Friday, November 24, 2017

5 Things Not to Forget in Your Kitchen Design

Whether it is a kitchen redesign or you’re building a new kitchen, the process of turning your dream kitchen idea into reality is always exciting. There are a lot of details to attend to and plenty of planning to do. There are a lot of ideas and inspirations to browse through too.
Don’t let the excitement get the better of you. There are crucial elements that every kitchen must have in order to be beautiful and functional. Here are the 5 things not to forget in your kitchen design.

The Backsplash

Every kitchen needs a good backsplash. A backsplash is a set of tiles or granite on the wall just behind and above your stove. As the name suggests, the main function of a backsplash is to prevent oil and food from ruining the wall behind the stove.
You can also use repurposed glass or tiles as a DIY backsplash. Not only will it save you money, using repurposed glass also means you can experiment with different patterns and final looks to make the kitchen more unique.

Garbage Disposal

The kitchen is always a high traffic area, so you need to make sure you can keep it tidy and clean without too much hassle. Having a good garbage disposal system is a must, since it makes using the sink much more practical.
Modern garbage disposal systems such as the InSinkErator Badger 5 are designed to handle more load and can be integrated into an existing sink without too many modifications. Be sure to check reviews and compare options at before choosing one that suits your needs best.

More Storage

You also need plenty of storage space for all of the kitchen appliances and food items you need to store. When building a new kitchen, consider adding a lot of concealed storage to maintain that clean and modern look. You can even take advantage of recessed cabinets and clean finishing options for a minimalistic look.
There is no such thing as having too much storage space. It doesn’t take long for your kitchen appliances to fill the existing storage space, especially when you start adding new items to the space.

Electrical Outlets

Not having enough electrical outlets is actually one of the most common mistakes in kitchen design. Once you add a coffee machine, a toaster, that new food processor you just picked up, and other electrical appliances, you’ll want to have more outlets around the kitchen.
Don’t settle for an extension cord with multiple outlets too. You wouldn’t want cables ruining the look and functionality of your kitchen, would you?

A Smooth Workflow

Last but certainly not least, visualize how you will be using the kitchen and try to adjust the design for a smoother workflow. This may seem like a minute detail at first, but having a kitchen design with a good flow can make working in it much more enjoyable.

Don’t skip the small stuff and pay attention to these items we covered in this article the next time you design a kitchen. You’ll end up with a functional and beautiful kitchen that works.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Tips to updating your home for the holidays

It is that time of year again! It is time to dress up your home for the holidays. For me, this means organizing and cleaning out the kids rooms and my room and trying to get everything organized so that Santa can deliver his annual sleigh-load of toys and gifts. We are quite a lucky bunch around here so I hate to complain about all of the work that it takes to get the house back together after my good friend Santa comes to visit. Part of the joy in the holidays is getting the house prepared for a big celebration and for family gatherings. Seeing the excitement and wonder on a child's face when it comes time for the holidays is just so endearing and a great deal of fun. It truly makes the season for me. This year we will be decorating and I thought it might be handy to share some of the tips that we follow around our home in getting the house ready for the holiday season.

1. Updates abound. From hanging holiday colored sheer window curtains to updating the candle scents in our home to reflect the season, there is much attention to detail that takes place when we decorate. The first thing that I do to make sure that my head is in the game is to clean the house from top to bottom. This helps me keep the house clean throughout the holiday season as well. Then I begin making a plan to decorate.

2. Clear the house. I wait until the husband and the littles are out of the house for the day and I will decorate. I will of course leave some things for them to assist with but for the most part, the decorating gets done at a minimum when it is just the hubs and I.

3. Update the linens. While we don't have Christmas sheets, yet, we do have tablecloths and bathroom linens that get changed out.

4. Hang up the lights. We hang up lights inside and outside so we try to do this on a warm day.

5. Prep for elf on the shelf. Oh this is my favorite holiday tradition! Do you have an elf on the shelf? When does he or she come to visit?


5 Tips to treating a bruise or a sprain while traveling

Traveling can be a rewarding experience as it offers you the ability to see a different culture, city, and way of life than what you are typically used to. While traveling, it is not uncommon to experience a slight set back by way of minor injury. Whether you are suffering from ecchymosis, a bruise, or a minor sprain while traveling, it can put a damper on your holiday. While traveling with an injury can make the experience a bit more challenging, it is not impossible. This article will highlight some tips to treating a bruise or a sprain while traveling.

