June 16, 2017

3 Ways Dogs Can Help Fight Addiction

In a previous article, we talked about the things caregivers need to know about how addictions originate. Helping children or family members suffering from addiction isn’t always the easiest thing to do. It is even more difficult when you’re the one fighting the addiction because things are much more complicated from that point of view.

Experts are now suggesting dogs as the perfect pets for people fighting addiction. Dogs are great in many ways, especially at times when you need companions the most. Here are the top three ways dogs can help fight addiction.

The Emotional Battle

The most difficult thing to deal with in cases of addiction is the emotional side of things. Addicts often have low self-esteem and find trying to get away from their addictions is a lot more difficult because of it. If you’re experiencing this issue too, getting a dog could be the perfect solution to try.

A close friend of mine got sober almost immediately after finding out that her dog had cancer. The strong bond she developed with her dog and the drive to help the dog survive the illness gave her the right emotional boost to fight addiction. She ended up reading Canna-Pet reviews and using the product to help with her dog’s symptoms, as Canna-Pet supplements can help ease the pain of cancer in pets.

Dogs also have the ability to build strong, deep relationships with their humans. This kind of relationship – the way a dog greets you happily after a long day at work or how they rest their head on your lap to cheer you up at the right moment – is invaluable to those fighting addiction.

Good Chemicals

There is a long list of benefits to gain from caring for and playing with pets, particularly dogs. These experiences allow the brain to release feel-good hormones such as dopamine and serotonin. As your body produces more of these hormones, you will feel better about yourself and much less dependent on the addictive substances you normally consume.

The same experiences also reduce withdrawal symptoms greatly. Things such cravings, sadness, and hostility are easier to deal with when you have a good companion – or several of them – around. The presence of a dog is known to aid relaxation and will also reduce most withdrawal symptoms down to a minimum.

Alternative Activities

Of course, having dogs as pets comes with a lot of responsibility. You have to take them for walks regularly, feed them at the right time, and assume other responsibilities along the way. Fortunately, these routines also help with the fight against addiction.

The additional exercise you get from taking your dogs for a walk, for example, will help your body physically recover much faster. Your improved metabolism will result in better sleep at night, faster cell regeneration, and fewer withdrawal symptoms in general.

At the same time, having routines and extra activities to do will keep your mind from thinking about getting a drink or consuming the addictive substances that hooked you in the first place. Combined with the other benefits dogs bring into your life, a pet dog is a great way to make your fight against addiction – or the fight of a loved one – easier.

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June 14, 2017

Top Blouse Designs for Wearing Wedding Sarees

 

Designer blouses are the best type of blouses that can be worn with modern sarees. Their charm and appeal is subtle and adds edge to the personality and you get the attention you deserve.

Previously Indian ladies were accustomed to only few styles of draping and blouse types. However, designs have drastically changed now. These days, an urban woman wants to look unique as much as possible. Nevertheless, her dressing sense is reflected in her outlook and appearance.

Saree is a staple cloth in India that has undergone several changes. It has also emerged as a sensual outfit and is even worn at Cannes by the Bollywood stars. There are different types of sarees. Contemporary party wear sarees are different from the modern ones. These are designed exclusively to give the traditional look. One of such saree is the pattu sarees.

Let us have a look on how to enhance the pattu sarees.

New age look

Most of the designer pattu sarees are inspired by indo-western look. With these types of sarees, you can wear noodle strap blouses, halter neck blouses, backless and heavily worked back patterned blouses. You must give special attention to neck designs of blouses. If you want to show off your even toned bare back, you can settle with lace backless chiffon material.

On the other hand, if you want to go for a classy and traditional look you can go with the choli design or look for alternatives with sleeves. You must also keep the color and tone of your skin in mind while making one. Not only should it compliment your skin color, but also your personality.

Most of these designs will include pads that will cut out the requirement of wearing bras. However, you must give your fit properly for having the most suitable fit. Once you have figured out your pattern and styles, you can yourself create a versatile variety of blouses, which you can wear from time to time.

You can play with the embellishments. From heavily embellished blouses to minimal work you should choose accordingly. Wear blouses according to your occasion.

Readymade or boutique designed blouses

You may wear your pattu saree with a readymade laced blouse or one designed in a boutique. Both of them can be mixed and matched. Buying readymade blouses from online stores will definitely save time.

On the other hand if you want a flawless fitting, you must go for a tailor made alternative. Obviously tailor made designs will take time but you cannot get the perfection from readymade. You can also design your blouse according to the pattern, designs, work and style of pattu sarees.

