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April 17, 2014

APRIL HH OF THE MONTH

CEO of Muscle Mom Lauren Lopez

CEO of Muscle Mom Lauren Lopez

 

Meet Lauren Lopez Rocking the baby bump on the April cover of Healthy Housewives!

http://www.healthyhousewives.com/testimonial25.html

June 21, 2013

Drink More Water and Shed the Weight

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Maybe my Grandma has been on to something all of these years.  My 85-year-old Grandma drinks more water than anyone I’ve ever seen. She also has a very specific way she likes her water. She prefers it slightly chilled, no ice, in a glass, and filled up only halfway.  So cute! Grandma has always preached to me the benefits of water. And yes, I do know there are lots of benefits to drinking water. It can make your skin look youthful and pretty, help headaches, help with digestion, and so much more. However, she never told me that by drinking more water I could actually lose water weight! We are right in the middle of swimsuit season; so what better time to pass on to you what I do to help me ignite my body into getting rid of water weight and to help jumpstart my system to losing weight fast.

When I was competing in the bodybuilding world I would walk into the gym or go to a competition and see those people carrying around their huge jugs of water.  I would always think this looked funny and wondered to myself why drinking that much water was really necessary. I finally get it.  Truth is that by drinking a lot of water, you are actually tricking your body into ridding the water more efficiently.  Just like when your body shifts into starvation mode and starts storing fat when you have a food fast, it also starts holding water when you don’t drink enough of it. So by changing up how much water you intake, you can teach your body to get rid of water instead of storing it. Studies actually show that drinking water before meals makes you eat less because you feel a little fuller.  The Public Health and Water Research went a step further and did a study to see if weight loss was also sustainable.  They split the study into two groups. One group drank two 8ounce glasses of water before their meals for 12 weeks and the other group did not.  At the end of the twelve weeks, not only did the patients who drank the pre-meal water lose an average of 4lbs., they also sustained the loss over time. Also, studies showed that when you couple drinking about two glasses of water before you consume a low caloric meal, you lose more weight than when are just solely on a low caloric diet alone.

For example, say I have a big event in a few weeks that I want to look my best for, there are a three things that I focus on in order to kick-start my system.  I have to strategically plan out my 1.) low caloric diet, 2.)water consumption and 3.) my workout routines. In this blog I am only going to focus on the water consumption part. So as far as the water part is concerned, not only do I just think to myself that I need to drink more water, I plan it out strategically.  It seems like a lot at first but after a few days I usually start getting more used to it. So here it is…I drink 2 full (16ounce) glasses before each meal and then two more glasses at my mid morning and then mid afternoon snack time. Think that sounds like too much? So did I. But when I am really getting serious about jumpstarting my system, this is one of the things I implement.  Obviously, it flushes me out pretty good and I end up going to the restroom more times than a pregnant woman. It gets annoying, but I try to keep in mind that it’s a good thing because I am shedding the water weight.  I’m not going to lie, remembering to drink all this water can be hard, so here are several ways that I try to keep it top of mind.

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  • Keep your water visual. Keep it in your cup holder, on your desk at work, by your bed, or on your side table as you watch T.V. 
  • Keep track of your intake.  Studies show that any time you start tracking your diet plan the chances that you stick to it improve.  So I like to make a little chart and track my water as I go.  It’s one baby step at a time!
  • Set reminders.  Sometimes I get going so fast throughout the day so I set my alarm reminders throughout the day remember to drink my water.  I set it about 30 minutes before each mealtime, one for mid-morning, and then one mid-afternoon.
  • Carry it with you.  I try to carry it with me everywhere.  I am a sales rep so I drive around a lot.  I always keep one water bottle in my cup holder, then at least another full one in my car.
  • Change it up a bit.  If I get bored with the plan taste of water, I add a little lemon or lime juice to the water.  Or I add no-sugar, flavored club soda and make a no calorie drink.

 When I have a big event a few weeks away that I want to look my best for; managing my water intake is a key factor for me to look my best.  It’s just as important as sticking to my diet and workout plans. Don’t forget that if your really wanting to shed water weight, it is also important to watch your salt intake and stay away from alcohol. Both make your body actually retain more water weight and create a bloated look. Like I always say, this is what I do and this is what works for me.  So you might have to alter or play around with what works for you.

Happy Drinking!

