How To : Get Rid of (Intense) Stains from Flasks / Bottles!

Hey guys,

Cleaning a thermos flask / regular bottle with plain old water every time, just wouldn’t do the trick. You’ll know that it needs a deeper cleansing, when the stains or the yellow / copper toned layer starts to appear. I will let you know two sure-shot techniques, to get the job done efficiently :

1) The mild method

This method is great for stainless steel products, like a thermos flask. I use one to store hot water since I make formula milk for my son, using that. Since it holds water for long periods, it’ll eventually develop a layer of yellowish gunk that needs cleaning out ASAP. Ok so, you will need :

● A handful of crushed eggshells &
● Water (room temperature should do)

Eggshells

Put the eggshells in the flask. Then add water in it until it’s 1/4th of the flask. Then put the lid on and shake it vigorously for about half a minute. Twist and turn it in every which way possible so that the eggshells can hit every nook and cranny. Then pour out the dirty water, fill with some more water and then wash the inside of the flask again. Job well done!

clean stain from flask

Before & after pic of the base of the thermos flask


2) The intense method

This method is for bottles (glass or Tupperware) and definitely not for stainless steel products (since it ‘s an abrasive method & might leave minute scratches). You will need :

● Sand* &
● Water

The method is same as before. Fill the bottle with a handful (or couple of handfuls) sand, water about 1/4th of the bottle and shake. Since we are using this method for intense stains, you’ll need to continue shaking for a longer time, say a minute or more. Wash out and see if anything remains. If yes, repeat the process.

Here is the Tupperware bottle that I use, to drink cumin water**. After a while, the bottle develops an intense stain and in this pic, actually I haven’t cleaned it out for quite a while… *shameful face*. For the purpose of this tutorial, I first cleaned the bottle using eggshells. You can see how much it removed, but still there is lots left, particularly in the curves of the bottle. The sand method removed it completely and has it looking brand new.

get rid of stains from bottle

* Sand is literally available anywhere. But don’t use it directly for obvious reasons. First, ‘clean’ it. Lol. Wash it until the water runs clear. I go an extra step to make sure it’s super clean. I layer it on a flat surface and let it dry in the sun. After using it, I wash the dirty water away and keep washing this sand until water runs clear again. Then, I dry this sand and store it in a container so that I have ‘clean’ sand available, whenever I need to clean a bottle.

** Cumin water aids in digestion, provides antioxidants by fighting free radicals & also removes toxins from the body. To make it, just boil some cumin seeds in water, until the water becomes a medium strength yellow (dark yellow means you added too much cumin than required). Strain and drink. An additional tip is that, if you crush (not powder) the cumin seeds, you will need to use only a less amount of it, to get the same color / results.

Also, just wanted to mention that if you are not able to get rid of the stain using any of these 2 methods, here might be the reason for it :

● you didn’t add enough eggshells / sand
● you added too much water
● you didn’t shake it enough
● the stain is way too old and now can be considered a part of the bottle / flask… umm, too late, buddy.. lol!

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Book Review : Roanoke Vanishing by Auburn Seal!

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Today am reviewing a Historical Paranormal Fiction titled Roanoke Vanishing by Auburn Seal. This is the first book in the Vanishing series. First let’s get to know the author..

Auburn Seal

Auburn Seal enjoys zipping through life in the lovely Pacific Northwest where she finds herself surrounded by a great family—one super-cool husband and three awesome children—and gorgeous scenery. She is a fair-weather blogger (it’s possible she has commitment issues), and has a unique ability to weave the dead into her stories. Auburn graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor of Science in Student Loans. Oops, Justice Studies. Note the irony. Still, Go Sun Devils!. One of her favorite activities is getting to know new people, so send her an e-mail and check out her website. auburnseal@gmail.com 

Book Summary

Roanoke Vanishing

When The Lost Colony of Roanoke vanished mysteriously in the late sixteenth century, Elinor Dare’s fate–and that of her family–was lost to the world. Now it’s 2013 and Avery Lane, an over-zealous master’s student, is determined to find out what happened to those who disappeared from England’s first colony. The Descendants have discovered her interest and will stop at nothing to ensure the secret remains buried. Elinor, her spirit having lingered for more than four hundred years, is Avery’s only chance to evade the Descendants and solve one of America’s most intriguing mysteries. 

My Review

Avery Lane is a history student who has been researching ‘The Lost Colony’ aka Roanoke for about an year. However, once she gets deeper into figuring out what exactly happened to those colonists who simply seemed to have vanished, she gets threatened by several people including her ‘respectable’ professor, who all of a sudden wants her to drop her research. What Avery Lane doesn’t know is that she is destined to solve this riddle.

