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Sunday, June 19, 2022

10 Ideal Supplements to Help You Relax Your Muscles



 


We all know that tension in our muscles after a long day of work or when we're stressed out. While there are many ways to relax your muscles, supplements can also be a great way to help. Here are some of the best supplements to help you relax your muscles and get relief from tension and stress.

1. Chamomile

Chamomile is a popular herbal tea that you can also take in supplement form. Chamomile has long been used as a natural remedy for anxiety and stress relief. It contains compounds called flavonoids that may have calming and relaxing effects on the body. Chamomile supplements are believed to be a great way to relax your muscles, reduce tension, and promote a sense of calmness and relaxation.

2. Magnesium Complex

Magnesium is an essential mineral that plays a role in many bodily functions, including muscle relaxation. Magnesium supplements may help to relax your muscles and reduce tension. Magnesium complex is a great supplement to get you the magnesium you need for muscle relaxation and stress relief.



Saturday, June 18, 2022

Red, White and Blue Crafts





  1. Summer Mason Jar Vases - fun, festive, and …. best of all … super SIMPLE!
  2. Patriotic Clothespin Wreath - super easy to make and cost less than $10 to make! Well, if that isn’t worth celebrating, I don’t know what is!
  3. Patriotic Banner Printable - This Free Patriotic Banner Printable is perfect for all of your Fourth of July decor and party fun
  4. Red, White and Blue Mason Jars - painted and distressed with stars and stripes.  And put together to make an American flag.
  5. Easy 4th of July Planter - This DIY patriotic planter is a winner when it comes to cute and easy craft projects. It's fun to decorate while decorating your porch, yard or garden with the Stars and Stripes.
  6. Patriotic USA Sign Display - Display some fun pictures of your kids or pets this Summer!
  7. 3 Star String Art - Here is an intermediate tutorial for a 3 Star String Art decoration. Hang it outside on your porch or lean it indoors on your fireplace mantle. Where ever you put it, it’ll be an impressive piece of decor.
  8. Patriotic Mason Jars - recycled mason jars make this craft easy, cheap and fun to make!
  9. USA Map Wooden Door Hanger - Display some cute American pride on your front door from Memorial Day through the Fourth of July all the way to Labor Day!
  10. Patriotic Wreath - fun, easy clothespin wreath to show your love for your country ALL SUMMER LONG!
  11. Patriotic Painted Rocks - If you enjoy painting rocks, you’ll absolutely love to make these simple patriotic painted rocks. They are great for the 4th of July as well as Memorial Day and Labor day too!!
  12. Silverware Holder - This simple DiY silverware holder is an easy project to store forks, knives, and spoons at a cookout or dinner party. A few basic craft supplies make this easy to make for July 4th or to match any party theme.
  13. Americana Wreath for the Front Door - If you’re wondering how to make a wreath for the front door, keep reading for an easy Americana wreath tutorial that’s perfect for summer.
  14. Patriotic Art with Fabric Scraps -  easy patriotic art with fabric scraps. Because the flag looks great outside, but we shouldn’t neglect the interior of our homes.
  15. Sparkling Star Decorations - sparkling stars are great for a myriad of uses to celebrate all Summer long! Make garland, use them as cupcake toppers or even just stick them to the wall! So many ideas!
  16. Fireworks Dried Flower Bouquet - Dried hydrangeas make this beautiful arrangement! Great for a table centerpiece or to make a wreath with!



Monday, May 30, 2022

Mosquitoes Want your Blood



 

Have you ever had a vacation spoiled by that itchy feeling?

I mean the one you get after you have been bitten by a mosquito.

One itchy bite is not too much of an issue. But if you have more than one, then it can quickly become very annoying.

It gets even more frustrating when you find that those around you are not itching nearly as much because they have only been bitten once or twice.

What makes you so much more attractive to mosquitos?

Could it be that your blood just tastes that much better to mosquitos? What type of blood do mosquitos like?


Do mosquitos have a favorite blood type?

Mosquito bites are not just annoying and, they also spread deadly diseases like Malaria, Zika, and Dengue Fever.

