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Aromatherapy for your home January 18, 2014 17:56

A diffuser is great, but there are other ways in which you can use your essential oils at home. For linens Add a few drops of eucalyptus or lavender oil to your laundry detergent for a fresh fragrance. You can also use an aromatherapy fragrance spray for a lingering scent on your clean linens or even while ironing clothes. Essential oils also assist in killing bacteria, so if you have a pet at home it is the best way to rid the linen of bacteria. While cleaning Using harsh chemicals to clean the refrigerator or tables can have it's drawbacks. Instead put a few drops of orange essential oil on your cleaning cloth to wipe surfaces. You can also mix essential oil with water in a spray bottle and use it as a cleanser. Just spray it on the table and wipe off with a cloth, you will have a scent of orange left behind. Essential oils also retain the cleansing properties of their botanical origin. For relaxation For those who have trouble sleeping at night, essential oils can do wonders. A few drops of lavender oil or sandalwood oil on your pillow or your bedsheet will relax you. You can also add the oil to your bath or rub a few drops on to your temples. It helps in relaxation and gives an instant relief. (Source: Times of India) (AW: Suchorita Choudhury)

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Five Things to be Optimistic About in January January 09, 2014 17:55

January brings with it a gust of fresh wave and the zeal of a new start. But with the new year also comes in new goals, stressors, and obligations, bad enough to dampen your spirits. We bring you a  small list of meaningful things and moments that will surely make you stop and smile and feel optimistic this January. Read on. 1. New year, new possibilities. 2. Picnics 3. Bonfire 4. A simmering pot of tea. 5. Sankranti (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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Care for your pet pooch January 08, 2014 18:07

Who doesn't like pets - but loving them is one thing and keeping them at home is quite another. Pets, like human, demand affection and attention as well as training and exercise. If you don't train your pets well, they are likely to get annoying and ill-behaved. Here is what you can do to minimize your pet worries.  Exercising Remember, your pet needs a good deal of exercise everyday to get rid of his excessive energy. Whenever you take him out to litter, allow him to run and have fun. "This is the only way to release his excessive energy which if not released could make him irritable. It amounts to building stress which will be exhibited through excessive barking and unwanted pouncing," says Delhi-based senior veterinarian, Dr James Rappai.    Never raise voice Never raise your voice on your pet. Make him comply to your commands by saying like you mean it rather than barking orders. "Be careful about the commands and the words you use. Don't confuse them. If you use the command 'Sit' to make him sit, do not use 'Heel' instead," says Chennai based dog trainer J Rangarajan.   Pay attention Some pets need more attention than others. They will bark every time they are hungry, happy or playful. Don't snub them. Says Pet groomer Geetika Nigam, "This habit must be modified simply by not providing positive reinforcement when he is barking for no reason."   (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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Get happy in 10 minutes January 06, 2014 18:16

Not just life,but even our mood is equally unpredictable and baffling at times. The best way to fight these mood swings is to try and stay cheerful. We tell you three tried-and-tested way to lighten up your mood and be happy in 10 minutes. Read on. Smile Even when you don't feel like, even when you feel miserable and down in the dumps, smile. Research says that even an artificial smile gives us an inner boost and enhances mood. Dress Up Dress not only to impress, but improve your mood too. All you need is a well fitting outfit and a little bit of make up to get your happiness soaring. Get Close to Nature Nature always trigger happy emotions! When sad, just step out and feel the sun, see the stars and get smiling. (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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Here is how you can keep your New Year resolution 2014 January 02, 2014 18:18

If you too, like million others, have decided to make ambitious changes to your lifestyle this New Year, you possibly know that it's never quite easy to stick to a resolution for long. Here is how you can stick to your resolutions, no matter what. Learn to de-stress:  This New Year, learn to de-stress and calm your mind. Being calm and composed help you chase your dreams better. Exercise more: Exercise is the key to many problems. Boosting your fitness level won't just enhance your confidence, but also make your more resolute. Success with friends: It's really important to have the right support network around you when trying to make life changes. Club together with like-minded, positive people  and see yourself race towards your goals. (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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Party this New Year with care! December 27, 2013 18:52

This New Year, bring in some good chi to your home by cleaning away the clutter ahead of the party! While it would be great fun to host a party at home, we suggest you rent up a place or host an open air bash to keep the clutter away. After all, you wouldn't really want to wake up to empty beer bottles, used tissues and scraps of food littered across your home. Also, make sure that you don't booze much. You wouldn't really want to kickstart the first day of the year with a pounding head and a turning stomach. Party with care! AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Bring freshness to life with flowers December 23, 2013 18:22

