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Do you have a handful of unfinished projects which you promise yourself you’ll finish? Maybe these projects are not finished because you need some guidance or motivation. This site is the place to begin!
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Does your house smell? I don’t mean that in a bad way. Even if it has a nice smell it might not be good for you. I found an interesting article @ http://bit.ly/JZYEBd
Here it is:
Ways to Tackle Household Odors
Learn simple methods for airing out stubborn indoor smells
By Arianne Cohen
Household odors. Just the thought of them makes you blush in shame: Something in your house…smells. But odors are, in a way, good news. They’re a helpful early alarm system—your home’s way of telling you that there’s a problem. Here’s what you can do about them.
What Exactly Is an Odor?
Odors are nothing more than gaseous molecules floating around in the air that our noses can detect. Something in your home is producing so many molecules that they’re becoming airborne. But your nose is useless in telling you whether the odor is hazardous or not. “A pleasing odor is not necessarily good for your health,” says Richard Shaughnessy, PhD, director of the Indoor Air Program at the University of Tulsa. In fact, some nice odors—like some air fresheners—are chockful of chemicals, which may be irritating. So it’s a good idea to aim for a house that smells like, well, nothing. Just clean, fresh air.
How to Ventilate
Many odor problems are actually ventilation problems. A smell becomes airborne, and the millions of offending molecules can sometimes just linger. To get things circulating, try doing one of the following for 15 minutes each day:
Open windows the smart way. Open both the top and bottom of a double-hung window about halfway. This provides a natural circular airflow, with warm air escaping out the top and cooler air coming in the bottom.
Create a cross-breeze. Make a wind tunnel by opening opposite windows of a room. Air will enter through one side of a room and exit the other.
Turn on the a/c. Air conditioners with a HEPA filter, which removes 99.97 percent of airborne particles, are fantastic air cleaners. “Run your air conditioner on low, and keep the filter cleaned and changed regularly,” says Tim Ryan, a professor of environmental health sciences at Ohio University. “When you filter out the particulates, you get rid of some of the smell.” This is because odor molecules can attach to particles in the air; when you get rid of the particles, you get rid of many odor molecules too. Air conditioners without a HEPA filter will also work—just not as efficiently.
Place fans strategically. Fans only work in combination with one of the above three tricks, otherwise you’re just moving smelly air around. One side of the fan pulls air into the fan, and the other side pushes it out around the room. (If you can’t tell which is which, dampen your hand and hold it in front of the fan. It will be obvious whether that side is pushing or pulling.) Position the fan so it’s blowing the dirty air out a doorway or toward an air conditioner.
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Not sure if this is the correct place to put this, but I found a great article from Health and Beauty Women on Fashion Trend’s for the spring-summer of 2013. Here it is:

Despite the vagaries of the spring weather, one thing is clear – the winter is gone, and the soul and body thirst for lightness and faery. How to look up to date with the fashion trends in the upcoming warm season?

1. Patterns with repeating black and white motives – and possibly larger and more brightly highlighted. You can get inspiration from the models of Balmain, Louis Vuitton, Marni, Moschino and Sportmax.

2. Jackets with a length to the waist and elastic belt – throwing over one such, you will surely come out on top of the global trends. See the proposals of Balmain, Emilio Pucci, Lanvin and Stella McCartney.

3. A larger number white shirts – this temptation have chosen designers like Jil Sander, Victoria Beckham, Preen, Lacoste and Chloe.

4. Feminine handbags – let your delicate femininity shine this spring. Allow and the purse to do the same. These ideas we receive from Dolce & Gabbana, Etro and Prada.

5. Eastern flavor – Japanese silhouettes and oriental prints – bet on them in order to be irresistible and elegant. So have done and Emilio Pucci, Etro, Prada.

6. Jackets with masculine silhouette – pure white or pure black – the choice is yours. You will know them by the long lapels and pronounced shoulders. Jackets with male silhouette are a hit in the collections of well-known fashion brands such as Balmain, Jean Pierre Braganza and Valentino, so you can safely trust them.

