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Aromatherapy Basics

Aromatherapy is considered one of the country's biggest businesses today! Need proof? Take a trip to every natural food and herb products store and you will see a variety of aromatherapy products on display. Although relatively new in the United States, aromatherapy's popularity has escalated to unprecended heights as part of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) since its "birth" in the 80s. What is aromatherapy? There is still some controversy surrounding this topic. Some claim that aromatherapy is all about fragrances and is commonly perceived as anything that exudes sweet-smelling odor such as that of depicted candles and potpourri. Some even claim that the oils used should not even be of natural origin. This is not the true element of aromatherapy. In its absolute meaning, aromatherapy is the use of essential oils from natural botanical sources to influence the physiological and psychological well-being of an individual. Aromatherapy, or the use of essential oils for healing and therapeutic purposes, traces its origin back from the Neanderthal times. The method was so commonly used all through the ancient period that it transverses the boundaries of distance and culture. It was so widely practiced that you can see references from ancient Chinese, Egyptian, Indian, Roman, Tibetan, Australian and New Zealand, North American, South American, and Middle Eastern sources. What are essential oils and how are they used in aromatherapy? Essential oils are...

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Leasing-7 Tips To Find An Apartment in Southern California

Anyone who ever said apartment hunting is easy, especially in any of the major metro areas in southern California such as Los Angeles or San Diego, is incredibly naïve or never had to do it themselves. With a sprawling geographic area like southern California, and the many cites and communities within that area, an apartment search can be especially daunting. Even with the advent of rental databases, the search can be difficult as many databases may have listings that are outdated or provide inaccurate data. However, you can be much more successful and make your apartment search a lot easier by being an apartment finder with: 1. A realistic budget and real world expectations and dedication to managing a serious apartment search. Make sure you do a cost of living search on the internet of the area you desire to move in to, especially if you relocate from out of state. You will get a much more realistic idea of ​​what your overall rent will be and if your projected budget can handle it. Remember you will be dealing with several people, either private landlords or property managers. Try to make a good first impression – politeness and courtesy do matter. 2. A good job. Your prospect landlord wants to know, obviously, if you can afford to make the monthly rental payments. 3. Once you start your apartment hunt,...

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How to Host Thankgiving Dinner and Enjoy it Anyway

You've been nominated; or otherwise your family has issued a decree; or perhaps it's simply your turn. No matter what the reason, you're hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year. This need not be a burden. In fact it can be a pleasure, given the right planning and organization. I've found that the key to an almost effortless-looking dinner is thinking backward. Start your Thanksgiving planning by visualizing yourself, surrounded by family and friends at the dinner table, then work back to determine how you got there. Ask yourself which foods took the least amount of preparation, which took the most. Write these things down in a list. Now refine the list-but only only slightly. Which dishes can be prepared the day (or evening) before? Which dishes need to be prepared that day? Which dishes need to be prepared within an hour of dinner? At this point, you should have at least a vague idea of ​​your plan of attack. So now it's time to refine the list further. In fact, it's time to begin to create a schedule. If you expect to serve dinner at 2:00 pm, for example, and the turkey will take three hours to roast, then half hour to rest before carving, it needs to be in the oven at 10:15 am Why 10:15, and not 10:30? My start time factors in the three and one half...

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How to Keep a Tighter Budget From Squeezing Your Love Life

Tightening the belt can squeeze your relationship, but it does not have to be that way. In fact, sometimes, it can be a good thing. According to a study, compiled by the National Marriage Project at the University of Virginia last month, the recession has both "stressed and strengthened" American marriages. The report stated that while the recession has put "considerable stress" on many American couples, it has also made some relationships stronger and welcomed people together. The results are based on a nationally representative sample of 1,197 married Americans ages 18 to 45. The findings, based on information gathered in December and January, offer a recent snapshot of how the current economic climate is affecting married couples in the United States. The data disclosed: 82 percent of respondents reported being "very happy" or "happy" in their marriages. Among men and women with no financial stress, 87 percent reported being happy or very happy in marriage. Only 84 percent who reported one major economic worry said they were happy or very happy. Only 67 percent of those who had three major economic worries reported that they were happy in marriage. 30 percent of the respondents reported that the stress of the economic downturn had actually "deepened" their commitment to marriage. While some of those figures are understandable, that last stat was downright encouraging, so we thought we'd chime in...

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Basic Apartment Repair Tips

Admittedly, you’re no Bob Vila. But you’d be surprised how easy basic apartment repairs can be, especially those that are too small to bother your apartment community’s maintenance department about. Besides, odds are good you’ll want to give your apartment a thorough once-over before changing addresses in order to ensure you get your full deposit back. So where to start? With the basics, of course! Take a look around your apartment and make a list of things that need attention. Have you replaced that long-burned-out light bulb yet? Has your cat scratched some holes in the bedroom doorframe? These are both relatively easy fixes, but can easily get overlooked in the day-to-day hustle of apartment living. Make sure the replacement bulb is the correct wattage to avoid fires, and apply a fresh coat of stain to the doorframe base. Helpful hint – try using a sock to applying the stain, as it will likely help soak into the scratched crevices left by your furry friend. How are your apartment blinds looking? Plastic blinds have a tendency to break easily, and you’ll be amazed what a difference fresh blinds can make in the overall feel of your home. The price difference between ‘cheap’ and ‘decent’ blind models is usually around $10, so go for the better version when possible. You’ll thank yourself later. Give your walls a look – is...

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