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Buy Gag Gifts for the ‘hard-to-shop-for’ People!

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bullshit_button…Find Gag Gifts for Christmas or whenever!

At the time I’m writing this, it is a little early for Christmas shopping, but hey, there’s nothing wrong with planning ahead. Personally, I dread having to buy gifts during the holidays, Christmas, birthdays or whenever. Nearly everything is so damn commercial these days that, in my opinion, it has ruined many of the Holidays to a certain degree. It is suppose to be (or should be) about cherishing your family & friends, having get-togethers, and so on. In fact, partly due to the “bull-shit factor,” the last several years I have felt more like having a “Christmas Rebellion” of some sorts; and me and my family members have recently agreed that we will only buy gifts for each other’s birthday – and that’s it. Well, that’s enough about my story…

Anyway, I remember trying to shop for those “hard-to-shop-for” individuals that either already had everything they needed or was literally, just flat out hard to shop for! However, if you’re looking for a unique, affordable gift idea, I do think that the ‘Himalayan Salt Products’ that I spoke about on a recent post, would make for an excellent gift for almost anybody.

Okay, now what about these freaky, weird gag gifts? Ha-ha! Well, lets just say that you’ll have plenty selections to browse through, after I provide the ‘quick-shop’ link below. Some of them are hilarious, while others may leave you saying, “what in the hell is that?”

Some examples are: Fake Parking Tickets, Shit List Pads, ‘Over the Hill’ Condoms, Exploding Toilet Seat, Rubber Mouse (lifelike), Fake Turd Gag Gift, Bull-shit Button, Remote Control Fart Machine, and so many more, uh, uh, unusual gifts!   Yes folks, take care of those hard-to-shop-for people, once and for all…  Ha-ha!

————————————————>‘Click Here’ for a fine selection of ‘Gag Gifts’<————————————————

…Or perhaps you’re looking for the easy way out?  Send ’em a Gift Card:

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—The Current Top Seller, Item, or Gift (without the gag) from Amazon (whether they are hard to shop for or not) via this Blog, comes from the people-friendly post:  “Looking for Infinity Mirrors?”  Cheers!

In the event you know a hard-to-shop-for person that happens to also enjoy drinking beer, you might want to visit this post, instead:  “Beer Glassware – Drinking Glasses – Tulip Glass

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Magnolia Bark Extract – Fight Stress & Calm Down

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magnolia_bark_extract I don’t know if many of you have heard about this particular herbal supplement, but over the past few years, studies have shown that Magnolia Bark Extract can help fight stress, calm you down, and even combat certain types of cancer.

Side Note: Magnolia trees are truly beautiful, large trees with glossy green leaves and seed cones that eventually bloom into a large white flower.   I’m lucky enough to have one growing in my backyard at this very moment, which is another reason why I thought about doing this post the other day.  Anyway…

Honokiol is derived from Magnolia and is also included in this herbal extract; and it has been shown to be almost as effective as a low dose of diazepam, more commonly known as a Valium, when it comes to producing a sedative-like relaxing effect.  This is especially helpful for the ones who commonly have frayed nerves at the end of their work day, etc.  Used as a drug alternative, with it being a natural substance and not a manufactured drug, it wouldn’t have all the side-effects and withdraw-symptoms that come with most sedatives.

The research and tests involved in Magnolia Extract isn’t just about the calming effects, either. Atlanta’s Emory University School of Medicine found that an extract (honokiol) from the seed cones of a Magnolia tree, slowed the growth in animal tumors by 50%. This is achieved by the honokiol-containing herb’s ability to block the signal to grow new blood vessels around the surrounding area of the tumor’s location (in animal studies). In turn, this would cut off the needed supply of nutrients that the tumor would require – to grow larger.
There is another compound in Magnolia called “magnolol.” In one case study at Taipei Medical University, they discovered that cancerous tumors shrank up to nearly 85% when a high dose of magnolol was injected into the tumors. Even a low dose of this compound was found to lower the cancer cells in the human liver and colon.

Outside of stress relief, calming effects and anti-cancer properties, Magnolia Bark Extract also has anti-fungal and anti-bacteria effects. That particular attribute is not that unique, however, as there are several natural anti-microbial agents in nature, including green tea, honey, garlic, onions, and whatnot.
But, if you’re looking for a natural way to relax (although I prefer beer), fight stress, calm down a bit, and combat cancer, this herbal supplement may be a good start. Also, as a sleep aid, this extract may help you fall asleep easier, along with a few other methods – without the use of over-the-counter drugs or prescription sleeping pills.

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———Herbal Related Blog Post:Liver Detox – Milk Thistle

Himalayan Salt Products, Lamps, Tea Light Candle Holders…

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himalayan_salt_lampsIn a recent post, I spoke about bringing some flare & creativity to your home, by adding Infinity Mirrors into the mix.  Well, not everybody has the money to spend on those creative-looking mirrors…  But, a more affordable (possibly healthier) alternative is Himalayan salt products, whether it is via lamps, tea light candle holders, globes, fire bowls, etc.  There is a large variety of products available, when it comes to all-natural Himalayan salt.

