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Styling a Pixie Haircut

Gorgeous pixie cuts have been a favorite of some celebrities in the past few years, because it’s easier to style and maintain than long hair. Selecting which pixie cut will work on your hair type and texture can be tricky, however, and it also needs more styling than other short hairstyles.

Here are helpful tips to keep your pixie haircut beautiful all the time.

Change Your Hair Care Products
You might have to find new hair products that will work with your pixie haircut because you will want to experiment with different finishes, textures, and holds. One of the drawbacks of having short hair is the limited styling options, but this is not usually true with a pixie haircut. Just make sure, however, that you take care of your hair by shampooing and conditioning regularly.

Use Styling Accessories
Don’t be afraid to try different styling accessories, such as bobby pins, clips, headbands, and others. Your haircut is fun to style and you can easily add details with less effort than you would need when styling long hair. If you’re feeling lazy, however, you can just let them air-dry while you comb your hair through your fingers.

Change Your Hair Part
Why stick to the center part if you can change it daily? You can create a variety with this detail alone even without the hair accessories. You can also comb your hair back in a sleek hairstyle if you want to get the bangs out of your face. Show off your best facial features using a pomade or a flexible gel to hold your hair in place.

Get It Trimmed Occasionally
You will need to visit the hair salon every now and then to add details to your hair. Maybe you want to shorten your bangs or have a side swept fringe or trim the hair near your neckline. Are you worried about your bed hair if you trim too often? Don’t fret, because a ½ inch or ¼ inch flat iron will solve the problem easily.

Show Off Your Curls
If you have curly or wavy hair, you can highlight them by applying a gel to hold them in place for an intact look. Having naturally curly hair also works with a pixie haircut as long as you ask the stylist to shape the back and the top properly to complement your facial features.

Must-Have Styling Products
Who says short hair isn’t high-maintenance? Pixie cuts are especially tedious especially when you just blow-dry your hair. Always use a setting lotion to hold it in place, or an edge tamer to keep strands away from your face. You might also want to buy a rat tail comb for easier styling.

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  • For most people nowadays, dealing with stress is a normal part of modern life. How we deal with it will make a lot of difference in our overall health and there’s no excuse not to, because there are many ways to de-stress after a tiring week. But what happens to those who cannot take the stress and don’t have time to unwind even on weekends?

    Acute and Chronic Stress
    Acute stress is sometimes helpful when you’re in threatening situations, because the sudden elevated bodily response might help people survive. Acute stress is just another name for adrenaline rush and it can temporarily improve the body’s immune system. Prolonged stress, however, is a different story altogether. A constantly active stress response damages the body because the body cannot reset its normal inflammatory chemicals and hormones.

    Stress Causes Chronic Pain
    When you’re chronically stressed, perhaps from overwork or family or financial problems, you’re more likely to suffer from musculoskeletal disorders because your muscles are always tense. Although injuries can also cause chronic pain, how the person’s body responds to the injury will also determine the healing process. Muscle tension is a natural response of the body to pain and injury, that is why those who maintain light to moderate physical activities during recovery heal better than those who are afraid to injure themselves again.

    Stress Causes Cardiovascular Problems
    Stress causes an increase in the heart contractions and heart rate due to the increase in the stress hormones. This is fine during fight-or-flight responses for emergencies, but prolonged stress can increase the likelihood of inflammation in the blood vessels and elevate the cholesterol levels, therefore increase the chances of cardiovascular problems.

    Stress is Bad for Menopause
    Not only will stress aggravate any existing medical problem, but it is especially dangerous for women during menopause. In pre-menopausal stages, the level of estrogen can still help the body respond to stress, but postmenopausal stage lowers the level of estrogen that is supposed to protect the heart from diseases. This is why a lot of women complain about “feeling old and sickly” at this stage of their life because of the changes in their body.

    Stress Affects Other Organs
    Although the most noticeable effect of stress can be seen in the cardiovascular system, other systems of the body will also be affected. The liver for example, tends to produce more glucose when you’re stressed, but if your body cannot process the excess sugar effectively, you can gain weight and even be at risk for diabetes. Stress also causes your brain to signal that you’re either hungry or full all the time. Stress therefore, causes changes in the eating habits, weight, and even bowel movements.