Loren Silas

June 7, 2013

Booty Blast Workout

ImageWe all want to look and feel our best in our cute shorts and swimsuits this year. Even though summer has begun, it’s not too late to get your booty in gear.  As we get older, we tend to take on the mindset that because we are aging our booty must go down with gravity. Let’s defy gravity!

For me, I think the most important thing is to hit the weights!  I know that’s not what you want to hear and sometimes as women we get scared that weight lifting will make us too bulky. However, the more muscle mass you have, the more fat you’ll burn.  So don’t be afraid to hit the weights!  Adding muscle is the best way to add some curve to your body. I know that every body type is different but what helps me get me get my booty looking it’s best is a combination of things.

When I need to turn it around quickly, it’s important that I stick to this routine. I know this might seem like a lot, but for me it takes full commitment to get on track. First, of all cleaning up my diet is super important.  I have to truly write out my meal plan and commit myself to sticking to it.  I do allow myself a couple of cheat meals a week. However, as much as it stinks, if you’re really trying to commit to your summer body, omitting alcohol will really help you reach your goal faster.  Secondly, I add in sprints/ stadiums a couple of times a week.  Lastly, I add a twice a week leg day, as well as incorporating non-weighted booty lifts at home while I watch tv (example fire hydrant, floor bridge).

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Here is one of my favorite booty workouts:

        Booty Burn Weight Workout

1. Squats 12/15/20 with 3 second pause on last set

superset with jump squats for 3 x20

2. One-legged leg press 3×20 per side

superset with reverse-lunges (in place) 12 per side

  3. Step ups
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 4. Dead lifts 3×12 

 5.Finish up with lunge jumps 3×20

 Remember, we are all different and what works for me might not work for you. I just try to get a solid plan, and stick to it. Then I constantly remind myself to just take it one day, one workout, one meal at a time.  It’s important to celebrate even the small successes. You can do it!

 Happy Weekend-

Loren Silas

May 29, 2013

Time to Detox?

It's not a glamorous topic, but it'll make your health shine!

It’s not a glamorous topic, but it’ll make your health shine!

Hello friends… it’s your personal Detoxing Diva here, eager to help you move quickly from some not-so-great food and beverage choices this past weekend. I’ll start by professing: You didn’t do as much damage as you think, and it IS reversible. (Repeat often the next few days.) That said; let’s get to the good stuff.

Amazingly, I received an increase in orders for our Herbal Cleanse Monday evening and Tuesday morning. The fact this time period is right as folks are winding down there holiday weekend celebrations or making the challenging transition from “weekend mode” to “work mode,” leads me to think that lots of you are trying to un-do the weekend and get back on track with your clean eating and mean training. Let me help!

The reason I said our Herbal Cleanse is because I have a long-standing relationship with Advocare nutritional products, and the Herbal Cleanse product is an all-inclusive herbal detoxification system to “right-set” your body to cleanse itself of unnecessary toxins and to welcome the nourishing attributes of your diet and supplement choices. Good fats, bad fats; wholesome carbs, simple/bad carbs… who cares if it all gets stuck in your gut and intestines to rot?

The 10-day detox system comes in two flavors--citrus and peach.

The 10-day detox system comes in two flavors–citrus and peach.

Advocare’s WELL, TRIM, and ACTIVE lines helped me move from a flabby, skinny chick to a lean, mean, competitive machine. Okay, I’m not a machine, but I was a pretty good pageant competitor for several years, dropped 10 pounds of fat and gained muscle strength, completed two marathons and 12 half-marathons, and excelled in the corporate world for 12 years fueled with Advocare—and I’m not done yet! I retired my corporate heels to focus full-time on helping others find, create, and live their healthiest life. It’s now my job to make you aware of how important it is to detox your body regularly (among how to implement other healthy habits.)

Becoming an informed nutritional enthusiast, and an Advocare Advisor, helped me represent myself well whether I was on the marathon trail, the corporate stage, or the pageant stage—and everywhere in between. Advocare is one of several great supplement companies available to you, but I can only speak to the scientific research, NCAA-approved, athlete-endorsed attributes of Advocare’s products. For these reasons and more, I trust Advocare for myself, my family, and my clients.