7. Narrow striped pants – the strongly emphasized stripes will elongate your figure, if you choose it for narrow trousers which you can combine with a top in the same pattern (as suggested by Michael Kors) or in the same color range (Balmain).

8. Skirts with a slit at the front – to show a little thigh this spring, not only that is not obscene, but even is in order. And so did the models of Lanvin, Michael Kors and Prada.

9. Shoes with low heels – well, ladies, fortunately for those of you who are not admiring the torture called high heels – this season beauty will not require this sacrifice from your feet, because fashionable are the shoes with low current, such as those from the collection of Manolo Blahnik. Let us at the same time be stylish and feel comfortable.

11. The 60s – fashionable again are the mini skirts, the graphic designs, A-shaped dresses, cutting from the shoulders or waist – all in bright colors. Let it be spring! Let it be summer! Enjoy the wonderful creations of Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors and Moschino.

12. Stripes – in all sizes, in all directions, in all colors and in every part of the outfit – the important thing is to be stripe. So have decided and Balmain, Dolce & Gabbana and Moschino.

13. Hawaiian motives – flowers of hibiscus, paradise birds, hummingbird, palm leaves – how not a person to feel summery wearing such an exotic landscape on himself. Whiff of Hawaii bring us Isabel Marant, Kenzo and Proenza Schouler.

14. Safari style – beige and khaki – both during the day and in the evening, as well as for the province and the city. Immerse yourself in the pursuit of the jungle with Dolce & Gabbana, Emporio Armani, Kenzo and MaxMara.

15. Kimono – to confirm the attraction to the east, the silhouette of the kimono intertwined in different outfits, will add you an exotic charm. Here are some examples from Etro, Gareth Pugh and Haider Ackermann.

16. Metallic highlights – in jackets, dresses, skirts, bags or on the whole outfit – no matter what you stop at, you cannot go wrong. Make sure by having a look at some of the models of Burberry Prorsum, Christian Dior and Emporio Armani.

17. Veils and pleats – long known as the style of “good girls”, the femininity of their delicate curves are winning the veils and pleats great popularity this season. In their spring-summer collections, on them have bet from Chanel, Christian Dior, Emilio Pucci, Etro and Gareth Pugh.

18. Dots – smaller, bigger, on jackets, pants and veils – the dots are a big hit for spring-summer 2013. We like the proposals from Chanel and Haider Ackermann.

19. Gold sequins – glitter, shine and glamor again! We already know that its place is on the lips and eyelids. But not only there and also on dresses, tops, pants, skirts and even bags – anywhere. On that are set the designers of Chanel, Chloe, Fendi, Lanvin and Saint Laurent.

20. Fringes – cheerful, lively, carrying a sense of freedom, dance and flight – these are the fringes – your best assistant for lifting your mood and self-esteem. Try it! And for inspiration, check out some of the outfits from Gareth Pugh, Jean Paul Gaultier, Nina Ricci, Ralph Lauren and Versace.

