In my annual flurry of organization around January 1st, I realized I didn’t have a calendar in our office anywhere. I wanted something small that wouldn’t take up too much space, and this Homemade desk calendar was born!
This homemade desk calendar combines two of my favorite things–watercolor and ombré–and I think it’ll make a pretty little addition to any desk:
Gold rub-on transfers (letters & numbers–I found mine at Target)
1 sheet of patterned paper
Small, white wooden box
3 small C-hooks
White eyelet gift tags
Watercolors & brush
First, measure the interior of your box (mine was 5 5/8” x 3 5/8”–you won’t need the lid). Then, measure and draw a corresponding rectangle on the back of the patterned paper and cut it out.
With the sponge brush, add a layer of modge podge to the bottom of the box and the back of the paper. Place the paper on the bottom of the box, and smooth out any wrinkles/bubbles (a credit card works great for this!). Let dry for 15 minutes.
In the meantime get out the watercolors, a small dish of water, and the gift tags. I chose to work with pinks, blues, and greens, but you can do any combination of colors you choose–or even a single hue.
Dip the paintbrush into the water and wet the first color, ensuring you have a decent amount of pigment on the brush. Make a large stripe across the bottom of the first tag (remember: do a few practice ones first). Rinse the brush, wipe lightly, and paint another stripe above and adjacent to the first using only water. Repeat these steps until you reach halfway up the card. The color should be darkest at the bottom and gradually lighten until it matches the white of the tag.
Repeat this process on 13 of the tags. Let dry, and repeat on the other sides. Don’t worry if the paper starts to curl — painting both sides will flatten it out, and you can always bend it slightly afterwards.
While the tags dry, add another thin layer of modge podge to the bottom of the box and let dry for another 15 minutes, taking care to make it smooth.
Divide the tags into three piles of 6, 2, and 5 respectively. The first pile will be the months, the second pile will be the day’s first digit, and the third pile will be the day’s second digit. Follow the directions of the rub-on letters and apply the following to the tags (front/back): jan/feb, mar/apr, may/jun, jul/aug, sep/oct, nov/dec, 0/1, 2/3, 0/1, 2/3, 4/5, 6/7, 8/9.
Next place three tags into your box, evenly spaced. Use them as a guide to make three marks on what will be the “ceiling” of the box, ½” from the front edge.
Screw the three C-hooks into the ceiling of the box. Or ask your hubby to do it. These babies take some muscle!
Place the tags onto the hooks! If you find they aren’t easy to hang, you can trim the tops or bottoms until they fit perfectly.
Finishing your day with a cup of detox tea can help you flush toxins, strengthen your immune system, boost your metabolism, and bring your body to an alkaline state. Ingredients included in this recipe work together to provide wonderful healing benefits.
Lemon tea can help your body to detox naturally. It’s known to support the liver and kidneys as well as promoting blood circulation and strengthening the immune system. Although acidic to taste, lemons are one of the most alkaline of foods and help to push our bodies to the required pH alkaline state.
Cayenne pepper contains a component called capsaicin which neutralizes what is referred to substance P, a neuropeptide linked to the cause of inflammation in the body. Cayenne tea improves circulation which provides a source of healing nutrients to the tissue and the blood also carries away the toxins from the damaged or wounded area.
Cinnamon tea reduces blood levels of glucose and fructose slowing development of a fatty liver disease.
Ginger is an excellent natural anti-inflammatory as well. Ginger is a powerful diaphoretic which means it can increase perspiration and detoxify our bodies. German researchers have shown that sweat contains a natural antibiotic named dermcidin that can ward off bacterial, fungal, viral and microbial infections. Thus, ginger tea helps strengthen our immune system as well.
Everyday detox tea recipe
1 3/4 cups water
1 inch ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
1 teaspoon turmeric
1/3 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon cayenne
Spoonful of raw, organic honey
Juice from 1/2 a lemon (or 2 drops lemon essential oil)
Heat water to boiling. Pour water into your cup, add ginger, let set for a few minutes, add lemon, cayenne, cinnamon, and honey. Stir and enjoy your incredible tea! Drink every night 1 hour before bed or first thing in the morning.
The things you do well before bed can affect your life. It’s an awesome time to begin a day by day ritual, because the day is winding down and you’re not rushing around to get things done.
