Much Needed Time To Recharge And Spend Quality Time With Family

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I’ve been saving up one coin at a time for about eight months now.
So, why have I been saving??…

A (very nice) vacation. Hmmm, not quite sure on the “very nice” part though! However, we’ll see about that!

A lot of you are aware I went on a vacation/reunion for the past six days. 😉

Well, I was corrected on the (vacation) part of the above description.

This WAS NOT a vacation…just a family (cousin) reunion. lol

Although, mine was definitely a vacation, getaway for me! YEAH! 🙂 Furthermore, It was totally what the doctor ordered.

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Just a few word-phrases that quickly remind me, YES! It was an excellent getaway! AKA a Cousin Family Reunion <3

1) I’m extensively exhausted.
2) I’m bloated.
3) I’m somewhat broke.
4) Piles of laundry to get done.
5) I’ve yet to (totally) un-pack.
6) I’ve yet to get FULLY committed again on my weight loss journey…tomorrow people! lol 😉
7) My purse is over-loaded with “stuff.”
8) Some of my flowers are wilted.
9) I’ve got the BLAH blues.
10 Muscles are starting to jiggle.
11) My fur baby seems distant
12) I’m going through emails like nobody’s business! lol
13) My phone is overloaded with pictures.
14) Avoiding the scales for a week.
15) I need a nap RIGHT NOW!

Do any of these sound familiar to you!?? lol

What is Family

Family is considered “Blood relatives living in a caring unit.” However, there are many types of families in modern living. If you look in the dictionary, you’ll find many original definitions.

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* A group consisting of parents and children living together in a household
* All the descendants of a common ancestor
* The basic unit in society traditionally consisting of two parents rearing their children
* A group of individuals living under one roof and usually under one head: Household
* A group of people who are related to each other
* A group of related people including people who lived in the past
* A group of usually related individuals who live together under common household authority and especially who have reciprocal duties to each other

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Main Categories of Family

* Traditional

I classify this as the “normal’ family unit. You know…like the Archie Bunker type on television. lol
Though less common in today’s society; The traditional family type is Dad working to support the other members while Mom stays at home tending to the children and the home.

* Step

A group of people formed in a caring union through divorce and remarriage, consisting of children coming from separate parents.

* Foster ~~ From http://www.adopt.org/

What the foster care system is: a temporary arrangement in which adults provide for the care of a child or children whose birthparent is unable to care for them. Foster care is not where juvenile delinquents go. It is where children go when their parents cannot, for a variety of reasons, care for them.

* Adopted ~~ From https://www.scoe.org/files/ccpc-family-structures.pdf

A family where one or more of the children has been adopted. Any structure may also be an adoptive family.
Sometimes children (as well as adults) use the term” real parents” instead of “birth parents.” Be clear that the adoptive parents are the real parents because they are raising the child. Intervene if other children tease an adopted child with comments…such as “That isn’t your real mommy.” Do not automatically assume that any problems a child may be having are due to adoption.
This type of family shares legal bonds but not genetic ones. Two parents may adopt a child to whom they share no blood relationship, or one parent may adopt the child of the other parent. Adopted families can also be defined in an emotional or spiritual sense where no formal legal bonds are present.

* Pets

I have a special fur baby! My kitty, AKA Whinnie is definitely considered my family. <3 <3 <3

We’ve all heard of “Adopt a Pet.” Many people may adopt a special animal when having children is not a possibility, although many people adopt pets into a large living unit consisting of many children.
Pets are considered family members when they are loved and cared for. They are mourned just as much as children are when they pass.

My Version – What is Family

It’s not infinitely about blood relatives, let’s get that out there upfront..Number one! 😉

Family is anyone who supports, (emotionally and financially) one another in a group of people living together.

It could be grandparents permanently taking over the care of their grandchildren; it could be a gay couple adopting children; it could be a single parent loving and supporting their kids.

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It’s about being a good “quiet strength,” and truly listening WITHOUT judgment! And, all the while, giving advice (when it’s asked for). It’s about supporting and raising your children the very best you know how while lending a big shoulder to cry on.

It’s also about being there for a family member, (through anything) child, aunt, grandmother, cousin, spouse, etc. for comfort, financial support, emotional support, building self-esteem, sharing compassion, and expressing love and kindness.

