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Positive Vibes – April 2017

We get it – some days it’s too hard to get out of bed, let alone get in the shower and then face other humans.  Every month we’ll be sharing our favorite tunes to help you get the day started off on the right foot.   For April, the theme is Coachella.  Coachella is taking place over two weekends this month.  Two weekends full of friends, music… and lots of sin.  A cultural phenomenon like Coachella can launch new bands, so you may even find some music you haven’t heard before. This list is massive, so I won’t go through each artist.  We’ll let their music tell the story.  Enjoy!

4 Reasons Why Grumpy People Should Hate Spring

Spring is upon us and with spring showers come spring flowers.  So, it’s officially Tulip Season!  With Spring comes better weather, beautiful scenery, and better moods.   With better moods, comes more smiles — something we know a little something about.  But why you ask (let’s assume you asked).  I’ll tell you (let’s assume you want me to). Generally, a lot of the benefits of spring come from pent up demand for better days after winter months.  This is why there is not much of a mood enhancement from Spring to Summer.  However, we like to get specific here at Tulip.  So, below are 4 ways that spring puts you in a better mood. More Sunlight Every year, I throw my hands up and enter a fit of rage when I realize daylight savings, once again, will be stealing an hour of sleep from me.  We never seem to thank it for the next several months of additional sunlight… and we probably should. Just look around you — people seem to be happier, nicer and more productive …

Pour Wine like a Sommelier

A long time ago, I thought about opening a bar.  I had a conversation with a friend about it: me: I’m thinking about opening a bar. friend: cool. me: I wouldn’t know how to even get started. friend: well, I think instead of drinking, you pour. me: I can still drink, right? friend: you probably shouldn’t open a bar. Well, it’s true that most of us have no problem with the mechanics of drinking.  We’re pretty good at it.  The pour, on the other hand is much more complicated and some of us are god awful at it. This is a 2-part series about pouring two things that make us happy: beer and wine.  This post will focus on the sweet, sweet nectar of alcoholic grapes. When pouring a glass of wine, etiquette is quite important.  In many cases, it’s even impressive.  Try the following the next time you’re around a large group of people waiting for their daily wine fix… The Glass: Make sure you’re using the right glass.  Big is not the only description …

5 Ways to Naturally Whiten Teeth

Teeth whitening donuts? Yeah we wish. But with these 5 natural remedies you can get your smile pearly white without an expensive trip to a dentist, so you can keep doing you. 1. Brush with Activated Charcoal Powder If you haven’t heard already charcoal is where it’s at [1]. Why? Because it absorbs toxins and neutralizes bacteria, which help remove the things in your mouth that cause stains. Crazy right? We know. It’s hard to believe something commonly associated with backyard barbecues or the mining scene in Zoolander can actually help whiten teeth. All you have to do is dip a wet brush in some activated charcoal powder and brush your teeth like you normally would. Two or three times a week and you’ll be looking like a star in no time! 2. Brush with Salt If charcoal is too intense for you, brushing with salt has comparable effects. With similar properties to charcoal, salt can disinfect and absorb toxins in your mouth, helping to remove stains. Just try to use the smallest grain salt you can find (sorry course …