Read a self-improvement book: Pick one of these groundbreaking self-change books as some nighttime before you sleep. On the off chance that you pick something excessively energizing, for example, a fantasy or mystery novel, you won’t not have the capacity to put it down before bed.
Brush and floss: Brushing and flossing your teeth has a huge impact on your health. Unhealthy gums can lead to serious conditions, such as heart and respiratory disease. Further, you’ll have a higher chance of losing your teeth as you age if you don’t start brushing and flossing. Here are other scary conditions you may suffer from if you don’t pick up better dental habits.
Get ready for the next day: Set up every one of your things the prior night — your lunch and outfit — so you’re not scrambling around in the morning. What’s more, prepare for the greatest day of your life!
Stretch: Stretching is a decent propensity to get. In addition to the fact that it is better for your joints and adaptability, yet it can likewise help with your rest.
Go to bed 15 minutes early: Try this straightforward trap — go to bed 15 minutes sooner than you plan to. Individuals aren’t getting enough rest, and lack of sleep can effectsly affect your wellbeing and profitability. By going to bed prior, you can change since a long time ago engrained propensities and quit lingering going to rest. This will enhance your life for sure!
Write down what you’re grateful for: Name one to three things you’re grateful for in your life every night in a notebook, and it’ll help you think more positively. Gratitude is known to be a really powerful tool that can help you appreciate the things you take for granted. It’s so easy to focus on the negative in your day and forget or dismiss the positive. By calling attention to the good, you can change how your mind works.
Meditate: Meditating is a great ritual to take up. It helps diminishes push levels and give you a genuine feelings of serenity. It will help you with your driving forces and responses to unpleasant occasions. The advantages of meditating are endless and incorporate better memory, greater creativity, and less anxiety.
This custom made cleaner is an intense disinfectant that crushes a wide range of hurtful microscopic organisms and it will expel tidy off your furniture in a split second. It is realize that tidy might be the reason for a few hypersensitivities and other respiratory troubles.
It is known that house cleaners which contain harsh chemicals are harmful in such cases. So, you have to give it a try to this DIY natural cleaner!
Ingredients and preparation method:
2 tbs. or 15g olive oil
½ tsp. or 3g lemon essential oil
¼ cup or 62ml white vinegar
2 cups or 320ml water
1 spray bottle (450ml)
1 microfiber cloth
Mix the olive oil and the lemon essential oil. Then, add the white vinegar and the water, and mix well. Put the mixture into a spray bottle.
How it works:
Olive oil is one of the best natural ingredients to remove dust from furniture, because it not only cleans your furniture, but it also repairs the damaged surfaces while restoring shine and color. You can use it on wooden, metal and glass surfaces.
Lemon essential oil has anti-bacterial properties that prevent the buildup of dust mites and bacteria in your house. Not to mentions the nice natural scent that remains in your house!
White vinegar is highly beneficial for removing dust from all types of surfaces. Its acidic properties can eliminate stains instantly.
How to use it:
Spray a small amount of this mixture on your furniture leaving it on for 5 minutes. Then, use a microfiber cloth to wipe it clean. Repeat the method if it is necessary.
If you want to add a natural shine to your furniture, you can also use another simple mixture made from olive oil and lemon juice:
4 tbs. or 64g olive oil
2 tbs. or 10ml lemon juice
Mix the 2 ingredients then wipe your furniture with it and just wait for a few minutes.
If you try these two homemade cleaners you will never return to the chemicals found in stores, because you will be amazed of the provided advantages: safety, effectiveness and beautiful smell.
Forget expensive lotions and potions – create your own beauty treatments with these Easter-themed essentials.
Egg on your face and chocolate on your skin? That’s how your Easter should be shaping up if you want to look younger!
Why not try some of these DIY beauty recipes on for size…
How to make your own egg face mask
Whether its fine lines, enlarged pores or puffy under-eye areas that are threatening to ruin your Bank Holiday weekend, an egg white mask will work on your woes. Using your ring finger, dab a thin layer of raw egg white on the troublesome area (make sure not to get it in your eyes), leave to dry for around 15 minutes and rinse off with warm water.
