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Personally, I hate using strong chemicals to get rid of stubborn stains. The strong odor ingites my system to respond like an actor whose acting style is to exaggerate every emotion he wants to portray. Some hollywood folks call this sty...
Personally, I hate using strong chemicals to get rid of stubborn stains. The strong odor ingites my system to respond like an actor whose acting style is to exaggerate every emotion he wants to portray. Some hollywood folks call this style: overacting. In short, I normally have allergies if I use laboratory manufactured chemicals. They are a bit overboard for poor sensitive me. My alternative is to use the most natural substances readily available at home. What are those substances? Vinegar, shampoo, table salt or NaCl, baking soda, cold water, even a bottle of Coke is usable. You might think I’m just making this up, believe me, I studied the chemical components of all these, and based on my findings, and the result of my experiments, they do really work. The cool thing about it is, they abound in my kitchen. Now, what makes me confident to express my thoughts about chemistry? I took up more than the usual loads of chemistry units in college, and did well on them. But, that’s another story. Moving on, this wonderful guide is supplied to us by Uniform Advantage. Blood, wax, grass? These tough stains are easier to remove than you think. Take a look at these simple solutions: 8 Easy Ways To Remove Tough Stains The post Effective Home Remedies to Remove Stubborn Stain appeared first on Lifehack.
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If he’s the yin to your yang, there’s a good chance you are partnered with your exact opposite. In the beginning, this introvert-extrovert connection is delightful as you experience an attitude different from your own. Over t...
If he’s the yin to your yang, there’s a good chance you are partnered with your exact opposite. In the beginning, this introvert-extrovert connection is delightful as you experience an attitude different from your own. Over time, though, it can test your patience and make you question your compatibility. Your mate wants to socialize while you want to stay home together. Aren’t you enough for him? He wants to talk things out while you need time to process. Can’t she give you space to breathe? It hurts your feelings when she tells you she needs time to herself. What is she not telling me? It’s easy to take these differences personally or think your mate is just being difficult. That’s how my husband and I felt for a long time. It wasn’t until we began traveling the world together in 2010 – working, traveling, and being together 24/7 – that we learned the lessons it might have taken us years to notice and absorb in our old lifestyle. Before you get to the communication hacks we’ve learned from being together 24/7 the past few years, first take the introvert-extrovert test to verify your hunch about yourself and your mate from introvert expert and author Susan Cain. Know How Your Mate Recharges I was sitting in a farmhouse in Slovenia, visiting with a friend at her kitchen table about books, life, and love. It was an introvert’s dream: a calm setting and an intimate conversation catching up with a friend I hadn’t seen in some time. As we were discussing relationships and life, I mentioned that I’d recently learned the difference between introverts and extroverts through a book. It helped me realize what I needed to function at a better level, and I’d been implementing some new strategies with good result. My friend, also an introvert, shared her experience. During our conversation, my husband walked through the kitchen, overhearing a part of our conversation. Later that night as we were lying in bed, he told me it was the single most important bit of information he’d ever learned about me. (And we’ve been together for 10 years.) It was like a light bulb went on in our relationship, erasing the shadows that were distorting our actions. You see, when I told him earlier I was an introvert, he didn’t quite understand what I meant and I didn’t fully explain it. I also didn’t bother to figure out he was an extrovert. We both missed the introvert-extrovert connection that could drastically improve our communication. Introverts get their energy from being alone and it is drained by being with other people. This doesn’t mean introverts don’t like being around people or that they are shy, just that the effort of being around them is a drain on their energy. Extroverts get their energy from being with other people and it is drained by being alone. This doesn’t mean extroverts cannot be alone or that they are social butterflies, just that the interaction with other people is what energizes them. Most people fall closer to the middle of the continuum from introvert to extrovert, so you needn’t worry that extroverts need to talk all the time or introverts just want to be left alone. But when you know where your partner is coming from and what helps them be at their best, it’s easier to create the right environment for them to excel (and reap the reward of having them at their best more often). When you know how your mate needs to recharge and honor it, you’ll notice a drastic improvement in the mood and level of tension in your relationship. Pick Your Moment Need to talk about something important with your partner? For the most productive outcome, pick your timing based on his or her best mood, not yours. This is especially true if you have a complaint or bad news to deliver. If your mate is an extrovert, you have to allow plenty of time to talk it through. You can’t drop a bomb on the way out the d
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Looking for an easy way to power your home-made gadget? Why not use a free USB port on your computer? Take a look at the video below posted by YouTube user JeanOrwin to learn how to use a standard USB cable to power your self-built gadge...
