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How to clean and order the ‘tuppers’ in your kitchen

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One of the most useful items to transport food can be a hassle in its storage

In today’s world, no kitchen can be without ‘tuppers’, those plastic cubicles designed to store or transport food. They are tremendously useful to all of us, either to eat quickly in the middle of the working day, or in the case of the youngest and recently emancipated, to transport food from the parental home to their own.

However, such a useful element sometimes has certain difficulties when it comes to cleaning and storing it at home, especially for this last purpose, since they usually occupy an important physical space.


Here are several tips to optimize the use of the ‘tuppers’ and not have any problem with them in your home.

Choose the best material

Good quality containers not only offer you greater resistance and durability but are also better for your health by not releasing particles that can mix with your food and end up being ingested and harmful to your health.

It is preferable to opt for glass ones, with better materials and more ‘ecofriendly’, although heavier. If for its lightness or for another reason you choose plastic, the best is polypropylene nº5. You can also bet on the stainless steel ones.

How to clean them


You should scrub your ‘tuppers’ daily to avoid the absorption of stains and bad odors. In cases where food or grease remains, soap with hot water will be your best ally, always scrubbing with a sponge or with a scouring pad on the soft side if you do it by hand. On extremely tough stains, using bleach mixed with water and letting it sit for two hours can help

The dishwasher also helps with the washing function, although it will not always remove all its stains, and in addition, in plastic ‘tuppers’ you must check what its material is and if it is suitable for washing in this way, in order to avoid become deformed or broken.

Avoid smells

Storing lunch boxes always open usually helps prevent bad odors from concentrating on your materials. If you still can’t, you can choose to fill them with water and a little vinegar (and wait a couple of hours) or to make a mixture of water and baking soda, spread it on the bottom of the container, and let it work.

How to store them

To make the best use of the space, the first tip is that you have several tuppers of the same shape, which you can stack by inserting one inside the other (the squares or rectangular ones will help for this). It will also help you to keep the lids apart to put them all together and find the most convenient hole for them.

Finally, if its location in your home is not excessively stable, you can use rubbers, dividers, or boxes so that they are as close together as possible and avoid falls and other unpleasant incidents.

 

 

New treatment reduces the risk of metastasis in rectal cancer by 31%

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Doctors have found that the rate of complete disappearance of the tumor doubled

New experimental treatment reduces the risk of metastasis in advanced rectal cancer by 31%, according to the results of a phase III trial, which has also shown that the rate of complete disappearance of the tumor doubles, from 14% to 28,3%.

The results of this trial, in which Vall d’Hebron has participated through the Vall d’Hebron Institute of Oncology (VHIO) as one of the top international recruiters, are published in the journal ‘The Lancet Oncology’.

The new experimental treatment, in which short-term radiotherapy is applied first as locoregional treatment, followed by preoperative chemotherapy to improve systemic control and delay surgery, improves the results of disease-free survival at three years in patients with carcinoma rectum with a high risk of local or systemic relapse.

This trial, which has been multicenter, international, and randomized, has been coordinated in Spain by Andrés Cervantes, general and scientific director of the INCLIVA Health Research Institute, of the Hospital Clínico de Valencia, and five Spanish centers have participated in it.

“We have been one of the top international recruiters and therefore we have been able to offer our patients a pioneering treatment that has allowed them to anticipate practically a decade ahead of what will be the new standard treatment for this disease”, explained Jaume Capdevila, an oncologist at the Vall d’Hebron Hospital and researcher of the Gastrointestinal and Endocrine Tumors Group of the VHIO.

Until now, the standard treatment in patients with primary rectal adenocarcinoma consisted of preoperative radiotherapy with concomitant chemotherapy and subsequent surgery between eight and twelve weeks after the end of chemoradiotherapy treatment. Adjuvant chemotherapy was then administered for four months.

“This treatment strategy meant that patients could not receive treatment with systemic chemotherapy to eliminate micrometastases until after surgery, between five and six months after the diagnosis of rectal cancer, which determined the pattern of relapse of the disease, which was no longer basically locoregional, but rather distant, in the form of metastasis, “said Capdevila.
Thus, to give more intense systemic treatment with chemotherapy earlier, they have modified the strategy to administer it before or after radiotherapy and everything before surgery.

