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Female Fiasco: Bug Bites

Jul 29, 2014 -- 7:10am

 

At some point this weekend, I got a bug bite on my right ankle…

 

AND BOY IS IT ITCHY!!!

 

I mean….IIIITTTTTTCCCHHHHYYY!!

 

My ankle is also sore and a little swollen…probably from itching it so much…I know you shouldn’t itch it because it won’t heal or make it worse…but its so itchy.

 

I’ve even gone as far as rubbing my ankle on my carpet and on the corner of my couch.

 

Yea it’s an awkward thing to picture…trust me it’s even more awkward to do in person.

 

And don’t even get me started on driving…its horrible.

 

So with it being the time of year when bug bites are very common at any given time, I thought I would go over some remedies!

 

Howstuffworks.com has some home remedies you can use to help ease the pain and itch of bug bites!

 

Activated Charcol-“This can help draw out toxins that cause inflammation, swelling, and itching. To make a paste, open up 2 to 3 capsules of charcoal, mix with enough water to make a paste, and apply to the affected area. After 30 minutes, wipe the paste off with a wet cloth.”

 

Vinegar - “No matter whether it's the white or the apple cider variety, vinegar turns insect sting pain into a thing of the past. Pour it on the affected site, or mix it with baking soda to make a paste that you can apply to the bitten area. Out of vinegar? Try applying straight lemon juice instead.”

 

Other sites say some other home products can help with bug bites…

 

Toothpaste-A dab can relieve the pain and itch as well as having anti-inflammatory properties

 

Asprin-grind them up to a powder and add some water to make a paste, apply overnight.  The paste works as an anti-inflammatory as well!

 

Alcohol-dab a little rubbing alcohol, mouthwash or vodka on it to relieve the itching

 

I think I’m going to go with the alcohol method tonight…and while I’m at it, I’ll make myself a cocktail!!!

 

Cheers!

Female Fiasco: The Ring Cam

Jul 28, 2014 -- 7:10am

Proposing/getting engaged is one of the biggest moments in a lifetime.  It’s definitely one of those moments you want to remember!!

 

Some college students at Hope College in Michigan just came up with the game changer of proposals.

 

A ring box with a camera in it to record the reactions of proposee!!

 

AHHHHHH!!! Why hasn’t this always been a thing?!

 

This is great!!! Why don’t I ever think of things like this?!?!

 

The Ring Cam was created for a senior engineering project by a bunch of dudes…and it will probably end up being one of the greatest inventions of our time!

 

“The Ring Cam is for sale in about a dozen jewelry stores and can be bought or rented online. It records up to 20 minutes of video that can be uploaded to a computer through a USB port.”

 

The guys that came up with the Ring Cam are currently trying to get on the show, Shark Tank, in hopes that they can get investors to make the product bigger.

 

I’d invest!!!

 

This is the perfect way to capture the moment without having to bring in friends to try to film the reaction, setup hidden cameras, etc!!

 

The website has some videos of the reactions to proposals using the Ring Cam…and they are fantastic to watch!!

I sure hope this takes off! 

Female Fiasco: I feel tricked

Jul 25, 2014 -- 7:10am

Vegetables are never fun to eat as a kid…they don’t get much better as an adult either…but they are necessary for a balanced diet, unfortunately.

 

We all have those moments as kids where we move the veggies around on our plates thinking our parents will think we ate some of them…they never buy it. 

 

Or those times we had to sit alone at the dinner table until we finished our vegetables.  Those were dark and lonely times.

 

As kids, those were the worst moments of our lives!!! But as adults I’m sure you did the same thing to your kids!!

 

You might have even enjoyed it a little bit…it’s ok- you can admit it…I’ll enjoy it when I have kids. 

 

If you are having trouble getting your kids to eat vegetables…maybe the best way is to not tell them they are healthy.

 

GASP! Lie to your kids?...ABSOLUTELY!!

 

The Daily Mail reports that, scientists are now saying that if you serve your kids food without commenting about the healthiness of the food, they are more likely to eat it without hesitation.

