Tuesday Tip Day – Toothpowder for Cleaning Silver

Goodbye nasty cleaning detergents. If you have some gorgeous silver jewelry that’s starting to dull or coins that are tarnished, use toothpowder to brighten ’em up again.

  • Put 4-5 spoons of toothpowder in a bowl.
  • Use an old toothbrush to gently rub the powder against your silver.
  • Do this for a few mins (or leave for 30 mins for more stubborn stains) and gently wipe off using a damp cloth and let dry.
  • You will a notice a difference in the sheen of the silver. Repeat as required.

You can also use toothpaste which is easier to come by. Just use an old brush to rub it over your item and leave for 2-3 hours and rinse off.

 

 

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Quickening Movements with Twins

A friend recently found out she was going to have twins. Boy..was she overwhelmed. But once she got over that, she realized how quickly things changed inside her. She started feeling little fluttery movements a lot sooner than expected. Usually moms do not feel a fetal movement, or quickening as it is apparently called, until 18-20 weeks. But with twins there’s always a higher chance of feeling everything a lot sooner.

A huge difference with twins and singles is how soon they run out of comfortable room in the womb and start feeling squished…kinda like student housing. As their growth progresses, they start moving a lot more and the mom can feel each individual movement. Sometimes moms can tell which twin kicked based on the position, especially if the babies are on different sides versus on top.

And of course sometimes movement can be confused with the mom’s natural body functions, like flatulence. We got a lot of information and knowledge from our visit to her doctor. I had no idea twins would move a lot faster and that you could detect it if you knew their position. Thought it was worth sharing.

via Daily Prompt: Quicken

“Center” and it’s many uses

Center or Centre: a wonderful, versatile 6 letter word that could be used in different contexts to mean different things. This word has been used since the 1400s; a variant of middle english centre; a middle point around which something rotates or revolves.

It can be used as a verb, noun, idiom, in math, sports and places….So many uses.

  • As a verb:
    • to mark the center of;
    • to come to a center;
    • to collect to or around a center;
    • to gather in a cluster.
  • As a noun:
    • a central point around which something rotates;
    • source of action or a problem;
    • a part of a building;
    • an important place or person.
  • Use in maths / science as center of mass, center as in geometry, center of gravity etc.
  • Use in sports as central position in football, center fielder etc.

This word is also used in buildings or places as city center, activity center of a building, central district etc.

 

via Daily Prompt: Center

Rejuvenating Homemade Face Masks

toner-906142_1920We all have different skin types and issues that we cope with. But the most painful ones are those found on our faces. Your face is what is seen by other individuals more than any other part of you and you want to keep it fresh and clean with no blemishes marring it. This post will help you create your own custom face mask, to take care of certain issues you might have, based on my own experiences and those around me.

I have issues with dryness and acne (especially old acne scars). I have tried different natural remedies to combat or cure my problems and I have found a few to be quite effective.

For dry skin:

You need strong moisturizing ingredients to reduce dryness and keep your skin soft and supple. Honey, Aloe vera, Cucumber and Avocado are some of the best natural ingredients to restore moisture and reduce flakiness in skin.

  1. Honey and Avocado Mask – Honey is extremely moisturizing and locks in moisture from the air on to your skin while avocado has natural oils that penetrate deep into the skin layers to soften flaky skin sections. Take half of a ripe avocado in a bowl and mash it till you have a uniform, smooth paste. Add 3-4 tablespoons of honey to the bowl and mix evenly. Apply on skin and leave for 10 mins. Rinse it with a wash cloth in cool water. Repeat this twice a week and you will notice a huge difference.
  2. Cucumber and Aloe Vera – Cucumber has antioxidants that help cool and soothe your skin while aloe vera helps reduce itchiness due to flaky skin. Peel and cut a small cucumber and place in a blender. Add 2-3 spoons of aloe vera and blend uniformly to get a paste. Apply this paste on your face, leave for 30 mins and wipe gently with a damp cloth.

For acne-prone skin:

Any citrus based fruit with honey is your best friend. Fruits like Orange, Lemon etc have tons of Vitamin C and fight free radicals improving the overall tone of your skin.