She doesn’t let anything or anyone deter her. She is very strong willed and brave. She faces life threatening situations, gets into scenarios where she is left hopeless, but still strives on. Her best friend, Jen, helps her extensively with her research. I love the portrayal of their friendship. It’s just so beautiful and genuine. One of the lost colonists, Elinor Dare, is the only one who knows Avery’s destiny and in order to help her along with her research, her ghost appears only to her, leading her to clues. The author has written the story quite wonderfully, with each chapter alternating between the present day and the actual happenings of the colonists’ lives about 400 years ago.

There are some questions left behind at the end of the story and I don’t like that. The book cover is beautiful and has an ethereal quality to it. Anyways, if you are into historic reads, this is definitely a good read for you.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars which by Goodreads standards means that I ‘liked it’.

Links to the book

Goodreads

Amazon

Source– I got this ebook as a freebie for being part of a books related newsletter. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

Review : Eskinol Classic Facial Cleanser!

Hey guys,

I’ve been using Eskinol’s Classic Facial cleanser for about 2 months now. It’s a no nonsense cleanser that does it’s work well. It looks just like water. It comes in an oval shaped, squeezable plastic bottle.

Eskinol facial cleanser

To use, simply moisten a cotton pad with the product and use on the face in a sweeping motion. Then wash face. It says on the bottle that it can be used on arms and legs, even though I haven’t tried that. It has a pleasant scent and leaves an airy (or menthol like) feeling on the skin, thanks to the ethanol content in it.

I started using this some months after purchasing it. By then I had forgotten what’s written on the bottle and so used it on my eyes too, to taken off last traces of eyeliner, if any. But probably about a month later, I read the info on the bottle & was surprised to see that it said that the product shouldn’t be brought close to the eye area. OMG LOL!. So far, nothing has happened. Maybe it’s too harsh for that area & that’s why they said so. So, I advise you to not risk it by using on the eye area.

It removes all traces of dirt and impurities, thus revealing radiant, velvety soft skin. It’s noticeable even from the very first use. Definitely give it a try.

Price : Rs 165 (Approx AED 8.89) for a 225 ml bottle.

This product is made in Philippines but imported to India, from where I bought it. I have a feeling I’ve seen this in Carrefour. So, just check out it’s availability there.

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Review : SKIN79 Wonder Fix Brush Eyeliner!

Hey guys,

Skin79 is a Korean brand. Known for their innovative products, this one definitely attracted me because of the precise application that it promised. I am not disappointed at all. More about it :

SKIN79 eyeliner

It’s brush is super pointy yet soft and flexible enough to create a modulable thickness while getting in the inner corner of the eye really well. The color that I got is #2 Brown. It looks great against my black pupils. The liner reminds me of a marker. The color payoff is good and it can be build up to be darker. Also, when shaken, something moves back and forth, inside and reminds me much of how a white ink pen works. This liner definitely is a fool proof way to achieve THE most perfect winged eyeliner look..

Wonder Fix brush eyeliner

I bought this from Glambox Middle East’s online e-shop. I would have linked you the Buy link however unfortunately their e-shop has closed since Oct ’16. I purchased this in Sep.

Price : AED 65 (Approx $17.79) for 0.5gms.

If you are looking for a drugstore dupe for this, definitely try out Physicians Formula’s Eye Definer Felt Tip Eye Marker which I’ve reviewed here. It’s price is $7.25 (Approx AED 26.63) & is 0.8 gms.

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My New Year Resolutions for 2017!

Hello ♥

Happy new year to all of you & here is wishing you all a wonderful, fulfilling, prosperous & healthy 2017!

happy new year image

I thought I’ll share my resolutions for the upcoming year with you all. True that at times I think resolutions are perfect to be followed in January & then conveniently dumped from February on!. Lol. But, a girl can hope yeah?. Here are my 6 goals :

Lose weight – Probably on everyone’s list & the top one too.. I am currently 77 kgs. By the end of 2017, I hope to reach 65 kgs. Back in 2014, the doc informed me that I can’t conceive unless I lose weight and in a period of 1.5 years I reduced my weight from 83 kgs to 68 kgs. Here is my transformation pic even though the last pic is when I was 72 kgs. I went on to lose 4 more kgs but didn’t click a pic. So yeah, if I put my mind to it, I know I can do it.

