I think I can. I think I can. I think I can… I know I can. I know I can. I know I can because I have too.



Trouble Sleeping? A Few Things You Can Do


You close your eyes but they just pop open again and so you go over various to do lists in your mind to kill time and hope to fall asleep. Of course, you don’t fall asleep. The next day you’re tired and maybe after consecutive days of sleepless nights you start to make mistakes at work or throughout the day.  There are prescription pills for insomnia but also natural options that you can try, too.

Below is a list of herbs that can be steeped in hot water to create a tea to induce sleepiness. Some of the herbs you can already purchase as a tea such as Chamomile Tea. It is best to consult with a medical personnel before using any herbs/plants and supplements listed below. Taking these items may not be suitable depending upon your health background and medication(s).

Kava Kava: Aids with restlessness and sleeplessness

Hops: Mild sedative for anxiety and insomnia

Chamomile Tea: Calms the body

Valerian: Helps with anxiety and insomnia.


Over The Counter Supplement

Melatonin: It’s produced in the pineal gland of your brain.  It regulates the daily patterns of your sleep wake cycle.  It is reported that melatonin decreases the time it takes to fall asleep. Melatonin can be taken as pills as over the counter medication.


In addition, to drinking a sleep aid tea. Try adopting these ideas to your nighttime routine from the list below.

1. Don’t watch tv or use a computer before bed. It’s stimulates the mind rather than relaxing it.

2. Lay on your bed only for sleep. No lounging on the bed.

3. Don’t eat before sleeping. Your body uses energy to digest the food. You want the body relaxed as much as possible rather using energy to digest food.

4. Of course, no caffeine or stimulants before bed. Try not to take any caffeine or stimulants two to three hours before bed. It is possible that your prescribed and/or over the counter medication(s) taken at night might be a possible stimulant.

5. If you sleep during the day try wear a sleep mask or use black out curtains to avoid exposure to the light. The goal is to trick the mind that it’s time for bed.

6. Try meditation or yoga before bed or even during the day (if this is when you can fit it in your schedule) to induce relaxation that can help to combat stress. Stress felt by the mind and/or body can definitely keep you up at night.





Fitness Activities and the Calories Burned


Below are fitness activities and the approximate calories burned per hour.


Bicycling: 410

Circuit training: 555

Jogging: 480

Running: 550

Walking: 235

Earn Extra Money If You Lack Time for a Second Job


Bills stay on repeat and having a social life can put a dent in the account. So, you need money but working additional hours at your primary job isn’t an option. No worries, you have flexible options:

1. Tutor

Become a tutor with a local company or provide online tutoring. Online tutoring allows flexible options such as choosing the number of clients you tutor. Some online tutoring companies provide the option of choosing your schedule or choosing from a range of different schedules to work.

2. Donate Plasma

Help someone medically in need and earn cash simply by donating plasma which is taken from blood. Talecris Plasma Resources will pay $200 to new donors for the first three visits. Afterward donors are paid $20 per visit. You qualify by undergoing an examination that includes: providing a blood sample, taking a urine test, having your blood pressure taken, answering health related questions, etc. Talecris Plasma Resources will allow you to donate up to twice a week.

3. Be a Substitute Teacher

If you work a job that schedules your days off during the week opt to be a substitute teacher.  You can work for multiple schools to increase your earning potential. Of course, the requirements to be a substitute teacher will vary with each state and county.

4. Have an E Yard Sale

Earn money and provide yourself with additional living or storage space. Remember, yard sales don’t have to be physically in a yard anymore. E-yard sales allow the convenience to sale from anywhere with the click of a button. E bay and Amazon are common options for an on line yard sale.  Remember to look into the fees, including those that may exist per transaction if you do have an online yard sale.

5. Freelance Through Upwork

Upwork is a great option to earn money by freelancing your skills. The clients are searching for people to help with data entry, transcriptions, customer service oriented jobs over the phone, virtual assistant, transcription, a plethora of writing assignments, etc. Assignments can last from less than hour to over a year. The pay varies as well but is sometimes negotiable between the two parties.

According to the company’s website Upwork will “charge a freelancer service fee, taken as a percentage of your earnings on Upwork. It is a sliding fee based on your lifetime billings with each client (across all hourly and fixed-price contracts). . .”. An example of the sliding scale can be read on the website.

6. Provide Care Services

Offer to help senior citizens who may need assistance or be a helper for a few hours a day or throughout the week. Do you like cats or dogs? Great, agree to take care of pets while the owners are away. Maybe you love kids. Make this a financial opportunity by babysitting kids. There are online possibilities with a wide range of potential clients for care services with Care, Urbansitter, or Sittercity just to name a few.



Green French Clay for Skin Care


Other Names: Illite Clay, Sea Clay

Other components found in the clay: magnesium, calcium, potassium, dolomite, silica, zinc aluminum, manganese, phosphorous, silicon, copper, selenium, iron oxides, cobalt, decomposed plant matter, etc

-iron oxides & decomposed plant matter provide green color

This is not a complete list of the uses and functions of the clay.

Skin/facial Benefits:

-removes toxins from the body

-removes oil from the face

-removes dead skin cells


Health Benefits:

-analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties which make it beneficial for muscular pain, swelling, and arthritic or rheumatic conditions

-stimulates blood and lymph circulation

-absorbs impurities and fats

-tones and strengthens connective tissues


Related Topics:

Bohemian Black Organic Fango Clay

White Kaolin Clay

Bentonite Clay

Getting Rid of Dry Scaly Feet


There are many ways to care for dry scaly feet. The basics include soaking the feet in a solution that contains water, exfoliate after the soak, and moisturize. Below are ingredients than can be used to help soften dry scaly feet.

Lemon juice


Epsom Salt

Parafin wax

Exfoliating ingredient such as baking soda or brown sugar (if desired)

Pumice stone

Moisturizer (which can be an oil or Vaseline)


1. Soak the feet in warm water that includes lemon juice, vinegar, and/or epsom salt for at least ten minutes.

2. Next, rub the feet with a pumice stone. If you have an exfoliating ingredient apply to the feet before scrubbing with the pumice stone.

3. Rinse and dry the feet.

4. Apply your moisturizer followed by wearing a pair of socks for at least thirty minutes so the moisturizer doesn’t immediately rub off the feet when walking around. You want the feet to absorb the moisturizer. Some people pamper their feet at night and just sleep overnight in socks.

There are some people that apply parafin wax to their feet after moisturizing and insist it works well. You’ll never know unless you try.

The frequency to pamper feet will vary with each individual.  Initially, taking care of the feet once a week is a good starting point to lessen the appearance of scaly feet. Also, don’t rub your feet hard to avoid discomfort and breaking the skin although you may need to apply slight pressure when scrubbing the heel.

Organic DIY Nail Polish Remover


For each recipe soak your fingers in a bowl of water for ten minutes or more. Mix the vinegar and juice together and rub on the finger nail with a cotton ball. The nail polish should peel away. It is the acidic properties of the vinegar and juice that helps to remove the nail polish.

Recipe 1

Items Needed:

 White Vinegar

Lemon Juice


Cotton Ball



Recipe 2

Items Needed:

White vinegar

Orange Juice