Getting the Lungs Clear. Tips on Triggers:

By Tia Cristy

Tips on Triggers: Getting the Lungs Clear. Lungs

The cold and flu season happens every year. When it feels like you just can’t get better, those germs could still be lingering and growing in places like the lungs.

It’s important to remove all the air from the lungs and full them with clean air. Unused air in the lungs can liquify and become Pneumonia. So, exercising the lungs after being sick is very important. Taking deep breaths and exhaling as much as you can is a great exercise. Breathe slow, and deep. Sit or lay down while deep breathing, in case you feel dizzy.

If you can, use a back massager or even taking a hot shower, letting water pound on the back is a great trigger to help the lungs move any kind of fluid. If you can, get your partner to cup their hand and gently, quickly and repeatedly slap the back around the rib cage area, this is a fantastic way to remove the lung fluid.

Doing these methods, can help clear and exercise the lungs, but contact your doctor if you have any tightness in lungs or feel flu symptoms.

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5 Tips to Avoid Becoming a Pack Rat. By Guest Blogger, Erika R.

By Guest Blogger, Erika R.


5 Tips to Avoid Becoming a Pack Rat

Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Erika R.
Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Erika R.

The term pack rat has negative connotations and for good reason. That’s because in its mildest form, it means clinging to items most other people consider to be junk. On the more extreme end of the spectrum, a pack rat who holds on to items or refuses to throw them out may suffer from something like obsessive compulsive disorder that needs treatment.

Regardless of where someone is in that grouping, here are five ways to avoid becoming a pack rat:

A Friend Indeed

When you’ve decided to sift through material that continues to grow, it might be easier to have a friend help you. Quantum Storage explains that the individual doesn’t have any emotional attachment to the items involved, and thus can offer cogent reasons why they should be discarded or given away. In many cases of this type, family-connected items bring out sentimentality, and downsizing becomes easier when someone you can trust is helping you make these decisions.

Don’t Fix It, Toss It

In many cases, items lie around waiting to be fixed or repaired, with the prevailing belief that they’ll be taken care of “someday.” If it hasn’t been dealt with in months, then you likely don’t need it, which makes it an easy decision to simply discard the item(s) into the trash. Holding on to it without making an effort to repair or fix is virtually the definition of junk.

The Maybe Box

A compromise can be reached when you put items you might need into a single box. It allows you to hold on to them, but forces you to discard items that can’t fit inside. In the future, the box can be used to save something else—but with the understanding that something from the box must be tossed out.

A Photographic Memory

As noted above, sentimentality often plays a part in holding onto items long past their time. You can still maintain your memory for many items by simply taking a photograph of the item in question. That allows you to look at it in the future, without it cluttering up your home.

Use It or Lose It

With something that might be described as the one-year rule, you should be able to make a quick decision about a number of items. This means that if you haven’t used the item over the course of a year, it likely isn’t as important as you might think. Therefore, it can become easier to make this decision.

While everybody would love to hold on to each memento from the past, no matter how trivial they may seem to another individual, that simply isn’t a practical consideration. Unless you live in a mansion, there simply isn’t room to do that and could eventually be a safety risk for those who live there. The easiest steps to take in avoiding this situation is to follow the steps above.

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Smoothie Your Way to Fabulous. Tips in Action:

By Tia Cristy

Tips in Action: Smoothie Your Way to Fabulous. banana

As you know, I am an advocate for you making your metabolism, as healthy as can be. On several occasions I’ve mentioned, eating more frequently with less of a helping throughout the day, is the positive way to go.

But, that doesn’t mean just eating junk. Adding fruits and veggies as those in between meals, which
I’ll call it your “light meal” times, are an excellent filler and amazing for your body and immune system. Adding one smoothie drink, while replacing a snack, on daily basis seems to keep the metabolism running in check and can help in maintain your goal weight.

Personally, I’m not a huge fan on fruits I like them, but sometimes I’m not in the mood for them, and some people aren’t fans of the veggies, but the best way to get both or either is throwing all your ingredients into a blender and making a smoothie. Breaking down those juices and drinking them, is so nutritious. Fruit smoothies have become my favorite.

There are tons of smoothie recipes out there, depending on what you like. But, if you would like a simple idea of a smoothie. Have your fruits and/or veggies, a favorite juice to add for a smoother consistency and if you want it frozen don’t forget your ice. Some people wish to have a little sweet with their smoothie, because it can be a bit bitter, so you can add a teaspoon of honey or agave to give it a sweetness.