Weightloss transformation

Btw if you are wondering how I lost weight, it’s by :

¤ cutting out rice almost completely
¤ cutting out junk food especially burgers, pasta & pizza (my absolute fav stuff) &
¤ going for a walk for about an hour a day

Side note – My fav shopping site, iHerb has a ‘New Year New You’ special deal happening, for a limited time. It offers extremely low prices on Sports, Fitness, Weightloss & Athletic products. They ship worldwide from US.

new year goals

Drink more water – I drink only about a couple of glasses a day right now!. It is soo less. I wish to start with 2 litres a day and then increase it to 3 litres. Water helps flush out toxins & brings in overall wellness. I am so lazy when it comes to reaching for that cup of water. I hope to beat it, this year.

Drink water

Image from Memecenter

Blog more – Being a mom is more tough than I ever imagined. I literally have no time or I am failing fantastically in time management. I have been slacking so badly in putting up posts. I wish to post consistently from now on.

Take haircare more seriously – I always give massive importance to skincare, but never for haircare. 2017 needs to be different.. I have invested in the below products in hopes of achieving an attractive mane of hair :

Haircare products

¤ Tigi S Factor hair moisture serum – While searching for a good hair serum, I came across this one because of the many rave reviews it has earned. Detailed review later.

¤ Cedarwood essential oil– Known to help in strengthening hair and fighting hair loss. I bought this online and it will be featured in my next iHerb haul.

¤ Bass boar bristle brush – People are raving about these brushes. There must be something special in it then, right?. Wait for my review about it for details 🙂

¤ Dessata detangler brush – My hair gets so tangled, I am not even kidding when I say it resembles a bird’s nest at times. Again, wait for my detailed review coming up soon.

¤ Shampoo & conditioner from Dove’s Oxygen Moisture line – Been loving this recently and I intend to make it a part of my regular haircare routine in 2017. These were sent to me for review but rest of the products mentioned above were purchased on my own.

Enjoy motherhood more – Being a mom to my son, Eshaan, is such a blessing. But being someone who is blatantly frank, I would be lying if I said motherhood has not made me tired, irate and generally mad!. But I need to ‘Keep calm & be a patient mom’. Lol. No doubt about it, he is adorable and so so naughty. He is nearly 14 months old. I love him soo much. Here is his pic, since you guys have never seen him before… God bless him, touchwood..

Be thankful – It’s easy to be hopeless, sad and irate with situations that life throws at you. But I need to be more thankful, appreciate life more and as such, discover more happiness.. I know it will make me a much better version of myself 🙂

Being thankful

Image from Google.com

Alright, that’s all for now. I hope you have a great & successful year ahead of you ♥. If you have couple of mins to spare, let me know in the comments below, what your resolutions are for 2017 🙂

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Stocking Stuffer / Gift Ideas for Christmas!

Hi guys,

Christmas is only about 12 days away.. Since many keep shopping to the last minute (they belong in Santa’s ‘Naughty’ list ;)), I decided to do a gift guide based on my favorite shopping site ever, iHerb, which is US based but ships worldwide. To UAE, they ship in 3 – 4 days ,right to your doorstep, via DHL.

Ok, onto the gift ideas (Click on pix to go to the respective page)…

Artisan soaps

What are these cute things you might think?. They are handcrafted artisan soaps by the brand Hugo Naturals, weighing between 113 – 170 gms each and ranging between $4.29 – $6.29 per piece. How adorable & festive looking are these!

Real Techniques

For your beauty bestie :). Real Techniques is such a popular brand. Be it the Bold Metals collection or the Miracle sponges, these make great gifts/stocking stuffers. The sets shown above range from $12.99 – $38.88.

Mad Hippie

A skincare set from advanced skincare brand, Mad Hippie ♡

Sleep over kit

A cute gift for a child.

Workout

A thoughtful gift for your fitness freak friend, from the brand MuscleTech!.

Essential oils gift

A wonderful starter kit for a newbie essential oils user. The set also includes a portable USB ultrasonic oil diffuser.

Gift for men

Not to forget the man in your life, here is a simple skincare set for him.

For more gift ideas, click here.

Discount codes for you & promotion

● Please note that in addition to the usual discounts on each product on the site, most gift sets are on 15% off until Dec 14th.

● Use code SCZ695 to get 10% off your first time order (irrespective of your bill total). This code will never expire.

● Use code YEAREND10 to get a further 10% off your order (only applicable on orders over $40). This is valid until Dec 30th. This code can be used along with the previous code & thus a first time customer can get upto 20% off their order.

♡ Merry Christmas & have a lovely time with your family & loved ones ♡

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Review : March 2016 Glambox!

Holla!

