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Looking for ways to spring clean your home in no time? Good. I’ve got some tried and tested ways that I’m going to share with you. Spring cleaning is one of my favorite things about the spring season, but unfortunately, I can’t enjoy it to the fullest since my schedule is always overloaded. So I’ve found a few ways to spring clean my home fast that are also great for those who don’t like cleaning.
1. Clean mini blinds
Yes, I want to start with the worst part about spring cleaning. I’m sure many of you would agree that cleaning mini blinds is a great pain. However, I’ve learned a small tip that makes it really easier. Just take your mini blinds down and wash them in the bath. They’ll be cleaner in no time!
2. Wash your walls
If you used to wash your walls by hand, this spring try washing them with a mop instead. This will save you a lot of time, I promise! Now that I know this little trick, washing my walls isn’t a big problem anymore. Give it a try and you will never think of washing the walls as a great pain.
3. Clean your oven
I don’t understand those people who clean their oven by hand when they have a self-cleaning one. A self-cleaning oven works amazingly and is so easy to operate. If you have a self-cleaning oven, just turn it on and it will do its thing. While it’s cleaning, the oven gets extremely hot and there can be a terrible smell, but you can go outdoors to avoid the smell, or do another chore to complete your spring cleaning faster.
4. Give your carpets to the professionals
If you have carpets, I suggest you to hire them done. It’s better and easier. It’s also incredibly time-saving. The professional knows what they’re doing and they can be more experienced at stain removal than you are. If you can afford, give your carpets to the professionals.
5. Purchase a ceiling fan cleaner
Purchase a ceiling fan cleaner so that you don’t have to climb up and take it all apart. Indeed, there’s a great device that you can purchase that cleans the ceiling fan. It’s like a duster but created to fit over every blade. While you still should clean the globes, it helps save you immense amounts of time and headache.
6. Clean your curtains
If you have trouble cleaning your curtains, I recommend doing all of your curtains at once. Take the day, take your curtains down and wash them. After washing, hang your curtains back up. Don’t forget to check the instructions and learn how to properly launder them. Maybe your curtains are dry clean only ones. Follow the instructions on the label and you won’t have any problems.
7. Don’t do it alone
If you share a home or if you have a big family, don’t do your spring cleaning alone, it’s just too much for one person. Have everybody muck in and help and you’ll get it done quicker and you will even have time for a spring picnic or family BBQ.
Follow these tips and you will do your spring cleaning faster and easier. Which tricks do you use to do your spring cleaning quicker? Share them with me, please, I will certainly try them all!
If you have an indoor garden, you might be interested in the list of the best vegetables you can grow indoors today. Then you can transfer them to the ground when the weather warms up or you can keep them in pots on your patio. In fact, it’s a great idea to grow vegetables indoors because we should eat them every day to get all the necessary nutrients we need to be healthy. Here are seven great vegetables to grow indoors.
One of the best vegetables to grow indoors is mushrooms, which are an excellent source of vitamin D. You can purchase a special soil that has the makings for a fresh batch of healthy mushrooms. To get the best results, keep your mushrooms in a cool dark place. It’s so simple, isn’t it?
Typically lettuce grows in compact small bundles, so I think it’s not difficult to keep a few pots of it in your sunroom or kitchen. I love mixing different varieties of lettuce in the same pot. For instance, I mix spinach with arugula. You can also buy mixed greens and plant them in a big pot. One of the best things about lettuce is that it can regenerate so feel free to snip it for your healthy salad.
3. Beans and peas
Bean and pea plants are not big and it’s easy to grow them in the house. You can grow them up in your sunroom, and when summer comes move them outdoors. Don’t forget to set up the trellis. The great news is that many bean and pea plants look amazingly decorative and they can add to your décor during the spring.
Since carrots grow under the soil you will need a very deep pot. Keep a pot of carrots in your kitchen for a delicious snack that is high in essential nutrients and low in calories. The awesome thing about carrots is that you can grow them year round. Just make sure you keep the containers in a warm area. You can also grow carrots in troughs.
Potatoes are probably my favorite vegetable I grow indoors. It’s not hard to grow potatoes in buckets or large pots in your house. But, it’s better to seed them in the containers, and when the weather gets warmer replant your potatoes outdoors. I suggest trying different kinds of potatoes to jazz up your favorite recipes.
