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NASA UPDATED THE ZODIAC SIGNS FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 2,000 YEARS

The stars have shifted their position due to the wobbling effect of the Earth caused by the sun and the moon over the last 3,000 years.

Wait: is there a new zodiac sign now?

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The sky is different than what the ancient astrologers viewed. Now, the constellations are off by about a month. So this means that

The “New” Horoscopes are:

  • Capricorn: Jan. 20-Feb. 16.
  • Aquarius: Feb. 16-March 11.
  • Pisces: March 11-April 18.
  • Aries: April 18-May 13.
  • Taurus: May 13-June 21.
  • Gemini: June 21-July 20.
  • Cancer: July 20-Aug. 10.
  • Leo: Aug. 10-Sept. 16.
  • Virgo: Sept. 16-Oct. 30.
  • Libra: Oct. 30-Nov. 23.
  • Scorpio: Nov. 23-29.
  • Ophiuchus: Nov. 29-Dec. 17.
  • Sagittarius: Dec. 17-Jan. 20

Ophiuchus is not new, actually! It seems that Ancient Babylonian astrologers discovered these thirteen constellations but decided to omit Ophiuchus in order to divide the signs equally into twelve due to the 360-degree path of the sun.

While this Wikipedia entry provides a lot of information about this mysterious constellation, essentially it features a man grasping a snake and is more commonly known as Serpentarius, the Serpent Holder. This sign has been adapted into many ancient cultures, but in essence, is the same being.

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In Greek mythology, Ophiuchus is identified as being Asclepius the healer and son of Apollo. Asclepius held the power to resurrect the dead. An enraged Hades persuaded Zeus to assassinate Asclepius with a lightning bolt. In death, Asclepius was placed as a constellation in the stars.

If you are Ophiucus (pronounced ofi-choo-kas) these characteristics may define you better than either Scorpio or Sagittarius:

  • Seeker of peace and harmony
  • Poetic, inventive
  • Seeks higher education and wisdom
  • Intuitive
  • Has secret enemies in family or close associations
  • High achiever
  • Likes to wear vibrant colors and plaid design.
  • Receives favor from authority
  • Attract good fortune for yourself and others

 

Source: TheSpiritScience / Wikipedia 

You Are More Attractive Than You Think, Study Confirms.

There is nothing more beautiful than a confident woman.

Research shows that people perceive you at least 20 per cent more attractive than you think you are. That’s because, when you look in the mirror, you’re simply judging yourself on looks, but there’s more than looks alone that makes one attractive.

A confident, happy, spontaneous and intelligent woman will be perceived as much more attractive than she thinks she is.

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In their book, The Complete Formula For Looking And Feeling Beautiful, Doctor Eva Ritvo and Dr Debra Luftman share some of the secrets that we are all looking after: How can we look and feel more beautiful.

I always believed that true beauty comes from within, and in my quest for answers, I stumbled upon this blog post by Dr. Eva Ritvo, in which she explains this interesting concept she calls: The Beauty-Brain Loop.

“The women you know who are genuinely magnetic, who draw every eye when they enter a room–they aren’t just about good looks. They’re confident, passionate, fulfilled and quick-witted. They’re beautiful from all angles. That’s the kind of complete beauty that optimizing the Beauty-Brain Loop can help any woman achieve.” She says.

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The Loop is a holistic system with four parts:

1. Inner Beauty: Your self-esteem, attitude, sense of purpose, love for others and compassion.

2. Health: Fitness, diet, weight control, medical checkups, habits.

3. Outer Beauty: Your skin and skincare, hair, nails, cosmetics use, wardrobe and anything else that determines your external “packaging.”

4. Environment: How people respond to you socially, how you create and see beauty around you and enrich your relationships.

“When you enhance any one stage of the Beauty-Brain Loop, you’ll see positive changes in all the others. That’s how the system works. Even if the improvements are small and incremental, you’re going to feel more beautiful, and when you feel more beautiful, you ARE more beautiful. That’s the most important lesson of all.” She adds.

Source: Dailymail / Psychology Today 

Better Sleep with Pink Light Apps

So many people have trouble falling asleep at night, and there are lots of pills for that… but:

What you might not know is that our modernized activities we think we’re relaxing or unwinding with at the end of the day are actually the things keeping us up at night.

