Preventing Colds..

It’s winter time! And that means that the cold and flu season is already here! Here are some tips on how to prevent catching a cold before it catches up with you!

  • Wash Your Hands!

As cliché as it sounds, washing your hands are one of the most important ways to make sure that you do not get a cold.  I live on a college campus, and it amazes me at the amount of people who simply walk out of the restroom without washing their hands. Undoubtedly, you should make it a habit to wash your hands regularly, which is normally before you eat and after using the restroom. Most cold and flu viruses are spread by direct contact. Remember that there is nothing like good old soap and water.

  • Reduce Alcohol Intake

People with heavy alcohol consumption are subject to suppressing their immune system in a number of ways. Alcohol has also been shown to dehydrate the body.

  • Diet

As I say in almost all of my post, being healthy starts from the inside and then it works its way to the outside. Make sure that you are getting the recommended amount of vitamins and nutrients that are needed for your immune system to function properly. If you feel as if you are not getting the proper amount of nutrients in your daily diet, take some time to look at your meal plan or your grocery list. In addition, try incorporating some great juicing recipes to your diet as well.

  • Exercise Regularly.

Exercising regularly aids in strengthening the immune system by helping to increase the body’s natural virus killing cells. And let us be reminded that exercising is another thing that helps to make our bodies be the best that it can be.

  • Get Plenty of Fluids.

Your body needs hydration, and in order to receive that hydration you must take in the recommended fluid intake that your body needs. Try to drink a glass of water before and after every meal. If you are not a big fan of water, try some natural infused water recipes. (Pinterest should help you quite a bit).

  • Avoid Others Who Are Sick.

One of the best ways to not get sick, is to avoid others that already are. This tip is so simple yet so hard. Just try the best you can to avoid those in the workplace, school, or public places who are showing symptoms of the cold or flu.

Make sure that you are getting adequate rest. Resting is an important process that your body goes through to work and heal. If you are not getting enough rest your body is more susceptible to getting sick.

  • Sanitize Your Space.

Take time out of your schedule to clean your work space and areas that you encounter on a daily basis. This can help to kill germs and prevent them from spreading.

Have a Happy Healthy Cold Free Winter !

Winter Nail Trend

Looking for something new to do with your nails? Try a new shape. Almond shaped nails are what’s in now. Celebrities as beautiful as Beyonce, Nicki Minaj, and even Kim Kardashian are rocking this trend.

To spice it up, or get into the winter spirit, try telling your nail technician to tap  into their Christmas spirit and inner sparkle. Try to design Christmas trees, sparkles, ornaments, stars, and even ginger bread men.

I recently got this shape, and I love them. They are just a very natural version of the stiletto nail shape. I find these to be my favorite so far. So give them a try, and let me know what you think. 🙂

#AlmondNailsEEM

Things To Do Over Winter Break

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Winter break is a time to relax and forget about all the stress from the fall     semester. Although the free time is very much appreciated, it’s easy to find yourself bored. Here are a few things to do to avoid the winter break blues!

  1. Catch up with old friends! During the school semester it’s hard to meet up with high school friends. Now that everyone is home spend some time together.
  2. Have a movie day! There’s nothing wrong with having a day in watching Netflix. Grab a blanket and some snacks and you’re good to go.
  3. Workout! You’ve probably made so many excuses during the semester as to why you can’t workout because of school. Now you have a free schedule to get into shape before spring semester.
  4. Have a baking day! Yes, this does sort of contradict my last suggestion but hey, it’s the holidays! Bake some cookies or yummy cupcakes to get into the holiday spirit.
  5. Organize! Prepare yourself for a fresh start into the new year and organize all the clutter that is going on in your life.

If you ever find yourself needing something to do, take a look at this list. With these ideas, it should be no problem finding something to do and keeping busy.

How To Survive: Finals Week

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Stressed about finals coming up? It’s nearly the end of the semester and the only thing standing between you and break are finals. It’s the best and worst time of the year.

  1. Plan out your study schedule. Map out everything that you need to do so you are prepared and don’t feel overwhelmed.
  2. Buy some study snacks. The last thing that you need to do is stay up on an empty stomach. Get a mix of snacks to keep you focused.
  3. Take away any distractions including any noisy roommates or technology devices.
  4. Don’t stress. Everyone is going through the same struggle as you and in the end everything will be okay.