  1. Orange Peel Honey Mask – Peel out the skin of an orange and cut in to small pieces. Let them dry completely. After drying, grind them into a fine powder. Mix 2-3 teaspoons of the powder with 2-3 teaspoons of honey to form a smooth paste. Apply this on your acne spots and leave for 10-15 mins. Rinse with lukewarm water. Use an ice cube to rub on your face to close your pores. Repeat twice a week.
  2. Cinnamon Honey Mask – Get a tablespoon of cinnamon in a small bowl and add 3-4 teaspoons of honey. Mix to get a uniform paste. Apply on face and leave for 15 mins (you might notice some tingling initially). Rinse off with lukewarm water and pat dry. Moisturize after drying. Do this once a week as the cinnamon can cause slight dryness of skin. Make sure you always moisturize after using this mask. The cinnamon, over a period of time, helps to lighten old acne scars.

For oily skin:

Oily skin probably requires the most attention because of constant clogging of pores, blackheads and acne issues. You don’t want to use too many oil based products on your face as this might make your skin more oily. Instead, try to use oil-free products and more water-based products.

  1. Natural fruit facials – Juices from tomato, papaya and citrus fruits (like grapefruit, lemon etc) are perfect for combating oily skin. These fruits contain a lot of Vitamin C and astringent oils to reduce greasy skin, control large pores and act as toners to improve skin complexion . Just squeeze some juice from the fruit and apply on face with a cotton ball. Leave for 5-10 mins (you might notice a slight tingling which is not bad) and rinse gently with warm water.
  2. Oatmeal mask – Oatmeal absorbs moisture and helps reduce oils on your skin. Combine 2 tablespoons of oatmeal with pureed cucumber (helps cool skin) and apply. Gently scrub your face (the oatmeal acts as an exfoliant). Wash after 5 mins with luke warm water. Use this mask once a week to notice a change.

Hope these tips help get rid of unwanted blemishes and annoying acne scars 🙂

A couple of these have worked wonderfully for me, mainly in reducing acne and it’s resulting scars (cinnamon mask) , as well as combating dryness (honey based masks). My friend who has oily skin has tried the tomato juice mask and it has helped even out her skin a lot.

Weird, Strange but so true

Babies….So cute, so squishy. While we ooh and aah at how cute they are, there are some strange but true facts about babies that are truly fascinating.

Did you know??

  • A 4-5 month old baby in the womb grows a mustache that it eventually eats and digests.
  • Babies have knee caps but those never show up in X-rays.
  • Babies have about 300 bones (way more than adults) which grow and fuse to form 206 bones.
  • A baby can breathe and swallow at the same time until about 7-8 months.  
  • Babies have a lot of taste buds (wayyy more than adults). They have them not only on the tongue, but also on the sides, roof and back of the mouth. 
  • Newborn babies do not actually shed tears. They just scream and squint their eyes but actual tears are produced only after 2-3 weeks of birth.
  • A newborn’s heart beat is about twice the heart rate of an adult.

via Daily Prompt: Baby

Make your own Mardi Gras Mask

With Mardi Gras around the corner, it will be time to pull out the colorful masks and feather bands. Why not go unique and make your own mask? No other will match yours.

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You will need:

  1. Mask of your choice: I chose an eye mask for my first(available at any craft store, link: Michaels Masks)
  2. Acrylic Paint – Metallic gold and bronze
  3. Accents like feathers, flowers, gemstones etc (available at craft stores)
  4. Designed ‘Bling on a roll’ tape from Michaels in gold (Link: Bling On A Roll)
  5. Glitter Glue – Bronze (see link: Michaels Glitter Glue)
  6. Hot Glue Gun
  7. Pencil
  8. Scissors

What you do:

  1. Paint the entire mask with the metallic gold and let dry for 20 mins (you might need to use 1-2 coats).
  2. Use your pencil to draw your design lightly on the mask, over the paint (I went with swirly patterns along the top and sides of the mask.
  3. Color the swirls in with the bronze paint and dry for 20 mins. fullsizerender_1
  4. Use the bronze glitter glue to highlight the swirls covered in bronze paint to highlight and give more of a dimensional look. Let dry for 24 hours (gently touch a corner of the glue to see if it is dry).
  5. Cut the gold bling on a roll to outline the eye cutouts.
  6. Attach yellow, green and purple feathers to one corner of the mask with hot glue (make sure you glue the feathers to the inside of the mask). Let dry.
  7. Add flowers or gemstones with the hot glue to decorate your mask.

