Monday, August 31

Organizing Ideas for Your Undergarments

For some reason I'm stuck on the whole clutter thing. I guess it's because clutter can cause undue stress. There are too many things in the world that cause stress that we can't control. You may as well work on the things you can control. That's why I'm going to continue offering organizing ideas that will help reduce clutter and ultimately your stress levels.

Today's post is especially for the ladies. I want to teach you in 4 simple steps how to organize your undergarments. Sounds fun right?

For starters, let me point out that when I say undergarments, I am referring to it all...your bras, panties, pantyhose, girdles, slips, and SEXY lingerie. Now let's get organized:
  1. If it doesn't fit or is worn out, toss it. Maybe buy some more like the ones in the image (courtesy of Victoria's Secret)

  2. Now, separate your undergarments by type. In other words panties with panties, bras with bras, handcuffs oops not that....all together.

  3. Now fold your bras in half, tucking in the straps. Fold panties and other items tucking in corners and any hooks. We don't want any accidental snags.

  4. Finally, assign each item type a drawer. If you don't have enough drawers then combine two item types that go together in one drawer. For example, add bras and panties to the same drawer or add slips and girdles to the same drawer. Tip: get a plastic divider to put in your drawers to help keep items organized and separate
So, now that we've organized our undergarments, let me think about what else needs organizing to reduce clutter. I'm thinking the junk drawer, closets, desks and you guessed it....pocket books! If you have any organizing ideas, please feel free to share.

Michelle is President of Reviyve LLC, an online stress and alternative pain relief resource. Michelle conducts regular research related to alternative health and has helped many to achieve stress and natural pain relief. Subscribe to Michelle's monthly Stress Less newsletter for stress management and alternative health information.

Thursday, August 27

Getting Rid of Clutter

Tinted Stacking Drawers from The Container Store

Clutter can be a big cause of stress. When things are out of order and can't be found, your schedule is thrown out of wack, your plans are put on hold and your ability to move from task to task is now delayed. Getting rid of clutter gets your life back on track.

I know when I accumulate clutter I start to feel overwhelmed and that eventually leads to stress! You know how sometimes you know what to do but neglect to do it anyway, then you have a ton of clutter? Well that's the story of my life! At least thus far. If you are a "hoarder" like me then you may be dealing with clutter too.

Getting rid of clutter is however a cycle that you may have to go through over and over before you get it right. You may not ever get it 100% right but getting rid of even 50% of your clutter and working towards clutter control is better than doing nothing at all.

Here are some things I recommend (some I actually do!) to get rid of clutter:
  • Control clutter daily by addressing your incoming mail. Open, file, shred...immediately!
  • Storage and more storage: Buy containers, storage boxes, plastic shoe boxes, file boxes..all the storage you need to be able to organize. The Container Store has a ton of neat stuff to help you organize.
  • Schedule it - Add a monthly date to your calendar (preferably the weekend) when you can go through any clutter you managed to accumulate through out the month. If necessary, make it a weekly appointment
  • Go through your cabinets on a monthly basis (add that to the schedule) and get rid of old food, supplies etc. Don't forget to clean out your junk drawer of old batteries, screws, nonworking pens, etc.
Finally, give yourself a break. Don't be too hard on yourself if you are a clutter bug. Keep at it and you will find that getting rid of clutter isn't so hard after all.

Michelle is a full time working mother of three. She enjoys doing research related to alternative health and has helped many people to achieve natural pain relief. Subscribe to Michelle's monthly Stress Less newsletter for stress relief and alternative health information.

Monday, August 24

Know Your Headache

Headaches are big pain (no pun intended) for many people. There are tension headaches, migraine headaches, and cluster headaches. Many times headaches are the result of stress. However, sometimes there are underlying medical conditions that cause headaches.

Below is an excerpt from an article I read online at the Brigham and Women's Hospital website. It provides a comprehensive overview of what headaches are, the type of headaches, causes of headaches treatment and more:

What is a headache?

A headache is pain or discomfort in the head or face area. Headaches vary greatly in terms of pain location, pain intensity, and how frequently they occur. As a result of this variation, several categories of headache have been created by the International Headache Society (IHS) to more precisely define specific types of headaches.

What aches when you have a headache?

There are several areas in the head that can hurt when you have a headache, including the following:

  • a network of nerves that extends over the scalp

  • certain nerves in the face, mouth, and throat

  • muscles of the head

  • blood vessels found along the surface and at the base of the brain (these contain delicate nerve fibers)

The bones of the skull and tissues of the brain itself do not hurt because they do not have pain-sensitive nerve fibers. Read More

Michelle Howard Smith is President of Reviyve LLC, a distributor of stress and alternative pain relief products. Subscribe to the Stress Less Newsletter to receive stress management tips, alternative health info and exclusive offers for subscribers only.