Don’t allow the stress of finals to take over your brain and get you down. Take your finals as a challenge and accomplish all your goals. After you’re finished, you can rest during winter break knowing that you gave your all and you succeeded.

The “Talking” Stage

Relationships are always tricky. But sometimes the trickiest part can be before you guys even start dating. This is like a preliminary stage. Now what exactly is the “talking” stage? How do you know when you’ve moved on from friends to talking? Well the talking stage is basically the waiting period. You’re getting to know each other and pretty much feeling each other out. Usually this is the stage where your friends and close family know you’re a thing but the whole world doesn’t yet. You may call each other cute names like babe or baby, but you’re not official. You’re establishing feelings for each other. This is when “We’re just talking” becomes a big part of your vocabulary.

You guys are still having fun and going out on occasional dates but it’s like the middle stage. This stage may last a couple weeks or a couple months. You start letting your guard down a little bit more with this person, it’s like pre dating. Essentially you’re more than friends but less than a couple.

“We’re talking” can translate into “We’re not together but we might be in the near future”. The concept can be a really good thing or a really bad thing. It’s a good thing because you get to know each other a little better without jumping straight into a relationship. It can also be a bad thing when the guy just drags it out for months. I say if he hasn’t asked you to be his girlfriend within 3 months you need to have a talk with him.

“When do you move into the talking stage?” Well usually the talking stage includes texting and calling every day. Also my personal favorite, facetiming. As well as occasional dates and hook ups. At this point you’ve entered the talking phase.

If the person you’re with can’t decide what they want, or just drags out this stage then you don’t need the. The one who is gonna stick around will stay no matter what. So yes, this stage is great. Also remember that you’re not just gonna sit here on an emotional rollercoaster with this person.

Second Chances

Second chances can be tricky. The holidays are coming, every one’s feeling lonely. Tis’ the season for ex’s! Yes this is usually when they come back and begin saying they miss you and all that garbage. Now, you have to be smart about this. Always remember the reason for the breakup. Do not just take them back right away! Make sure they didn’t hit you up just because they’re lonely for the holidays.

Now think about it, do they really deserve a second chance? Personally, I always give too many chances to the wrong people. Really think about it, and not just because you’re lonely. Do you even have these feelings for them anymore? That’s extremely important.

Let’s say you decide that they deserve a second chance, let them know that this is the only chance they’re getting. Don’t let there be a third, fourth, or even fifth chance. This is it. If they mess this up they will not receive any more chances. Don’t let them believe you’re just going to give them a million chances.

Trust with your heart, not with your head. Don’t get played during the holidays. Be smart.

Congressional Staffers “Walked Out” In Peaceful Protest

Dozens of Congressional staffers walked out of Congress this afternoon due to the “no indictment” verdicts in both Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s cases. The staffers stood on the steps of the Capitol to protest and show their solidarity for Brown and Garner’s families.

Background:

A Ferguson, MO grand jury failed to indict officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. Michael Brown was reported as walking with his friend, minding his business, when Wilson pulled up on the two in his vehicle. Wilson then cursed at the boys for walking in the middle of the street before pulling off, and then making a U-turn to address the boys again. Wilson pulled out his gun which prompted Brown and his friend to run. Eventually, Brown stopped running, turned around and put his hands up, which is the universal tactic to surrender. He was not admitting guilt for anything by surrendering. Rather, he wanted Wilson to stop shooting at him. Brown was unarmed; however, Wilson kept firing shots until Brown fell to the ground. According to several witnesses, Wilson senselessly and blatantly murdered Brown, but the grand jury refused to indict him.

Days later, it was revealed that Daniel Pantaleo, the officer that put Eric Garner in an illegal chokehold, would not be indicted in Garner’s death as ruled by a Staten Island, NY grand jury. Garner was standing on a sidewalk, minding his business, when officers approached him on the suspicion that Garner was illegally selling cigarettes. Garner insisted that he was doing nothing wrong and asked why he was being approached. Seconds later, Pantaleo jumped on Garner and wrapped his arm around Garner’s neck. Garner said, repeatedly, “I can’t breathe” before he eventually passed on. Despite the fact that everything was caught on tape, and the officer technically broke the law, the grand jury still refused to indict Pantaleo.