Best Way to Clean the Grill.

By Tia Cristy

Problem: Hello Tia. Do you have any suggestions on the best way to clean a barbeque grill?

Hot Dogs on the Grill
Hot Dogs on the Grill

Tip from Tia:

There maybe better techniques and cleaners out there, but the best tip that I’ve seen and I can give for cleaning the grill on a daily basis is, using it’s own heat. Just like a self cleaning oven does, turn the flames on the grill to high once the food is done cooking. Let it run high while you eat and then turn it off. Once it cools, that grease can become ashy and be easily brushed off with a  dry scrubby pad .

(Be sure if you try this tip, to remember to turn off your grill. Safety is very important when cooking and grilling.)

The next time you go to use the grill, turn it on and let it bake off more before putting on the food. Plus, preheating a grill also allows even cooking. And, using the burn off technique infuses the flavors on the grill.

For deep cleaning, only handle racks when completely cool. Using a shop vac to get the dry grease and debris from the bottom is a great way to keep it simple. And for the racks, use a grease fighting soap with a scrubby pad, hose down and put back on the grill. Burn off the reminisce of the soap and grease before putting the food on.
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Making Your Workspace Work for You. By Guest Blogger, Jane Blanchard

Making Your Workspace Work for You

By  Guest Blogger, Jane Blanchard

The average person spends 3,750 days of their life at work. That’s 90,000 hours — an awfully long time to sit at a boring desk surrounded by depressing off-white walls and dusty mass-produced art, which is unfortunately the scenery for so many office workers. Knowing that environment can affect productivity and happiness, creating a comfortable and good-looking workspace is a no-brainer. Read on for some simple ways to give your workspace a much-needed makeover.
Add some life

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via Blending Beautiful

Research has shown that indoor plants in an office can actually kick fatigue to the curb during attention-demanding work. Plus, they just look pretty. If your green thumb is more of a sickly gray color, try peperomia, spider plant, or wax plant — they’re all easy to care for.
Improve the lighting

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via Design Sponge

Nobody looks good under fluorescent lighting. Set up a table lamp on your desk or go big with a chandelier. (Just make sure you get permission first!)
Give your chair a makeover

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via She’s Crafty

That boring black rolling chair is begging for some love. Grab some fabulous fabric and recover the chair with it using this awesome no-sew method.
Make it cheery

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via theflairexchange.com

A brightly colored garland + fresh flowers = instant cheer. Keep things simple.
Get a pet

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via POPSUGAR Pets

A growing trend, especially at tech start-ups, is allowing employees to bring their dogs to work. If your company isn’t quite that cool, check and see if it’s alright for you to bring a fish. Set up the bowl so that it’s visually interesting — try using bold colors for the rocks and a bright green plant inside.
Hang art

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via Apartment Therapy

Treat your cubicle’s walls like the walls of your home and hang up art you love. I love how this person has hung up three similar prints in matching frames so it looks unified and neat.

For more design tips and tricks, head to Modernize.com.

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Run in your Stocking?

By Tia Cristy

Run in your Stocking?

 

It’s happened to the best of us. A small runner in a stocking can turn into a disaster on your legs.

Stop that run in it’s tracks!

Keep a small bottle of clear nail polish in your bag. (It has plenty of good purposes for other things, as well) tipsfromtia.com nail polish

At the first sign of a run; apply two coats over the run, right on your skin. This will stop the run from going any further.

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Deodorant Stains on Shirt. Quickie:

by Tia Cristy

Quickie: Deodorant stains on a dark shirt, from putting it on after applying your antiperspirant.
Close up portrait of Asian/Indian young woman leaning back on sofa looking at viewer.
Close up portrait of Asian/Indian young woman leaning back on sofa looking at viewer.

Here’s a quick fix to remove it, and no washing is necessary. Take a dark towel so it doesn’t leave light colored fuzzy’s behind it you best bet. Wipe the white stain aggressively and it will disappear. It it still shows a little, you may need to add a little water to the towel.

Using your towel from your recent shower seems to work the best since it has a dampness to it already.

 

 

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How you Clean Your Veggies. Stupid Tip of the Day:

By Tia Cristy

Stupid Tip of the Day: How you Clean Your Veggies.

 


So, vegetables are important in our daily diet. And, how you clean them, is also important. I’ve seen people use cold water, No. Soap? NO! And, just pulling them out of a bag and eating. Definitely NO!