Tomatoes are another great vegetable you can grow indoors, especially if your windows are sunny and they face south. Opt for smaller varieties, such as cherry, pear or grape tomatoes that will not take up much space as traditional tomatoes. Since tomatoes like sun and warmth, make sure your kitchen or sunroom is always warm.
7. Green onions
Green onions are rich in beta-carotene, zeaxanthin and lutein and they are one of the best foods to eat every day. Save the white ends with the hairs on the end and plant them into a little pot. Put the roots down, surround with dirt and add water to it. Don’t worry, they’ll regrow on their own. Remember, green onions need a lot of water, so keep your eyes on them.
Start growing the above veggies and enjoy fresh produce every day. Do you grow any vegetables indoors? Share your tips with us, please.
An argument is never a good thing but sometimes we cannot avoid it, so it’s wise to know a few tips on how to end any argument on a good note no matter what. I cannot stand being angry at someone, and I don’t like feeling like someone is angry at me. I always try to resolve any conflict peacefully, even if the person is irritating and I don’t like them. If you have an argument, here are a few tips to follow to end it peacefully.
1. Keep those bad things to yourself
It’s so easy to say wounding words, such as ‘I hate you,’ ‘Don’t want to see you anymore,’ or ‘You’re the worst person in the world,’ but it’s so difficult to apologize. You don’t have to voice every thought that you have. Sure, you form your own views and have your own opinion, but sometimes it’s better to keep them to yourself. This is one of the most effective ways to end any argument peacefully.
A person who starts an argument is certainly angry. To end an argument peacefully, you will need to let them vent without interrupting them. Sure, you might want to defend yourself, but that will only make it worse. Don’t intensify the anger, and don’t try to win an argument. Take a few deep breaths, listen and then try to speak peacefully.
3. Remind yourself why you love them
If you are trying to end an argument with your partner, I suggest you to think about the things that you really love about them. Keep those things in mind when you argue with your partner, and you will be much more authentic and honest. Remind yourself why you love them, calm down and end an argument peacefully.
4. Treat others the way you want to be treated
When it comes to arguments, we all should remember this saying. In any relationship, you always mirror yourself and your emotions, actions and energies are aligned. If you want someone to be friendly and positive, you should display those qualities and treat that person with respect no matter how angry you are.
5. Use your point of view
When you let the person vent and you finally start talking, use your point of view. Try to speak calmly and respectfully and make sure you are friendly. This will make them less defensive and they will be less hostile. I always believe that every conflict can be resolved peacefully and I personally don’t like to quarrel.
6. Don’t try to win an argument
It’s a bad idea to try to win an argument. It’s not a competition and there is no winner in an argument. Keep in mind that winning is not the aim. Your aim is to end an argument peacefully, which means you should talk the problem over and come to an agreement.
7. Silence is golden
Remember that ‘Silence is golden’ and it’s one of the most effective ways to end any argument. Silence is essential when it comes to negotiation. Many of us find an awkward silence uncomfortable, but it’s important for processing feelings and thoughts as well as making a decision. It’s better to keep silence for a while than to say something that can make things even worse.
Sure, it’s not easy to end an argument, especially if the person wants to argue and is not interested in resolving a conflict. But the tips mentioned above can really help in most common arguments. How do you usually end an argument? Share your thoughts with us.
If you want to build a relationship with someone you love, sooner or later you’ll have to deal with jealousy. Sometimes you can even be happy to see that your partner is jealous, because that means he loves you very much and he doesn’t want to share you with someone else. Perhaps you are an extremely jealous person. Then you should certainly find efficient ways to settle down and manage your emotions. Otherwise your jealousy will only damage your relationship. That’s why you need to be reasonable and wise. The tips below will help you to cope with your excessive jealousy.
1. You Should Be Reasonable
First of all, a person who is always jealous should try to clear up if there are any reasons for such behavior. Consider all the things that spark your jealousy. Maybe they are not worth being paid much attention to. You need some time to understand what the problem is. It may take you from a few hours to several days. Having discovered that your jealousy is not reasonable, you should note it down in order to recollect it next time when you can’t control your feelings.
2. Trust Your Man
Surely, you would be nervous and angry to see another girl flirting with your guy. I should say it is really an unpleasant situation. Some girls can be too active and even chase your boyfriend insistently. Though, that is not a reason for you to get upset. Try to focus on the positive side of this problem. It is great that your man attracts attention of others. Aren’t you happy to realize that you have a handsome and attractive guy? Bear in mind that just your trust will help you to build a strong and lasting relationship. It’s impossible to control your man all the time, so you should keep calm and trust him.
