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Free Printable Bird Decal to Deter Birds from Flying into Your Window


And you can quote me: "The other day I went searching online for a predatory bird silhouette that I could download, print, cut out, and tape to my windows to keep birds from flying into the window. I was shocked that one was not easy to find, so I created one and here you go! "

Posted in Good, June 17th, 2017


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The other day I went searching online for a predatory bird silhouette that I could download, print, cut out, and tape to my windows to keep birds from flying into the window. I was shocked that one was not easy to find, so I created one and here you go!

I have had bird tape on my windows for a few years, and generally it works okay, but every once in a while I still hear that “THUMP!” of a bird flying into a window. And always with my heart in my mouth, I slowly go and open the door, and peer out, dreading what I will see.

This happened again just yesterday, and while there was no sign of a bird in distress anywhere near the window into which it had flown, I just wanted to stop it from happening.

Hence my online search for a bird decal that I could download and print. And, as I mentioned before, I was astonished that there was nothing out there, at least that I could find. And I’m pretty good at searching on the Internet, so if it was difficult for me to find, I have to imagine others are having the same trouble.

So here you go, feel free to download this bird decal, print it out, trim it, and tape it to your window!

To download your free bird decal for your window click on the image below and save the full-size image to your computer

bird window decal

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Anne’s Tips for How to Get Along with Just One Hand


And you can quote me: "These are my tips for temporarily (or permanently) living with just one hand. A few weeks ago I broke my wrist (or, rather, had it broken for me). In the few short weeks since that fateful night, I have learned a number of tips and tricks (or "hacks", in Internet parlance) that have made it much, MUCH easier for me to adapt to only being able to use one hand. So I figured I would share them in case others find themselves in the same situation. In fact, I have been sharing some of them on Facebook and people seem to find them useful, or at least interesting."

Posted in Observations, June 5th, 2017


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These are my tips for temporarily (or permanently) living with just one hand. A few weeks ago I broke my wrist (or, rather, had it broken for me). This has meant that I have had a crash course in how to live and get along with the use of only one arm, and just one hand. In addition to my wrist being broken, I had to have surgery on it, and a metal plate put in it, which means that I will not be able to use my left arm at all for at least a total of two months.

At least I have a good story, as when people ask me how I broke my wrist I am able to truthfully answer “dancing!”

In the few short weeks since that fateful night, I have learned a number of tips and tricks (or “hacks”, in Internet parlance) that have made it much, MUCH easier for me to adapt to only being able to use one hand. So I figured I would share them in case others find themselves in the same situation. In fact, I have been sharing some of them on Facebook and people seem to find them useful, or at least interesting.

I will be adding to this regularly, starting with a few tips and then adding others (because hey, doing this one-handed!)

Where applicable I am including links to items, and pictures if useful.

Please feel free to add you own one hand tips in a comment!

Good luck with your one-handed journey, whether temporary or permanent!

Anne’s Tips for Temporarily Living with Just One Hand

Anne’s Tip for Living with Just One Hand #3:
Get this ingenious one-handed jar opener!

This brilliant Device is called the Belliclamp Jar & Bottle Opener (Get it? Belly clamp). This is because it is essentially a vise for jars and bottles, and you hold the bottle or jar in place with your belly or hip, freeing up your good hand to twist the top off.

one handed jar opener

 

one handed bottle opener

You can get the Belliclamp One-handed Jar & Bottle Opener here on Amazon.

Don’t let the anticipated shipping time on the Amazon site scare you, I got mine within a week of ordering it.

 

Anne’s Tip for Living with Just One Hand #2:
Have your hair washed and braided at the hairdresser

Unless your hair is very short, go to the hairdresser and have them wash your hair for you and then put it in a couple of French braids. You would be amazed at how long your hair will last in this way (I only need to do it about once a week) and your hair will look much nicer, not to mention it being less of a hassle! As a side benefit, it will be much more comfortable sleeping with a braid on either side of your head!

have the hairdresser wash and braid your hair for you

 

Anne’s Tip for Living with Just One Hand #3:
Modify a big hoodie!

Buy a really big hoodie with a zipper down the front. Cut the cuff off the arm on the side where your cast or splint or a brace or bandage is. The arm of the hoodie, without the cuff, will slide easily over your injured arm, and you can roll the end of the sleeve up a little bit, and roll the cuff on the other sleeve up, and it will be barely noticeable that the two sleeves are different.