  1. Plan ahead. This tip is going to be challenging for travelers who enjoy the idea of “going with the flow” while on vacation. When you have an injury, it is important to think ahead and plan accordingly. For example, if you have hopes of visiting a museum, you may want to look into hiring a scooter or wheelchair so that you can keep weight off of your foot. If you are stubborn and continue to allow for your weight to be on your leg or foot, you can make the ailment worse in the long run. You need to allow your body to heal and so you should make accommodations to aid your body in healing while still being able to enjoy your vacation.
  2. Look up information on disability services at places you want to visit. If your bruise or sprain is bad enough that you are unable to walk and you are in need of a scooter or a wheelchair, it is helpful to look into disability services at sites that you plan to visit. Be sure to alert your hotel staff that you will need additional equipment so that they can provide you with a hotel room that offers ample space. When visiting an attraction, you will want to make sure that an elevator is available if you need to travel up flights of stairs.
  3. When you are not experiencing the town, keep your leg up. It is important to allow your leg to rest and the best way to do this is to keep it up so that blood can flow properly and help it heal. It is also a good idea to ice your wound as often as you can so that the swelling is kept to a minimum.
  4. Allow for extra time. Because you are experiencing an injury, you will want to allow for extra time when you are traveling. You are most likely not able to walk as fast as usual due to your injury so you will want to build in some extra time into your schedule so that you can get to where you need to go without having to stress about being late.
  5. Have fun! It can be quite a disappointment to have an injury while traveling but it is critical to keep a positive attitude and try to have a good time. Afterall, you are on holiday and traveling should be fun! Enjoy it to the fullest and take a lot of pictures. Years from now you will fondly remember experiencing your travels even with a pesky injury.

5 Tips to caring for your skin

I have always experienced skin problems, particularly blemishes on my face. It never fails that when a special day comes around such as my wedding or another big event, I will get a blemish in the most obvious of places. While it is inconvenient, I am to the point now that I expect to have to deal with a blemish here and there and so I plan accordingly, In addition to planning for how to cover the blemish, I also spend a great deal of time in trying to prevent my skin from having problems. This article will highlight some of the tips that I find most helpful when caring for my skin.
  1. Clean your face daily. At a minimum, I clean my face in the morning but I also try to do so before bed. I use a Clarisonic Mia 2 and just love it. I stopped using it for awhile as I didn’t think that it made much of a difference in my skin but then I noticed the difference of how my skin looked in pictures. I couldn’t believe the difference. My pores were smaller and my skin looked younger and rejuvenated while using the Clarisonic brush. Now I use the brush religiously. Cleaning my face daily with the brush keeps the redness down and helps to prevent swollen cheeks and eyes in the morning after a long night of sleep.
  2. Use cleanser that is gentle. No matter what you hear about cleansers and face care products, be sure to use something that is gentle on your skin. Using a harsh cleanser may kill any bacteria that is on your skin and can help to prevent blemishes but it may end up damaging your skin over time which could cause premature aging. I prefer to use Cerave products as they clean my skin well and prevent breakouts.
  3. Apply moisturizer as needed. I have oily skin so I do not apply moisturizer as often as someone who has dry skin. My skin is naturally lubricated with oil so adding additional moisturizer can make my skin shine bright and not like a diamond, let me tell you!
  4. Use Aquaphor for dry skin or problem areas. When my lips are chapped after being out in the cold all day at a football game, I use aquaphor instead of chapstick to help my lips repair. Aquaphor is so helpful and I use it on so many things from dry and cracked heels to elbows to lips. I also used Aquaphor to help my tattoo heal.
  5. Drink lots of water. I cannot stress this enough. Drinking enough water will not only help you stay hydrated and more alert, but it will also help your skin. Drinking water helps to flush out toxins in your body and will refresh your skin.

Taking care of your skin doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. The best thing to do is to find products that work for you, create a routine, and stick to it. Over the course of a few weeks you will begin to notice a difference in your skin tone and in your ability to prevent blemishes.

Monday, November 13, 2017

Examining the Main Causes of Vasculitis

Vasculitis is a potentially serious medical condition that causes the blood vessels to become inflamed. When this occurs, they could stretch too much or become too narrow, and they ultimately become very weak. Once the blood vessels are adversely affected, blood flow could be inhibited, and that could lead to further damage to the various tissues and organs throughout the body. And, according to, vasculitis could even target the veins.
Because this condition could affect individuals of all ages and races, and because it could affect critical organs, it is important to be aware of its main causes. Below is a brief guide to some of the risk factors for vasculitis so that you can learn more.


Sometimes an infection could lead to the development of vasculitis, especially if you have had a recent infection or you have an ongoing infection that is caused by a virus. For example, hepatitis B and hepatitis C may trigger vasculitis. That’s because these types of infections may cause the immune system to attack the blood vessels by accident, causing unnecessary damage. So if you have been diagnosed with one of these infections, it is a good idea to talk to your doctor about vasculitis and its symptoms.

