Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

It's that time of year again! Baseball, hotdogs and apple pie!
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Safe Tanning

One way to be safe is to avoid tanning and use a self-tanner. After seeing a co-worker with streaks down her legs, I thought I’d offer some tips for getting the perfect “tan”.

**Take a quick shower or bath (don't soak) and exfoliate your skin, either with a washcloth or body scrub. Don't over scrub, but do pay extra attention to your knees, ankles, feet, elbows, and neck. This will help achieve a uniform appearance since self-tanners grab on to dry surface skin cells. Your tan will look more even and will last longer. Now is the time to shave your legs if you have to, because you shouldn’t shave or wax your legs for a few days after the application of a self-tanner. 

** Your skin must be completely dry to get the best results. Do not apply self-tanner in a steamy, hot bathroom or on a humid, hot day. The heat and moisture in the bathroom can cause you to start to sweat and the self tanner can melt and drip which will cause streaks. Also,wait until your body has cooled down after your shower. Hot skin will have the same affect.

**Apply a thin layer of lightweight moisturizer over the areas where you will be applying self-tanner. This will help the self-tanner glide on without clinging to dry patches.

**To avoid streaks on your legs when using a self-tanner , rub on tanner in a horizontal motion, rather than a vertical one.

**Wait AT LEAST 15 minutes before getting dressed. Remember that self-tanner can stain clothes. Color will show up after approximately 2 hours, not immediately

**For a realistic-looking tan, skip body parts that wouldn’t tan in the sun, like your inner arms.

**Dilute by half on the areas prone to dark spots. Your knees, ankles and elbows are usually first to show if you don’t apply correctly. Mix half self tanner and half moisturizer for a more natural look.

**Never apply body self-tanner, tanning lotion or body bronzer to your face. Buy a special facial self-tanner.  After tanning your face, take a wet cotton swab to eyebrows and rub out any tanner residue. Also, rub a moistened cotton ball across your hairline where tanners tend to build up during application. This will ensure a no-tell perfectly tanned face. Never wear foundation, face powder, eyeshadows or lipstick when applying self-tanner.

**To maintain your new tan and to make it last longer reapply the tanning product every week or every three to four days.

** To keep self-tanning color from staining nails, cuticles and palms, coat your hands with petroleum jelly.

WHEW, that’s a lot of information. Hopefully, you’ll be able to get a tan that looks like you just stepped off the plane from Hawaii!  It’s guaranteed to be better for you skin than sun-bathing or using a tanning booth.
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Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Monday, May 22, 2017

Five Great Vacation Tips


        Hubby and I are planning a summer vacation. I'm hoping that you will be able to get away too. Here are some tips to help you get the most out of your time away.

1).  Pack less than you’ll need.  Stick to things that look great on you in two or three colors.  Don’t forget to pack things you can’t do without.

2)    In life, the journey is as important as the destination. Don't schedule every minute: allow for the unexpected. Unplanned detours often end up being even more enjoyable than planned stops!

3)    Take lots of photos. It might seem like an annoyance at the time, but when you get home you and those you love will be glad you did. Make sure to pass the camera around so everyone gets a chance to document, and that way you're sure to "be in the moment."

4)    Play travel games. It doesn't matter if you don't have kids, remember when you were one? You're never too old to play them, and it helps the time zoom by whether you're driving or flying. Our favorite is "20 Questions."

5)    Go online and read the local newspapers for the areas you'll be traveling to. It's a great way to absorb the local color and learn about local events. has listings of 10,000 newspapers from around the world.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Massaging the feet can bring relaxation to your entire body.
Massaging the feet can elevate your mood, relieve stress, and give you an overall sense of well-being. It’s easy to give and receive it in the comfort of your own home. Foot massage is easy to learn and even a quick massage can bring relief and enjoyment 

