Send Your Kids To School With A Message.

By Tia Cristy

Send Your Kids To School With A Message.
"Bread With Strawberry Jam" by Rawich FreeDigitalPhotos.net
“Bread With Strawberry Jam” by Rawich FreeDigitalPhotos.net

School is back in session. Mom’s and dad’s, alike, want their kids to know they’re thinking of them during the day, but don’t want to take a chance they may embarrass their children, in front of their peers.

So, what are some great ways to leave a personal message, without the hazard of them being ridiculed by others. Older kids that have established their self-esteem, may not be flustered by their friends bantering them, because you left a sweet note in their lunch bag. But, if your kid is just starting out with the social haven of school, why not try some alternative ways, that only you and your kids know.

Write a message with mustard on their sandwich. Put the message on the bread and press it against the other piece to seal the message. Then, pull the pieces apart and stack the ingredients atop of your message. At lunch, they can peek in between, to see what you said.

If your kids don’t like mustard, that’s okay. Make up messages for cookies. Like, Chocolate chip means, hugs. Going healthy instead, apple slices could mean kisses. Why not so both, so when they open up their lunch and see chocolate chip cookies and apple slices, they know your sending hugs and kisses.

Get creative and also include your child in making the messages. It’s a great time to spend together. And then, when they’re at school, they’ll know that you are thinking of them.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  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! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.

 

“Sweet” Back In “Home Sweet Home”

“Sweet” Back In “Home Sweet Home”

Most us of have something we don’t like about our home. Maybe it’s the bathroom door that never stops squeaking, no matter how much you grease the hinges. Perhaps it’s the fact that you never have enough space for all your stuff. Or maybe you’ve promised yourself a new kitchen for years, but it’s never arrived because of one thing or another.

home-sweet-home-1414676696q7gwww.publicdomainpictures.net

We all have gripes. But that doesn’t mean we’re powerless to put things right. Here’s how to put the “sweet” back in “home sweet home.”

Fill Those Spots You Loathe With Stuff You Love

There’s a place in all of our homes that it would be fair to say that we hated. Perhaps for you, it’s the utility room, complete with all its mechanical ugliness. Or maybe it’s a drab hallway, with skid marks along the skirting. Here’s a pro tip for all you haters out there: fill those spaces with stuff you love. One idea is to hang pictures of pets or family next to the spaces that you hate. Another is to place trinkets and knick-knacks to cover up problem areas. Whatever it takes, make sure that you reclaim your home as your own.

Fix A Damp Bathroom

There’s nothing worse than having a damp bathroom. The thought that all those mould spores going everywhere: it’s enough to make you sick. More often than not, the problem is coming from your shower unit. But it’s not an issue you can’t resolve. Shower pods are fully contained units, from floor to ceiling, let a wet room. And, as a result, they’re almost certainly more hygienic than the bog-standard shower you’re using at the moment.

Design Your Home Around Conversation

If you can’t do anything about your home, you might as well design it to suit your family life. Don’t just have all the furniture in the room facing the TV. Instead, think of ways to design the space that will draw everybody into a conversation. Who knows, with a close-knit family, you might not need to move after all.

Get Your Bedding Right

One of the main reasons people hate their homes is because they’re a permanent mess. A little bit of tidying is usually all that’s required to make a world of difference. But the problem is that too many people start off on the wrong foot. People who have spotless houses also tend to be those who make their beds in the morning. So make yours, and don’t start the day on the wrong foot.

Focus On All The Stuff That’s Good About Your Home

Marriage advisors will often tell couples who are having difficulties to focus on the best aspects of the relationship. The same goes for our homes. We can get so bogged down in all the negatives that we fail to see the ways in which our homes are great. If you don’t have a dishwasher, just think about how hand washing is better for your kids. If you can’t afford a great TV, regret not. Just reflect on how much more time you get to talk to your family.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  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! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Everyday Items that Could Be Affecting How you Look and Feel!

Everyday Items that Could Be Affecting How you Look and Feel!

Believe it or not, there are some very common everyday items that could be having an effect on the way you look, or even how good you feel. Some are positive like this, but others are not like the ones below. Read on to see if any of these things could be causing an issue in your life.

Hot Water

Ok, so I hopefully you do have hot water in your home! You will need it for washing your body, washing up dirty dishes and clothes. But did you know that hot water isn’t always good for you?