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I came home from this reunion feeling a little tired; however, feeling awesome, recharged, and ready to apply myself through my goals and my everyday living. I’m ready to tackle whatever comes my way. <3

Thank you for reading! 😊

Dick Punnett’s Talk-Along Book Series – Cherished By Children and Grandchildren

Teaching and entertaining children and grandchildren has continually been considered one of my preferred topics to write. Today I wanted to share with you some charming books that are sure to both educate and delight the youth of preschool to 7 years of age.

I’ll be honest; I was (briefly) confused when I found out that the books I wanted to discuss here were titled “The Talk-Along Book Series.” However, after receiving them and reading the full book, Name Lizzy’s Colors I completely understood. 😉

This book is so beautifully illustrated by Tom Dunnington, with brightly colored pages that ANY child, or grandchild would sure to be thoroughly entertained with every turning page. Also, Name Lizzy’s Colors was cleverly written and mastered with teaching in mind. Author Dick Punnett, has a special gift that encourages participation with three little dots that lead to rhyming answers on the next page; thus, came the name, “The Talk-Along Series.” Quite proficient with keeping little ones (drawn in) and enthused with the story.

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The Talk-Along Book Series was originally published (in hard cover) in 1982 and consisted of five books; including the one mentioned above about a lizard misplaced to her environment and open to risk. The young children reading are asked to participate and supply a rhyming word to help keep Lizzy safe. Beautiful tale! <3

Dick has also written two other series of books which include, The Double Rhyme Book Series, and The Keepsake Coloring Story Books. However, The Talk-Along Series was the first reciprocal books recommended to schools. They were also best sellers due to the fact they were so academic with teaching things like vocabulary development, counting, adding, and colors, etc.

Dick Punnett's clever creativity and focus with this particular series was to make learning incredibly fun.

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These adorable books are loved by Moms, Grandmothers, and teachers just as much as they are cherished by the kids. They make excellent gifts and are reasonably priced!

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Directly From The Book… So Cute!!!! <3

I want you to know before we start,
Our story has a speaking part.
When you see the dots…
Try guessing the word.
That is the time for YOU to be heard.

I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to write about such an impressive collection of books. Those are books that I’m quite certain will charm the socks off my two grandchildren for sure! Excited to offer the books to them. <3 <3

What truly impressed me was how the author himself, fully illustrated The Keepsake Coloring Book Series with his own drawings of pen and ink. Those paperbacks are particularly expressive and personally made for children as (just as the name says) keepsakes.

Dick Punnett was well known in the schools and gaining popularity now with the general public from all 15 books that he’s authored. Coming from upstate New York, he completed his studies at the Art Center School and Chouinard Art Institute and flourished into a writer/cartoonist for a Hollywood Animation Studio. It just goes to show that any books authored by him are sure to be favored by the kiddos. Dick resides in Ormond Beach, Florida.

You can find out more about Dick and his books on his website... http://www.dickpunnettsbooks.com/

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Punnett’s books are offered as both paperbacks and Kindle e-books on Amazon 

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Full book review to follow, (on a later date), including a video review.

Books Received For The Review Are As Follows:

Name Lizzy’s Colors

Help Jumbo Escape
Count The Possums
Help Dress Priscilla
Name Patty’s Pets

All Books Are Sure To Please!…Just so you know. =)

Thank you for reading!! <3

Copyright © – 2019 – Grandma’s Home Blogger Place ~~ Dick Punnett ~~ All Rights Reserved

Pterodactyl Show and Tell Book Review


The Pterodactyl Show and Tell book
has become a huge hit among grandmothers and mothers out there since its publication in October 2018. <3

 

What would be your first reaction if you found out that your grandchild/child brought a pterodactyl to school?? Even if it was for show and tell! lol

Keep that in mind as I carefully calculate some interesting facts while doing this review

The pterodactyl is simply a flying dinosaur, (aka) a flying reptile. Its proper name is pterosaurs, and something you’d see out of Jurassic Park! lol

Also, the pterodactylus originated back in 1784. The historian; Cosimo Alessandro Collini was the first to investigate the above Fossil/Pterodactyl.

