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How to make a natural treatment for poison ivy

Have you recently come in contact with the poison ivy plant and have begun to see ugly little rashes on your skin? Chances are you are allergic to the plant. Have you gotten tired of using over the counter drugs and creams and want something more natural? Well, you are in the right place.

The poison ivy rash can be very embarrassing, especially when it appears in a place where your clothes can’t hide it. The itch gives you a level of discomfort that your body and mind cannot deal with, which is why you have to get rid of it without wasting time. This article will show you how to do just that naturally.

Natural treatments for poison ivy and how to make them

Below are some of the natural treatments that can get rid of poison ivy in no time. I have also put a few steps to making them yourself at home. Feel free to try the one that works for you. You can also try out this amazing oak cream.

1. Baking soda bath

Baking soda bath is simple. When you have the rash from poison ivy, your next move should be to do everything to get rid of it. Some of the other remedies you may have seen may require you to apply the treatment and leave it for some minutes. 

For somebody who goes out early and comes back late, you may not have the time for that, which is what makes the baking soda bath a good option. Just pour some baking soda in your lukewarm bathing water and have a full bath with it.

2. Aloe Vera gel

The aloe vera gel has been used over the years and even over centuries to treat several illnesses, including skin conditions. How to use the aloe vera gel? Squeeze out the content of the aloe vera leaf into a small can, apply the gel to the area of your skin that is affected, and leave it there for at least 30 minutes. Note that you can leave it as long as you want. 

3. Cucumber slices

Cucumber has a lot of health benefits to your system when you eat it; imagine applying it on your skin and leaving it for some minutes. Doing this repeatedly will help you clear out your poison ivy rash and will hardly leave any scar. All you have to do is get a tuber of cucumber, slice it into several pieces, and apply the slices on your skin. It is as simple as that.

4. Baking soda and water paste

For those who have more time and don’t think the soda bath is effective enough, you can try the baking soda and water paste. It is very easy to make. Just pour some water into a small bowl, add baking soda gently and stir the mixture until it forms a paste. Apply the paste on your skin and leave it for at least 30 minutes. 

If, after trying these natural remedies, you don’t see any improvement after one week, you should consider seeing your doctor for further assistance.

Easy 30-Second Instagram ‘Filmmaking Tutorial’ Using Your iPhone

The social media community is a very big one. People use different social media platforms for different things. It could be just for fun, business, to create an audience, and so on. Whichever one it is, how you manage it matters. Instagram is one of the most popular social media platforms. It is widely used to post pictures and videos. Instagram videos are not your every day 15 to 30 second TV commercials. They are a way to connect with your audience. Nowadays, Instagram users have been experimenting with different ways to create mind-blowing 30-second videos for their audience.

Instagram can be used for visual storytelling and a lot of brands are making good use of the opportunity. Instagram videos are a great marketing strategy for business people. You can film and upload directly from your phone. They could be anywhere between 2-60 seconds. I’m sure you must have seen some Instagram videos which could be about 30 seconds. How do you film such videos? Can you do that with your iPhone? Yes, of course!

There are some apps you can use to shoot and edit Instagram videos on your iPhone. Here are some of them:

1. iMovie

2. 8mm vintage camera

3. PicPlayPost

4. Instasize

5. Lapse It

With these apps, you can comfortably shoot and edit your videos on your iPhone. Some of them are available on the Google play store too.

Here’s what you should bear in mind:

1. Set clear goals: It can be very difficult to tell an engaging story within 30 seconds or one minute. Therefore, adequate planning is necessary. Know exactly what you want to include in the video because any unnecessary part will just make it longer.

2. Be precise. Go straight to the point

3. Use on-screen captions

4. Don’t forget you are telling a story that is meant to engage and compel your audience.

Video Lighting

There’s nothing better than a very clear Instagram video. Make sure you use natural light to record your videos. Don’t shoot your videos under overhead lights. It could make your videos unattractive and dull.

