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Why I Don’t Drink Alcohol

I know a lot of people love having a drink too cool down after a long day at work, or to celebrate that it’s Friday and there’s no work for a few days, but I’m just not one of them. I have my reasons why I don’t drink alcohol. I thought it would be fun to list the reasons why I don’t drink alcohol. next time someone asks me about it, I will ask him or her to read my blog post 😉

  1. Hangovers

Who wants to wake up feeling like you’ve been hit by a truck, and then hit by a car when you tried to get back up? A hangover is never fun. At the very least you feel tired and thirsty. At the worst you can wake up in pain, dizzy, and like you still have some more puking left to do. Not to mention you’re more sensitive emotionally and physically. I’d rather avoid waking up like that if I can avoid it.

  1. It’s Bad for the Brain

Everyone knows about the brain damaging effects of alcohol. You only have to have a few drinks to notice that your vision starts to go blurry and you don’t talk and respond as quickly as you normally do. It also makes you forget. These might just be short term effects that go away after you sober up but the more you drink the longer these effects last. It can reach a point where you end up with serious brain disorders if you aren’t careful.

  1. It’s Bad for the Body

The CDC say that drinking too much alcohol can wreak havoc on your body as well as your mind. Many people are aware of the damage that it can do to the liver. Your liver is pretty tough and is built to handle toxins. The fact that it can be seriously damaged by alcohol should tell you how toxic it is. Drinking can also cause high blood pressure and pancreatitis.

  1. Cancer

Drinking too much alcohol is linked to a number of cancers. Liver cancer is the obvious one given the damage it does to this vital organ. But it can also cause mouth, throat, larynx, breast, and larynx cancer. If you smoke as well as drink then you’re really at risk of developing cancer. One is bad enough; two is seriously dangerous.

  1. Weight Gain

Alcohol might not be too high in fat but it can be very, very high in calories. Drinking a 12-ounce beer or just a 1.5 ounce shot of liquor will give you about 150 empty calories that do absolutely nothing but make you fat. They contain no beneficial nutrients. If you want to lose weight then you need to burn more calories than you take in. If you’re drinking then you’re taking in way more calories than you need. They call it a “beer gut” for a reason.

And that’s why I don’t drink alcohol. There are plenty of reasons why alcohol is bad for you, so consider cutting down, if not cutting it out entirely.

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I miss TV series like Little house on the prairie

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When scrolling through the television lineup on your TV Guide, you’ll see a fraternization of shows glorifying sex, violence and deceit.

It’s one bad show after another, each one depending on more negative values than the next to achieve the highest ratings. The selection is awful when compared to that of our childhoods. It’s what makes me miss shows like Little House on the Prairie. Little House on the Prairie was a plethora of good values taught to our children through the Ingall family’s example.

Value of hard work

First, they taught us the value of hard work.

This was a family that had no television, computers or iPads, and their free time was typically spent learning new skills or doing family activities.

Living on the farm isn’t easy; it requires dedication, early hours and the drive to make the farm succeed. Back in those days, people like the Ingalls depended on a good crop to see them through the winter. Each of the Ingalls had their daily chores to do their part and help out.

Each child worked more in a day than most modern kids do in a month, or for some, a year!

Honesty and Quality of character

Secondly, Little House on the Prairie taught us honesty and quality of character.

The Ingalls held a strong belief in God and the principles of the Bible, which promote selflessness and truth-telling, among hundreds of other notable actions and characteristics.

Each family member was taught that lying was wrong and that you should care for others more than yourself. It’s because of this that many children watching the show learned to treat others with respect and dignity. It also encouraged more honest actions and better family dynamics in the home. There’s a lot to be learned in today’s society from this.

Family and support

Lastly, it taught us to support one another no matter what. Early settlers in that time faced many hardships, anything from a shortage of crops to severe winter storms that would wipe out livestock. There was also the matter of sickness and disease that threatened the lives of settlers and their families. Each family looked out for one another.

If one was suffering, the others would step up to provide essential needs and assistance to help them out. This was a time before government programs coddled much more fortunate individuals, so it was up to each family to ensure the safety of their own as well as others.

Community

Little House on the Prairie showed a closely-knit community that truly cared for each and every member, even the not-so-favorable ones who were little more than antagonists. It was this godly love that held the Ingalls together through all the trials they faced.

The difference between the culture of our youth and the one we see together is so great that it’s hard to imagine a show like Little House on the Prairie ever existed, but it did. In this author’s humble opinion, every family should start watching this series with their children to instill positive values and a wholesome TV viewing experience.

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Beauty photoshop is everywhere

photographer taking a pictureIf you’ve seen fashion photos of models, you’ve probably gotten the feeling that something is amiss.

Her skin is just too perfect. Her hair seems to defy gravity, and you wonder to yourself how anyone could have the body she does.

The truth is, this picture perfect woman doesn’t even come close to looking like this in real life.

The secret to eternal youth and a flawless body isn’t diet, exercise and vitamins… it’s Photoshop.

