Category Archives: ORGANIC HEALTH & HOME

Freezing the Odor Out of Your Shoes. Stupid Tip of the Day:

By Tia Cristy

Stupid Tip of the Day: Freezing the Odor Out of Your Shoes.

There are many tips out there that people say are true, I try to give you the tips that are true, and point out the ones that aren’t.

I heard freezing your shoes will remove odor. Fact is, freezing the shoes can sometimes only freeze the bacteria and fungi that is making the shoes smell in the first place, so once it is frozen, some top layer, bad stuff, may die off, and the smell will go away. But, once your feet warm up the shoes, the bacteria and fungi that didn’t die off, will thaw, have an extra moisture source and begin to grow again. And, may make the situation worse.

So, freezing is not the way to go, kill odor with vinegar. Wiping shoes down with a vinegar soaked cotton ball and letting it dry will kill the bad stuff and reduce the smell. Keep this in mind, bacteria and fungus can penetrate deep so I recommend rubbing shoes down with vinegar once a week, even if there is no odor.

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By Tia Cristy

Retail’s Winter Slump Could Help Your Financial Health.

By Tia Cristy

Happy Presidents Day

Since this is a holiday for some, here’s a different kind of quick tip that can help your financial health on 2 major purchases.

Presidents Day closes a lot of offices, but not everyone is off today. As usual, the retailers hard at work, boom on this holiday.

Throughout the seasons there are some pretty great sales. But, you need to do your research on when you can get the best price, on a specific something.

Not suggesting you to spend money today, but if you are in need for a bed or a car, go do some research, because Presidents Day sales are usually the best sales on those 2 items.

Why? Because the winter slump happens to retail too. If it’s cold and you don’t want to go out you probably aren’t shopping for anything other than necessities, either. It’s too cold to think of summer stuff and too over winter, to have excitement of getting more winter stuff. So, the best way to get out of the slump, is to offer a great deal on a big tag necessity.

It may not always be this way, but it’s just a quick tip you may want to remember, that’s held for quite some time.

Tips from Tia is trying to keep you looking good and
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By Tia Cristy

Removing Stubborn Pet Hair from Clothes. Tips in Action:

By Tia Cristy


Tips in Action: Removing Stubborn Pet Hair from Clothes.


It can be a hassle to have a wardrobe of light clothes with a dark colored pet, and vise versa with dark clothes. Some materials are not pet friendly at all, …for example wool. Everything sticks to it. But truthfully, why go without a jacket you love? There’s an easy trick to actually remove the pesky pet hair.

If you’ve tried the lint roller and it just won’t cut it, remember, duct tape fixes everything. Take a strip of tape and apply it to the garment and apply a smoothing pressure and peel off quickly. It should pull up that stubborn hair. Repeat process if necessary.

Everybody loves to snuggle up with their pets. But, you also love your clothes, so use this tip to leave the fear of everyone else noticing how much you love your pet.

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Getting Melted Candle Wax Out of Glass.

By Tia Cristy

Getting Melted Candle Wax Out of Glass.


Lighting votive candles can bring a beautiful ambiance to a room, but once they burn down it’s hard to get the left over wax out of the glass holder.

A quick tip to get that wax to pop out effortlessly is, once the candle and glass cool completely, place in the freezer overnight.

The next day, remove from the freezer. Use a spoon handle and push wax from one side and the remaining wax should come out in a complete mass. If it still gives some trouble break the seal of the wax to candle and try again.

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Hurricanes, Extra Tips the News Doesn’t Tell You.

By Tia Cristy

Special Tips Edition

Major weather is hitting the east coast. Hurricanes are making their presence known in all states east of the Mississippi. I know you’re getting flooded (literately) from the news stations, with tips to stay safe, but here are a few safety tips you should use when facing a major weather crisis no matter where you are in the world.

If it’s a mandatory evacuation, do it. You can only protect your stuff to a certain point. Make sure in the car you have packed all your necessities you will need for at least a week. You never know if you’ll need them or not, but it’s best to have more than less.

Take a roll of toilet paper and paper towels to keep in the car, you never know when you’ll need them.