*Start by soaking your feet in warm water for about 10 minutes in the bathtub or in a large dishpan. Add your favorite bath salts or oil to the water-it will not only help your feet, but the aroma is soothing. Now, dry your feet completely and apply your favorite body lotion, foot cream or oil to your hands. 
*You can begin your massage anywhere on your feet, keeping in mind that you want to cover the entire foot from the tip of your toes to your ankle. Use enough pressure to help the foot muscles relax, but not so much as to cause discomfort. If  it tickles (feet can be very sensitive) press harder, but again, not so hard that it hurts.
*Sit in a comfortable chair and prop your right foot up on your left knee. You should be able to see the bottom of your foot in this position. Rub a little lotion or oil over your whole foot.
*Wrap your hands around your foot (thumbs will be on the sole and fingers on the top). Holding your foot firmly, start making circular motions with your thumbs. Cover the entire area of the bottom of your foot, working your way from the heel, through the sole, up to the ball of your foot, and finally to your toes.
*Knead the sole by holding the foot with one hand and making a fist with the other, using moderate pressure. Pay attention to the arch.
*Squeeze gently each of your toes between your thumb and index finger. Begin with the big toe. Roll the toe between your thumb and forefinger as you slide your fingers down the toe to the end, applying gentle pressure. Gently squeeze the end of each toe.
*Hold the heel with your left hand and move your foot at the ankle joint so as to loosen it. Rotate the foot clockwise and counterclockwise 3 or 4 times.
*Wipe off any excess cream or oil with a soft towel
*Repeat these steps on other foot.
Jerry and I like to do this while we are relaxing in front of the tv at night.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Face Massage

Massaging your face can help prevent new tension lines and wrinkles from appearing. It does this by relaxing the muscles and by stimulating the blood vessels under the skin. You should cleanse your face thoroughly before you begin. Follow the steps described below. 
      1. Start by stroking the whole face. Use both hands and work 
        up the neck, out across the cheeks, then glide gently      
        inwards, work up and out over the forehead. Finish by       
        applying gentle pressure to the temples.
2 . Stimulate the skin by using the back of your hands and loosely rolling your fingers up the cheek. This can also be used on the neck and under the chin.
3. With your thumb and forefinger, gently pinch the skin along the jawbone and under the chin. This is very stimulating and helps prevent a double chin.
4. To release tension around the eyes, firmly squeeze the eyebrows with your thumb and forefinger. Always work from the bridge of the nose towards the temples.
5. For  tension in the neck and shoulders make firm circular  movements working up either side of the neck then out across the shoulders
                          Taken from an article at

     I have never given myself a facial massage. Have you? Let us know what you think!

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Pretty Toe Nail Art Ideas

Love the polka-dots!
     I've done quite a few posts on how to have pretty fingernails but with sandal season coming up I thought we should give the toes some pretty too!
    Here are 50+ great ideas to paint your toes to look fun, glamorous or both!! 
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Friday, April 28, 2017

A Thought for Friday

I saw this quote and wanted to share with you...

"I’ve learned that happiness comes in different forms. It can be found in the blackest thunderclouds or when the earth is withering from heat. It is also in the warm rays of the sun in the midst of pouring rain. It is in the first green leaf of spring peeping out of the cracked bud of a poplar tree. It is in the little white petal working itself out on a branch of an apple tree. It is in the darkness of the night sky with thousands of twinkling stars. It is in the tender look of a loved one. It looks out through shining eyes in family photographs."

it is everywhere
find happiness right where you stand

Lidia Evgenevna Shmakova
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Friday, April 21, 2017

Cute Summer Nail Designs

     It's been a while since I posted some nail art. Summer is fast approaching so I thought I would share some great nail art ideas. Cindy over at the Skip To My Lou blog has tons of cute ideas for do-it-yourself fabulous nails. You gotta check it out!!
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Get Beautiful Nails At Home

If you want your hands to look younger, give yourself a manicure!  Here are some common mistakes and the smart fixes to protect your nails.  

Don’t file nails back and forth.  The sawing motion weakens your nails and can cause them to split.   File in the same direction with a soft emery board. (Those old-fashioned orange emery boards are too harsh for nails, causing small fissures and cracks that lead to breakage and tears.) To help prevent your nails from breaking, keep them short and square with a slightly rounded edge. The best time to file your nails is when you are already wearing a polish. This will prevent splitting or breaking of nails.

Don’t use acetone-based polish remover.  This strips away the moisture and natural oils that will keep your nails flexible. 

Don’t cut your cuticles.  Your cuticles act as a barrier against infection-causing bacteria. Instead, soak your nails in warm water to soften your cuticles and then push them back with an orange stick or washcloth.