Fresh assorted vegetables in boxes on farmer's market
Fresh assorted vegetables in boxes on farmer’s market

The quickest rinse is hot water. Than, run under cold water, to stop the cooking from inside, because of the heat of the water will start to cook the produce.

I’ve heard some people say a drop of chlorine bleach is a good way to clean the veggies, but I think that, that is only beneficial when the produce has come from your own garden.

Other than that, buying store produce could probably just go with a splash of hydrogen peroxide, in the soak and rinse of the vegetable. That is the safest process to clean and rinse, benefit the produce as well as your body.

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5 Health Concerns Related Organization Procrastination. By Guest Blogger, Jennifer C.

5 Health Concerns Related Organization Procrastination
By Guest Blogger, Jennifer C.

Have you put off the spring cleaning of your garage or re-organizing your office or dorm room for a while? Are more enjoyable things distracting or pulling you from doing the more important things? If your answer is yes, you might be suffering from procrastination; and you are not alone. Procrastination is the voice in your head that’s telling you to do more pleasurable things instead of the more urgent and less pleasurable ones. Most people are guilty of procrastination at some point and in some level, but if it goes on for a while, it may begin to affect your health.

Young woman loaded with cleaning supplies --- Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis
Young woman loaded with cleaning supplies — Image by © Royalty-Free/Corbis

5 Procrastination Health Concerns

1. Increase your stress level

Stress is probably one of the major negative health effects of procrastination. Putting aside the important issues, such as reorganizing your home or office, and concentrating on the less important issues may give you a temporary relief but on the long run your subconscious mind will suffer the consequences. If the issue is not corrected, it can lead to a dangerous spiral and further delaying it will only worsen the stress response.

2. Negative impacts on your overall health

The direct health impact of procrastination is often via stress response that causes changes in your immune function, which in turn negatively impacts your health. For example, a study looking at procrastinating students found that procrastination lead to compromised immune system, which in turn made the students more prone to colds and flu, gastrointestinal problems, and insomnia. Stress has also been linked to diabetes, heart disease, and obesity.

3. More prone to accidents.

Organizational procrastination may lead to worsened or even dangerous work and/or living conditions. Eluding proper hygiene or safe work conditions due to procrastination can cause accidents. This is especially true for people who work in accident-prone environments (construction, workshop) or use dangerous tools (welder, chainsaw)—in these circumstances working in an unorganized, cluttered space can be unsafe and lead to serious accidents.

4. Depression

Working in an environment that is cluttered and unorganized is not only unsafe but can also reduce your motivation and work speed. This can cause guilt and anxiety, which in time can lead to depression, fatigue, and other mental health problems. When you put things off too long, you may start to find even pleasurable things to be cumbersome. As depression worsens, your body will feel fatigued and accomplishing even easier tasks may feel unbearable.

5. Becoming less health-conscious

The indirect health impact of procrastination results from stress, depression and fatigue. When your procrastination has been going on for a while you may find yourself delaying health-protective behaviors (such as healthy eating and regular exercise) and instead you are finding yourself promoting unhealthy behaviors (such as eating junk food, being a couch potato, delaying health check-ups with your doctor). In order to resolve these indirect consequences, you need to fix the underlying issue causing the procrastination, such as reorganizing or cleaning your home or office.
Procrastination is largely due to our internal struggle with self-control and our tendency to seek pleasure rather than the un-enjoyable things. Undertaking multiple unpleasing tasks or a large project all at once, may seem intimidating and eventually lead to procrastination. To prevent and/or stop this behavior, make a plan to do the task in small, well-defined parts instead of tackling it all at once. If re-organizing an entire storage facility or a room seems intimidating, start by organizing a small section of it. In between, give yourself time to do the more enjoyable activities to keep you motivated and, most importantly, healthy.

About the Author
Jennifer Caughey is a freelance content writer in Toronto, Ontario, who specializes in anything having to do with the home and health. Jennifer believes that a clean home can lead to better overall health. She has a background in Nursing and has been writing on health/home related topic over the last several years. When she isn’t writing she is trying to find new, inventive ways to live healthier, through meal planning, exercise and fun family activities with her daughter.