Our brains are amazing. They’re computers with unlimited storage space!

In the brain, the hypothalamus controls the sleep cycle (circadian rhythm) and is linked directly to the day and night time cycles of the planet. When light shines in early in the morning, it says: “human, wake up now” and as the day progresses, and becomes a more warm toned light, the brain slows down and says: “human, get tired, it’s almost bed time”

Throw in the phone, the computer, the tablet, and it’s a major disaster for that poor master clock, the Hypothalamus!

It doesn’t know what to do, it thinks the sun is rising again, but you never went to bed in the first place… oh what is a poor brain to do?

Blue light that comes from our screens can set up your brain to refuse sleep when you finally do go to bed. It can take, on average an hour longer to fall asleep after using a device with a screen. But don’t we all mess with the phone right before bed? Lots of us use the phone as an alarm clock, so we set it up right before bed. Even the ambient lighting on some air purifiers are blue! We don’t want that in the bedroom. Put a piece of black electrical wiring tape over it if you can’t turn it off. (maybe even just a band-aid or cute sticker)

As far as the screens go, there’s an app for that! All of them, although they have different names, are a pink screen overlay. You can adjust the brightness and time that it comes on. The one I have automatically detects the time zone and gives me the right light at the right time so I can sleep. (It’s called Twilight on Android, F.lux on the computer. F.lux says they’re coming to Apple soon, but in the meantime they do have a paid app equivalent)

The Twilight program does interfere with some programs but it’s easy to swipe down and pause it. It’s definitely worth it! You barely even notice the subtle pike hue, and it’s completely adjustable. I’d be up all night without mine! I would imagine the effects on children would be at least equal if not more pronounced than in adults. That pink screen might be a big help… unless of course you wear pink sunglasses all the time, in that case you’re already covered.

Transgender Model Andreja Pejic Flashes Diamond Ring in the Streets of New York

Is she engaged? Who’s the lucky one?

And Andreja Pejic could soon be set to wear her very own wedding gown after she was pictured flashing a diamond ring in New York on Monday.

While the Transgender model has worn bling on her left finger in the past, the ring she flashed this week appears to be new, sparking fresh engagement speculation, DailyMail reports

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‘My transition has allowed me to live a truthful life and achieve my biggest dreams. Marriage would be great, kids would be amazing – I’ve always wanted to be a mother,’ she once told the Today Show.

Born in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Andreja and her family immigrated to Melbourne as political refugees when she was eight years old in 2000.

She was scouted at age 16 while working at McDonald’s and began making a name for herself as an androgynous model, showcasing both male and female designs.

 

A Simple Gift Idea

You only need a Plant, a Teacup, and Soil.


This is a simple gift that is completely unique. You can pick out the perfect teacup that suits the giftee’s personality.

It’s not just exclusive to teacups, you can use almost any container.
An antique creamer works well, and if you keep it for yourself, you get to have it on display instead of hiding it in a cupboard.


African Violets are a great small container plant. They do well in humid conditions, so a bathroom or kitchen window is ideal. African Violets have flowers in colours ranging from hot pink, to light pink, white, bright purple and fancier variations with ruffles and colour tipped petals.
If a leaf snaps off, you can stick the stem right back in the soil and it will start to grow roots. (more plants for gifts) Just water it as you normally would and it will turn into a whole new plant.

 

 

This one is great for a kitchen or office. The cup just makes you cheerful looking at it!

It’s a great way to get rid of those mismatched cups or to reuse a chipped or cracked cup that might otherwise end up in the trash.

Spider plants like the one above are easy to care for and can tolerate lower light situations and some neglect. Great for the “not so green” thumbs out there. They also help remove formaldehyde, xylene and toluene according to NASA’s clean air study.  Spider plants are nontoxic to cats and dogs.

Besides the Spider plant and African Violets, a Jade makes a really cute house plant.

 

Coleus plants are good candidates for smaller containers and come in amazingly bright colours.
They do need quite a bright window, but for all the colours they come in, I’m sure there’s something for every taste.

 

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Skin, Hair and Nails

The Hair

Dull skin, brittle nails, hair that never gets any longer?
There’s a fix for that and it’s easier than you might think.

After having an illness that required me to find a way to really nourish the connective tissues and mucous membranes, I’ve discovered that those same vitamins and supplements also help build great hair, fingernails and skin.