Don’t paint your nails with old polish.  Buy a new polish that’s free of formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), and toluene such as Obessive Compulsive Cosmetics (, Spa Ritual ( or Mineral Fusion (available at Whole Foods Stores).

Don’t wear polish every day. When you wear nail polish, make sure to give your nails a break from time to time. In other words leave them without polish for a few days, every now and then.

Cut your nails to a manageable length. There is no point in having extremely long nails, they snap off (painfully) and take a while to grow back into a normal shape.
Moisturize the nail bed and the cuticle. While there is little in the way of medical data showing that moisturizing the nail bed will help nails grow, it can make cuticles look better and help protect nails from breaking due to a lack of moisture. If your nails are prone to breakage, it could mean they need moisture -- and putting oil around the cuticle helps moisturize the entire nail.
Change shampoos. While you probably know when your shampoo doesn't agree with your hair, you might not realize it may not agree with your nails -- even if your hair looks great. This is particularly true of detergent shampoos, or those for oily hair.  If your nails are dry and you are using any products that strip oils, there is the potential to dry nails.
Remember toenails count, too!  Everything that applies to your fingernails applies to your toenails

Here’s a little nail trivia—did you know it takes 8 months for nails to grow an inch? 

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Lovely Gift Book for Moms

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     Adult coloring books are all the rage and this coloring book doesn’t disappoint! It’s called “Home Is Wherever Mom Is…Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering.”

     This is a beautiful coloring book with more than 90 whimsical images and quotes and messages about motherhood. I appreciate that the images are gorgeous but aren’t so intricate that it takes forever to fill them in. I also like that the pages are heavy yardstick and perforated so you could frame them.

    There are hand-lettered quotes that you can trace with fine markers and color in with markers, colored pencils, paints or brush pen. These quotes are from various authors and some are Biblical quotes. In the back of the book are lined practice pages with sample alphabet letters that you can trace.

     Thinking ahead to Mother's Day...this is a really fun book that would make a very lovely gift!   
I was given this book to review from the Thomas Nelson Co. This opinion is my own.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Spring Renewal

Even though it doesn’t seem like spring, here are our top ways to rejuvenate, renew and refresh yourself just in time for spring: 

1)     Tub time - drink a cup of tea while soaking in a hot bath with your favorite fragrant bath soak. 
2)     Take a mini vacation in your head - visualize yourself on a warm, sandy beach soaking up the sun as you hear the waves crashing. 
3)     Make Some Daily Personal Time - take some time each day just for yourself, even if it's just 15-20 minutes. Meditate, sit quietly or say affirmations. Just 20 minutes will energize you and help you maintain a better frame of mind. 
4)     Express gratitude - remind yourself of all the things you're thankful for: your family, friends, your home, and your work. Remember to say "thank you" to those who help you.
5)     Perform small acts of kindness - Performing acts of kindness will help you to feel better about yourself too!
6)     Remember to laugh - laughter can be great medicine. Watch a funny movie, make plans with your funniest friends, or just laugh out loud at nothing!
7)     Breathe deeply - after an especially stressful situation, take a few minutes to breathe deeply. Inhale and count to five and then exhale slowly. As you exhale imagine all your tension leaving your body. 
8)     Permission to be you - Take a break from the image that you have of yourself and the image that you project. Just let yourself be whoever you feel like being in the moment. Give yourself permission to be you!
9)     Eat a healthy lunch - instead of making do with eating fast food, eat something simple, healthy, colorful, fun, and exotic or with wild flavors and textures. Enjoy!
10)  Host a gathering with girl friends - we saved the best way to renew yourself for last. 

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Friday, March 17, 2017

What To Eat Each Day For Looks And Health

If you are like me and have trouble resisting all of the Easter goodies around this time of year, remember to add in some healthy food to your diet.                  
Helps maintain the outer layer of the skin to prevent premature aging. What you'll find in carrots is the same as you'll get in Retin A. 
Citrus Fruits
Hold the skin cells together by forming collagen. Collagen cannot be added to the skin topically, which is why fruits and fruit juices are such an important part of the daily diet. 
Helps combat wrinkles and restores tissue. 
Sweet Potatoes Vitamin A is known to be a remarkable anti-wrinkling agent. Sweet potatoes are full of this important vitamin. The pleasing result is clearer, smoother skin. (We’ve started eating these instead of regular potatoes. They’re great fried or baked.)
These "love apples" will keep you loving your skin. Tomatoes are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C, and potassium. 
Wheat Germ
If you want to get rid of pimples quickly and efficiently, make sure to include two or three tablespoons a day in your diet. Add it to cereal, yogurt, and cottage cheese. 