And Voila!! Your amazing Mardi Gras mask is ready 🙂

Here’s another one I played with. I used a mask with a stick attached and used a careful blending of metallic blue and silver paints with some designed tape accents and glitter glue. I love how the lips turned out.

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I made this full face one for a friend last year and she loved it (she chose the colors). Perfect for Mardi Gras. I especially love the huge gemstone on top ♥♥

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DIY Harry Potter Series -Messrs Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot & Prongs

The Marauder’s Map Creators are some of the most important people in the HP world. I wanted to make a special ornament just for them but it seemed too easy mod-podging their faces on to ornaments. I decided to go with their animal forms instead.

You need:

  1. One big wood ornament (available at the wood section at any crafting store)
  2. Silhouette cutouts of a wolf, rat, dog and stag
  3. Silhouette cutouts of the names Moony, Wormtail, Padfoot and Prongs
  4. Mod podge – Gloss
  5. Acrylic Paint – white

Procedure:

  1. Paint the ornament with 2 layers of white paint and let dry.
  2. Put some mod podge to the back of one of the animal cutouts and stick on the ornament.
  3. Repeat for all cutouts. Let dry.
  4. Stick the correct names next to the animal cutouts and let dry.
  5. Add a final layer of mod podge on the ornament and let dry.

Your lovely ornament dedicated to the four Marauders is ready 🙂

I also printed the front of the Marauders Map from google images and cut it using an X-Acto knife to hang along with these ornaments. Just add some floral wire or thread and it’s good to go.

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Tip Tuesday – High Phone Volume without fancy gadgets

This is a wonderful tip that I got from my dad and it’s great.

Amplify your phone’s volume with just a glass.

So simple right?? No need to waste money on fancy and expensive gadgets to hear loud music. Just place your phone inside an empty glass and hear your music blare 🙂

I use this trick to amplify my morning alarm because I can never hear it and invariably end up being late to work.

Glitter, It’s origins and attraction

We all love shiny, sparkly things. They’re eye catching and tend to be noticed a lot. Some research shows that one reason why humans get entranced by the shine of glitter is because it looks like shimmering water and this relates to a very basic instinct in us to always seek out water. We always need to stay hydrated and unconsciously look for a water source, every new place we go.

But what did people use as a sparkle before glitter was invented?

Turns out  they used naturally occurring strips of minerals like mica, copper, galena etc that were used mostly in cosmetics. Even today, you can find mica in eye shadow and lipsticks. According to old stories, glitter was invented by  Henry Ruschmann who took scraps of plastic and mylar and ground them up to create glitter confetti. He later filed patents for glitter and today, thanks to him, we enjoy different types and colors of glitter.

via Daily Prompt: Glitter

DIY Harry Potter Series – Sorting Hat & Remembrall

Back to the HP world 🙂 I made the Sorting Hat (hope I get Gryffindor) and the Remembrall (luckily I remember everything I was supposed to so this is only a decoration).

What you need: 

  1. Small plastic ornament (I Got mine at Hobby Lobby; Hobby Lobby Ornament)
  2. Mini doll witch hat (found in the doll section of Hobby Lobby)
  3. Red transparent ribbon
  4. Gold washi tape
  5. Elmer’s Glue
  6. Acrylic Paint – Metallic Brown, Dark Espresso Brown
  7. Scissors
  8. Hot Glue Gun

What you do?

  • For the Remembrall:
    • Cut the red ribbon into tiny little strips to stuff into the plastic ornament (the ornament comes as 2 halves that you glue together). 
    • Stuff the ribbon into the ornament and glue the ends together.
    • Cut the gold washi tape into a thin strip and use elmer’s glue to stick on to the center of the ornament (where the 2 halves meet).
    • Add some gold ribbon to the loop to hang.      
  • For the Sorting Hat:
    • Use the hot glue gun to draw an X shape on the center of the hat for the eyes and a thick line for the mouth. Draw some zigzag lines along the rim of the hat. Let dry.
    • Paint the entire hat with the dark espresso and let dry for 30 mins. Add 1-2 more layers and let dry.
    • Use the metallic brown to paint details on the eyes and mouth.
    • Cut the rim in a zig-zaggy fashion to make it look old and worn.