You may be surprised on how refreshed and energized you feel just by adding a healthy smoothie into your diet.

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Insider Workout Tips: Top Clothing Brands for Sweating This Year. By Guest Blogger, Brooke C.

By Guest Blogger, Brooke C.


Insider Workout Tips: Top Clothing Brands for Sweating This Year.

Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Brooke C.
Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Brooke C.

After all that pumpkin pie, getting in shape is a resolution for many of us as the holidays wind down. When setting goals this new year, the trick to keeping them is making them doable. If you know you want to lose weight, make some small manageable goals to get started so it doesn’t feel overwhelming. Just start with 20 min of cardio three times a week. As you get better, make more time during the week for workouts, or make your workout longer. Always warm up with fast paced cardio like jumping jacks to get your body warm, and blood flowing. For greater muscle tone add squats, jumps and abs to your routine. You also don’t want to underestimate the importance of the right brand for hitting the gym. Getting in shape and getting in style don’t have to conflict with each other, as long as you check out this list of brands to wear while you work it.

The quirky yoga-style Lululemon Athletica brand has become a major force in women’s athletic apparel. Their form-fitting lines are sure to be flattering as much as sweat-wicking. These clothes are business first, socializing second. It doesn’t have to be yoga, because Lululemon clothing is perfect for any kind of workout, especially one that incorporates a lot of cardio work since they offer a lot of support.
Sometimes you can’t beat the classics like Nike. This brand has been providing the world with comfortable and affordable shoes and sports apparel for a long time. Their jogging shoes have even been recommended from foot specialists in Toronto to Florida. They have quite a line of workout clothes, and they are better than Lululemon for outdoor sports, jogging, and training. Nike has sportswear for both men and women in a wide variety of colors. While not quite as high-end as Lululemon, Nike is the best one-stop shop for men and women looking to put together an outfit for running that can work in both the summer and the winter.

Adidas is a solid choice because of the versatility alone. You can find clothing to fit all kinds of sports and workouts in all weather conditions for men, women, and children. The Foot Clinic says to check the arch support and heel when buying Adidas shoes. If you have longer legs, your heels definitely won’t have to be as high. Their selection is even better than Nike’s, especially for winter sports and workouts.

Between these three brands, you will have a good selection of the fashionable, the practical, the durable, and the versatile workout brands out there. Think carefully about the kind of exercise you want to do, and whether it will require being outside, and if so, in what weather. That will tell you where you need to look. Don’t be afraid to mix and match, either. Take what you need from each of the three brands to you are getting the best.

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Cover Up Blemishes. Quickie:

By Tia Cristy


Quickie: Cover Up Blemishes.


beauty portrait

There actually is a right way and a wrong way to cover up blemishes, on the skin. If using a liquid foundation, don’t smear it on, pat it on by allowing air to combine with the makeup, it  gives a more natural appearance.

If you are trying to cover up a specific area, using a coverup stick, concealer or liquid foundation is effective for most. Apply to your finger or applicator and blot into the blemish. It gives a longer lasting camouflage to the area.

Remember, if you are using your fingers to apply your makeup, the shelf life of the makeup lessens, rather than, using an applicator. (Help lengthen the life of makeup, by washing hands first before applying)

If you are having trouble with foundations and cover-ups effecting your skin in a bad way, try going with a more natural product like, the one’s that green and glam has to offer.

(SIDE NOTE: If you have kids, it’s inevitable, your girls will probably  play with your makeup. They have Eco Princess line of organic and natural play make up products, for girls. So teach them, that the earlier the young faces learn proper skin care, the longer, great skin will last throughout their lifetime.)

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feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me!

Keeping Eyesight Strong. Tips on Triggers:

By Tia Cristy

Tips on Triggers: Keeping Eyesight Strong.

Fine, eyesight tends to go as you age, but there are also times, in health or diet that eyes can become strained. If health has caused a problem in vision you my let your doctor know of your symptoms. Poor diets can have an effect on the eyes and cause sight problems. Eating foods that have sight benefits can help trigger healthy vision.

Eye of Man in Glasses

So to keep the diet for your eyes is important. Now, you have heard that adding raw carrots to your diet will help your eyes and you may have heard that information is false.

The information isn’t false, you just need to eat carrots in a reasonable dose. Sweet potatoes have the nutrients good for eyes too. But, Carrots and sweet potatoes do have the ability to give an orange tinge to the skin. Another trigger food is cheese, which can be good for the eyes, as well as, eggs.