“In this way, it is not only allowing the disease to be controlled locally but also fighting micrometastases and increasing the chances of cure,” according to Capdevila.

912 patients from 54 centers in seven countries -Spain, Holland, Sweden, Slovenia, Denmark, Norway, and the USA- with a diagnosis of locally advanced rectal cancer who have been treated with short-course radiotherapy -five days have participated in the trial. – followed by systemic chemotherapy -with oxaliplatin and fluoropyrimidines- for four months and later surgery, comparing it with the standard treatment of chemoradiotherapy and surgery, followed by adjuvant chemotherapy.

In addition to reducing the risk of metastasis by 31% with this new strategy, doctors have also verified that the rate of complete disappearance of the tumor was double that of conventional treatment: it went from 14% to 28.3%.

This observation reinforces the potential of the treatment in the future development of an organ preservation strategy in rectal cancer, trying to avoid surgery by increasing the chances of achieving a complete tumor response with the new treatment.

The 5 best decoration influencers you have to follow on social media

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In recent times, social networks have become a real showcase for the dissemination of ideas in many fields. How could it be otherwise, decoration and interior design are not alien to this trend and they have already used various online platforms as authentic springboards to popularize their proposals and trends.

In this way, in recent years the figure of the decoration influencer has emerged with force, authentic experts who use social networks to publicize their ideas to the point of becoming authentic references in their field.

We present five of these influencers so that you are up to date and can take from them the best ideas for your home.

Miriam Alía

Thanks to her Instagram account with more than 70,000 followers, this young woman from Madrid has established herself as one of the great irruptions of recent times after being recognized as Interior Designer of the Year at the V Interior Awards Gala. International recognition has ended up reaching an innovative woman, with a chic style and a predilection for blue and pink tones.

Patricia busts

Its unmistakable proposal, also based on pink and pastel tones, is a colorful breath of fresh air, with feminine, modern and elegant airs, as well as daring. His luminous proposal has been recognized in the sector as one of the great avant-garde trends and has generated great emotions among his followers.

Guille Garcia Hoz

Nearing 50,000 followers on Instagram, this interior designer has found himself among the great references of the national scene, thanks to his designs of ceramic pieces and his work for major brands, both in terms of decoration and communication means. Another of its hallmarks are references to the animal world.

Thomas Alía

We changed registration to recognize one of the most internationally recognized Spanish architects and designers, with national awards and also beyond our borders. His works not only focus on interiors but also on architecture, urban planning, and landscaping projects.

Raul Martins

Following the trend of other great international influencers, Martins has opted for ideas to maintain order at home, in a way that is as effective as it is sophisticated. He has his own interior design studio in Madrid and is also an architect by training, so his projects cover different fields.

Simple and useful tricks to organize the closet with the arrival of autumn

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Rescue your clothes from the back of the closet to face the arrival of low temperatures and cold

We are already in autumn, a season that prepares us for the coldest months of the year. That is why you have to have the closet ready with the necessary clothes to face the low temperatures and rains.

But just because the weather is bad doesn’t mean that our wardrobe is dull and boring. Autumn and winter clothes give a lot of play and we can combine sweaters, pants, jackets, or coats with a thousand accessories that will give the perfect touch to any look.


Fall and winter clothes are thicker and take up more closet space than summer clothes. That is why it is important to have a good organization in the space we have and make the most of it.

Another point to keep in mind to deal with this season is to have a good washer and dryer.

Fall and winter temperatures do not invite clothes to dry as quickly as in summer. So consider renewing your appliances and if you don’t have a dryer, think about incorporating this product into your laundry area. Its advantages are endless since in a matter of minutes you will have your clothes dry, ready to iron, or put in the closet without having to wait hours on the clothesline.

On those days when the weather is not good and we stay at home, it is the ideal time to change the wardrobe. Although before moving and ordering the clothes you have to do some cleaning.

You can donate the clothes that you are not going to need, that you no longer wear or do not like, and leave space. And do the same with the summer one. Before storing it in boxes or in parts of the wardrobe that you do not use so often, classify very well what you are going to continue using, it is in good condition and it releases items that you will no longer use or are worn out.
Another important tip is to air your summer clothes well before storing them for a long time. Also, the moment of changing the wardrobe is perfect to clean the inside of the closets and renew air fresheners that give the clothes a good smell. We can use dried flowers in bags or on the hangers so that the clothes always smell good.