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Prevent Free-Radicals From Skin. Tips on Triggers:

By Tia Cristy

Tips on Triggers: Prevent Free-Radicals From Skin.
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Trigger healthy skin or soothe eczema conditions, with carrot seed oil. Rubbing a drop of carrot seed on the face, neck or body, can help prevent free-radicals and damage.

The bonus of the oil is, it’s scent can help relieve stress.

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The Secrets of a Beauty Queens Plastic Surgery Experience. By Guest Blogger, Jennifer C.

The Secrets of a Beauty Queens Plastic Surgery Experience

By Guest Blogger, Jennifer C.

This article is a guest post, courtesy of a clinic that specializes in plastic surgery in Barrie, Royal Centre of Plastic Surgery.

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Plastic surgery has always been stigmatized. In recent years, there have been many controversies surrounding the beauty pageant industry and whether or not contestants should be allowed to undergo plastic surgery since critics believe it gives them an unfair advantage. However, with plastic surgery available to and well within the rules for contestants, it only seems natural to take advantage of procedures available that might give competitors an advantage. Many beauty pageant contestants take advantage of plastic surgery in order to look and feel their best, including former Miss USA, Shanna Moakler.

Shanna Moakler is no stranger to the world of beauty pageants and what it takes to win. In 1995, she was the winner of Miss New York USA and went on to secure a title as Miss USA the same year. Aside from being a beauty queen, Moakler has also starred in reality television shows and is the mother of three children. In 2013, Moakler herself even had plastic surgery to improve her self-esteem and regain the confidence she had with her body before she had children.

The Decision-Making Process

Moakler did not make the decision to have plastic surgery lightly, but instead tried diet and exercise to try to regain the body she once had as a young woman before three pregnancies changed her body. No matter what she tried, she could not get rid of excess body fat. When nothing was working for her, Moakler scheduled a consultation with a plastic surgeon. There are many options available with liposuction, and Moakler opted to have Airbrush Laser Liposculpture. This is an in-office, outpatient procedure that is much less invasive than traditional liposuction. With minimal incisions, the laser device melts and removes fat from “problem areas.”
The Consultation

Moakler wanted help with her belly, arms, and chin and she desired liposuction to help tighten these areas. Moakler was not private about her decision to undergo plastic surgery, allowing her procedure to be documented and filmed by Entertainment Tonight. Through this documentation, Moakler allowed viewers to see for themselves what is involved with procedures like liposuction, what the recovery is like, and if it would be right for them.
The Surgery & Recovery

The Airbrush Laser Liopsculpture procedure proved to be a breeze for Moakler. “‘The process for me was super easy,’ Shanna said. ‘It took about two days [of recovery] and I was back at work'” (Daily Mail). Moakler went on to share the positive outcome she experienced with her plastic surgery: “‘I feel so much better since having this done. My clothes fit better, I’m more confident in a bikini, I’m really happy and super pleased,’ she said” (Daily Mail).
Plastic surgery isn’t just beneficial for celebrities, but it can be great for all women struggling to regain that positive body image that may have been lost with age or childbearing. Regardless of the reason, consider the following if you are having doubts about undergoing a plastic surgery procedure:
• Medical technology has changed in recent years, allowing for faster recovery periods, less invasive procedures, and minimal scarring.
• Confidence and self-esteem contribute to an overall sense of happiness and positivity about life, so plastic surgery can be a way to be proactive about your mental and emotional well-being and health.
• You don’t have to live with the signs of natural aging! Whether you are concerned about sagging skin, excess fat, or small breasts, your plastic surgeon can help determine the right procedure for you and help to meet your expectations.
Now that you are informed on the process of cosmetic surgery, this should erase some of the doubts you may have and you may want to consider scheduling your plastic surgery consultation.

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How to release stress before it takes over your body.

Problem:

I have been so stressed out lately from work, what is a good tip for stress relief at home? I hear of so many approaches, how do I know what’s best for me? Dale, 26

 Stressed Businesswoman

Tip from Tia:

Don’t worry stress hits us all too some degree. The goal is to make sure you release stress before it takes over your body. And, there are so many approaches out there now, just don’t stress trying to find the right one.