Looking for an easy way to power your home-made gadget? Why not use a free USB port on your computer? Take a look at the video below posted by YouTube user JeanOrwin to learn how to use a standard USB cable to power your self-built gadgets though a USB port. With only a few minutes work, you can strip the USB cable and isolate the power wires. After cutting away the extraneous data wires and copper insulation you’ll have two wires left that pump out 5v of electricity. Fast forward to 3:06 to learn which wires to cut away and which to isolate. Once done, you can connect your modified USB cable into a free port on your computer. Touch the power wires to both leads of an LED – quickly so as not to burn the LED out –  and you’ll see you’ve got power. Use a cheap luster terminal if you like to make the wires easier to work with. If you find the tutorial as useful as we do, make sure to share it and get the word out.   Original Source – YouTube - JeanOrwin: Tutorial Get power from your USB-Port for self-built USB gadgets I can attest that I have somewhere near 10 email address floating around the web, five of which I actively keep track of and actively use every day for emails. Top Five Password Managers for Mobile and Web Users The post How to Get Power from your USB Port for self-built USB gadgets appeared first on Lifehack.
about 2 hours ago
Tough times happen to all of us. No matter how strong or powerful or confident we are, tough times will come: viciously forcing their might on us, causing us to crumble. As mighty as we can feel one day, we can feel just as lost and scar...
Tough times happen to all of us. No matter how strong or powerful or confident we are, tough times will come: viciously forcing their might on us, causing us to crumble. As mighty as we can feel one day, we can feel just as lost and scared the next. I don’t say this to cause fear, I say it because it’s the truth. The hardest part of tough times is not to lose hope. I’ve felt trapped under miles of rock, no light seeping through, and the rescue workers weren’t coming to save me. It’s a feeling mixed with loss, fear and deflated dreams. The amazing thing about life – and I’m never going to understand how – is that as long as you’re breathing, you still have a chance. I don’t care whether you think it’s God, the Universe, or a couple of alien civilizations playing games with us, you always have a chance. Understand Why You Are Experiencing Tough Times, But Be Grateful For What You Still Have Telling you to be grateful is almost starting to sound cliché. Everybody says it, yet not a lot of people take the time to do it. It’s easy to get lost in cluttered thoughts filled with decrepit hope and feel sorry for ourselves, so I understand why we generally don’t make the effort to be grateful. But being grateful helps. It pulls you back into the present moment, allowing you to put your troubles on the back burner, even if it’s for just a short time. It doesn’t matter how you choose to be grateful. You can write out ten things right now you’re grateful for. You can sing to the heavens all the beautiful aspects of your life. You can take a big, giant breath, hold it for ten seconds, give it a powerful exhale and yell, “YA! I’M GRATEFUL FOR THIS BREATH.” I don’t care, just be grateful, period. If you’re struggling to come up with anything, remember you are, in fact, still alive. That won’t last forever, so take extreme advantage of it. Remember All The Previous Tough Times You’ve Battled Through And How You Got Out Of Them You’ve been through your fair share of tough times, am I right? I thought so. What I find interesting is that you’re still here. You made it through your past tough times even when they probably felt a lot similar to the tough time you’re experiencing right now. Why should this tough time be any different? Think back for a moment. What positively helped you through? Was it a book, friend, or a family member? Go back to what helped you through the last tough time. Was there something you did that helped? Revisit that. Personally, James Taylor’s music has always helped me during my tough bouts. It calms me, puts me in a more hopeful mood. But I can get so lost in my struggles sometimes that I forget about Taylor’s music. It’s not until I’m proactive about my struggles that I tap into past sources of inspiration and guidance. Be proactive and trust yourself, don’t let your tough times control your life. Embrace Your Tough Times And Explore What Options Exist To Create An Even Better Life During tough times you can’t give up, ever. Even during the toughest times you must keep your hopes alive by pushing through. Work on what needs to get done, try and build some momentum, and then build on it further. That last thing you should be doing is quitting, which I slightly hesitate to say because there are some very good reasons to quit sometimes. If you’re passionate about what you want to do, then don’t quit. If you’re losing your life because of it, well, you don’t have to quit, but take a break from it and get your life back together. One of my little secrets with my writing is that I write out of fear. I’m scared to death every time I type up an article or write a book. Am I going to make enough money to support myself, my wife, and my dog? Is anybody going to even read this? Is what I’m writing worthwhile, or is it hogwash? The list of insecure questions goes on and on. The point I’m wanting to make is: Keep your head up, believe in yourself, and take life head on. Your tough times wo
about 3 hours ago
Everyone knows that sitting for long periods of time is bad for your body and your mind. Getting the blood flowing helps you stay fresh with creativity, boosts energy and helps your body work more efficiently. Many of us don’t have...
