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Spring Sinus Remedies

Screen Shot 2015-04-12 at 1.33.07 PMMy sinuses have always been the bearer of bad news during spring. It never fails as soon as the weather breaks, so does my nasal passages. A few weeks ago I went to the dentist for my regular cleaning; all in all the check up was perfect. No cavities, no build up, great healthy teeth. WHEW! Unfortunately about a week later I woke up with excruciating pain in my mouth … all driving to the left side. My face was swollen, my head was throbbing, and my gums felt warm and infected. I called up my dentist with extreme confusion. Surely if I had a cavity they would have told me last week! Turns out, it was just another form of my stupid sinuses getting the best of me. Who knew your sinus troubles could also infect your gum and teeth!

Since then I’ve been taking extra measures to ensure that my nasal passages and sinuses are under control. I’m really trying to avoid any sinus trouble this Spring. Here are a few of my home remedies that I use to avoid any sinus pain.

1. FLUSH Your Passasges. As common as this is, flushing your passages is the best way to stay clear of any sinus trouble. Be sure to gargle with salt to remove mucous from your throughout and to take any swelling down. Swelling is a big indicator that your sinuses are irritated. You can also flush your nasal passages with sea salt or saline spray. You don’t have to use anything with harsh chemicals, your natural over the counter sprays will do just fine.

2. Remain HYDRATED. If the color of your urine is clear, you’re hydrated. Hydration is always key with fighting your sinuses, because in order for your sinuses to live a healthy and trouble-less life, they must be moisturized. Make sure you’re taking in the correct amount of water each day.

3. STEAM Your Face. To directly moisturize your sinuses give yourself a steam facial so that you can have immediate contact your sinuses. You can do this by taking a hot and steamy bath/shower or using a facial steamer. I prefer using my facial steamer nightly just before bed, even adding a drop of lavender, so that I don’t wake up with irritated sinuses throughout the night.

4. SPICE Up Your Life. Spices and herbs effortlessly open your passage ways. Using warmer spices with your foods can make breathing a little better. Try mustard, hot peppers and curry to flavor your meals –your sinuses will thank you.

5. Use A Humidifier. In case you haven’t noticed, moisture is key when making sure your sinuses are in check. One way to sleep through the night without waking up to irritated passage ways is to sleep near a humidifier. Be sure to clean your humidifier regularly, because a dirty humidifier can easily breed mold.

Following these remedies and maintaining an allergy free home by simply dusting and cleaning your living space –you will easily beat Spring’s Sinus Season.

 

How To Grow Your Network Online

Screen Shot 2015-02-25 at 1.02.22 AMAt the end of the day, people only do business with those they feel comfortable with, those they like and those they trust. Your network can open many doors of opportunity for you and your business,  or it can be your worst nightmare. Having an online professional network is vital in today’s market especially if you are looking to connect with people who aren’t in your regional district. Throughout my growing career, most of my opportunities have derived from online connections with people and businesses whom I have networked with and built an outstanding reputation with. Here are a few tips on how to seamlessly build your network online while mixing your business background with your personal life.

1. Do Your Research. When searching for online connections, be mindful of who’s who. Before you just go following people on social media, or connecting with them on professional networks, you should really dig deep and to find out as much about a person as you can before ‘pursuing them online.’ Why? Well it helps if you are familiar with the person and also because you want to see if you need them if the first place. The last thing you want to do is waste someone’s time!

As you find out who these individuals are, you shouldn’t rush to follow them on any social media networks, instead monitor their online presence for a while just so that you can see what their daily professional lives consist of, and you will know if that’s someone you would like to move forward ‘rubbing elbows’ with.

2. Be Mindful of What You Post. As cliche` as it sounds, you really have to be careful of what you post online, because once it’s out there, it’s there forever. Picture it like this: just as you are ‘online stalking’ the people you look up to, they may be looking at you, too. You wouldn’t want to be ashamed of what someone you are trying to impress sees.

This doesn’t mean you have to be a bore on social media. You can still be your outgoing-self but be sure not to be any of these things: overly opinionated, inappropriate, or obnoxious. Have well-balanced social media accounts that show you are outgoing, social but still very ambitious and business savvy.

3. Open The Door For Opportunity. The worst you could possibly hear is, “No!” If there is someone you have been researching online and you’ve found a point of contact for that person, go for it! Be sure that you have something to offer, because nothing is free and busy people don’t want to waste their time on you.