How to make your own body scrub
There’s nothing quite like a good slough of dead skin cells, and the added bonus of this DIY darling from Henry Happened is it smells delicious too.
Mix together brown sugar, white sugar, almond oil, cocoa powder and peppermint oil until a pliable consistence. Store in a sealable jar and use in the shower or bath; simply scoop a small amount of the scrub with your fingers and gently massage over your body in a circular motion.
How to make your own face mask
Carrots are jam-packed with retinol, a vital anti-ageing ingredient, which is why we love this homemade mask from Makeupandbeauty. Simply boil a few carrots and mash into a creamy paste. Finally add a teaspoon of oatmeal and a teaspoon of honey and mix together.
Apply to the face and leave on for 10-15 minutes before washing off with warm water. It is recommended to moisturise after using the mask, as it can be a little drying, and to use it only once or twice a week as the colouring of the carrots can transfer onto your skin. If orange is your thing, use more!
It is advisable to test any homemade recipes on the inside of your arm before applying to the face.
An Arizona high school student has made history by becoming the first woman to ever receive an NCAA football scholarship.
Becca Longo, who is a kicker for the Chandler Basha High School football team, signed her letter of intent to play college football with Division II Adams State University in Colorado last month.
However, she was quite surprised when her football coach, Gerald Todd, said that she was the first woman ever to receive a scholarship at the Division II level or higher, according to ESPN.
Longo told the sports news site that she had no idea she was the first woman to receive this distinction and that she’s ‘still in shock from it’. ‘I’m just amazed,’ she added.
The 18-year-old will also play basketball at the university, where former Cardinals quarterback Timm Rosenbach serves as the head coach.
‘To me, there is no doubt she can be competitive. She has a strong leg, and she can be very accurate,’ Rosenbach told the Arizona Republic.
Longo told ESPN that she has had a fascination with kicking for years, despite suffering a back injury that led doctors to believe she would never play sports again.
In 2014, she was the junior varsity kicker at Queen Creek High in Arizona but was forced to sit out her junior year after transferring to Basha High.
Last year, she won a starting job on field goals and extra points.
Longo converted 35 of 38 extra-point attempts last season and was good on her lone field goal attempt of 30 yards, according to ESPN.
During the season, Longo reached out to Adams State, but didn’t hear back until it was over.
An assistant coach eventually came to the school and invited Longo to visit the university.
She kicked in front of the coaching staff, which earned her an offer.
‘It was like recruiting any other athlete,’ Rosenbach told the Arizona Republic.
Longo told ESPN that she is aware of the competition at Adams State.
The university recently signed kicker Tiago Paim and they have a returning sophomore Eduardo Majalca on their roster.
‘I’m ready to compete,’ Longo said. ‘I don’t really have any expectations beyond that.’
There have been at least a dozen women who have played college football, but none of them had ever received an NCAA scholarship.
Four to six times a week, elite triathlete Clifford Drusinsky wakes up at 3 AM to train. But before he sets out, he opts not for a sports drink but for 20 milligrams of THC in a marijuana energy bar. By the time it kicks in, 30 minutes later, he’s started an hour in the pool, a three-hour bike ride, or a 13-mile run. “Marijuana relaxes me and allows me to go into a controlled, meditational place,” says Drusinsky. “When I get high, I train smarter and focus on form.”
Drusinsky’s weed-fueled regimen seems to be working. The 39-year-old athlete took the podium for his age group in nine major triathlons in 2013, including a first-place finish at the South Beach Triathlon in Miami (although he’s careful to note he wasn’t high during any of the races — taking marijuana from one state to another, after all, is still illegal). And with weed now legal in his home state of Colorado, Drusinsky spreads the gospel of marijuana-infused fitness at the Denver gym he owns, F.I.T.S. Conditioning, inviting his two dozen clients to indulge via edibles before guiding them through dynamic stretches and TRX drills. “I work out longer high,” says one client, John Hunt, an entrepreneur. Adds product developer Chad White: “If I take a little bit before heavy training, I am totally dialed in.”
Jocks like Drusinsky who publicly proclaim their cannabis use are rare. (Canadian snowboarder Ross Rebagliati and mixed martial artist Nick Diaz are among the few who have sung the praises of weed as a training tool.) But with a steady creep to legalization shaking off the stigma of marijuana — decriminalization initiatives have passed or are under way in some 20 states — you can expect more athletes to come out of the cannabis closet.