Shooting The Video

1. Since you are filming with your iPhone, you can either use portrait or landscape mode. Don’t worry, Instagram won’t crop it out.

2. Keep the phone focused on whatever you are filming. You could be filming yourself or something else. You can choose the focus mode by tapping the exact part of your iPhone screen you want to be in focus.

3. Let your phone be steady

4. Go ahead to record.

Like I said earlier, there are several apps you can use for cutting and editing. Some of them have been listed above. Choose your preferred one and start filming. It’s very easy and if you’re still confused, remember that practice makes perfect. Another good thing about Instagram videos is the ability to choose the content. You can focus your videos on one particular niche and grow your audience from there. Creativity and flexibility is the key!

Public Speaking Tutorial for Giving a Toast at a Wedding

Giving a toast at a wedding sounds very easy till you are called up to do it. If you are not careful, you might just be at a loss of what to say. Usually, if you are going to give a toast at a wedding, you will be informed beforehand. This gives you time to prepare your speech. Those who give toasts at a wedding ceremony are usually close to the couple. A stranger cannot be called upon to give a toast.

A wedding toast could either be funny or memorable, it could be sweet or embarrassing. The couple always wishes it would be more fun than embarrassing. Of course, they have no idea what you are going to say till you say it.

Preparing A Speech For The Toast

Bear in mind that your wedding toast has to be meaningful. You don’t need to get all worked up over what you are going to say. Just keep it light and unique. Here’s an outline:

  • Start by congratulating the couple on tying the knot: Let them know how happy you are that they are getting married and how you are excited to witness it happen
  • Introduce yourself to the guests and tell them your relationship with the couple
  • You can tell a little story to easy tension
  • Focus on the couple and not one of the pair. Even if you don’t know one of them that well, try to include them in your toast
  • A little humor is fine
  • Ask everyone to raise their glasses to the couple, cheers, glasses together, and a sip from the glass.

Tips To Help You

1. Give examples: If you’re talking about how loyal the bride or groom is, give an instance. You could tell the guests a story or share an experience you had that shows the person is loyal.

2. Your toast should be quick. At most, your toast should take about 5 minutes. Anything higher than that is too much.

3. Try not to embarrass the couple. Since you are a friend of the couple, you must have embarrassing experiences with them. Try as much as possible not to bring it up.

4. Don’t overstuff your speech with unnecessary things. Go straight to the point.

5. Practice before D-Day.

Here are some things to help you:

1. What is your favorite memory of the bride or groom?

2. What has the relationship of the couple taught you?

3. What are the qualities you admire in them?

4. How did you know they were meant to be?

Giving a toast at a wedding is not a big deal. Even if you haven’t faced a crowd before, it’s something you can easily get over with. Practice a lot before the wedding day and you will be great at it. Don’t forget to be all smiles while giving your toast. Have it in mind that you have to make the couple proud and make their wedding fun!

How To Make Your Own Valentine’s Day Card

It is the month of February and Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. This is a period of love. It is that period where you show your loved ones how much you love them. Of course, a lot of Valentine’s day cards and flowers will be sent out. It could be to your significant other, family members, friends, and so on. Whichever person it is, ensure to give them something from the depth of your heart. One good way to do this is to send them homemade Valentine’s day cards. Yes! A card you made yourself from the scratch.

It is quite easy to make Valentine’s day cards or any card at all. You only need to have the materials and follow the procedure carefully. In less than 30 minutes, you will be done with it. Valentine’s day is a day to show someone that you care about. When you present them with your card, they’ll realize that you care about them so much to craft something but yourself. Of course, you can always buy them an already made card. However, a handmade card is more unique. You know what the person likes and can incorporate it into the card.

Here are materials to make a Valentine’s Day card:

1.  White cardboard paper and plain paper

2. Markers

3. Glitter

4. Glue

5. Pen or pencil

6. A pair of scissors

Procedure

1. Cut the cardboard paper to be shaped like a card. It could be a rectangular card, square card, circle, or whichever shape you like. Set it aside.

