Jun 30

Shooing Away Shoe Problems

Shoes have been used by mankind since thousands of years. They have been supporting our soles and have been preventing sores and blisters that might harm our feet. Technology has made shoes more comforting and advanced. There are shoes designed for special occasion such as casuals, party, formal, and sports. Each shoe is suited for a different terrain, climate, and situation.

Different shoes bring in different kinds of problem. Today we face a number of problems with our shoes which might irritate us and also make life a little difficult. But these problems have very obvious yet unique solutions. Here are three common problems that can be solved easily by using some home made solutions.

  • Shoe Odor – many a time we get embarrassed to remove your shoes in front of others. We might even have to throw away your favorite pair of shoes due to the foul smell it gives. But the good news is that you do not have to be embarrassed about the unpleasant odor of your shoes. Probably everyone faces the issue of stinky shoes once or twice in a lifetime. If you have noticed that your shoes smell bad, it’s likely that you want to get rid of the odor as quickly as possible. But before that you need to first understand that reason behind the stinky smell coming from your shoes. The odor comes from the bacteria that live in the shoes and thrive on the moist conditions. Fabric conditioning sheets are a perfect to neutralize the smell and thus give a nice scented effect to your shoes. There are two ways to kill the bacteria. You can dip a ball of cotton in some alcohol and rub it inside the shoe to kill the bacteria. You can also microwave the shoes to kill the bacteria. But be sure there isn’t any metal in the shoes before your put them inside the microwave.
  • Shoe Bites – Everyone loves new shoes but new shoes bring with them one of the most annoying shoe problems – shoe bites. They are small itchy wounds anywhere on the feet. They can easily be avoided and also be easily cured. There are a number of home remedies one can use to cured shoe bites. Corn flour mixed with some olive oil can be used as an exfoliating scrub and help heal the bite. You can use a little bit of talcum powder before you put on the shoes as a prevention of shoe bites.
  • Shoe Size Problems – Many a time different companies make shoes that might vary slightly from your desired size. Though we have different measures of sizes in different countries the basic size ratio remains the same. Still there might be a small difference of centimeters. But one shouldn’t worry about these trivial problems. Insoles and cushions can help one resize their shoe size. Insoles come with a number of uses as they resize shoes as well as act as orthotic devices for various leg and feet problems.

Shooing Away Shoe Problems

Jun 20

Protecting Your Dog

The summers have already started and change in season first affects animals. The most vulnerable beings in the house during this season are your pets. Usually dogs get affected the most among all other pets. Here are 8 tips to protect your dog from getting any health problems during the summer season.

  • Cars become hot boxes during the summer season. Leaving your dog in the car can cause a lot of problems to their respiratory system and in extreme cases may also lead to death. You should be careful that if you leave your dog inside the car, there should be ample of water for them to drink and the air-conditioning should be on to ensure circulation of fresh air.
  • Water is important for all living beings. Even humans require greater amounts of water during the summers and the same goes for dogs. You should see to it that they have access to unlimited amounts of freshwater whenever they want. Dehydration affects dogs a lot as they pant greater than humans do.
  • Direct sunlight is not good for dogs. Unlike humans they cannot tolerate constant sunlight and heat and require shade when they are outside. You can build a small shed or a kennel that the dog can use whenever it is outside in the lawn or the backyard.
  • A dog needs a walk at least twice a day. This ensures that they receive fresh air and a bit of openness which they are habitual to. But during this season the heat is on the rise and one should be careful that they take their dogs out for a walk only during the cooler hours of the day.
  • When taking your dog out for a walk, be sure that you do go to either parks or lawns. Taking your dog out on the street or someplace else where the surfaces are made of asphalt or marble may damage the paws of the animal. These materials heat up fast and thus may burn their paws.
  • If you feel that the heat is bit more someday, it means that it is affecting your dog even more. There are a number of things available in the market that can help in reducing the heat for your dog. Cool jackets and beds are available that reduce the body temperature of their bodies and thus reduce the effect of the heat.
  • Heat also invites a lot of mites and ticks. One should regularly take their dog to the vet to check for infection and wounds. You can also use repellent sprays and remove the ticks and mites from their bodies. Never carry out any activity on your dog without consulting the vet.
  • Dogs with bigger and thicker coats can have greater difficulty during the summers. You can consider clipping their coats to some extent and use sunscreen and creams on dogs that have thinner coats. Always consult with your vet.

Protecting your Dog

Jun 01

The Magic of Eggs

Eggs have been used as a source of food since prehistoric times. We have evidences of eggs being a primary source of nutrition for a number of communities and tribes around the world since ages. Today, eggs are one of the most widely used ingredients around the world. They are not only used in food, but are also a primary part of the beauty, health, and a number of other industries. They are an excellent source of vitamin A and B, and minerals such as phosphorous and selenium. They are sometimes eaten raw by sports-persons and are cooked on a daily basis in our homes. Here are a couple of ways in which one can use eggs to their maximum potential:

Cook ‘em up!

This is a quick to make curry egg salad sandwich recipe. It is perfect for when you have a little time on hand, and you want to serve something nutritious as well as delicious. All you need is:

  • 8 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of mayonnaise
  • 4 slices of whole wheat bread
  • ½ finely chopped lettuce
  • 1 teaspoon of curry powder
  • Salt and black pepper


  1. Boil the eggs and then cool them and peel them. Finely chop them into small pieces.
  2. Now mix the mayonnaise and curry powder in a bowl and add the eggs.
  3. Season it with salt and pepper.
  4. Lightly toast the bread slices and cover each one with the chopped lettuce.
  5. Divide the egg mixture evenly on each slice and add a couple of finely chopped olives to garnish.