Saturday, August 22

Melatonin: A Natural Insomnia Remedy

I thought I'd give you just one more natural insomnia remedy...just in case you need a little more powerful help.

If you are not sleeping well, consider going to your health food store and picking up some melatonin supplements.

Melatonin is a hormone produced by your body naturally and promotes sleep. If your melatonin levels are off, that may be the reason why you are having difficulty sleeping and experiencing insomnia.

Well, I hope the last week of natural insomnia remedies have helped. I don't want to ever recommend pharmaceutical drugs. It's always best to go the natural route and I'm confident that one of these natural insomnia remedies will help you.

Have A Blessed And Sleepy Evening!

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Michelle is a full time working mother of three. She enjoys doing research related to alternative health and has helped many people to achieve natural pain relief. Subscribe to Michelle's monthly Stress Less newsletter for stress relief information.

Wednesday, August 19

Insomnia Remedies Finally!

So how are we doing with sleep this week? I hope some of the natural insomnia remedies I've shared are helping. Here are the last few that you can try:
  • Just before going to bed, try a little reading (I like the always puts me to sleep...ok that didn't sound right but I meant it to be right). Turn off the tv and all other distractions. Electronics are stimulating so it's best to keep them out of the bedroom. Ok maybe not the tv but at least computers and video games.

  • Pray. I don't believe in counting sheep. Those sheep would be dead by the time I fell asleep. Anyway, what better way to fall sound asleep than communing with the Creator of the Universe at the end of your day.

  • Create a schedule for what time to go to bed and stick to it. I know it's easier said than done but if you stick to your sleep schedule, you will be training your body. Since your body needs approximately 8 hours of sleep (like that will ever happen!) to refuel for the next day, you should aim to get to bed no later than 10pm. Then again that depends on your day schedule. If you work at night, you will have to adjust to make sure you get your 8 hours.

Michelle is a full time working mother of three. She enjoys doing research related to alternative health and has helped many people to achieve natural pain relief. Subscribe to Michelle's monthly Stress Less newsletter for additional stress relief information.

Sunday, August 16

Natural Insomnia Remedies 2 More!

I hope all you insomnia sufferers out there are getting some sleep after my last two natural insomnia remedies. If not, here are two more you can try:
  • Make sure your bedroom is the right temperature. If it's too warm then you won't be able to sleep well. It's written somewhere that your thermostat shouldn't be above 70 degrees in order to sleep well at night.

  • Apply therapeutic grade Valerian essential oil to the soles of your feet. The Valerian root has been used for thousands of years for its calming, grounding, and emotionally balancing influences. (Purchase therapeutic grade oils either retail or wholesale at with distributor # 1066504)

Michelle is a full time working mother of three. She enjoys doing research related to alternative health and has helped many people to achieve stress and pain relief. Subscribe to Michelle's monthly Stress Less newsletter

Thursday, August 13

Natural Insomnia Remedies - 2

Not being able to sleep is really a bummer (for lack of a better word). You can't adequately function when you don't get enough rest. I have quite a few natural insomnia remedies to recommend to those who have insomnia and are having difficulty sleeping. For the sake of not reading your eyes off (since you are probably tired anyway), I'll offer two each day until you know them all. Here we go:
  1. Avoid eating sweets before bedtime. Foods high in carbs can cause your blood sugar to spike and then crash. Having an up and down blood sugar party makes it difficult for you to sleep. If you must snack, do so with a small amount of lean protein and whole grains (ex: a turkey cold cut - without nitrates or nitrites in it, on a whole wheat cracker)

  2. No Caffeine. This is nothing new but deserves to be reinforced. Caffeine can keep you up at night so have your last cup 4 hours ahead of time
Back in a few days with 2 more! Try these and let me know how they work.

Michelle is a full time working mother of three. She enjoys doing research related to alternative health and has helped many people to achieve natural pain relief. Subscribe to Michelle's monthly Stress Less newsletter for stress relief information.

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Monday, August 10

Get Out Of Debt Help Advice

When you are having money problems, not only does your credit suffer so does your peace of mind. I know. I got out of debt twice and stupidly got myself back in it. This caused a lot of tension in my home, especially with me and my husband. The worst part is when you get out of debt and get back in it, it's usually worst than before.

Having too much debt can cause undue stress and it's important to get it under control at the first sign of trouble.