In a world where women struggle to have a positive body image, Photoshop has set an unnaturally high standard of beauty that’s impossible for even the Victoria’s Secret models to reach.

Not only have fashion moguls come under fire from the public for retouching photos to a ridiculous extent, but models and celebrities have also complained.

Not even the royals are immune to photo tampering, as evidenced by Photoshop fails where Duchess Kate was given a ludicrously tiny waist and Prince William sported an unusual hair color.

The ugly truth is that Photoshop is everywhere.

It affects anyone who has had the misfortune to be on the cover of a gossip rag, or even a high profile fashion magazine.

Celebrities of all sorts have fallen victim to waist adjustments, breast augmentation and elongated legs.

Rather than be happy that their image has been “perfected” and can now shine in all its pristine glory, most are upset that their real body isn’t good enough as is.

The image of being “perfect” is no longer as desirable as it once was. People want the real thing.

Actresses like Melissa McCarthy or singer Adele are proud of their larger figure, and they’ve been campaigning relentlessly to let the rest of the world, particularly young women in their teens, know that they look just fine the way they are, that they don’t need to be a lifesize Barbie with stick-thin limbs and perfect double-D breasts.

The term “body shaming” has emerged as an effort to combat the harsh words and images of those saying a woman must be thin to be beautiful.

Young women are indeed “ashamed” to have the slightest bit of body fat, and God forbid you have a muffin top.

The fact of the matter is you don’t have to give in to the lies.

None of the pictures you see of models, singers and actresses are the original photo.

Every one of them has been retouched, most of them quite extensively. The photos aren’t the real deal.

There’s nothing wrong with who you are and what you look like.

If we all looked like models in the photos, our world would be a terrifying real-life Stepford Wives community (sans the robot replacements).

The real you is the beautiful you, so don’t be afraid to flaunt it.

There’s nothing sexier than being comfortable in your own skin, that you need to take good care of with well suited skincare.

The next time you see a magazine ad with a picture perfect model, just remember that it’s just a facade, one that most models don’t appreciate.

They feel the same way you do when they see a fake image of themselves. Just be genuine. Be real. Be you.

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Natural eye wrinkles remedies

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Aging isn’t an easy process for anyone. Wrinkles turn up in all sorts of places, and it’s difficult to keep track of all the various anti-aging creams, serums and medications that are available.

Under-eye wrinkles and crow’s feet are especially hard to tame down, but these all-natural methods will keep them at bay and reduce their appearance.

Fighting wrinkles is as simple as raiding your pantry.

To reduce the look of under-eye wrinkles, try using a mixture of ginger and honey as a paste.

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There are many different honey/ginger ratios, so you’ll have to try experimenting to find the combination that’s right for you. It can feel a bit funny at first, but don’t give up! Ginger’s healing properties and honey’s moisturizing ability make this combo a dream team in fighting signs of aging. You can also eat the mixture to promote healing from within for a healthier you.

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Olive oil is a great solution for crows feet and unsightly wrinkles around the eyes, so don’t be afraid to use it to its full potential! Olive oil helps smooth and moisturize your face while providing essential vitamins for brighter, healthier skin. Straight Vitamin E oil can also be used in place of olive oil to produce the same effect. Each oil pairs well with honey to boost the effects of this homemade serum, so mix and match as you please.

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Coconut oil, perhaps the most versatile oil in a person’s kitchen cupboard, can also be applied to eye wrinkles. Not only does it moisturize and provide a variety of nutritional vitamins, but it also helps to draw impurities from the skin. Stubborn blackheads that are difficult to get rid of in hard-to-reach angles are effectively eliminated by applying coconut oil to the affected areas. For wrinkle reduction, gently rub the oil into the skin where the wrinkles are. You can either leave it on overnight or wash it off before going to bed.

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Staying hydrated is incredibly important when it comes to your skin’s health, as well as your body’s. Without water, our bodies would shut down and cease to function; the same cannot be said about coffee, soda or milk. H2O is simply too important! You can keep healthy levels of hydration by eating foods rich in antioxidants and moisturizers, such as avocados, green tea and berries. Cabbage and lettuce are also great for hydrating your skin, so don’t skimp on the leafy greens! Make sure to drink plenty of water also. Our bodies use up more water than most people know, so drink the recommended amount of four 16-ounce glasses per day.

There are many other methods to get rid of those under eye wrinkles, and different combinations of foods, oils and extracts that can be used for at-home remedies for a variety of uses; these are just a few of them, but we found these particular solutions especially helpful.

Don’t be afraid to explore other options as well to find one that works well for you. Let us know which method is your favorite!

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Why skincare routine is important

skincare productFemale beauty doesn’t have to do with just makeup; a lot of girls and young women take personal pride in their skin care routine to make sure their skin is soft, smooth and healthy.

These women know how important it is to take good care of their skin, but the finer points of skin care may be lost on others.

So why should you take the time to develop a healthy skin care routine?