Your curry egg salad sandwiches are complete.

Beautify yourself!

Eggs are also an excellent option for enhancing ones health and beauty. For this you need tow large eggs. Break open the eggs and be careful not to damage the eggs shells completely. Now separate the egg yolks from the egg whites. The eggs can now be used for two different purposes.

  • The egg shells can be used as an exfoliating scrub. Crush the egg shells into a fine powder. Now add a teaspoon of honey and salt and make a thick paste. Add a little to your loofah and gently rub on the skin. The egg shells coupled with the salt will remove the dirt and the dry skin and leave a glowing effect on your skin.
  • The egg yolks can be used to enhance the nails as well as their growth. Add the egg yolks into a cup of warm milk and soak your fingernails in it for about 10 minutes. Remove them and rinse them thoroughly. The egg yolks promote fast nail growth as well as strengthens them.

The Magic of Eggs

May 17

All About Tomatoes

“Tomatoes are fruits and not vegetables.” You might have heard this from a number of people. Well, it is true as tomato though put together with other culinary vegetables, is in fact a berry-type fruit. It is red inc color (obviously), but comes in many other variant species too. Tomatoes originated in the Central and South American regions, just like the potato, and was spread throughout the world after the Spanish Inquisition of the Americas. Today, tomatoes are the most widely used ingredient around the world. Whether eaten raw or cooked tomatoes are a rich source of one of the most powerful antioxidants called lycopene. It also include other antioxidants and carotids. Widely used in curries, salads, sauces, and the most common being tomato ketchup (in all its variants). Many tribes in the Americas believed that tomatoes were divine fruits and consumption of their seeds would please the gods.

Tomatoes are mostly used for cooking, but there are other used for tomatoes as well. Beauty, health, and natural dyes, are the other sectors where tomatoes are used in abundance. Here are two ways in which you could use tomatoes at home:

Eat ’em!

Caprese stacks are an amazing dish that can be made easily and are an amazing thing to serve as a fresh salad with a couple of drinks. It can also fascinate children and is very healthy too. All you need is

  • two table spoons of olives (black are preferred)
  • two table spoons olive oil
  • 3 medium tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 100 to 300 grams of fresh mozzarella
  • fresh basil leaves

Stir the olives and oil together in a ball. Cut the tomatoes into round slices and also slice the ball of mozzarella into round slices. Place one slice tomato and then one slice of mozzarella intermittently with basil leaves. Sprinkle salt and pepper on each slice. Drizzle the olive dressing on each stack. Your Caprese Stacks are ready!

Beauty Tips

Tomatoes are excellent ingredients for making a home made face mask. All you need are tow ingredients. Lemon juice and tomatoes. Blend a tomato into a smooth puree and 1/2 a teaspoon of lemon juice. Use a cotton ball and apply the mixture all over your face. Let it stay for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse it with cold water and then pat dry. Apply a drop of olive oil to moisturize the skin.

All About Tomatoes


May 03

Cool Summer Refreshments

Summers are back again this year with the sun and the heat as its compatriots. It is also time for your child’s summer break, which means that your child is all set and ready to go out under the sun and enjoy their vacations. But the sun gives no discount on its heat to children. Dehydration and exhaustion are a big headache for parents as even an hour under the sun takes away a lot of energy from your child. Here are a few quick to make drinks for your children that will not only refresh them but will also help them to beat the heat!

  1. Lemonade – This is the first drink that comes to mind whenever we think of hot summers. It is cool, tasty, and beats the heat like no other drink. You could also help your child set up his own lemonade refreshment counter outside the house on a hot summer afternoon and teach them a bit about being independent. The recipe is quite simple. Squeeze a couple of lemons in a tumbler and add a table spoon of mint in it. Now add water and some ice cubes. Add a little bit of salt if necessary and you are ready to go! You now have yourself a chilled glass of freshly made lemonade.
  2. Watermelon Punch – Watermelons are one of the most amazing fruits of the summer season. They are naturally cool and so a chilled bowl of watermelons pieces can get you through a hot afternoon. Children will love the slightly tangy but sweet taste of the watermelon and so a glass a watermelon punch is the way to go. Take a few pieces of watermelon and remove the seeds carefully. Now use a juicer to squeeze out the juice. Since watermelons are mostly water, you may not feel the need to add more water. Add a bit of lime juice and sugar if needed. Top it off with a few mint leaves and your watermelon punch is ready.
  3. Iced Fruit Punches – Fruits are healthy and contain all the necessary nutrients required by the body. What’s better than a couple of fruits that can help energize and refresh your child as well as provide a good bit of nutrition? Iced fruit punches are easy to make and can be pretty easy to gobble up too. All you need is few fruits that your child likes the most, let’s say an orange, a mango, and a lime. Next, you put these fruits individually into a food processor and make separate pulps. Next you arrange them into ice trays and freeze them overnight. Next afternoon, use a few ice cubes of different fruits and put them into a glass. As the cubes will melt, the flavor and color of the punch will change as well. It is an amazing way to energize and fascinate your child as well.
  4. Berry Blast – Smoothies are an amazing milk based drink for your child. Making a smoothie is as simple as drinking one. All you need for the berry blast smoothie is a cup of mixed frozen berries, a cup of milk, a cup of flavored yogurt, and a sliced banana. Add all of them into a blender and mix properly. Once blended into a smooth mixture, empty it into a long glass and garnish it with a frozen berry. Add ice if necessary. Your berrylicious smoothie is now ready!
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