Medical marijuana’s benefits for alleviating pain, decreasing nausea, and improving mood are well known. So it’s not hard to see why those same qualities would appeal to endurance athletes, who must cope with high levels of pain, stress, and boredom during grueling hours-long events. “It may help some athletes get into a zone and put their bodies through very tough physical activity,” says Mark Ware, a McGill University professor and executive director of the Canadian Consortium for the Investigation of Cannabinoids. “It may enable them to focus on those repetitive tasks.”
JUST AS ENDORPHINS HELP YOU PUSH THROUGH AN INTENSE WORKOUT, THESE ENDOCANNABINOIDS COULD INCREASE YOUR PAIN THRESHOLD TO DO THE SAME.
And it’s not just endurance athletes. “Frank,” a climbing guide in Boulder, Colorado, who prefers not to use his real name, says that two-thirds of the pro climbers he knows use marijuana before climbing and working out. “People have a stereotype of a zoned-out stoner, but for a lot of people it makes them superfocused and motivated,” says the guide. “For climbers I work with, it’s like drinking two espressos. They’re psyched, ready to go.”
Whether marijuana really gives these athletes an edge isn’t something exercise science has solved. “What research we have is anecdotal,” says Iñigo San Millán, director of the Human Performance Lab at the University of Colorado. “We know it might help with inflammation, sleep, and pain relief. But we don’t know if it will improve performance — or if it might even jeopardize it.”
Here’s what we do know: When marijuana is ingested, its chemical compounds, known as cannabinoids, bind with receptors in the brain and body that regulate pain, mood, appetite, and memory. Scientists suspect that these receptors may play a role in aerobic activity’s neurological benefit — a.k.a. the runner’s high. “The endocannabinoid system works like endorphins,” says Andrea Giuffrida, an associate professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center and an expert on endocannabinoids. Giuffrida and his colleagues have conducted studies showing that after high-intensity treadmill running, people have elevated levels of naturally occurring endocannabinoids in their bloodstream. What that suggests? Just as endorphins help you push through an intense workout, these endocannabinoids could increase your pain threshold to do the same.
There could be other athletic advantages beyond pain relief. Studies have shown that low doses of THC increase motor activity in mice — so maybe a bit of pot could equal a little extra speed. What’s more, an intriguing study from the University of Bordeaux in France found that when the brain is exposed to marijuana, it reacts to the THC by producing more pregnenolone. That chemical is a precursor to the natural steroids produced by the body, and is often used as a supplement to increase energy and reduce fatigue.
But before you start a pot-fueled routine, know that marijuana can come with downsides. Research shows it slows reaction time and may encourage riskier decisions, and it inhibits basic problem-solving. Pot is also known to increase heart rate by 20 percent or more for up to three hours after smoking — a negative for athletes.
There’s one last problem in parsing marijuana’s competitive advantages and disadvantages, says former Denver Broncos tight end Nate Jackson, who used marijuana during his six seasons in the NFL to deal with pain: Pot affects different people in different ways. “Some people get high and their muscle memory locks in and they feel like they can’t miss,” says Jackson. “Some people get high and fall apart.”
Perhaps the main performance-enhancing properties of cannabis can’t be measured by split times or heart rate. Athletics, after all, isn’t solely about winning. Enjoying the day-to-day training is a huge part of the experience. And we don’t need science to prove that, for many of us, a little pot can make nearly anything more fun. For Drusinsky, the benefits of using pot far outweigh the risks, and not just on the racecourse. He’s in sponsorship talks with a Colorado edibles company, and may have his own line coming out soon. He describes the product as having “the perfect percentages of proteins, carbs, and fat for the outdoor athlete.” That, and it will get you nice and toasty.
A New Jersey teenager has to make a decision soon most high school seniors can only dream of — deciding on which Ivy League school to attend in the fall. The problem, if you want to call it that, is that she was accepted into all of them. All eight schools!
Ifeoma White-Thorpe said she was shaking when she got the eighth acceptance letter.
“I was like, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, like this might be eight out of eight and I clicked it and it said ‘Congratulations’ and I was like oh my goodness!” she said when she got her last Ivy League acceptance notice online.
