It's Allergy Season People. Get Ready!

It's Allergy Season People. Get Ready For A Month Of Uneasiness

You prepared for the coughing and sneezing this spring?

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I love spring for many reasons. It is finally hot, plants are growing again, it is not dark and gloomy every day, shorts and T-shirt weather, spring break, and so on... but what trumps this all and makes spring the worse season is ALLERGIES.


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I will be honest with you and say that mine is not as bad as many of my friends and family. But it is terrible to the point where I'm writing an article about it. About an average of 24 million people have allergies in the United States. Yes, that is a lot! It is worse for students because we have to sit through the humiliation of sneezing and to cough that you become a nuisance. This article consists of my embarrassing allergies stories and how to make allergy season a bit more bearable.



The time I started crying in class…
No, I didn't cry cause of a bad grade or my teacher yelling at me. I cried because I was holding in a cough. As gross as it sounds, it's true and has happened to me multiple times. It was 8th grade, and I was sitting in my World History class. That week of class was horrible for me. Pollen was at its peak, I looked like a dying cat, and could not sit in class without feeling uneasy. We were all going a group activity, so it was loud enough for me to cough and not have everyone stare me down. It was about 20 minutes into class, and there it was the big nasty cough that I could not hold in. For my luck, everyone got quiet just as I was about to cough. I obviously could not do it now, so my smart self held it in, and it got so bad that I started crying. Let's just say that all my classmates thought I was crazy for crying in the middle of a 'fun' activity as my teacher called it.

What did I learn from this…..NEVER HOLD IT IN. I know how embarrassing it is to keep sneezing or coughing. It is so much better for you and your body to just let it out. Trust me on this.

How the heck do you get at least make this spring better?

Sip some of that TEA!

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Tea is really helps you with cough and soothe your throat. So go to your local super maker and get yourself some tea. It's delicious and healthy to help you calm your allergies.

Get some tissues with aloe or lotion

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Our poor nose become all red form wiping it numerous times so it would be a wise decision to get some tissues that contain some moisture. This will help keep your nose from being red and dry. Listen to fetus Ethan and Grayson, go get yourself some tissues.

Take over-counter medication like Tylenol or Claritin.

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If nothing helps, over-counter drugs always provide relief. Be careful when you use it, some can make you drowsy!

HONEY AND PEPPER for coughs

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This is a trick my mom taught me and it works so well. Take a tablespoon of honey and pour on black pepper on top. It sounds gross but eat it. It soothes your throat and reduces coughing.

Try to stay inside

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I know it is hard to stay inside on a sunny day but it will be better for you to stay inside than going outside and coming back in dying of coughs. Maybe it is time to catch up on TV- show or a movie.

As dramatic as this sounds, I know that we can all get through this tough season of having allergies!

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A Letter To The Almost High School Graduate

“The present changes the past. Looking back you do not find what you left behind.” –Kiran Desai
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To the high school senior weeks away from graduation,

Stop.

Just take a moment to look back on all of the things you're used to, all of the things you consider your norm, and all the things you grew up knowing life would be.

Take a drive at sunset and look at the town you call home. Reminisce in all of it –that shop you used to get frozen yogurt with friends or that pizza shop where you went on that date with that guy.

Go past your elementary school. Swing on the swings and hide under that playset you used to call a fortress.

Visit the place you called “home" –your friend's house, the band room, the gymnasium. Any place you truly felt like yourself.

I ask you to do these things before it's too late. Yes, it is actually possible to be too late.

Do those things before everything you've ever know changes. Do those things before you leave. Do those things because one day you'll come home and you won't recognize a thing.

That favorite fro-yo shop you and your friends went to –closed. That playground you used to love –removed. That big oak tree outside of your back door –chopped into pieces, fallen from a storm.

Now, these things may seem meaningless to some, but they are part of our familiarity. Our sense of how life was.

It's a simple concept, yet it's difficult to grasp once you're away from home.

The concept: life goes on, even when you're not there.

It won't hit you as soon as you think, but when it does, it hits hard. It hit me when I Facetimed my parents and they showed me my room. It felt like my brain had glitched; it didn't understand why I could see my room, yet I wasn't there in person to see it.

This glitch is called your reality check. You don't ever ask for it, but you always need it.

The same thing occurs when you come home for Thanksgiving or Christmas. It happens when the whole family gathers and they see you “post-high school" and now as a “new college kid." They say, “wow, you've changed so much!" but you look the same. They say, “you're so much more aware of everything now –it's incredible!" but you really haven't; you've just been looking outside of a dorm window instead of your house's window.

Why does everyone see you differently, yet you feel completely unchanged?

The answer: your reality check hasn't happened yet.

You haven't begun to realize the dark half-crescent shaped shadows under your eyes from lack of sleep. You haven't seen your sudden weight gain (or weight loss, for some). You haven't seen how differently you interact with people here than you did before you departed.

And just like that, all that change occurs and there's no time to realize it. Until it's too late.

So realize these things now. Soak up the norm and live the life you may call “ordinarily boring." Because one day, it won't be. And you'll have no idea why.

And so, I leave you almost-graduate with this: stop and smile.

Look back on all you've lived through and all you've accomplished. Look at all the memories of you growing up. Remember, reminisce, and embrace your childhood for a little while longer, before it all disappears.

When you wake up on graduation day and you look in the mirror, fully dressed in cap and gown, smile.

Because you've made it to the end of part one, and now you've reached the beginning of part two.

This is your new norm.

Signed gratefully yours,

The Kid Who Wishes She Had

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A Love Letter To My Air Fryer

And why you would love an fryer too...

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In a previous article, I wrote about how love to use Trello.com for organizing things. I'm still loving Trello. I've haven't grown bored of it and stopped using it (like I have with some other organizational systems). This time, I'm going to share another item that I love, and it's for one of my favorite things, food! I finally gave in and bought an air fryer, and after my first use, I literally said that it's wonderful! I bought a small air fryer. It only holds about two quarts, but it's perfect for quick lunches.

I thought I'd love the air fryer if it could dry fry food with little to no oil, and it does just that. I'm also in love with the air fryer, because I could simply put the food in it, set the timer and live my life for a few minutes until the food is done. I don't have to stand over it and watch the food cook. That makes the air fryer a winner! Did I mention that it really does work?! Yes, it does work. Now, you could buy foods that are already breaded and throw them in the air fryer, but if you want to go the healthier route, you can use bread crumbs, flour, and eggs to make your own crispy coatings for your foods. Dipping your food in your own homemade batter cuts out some of the salt and added chemicals in the frozen pre-fried foods.

You can also fry foods that do not even need a homemade batter. Without using the batter, I've made sweet potato French fries and burritos in it. The tortilla for the burrito turned out nicely crispy, but I didn't leave it in the air fryer long enough for it to be crunchy. The sweet potato fries came out nice. I've tried making crispy chickpeas with Italian seasoning, but they weren't to my liking. However, I have loved everything else that I've made in the air fryer. Sometimes I just put a quick meal in it, just to re-heat it, since I don't use a microwave. I just think that using the air fryer is healthier than using microwaves, and I love that I don't need to put my food in a special box or anything for it to be really crispy. If you love fried chicken or fried fish, you'd love this little machine as much as I do!

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