3. Identify Insecurities
In most cases our jealousy starts from insecurities. If you think that those women who surround your partner, either his colleagues or his friends, are more beautiful and slimmer than you, then the feeling of jealousy will drive you crazy. Whenever you feel jealous of some girl who is near your man, you should find out insecurities and concentrate on your strong points that make you a unique person. I would advise you to be more confident about yourself and never let your emotions prevail over common sense.
4. Forget the Past
When it comes to relationships with men, our previous experience may be useful for us, even if it was unpleasant and we have only bad memories about it. We should take into consideration certain mistakes that were made and not to repeat them in future. Nevertheless, when you meet with a new man and you really love him, you shouldn’t let your past influence your relationship with him. For example, if your ex has cheated on you, don’t be obsessed with thoughts that a new boyfriend can do the same. Actually, all people are different and not everyone behaves badly. The best way to be happy with your man is to let go of the past and enjoy what you have now.
5. Spend More Time Together
There are lots of couples that can’t spend much time together due to some circumstances. For instance, you may work away, study in another city or simply you have a job that requires a lot of time. Being unable to see each other often, young people start arguing. Usually jealousy is the main reason of their misunderstanding. In spite of all the work you have to do, try to spend more time with your sweetheart and appreciate every moment of your love and happiness. Undoubtedly, it will improve your relationship.
6. Ditch Social Media
Maybe it sounds a bit strange but for most people social media is the major source of jealousy. I have plenty of friends who always suspect their partners of communicating with others through social media. To avoid numerous problems and quarrels you’d better ditch social networks. By doing this you will definitely strengthen your relationship with the one you love. After all, there is a wide range of other ways to keep in touch with your friends and relatives.
7. Clarify the Situation
Stressful situations and misunderstanding are an indispensable part of every couple’s relationship. The point is how often these situations happen. If you frequently see that your guy behaves oddly and you can notice clear signs of cheating, it is necessary to discuss the problem with your partner and clear up its reasons. Possibly, there is no need for you to worry about his behavior and you will come to a common agreement. Clarifying the situation is a wonderful way to stop your jealousy.
In conclusion I would like to say that jealousy is one of those factors that can ruin your relationship, especially if this feeling is uncontrolled. Thus, you should learn to manage your emotions and feelings. Remember that you should be patient and think thoroughly before you start arguing with your man. Are you a jealous person? Do you often have quarrels with your partner because of jealousy? How do you usually cope with the problem?
Everyone knows that the best way to build credit is to get a credit card. But, there are certain ways to build your credit history without using a credit card. Typically, a credit card means debt, and too much debt can affect your credit score. To avoid it, check out a few tips for building your credit without using credit cards.
1. Utility companies
Typically, a utility company doesn’t report to the credit bureaus on a regular basis. It only sends updates when you don’t pay your account. If you have some utility in your name and you are trying to build your credit without using your credit card, call the company and ask them to report your regular payments to the credit bureaus.
2. A landlord
Like a utility company, a landlord doesn’t report to the credit bureaus. However, you can ask your landlord to notify the credit bureaus of your rental history, but first make sure your rental history is really good. Every positive report from your landlord will establish your credit history and better your credit score.
3. A federal student loan
If you are planning to go to a university or college, you can build your credit by getting a federal student loan. Despite your credit history, you can qualify for a loan. Although repayment may be deferred until 6 to 9 months after you graduate, you can begin paying it off while you are still in college. Timely payments every month will add positive information to your credit history.
4. Add your name to your parent’s credit card
Another way to build your credit without using your credit cards is to add your name to your parent’s credit card. As an authorized user, your parent’s credit card’s activity will appear on your credit report. Just ensure your parent uses this credit card responsibly, otherwise it can affect your credit score.
5. Financing a used car
If you do not have a credit history, many car dealerships may not offer financing. But if you buy your car from a fresh start car dealer, consider qualifying for a loan without credit history. It usually offers in-house financing. Yes, you might pay a higher interest rate, but timely payments every month will help you build your credit history, and it can even help you qualify for a better loan down the road.
6. Peer-to-peer lending
Nowadays there are many individual investors who give private loans to people with no credit history. Typically, these loans have lower rates than rates offered by banks. Plus, if you ask politely, a private investor can report your timely monthly payments to the credit bureau.
