Friday, April 27, 2018

Sandal Weather is Here!

     Are your tootsies looking their best?  Here are some tips to give yourself a pedicure at home.  It feels so good and your feet will look great!
*Take a bowl or dishpan and fill it with warm to hot water. Give yourself the hottest water your feet can take for optimum softening of the tough heel skin, and to promote relaxation. 
*While feet are wet, use a foot scrub to soften the calluses built up during everyday exercise and ordinary tasks. Be gentle. If the tough skin on your feet has been building up over a few years, realize that it may take a few weekly pampering pedicures to bring your feet back to softness. If feet are really rough, a pumice stone will also help. 
*Rinse foot scrub off feet. Feet can soften in the footbath for a total of about five minutes, or until water is too cool for enjoyment. Gently dry off feet with a towel. 
*While skin and nails are soft, take a few minutes to gently push back toe nail cuticles with an angled cuticle stick. Use big toe nail clippers to cut toe nails straight across. Don’t clip them too short for this can cause problems with ingrown toe nails as the cut nails grow back. 
*Now for the foot massage. If you are giving yourself a pedicure, don't skip this step. Massaging feet increases blood circulation, relaxes muscles and relieves aches and pains. Any lotion or cream will do but using a peppermint oil foot cream brings added benefits: the peppermint also promotes blood circulation in the foot, and overpowers lingering foot odor.  
*When polishing toe nails start with a clear base coat. This will help to prevent  yellowing on the toenails resulting from dark polish painted directly on the nail. Two coats of color will help the nails stay attractive for up to two weeks. Finish with a protective top coat to keep your pedicure looking great.  If you are really creative, you could add some nail art before your last top coat!

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Words to Live By


People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered. Forgive them anyway.  
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives. Be kind anyway.  
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies. Succeed anyway.
 If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you. Be honest anyway.  
What you spend years building, someone may try to destroy overnight. Build anyway.  
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous. Be happy anyway.  
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow. Do good anyway.  
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough. Do it anyway.  
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God.  
It was never between you and them, anyway. - Anonymous

This seems like a great list of easy things to do to make life better for all!
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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Friday, April 6, 2018

Younger Looking Skin Ideas

Touching my newborn great nephew's baby-soft skin made me wish that my skin would still be so soft.   Well, I can’t guarantee these tips will give you skin like a baby but they might help you have much younger looking and softer skin. 

Use sunscreen!!  This past weekend I was at a gathering of family.   I noticed some people that had been traveling came back with sunburns!  Using a sunscreen of 30 not only protects you from UVB, the rays that cause sunburn but also UVA, the rays that cause fine wrinkles.  Sunscreens that contain vitamins C and E are great.  Apply at least one ounce to all exposed areas.

Not Just Your Face!  We pay a lot of attention to our face but often neglect our hands, neck and chest.  These can give away your age.  Whatever you put on your face put on your hands, neck and chest too.  This also means sunscreen.

Get your zzzzz’s!  Your skin renews it cells while you sleep. For deeper sleep relax your mind and body before going to bed.  Soaking in a hot tub can help you fall asleep faster.  Listening to soft music before turning in improves sleep quality too. Putting away electronics an hour before bedtime will also help.

Clean your face and moisturize!  It’s important to wash off make-up and grime each evening.  Use a gentle facial soap, follow up with a good toner and moisturizer.  Your face, hands, neck and chest can use a little extra pampering while you sleep.

These are pretty easy tips to follow, don't you think?

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Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Wordless Wednesday

What we here in MN wouldn't give for a day like this right now!!
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