White-Thorpe, a senior and student government president at Morris Hills High School in Rockaway, has to choose between Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Dartmouth and Brown.
She wants to study biology and pursue a career in global health. Since all of the Ivy League schools “have great research facilities,” she decided to apply to them all.
Students getting into all of the Ivies is a monumental feat, but it’s happened to a handful of teens over the past couple of years — Kwasi Enin in 2014, Harold Ekeh in 2015 and Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna and Kelly Hyles last year.
Now that she has all of her acceptance letters, a very important decision needs to be made: Which school will she actually attend?
“I got into Harvard early action, so I figured I’ll just go there, so then I got into all the others and I was like, wait, now I don’t know where I want to go,” White-Thorpe said.
Her parents said that in the end, the decision is all hers. But, she noted that none of the schools where she applied give merit scholarships.
“I’m praying they give me some more financial aid or some money,” she said. “Shout out to all of those schools, please give me something!”
She can add another elite school to the mix as well — she also got into Stanford.
Rain-fed wildflowers have been blooming from California’s desert sands after a “nap” that lasted for years — producing an incredible flower spring portrait unofficially called a “super bloom” that has drawn record crowds and traffic jams to tiny towns like Borrego Springs.
An estimated 150,000 people in the past month have converged on this town of about 3,500 in the desert about 85 miles (135 kilometers) northeast of San Diego just to see this incredible blooming phenomenon.
Wildflowers are springing up across California thanks to a wet winter. But a “super bloom” is a term referring to a mass amount of desert flowers blooming at one time. In California, that occurs maybe once in a decade in any given area.
The natural show in the desert outside Borrego Springs is expected to roll along through May, with different species of flowers blooming at different elevations and in different areas.
Our skin suffers day by day due the pollution and the damage of UV and free radicals. Upon their impact, the skin tends to lose its elasticity and firmness over time. You can repair your skin with proper sleep, as research shows that skin cell turnover is 8 times faster during bedtime. That is why, the best time to apply facial skin care creams is when you go to sleep. You should also know that all beauty treatments work best when done in a relaxed frame of mind. Here is how you can support your skin’s rejuvenation and restoration process with some amazing and powerful homemade night creams.
White/Green Tea Night Cream
You should combine 25 oz of pure beeswax with 1 oz almond oil, 1 oz coconut oil, 1 tsp of Rose hip seed oil in a double boiler, allowing it to melt.
Meanwhile take a cup of warm water and let a packet of green/white tea seep for a few minutes. Pour this mixture to the double boiler and mix.
Once the beeswax melts let it cool for a minute or two and then strain through a fine sieve.
Whip this strained mixture using a hand blender until you reach a smooth, fluffy consistency.
Store in a cool, dark place.
First, wash your face, pat dry and apply over skin in circular motions, until it is absorbed completely. Do this before you go to bed.
The next morning, wash off with cold water.
Apple Night Cream
Cut an apple into small cubes and blend them with 2 tsp of olive oil or grapeseed oil or rose oil or almond oil until it reaches a smooth consistency.
Pour it in a double boiler and mix until the mixture is warm.
Remove from boiler and let it cool.
Once the mixture cools down add 2 tsp of rose water.
You can also add honey, cinnamon, nutmeg or turmeric to this mixture, especially if you are suffering from acne.
Put your cream in a sterile container and store it in your refrigerator.
Wash your face, pat dry and apply the cream on your face.
Let it dry for 10 minutes before getting into bed.
In the morning, wash your face with cool water.
Olive Oil Night Cream
Mix 1/4 cup of extra virgin olive oil, 1 tsp of coconut oil and 1 tsp of beeswax in a small saucepan.
Heat on low temperature until the mixture starts melting.
Let it cool and while it gets a creamy soft texture.
Add a couple of Vitamin E capsules into your cream.
If you want you can also add a few drops of essential oil like Ylang Ylang, Lavender, Lemon, Tea Tree, Myrrh or Carrot Seed.
Store in a sterile container in a dry place.
Before applying the cream, wash your face and pat dry.
Rub in a circular motion, massaging the cream on your skin.
The next morning, wash off with a gentle cleanser.