    Stress Drains You
    Prolonged stress can give you sleepless nights and various health problems that will only pile up and cause more stress. It’s an endless cycle that will eventually drain you mentally and emotionally.

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  • When you’re in Singapore, there’s a good chance that you won’t have enough time to do your laundry yourself because of your hectic schedule – but thanks to commercial laundry services complete with a variety of services, you don’t have to worry.

    Aside from the standard wash and fold services that most laundry services offer, there are a few other ways that they can help you out with your needs.

    Here are a few other surprising ways that a professional laundry service can help you to get you started:

    1. 24-hour laundry services can help you out in a pinch.
    With a 24-hour laundry service, you don’t have to worry about making it to the laundry service to get your towel washing and uniform laundry, or even your dry cleaning, done on time before they close, and you can get your laundry as soon as they’re done at any time of day.

    And because they’re becoming more common in Singapore, you have more options to choose from when it comes to getting your laundry done as soon as possible.

    2. You can get your laundry delivered to your doorstep.
    Laundry delivery is becoming a thing, and for good reason – a hectic schedule means that there’s not enough time to get the laundry done by yourself, whether it’s by hand or by a washing machine.

    But with a laundry service that offers services such as convenient laundromat with delivery, laundry pick up, and laundry delivery, and especially services such as towel washing and laundry for spa, you can rest easy and be able to focus more of your time on other things.

    3. Laundry services also offer dry cleaning.
    Commercial laundry services in Singapore are not just about the laundry – they also offer services such as dry cleaning for special types of cloths and fabrics, and laundry for spa for certain types of clothes that can’t be cleaned like most clothes (i.e. wedding dresses, blazers, etc.).

    And if your routine or work requires a specific dress code where you need to be wearing blazers regularly, the good news is that dry cleaning is your new friend that lets you look sharp every day.

    What You Need to Know About Laundry Services
    By letting commercial laundry services take care of your laundry for you, you not only save time, but you also have more options and more services to choose from to get only the best to suit your needs.

    Laundry cleaning services for both clothes and curtains specialize in quality care for your laundry.

    Because different textile products are made of different fabrics that may require different or specialized cleaning methods such as uniform laundry, professional laundry services need to be able to cater to these different requirements in cleaning and caring for these fabrics.

    Many laundry services are also well-equipped to cater to your specifications. For instance, if you happen to be allergic to a certain type of detergent, they’re likely to use another type of detergent that’s hypoallergenic and safe for you.

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  • Locksmith services in Singapore include not just key replication, but a host of other services from installation of new locks in homes to servicing of digital locks for offices. These are the commercial locksmithing services you should keep in mind.

    1. Auto Locksmithing. If you have lost your car keys or your set of keys are already old and worn out, you can use locksmith services in Singapore to have your keys duplicated or replaced. Some modern cars which use electronic car can also get services from locksmith Singapore for electronic car keys, including emergency situations. Smart keys for cars are much harder to replace or duplicate than traditional car keys because it is specific to the model and type of the car.

    2. Commercial Locksmithing. A locksmith Singapore can specialize in duplicating and replacing keys, security locks, and padlocks for offices and commercial and industrial buildings, warehouses, storage facilities, garages, and more. High-security areas that need to restrict access to personnel can also hire a locksmith in Singapore to install security locks, both electronic and traditional. Regular servicing is required in most electronic locks because they are prone to errors and possible interruptions.

    3. Residential Locksmithing. It is not uncommon for residents in apartments to lose their keys especially when the tenant is moving out. Sometimes, the new tenant requires the landlord to install a new lock for better security and have an automated control opening of entrance gate, that is why you should only call a locksmith who specializes in residential-type locks and padlocks to protect a home’s valuables and occupants.

    4. Emergency Locksmithing. During emergency situations when the owner needs to open a lock as soon as possible, contact immediate locksmith service such as www.secureoffice.sg who can provide a 24-hour service. This can be useful in situations where pets or children and locked in a car, there is a possible burglary, the lock to the house is broken or jammed, or the car keys are lost of left inside the car.

    5. Forensic Locksmithing. Some crime scenes require the expertise of a locksmith especially when there are signs of breaking in or bypassing sophisticated locking mechanisms. Only a locksmith will be able to tell which tools were used to break in and how the intruders were able to bypass security. This job is part of the evidence-gathering task of law enforcement.