I was delighted to get the invite from Allison Rosenblum (Editorial Assistant) to review this
adorable tale
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The meat of the review:


Pterodactyl Show and Tell
was written with charming imagination for a child’s fantasy in mind, and fabricated with fun rhyming words. What Grandma wouldn’t LOVE to read this to her grandchildren!? Excellent read with a collection of fun, colorful illustrations!?

A third-grade school boy decides to bring a pet to school for show and tell. What the boy didn’t anticipate happening was that this pterodactyl would impart disarrayed turmoil with the entire class and teacher.

This flying dinosaur engaged in trying to eat a few students, deleted some needed information off of a computer, and succeeded in frightening the teacher so much that she hid from behind her desk.

So, as you might have envisioned, the events from that day resulted in fleeing classmates; so much that the little boy observed that most of his third-grade class has all but disappeared; then he finds that he was promoted to fourth grade! 🙂

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I will also, enjoy reading it to my grandchildren!! TWO THUMBS up for me!!!

Author: Thad Krasnesky is a writer of children’s books. He resides in Lansing, KS. This is his third picture book.

Illustration: Tanya Leonello has an MFA in medical and biological illustration. She has the needed inspiration to create art for children’s picture books. Tanya lives in Dexter, MI.

PUBLISHED BY FLASH LIGHT PRESS ~~ 10/2018

Empty Nesters? 4 Ways To Network Back Into the Workforce

If you have spent the last decade or two raising your children or grandchildren, it is time to applaud your efforts. It is an extremely rewarding process, and you should feel proud of your accomplishments. <3

 

 

 

At the same time, you may now be ready to get out of the house and back into the workforce. There are some ways to do that effectively, helping to bring fulfillment back to your home during this empty nest period.

 

Keep reading to learn about four ways to network yourself back into the workforce

 

Evaluate Your Skills

This is the time for you to be honest with yourself. If you have not worked for two decades, your skills might be a bit outdated. That is ok. Look for what you are good at, taking it account what you have learned while being a parent/grandparent, and attempt to mold that into a job that fits your abilities and interests.

Refresh Your Interviewing Skills

Part of getting a job today still involves a series of interviews. This can be quite the intimidating process if you have not been on such an interview in more than 20 years. Do not despair. You simply need to practice. There are some great sites online that will provide you with the types of questions that employers ask today.

Get comfortable with the process and you will make a great first impression when you meet with a prospective employer.

Consider Becoming a Property and Casualty Insurance Agent

Many people have a real estate background. If that is you, consider becoming a property and casualty insurance agent. You will find that the real estate industry has remained relatively the same through the years in terms of how business is conducted. Finding the right insurance network is important.

This is a great way to get back out into the community, meet with people, and help provide them with the insurance coverage that they need.

Brush Up On Technology

If you haven’t noticed, technology has changed quite a bit since you began raising your children. If many of the advances made in society have passed you by, now is the time to go back and learn.

Do not be afraid to embrace technology, as almost every job today relies upon it. This will help you get the job that you really want. These are four ways that you can effectively get back into the workforce.

 

There is a job out there for you, so now is the time to prepare yourself to go and get it

 

While you may not have worked for quite some time, you have marketable skills that an employer wants. Be confident and begin the job search process today.

Thank you for reading! Care to share any additional ideas for getting back into the workforce? I’d love to hear from you! =)

The Greater Good and Breast Cancer Site

ibeleiveinangels This grandmother loves the Greater Good program and the many stores that fund and keep the GG foundation running. Perhaps you have a grandmother, mother, father, child, aunt or any family member that is currently fighting this ugly desease, I diligently pray for you!

The breast cancer foundation, and especially their websites are very dear to my heart. My mom lost her battle with breast cancer back in 2006. Those dark days (still) flash through my mind. Love YOU Mom to the moon and back; and back again! <3 You were ONE in a MILLION lady, mom, and friend.

Directly From The Website…

Pink Ribbon store directs the charity royalty from each purchase to GreaterGood.org, which provides direct grants to select clinics and organizations that give free mammograms to women in need.

I so wished she could have met all her great grandchildren!

