Monthly Archives: April 2014

Quick Yoga Tips Between Toddler Naps

6If, like me, you’ve just given birth, and you’ve become too busy taking care of your growing family, It would probably strike you hard that : you don’t have enough time anymore to go to the beauty salon to get your hair or nails done;  and that, you won’t have that much time to exercise and stay fit either. Well, if you’ve began to think in those terms –  no more time for keeping fit, and staying healthy, think again. I’ve just learned a couple of effective, yet easy-to-do yoga exercise routines, which I strongly feel are best for busy mothers. Let’s take a brief look at a number of quick yoga tips, the types you can do while your baby is asleep.

Why Busy Mothers Need to Exercise, and Stay Fit

We live in a very stressful world, and each day brings with it new challenges and hurdles. With the hurried pace of life today, it is important that every individual (busy mothers, like you and I included) learn a couple of stress-relieving techniques and methods, like yoga. Yoga is an age-old technique that’s best known for easing stress, relieving tension, and keeping the mind at peace and in proper balance. There are actually a lot of yoga exercises and steps that even busy moms can safely do anywhere, anytime. (Source: yogainspires.co.uk)

7How To Incorporate Yoga In Your Busy Life As A Mom 

According to a popular yoga practitioner, “practice and all is coming”. This means that by consistently practicing, and adhering to the principles of yoga, you and I can effectively open our mind and body, to bring in an infusion of deep peace, and good health. Let me share with you a few helpful ideas on how to effectively incorporate yoga into your life, even if you’re a very busy mother.

–       Choose Your Routine or Style. The first step towards practicing, and incorporating yoga into your busy life as a mom, would be to choose your preferred style, and routine. Choose a yoga routine which you strongly feel can get your “juices working”, but is more soft, restorative and relaxing. Whatever routine you choose … with more practice, the more you’ll get to learn of its positive effects, and the more you’ll get to discover what it is your mind and body need at different times.  (Source: ekhartyoga.com)

–         Stay Safe, And Prevent Injuries. Once you’ve already chosen your yoga routine or technique, always make sure you watch your boundaries, and be very mindful of your body’s limits and vulnerable areas. Keep in mind that the most injury-prone parts of the body include the knees, hips, spine and neck. If you suddenly feel any aching or painful sensations, quickly adjust and soften your poses, and don’t force or push yourself too far. You also need  be mindful during the transitions between different poses, and pay close attention to your alignments during those poses or moments. (Source: ekhartyoga.com)-

–         Choose The Poses You Truly Like. While some people would assert that one should choose the yoga poses that truly challenge them, I strongly feel that you should instead choose a yoga pose which you truly feel comfortable with, and also love doing (that’s what I do). Remember that you should feel “compelled”, rather than be obligated, to do such yoga poses. (Source: yogainternational.com)

According to long-time yoga adherents (I’m nuts about it!),  yoga is a “practice that is an intention to observe your actions and reactions”, and it need not take a certain form or structure. After completing certain poses, make sure you give your body time to relax, so that your nerves and muscles (as well as your mind) are able to “assimilate” the soothing and invigorating benefits that it has gained during the exercise.

 

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Natural Beauty Remedies

Someone (paraphrasing Theodore Roosevelt — do I get bonus points here?) once said:  “Nothing worth having ever comes easy.”

Brown sugar, how come ya make me look so good?

Oh, brown sugar, how come ya make me look so good?

With respect, I must disagree. Some of the most amazing discoveries I’ve ever made were right under my nose, there for the picking. Better, these discoveries actually worked.  Ready for some really cool, easy and inexpensive beauty finds? Read on.

And to the family of the insightful Mr. Roosevelt: Don’t worry, I’m still a fan.

Pretty Feet Sugar Scrub

This scrub will make your feet feel amaaaaazing. Sugar is a gentle exfoliant; honey adds suppleness and is a humectant (it draws moisture from the air to the skin). Enjoy this gentle scrub up to twice a week.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. lavender or honey essential oil

Directions:

Combine ingredients in a bowl; stir well. Apply to feet about a tablespoon at a time; scrub the area gently, paying special attention to the heels. Wipe off gently when done and add your favorite foot cream if desired.

Olive Oil Deep Conditioner for Hair

Although the hair can’t technically be “repaired” (a split is a split is a split), olive oil can add an amazing suppleness and sheen. It also provides protection against further damage. Eggs provide protein, giving the hair shaft strength.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon of your favorite essential oil, for fragrance
  • 1 egg yolk

Directions:

Warm olive oil in microwave for 20 seconds MAXIMUM (be careful – check the temperature before applying; if the oil is hot rather than warm, you’ll wind up with scrambled eggs!). Beat the egg yolk with a fork and add to the olive oil. Add the essential oil last. Apply the mixture to your hair and wrap in a towel to keep it warm. Keep the mixture on your hair for 20 minutes. Wash out with your favorite shampoo.

Super Strawberry Tooth Whitener

Believe it or not, strawberry is a centuries-old recipe for whitening/bleaching. It was a popular face lightener for women in the 19th century. Strawberry works to lighten tooth stains, too. Here’s how to do it.

Ingredients:

  • one very ripe (soft) strawberry
  • 1 tsp. baking soda

Directions:

Mash the strawberry well with a fork. Add the baking soda and blend well. You will have a crumbly paste. Place the paste on your toothbrush and brush all outer surfaces of your teeth for 2 minutes. Rinse.

Bright Eyes Dark Circle Remedy

There are many natural ingredients – such as lemon – that can lighten the skin. But these don’t necessarily address the underlying cause of dark circles (usually, enlarged capillaries under the skin) and may be irritating to the eyes. The solution? A potato! Potatoes provide a gentle bleaching action while cooling and soothing so that the blood vessels under the eyes are less visible.