Researches conducted a study “Telling children that carrots help you to see in the dark has been encouraging them to eat healthily for generations – or so parents thought. But according to research, these messages have the opposite effect – if you tell children a food is good for them, they are less likely to eat it. Scientists read a story to children aged between three and five about a girl who ate a snack of crackers or carrots. The first group was told the snack made her strong or helped her learn to count, while the second was not told of any benefits. The children were then offered the snack. Those who were not given messages about the particular food ate more of it, found the researchers from Northwestern University in Illinois.”

 

Kids associate foods that are good for us as tasting bad, so they are likely to eat less…if you don’t say anything about the benefits of healthy food, they will likely eat more of it.

 

It all seems so easy!!! Why didn’t we think of this before now?!

 

I’m going to make a mental note of this method for when I have kids.

 

Good to know, very good to know. *cue evil laugh*

Female Fiasco: Sleep Drunkenness

Jul 24, 2014 -- 7:10am

Sleeping in is one of my favorite things to do…the days I don’t have to set an alarm are the best!!

 

Although sometimes when I sleep in, I wake up feeling drained, sore and sometimes I even wake up with a headache…and then to deal with that, I nap.

 

While I don’t really feel it’s a problem… just a sign I’m having a ‘lazy day’ for the rest of the day…there is a scientific term for when this happens…sleep drunkenness, and it feels like a hangover.

 

Wowwwww, I wasn’t even drinking last night and I’m suffering the consequences…how is that fair!?

 

Well apparently this happens because we are confusing the part of our brain that controls our body’s daily cycle!

 

I really mess up my body’s daily cycle…I go from waking up at 3:30am during the  week to sleeping until 10-11 on the weekends…no wonder I feel hung over all the time!

 

Scientists say that this throws off our biological clocks!!

 

And of course there are some risks associated with this…”If you’re oversleeping on the regular, you could be putting yourself at risk for diabetes, heart disease, and obesity. Harvard’s massive Nurses Health Study found that people who slept 9 to 11 hours a night developed memory problems and were more likely to develop heart disease than people who slept a solid eight. (Undersleepers are at an even bigger risk). Other studies have linked oversleep to diabetes, obesity, and even early death.”

 

Of course those are our risks…they are our risks for everything we do now. 

 

Read the article about Sleep Drunkenness from wired.com here!

 

I know its not the best to mess up my sleep schedule every weekend…but I’m probably going to keep doing it…okay I’m for sure going to keep doing it…I love sleeping in!!

 

Female Fiasco: Falling Asleep

Jul 23, 2014 -- 7:10am

I’m a champion sleeper…if there were some sort of trophy, title, belt …I would have it my possession!

 

9 times out of 10 it takes me less then a minute to fall asleep. That’s not an exaggeration. That’s fact.

 

Like I said…if there was such a think as the champion of sleeping…it would be me.

 

But sometimes…every once in a while…rarely…I cannot sleep.

 

And let me tell you…it makes me BEYOND LIVID!

 

So last night I had one of those nights where I couldn’t sleep…and here is what makes me even angrier…

 

Once I can’t sleep…I start worrying about not being able to sleep…which makes me less likely to fall asleep…so then I’m awake worrying and overthinking the fact that I can’t sleep…then I start worrying about life-I make up situations in my head that have not and will not happen and spend time worrying about them…and I’m definitely not falling asleep now.

 

So now that I’m good and worried about everything…I try to distract myself by planning the rest of my week, going through my to-do list for the next day…making grocery lists, etc…its horrible.

 

And then of course I fall asleep an hour before my alarm is supposed to go off. 

 

If you have these nights sometimes…or maybe you regularly can’t sleep…I’ve found 11 tips from the Daily Mirror based out of the UK…hopefully these tips will help you fall asleep in a timely manner!!

 

Here are the top 5 from the dailymirror.co.uk!

 

1.Inhale through your left nostril

“This yoga method is thought to reduce blood pressure and calm you. Holistic sleep therapist Peter Smith says: “Lie on your left side, resting a finger on your right nostril to close it. Start slow, deep breathing in the left nostril.” Peter says this technique is particularly good when overheating or menopausal hot flushes are preventing sleep.”