2. Using the scissors again, cut the plain white paper to be love-shaped.

3. Apply a little glue at the back of the love-shaped plain paper and stick into the cardboard. Allow drying for a few minutes.

4. Write your love notes inside the paper. You can write things like “I love you”, “Happy Valentine’s Day”, and so on.

5. Using the markers, design the front and back of the cardboard paper. You can also add some designs inside. You can draw little hearts and color them red. This is why white cardboard paper is preferable.

6. Use the glitter as a finish. This will make it sparkly and more beautiful.

7. Your Valentine’s card is ready!

That was easy, wasn’t it? It is a homemade card and so, you can design it however you want. You may also want to use stickers on the card. Accompany your card with a little gift and the person getting it will be extremely happy. It could be flowers, perfume, Valentine’s key holder, and so on. You can shop for gifts from a nearby supermarket. They are aware of the season and will have gifts in stock.

If you need to send a card to someone over the internet, you can design your own Valentine’s day card with several available templates on the internet. Get the templates, make your unique design, and send it across to the person.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Smokey Eyes Makeup Tutorial

If you want a bold and signature makeup look, then smokey eyes are your go-to. Of course, it depends on the occasion and where you are going. If you attend a wedding with smokey eyes, you’d probably feel out of place. You wear it to occasions where you need to make a statement, say like a fashion show, a runway event, or even a club. Nevertheless, smokey eyes are quite tricky and if you are not being careful, you might just mess everything up.

Smokey eyes are a beautiful makeup style for brown eyes. If you are a beginner, you might just need a tutorial. Well, of course, you need one. Here’s what you need:

1. Black eyeshadow

2. Concealer

3. Primer

4.  Black Mascara

5. Eyeshadow brushes

6. Black eyeliner

If you’ve noticed, almost everything is black. It has to be smokey, doesn’t it?

Tutorial

Before applying your makeup, ensure your face is clean. It would make your makeup sit well on your face, without being scratchy too. Well, here’s the procedure to get smokey eyes:

1. Apply the primer on your face. It helps makeup to stay longer on your face. It also allows your eyeshadows to blend well.

2. Next, apply concealer on your eyelids and under your eyes to even out discoloration.

3. Apply your black eyeshadow to the outer corner of your eyes and also into the crease.

4. Blend out the eyeshadow evenly

5. If you feel that it is too light, add more eyeshadow

6. Using your black eyeliner, apply very close to your eyelash line

7. Blend with black eyeshadow

8. If you want the eyeliner to stand out, take it into the crease and blend it out

9. Proceed to apply the eyeliner under your eyes

10. Gently smudge it out to enhance the smokey effect

11. Apply your black mascara and you’re good to go!

Smokey Eye Makeup Tips And Guidelines

1. Ensure that your face is not oily. Unless you want your smokey eyes to smudge, use an oily face. Other than that, wash your face very well before your tutorial.

2. Use clean makeup brushes while applying your smokey eyes effect. Clean brushes will give you the right effect and allow you to easily apply your smokey eyes makeup.

3. Smokey eyes are suitable for night events

4. Nude lips accentuate smokey eyes. If you go heavy on the eyes, you don’t need bright colors like red, purple, pink, and so on your lips. A simple nude color will do.

5. Use original makeup products. If you want your smokey eyes to last longer, you should buy your products from a very good brand. There are several makeup brands out there, which is why getting an authentic one might be difficult. Nevertheless, get a good brand and buy from them.

There you go! Smokey eye tutorials may seem difficult at first. However, it becomes easier with constant practice. Play around with your brushes and be confident that you can do it.

Sugar-free Holiday Cheesecake Recipe

The holidays are upon us again, and we have to prepare promptly to receive them. The joy that Christmas brings, the thrills of getting to meet with long-time friends and distant relatives, everything is worth looking forward to. But then, what do you have to offer them when they finally arrive? Let me give you an idea; you can create this super-delicious cheesecake without worrying about excessive sugar content.

