Monday, November 30, 2015

Chemical-free Produce Cleaning Solutions

Today's post is a guest from Edna Thompson who is writing to tell us about chemical-free cleaning solutions. I write a lot about incorporating fruits and veggies in your diet. However, having clean fruits and vegetables is equally as important as getting the nutrients from them.




Remember how your mother used to tell you when you were a child you should eat your fruits and veggies because they are good for you? But “Wash them well before you eat them!” she said. And this is a good advice indeed. Especially nowadays when most of the fruits and vegetables we consume are laden with pesticides and all sorts of growth-enhancing chemicals. Removing those is an absolute must if you care for your well-being. Sadly some amounts of chemicals remain in the produce even after washing - bad news for all “fruit-bats” out there. High pesticide levels may lead to a number of health problems including long-term cancer and lowered immunity. That's why we offer these simple tricks for toxin-free produce so you can actually benefit from their consummation. Adopt them to avoid damaging your health.

Wash your fruits and veggies the right way

Never, we repeat NEVER, consume fruits and vegetables before washing them first. Even if you have grown them in your very own garden they are still covered in dust. Wiping them just won't do! That's why you should wash all produce with cold water – this is said to remove up to 80 percent of pesticide residue from the produce' surface. For optimum results you can wash them with salt water. Be especially careful with some types of leafy vegetables like lettuce, spinach, Napa cabbage and kale – many people do a sloppy job washing them but mind you wash carefully each single leaf under running water before consummation.

Peel!

You have probably heard most of the vitamins and micro-nutrients are concentrated in fruits and vegetables' peel. True, but the same is valid for chemical and pesticide residue. So next time you decide to add a few slices of cucumber to your sandwich make sure you peel it first. This goes for potatoes, eggplants, parsnips, apples and so forth. But bare in mind that even if you plan on removing the skin so and so, you should always wash first! Another efficient way to rid your veggies of toxins and pesticides is to blanch them which basically means you should soak them in boiling water for a few seconds before plunging them in cold water. In addition blanching also helps vegetables to retain their colour, as well as most of their nutrients. Plus, if you decide to sauté them they will absorb far less oil.

Soak the Produce in Vinegar

We suggest you use apple vinegar for best results. Soak the veggies or fruits in a bowl filled with water and several tablespoons of vinegar and let them sit for five to ten minutes. If you hate vinegar feel free to use lemon juice – it's just as effective. With some fruits like nectarines, peaches and apricots you can skip the sitting as it may damage their soft and gentle skin. Then you can take them out and wash them carefully with a brush under running water. Make sure you don't use this brush for any other purposes though. Finally, you can dry the fruits or veggies with a clean piece of cloth and they are chemical-free and ready for consumption.

Yet Another Vinegar Method – Cleaning Spray

Vinegar is very effective when it comes to cleaning in general and used by many companies like TenancyCleaning Acton. That's why we offer a second vinegar cleaning method for maximum convenience. If you don't want to soak your produce in water you can easily prepare a produce cleaning spray. You will only need some clean spray bottle, half a cup of vinegar and the same amount of water, one tablespoon of lemon juice and one of baking soda. Mix the ingredients and pour them into the bottle. Spray your fruits or veggies with the solution, allow them to sit for several minutes and rinse. This will insure all chemicals are removed from the surface.

Today even the healthiest foods may produce some undesirable effects on your health. This goes especially for fruits and vegetables. With those quick and easy to follow tips you will rid your produce from all pesticides and chemical residue so that they can serve their purpose and keep you healthy and energetic.






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Thursday, November 26, 2015

Turkey Day OOTD

I can't believe it's that time of year again. Every Thanksgiving and Christmas morning, I find myself scrambling between wrapping my last curl around my curling wand, asking my mother to take pictures of my OOTD, and quickly uploading a quick holiday OOTD. This year, I'm thinking ahead a little and writing out the outfit descriptions beforehand.

I'm especially thankful for my rest this year. I've been so busy at school this year, as you can tell by the lack of blog posts. I have plenty of recipes to post between now and Christmas, so that will fix that problem. Now you have plenty to look forward to! Vegan blondies, greek tex-mex, and more awaits you. I've already tasted these things and from experience, I can attest that they are in fact delicious. I don't know what it is about being home for holidays that makes me want to bake like Betty Crocker, especially since I have fully-equipped apartment with a stove and all now at school. That just means more recipes for you guys!

