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Home Remedies for Clear Skin Overnight

Home Remedies for Clear Skin Overnight

Remedies
  The skin is the largest organ in the body and the first thing people come into contact with when they see you. Everyone wants glowing, bright skin unmarred by red splotches and bumps.I've struggled on and off with mild acne for my entire adult life. Pimples seem to know exactly when to show up, like when you have some important event and you wanted to look your fantastic best without a volcano-crater erupting on your face. If you're lucky, you might be able to get rid of it overnight (I'd suggest doing the Aspirin spot treatment followed up by a dab of the clay mask - or drying lotion if you have it).The good news is that there are wonderful free remedies that you probably already have ingredients for in your kitchen. There are also some excellent inexpensive products th...
Website Hosting Explained

Website Hosting Explained

Website Building
There are a lot of terms to learn when you are first starting out building your website. Which option of hosting services to choose can be a bit of a daunting task. Here are the different hosting options in laymen's terms to give you a better understanding of what each type of hosting means.The Main 5 Hosting OptionsFree Free websites are offered by companies such as Wix or Blogspot (Blogger) and will give you a “subdomain” under their domain, but it’s not really your own site (you can’t choose a unique domain name, etc.) These are for people who want to just create something for themselves (like a travel journal) and don’t actually intend to use this for a business. You will pay nothing and the slow loading speeds and ads that you have to endure speak to this. This might be com
Baked Chicken Ziti

Baked Chicken Ziti

Recipes
This recipe came out really, really good. It's also on the light side; everything we make we try to do with less whatever, less cheese, less cream, less fat. I don't need pounds of butter in my diet, I am unhealthy enough from my heart medicine (ahem, nightly glass of wine).I've made some life changes this year, and that includes trying to become a better cook. I have to say, I've surprised myself on occasion - this being one of those. Here's the deal, I am a rule breaker and I hate following a recipe. The original idea does come from Gimme Some Oven, I've been following her for years and she's got some KILLER recipes. But of course I did it up different, because that's who I am and I've learned to embrace the me that always has to be different.I am not going to give a calorie co...
Starting a WordPress Website from Soup to Nuts

Starting a WordPress Website from Soup to Nuts

Website Building
  When I started to build my WordPress website a few months back and found it extremely difficult to find ALL of the steps I would need to go through in one place. After piecing together instructions from hundreds of different websites and blogs, I vowed to document my learnings. You are now reading it.This tutorial covers every single configuration step to get your site pre-built properly, to help you understand the complete picture. If you don't think one of the steps applies to you, feel free to skip it. It worked for me but that doesn't mean it's a one size fits all guide. This post is not about content, it's what you will want to have in place before you start content building.Wordpress is my chosen Content Management System (CMS) platform. If you use another one like...
How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse

At Home
  Survivalism has been around for a long time but with all the natural disasters we are experiencing in recent times, it becomes irresponsible not to be at least minimally prepared.While probably unrealistic, weird thoughts do cross my mind like, “How truly prepared am I for the Zombie Apocalypse?”. Let's be honest, I'm probably not even prepared for a really long power outage lasting more than a few hours.I have friends who are hopeful and eagerly awaiting the day they’ll get to use their zombie-killer maces and crossbows, but I confess, my arsenal is lacking.Although the reality of a zombie-plague is a bit of a fantasy, everyone should be prepared for an emergency where we might be without some of the luxuries that we have today.When was the last time you h
Moving Tips that Save Friendships

Moving Tips that Save Friendships

At Home
  I think most of us would agree that moving is very stressful event, from both a mental and physical standpoint.Apart from being an exhausting undertaking in every way, it can be quite costly and time-consuming. It's also emotionally draining - you have to accept leaving your residential memories behind and watch all of your personal items get shoved in a box and potentially lost. At a minimum, a majority of your accumulated life's possessions will be inaccessible for a while.Moving is also stressful for those who are helping you, there are people I no longer speak to because of their inconsiderate moving etiquette.There is never such a thing as a "fun" move, but there are various degrees of success or failure - I think I've seen some of the worst moves in the histo...
Not-Auth(entic) Paprikash

