16 December, 2009

5 Best Haircuts of All Time

New hairstyle, but not too extreme? Choose from these five guaranteed-to-flatter cuts..
(content and photos courtesy of goodhousekeeping.com)

This popular cut has as many famous fans as interpretations. Try it sleek, wavy or choppy.This version is slightly longer in front which keeps it from looking too boxy. Swingy layers flatter all face shapes. The shorter length can also plump up fine hair by taking away some weight.


"Layers with an edge".
Longer layers plus face-framing, angled bangs.
A shag works best on straight hair or loose waves. The layers can look poodle-y with curly hair.


Long asymmetrical bangs and choppy layers throughout gives this pixie its chic look.

It's the most flattering with delicate facial features and wavy hair.


Who says bangs are only cute for kids? Bangs can make grown-ups look youthful, too, by concealing a broad forehead and fine lines.
A dramatic change without lopping off too much length. Bangs are suggested to be trimmed every three weeks. You can even do it yourself. 

Every decade has its list of layered-hair beauties, and this cut is as sexy as ever. But the reason it endures may be more practical.

Long layers are versatile and require little fussing to look amazing.

Now, pick your favorite look, then show it to your hairstylist. I've got my personal fave..

07 December, 2009

Left-over Onions

I have used an onion which has been left in the fridge and sometimes I don't use a whole at one time to save the other half for later.

With this info, I have changed my mind. I will buy smaller onions in the future.

I had the wonderful privilege of touring to one of the best makers of mayonnaise, and is owned by 11 brothers and sisters. My friend is an executive officer of the said company.

Questions about food poisoning came up and I want to share what I learned from a chemist.

The 'chemist guy', who gave us a tour, is one of the brothers, a chemistry expert and is involved in developing most of the sauce formula.

During the tour, someone asked if we really need to worry about mayonnaise. People are always worried about mayonnaise will spoil. The "Chemist Guy's" answer will surprise you. He said that all commercially-made Mayo is completely safe.

"It doesn't have to be refrigerated. No harm in refrigerating it, but it's not always necessary.." He explained that the pH in mayonnaise is set at a point that bacteria could not survive in that environment. He then talked about the quaint essential picnic, with the bowl of salad sitting on the table and how everyone blames the mayonnaise when someone gets sick.

He said that when food poisoning is reported, the first thing the officials look is when the 'victim' last ate ONIONS and where those onions came from (in the potato salad?). He said it's not the mayonnaise (as long as it's not home-made Mayo) that spoils in the outdoors. It's probably the onions, and if not the onions, it's the potatoes.

He explained that onions are a huge magnet for bacteria, especially uncooked onions. You should never plan to keep a portion of a sliced onion. He said it's not even safe if you put in a zip-lock bag and put it in your refrigerator.

It's already contaminated enough just by being cut open and out for a bit, and it can be a danger to you (and doubly watch out for those onions you put in your hotdogs at the baseball park).

He said if you take the left-over onions and cook it like crazy, you'll probably be okay, but if you slice that left-over onion and put on your sandwich, your asking for trouble. Both the onions and the moist potato salad, will attract and grow bacteria faster than the commercial mayonnaise will even begin to break down.

So, how's that for news? Take it for what you will. I am going to be very careful about my onions from now on. For some reason, I see a lot of credibility coming from a chemist and a company that produces millions of pounds of mayonnaise every year.

Also, dogs should never eat onions. Their stomachs cannot metabolize onions. Remember, it is dangerous to cut onions and try to use it to cook the next day, it becomes highly poisonous for even a single night and creates toxic bacteria which may cause adverse stomach infections because of excess bile secretions and even food poisoning..

05 December, 2009

Is it anxiety or is it depression?

Maybe it's both. The combination of depression and anxiety is often severe.


Loss of a loved-one: Grief and depression

Chronic Illness: A higher risk of depression

Postpartum: Having a baby can lead to depression

Physical Symptoms

Most of us know about the emotional symptoms of depression. But you may not know that depression can be associated with many physical symptoms, too. In fact, many people with depression suffer from chronic pain or other physical symptoms. Some of these are headaches, back pains, digestive problems and sleeping disorders.

Emotional Symptoms

Common symptoms of depression can make work and daily life almost impossible. Depression can skew your view of the world, making everything seem hopeless. Depression can make you feel utterly alone. You may already know some of the emotional and psychological effects of depression. They include feeling sad, empty, hopeless or numb; loss of interest of things you used to enjoy; feeling guilty and worthless; and thoughts of death and suicide.

