How to Care for Pearls

How to care for pearls was inspired by a beautiful pair of pearl earrings received for editorial purposes.  All opinions are my own.

how to care for pearl jewelry How to Care for Pearls

When you ask people about precious jewels, they usually mention diamonds, pearls, and rubies.  While diamonds and rubies are pretty hard stones, pearls are soft and easily damaged.  They don’t have to be, damaged, though.  With a few simple tips and tricks, caring for your pearls can be quick and easy.

How to Care for Pearls

Be Careful.  While this should go without saying, a little carefulness will do wonders.

Put your Pearls On Last.  Plan on wearing your pearls today?  They should be the last item you put on.  Due to their porous nature, they absorb perfume, hairspray, makeup, and body oils.

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9 Tips to Combat Seasonal Allergies

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I don’t know about you, but in my area, we’ve had a fairly mild winter.  Due to this, our trees are starting to bud out, and you know what that means – allergy season is right around the corner.  I am so not ready for the itchy, watery eyes, the sneezing, or the turning into a snot factory. 

There are some things you can do to help combat seasonal allergies. 

Combat mold in your home.  The main way to do this is to keep everything dry, as mold needs a damp habitat to grow. 

Wash your shower curtain with bleach every few months.  It needs to be cleaned anyway, and those spots on the bottom?  They’re usually mold.  Gross, right?

Run your heat and air conditioning.  In the winter, when you keep your heat above 65 degrees, it helps to dry out the air in your home, which helps to inhibit the growth of mold.  In the summer, the air conditioning helps to filter the outside air of contaminants.   You can even get a filter for your forced air system that helps cut down on the contaminants even more. 

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Keep control of the dust. 

Take your shoes off when you come into the house.  Your shoes track all kinds of dirt and debris from the outdoors. 

Vacuum regularly.  It’s amazing what’s hiding in your carpet when you think it’s super-clean.  Remember to change your vacuum bag or filter regularly.   Don’t forget to vacuum your closets, under the bed and tables, and those other hidden spots.

If you have a pet, keep them brushed and bathed.  Many people are allergic to pet hair and dander, and they can create lots of extra dust. 

Get your carpets and furniture steam-cleaned.  It can help to kill whatever might be hiding.  There are lots of services that can do this for you.  Click for more info.
 

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Watch what you eat. 

Many foods can cause allergy-like symptoms.  Monosodium benzoate, an additive found in many canned foods, and trans oleic acid, which is found in beef, have both been shown to trigger allergies and allergy-like symptoms. 

Conversely, kiwi, oranges, and other foods that are high in vitamin C can help the body’s natural antibodies kick into gear. 
 

Medications

While I prefer to combat allergies before they begin, sometimes you need some additional help.  Personally, I can generally manage on OTC medications.  If you want something more natural, fish oil supplements, vitamins A & E, and many herbs are all believed to aid in the relief of allergies. 

Hopefully, this helps us all to combat seasonal allergies this year!  What’s your best allergen-fighting tip?
 

9 Tips to Stay Safe on the Internet

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The internet is a wonderful, weird, and let’s face it, a wild place.  There are lots of ways to run into danger when you’re online.  However, it’s easy to stay safe as well.  Just remember a few simple rules, and you should stay pretty A-OK.  Here are 9 easy tips to stay safe on the internet.

Monitor your kids’ internet access.  I mean, that’s just part of good parenting, right?  I am amazed at the number of kids that have unfettered access to the internet.

Never share your password.  This should be a no-brainer, but it’s really surprising how many people will just tell you their password to something.

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8 Fashion Tips for Men

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We all have that man in our life.  The dude that shows up to whatever event wearing a t-shirt and cargo shorts.  He thinks he’s looking good, and everyone else has a slight cringe.  He has potential!  These fashion tips for men just may help him find his own style. 

T Shirts are okay to wear.   There are tons of great designer shirts out there that look amazing.  Some are screen printed with original artwork, while others just have a great cut or a fantastic fit.  But please – let’s leave the double entendre shirts alone.  There’s a time and a place for those, but it’s not when you’re out and about. 

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9 Housekeeping Tips for Normal People

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I have a confession to make.  I am a messy person.  As much as I don’t want to admit it, I really am.   To keep everything from falling down on me, and to be, y’know, like a regular human, I participate in some cleaning shortcuts.  That’s right! 
 

Here are some of my Housekeeping Tips

Make your bed in the morning.  This is mainly to prevent myself from going and climbing back into bed every day, but yeah.  Make your bed and get ready for the day!

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How To Stay Cool In The Summer Heat

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It has been unbearably hot this summer.  I know in my area, we’ve had record-breaking heat for 7 of the past 10 days, with no let up in sight.  After not having air conditioning for what seems like an eternity, I thought I would die.  Okay, it was only like 4 days, but they were miserable! 

Here are some great tips for how to stay cool this summer.

1. Stay hydrated!  That means water or a sports drink like PowerAde or Gatorade.  Don’t drink sugary or caffeinated drinks like soda or the frou frou coffee drinks.  Typically, you’ll want to drink at least 8 oz of water per hour. 

2. Wear sunscreen!  When I was a kid, I never bothered with sunscreen much.  Of course, I always paid for it with sun poisoning, bad sunburns, and being just generally miserable.  Isn’t it just best to prevent that?

3. Wear loose fitting, natural fiber clothing.  Cotton, linen, etc allows your body to breathe and cool down.  Light colors are also helpful. 

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