Sunday, 26 April 2009

Free Yourself with Worries

As much as I hate to admit, I'm a worry wart. I'm trying to turn the button off as much as I can as I know it's not healthy. I want to stay as positive as I can be. But well, I'm just the way I am. I am working on it and hopefully, will be successful in staying on the plus side.

It's been my mantra on dark days, "This too shall pass".

I already know the advantages of keeping positive, I just need more mental and emotional practice.

But maybe, these tips can help as well:
Knock out your concerns by writing them down (along with potential solutions).

Talk them out with people you love. Work on decisive plans of action for worries that won't go away.

Settle your mind with activities like walking or lifting weights. It won't take long -- recent research suggests that as little as 8 weeks of yoga can drop your anxiety level.

• Bonus: Kicking worries to the curb drives up your motivation and concentration, too.


And maybe, giving myself star rubber stamps when I get to the top. Haha.

Herbs for Headaches.

Do you like putting herb in your cooking? I can't say that I do or don't. I haven't done much cooking and I haven't been using much herb either. But I think when things pan out, I would love to try anything in the kitchen although my husband is not adventurous when it comes to food.

We know that herbs make food taste better. Apart from that, there are other minor illnesses that they can help cure. Got headaches? Try ginger, red pepper and thyme. Studies show that heat-giving ingredients may help prevent cluster headaches.

So while figuring out how to set-up the undermount sink, sip a ginger tea.

Shoes Again?

Why am I bombarded with shoes opps lately such as Merrell shoes? Maybe because the advertisers know that I am a shoe-aholic? Haha. I wonder when are they going to pay bloggers with shoes?

Anyway, I am not complaining. I’m grinning from ear to ear actually. Who am I to complain on a paid opps? Hmmm?

I was just told by my husband, shoe-fetish runs in the blood. Hahaha.

Shopping Again

Oh yeah, free shipping and lowest price. Just some of the reasons why I like shopping online. I'm always scouring for the best site to shops and I know that ebuy.com has an edge to some. Sadly though, I'm in Down Under and it will cost me an arm and a leg for shipping. If only, they do ship international free, I would be building a whole on our hip pockets. Hahaha.

I also read and heard good reviews on mod cons and other technologies, so I might be convince to buy some if ever. I haven't really buy such stuff online, only personal effects. But it wouldn't be long that I will be compelled to buy Xbox, Nintendo, etc what with my Little Boy getting bigger and insistent.

Maybe, I just need to wait for good sale maybe to offset for the international shipping cost. What do you think?

Sunday, 19 April 2009

Is Rain Water Safe

Our water in Queensland was fluoridated very recently. The state government aims to reduce the tooth decay especially on kids though some claims it is poisonous. Yes, fluoride can be hazardous when taken up to some quantity. Many are opposed to it even my mother in law. Me, I don’t know which stand to take. I don’t like poison (who does?) but I also want healthy strong teeth for my family.

My action means I just go with the flow. I didn’t take precautions to buy reverse osmosis to treat our drinking water. I brushed my teeth, so I have fluoride everyday. It wouldn’t hurt me to have a little bit more, I guess.

My mother is trying rain water but I wonder how safe it is. Obviously it is not safe drinking it straight from the catchment as there are airborne chemicals and pollutants. Rain is from the evaporated water from the ground which could be from anywhere and when the clouds get heavy it precipitates. Rain water should be filtered to make it safe for drinking.

If you’re interested on how to reduce the pollution to your rain water, here are some tips:
Roof catchments should be kept clean and clear of leaves. Overhanging branches of trees and shrubs should be removed.

Cover the inlet and turn the down pipe to one side so the water from the first good rain rinses down the roof (especially if newly clad) and gutters then runs to waste.

The inlet and overflow of the tank should be screened with a mesh to prevent birds, animals and insects from gaining access to the water.

A well maintained leaf trap will reduce the amount of organic matter that enters the rainwater tank through the inlet.

The tank should be covered to prevent light from reaching the water as it will encourage the growth of bacteria. The cover should have a tightly sealed manhole, to allow access to the tank for cleaning and inspection purposes.

Source: http://www.eastfremantle.wa.gov.au/uploaded/pdf/rain.pdf

I’ve been thinking to look for a reverse osmosis in ebay but for now, I’ll still drink fluoridated water and look forward to Argentina travel (in my dreams).