 

2.Roll your eyes

“Closing your eyes and rolling the balls up three times can do the job. “It simulates what you do naturally when you fall asleep and may help trigger the release of your sleepy hormone, melatonin.”

 

3. Hum to yourself

“This yoga meditation generates an all-pervading sense of calm, says Dr Chris Idzikowski, Edinburgh Sleep Centre Director and author of Sound Asleep, The Expert Guide To Sleeping Well. Sit in a comfortable position. Close your eyes, drop your shoulders, relax your jaw, but keep your mouth gently closed. Breathe in through your nose as deeply as is comfortable, ensuring your abdomen, not chest, rises. Dr Idzikowski says: “Breathe gently out of your mouth, lips together so you hum. Try to hum for the whole out-breath. Notice how it vibrates in your chest. Focus fully on this vibration over six breaths then sit quietly for a moment. Tell yourself ‘I am ready for sleep’, get up slowly and go to bed.”

 

4. Press here!

“There are special points in the body which promote sleep when pressed gently but firmly. Dr Idzikowski suggests: “Put your thumb on the point between your eyebrows at the top of your nose, where there’s a slight indent. Hold for 20 seconds, release briefly and repeat twice more. “Next, sit on the edge of the bed and put your right foot across your left knee. Find the slight indent between your big toe and second toe and press in the same way. “Finally, still supporting your right foot, find the point just below the nail on the upper side of your second toe. Using the thumb and forefinger of your right hand, gently squeeze the toe.”

 

5. Try to stay awake

“Challenge yourself to stay awake – your mind will rebel! It’s called the sleep paradox, says psychotherapist Julie Hirst (worklifebalancecentre.org). She explains: “Keep your eyes wide open, repeat to yourself ‘I will not sleep’. The brain doesn’t process negatives well, so interprets this as an instruction to sleep and eye muscles tire quickly as sleep creeps up.”

 

I’m probably going to keep myself awake even more trying these…hopefully they work for you!

 

Read the full list of tips here!

Female Fiasco: A Guide To Selfies

Jul 22, 2014 -- 7:10am

Ugh, here I go again…talking about selfies…and my hatred of them grows and grows.

 

And just know…the fact that we have to even address the following topic is a horrible reflection on our society…horrible…but here we go…

 

There are certain places you should and SHOULD NOT take selfies…and Jezebel.com has come up with a guide to tell you if it is or isn’t appropriate for you to take one.

The fact that we even have a list of places you SHOULD NOT take a selfie shows that someone at some point took a selfie in these situations…deep breath…don’t get angry Tory…stay calm.

 

Alright lets just dive right in…

 

First, I’ll go through the times it is appropriate to take a selfie…because the list is short…

 

Are you:

 

-Hanging out with friends having a good time?

-Making goofy faces?

-Did you just meet a celebrity?

-Have you just achieved something major?

 

Then yes, go ahead, take those selfies.

 

Nothing wrong with those selfies.  Other than the fact that they are selfies.

 

Now to the ‘Maybes’:

 

-“Have you just survived a plane crash, natural disaster or attempt on your life?Yes.Take a selfie. But consider making your account private unless you want reporters pestering you for interviews.”

 

Okayyy…now the times you absolutely should NOT take a selfie…give me strength.

 

-Are you at the site of a terrible historical tragedy, such as a concentration camp?

-Are you literally in the middle of an ongoing disaster or crisis?

-Are you consuming alcohol or holding weed?

-Are you standing next to/on train tracks, a highway, or analogous through-way?

-Are you standing in front of a homeless person?

-Is someone in your immediate vicinity dealing with something major?

-Are you standing over a dead body (non-funerary circumstances)?

-Are you posing with a tiger?

-Are you literally onstage accepting your diploma?

-Have you just committed a crime, such as shoplifting?

 

The answer to all of these….ABSOLUTELY NOT.

 

And yes, people have taken these selfies before…or we would not be talking about this.

 

So this is our society now…yep.

 

Where else should you NOT take a selfie?! Email me at Tory@1017thebull.com or tweet me @ToryTheBull!

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