If you are having vision problems be sure to contact your doctor. You may have a lutein deficiency that may need to be treated.

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6 Tips to Coping with a Partner’s Incarceration. By Guest Blogger, Erika R.

By Guest Blogger, Erika R.

6 Tips to Coping with a Partner’s Incarceration

Photo Provided By Guest Blogger Erika R.
Photo Provided By Guest Blogger Erika R.

When a person is incarcerated, their family and friends often serve the sentence right along with them.

The difference is loved ones serve their time on the outside, where they’re expected to continue to handle their responsibilities and shuffle on as if nothing has changed.

Unfortunately, when a spouse or significant other is locked up, life can feel put on hold.

Here, you’ll find six tips to coping with a partner’s incarceration.

If you have concerns about your loved one’s case or lack of quality representation, encourage them to call a respected law firm like Suhre & Associates.

Write Letters Regularly

Sometimes regular visits aren’t feasible. When your partner is out of reach physically, there are many ways to stay in touch.

Develop a routine of regular letter writing. Receiving mail is often one of the few highlights of an inmate’s week, and your letters can help keep your bond strong.

Send a Selfie Every Week

Frequently print updated photos of yourself to include in letters where applicable.

Important: become familiar with the facility’s policy on mail.

Sometimes, only postcards will be given to the inmate. In other cases, long letters and a limited number of photos are allowed.

Plan Phone Calls

It’s difficult for an inmate to pinpoint exactly when they’ll call home, but they often have a time-frame.

Try to rearrange your schedule at least occasionally to accommodate that time-frame. This may be the only way to make sure you connect over the phone regularly.

Your work schedule or problems on your partner’s end will eventually interfere with phone calls; try not to let it ruin your day if and when you miss a call.

Find Support

If your significant other is incarcerated, talking to others in your situation can be helpful.

Join an online forum or find a support group locally that focuses on your situation.

You’ll be surprised how many people are going through this experience. You don’t have to go through this alone.

Pursue Interests and Hobbies

Remember that you are not responsible for your partner’s situation, and you need to provide yourself with distractions until you can be together again.

Do not allow guilt to prevent you from enjoying yourself even when times are tough.

Taking steps to better yourself, further your career or work on hobbies you have been putting off can help you maintain peace of mind.

Keep a Journal

For the length of your partner’s sentence, consider keeping a journal or diary.

You can keep this as a safe place just for you, or you can compile it with the thought of giving it to your loved one when they are released.

It’s entirely up to you how to use this tool, but writing down your frustrations and thoughts can be a healthy way to cope with stress.

In conclusion, making the most of every day and staying busy with things that are meaningful to you should help the time pass more bearably.

Here at we like to provide you tips for things that we know, can be embarrassing or uncomfortable to some of our readers. We know any family going through this situation, deals with a lot of pain. We just offer tips to help and for you to use at your own discretion.

Tia, and  is trying to keep you looking good and
feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me!

2015 is the Year of Nails: 8 Hottest Nail Trends to Watch Out For. By Guest blogger, Kathleen

By Guest Blogger, Kathleen

2015 is the Year of Nails: 8 Hottest Nail Trends to Watch Out For
Mani fans, listen up! 2015 is going to be the year of surprising nail trends and you’re definitely going to want to try them. Remember Rita Ora’s $56,000 VMA manicure last year? And what about the ombré, marble and nail, tape trends – will they stay or will they go? It’s time to find out what your nails are in for in 2015!

1. Negative Space is Positive Taste

All Photos Provided by, Guest Blogger Kathleen
All Photos Provided by, Guest Blogger Kathleen

Short nails are definitely in for the coming spring and with it the A+ trend of negative space nail art. By not painting in creative shapes, you can craft pretty and eye catching art on your fingertips. Crescents, stripes, chevron, you name it – they can all be designed by cleverly using some tape.

2. Criss-cross Your HeART
2One of the biggest trends for the Spring/Summer runways, carefully painted criss-crosses seem to have taken over. It’s the perfect nail look for sophisticated events, parties and even for when you say, “I do.” Such nail art is taught by reputed beauty schools such as Marinello all over the country, so if you’re interested in learning nail art, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting the training you need for it.

