Archive for the ‘Useful things’ Category

Quer uma boa dica para afastar aqueles indesejáveis mosquitos, moscas e formigas do seu pic nic ou refeições ao ar livre? Olha que ótima ideia (além de natural e perfumada):

Espete alguns cravos-da-india em limões partidos ao meio e espalhe vários pela casa afora. Use também dentro da geladeira para espantar maus odores. Um repelente eficiente e barato!


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Real Simple magazine came up with one hundred “new use for old things” ideas for kitchen items.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Lemon as Table Decoration

Aluminum Foil as a Funnel

Cake Stand as Candle Holder

Aluminum Foil as Fixture Protector

Egg Slicer as Strawberry Dicer

Colander as Ice Bucket

Dish Towel as Wine Bag

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Every electronic device that I own has its own case. I have cases for my cameras, laptop, iPhone, Kindle, iPod.

I love  and recommend cases not only for the protection from scratches and dust but I also think they add some fun to our

sometimes dull stuff.

Take a look at these cases and I’m sure you’ll be inspired too! Define your budget and get your self one, I’m sure you’ll be happy to see how much longer your electronic will last. Also, cases come in hand as great and useful gifts for friends!

Air Mac envelope cover from Amazon.com

iPhone 3 and 4 cases and films from Iqase.com

Kindle cover from Amazon.com

iPad cases from Louis Vuitton

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  • milk cartons & juice boxes (or any such cartons and aseptic packaging for drinks: ice tea, soy milk, soup, etc.)
  • plastic bottles & jugs only
  • glass bottles & jars only
  • metal cans (soup, pet food, empty aerosol cans, dried-out paint cans, etc.)
  • aluminum foil wrap & trays
  • household metal (wire hangers, pots, tools, curtain rods, knives, small appliances that are mostly metal, vehicle license plates, etc.)
  • bulk metal ( such as furniture, cabinets, large appliances, etc.)

Empty and rinse containers before recycling. Place all together in CLEAR bags, or in any bin labeled with BLUE recycling sign or marked “BOTTLES & CANS”.

Remove caps & lids. Place METAL caps & lids in the recycling bin; put plastic caps & lids in the garbage.

Wrap knives or similar sharp metal objects in cardboard (such as a piece of cereal box) and secure with tape. Label the package “CAUTION: SHARP” and place with other designated metal.

Don’t include the following with your bottle and can recycling:

  • trash canPlastic items other than plastic bottles and jugs (such as deli and yogurt containers; plastic toys, cups, wrap, etc.)
  • Any glass items other than glass bottles & jars (mirrors, lightbulbs, ceramics, glassware, etc.)
  • Styrofoam (cups, egg cartons, trays, etc.)
  • Batteries
  • Plastic Bags

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We call it junk mail, the US Postal Service calls it third class bulk mail, and advertisers call it direct mail. Whatever its name, we all get lots of unsolicited materials. These unwanted deliveries include advertisements, credit card applications, donation solicitations, catalogs, phone directories and numerous other pieces of mail that are sent to thousands of potential customers at once. The US Postal Service delivers more than 80 billion pieces of direct mail each year. That’s 4 million tons of paper that is ultimately discarded, annually. There are several ways to try to stop or reduce the flow of unwanted mail.

– Reduce

Avoid putting your name on mailing lists. When you enter contests or sweepstakes, subscribe to magazines, and fill out warranty cards, your name and address often are added to mailing lists that are given or sold to other organizations.

Contact companies directly to ask them to cancel duplicates or remove your name from a mailing list. Simply call or write to customer service and ask to be removed. Remember though, the next time you order something from the company, your name goes right back on the list, so tell companies not to rent or sell your address: write “Please do not share my information with other lists” next to your name.

Tell banks and credits card companies not to send you credit card checks by mail. If you know you are never going to use or need such checks, then call your bank and credit card companies and ask them to stop sending these to you. These checks can be forged and you could get stuck with the bill so if you don’t want them, make sure you don’t get them.