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45 Uses for Lemons. Very interesting!
1. Freshen the Fridge
Remove refrigerator odors with ease. Dab lemon juice on a cotton ball or sponge and leave it in the fridge for several hours. Make sure to toss out any malodorous items that might be causing the bad smell.
2. High Blood Pressure
Lemon contains potassium which controls high blood pressure and reduces the effect of nausea and dizziness.
3. Prevent Cauliflower From Turning Brown
Cauliflower tend to turn brown with even the slightest cooking. You can make sure the white vegetables stay white by squeezing a teaspoon of fresh lemon juice on them before heating.
4. Mental Health
Lemon water can also prep up your mood and relieve you from depression and stress. Long distance walkers and world travelers as well as explorers look upon the lemon as a Godsend. When fatigue begins, a lemon is sucked through a hole in the top. Quick acting medicine it is, giving almost unbelievable refreshments.
5. Refresh Cutting Boards
No wonder your kitchen cutting board smells! After all, you use it to chop onions, crush garlic, and prepare fish. To get rid of the smell and help sanitize the cutting board, rub it all over with the cut side of half a lemon or wash it in undiluted juice straight from the bottle.
6. Respiratory Problems
Lemon water can reduce phlegm; and can also help you breathe properly and aids a person suffering with asthma.
7. Treating Arthritis and Rheumatism
Lemon is a diuretic – assists in the production of urine which helps you to reduce inflammation by flushing out toxins and bacteria while also giving you relief from arthritis and rheumatism.
8. Prevents Kidney Stones
Regular consumption of the refreshing drink — or even lemon juice mixed with water — may increase the production of urinary citrate, a chemical in the urine that prevents the formation of crystals that may build up into kidney stones.
9. Keep Insects Out of the Kitchen
You don’t need insecticides or ant traps to ant-proof your kitchen. Just give it the lemon treatment. First squirt some lemon juice on door thresholds and windowsills. Then squeeze lemon juice into any holes or cracks where the ants are getting in. Finally, scatter small slices of lemon peel around the outdoor entrance. The ants will get the message that they aren’t welcome. Lemons are also effective against roaches and fleas: Simply mix the juice of 4 lemons (along with the rinds) with 1/2 gallon (2 liters) water and wash your floors with it; then watch the fleas and roaches flee. They hate the smell.
10. Anti-Aging
Lemon water reduces the production of free radicals which are responsible for aging skin and skin damage. Lemon water is calorie free and an antioxidant.
11. Fruit and Vegetable Wash
You never know what kind of pesticides or dirt may be lurking on the skin of your favorite fruits and vegetables. Slice your lemon and squeeze out one tablespoon of lemon juice into your spray bottle. The lemon juice is a natural disinfectant and will leave your fruits and vegetables smelling nice too.
12. Treat Infections
Lemon water can fight throat infections thanks to its antibacterial property. If salt water does not work for you, try lime and water for gargling.
13. Deodorize Your Garbage
If your garbage is beginning to smell yucky, here’s an easy way to deodorize it: Save leftover lemon and orange peels and toss them at the base under the bag. To keep it smelling fresh, repeat once every couple of weeks.
14. Keep Guacamole Green
You’ve been making guacamole all day long for the big party, and you don’t want it to turn brown on top before the guests arrive. The solution: Sprinkle a liberal amount of fresh lemon juice over it and it will stay fresh and green. The flavor of the lemon juice is a natural complement to the avocados in the guacamole. Make the fruit salad hours in advance too. Just squeeze some lemon juice onto the apple slices, and they’ll stay snowy white.
15. Purges The Blood
We consume a lot of junk food or food with a lot of preservatives and artificial flavours. This builds up a lot of toxins in the blood and body but daily consumption of lemon water helps to purify the blood.
16. Make Soggy Lettuce Crisp
Don’t toss that soggy lettuce into the garbage. With the help of a little lemon juice you can toss it in a salad instead. Add the juice of half a lemon to a bowl of cold water. Then put the soggy lettuce in it and refrigerate for 1 hour. Make sure to dry the leaves completely before putting them into salads or sandwiches.
