How to Get Rid of Yellow Nails

by Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Yellow nails can come from a variety of things. Most commonly, it is from nail polish that stains our nails with the dye. Another common reason is smoking – the nicotine and tar creates yellowing of your nails (and teeth). Besides the obvious tip to quit smoking, here are some other ways on how to get rid of yellow nails.

1) Use a base coat

A clear base coat seals and protects your nail from staining. Yes, we know it’s a tedious extra step in your manicure routine, but totally worth it!

2) Lemon juice

Soaking your nails in lemon juice can gradually lighten them (as lemon is a natural lightener.. also useful for your hair, and any dark armpit problems). Soak them for 10 – 15 minutes a day, until you are happy with the results.

3) Peroxide and baking soda

Mix 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide with 2-1/2 tablespoons of baking soda. Use a cotton swab and cover your entire nail with this paste and leave it on for about 3 minutes, then rinse it off. This treatment should be done every six to eight weeks.

4) Whitening toothpaste

For immediate nail stains, like when you just took off your polish and there is some staining left behind, scrub a whitening toothpaste to your nails with a nail or tooth brush.

5) Buffing

If your stains are minimal to the top of your nails, buffing it will get rid of the top layer, therefore removing the staining. Be sure to be gentle with the buffing, as it can make your nails weaker.

Best Non-Meat Protein Alternatives

by Monday, August 22, 2016

Most of us are meat eaters. We tend to forget that a man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite (Leo Tolstoy). Indeed, there are several non meat protein alternatives that can serve the same purpose as meat. Here are the best of these alternatives.

1. Nuts, Seeds and Nut Butter

Almonds, walnuts, cashews, pine nuts, and peanuts (which are classified under legumes) are all great protein hotspots for veggie lovers, as are sesame and sunflower seeds. Unfortunately, they are likewise high in fat, so they ought not be the principle wellspring of protein. Walnuts are great sources of omega-3 unsaturated fats. Furthermore, some nut spreads now contain omega-3s which are very important in the growth and development of the brain.. (Omega-3’s are solid fats that can help decrease irritation in the body)

2. Tofu, Tempeh and Other Soy Products

Soy is a bean, but due to its prominence and extraordinary wellbeing worth, it is normally recognized as an independent type of a bean. Tofu, tempeh (fermented soy beans) and other natural soy items are amazing low-fat wellsprings of protein. Tempeh has nutty flavor but tofu is flavorless. There are several milk, cheese, ice cream and yogurt products that are based on soy.

3. Dairy and Eggs

Dairy products provide us with complete proteins. These products can be milk, yogurt, cheese or ice cream, to name but a few. They normally have high saturated fat content, therefore one has to be careful to prevent overconsumption of fats that can be harmful to their health. For instance, eggs are good protein sources, but egg yolks contain a lot of cholesterol that makes the path to the pink of health rocky and bumpy. This calls for great care when taking eggs on a weekly basis. One can choose free range eggs and milk that is produced by grass-fed cows.

4. Whole grains

We all know grains as great sources of starch and proteins. An important aspect of grains is that some of them like quinoa contain all the nine essential amino acids. This means that it is a complete protein source just like meat. Brown rice, barley, buckwheat and whole wheat are also great sources of proteins, though they lack amino acid lysine which is essential in the body. For this reason, these grains are eaten with nuts, legumes, pea nuts, beans and peas.

5. Legumes

There are several types of green soy beans that are great alternatives for meat in protein content. Garbanzo, chick peas, kidney beans, white, pinto and black soybeans as well as lentils are great examples. Digestion of these beans is as easy as pie and they have twice as much protein as wheat and about three times as much protein as rice. They however lack the amino acid methionine, which can be obtained from a whole grain.

Proteins are necessary for the formation of strong muscles, maintenance of organs and bolstering the immune system. Eating enough protein is especially important for the growth and development of children and pregnant women. However, by decreasing or eliminating animal protein sources (i.e., meat) from your diet, you can alleviate the risk for high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels and other heart diseases. Non-meat protein is healthy and cheaper.

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Top 5 Things You Need to do Before Leaving the House

by Sunday, August 21, 2016

Not all women are the same, but we can all agree we pretty much have the same daily routines. We all wake up, take a shower, put on some makeup and start our day. Right before we leave our homes for a new day we have a mental checklist that we tick off particular things before leaving your place. The following are the top 5 things you need to have on your mental checklist before you get out of your house every morning.