3. Pretty in Pastel 3
Who says you need glitter to look glamorous? Sheer, nude and glossy pastel shades are in! It may surprise you, but that age old beauty tip – “keep it simple,” applies to manicures too! The best part is, you won’t need a fancy artist to do it for you – it’s easy enough to do at home.
4. Think Linear Thoughts
If you can recall Sarah Hyland’s 2014 Emmys manicure you know you can’t go wrong with nail tape. It adds elegance to dainty tips and is super easy to use. It’s no wonder the trend is still popular, and will remain so. Don’t be surprised if you see it again on the red carpet this year.

5. Double French Tips
4French manicures are classy by themselves, but add a little twist to it and you’ve started a new trend. Two different polishes, a steady brush and ready fingertips and you’ve got a cute manicure you can wear for a bachelorette party.

6. Ombré Monday to Friday
Even those not really into fashion noticed the trend of half dyed hair. Blending a color into another became popular enough to try on nails and what a trend it has turned into! Ombré nails will not be ushered out anytime soon. If you didn’t try it last year, 2015 gives you a whole new chance!

7. Geometrical Patterns

8Triangles, squares, rectangles – you can make the Pythagorean Theorem fun with a shapely pattern on your fingernails. With a little creativity, you can create your own never-before-seen mani. It’s guaranteed you’ll want to experiment with this trend more than once.


8. In 3/4 Time
Going geometric is gorgeous, but if you’d prefer something simpler, simply paint ¼ of a nail one color, and the remaining ¾ another. Nail art doesn’t get simpler than that – and it doesn’t look too shabby either. Here’s to another nail trend you can try at home!

New year, new resolutions, new fashions and new nails. Give your tips a treat this year and try out a few of these nail art trends to celebrate 2015.

Tia, and  is trying to keep you looking good and
feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me!

7 Sure-Fire Tips for Less Stressful Travel. By Guest Blogger Karleia S.

By Guest Blogger, Karleia S.


7 Sure-Fire Tips for Less Stressful Travel


Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Karleia S.
Photo Provided by Guest Blogger, Karleia S.

For most people, traveling involves plenty of stress that can include delayed flights to heavy traffic. Traveling can often be the worst part of any trip and can even make it difficult to want to escape. To ensure that you remain calm and have an enjoyable time, there are a few ways to prepare before it’s time to depart.

1. Pack Healthy Snacks

It’s important to remain energized during your travels to prevent sugar crashes or feeling sluggish. Pack healthy snacks that you can take on the go, which will allow you to stay full without relying on fast food.

2. Bring Essentials in a Carry-On Bag

A common way to feel stressed when traveling is worrying if your luggage will arrive at your destination. Although you may not be able to control where your suitcase arrives, you can still pack the essentials you need in a carry-on bag to get by until you reunite with your belongings.

3. Use Transportation Services

Avoid fighting traffic and trying to navigate different routes by hiring a company like Airflight Services when heading to the airport. You’ll be able to enjoy relaxing in a luxurious vehicle and even get a bit of work done before arriving for your flight.

4. Schedule a Red Eye Flight

You can reduce the stress involved with traveling by scheduling a red eye flight when the roads and airport will be less crowded. It will ultimately make for shorter lines and less risk for delays.

5. Dress Comfortably

Dressing comfortably for a flight will work to reduce the effects of jet lag and can allow you to fall asleep easily. Get cozy by wearing yoga pants, a sweatshirt, and shoes that are easy to take on and off.

6. Limit Your Caffeine Intake

Although it may be tempting to reach for a cup of coffee or an energy drink while running on a few hours of sleep, the caffeine can cause you to be on edge and crash later while traveling. Limit your caffeine intake to 200 milligrams throughout the day to ensure that you don’t feel jittery or anxious.

7. Expect the Unexpected

When traveling, a number of delays or interruptions are likely to occur. It’s important to remember that not everything will go according to plan and to remain flexible to ensure that you can go with the flow and reduce your stress levels.

To ensure that you can travel without as much anxiety involved, it’s important to practice a few steps and prepare ahead of time for a smooth trip. You’ll be able to relax before arriving at your destination and can have true peace of mind with the escape.

Tia, and  is trying to keep you looking good and
feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me!

Concentration. Tips on Triggers:

By Tia Cristy

Tips on Triggers: Concentration cinnamon

Having “a lack there of”, moment? Do you need to have more concentration in what you are working on.

Well, here’s a trigger that can help. Cinnamon is good for concentration. Eating something with cinnamon or chewing gum will help trigger the brain to pay closer attention.

If you’re at home, lighting a cinnamon candle or putting a reed infuser where you work can help with concentration.

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feeling good, from the inside out. If you’ve got a problem or a tip email me!


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