However, the highlight of being home, besides my friends and family, is my dog. Jackie is  y trusty steed, my loyal buddy: 



This picture really shows all of the "love weight" that she's acquired over the two years.

Here's my OOTD:







Dress: Forever 21
Scarf: Mall Kiosk
Tights: Forever 21
Socks: Forever 21
Shoes: Urban Outfitters





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Monday, November 16, 2015

#PRSSANC WRAP UP

Before I left for Atlanta this weekend, I would have described my general sentiment towards life as "dead inside", being my overly dramatic self. However, the practical term is burnt out. I wasn't even burnt out from doing things, however I was just burnt out at the long to-do lists ahead of me. This weekend, I attended the PRSSA National Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.  I've been to two regional conferences at BU hosted by the wonderful BU PRSSA chapter, however, I've never attended a national conference. I was so excited to learn so much, improve my skills, network, and get away from Salem for a while. However, I didn't know how much I would learn.
PRSSA is a part of PRSA. PRSSA is the Public Relations Student Society of America, and PRSA is the Public Relations Society of America. There are many PRSSA chapters in multiple colleges and universities across the country. They offer webinars, conferences, scholarship, and articles about the industry. The National PRSSA board provides help to PRSSA chapters at schools. This conference was a week of keynote speakers, breakout sessions, networking, presentations, performances, and fun. I will break down exactly what I learned, and steps I will take to improve my career path, my PRSSA chapter in general, and my professional portfolio in another post. Here are some picture highlights!


The conference took place at the Marriot Marquis in Atlanta, GA. The conference rooms and ballrooms were modernly designed and just as gorgeous as they were functional. 


One of my favorite sessions was about how to make a personal, unique experience for consumers when marketing. The brand that presented was Coca Cola freestyle. They have an app that you can choose your mix of favorite Coca Cola drinks, and have it delivered to a dispenser near you.


I'm high-key obsessed with the hotel. The elevator was straight out of a movie. The rooms' circular configuration makes it look like a beehive.


Thereare many restaurants and bars in the hotel. 





We also attended the PRSA general session, which is way bigger and less intimate than the PRSSA session. Speakers included U.S. Congressman John Lewis and Weather Channel personality Jim Cantore.



This is the diner-turned karaoke bar that we hit up every night. It's the most fun I've ever  had that much fun at a breakfast place.

The relationships you make at these through networking are incredible. I love business lunch dates, especially if they include mediterranean food!

This was a huge board of analytics about the hashtag #PRSSANC and tweets about the presidential candidates. Clearly, I was in heaven. 


 Awards were presented to chapters and students who stood out this year, along with a delicious dinner.



Love the SSU PRSSA crew. It can only get bigger & better!







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Thursday, November 12, 2015

#PRSSANC OOTDs

This is different than most other OOTDs I’ve done on here. This is a business casual themed OOTD. That’s only because I attended a conference where I had to dress between business casual and business formal. What’s the difference? It’s a fluid definition; the two are hard to differentiate. If you infer from context, you could probably tell that business casual is less dressy than business formal, and should be worn when attending more serious professional events. For most days of conference, everyone wore business casual clothes. For the career and internship fair, people dressed for formal to impress employers at big-time agencies across the globe. Here’s what I wore day to day.

Day 1:




Blouse: Michael Kors
Pants: Forever 21
Shoes: TopShop

Night 1: 


Romper: Coeve
Shoes: TopShop

Day 2:


Shirt: Marshalls
Pants: White House Black Market
Shoes: Marshalls

Night 2:


Shirt: Marshalls

Day 3:




Blazer: Marshalls
Shirt: White House Black Market
Pants: White House Black Market
Shoes: Marshalls


Day 4:




Shirt: Marshalls
Blazer: Forever 21
Skirt: Marshalls
Shoes: thrifted

Award Night Dinner:


Dress: Lilly Pulitzer
Blazer: Marshalls
Shoes: TopShop



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