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Monday, November 29, 2010

Christmas Shopping

This time of year most people are wondering what to get people for christmas, here are some tips to aid in the gift giving
1. Don't wait until the last minute, if you find something you think someone will like in jan get it and save it until christmas
2. Be practical, dont get a gift for someone just to give them something because they typically won't use/ wear it.
ex. fill up their gas tank, give them money to pay a bill, take them on a spa day
3. Personalize, no one wants some generic gift that you give to everyone
ex. if you're artistic write them a song, or a poem, paint/ draw a picure. Remember their favorite colors & what they like.
4. Don't be so commercial & save a shopping trip by making gifts that people will cherish, they will appreciate that you spent the time
ex. pot holders, afghans, quilts, doilies, table cloths, coasters
5. Instead of giving people presents give them your presence, they will find you more valuable than any gift you buy
ex. make christmas meal together, have a holiday movie marathon, make gifts for others together, volunteer somewhere together
6. Don't just remember your friends & family at christmas, but your coworkers teachers, & other people you interact with daily
ex. make them cookies (something they can eat & move on (going back to #2))
7. Cards are cheeting, calling & visiting is better. If you think about it people just throw cards away anyway which wastes trees
* Remember that it's better to give than to recieve but that doesn't mean you have to go in debt to do it. When it comes to children they will have so many christmases that they will not remember every new toy you got them.
Peace, Love, & Flowers
Nija

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thanksgiving Menu Planning

When I hear those words I think tons of food, friends/family, and lots of laughing. The menu this year for us includes a ham, stuffed hen, dressing, mashed patatos & gravy, green bean casserole, rolls and an apple pie. Sometimes it's hard to come up with the perfect menu for you & your guests so here are a few tips that I go by
1. keep in mind any food allergies
-http://www.eatingwithfoodallergies.com is a great site with recipes and tips
2. remember the number of guests & how many options you want to give them
3. its fall, so think fall flavors (personal culture can influence this)
-desserts: pumpkin, apple, sweet patato, berries, nuts
-vegitables: corn, green beans, patatos, carrot
4. common meats are turkey, ham, hen, & even German sausages. All of them can be served to give variety or pick what your guests typically have to make them feel more at home
-ham glazes: brown sugar, honey bbq, mustard, & smoked (anything fruity is typically Christmas (going back to tip 4))
5. it is important that your sides compliment your main dishes
-simple meat/ fancier sides, fancy meat/ simple side
-flavor simple sides with spices
6. try new things, mix traditional dish up by giving someone elses recipe a go
7. the type of dressing/ stuffing shouldn't be to fancy if there are going to be alot of different foods
8. remember that you won't be able to please everyone & overall your the one who will be left with the leftovers so make sure you like everything

peace, love, & flowers
Nija

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Costume DIY Virgins

For those who want to break into the halloween costume do it yourself scene because you're tired of cookie cutter costume ideas or for what ever reason here's some tips to help get you started
what you will need
-tools
scissors, sewing machine, patterns(optional)
*Note that some looks can be no sew because your can just drape & tie
-various fabrics
tulle (can come in different colors, can be found in fabric stores or online), cheese cloth (softer than tulle; can be found at wal mart, craft stores, or online), velvet (thicker & soft; can be found in fabric stores or online), organza ribbons & trims (can be used for ties to hold the costume together or just accents; can be found in fabric stores, wal mart, or online)
-Closures/Fastenings
velcro (easy to apply, unseen, quick & easy to open & close), zippers, buttons/buckels/claps (easy to to aply, can add visual appeal)
With different combinations of the materials above a variety of looks can be achieved. You can also cut up & resew everyday close from your closet or a thrift store[neck tie skirt(sew matching men's neckties together), scarf skirt]. Accessories are key to costumes & can always be made [faux flower head wreaths, trim head band, any fabric hood or viel or cloak]. Make up along with boby art[henna, temp tattoo, face paint] can also help define a look (michelle phan makes good tutorials on youtube)

*Note () denotes mini facts, [] denotes examples

some free costume patterns
witches hat- http://www.fabric.com/creativity-headquarters-free-pattern-downloads-bad-witch-good-witch-hat-fascinator.aspx
elf shoes by Debbi Calgrove-http://sewing.about.com/od/hallowee1/ss/elfshoes.htm
fairy wings by Mommy Blessings-
http://www.mommyblessings.com/2009/06/fairy-wings-tutorial.html

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Costumes Out of Your Own Closet

Halloween is coming up soon and I had some ideas for costumes if you waited until the last minute & cant find a costume, or simply want a played down/ modern version of a costume. All you need for these are everyday clothes (& remember what you don't have in your closet a thrift store might)
Disney Princess:
Cinderella- blue headband, blue ribbon for choker, white shoes or those clear gel shoes, light blue dress, blue elbow length gloves(opt), hair in high messy bun
Snow White- blue sweater (or jacket), yellow cami & skirt (or dress), red head band, fold hair under & pinn in if its too long to look shoulder length
Peter Pan:
Peter Pan- green dress (or long coat), dark green leggings(or tights), green slouch hat(or beanie), red feather to put in hat, brown belt, light brown ankle boots
Tinker Bell- sleeveless green shirt & green shorts (or sleeveless green dress), green ballet flats(or converse), put hair in bun & tie w/ yarn, body glitter would be a nice touch
Wendy- light blue dress (or shirt & skirt), blue ballet flats, light blue ribbon for hair, hair in half pony tail curled
Misc:
Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz- a blue checkered shirt(or blue plaid), red converse or ballet flats, jeans, ribbons for hair, hair in 2 braids
Jack Skellington for The Nightmare Before Christmas- pinstripe suite, paint face white with black around the eyes
Princess Lea from Star Wars- white long sleeved turtle neck, white pants, white boots, hair in two buns
Alice in Wonderland- Blue dress w/ white tights (or shirt w/ light blue jeans), white apron, black ballet flats, black head band
Lilo from Lilo & Stitch- red floral dress (or shirt w/ wrap skirt), black open toe shoes, red hibiscus for hair
Wilma from The Flinstones- white dress (or white blouse & light skinny jeans), pearl necklace, white ballet flats (or nude dance shoes if you have them to look bare foot), hair in bun
Betty from The Flinstones- blue dress (or blue blouse w/ black skinny jeans), black ribbon w/ white stone or charm for necklace, black ballet flats (or nude dance shoes if you have them to look bare foot), hair flipped up at ends
Hello Kitty-dark pink jumper(or cropped sleeved jacket w/ dark pink pants or skirt), light pink long sleeved shirt, dark pink bow for hair
Barbie from Toy Story 3-turqoise unitard (or leotard w/ same colored tights), pink striped legwarmers (can cut sleaves off of a sweater for these), light pink pumps, dark pink belt, dark pink ribbon for hair, wear hair in pony tail (if you have long hair curl the ends)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Typical Teen Home Remedies