Ifaucet-1529179_960_720mage here

This is particularly the case when you are washing your hair. For your hair, washing it in scalding water all the time can strip some of the natural oils that create its shine and luster. That is why it’s recommended that the last rinse of your hair be in cold water. Rinsing in cold water can help prevent flyaways too. It’s to do with ensuring that the individual hair textures are all laying down for a sleek finish.

man-979980_960_720Image link

Regarding your body, you need to be careful if bathing in very hot water. Not only can you burn yourself, but repeated exposure to hot baths could damage your circulation.  It can also upset the balance if natural flora and fauna in your body, and lead to problems like yeast infections.

Hard Water

But it’s not only hot water that is a problem but hard water too! Hard water is water that is full of mineral deposits like magnesium and calcium. The water picks these up naturally on its journey through the water table. But they can be bad for both your skin and hair. In fact, some people living in hard water areas report that they don’t feel as clean after a shower because of the residue the water leaves.  This can cause itching and other skin complaints.

man-1519665_960_720Picture

So what can be done? Well, using  a water softening device is one solution. These work either by magnets, or salt to neutralize the mineral in the water supply. You can read more about them in articles like these water softener reviews.

Parabens

Parabens are chemicals that are included in a lot of personal hygiene products like shampoos, body washes and even make up. It has recently been found that they can be absorbed by the body when in use regularly. Disturbingly,  it has also been noticed that there is a correlation between the use of parabens and cancer. Go here for more info. So remember to check the ingredients of your products before you buy and shun those contain parabens if this is a concern.

Bleach

Bleach has many uses in the modern home, from cleaning toilets to removing the color from hair. It is seen to be safe to use, although there are warning on the bottle of its corrosive and toxic nature.

But did you now using too much bleach in cleaning can be bad for you health? This is because it is so toxic it can irritate your skin and even burn your eyes if you don’t use it in a well-ventilated room.

corrosive-98647_1280Picture

Even when using bleach on hair, you have to be very careful as if left on too long it can burn the skin or cause a nasty allergic reaction!

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  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! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Essential Additions For A Family-Friendly Kitchen.

Essential Additions For A Family-Friendly Kitchen.

Are you desperate to design a family kitchen? Do you want your kitchen to be the heart of the home and the place everyone gathers to catch up on the day’s events? If so, you’re not alone. Many of us regard our kitchen as the most important room in the house. If you’ve moved, or you’re redecorating, here are some essential additions for that perfect family kitchen.

7697115780_745d78aa7b_zImage credit https://www.flickr.com/photos/84063900@N02/7697115780

A good old-fashioned kitchen table

Every kitchen needs a table, no matter how big or small. Even a small table can provide a spot to enjoy a quick coffee on the go or a base to do some reading. If you have space, you can use tables to create informal and formal dining areas. You may want to add a breakfast bar in the main kitchen area, and then a larger table in a sectioned-off space. By doing this, you cater for all eventualities. You can serve quick meals and entertain friends and family. You may also find that the table becomes a work and homework station and a place to chat.

A children’s area

If you have young children, designing a child-friendly area in the kitchen is a great use of space. You can keep an eye on the kids while you cook dinner, and you get to spend more time together as a family. Use a screen or different wallpaper or colors to distinguish your kids’ zone. Chalkboard wallpaper is a fantastic idea for creative children. Invest in a couple of bookshelves, some floor cushions, and a mini sofa. Don’t forget storage so that you can tidy away those toys in a matter of minutes.

Useful details

You may be focusing on furniture and new appliances, but the details are often equally important. Look for crafty storage solutions to save space and treat yourself to a few luxuries. Soft close drawer runners, for example, will save your ears when the kids are banging around looking for snacks for their lunch boxes. Attention to detail is also important when it comes to interior touches. You want your kitchen to be a space that reflects your family life. Add personalization with framed photographs or customized wall stickers or prints.

Different-height furniture

You want your kitchen to be accessible to everyone, but not every part of it should be open to all. The kitchen harbors dangers for little people. This is where different height furniture comes in handy. Choose units that kids can reach for toy storage and books. For cutlery, knives and baking making equipment, invest in tall units or wall-mounted cupboards. This will ensure that everyone can use the space safely.

Grey kitchen featuring Greystone color hardwood floor (Maple-Greystone) For more information, visit www.miragefloors.com
Grey kitchen featuring Greystone color hardwood floor (Maple-Greystone)
For more information, visit www.miragefloors.com

Image via https://www.flickr.com/photos/74783045@N00/5622094800

Are you planning a kitchen makeover? Do you have kids? Do you envision spending most of your time together as a family in your new kitchen? If so, take these tips on board to help you create a family-friendly kitchen, which works for everyone. You’ll be able to spend more time together and make the most of your favorite room in the house.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  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! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Don’t Forget To Clean These Items In Your Home (To Stay Healthy!)