Since regular pharmaceutical medications didn’t work, and made me so much sicker I had to find natural alternatives. The things I needed turned out to fix my cosmetic problems too. Yippee! Anti-inflammatory supplements apparently have major benefits to one’s appearance.

My hair grows so fast that it’s hard to keep up with the new growth at the top! I have to touch-up or re-colour it every 2 weeks. I go from a dark brown, extremely copper colour to light blonde, so it definitely causes some damage… And it still grows and doesn’t break as much as it used to, even though it used to be much shorter.

I am a gardener and I don’t usually wear gloves, I wash dishes, I make jewelry, and yes at times my fingernails are garbage, but they also grow really fast and strong. For years I had soft nails with ridges and grooves, I couldn’t wear polish because they showed too much. They just broke off or never really got anywhere… Now I could climb a wall with them. They still break from time to time, but they usually look pretty good. I still can’t wear nail polish but that’s only because it can’t take the punishment I give it. It just wears, scrapes or peels off… It’s not worth the trouble to me, although I do find that clear nail polish helps maintain longer fingernails. I don’t mean really long, but moderate nice fingernails.

Spur of the moment picture, with shorter not too well kept nails!

As far as skin goes, I don’t have any issues with dryness, redness, or anything out of the ordinary. I used to have average minor problems. I believe I look a lot more hydrated than some people my age or even younger.
It’s probably a combination of the supplements and drinking good quality water that doesn’t contain fluoride, chlorine, chloramines, hormones or anything else that’s detrimental to health. The first thing we need is water.

You can get the filters here if you’re in Canada

I have very negative lung reactions to chlorine and chlorine gas in the air, so I really must avoid it at all costs. (the main health issue I’m dealing with)
Even if it doesn’t noticeably bother you, does it make sense to drink a disinfectant or inhale the fumes that we know cause lung damage?
I love Berkey filters for drinking water, (black filter inside, not the ceramic one) You can use it anywhere.
The Berkey filters last for years and you know you’re safe using it no matter what the water supply. Even lake water or while traveling. There have been extensive tests done on the system and it clearly comes out on top. Berkey systems remove bacteria, viruses, lead, VOCs, mercury, pesticides and more.

You can get a Berkey water filter on Ebay or Amazon, or a host of other places.

I think shower filters are a must. At least as important as drinking water filters. A little preventative is worth so much. Chlorine vaporizes at around 80°F or 27°C and quickly fills the room when you’re in the shower. The lungs provide a direct route into the bloodstream as you inhale it. Showers are supposed to be a place to relax and recharge, not get bogged down with chemicals. You absorb more chlorine from a quick shower than you would if you were drinking it! No one needs that.

Aside from impacting your general and lung health, chlorine can damage hair, skin and just smell unpleasant. With a filter, you can avoid most of this. The shower filter that Berkey makes even reduces the amount of water you use in the shower, and in turn can lower your bills and be better for the environment. You can find them at Amazon, Ebay, or here, in Canada.

So, on to the supplement list! 

Zinc; we need this! Zinc helps maintain the integrity of skin and mucosal membranes, and shortens the duration of colds. It’s a multi tasker.
It helps the immune system do what it needs to do to keep us going strong.

Biotin; helps keep your skin, hair, eyes, liver, and nervous system healthy.
Builds tissue and can help you maintain a better general mood. Who doesn’t want that?

Vitamin C;  Good for everything. Reduces DNA damage caused by solar exposure.
It plays a role in collagen synthesis, and can even help stop allergic attacks! You need to take 1000mg or 1 gram for allergies. I use it for that purpose as well as it’s usual benefits. If it works for my severe allergies, it’s worth a try. I take it when I notice a big attack or when other remedies aren’t cutting it.

D2; (vegans or lanolin allergies, D3 is fine for everyone else) Improves skin condition.
Can help reduce eczema problems, and also elevates the mood, helps you deal with stress, and can help you sleep better. (If you take it in the morning, taking it at night can interfere with sleep and REM patterns) Vitamin D is actually a hormone, and can help reduce lung reactivity and asthma attacks.
Vitamin D deficiency causes secondary B vitamin deficiencies and is very common in countries that have a substantial winter season.