This article will show you how to make your own sugar-free holiday cheesecake recipe. You’ll see how easy it is to get everyone smiling at the dining table. The good thing about this cheesecake is that it can still pass for a good dessert if you prepare it well. You don’t have to worry about a family member who has diabetes; it is sugar-free and is still as delicious as you can imagine.

What You’ll Need

For the Cake Filling

  • 750 gram of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • One egg
  • One tablespoon of vanilla powder
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • Two tablespoon yogurt or sour cream
  • 1/2 cup of rice malt syrup
  • Extra raspberries and mint leaves to decorate
  • 1/4 cup of coconut cream

For the Cake Crust

  • One cup of almond meal or other nut meal
  • One cup of shelled pistachios
  • 120 gram of softened unsalted butter
  • One cup of shredded coconut

Directions

It is not an entirely new procedure if you have been baking other types of cheesecakes. The only difference this time is that you won’t be adding sugar to the batter.

Step one

Start by preheating the oven and lining the bottom and sides of the pan with baking paper. This will prevent the cake from sticking to the pan.

Step two

To make the base, you’ll whiz the nuts in a food processor. Continue to do that until you’re sure it is very smooth. Pour your shredded coconut into the bowl, add the almond meal and butter. Stir the mixture with your hand till it forms a dough. If you don’t feel like the butter is enough, as some more. Remember that the oil in the nut can only be released when you stir correctly with your hand. Press the dough into the pan and bake for around 5 to 8 minutes until you notice that it is becoming golden in color. Remove it from the pan and allow it to cool.

Step three

Make a puree out of raspberries by slowly blending it. Ensure that you add some water to make it pass through easily. Pour the product into a saucepan and stir carefully until it becomes slightly thick. Allow it to cool down while you move on to the next step.

Step four

Empty all the remaining ingredients into a big bowl and stir thoroughly. Drop little bits of the mixture into the cold pan, and drop some of the raspberry sauce on the surface of the cheesecake. Pour the remaining mixture into the surface of the cheesecake and smoothen it out. Place it in the oven for about 25 minutes. Make sure you don’t overcook it. Place the product in the fridge for some hours and serve it cold.

How to Wrap a Present (Step by Step)

Wrapping a present is one skill that everyone needs to know, especially now that the Christmas holidays are upon us. It may not mean so much if you decide to open up your present when you deliver it. However, it will make it more presentable and surprising when it is properly wrapped.

In this article, we will look at how you can wrap a present properly to make it look presentable, not minding the content of the gift. Follow me through this article, and you just might be the one who teaches your friends and family who also want to learn to wrap presents.

Step 1: Measure the paper

It is always best to measure out the amount of wrapping paper you will need for the present. Remember that you must already have your gift before you begin to cut. Place the present on the wrapping paper and mark the length and breadth of the present on the paper.

Step 2: Cut out the paper

When you have carefully measured the actual size of the present on the paper, you can now move forward to cutting the measurements out of the wrapping paper. Try as much as possible to stick with your markings. You can go above it but try not to go below it; else, you might need to throw the paper away.

Step 3: Fold two ends of the paper

It will be your decision which two ends you want to fold first, but whichever one you choose, ensure that you wrap them up properly and tape them together. This is going to be the basis of your work.

Step 4: Fold down the other two sides

When you have folded the first two ends and taped them together, you will notice that the other two ends are sticking out. Fold them down and tape them to the body of the present.

Step 5: Form a triangle

You can do this by folding in one the wrapping paper from one edge of the present. You will notice that it naturally forms a triangle when you do this.

Step 6: Raise the triangle tail and tape

The job gets easier from here on. Just raise the tail of the triangle to cover the two folded sides and tape everything together firmly. Repeat the same step for the other side of the present, and you’re good to go. Some people may decide to tape the entire box again, but I think that would deface the gift and steal its beauty.