The best way to organize your closet is to create different sections within the space we have. This will make it easier for us to locate the garments that we want at all times: on one side the pants, on the other the jackets, t-shirts, shirts € Everything will have its own space as well as your accessories for the cold such as scarves, gloves, hats…

To make your day-to-day with the wardrobe even easier, it is important that you place the largest and heaviest garments at the bottom, leaving the lightest or smallest at the front. This little trick will help us see where things are at a glance. And even taking advantage of the fact that we are cleaning the closet we can insert an LED light inside to better see all the content.

Another of the essential allies in any closet is drawers. They help us to maintain the order of the smallest garments such as underwear, socks, pajamas … Or the hangers, which by being able to hang the clothes we see faster the variety of garments and we can quickly choose what to wear.

Own a closet for shoes

As for shoes, we bet they have their own closet. Whether or not you have an exclusive space for shoes, the important thing is that you keep the sandals and light sneakers that you will not use inboxes. And thus, give way to ankle boots and all kinds of closed footwear that you will use in the coming months.

To store all your summer clothes, the best option is vacuum packed bags because you will save a lot of space, and their conservation for a few months is perfect. Once we have the autumn and winter clothes ready to put in the closet, it is important to keep these tips in mind:

– Organize clothes by styles or colors.

– Vertical folding in specific garments such as sweaters so that they do not deform.

– Hang one garment per hanger or in the case of pants, two to find the clothes easier, and remember to hang the hook facing inwards for greater comfort.

– Store clean and dry clothes in the closet. Make the most of your washing machine and dryer to never have dirty clothes in the closet or wet clothes that can catch an odor and contaminate other clothes.

– Give your space to accessories. Organize them by groups, that is, hats, scarves, gloves € in such a way that you will find them quickly in the closet every time you go to get dressed.

Eye problems are triggered by the intensive use of screens in the pandemic

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Dry eye and myopia have grown this year especially among the younger population

The change in habits during the pandemic with an intensive consumption of technological devices and screens has triggered eye diseases, such as dry eye and myopia, which have grown especially among the younger population.

In an online conference on “eye health in times of pandemic”, the medical director of the Institute of Ocular Microsurgery (IMO), Daniel Elíes, has also referred to the delay in ophthalmological controls due to confinement and has warned that the consultations are seeing more cases of patients in a more serious or advanced state than a year ago, with chronic or degenerative diseases.


In this Tuesday’s session, in which the first study on “Eye health in times of pandemic” was presented, promoted by the Miranza ophthalmological group, 30 percent of those interviewed said that their vision had worsened since the beginning. of the pandemic and, despite this, 75 percent have acknowledged that they have not consulted a specialist in recent months.

49 percent have argued the fear of contagion not to go to ophthalmological examinations, while 28 percent have blamed it on the restrictions dictated by the health authorities.

Regarding the greater time spent in front of screens, eye health experts have warned that the risk of suffering from eye diseases increases, especially eye fatigue (98 percent) followed by accommodative or convergence asthenopia (93 percent), that is, eye fatigue associated with different symptoms such as headache and malaise, and myopia, 75 percent.

Among the population groups most at risk of suffering from eye problems due to excessive use of devices are children between 3 and 12 years old and adolescents between 13 and 18 years old.


For the ophthalmologist Francisco Poyales, controls are necessary for critical patients because “once the deterioration of the optic nerve has begun, sometimes, it is unstoppable ” and with periodic medical control it could have been solved.
For these specialists, and as reflected in the study, the main causes that have caused this increase in ocular pathologies are the new habits of citizens during the pandemic (34 percent), the lack of reviews (16 percent), and the context of stress and uncertainty, 12 percent.

Eighty-five percent of the professionals who have participated in the study have considered that, despite the pandemic situation, it is necessary to go to the ophthalmologist’s office at least once a year.

Among the prevention tips to maintain good eye health, experts have highlighted not to abuse contact lenses, to go periodically to check-up, and to analyze if there is a family history of eye disease.

For 74 percent of ophthalmology professionals, tobacco consumption is one of the most dangerous factors for sight, followed by the habit of rubbing the eyes frequently (58 percent), not using adequate sun protection (43 percent ), poor diet (38 percent), and consuming alcohol regularly, 37 percent.