And, as an added benefit, pockets!

modify a big hoodie

 

Anne’s Tip for Living with Just One Hand #4:
Put your food in big Pyrex measuring cups!

Use big Pyrex measuring cups for your food instead of regular bowls and plates, they come with handles!

In the picture below, I have salad in the 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup, and hummus and crackers in the 8-cup Pyrex measuring cup. (Hint: a 2-cup Pyrex measuring cup perfectly holds a pint of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream, container and all! ;-))

put your food in big Pyrex measuring cups with handles

You can order a set of 4– and 8-cup Pyrex measuring cups together here on Amazon.

 

Upcoming tips:

Tall deodorant
Simply home trashcan
Light dimmer
Rubber discs
Proxy brushes
Front close bra
Cast cover for shower
Have chef cut up food
Lever door knobs
Dictation software
Pyrex measuring cups with handles
Air fryer
Macros
Instacart
Letter opener
Scissors everywhere
Long handled screwdriver
Weighted tape dispenser

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Here’s What Moon Juice Means by a Small Spoonful or Heaping Spoonful


And you can quote me: "Moon Juice, purveyor of incredible plant-sourced edible dusts and powders to enhance beauty, spirit, sleep, brain function, and even sex, ships their powders and dusts with instructions to use either a "small spoonful," a "spoonful," or a "heaping spoonful." But what exactly do they mean by a "spoonful"? Is it a teaspoon? A tablespoon? Something else? Well, I found out directly from MoonJuice. "

Posted in Observations, Recipes and Food, February 4th, 2017


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Moon Juice, purveyor of incredible plant-sourced edible dusts and powders to enhance beauty, spirit, sleep, brain function, and even sex, ships their powders and dusts with instructions to use either a “small spoonful,” a “spoonful,” or a “heaping spoonful.” But what exactly do they mean by a “spoonful”? Is it a teaspoon? A tablespoon? Something else? Well, I found out directly from MoonJuice.

First, if you’re not familiar with Moon Juice, here’s how they describe their products:

We celebrate the unadulterated, exquisite flavors and healing force of raw vegetables, fruits, petals, herbs, roots, nuts and seaweeds as daily nourishment, beauty tools and high-powered natural remedies. Explore our organic pressed juices, Moon Milks, Cosmic Provisions, the Moon Pantry and our Moon Dust collection.

As Muses and Visionaries (M&V) magazine explains, “Moon Juice doesn’t rely on cheap tricks; it relies on magic. A California holistic food pantry and apothecary created by Amanda Chantal Bacon, the company pro- duces mystical tonics, juices, milks and snacks aimed at enhancing nature’s healing powers.”

Now I don’t know about the “magic” part, but I will say that both their powders and their Moon Dusts are incredible!

However, their powders all come with use directions such as “blend a small spoonful” or “blend a spoonful” or “blend a heaping spoonful” into nut milk, tea, a smoothie, etc., and nowhere does it explain what exactly they mean by ‘spoonful’. Not on the products, not on their site.

So, I went straight the source, and asked them. I sent them a note saying “Can you please help me understand better what sort of measurement do you mean by “spoonful” “small spoonful” “heaping spoonful”? Is a small spoonful a measuring teaspoon? A heaping spoonful a heaping teaspoon or a heaping tablespoon? Inquiring minds want to know!”

And here, straight from Moon Juice, is the answer:


By “a small spoonful” we generally mean 1/4-1/2 tsp. Start with 1/4 tsp and if you feel the need to add more over time go for it!! Every body is different so we really try to make general guidelines.

By a heaping spoonful we generally mean a heaping teaspoon. Again, it’s all subjective to you and how you react! Feel free to start with a regular teaspoon at first (like with the Maca as it is energy boosting!) and go up (or down) from there depending on how it works with your body. It’s really a learning process, just listen to your body :)

Here’s a simplified chart for Moon Juice spoonfuls:

Small spoonful: 1/4 – 1/2 teaspoon
Spoonful: 1 teaspoon
Heaping Spoonful: Heaping teaspoon

If you want to check Moon Juice out, you can get 20% off your first order by starting here:

Visit Moon Juice and get 20% off your order

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Yay, Atenolol Makes My Cat Thirsty and Pee Everywhere


And you can quote me: "Is atenolol making your cat urinate everywhere and also very thirsty? Inappropriate urination is not listed as a side effect of atenolol (frequently misspelled as 'atenelol'), and so your vet may not believe you that your cat started peeing everywhere and became crazy-thirsty while on atenolol (Tenormin), but I believe you."

