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July 22, 2016

What to consider when picking an agency for Senior Home Care Rhode Island



It is apparent that no elderly person desires to live in a nursing home. Many prefer living within the comfort of their own home. When your parent does not like a nursing home, get him/her a caregiver. The caregiver will take great care of him/her in his/her house. Below are factors to put into consideration when picking an agency with proficient caregivers.

Needs and interests

You will be playing a major role in determining the value of care you will receive from the professionals. You are the one that knows the duties to be done by the professionals. It is important to draft a list of the needs and the desires of the patient, which will enable the caregiver to know exactly what to offer. This will empower the experts to directly satisfy the needs of the patient.


While the caregiver is giving his/her services to the elderly person, they will be in constant communication. It is through communication that the caregiver will be dealing with the emerging needs of the patient. Ensure the care giver and the patient speak a common language. Language barrier will only culminate in frustrations and poor services.


It is imperative to make it clear if the caregiver will be accompanying the patient wherever he/she goes. Staying in the house will apparently become boring for the patient. He/she would desire to visit interesting places and honor the appointment of the doctors. Thus, specify whether the caregiver will use the car of the patient or his/her car. This will incur transportation costs.

Skills needed/medical

Find out if the caregiver has any additional skills and expertise that will help the patient. Special skills might be needed to handle patients with complex diseases. Patients with high blood pressure need a caregiver that knows of blood sugar testing. The survival of the patient will rely on the knowledge of the caregiver. As such, elect a caregiver with the skills required.


Cooking must be part of the package for the senior home care Rhode Island individual’s needs. However, it is significant to know the types of food the patient is expected to take. The professional must be capable of cooking those foods. The patient can starve if the caregiver is incapable of preparing the meals that he/she wants. You need a great cook.

Working hours

There are labor laws that govern this agency. These laws are meant to secure the interests of the workers. These laws affect the working hours of the employees. A good manager will make plans to ensure his/her clients obtain valuable service without fail. Examine the working hours of the agencies. If those hours are not appropriate for you, get another firm.


The needs of the customers change with time. It is essential to employ flexible professionals. Caregivers that find it hard to adjust to the changes will render low quality service. Chances are high the expert will be multitasking. The needs of elderly people are numerous. Without flexibility, it will be unbearable for the caregivers to be proficient.

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July 20, 2016

Weight Management is a Marathon, Not a Sprint!

Have you noticed that weight seems to be a favorite topic that, one way or another, has a way of always popping up in conversations, publications, television programs, commercials, and the like?    Whether it’s gaining weight, losing weight, fad diets, new food, the perfect exercise program, or new exercise gadget, weight and it’s management is a marathon and not a sprint.

Let’s face it, the struggle to maintain a healthy weight is real for many of us!

In fact, the CDC reports that now 41% of all US women are obese, and only women show an upward trend. Furthermore, studies show once you lose weight, it’s very hard to keep it off.

 It’s a real pleasure to introduce you to Dr. Scott Kahan, MD, MPH, Director of the National Center for Weight and Wellness, and an expert on weight management, who says finding a support network is key. “Patients are more likely to achieve progress when, in collaboration with their healthcare network, they have opportunities to discuss treatment options, establish plans, monitor results and evaluate responses to the plans,” says Dr. Kahan.

For me, the challenge is often just getting started! Dr. Kahan came to the rescue with some great tips to follow before you begin a weight loss plan!!  If you heed Dr. Kahan’s advice and tips below, it will help to get you in the right frame of mind!

 TIP #1) Approach weight management as a marathon, not a sprint. A recent study shows that most people go through several phases during the cycle of weight management, some of which are exciting and associated with having lots of energy and momentum, while others are frustrating, such as the dreaded “plateau.”  Just like any marathon, there are ups and downs, and we should expect this and build our approach to managing it. 

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TIP #2) Set realistic expectations. Several studies show that we typically go into weight loss attempts expecting wildly more weight loss than what is realistic. One study showed people starting a basic weight loss program expected 20-30% weight loss, more than is typical with bariatric surgery!  In contrast, we know that as little as 3% weight loss improves blood sugar, and 5-10% weight loss improves most health outcomes and helps you feel good.

TIP#3) Understand that weight maintenance is something that will continue. Weight loss cycles between momentum and fatigue, excitement and frustration. We need to build an approach to managing each of these phases during the long process of weight maintenance.

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These are terrific, Dr. Kahan. Thank you so very much for the helpful weight management advice!

(Quoted and Paraphrased information in this article was obtained from Press Materials.)