Tips to choose a style for pattu sarees

Style is all about being comfortable & confident. Unless you don’t know what suits your body type or skin, it is difficult to garner attention. If you are tall, you can opt for circular or square blouses but remember that you must avoid V-shaped and U-shaped blouse neck designs. For pattu sarees you can.

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June 13, 2017

The Spony Baseball Cap is the coolest Cap ever

The Spony Baseball Cap is the coolest Cap ever. I have to get one but the hardest part of this order is “What color should I choose?” Here is what I found out about Spony Baseball Caps:

  • Patent-pending Convertible Women’s Ballcap
  • Back center seam constructed with separable Velcro closure instead of sewn shut
  • Added pockets provided inside cap to keep Velcro on side flaps from coming in contact with hair
  • Can be worn as a regular closed ballcap AND as an open-backed ponytail cap
  • Made in the USA
  • Open up back of cap for ventilation, and close up back for protection from rain or extreme weather
  • Whether you’re on your way to the gym, a busy mama, or your hair just refuses to cooperate, Spony has your back. Take your gym routine to the next level with the perfect blend of fashion and function!
  • Check out the cool video below to see how this cap really works

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June 13, 2017

Tired of fruitless weight loss fads? Here are 5 unique and practical ways for success.

According to a recent study, weight loss is the most common New Year resolution. Sadly, more than 80% of people do not achieve success s- the main reason for this failure being blindly following unreasonable weight loss beliefs that are based on fallacious and ridiculous arguments.

For any result, a weight loss plan must last for at least 5 weeks. Anything that suggests a duration that is lesser to lose weight tiowill most probably not work.

A good diet alone is the key- absolutely not!

A good weight loss regimen is a combination of many factors. Good feeding habits alone may not guarantee good results.

The idea is to burn as many calories as you can while still cutting back on the daily intake. But reportedly, some people still claim that this impartial belief does not work for them. Want to know the reason why?

Before embarking on any weight loss workout plan, you must believe in it first. Rather than approaching it with a starting-from-square-one mentality, go for it with an “I am already incinerating some fat belief”.

Seeking help online

Although most certified physicians try to discredit online help, mostly from blogs, you can actually get a lot of help from these. However, even with these wells of info at hand, it is still advisable to consult a certified professional on a regular basis for face-to-face guidance. There are also a lot of things that you can learn from weight loss support groups.

Keeping that diary will be worthwhile

Recently, studies revealed that people who keep diaries during their weight loss regimens are more conscious and focused on weight loss, and therefore are more likely to achieve better levels of success than people who don’t.

Keeping yourself hydrated helps a lot

The best drink to help keep yourself hydrated is water. If you think that water is a little too repetitious, natural fruit smoothies can be used side by side with water. Scientifically proven, drinking lots of calorie-free liquids helps increase calorie incineration.

There are very many theories to back up this fact. For example, some people argue that the body uses a significant amount of calories to heat up the cold water after it is consumed. Others suggest that drinking water regularly helps reduce junk food cravings. Eating water saturated fruits wholly such as watermelons also help a lot.

Cutting down too much on the food intake triggers starvation mode

Naturally, the human body regulates its weight by ensuring that it stays at its predominant state. Cutting down heavily on calorie intake abruptly could cause the body to enter starvation mode, where the body also slows down its metabolic rate.

Instead of denying your body food for extremely long hours, eat a balanced diet during your normal feeding hours.   This way, you will ensure that the metabolic rate does not go below normal. Simple and realistic weight loss training accelerates it from normal to high for maximum fat incineration.

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June 12, 2017

DIY ​tips to prep​ skin for smooth, bump-free hair removal this summer

 

FROM THE PROS:  Deanna Renda​, Founder of Naples Soap Company ​would love to share her simple DIY ​tips to prep​ skin for smooth, bump-free hair removal this summer.​

  1.   Cleanse – cleansing the skin can prevent infections and remove dirt from the treatment area. The easiest way to cleanse the skin is to have a warm shower or bath that not only cleanses, but opens up the pores.

    2.  Exfoliate​ -​ ​A gentle exfoliation to the skin improves circulation and promotes regeneration of the skin cells.  This can be achieved through loofahs, washcloths, scrubs, and brushes.  You can also use body scrubs with sea salt which is gentle on the skin

    3.   Soften Hair and Skin – heat and moisture is the most effective way to soften the hair and skin – use of a good, natural shaving cream can also be the key to a bump-free bikini area.

    4.  Minimize Friction – when moving an implement across your skin to remove hair, it is important to resist friction – this can be accomplished using soap or cream.  Soothing and creamy elements such as shea butter help the glide, so look for the right blend.