I was browsing the Pink Ribbon Store and indeed liked what I saw. I would like to have a few of those products myself. =)


Below are (8) Products Listed On The Pink Ribbon Site

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pinkribbonglassornament classicpinkribbon butterflies crystalpinkribbon

GreaterGood.org AND Pink Ribbon Organizations are Absolutely Dear To My Heart


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Make Lunch Fast – Fun & Healthy For Your Kids! – For Grandmothers Too!

backtoschoollunchablesMake lunches super easy, fast and healthy for your little ones!…

 

 

The Ideal Resource For The Very Best and Affordable For Your School Aged Children and Grandchildren…

 

I love it and I know YOU will too! 🙂

 

Healthy Choices For YOUR Kids


 

Keep up a variety – Never boring, WITHOUT spending hours or big bucks. You get it all…fast AND easy – And, did I mention Healthy Choices?? 🙂

 

 

This Little Resource Will Answer All Your Concerns and More!

* How do you make sure it is healthy for your kids?
* Hot lunch or cold lunches?
* What type of lunch box/bag is best for packed lunches?
* How do you keep up a variety without spending hours or big bucks?
* What about teens?
* And Much More.

—->> Includes templates you and your kiddos and grand kiddos will LOVE!

Find Out More Today (about making lunch fun, affordable, varied and FAST too)! 🙂
School Lunches Made Easy

Save Money With The Menu Mom On Food Bills Each Month With Simple Meal Planning

Menu Planning CentralComing from the Menu Mom From Menu Planning Central…

If you are a busy mom, you will absolutely love this program. It’s essentially a no-brainer and so family friendly. 🙂

You WILL save money each month on your food bill, no doubt about it. Christine (the menu mom, herself) will walk you through some simple menu planning along with some nifty printable templates that will definitely help you stay on track.

Tons of Family Friendly Menus

With this simple plan, you will be able to gain easy access to some fabulous, categorized food shopping lists. It will make spending time in the grocery store AND at your dinner table a pleasant experience.

You will also get access to a FREE…Gooseberry Patch Circle of Friends Cookbook — One Pot Dinners…Let me tell you, it is chock full of a plethora of yummy one-pot main dishes.

 

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I got it free myself through my Kindle, and I could not believe all the recipes that came with this gem of a cookbook. 🙂

 

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As of January 9th, 2014, the above cookbook is still free!

 

Straight from the Menu Mom Website – Christine’s specialty is in traditional home style menus for busy families – featuring easy to prepare recipes the entire family will enjoy. She also runs the popular menu planning website — Menu Planning Central

 

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Kids and Gardening

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Since I was very young I remember my mom and grandmothers having gardens. They would grow flowers and vegetables. My mom would often ask us what kind of vegetable we wanted to plant and raise all on our own. She would help us of course but we would be responsible for planting, feeding, and watering. It was so exciting to watch those vegetables grow! My favorite was especially exciting since I always picked corn and it got so tall. It was taller than I was at that age. Many times my corn would fail but it was still so much fun to raise. Another favorite of mine is tomatoes and I have had my ups and down there over the years but I keep trying still.

There is just something about working in the garden with your children that brings you closer together. Just time spent doing something mutually gratifying tends to bring families closer. I know that in my family, even if we are just working to trim hedges, mow, weed, or whatever, if we do it as a family it makes it easier and more enjoyable. We all share in the appreciation of how our lawn or garden looks and enjoy showing off our harvest. Kids have always been amazed by a sprouting seed. Probably every one of us has planted a seed in a cup in Kindergarten or First grade.

Remember?

My mom babysat my children when they were small and they would take walks or hikes and discuss the names of trees, flowers, and plants in the area. My kids even learned the names of the different grasses and how they grew in our neck of the woods. I was often shocked by one or both of my children when they spotted a flower and told me what it was. My mother was always teaching them every thing she knew as they walked along. She loves the out of doors and gardening; she loves a well manicured yard. She expressed this to them as they would walk the neighborhood. Sometimes it would backfire on her when they were little.

You know how kids blurt things out, “Grandma, they sure need to mow their lawn!”