4. Be Intentional. I believe the only true way to network with someone is if you are really interested in building a bond with that person. That means, if you are only using them to get ahead, it won’t work. In order to build your network, you have to really consider what you can offer that person, and in return what can you gain from them and their networks. After all, the bond you build with your  network will be a constant exchange, and that can’t be done with people you don’t want to deal with long term.

5. Think Long-Term. Connections may open doors, but relationships close deals. Always look to build a lasting relationship with those in your network, this means you must build trust and they must believe in you. Networking isn’t just connecting with someone on social media or exchanging business cards. It’s about creating long lasting relationships with colleagues that can always count on you. Make yourself needed and always keep in touch with those you are connected to. You don’t want to be the person who only comes around when they want or need something.

First Love For Green Tea

Screen Shot 2014-05-13 at 3.00.41 PMFor the past few weeks I’ve been on a lifestyle-changing kick. I’ve attempted (though I often mess up) making smarter eating choices and I’m completely stopped drinking sodas, cold turkey. I tried to ween myself off, but that simply didn’t satisfy me and made me crave it more. I had to deal with the headaches from sugar cravings and let go of them completely. Since then I have been looking for healthier options to replace my caffeine craving, and green tea filled the void.

I must say, I’m not a tea drinker, what-so-ever. I use to complain about how much it taste like grass (lol.) Like wine, tea is definitely an acquired taste your body must get use to. I’ve learned how to ‘doctor’ my tea up and now I’ve found the perfect blend of choice that is very satisfying to my soda cravings. In addition to canceling out my soda cravings, I’ve noticed the other health benefits as well. My skin feels a little brighter, I’ve shed a few pounds and I haven’t gotten sick this season (crosses fingers.) I’m usually glued to the bed because I can’t beat the weather around this time of year.

If I was as much of a tea-hater and evolved into loving tea, I know you can too. I encourage you to give it a try. I enjoy finding new japanese teas I like, preferably with a hint of mint in them. I typically don’t like lemons, so I stray away from lemon-fused teas although they are great for weight loss. I tend to choose mint, lavender, jasmine, etc. I drink a cup of tea 3 times a day sweetening it with agave nectar for hint of taste (this also eliminates the grass-like sensation.) Remember, if you’re a tea drinker, you must increase your water intake because it can be dehydrating.

A few other health benefits for green tea is it increases metabolism for weightless, develops good skincare, regulates glucose aiding with diabetes, relaxes blood vessels for heart disease, fights cancer cells, tooth decay, high blood pressure, depression, Alzheimer & Parkinson’s disease, anti-viral infections, and more.

Dreaming Of Floral

Screen Shot 2014-05-06 at 6.13.40 PMScreen Shot 2014-05-06 at 8.15.22 PMScreen Shot 2014-05-06 at 8.15.59 PMScreen Shot 2014-05-06 at 8.15.42 PMScreen Shot 2014-05-06 at 8.16.08 PMThere’s been one sun shiny day after another. As long as my allergies allow, I’m enjoying every bit of this weather. Bright colors inspire me so much, they really make you feel as good as you look. Though I typically choose black pieces when I shop (there’s something about the polished look of black) … I felt like fun colors today.

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Nourishing Oatmeal Bath

Screen Shot 2014-05-07 at 1.20.22 AMI vividly remember old fashioned oatmeal baths as a child. Fortunately, I didn’t suffer from eczema, but as warmer months approached my body would react to the sun resulting with itchy tiny heat bumps and minor hives. It was the most irritating thing as a little girl, wanting to scratch and being told not to. I was thankful for those milky-like water baths that soothed my skin.

I haven’t suffered from allergy breakouts since my childhood until recently. It’s May, the pollen level is at an all-time high and unfortunately it’s getting the best of me. Itchy eyes and skin, along with the occasional runny nose; allergy season for sure. After avoiding scratching my skin and searching high and low for something to sooth, it dawned on me to go back to my mother’s old trick. I pulled out the old fashioned Oatmeal!

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Suffering from irritated skin? Or just looking for a calming sensation? Try an oatmeal bath, to sooth and nourish your skin. You will need:

  1. A Sheer Stocking
  2. Oatmeal
  3. Warm WaterOatmeal Bath
  • Pour a cup of oatmeal into your sheer stocking, knotting the top to seal the oatmeal in the bag
  • To make this bath a little more relaxing add a little lavender essential oil to your oatmeal
  • Run steamy warm water in your tub
  • Submerge your oatmeal stocking into the steamy running water
  • Stir water until it looks ‘milky’
  • Allow stocking to sit in the water throughout the entire bath
  • Enjoy your nice oatmeal bath … a little tip, I take the stocking and rub it across my skin for even more contact with the oatmeal

 

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