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I've been using the CVS Lavender Scented Alcohol Swabs since 8/09 and I love them! I'm a diabetic and need to test, but I hate pricking my finger. The natural lavender smell (not gross like fake lavender) is calming and pleasant. It's worth the extra money. See "more info" for the negative...
Simply by adding 1-2 drops of pure almond extract or pure vanilla extract to a gallon of paint and stirring it up and using it will neutralize the nasty "fresh paint" smell. Also, it is such a small addition, it won't affect the color of the paint.
When painting, smooth a layer of baby oil on exposed skin before starting. This coating will make paint splatters easily removable after you're done--no scrubbing needed, it peels off effortlessly.
Place piece(s) of fruit-melon/banana/etc-at the bottom of glass jar. Create a cone out of paper, balance on rim of jar so the opening at the pointy end is just big enough that a fruit fly can get through & does not touch the fruit at bottom of jar. (See more info for rest)
Just spread out a single layer evenly on a plate and microwave for 5-20 seconds. Start out at 5 seconds and increase in 5 second intervals until you get to know how strong your microwave is. Let it cool down and it will be as fresh and crunchy as new! Super easy solution to not wasting food!
Nothing is worse than trying to drag a conversation out of someone...especially if it is someone you are forced to socialize with. If someone asks you a question, answer thoughtfully and use more than "I don't know" or monosyllabic answers. At the very least, ask a question back. Example below...
While health is important, remember to not base your self worth on that number the scale reflects. You can be beautiful but ugly on the inside. Real beauty comes from within and radiates out. Sometimes it takes a second look, but those who aren't willing aren't people you want around you anyways!
We usually make monthly budgest, the mortgage/rent, phone, electricity, gasoline, etc. But, don't forget all those yearly bills--normally the ones that come due the first of the year. Not always the best timing with the hoidays and all!
It's easy to forget that our personal integrity, our word, is so very important. If you say you're going to do something & someone is counting on you, come through, not just for that person, but for your own personal standard of behavior. Raise the bar, strive to be better, don't take the easy way.
Put your left palm on the back of your right shoulder. Put your right palm on the back of your left shoulder. Now SQUEEZE really, really, really tight. Hold. Release when you 1) feel better, 2) stop crying, or 3) start smiling. Repeat as necessary.