Thursday, January 09, 2014

Going Dairy-Free? Looking for Ideas of what to do?

When I was a child we lived for a few years on a little tiny farm. We had rabbits, chickens, a lamb and even a pony! We also had goats. We didn't drink cow milk we drank goats milk and my job was milking them. Anyway the reason why I brought that up is, I know and understand just how good goats milk is for your insides and your skin. Now I am a totally dairy-free person, I can't eat beef either :( No steaks for me, I have gone totally dairy-free and its not as hard as you might think. Why go dairy-free? I get sick to my stomach when I eat or drink anything with a milk protein in it. For real, and not because I read the label and see the milk protein I don't have to, for me to get a bad reaction to it. Once I got so bad I had to go the ER!! Yes because of dairy. :( I think one of the hardest things when you go dairy free is to go without cheese. And I swear these days there is cheese in everything! Like cheese with cheese! I know that seems over-done but it seems that way. In fact I found this great book on Amazon today that you can buy with lots of dairy-free recipes! Now if you enjoy pizza like we do there is even a dairy free cheese you can get that is made with rice that works just as good as mozzarella does! In fact it melts just like it would. We get our pizza from Papa Murphy's your take and bake kind. You can ask for no cheese and then add your cheese when you get home. It does melt great and I even fooled my sons and their friends with it. Now that is a great way to tell a item!! If you are thinking about going dairy-free its not as tough as you might think. Look for other items like goats milk, or sheep's milk in yogurts if you miss the texture you are used to having. It will take a lot of testing for you to find what works for you. But just by cutting out cheese from your diet can help with our weight as well. I am no doctor, but once I cut out cheese my weight went down. And its been the same as I was in high school for 10 years now. Why? Because cheese items are usually junk food anyway, and what does your doctor say about junk food? Try going dairy free for one week and then come back and tell me how you did.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Are you Blushing? Or is that too much Blush you got on there?

What is blush? And Why Do You Need it?
Blush is like the finishing touch to face makeup. If applied incorrectly, blush can make you look like you should be doing children's parties as a clown. When applied properly, it provides an amazing natural glow to your skin.
 Known as "rouge" before modern makeup came about in the early 20th century, blush was a popular makeup.
Blushes are available in various different textures, colors and blends which you can select according to your skin complexion and type.
 A powder blush is extremely long lasting and it is suitable for all skin types especially for people who have oily skin.
 You have your creme blushes and even gels or stains. Blush can really help  in highlighting your cheekbones and temples. It is very easy to apply and provides you a smooth and glowing texture.  A cream blush is suitable when you need a more defined look. It must be applied evenly with your fingers. Sometimes if you want your blush to stay, you apply a creme or gel, and over top of it a highlighter color to keep it giving you that natural glow longer.
Makeup are certainly important and set the tone to your style but your skin's appearance, makes or breaks the entire look you may be going for.
Some my personal favorite brands of blush are:
Ella Blue Mineral Blusher color "Well, Maybe Just This Once...
NARS Blush color Orgasm
Jill Kirsh Color from Kit #402
Overall Beauty Minerals Iced Wine
Each color is really pretty close to the rest. Now problem with three of the four is the ingredients..
Does your cheek bones break out at times and you don't know why? Well mine started doing that and I couldn't figure out what was happening. I was at the time only wearing one blush NARS brand.. LOVE the color.. but being a mineral makeup creator and brand owner of Overall Beauty Minerals I took a really good look at the ingriedients label.. and found out why. I also found out why for Ella Blue and Jill Kirsh.. They all created with three main ingredients.. Talc, Carmine and cosmetic dyes. :( All three that together break out my face.. yucky!) I have found that I can only wear my favorite other brands once or twice a week. Any than than that and I break out.
Do you have a favorite blush that breaks you out? :(

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Tips or Two To Use Your Old Halloween Decorations

Emily gets ready for Halloween
As you can see Emily and friends are ready to go Trick or Treating!!
I was thinking of a few ideas today about what happens if you go looking for Halloween costumes and well what if they don't fit? We all lose weight so I was thinking this would be a great idea!

Old Costumes for Halloween: If you have an old collection of Halloween costumes that don’t fit anymore but still look good, then you can use them to put on the dummies. You can get dummies from your local thrift store. Get your dummies to wear the costumes and place them at front porch to guard your candy bowl. You can also place them at your trick or treat station.