March’s Glambox was pretty special and something I looked forward to, since it was an Avene exclusive box. Avene is a very popular French skincare brand. The box contained 4 products :

Avene

Avene

The box specifically contained products from Avene’s Eau Thermale range, which contains Spring water. First time trying these out 🙂

Eau Thermale Avene Cleanance Gel – This is a thick gel cleanser. It came in a full sized 200 ml bottle. Gel cleansers are generally for oily skin types while mine is normal/dry skin. I passed this on to my father and he said it’s a fantastic product. During that time he was on the search for a good cleanser that would keep his oily skin in check and to this day he says he hasn’t found a better product than this one.

Cleanance gel

Eau Thermale Avene Spring Water Spray – This is such a wonderful, soothing spray. It is multipurpose. I use it mainly to soothe my skin when it gets too hot. It is gentle enough to be used on nappy rashes too. It came in a 50 ml bottle. I have popped it into my vanity bag coz it’s size is definitely travel friendly. To use, hold it at an arm’s length away and spray. It’s nozzle is really fine and thus the spray is almost like a mist, so gentle and soothing. Spring water has many benefits for the skin. It has a healing touch.

Spring water

Very High Protection Emulsion SPF50+ – Indian skin (the type that gets easily tanned) needs high protection sunscreens. I always use the ones that’s atleast above SPF 45. So, finding a full sized (50 ml) sunscreen in the box was a win for me. This one is an emulsion. So it has a lotion like consistency. There is a slight bluish tint on application. I quite love this product. It comes in a tube with a pump!. Ah, I love any product with a pump packaging – hygienic and convenient ♡

SPF 50 sunscreen

Very High Protection Tinted Cream SPF50+ – This sunscreen has a touch of foundation in it. It has a thicker consistency when compared to the emulsion. Love that it combines skincare & makeup ♡. This one is sample sized and came in a little tube containing 5 ml.

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Voucher

Avene cold cream

The box contained a voucher to claim an Avene cold cream hand cream from Boots, which I unfortunately couldn’t claim. Otherwise, I would have included that review too here.

Overall, March’s was a great box ♥. I know this review is super late, but I was busy being a mom.. 😀

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Note: This product was sent to me for review purposes. All opinions are 100% honest & my own.

Guest post : Aromatherapy & Pain

Pain as a sensation, both internal and external, has intrigued doctors and physicians for as long as people have been offering medical observations. With the explosion of technological equipment in recent decades, researchers are shining a new light on some surprising avenues as evidence is hinted at, through work in cutting edge research, of their potential benefits. One such relatively heretofore unexplored field that offers tantalizing promise is the research being made into the benefits of aromatherapy, or the therapeutic use of essential oils extracted from plants.

Aromatherapy

The Mayo Clinic, a leading organization of over three thousand doctors and medical professionals, while cautioning that research on the effectiveness of aromatherapy is still somewhat in its infancy, nonetheless offers several potential benefits as its guidance on the subject. Given the many, often insidious, stressors posed by the grind of the modern bustle, perhaps it is essential a person afford themselves as many opportunities to achieve their full potential productivity and feeling of wellbeing.

The miracle of modern medicine has instilled in many of us a great faith towards the power of drug treatment. It can be devastating when such options do not quite offer the relief they potentially advertise. Enter the benefits of aromatherapy.

Aromatherapy Benefits

The prestigious Mayo Clinic offers several promising potential benefits that aromatherapy can offer. In particular, doctors there point to lavender oil as being especially beneficial in dealing with pain management. Cautioning with the usual tempered nature of medical professionals, the organization does stress that the research pointing to this potential benefits have stemmed from “smaller studies.” However, the promising data seems to indicate that aromatherapy, particularly the essence of lavender, will “reduce pain” in surgical and therapeutic settings. Symptomatic pain is a monster that can rear its many ugly heads in both the body and mind.

For the fatigues of the brain too, though, aromatherapy seems to offer some form of relief. It is reasonable to say that the majority of people, if not themselves suffering from it, have experienced to some degree the awfulness of depression. A sobering statistic concerning depression illustrates just how widespread the condition seems to be. In the United States, it is surprising to see that an estimated 16.1 million people have had “at least one major depressive episode in the past year,” and this number barely hints at the countless, though perhaps more manageable, fits of depressive feeling that can strike a person at times. Thankfully, a salve of some sort does seem to be available in the usage of aromatherapy. Potentially beneficial in combating depression, the Mayo Clinic attests that usage of essential oils may have “improved quality of life, particularly for people with chronic health conditions.” Demonstrable relief seems well worth the small investment in lavender oil.