Stop Delivery of your Yellow Pages. If you use the internet to find services you need, then you may no longer need to receive your yellow pages. Use the Yellow Pages industry Consumer Choice program to opt out of receiving all, or some of the Yellow Pages products.

Stop receiving unwanted advertisements on your doorstep. The Lawn Litter Law, passed by New York State and enforced by New York City, allows property owners to post a sign to let advertisers know not to leave any unsolicited circulars and solicitations.

Try shopping online. Most catalog companies also have their product line available on their website. You may get more e-mail, but you probably won’t get more catalogs.

– Reuse

Share catalogs with a friend or neighbor if you really want to see the latest products that you can order. There’s no need for everyone to get the catalog, especially if you just look and rarely order.

– Recycle

All New Yorkers are required to recycle white and mixed paper, including envelopes and catalogs.

Sort mail directly into a paper recycling bin. Also place a recycling bin near your desk or wherever you do the most paperwork, to make recycling easy and convenient.

Shredded paper can be recycled. You may prefer to shred (or tear up) personal documents containing data that might be used to gain access to your current accounts or open a false account in your name. Opting out of credit card offers also prevents personal information from landing in your mailbox. Though be aware that the vast majority of identity theft occurs through sophisticated computer hacking, rather than papers stolen from your wastebasket.

Text from The Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycle website.

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I’ve been in a recycling mode for the past few months, as it drives me crazy the amount of garbage we produce in NYC every week. I try to do my part at home, but there’s excessive packaging, consuming and waste everywhere we look.

This first post is going to be about WHAT AND HOW TO RECYCLE  PAPER AND CARDBOARD:

  • newspapers, magazines, catalogs
  • white and colored paper (lined, copier, computer, staples OK)
  • mail and envelopes (any color)
  • paper bags
  • wrapping paper
  • soft-cover books, telephone books (paperbacks, comics, etc.; no spiral bindings)
  • cardboard egg cartons and trays
  • smooth cardboard (food and shoes boxes, tubes, file folders, cardboard from product green recycling bin with decal and clear bagpackaging)
  • corrugated cardboard boxes (flattened and tied)

Place all paper recyclables together in CLEAR bags, or in any bin labeled with GREEN recycling signs or marked “MIXED PAPER”. Or place in the white dumpster for paper recycling, if your building has one.)

corrugated cardboard Flatten and bundle large pieces of corrugated cardboard and tie with sturdy twine, or break into small pieces to place in your recycling bin or bag. (Or place loose in the white dumpster for paper recycling, if your building has one.)

Don’t include the following with your paper recycling:

  • hardcover books
  • napkins, paper towels, or tissues
  • soiled paper cups or plates
  • paper soiled with food or liquid
  • paper with a lot of tape and glue
  • plastic- or wax-coated paper (candy wrappers, take-out containers, etc.)
  • photographic paper

Take a look at the  NYC Bureau of Waste Prevention, Reuse and Recycling website for some important information and very useful tips.  I’ll be posting more of their rules and infos during the next few days.

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1- Chew more. Practitioners of Chinese medicine recommend that you “drink your food,” meaning chewing your food more to help digestion. This also causes you to eat more slowly, which helps avoid overeating.

2- Drink more water. All bodily functions depend on the flow of water. Every cell requires hydration. Here, the Qi Gong experts advise you to “chew your liquids,” meaning to taste them and meditate on how they cleanse the body and give life.

3- Eat more fruits and vegetables. Not only do they taste great, but bite for bite they offer fewer calories and more vitamins and nutrients than do many other food choices.

4- Drink warm beverages. While ice-cold drinks are refreshing, the body must warm up any liquids to its internal temperature of 98 degrees. This warming process requires expending energy that could be better used by your digestive system to extract nutrients and fuel from your meal. Practitioners of Chinese medicine believe that warm beverages also help keep digestive acids balanced.

5- Eat plenty of anti-oxidants. Fresh fruits, vegetables, legumes, herbs, and spices may help clean out “free radicals” and help prevent cell damage.

Tips from Lee Holden – Exercises to Heal.

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