Don’t Forget To Clean These Items In Your Home (To Stay Healthy!)

It’s so easy to head to the main areas when cleaning your home. After all, we spend the most time in the lounge and kitchen so it’s essential to clean these. However, even with these rooms, there are some items that we forget to give a good clean. It means we are putting our family at risk of allergies and flu. Therefore, remember to clean these items in your home so that your family all stay healthy.

clean-571679_960_720  Pixabay

Spare room bedding

It’s so important that when you wash your sheets that you ensure you also clean the kids and the guest room bedding. Otherwise, the bedding over time will become a haven for dust mites. The next people who sleep in there could potentially get ill. It’s hard to spot if you even have them in your home. Therefore, wash the sheets at least once a week at 130F to ensure all dust mites are killed. Then you can hang them out to dry in direct sunlight, so they are fresh and clean. And don’t forget to clean the pillowcases and blankets on the bed as well. These are also great places for dusts and mould to hide over time.

bedroom-374972_960_720 Image from Pixabay

 

Rugs

A lot of time we hover the flooring and move the rug to the side of the room. But it’s so important that you are cleaning your rug regularly. Otherwise, any bits of food that have fallen down while you were eating might be hiding in there and turning to mould. Also, dust will build up in the rug and end up causing dust mites. Therefore, it’s worth checking the label to see the best way to clean it. You can brush it down and then sponge it or put it in the wash. If it’s something more specialist such as a handmade oriental rug, you might want to find a professional for rug cleaning.

2398024748_08d39caa09_z flickr

Top of doors

When cleaning, we tend to look at things in the room that are at our eye level or below us. Therefore, the top of doors tend to be forgotten when we are giving our home a good scrub. However, dust will be building up and causing your family to have flu-like symptoms. So next time you are cleaning the rooms, make sure you dust the top of the doors so they are squeaky clean.

Kitchen bin

Although our bin is the home for our leftovers and rubbish, it tends to not get the privilege of a clean very often. However, any leftover food and bacteria which has fallen could be building up at the bottom of the bin. It can leave an awful smell in your kitchen which is not hygienic for your family. Therefore, as this article explains, hose the bin down and spray it with disinfectant to ensure it’s clean for your family.

Curtains

Our beautiful curtains are often overlooked when it’s time to give the home a good clean. But pollen, dust mites, and bacteria can build up over time on upholstery. Therefore, make sure you get them down and give them a clean regularly.

640px-gordijnen_aan_vensterImage Source

Hopefully, you can add these to your list to ensure your family is safe and healthy in the home.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  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! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Introduction to DIY Lighting. By Guest Blogger, Phoebe P.

By Guest Blogger, Phoebe P.
Introduction to DIY Lighting

Yellow Bug Light on Black Background with Glow
Changing the lighting is rapidly becoming a popular DIY home improvement project, especially now that many households are switching to LED lights. Changing the lights in standard rooms, such as bedrooms, living rooms and dining rooms is one of the easiest projects you can undertake, as these places in your home already have wiring, switches and fixtures that you can use.

There are also a few slightly more challenging DIY projects that you can do. These will require a bit more planning and you may have to call on the advice of professional electricians to ensure that the necessary wiring is installed safely. Examples of these projects include lighting up loft conversions, installing powerful lights for your new garage workshop and lighting a shed in your yard. No matter what project you’re working on, be sure to select the right type of lighting equipment for the task. Bulkheads, high bays, floodlights, tube lights and spot lights all have their unique applications and can be installed in many different places around your home.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  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! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Tips for Not Making Mistakes During Divorce. By Guest Blogger, Marie N.

By Guest Blogger, Marie N.

Tips for Not Making Mistakes During Divorce

 

Photo provided by guest blogger, Marie N.
Photo provided by guest blogger, Marie N.

Going through a divorce can be a real emotional roundhouse, especially when there’s no prenup. It’s difficult to think clearly during this period, so you can easily make some wrong decisions. There’s also a lot of anger involved that can translate into words and deeds, which can make your divorce costlier and lengthier. You can also just as easily forget to do something when filing for a divorce that can later make the whole process very frustrating. Here are a couple of tips that will help you avoid mistakes like these during your divorce.

Don’t Fail to Make Your Kids a Priority

Some parents want peace so badly that they start drifting away from their kids once they start going through a divorce. Keeping the peace is a good thing to do but that does not mean you or your ex-spouse should stay away from your kids. You should both respect each other’s time with the kids and never fight around them. They need stability and both parents in their lives. Still, time spent isn’t the only determining factor, but the quality of that time is. Talk to your former spouse and try to come up with an arrangement that is going to suit both of you as well as the kids.