Everyone knows that sitting for long periods of time is bad for your body and your mind. Getting the blood flowing helps you stay fresh with creativity, boosts energy and helps your body work more efficiently. Many of us don’t have the opportunity to get up and move around as often as we should. Here are 5 simple stretches you can do while sitting to improve your mind and body. Seated Twist Sitting in your chair while keeping a long, tall spine, place your right hand on the outside of your left knee. Use that hand as leverage to twist to your left, and place your left hand as far to the right as possible to have something to hang onto while you twist. Now join it with your breath. Exhale as you move into your twist, inhale as you ease off. Repeat on the other side. Repeat each side 2-3 times. Chest/Shoulder Opener Sitting on the edge of your chair, clasp your hands behind your back, opening up your chest and shoulders. Inhale/exhale several times, noticing that when you inhale your stretch increases. Release and repeat 2-3 times. Seated Pigeon I call this one Seated Pigeon as it is a cousin to the yoga pose called Pigeon, which is performed lying on the floor. Clearly this isn’t an option at work. This Seated Pigeon version might not work if you are wearing a short skirt or dress unless you have an office to yourself! Sit on the edge of your chair and place your right ankle over your left knee. Be sure that your left foot is directly under your left knee. Sit nice and tall, imagining a string is pulling the crown of your head up towards the ceiling. This one is great for releasing your gluteus medius and minimus muscles, as well as your piriformis muscles. These are your hip abductors. These are usually what aches when you sit so much! Hold each stretch for about 30 seconds, repeat each side 2-3 times. Hip Flexor Stretch Sitting truly shortens and tightens your little hip flexor muscle. It’s the one at the front in the crease of your hip. It runs through your pelvis to your back, so when it is tight it often presents with an achy back. To lengthen this one out while at your desk, sit at the edge of your chair but shift to face to your left. Take your right leg and extend it behind you with as straight a knee as you can. Sit tall and lift your sternum while trying to tuck your tailbone under. This increases the stretch. Repeat on the other side. Repeat both sides 2-3 times. Hamstring Stretch This is an easy one to do either just before you sit down or just after getting up. While standing, soften your right knee and extend your left leg in front of you with your heel on the floor. On your left leg, draw your toes upwards, keep your knee slightly bent so you don’t strain your ligaments behind your knee. You want to feel the stretch in the belly of the muscle (that is, your mid-thigh, at the back of your leg) rather than behind the knee. Hold the stretch for 30 seconds and switch to the other side. Repeat each side 2-3 times. It isn’t necessary to do all of the stretches all at once. Take a stretch break every 45 minutes or so and choose a couple of different stretches. Next time choose a different set of stretches. Simple. Your brain and body will thank you for it! Putting in a full day at the office can make it hard to find the time to exercise. 29 Exercises You Can Do At (Or Near) Your Desk The post 5 Simple Stretches To Boost Your Energy At Your Office Desk appeared first on Lifehack.
about 3 hours ago
You know that super-fit friend of yours who always seems to look so good? She has a “secret” to her success. Actually, she has 10 of them. Here are 10 habits of “always-healthy” people. 1. They look on the bright ...
