Keurig Brewing Systems

So I have officially found my new drink obsession. Typically I go to Starbucks or Tim Hortons daily to grab a drink, but I just got a home brewing Keurig 2.0 system and I have to say, I am in absolute love with it. There is an endless amount of possibilities. Chai lattes, different styles of hot chocolates and coffees, cappuccinos, teas, and more. From brands like Starbucks, Tim Hortons, Laura Secord, Folgers, and more, you literally never have to buy coffee from the outside world again (which I will anyway though because of course there is a slight difference.) I can’t get over how much I love these though. I probably have like ten a day. No more messy chocolate mix or waiting for your coffee to be ready in the morning. You take a pod, put it in, and in seconds the warm aroma fills your room. It’s especially handy for people who live by themselves or only with one other person. 

As well as the overall awesomeness of it all, it isn’t too pricey either. So with all of the speciality coffees, hot chocolates, lattes, teas, and the simplicity of it all, you’d be crazy not to get this. Click here to check it out and order one for yourself! You won’t be disappointed! 

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Mental Illnesses 101

For someone who doesn’t have a mental illness, it can be confusing to understand someone who has. It’s as uncontrollable as having the flu, a broken leg, or cancer. Here’s a better way to put it:

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As someone who suffers from OCD and anxiety (diagnosed professionally in June 2013—but have had it since I was born) I know it’s extremely annoying when someone acts like you’re putting it on, doing it for attention, or the classic, “It’s all in your head.” Mental illnesses are as real as any physical sickness out there.

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See the difference? 

Mental illnesses need to stop being put down as something that can be helped. Because, the truth is, it can’t. It can’t at all.

 

6 Tips For Curing A Sore Throat

I’m not the first to say this, and I definitely won’t be the last, either. Having a sore throat sucks. But with winter, comes colds, comes sore throats. But have no fear—I share with you my 6 favourite tips on how to cure (or at least, soothe) a sore throat.

  1. Gargle with Salt Water (or mouth wash).
  2. Take Vitamin C Pills
  3. Cough Drops/Suckers
  4. Drink Cranberry Juice
  5. Take Tylenol (or any other pain killer).
  6. A Good Night’s Sleep
  • Gargling with salt water (or mouth wash) kills all of the germs/bacteria inside of your mouth which are some of the primary causes of a sore throat. For best results? Gargle 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt dissolved in an 8-ounce glass of warm water for at least one minute.
  • Vitamin C can help with both your health and immune system. It can prevent you from becoming sick, but it can also help you when you are sick, too. If you feel a sore throat coming on, take some Vitamin C tablets, or just drink a good amount of orange juice to gain back some of the nutrients you need.
  • For temporary relief, cough drops/suckers (preferably the yummy ones, like chocolate cough drops or banana suckers) can take away the discomfort of a sore throat. 
  • Back to the Vitamin C—cranberry juice is filled with that, as well as antioxidants and other health benefits you need. Bring on the cranberry juice!
  • If you want something to last a little longer than a cough drop or cough sucker, you can get out your handy pain killer medicine. Take no more than two tablets at a time, though. Even one should be strong enough to do the trick!
  • It isn’t a myth. Rest does really help when you’re sick. Contrary to popular belief, your body will fight off the germs harder than if you’ve been active. If you work out constantly when you’re sick, your body will lose some of that energy to fight off the germs, making the process of getting better slower. My advice? Relax. You’ll get it done when you feel better.

9 Things I Just Can’t Handle

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Everyone has their little phobias and pet peeves and things they just cannot stand. Here are nine of mine. Originally, I was going to use pictures to go into further detail but I thought I’d be nice and spare everyone (mostly myself) the gruesomeness of having to see these things. What are some of yours? 

  • Needles

There’s an actual thing called needle phobia. The scientific name for it is “trypanophobia”. Yes, it is a real thing. There’s a whole bunch of facts and statistics. Including, a large percentage of people with this would rather die than get a shot and also some people just have a fear with medical needles. I feel a lot more comfortable having a needle pierce through my nose (which I got done last year) than get a flu shot in my arm. Seriously, it’s bad. Those of you who have this know what I’m talking about.

  • Centipedes 

NO, PLEASE, NOOO!!! Centipedes are ugly. And creepy. And weird. Ugh. No. Maybe my fear sprouted from waking up in the middle of the night when I was a kid and having a centipede casually walking right beside me. Yeah, I think I was scarred . . . I can’t even look at a picture of one without cringing and feeling things crawling all over me.

  • Raw Meat

When my mom was pregnant with my brother, she couldn’t stand seafood. He hates seafood. When my mom was pregnant with me, she couldn’t stand raw meat. And I absolutely despise it. I cannot cook meat because of this and probably never will. My husband will have to do it. Even looking at it makes me want to throw up. And as for steak? It has to be brown, well done, fully cooked. Any pink/red at all and I’ll gag. 

  • Rude People

But, doesn’t everyone hate rude people? Wait, what about rude people? Do rude people hate rude people? How does that even work? The questions that keep me awake at night . . . 

  • Sports

This one is pretty odd, but, I actually can’t stand sports. If I go to a hockey, baseball, or basketball game, I’m only there for that buzz of excitement in the air and the food. Mostly the food. I find them boring and I actually have a fear of soccer. I don’t know if it came from a bad experience or what, but I’ve always been scared of soccer and always will. *Shudders*.

  • Extremely Loud Noises

If it’s music I like, then no biggy. But if it’s music I hate, or any other loud noise, I immediately get a migraine and can’t focus and in certain situations depending on what it is and how loud it is, I can get really bitchy. So please don’t blow a horn in my ear at any given time or I may or may not attack you for it.

  • Redundant Romance Movies/Books

Blech. So annoying and corny. Yes, I do realize there’s some romance in Mackenzie High. But it’s not that kind of romance. Come on, people, do you really think Taylor and Lonny stare into each other’s eyes and say “I’d be lost without you?” Nu-uh. 

  • Cigarettes

I have to hold my breath when I walk past someone smoking. The smell is gross, the action is gross, just everything. 

  • Freezing Cold Weather

Which is odd because winter is my favorite season. (Because of Christmas, boots, cuddling next to the fireplace, hot cocoa, etc). And I LOVE my winter coat. But when I’m outside and it’s in the minuses, then no way. I’m outta there. 

 

Have a good week everyone!

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