B Multi-Vitamin; From skin problems to cancer, B vitamins are very beneficial. They help control stress, help us digest food, and even help us to make our red blood cells. Some B vitamins help to burn fat, while others make us feel happier and give us energy. B2 helps reduce the frequency of migraines. (we have so many tools we don’t use)
There’s so much that the B vitamins do that I can’t list them all. A good quality supplement is essential.

MSM (methylsulfonomethane) is an organic sulfur that reduces inflammation, helps rebuild tissues, can reduce allergies, helps with joint problems, stiffness, and hasn’t been found to have any drug interactions.
It’s the fourth most abundant mineral in the body.
MSM can help improve skin’s tone, reduce redness, and eases sensitivities.
It helps counteract lactic acid, so it eases pain from exercise, as well as helps with reduced mobility due to joint injuries and arthritis. It has been amazing for me!
It helps us hold on to collagen and keratin. Sulfur (MSM) is required for the production of these compounds.
We lose collagen and healthy tissue as we get older, which is  why our skin tone and elasticity decrease. This means MSM can help you retain a youthful appearance. When combined with other antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin A, you get more significant results.
It can even help you to produce more hair strands! No wonder they call it the miracle supplement.

Flax Seed Oil, Omega 3 – 6 – 9
Good for eczema and improving dull hair. Helps with PMS, and regulating hormones. Good for the heart and a lot more.

Coconut oil is not only great to eat, but it’s great as a topical treatment for any kind of dry, scaly, or cracked skin.

Now down to the price! I get all my supplements from SwansonVitamins because it’s the only place where I can find what I need at an affordable price, without added fillers that I’m allergic to. They’re not even a fraction of the cost they would be locally for me.
The Swanson Brand of supplement is a no nonsense product that you can count on.
They list every ingredient, and have great customer service too.
I’ve been ordering from them for over 10 years.
I’ve ordered from a lot of other places online over the years and have always been disappointed with the quality overall. (even if the price is a little lower, it’s not worth the wasted time and money when the supplement is useless)
Sometimes sellers don’t list all of the ingredients in a supplement.
It can have added grains, soy, soybean oil, GMO and other undesirable things.
Not that all other companies are bad, just make sure you find a good quality supplement seller that carries the best.
SwansonVitamins ships to Canada and the USA. They have a money back guarantee as well.

The better you feel, the more radiant you look. Beauty really does come from within.

Please seek out medical advise from a qualified healthcare provider if you are already taking any medications or are unsure about any of the supplements.

Shopping List:

Flax Seed Oil Omega 3-6-9
Coconut Oil
MSM
B-Multi
Vit. D
Vit. C
Zinc
Biotin

This is the Recipe you’re going to Fake your Baking Skills With

In my mind this really is: The Best Chocolate Cake on Earth!
It’s a really simple great cake that’s rich and delicious, made using real ingredients.

This is the best go-to cake for any occasion. You can even use it to fake baking skills!
Everything you need to know is on this page.

Baking Gear Required:

2 – 9″ inch pans, or 2 regular sized cupcake tins and cupcake papers
(Wilton 1M Star tip if making cupcakes)

2 Bowls,  (one needs to be pretty big)
Electric mixer
Silicone spatula, handy but not entirely mandatory

Ingredients list:
2 C Sugar
1 – 3/4 C Flour
3/4 C Cocoa Powder (I use the dark kind)
1.5 Tsp Baking Powder
1.5 Tsp Baking Soda
1 Tsp Salt
2 Eggs
1c Milk
1/2 C Vegetable Oil
2 Tsp Vanilla

1 C Boiling Water (we use this last, so put it on when you need it later)

Preheat the oven to 350°F

Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl, and mix it together. You can use a whisk or just a spoon or fork.

Put all the wet ingredients in a bowl, (but not the boiling water!!)
Use the electric mixer to combine everything well, but no need to beat or mix for very long.

Add the dry ingredients, or wet ingredients… depending on which is in the bigger bowl. Either way, combine them!!

Mix on a medium speed for 2 full minutes. It will be quite thick. Don’t get scared.
Now is the time for the boiling water. Add the 1 cup of boiling water to the batter.
I use the mixer to blend it in for 30 seconds or so.
It will be very thin, don’t worry. It’s the way it’s supposed to be.