Both my daughter and my son have a love for
flowers and beautiful landscaping
now that they are older. My son has taken a special interest in landscaping lately, he is twenty-one. He has been surprising me with his skills. This year he has planted a vegetable garden in the back yard, along with a cumquat tree (which he loved as a child), and brought in some mosquito repelling plants as well. He went to his aunt’s house the other day and came home with a small Golden Rain tree that he saw in her yard, she had several of them so she let him pull it up. We did not think it was going to make because it looked dead as a doornail but yesterday he took me out and showed me that it had new growth. It was alive!

His vegetables are doing really well; he has tomatoes, green peppers, jalapeno peppers, strawberries, green onion, potatoes, and even some corn. He has one cherry tomato plant and it has been producing tomatoes regularly and they have a really great flavor. He is learning more and more about fertilization methods and really taking responsibility for his garden. His chickens like it too….yep, chickens. He brought home four chicks about eight weeks ago and now there are three very large hens and a rooster! The latter of which we have to bring in the house every night because he is cocka-ing but not yet doodling, it is quite funny actually but also quite loud!

Okay, back to gardening. Over this past summer it got really hot here in Texas and a nice large tree we had out front died and I was heart broken. After awhile my son cut it down and got rid of the stump and we had nothing. He has since planted a couple of banana trees which I did not think I was going to like but so far so good and he added some pretty spring flowers around the base and it really set it off. We have had two rose bushes in the front yard for quite some time that would give us an occasional bloom, one with an exquisite smell and beauty, and the other just a beautiful rose. Somehow my son, who has little interest in anything but his truck and computers, got these things to bloom like crazy!


He also went out and purchased some black mulch which I was puzzled about when I first saw him bring it home. But when he got through lining our Crape Myrtle bushes, roses, and Gardenia plants along with the perennials he planted our yard was gorgeous! We even have had requests on who did our landscaping! He has also been laying sod and getting rid of the Dollarweed, Crab Grass, and other unwanted weeds. He does get a bit overzealous when he fertilizes, we have a few burnt places in the yard, but overall he has done a spectacular job and I am quite proud.

As you can see when you give your grandchildren a love for gardening when they are small it carries over into their adult life. My daughter is a writer and does not have as much time as my son does because he is in college but she too loves plants and knows just about every one by name. She helped my son when he was building his raised garden beds and his two story chicken coop. I know chickens are not gardening but when you give a child a love for the outdoors and growing things from seed it pretty much automatically turns into a love for growing other things.

He can not wait for them to start laying and neither can I

Here are some grand parenting tips for you: If you do not have a large yard you can start your grandkids off by growing plants and vegetables indoors. You can read books about gardening to your grandkids. When they are small you can pretty much read anything to your grandchildren because they just love to hear your voice. Teach them the names of flowers, plants, and vegetables and how to care for them. Take them on nature walks and show them the different kinds of plants. If you do not know the names yourself you can buya book and you can look them up together. Even if you do not have a bent towards growing plants, flowers, and vegetables you never know how it may help your grandchild. They may excel in this area and it is a very healthy way to spend time, especially as a young person.

Little did I know that when my mother was teaching my children all about gardening that one of my children would grow up with a heart for making all things beautiful.

Author Bio

Nancy Parker is a regular contributor to www.enannysource.com, and she loves to write about wide range of subjects like health, Parenting, Child Care, Babysitting, nanny background check tips etc. You can reach her @ nancy.parker015 @ gmail.com

Happy Mother’s Day!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all Moms and Grandmothers! 🙂

I hope you spend Mother’s Day with your mom doing something that she absolutely loves. Show her how much she means to you, and above all…

Tell your mom you love her!!

Below are a few quotes for Mother’s Day…enjoy! 😉

 

 

All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother. ~~ Abraham Lincoln

Mother’s Day is among the most appropriate to reflect on the true meaning of love. ~~ I Corinthians 13:4-7

“Most of all the other beautiful things in life come by twos and threes by dozens and hundreds. Plenty of roses, stars, sunsets, rainbows, brothers, and sisters, aunts and cousins, but only one mother in the whole world.” ~~ Kate Douglas Wiggin

Being a full-time mother is one of the highest salaried jobs… since the payment is pure love. ~~ Mildred B. Vermont

“There is no way to be a perfect mother, and a million ways to be a good one” ~~ Jill Churchill

Mothers hold their children’s hands for a short while, but their hearts forever. ~~ Author Unknown

‘The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.’ ~~ Honore de Balzac

Have an awesome day and show your Momma you care! 🙂

 

 

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35 Beauty Secrets From My Beauty iPad App That Grandmothers and Others Can Benefit From

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I was browsing all the beauty tips from my iPad app over the weekend and came upon the below 35 beauty tips/secrets that I wanted to share with you. However, there may be quite a few that you have read about before. A good portion of them were excellent tips for me and also some I have not heard of before.