Posted in Observations, January 24th, 2017


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Is atenolol making your cat urinate everywhere and also very thirsty? Inappropriate urination is not listed as a side effect of atenolol (frequently misspelled as ‘atenelol’), and so your vet may not believe you that your cat started peeing everywhere and became crazy-thirsty while on atenolol (Tenormin), but I believe you.

This all started when our vet detected a heart murmur in our cat, Charlie. He prescribed atenelol, which reduces the beats per minute (BPM), so that the heart isn’t working harder than it ought.

According to 1800PetMeds, “Atenolol is a beta-blocker used to treat certain heart conditions such as arrhythmias. It may also be used to lower blood pressure and treat enlarged hearts in cats.”

It is also used to treat hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) in cats. The first treatment for feline HCM listed by the Cornell School of Veterinary Medicine is controlling heart rate, which atenelol does.

Technically, that is with what Charlie was diagnosed at his most recent checkup.

Anyways, Charlie has always been prone to peeing where he shouldn’t. It started the day that we returned home from a vacation, and he expressed his pleasure at seeing us by peeing on my pillow. (Of course I’m being sarcastic there – he was expressing his displeasure at our having been gone. He’s an articulate little bugger.)

Once he did that, the floodgates opened, as it were, and he started peeing on any soft thing left on the floor. No longer could we have area rugs – but it was great incentive to not leave clothes on the floor.

Eventually, though, he calmed down, and so long as we didn’t leave a tempting t-shirt on the floor, the house stayed mostly dry.

Enter atenolol.

We’ve tried him on it a few time. Each time, the record reflects (by which I mean his medical records) that there was an increase in his peeing anywhere and everywhere (mostly in corners, on the hard floors, because we had all of our carpeted floors gated beyond his reach). My vet recently told me that it was noted in Charlie’s chart that the last time this happened, we added amitriptyline (Elavil) to Charlie’s medications, and that helped with the urination.

So, this most recent time of trying the atenolol again, I noted the appearance of two phenomena almost immediately: Charlie started peeing all over the place again, and Charlie started demanding water, water, everywhere.

My vet advised all of the standard ‘inappropriate urine elimination’ measures, clean litter box, etc..and of course the Feliway or other cat pheromone devices.

Not to be so easily thwarted, he started peeing right next to the pheromone diffusers (Charlie, not my vet).

The cat pheromones are typically used to help calm a cat down – they can help with inappropriate elimination in cases where the cat is doing it to mark his territory, etc.. This clearly wasn’t one of those situations.

Plus, there was the increased water intake piece.

Charlie had at one time had a habit of running to the sink ahead of your walking into the bathroom or the kitchen, jumping onto the sink, and loudly demanding that you turn on the water for him to drink. But he hadn’t done it in ages.

Then, within a day or so of starting up the atenolol again, he started demanding water again – he was clearly very thirsty.

Of course, the increase in water intake most likely has something to do with the increased urine output, but not, mechanically at least, with where that output was occurring. (I should add here that Charlie does use the litter box, for both urinating and number two.)

So, I stopped the atenolol again, about two days ago, and yes, his demanding water has all but stopped; and I’m monitoring to see if the urinating where he shouldn’t stops as well.

Anyways, I am posting this primarily for others who may be noting the same symptoms once their cat has started on atenolol, because there is nothing on the Internet that talks about this.

By the way, this article in Veterinary Practice News on inappropriate feline urinating is, hands down, the best resource I have ever seen on the subject of how to deal with your cat peeing everywhere.

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Where to Buy Krokaner (Bridge Cookie) Pans in 2015


And you can quote me: "Whether you call them Krokaner or Kro Kaner cookies, Krokta, Bridge cookies, Saddle cookies, or even Horse Collar cookies, the odds are good that you ended up here because you are trying to find the Krokaner Pans (or Krokaner tins) and can't find them anywhere. Of course part of the problem is that they go by so many names, but the real problem is that they are impossible to find anywhere in the U.S. - unless you know where to look. "

Posted in Recipes and Food, December 8th, 2015


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Whether you call them Krokaner or Kro Kaner cookies, Krokta, Bridge cookies, Saddle cookies, or even Horse Collar cookies, the odds are good that you ended up here because you are trying to find the Krokaner Pans (or Krokaner tins) and can’t find them anywhere. Of course part of the problem is that they go by so many names, but the real problem is that they are impossible to find anywhere in the U.S. – unless you know where to look.

They used to be available through Maid of Scandinavia, which, along with Sweet Celebrations, was borged by KitchenKrafts. So, no more.

