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Chemistry Joke

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Bear 1: “HELP! HELP! I’m dissolving!”
Bear 2: “But bears are insoluble.”
Bear 1: “That’s easy for you to say! You aren’t POLAR!”

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Bunny Pop up Card #2

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Here is another Bunny Pop Up card! I really love how unique this pop up card looks. Common pop up cards uses the V fold and stand mechanism. However, this card by Carol on extremecards uses this crossed X mechanism that looks amazing. I used her PDF card template and it worked extremely well! (lol pun not intended!) I didn’t want the printed lines to show so I traced over the printed template with pencil instead. Due to the folding design, it is hard to center the pop up portion perfectly on the card, but other wise this is a great pop up!

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Not-So-Secret Beauty Tip #1: Hydrate

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As I mentioned previously, having an adequate intake of water is enough to improve your health and beauty! Not only is water necessary for life and good health, it also makes you more beautiful! Many people don’t remember or care to drink enough water and they suffer from it.

So I want to give you a list of surprising benefits from the Ladies’ Home Journal and other sources.

1. Look Younger: “You can look significantly younger just by keeping your skin hydrated,” says Howard Murad, M.D., associate clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, and author of The Water Secret: The Cellular Breakthrough to Look and Feel 10 Years Younger. “Water naturally plumps skin, fills in fine lines and wrinkles, and boosts a lackluster complexion.”

2. Prevent Sickness: Good hand hygiene will prevent the spread of germs but the hand drying part is important too! Studies have found that damp hands can help spread bacteria around.

3. Fight Infections: When you are sick, fluid intake becomes especially important. Your body will be doing more to fight off invading germs and having enough water will help you get well faster!

4. Weight Loss: Water is the only liquid that safely reduces weight. It removes the by-products of fat and keeps you fresh and healthy. Drinking water regularly will suppress your appetite and thus limit your food  intake.

5. Energy, Mood, Brain Power: Remember that your body’s processes need water. Having an adequate intake will increase energy levels, mood, and brain power!

6. Keep you regular: If you suffer from constipation, you might have been told to increase how much fiber you eat. But you’ll need to drink more water for the fiber to work properly. Otherwise it could have the opposite effect and make you worse.

7. Support your Heart: The hardest working muscle of all needs a lot of water to keep it going at full speed. When you get dehydrated your blood gets thicker so the heart has to work even harder. And if your heart is weak it can lead to more serious heart problems later in life. A study by Eden found that drinking more than five glasses of water a day could cut your chances of having a heart attack by 41%, compared with people who drank less than two glasses a day.

8. Working Out: It’s common sense to replace the fluids you lose when you sweat with water, but what might not be obvious is that your body works better and harder during your workout if you drink water.

So remember to drink those 8 glasses a day!

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The Ultimate Moving Checklist

Moving can be one of the most stressful things. However, do you remember those college days where you moved every year, sometimes twice? Imagine the stress on top of studying for finals! *shudder*

Now I am about to move into my first apartment! Of course I am going list crazy over it. I have started an excel sheet with color coding. Yeah, I know I am a bit overboard. But I like to organize and with a detailed packing list you can save time and energy fretting over the move. Plus, a good list can help prevent last minute purchases and help you save money for other things [like home accessories! gilded mirrors anyone? JK ;)] I color coded my list based on what I must buy (green for expensive and red for regular) and things I may want later (yellow) and luxurious items (blue) when i have another paycheck in my pocket. There are also things you can steal (*ahem* I mean borrow) from your parents or friends (purple for must and orange for maybe).

Some questions to ask yourself to help write your list:
1. Am I living alone or with others? (This determines how many sets of dishes you should have and if your housemates will bring their own furniture/kitchen gadgets)
2. What will i be cooking? (figuring out what kitchen tools are absolutely necessary – you don’t want to start making cookies when you don’t have a cookie sheet!)
3. What do I want to buy new and what can I borrow from my parents? (keep in mind what your savings account look like unless your parents/friends want to give you gifts!) For me I absolutely, positively, no question about it wanted a new mattress. I shopped around on Amazon until I found a great queen memory foam mattress at a reasonable price.

So here are some essential items I believe everyone should have in their home. This is MY list for an efficiency apartment so please keep this in mind for your own packing list.

Bedroom/Office:
bed & pillow & blankets
desk (unless you want your kitchen table to double as one)
desk chair (comfy would be ideal)
stationary (including writing implements & accessories like scissors)

Kitchen:
table & chairs
big stock pot + lid
small saucepan + lid
nonstick pan (I recommend a 10 inch with lid)
crock pot/electric pot (for those lazy one pot meals)
microwave
dish drying rack

bake ware (cookie sheets & casserole dishes)
colander/strainer
cutting board & knives
cooking utensils (spatula, long spoon, measuring cups, etc)
can opener
veggie peeler
grater
dish rags & oven mitts & trivets

mugs & glasses
bowls & plates
eating utensils (spoons & forks & etc)
containers (preferably with leak proof lids for lunches and leftovers)
zip lock bags

Bathroom:
shower curtain(s)
shampoo & conditioner
shaving stuff
body wash / soap
various towels (hand, body, face, etc)
toothbrush & paste & floss
non-slip bath mat

Cleaning:
broom & dust pan
mop (swiffer for small apartments! no need to deal with a bucket)
bucket (never hurts to have one)
vacuum (if you have carpet)
trash cans & trash bags
dish soap & sponges
all purpose cleaner spray
gloves (for handling extra gross dirtiness)
rubbing alcohol/hydrogen peroxide
hand soap
toilet cleaner & brush
plunger

Miscellaneous:
bug swatter & bug spray (industrial strength – especially in hot & humid regions)
flashlight (and/or candles + lighter)
laundry supplies (detergent, dryer sheets, fabric softener, & etc)
iron & ironing board
stocking your pantry
tissue & toilet paper
hangers

Download my detailed excel moving check list.

Good Tips:
1. Check out goodwill & thrift stores in your local area for kitchen gadgets and furniture. Craigslist is a great place for furniture and higher end items too. Discount stores like Marshalls/Ross are also great!
2. If you are living with others, make a chores list! Figure out who will take out the trash and how often.
3. You might also want to invest in renter’s insurance.

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Wedding Rings Pop up Card

I made this wonderful wedding rings pop up card to congratulate two of my good friends. I noticed a card template by CreativePopUpCards a while ago and I always wanted to see if I could make it myself.  If you like the card template, please support his work by purchasing it on his website! I made this card from scratch as an intellectual challenge.

The card looks complicated but it was actually pretty straight forward after I took notes and made some test models. First, I made an exact outline for the placement of the rings on powerpoint (remember to set the page size). Next I made a outline for the message elements.

Card Outline

This is where I figured out what messages to write and pictures to add. The wedding theme was lavender and teal so I decided to have lavender on the inside. I added a Chinese theme to the card since the groom was Chinese (even though he is very American lol). I also had to choose fonts for all the word elements. On top of a outline template, I made a “print page” where I dumped all the words and pictures I needed to cut and paste into the card onto one page. No point in printing the whole outline and wasting space and color ink when it is not necessary.

So back to the rings: CreativePopUpCards has a solitaire engagement ring but my friend had a three stone setting with pavé diamonds on the side. The pavé diamonds wouldn’t show up on the side view so i just found a three stone setting with a pretty trellis for my template.

Lastly, it was just cutting the rings out and the message boxes and pasting all the printed words and pictures. Everyone really loved it!

 

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