7. A small collateral loan
Have you already opened an account with a credit union or bank? If no, consider getting a small personal loan. This will help you to build your credit without using credit cards. You can use any valuable assets as collateral, such as jewelry or electronics. Qualify for a small loan and pay it off over the next several months. The credit union or bank will certainly report your timely monthly payments to all credit bureaus.
A credit card is convenient and useful, but you can get into debt if you can’t control your spending. Follow these tips and you can establish your credit history without having a credit card. Are you going to use any of the suggestions mentioned above?
Nowadays lots of people suffer from sugar addiction and that is a real problem as it can lead to numerous diseases. If you are a sugar addict, don’t get upset. There are so many effective ways that will help you to solve this issue. For example, by adding certain healthy foods to you diet you will be able to reduce sugar addiction in your body. Surely, when you decide to ditch sugar, it may be rather difficult for you at first. I know some people who even had various disorders and depression while trying to give up sugar. You can be sure that your life will not stop without sugar. It is possible to stay happy and healthy consuming other foods instead of sugar. Do you know that this sweet product affects our body in the same way as a drug? That’s why it won’t be so easy to give it up. Though, by including the following wholesome foods into your diet you can reach the desirable result in no time and your sugar cravings will not bother you anymore.
1. Green Vegetables
Whether you like green vegetables or not, try to eat them every day. That doesn’t mean you should become a vegetarian, you simply need to add a few veggies to your main courses. For instance, you may cook your favorite omelet and serve it with red bell pepper and asparagus. These foods are not only efficient in fighting sugar addiction, they also make your dishes tastier. It will be a good breakfast for you. Now, when you have started your sugar-free diet, it would be better to replace your morning cereal, no matter how hard it is. Being rich in chlorophylls green vegetables are the best choice for those who want to get rid of sugar addiction. Most of these foods are full of chromium, which is necessary to stabilize your blood sugar. To prevent sugar cravings you have to consume a great number of B vitamin and green veggies are a wonderful source of this vitamin.
In order to fight sugar successfully your body needs proteins. When it comes to sugar addiction, these nutrients are considered to be the most efficient. They will provide your body with the amino acids that balance your blood sugar. What is more important – you will not crave sugar any more. Plus, protein contributes greatly to a healthy metabolism in your body. Aren’t these good reasons for you to include foods high in proteins into your daily menu?
3. Smart Snacks
Most of us usually don’t pay much attention to the snacks we consume. Very often we are extremely busy during the day so that we have no time to eat a substantial meal. As a result, we choose different snacks but they can’t give us all the nutrients and vitamins we need, moreover, they may even damage our health. I would advise you to look for smart snacks, avoiding those made of processed foods. In such way, you will minimize your sugar intake. What are these snacks? Such foods as grape tomatoes, raw nuts, carrots, plain Greek yogurt and many others are known to be smart snacks. They will help you to cope with sugar cravings easily. In case you have a strong desire to eat some sweets, you can try low sugar fruits as a substitution. Strawberries and grapefruit are among the lowest sugar fruits, so you’ll definitely benefit from these sweet and delicious foods. Personally I give preference to raw vegetables and nuts.
4. Huge Salads
It would be nice if you had salads in your menu every day. We generally use veggies, leafy greens and raw foods to cook these dishes and all these ingredients are incredibly important for our nutrition. I would recommend you to forget about cheese, croutons and other high fat foods when making salads. Here is the recipe of my favorite salad. Take some spinach and romaine leaves and put them into a big bowl. After, squeeze one lemon over the leaves. Then, add 1 tbsp. of olive oil and sprinkle with some black pepper. You can use any kind of vinegar like apple cider or balsamic to give your salad savory taste. These foods will keep your blood sugar under control. When the greens are ready, you can take some lean meat, like chicken or fish and add it to your salad. There are also some other sources of proteins such as nuts, quinoa, lentils and seeds. They may be used for this salad either. Vegetables like zucchini, scallions, peppers, carrots, squash will make this dish look nice and colorful. I’m convinced you’ll like this huge and tasty salad. Include it into your lunch menu and you won’t be hungry throughout the day.
5. Dark Cocoa Powder
I think this is one of the most marvelous and delicious foods that you can try for your sugar-free diet. Dietarians recommend buying unsweetened dark cocoa and using it for making smoothies or homemade mocha. What is the benefit of dark cocoa powder? It has intense chocolate flavor that is believed to combat sugar cravings. For me, it works magically. Every time I consume dark cocoa powder I don’t want any other sweet things. Another option you are supposed to try is raw cacao powder. I should admit it is even better than dark cocoa powder as it contains lots of minerals, vitamins and antioxidants that the basic elements for your body.