The deadliest infection that can be controlled with software

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What is known as sepsis is a syndrome that occurs associated with an infection and that in most cases has a fatal outcome for the patient. However, there is a way to identify your symptoms and manage to stop this exaggerated response that the immune system has when the infection occurs. And in the case of sepsis, catching it early is usually synonymous with success. That is, to save the life of the patient.

On this basis, the Asturian company Treelogic Health got down to work and has just created software (a computer program) that, thanks to a series of algorithms, is able to notify the doctor if the patient is suffering from this serious condition. The system is already being used successfully in a hospital in Burgos and another in Valencia and will soon be installed in another in Getafe (Madrid) and in another in Córdoba. They have christened their show Sepsis SW.

The general director of Treelogic, Marcelino Cortina, ensures that the system “analyzes a series of parameters of hospital patients and launches an alert to doctors that the patient is suffering from sepsis. ” It is necessary, he explains because many doctors are not specialized in this condition and often do not take it into account.

And the effects are no small feat. Treelogic says that a recent study in the medical journal “The Lancet” has highlighted the seriousness of this condition. Sepsis is responsible for 20% of deaths that occur in the world each year. It takes eleven million people ahead. Moreover, the Asturian company maintains that sepsis is prevalent in especially vulnerable populations, almost half of the cases are children. Serious coronavirus patients are also at greater risk of progressing to septicemia.

To control sepsis, Cortina argues, a series of parameters must be kept in check. Among them, the fever -which cannot be very high-, the blood pressure -the same-, and the white blood cell count. “To alleviate the effects of sepsis it is essential to detect it as soon as possible and treat it properly,” adds the head of the company.

Sepsis occurs when the immune system damages a person’s own tissues and organs when fighting an infection and, in most cases, leads to multi-organ failure and ultimately death.

In real-time


The program developed by Treelogic integrates with the hospital’s own information systems, receiving real-time data on admissions, constants and vital signs, triage performed on the patient, and their analytics. That data goes through a series of sepsis identification algorithms.

Once one of these cases is confirmed by the doctor, the program itself can follow up with the patient, at the time, at six hours, one day after, and five days after the detection.

The program that Treelogic has designed has already passed all the necessary medical validations and the company is now in the phase of commercializing it among Spanish hospitals. The company also adds that this product reinforces its commitment to contribute to the digital transformation of the health sector. The Asturian is a specialist in artificial intelligence and data analysis and for years she has also been marketing a triage program (SET Triage) that is already implemented in 200 Spanish health centers and in several Latin American countries.

 

Sexually transmitted infections in times of coronavirus

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The form of transmission of Covid-19 is produced by the droplets that we produce when coughing, sneezing, or talking, so ensuring the safety distance is a basic preventive measure. So goodbye to kisses, hugs, and sex?

Much has been said about sexual relations about the pandemic and practically all specialists recommend the same. Prudence.

In the case of stable couples, it would not be necessary to avoid sexual intercourse, unless one of the two is infected, or has been exposed to a risk situation.

Another issue is sporadic or new relationships. This is where prudence should guide our behavior avoiding certain practices, such as oral sex and casual relationships or with people we do not know.

These recommendations, along with social distancing measures and confinement, have likely changed the sexual behavior of many.

But what happened to sexually transmitted infections during the pandemic?

Gonorrhea, syphilis, chlamydia, granuloma venereum … Every day more than a million people contract a sexually transmitted infection (STI) in the world. It is a growing health problem at a global level with a progressive increase in its incidence.

In fact, in Spain, since the beginning of the year 2000, there has been a growing trend of gonococcal infections and syphilis.

And during confinement?

A study carried out by dermatologists and other specialists in sexually transmitted infections (STIs) from 2 health centers and 2 hospitals in Madrid and Malaga, has analyzed what happened between March 14 and June 30, 2020, and compared it with the 2019 situation.

According to the study released by the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (AEDV), measures to limit mobility and social distancing have had a positive effect in terms of reducing the incidence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). ).

Eloy Tarín Vicente, the main author of the study and dermatology resident at the University Hospital of La Paz, points out that if the data on STIs are compared with the same period in 2019, “we see a clear decrease in consultations for any cause in all centers and also a significant reduction in the number of diagnosed STIs, of up to approximately 80% for some diagnoses ”.