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Wordless Wednesday

Time to downsize but I hate the idea of having to get rid of these antique school desks.
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Sunday, March 12, 2017

Special Skin Care Tips

  Fine lines and wrinkles are inevitable as we age, but with a little special skin care and these tips, you minimize wrinkles forever!
1.  Sun protection  The single biggest cause of skin aging is sunlight. You should use a sunscreen every single day of the year.   This will help skin from premature aging, as well as guard against burning.
2.  Don't smoke  Cigarette smoke speeds up the aging process because it strips your skin of oxygen and slows the rate of new skin cell regeneration. It's responsible for giving the skin a gray, sluggish look and can cause fine lines around the mouth.
3.  Deep cleanse Many older women don't cleanse their skin as well as they should believing this can lead to dryness and lines.  Cleansing your skin properly is essential to ensure your skin is cleared of dead skin cells, dirt and makeup, and gives your skin a fresh, healthy glow. Massage a good creamy cleanser into your skin and rinse off with warm water.   Always pat your skin dry with a soft towel.
4.  Deep moisturize As well as using a daily moisturizer you can give your skin an extra boost by using a weekly nourishing face mask.  Apply to damp skin for extra effect.
 5.  Boost your circulation Choose a gentle facial scrub or exfoliator and use once a week to gently remove dead skin cells and keep the top layers of your skin glowing with good health.
6. Eat Healthy   Foods that are high in antioxidants, such as berries, are great for your skin. Eat blueberries and strawberries as a nutritious snack, or add them to your breakfast cereal or yogurt. It's also vital to eat foods high in omega-3 fatty acids. These fatty acids can help regenerate your skin at the cellular level. High omega-3 foods also reduce inflammation, help prevent cancer and offer many other health benefits. Foods high in omega-3s include salmon, halibut, sardines, albacore tuna, flaxseed and walnuts.
7. Stay hydrated Water is important for your overall health. Drinking eight glasses of water a day will help you lose weight, aid digestion, improve your energy and concentration, remove toxins from your body and keep your skin glowing and healthy.
8.  Be gentle Always be as gentle as you can when applying skin care products and don't drag your skin, particularly around the delicate eye area. A heavy touch can cause your skin to stretch and appear "crepey".  Always use a light touch and stroke upwards, rather than drag the skin down. Avoid any products that make your skin feel irritated or itchy and switch to a more gentle formula. 

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Words To Live By


   In light of all that has been happening in the U.S. and around the world lately I thought this was a very appropriate poem.


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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Friday, March 3, 2017

A Treat for Marshmallow Day

    In Japan, Korea and Taiwan, the February 14 Valentine's Day holiday is closely followed by White Day, celebrated on March 14. On Valentine's Day, the custom is for women to give gifts of chocolate to men, and not just to sweethearts, but co-workers as well! The chocolate gifts are known as giri-choco (giri = obligation; choco = chocolate). In order to level the playing field, a savvy marshmallow manufacturer conceived of Marshmallow Day in 1965, calling for a gesture of thanks by the men.
     His idea bloomed and on March 14, men who receive chocolate on Valentine's Day return the favor and give sweet gifts -- usually with marshmallow -- to women. The holiday is often called White Day, as well, and gifts now include marshmallow, candy, chocolate, and lingerie. 
     Well here in the USA both men and women give and receive valentines including chocolates. It would be kind of fun to give your valentine a marshmallow treat as a little “thank you for thinking of me” on March 14.  You could give a little cultural lesson too.  (Jerry loves Peeps so I could give him a marshmallow gift of those!)