Here's what NOT to do to get out of debt:
  • Don't close your credit accounts. By all means cut up the cards but don't close the accounts or transfer the debt into one account. This will negatively affect your credit rating and score.
  • Don't use home equity to pay off debt. You are putting your home at risk and you need to live somewhere while you are getting out of debt and even after you are out of debt.
Here is the number one option I recommend to help you get out of debt if you don't see any other way out and you can't make ends meet (been here done it and now my credit score is in the mid 700s):
  • Consult a Credit counseling Agency. In many cases, they will set you up on a debt management plan and they can help get your creditors to lower your interest rates or payments. On top of that, you will only have to make one monthly payment that will be distributed amongst all of your creditors.
A word of caution: Before entering an agreement with any credit counseling agency, make sure they are members of the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies (AICCCA) or the National Foundation of Credit Counseling (NFCC). These two organizations regulate and monitor these credit counseling agencies to make sure they operate legally and are not taking advantage of those who are in debt looking for help.
Michelle Howard Smith is President of Reviyve LLC, a distributor of stress and alternative pain relief products. Subscribe to the Stress Less Newsletter to receive stress management tips, alternative health info and exclusive offers for subscribers only.

Friday, August 7

Article Thieves!

You want to talk about stress, how about the fact that I just discovered that two different people stole original articles that I have written and not given me credit for it!

I contacted both websites and no response so i'm blowing them up right here as well as reporting them. I work too hard writing articles and dumping my brain every day onto paper for people to come along and claim my work.

So here the two lying article thieves have stolen my work and now they are so cowardly they don't even have the decency to reply.

I wrote an article entitled, "STRESS: Is It Your Silent Killer?" and I submitted a copy of it to Ezinearticles ( in March of 2008. The article thief posted it on their blog at (and no i didn't create it as a link because why should I help their search engine rankings) word for freaking word! On top of it, he or she has no contact info. on their blog other than a comments form for each post. He/she has not responded to me. The original article is on my site at You'll notice in the article that I post scriptures in the Bible and everything. I even talk about a situation where I at work and had a difficult time with a co-worker. This person probably doesn't even believe in God!

The other article I wrote, "Understanding Adult Acne and Hormones" was stolen from ezine articles ( where I am credited as the author but it's posted on as if they are the author. The original work (mine) is also on my site at I talk about how I got adult acne and didn't have it too much as a teen. Notice however that on the original article posted on my site, there is one little line at the very end that does not appear in the ezinearticles version or the thief's copy. It says "I suggest the latter." It's on my site because I'm the author!!!

I guess I shouldn 't be shocked since there are always going to be devious dishonest people in the world but I am. I am so pissed off I can't even begin to express. I have experienced some horrible people talking about me like a dog for the last few days and now this. I don't bother anybody and I keep to myself. Is it too much to ask for people to treat me the way I treat them???

Blogging is a great outlet for me to write but I certainly don't appreciate that all of my writing is being done to be stolen and profited by someone else. However, the Bible says that you will reap what you have sown so for all of the article thieves, back biters, liars and the like I say this: "You will have your day when you have to stand before the God of the universe to give an account for every evil deed and you WILL pay for everything you have done unless you repent.

That's all I have to say. I'm going to try and enjoy my weekend and I hope everyone reading does the same.

Wednesday, August 5

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Saturday, August 1

Blue Tansy Therapeutic Essential Oil Blends

Woo it's been a busy week! I've been running around taking care of business for my two sons and boy has it been a handful. I am looking at new schools for my youngest one and there aren't many choices close to home for a little boy with cerebral palsy so... Then the oldest one has his issues but that's another story. I thought once they turned 21, my job was over NOT!

Anyway, our final essential oil for natural pain relief is Blue Tansy. Over the past few weeks I presented to you Frankincense, Basil, White Fir, Pine, Peppermint and Balsam Fir, each with unique properties to alleviate pain in various parts of the body. Today let's talk about Therapeutic Grade Blue Tansy Essential Oil.

Blue Tansy is a natural anti-inflammatory and analgesic agent and may be used to alleviate a number of painful ailments and diseases from sore muscles to rheumatoid arthritis. Blue Tansy can be used full strength or combined with a carrier oil for natural pain relief to ease aching muscles, musclur sprains, joint pain and even sciatica.

Young Living offers a number of therapeutic grade essential oil blends that contain blue tansy including Australian Blue, Peace & Calming, Release, Sara, and Valor. Here's a little about each:

Australian Blue™ is a powerful, exotic essential oil to with calming and stabilizing effects.

Peace & Calming™ is a gentle fragrance that promotes relaxation and when massaged on the bottoms of the feet can cause a wonderfully peaceful night's sleep.

Release™ may stimulate a sense of harmony and balance within the mind and body

SARA™ has a fragrance that stimulates relaxation and the ability to cope with painful memories

Valor™ helps balance electrical energies within the body and has also been found to help the body self-correct its balance and alignment.

Therapeutic grade essential oils for natural pain relief can be obtained from Young Living (shop with distributor # 1066504).

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