Category Archives: ORGANIC HEALTH & HOME

When Working with Fiberglass Insulation. Tips in Action:

By Tia Cristy

Tips in Action: When Working with Fiberglass Insulation.

More and more individuals are starting to venture into DIY’ing it, when it comes to home projects.

A nice tip to remember when working with fiberglass insulation, rub baby powder or cornstarch over your body, to block your pores from the itchy glass getting in.

Don’t forget to put powder on your face, as well. Your skin will thank you later.

Home projects are a great way to save some money, when done right, of
course. And, it’s been found that couples who do home projects together,
can lead to a healthier relationship, in the bedroom.

Tips from Tia 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!

By Tia Cristy

Bleach Kills Everything. Stupid Tip of the Day:

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Stupid Tip of the Day: Bleach Kills Everything.

Bleach is a great sterilizer, and it can kill many germs and bacteria. But, it isn’t the strongest fungicide if you have mold. Yes, it will kill molds and mildew. But, it’s best feature is wiping out germs and bacteria.  

Mold has roots that can grow down deep, and bleach will tend to only kill and remove surface mold, sometimes missing the root. That allows the mold to come back again and again, multiplying down at it’s roots.

Using Hydrogen Peroxide on mold is the best plan of attack, on molds. It can penetrate deep into the surface a kill if off, without the return of it, from the same mold source.

Tips from Tia 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!
 

By Tia Cristy

When the Recipe Call for Peppers. Tips in Action:

By Tia Cristy

Tips in Action: When the Recipe Call for Peppers.

Not all peppers are hot, but when they do have heat to them, chopping them bare handed, can leave a burning in your hands for hours.

When dealing with hot peppers, wear rubber gloves. Be sure not to touch your face, eyes or skin until you are done prepping and hands have been wash thoroughly.

(Side Note: First time pepper users, leaving the seeds and inside stem in your cooking adds full heat to the pepper, if you want a dish more mild, discard the seeds and inside core.)

Tips from Tia 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!
 

By Tia Cristy

How to make the ground not so slick around your swimming pool.

By Tia Cristy


How to make the ground not so slick around your swimming pool.


Problem:

I have
an in-ground pool, which we love. But, it’s hard to get the kids to not run
around the pool. We are so afraid one of them is going to slip and get severely
hurt. Is there anything we can do to make the ground not so slick?  Annette, 40

 

Tip from Tia:

Pools are
lovely to have on hot days, but there is a lot of care that goes
into them, including the number one thing, safety. Always make sure you have a first aid kit close to
the pool, and make sure all pool guests know of it’s location just in case a of
a sudden mishap. Make a sign that has your pool rules, where guest can see them. Be sure to tell the kids the rules together, in a group, so the kids understand, everyone was told the same thing.

Getting kids to slow down around a pool is a constant job. Their
overwhelming excitement to get out and back in the water, as quickly as possible
can make your lifeguard duties, a full-time job. Making a game out of walking
slow around the pool or giving “time outs” for not following pool safety, can
help in slowing the kids down when out side the pool.

A home quick tip to
slow down certain surfaces, around the pool is, cornstarch.

Before the pool bunch arrives
at the pool, sprinkle a dusting of cornstarch around the pool. Use a broom to
spread it into the dry concrete. With the surface being dry, it allows the
cornstarch to dig into the porous spots of the surface. Once the swimmers arrive
and the ground starts to saturate, the cornstarch will do its job absorbing some
of that excessive dampness that creates a puddle, that becomes the slip hazard.
The cornstarch will also start to clump, becoming a slight tread to the
surface. Excessive water, will wash the cornstarch away. (***Important Side Note: Some surfaces are super slick already, cornstarch can enhance some surfaces, as well, I recommend do a test spot on your surface, before you sprinkle the whole area down.)  Cornstarch
is also a bonus to keep little bugs away from the pool too. Cornstarch in the
dry form is silky and very dusty, which most little insects can not move or
breathe in.

This easy tip can help in, slowing down the kids and the bugs, so you can
enjoy the day by the pool.

There are several products on the market to help
with the slick surfaces around pools, do a bit of research before making a
purchase, to see which ones are good for your needs. Talk to your local pool
specialist to make sure which products will work best with your surface and
pool usage.

Tips from Tia 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!