    What to do if you break out in pimples after removing hair?

    1.      Soak a cotton swab in alcohol-free witch hazel and preferably cold aloe vera and apply to the bumpy area.

    2.      After the witch hazel and aloe vera have evaporated, apply a few drops of pure, cold- pressed argan oil to the area. Use a gentle soap to eliminate further irritation.

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June 8, 2017

Doesn’t Dad deserve a Legacy for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is the perfect occasion to give that special man in your life cologne. If he is anything like my husband, he will love the cologne if it is a gift but he will never buy it for himself. This Father’s Day I found the perfect cologne, Empire Lyon’s Legacy Fragrance For Men.  I gave my children a few cologne options to choose from and Legacy got the “thumbs up” !

LEGACY is a sophisticated cologne with an alluring masculine scent.  This spectacular fragrance “opens with a sparkling blend of bergamot and lemon water with an atomic heart of lavender buds, crisp geranium and clary sage”  It also carries scents of  warm amber, vanilla suede and tobacco leaf.
LEGACY was launched by Cristiano Ronaldo in 2015. It was inspired by the Twentieth Century Fox highly acclaimed Television series “Empire” created the visionary Lee Daniels. The bottle design represents “striking gold”. “The idea expressed literally via the gold nugget design of our fragrance candle design and metaphorically expressed via the gold hue, crocodile trim, and Jeweled facets caps of the bottle designs.”    The Empire “E” pendent adorns the fragrance bottle magnificently.
Empire Lyon’s Legacy Fragrance For Men Eau de Toilette Spray 3.4 oz is Available at EmpireFragrance.com and Macy’s.
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June 2, 2017

Check out Freebeautyevents.com for free gifts and prizes.

Don’t forget to check out freebeautyevents.com for free makeovers, free samples and a chance to win beauty products in their monthly contest.

Details on the June Beauty Basket Giveaway:
This month our basket includes products from Cantu, Rimmel, TRESemme, Nexxus, Maybelline, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear, Hawaiian Tropic and more! The Contest runs from now through 6/30/17, winners will be chosen on 7/10/2017 and notified by 7/15/2017. We want to encourage readers to go to our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/FreeBeautyEvents/app/355270434639042/) and like us, then enter to win on our page. They can also enter on our website at http://www.freebeautyevents.com/contest
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June 1, 2017

Michael Todd Grape Seed Cleansing Oil

Michael Todd Grape Seed Cleansing Oil

Michael Todd Grape Seed Cleansing Oil

Until now, facial cleansing oils have scared me.  I try so hard to keep oil off of my face and out of my pores. Why would I want to put oil on my face and why is everyone so obsessed with it? Can people who have oily skin use the product? Why doesn’t the oil clog our pores? Are they safe for those with acne prone skin (me!)

The past couple of weeks info on oil facial cleansers has been crossing my desk more often than usual.  I got to thinking that maybe facial cleansing oils are a good thing.  I asked IAGT team member Donna Raheb if she had come across any facial oils that I could try out.  Donna is a huge fan of the Michael Todd brand so she hand delivered to me the Michael Todd Grape Seed Cleansing Oil.  The first thing I did was squirt it on my hands, a squirt here and a squirt there.  The scent is subtle but very nice.  I massaged it in, washed my hands and patted them dry, after which there was no oily residue. But the try test will be tonight. I’ll be cleansing my face with it this evening.  I will post the results to my Facebook page.

Here’s the scoop on the Michael Todd Grape Seed Cleansing Oil taken right from the pretty purple container. It removes dirt, oil and makeup completely. Rinses thoroughly. Hydrates and nourishes skin.  It won’t strip the skin of it’s natural moisture balance. And, Grape Seed Oil is indeed it’s primary ingredient!

http://www.michaeltoddbeauty.com/

Check in with me tomorrow @itsaglamthing

 

 

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May 29, 2017

Introduce Dad to Beard Guyz this Father’s Day

The question of the month is…What should we get dad for Father’s Day? On Father’s Day we honor special men in our life. In our case it’s my husband who is also a dad. I must say that they rack their brains out on this holiday. I’m prepared to answer their question with two words… BEARD GUYZ!!!!   The best thing about Beard Guyz is that he doesn’t need to have a beard to enjoy some amazing products from their line. Beard Guyz or Van der Hagen products offer that special man in your life the ultimate essential grooming experience right in the privacy of his own home.

Some of the Luxury Sets include:

Luxury Badger Shave Set, $39.99.. with its pure badger hair brush, Hypoallergenic luxury shave soap with an Apothecary Mug an Acrylic combination brush & razor stand this gift set is sure to be a winner.