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July 20, 2016

A Nose Above the Rest: Plastic Surgeon Picks Top 5 Celebrity Noses

If the eyes are the windows to the soul, the nose is the front door. Right at the center of the face, it is one of the make or break features. We got extra nosy (pun intended!) and asked top board certified plastic surgeon and Amazon best-selling author Dr. John Zannis for his top five celebrity noses. Whether you love your natural nose or are looking for inspiration before going under the knife, here are five ladies who are a nose above the rest!unnamed-14J.Lo

 “My rhinoplasty patients constantly point to Jennifer Lopez as an example of their dream nose,” says Dr. John Zannis “Her nose is not terribly narrow, her tip is even, and the shape and size of her nose are perfectly proportionate to the rest of her prominent features.”


Ashley Olsen 

“Ashley Olsen is the poster child for heart-shaped faces,” says Dr. Zannis “Her face is wider and her chin is slightly pointed, having a straight even nose puts the focus on her big beautiful eyes which is arguably her most striking feature.”



“Rihanna has one of the most perfectly symmetrical faces in Hollywood,” says Zannis “The bridge of her nose is incredibly straight and her nostrils are wide, balancing the length and narrowness of her face by making it appear wider.”


Jessica Alba

“Jessica Alba’s nose is the perfect size for her broader face, neither wide nor narrow with a straight bridge and a down-facing tip,” says Dr. Zannis “She has a slightly square-shaped face and her nose brings the eye straight down to her smile and up to her eyes, preventing her from ever looking boxy.”



Rosario Dawson

“Rosario Dawnson’s face is so striking because all her features are bold. When the eyes and lips are big you need a nose that can hold it’s own,“ says Zannis “It fills out her face; if her nose were narrower or smaller it would give her a pinched look and would distract from the beauty of her other prominent features.”

It’s important to offer as much detail as possible when exploring rhinoplasty. Consider that the nose is incredibly sensitive and could take 6 months to a year for a full recovery especially when there is work done to the septum and sinus cavity. “You don’t only want the nose to look great you want it to function well and a good surgeon will focus on both,” explains Dr. Zannis. He also advises people to factor in their face shape and ethnicity. “In addition to a coveted celebrity nose, bring pictures of other family members who have the nose you want. This will ensure that you’ll maintain features common to your ethnicity and family.”

Dr. John Zannis is a New Bern, North Carolina board-certified plastic surgeon and best selling author. A graduate of Stanford University and The University of Cincinnati Medical College, he received his formal training in General Surgery and Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina under the guidance of world-renowned plastic surgeon Dr. Louis Argenta. During this time, he performed over 5,000 surgical procedures and covered all aspects of plastic surgery including cosmetic surgery of the face and body, complex reconstructive procedures of face and body, cleft lip and palate surgery, hand surgery, facial and jaw fracture repair, and reconstruction following massive weight loss. He blends his interests and studies of classical art and symmetry to his surgery practices. Connect with him via twitter @JohnZannisMD or his website  

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July 20, 2016

Mani/Pedi Magic from Skyy Hadley and Lauren B


Summer time means mani/pedi time, right?! There are endless options for finding the perfect color combo, and these recommendations from Skyy Hadley and Lauren B. of Lauren B. Beauty will help steer you in the right direction for picking the best mani/pedi shades this summer!

  • Skyy Hadley recommends finding colors with undertones that compliment each other. Her favorite combinations for the best summer mani/pedi are:

o   Coral and taupe – this combination bounces off of any sun-tanned skin, whether bronze, brown or lightly tanned. This combination also doesn’t get dried out or look ashy after the 3rd or 4th day like many mixtures often tend to do. The coral is a summer staple and will bring you to a beachy, tropical island.

o   Flat gray with a shimmery gray – this understated, neutral combination gives just the right amount of sparkle and flash.

o   Emerald green with shimmery gold gives you a rich, sultry look with a hint of shine. This color combination is unexpected for summer but looks elegant and fun at the same time.

o   Vibrant hot pink and softer, sparkling pink – These colors will pop against any skin tone for a fun night out/party look for summer. This punchy color combo gives the ultimate summer vibe and defines girly glitz.

o   A warm milky brown contrasted with an orange-gold hue is the perfect combination for hot summer days to take you from the office to a night out. These shades play off sparkling sand or a beautiful summer sunset. The sun-kissed corporate mixture is flattering on all skin tones.

  • Lauren B. loves minimalistic nail designs, including color blocking, cut outs, geometric shapes, and even modern studding to create a modern twist on your manicure or pedicure. Blending neutrals with brighter pops of color allow for unique and fun combinations. Lauren B. recommends:
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July 20, 2016

Under Armour Apparels for Stylish Hockey Players


Comfort and protection from cold is the main consideration for clothing by hockey players. All the sporting gear for hockey players are designed with features that enable water resistance, give off warmth and sweat absorption away from the body. Besides offering these features, the sporting apparels are fashionable making them suitable casual wear.