17. Oral Health
Lemon juice also stops bleeding gums and reduces toothaches
18. Lighten Age Spots
Why buy expensive creams when you’ve got lemon juice? To lighten liver spots or freckles, try applying lemon juice directly to the area. Let it sit for 15 minutes and then rinse your skin clean. It’s a safe and effective skin-lightening agent.
19. Create Blonde Highlights
For salon-worthy highlights, add 1/4 cup lemon juice to 3/4 cup water and rinse your hair with the mixture. Then, sit in the sun until your hair dries. To maximize the effect, repeat once daily for up to a week.
20. Make a Room Scent/Humidifier
Freshen and moisturize the air in your home on dry winter days. Make your own room scent that also doubles as a humidifier. If you have a wood-burning stove, place an enameled cast-iron pot or bowl on top, fill with water, and add lemon (and/or orange) peels, cinnamon sticks, cloves, and apple skins. No wood-burning stove? Use your stovetop instead and just simmer the water periodically.
21. Clean and Whiten Nails
Pamper your hands without a manicurist. Add the juice of 1/2 lemon to 1 cup warm water and soak your fingertips in the mixture for 5 minutes. After pushing back the cuticles, rub some lemon peel back and forth against the nail.
22. Cleanse Your Face
Zap zits naturally by dabbing lemon juice on blackheads to draw them out during the day. You can also wash your face with lemon juice for a natural cleanse and exfoliation. Your skin should improve after several days of treatment. Lemon water is also a cooling agent, best way to beat the heat.
23. Freshen Your Breath
Make an impromptu mouthwash by rinsing with lemon juice straight from the bottle. Swallow for longer-lasting fresh breath. The citric acid in the juice alters the pH level in your mouth, killing bacteria that causes bad breath. Rinse after a few minutes because long-term exposure to the acid in lemons can harm tooth enamel.
24. Treat Flaky Dandruff
If itchy, scaly dandruff has you scratching your head, relief may be no farther away than your refrigerator. Just massage two tablespoons lemon juice into your scalp and rinse with water. Then stir one teaspoon lemon juice into one cup water and rinse your hair with it. Repeat daily until your dandruff disappears.
25. Get Rid of Tough Stains on Marble
You probably think of marble as stone, but it is really petrified calcium (also known as old seashells). That explains why it is so porous and easily stained and damaged. Those stains can be hard to remove. If washing won’t remove a stubborn stain, try this: Cut a lemon in half, dip the exposed flesh into some table salt, and rub it vigorously on the stain. But do this only as a last resort; acid can damage marble. Rinse well. Use These Lemons To Clean – Easy and Effective
26. Remove Berry Stains
It sure was fun to pick your own berries, but now your fingers are stained with berry juice that won’t come off no matter how much you scrub with soap and water. Try washing your hands with undiluted lemon juice, then wait a few minutes and wash with warm, soapy water. Repeat until your hands are stain-free.
27. Soften Dry, Scaly Elbows
Itchy elbows are bad enough, but they look terrible too. For better looking (and feeling) elbows, mix baking soda and lemon juice to make an abrasive paste, then rub it into your elbows for a soothing, smoothing, and exfoliating treatment. Rinse your extremities in a mixture of equal parts lemon juice and water, then massage with olive oil and dab dry with a soft cloth.
28. Headaches
Lemon juice with a few teaspoons of hot tea added is the treatment of a sophisticated New York bartender, for those who suffer with hangover headaches–and from headaches due to many other causes. He converts his customers to this regime, and weans them away from drug remedies completely.
29. Chills and Fevers
Chills and fevers may be due to a variety of causes; never the less the lemon is always a helpful remedy. Spanish physicians regard it as an infallible friend.
30. Diptheria
Skip the vaccine for this disease. Lemon Juice Treatment still proves as one of the most powerful antiseptics and the strong digestive qualities of the fruit are admired around the world. With the juice every hour or two, and at the same time, 1/2 to 1 tsp. should be swallowed. This cuts loose the false membrane in the throat and permits it to come out.
31. Vaginal Hygiene
