another great choice that may conjure images of the idyllic English countryside and help put you at ease.
Friday, August 29, 2008
In addition to brightening your kitchen or living room petal power can lighten your mood. Seeing fresh flowers around the house may make you feel less anxious and more energetic, especially first thing in the morning. Let the sight and smell of these summer blooms de-stress you and keep you cheerful all day long.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Want a super healthy, warm-weather snack for the dog days of summer? Stick small fruit in the freezer then enjoy them for a sweet summer treat that'll cool you down. If you forget about them, don't worry! They'll keep until next summer. Also, try dipping some yogurt with a topping into popsicle molds for a healthy homemade treat.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The last tip for white teeth? Cut out the culprits! If teas, coffees, dark-colored sodas and red wine are constants in your life, replace them with colorless liquids like water to brighten those teeth. Be sure to brush teeth after every meal to remove residue, and for an extra bit of scrubbing power, and a dash of lemony freshness, squeeze a few lemon drops on your toothbrush.
Friday, August 22, 2008
If you want a pearly white smile without using chemical-laden teeth whiteners, try this recipe Native Americans used to keep their teeth dazzling.
Grind 2 tablespoons of sea salt and 2 tablespoons of dried sage leaves together. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes in a 250F oven. Cool, and then stir to blend. Scoop some of the mixture on your toothbrush and brush vigorously, then rinse thoroughly.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Another natural way to whiten your teeth in a pinch is to rub a cut strawberry across those pearly whites, (or just let mashed berries sit on them) for a few minutes before rinsing. The malic acid in the berries helps remove strains, and it tastes pretty good too!
Friday, August 15, 2008
Nothing goes better with sun-kissed skin than a dazzling set of pearly whites, but those store-bought whitening strips contain a lot of chemicals that may not be so good for your choppers. Instead, try some natural tricks for getting brighter whites.
DIY strips: Combine toothpaste with baking soda, apply the paste to aluminum foil and cover teeth. Leave for 1 hour and brush after removing. Repeat twice a week.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
When it comes to ecomputers, Dell is leading the way. Not only is their new Studio Hybrid the smallest PC ever (it's 80% smaller than the average one), but it also uses 70% less energy. The model also ships in light packaging materials that are 95% recyclable, so you can be high-tech and environmentally friendly.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
If you're looking for a way to banish those fine lines and wrinkles, look no further than Murad Resurgence. Dr. Murad has created an amazing line of spa-quality skincare products, from a ground breaking acne complex, amazing SPF moisturizers, to a great system designed to help you fight the battle against hormonal aging.
Monday, August 11, 2008
5. Exercise and Diet: Just 30 minutes of walking five days a week can reduce stress, tone your muscles and rejuvenate the spirit. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer, helps slow down the aging process, helps to keep weight at optimal levels and boosts the mood.
Now that's not so hard is it? Just remember these five steps and you can change your life!
Thursday, August 07, 2008
4. Centering: Whether it's through meditation, yoga, mindfulness, tai chi, prayer or being in nature, centering restores your mind, body and soul. Anything that deflects you from the relentless, judgmental inner dialogue elicits the relaxation response, a brain state that is opposite of the body's stress response. When you realize that although you have thoughts, you are not your thoughts, you can get in touch with the peaceful center at your core and live creatively in the present moment.
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
3. Gratitude: When you wake up in the morning, where does your mind go? If you immediately being to worry, you’re off to a bad start. Think of three things you're grateful for before even leaving the bed, and at the end of the day think of at least one thing that surprised or delighted you. Research shows that grateful people are more motivated, efficient, healthy and happy.