Don’t Overextend Yourself Financially

Your divorce is going to change the way you live completely. That why you’ll have to make some adjustments and try to adapt. One of the things that is going to change quite a lot are your finances. Two households are obviously more difficult to maintain than one, so some changes will have to be made. Because of this, experts recommend going through your finances before you file for divorce, and try to make a plan for the future. These experts are also there to help their clients who want to file for divorce in California with pre-divorce budgeting and planning process.

Don’t Forget What You Owe

When going through a divorce it’s also important to know exactly how much you owe. Promising “to have and to hold” can actually bounce back and bite you. There are some states in the USA where you’ll be responsible for half of your spouse’s debt, even in the case the debt isn’t in your name. Experts in those states advise their clients to get a full credit report so there are no surprises. In other states, you won’t be held responsible for such a debt but you’ll still be liable for any loans or jointly held credit cards. So, depending of the state you live in, you’ll be held responsible for different things.

Don’t Hold onto Properties

Photo provided by guest blogger, Marie N.
Photo provided by guest blogger, Marie N.

Depending on how many properties you and your spouse have, you’ll have to divide them properly once the divorce starts. It’s important to have the whole family in mind and try to come up with a solution that suits everybody the best. If you manage to do so, you can file for an uncontested divorce and make the whole situation easier for everyone. Even in that case you should get all the necessary help. For example if you live in Portland, there are experts who can advise you if you want to file for an uncontested divorce in Oregon. If you end up with a family house, think hard about keeping it because of the maintenance and taxes.

Divorces can be really devastating but if you plan carefully and avoid some common mistakes, you can save yourself a lot of trouble. Once the divorce is through, you can finally focus on moving on with your life.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  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! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Trigger Cool, when Overheating. Tips on Triggers:

By Tia Cristy

Tips on Triggers: Trigger Cool, when Overheating.

"Fit Man Drinking Water Isolated On White" by stockimages FreeDigitalPhotos.net
“Fit Man Drinking Water Isolated On White” by stockimages FreeDigitalPhotos.net

With the temperatures soaring in the hot months, many people tend to get heat exhaustion. It can come on very quickly and very simply.

It is best if you feel symptoms of fatigue, dizziness and nausea, to get
out of the heat as quickly as possible. Be sure to stay hydrated with
water. (If you haven’t found yourself urinating in a long time during
the heat, start pounding glasses of water)

So, an easy way to keep your core temperature down, is to put ice or cool compresses on key areas for a short period of time frequently. Those areas are wrists (above the palms), behind the ear lobes, ankles and inner thighs (for extreme heat conditions). Cooling these areas will help you beat the heat and keep symptoms of exhaustion at bay for a little while.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  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! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.

Maintain Good Health with a Teaspoon of Sour.

By Tia Cristy

Maintain Good Health with a Teaspoon of Sour.

TipsfromTia.com Lemons in White BowlWhen a 90 year old woman was asked what she did to maintain good health for all her years, she knew the answer. She stated that everyday she took a teaspoon of freshly squeezed lemon juice when she got up in the morning.

This woman claimed lemon juice was the secret to her long life. And, that could be the real reason. Lemons are high in Vitamin C and surprisingly have a bit of iron and calcium. Lemons are also antibacterial as well as antiviral. They have the power to boost the immune system.

Though this tip may not be for everyone; drinking a teaspoon of lemon juice, next time you have your water handy, try adding in lemon juice. It just may be a great health benefit to you as well.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  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! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.

 

More Than a Weigh In. Tips on Triggers:

By Tia Cristy

Tips on Triggers: More Than a Weigh In.

Woman Stepping onto ScaleA lot of times when trying to loose weight, people will “hit a wall”. The scale stops being inspiring, because the number stopped reducing. That can trigger feelings of discouragement along with other emotions. Don’t let it bother you.

Easier said then done, I know, but if you keep up with your regimen; other changes are still happening inside your body. And, within a few days to a few weeks the scale will start to move again, sometimes substantially.

That is why I say take weekly pictures too, it will visually show you those subtle differences that can trigger accomplishment and keep you maintaining that good feeling. When you can feel and see the positive changes, you will feel the determination to continue on your road to good health.

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  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! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.

 

Tips from Tia is a place for tips on Organic health, Beauty, Life, Home and Sex

%d bloggers like this: