Which week are you on in your cycle?
First day of period to Day 7
Today’s hormonescope: No matter what you celebrate, rising estrogen has you enjoying fun end-of-year traditions, like munching gingerbread man cookies, making snowmen and gazing at Christmas light displays. No one near you with lights or too cold to go outside to look at your neighbor’s display? Log onto Planet Christmas and view photos of some of the best light shows around! Have your own amazing lit-up decorations? Send a photo to this website and show them off to everyone!
Day 8 to Day 13
Today’s hormonescope: High estrogen and testosterone are bringing out your inner wild child. You’re the one who’s organizing pot lucks, making secret Santas mandatory and hanging mistletoe over the doorways closest to the hotties. Want to pump up the fun some more? Force folks to join you in a round of Christmas karaoke! Choose from well-known Christmas classics—like Deck the Halls, Holly Jolly Christmas and Frosty the Snowman—at the-north-pole.com, which provides the lyrics and music to sing along to for free!
Day 14 (or ovulation) to Day 22
Today’s hormonescope: With progesterone upping your desire for yummy treats and your urge to take care of others, you may be tempted to cook, bake, sautee, wok and crock pot the day away and share your goodies with others. Having folks over for a delicious home-made meal? If so, make sure music, TV and other noise-makers are low. A recent British study found that people eating in a quiet setting rated their food as flavorful, while people eating the same food in a noisy setting described it as bland! Why? Background noise impacts the brain’s ability to gauge other senses, the researchers explain.
Day 23 to the end of cycle
Today’s hormonescope: Need to get someone a last-minute holiday gift? With estrogen and testosterone on the downswing, making you more sensitive to noise, smells and crowds, the mall may be the last place you want to go. So, what can you do? If you’ve got a printer, then you’re minutes away from the perfect present: Simply print a beautiful gift card from one of these popular merchants:
* Amazon.com: Gift recipients can use their card to buy any of thousands of household, entertainment, cosmetic and other items in Amazon.com’s vast online store. To get it: Click the “Gift Cards” menu tab, select the “Print a gift card” option, choose the image for your card, then type in the denomination.
* Restaurant.com: Recipients can redeem their gift card at more than 15,000 restaurants nationwide. Best of all, you only pay 40% to 60% of the card’s actual value. To get it: Head to gift.restaurant.com, then pick the gift card amount you want to purchase—for instance, a $15 card that’s redeemable for $25, a $25 card that’s redeemable for $50, a $35 card that’s redeemable for $75 or a $40 card that’s redeemable for $100.
* Netflix: Gift subscriptions include DVD rentals by mail, as well as unlimited streaming to a computer or TV. To get it: Log onto netflix.com/GiftPurchase, choose the plan you want (starting at $7.99 per month), the number of months you want to pay for and the card’s design, then pick the print option at the end.
* iTunes: Entertainment lovers can use their gift cards to download single songs, whole albums, audiobooks, music videos, movies and TV shows. To get it: Open up your iTunes program (or download it free from apple.com/itunes/affiliates/download), click “iTunes Store”, then “Buy iTunes Gifts” and choose “Printable Gift Certificates”.
* iCARD Gift Card: It can be spent like cash at hundreds of stores and restaurants, including The Gap, Starbucks, Macy’s and Kohls. To get it: Visit icardgiftcard.com, click “Buy an iCARD Gift Card”, pick your design and amount, then choose the “print” option. A $3.95 fee will be added.
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