When I say “possibly healthier,” I’m referring to the notion that the negative ions released from Himalayan, all-natural salt products, when warmed by candle or electricity, is believed by many to enhance your overall sense of well-being.  Negative ions found in nature, produce a calming, relaxing atmosphere – sort of like the atmosphere that is negative-ion rich when you are near a waterfall, in the middle of the woods, by pure mountain air, just after a thunderstorm, close to a seashore, and so on.  Hey, when thinking about the possible health benefits in addition to the glowing beauty from lit Himalayan salt products – along with the low costs – it is well worth the research…

This is what an illuminated ‘Salt Lamp Fire Bowl’ looks like:

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The ‘salt lamp fire bowl’ is one of the more expensive products in this particular category, but you get what ya pay for, in this case – which is a nifty, unique display of glowing bliss.  Personally, I’ve only purchased the candle holders and lamps, but I’m quite pleased with ’em, so I saved my money by not buying the blazing bowls, even though I’ll probably snag some up in the future.  By the way, these make for excellent gifts for the hard-to-shop-for individuals, whether it is Christmas time or Birthdays.

This is what the lit ‘tea light’ candle holders look like:

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If you’re a big fan of lighting candles and are thinking about buying Himalayan salt crystals, then this is probably your best option.  They are very affordable and attractive.  I have these suckers all over the place in my home, and hey, they look great even without the lit candle.  They bring a very natural look  to your living space, if nothing else. 

Well, there are several other types of products that relate to Himalayan salt, but I’ll let you search for your own self.  However, I will at least help you get started with an Amazon link, and you can go from there – if interested.

————————>Click Here’ to Search for Himalayan Salt Products via Amazon<————————

Looking for Infinity Mirrors?

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infinty_mirror_thumbnailAre you looking for something that will add some flare & creativity to your living space, but aren’t sure exactly what it is that you need?  Well, if you’re yearning to add some uniqueness to your home or personal bedroom, Infinity Mirrors may be just the thing you’re looking for. Many people haven’t heard of them, so I’ll provide a couple pics below:

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Even though, when lit up, Infinity Mirrors appear to have a lot going on, it is really just a simple mirror trick. You are merely looking through a double-sided mirror that reflects back to a one-sided mirror that is seated a short distance behind it. The LED lights add to the infinity effect and it’s also what gives it that extra pizzazz. I took one apart, that I purchased a while back, to see how it was made and said, “oh, that’s it?”

If you’re feeling a little crafty and don’t mind tinkering around, you can also attempt to make your own. You’ll need: One regular mirror, a double-sided mirror, a frame with whatever design you can find, LED lights, and a 9v power source. You can always do a web search using the keywords “How to create an Infinity Mirror,” to find additional detail that hopefully comes with illustrations and step-by-step instructions.

Personally, I’d rather buy one online with a unique design as opposed to using some old frame that I found by chance, just to slap one together. Actually, if you’re going to make an Infinity Mirror by hand, you should probably just go ahead and create/design your own framework, as well.

I only own one of these mirrors at the time, but it has only shined in all its glory for a few brief minutes. Here’s what happened: I bought this antique-looking Egyptian Infinity Mirror, after spending a solid 100 bucks for it. Well, I decided to take it over to my mom’s house to show it off. I hooked it up and it was utterly spectacular. I loved the way it looked while it was illuminated, and so did everyone else that seen it. …Okay, so I go ahead and visit her for a while, since I hadn’t been over there in a couple weeks. I had no idea my step-dad was attempting to perform some electrical work in the attic, and, due to him not knowing what in the hell he was doing, something surged through the power lines and fried my damn LED Lights in my Ancient Egyptian Infinity Mirror! The only good thing was, it still looked fairly nifty, even when it wasn’t working; however, for future reference, if some moron happens to fry your Infinity Mirror’s light system, it isn’t much trouble to replace the LED lights or the power supply/source.

If you’re interested in buying Infinity Mirrors, you may have to search online from a variety of sites to find what you’re looking for. They are usually on the expensive side, but often worth the pricey tag – depending on the unique design. You can always start your search below, and go from there:

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Can smoking ‘Ultra Lights’ help you quit?

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ultra_lights…Just after finishing the post “Second Hand Smoke vs. Air Purifiers,” I almost immediately thought of this question.

This is not very informative nor is it much of a blog post, but it’s more of a Q & A (question & answer) or no, it is more of a Q & O (question & opinion) post.
Many of the so-called experts tell you that smoking Ultra Lights or Lights is no better for you than full flavored cigarettes.