The leading under armour apparels for hockey players include:

  1. Men’s UA Hockey Grippy compression Base layer top

This is a tight top for a player that provides power to the muscles. They are available in many designs and three colour options. The graphic tones are variable but the main colours include black with neon graphics, graphite with light grey graphics and vibrant hyper green that has neon graphics.

It is reasonably priced and it has been fitted with anti-odor technology to ward off any smells or odors. It offers maximum comfort when worn because of it is made of polyester that gives it a smooth feel comfort and non-restrictive compression.

Ventilation is enhanced by the mesh panels making movement easy and you can comfortably wear the top for long durations.

  1. Boys UA Puck Storm Warm-Up Pants

Running around and gliding on an ice booth require comfortable and warm apparels. These pants are reasonably priced and offer long lasting use. The woven fabric offers warmth and strong elasticity that makes the polyester pants last very long. They are available in lack and navy blue and have side pockets.

Water easily slides off the pants because of the DWR finish this finish however doesn’t compromise the breathability of the pants. You can buy such Under Armor online in whichever size that fits you. The loose design and elastic band makes it possible for you to wear the pants for long without experiencing any tightness or discomfort.

Sweat is transported from your body and legs by the unique transportation system that promises ultimate comfort and non-greasiness or sticking of pants to your legs.

  1. Men’s Hockey Grippy Compression Baselayer Leggings

Protection from cold is enhanced by these leggings. They are made of polyester and are available in graphite ad black colours. All body sizes are covered by these leggings that will power your muscles.

The graphic like features at the knee areas are important in keeping the knee pads in place. Sweat and other body odors will be kept off by the anti-odor system thus maintaining freshness for a long time when you are in the field.

The ultra-fit by the compression keeps muscles fresh and speeds up recovery in case you fall. Despite the tight fit, the lightweight and smooth fabric as well as the 4-way stretch fabric helps in maintaining comfort and shape intactness enhancing mobility as you play.

  1. Boy’s Hockey Grippy Leggings

This pair of nice leggings can be purchased online. They offer a streamlined fit because of their closeness to the skin. Mobility is facilitated by the 4-way fabric stretch and ventilation is provided by the mesh panels. They are comfortable, easy to use, affordable and available in your size. They can be worn with the Grippy fitted tops and have anti-odor technological systems.

In conclusion, men and boys can look fashionable in the hockey ice booths by wearing these stylish under armour. They are reasonably priced and worth every cent.

Author Bio

Tom Clark is an under armour sporting designer with a well-established online presence. You can find all the above and more under armour online on his store. You can also get a custom design.








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July 19, 2016

What do you get a guy who doesn’t want anything? Molton Brown !!


Father’s Day and Birthdays are always challenging gift occasions. My husband has everything he needs and he just doesn’t want anything. Yes, he is one of those kind of guys that make gift buying very difficult. I do know he likes to smell nice but he really won’t buy products for himself, so that’s where I come in handy. A little online shopping brought me to Molton Brown and I found a fabulous body wash, black Peppercorn. This particular body wash is formulated with antioxidant rich Madagascan black peppercorn oil and top notes of coriander. My husband is enjoying his new Molton Brown body wash immensely.


A recent trip to New York City’s Soho district brought me right in front of a Molton Brown Store. I didn’t even realize it until I was crossing the street, I was so excited to browse in the store. How happy was I, that I found a Black Peppercorn  Anti Perspirant Stick which will complement the Body Wash he already has?  Molton Brown  has an extensive line of body care for both men and women. There were so many amazing scents to choose from. Scents like Cocoa & Sandalwood, Silver Birch, Water Mint just to name a few. I purchased Tobacco Absolute and I know he will enjoy it just as much. What is nice about this line is the variety and the exquisite scents.


Shop online at or visit some of their locations nationwide. Find a Store near you at Molton Brown

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July 19, 2016

Pura d’or Healing Conditioner on Coffee with America

Merilee Kern presents on Coffee with America

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Summer Problem Solvers…

PURA D’OR Healing Conditioner was featured on Coffee with America TV.  You can watch the video here:

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July 18, 2016

Expert Tips & Tricks to Remedy a Nasty Sunburn


TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS: Summer is in full swing and with that comes the occasional sunburn. emerginC’s Training Director, Kimberly Sampson shares some tips and tricks on how to avoid inflammation, redness and soreness associated with sunburn below:

Skin redness during sun exposure is our body’s natural immune system response to skin cell’s excess exposure to ultra-violet sun rays. Skin redness occurs when there is an increase of capillary blood flow and skin is burned. Our body’s natural immune defense, or histamines, are released which helps calm skin inflammation – resulting in skin sensitivity and warmth from sunburn.