    6. Institutional Locksmithing. Like the locksmith who specializes in commercial services, the institutional locksmith offers services to clients in public offices, government agencies, and other institutions such as hospitals, schools and universities, and others. These buildings need to have updated and working locks and security measures because they are public places. If the security is breached or a lock is broken, outsiders might gain entrance and compromise the safety and security of the premises. Regular checks must also be performed especially if the building uses electronic locks, which need to be calibrated regularly to ensure that there are no gaps in the security.

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  • How to Deal With Whiners

    It’s not just kids who whine whenever they’re trying to get you to do or buy something they want. Even adults do it. Some are chronic whiners who complain at every challenge in their life. Do your eardrums hurt from constantly listening to their complaints? Read on.

    Adult Whiners
    While it’s okay to complain once in a while, no one likes to be around negative people all the time. Some whiners might not be aware of their behavior and co-workers are often forced to deal with the attitude in silence because they’re afraid of hurting feelings. Letting them go on and on, however, will create a negative atmosphere in the workplace.

    The best way to tell the whiner to stop is to confront them about their behavior. If you’re friends with the person, talk to them about it in private. If the problem seems genuine, offer advice to resolve the issue.

    If the employee is under your supervision, you could devise a career development plan for him/her as well as a feedback about their performance. It’s your responsibility to create a happy working environment for your people, so if those steps don’t work, you have a reason to fire the employee based on his/her performance.

    Sometimes ignoring the whiner also does the trick. If the whiner feels that people are avoiding him/her, he/she might finally realize that there is something wrong with how he/she is dealing with life problems.

    Whining Kids
    Although whining is normal among kids, parents should learn when and how to stop whining from becoming a problem. Children whine for something they know they can’t have. It’s a show of powerlessness, but sometimes it can be an effective tool to get what they want. Child behavior experts claim that giving in to the child’s whining easily will reinforce the bad behavior.

    Explain to the child that you understand how he/she feels, but that there is no need to scream and cry to send you the message. Tell the child that their voice is annoying and that he/she wouldn’t want to hear such noises from other people. Show him/her the proper way of asking for things nicely in a polite manner.

    You don’t have to fulfill the child’s request, however. Calmly explain why the answer is a no. That way, you validate his feelings of rejection and helplessness but you’re also giving a reason why you can’t do it or you can’t buy the item the child wants.

    If the kid asks nicely, praise him/her about the behavior. That isn’t guaranteed to work overnight, but the child will take the hint if you practice it more often. You wouldn’t want your child to grow up into a whiny co-worker that everyone dislikes.

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  • Do you have a co-worker who feels he is compelled to contribute something to every single topic that the group is discussing? Is there a friend who has never encountered a problem she can’t solve and isn’t open to other ideas? Does your uncle ramble on about what he knows about a subject to another family member who actually studied the field? You might be dealing with a know-it-all.

    Keep it positive. A know-it-all can single-handedly create an unhealthy working environment. But don’t take it personally by assuming the person is attacking you or challenging your co-workers. Some of them have underlying personal problems that they’re covering up or they’re the type who just love to show off.

    Set a boundary. Sometimes the know-it-all likes to intervene while you’re talking, so cut him/her off and say you appreciate their advice but you already have a better solution in mind. Be firm but polite when refusing their suggestion.

    Don’t argue. Arguing with them is like talking to a wall. It’s a waste of time and energy. Even if you want to correct the person and say something not so nice, avoid it. You can also ignore the person and make up an excuse to leave when he/she starts to ramble on.

    Be prepared. Know-it-alls love to show off especially during meetings. Make sure that there is an agenda for the meeting including a set amount of time for each speaker. Come in the meeting prepared with all the statistics and facts so that the know-it-all doesn’t hog all the attention.

    Ask questions. Don’t be afraid to test the person’s knowledge about the topic. Go for detailed questions like their sources for the information.

    Listen and talk calmly. Even if you want to hit the person on the head for underestimating your skills and knowledge, don’t get into a fight. Be calm when you ask probing questions to challenge their ideas and listen to what they have to say.

    Practice empathy. Yes, they can be annoying, but the know-it-all might have some underlying self-confidence issues that he/she is trying to cover up by talking.