Allergic Reactions

Vasculitis may also be triggered by an allergic reaction, such as an adverse reaction to a medication, a chemical, or a toxin. In these cases, your doctor may simply need you to stop taking the medication that is causing the problem so that your body can return to a state of balance. In other words, the vasculitis may be mild enough that you may not require any treatment. Instead, you might just need to wait for the condition to resolve on its own once the cause of your allergic reaction has been removed.

Diseases of the Immune System

In some people, vasculitis might be related to an immune system disease that has been in the body for months or even years. These conditions could include Sjögren's syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and lupus, as a few examples. If you have been diagnosed with an immune system disease, your doctor might talk to you about the symptoms of vasculitis so that you can recognize them as soon as they occur and receive a prompt diagnosis and treatment.


Blood cancers could also lead to the development of vasculitis. Types of cancers that might be related to vasculitis include multiple myeloma, which is a cancer of the plasma cells, and lymphoma, which is a cancer of the lymphatic system. So talk to your doctor about the symptoms of vasculitis if you have been diagnosed with blood cancer.   

Ultimately, there are several different types of vasculitis, so the exact cause is not always known. What is known, though, is that the immune system does not behave as it should, and the blood vessels become inflamed. Your doctor will be able to use various tests in order to properly diagnose you if you begin exhibiting the symptoms of vasculitis, as well as provide you with the appropriate treatment to get you better.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

The Best Nootropic for Dealing with Anxiety Attacks

Most people can attest to having anxiety at some point in their lives…

It is one of those moments where your heart feels like it is pounding out of your chest, your palms likely become sweaty, you might even feel as though you are scared but for no apparent reason.

By definition, anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness, nervousness, or worry which is typically onset by an imminent event or something that involves an uncertain outcome.

You might feel anxious about a test, about a first date, about starting a new job, or even for no apparent reason at all.

Feeling anxious is normal – in fact, it is hard-wired into our brains to allow us to use our “fight-or-flight” response. And, as we live such fast-paced lives, it is completely understandable that we find ourselves experiencing anxiety at one point or another.

But, some people experience it more often than others…

And, anxiety can quickly take it one step further.

There is a difference between a little bit of anxiety and a full-blown anxiety attack:

What is an anxiety attack?

Just like anxiety itself, a full-blown anxiety attack is generally unexpected, sudden, and even disabling on some occasions. Those who experience anxiety attacks sometimes report feeling as though they might even be having a heart attack…

Symptoms of an anxiety attack include rapid heartbeat, chest pain, dizziness, detached from the situation, shortness of breath, and trembling.

These debilitating attacks affect around 20 percent of the American population at some point in their lives and are typically a symptom of an anxiety disorder. As mentioned above, it is normal to feel anxious about certain situations, however, sometimes this small bit of anxiety can grow even greater and develop into a full-blown anxiety attack.

Again, just like anxiety itself, anxiety attacks can be totally at random and completely unexpected – or, they can be triggered by a specific situation. But, regardless of the environment in which the anxiety attack is onset, there is actually something physically taking place in your brain…

What happens to the brain during an anxiety attack?

When things like an unexpected anxiety attack occur, people often find themselves wondering what in the world even caused them to develop such a feeling of fear and uncertainty…

Well, there are actually chemical changes taking place in your brain as an anxiety attack occurs:

It is believed that during an anxiety attack, there is actually a higher level of excitatory neurotransmitters in comparison to the level of inhibitors. And, when the brain is unbalanced – such as in this occasion – the central nervous system, peripheral nervous system, and the rest of your body cannot communicate effectively.

As a result of this lack of proper communication, you feel the symptoms discussed earlier that go along with an anxiety attack.

And, not only does something happen in your brain when you have an anxiety attack, but you might even be doing something to trigger it without even knowing…

Furthermore, chronic stress can actually cause a depletion of neurotransmitters – which usually work to prevent heightened anxiety. However, since the numbers of neurotransmitters is depleted, you are more likely to experience an anxiety attack.

How can a nootropic help?

A nootropic is a drug typically taken to enhance cognitive function. However, these drugs have also been found to be beneficial in helping individuals with their stress levels and their mood. By taking a nootropic, you address the issues with your neurotransmitters which is what is causing the anxiety attack in the first place.

So, now let’s talk about what nootropic is best for dealing with anxiety attacks…

Overall, the best nootropic for anxiety generally recommended is Phenibut. The use of Phenibut is not recommended on a daily basis, however, it can be taken as needed for a certain length of time. Due to a few potential negative side effects, it is not generally recommended for an extended period of time.

Phenibut is a central nervous system depressant with sedative effects…

Because of its ability to cross the blood-brain barrier, Phenibut is highly effective and causes almost a sedative side effect – allowing you to calm down. 

So, while anxiety itself and even anxiety attacks are not completely avoidable, there are safe and reasonable ways to help fight off the symptoms or help prevent them in the first place.

Start focusing on a healthier lifestyle today – both mentally and physically.
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