If you’re making cupcakes, use a ladle to move batter to the cupcake tins. Fill them 3/4 full.
Remember to use cupcake liner papers. The tins work well for muffins, unlined, but not cakes.
You might have a couple of tins empty at the end, but that’s no big deal. I usually come up missing anywhere from 2 to 4.

If you’re using 2 – 9″ pans, coat the pans with cooking spray, or oil. You can put a teaspoon of oil in the pan and rub it around with a paper towel. Put some flour in the pan, shake it around, coat the whole interior of the pan, and do the same with the second pan. Dump out any excess flour, and tap it, to remove the excess.
Try to divide about half of the batter between each pan.

Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes for a cake or 20-25 minutes for cupcakes.
Ovens vary, so check in on them and adjust accordingly.

You can poke them with a fork when you think they’re ready. If the fork comes out clean, they’re done. (Or use a toothpick) Another way to tell is if you push gently on the top and it springs back up and doesn’t leave a major indentation, but the fork or toothpick is the easiest way to really make sure. You only need to poke the the biggest one usually.

Take them out of the tins if you made cupcakes, and let them cool for a couple of hours.
If you made cakes, let them cool for a few hours before trying to get them out of the pans.
It won’t come out of the pan if it’s hot, and if it does it will be in pieces, many pieces!
It will be much easier after it cools.

Chocolate Frosting

1 C Butter
3/4 C Cocoa Powder
1 Tsp Vanilla
4 c Icing Sugar
3-4 Tbsp Milk or Cream

Makes 3 Cups of Icing

Toss that all in a bowl, and mix mix mix. On medium high speed for about 3 minutes. If it’s really too thick, just add a little bit more milk. Watch out when you add the icing sugar and cocoa powder, it tends to fly into the air when you start mixing.

I would recommend making cupcakes if you really aren’t that experienced with baking. They’re a lot easier to make, handle and finish. The bigger cakes are less forgiving. But hey, you’re going to want to make this again… so you will get better at it over time. In the future you might even want to poke holes in those cupcakes and fill them with white frosting and maybe a maraschino cherry… then frost over the poke hole in the top.

To simply frost cupcakes, attach your tip to the bag, and fill with icing. Take a cupcake in one hand, and go around the outer edge, piping the icing onto the cake, (like an ice cream cone) in circles, until you get to the middle, and stop.

I’ve made this recipe well over a hundred times. It never leaves me disappointed. Never fails. It’s really easy once you get used to the recipe, and doesn’t take a lot of dishes or time.

There are so many cute cupcake papers to choose from.
You can pick out some sprinkles and shapes to go on top, they even sell edible glitter for cakes!

If you make it, let me know how it turns out in the comments. (or if you have any questions)

Meteor Shower Tonight! Find out when it starts in the UK and America

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Set your alarms!!! Get ready for the meteor shower tonight! Scientists say a gravitational nudge by Jupiter will make this meteor shower particularly more intense!

Some researchers are predicting up to 200 meteors per hour in the night sky at the shower’s peak.

The best time to view the event in the UK will be the early hours of Friday.

The Perseid meteor shower is caused by a trail of debris from a comet called Swift-Tuttle which orbits the Sun.

Every year between July and August, the Earth drifts into the comet’s trail and is peppered with meteors which burn up as they hit the atmosphere, disappearing in streaks of light.

For people living in North America, the best time will be around midnight tonight. Set your alarms! Grab a warm cuppa and enjoy the beauty of nature!

The Earth will move through a particularly distinct bit of debris a day early and this clump of material has been nudged by Jupiter’s gravity.

“A rich stream of material is going to move into the path of the Earth as a result, and so Thursday night into Friday we should see a real enhancement of meteors.

“You might perhaps get to see hundreds a day and that will be something to look forward to.”

Normally people viewing from a dark area, away from lights can see between 60 to 100 meteors an hour at the shower’s peak.

The US space agency Nasa believes that could double this year.

“Forecasters are predicting a Perseid outburst this year with double normal rates on the night of August 11-12,” said Bill Cooke with Nasa’s meteoroid environments office.

“Under perfect conditions, rates could soar to 200 meteors per hour.”
(Please send us footage to girlthingsdotnet at gmail dot com if you take any pictures or video, also send us your stories! thanks!) 

Source: BBC News