Friday, February 10, 2017

Do’s and Don’ts for After Your Shower

Are you a bath person or a shower person? Me, I like a shower so I thought I'd share a few tips on how to make your shower better.

Do apply moisturizer/lotion.
Applying moisturizer after taking a shower will help to keep the moisture in and the dryness out.
Do those eyebrows.
After showering is a great time to tweeze your eyebrows. It makes for reduced pain and less resistance. Pluck in the direction of hair growth for best results.
Don’t blow dry.
Let your hair air dry until slightly damp. Blow drying right out of the shower can lead to frizzes. Use a towel to squeeze excess water from your hair but don't rub your hair with the towel.
Don’t use mascara.
Putting on your mascara in a steamy bathroom can lead to smudging.
For using the blow dryer and/or mascara clear the bathroom by opening a window or turning on a fan first.
Do push back your cuticles.
Your cuticles are at their softest so they’re unlikely to tear. Just gently nudge them with your towel.

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

It Only Takes Five Minutes

I enjoyed reading  5 Minutes With Jesus—A Fresh Infusion of Joy by Sheila Walsh with Sherri Gragg. This little book contains 50 short uplifting and inspiring stories and take-aways with the theme of joy.

     I think this little book is the perfect way to start the day. I like that the readings were short. I picked one each day to read and ponder the rest of the day. They are interesting and often humorous. After each reading there is a restatement of the main point and then several bible passages that go along with that reading. It literally takes only 5 minutes to read each one.

     I also like that Sheila Walsh told some stories from her life to emphasize her points. She isn’t preachy but has a very comfortable style of writing. 

This would make a great gift for someone special in your life.
( I was given this book to review from the Thomas Nelson Company. The opinion expressed here is my own.)
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Monday, February 6, 2017

Making Sense of Scents


Perfumes and fragrances are one of the most difficult accessories to define and to pin down because it is such a personal choice. I thought it would be interesting to write a post dealing with selecting and choosing perfumes and fragrances. 

Q. Is it true that fragrances change scent on different people? 

A.Yes. Each of us has our own unique body chemistry based on our genes, skin type, hair color, and even the type of lifestyle we lead and the environment in which we live in. So it is important not to purchase a fragrance because you smelled it in a magazine ad or on someone else. Try it on your own skin to see how it reacts with your own body chemistry.

QAs one gets older does the sense of smell diminish?
 A.Yes. As we age our sense of smell slowly begins to diminish. As a result some older individuals apply more fragrance than needed. (not only older adults!)

Q. How long will a fragrance last on me?
       A. Fragrances are designed to last about 4 hours or so. Some people may notice that a particular fragrance lasts all day but by then it will not smell as it's supposed to. You must reapply once or twice a day.

Q.  Do I apply fragrance all over the body?
      A.  Yes. If a fragrance is only applied to the neck or behind the ears the fragrance will rise and disappear. It is important to apply a fragrance all over the body to ensure the scent lasts.

QHow does skin type play a role?
      A. Oily skin holds scents much more than dry skin. So those with dry skin need to reapply more often.

 Q.  Is it important to change fragrances according to the different seasons of the year?
      A. Yes, since heat increases the intensity of a fragrance. There are certain fragrances that are more appropriate for summer and other stronger scents that would be better for winter use. A good guideline to follow is to wear lighter scents in the summer and stronger in the winter. Citrus scents are perfect for summer while orientals are better for winter.

I wear White Linen in the summer and Aqua di Gio (for women) in the winter. What is your favorite fragrance?
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Monday, January 23, 2017

Just Like Jerry Seinfeld

Some times you just have to do what Jerry Seinfeld about nothing. So here I am basically blogging about nothing! Anyway, read on. I think these facts are fun.