At that point, the only place that carried them was Ingebretsen’s in Minneapolis, but some time ago they too removed them from their website.

BUT THEY STILL CARRY THEM!!

That’s right, Ingebretsen’s in Minneapolis actually still carries Krokaner tins, and I have the picture to prove it, because mine just arrived today!

krokaner pans 2015

 

Aren’t they purty? :~)

So, here is what you need to do to get your very own Krokaner pans, Saddle cookie tins, or whatever you want to call them.

Call Ingebretsen’s at 800-279-9333. Ask to speak with Debbie, as she is the one who will know what the heck you are talking about.

They are $20 each, and shipping and handling for my two came to $8.50.

By the way, if you need a recipe for the Krokaner cookies, here are some good ones:

Recipe #1 for Krokaner cookies

Recipe #2 for what she calls Horse Collar cookies or Krokta (this site has the best pictures!)

Recipe #3 for Krokaner

Recipe #4 for Bridge cookies / Krokaner (with good pictures)

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Tax Levy from California? It May be Because You Have a Professional License There


And you can quote me: "Did the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) levy your bank account even though you don't live in California? They may have levied your account and taken your money because you maintain an active professional license in California. Even if you haven't lived there in years, if you continue to keep your California professional license active - be it a license to practice law, a medical license, a hairdressing license, or some other license - then California assumes that you owe them income tax, and will take the "average amount that your profession owes in California" unless you take steps to let them know that you have not had any California earnings. Each and every year."

Posted in Rants, November 1st, 2015


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Did the California Franchise Tax Board (FTB) levy your bank account even though you don’t live in California? They may have levied your account and taken your money because you maintain an active professional license in California. Even if you haven’t lived there in years, if you continue to keep your California professional license active – be it a license to practice law, a medical license, a hairdressing license, or some other license – then California assumes that you owe them income tax, and will take the “average amount that your profession owes in California” unless you take steps to let them know that you have not had any California earnings. Each and every year.

I know all this, because this happened to me just last month, October 2015. I am fortunate in that I happen to have an awesome relationship with my bank, so when I logged into my bank’s portal to check my account balance, and noticed that a bit over ten thousand dollars was suddenly unavailable to me, with no explanation or warning, I was able to call the bank, and someone there said “Well, the note says ‘FTB’ put a levy on your account.” Fortunately, I remembered that FTB stood for the California Franchise Tax Board, from back when I lived in California, and actually had to file income taxes with the FTB – more than 8 years ago.

That’s right, I have not lived in California at all, and have not earned any income in California, in more than eight years.

Clearly something was rotten in the state of California.

The person at my bank said that I would need to call the Franchise Tax Board, which I did.

The number for the California Franchise Tax Board Office of Collections, which is where you need to call, by the way, is 800-689-4776.

And after going through the automated voice menu, a recording told me that my anticipated hold time was more than 3 hours.

But what choice did I have? They had taken my money, with no warning, and if I wanted them to release it, I had to talk with them.

So I waited.

But fortunately, despite the FTB Collections line telling me that the estimated hold time was going to be 3 hours, in fact it was only 21 minutes.

And I talked with a shockingly nice woman, who explained the following to me:

  1. All California licensing agencies provide a list of active professional licenses to the FTB, every year
  2. The FTB matches that list up with all of the income tax returns they have received for that year
  3. If you have an active professional license in California, and if you haven’t filed a California tax return, they will impute an amount of income to you equal to the average income that someone with your professional license has, and levy that amount
  4. EVEN IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN CALIFORNIA ANY MORE
  5. They claim to send out notices of intent to levy (as they are required to do), but I never got one
  6. Even if you do get the notice of intent to levy, you have to prove to them that you did not earn any money in California
  7. EACH AND EVERY YEAR

This means that for so long as you choose to keep your professional license active in California – while not living or earning money there – you will have to rebut the notice of intent to levy each and every year, and if you don’t get the notice, you could end up having a levy levied against your bank account, and then have to deal with that.

Each. and. Every. Year.

I actually ended up having to talk with two different people, because the first one had me fax my Colorado tax return to her (to prove I had filed elsewhere and didn’t owe California any money), and promised that she would have the levy lifted as soon as she got it – and then went out sick for the rest of the week. After a few days with the levy still in place (and don’t forget that after a set time, they completely remove the levied funds from your bank account, transferring them to California’s tax fund, so I was pretty motivated to get this taken care of before that happened), I called back, and got another very nice person who said “Oh, she’s out sick, let me help you.”