        If an all-inclusive detoxification system isn’t your thing, here are some helpful tips to help your body rid itself of unnecessary toxins you may be carrying around. As for that over-indulging that may have occurred (you don’t have to tell me), don’t beat yourself up. Part of living life is enjoying the moment and not worrying about occasional slip ups. Dust yourself off and get back on the healthy road.Implement positive talk ASAP! Do not let one bad meal (or one day of forgetting you’re a health god or goddess) send you spiraling into a well of woes. Accept the past and fill your week with good, clean decisions.

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      Pick up some Essentia Water and chug-a-lug. People under-estimate the power of good clean, high-pH water and its ability to flush toxins quickly through your systems. Water is fuel for your digestive system. Don’t ever let your tank register empty!

      Put on your favorite workout attire and get moving. Exercise and sweating are both excellent detoxification strategies. This is the week to challenge yourself. Get after it!

      Detox your mind. When cravings hit, and you recall some of the treats you consumed over the weekend and start to miss the tastes—STOP! Food is not anyone’s true source of emotion. Something else is making you happy, sad, joyful, somber… figure out what it is and get to know yourself a little better. Consider jotting down some of your thoughts.

      Be fiber-friendly. Most Americans do not get enough fiber. Make it your mission to consume more fiber this week. An added perk will be speeding up the detoxification process for your body. Yay!

To check out Advocare’s Herbal Cleanse product, go to: www.fitandfunlifestyle.com. You can learn more about the system, ingredients, and what makes it so great for your body. As a treat for you, here’s one of my favorite fiber-friendly recipes using Advocare’s fiber drink powder. (You can also substitute your own favorite powdered fiber.)

A yummy way to get your fiber!

A yummy way to get your fiber!

Fiber Muffin Recipe

DRY INGREDIENTS

6 packages Fiber drink

1 3/4 cup whole wheat or gluten-free flour

1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Dash of nutmeg

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. baking powder

DIRECTIONS

Mix dry ingredients together. Then add the following ingredients:

1/3 cup honey

1 cup applesauce- the kind without sugar added

2 egg whites

1 1/2 tsp. vanilla

1/2 cup soy milk or almond milk

Fold in one large chopped apple.

Spoon into a non-stick muffin pan or use paper muffin cups in your pan. This makes 12 muffins, and you may pile the batter up as they do not raise much. Bake at 350 for about 20-30 minutes.

Happy detoxing, friends!  — Lacey

April 26, 2013

Exercise while you Work

images-1Do you ever have a day that there is NO possible way you are fitting in a workout? No matter how hard I try, on some days it just happens. I work in the medical field and I talk to nurses and doctors daily.  I would easily say that over half of the people I talk to daily are women and also mothers. They work so hard and are busy with their clinics. Depending on the specialty they work in, a lot of the time they are getting to work before 8:00 am and oftentimes staying late after 5:00 pm.  And like women in any career, a lot are also managing and coordinating their families at home. On top of that, many are single moms or have husbands who also have a demanding work schedule.  I honestly don’t know how many of us ever find the time to even go to the restroom, much less fit in our workouts.  I am amazed and inspired daily by these moms who work so hard to provide a great life for their families and rarely ever find much time for themselves.

 Here is one example of a busy mom, which I’m sure many of you can relate to.  I was in a breakfast at an office the other morning and was talking to the nurse about the importance of bone health, of course.  Then we ended up discussing fitness goals for the summer and she was asking my advice on what she could do on days that she didn’t have time to fit a workout in. In my typical peppy voice I replied, “What do you mean you can’t fit your workout in?  You can always find time fit in a workout.”  She kind of glared at me and then proceeded to tell me her day up until that point, which was only 8:30 am. She is a single mom with two kids. That day she had already made all the lunches, coordinated after school care, taken her 15 year old to swim practice at 5:30 am (club swimming) and then had to come back home to help get her middle schooler ready.  Then she had to go back to pick up her kid from swim practice and then take both of kids to different schools.  That was just her morning schedule.  Her night after work consisted of more carpooling to kid activities, making dinner, helping her kids with homework until about 10:30 pm and then finally a second to breathe.  I’m sure that second to breathe was then only momentary before she had to prepare to wake up at 4:30am the following morning and do it all again. Whew! I was exhausted just listening to her.  Not once did she complain about her busy day or about being a single mom. This is just how her life is and she glows just talking about her love for her children. Her days might not always be quite this busy. However, regardless of her schedule, we discussed some ways that she could make some small changes in her daily routine.

