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How to Help Your Support System Support You

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Having a good social support system is an important part of staying emotionally healthy. People who have close relationships with their family and friends are happier, less stressed, and even healthier than people who don’t. But even if you have great relationships, it’s hard for your loved ones to help you through tough times if they don’t know what you need. You can help your support system support you by building strong relationships with your family and friends, communicating clearly about your needs, and returning the favor when others in your life need help themselves.


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How to Prevent Arm Pain While Driving a Car

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Lots of time behind the wheel can result in arm pain. Whether your job requires frequent driving or you’re traveling cross-country by car, you can take steps to prevent pain and discomfort. Stretch your hands, arms, and back before getting into the car. Hold the steering wheel with a loose grip, and change your grip frequently. Maintain good posture with your arms slightly bent, and rest your arms when possible. Adjust the seat and steering wheel for a comfortable fit, and use a seatbelt cushion if the strap constricts your shoulder. Consult your doctor if pain persists despite adopting ergonomic driving habits.


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How to Read More

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:00:00 GMT

There is so much to read, and so little time! Many people struggle to find time to read amid the demands of work, school, and child-rearing. The constant information-barrage of modern life may make settling into a book seem like a daunting task. However, there are simple steps that you can take to read more: find material that fascinates you; find a quiet, secluded space; set aside "reading time", turn off your phone, and be fully present.


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How to Iron if You're Blind or Visually Impaired

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Not many people enjoy ironing, and it can be especially time-consuming and frustrating if you’re blind or visually impaired. While hanging up or folding clothes immediately after they’re finished drying will help prevent wrinkles, sometimes ironing is a necessary chore. There are steps you can take to make ironing clothes easier and safer. Take safety precautions, such as gently reaching low for the iron’s cord when you've set it down instead of reaching around for the iron itself. Make your tools more accessible by using a tabletop ironing board, a cord holder, and by labeling your iron’s settings using a tactile pen.


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How to Get Rid of Ants with Cinnamon

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:00:00 GMT

You can use cinnamon to deter ants through the use of powder, oil, or sticks. However, cinnamon is not likely to kill ants. Rather, it just keeps them from going a certain way, and the ants usually find a way around. Most natural remedies work in a similar way, but you can try a wide variety to see what works best for you.


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How to Explain Autism to People

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 08:00:00 GMT

If one of your loved ones, or even you, is autistic, you may find that you need to explain the condition to other people on occasion. Before you can properly explain the condition, it is helpful to learn as much as you can about it. Then, you will be able to explain things like how autism affects a person’s social skills, empathy, and physical behaviors.


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How to Paint Easter Lilies in Watercolor

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Celebrate the season by painting graceful Easter lilies. You will face two challenges: how to show the backward curling petals and how to paint a white flower in a medium that uses no white paint. Once you know how to tackle those, you'll be well on your way to painting beautiful Easter lilies.


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How to Celebrate Earth Day

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 16:00:00 GMT

The celebration of Earth Day is on April 22nd and it began 1970. It has grown into a global event recognized by over 192 countries. Devoting special a day to helping for the earth is a way to demonstrate how much we care about the future of our planet. No matter what you like to do best, there's a way to get involved in Earth Day. You could plant a tree, make a meal with locally-grown vegetables, educate a family member, clean up trash in your neighborhood, set up a bird feeder or save power — the possibilities are endless. Remember, you don't have to wait for Earth Day to show your love for the planet we call home.


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How to Protest Safely

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Protesting is a valued right. If you are unhappy with your government, you have the right to protest. However, there are risks involved with protesting, especially if things get violent or unruly. Always dress in comfortable clothing for a protest and pack only the essentials. Stay safe during a protest by sticking with a group and staying away from illegal activities. If you end up interacting with the police, make sure to stay safe. Remember your right to remain silent. In the event you are arrested, do not resist arrest. This can cause you physical injury and land you in more legal trouble.


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How to Remove Static from Polyester Clothes

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Polyester is a common synthetic material used to make durable, strong, and long-lasting fabrics. Many clothes and home goods like blankets, sheets, and duvets are made with some percentage of polyester. However, sometimes polyester clothes can carry a static charge, which causes the clothing to cling to your skin. Static electricity is the accumulation of an electrical charge, but it can be prevented or removed by using a variety of methods that neutralize the electrical ions. If you neutralize the static cling using dryer sheets, fabric softeners, wire hangers, lotion, water, or other everyday items, you can reduce static cling in polyester clothing.


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How to Open Links in the Background on an iPhone or iPad

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 16:00:00 GMT

This wikiHow teaches you to open new tabs in the background instead of moving your screen to the new tab while browsing with Safari. If you just want to open links in a new tab without any settings changes, skip to the third part.


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How to Clean Pottery

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 08:00:00 GMT

The best way to keep pottery clean is prevention, so keep your pottery in a closed cabinet or armoire to lessen dust exposure. Make sure you wear vinyl gloves or have clean hands when handling pottery. Try dry cleaning methods before moving on to using liquid. Wet cleaning should be a last resort, as in some cases it can make the problem worse. Consult with a professional first if your item is highly valuable to you.



How to Protect Yourself from UV Radiation Indoors

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

You already know it’s important to avoid UV exposure as much as possible. While this is especially important outdoors, you are at risk of potential exposure to UV radiation indoors as well. For instance, sunlight that shines through windows is not as harmful as UV exposure outdoors, but it can still cause harm to your skin and eyes over time. Learn how to protect yourself from exposure to the sun, as well as other artificial UV sources indoors.