Both of these people confirmed that this will happen every single year, so long as I continue to keep my California license to practice law active.

And they also both confirmed that this is the case for any active California professional license.

My own plan to make sure that I never get caught up short like this again is to simply file a $0 California tax return every year. One of the FTB collections people said “Oh, you don’t have to do that, it will cost you extra money to your accountant. Just challenge the levy notice each year.”

Uh, thanks, but no thanks, I’d rather have the peace of mind, and give my accountant an extra $25.00, than risk bouncing checks (and the attendant fees) because California can’t figure out that the Colorado address to which they should have sent the notice of levy means that I probably am not on California.

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How to Keep Lotion from Drying Out in the Pump


And you can quote me: "Here is how to stop lotion from developing that plug of dried lotion in the tip of a pump dispenser bottle. I mean, what's the point of the convenience of a pump bottle if the pump gets clogged with that plug of dried lotion, right?? Some day somebody is going to invent a clog-free pump, but until then, here is how to keep lotion from drying out and clogging up the pump with that annoying plug of lotion."

Posted in Good, Rants, October 23rd, 2015


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Here is how to stop lotion from developing that plug of dried lotion in the tip of a pump dispenser bottle. I mean, what’s the point of the convenience of a pump bottle if the pump gets clogged with that plug of dried lotion, right?? Some day somebody is going to invent a clog-free pump, but until then, here is how to keep lotion from drying out and clogging up the pump with that annoying plug of lotion.

The secret is to get a package of rubber chair tips (I use 3/4 inch tips) which you can pick up at any hardware store for a few dollars.

Rubber Chair Tips
rubber chair tips

 

You just slip one over the tip of the pump, and your lotion stays nice and..er.. lotiony. No more dried-up lotion plugs!

Rubber Chair Tips Keep Lotion from Drying Out in Pump
how to keep lotion from drying out in pumps

 

chair tip on lotion pump

 

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This $3 Device Will Make Your Teeth Whiter


And you can quote me: "Yes, it's really true. I didn't believe it myself, but I figured what the heck, I can afford $3.00 to check it out. The device is a "LED Accelerator Professional Teeth Whitening Light", and it actually works to accelerate the whitening process when used with tooth whitening gels."

Posted in Things I Like, February 24th, 2015


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Yes, it’s really true. I didn’t believe it myself, but I figured what the heck, I can afford $3.00 to check it out. The device is a “LED Accelerator Professional Teeth Whitening Light”, and it actually works to accelerate the whitening process when used with tooth whitening gels.

Why does it work? I have no idea. According to the Journal of Dentistry, “the treatment with supplementary light showed significantly greater bleaching-dependent changes in color compared to treatment without light when assessed using instrumental methods.”

According to me, holy cow! This thing arrived – and remember, I paid only $3.00 for it (it arrived from China… I’m just sayin’), – and it really works. Using whitening gel in trays, and this light, I’ve seen a huge difference.

So now I’m sharing this information with you, my faithful readers. (By the way, be aware that there are two disc batteries in the light, and they have a piece of plastic in with them to keep the batteries from discharging during shipping – you need to remove that piece of plastic for the light to work.)

Check out the LED tooth whitening accelerator light on Amazon

P.S. This is the whitening gel that I use.

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Finnish Rye Bread Recipe from My Youth


And you can quote me: "I have searched for this recipe for decades. This recipe was given to my father, when I was a child, by his dear friends, Richard "Dick" Merrifield, and Dick's wife, Lennie Merrifield. I have such fond memories of my father and I making it at our home in Putney, Vermont, him teaching me how to knead the dough. I had always thought that it was called 'democrate' (pronounced "democratie") but it turns out that it is "democradie". I know this, because a few years ago I found Dick and Lennie's daughters, Afton and Sienna, on Facebook, and Sienna had the recipe and gave it to me! (Thank you, Sienna!)"

Posted in Recipes and Food, February 16th, 2015


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I have searched for this recipe for decades. This recipe was given to my father, when I was a child, by his dear friends, Richard “Dick” Merrifield, and Dick’s wife, Lennie Merrifield. I have such fond memories of my father and I making it at our home in Putney, Vermont, him teaching me how to knead the dough. I had always thought that it was called ‘democrate’ (pronounced “democratie”) but it turns out that it is “democradie”. I know this, because a few years ago I found Dick and Lennie’s daughters, Afton and Sienna, on Facebook, and Sienna had the recipe and gave it to me! (Thank you, Sienna!)

