Lights Off for Earth Hour (Let the Party Begin!)

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I’m running out of time! This year it’s my turn to host an Earth Hour party and I just can’t find anything to wear that really says “I turn the lights off and hang out in the dark all the time.” On a positive note, though, I do have a list of awesome activities that myself and my partygoers can do while the lights are off:

Guitar Circle: People love people who play guitars. Personally, I only know “Wonderwall”, but it’s such a great song I’m positive people won’t mind if the night’s soundtrack is stuck on repeat. It’s that good.

Weenie Roast: Who doesn’t love roasting weenies over a nice, warm, er… candle? It’s a party favourite sure to bring back memories from everyone’s childhood, and as long as no one roasts someone else’s weenie like last year it’ll be a hit.

Ouija Board Séance: People love this – though I’m the first to admit that Ouija boards are a little, well… scary. It seems there’s always a spirit nearby who’s got a grudge against me, as the board always seems to spell out mean – and often untrue! – things about me. It seems that the only person who ever gets in contact with those nastier ghosts is my friend Mikey, though. Hmm…

Hide-and-Seek: A game that becomes ten times better with the lights off! I don’t mean to brag, but I’m actually the reigning hide and seek champion from last year’s festivities when I managed to stay hidden in a large freezer for 4 hours, 22 minutes, and 16 seconds. It may have been longer, but that’s the time at which my watch stopped working.

So there you have it, the itinerary for Phil’s 2012 Earth Hour Extravaganza. I’m planning to be spontaneous though, so look out for a surprise game of Twister or my own creation called “What’s that Taste?” All I’m saying is don’t be surprised if next year you see me hosting the party again.

Oh, gosh darn it, I’m at the end of this blog and I still haven’t found anything to wear to this party. On second thought, though, if all the lights will be off… Maybe I’ll just wear nothing at all.



How To: Get rid of Acne Naturally

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Previously wrote a great article on the realization that many of his acne products were absolutely filled with chemicals. I too have struggled, and still struggle, with keeping acne at bay, but have found some great natural alternatives that do a fairly good job as well as the chemical stuff.

Throughout my whole high school experience I was one of the luck ones blessed with perfect skin. Washing my face every day seemed unnecessary when black heads, pimples and oily skin were just something I never really faced.

As I found myself leaving high school I noticed more pimples then normal. I freaked and bought every complete line of products available. Of course I needed the face wash, toner, moisturizer, and topical creams just as advertising had told me so.

Rather then getting better my skin got worse and worse as I became more and more desperate. What I didn’t realize then was that I was ruining my skin. The amount of chemicals I was using eventually changed my skin type. I went from a normal skin type to combination skin type.

Eventually I just stopped. I went with plain old water twice a day and noticed an improvement, but not enough. While stopping the chemical filled products prevented me from getting more acne, the water just wasn’t enough to clean what was already there.

My current cleanser, Cetaphil, while not perfect at all (rated a moderate 3 at was way better then any of my previous products. It didn’t foam (chemicals), no fragrance (more chemicals) and it just cleaned my skin. Which I needed.

Some actual Natural products I’ve tried:
Clarisonic Mia ($200 CND): This is actually a mechanical brush that gets deeps into pores and takes out all the bad stuff preventing dirt from staying in pores and making a mess. A bit expensive but definitely worth it. I find my skin is less likely to breakout, and if it does it isn’t cystic acne that lasts for two weeks.

Tea Tree Oil ($5-10 CND): Tea Tree Oil is a great spot treatment that will drie up any pimples you have without the irritation! Extra benefit? Helps get rid of acne scars as well.

Witch Hazel ($7 CND): If you have really oily skin you may need an astringent. Witch Hazel is a great natural alternative. This will clean your skin without stripping it of it’s good oils. I’ve also used this as a spot treatment for cystic acne. Men have also reported Witch Hazel as a great after shave option.

Cucumbers: If you have a lot of redness you should consider a cucumber mask. Just cut up a cucumber and place it on your face. It’s cliche but it works.

Although these are just some of the tips, there are many more if you look for them. You don’t have to live with acne, but you don’t need to live with chemicals either.


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