It keeps you healthy

We all know that healthy skin has a better appearance.

Without a healthy skin care routine, acne and rashes can pop up and leave us looking less than our best.

Poor skin care can also lead to bacterial infections and causes our skin to scar more easily. Making sure you have picture perfect skin is more than a beauty issue; it’s also a health issue.

The appearance of wrinkles and fine lines is also reduced when you take proper care of your skin. Staying hydrated and eating right can help maintain or increase your skin’s elasticity, thus preventing early signs of aging.

Healthy skin raises your self-esteem

When your skin is mottled with pimples, zits and sores, it’s hard to feel good about yourself.

Looking in the mirror becomes a chore that you dread every day.

Why go through the rigmarole of hurting your own feelings just because you didn’t want to wash your face?

Recovering your self-esteem with a healthy skin routine can also increase your attractiveness to your significant other. It takes a lot of work to keep the seduction game going, and a lot of it has to do with appearance.

Healthy skin is insanely attractive to the opposite sex, so get out of bed and wash your face in the mornings. Your love life will thank you.

You can relax and enjoy your beautiful skin

Because of the stressful nature of our professional life, our hormones can understandably get out of control and cause more severe acne problems or more wrinkles.

Moreover, skin conditions such as rosacea or dermatitis may be aggravated if you fail to take care of your skin.

Then there’s the fact that having these problems can cause you even more stress, thus repeating the cycle.

The battle drags on, and you find yourself on the losing side. Don’t worry!

Having a set skin care routine that you stick to can do away with all of these problems and leave you feeling assured and relaxed. Acne is one less thing you need to worry about, so eliminate that stressful part of your life with healthy practices!

Your skin care routine doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Keeping your skin clean is the main part of it, so as long as you have a good cleanser and moisturizer, that’s really all there is to it. Not everyone does well with the same skin care routine, however. Stores usually have several varieties from different brands; try out a few different cleansing systems and see which one is right for you.

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Why Liane the jungle goddess is my role model ?

liane jungle goddessEvery young woman needs a good role model.

Looking around at prominent female figures today, it’s evident that the pickings are slim.

Reality TV stars like Kim Kardashian may be the epitome of modern beauty, but their morals are severely lacking.

Girls who were once teen role models have grown up to become bad influences; you’d be hard pressed to find anyone close to the role models we used to have that inspired us.

Who can a twenty-something turn to for positive inspiration these days?

It’s time for a blast from the past. In 1956, German director Eduard von Borsody brought the world Liane, Jungle Goddess. Though her appearance is what some would call “uncivilized,” this wild woman has a lot of admirable qualities.

The 1950s weren’t exactly a time when women came out on top. Attitudes toward women were that they should stay in their role as a housewife, and it wasn’t until much later that feminism really made some headway. Liane burst onto the scene as a rarity of her time.

This feminine take on Tarzan is an ideal role model for young women who want to make their own way in the world.

So who exactly is Liane?

Deep in the jungles of Africa, Liane is a wild woman who is discovered by a group of German explorers led by a man named Thoren. Thoren and his companion Jacqueline are saved by Liane when the native Botos try to kill them.

After discovering that Liane is the long-lost granddaughter of shipping tycoon Theo Amelongen, they take her back to Germany, and a family dispute ensues with Theo’s nephew Viktor which leads to both men’s deaths and a foiled plot to get rid of Liane.

Liane eventually returns to the jungle she once called home and celebrates her new inheritance with her friends, both new and old.

As a 25-year-old woman watching this movie, it’s easy to see why Liane is such an admirable character.

What values does she embody ?

Rather than the typical misogynist view that a woman could never survive on her own in the wilds, Liane, Jungle Goddess shows us a woman who is fierce and independent.

Not only did she survive the shipwreck that killed her shipmates, but she also learned to live off the land and befriend the local tribes, gaining their respect.

Her animal companion is as fierce as she is; a lion cub named Simba follows her wherever she goes.

Rather than being a damsel in distress, it is Liane who first rescues Thoren from the Botos.

She has such an influence with them that she is able to simply talk them down, showing that despite her being a woman, she is greatly respected by the men of the tribe.

Her words hold a power that renders a fight unnecessary.

Liane’s strength, kindness and independence make her the kind of woman teenage girls want to grow up to be.

Move over, Wonder Woman. There’s a new female role model in town.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDYtyTwrHVo

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First post on my blog

Hi dear reader,

welcome to my new shiny blog akaliane.net. I am adrienne but most my friends like to call me liane, because I asked them to. I have always liked this name, so that gave me the idea to call my blog akaliane.

Pretty original, don’t you think?

In this blog, I will probably write about stuff that I like ranging from beauty, cosmetics, to movies, tv series. I guess it will be a small melting pot of the things I like.

well, don’t know what to say for this first blog post.

I just hope I will have some readers 🙂

In the meantime, here is a video that might give you a hint as to why I like the name liane, the jungle goddess 🙂

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