Here are some healthy exercises that you can fit into your workday to burn more calories and help keep your body engaged:

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1.  Walk the block.  Even if you’re on your feet all day, try to take a couple 10 minute walks outside to help get the blood flowing.  Studies show that the average person can burn about 50 calories in just one brisk 10-minute walk (3.5 mph/17-minute mile).  And if you’re a working girl who likes to wear heels to work, pack a pair of flats in your bag to work so you can walk comfortably.

 2.  Do some squats- Shut your office door and do 10-15 squats multiple times a day. Or every time you walk into a stockroom, file room, bathroom stall etc. do 10 squats before you walk out.  They can lift you, tone you, strengthen you and even help shrink your mid-section.  Just think how many squats you could fit into your day if you did them every time you walked into one of these places?

3.  Exercise at your desk- According to WebMD, one of the worst things you can do for your body is sitting still. It is proven to be hard on your bones, muscles and joints. If you have to sit at your desk, do a few simple stretches to break up the day a bit.  Try setting an alarm mid-morning and then again in mid-afternoon, to help alert you that it’s time to do a desk stretch. Also, try to switch out your office chair for an exercise ball.  This will help strengthen your core and can improve circulation.

 4.    Take the stairs– Whether you are going out for an errand or you are running down for a quick bite to eat, forget the elevator. Take the stairs down and up whenever possible. You might be surprised to see how it tones your legs.

5.    Get to Lunging- You can incorporate 10-20 walking lunges every time you take your walk around the block or find an empty hallway either before work or during lunch and get to stepping. Go to Shape.com to watch a how-to for performing a lunge correctly to avoid injury.

6.    Add wall Push-ups.  Traditional push-ups aren’t typically the best option at work.  Who really wants to place their hands on an office or hospital floor? However, a wall push-up can be a great alternative. Do them until you feel a burn and then push yourself to do 5-10 more.

Even though these exercises might not seem like much, even a little exercise is better than nothing.  If you stay consistent with these small changes, you will notice a difference. The American Heart Association says that even 10-15 minutes of daily exercise can prove beneficial for your overall health. Remember that 15 minutes of exercise is only 1% of your day.

Have a great weekend and as always love yourself to a healthy lifestyle.

Loren Silas

February 14, 2013

Make your Valentines Day Sexy and Healthy! And Fun for the kids too!

d91b04e2a0779ba693098bbb03572a7bValentine’s Day is here! For most of us, it’s the same every year! Lots of thought and time goes into planning a romantic dinner out.  Reservations must be made well in advance and most restaurants hike up their prices and serve you what they bought on special! They get to serve you a very expensive (not always healthy) 3 course dinner with wine and dessert.  It always sounds so good in theory but at the end of the evening what are you left with? I’ll tell you…a very full tummy, a wallet with a big dent and the only thoughts in your head are going to bed and I mean sleep. 

I’m not saying you can’t have a special evening but maybe you can celebrate Valentines Day in and bring the romance home.

Dinner In.

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So skip the reservation, stay home and make dinner a romantic event! Turn off the TV, listen to your favorite music, have a glass of wine or make a special valentine cocktail with fresh fruit juice.  Then cook as a couple. Prepare a big healthy salad with lots of vegetables, homemade veggie pizza or even something quick and light on the grill. Don’t kill yourself on a meal with tons of preparation.  This should be fun, easy and sexy!

Dessert

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Now, the good stuff.  After a light healthy meal with great company its time for some healthy chocolate indulgence!

Guiltless Warm Flourless Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

Cooking spray (make your own)

6 ounces 70% dark chocolate
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 very ripe bananas
1/4 cup roasted sweet potato
1/4 cup honey
1 whole egg
3 egg whites

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Place 8 (4-ounce) ramekins or custard cups on a large baking sheet. Spray with cooking spray and set aside.
  3. Combine chocolate, orange zest and vanilla extract in a medium bowl over hot boiling water. Whisk until chocolate is completely melted.
  4. Puree bananas, sweet potato and honey until smooth.
  5. Remove the melted chocolate from heat and fold over banana puree and 1 whole egg. Mix well
  6. Whip the egg whites until soft peak
  7. Slowly fold egg whites into chocolate mixture.
  8. Spoon mix into ramekins, filling them almost to the top.

Bake for approximately 6 to 7 minutes, remove and serve. Warm center of the chocolate should be soft.