So, at long last, I have the recipe for this toothsome, wonderful, fragrant pumpernickel-style rye bread, chock full of molasses and caraway seeds! The only thing that is better than the smell of this bread baking is the taste of a thick slice of it, hot from the oven, slathered with butter.

Democradie Pumpernickel Rye bread

1 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1/2 cup molasses
2 Tablespoons caraway seeds
1 Tablespoon salt
3 Tablespoons soft oleo margarine
2 Tablespoons yeast
2 cups rye meal
4 cups sifted unbleached white flour

Pour lukewarm water over caraway seeds, salt, oleo and yeast. Add rye meal and beat well.

Add enough of the flour to make a stiff dough.

Turn out on to a lightly floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.

Let rise for two hours in a warm location.

Prepare a cookie sheet by greasing well, and then sprinkling with cornmeal.

Preheat oven to 450 f.

Shape dough into ovals or circles, and place on the prepared cookie sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes at 450, and then reduce heat to 350 for another 20 to 35 minutes, until done.

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Just What is Corset Waist Training? Let Me Explain


And you can quote me: "Today I came across the term "corset waist training", which of course led me to wonder "What is corset waist training??" If you, like me, are wondering just what is corset waist training (also known as "tightlacing"), well you're in luck, because I've figured (no pun intended) it out for you."

Posted in Observations, November 21st, 2014


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Today I came across the term “corset waist training”, which of course led me to wonder “What is corset waist training??” If you, like me, are wondering just what is corset waist training (also known as “tightlacing”), well you’re in luck, because I’ve figured (no pun intended) it out for you.

Corset waist training is pretty much exactly how it sounds: you “train” your waist, by wearing a corset.

Now at this point you may be thinking “train my waist to do what, exactly? To roll over? Shake? Speak?” (Actually my waist already does two out of three of those, with no training at all, thank you very much.)

Corset waist training is the practice of lacing (also known as “tightlacing”) yourself into a corset, on a regular basis, to ‘train’ your waist (your waistline) to become, well, smaller. And by ‘a regular basis’ what is meant is anywhere from 8 or more hours a day to 23 hours a day, all in name of trying to acheive an hourglass figure that your body, having been punished into, will retain for increasingly extended periods of time.

There are different methods of corset waist training out there, including the Cycle method of corset waist training (where you wear the corset as tightly as you can stand it for as much of the day as you can, then ‘listen to your body’ and let it out when you must), and the Roller Coaster method of corset waist training (different durations of corset wearing on alternating days).

According to some, one of the most important things in corset waist training is the material from which the corset is made. It turns out, I have learned in my research, that you can’t go for a cheap knock-off waist training corset, oh no. Those cheap knockoffs use plastic bones, and what you need to lace your waist into submission is a corset made with steel bones. (The cheap knockoffs sell for a fraction of the ‘real thing’, the latter of which can run from $400 to $1000, according to this article on corset waist training.)

Also, according to Lucy’s Corsetry there are several other factors, along with corset quality, that go into how effective your waist training will be. These include body type (including your internal organs and whether or not you’ve had a baby), and your lifestyle and exercise habits.

Apparently women are also squishing and reshaping their ribcage, as, for example, Lucy’s Corsetry advises that another factor is “Are your ribs flexible and are you able to accommodate corsets with a conical ribcage easily, or is your ribcage very inflexible and difficult to move? Those who are easily able to train their ribs are likely to see faster waist training results than those whose ribs are very rigid,” and “If you want to train your ribcage, you might need a corset with a conical ribcage, which gradually tapers down and increases the pressure on the lower ribcage.”

Recently Kardashian sisters Kim and Khloe have shared selfies of themselves wearing their waist training corsets.

Kim Kardashian (left) and Khloe Kardashian (right)
show off their waist training corsets

 

Personally, I don’t think it makes their waists look smaller as much as it makes their hips and backsides look a lot bigger. But seeing as that’s Kim’s signature big body part, I guess that’s not surprising.

If you are thinking that all of this sounds questionable when it comes to health and safety, well, you’re not alone.

Says nutritionist and fitness expert to the stars, J.J. Virgin, in an interview with Fox News, “People should know better. This is so ridiculous. You are blocking oxygen, reducing flow to your lungs, heart and other organs which in turn slows metabolism as your cells become deprived of oxygen.”

“Organ failure can also occur. In a word: don’t,” added Virgin.

Words to live by, quite literally.

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