I’ve had a difficult time keeping my lips moist and smooth, despite using Neosporin Lip Health religiously. I know it’s become colder lately, but I didn’t think that was the only culprit. Then, it occurred to me that my benzoyl peroxide facial cleanser was probably sucking all the moisture out of my lips, leaving them dry and cracked. For the last week or so, I’ve applied a lip moisturizer right after patting my face dry–and it really helps! It protects my skin from my face wash. If you have dry, cracked lips, then try this too. Keep reading »
I went to the gyno yesterday and learned something very interesting. Acidophilus, a probiotic that helps promote healthy bacteria in the body, is not only important for good digestion, but it is also very good for preventing yeast infections. While yeast infections can happen at any time of the year for many different reasons, they’re extremely prevalent in the summer because of the heat and frequent sweating in the lower region. Birth control pills and antibiotics are also known to be popular causes of what Amelia likes to call “the crotch monkeys.” In order to prevent the yeastie beasties, my doctor suggested that I ingest a live culture acidophilus capsule once daily. He also said that if I am going swimming, will be in very hot and sweaty conditions, or if I need to take antibiotics, then I should insert one capsule vaginally at nighttime to promote healthy bacteria in my body. I’ve tried this technique to treat a yeast infection and it worked, but you should check with your doctor first. After the jump, find a couple ways that you can take acidophilus to help your digestive tract as well as your vagina. Keep reading »
Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and it’s time to get away. Traveling by bus is easy and cheap, but those seats can be pretty cramped. One seat is hardly enough for one person, so I often employ this trick I learned back in college to make sure the seat next to mine empty. Arrive earlier than your departure time, so you can be in front of the other passengers. Once you board the bus, grab a seat near the front. Stick a bag under or in front of the window seat. Then, sit in the aisle seat. As the other passengers board, they’ll assume you have a companion and that there are more empty seats in the back. This is quite a deceptive trick, but trust me, there are some true weirdos who ride coach buses, and you don’t want to start your trip off badly. Keep reading »
I’ve gained an inch or two in the waist since purchasing one of my favorite skirts this past fall. (Here’s a pic of the skirt.) There’s no room to let the waistband out a little, so I’d given up wearing it until I lost the extra meat. But today I really wanted to put it on, and I thought there had to be a creative way to overcome the too-small obstacle. And there was! I’ve seen button extenders before, but I don’t think they’re necessary. All you really need is a rubber band and a cute belt.
Loop one end of the rubber band around the button and push the other end through the buttonhole. Then, loop that same end around the button. Now, cover the waistband with a belt. No one else will know your skirt or pants don’t fit perfectly. Keep reading »
Ants have a really annoying habit of seeking refuge from the sun’s heat in the homes of humans. While some people might find it therapeutic or fun to completely decimate an invading colony of ants with a can of Raid, dealing with the situation that way isn’t very eco-friendly and discarding ant carcasses surely isn’t pleasurable. Instead, stop the ants from coming into your home with the help of a fruit. Ants hate cucumbers, so put slices on wax paper near cracks, crevices, and other areas where the insects might sneak into your home. Just remember to replace the cucumber slices periodically because they’ll rot. [Apartment Therapy] Keep reading »
It’s the same story every year. The gray winter skies part, the sun shines, the flowers bloom, and the pollen flies. Allergy season is the worst! Even if you’re able to stop the constant nose dripping, watery eyes, and itchy throat, how do you soothe the pain? I’ve adopted this home remedy to alleviate the burning that often comes with allergies and all you need are a few things for relief: water, lavender oil, a pot, and a stove. First, boil a pot of water. When it comes to a boil, add a few drops of the lavender oil. Turn off the stove, so you don’t set anything on fire, and be sure to brace yourself on something stable though because you don’t want to dive face-first into boiled water. Then, just bend your head over the pot and inhale. You can place a towel over your head to hold in the steam, but it’s not necessary. You’ll start to feel better instantly, but you can repeat these steps a few times a day. Keep reading »