Well, I have to disagree with the experts on this one, albeit we should all know that all smoke is bad for us. However, I cannot fathom how a cigarette with so much more tar & nicotine can be the same as one with less. It just doesn’t make any sense, nor does a lot of the advice you often hear from “overly educated” idiots. It is also very apparent, that the amount you smoke also effects your health in different degrees along with how you smoke. Yes, I said how you smoke. The tar & nicotine, for example, that a person intakes, is much greater from one who “hits it hard” as opposed to one who gently smokes or lightly sucks on the cigarette. For the most part, guys generally “hit it harder” than females, however that may sound to you. 😛

Anyway, we’ve got off track here. The original question is: Can smoking “Ultra Lights” help you quit? When it comes to the nicotine/chemical addiction, my answer is a very definite “yes!”
I know many may disagree but, in my opinion, it is true. In fact, I have did this in the past and it worked fine, even though it is years later and I still smoke. But, I did quit without much effort, using the Ultra Light method in the past. What my hang up is, involves circumstantial smoking; for example, I like cigarettes with my beer. There are many of these circumstances that get in the way for many people who try to quit and fail. It isn’t just the beer & cigarette combo either. A lot of folks particularly like to smoke after meals, after sex, with their coffee, break times at their place of work, et cetera. Hell, some people even smoke for dieting reasons to curb their appetite, and so on.
Anyway, back to the question at hand: See, I look at Ultra Lights as a good chance to wean yourself from the nicotine addiction, not the psychological or circumstantial addiction. If you can break the chemical addiction by using Ultra Lights, the rest is all mental and/or willpower or resoluteness. My problem with it, is that I have to want to quit, but if I ever decide to do so again, I’ll use the Ultra Lights for a while before stopping completely – as this sort of eases the process. Of course, there are many products on the market to help you quit, so pick your method and best of luck to ya……

Check out some Amazon products that may help you quit smoking:

———>‘Click Here’ for “Quit Smoking” related Products<———

Second Hand Smoke vs. Air Purifiers

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air_purifier …There are many reasons to have air purifiers in your home, and it doesn’t hurt to have several scattered throughout your house since most modern purifiers use very little electricity – due to their highly efficient fan motors and lightweight rotors, wheels and/or blades.

…Indoor air pollution is more common than most folks would think and this is especially important for the ones who suffer from allergies.

Speaking of that, if you are concerned about indoor pollution, you may also be interested in my post entitled “ Aromatherapy – Healthier Alternatives to Scented Candles,” that I wrote a while back. On another health related note, if you’re more interested in eliminating toxins from your body, visit the “Milk Thistle – Liver Detox” page.

Okay, this particular post is about Second Hand Smoke vs. Air Purifiers. Of course, the best way to eliminate tobacco smoke in your home, is to simply do all of your smoking outside, use a designated area or room that is closed from the rest of the house, or take the more challenging option by quiting all together.
In general, most air purifiers are built to reduce large & small air borne particles such as dust, pollen, mold spores, pet dander, miscellaneous allergens, etc. However, they are less effective at reducing second hand smoke, but some are far better than others. Don’t even bother wasting your money on the ionic purifiers that are found on the market, that is, if you’re concerned about reducing second hand smoke in your home. You should always go with the ones that come with a pre-filter, charcoal layer, and a changeable filter.  The pre-filter is washable and should never need replaced – it is used to catch the larger particles and to increase the life of your main filter.

If you’re looking to save money while using a more effective method at reducing tobacco smoke from the place that you dwell, take heed to this: Since most (even the ones that claim to be reusable) changeable HEPA filters (High Efficiency Particulate Air filter) will lose their effectiveness after cleaning/washing them, they need to be completely changed. So, after your expensive filter (that comes with the machine) becomes dirty, don’t bother replacing it with the factory recommended filter. Just go out and buy a high-quality filter medium for a central heat & air unit and cut it into pieces that will fit into your air purifiers. You can often buy a big sheet of this filter medium for just a few dollars and, in turn, make several small-sized filters for your existing purifiers. Not only can you afford to change them out more often for a more effective smoke removal method, you no longer have to spend all that money on the name-brand, custom-fit filters.  When buying these large filters, I do suggest that you spend a couple extra dollars and get one that also comes with a charcoal layer for extra filtration and odor removal properties.

Below, I’ll provide a link to a variety of air purifier related products. Personally, I just go with the simple, reliable Holmes Purifiers. I’ve used them for years without any trouble.   Besides improving the air quality, I also keep a couple of them running  in my bedroom for the mild roaring sound; the soothing noise acts as a natural sleep aid, for me. Anyway, another alternative to reduce second hand smoke in your home, is to either use or install exhaust fans in a designated room or rooms. If standing under it while smoking, a well-functioning exhaust fan installed in the ceiling, will suck the smoke right out and depending on how it is installed, blow it either into your attic or out through the exhaust pipes that leads to the top of your roof to send the smoke outside, back into nature to settle naturally.

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