Natural Asthma Help
Generally the moist heat of a steam is preferable to that of a dry sauna. The steam will help open your airways (which is great for that thing called breathing) and eliminate toxins through sweat. Try adding in Lavender or a small amount of Eucalyptus to help calm or open up your sinuses.
Strengthening your lungs through natural breathing routines can be very beneficial to reducing yearly asthma incidents. Making sure your lungs are strong from routine exercise is a great way to reduce stress induced asthma; though a caution is to know if your asthma is exercise induced to keep from danger. Longer but slower walks and ball-yoga classes are really wonderful ways to strengthen your breathing without getting the hacks (you should hear me in Pilates, TB never sounded so fine).
Remember to have a number and GPS address for a near by pet ER wherever you're headed to this year. Have clean water out for the pawed posy and make sure they get enough tummy rubs this holiday.
Try pouring a bottle of Syrah into a sauce pan along with a cheesecloth filled with two cloves, a cinnamon stick and a half piece of nutmeg. Add in 10-12 ounces of filtered water and bring slowly to a simmer not a boil. This drink will make your home smell so good for your holiday get together or romantic night in.
Holiday Savings from I Citizen
'Tis the time of year to spend or no one will know you love them. Sound familiar? As that fiscal cliff looms ever nearer I Citizen has some suggestions for getting Holiday ready without selling your foot or not eating until the new year.
Enjoying the spirit of this season is much more important than just giving out gifts and cards that hold no real meaning or emotion. This holiday spend time taking pleasure in the ones you love, in those sweet moments of joy in small, unexpected places.
Wrappings can be quite costly this time of year, I always suggest gearing up in the New Years sales and picking up discounted papers for the next year but if you are like a lot of people who need to wrap gifts this year then try discounted fabric from Walmart in the clearance bins or use old catalog papers (with beautifully shot models and locations) to wrap each present for your loved ones.
If you find your holiday taking place anywhere in the South you can also use wonderfully unique, natural foliage from your neighborhood parks or yard to wrap a truly environmentally friendly and lovely gift.
Gifts on a budget can sometimes seem not even worth the bother but there are great gifts out there that cost very little and show just how much you care not just how much you can spend.
Try buying in the bulk section and get ingredients for cookies or cupcakes and bake each person a small batch. If you're less that goddess or god (we're open minded here at I Citizen) in the baking department then just bag the dry goods up in a cute red cellophane baggie.
Other great gifts might be the offer of an activity for the new year; try a holiday card promising a picnic at your wife's favorite spot or to be the DD for your pub crawl loving best friends. If you are creative enough to pull it off try using our holiday mini-cards to create your own card game and teach your family the rules. Rather than spending more that you have on gifts people don't need do something this year that will give you more time with those you care about and will remind your family and friends just how much they mean to your heart not your wallet.
Holiday Cards From I Citizen
The three smaller cards below are the size of a business card and easy to print out or email. The New Year card is 5X8 and makes a sweet email or mailed card.
I Citizen has found some great pieces to add to your get-outta-the-snow kit for this winter. From airplane friendly food containers to a hot jacket sure to help you get that flight attendant's attention and a hat for those topical destinations (no cabana boys included unfortunately).
Konserve Set Of 2 Leak-Proof Stainless-Steel Travel Food Containers
Our 304 food grade, stainless steel containers are the perfect solution for all of your lunch packing needs. This set includes two, 4” wide, 2” deep recycled stainless steel containers with leak proof and BPA-free plastic lids.
Tourmaline Goatskin Viscose Jersey Blouson
Rugged and masculine describe this reinterpretation of the classic motorcycle jacket. Mixing durable, textured goatskin with the slight stretch of jersey adds depth and interest. The ideal fit for the sophisticated man.
Neptune Brim Hat
The packable Neptune Brim hat is a must-have on sunny adventures. With UPF Sun Guard 30+, a mesh panel and a wide flexible brim, you’ll stay cool and out of the sun’s harmful rays.
Dual Wine Bottle Leather Carrier
A must for the ardent wine connoisseur, this leather wine bottle carrier transports two bottles in well-padded case. Suede lined genuine leather tote features a convenient carrying handle and zip around design. Includes stainless steel wine steward's corkscrew/bottle opener. Savor the moment, enjoy your carefully selected vintage, padded in these superbly crafted leather wine carriers.
Nero Intrecciato Nappa Eye Mask
This intrecciato nappa eye-mask provides pitch-black darkness. Elegant and comfortable with plush cotton lining.
Judaism : Living
Quote: "Without miracles, we might come to believe that the laws of physics define reality. Once we witness the inexplicable, we see that there is a higher reality. And then we look back at physics and say, “This too is a miracle.” The miracle of a small flask of oil burning for eight days was this sort of miracle. When we open our eyes and hearts, we see there is truly no place void of this wondrous, unlimited G‑d. These were the sort of miracles theMaccabees saw in their battles against the mighty Greek army." M. M. Schneerson
A good pray to center yourself in the day: You shall love the L-rd your G-d with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your might. And these words which I command you today shall be upon your heart. You shall teach them thoroughly to your children, and you shall speak of them when you sit in your house and when you walk on the road, when you lie down and when you rise. You shall bind them as a sign upon your hand, and they shall be for a reminder between your eyes. And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates.
Judaism is a faith centered around family and the generations stretching back into history and those yet to be welcomed. Learning to live a holly life in our everyday life while keeping our humor is a winding path to set forth on. Yet the rewards of living a focused, loving and adventurous life is worth the added attention and time set aside to learn.
Each week you can take half an hour to read a book or article that brings meaning to the way you choose to live a Jewish life. Whether it is Tora studying, histories, cookbooks, memoirs or cultural books this small time set aside each day will help you feel so much more connected to your faith and the community we all practice within. For Judaism is not a faith to be practiced alone, it is meant as a love of community and family to truly allow us to grow in our spirit and closeness to The Almighty. Because of busy modern secludes it can be increasingly difficult to come together as a group and enjoy food and discussions yet this is so vital to a healthy life. As you light the candles and say your prays, take a moment to think of your week and all your blessings.
Life is endlessly short and we should take all the moments and seconds we can to fully embrace that which we have been given.
Quote: "There are infinite worlds beyond ours and beyond the worlds of the angels, all full of divine light, beauty and oneness.But know also that all this was brought into being with a single purpose: G‑ddesires to be at home within your mundane world." Rabbi M. M. Schneerson
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