For this reason, scientists have investigated several factors that attract mosquitos to bite people. One of these factors was found to be blood type.

Each blood type in humans has a distinct set of specific proteins, called antigens. It is the protein from our blood that the female mosquitos need to successfully give birth to their offspring.

There are four different blood types:

  • Blood type A: only A antigen on the surface of red blood cells

  • Blood type B: only B antigen on the surface of red blood cells

  • Blood type AB: both A and B antigens on the surface of red blood cells

  • Blood type O: no A or B antigen on the surface of red blood cells

Many people also secrete these antigens through their saliva or tears. Scientists refer to those people as secretors. If you have blood type A, you are a type
A secretor, while those with blood type O secrete H antigen which is a precursor to A and B antigens.


What blood type do mosquitos prefer?

It has been found that mosquitos are more attracted to people with blood type O. This is based on a 1974 study of 102 human participants. Which found those with O type blood were bitten more than people with other blood types.

A more recent 2019 study placed different blood types into separate feeders. It was observed that mosquitos preferred to feed on the type O feeder much more than the feeders with other blood types.

A 2004 study examined mosquito preference for blood type between type O and A. When blood type antigens were applied to the arms of study participants, it was found that significantly more mosquitos were attracted to people to the H antigen, that is, blood type O.

The conclusion is that mosquitos may be able to sense the antigens secreted through tears and saliva as they approach a person.

However, there are other known factors that will attract mosquitos:


What else attracts Mosquitos?

Clothing – mosquitos prefer dark colors like green, black and red. Instead wear, softer colors like pastels, beige, or white.

Carbon Dioxide – we emit this when we breathe out, something you can’t avoid doing. Mosquitos can sense carbon dioxide from a significant distance. The more you exhale the more attractive you become. Larger people exhale more.

You could hold your breath around mosquitos, but that will only help for a minute or two. If you are overweight, losing weight might lead to fewer mosquito bites.

Heat and Sweat - mosquitoes have a nose for other scents too. They can sniff out lactic acid, ammonia, and other compounds found in our sweat. Strenuous exercise increases the buildup of lactic acid and heat in your body and will have you breathing more heavily too.

Lively” Skin - your skin is naturally teeming with microscopic life. The combination of bacteria and sweat creates a distinct fragrance that attracts mosquitos. Bathing regularly may help.

Pregnancy - -an African study in 2000 found those who were pregnant attracted twice as many mosquitos compared to those who were not pregnant. This could be because of carbon dioxide and heat, those in late pregnancy exhale 21% more volume of breath and their abdomens are about one degree warmer.

Beer - one study found significantly more mosquitoes flew toward the participants who had drunk one liter of beer than those who had drunk a liter of water. Why is still unclear. But if you’re near mosquitos and intend to drink beer, take precautions.


Summary

When mosquitos are nearby, they want your blood. If you have blood type O, they may be more attracted to you than to others. You should always take precautions by covering up and spraying insect repellant over yourself.

You can also try wearing softer colored clothing, don’t exercise, keep cool to prevent sweat and heat, keep yourself clean to limit your bacteria, and avoid beer and pregnancy!



Tuesday, May 17, 2022

5 Creative Baby Shower Gifts For Your Expecting Friends



 We’ve all been there: perusing the children’s clothing section and picking out yet another pair of cute little booties that you know your mom-to-be friend probably doesn’t need. But what do you buy for your friends who are expecting?


When there’s a baby on the way, expecting moms are usually showered with so many baby toys and onesies that by the time the little one arrives, there’s an abundance of stuff that ends up being donated or passed down to future kids or other mothers


If you’re looking to gift something really special at your friend’s baby shower, here are a few ideas that (probably) won’t be forgotten in the back of a closet.



Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Hottest Deals of the Week!!!



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These are some of the Hottest Deals of the last week!!!



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Update: we received ours and these are impressive!!! The Sherpa one is SO thick and fleece lined, so it's extra warm. The fleece snap one is a great lightweight pullover for this transition weather.
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