Ingredients:

  • one small raw white potato
  • cotton pads

Directions:

Grate the potato into a bowl. Press with a fork to extract the juice from the potato. Dip cotton pads into the juice and lie back with the wet pads on your closed eyelids for 20 minutes. Do not rinse off. Apply makeup as usual.

Enjoy, gorgeous!

Sources:

Curly Nikki

Skin Beauty

Eye Cream Advisor

Michelle Phan

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“Getting That Second Look On The Beach” (With No Stretch Marks To Show)

13226220314_23ce6ab9ba_zI’m not being flirtatious or anything like that. I am after all, married with an adorable 6 year old delightfully mischievous boy. But every summer I have this dream of walking down by the beach looking like Megan Fox. .. gorgeous men taking a second look at me. I mean what girl wouldn’t.

But like I said, it’s a dream. I don’t think Megan has got some stretch marks or love handles to hide like I do. Although I take consolation in the fact that .. (from what I’ve read anyway) .. about 90% of women have these. They’re just smart enough to have learned the art of not showing them. I’m being candid now. I think I’m one of them.

The Little Things I’ve Learn About Hiding Stretch Marks 

Stretch marks are those ugly, long, scar-like lined wrinkles which sometimes suddenly appear on some parts of your body after delivering your baby.  Unfriendly reminders of the fun you had making whoopee. I have a few which seemed to have taken a fancy to that area below my belly button and am I glad to note they’re not like a lighted cinema marquee that shouts!

We all know there are various ways of getting rid of those stretch marks. If you’ve got a fat enough fat wallet, there’s permanent removal therapy via laser. Or…unless you don’t need to be putting on a bikini within the next week for dear Jane’s beach party, there are ointments and creams which will do the job for you, Results may come in from 90-120 days. Of course, summer’s gone by then.

Here’s What I Do: 

Out on the beach, I try to look stylish and chic. I wear a 2-piece bikini but … over my bikini bottom, I put on a loose, bright-colored, Polynesian-looking sarong from just below my navel (enough to hide my stretch marks) and tie it in a knot on either my left or right hip but making sure some thigh skin shows. A sarong is very fashionable. I usually choose a nice printed one to complement or to contrast my bikini top, I’m dreaming again … but when I’ve gotten this all worked out, I’d like to think I look like a beautiful, sexy wahini from the island of Maui.  and .. ahem … I do get a few glances from the boys.

2I’m sure you’ve heard of booty shorts. They’ve become a fashionable trend on the beach or at pool parties. Instead of a sarong, I use these sometimes, over my 2-piece bikini bottom. I don’t zip-in the front and make sure I’ve got my stretch marks covered with a skin-colored cream.

And then … there are those “skirt bikinis” ..  These swimwear designers are so creative and imaginative they’ve created trendy and stylish skirts as bikini bottoms to help us, girls hide those stretch marks on our hips, behinds or lower mid-sections.

So … don’t let those stretch marks take the fun out of your summer. Enjoy!

 

Credits:

Sexy Beach Bikini Body  by Philipp/Flickr

Beach Bikini by Philipp/Flickr

More Research: Only Stretch Mark Cream

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How to Use Eye Make-up the “Proper Way”

9841378925_e5b48a6ac9_z For most individuals, looking fresh and pretty everyday is considered to be among their top priorities. Well, who would ever want to go out, and look haggard, stressed-out  or messed-up?  One of the commonly-used items for perking up the face is eye make-up. What is eye make-up? Well, eye make-up is defined as a class or type of cosmetics that are created to make the eyes look attractive and noticeable, and is mostly used by females. Let’s take a close look at how to properly use eye make-up.

Use Your Ring Finger, and Apply Small Dots Around The Eye

When applying eye cream or make-up, always remember to use your middle finger. Why? Because the ring finger is considered to have the lightest touch, and is “less likely” to pull, or hurt,  the delicate areas of the eye. Also make sure to apply small dots of cream around the eye, above the eye (and into the brow area), as well as under the eye. By doing this, you ensure that the entire eye area will be moisturized for optimal results.

Massage the Area in A Circular Motion

To make sure that the eye cream or make-up does wonders to the skin around or close to your eyes, make sure you gently tap the cream, to stimulate and promote circulation. Do not try to stretch or pull the skin around the eyes, because these are delicate and can easily get irritated. Tap the cream, until you feel that it absorbs into the skin. Also make sure you massage the cream or make-up in a circular motion, so that it fully absorbs, and you also do not pull or stretch the skin around the eye area. (Source: dailymakeover.com)

Use Moisturizers

According to make-up experts, if your skin is extremely dry, you could add or incorporate facial oils into your eye make-up routine. Facial oils can help bring back that luster and shine into very dry skin, including the ones around the eyes. These however, should be applied after placing or putting your preferred moisturizer (Source: michellephan.com).

 4900210322_ea449d5e05_zHow Are Most Eye Creams Formulated?

Most eye creams or make-up ingredients were originally designed to remove stretch marks. Today, however, these are now formulated, and used, to considerably reduce the appearance and formation of wrinkles, especially around the eyes. According to beauty and wellness experts, the main ingredients of the popular eye creams and make-up products today are formulated to help enhance elastin and collagen levels within the skin, reduce noticeable stretch marks, and plump-up fine lines (Source: Eyecreamadvisor.com ).

Regardless of what product you’re using, or what make-up routine you prefer to follow, always remember that how you treat your skin affects how your make-up will look, and how you age. Just make sure you follow the advice of your beauty and wellness expert, and strictly adhere to the product guidelines as well, and you’ll be on your way towards having fresh and younger-looking skin.

Photo Credits:

Mainstream/Flickr

Amanda G/Flickr

 

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