    Offer a feedback. Sometimes you have to be assertive if you don’t want to create an awkward situation in a group where only the know-it-all is talking. Tell them that everyone should have a chance to speak and not to interrupt. There is a time for comments and corrections and that you’re not in a debate.

    Talk to the person. Ask for a private conversation with the person to tell him/her about how the behavior is affecting the mood in the workplace. The result could be that the person will feel offended because know-it-alls are highly defensive, but remind them that their opinions are still valuable. Point out, however, that not everyone appreciates his/her method of giving feedback or advice.

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  • We all have our own favorite activities to spend the weekends with. For one, I am a big fan of taking time to clean my apartment and work on a cross-stitch project I am invested in for almost a year and a half now. Others like to meet up with friends and catch up with the many happenings in each other’s lives, while there are some who would prefer to stay at home and watch the latest soccer game.

    Regardless, weekends are our time in the week to do the things we want. Sure, we might have tons of pending paper work and summary reports to do, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t allow ourselves to take a break and recharge at times. Keep in mind that a sound mind and body greatly contributes to the improvement of our overall work performance.

    1. Gardening
    Get back in touch with nature through tending to a small garden in your backyard. Or if you live in a condo, invest in potted plants and don’t forget to water them regularly. Spending some of your weekends gardening can be therapeutic. It is also one way to cultivate your creativity by combining your plants’ texture and color and moving your pots around your home.

    2. Preparing healthy meals
    Sometimes, there are snacks you want to indulge in yet restrain yourself from doing so during the entire week. Though sweet treats are relatively high in calorie and sugar content, you can always consume them in moderation without putting your health at great risk. The weekends can be the perfect time to snack on some healthy treats such as frozen yogurt or fruits.

    3. Yoga
    Yoga is different from exercise mainly because it integrates meditation in the process. A lot of business executives are practicing yoga since it is one effective way to re-orient their outlook in life, as well as give them time to think — and just think. With their hectic work schedules, sometimes they don’t even get enough time in the day for silence. This makes yoga one perfect outlet for stress and all pent-up work related frustration.

    4. Brunch
    If you have no urgent commitments over the weekend, allow yourself to sleep a little bit longer and wake up in time for brunch. Give yourself a few additional hours for rest to greatly help in recharging your system. Going out for brunch can be both fun and relaxing, and if you invite your close friends over then it can provide you time to catch up with each other. It can also be one great opportunity to network yourself out there.

    5. Any creative outlet
    Finding a creative outlet is one way to relax your mind. If you’re into the arts, you can opt to paint over the weekend. Start with something simple, like painting the interior or other small things inside your residence. If you have a way with words, keep a journal and write regularly. If you want something more interesting, adult coloring books are trending lately since the creative activity offers the mind some relaxation and peace.

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  • Let’s face it, as much as we want every workday to be productive, there are just some days when you find yourself falling short of your usual productivity. Downing cups of coffee doesn’t merely do the trick. Sometimes there are days where you find yourself staring at a blank computer screen itching to type just a single paragraph but to no avail — because all the words and your writing juice has left you.

    Regardless of wherever we are in the world, there are just best and worst days for dealing with just about anything. For one, Mondays are considered the best day to apply for a job or go for an interview. Tuesdays are considered the most effective day to send your customers emails because they are likely to check and open through them on this day of the week. Other than that, Tuesdays are also conducive for holding an efficient team meeting.

    In order to maximize work productivity for the entire week, it is ideal to pinpoint the best and worst days for efficiency. Note that this doesn’t absolutely apply to all cases at work, but generally, there are days found to be best at getting work done compared to others.

    Wednesday is for productivity
    The middle day of the workweek is found out to be best for working on projects. This is your best shot at achieving maximum work efficiency if you start on something new with your team, but this also doesn’t mean you must begin every project merely on Wednesdays after then. Generally, immediately working on new projects during the earlier days of the week is likely to yield satisfying outcomes.

    Wednesday is also for collaborations
    If you’re planning to set a meeting with your team, best schedule it on a Wednesday. Working with others in the middle of the week is regarded as an effective strategy — may it be working with people on your team, people from other departments, or external collaborations with consultants and potential customers. It is this day of the week when employees are observed to participate better in sharing their ideas out loud along with the others.