By Tia Cristy

Remove Garlic Smell from Hands. Quickie:

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Quickie: Remove Garlic Smell from Hands.

When chopping garlic, most people don’t wear gloves, which allows the scent of garlic to absorb into your hands. The smell can be quite potent and last for hours, no matter how frequent you wash your hands even with a scented soap.

A quick tip, that actually can remove garlic smell from hands, is by rubbing them on something that is stainless steel. Using a faucet or a tea kettle are good options, the best option is using the refrigerator door handles if you have stainless appliances. (Side Note: Don’t use utensils, you don’t want to risk hurting yourself.)

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Need Ice for a Party. Quickies:

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Quickies: Need Ice for a Party.

A lot of parties are coming up this month and next, for graduations, holidays or just welcoming the barbecue season. The thing most party throwers overlook until party day, is ice. Buying bags of ice isn’t too expensive, but it’s an expense you don’t need, with a little forethought.

Whether you fill ice trays and empty them in the bag or you an ice maker; filling up old shopping bags with ice and storing them in the freezer for “party cooler” use, is a great money saver.

Ice for drinks, should be stored in clean or sanitized bags, until they can be placed in ice buckets for the party day.

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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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Remove Strong Glue from Skin

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Remove Strong Glue from Skin

Problem: I was doing handy man stuff. I was working with contact cement and the glue won’t wash off my hands, I’m out of paint thinner. Any solutions?


Tip from Tia:
Rubbing alcohol works alright, if that’s all you have. But, the best solution I can tell you is, Acetone. It is along the same lines as “paint thinner”, it is actually a paint remover, found in nail polish remover.

Pour some nail polish remover into the palm of your hand and rub the glue off. Be sure to wash hands thoroughly, after use. Repeat if necessary. Like paint thinner, the smell is strong but, it will dissipate.

Tips from Tia 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!

By Tia Cristy

Open a Window to Let in Fresh Air. Stupid Tip of the Day:

By Tia Cristy

Stupid Tip of the Day: Open a Window to Let in Fresh Air.

Letting in fresh air, is always a good idea, but if the air isn’t so fresh for allergy suffers, opening a window on a high pollen day, can be very a bad idea, especially on a breezy day. The pollen or molds will find their way, right through the open windows and cover an allergy suffers, breathing space.

I understand it may not be hot outside, but if the house is hot or stagnate, turn on the central air or air conditioner for a little while, with using fans to circulate the cool. About 10 to 20 minutes should be sufficient to clear the air. when the house feels balanced, shut off the air, while letting the fans continue circulation for the day.

Your sinuses will appreciate not letting the pollen and molds in your living space. Finding out what the pollen and mold counts are for the week is simple, the weather forecaster’s will inform viewers along with the weather.

Tips from Tia 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!
 

By Tia Cristy

Trigger Plants to Grow. Tips on Triggers:

By Tia Cristy

Tips on Triggers: Trigger Plants to Grow.

Not all were born with a green thumb, so finding a little help in the garden can go a long way. A great way to trigger your plants to grow, could be using used coffee grounds.

Now, that most coffee drinkers use the k-cup, this could actually be an easier process in some ways.

Coffee grounds can get moldy so, try putting a stash of used k-cups in a bag and keeping them sealed in the fridge until you are ready to cut open the top and spread the grounds in the flower beds.

One cup would be enough for 1 section of plants. This makes measuring easy.

Tips from Tia 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!
 

By Tia Cristy

Cucumbers Look Fancy with Ridges.

By Tia Cristy

Problem: Hi Tia, thanks for what you do. There’s a lot of parties coming up. Money is tight, so I want to do things DIY and I was wondering how do they make vegetable trays look so pretty, like the ridges on cucumbers?

Tip from Tia: Thank you for reading. I am all about doing things yourself when it comes to parties, as long as it’s not too overwhelming. Remember, it’s a party and you want to enjoy it too. You can save a lot money by doing it yourself, without going cheap.

Pay a couple extra dollars for garnishes that can make the tray look pretty, because more than likely, you still saved money.

Now, to answer your question on wondering how they make cucumbers look fancy with ridges on a veggie tray, peel the cucumber rinse it. Take a fork and run it down the sides of the cucumber. Slice it up. Spread the ridged circles nicely on the platter. Simple touches can make a difference.

Tips from Tia 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!

By Tia Cristy