The specialists in venereology participating in the study point to two probable causes of the decrease in infections. On the one hand, Dr. Sendagorta Cudós, a specialist in Dermatology at the La Paz University Hospital, assures that “what we have seen is that confinement was effective, in order to reduce the spread of communicable infections. Not only COVID-19, also STIs ”.

On the other hand, “probably, the patients considered that they should only go to a consultation in the most serious or acute situations, and avoided requesting medical help in person due to the risk of contagion by SARS-CoV-2.” This would have meant that many of the sexually transmitted infections were not diagnosed or treated between March and June.

Even so, it is striking that the decline in STIs in our country has not occurred in other parts of Europe with a really high incidence of coronavirus, as is the case in Italy.

According to data from a study carried out in Milan, recently presented at the Congress of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology, an increase in acute bacterial infections occurred in that city between March 15 and April 14, including syphilis and gonorrhea, despite an overall decrease in the number of consultations for STI reasons.

Age and gender of those affected by STIs

According to this descriptive study, 674 cases of STI were treated in 665 patients distributed among the 4 centers participating in the study.

Analyzed by age, it is observed that the highest number of cases occurred between the ages of 20 and 40, (68.57%) and its distribution by gender shows that 86.47% of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) were diagnosed in men.

The most frequent infections detected in the study period were first proctitis, rectal inflammation (36.5%), followed by syphilis (16%), gonorrhea (13.35%) and non-gonococcal urethritis (11,285 ), genital herpes (8.75%), vulvoganitis / cervitis (8.31%) and condylomas (4.15%).

Due to the workload that the detection of SARS-COV2 in patients caused in the microbiological services of hospitals and health centers, it was only possible to diagnose 77% of the cases, the main microorganisms involved being Chlamydia Trachomatis (35.65%), followed by Neisseria Gonorrhoeae (31.41%) and Treponema Pallidum (17%).

The analysis of the distribution of the cases according to the consultation dates shows a clear increase in STIs after deconfinement, explained by the greater freedoms and possibilities of exposure and contagion.

This increase in consultations, the improvement of the health situation in hospitals, and the gradual disappearance of the fear of contagion of the coronavirus probably also had an influence.

Main sexually transmitted infections

According to data from the National Epidemiological Surveillance Network, chlamydia is the sexually transmitted disease with the highest incidence in our country. Specifically, in 2018, 13,109 cases were reported.

The bacteria responsible for this infection is Chlamydia trachomatis and it can be contracted when having sex without a condom with a person who has the infection, through anal, vaginal, or oral sex.

It is very common among young people or with multiple sexual partners who do not take adequate preventive measures.

The most common symptoms among women who suffer from them are changes in the smell, color, or amount of vaginal discharge, bleeding between periods, or a burning sensation when urinating.

Men may also have burning when urinating, as well as discharge from the end of the penis and testicular pain.

Without proper treatment, it can have serious health consequences. Men can develop a very painful infection in the testicles, and it can even cause arthritis.

Chlamydial infection in women can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, and ectopic pregnancies, produced outside the uterus.

Another of the most common STIs is gonorrhea, caused by a bacterium called Neisseria Gonorrhoeae and contracted in the same way as chlamydia.

It causes the same symptoms as chlamydia (itching when urinating, testicular pain, changes in vaginal discharge …), although many infected do not present discomfort of any kind

If gonorrhea is treated early, it is unlikely to lead to long-term health problems. But without treatment, the consequences can be serious. Like chlamydia, it can cause pelvic inflammatory disease, infertility, or pregnancies outside the uterus in women, and infection of the testicles, skin, or joints in men.

The best prevention is the use of a condom.

Finally, there is syphilis, which is also caused by a bacterium, treponema pallidum, and which is transmitted in the same way as the Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) already seen.

The symptoms of this infection are the same in men and women, and it consists of 4 stages:

– Primary syphilis: Appearance of a non-painful ulcer in that part of the body that has been in contact with the bacteria, generally 2-3 weeks after having sex with an infected person. The infection is transmitted to the sexual partner through contact with these ulcers.

– Secondary syphilis: If treatment is not carried out, the disease progresses to this phase due to the proliferation of bacteria in the blood. It usually occurs 3-6 weeks after the appearance of the primary syphilis ulcer. Its symptoms include a skin rash, which often affects the palms of the hands and soles of the feet, localized swelling in the genital area, white patches in the mouth, and swollen glands.