 Cooking Spray Ingredients

  1. 1 part olive oil (or your choice of oil)
  2. 5 parts distilled/filtered water
  3. 1 misting  spray bottle

Instructions

Mix in your spray bottle 1 part oil to 5 parts water. Shake well and store in a cool dark place.

Roses

We all love roses.  They are beautiful and I love them but during Valentines they are super expensive or very cheap and don’t last very long either way. Rather than giving or expecting roses suggest an alternative, such as a fresh herb plant that smells great and can be used in cooking or a lovely houseplant to purify the air in your home.  Here is a great suggestion that involves rose, kids and a craft. That’s a Valentine Trifecta! Every child loves crafts and parents and grandparents love items made by their little ones.  Sit down and make these rose cards together!

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Fun for the kids – Rose Cards craft

  1. 1 stalk celery
  2. Red and green tempera paint
  3. Blank note cards

Cut celery down to the bottom of stalk, dilute red tempera paint with a bit of water, put onto paper plate, dip celery in paint, and press onto a paper note card, leaving a rose shape!

Make sure you apply even pressure when you press down on the celery. Add glitter, green leaves and write a Valentine message such as “Be Mine” on the outside of the card. The inside is left blank for sweet love notes for friends and family from your child.

Kids Non-Candy Treats

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There are healthier ways to say I love you, than loading our kids up on the heart shaped boxes of candy from the grocery store.  Here are several cute alternatives I found on Pinterest.

(1) Bouncy Ball Valentine by The Crafting Chicks

(2) Free Printable Valentine’s Bookmarks by Summit Avenue Design
(3) Ruler Valentine by Thompson & Spring
(4) Silly Straw Valentines by Plucky Momo
(5) Glow Stick Bracelet by Kommuicated
(6) Love Bug Valentines by Dandee
(7) Pencil Valentines by Write with Moxie
(8) Play-Doh Valentines by Paging Supermom
(9) Race Car Valentines by Paper and Pip
(10) Magnifying Glass Valentines by Dandee
(11) Recycled Heart Crayons by The Long Thread
(12) Super Star Glasses by Plucky Momo

Whatever you do, I hope you all have a very Happy Valentines Day! Kathy, Fit Fashionista

January 17, 2013

January is Thyroid Awareness Month

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Hi! Hope everyone is having a great week! January is Thyroid Awareness Month and having recently been diagnosed with hypothyroidism (slow thyroid), I thought this would be a great topic to cover this week. So I’ll share my story and I hope you can find some useful information.

I went to my doctor for my annual check up which comprised of my physical check up, a little personal chat and having my blood drawn. During our chat I told the doctor I was a more tired than usual, even sluggish at times and a little scatter brained (hey I’m 41 with a very busy 5 year old so I thought it might be my new normal). She asked me if I had any physical changes and I mentioned my hair seemed thinner (again I thought the effects of my new age) and then we got to the lady questions…was my cycle regular or had there been changes. Excuse my TMI but I told her it was different every month which was very irregular for me. She then asked about my personal life and I mentioned I had gone through some personal changes and was feeling bluer than I liked (definitely not my normal no matter what personal issues I have going on).

I ended my visit having my blood drawn and she said she would be in touch with my results. Results for what I thought? I never know exactly what lab tests the doctor orders because in the past I have always received a call that everything looks great so I never ask.

Well I was totally surprised when my doctor called me to tell me that my thyroid was functioning low and she was going to put me on medication to help regulate it. For clarification the thyroid is a butterfly-shaped gland in your neck right below your Adam’s apple and wrapped around your wind pipe. The thyroid controls your metabolism and produces thyroid hormones T3 and T4. I immediately Googled low thyroid and found that all the symptoms I had associated with my new age were actually symptoms of hypothyroidism. I learned that my doctor ordered a TSH test which measures the amount of T3 and T4 in the blood, which everyone over the age of 35 should test for annually or if you experience any symptoms. So far I have been on my medication about four months now and I feel like a new person. The brain fog has cleared, my energy level is back up and I feel great! Thank you for reading my story and keep in my mind I’m not dispensing medical advice just hoping to bring awareness to that little unseen bowtie around your neck!

Kathy, The Fit Fashionista

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Resources for you:

According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologist (AACE), “Thyroid disease is more common than diabetes or heart disease. Thyroid disease is a fact of life for as many as 30 million Americans – and more than half of those people remain undiagnosed. Women are 5 times more likely than men to suffer from hypothyroidism.”