Not-Auth(entic) Paprikash

Recipes
Disclaimer: this recipe is not in any way authentic and bound to make people angry. Let's start by saying I probably don't deserve to use the title Paprikash because I know that the real version has a special place in some people's authentic, Hungarian, hearts and I mean no disrespect to them when I completely butcher their memories of how this meal should be made.A little background on me, I suck at cooking. So, if I post a recipe of something that worked for me, chances are, it will work for anyone else in the world because I can easily mess up the simplest of recipes. Flash back to a horror show of a Thanksgiving I put together for all of my friends who didn't have local family Thanksgiving plans, where the mashed potatoes turned into soup somehow, then I added Hungry Jack flakes t...
2 Days in Asheville, NC

2 Days in Asheville, NC

Travel
Jump to Top 10 Things to Do in AshevilleOur Trip to Asheville Sometimes you go somewhere that you end up having a special connection with. For me, this was Asheville, NC.This delightful city melted my heart. I think you either "get it" or you don't - I feel lucky that I'm in the former group.About a 2 hour drive west from the Charlotte airport, you will descend from a small mountain and get dropped into the heart of a city that has a pulse. It's the best way I can describe it, alive. There is an energy about this town that is just, charming.Asheville is an artist's community/college town filled with every ethnicity, every age range, every income level, and DOGS - lots and LOTS of DOGS, EVERYWHERE. That might have been my favorite part and biggest surprise on our visit ...

How to Fix Sunken Pavers

At Home
  After 7 years of living with sunken and crooked bricks on our front walkway and a few quotes around $8000.00 to fix it, I decided it was time to try fixing it myself. This tutorial is for people who want to know how to fix sunken pavers. This is not starting from scratch installing pavers. For that, I imagine the process is similar but would probably require more planning and geometric bordering of the path.How this happened: The previous owners probably spent a lot of money to have the walkway done, but they did it very sloppily. First, they placed the brick over the existing concrete in some places rather than removing the concrete first. This is a very hacky way of doing it. Then, they didn't properly tamp the ground, meaning, it wasn't well packed in, so it has shifted...
How to Pack Smarter and Travel Light

How to Pack Smarter and Travel Light

Travel
A tip when it comes to traveling: always pack lighter. Baggage fees are astronomical these days so it has become critical to define and pack only the “essentials” for a trip. Plus, who wants to haul around a bunch of clunky, heavy bags?I find you always need less, not more, than you think.After reading Rick Steve’s travel guide prior to our Mediterranean Cruise, my husband and I finally hit our stride for doing it right. Here are some of the secrets we learned throughout our various travel journeys as well as recommendations on what you should bring.In the next 3 sections we break out the items you already have and how to use these, items you may not have but should, and items that you don’t need at all but are fun. The fun ones make great gifts if you are looking for som
Homemade Mayonnaise in 5 Minutes

Homemade Mayonnaise in 5 Minutes

Recipes
Did you know mayonnaise is mostly oil? For a long time, I didn't. Food chemistry is fascinating; it's actually the emulsification of the oil and egg that turns the oil into a firm white substance. Whatever that means, to me it's just PFM. A few years ago I became OBSESSED with trying to make my own mayonnaise once I found out that was something you could do. But alas, I probably went through 100 cups of oil before I actually got the technique down. So even though I mention it is "easy", it is now, but wasn't easy for me for the longest time. If you don't succeed on your first try don't be discouraged! Just make sure you are following these instructions carefully. I have tried to make mayonnaise in a regular blender and had watched tutorials and have seen other people successfully do this,...
Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

Remedies
  My freakin hair was falling out. Coloring, heat abuse (flat irons & blow dryers) and lots of braid or pony tail styling combined with vitamin deficiencies and stress made it so that I was increasingly losing hair. I had always had massive amounts of hair so I didn’t think it would be a huge issue until I was starting to see some of my scalp which was a bit shocking. One of my guilty pleasures is internet research so I relentlessly read everything I could find on the subject matter. Hair is important and as much as men might not like it they are expected to bald, it’s a much more emotional and hard to deal with thing for women.Shed Mania There are medicinal things you can do to help remedy this internally (and I do this as well) which includes supplements specifically for