How Aromatherapy connects

There is an established connection between the sense of smell and the limbic system of the brain, which processes emotions. Extrapolating this, several research points suggest an intriguing connection between aromatherapeutical procedures and the pain processing centers of the brain. Though of course more research is always preferred, and in the case of aromatherapy desired, researchers at the American Academy of Pain Medicine offer with certainty extensive observations concerning the “emotional and financial burden” stemming from the “cost of unrelieved pain,” pegging the condition as a 635 billion dollar burden on public health in the United States.

If new advancements in medical research seem to point to the potential benefit of aromatherapy, it is worthwhile the public be made aware. Physical pain, depression, and the many other worrying conditions out there haunting humankind, are rarely solved by one single solution alone. Aromatherapy may help, and if there is a pressing need to relax coming up, give essence of lavender a try. After all, it may just be the breath of fresh air one needs to feel a new rejuvenation.

Author

This article was written by Jon Reyes from Clearwells. He has over 10 years’ experience in writing health related topics and specializes in the health benefits of saunas and hydrotherapy.

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Black Friday Shopping Deals that you shouldn’t miss!

Hey guys,

Black Friday is probably the busiest shopping day of the year, officially marking the start of the Christmas Shopping Season. My absolute favorite online shopping site, iHerb is offering such amazing discounts and coupon codes, that I had to share it with you lovely people ♥

Two discount codes

GREENFRIDAY

Black Friday

(Click the image to automatically apply the code to your cart)

If you are already an existing customer of iHerb or you are a newbie, you will receive 10% off your order above the value of $40, by using this code. This code will expire on Nov 30th (at 9.00 PM, UAE time) & is not applicable on products that are already heavily discounted, such as the Brands of the Week offer.

SCZ695

If you are new to iHerb, using this code will give you 10% off, irrespective of the value of the bill total. This code will never expire. The best part is that this code can be combined with the Black Friday week discount code, which means that a newbie customer will get upto 20% off their bill!

Other discounts happening this week

(Click any of the images to take you to that page)

Brands of the Week (20% off selected brands)

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Sports Special (15% off selected brands)

Sports

Skincare Special (15% off selected Natural & organic brands)

Skincare

Coconut Special (15% off selected brands that has coconut as one of the ingredients in their products)

Coconut

Just in case you are looking for some gifting ideas, click the image below to see some gift sets put together by iHerb

Gift ideas

Happy Shopping & if you need advice on what products to try or if you are looking for a specific product and want suggestions etc, just comment below ♥. Just a reminder that iHerb is a US based site that ships worldwide. They ship to UAE in 3 – 4 days via DHL for as low as $8.

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Carry App – Your New Personal Assistant!

Forgot to pick up a birthday present?
Need to deliver products to your clientele?
Want to avoid mall parking but need that dress?

Carry has got you covered!

Carry App

A revolutionary app has just touched down in Dubai, one of the most influential and busiest cities in the world. The Carry app facilitates all your delivery needs through a simple digital interface, catering to both businesses and individuals alike. Delivering packages has never been easier, with a network of drivers available via GPS location and at your service with a touch of a button. It can be difficult to find time for running errands and shopping when running a business or working a full-time job. The Carry app is here to save the day, and save your time too.

Imagine having a personal assistant, without the need of making any phone calls. This is exactly what Carry is, your very own personal assistant that handles all requests with same-hour collection. The user-friendly app also offers a real-time tracking system to watch your package being collected and delivered around the city, from A to Z. All questions you have are answered through live chat, where you can send photos of items you need, making it a simple and smooth experience.

“We are excited to announce the launch of Carry, a new delivery platform aimed at simplifying and improving the delivery experience in Dubai. We are happy to provide both consumers and businesses with bespoke solutions, with a core focus on simplicity and ease-of-use.” said Borhene Ben Mena, Co-Founder & CEO of Carry.

About Carry

Launched in 2016, Carry is an innovative and on-demand delivery app based in Dubai, changing the world of sending and receiving packages. With a few simple taps through the user-friendly app, a network of drivers is available at the customers’ service. The technology behind the app simply connects customers with drivers through GPS location, offering a hassle free service without phone calls.

With same-hour collection and a real-time tracking system, Carry guarantees a seamless and great experience. Customers can follow their packages at any point in time through live tracking, while also receiving notifications during pick-up and delivery. Not only a delivery service, Carry is also a personal assistant. Users can send photos of what they need through the chat button, conveniently getting their errands and shopping done while sitting back and relaxing. Carry promises to give customers the convenience, flexibility and transparency they need while also offering them control, with deliveries just at their fingertips.

App: Carry
Website: www.carry.delivery
Instagram: @carrydelivery
Facebook: www.facebook.com/carrydelivery

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Note: This is a press release, aiming at promotion to a wider audience. I am not compensated in any way for the publication of this post.