5. Lock your windows

It is safe to keep the drapes open, but never make a mistake and leave your windows open too. That extra burst of fresh air is nice to have in the home, but you won’t be there to enjoy it anyway. Also, you need to lock up so as not to attract any daytime burglars. They will reward you for leaving your window open by taking a few precious items with them.

4. Turn off any appliances and lights

Every morning make sure to turn off lights in the bathroom, kitchen or any other area when you are done. Also, unplugging the iron and the computer is a must! If you are the kind of woman who leaves such appliances on we better not hear you complaining about your electricity bill at the end of the month.

3. Spare shoes

We all love rocking a sexy pair of heels but sometimes we need a second option just in case we lose one heel during the day. Having an extra set of shoes in your car or bag can save you the embarrassment of developing a new walk on your way home. You can carry spare shoes and leave them in your office cubicle if you don’t want that extra load.

2. Look in the mirror

You probably already did your hair and makeup right by the bathroom mirror and are convinced it still looks perfect. Having a final look in the mirror before you leave the house could save you the embarrassment of a stranger calling you out for having lipstick on your teeth. Having a last look could also help you realize one strand of hair refuses to budge and save you the trouble of fixing it in your office bathroom. Installing a mirror right by the door could be a great way to have one final touch up before you race out of the door in the morning.

1. Makeup bag

You are allowed to forget to wear your underwear, but never your makeup bag. Your makeup bag has all the tools you need to face any bad day. Policemen have guns, but you have your makeup tools. You never know when you may need that extra touch up to go from looking laid back and serious to sexy and ready to party.

Different women have different checklists. Mums would have ‘kissing the kids goodbye’ in their checklist while single girls may relate to the above checklist. All in all, we all have similar stories about forgetting to do something before leaving our houses. If you cannot maintain a mental list, try having a written one pinned by your door so that you never forget a single thing before you leave the house.

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Benefits of Quitting Coffee

by Saturday, August 20, 2016

Are you addicted to coffee? Perhaps, now is the time that you should rethink your daily coffee habit. Coffee could increase blood pressure, raise your cholesterol level, and it could even contribute to energy spikes and crashes when you least expect. Likewise, quitting the drink could also be good for you. Here are some of the reasons why you should reduce your caffeine intake or if you can, completely give it up.

More Energy

Without a doubt, coffee could really perk you up. However, how would you react once you find out that this isn’t actually true? According to experts, the sudden burst of energy and alertness you feel after consuming a cup of coffee is just a short-term artificial lift. It’s similar when you’re in danger or facing an external threat– your muscles become tensed, your blood sugar level increases, and your heart beat speeds up.

However, after several hours, this high is followed by a sudden crash and withdrawal effects, such as headaches and fatigue. For regular coffee drinkers, the boost they get from a cup of Joe gradually lessens over time, that’s why they begin to consume more and more just to get the effect they’re aiming for. Though, if you’ll do your best to end this habit, you’ll begin to notice that you’re more energized throughout the day, and there’s no need to rely on caffeine.

Better Sleep

If you’re going to pull an all-nighter, a cup of espresso would be the key. No wonder why it could also disrupt your quality of sleep, especially if you drank it after having dinner or even in the afternoon. It’ll take several hours before the buzz you feel will wear off. That’s why it’s suggested that consuming caffeine within six hours before bedtime could negatively affect your sleep cycle. So, if you want a good night’s sleep, better avoid drinking a cup of latte before going to bed.

Aids in Weight Loss

If you’re one of those who enjoy having their coffee with sugar and milk, then you’re probably aware of the amount of sugar and fat you’re consuming on a regular basis. Likewise, even plain black coffee could also contribute to weight gain, because too much caffeine could slow down your metabolism, resulting in the abnormal retention of fat.

Less Stress

Believe it or not, giving up coffee could make you less cranky. In fact, it could reduce your stress levels and calm your nerves. Caffeine triggers the release of stress hormones, which also interferes with brain chemistry and this could result to depression and stress. Aside from that, it also blocks the production of the mood-elevating and calming neurotransmitters known as serotonin.

Improves Digestion

Coffee is naturally acidic and it’s packed with compounds that could irritate the lining of your digestive tract– this could result to heartburn, digestive discomfort, and indigestion. Aside from that, too much caffeine could also prohibit you from absorbing the essential nutrients your body needs. Thus, giving up coffee is a great way to help your body, as well as your digestive system, function smoothly again.