You know that super-fit friend of yours who always seems to look so good? She has a “secret” to her success. Actually, she has 10 of them. Here are 10 habits of “always-healthy” people. 1. They look on the bright side. Healthy people are more optimistic than unhealthy people. They don’t waste time and energy complaining. If they think they need to make a change in their life, they do it. They know that a positive mental attitude goes a long way toward promoting other healthy behaviors in their lives. 2. They like exercising. This may sound crazy to some, but healthy people actually enjoy exercising. Here’s why: they spend their time partaking in exercises they like doing and avoid those they hate. This means if you hate running, don’t run. If you hate going to the gym, don’t go. Find something you like doing, whether it’s taking daily walks on a trail near your house; swimming laps in a pool; riding your bike; playing a few games of hoops each week; or doing yoga. 3. They prepare healthy meals ahead of time. One of the downsides of “being healthy” is it definitely takes more time and effort. Practicing unhealthy behaviors is convenient. There are fast, cheap, unhealthy foods available all around us. That’s why healthy people spend time prepping healthy meals when they have moments to spare. This can mean preparing a healthy lunch the night before you go to work so you don’t have to go out to eat; cutting up veggies to take as snacks when you’re on the go; and freezing healthy foods to use at a later date. 4. They make health a priority in their life. This is perhaps the most important habit of healthy people. They make a conscious choice to be healthy. They understand that their health is a gift and they don’t take it for granted. Aside from family, friends, and work, health is one of the most important priorities in their life. 5. They eat foods they know aren’t healthy (in moderation). Healthy people don’t deprive themselves of the foods they love. They eat healthy most of the time … and this allows them to enjoy their favorite unhealthy foods once in a while without feeling guilty. Granted, this doesn’t mean they splurge and eat an entire pizza every Friday night. But they may eat a couple of pieces and they’re perfectly okay with that. 6. They don’t believe in dieting. Diets are temporary and healthy folks are well aware of this. Diets are a short-term fix … a “band-aid” to an issue that requires a longer-term approach. Healthy people know that eating well is a lifelong endeavor. 7. They surround themselves with other healthy people. Healthy people have a tendency to participate in healthy behaviors with folks who share their sentiments. This means you’ll often find healthy people exercising with their other healthy friends. We all have unhealthy “enablers” in our lives, but healthy people make it a point to balance it out with other friends who also participate in a healthy lifestyle. 8. They don’t make excuses. Healthy people live by the mantra: He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. – Benjamin Franklin They take responsibility for their actions rather than blaming others and external circumstances for why they aren’t as healthy as they could be. They refuse to accept mediocrity in their lives and own up to their mistakes. 9. They get plenty of sleep. According to the book Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation, those who suffer from lack of sleep and sleep disorders are less productive, spend more on health care, and have an increased likelihood of accidents compared to healthy people. Aim for seven to eight hours of sleep per night. 10. They eat healthy snacks. Snacking can make or break your health goals. That’s why healthy people choose to eat snacks like raw almonds, vegetables, fruits, and nuts. Replace
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Battle of the Atom? Shit just got real.
Battle of the Atom? Shit just got real.
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Those of us who grew up with English as our first language have been exposed to idioms and idiomatic expressions for most of our lives. They may have confused us a little when we were children, but explanation and constant exposure not o...
Those of us who grew up with English as our first language have been exposed to idioms and idiomatic expressions for most of our lives. They may have confused us a little when we were children, but explanation and constant exposure not only increased our understanding of them, but likely drew them into our own vernacular. If you’re in the process of learning the English language, you may come across some of these and not be entirely sure what they mean. Here’s a list of 20 that you’re likely to come across fairly often: 1. A Chip on Your Shoulder No, this doesn’t mean that you’ve dropped part of your snack. To have a chip on one’s shoulder implies that the person is carrying around some grudge or bad feelings about something that happened in the past… like having walked through the wreckage of a building, and ended up with a chip of that building stuck to them for years afterward. 2. Bite Off More Than You Can Chew Like taking a HUGE bite of a sandwich that will fill your mouth up so much that you can’t move your jaw, this idiom implies that you’ve taken on more than you can handle successfully. An example would be agreeing to build ten websites in a week when normally you can only handle five. 3. You Can’t Take It With You You can’t take anything with you when you die, so don’t bother hoarding your stuff or not using it except for “special occasions”. Live now, because all your stuff is going to be around long after you’re gone. 4. Everything But the Kitchen Sink This implies that nearly everything has been packed/taken/removed. For instance, if someone said: “The thieves stole everything but the kitchen sink!” it meant that they took everything they could carry; it’s damned hard to remove a sink and carry it around. 5. “Over My Dead Body” When the only way you’ll allow something to happen is if you’re no longer alive to stop it. 6. Tie the Knot To get married. This is left over from the old tradition of handfasting, wherein the hands of the bride and groom would be tied together with a length of ribbon to symbolize that their lives were fastened together permanently. 7. Don’t Judge a Book By Its Cover Things aren’t always what they appear to be at first glance, so it’s a good idea to give something a chance, even if its outward appearance isn’t immediately attractive. *The exception to this might be actual books that have hideous covers: those tend to be terrible all around, and in cases such as these, it’s best to contact the author or publisher and recommend a good graphic designer. 8. When Pigs Fly This means “never”. Pigs aren’t about to sprout wings and take flight anytime soon, so if someone says to their kid that they can get a forehead tattoo when pigs fly, it’s not gonna happen. 9. A Leopard Can’t Change His Spots Basically: you are who you are. Just like a leopard can’t concentrate really hard and change the pattern on its skin, people can’t change who they really are at heart. 10. Wear Your Heart on Your Sleeve To freely show and express all of your emotions, as though your heart were on the outside of your body. 11. Bite Your Tongue! Stick your tongue between your teeth (gently), and then try to speak. You can’t say a word, can you? To bite one’s tongue means to stay quiet: literally to hold the tongue still so it can’t make a sound. This goes along with: 12. Put a Sock In It The idea behind this is that if you stuffed a sock in your mouth, you’d be quiet… so if you tell someone to “put a sock in it”, you’re telling them to shut up. 13. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie If a couple of dogs had been fighting and are now sleeping peacefully, it’s best to just leave them alone. The idea behind this one is to avoid bringing up old arguments so they’ll just be argued abo
about 5 hours ago
Getting control of your debt can help you live a happy and fulfilling life. When you see your paycheck going toward a vacation fund as opposed to a credit card payment, you have an increased level of control over your life. If you ...