Most of us have a box of old Halloween decorations, kept careful up in the attic or down in the basement. Sometimes we just can't throw away stuff! And since we don’t feel like throwing them away, and we are sure how to use them in the next festive season. I was thinking of a few ideas how to turn all kinds of old as well as new decorations to make the perfect Halloween decoration at your home and outdoor.

But then there is never any date, or time or type when it comes to nail polish! This year what is in, as always it will Glitter! Holiday Nail Polish With so many colors out there, that is going to be tough..
This is Frankenstein which is a limited color, I got it for helping out Banned Books for the Blind! So this polish I will be wearing for this Halloween and next! But can't help to showcase it off.. this is an amazing color!

I came across a box of Halloween tea light holders: You can use the tea-light holders outside your home, to build a jack-o-lantern light or a haunted graveyard show. Alternatively, you can buy a bag of tea-light and use them for bright Halloween decorations at night. Candle holders can be used indoors for decoration. Some interesting ideas would be to scatter them in your Halloween village to make it look brightly lit up. You can also put them at the staircase with sugar pumpkins.
Halloween Jack-o-Lantern tea lights
You can turn your tea-light holders into no candle holders and use the special lights instead. That way if you decide to use them outside you don't have to worry about burning down the area.. Cute Frankenstein If you rather not mess around with the candle holders, you can always donated to your yearly yard clean up. I did this year, and by the time the trucks got to my place all the god stuff was gone. One person's trash is another person's treasure. Happy Halloween Everyone!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Interesting facts about nail care

I thought it would be fun to check out what is going on the web today about nail care and how its changed over the years. 

 “Another growing trend in the nail accessories market is nail art, such as decorative designs applied on fingernails and toenails. A rising percentage of women are interested in decorating their nails and adding creative touches to traditional manicures. Designs run the gamut, while currently leaves, flowers, geometric patterns, spots, stripes, stars, music patterns, and half-moons are popular. At-home nail art is increasingly gaining popularity among women, especially with those below the age of 45.”

What is interesting is how they stated below the age of 45.. gee I am over 50 and I can't help but have fun wearing glitter of all things! lol But then they went of to say:

'Similar to lip makeup, girls are introduced to nail products at young ages, often before their teen and tween years,' says Shannon Romanowski, beauty and personal care analyst at Mintel. 'The popularity of nail products is partly due to the abundance of options these cosmetics offer—special effect polishes, nail art, etc. Girls can create a whole different look relatively easily.'

Nail product usage rises to 97% for girls aged 12–14, and 14% of all teen and tween girls use nail products on a daily basis. Mintel research found that the popularity of nail products among teens and tweens is consistent with the overall strong performance of the nail care and color category, which saw growth of roughly 72% between 2007 and 2012.

Health benefits? What a idea huh? Would you believe that there is such a thing as a benefit for wearing acrylic nails.. BUT...

Acrylic nails help conceal or fix broken, damaged, short, or bad nails. It also helps prevent people from biting their nails, breakage of nails, and protect splits. They are used when people are not able to grow the length and strength of natural nails that they desire. This problem can be solved by using certain nail techniques such as nail tipping, sculptured nails, nail wrapping, or acrylic overlays. However Acrylic nails usually make natural nails weak, thin, and breakable when removed.

Health Risks

If fitted properly, artificial nails are usually not problematic. However long term use and poorly fitted nails can seriously damage the nail bed and hamper natural nail growth. The most common problem associated with artificial nails is a bacterial infection that may develop between the false and natural nail.

When artificial nails are applied to the natural nail surface, minor types of trauma to the artificial nails which can happen from something as harmless as scraping a nail against a firm surface can cause separation of the nail from its nail bed. This allows bacteria and fungus to potentially enter the separated area setting up an infection. In fact, some hospitals won't allow their employees to have fake fingernails due to the risk of harboring infection which could be transmitted to patients. Several deaths of premature infants were blamed on an acrylic nail infection transmitted to the babies by a nurse in the late 1990s. Infection can also be a risk when you have nails applied by a disreputable nail salon that doesn't follow sanitary practices.

There is concern over the flammability of ingredients used to make acrylic nails. It is suggested that they be kept at a distance from hair straighteners, dryers or curling irons, as well as from heat and flames when cooking, in order to avoid potential flame hazards.