AACE Website

http://www.empoweryourhealth.org/THYROID

Mary Shomon

http://thyroid.about.com/

Brook Burke Chavret, Modern Mom Blog on Thyroid Cancer

http://www.modernmom.com/blogs/brooke-burke/we-re-all-in-this-together

http://www.foxnews.com/health/2012/12/17/brooke-burke-charvet-8-things-should-know-about-thyroid-cancer/

Thyroid Sexy ~ Gena Lee Nolin’s journey to health and happiness! 
 

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January 14, 2013

What’s on your Nightstand?

I’ve always been proud to say I’m a pretty organized person. There’s a place for everything and everything is in its place. But I have to say, I have a dirty little secret.

My nightstand is a disaster! watch this video.
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So what things do you really need at your bedside table? Think of the things that you mill around the house using before you go to bed. Put a small box on your nightstand and put those things in the box as you use them. At the end of the week you’ll know what you need on your bedside table or in those drawers  every night.

So I cleaned out my nightstand and this is what I have on top and in the drawer.
On the table I have a plant and the picture of my sister who is pregnant right now. It reminds me to think about her and to text her and ask how she’s feeling. Also a coaster for my water or tea, And my iPad and iPhone connection. Since I use my iPhone for my alarm and don’t need an alarm clock.

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In the drawer I have my lip and foot balm, earplugs, throat lozenges, sleep number remote(I’m 45 my husband is 100), and the books for whatever I’m reading or studying at the moment, yoga toe separators, golf ball, and lavender eye pillow, One pen and one pencil As I have realized I only use one at a time and I don’t need five or six.

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Hopefully it will stay this way!

Here are a few more pics of some really cute nightstand ideas.

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Have fun, personalize it and make it your own. Send us your nightstand pics!

Xoxo gossip girl

(I always wanted to do that)
Cheers
Shelly

January 7, 2013

Get ready to flaunt your tush with a FANNY FACIAL

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The latest beauty craze to sweep the US is butt facials. Yep, you heard me right. Butt facials are the latest way spas are looking to earn money. Spa owners are claiming that a butt facial offers a great looking pair of buns after a relaxing facial down there. So, what does a butt facial involve and is it really worth it?
If you’ve ever had a facial facial then you’ll pretty much know what to expect. Cleansing, exfoliating, maybe some microdermabrasion or a chemical peel along with an appropriate mask and massaging in of nutrients. Some places offer a spray tan for a totally new you.
The entire facial lasts for about an hour and range in price from $65 to a whopping $650 in the Beverly Hills area. image

If you’re spa doesn’t offer a butt facial, or if you’re like most of us and the price tag makes you cringe, why not consider an at-home butt facial instead?

· To Begin, Have your partner wash your bottom with a warm washcloth.
· Next, cleanse the area with a facial cleanser that is suitable for your skin type.
· Rinse the cleanser from your skin and dry the area with a soft cloth.
· Have your partner apply an exfoliating facial cleanser that is suitable for your skin type to the area and rub vigorously to remove dead skin cells.
· Rinse the exfoliating cleanser with warm water and pat skin dry with a soft cloth.
· Apply a facial mask meant for your skin type and leave on for the allotted time provided by the manufacturer’s instructions.
· Have your partner rinse the mask thoroughly from your bottom and pat skin dry.
· Your partner can then apply a moisturizer to your bottom or for a real treat, have him or her apply massage oil and give you a relaxing massage to finish the butt facial.

Now, exchange places with your partner and repeat the above steps.

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In the Dallas area check out Spa D’Luna for butt facials starting at $120.
http://spadluna.com

Cheers!
Shelly

January 2, 2013

Does Your House Need to Lose a Few?

Happy New Year! I’m sure you’ve all proclaimed your resolutions by now and I’m sure many of them include losing weight, but have you ever thought about getting rid of some of the weight around the house? I’m not talking about your extra pounds, but your home’s! Yep, almost every home has some excess baggage, or is bulging at the seams in one area or another.

It’s called CLUTTER!Declutter

I know my house will be making a drastic weight change in the next several months. A cluttered home can not only be frustrating,

it can be very stressful. Decluttering your home can seem overwhelming, but by taking small steps and making a few changes and getting the whole family involved your home can stay in tip top shape!Whether you have a few drawers, cabinets, a closet, a whole room—or your entire house!—here are some great tips I found for decluttering or to create good habits to keep your home at a healthy weight!

SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY, SIMPLIFY!! is one of my resolutions for this year so I absolutely loved this acticle that I found by Minimalist, Joshua Becker. I thought it would be great to share with you to tighten the belt and shed some of those unnecessary pounds that your homes may have 🙂 I can’t wait to check out his book! “Simplify: 7 Guiding Principles to Help Anyone Declutter Their Home and Life”  Happy decluttering!! ~ Sandy 🙂

 

“The idea of living a simplified, uncluttered life with less stuff sounds attractive to many. They have considered the benefits of owning fewer possessions: less to clean, less debt, less to organize, less stress, more money and energy for their greatest passions. They are ready to declutter but some get quickly tripped up by the very next question… where in the world do I begin?

Many begin to feel overwhelmed, anxious, and defeated around the idea of decluttering their homes. That’s too bad. The decluttering journey doesn’t need to be as painful as some make it out to be. In fact, there are a variety of people who have come up with some pretty fun, creative ways to get started.

Consider this list of 10 creative ways to declutter your home:

1. Give yourself 5 solid minutes. Leo Babauta at Zen Habits recommends 18 different 5-minute decluttering tips. Pick one today that sounds appealing. Or better yet, pick a random number 1-18, read the specific tip, and commit 5 minutes to completing it.

2. Give away one item each day. Colleen Madsen at 365 Less Things gives away one item each day. Over the past several years, she has experienced quite a transformation simply reducing her stuff one day at a time.

3. Fill one trash bag. Early in our journey towards simplicity, one of my favorite decluttering techniques was to grab a simple large trash bag and see how quickly I could fill it. While much of what I collected was trash, this could also be used to fill a bag for Goodwill.

4. Try the Oprah Winfrey Closet Hanger Experiment. While this idea didn’t originate with Oprah, she was the one to help give it notoriety. To identify wardrobe pieces to clear out, hang all your clothes with the hangers in the reverse direction. After you wear an item, return it to the closet with the hanger facing the correct direction. After six months, you’ll have a clear picture of which clothes you can easily discard. This experiment could also be applied to a number of clutter areas in your home (cleaners, toys, linens, tools, hobbies and craft items).

5. Make a list. Dana Byers recommends creating a list of places/areas in your home to declutter beginning with the easiest… which doesn’t sound all that creative until she adds this note, “When you’re done with one area, STOP.” This list could be made as easy or difficult as you desire based upon what areas of your home make up the list (drawers/closets/rooms). And could easily fit into any schedule.

6. Take the 12-12-12 Challenge. A simple task of locating 12 items to throw away, 12 items to donate, and 12 items to be returned to their proper home can be a really fun and exciting way to quickly organize 36 things in your house. On more than one occasion, this challenge actually became a quick competition between my wife and I… and your kids don’t have to be too old to participate as well.

7. Change your perspective. Unclutterer offers a powerful approach to decluttering when they offer a number of strategies to help you change your perspective and begin to notice some clutter you may have missed. Among their ideas: take photos of your house, invite over a toddler, or ask the boss to meet in your office. With all of the examples, the hope is to cause you to see your home in a new light.

8. Experiment with numbers. For example, Courtney Carver invented Project 333 to challenge people to wear only 33 articles of clothing for 3 months. If 33 articles of clothing seems too little, adjust the rules as you need by picking a new number. The important thing is to challenge yourself to live with less and see what you learn from the experiment.

9. Use your imagination. Psychology Today recommends using your imagination to help declutter objects that may seem difficult to remove. Try asking yourself unique questions like, “If I was just buying this now, how much would I pay?” These creative techniques may prove to be very helpful for some with difficulties removing unneeded clutter.

10.The Four-Box Method. As we first set out on our journey to minimalism, this was the technique most often used in our home. As I set out to declutter an area, I brought four boxes: trash, give away, keep, or relocate. Each item in every room was placed into one of the four categories. No item was passed over. Each was considered individually. Some projects took an hour… others took days or weeks. But the technique and principles remained the same.

No matter what you choose to help you get started – whether it be one of these ten or one of countless others – the goal is to take your first step with excitement behind it. There is a beautiful world of freedom and fresh breath hiding behind that clutter. How you remove it is up to you.”