Acne
*vitamin A & vitamine E- once daily
*brown sugar- in face wash
*Grated cucumber- apply over the face, eyes, and neck for fifteen to twenty minutes
eating right & exercising- three meals a day, lots of water, avoid sugar, strong tea or coffee, condiments, soft drinks, candies, ice cream, refined & processed foods
*Hot Epsome Salt Bath- 2x a week, add 1 ½ kg (about 3 1/2 lbs, 6C) of Epsom salts to 60 L (16 gal) of water having a temperature of about 37°C (about 97°F). remain in the bath tub for 25-35 mins till sweating freely. After the bath, cool off gradually

Menstral Cramps
*hot compress- Soak a towel in warm water, wring it out, & apply to lower abdomen
*drink a lot of warm liquids- chamomile tea & honey, gingerroot tea

Sunburn
*aloe vera or vinegar- it will stop inflammation & pain
*mustard oil- rub on the affected skin & allow to it dry, this will take out the heat from the skin
*Baking Powder Bath w/ a few drops pf Lavender & Chamomile oil
*Do not use harsh soaps to wash sun burn

Bruises
*Comfrey Tea- on the bruise will prevent discoloration of skin & reduce pain
*Ice Pack- reduce pain & inflammation
*Heating Pads- A day after using ice packs, apply heating pad to affected area, this will dilate blood vessels & improve circulation
*During the first 24hrs avoid activities that might increase swelling; taking hot showers, using hot tubs, or hot packs

Disclamer: I am not a doctor. If your condition worsens you should seek medical help

Source: www.home-remedies-for-you.com

Peace, Love, & Flowers
Nija

Friday, September 10, 2010

Banned Books

I saw an AARP Bulletin and it mentioned something about Harry Potter being banned on the cover so I looked at it & found a list of books that at one point were banned or had attempted to be by American schools & libraries. They include many classics like the Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorn for its adultuary theme, The Grapes of Wrath by John Stienbeck for it's language, Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe for being too political, I Know Why the Cage the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelo for too much sex. Remember these; The Adventures of Huckelberry Fin, Gone With the Wind, Of Mice and Men, The Catcher in the Rye, To Kill a Mocking Bird, One Flew Over the Cukoo's Nest, In Cold Blood, The Color Purple, Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl? Well they were all banned at some time for being socially offensive. The American Library Association annually sponsors (in part) a banned books week from Sept. 25- Oct. 2 that celebrates the first amendment draws attention to the harms of censorship. Imagine not being exposed some of these powerful works of literature. Life is not always kind & people should celebrate that they have the right to write and read about it.
Peace, Love, & Flowers
Nija

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Post Grad

I graduated from high school on may 21 and I feel no different. some part of me feels like in the fall I will see all my friends again walking the halls that we didn't really act like we owned even if we were the "big dogs on campus". Highschool was always interesting to say the least; other peoples drama, friends parting, and relationships. Being involved with the arts in school make it that much harder to part with but surprisingly I didn't find myself in tears as I walked across that stage & saw the friends I was leaving behind with the impressions we made upon eachother but smiling and happy. Now I'm still not sad but I am going to miss everyone as we move on to bigger and better things. good thing there is always facebook:)
peace, love, & flowers
Nija

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Go diego, go away

I feel old when I get up in the morning to see dora & diego, handy manny, and ni hao kai-lan. Those are just some of the shows where you actually learn something instead of the more mind numbing stuff that allows parents to let the tv babysit there children. When I was little there was the flintstones, the jetsons, scoobey doo, & tom and jerry. We learned sharing from barney, seaseme street and blues clues, quality shows. Does anyone remember Madaline? that was the cloesest we had to a language learning show & I loved that show as a little girl. Kids now are deprived of such good shows that were nice & simple but didnt talk to us like we were hard of learning. I remember lamb chop, mr roger's neighborhood, gullah gullah island, & wishbone as most people around my age do. Where are shows like that now? They still show some of they good ones like auther and clifford but children arent watching them as much:(
peace, love, & flowers
nija

Monday, June 7, 2010

Mtv awards last night (twilight)

This is my first blog post & this was what came to mind. First I think that the taylors should have gotten best kiss. I love twilight & am a avid fan but their face sucking was epic lol. Second what was going on with Jacob's hair in the preview clip? it was like that guy from grease. I love grease but I don't think it's a becoming look for jacob. I'm still very excited for eclipse to come into theaters. I feel like the movies are just getting better but I wish the characters looks would stop changing so drastically. I understand that in movies the characters looks tend to evolv with the story but I dont think the twilight characters make overs fit the small time span that the story seems to take place over.
peace, love, & flowers
Nija