Friday, 26 September 2014

NUTS- A Cure For Those Headaches

The National Headache Foundation identifies 20 types of headaches, ranging from simple tension headaches to the dreaded migraine. What they have in common is that they all drive you nuts to one extent or another. But research suggests that nuts is good — or "are" good, in this case. Almonds contain salicin, which when consumed forms salicylic acid, the primary byproduct of aspirin metabolization.

Anecdotal evidence has some headache sufferers claiming that eating almonds daily has a cumulative effect. In other words, regular headaches might become less severe and/or disappear gradually with repeated consumption. In time, eating 10 to 15 almonds a day might give you relief from that jackhammer in your head.

I say "might" because some people are allergic to salicin. So if your throat itches, or your tongue and lips swell whenever you eat almonds, then this regal little gem might not be for you. Otherwise, eat up.

Besides the natural pain pacifier they already contain, almonds are rich in magnesium, a mineral that helps to lessen nerve excitability and increase muscle relaxation. They provide even higher amounts of vitamin E, potassium, manganese and a little bit of copper, riboflavin, zinc and phosphorous. Even though a quarter cup of almonds contains 18 grams of fat, 11 of those are the heart-healthy monounsaturated kind.

What's more, emerging research suggests that eating almonds does not result in weight gain, and may even contribute to weight loss due to the nut's tendency to cause a feeling of fullness.

So next time you feel a headache coming on, go ahead and get a little nutty — with almonds.

This information is not intended to treat, cure or diagnose your condition. 

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

I Love This Idea, So I Am Stealing It

I don't like spending a'lot of money on clothes EVER!!!!!!

And normally the second time you wear the item it starts to slip & has stretched slightly, and you consciously spend all afternoon trying to hide your bra strap.

BUT NOW.............................................................

Life Hack for the Ladies, Sew in a bra strap clasp to your favorite shirt to avoid visible bra straps.
The tiny clasps can be found at Kmart & other big box stores for as little as $3 for a pkg of 50. 

Sew them onto a tiny piece of ribbon and attach to your favorite blouses.


Friday, 19 September 2014

Home Made Cabinet Ideas - Found On The WWW

          Cabinet DIY completed and tutorial

OK ladies and gentlemen the day I have been waiting for!! 
A completed product! It is full installed.
Isn't she lovely!!
There are a few kinks I am working out and a finishing touch still waiting to happen but she is functional!
Heres a run down how we did this baby.
I measured and taped on the wall, where I wanted each shelf to fit all the cans I wanted into it. Husband comes in and measures from the top of the fridge to the floor takes into account the casters we bought and cuts the wood (shorter than I wanted!). Huge debate and "you never listen to me" discussion happens "whats done is done all isn't lost" half apology comes and then we are off to work again.
We called a friend to router the front and back pieces so we can use either side, 20min later he returns with beautifully edged wood. Thanks Jimmy!!
Then we built the box.
The outer box is the only thing we screwed, just to give it a little extra stabilitystability.
I will cover these wholes with little furniture buttons as soon as I can get into town to get some.
We doubled up the bottom and top boards (we glued one piece of oak and one piece of pine to save on money and still have the oak to screw into to make it sturdy). This was to help keep it square and the casters need something solid to screw into.
I then measured out where I wanted the shelves. Since we made the box first (mans idea remember his measuring) then I had to do the math to figure out how many shelves I could get in that space. I knew I wanted each shelf about 7.5" so I could easily get the cans in and out with the dowels. After laying one shelf inside, I found all I needed was 6.5" between each piece of wood. So I got the number of shelves I originally wanted LOL plus an extra little shelf for the little cans! I measured from the bottom of our box each time we nailed a shelf to insure if I messed up (which I did by 1/4" on one shelf) all the rest wouldn't be messed up too.
We bought for the more expensive better looking "select pine" for the shelves rather than oak to save the pocketbook. Select pine is my new favorite craft wood, very little if any sanding needed!
We then drilled whole for the dowels to set in.
We used a template for this. We measured from where we wanted the dowels to go and then drilled a hole straight thru a scrap piece. We lined up the template and stuck the drill bit thru and drilled in about 1/8-1/4". This saved so much time! I didn't need to measure each shelf and where to drill. (I married a smart man!) We cut the dowels 1/2" wider than the shelves and they slid right in with a little dab of glue on each end.
A quick sand, a quick stain, let stand for 24-36hrs, add the casters, nail on the back, then a medium coat of poly urethane, screw on the handle and empty your shelves!!
Look how much room I have! (Wish I would have gotten a before pic! Half of those cans were in this cupboard with the all the rest of what is still in there )
Doesn't she fit well! I need to add a small six inch rail on the wall to keep it from scrapping it all up but my soldier boy can do that with a scrap from the back when he gets home in three weeks.
I will suggest you don't buy small casters (I didn't want them to be than visible). We doubled up three rows of small 50Lb casters (6sm casters in total). Because they each swivel and aren't always swiveling in the same direction it takes a extra pull out and then push back sometimes to line them all up. Another thing my dear soldier boy can help me with when he gets home- we can install the larger 1.5-2" flat ball caster.
For now I am enjoying my new cupboard!

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

An Awesome Idea For Turning Tractor Or Truck Tires Into A Fish Pond For The Garden

There are many Instructions on using tires for gardens, which I have been very motivated by, but here are the instructions for tractor front tires to build a fish pond. 

The tires came from a park mowing tractor so are wider than normal tractor tires, giving extra height to the pond. 

You can usually pick these up free, in New Zealand anyway, from large tire repair and supply workshops: I have a trucking company so there are always plenty of free tires lying around!

two tractor tires (one, two, tractor, car - your choice)
large cardboard box, old carpet, etc
thick polythene sheet from a local BORG (Big Orange Retail Giant)
flexible drainage coil (I had this lying around)
geotextile (eg weedmat, mudstop, etc) [oh, or you could use old carpet!]
wire mesh
fencing wire
soil, container mix, or compost
water plants and land plants
two terracotta pots

reciprocating saw, jigsaw, hacksaw or even a sharp sturdy knife
short length of 25mm PVC pipe
craft knife
tape measure

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

An Easy Fix For Those Wet Shoes In Winter

Got Wet Shoes?

Use crumbled newspaper (a great use for all that ridiculous JUNK Mail!) and stuff it inside the shoe. 
It will absorb the moisture quickly, drying the shoe out. 
This works great on Canvas shoes (vans, converse, etc) 
A sachet of plain uncooked rice works too