    Friday is deemed as least productive
    As the workweek comes to a close, employees are either mentally fatigued to begin working on a brand new project or busy finishing up their current tasks at hand. In such cases, they are too swamped to even deal with an entirely different project from scratch. Team members are also less inclined to participate in collaborations. Most are caught up on working independently to get their own tasks done and wrapping things up prior to the weekend.

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  • Caffeine is a substance extracted from coffee beans. When ingested, usually through coffee, it increases alertness by blocking receptors in the brain that receive the signals that tell you it’s time to go to sleep.

    As much as caffeine has positive effects in your system, it also has its negatives depending on how much you consume it. The higher the intake, the more tolerance you build to it, which can lead to what you know as “coffee jitters”.

    Here are a few steps you can take to reduce the effects of drinking too much coffee:

    1. Drink lots of water
    After five hundred milligrams, your body will start to signal that you are dehydrated. Your urine will start to look dark yellow or even orange, which is a sign that you need to drink more water.

    Caffeine doesn’t trigger dehydration unless you drank 500 milligrams. As long as you stick to one or two cups of coffee a day, you should be able to steer clear of heart palpitations and jumpiness.

    2. Do mild exercises
    A little bit of stretching might help here and there, as well as a walk down a hallway or a flight of stairs. Doing mild physical activity will help your system calm down, and will allow your heart to return to its normal rate.

    3. Eat a banana or two
    … or other foods that are rich in potassium and magnesium, including dark leafy greens such as bok choi.

    If the symptoms of drinking too much coffee, such as elevated heart rate, migraine, and nervousness, are relatively mild, you can easily wait them out by avoiding coffee and other caffeinated beverages.

    4. Take a few deep breaths
    Once you start experiencing the effects of too much caffeine, the first and most immediate method of calming down is to breathe deeply. The increased intake of oxygen in the lungs will counteract the antioxidant effects of caffeine and help your system return to normal.

    It also helps you to calm down psychologically. While it may not have any immediate effects, taking in more oxygen will allow your brain to return to a more normal rate as it is using up a lot of nutrients in the body.

    5. Get some shut-eye
    The best way to deal with the symptoms of drinking too much caffeine is to simply get enough sleep and limit your coffee consumption.

    The most common reasons for drinking more than three cups of coffee include not getting enough sleep the night before, which in turn leads to an increase in the signals in the brain telling you to sleep.

    While blocking them with increasing amounts of caffeine will give you a temporary boost of alertness and energy, your system will eventually crash once the effects wear off.

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  • Whether it’s because your dryer isn’t working or that it’s raining heavily outside, chances are that you’ve had to line dry your clothes indoors. This makes rainy days quite the headache for anyone at home who’s ever had to do the laundry, especially for those who can’t afford dryers in the first place.

    However, there are still a few ways to dry your clothes indoors, such as:

    1. Keeping your house warm
    Heating your house (or the area where you will be drying your laundry) will help to pull out the moisture out of your wet clothes. However, if your house is still humid, it would still take a long time for your laundry to dry.

    2. Giving everything enough space
    A folding rack may work well for small things, such as socks and undergarments, but may not be cut out for bigger items such as shirts, pants, or even towels.

    When drying clothes indoors, the trick is to give everything enough space for air to flow, which means allowing space between them. One of the ways you can do this is by using the curtain and shower rods to hang your laundry, or even drape your jeans, dresses, and towels.

    3. Using a hairdryer
    A hairdryer may work well for smaller articles of clothing, such as socks, handkerchiefs, and undergarments. However, this may still take up a lot of power, and could result in your dryer overheating. Be sure to only use your hairdryer sparingly to keep it in good condition.

    4. Using a dehumidifier or an electric fan
    An electric fan will work fine when run on full blast, but this only works for moist (not wet) clothes, and will take just as long to dry. What you really need from an electric fan is to make sure the air constantly circulates around your clothes. If it becomes stale, your clothes could start to smell.

    This leaves you with a dehumidifier. Not only does this keep a room from being filled with mildew and dampness, but it also works great for drying large amounts of laundry. With a dehumidifier, laundry can be dried indoors with ease, and it’s also very easy to use.

    5. Use cold water when doing laundry
    Lastly, when doing laundry during the rainy days, it may seem counter-intuitive to use cold water if the weather itself is cold, but doing so could save you a lot of time and energy later on.