Did you know keeping fresh flowers at home not only adds to the aesthetics of your décor, but also enhances your mood? A behavioral research study reveals that people feel more compassionate toward others, have less worry and anxiety, and feel less depressed and agitated with fresh flowers around them. Fresh blooms enhance happiness, say experts. Participants of the study expressed delight and gratitude while receiving flowers - a reaction that was universal, across all age groups. You can plunk some in a vase and place it in your kitchen, dining room, living room or balcony - essentially areas where you spend a lot of time when you're at home. Living with flowers can also provide a boost of energy, happiness and enthusiasm at work. (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)

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Wow your guests with a holiday cocktail December 20, 2013 18:36

This is a time - time to make the most of the holiday season. For all those who love to entertain and wow guests at home, here is a cocktail recipe that offer a tasty mix of flavors with the perfect dash of alcohol. To stir things up for a fun-filled evening, the cocktail will take you a long way as you host a spontaneous get-together. With the goodness of strawberries and the twist of vodka, this strawberry and coriander martini  will surely do the trick.     Ingredients: ¼ cup strawberry crush fresh coriander 15 ml lime juice 45 ml vodka Sprite Method: Mix the strawberry crush, lime juice, vodka and coriander leaves together. Shake all the ingredients well along with ice. Double strain the mixture in a martini or fancy glass. (AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury)  

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Pay heed to these danger signs December 17, 2013 19:19

While you may pass of your everyday fatigue as nothing serious, experts warn that as soon as you notice any  major changes in the way your body functions or feels, see a doctor. You never know you could be developing cancer within. So act fast. Here are some of the signs you should pay heed to: Unexplained weight loss Persistent fever Persistent aches and pains A nagging cough Lumps in the body Unusual bleeding Changes in bladder function Sores that never heal Changes on your skin Feel tired all the time AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Grow your own kitchen garden December 13, 2013 19:09

With vegetable prices hitting the roof and quality hitting the ground, this is the right time to start your own kitchen garden. Never mind if you don't have a sprawling backyard or terrace, you can easily plant veggies, fruits and herbs right on your windowsill and balcony. Here is how you can get started. Choose your site Settle for the sunniest spot in your house where your plants can soak in at least six hours of sunlight daily. You can also choose a spot that is nearest to your kitchen. Pick your veggies For starters, it is best to  go for fruits and vegetables that you like to eat and that are easy to grow and take care of and don't require much space. Think of options like lettuce, radish and other greens that warrant little care and grow fast. You can also plans herbs like thyme, rosemary and basil too. Opt for right containers While earthen pots is a definitive choice, you can also recycle and reuse plastic bottles, buckets or bathtubs to grow vegetables. Plant carefully Once you buy the seedlings from nurseries, take care to plant them carefully, without damaging the tender roots. You can also choose to grow seeds that you might have scooped out of gourds and beans. Take care Water your garden and try to prevent breeding of insects. Go for 'companion gardening', like, planting garlic between two tomato plants. That way you will have more variety in less space. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Is frozen yogurt really healthy? December 12, 2013 21:20

Yogurt is a daily staple for us Indians who often prefer the 'healthy' and 'homemade' one over store-bought ones. Flavored and frozen yogurts might be big thing in the West, but they are relatively new in India, and is yet to catch the craze. However, with yogurt parlors like Cocoberry, Fro Yo, Yogurtbay, and Pinkberry cropping up in some of the major Indian cities, this frozen dessert is gaining popularity now, especially with the younger crowd. But the big question is if frozen yogurt is really as healthy as it claims to be? Is it better than ice cream? Well, the key difference between ice-cream and frozen yogurt is that ice-cream is made of heavy cream, while frozen yogurt is made with either non-fat or low-fat milk or plain yogurt. So far the fat content goes, this does make frozen yogurt a healthier option than ice-cream. But, then, yogurt is very high in sugar as compared to plain yogurt, which shows that even though it is fat-free or made with low fat milk, the high amount of sugar greatly increases the calorific value of frozen yogurt. Therefore, it is fattening than normal yoghurt. In other words, frozen yogurt may be a healthier dessert, but it is by no means  “guilt-free”. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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Never miss your breakfast for anything! November 23, 2013 18:29

No matter what big rush you are in, never make the mistake of skipping your breakfast ever. You might be hearing this for the nth time, but the question is - are you paying any heed to it? Breakfast kick starts your body and gets it up and going for the rest of the day. Missing breakfast is like running a car in less/no fuel. You know it won't get far. So every morning ensure to take off 15 minutes of your schedule to enjoy a breakfast. You don't even need to toil hard to make yourself one. Just grab some fruit and protein shake, and you will be good to go. For those who can afford time, opting for a full-fledged breakfast of tea, porridge, eggs and milks will be great. Remember, it's important to eat, at the sane time, east healthy in the morning so that you stay up on your energy all along the day. AW: Suchorita Dutta Choudhury

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