Diluted lemon juice makes a safe and sane method of vaginal hygiene. Though it is a powerful antiseptic it is nevertheless free from irritating drugs in douches and suppositories.
32. Forget The Moth Balls
A charming French custom to keep closets free from moths is to take ripe lemons and stick them with cloves all over the skin. The heavily studded lemons slowly dry with their cloves, leaving a marvelous odor throughout the closets and rooms.
33. Stomach Health
Digestive problems are the most common ailments but warm water and lime juice is the solution to most digestive problems. Lemon juice helps to purify the blood, reduces your chances of indigestion, constipation, eliminates toxins from the body, adds digestion and reduces phlegm.
34. Disinfect Cuts and Scrapes
Stop bleeding and disinfect minor cuts and scraps by pouring a few drops of lemon juice directly on the cut. You can also apply the juice with a cotton ball and hold firmly in place for one minute.
35. Soothe Poison Ivy Rash
You won’t need an ocean of calamine lotion the next time poison ivy comes a-creeping. Just apply lemon juice directly to the affected area to soothe itching and alleviate the rash.
36. Remove Warts
You’ve tried countless remedies to banish warts and nothing seems to work. Next time, apply a dab of lemon juice directly to the wart using a cotton swab. Repeat for several days until the acids in the lemon juice dissolve the wart completely.
37. Bleach Delicate Fabrics
Avoid additional bleach stains by swapping ordinary household chlorine bleach with lemon juice, which is milder but no less effective. Soak your delicates in a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda for at least half an hour before washing.
38. Clean Tarnished Brass and Polish Chrome
Say good-bye to tarnish on brass, copper, or stainless steel. Make a paste of lemon juice and salt (or substitute baking soda or cream of tartar for the salt) and coat the affected area. Let it stay on for 5 minutes. Then wash in warm water, rinse, and polish dry. Use the same mixture to clean metal kitchen sinks too. Apply the paste, scrub gently, and rinse. Get rid of mineral deposits and polish chrome faucets and other tarnished chrome. Simply rub lemon rind over the chrome and watch it shine! Rinse well and dry with a soft cloth.
39. Replace Your Dry Cleaner
Ditch the expensive dry-cleaning bills (and harsh chemicals) with this homegrown trick. Simply scrub the stained area on shirts and blouses with equal parts lemon juice and water. Your “pits” will be good as new, and smell nice too.
40. Boost Laundry Detergent
For more powerful cleaning action, pour 1 cup lemon juice into the washer during the wash cycle. The natural bleaching action of the juice will zap stains and remove rust and mineral discolorations from cotton T-shirts and briefs and will leave your clothes smelling fresh. Your clothes will turn out brighter and also come out smelling lemon-fresh.
41. Rid Clothes of Mildew
Have you ever unpacked clothes you stored all winter and discovered some are stained with mildew? To get rid of it, make a paste of lemon juice and salt and rub it on the affected area, then dry the clothes in sunlight. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.
42. Eliminate Fireplace Odor
There’s nothing cozier on a cold winter night than a warm fire burning in the fireplace — unless the fire happens to smell horrible. Next time you have a fire that sends a stench into the room, try throwing a few lemon peels into the flames. Or simply burn some lemon peels along with your firewood as a preventive measure.
43. Neutralize Cat-Box Odor
You don’t have to use an aerosol spray to neutralize foul-smelling cat-box odors or freshen the air in your bathroom. Just cut a couple of lemons in half. Then place them, cut side up, in a dish in the room, and the air will soon smell lemon-fresh.
44. Deodorize a Humidifier
When your humidifier starts to smell funky, deodorize it with ease: Just pour 3 or 4 teaspoons lemon juice into the water. It will not only remove the off odor but will replace it with a lemon-fresh fragrance. Repeat every couple of weeks to keep the odor from returning.
45. Reduce Asthma Symptoms
In addition to a general detoxifying diet, 2 tablespoons of lemon juice before each meal, and before retiring can reduce asthma symptoms.
* If you do consume lemon peel, stick to organic lemons to reduce your pesticide exposure.
Source: Prevent Disease

