Today is National I Love My Feet Day! Do you pamper your tootsies? If you're anything like me, you love a great pair of shoes, am I right? Ladies out there, we tend to squeeze our feet into shoes that don't fit us correctly. Are too tight around the toes or just don't fit well.
Since today is in honor of our tootsies, I thought I would give a quick little homage to them. I don't think we give our poor little toes enough justice. We take them for granted. How often do you get a pedicure? Is it just during the summer months when you know people will see your toes? I hope not. Our feet need to be cared for year-round.
If you're a runner in particular, then you must know how you can truly beat them up.
If you're ashamed to flaunt your digits it may be because you haven't been taking good care of them in the first place. If you have a fungus, I will be adding a link below to a great product to quickly help get rid of it. Be sure to keep your toes dry and that will also keep the fungus away.
Here are a few of my favorite toe treats:
Here's to keeping your tootsies happy, healthy and in great stride.
Today is National Relaxation Day. What do you do to relax? Do you take time to relax? You know what is said about stress – it's the silent killer.
I know a lot about stress. When I work a full-time job, run two podcasts and a businesses to go along with them. I take care of all of the editing, graphics, marketing, sales, typing, webmastering, and home caring and still trying to get my workouts in so that I can stay fit. There are so many daily stresses in our lives, we MUST find time to relax. I didn't even touch on children. I don't know how parents do it!
One of my favorite things I used to love to do when I lived in NY and there weren't many places to go to relax was to find a fountain at one of the office buildings sit at it and hang out for about 30 minutes while I sipped a cup of coffee, tea or cocoa (depending on the time of day/ and time of year) and just from listening to the sound of the running water of the fountain, I'd train myself to immediately let go and deep breath and just BE in the moment and relax.
What do you do to de-stress? Do you take at least 15-20 minutes a day to yourself to unwind and just be? Finding the thing that gives you the most pleasure during the shortest amount of time is one way to help introduce it into your daily lives.
Here are some links to some of my favorite "calgon take me away" items I use to destress:
Happy Relaxing. Remember stay calm, stay serene and remain peaceful!!
I just loved the movie Mermaids with Cher and Wynona Ryder. There was a scene when Wynona's character was asking Cher how would she know if this boy was "the one" and Cher bursts into song singing "The Shoop, Shoop Song (it's in his kiss)". well, I often wonder if it's in his kiss or is it in yours?
One of the things I feel is often neglected are our lips. We worry about wrinkles around our eyes, sagging skin, etc., but do we worry about taking care of our pucker?
You're probably already saying to yourself "well, I put onl lipstick every day isn't that enough?" Well, the answer to that is a big fat N.O.!!!
Our lips need special attention just like our eyes, neck or any other part of our face and body.
If you find you have chapped, flaky lips, one of the quickest ways to heal them is to first take a dry toothbrush and rub it across your lips, this will help loosen the dry flaky skin and remove it. Just don't brush too hard.
The second is to be sure to protect them especially in the harsh months during the winter and summer time. I love the Clinique Targeted Balm. I use this every time I go out in the sun or if in harsh winter I use it then as well. It keeps your lips from getting sunburned and moistens them at the same time.
And please don't forget -- not only do we need to take good care of our lips, but, we also need to take great care of what's around and in-between them as well.
One of the quickest ways to look years younger is to whiten your teeth. I'm a huge fan of the Crest White Strips. What I love most about them is that they work, they're affordable and you can travel with them. The second best way which is a bit more time consuming a little bit more messy is to use a whitening bleach with trays and an LED Light which work very well for darker stains.
I love the feeling of mouthwash it always makes me feel like I have a clean mouth. I'm so digging this cool mouthwash decanter.
Now don't forget after all your great efforts to make your pout beautiful and healthy, be sure to make it stand out and shine. Some of my favorite lipglosses are from MAC, Estee Lauder and Bobbi Brown.
Well my friends, there you have it. Now go get smooching. MMMMWWAAH!! Big kisses to you.
Love & Kisses,
Today is National Don’t Fry Day. It is the day where we are to become more aware of learning ways we can protect our skin from the sun’s dangerous rays and the damage that it can wreak on our skin.
My dad had skin cancer on his face, on his nose and shoulder to be exact. He loved to sit in the back yard on his days off in the summertime without a shirt and with his fair skin, he’d burn and turn red like a lobster, but that didn’t seem to deter him from doing it again the next day.
I understand, it was his way to relax, he would read the paper out in the back yard, chill out and get some Vitamin D. Little did he know it at the time, but, he was severely damaging his skin by doing it year after year which is why he ended up with skin cancer. When he began having issues, the doctors had to remove several growths that were cancerous. He was in a lot of pain.
I also was a sun worshiper as a teen. I couldn't get enough time at the beach. I can remember me and my girlfriends slathering on baby oil mixed with iodine in it to give us more of a “glow” and then to boot, we’d use the sun visors up under our chins begging the sun to fry our faces a little bit more.
My mom would always yell at me to stop tanning so much and to wear some sun screen. I eventually listened and in my late 20’s I began sitting under the umbrella at the beach. Although I still enjoy a great tan, I use the highest SPF I can find and limit the amount of sun exposure. Premature aging is not pretty. Have you ever seen the movie There’s Something About Mary? Remember the old lady neighbor who was wrinkled like a prune? Do you want your skin to look like that? I know I don’t and it frightens the heck out of me.
In order to keep your skin free from sun damage, be sure that when you go outdoors that you wear sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30 or higher. Be sure to reapply often as I believe most of them only last between 60-80 minutes so be definitely read the labels so you'll know when its time to reapply.
There are many natural products out there now as well in case you’re looking for alternatives to what’s at the drugstores and supermarkets.
Here are some products to keep you from frying not only your skin, lips, hands and hair to keep yourself protected from the sun’s damaging rays:
And if you do over do it and get a bit crispy, here are a couple of life savers to remove the sting from the burn:
One of the best things I like to do to protect myself is to always wear sunglasses (be sure they have a UV coating) and a hat when spending time outdoors. Here are a couple of my favorites:
Better still, avoid the sun altogether -- just use self tanner to look like a sun-kissed God or Goddess:
I hope you and your families have an amazing Memorial Day weekend.
God Bless America. Stay safe!
Love, peace, happiness & success,