Luxury Boar Shave Set, $29.99.. includes a 100% natural boar bristle brush, a Hypoallergenic shave soap, an Apothecary mug and an Acrylic combination brush & razor stand, this is also a great gift and the prices of these sets are quite affordable.

One of my husband’s favorites is Beard Guyz Daily Wash. He throughly enjoys this face wash. He uses it in the shower and he like the scent.  The most important feature is that he like how the Daily Wash cleanses and how his skin feels afterwards.  Beard Guyz Daily Wash is formulated with a “A blend of 35 natural and organic botanical and fruit extracts combined with Keratin and Protein to clean and moisturize.”  The Daily wash also provided  antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits helping to improve blood flow. The Daily Wash is suitable for all beard types

My husband doesn’t use hair conditioners routinely but Beard Guyz Deep Conditioner has been an exception. It works well on your skin after cleansing and he adds a little to his hair at the same time. Deep Conditioner has a ” blend of 25 natural & organic oils, butters, extracts, vitamins and conditioners chosen for their benefits to the hair and skin”. 

What if the Man in my life has a Beard?  Beard Guyz has you covered.

**Beard Guyz offers products such as Beard Scentz, which helps eliminate odors and helps prevent germs and bacteria growing on the skin.

** Beard Butter moisturizes your skin beneath the beard helping to avoid itchy flaky skin.

**Beard Guyz Nighttime Beard Growth Serum  is the perfect nighttime solution for facilitating hair growth, Rehydrating dry hair. It also has a refreshing fragrance.

Beard Guyz has the perfect array of products that will allow you to put together the perfect Father’s Day gift whether he has a beard or not.

You can find Beard Guyz at  most large retailers nationwide like Amazon.com, Beardguyz.com, CVS, Duane Reade, Target and Walgreens

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May 28, 2017

Donna’s Beauty Check List

I am a mature woman and have dealt with many of the things that can make one appear less beautiful and older if they are not addressed. That being said, I put together a list of beauty items that can help a woman look both youthful and healthy, no matter her age.  In my next articles I will address how to achieve the below list in detail.

Donna Spangler actress/ Producer

  • Donna’s Beauty Checklist
    Face
    How is your skin? Examine it. Is it smooth? Acne? Hydrated? Evenly toned? Dry? Flaky? Sun damage? If your skin is heavily damaged, you might want to consider a light chemical peel.
    How are your eyes? Red? Clear? Puffy? Circles?
    How are your brows? Are they bushy or trimmed well? Coloring?
    Are your lips plump and even? Chapped?
    Any facial hair? A simple laser treatment will take care of this evil.  Also, plucking or buying an inexpensive facial hair remover is an option as there are many on the market today.
    Lashes – Are they lush and healthy or sparse and short?
    Makeup – wearing too much can be extremely off-putting. Learn the perfect amount to highlight your face. Enlist the help of a friend or professional if you need guidance. There are also some great makeup videos on YouTube.
    Hair
    Is your hair healthy? Thick? Well-groomed?
    Is the color rich and flattering to your complexion? Do you have roots?
    Is the style up-to-date and becoming? Split ends? Frizz?
    Is it shiny or dull?

    Thick healthy hair or the appearance of is important

    This is my body at 54 years old! I am quite prod as I work out 3 to 4 days a week for about 1 hour in the morning!

Body
Is your body fit? Too heavy or too thin?
Is your muscle tone lacking?
Is your body skin sagging?
Do you have discolorations on your body?
Are your fingernails and toe nails groomed?
Are you in proportion? Top and bottom?
Skin color – way too tan/pale?
Is your skin dry and flaky?
Body hair?

Hygiene
Are your teeth clean, brushed and smelling good?

Are your teeth yellow? Missing? Stained? In need of orthodontics? Teeth are crucial to a beautiful face.
Have you showered?
Is your hair clean, groomed well?
Are your clothes pressed, well thought out and appropriate for where you will be going?
Next take a look at your overall package. Look at yourself honestly and write down the things you like and the things that you would like to work on. This may be painful as no one wants to face their flaws, but in order to change something you don’t like, it is essential to address it first.

After your candid evaluation, you need to make a list of your goals and objectives both physically and mentally. Set realistic goals, and give yourself a timeframe. I like to make both short and long-term goals and reward myself for each accomplishment as I make it. Great satisfaction comes from achieving these goals and you will feel so much better about yourself as progress is made.

“I plan on being bikini ready even into my 80’s”  – Donna Spangler

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