In an occupational health standpoint, there could be hazards to nail salon workers who are exposed to the chemical fumes from artificial nails, during their entire work shift. Though the usage of methyl methacrylate has been outlawed, ethyl methacrylate is continued to be used for artificial nails, and can cause contact dermatitis,asthma, and allergies in the eyes and nose. Nail salon workers also face exposures to other chemicals used, such as toluenedibutyl phthalate, andformaldehyde

Nail Care Tips For Brittle Or Weak Nails:

Toughening up weak nails can be challenging. However, brittle or weak fingernails can be protected and the risk of breaking or splitting can be reduced. Nails should be kept short and should be filed using a nail drill because longer nails are prone to breaking or splitting. Along with applying moisturizer to fingernails as mentioned, wearing cotton gloves when going to bed should also be considered since the moisture will get sealed in the nails this way. The fingernails should be kept moisturizers by applying a thin coat of clear nail polish to them. The use of nail polish remover should be limited. Nail remover should not be used more than once a week. When it needs to be used, an acetone-free variety should be chosen. A doctor should be consulted about taking biotin supplements. According to some research, biotin can help brittle or weak fingernails become stronger.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Enjoy your Life Better - Change Your Point of View

I am a big bigger in simple things. If I am upset over a phone call I have to remind myself that once I am off the phone with them, they don't know how I feel. I could happy, sad, piss off, but they don't know right?
Here is a great quote that fits this idea:
"Two men look out through the same bars: One sees the mud, and one sees the stars."- Frederick Langbridge, A Cluster of Quiet Thoughts
Now think about this if you’ve placed second in a spelling bee contest, would you jump for joy and push for better results the next time or will you be discouraged and find an excuse not to join again? Its a shame that many feel there is no need to be better than second place.
But you know, in life, you are always filled with choices. You may opt to have a pessimist’s view and live a self-defeated life or you may decide to take the optimist’s route and take a challenging and fulfilling life. Sometimes it is really easy to take a pessimist point of view, I know I live with two guys who hardly ever see the bright side of anything. :( But I try to change their minds as much as possible.

So why nurture an optimist’s point of view? And why now?
The world is filled with negative thoughts, feelings, pissoff people.. I for one don't like to be that way. Because I have the feeling that if I am being negative, I am drawing more negative to me. Don't understand what I mean? Ok when was the last time you got out of bed 'on the wrong side'? The whole day started off wrong, the car won't start, you are late for work, the favortite place to eat was too full, your boss got pissed off at you for something.. you know what most feel Monday's are like.. :P

Well, optimism has been linked to positive mood and good morale; to academic, athletic, military, occupational and political success; to popularity; to good health and even to long life and freedom from trauma. If you feel good about what you are doing, you are more willing to do more right?

But then on the other hand, the rates of depression and pessimism have never been higher. It affects middle-aged adults the same way it hits younger people. The mean age of onset has gone from 30 to 15. It is no longer a middle-aged housewife’s disorder but also a teen-ager’s disorder’ as well. One of my son's friends killed herself, she was 25 years old. So yeah depression, and sadness is hitting the kids at a younger age than ever.
Why be optimited then?
Here’s how optimists are in action and researches that back up why it really pays to be an optimist:

Optimists expect the best.
I tend to try and wake up thinking about good things to happen and go to bed hoping that good things will happen the next day. I read somewhere you need to be kinder to yourself. Starting off your morning thinking postive does help.

The defining characteristic of pessimists is that they tend to believe bad events, which will last a long time and undermine everything they do, are their own fault. My hubby is like this. :( and so is my son which is why sometimes it is really hard to be postive.

The truth is optimists are confronted with the same hard knocks of this world. What differs is the way they explain their misfortune---it’s the opposite way. They tend to believe defeat is just a temporary setback, that its causes are confined to this one case.

Optimists tend to focus on and plan for the 'problem' at hand. They use 'positive reinterpretation.' In other words, they most likely reinterpret a negative experience in a way that helps them learn and grow. Such people are unfazed by bad situation, they perceive it is a challenge and try harder.

They won’t say “things will never get better,” “If I failed once, it will happen again” and “If I experience misfortune in one part of my life, then it will happen in my whole life.” I tend to look at things and think, what can I learn from my mistake?

Positive expectancies of optimists also predict better reactions during transitions to new environments, sudden tragedies and unlikely turn of events. If they fall, they will stand up. They see opportunities instead of obstacles.
 Chicken Soup for the Soul: Think Positive: 101 Inspirational Stories about Counting Your Blessings and Having a Positive Attitude

Theses are really great books  by the author of Chicken Soup for the Soul.. They got lots of great books that will fit in any budget and for just about anyone!
Have a great weekend everyone!