6. Healthy Fats
Those people who have just started to remove sugar from their diet should bear in mind that healthy fats are the most essential nutrients that lower blood sugar and burn fat in their body. You will be amazed with the results when you combine them with leafy greens, vegetables and a lean protein. Foods like raw coconut oil, olive oil, raw nuts and seeds, avocado, raw coconut meat, flax oil and hemp oil are the greatest sources of healthy fats. By adding them to your eating plan you’ll manage to fight sugar addiction and prevent weight gain.
It has been proven that stevia is one of the most salubrious herbs that help people to fight various health problems. This herb is a wonderful natural substitute of sugar because it has a sweet taste and lowers blood sugar at the same time. Today you can find so many varieties of stevia; some of them are low quality and have a bitter taste. I give preference to liquid stevia which is alcohol free; it can be used at any place whenever I need. This food tastes perfectly when added to unsweetened smoothies and yogurt. Perhaps, you won’t find any other natural product that is sugar-free, gluten-free and calorie-free like stevia. When you buy stevia at the supermarket, make sure it is a high quality item, don’t stick to cheap varieties.
Having noticed that you are a sugar addict you should start fighting this health problem immediately. At first it may seem that sugar addiction is not dangerous for your health, but, in fact, it is one of the reasons you may have wrinkles, acne, heart disease and diabetes. Don’t be afraid to combat sugar addiction in your body, it’s not as difficult as you think. Do you suffer from sugar addiction? What foods do you usually eat to prevent sugar cravings?
I’m sure you want to teach your children a lot of good habits, but what is the best way to do it? One of the best ways to do it is certainly to be a role model for your kids. Children can learn almost from everything they see and it is very important to show them a good pattern to follow. Sometimes it may not work, but mainly children learn from what their parents do. So be very careful with what you do and make sure you teach your kids the following important habits.
The first thing you need to teach your kids is the good manners. Look around you and you will see that not only do kids lack manners today, but grownups as well. And it’s actually where the problem is. Children are absorbing information from wherever they can, so you need to show good manners for them to learn. Never forget to use “please” and “thank you”, no matter what. And you will see your children a polite grownups one day.
I used to tell my kids that everyone should be treated with kindness. But if I speak badly about people I do not like, it won’t teach my children kindness. So I let them see that we may not like some people, but nevertheless we are to behave kindly to them. Because it is the way we want be treated.
Most of the parents know how difficult it is to teach children hygiene. So you must be ready as it will take a lot of time to show you kids that it is important to brush their teeth and have a shower. You will need to let them know the necessity of combing hair, washing face and when you succeed, hygiene will become part of their daily routine.
4. Healthy food
Nowadays, we have a lot of problems with children’s health, and one of them is obesity. Sure, you want your kids to be healthy, which is why you need to create healthy eating habits for them. You can do it by showing them you eat only healthy foods. Make sure you eat natural food instead of chips and hamburgers. It doesn’t mean that you will never eat them again, but make you kids understand that treat is something than do not happens often. Just choose your food well and your kids will follow you.
If you don’t like to exercise, don’t expect your children to go in for sport. I can give you a bit of advice – do it together. Thus, you will spend more time with your children and will be able to show them healthy way of life. Isn’t it great? You can play active games with your kids, such as basketball or football or just do some routine exercises together. Don’t make them do it, just let them watch, and I bet they will join you. It will help you to keep fit as well as model healthy habit to your kids.
Every human needs to know that someone cares about him. Teaching you kids to be compassionate will help them through their lives. Children need to be understood and in this way they will learn to understand others, understand their necessities and actions. Talk to your children, ask them what they feelings are, and ask them to see things from other people’s point of view. If you are able to show them compassion, they will never pass by someone in need and they will be loved in return.
One more important thing to teach your kids is responsibility. If you want your children to take responsibility for their actions, you need to “start low, go slow”. For example, if you want them to be responsible for their own dirty dishes and dirty laundry, you need to care about your own dishes and laundry. The same thing goes about work. Before demanding for the homework to be done, make sure you don’t forget about your work obligations. A good example is everything you need to make things done.
So now that you know about importance of modeling for your kids, do you think your behavior is a good model for them? Or, perhaps, you need to change or add something to it?