Anxiety Symptoms

Depression and anxiety might seem like opposites. We think: Depression saps you of energy; anxiety makes you keyed up and afraid. Depression makes it near impossible to get out of bed; anxiety leaves you sleepless, pacing all night. But the truth is not so simple. In fact, depression and anxiety often go together. Mental health experts estimate that more than half of the people diagnosed with depression also have anxiety.

Take the depression test now.

27 November, 2009

Why Women Cry

Watch her eyes

A little boy asked his mother, "Why are you crying?"

Because I'm a woman," she told him.

"I don't unde
rstand," he said.

His Mom just hugged him and said, "And you never will."

Later the little boy asked his father, "Why does mother seem to cry for no reason?"

"All women cry for no reason." was all his dad could say.

The little boy grew up and became a man, still wondering why women cry..

Finally he put in a call to God. When God got on
the phone, he asked, "God, why do women cry so easily?"

God said,

"When I ma
de the woman she had to be special.

I made her shoulders strong enough to carry the weight of the world,
yet gentle enough to give comfort.

I gave her an inner strength to endure childbirth and the rejection that many times comes from her children.

I gave her a
hardness that allows her to keep going when everyone else gives up, and take care of her family through sickness and fatigue without complaining.

I gave her the sensitivity to love her children under any and all circumstances, even when her child has hurt her very badly.

I gave her strength to carry her husband through his faults and fashioned her from his rib to protect his heart.

I gave her wisdom to know that a good husband never hurts his wife, but sometimes tests her strengths and her resolve to stand beside him unfalteringly.

"You see my son," said God,

"the beauty of a woman is not in the clothes she wears, the figure that she carries, or the way she combs her hair.
The beauty of a woman must be seen in her eyes, because that is the doorway to her heart - the place where love resides."
"I hope this post will boost another woman's self-esteem. Share this to men too - perhaps they will then understand "why women cry".

25 November, 2009

Brain Damaging Habits

No Breakfast
People who do not take breakfast are going to have a lower blood sugar level.
This leads to an insufficient supply of nutrients to the brain causing brain degeneration.

It causes hardening of the brain arteries, leading to a decrease in mental power.

It causes multiple brain shrinkage and may lead to Alzheimer disease.

High Sugar consumption
Too much sugar will interrupt the absorption of proteins and nutrients causing malnutrition and may interfere with brain development.

Air Pollution
The brain is the largest oxygen consumer in our body. Inhaling polluted air decreases the supply of oxygen to the brain, bringing about a decrease in brain efficiency.

Sleep Deprivation
Sleep allows our brain to rest. Long term deprivation from sleep will accelerate the death of brain cells.

Head covered while sleeping
Sleeping with the head covered increases the concentration of carbon dioxide and decrease concentration of oxygen that may lead to brain damaging effects.

Working your brain during illness
Working hard or studying with sickness may lead to a decrease in effectiveness of the brain as well as damage the brain.

Lacking in stimulating thoughts
Thinking is the best way to train our brain, lacking in brain stimulation thoughts may cause brain shrinkage.

Talking Rarely
Intellectual conversations will promote the efficiency of the brain

24 November, 2009

5 habits that ruin your teeth


Plaque is a sticky mix of bacteria and the substances they secrete. Bacteria produce adhesive chemicals called mucopolysaccharides. The bacteria then live in this film on teeth, called a biofilm. This slimy layer is fragile and easily removed by tooth brushing.

The bacteria in tooth plaque are free to release acids that damage tooth enamel. Regular acid assaults on enamel can wear holes in teeth, commonly called cavities. If left alone, plaque buildup also gradually hardens, creating tartar or calculus on your teeth.

Plaque Habit No. 1: Not Brushing Regularly
No one else might notice if you don’t brush your teeth twice a day, every day. But your teeth will.

Plaque Habit No. 2: Not Flossing Daily
Brushing doesn’t reach the spaces between teeth, but plaque does. A simple daily flossing between teeth clears away plaque before it can cause damage.

Plaque Habit No. 3: Avoiding the Dentist
Even if you brush and floss your teeth daily, you’ll miss some plaque. Over time, that plaque hardens into tartar that needs to be removed at your dentist’s office. Yet more than a third of people surveyed haven’t seen their dentist in more than a year.

Plaque Habit No. 4: Neglecting Nature’s Toothbrushes
Long before toothbrushes and fluoride toothpaste existed, certain foods played a role in keeping plaque off our teeth.

Plaque Habit No. 5: Indulging Your Sweet Tooth
Bacteria love simple carbohydrates like sugar. Eating candy or drinking sugary soft drinks lets sugar stick to our teeth, giving bacteria something to munch on. As the bacteria create a film of plaque, they digest sugar into acid, which damages teeth.

Just a Spoonful of Sugar

An ILLustration of how much sugar you consume when you take these products.. ENJOY!