Step 7: Do the decorations

The decoration shouldn’t take much of your time. It merely entails that you tie a beautiful ribbon around the present. If you are wrapping a Christmas present, you should consider using a red ribbon because it represents the color of Christmas.

If you followed all these steps judiciously, you should now have a firmly and beautifully wrapped present that will thrill the benefactor with its looks even before its content is revealed.

How to Make Paper Snowflake Christmas Tree Decorations

Paper decorations are beginning to gain ground in the media lately. People are starting to ditch the overly expensive decorations and going for cheaper and easy-to-make ones. One good thing about paper decorations is that they won’t affect your pocket at all, and they’re just as beautiful as any other form of decoration you can think about.

In this article, I will show you how to make beautiful paper snowflake Christmas tree decorations. You can choose to place them on your Christmas tree, on your walls both in the office and at home, or on your home table.

How to Make Paper Snowflakes

Follow the steps below to make your own paper snowflakes.

Step one

Make a triangle from a square paper by folding it diagonally. Ensure that the paper is square before you begin to fold. To make it a perfect square, you can measure the sides with a ruler or fold the paper from one of the tips and make sure that it is parallel to the adjacent edge of the paper. Cut out the excess paper, and what you’ll have is a perfect square.

Step two

While still maintaining the first folding, fold the two pointed edges again till they meet. Make sure that the edges are perfectly parallel to each other.

Step three

For the third time, you will have to fold the triangle again, but this time, it will not form another triangle; it will form the shape of a rocket. Your paper should be getting thicker by now, which is why you must ensure that you start the process with light paper. Thicker paper becomes difficult or impossible to fold as you go further.

Step four

After the previous folding, you’ll notice that you now have excesses on both sides of the rocket shape paper. Cut those excesses off the piece, so you have a regular triangle again. Be careful while doing this, because a wrong cut into the other parts of the paper could ruin the entire process, and you’ll have to start over again with another paper.

Step five

This step is where all the work is because here’s where you begin to design your paper snowflake Christmas decoration. Pick a pair of sharp scissors and cut through the folded paper from the edges to the center. Cut different shapes; some straight, some zigzag, and some wavy or curved. You’ll see the magic when you spread out the paper.

Step six

Unfold your paper now, and what you’ll have is a beautifully designed snowflake. When you spread out the paper, you must ensure that you’re extremely careful to avoid tearing up the design. If you used a very light paper, the risk of getting it torn is higher. Be as cautious as possible, and the result will thrill you.

You can either hang the finished product on your Christmas tree with a fine ribbon or on your windows to make them dangle freely and beautifully.

How to Make Playdough (No-Cook) for DIY Christmas Ornaments

Generally, children love this playdough no-cook a lot. That’s because it practically excites and tickles their minds. When you make playdough yourself, you should be able to tell the exact items that were involved in the making. Moreover, you get the chance to make exact customization of what your little one loves. This is much better than buying from a store. The truth is, there are lots of benefits that are attached to making playdough for your little one.

Probably,  you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to learn how to make playdough (no-cook) for DIY Christmas ornaments. Well, today is your lucky day! Today, I’ll be showing you a recipe that will help you achieve this in just 4 minutes! Stay put as we take you through this journey.

Here’s how to make this at home:

Ingredients

●  1 tablespoon of vegetable oil. You may also use baby oil or coconut oil.

●  2 cups of all-purpose plain flour

●  1.5 cups of boiling water. (Add more when needed at intervals.)

●  1/2 cup of salt

●  2 tbsp tartar cream

●  Food coloring (gel)

●  Few drops of glycerin

These are the ingredients that would help you achieve playdough faster.

Directions

When preparing playdough, some instructions are to be adhered to. This is so as to not make certain mistakes that should have been avoided. Let’s take a look.

●  Combine the salt, flour, tartar cream, and oil. Then, mix them properly inside a mixing bowl.

●  In the booking water and dry ingredients, add your food coloring respectively.