Getting control of your debt can help you live a happy and fulfilling life. When you see your paycheck going toward a vacation fund as opposed to a credit card payment, you have an increased level of control over your life. If you are currently drowning in debt, what are some ways to get that debt under control? There are some things that you can start doing right away to help you stop sending all of your hard earned money to credit card companies each month. Read more »
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Today, email is one of the main forms of communication we have with one another. Unfortunately, there are some times when we send out an important email and then wait patiently for a response that never comes. It appears that it has trav...
Today, email is one of the main forms of communication we have with one another. Unfortunately, there are some times when we send out an important email and then wait patiently for a response that never comes. It appears that it has traveled into the black hole of emails! To make sure your emails don’t get swallowed by the black hole, there are some basic rules to follow regarding what to include and utilize in your email — and what to leave out! Here they are: Keep the body short Firstly, the body of the email… The body is what is going to get read, or maybe skimmed over. You are hoping that every word gets read; however, if your emails look more like novels then that may not be the case. Keep the body short. Short is relative, and we must define this: three to five sentences is the maximum. Why do you need to keep the body short? Anything more than this starts to seem needy, especially if you don’t know the recipient. Neediness is an immediate turnoff for people. Once your brain senses any sort of neediness it goes into survival mode. Oren Klaff, New York Times Best Selling Author, describes it best, “Exposing your need to someone else makes them fearful.” Write in a natural voice Write as yourself. Do not use language that people won’t understand. Show the recipient that you are a real person writing this email and not a robot who is programmed to write. This also goes for the salutation of the email. Don’t fall into the trap of writing, “Dear Sir or Madam.” Take the time to find out the recipient’s name. Use “Hi” or “Hello” if you know the person; “Hey” may even be acceptable in very informal working relationships. Include one call to action Note the one here. The more items that you ask for, the needier you sound. The call to action is essentially you asking the recipient for something that you want them to do. Ask for a meeting or a phone call. Or coffee on Wednesday. But do not ask for multiple items, such as, “Can we schedule a meeting for Tuesday morning on the phone and can you edit my latest book?” This asks for way too much from one email! The point is to get the email read and receive a reply back — not for someone to hit the delete button. Closing your emails Write words here like “Best,” “Cheers,” “Warm wishes,” or “Thank you.” The point here is to show that this is not automated. Writing “Sincerely,” “Best regards,” etc., screams to the recipient that the email is automated or that it is a general, impersonal email. Email subject line This is one of the most important things when it comes to either getting your email glanced over, or read. Personalized subject lines work wonders: for instance, “John Smith Suggested I Contact You.” Create intrigue and utility within your subject lines. Chris Brogan, CEO of Human Business Works and another New York Times Best Selling Author, also has a few great subject lines including: YES OR NO: _______ 2 MINUTES TO READ: __ (and the subject, briefly) NEED YOUR DECISION DINNER PLAN PROPOSAL PLEASE FORWARD HANSCOM’S LETTER Putting all of the pieces together. Here is a sample email: Subject: 2 MINUTES TO READ: CONGRATS ON THE BOOK Hi Jessica, Congrats on the newly published book. I am a first-time author and truly amazed at your success. I enjoyed the topic of your latest book diving into your travel adventures in Spain, as I have lived there, too, and could relate. What is one piece of advice that you would give to a starting writer? Cheers, Bobbi Emails are used every day, but the number of emails read fully is dwindling. Make sure yours get to the top of the pile, and then actually read and replied to, by following these simple tips. There are so many people that just won’t get out of their email application to manage tasks. Mail Pilot: A New Approach To Email and Task Manag
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