    Because doing laundry in bulk during this time will make it more likely for clothes with bright colors, such as red or orange, to bleed into other clothes, using cold water will prevent this from happening. Color-safe bleach will also be a big help to you in this case.

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  • Plumbing leaks are a threat to your home. They can be quite hazardous and can cause structural damages at most unexpected times. The good thing, however, is that you don’t have to be a master to keep your plumbing system intact. You only need to know the basics, and leave the rest to a professional plumbing contractor. Here are some smart facts about plumbing that will save you from more expensive repairs in the future.

    1. Leaks are easy to spot anytime

    You may not have an idea of the cause of the leak, but you will certainly know if you have a leak somewhere in your home. With keen eyes and basic knowledge about plumbing services, you should be able to know if there’s a leak in your home. Look out for puddles of water in the basement, rusted pipes and water drops from pipes.

    2. Leaky water heaters could mean they’re dead.

    This is hard, but true. When the lining of your water heater wears out, you will find water dripping from the base of your heater. This one is quite costly to repair, and you might be forced to get a new one. However, if your warranty is still valid, going back to your manufacturer will save you loads of cash. One simple tip, though: have a professional plumber carry out regular maintenance on your water heater.

    3. Learn to read your water meter and water bill

    To make sure you’re billed right, always check your usage with each bill and deal with leaks right away. Your water company or your 24 hours plumber like http://www.superplumbers.sg/ from Singapore can help you read your meter and your bill. If you have questions about your water bill or want the figures stated in your bill explained to you, call the contact number printed on your bill sheet. Your water company should be able to explain to you the details of your billing.

    4. A stuffed sink is a common cause

    Keep an eye on the area under your sink. Homeowners tend to pack so much in this area with cleaning supplies that it easily gets an out-of-sight-out-of-mind area. What’s worse, the pipes under the sink are used to hang wet rags, which shouldn’t be as it puts pressure on the pipes and may eventually cause the pipes to burst due to extra weight. Make sure you are aware of what’s going on under your sink to ensure that your kitchen sink piping is in its best working condition.

    5. It’s possible to fix certain shower leaks yourself

    If there’s water dripping from your shower spout, usually the cause is a worn out washer. As long as there’s isolation valves to isolate water supply to that area, fixing this leak should be easy. Isolate the water to the shower, disassemble the handle and take out the worn out washer. Then, replace it with a new one, reinstall and observe the water works with the new washer installed.

    6. Faucets don’t last forever

    A faucet is the mechanical part of the plumbing system, so eventually it is going to break and leak water from it. Some people do not replace the pre-installed faucet, while others prefer a new one for decorative purpose. There comes a point at which a faucet becomes too corroded and old that it would be difficult to get parts for it. Most of the time, it’s simply a lot cheaper to just install a new one.

    7. Wrap pipe to maintain heat

    Water pipes outside your home can freeze with very cold temperature when water isn’t used. Fortunately, this isn’t much of a problem for homeowners in Singapore. But for places with cool season that gets extremely cold, pipes can easily freeze. The only time water won’t freeze is when it’s moving, so it is a good idea to leave a few of your faucets slightly open, enough to release a drop of water every few seconds, when away from home for a any length of time. However, this would best if you also insulate the pipes to maintain a bit of warmth.

    8. Water pressure also contributes to leaking problems

    The maximum water pressure for a residence is 80 psi, and it should maintain a constant pressure to prevent leaks. An easy-to-use water pressure gauge can be used and can be purchased for around S$20. If you don’t know where to find one, you can ask your reliable plumber to get you one or call your water company to provide you with one.

    9. It’s crucial to keep gas supply shut off when not in use

    Every adult in the house should know how to shut off the gas supply to the home. Educate yourself on the gas supply that comes into your home and in every appliance that’s powered by gas. If there’s problem with a certain appliance, you can save time by shutting off the gas supply at a specific location.

    10. Working with a professional is inarguably your safest option

    Working with a professional plumbing services company in Singapore with highly trained and experienced plumber is your safest and most accurate plumbing solution. They are the ones who can easily detect the issues and severity of the problems. In case of replacement of parts, these professionals know what to purchase and where to buy the parts for more efficient plumbing works.