A good start for you is, you actually know where your stressor is coming from. That’s always the first step. What is causing this stress? Then, how to process the stress. And finally, having a positive outlet; a stress reliever. Now, good stress relievers that can be done at home are: exercise, meditation/yoga, stretching, switching your brain gears from work by stopping to watch a movie when you feel anxiety coming on, turn on some favorite music, soft or heavy which ever you prefer and works towards eliminating the anxiety, or go in silence, while enjoying a cup of hot tea or cocoa.

A good diet is important to keep your neurotransmitters firing properly. Adding amino acids or vitamins may work as well. Be sure to do research and discuss with your doctor what’s going on and determine if further medical attention is necessary.

The point is, there is no secret remedy to become stress-free, and it all depends on yourself and what you will enjoy and what helps you find relief.

Exercise of course, is the number one important way to relieve the stress. But to move the furniture, and break out the yoga pad everyday, could put more stress on an individual. An individual that never tried it before, may find it to be the greatest thing they could ever do for themselves.

Either way, some form of activity is key to help with the stresses of life. Whether the exercise you choose is physical, mental or even emotional/spiritual. The stress-relievers that work the best are, things that you find yourself enjoying while you do them.

Most calm individuals find when you continue and look forward to participating in your stress relief method to exhale the day away, you will finally understand that “Zen” thing you’ve heard others talk about.

Being stress-free does help you feel more exciting about yourself and your surroundings. Meditation is proven to help build self-esteem. Remember your beauty comes from the inside and shines out.

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Decorating Without Destroying Your Relationship By Guest Blogger, Kathleen C.

Decorating Without Destroying Your Relationship
By Guest Blogger, Kathleen C.

 

Providing decorations in your home always refreshes the atmosphere and makes the rooms look vivid and comfortable. Whether you prefer modern decorations or you stick to the traditional motives, nowadays, you have a wide range of choice and colours when you decide to take up with such home renovations.

Photo provided by Guest blogger, Kathleen C.
Photo provided by Guest blogger, Kathleen C.

However, when you are in a relationship, things get more complicated. It is needless to say that different people can have totally different taste for decorations and when living with your partner some conflicts are commonly observed. It is difficult to reach an agreement on this subject, especially when both of you are reluctant to make compromises Many couples have a lot of disputes, concerning the renovations made in their home and they meet a lot of difficulties when finding a suitable decision to this problem.

In this article you will receive valuable advice on how to make the decorating procedures in your home a pleasant activity for you and for your partner.
Discuss Calmly Your Preferences

It is clear that you have probably different points of view for the decorations in your home, however, shouting at each other won’t be beneficial for your relationship. Instead, you can discuss calmly all of your preferences and to listen to the expectations of your partner. May be he or she has similar ideas, but unless you provide a normal discussion you won’t be able to understand this. If you stick to your own ideas and refuse to listen to the ideas of your partner, you had better be prepared for future disputes that are definitely not the greatest experience.
Let the Compromises Come In Your Home

Making compromises for the decorations in your home will save you up a lot of nerves and tension, caused by the probable disputes with your beloved one. If your boyfriend has decided to paint his office in grey, I suggest you let him do this without murmuring all the time. Instead of this, you can take up with the decorations in the kitchen and to choose a colour that appeals to you. As far as the living room and the bedrooms are concerned, you can discuss with your partner the options that you have and you can again reach an agreement by making some compromises. After all, there is no need to destroy your relationship for such a tiny matter.
Start By Helping Each Other

When living as a couple you also need to share the responsibilities and the duties in your home. Apart from the regular cleaning and from all the household chores, decorations are also included in the list of those tasks. If you have decided to start with the decorations in your home, do not let your partner to manage with the tasks all alone. Be supportive and contribute for the renovations that take place. You may also be helpful if you come up with a fresh idea or change that will make the room look fascinating
These are some valuable tips that will help you to avoid conflicts with your partner, whenever you decide to provide various decorations in your home. You will be able to see that it’s not about colours and modern styles – sometimes you need to make compromises and to forget about your own preferences. Thanks to that, you will be able to choose the best and most suitable decorations for your home. Think creatively and share your ideas with your beloved one for providing modern and innovative decorations for all of your rooms. Roll up sleeves and be prepared to face the challenge of decorating your home without destroying your relationship.
Author Bio: Patricia J. Cornwell from tenancy cleaners in Ealing is in a serious relationship. She and her boyfriend moved in together in the beginning of this year and met some difficulties related to decorating because they have very different view and understanding of what a home should look like.

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