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

 Are you one of the lucky ones that gets to travel someplace warm this winter? Then these tips are for you!
      Pack-smart Beach Essentials for Stylish Chicks from an article by Kathryn D'Imperio 

Dashing off to the beach for vacation or a weekend getaway? Not so fast! Be sure you’ve packed all the essential items you’ll need to stay stylish and chic during your time in the sun! To maximize your fun, minimize the number of beauty accessories you lug along to you vacation location with these helpful packing hints. 
Skin Care
*  No matter how badly you want a tan, bring suntan lotion to protect your precious skin from overexposure!                                                                          Though they are possibly the most obvious item, don’t forget your sunglasses! 
*  Just in case you do get some sunburn, do your body a favor and slap on some aloe.  
  • Have you ever been caught in a sand storm? Well I have, and I can’t stress enough about the value of a bottle of eye drops in case those pesky particles of sand find their way into your eyes. 
  • Don’t forget your normal necessities such as toothpaste and toothbrush, deodorant or antiperspirant, towels, shaving gel and razors, tweezers, body wash, etc. 
Hair Care
  • Remember to pack your shampoo and conditioner, brush and comb, elastic bands and/or barrettes. 
*  When you spend time in the ocean or playing on the beach, what happens to the top of your head is likely the last thing on your mind. To help prevent sunburn on your scalp, consider packing a hat of some sort, a bandana or a hair scarf. 

And Clothes!
  • For a flirty appearance, bring a cute sarong or wrap to wear to the beach, or simply pack a pair of comfy shorts if you hope to beat up on the guys in football and Frisbee!
  • Take two towels: one to lie on and one that is sand-free for when you need to dry off. A beach blanket or beach mat also serve a handy purpose for shore-goers.
  • An old T-shirt doubles as an escape from the sun’s powerful rays when you just want to relax and enjoy the sounds of the surf. Also, a T-shirt is good to have on hand as it is important to cover exposed skin when the sun has already burned it.
  • Normal clothes that you should be sure to bring: Shorts and tanks/tees, jeans or other long pants, perhaps a long-sleeve shirt and a hooded sweatshirt, a sundress, pajamas, bathing suit and underclothes. Don’t forget to bring a windbreaker or light jacket for those chilly nights off the coast!
  • Footwear: Bring sandals or flip-flops, sneakers and shoes to go with at least one nice outfit. (Hint: Try to pack outfits that look nice with the same sandals to reduce the need for extra shoes. As long as you can help it, you should not be toting an entire bag dedicated to shoes alone!)
Have fun, be safe!
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Six Tips For Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is thin or fine-textured skin. It reacts quickly to both heat and cold; so it can sunburn easily. It is commonly dry, delicate and prone to allergic reactions. Temperature changes, some detergents, cosmetics and alcohol (used on the skin) can all cause irritation, leaving the skin red and blotchy. Sometimes sensitive skin is associated with conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, rosacea, etc. People with sensitive skin need to take special care of their skin. Here are some tips…

*When choosing make-up, especially foundation and blusher, buy oil-free products. Make-up that is water based and non-cosmedogenic (non-pore clogging) is the best option. There are also oil-absorbing foundations that keep oil off the face. It’s a good idea to look for fragrance-free products also.

*In taking care of sensitive skin keep it clean. Most skin like this will react badly to dirt and dust. This skin type is often susceptible to acne problems and breakouts.  Use a mild, soap-free cleanser  but don’t over wash your face (i.e. more than twice a day.) Do not use exfoliants. Use an astringent on oily areas only, but discontinue use if redness occurs.

*Get a good night’s sleep. They don’t call it beauty sleep for nothing. Having the right amount of sleep can actually help the skin regenerate. This is also the time when the skin can breathe in from going all day with make-up.

*It is important that you follow a cleansing routine every day. Remember to always remove your make-up before going to sleep. Turning in for the night with make-up on will only result in clogged pores and eventually, acne. 

*Remember that sensitive skin tends to pick up dirt and grime easily and react to it. Prevent irritation by minimizing contact with your skin. This is especially true with your face as this is the most sensitive skin area on the body. Pinching existing
zits will also lead to irritation. Minimize scratching or even touching your face.

*Sensitivity can also increase with age. It has been reported for example that the skin gets more sensitive in women at the beginning of menopause.

All skin types have special needs. I hope these tips help if you have sensitive skin.

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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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