  1. Every day more money is printed for Monopoly than the U.S.Treasury. 
  2. Men can read smaller print than women can. 
  3. Women can hear better than men. 
  4. Coca-Cola was originally green. 
  5. It is impossible to lick your elbow. 
  6. The average number of people airborne over the U.S. in any given hour : 61,000 
  7. 111,111,111 x 111,111,111 = 12,345,678,987,654,321 (1-9 forward and backward) 
  8. If a statue in the park of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle. 
  9. If the horse has one front leg in the air the person died as a result of wounds received in battle. 
  10. If the horse has all four legs on the ground, the person died of natural causes. 
  11. Half of all Americans live within 50 miles of their birthplace. 
  12. Bulletproof vests, fire escapes, windshield wipers, and laser printers were all invented by women. 
  13. Honey is the only food that doesn't spoil. 
  14. Father’s Day has more collect calls than any other day of the year. 
  15. “Good Night and Sleep Tight” - In Shakespeare's time, mattresses were secured on bed frames by Ropes. When you pulled on the ropes the mattress tightened, making the Bed firmer to sleep on. 
  16. “Honeymoon” - It was the accepted practice in Babylon 4,000 years ago that for a Month after the wedding, the bride's father would supply his son-in-law With all the mead he could drink. Mead is a honey beer and because their Calendar was lunar based, this period was called the honey month, which we know today as 'the honeymoon'. 
  17. “GOLF” – Gentlemen Only, Ladies Forbidden. Many years ago in Scotland , a new game was invented. It was ruled 'Gentlemen Only...Ladies Forbidden'...and thus the word GOLF entered Into the English language.
FINALLY~~ At least 75% of people who read this will try to lick their elbow!

Any silly or fun facts to add to our list? Send us a comment with yours...
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Friday, January 20, 2017

What Does Your Skin Need?

       How much do you really know about what your skin needs? There are four basic skin types: Oily, combination, normal and dry. Your skin type is determined by how much -- or how little -- oil your skin produces. 
     You can take the "skin test." All you need is a piece of tissue. Wipe your face with a clean tissue and observe it. For those having normal skin, the oil does not come on the tissue and your face does not feel tight or flaky. If your skin is oily then there would be oil on the tissue which is seen as transparent spots. The oil comes usually from the nose, forehead and cheek parts. On the other hand if there is oil only in the center part then it is combination skin. The oil comes from the forehead and nose but does not come from the cheeks. For those who have dry skin they will have no oil in the tissue and the skin is left with a feeling of dryness.
     Here are the four different skin types and their characteristics. 

Type 1: Oily Oily skin tends to shiny with enlarged pores, and is prone to blackheads and blemishes.  Oily skin contains a lot of sebum which helps prevent the skin from drying out. However, oily skin tends to attract more dirt and dust than dry skin. Use warm water to loosen the dirt, use a cleansing soap, then use cold water to rinse. Use toners and astringents. Very oily skin needs no extra moisturizing at all while you are in your teens.

Type 2: Combination/normal Most of us have this kind of skin with medium pores, a smooth and even texture, good circulation, healthy color, may have dryness on the cheeks while being oily in the t-zone.  Ideally, you should have one product for the oily areas and one for the dry areas, but this is expensive and unnecessary unless the areas of dry and oily are very different. Use a skin cleanser for the central oily panel, diluted with water for the drier areas.

Type 3: Dry Dry skin looks dry, feels tight, especially after cleansing if you have used soap. It has a tendency towards fine wrinkles, flaking and red patches. Sometimes it is lacking some of the protective sebum and so it reacts to very hot and very cold weather by tightening up and it is easily chapped in dry weather. Always use mild, alcohol-free make up and toner, and a rich, creamy cleanser.  Use warm water to lather and rinse it with cold. Moisturize your face every day, including the throat and the skin around your eyes.

Type 4: Normal . Normal skin is supple, lively, vibrant and elastic. Normal skin is clear, pimple free, soft, smooth and without any greasy or flaky areas. The skin is neither dry nor greasy. Moisturizer could be applied to the face every night before sleep to balance the moisture content in the skin. A mild cleanser could be on normal skin.  This keeps the pores tight. A toner or astringent could be used to remove any traces of cleanser present on the skin. When using toners or astringents make sure these are alcohol free. 

*If you have sensitive skin use cosmetics and skin care products which are alcohol free, emulsifier free and even

*Getting older means that the skin starts to age and certain changes takes place in the skin. The skin shows drastic changes as it becomes wrinkled, dry and various spots and certain growths occur. Exfoliation should be an integral part of any mature skin-care routine.
Remember proper care to your skin now will result in better skin as you get older!

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