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How to Clean Makeup Brushes with Vinegar

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Vinegar is a great natural cleaner that can tackle a wide variety of cleaning projects, including your makeup brushes. Don't worry about them smelling like vinegar. Vinegar is a natural deodorizer, so once they dry, you won't smell the vinegar. You can use the vinegar to actually clean the makeup off your brushes, or you can use it to disinfect them once you've gotten the makeup off.


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How to Transport a Bedridden Person

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Transporting a person who is bedridden can be difficult. Emergency medical transport is covered under many insurance plans including Medicare and Medicaid. Non-emergency medical transport is sometimes covered by insurance with a doctor's order. Non-medical transport is generally not covered by insurance. People who are bedridden typically cannot sit up in a wheelchair. However, someone who is on bedrest due to a medical condition may be able to use a wheelchair. If you are a trained and qualified medical professional, then you can transfer someone into a wheelchair and transport them this way.


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How to Get a Bleach Stain Out of a Carpet

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Bleach works by stripping a material of its pigment, so accidental spills can result in frustrating stains. If you’ve just splattered some bleach on your carpet, taking immediate action can help you minimize the damage. Blot the area with cold water, then apply a solution of water and either dish detergent or vinegar. You can also try using a baking soda and water paste. If the stain has set and the color has been stripped, try recoloring the stain using a crayon or interior paint. If all else fails, talk to a professional cleaner about cutting or patching the affected area.


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How to Do Dot Eyeliner

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Dot eyeliner is a makeup trend that’s been enjoying popularity both on and off the runway. The look was briefly popular in the 60s, when the world famous model Twiggy used dot eyeliner to emphasize her eyes and lashes. The look faded away in time, but it’s made a major comeback. Basic dot eyeliner consists of a single dot placed right under the bottom lash line of both eyes, typically right in the center. More experimental looks that play with the number, size, color and placement of the dots have also been a recent beauty trend.


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How to Observe Autism Acceptance in April

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 08:00:00 GMT

April is Autism Acceptance Month! Show your support of autistic people online and in person with these easy steps.


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How to Make Healthy Peanut Butter Balls

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Even though peanut butter may taste delicious, it's usually not the first thing that comes to mind when thinking of healthy food. While it is packed with essential proteins, it also often contains sugars and saturated fat. Luckily, there are ways to make tasty peanut butter snack bites that are also healthy for you. By utilizing ingredients like oats and quinoa, you can create delicious peanut butter balls that also have good nutritional value.


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How to Make Hot and Sour Slaw

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 16:00:00 GMT

Coleslaw is a tasty side dish for many grilled and barbecued meals. But if you're tired of the same old slaw, it may be time to give hot and sour slaw a try. Inspired by the spicy and tangy flavor of Chinese hot and sour soup, this side dish uses crushed red pepper, fresh ginger, and black vinegar to dress the shredded cabbage and carrots. Instead of just mixing the cabbage with the dressing, though, you stir fry the ingredients briefly so the hot and sour slaw gets an extra boost of flavor for a truly delicious side dish.


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How to Use Filters on Snapchat

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 08:00:00 GMT

This wikiHow teaches you how to enable and apply visual filters to your photo and video messages in Snapchat.


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How to Germinate Orange Seeds

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Orange trees are a beautiful tree to have growing in your home or backyard. Not only do they produce wonderful smelling leaves, but mature trees also bear fruit. Orange seeds are quite easy to germinate, but a tree grown from an orange seed can take anywhere from seven to 15 years to bear fruit. If you're looking for a tree that will produce fruit faster, you're better off getting a grafted tree from a nursery. But if you're looking for a fun project and want to grow a tree for your home or yard, germinating an orange seed is a fun and easy way to do it.


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How to Fold an Origami Parrot from a Dollar

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 16:00:00 GMT

These instructions will guide you in creating a fun dollar origami parrot. Sitting snugly on your finger, this parrot makes for a great gift to kids. Additionally, its monetary value allows for a great tip that sits well on most glasses or bottles at restaurants.


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How to Make a Galaxy Mirror Cake

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Reflecting a galaxy, this stunning galaxy mirror cake will cause your taste buds to leap into space. Sweet and moist with a surface that looks like a galaxy, this cake will add some sparkle to a space-themed party, fun event, or large party. Makes: 10-15 servings


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How to Avoid Gaslighting Children

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 02:00:00 GMT

Gaslighting is a form of emotional manipulation and abuse that can have a negative impact on children. It causes a child to question their own feelings, beliefs, and self-esteem. Understand the importance of avoiding behaviors that could deny, withhold, or trivialize a child's thoughts or feelings. Evaluate the ways that you respond to what your child says and does. Focus on providing a more nurturing environment for them. Parenting can be stressful and overwhelming, so make sure to learn healthy ways to cope.


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How to Improve Your Truck's Performance

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 20:00:00 GMT

Performance is a concern for many truck owners. Although pickup trucks are known for their power and fuel efficiency, there are many ways to maximise their output. Listed below are some things that you can do to improve your truck's efficiency.


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How to Dye Eggs for Easter

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 14:00:00 GMT

Coloring hard boiled eggs is an Easter tradition. The fun part is, there are so many ways to do it! You can do single coloured eggs, but an added touch never hurt anyone. You can eat these eggs, give them as gifts, or use them for decoration.


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How to Do Abdominal Breathing

Sat, 15 Apr 2017 08:00:00 GMT

Abdominal breathing can help strengthen your diaphragm muscles and result in you breathing more efficiently overall. The exercise can also be calming, as you'll end up spending 5 or 10-minute intervals focusing solely on your breath. You can practice abdominal breathing sitting up or lying down.


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