1. When addressing sunburn look for calming, soothing, and healing ingredients in skin care such as aloe, seaweed, tea extracts, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, botanical oils and extracts. Choose a nourishing body butter such as emerginC’s grape stem cell, white tea, and seaweed body butter that will help moisturize and reduce skin redness.

2. Taking a cool shower and applying a post-sun skin care product such as emerginC’s grape stem cell, white tea, and seaweed body butter and/or hydra-repair capsules to face, neck, and chest area will help begin the healing process from sunburn.
3. A good natural remedy: Soak a soft fabric cloth in milk or collodial oatmeal and apply to areas of redness to help calm skin. Both milk and collodial oatmeal contain healing and natural anti-inflammatory ingredients to help address sunburn relief.

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July 18, 2016

“Healthy Dogs are Happy Dogs”


Some common canine diseases that you should be aware of

Many pet owners are unaware of the dangerous pet diseases that can affect their beloved companions at any moment. Having a good knowledge of some common dog diseases will put you in a better position to deal with the symptoms in case they arise. Whether you have recently adopted a dog or you’re a seasoned pet owner, here are some of the major health concerns that you should look out for in your pet:

  1. Stomach Bloating

This is known as gastric torsion and it is a very common condition usually caused by hasty eating. This rapid intake of food causes swallowing of air which gets trapped in the dog’s stomach. Bloating causes abdominal swelling and the condition is worsened if the stomach turns as this prevents the trapped air from escaping.

Gastric torsion is most frequently witnessed in large breed dogs such as German Shepherd and Great Danes. Due to their broad chests, these large breed dogs can take in more air, thereby increasing their chances of bloating. Gastric torsion is usually manifested through an enlarged stomach, increased salivation and general body discomfort.

  1. Fungal diseases

From Valley Fever to Blastomycosis, there are many different fungal diseases that can affect your dog. Owing to their airborne mode of transmission, dogs inhale fungi-contaminated soil or dust which results in the infection. The extremity of fungal diseases varies greatly depending on the breed and immunity of the dog. Some may exclusively affect the skin while others cause damage in the entire body. Many times, fungal diseases are misdiagnosed and this can lead to the worsening of symptoms. Be sure to seek immediate medical attention in case you suspect that your dog has been infected by a fungus.

  1. Diarrhea

Diarrhea in dogs is a common condition that must be attended to immediately so as to avoid dehydration. This is especially common in puppies as they are very curious about their environment and may unknowingly swallow foreign objects. Mild cases can be treated by administering over-the-counter medicines for diarrhea in dogs. However, more severe cases should be investigated further as they may be an indication of a more serious gastrointestinal condition.

  1. Ear Infections

The unsightly curved edges of books are frequently referred to as dog ears. This amusing comparison alludes to the wide and flexible nature of canine ears. In spite of their cute appearance, the large surface area of your dog’s ears makes them susceptible to trapping harmful microorganisms which can cause ear infections. Vigorous head shaking and bloody discharge can indicate an ear infection in dogs. Apart from bacteria, this common ailment can also be caused by allergens and ear mites, hence it is extremely important for you to seek treatment as soon as these symptoms arise.

  1. Worm infestation

It can be quite difficult to control everything that your dog consumes and in some cases, intestinal parasites may invade your dog’s digestive system as a result of contaminated food or water. There are many different types of worms including hookworms, whipworms and roundworms among other varieties. Bloody stool as well as weight loss can be a strong indicator of worms. Be sure to regularly deworm your pet in order to prevent this problem.


Andrea Janice is a proud pet owner and blogger who has a passion for teaching people how to care for their canine companions. She volunteers at an animal shelter during her free time and has extensive knowledge concerning medicines for diarrhea in dogs.





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July 18, 2016

Jennifer Lopez Carries Tyler Alexandra!

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16:  Jennifer Lopez attends a screening of "Ice Age: Collision Course" at Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Lot on July 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Araya Diaz/WireImage)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 16: Jennifer Lopez attends a screening of “Ice Age: Collision Course” at Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Lot on July 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. 

LOS ANGELES – July 18, 2016Jennifer Lopez carried Tyler Alexandra to the screening of Ice Age: Collision Course in Los Angeles on Saturday. The actress and singer stunned in an all white look accented with Tyler Alexandra’s Lee Clutch in White
LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 16:  Actress Jennifer Lopez arrives at the screening Of "Ice Age: Collision Course" at Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Lot on July 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

LOS ANGELES, CA – JULY 16: Actress Jennifer Lopez arrives at the screening Of “Ice Age: Collision Course” at Zanuck Theater at 20th Century Fox Lot on July 16, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

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