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Factors To Consider When Choosing The Venue For A Wedding

by Friday, August 19, 2016

After developing a strong relationship with a boyfriend, there comes a time when you have to tie the knot. Of course this comes after engagement. However, what remains and has always been hectic to many young couples is what criteria to use in order to come up with the best wedding venue that has cool atmosphere and enticing to the guests.

There are an infinite number of wedding venues to choose from but to come up with the right choice causes problems to young women and men. However, I’d like to note that a woman should be the one to spearhead where the wedding will be. This is the most memorable day of your life and you have to choose the venue that pleases you, fits your guests and is easily accessible. Here are some of the factors to help you come up with the right choice for your wedding venue.

The Location

Bear in mind that many guests from different locations will attend your wedding. Since some guests come from very far, they don’t have to go for a long distance before reaching the venue. The venue you choose should be easily accessible by road. Do not go for a venue where the road leading there is often full of traffic. Pick somewhere where people can reach with ease and leave at ease without stress.

The Budget

This should be at the top of your list as a woman if you want to save yourself from debts after the wedding. Concentrate your mind on the best venue that has everything you want and is available at a reasonable price.

We have some locations that are expensive and yet do not have anything unique to show off for. Do not be solicited your cash for nothing, choose a cost effective venue with cool ambient atmosphere and excellent facilities so that you can save and have enough bucks for your honeymoon.

The Size of the Venue

The size of the venue you choose for your wedding venue should be large enough to accommodate all your guests and even other people who might be carried away by the occasion and thus tempted to attend. If you intend to invite a large number of guests, then it’s good to choose a venue that has a large capacity. On the other hand, if you want to have a private wedding, there are some venues with specific rooms for such weddings.

Is the Venue Full Service or Not

We have two different types of wedding venues; the full service and not full service. A full service venue is the one that gives you everything you want from chairs, tables, catering utensils etc while not full service wedding venues are ones that only give you the space but hire your own items which could be strenuous and tiresome.

However, we have some not full service venues that have their own vendors with whom you can easily book what you need during the wedding. Depending on your budget, you may decide to go for a full service or a not full service venue for your wedding.

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Bedroom Tips to Keep Your Man on His Toes

by Friday, August 19, 2016

It’s a universal conundrum. How do you keep him wanting more? Especially when it comes to the bedroom, you could be tiring yourself out over nothing or you could be missing one vital thing that would make it all better. What is that thing you’re missing that he would like you so much more for? What are you doing wrong?

So, first of all, chill out. There is no need to get stressed about it. Sex should be fun and enjoyable and quite frankly, if he has had sex with you before, it will happen again. There are a few things you could try though which would make your husband/boyfriend/man a little more interested and/or active:

1. Learn

Find out what it is about you that turns him on. Learn what parts you touch and kiss that excite him the most. The only way you can do this is if you talk it out. It could be embarrassing or it could lead to more intimacy between you two. On the plus side, you will know all his sweet spots and you can use them to your advantage.

2. Let him rest

After a long hard day at work, he comes home tired and worn out. Give him a little massage on the shoulders, take his coat, let him put his feet up, get him a drink and a hot meal. Drop surreptitious kisses here and there and I think he’ll get the hint.

3. Dress Up

There is no escaping the fact that a man is a very visual creature. Of course you aren’t looking to attract half the country with your skimpy outfits and he may or may not appreciate that but looking your best could be just the ticket. What he finds sexy is what you should aim for.

4. Take Your Time

When you have more time for each other, you have more fun with each other. The normal pressures of kids and work and deadlines should be left outside the bedroom door. No stress, no fuss, just you two and intimacy. Turn off your phones and spend some much-needed time together with your partner.

5. Try Something New

If you are feeling particularly adventurous, try playing out a fantasy of his. He might just appreciate it a lot more than you think and if it goes well, you can both have a lot of fun. Be careful as you explore that wilder side of him. You want to be adventurous but don’t throw caution to the wind. Talk it out if you are uncomfortable and see if you can come to a compromise.

6. Switch it up

Sometimes he like hot and wild and other times, it would be good to go nice and mellow. Too much of either becomes monotonous and you will not really enjoy it. Another alternative you could try is adding toys to your bedroom play. He may appreciate it a lot more than you would think and this will give you a new avenue to explore your bodies.

7. Be Seductive

Dressing up and all could be step one to this process. Well-placed, well-timed kisses and hot whispered words could also work out to your advantage. It works as a sort of foreplay for him and he will be more than ready to go. Other times, maybe you’re just desperate to get going. Kiss him passionately and openly, caress his body. Let him know you want him. This could be the biggest turn on yet. Remember the things he likes in point (1) and you should be fine.

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