I hope they benefit you…enjoy!

Wash your face with cold water each morning to get rid of puffiness around your eyes.

Eat high-fiber snacks, such as nuts, seeds, and dried fruits. This will keep your skin and hair healthy.

Don’t indulge in too much fatty or deep-fried foods as they can dull and age your skin prematurely.

Your nails become brittle if they are exposed to extreme heat, cold, bleach, chlorine or other cleaning chemicals.

Sweet potatoes contain lots of vitamin A, which is a remarkable anti-aging and anti-wrinkling vitamin.

Brush and comb your hair only when it’s dry. Wet hair is weak, and brushing wet hair can easily damage it.

Baby formulated shampoos are gentle to hair and will not strip your hair color.

Massaging your scalp regularly can stimulate oil production, which will help reduce the dryness of your hair.

Make your lips look fuller by lining them with a pencil and then blend the edges with a sponge applicator. Then cover with gloss.

If you have small eyes, use only light colored eye shadows, and use no more than 2 shades at once.

Eat baked or grilled salmon twice a week. Its omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins reduce aging free radicals.

Zinc can help prevent hair loss by building hair protein. Good sources of zinc include meat and seafood.

Fresh carrot juice is high in calcium and phosphorus. It is great for strengthening your nails.

Eat more garlic. Garlic helps to combat wrinkles, restores damaged tissues, and prevents sagging skin.

Get into aerobic exercise like walking, jogging, or swimming. These types of exercises keep your blood vessels healthy and improve your skin tone.

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Deep-set eyes can be made prominent by applying a pale shade of eye shadow over your lid and darker shadow under your brow.

Eat plenty of tomatoes, which are rich in vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium; all are great ingredients for beautiful and youthful skin.

If you have age spots, wash your face with buttermilk. The acid from the butter milk cleanses your face and rids your face of age spots.

A slice of raw potato can be placed under your eyes to reduce dark circles.

The best thing you can do for your skin, stress level, and overall health is to be physically active.

Store your nail polish in the refrigerator to maintain its smooth consistency.

Sticking your fingernails in lemon halves for 5-7 minutes will help clean and brighten them immediately.

Shrink your pimple by placing an ice cube in a thin dish towel on the zit for about 3 minutes; this will reduce the swelling and redness.

If you want firmer, smoother, and younger looking skin, you need to exercise everyday. Exercise brings oxygen and nutrients to your skin.

Slightly elevate your head while sleeping to prevent extra fluid from settling around eyes and making them puffy.

Olive oil can be used quite effectively to moisturize your hair. Cover your hair in olive oil for about 30 minutes, then rinse.

Learn to breathe deeply. Breathing deep down into the diaphragm has been shown to slow down the aging process.

Daily hair shampooing is not recommended. Shampooing removes the oils from your hair. Shampoo once every 2-3 days instead.

Kidney beans and lentils are good for your hair since they provide protein to promote hair growth. They also provide essential iron, zinc, and biotin.

You can use a hair dryer to heat your eyelash curler. The warmth of the eyelash curler will help curl your lashes more efficiently.

Use olive oil to massage your facial skin often. The massage action on your skin will increase blood circulation and tone your skin.

Drink green tea daily to help protect against cancer, heart disease and memory loss, as well as to lose weight and to look years younger.

A smoky violet pencil looks best if you have green eyes. Green and violet are opposite, and so they look great together.

Acrylics and other false nails usually carry more germs and bacteria than your natural nails.

Need a dramatic look? Simply apply a coat of volumizing mascara, and then follow by a coat of lengthening mascara on the tips.

 

 
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