    Plumbing is among the household subjects that tend to be ignored, until a bigger and inconvenient issue arises. It’s a must to be more hands-on and be educated with your plumbing system, so you can detect a small problem before it becomes an emergency.

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  • There’s nothing quite like emerging from the shower, feeling fresh with skin all smooth and soft. But the fun shouldn’t stop the moment you step out of the bathroom – your favourite body wash can do a lot more besides moisturizing and cleansing your skin. Curious? Well, here’s how you can make the most out of this shower staple.

    1. Bubble Bath Solution
    If your idea of a perfect bath is soaking in a tub brimming with bouncy, fragrant bubble, then your body wash can substitute for your favourite pricey bath bomb in a pinch. You just need to squeeze a few dollops of your body wash to get enough foam, but if you want to experience a major bubble action, then feel free to pour as much solution as you want into your water-filled bathtub.

    2. Shaving Cream
    Need to shave at the last minute, but ran out of shaving cream? If so, then your body wash can work as a substitute. Don’t worry about getting a smooth close shave, as it doesn’t require that much to produce enough foam. All you’ve got to do is lather on a drop of body wash and you can already start shaving.

    3. Body Exfoliator
    Simply pour your body wash into a dispenser, add some sugar and you now have an instant body scrub. If the granules are a bit rough on your skin, fix the mixture by adding a bit of coconut oil. With this, you’ll have a glowing and smooth skin in no time.

    4. Massage Cream
    If you’re in dire need of some good pampering, then taking a hot shower can be a good alternative to a massage. Your body wash can be as a great as a massage cream. Start by getting your fingers gliding smoothly against your skin. Massage your muscle in circular motions, and zero in on areas with cellulite to help increase blood circulation and make the marks less noticeable.

    5. Perfume Base
    Experts recommend layering scents to make your perfume last longer. So if you want to make the most out of your chosen fragrance, start your perfume ritual with your body wash. Purchase a body wash with the same scent as your perfume and use it every bath time. Just a drop of it on your cleansing puff or loofah will already give you a heavenly, rich lather that you can use to cleanse and pamper your skin.

    Apart from cleansing your body, your body wash can also work as a good alternative for any of the aforementioned products. So be sure to purchase the right body wash for your needs to enjoy a relaxing bath every day.

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  • We all have that one friend who seems to have her financial act together. She’s the one who knows down to the last penny of her savings, and can explain to you what it means to diversify your investments. This kind of financial mastery doesn’t just happen by accident – if anything, it’s a result of practising good life habits. The good news is with just a little focus and effort, you can also practise these habits into your own life. Here, we listed down some of the things that every financially smart woman does so she stays financially responsible.

    1. She Knows Her Net Worth
    A person’s net worth is the key measure of his or her financial health. But while it’s not the only thing that matters, it’s certainly one of the ways to monitor your progress toward your personal financial goals. Doing a few minutes of calculation every month will give you an accurate view of your overall financial status. Are your planning to invest on a new home, or setting yourself up well for your retirement? If so, then you’ll want to know if you’re moving your savings toward the right assets, and if your debt balances are not eating away at your savings.

    2. She Creates a Weekly Budget
    Budgeting can actually be a great financial tool when it’s done frequently. While it seems easiest to just sit down and plan your budget several times a year, financially smart ladies make budgeting a part of their weekly routine. So get into the habit of looking at your account balances every week – especially, where and how your money is spent. Course correcting your financial goals will be much easier if you’re routinely checking on these indicators.

    3. She Keeps Her Lifestyle in Check
    Financially smart women are the ones who always have that admirable self-restraint when it comes to purchasing things that they don’t really need. It may seem basic, but little purchases you make could accumulate over time and chip away at your overall financial security. This happens mostly when you start to earn extra money, so be conscious of it around unexpected raises and promotions. If possible, take advantage of your year-end credit card statements as it often breaks out the categories in which you spend your money.

    4. She Strategically Deals With Her Debts
    It’s impossible to get starts in life debt-free, which is why having a good strategy to manage your debts is essential. This means paying off the highest interest credit cards first, or creating a plan to start with the little bills and then rolling towards the biggest debts over time. Whatever plan you have, make it a habit to review your overall liabilities regularly, while keeping tabs on the variable interest rates on a monthly basis.