●  Keep stirring the mixture until you it attains a sticky consistency.

●  Put in the glycerin.

●  Let it cool for some time, remove it from the bowl, and keep kneading it until it loses all its stickiness. (You should take this part seriously as it’s the most essential part of this process.)

●  Add more flour, if it remains a bit sticky.

 Boom! It’s readyyyyy!

The playdough can be kept or stored in an airtight container. This should be done for 6 months (minimum). Depending on your environment, you may want to store in a refrigerator sometimes.

For the colors, you can use Wilton Gel. This is because they tend to be more vibrant, and most times, it requires a little quantity of color for the playdough.  They are also required in a couple of other activities.

After making the playdough, you can go ahead to get your little one some of the important items that are supposed to make up a playdough kit. Also, ensure that you get the quality ones.

As described earlier, playdough is more like a child’s companion. You can decide to check out some of the tip benefits of letting your child play with a batch. If you have an idea that’s different from ours, you are free to share it with us. This article is a comprehensive recipe for how to make playdough (no-cook) for DIY Christmas ornaments. I hope you find this very helpful!

How to Cook Green Bean Casserole

Green Bean Casserole is one meal that seems to be present every Thanksgiving. It can be prepared in so many ways. In this short piece, we will show you how to cook green bean casserole.

Green Bean Casserole – Canned, Frozen, or Fresh?

There are three major ways of preserving Green Bean Casserole – fresh, frozen, and canned. You can opt for any method that you’re convenient with.

In November, green beans are not always in season, so people tend to get it earlier and preserve it in a refrigerator. They most times taste like the fresh ones if preserved properly.

Creamed Green Bean Casserole Sauce

This is exactly as tasty as it sounds. Here’s how you prepare this delicacy:

●  Melt the butter

●  Blend the butter with the flour

●  Pour it over the milk

●  Put the mixture in your cooker and allow it to cook for a while. Bring it down.

You can also decide to add cheese to your Green Bean Casserole recipe, but you have to use one cup or less of it. You can opt to use Parmesan, Gruyère, or Monterey Jack.

Also, fried onions should be an addition to this meal. As a matter of fact, if you skip anything during its preparation you should never skip fried onions. This is because of the extra flavor which it adds to it. Green Bean Casserole takes about 55 minutes to get ready.

Ingredients

●  Trimmed Green beans (1 lb)

●  1 onion (should be sliced like a half moons)

●  6 tablespoons butter

●  Kosher salt

●  2 cloves of garlic ( minced)

●  1/4 cup of all-purpose flour

●  8 oz. Of sliced mushrooms

●  Black pepper  (freshly ground)

●  3 cups of whole milk

●  11/2 cups of French fries onions

Directions

●  Have your oven preheated to 350°. Make an ice bath. Put a pot on your stove, and allow to boil. Put in your green beans, and keep cooking until it turns to bright green, let’s say, for 6 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, have your beans transferred into the bath and drain afterward.

●  Put your ovenproof skillet over a medium heat cooker and melt 2 tablespoons of butter inside it. Put in your onion, and cook for 5 minutes. Be sure to stir it occasionally until it gets soft.

●  Season your mushrooms with salt and pepper and add it. Stir the mushrooms often and keep cooking until it turns golden. Cook for five minutes. Dip the mushrooms into the garlic. When it’s fragrant, turn in this mixture into the green bean bowl.

●  Melt the remaining butter, and dip it into the ovenproof skillet until it is still over medium heat. Whisk everything together with the flour, and have it cooked for 2 minutes until it turns golden. Season the milk with salt and pepper, and whisk the mixture. Allow it to simmer and cook for 4 minutes until it gets thick. Bring it down from the heat, and blend with green bean mixture

●  For 30 minutes, bake until it has warmed through and is bubbling.

●  Add the fried onions, and have it baked for an extra 5 minutes

Here it is! Now, you can make your own Green Bean Casserole!