Bring food. It may take hours to get where you are going and stopping for a bite to eat may not be an option.

Bring games, easy ones of course. If you have kids, make sure you have games for them and for you as well.

Remember, frustrations can get high in evacuation settings, so be sure to instruct the kids on keeping noise levels down and refrain from arguing, as well as assuring them that there is presently no danger. You don’t want them to panic silently if they see you’re chafed.

If you don’t have to leave; I’m sure you’ve heard all the important things needed to keep close and dry. Like flashlights, batteries, radio, insurance papers (keep in a large freezer bag) and bottled water.

Here are a few more tips the news hasn’t mentioned and you may not have thought of; keep lighters in a location where they will stay dry and are easy to find, but also get books of matches. This is good to have in case the lighters get wet or lose fluid. Dip the match head and strike strip in hot wax. (Blow out the candle before dipping the book of matches, you don’t want it to ignite the matches by accident.) This will waterproof the matches.

Next tip, fill the bathtub with water. This is good if for any reason the water in source becomes contaminated or you need power for your water supply. This water can be used to flush toilets, clean clothes, wash dishes etc. Keep a small bucket next to the tub to transport water to another area to do such things, keep the tub water clean for as long as you can.

And last but probably important, while still with power, keep your cell phone on the charge. You don’t want to lose power and have less than half battery life in the middle of the storm.

Stay safe and may she not leave behind too much of a mess for all those she comes to visit. 

Tia, and  is trying to keep you looking good and
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How to Start Going Green and Start Being Organic.

By Tia Cristy


Going green is everywhere, I feel like I’m outta the loop with it all. My girlfriend is all organic and gets mad at me. We have stupid arguments all the time. So, I guess I want to start doing my part. So, how do I start? Jerry, 28



Tip fromTia:

Well, going “green” is pretty easy. You can start with baby steps. Recycling your trash is a great start. Some areas will pay you to recycle, some will charge you and some areas are now mandatory to separate your trash from recycling. In a lot of areas you can just throw all recyclables into one can, so its simple. Some people like to go completely “green”, which can be difficult for others. Being completely organic can be a challenge for some people and can be a bit more expensive if you are living on a strict budget. The best part is, any little lifestyle difference you make can be an improvement to you and your environment. Your best bet, if you and your girlfriend are under the same roof, is to find out what you are both capable of committing too with improving your life and home.

No couple or family should ever argue over the amount of “green” one
participates in. For example, if your girlfriend is a vegetarian and you’re not, that’s okay as long as you respect each others decision, and not be-little each other for your differences. Eat meals together, with regard to one another’s dietary choices.  If she feels the need to separate all the plastic, paper and glass, and you don’t have time to care, come up with a system like having a pile that you put all those things in, and that allows her to feel you respect her decision in what she is doing and not neglecting her feelings in what she feels is important. As I said, it’s easy for some and difficult for others, but if you know what to expect from each other, it can help in sticking with your environment change.

A lot of new sciences have discovered certain cleaning products can be
harmful, but most people don’t want to give up the fact of knowing their home is sanitized. And, some proactive organic lifers told me they feel some of those “green” products are expensive and don’t seem to work. If that’s one of your concerns, a helpful tip is to use vinegar to clean your counters. Vinegar kills bacteria and will leave your surfaces clean without harsh chemicals. The distinct vinegar smell will dissipate not long after
it dries, so if you’re not a fan of the odor, no worries, it will be gone
before you know it. Peroxide is the best for killing mold in places like the shower. Get a spray bottle add straight peroxide or you can water it down, and just spray down your tub and shower. It will leave it clean; some scrubbing may be necessary.

Several products I recommend essential in every house whether you want to be considered “green”, organic or none of thee above, besides vinegar and peroxide, is cornstarch, rubbing alcohol, olive oil and peanut butter. It’s a start up kit to a lot of tips I’ll provide later. Those products can get a lot of jobs done with the reduction of harsh chemicals in your environment or just make life simple. Be sure to keep reading Tips from Tia; I’ll try give you the “green”est organic way to get the job done.

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! Be sure to Like and share on Facebook or Follow on Twitter or Instagram.