Without treatment, these rashes disappear after several weeks, although the disease does not. It remains in the patient’s body and progresses to the next phase.

– Latent syphilis: When the symptoms of secondary syphilis have disappeared, symptoms may not occur for several years, but the infection is present and can be detected through a blood test.

– Tertiary syphilis: About 1 in 10 people with untreated syphilis will develop serious neurological, osteoarticular, or cardiac problems, many years after infection.

Again the condom is the best form of prevention of syphilis, although it is recommended that we refrain from having sexual relations in case we know that we are infected.

And beware! Having and overcoming any of these infections in the past does not prevent you from getting it again.

Five homemade air fresheners to make your house smell good this fall

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With the arrival of rain and cold, some smells help create a warm atmosphere in our home.

Summer has already come to an end. Gone are the summer months, heat, sun, and many hours enjoying the streets, beaches, and mountains of our country. Although it has not been the best summer due to the Covid-19 pandemic, this season has served many Spaniards to take a break and get away from the exhausting routine.

Now, with the arrival of autumn, the mercury in our thermometers goes down and the rains become more frequent. Outdoor plans get complicated and the time we spend in our homes increases. The afternoons of a sofa, blanket, hot tea, and series begin to multiply throughout our territory.


And is that autumn is the perfect season to enjoy the warmth and comfort of our home, therefore, it becomes essential to create a cozy environment that allows us to enjoy plans that we do not usually do in the hot months. To achieve a warm and welcoming atmosphere, in addition to cleaning, it is essential to generate a pleasant smell that invades us.

To get rid of strange odors and enjoy that autumn smell that welcomes us, we can choose to go to the nearest supermarket and buy artificial fragrances. But, in this article, we point out a series of natural ways to achieve a pleasant smell in a more economical way.

Coffee grains


Coffee beans make a great natural air freshener that many people love, even more so in cold seasons. It is effective against tobacco and you can use them by putting the grains in a decorative bowl with water. In the fridge, you can use them to eliminate bad odors, toast them for five minutes, and put them inside. They are also used for cabinets, drawers, etc.

Cinnamon stick


The smell of cinnamon is one of the favorites when it comes to scenting a home. You can simply decorate the different places in the house with some cinnamon sticks. The important thing is that in a short time it will give your house a good smell.

Peppermint

If you prefer a more cheerful environment, this plant, in addition to providing a fresh aroma to the home, serves to scare away annoying mosquitoes. Boil some peppermint along with lemon juice, a little water and pour it into a spray bottle.
Pot over low heat
It is a simple way to get your home to impregnate a very pleasant autumn smell. To do this, you must fill a pot with water and add whole fruits and spices. Let it boil and then lower the power to simmer. They can be used star anise, orange peel, apple juice, vanilla extract or bay leaves, lavender, or mint, among others.

Palo Santo incense


Any type of incense can create the perfect setting to enjoy a novel on a rainy fall day. However, Palo Santo tends to attract our attention more, since the intense smell it gives off comes from the wood itself when burned. In this way, we achieve a spectacular relaxing aroma in a very natural way and without the incorporation of artificial components.

Halloween 2020: ‘low cost’ ideas to decorate your home

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Pumpkins, cobwebs, costumes, blood … nothing can be missing on such a terrifying occasion.

Halloween is approaching, the most terrifying night of the year, and in 2020 to celebrate it in the face of the restrictions imposed due to the coronavirus, domestic options have become important.

Yes, you may not be able to go out and celebrate with your group of friends. But you can be in small groups of people at home, spending a day of fear, with costumes, decorations, and candy for the little ones in the house.

Therefore, we take the opportunity to give you some simple (and cheap) tricks so that with very little effort, your home is the most terrifying and you can spend a day of fear.

The pumpkin

A tradition as American as the classic pumpkin emptying cannot be missing on this occasion. You will only have to buy the pumpkins, empty them, cut holes that simulate the eyes and the mouth, and if you wish, to give it a more special touch, insert some candles. You can also make them with balloons covered with orange tissue paper glued with white glue and a brush, and getting a black marker to paint them, or buy them directly manufactured and artificial with LED lights, much safer.