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A friend emailed me the recipe for a lawn spray using 5 simple ingredients you probably already have in your house. He got this from a groundskeeper of a golf course. Here it is:
One full can of regular soda (not diet)
One full 12 oz can of beer (not light beer)
1/2 cup of liquid dish washing soap. (do not use antibacterial)
1/2 cup of household ammonia
1/2 cup of mouthwash (any brand)
Pour into 10 gallon hose end sprayer (other sizes will work too)
Apply every 3 weeks in high heat.
If you try it, let us know how it works! I’m going to try it.
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Choosing the right spring annuals is easy when you follow these simple tips:

Mirror color, variety, or both. You may not want pink petunias everywhere, but keeping your choices within a theme will tie everything together beautifully. You can use petunias of different shades, or other flowers of the same shade.

Size matters. Take everything into consideration including the size of your basket and plants, but don’t neglect to look objectively at the space they will occupy. Make sure your spring annuals are to scale with your hanging baskets. Too big and they will overcrowd the container. Too small and they will get lost. It is also important to ensure that that the baskets are neither too small nor too large for the space.

See the light. Different plants have different light needs. When you visit your local Home Depot to choose spring annuals, keep in mind the space where the hanging baskets will live and how much light they will get.

Water, water everywhere. Plants in hanging baskets will dry out more quickly than those planted in the ground. Choose spring annuals that are more heat and drought tolerant and you will spend less time watering and more time enjoying the warm, inviting beauty. If you don’t have the time to create your own spring annuals hanging baskets, you’ll find a collection of beautiful ready-to-hang options from Proven Winners at your local Home Depot that will add a splash of color that’s as easy to care for as it is beautiful!

Thriller, Filler, Spiller. When it comes to choosing the right combination of plants, use this proven method for creating beautiful containers every time. The Thriller is a plant that grows tall and adds a stunning visual impact. The Filler adds depth to the container, filling the space with structure and color. The Spiller softens the edges of the hanging basket by growing low and spilling over the edges. Look for the Proven Winners® Thriller, Filler, Spiller display at your local Home Depot store. It makes it easy to pick the right spring annuals and other flowers to bring big style to your hanging baskets.

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4 Remedies for Hair Growth:
Go green and make your hair grow quickly with the following methods that you can perform within the convenience of your own home. If you want your hair to grow faster, there are new home remedies which can be of great help.
Boosting the growth of the hair by going green is a good thing, as you would be using simple natural methods. There are certain home remedies which can help in making your hair to grow faster, and many ways exist, through which you can be practical and save your money while you’re trying to grow out your hair. You can have long locks if you follow these steps and prevent any heat damage from affecting your hair. You can have them if you follow these remedies for quick growth. You may just have to go to the grocery store and purchase a few organic ingredients in which you can use over and over again the next time that you want to do a treatment. There are no harsh chemicals; these organic recipes will contribute to the vitamins and minerals that your hair needs in order to grow and prosper.
1. Garlic, Red Onion and Cinnamon Rinse
You can create a natural rinse using these ingredients by grabbing a bowl, putting hot water in it, adding the 4 garlic cloves, cinnamon sticks and by putting tiny pieces of the red onion in it. Leave this mixture in the bowl for approximately 15 minutes. Let it cool down and then wash your hair in this. Repeat it for about 4 days in a row and you will see the effects that it has on your hair.
2. Aloe Vera and Honey Treatment
When you combine these two ingredients you are creating an ingredient that is rich in vitamins. The gel of the Aloe Vera leaves should be scraped off, and you should mix it with 2 tablespoons of honey. You will apply this treatment to your scalp, massage it into the roots of your hair and then leave it in for about 20 minutes. After that, wash it off with warm water and repeat this four days following the first one for quick results.
3. Hair Treatment with Cactus
Using Cactus is an extremely effective method when you are attempting to solve a hair loss dilemma. Cut 4-5 cactus leaves into small pieces, put this in pure water and allow it to soak overnight. After that, use a spray bottle to apply the toner on your scalp and on your hair roots. Instead of washing off, the locks should be allowed to dry naturally; and then apply the toner on your scalp once a day.
4. Honey, Egg Yolk and Potato Treatment
Mix these ingredients together in order to boost the growth of your locks. The juice of 3 potatoes of medium sizes should be extracted, and in a bowl, the juice should be mixed with 2 teaspoons of honey and 1 egg yolk. Put the pack on your wet hair and massage it through your scalp. The mixture should be left on for about 25 minutes and then wash it out

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If you need more storage space, check out this awesome idea for under your stairs at:
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Do you wash your recyclables? What would happen if you don’t wash them? Each township is different. We found information at the following website: http://bit.ly/ZRIlXj
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I’m redoing my bathroom and there are so many choices for flooring. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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