    Becoming a money savvy girl isn’t as difficult as you think. In fact, simply following and practising the aforementioned habits is already enough to turn you into a financially responsible individual.

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  • High-intensity interval training (HIIT) is a workout routine that alternates between intense burst of exercise and short recovery period. One example is running as fast as you can for a minute, and then walking for two minutes. Repeat this three-minute interval for 15 minutes to get the most fat-burning effect. It sounds too simple to be effective, but the intense burst of exercise is what makes the training more fat-burning than the traditional workout. Read on for more benefits of HIIT.

    1. It’s Efficient

    HIIT is an ideal workout for busy people. Research shows that you can achieve more progress in a 15-minute HIIT routine (done three times a week) than a one-hour jogging on a treadmill. In just two weeks of interval training, you can improve your stamina as much as six weeks of endurance training.

    2. It Burns More Fat

    Looking to lose those love handles? HIIT can take care of that faster than other forms of exercise. The effects of your high-intensity training kick your body’s natural repair process into hyperdrive, meaning you continuously burn fat in the next 24 hours after working out, not just during the workout.

    3. It Burns More Calories

    A 10-minute HIIT can burn more calories than a 30-minute run on a treadmill. Plus, just as you burn fat during the next 24 hours after the training, you will also burn more calories post-HIIT as well.

    4. Less Equipment Is Needed

    One of the best things about HIIT is that you get an intense workout sans the equipment. This means, even if you do not have access to a gym, don’t have dumbbells and kettlebells at home or you travel a lot, you can still workout. Burpees, squats, sprints, high knees—there are so many ways to sweat by just using your own bodyweight.

    5. You Won’t Get Bored

    This isn’t a workout you can do while chatting with a friend or reading a magazine. Because HIIT is too short and constantly changes, you will be working hard the entire time. You may feel sore, you may be out of breath, but you will never get bored. (Hint: If you ever feel bored during an HIIT session, it’s time to up your intensity level.)

    What’s not to love about HIIT? It’s efficient, quick and delivers fast results. These are just a few of the many benefits you’ll get with high-intensity interval training.

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  • The world certainly has changed after the proliferation of social networking sites. Twitter and Facebook became a ‘hang-out’ place in the cyberspace, while Pinterest and Instagram embodied virtual shopping centres. But aside from serving as a means of communication with your family and friends, social media also became an avenue to get a job and earn money. We listed down some career options that a social media-savvy person like you could earn a living from.

    1. Social Media Strategist

    More commonly known as a social media specialist, a social media strategist is someone who monitors the latest trends on social media and thinks of ways on how companies can incorporate these trends into their business strategies. Being a social media strategist requires an excellent knowledge of popular social media platforms, as well as a multitude of other skills like superb communication skills and team management.

    2. Social Media Influencer

    A social media influencer could mean a lot of things, but this job typically involves someone with a huge social media following and is highly engaged with his or her audience. To be an effective “influencer”, first you need to establish yourself on the interwebs. Then you need to develop great interpersonal skills and an ability to create unique content (i.e. stories and videos).

    3. Copywriter

    Whether its updates for Twitter and Facebook, website copy or blog posts, there’s always a high demand for skilled writers. Although no formal qualifications are necessary to become a copywriter, some organizations in Singapore tend to favour applicants with previous experiences in writing for various purposes and mediums. To increase your chances of landing a copywriting job, practice your writing skills through running an online blog.

    4. Online Community Manager

    Establishing a brand online isn’t easy, which is why social media-savvy individuals have an advantage at securing this position. As a community manager, you basically become the face of the company – you handle everything from content creation, social media marketing, and even client relations. Although this role tends to be data focused, you also need to have a strong emotional intelligence to veer negative comments in a way that places the company in a positive light.

    5. Marketing Communications Director

    Applied your social media skills on your previous jobs? Then becoming a marketing communications director could be the next big step in your career. Think of this job as a combination of an online community manager and a marketing consultant. In some companies, however, a marketing communications director is also tasked to handle email marketing, web design and SEO. Since you’ll be in-charge of the traditional and modern marketing campaigns, it’s also crucial that you possess strong analytical and communication skills.

    If you want to generate a substantial income from through social media, then it’s definitely worth looking into any of these career options. Simply establish important connections and show your initiative, and none of these jobs will be out of your reach.

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