Spider webs

Starting from a simple black garbage bag you have a perfect and inexpensive way to create your spider webs. With a single bag, making yourself with scissors, and applying a little skill and skill in cutting you can get two cobwebs that will help you decorate your house in an original way. You can even add spiders made of paper or plastic.


Ghosts

From a few simple balloons, and with the help of some bottles, you can make your own home ghosts. Glue the balloons with white glue to the bottles at the top, soak a white cloth in a mixture of glue and water (in a 1: 2 ratio), and leave the bottom of the cloth stretched, trying to simulate the waves of the ghost’s layer. Let it dry for several hours and then add some eyes that you can buy at any craft store to make it more realistic.

Candles

Low lighting is key on an occasion like this. To create a terrifying atmosphere, you can place your candles in the pumpkins that you previously made, or in some candle holders covered with pieces of black lace fabric, which will undoubtedly give a more sinister touch to your decoration.


False blood

If you don’t feel like buying it, you can make it at home with food coloring of this color. If you also want to stick it to your hands, we offer you a simple way to do it. You need plastic wrap, which you must tape to a smooth surface making it wrinkle-free. Then mix the colorant (a minimal amount will suffice) with liquid glue and stir patiently. If it’s too light, add a few more drops of food coloring. Press your hand covered with liquid glue (it is not mixed) against the plastic wrap, wash your hand, and cover it again with the mixture you made earlier. Now press with your red hand on the footprint that you left the first time you supported your hand, and repeat as many times as you wish until a uniform crust is thick enough not to break.

Five fabulous ideas to decorate your home for Christmas

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Very special dates are approaching and it is time to think about how to bring magic and fantasy to our home

December is approaching, the temperatures drop, the days are getting shorter and the aroma of Christmas is beginning to be felt. Despite living such a strange year, the charm of these dates is still intact in Spanish citizenship. And it is that, in 2020 in which we have felt further away from our loved ones than ever, we look forward even more to the dates when we feel at home, surrounded by our own. However, we must keep in mind at all times the need to maintain security measures to protect our family and friends from possible infections.

Although the coronavirus will alter the holidays this year, it will not be able to stop our powerful Christmas spirit. Cities are already preparing to shine with their own light. The lights are ready to light up a much needed Christmas. So that magic and fantasy also accompany us at all times, in this article we gather some ideas to decorate our homes. Any room or corner is ideal to impregnate it with that Christmas essence that excites both young and old.

Christmas tree

There is no doubt that the Christmas tree is the main protagonist of the decoration. It is usually installed in the living room, which is usually the largest part of the house. This element is usually decorated to the taste of each family. Some opt for small, plastic trees with some ornaments on their branches. Others prefer a large tree loaded with balls, lights, stars, and all kinds of ornaments. What many agree is that under the tree is the right place for Santa Claus and the Three Wise Men to deposit their gifts.

Belen

If the Christmas tree is the star guest in December, the nativity scene is not far behind in the most traditional homes. There are nativity scenes of all types and sizes. Some, with three or four figures, already manage to recreate the birth of Jesus. Others build models worthy of exhibition, with a large number of figures, ornaments, lights, and all kinds of details.

Doors and windows

If you are not satisfied with the installation of the typical Christmas tree or nativity scene and what you want is for the Christmas spirit to flood your home, you can also decorate your doors and windows. For the doors, a very common element of Christmas decoration is the crowns. You can prepare them with natural elements, such as small branches or with pinecones.

For the windows, you can opt for Christmas lights or use sprays to shape all kinds of typical Christmas figures. In the Christmas markets, you will find templates of Santa Claus, fir trees, or balls, for example.

Also, if you want everyone to know that you love Christmas at home, you can also decorate the exteriors with lights or Santa Claus dolls hanging from your windows and balconies.

Christmas vinyls

In recent years a trend in Christmas decoration that is on the rise is vinyls. These stickers offer different designs with all kinds of motifs and drawings. Its easy installation will allow you to place it on walls or cabinets in any room in your home. It is a quick way to decorate the rooms that will give an original touch to your home and in which the boys and girls of the house can also participate.

An original touch

If you want to give an original touch to the Christmas decoration and break some traditions, you can choose to place the Christmas balls in a transparent container in any room of the house. Instead of hanging them on the tree, you can decorate certain places wearing these beautiful decorations and bringing the Christmas spirit, for example, to the kitchen. You can play with different shades and colors to achieve a spectacular result.