“Hope” is the thing with feathers
No matter what your lifestyle is like, most people these days are busy. Always running, and not much downtime. So how could you possibly fit exercise in? There’s always a way.
If you work in an office, be sure to stretch your legs and give your eyes a break at least every 2 hours. It’s not only good for a quick round of exercise, but the break in looking at a computer can reduce eye strain and lessen the chance for a headache or other fatigue. Start a group with co-workers, and have set times to stretch or walk- it’s good for everyone!
For stay at home parents, learn to use what you have around the house! Have a new baby? You can use small children or even a bag of rice as a weight and preform several exercises. Squats, lunges, and even resistance for (gentle!) side-to-side twists, to name a few.
If you are in a high-paced line of work that keeps you moving all day, congrats! You’re probably getting more exercise than you think!
Something else that is really helpful is a fitness tracker. There are many options on the market, from high-range on down. Don’t need an extra gadget to forget? Fear not! Most phones have build in function to track your steps, which can be unlocked by fitness apps and widgets. A favorite is My Fitness Pal, which not only tracks steps, but also acts as a food diary and weight loss helper. It is both Apple and Android friendly, so no excuses! 😉
Lastly, don’t overdo it! Sometimes our bodies give off signals that we need to rest. Don’t ignore these! A small headache, a simple cough, even a stress-related bout of hives. All of these are indications that you may be overdoing it in some way. Take a step back and analyze what you could be doing wrong, and be sure to correct it as soon as possible, as they could negatively impact you until it is dealt with. And most importantly, drink plenty of water! On average, most people are not making their daily intake of water, and are causing themselves problems because of it.
Women have been getting stretchmarks naturally for centuries. Why is it that in this day and age they are seen as something to be ashamed of, something you hide or want to change?
Stretch marks tell a store that is your life. They tell the tale of growth, change, birth and much more. Taking them away doesn’t change your story, but why change what is perfectly you? If we don’t start loving ourselves more, how can we pass self-love to the next generation? It starts with you.
Loving every piece of yourself is the first step to true happiness. In this era of media domination, you are told to look, think, act, and even feel a certain way. But why? Why change what is the most perfect version of you just to make yourself an imperfect clone of everyone else?
Having stretch marks doesn’t mean you aren’t sexy. It doesn’t mean you aren’t smart. It has no standing on your personality. They’re just a part of who you are. Everybody can have them, tall, short, slim, or curvy. Love the skin you are in. Nourish and worship the body you have, for all its wrinkles, freckles, stretch marks. Because a true tiger works hard to earn her stripes.
It seems like the prices for everything are getting higher and higher these days. Instead of spending your money going out and doing one day things, why not put money into your home equity? By planning and adding to your backyard, even over time, you will find yourself itching to go out and spend less and less. When you turn your home into your palace, being home doesn’t seem like such a bad thing at all. Even though it costs money initially to get your yard into the shape you want it, the rewards will last you years and years.
Now is the perfect time to start; Why not give a backyard remodel a try?
Check out some of these amazing backyard designs below.
Recently Buzzfeed posted an article about “plus-sized” models starting a social medial movement with the hashtag DropThePlus. Most of the models being labeled as “plus-sized” we in fact average: Being between US sizes 4 and 8.
Australian model Stefania Ferrario was growing tired of being thrown into the plus category, and wanted to simply be recognized as a model. “I am a model FULL STOP,” she wrote on her Instagram. “Unfortunately in the modeling industry if you’re above a US size 4 you are considered plus size, and so I’m often labelled a ‘plus size’ model. I do NOT find this empowering. … I’m NOT proud to be called ‘plus’, but I AM proud to be called a ‘model’, that is my profession!”
The movement has taken off on several social medial platforms, as more women want a chance to define themselves, positively. Ajay Rochester, host of the Australian version of The Biggest Loser is partnered with Ms. Ferrario on the campaign. Sh agrees that the terminology is grossly outdated and is not a positive outlook for women of today.
“It’s dangerous thinking and dangerous labeling and it’s outdated,” Rochester wrote on her blog. “We don’t label anyone else that way: chef and plus sized chef, comedian and plus sized comedian, doctor and plus sized doctor, teacher and plus sized teacher. So why models and/or women? We are humans, we come in all shapes and sizes.”
How do you feel about this movement? Do you find it empowering, or simply another passing social media “experiment”? Do you think the young women of tomorrow need the added stress of being labeled “plus-sized” as apposed to just… A woman? We would love to hear your thoughts.
Did you know?
About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime, and besides skin cancer, breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer among American women. Just under 30% of cancers in women are breast cancers.
It is quite common for symptoms to not get treated, either due to not being caught at home, or not discussing concerns with your doctor regularly. Practicing self-exams and regular open discussions with your doctor can help ensure you remain breast cancer free for years to come.
|Step 1: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips.
Here’s what you should look for:
If you see any of the following changes, bring them to your doctor’s attention:
|Step 2: Now, raise your arms and look for the same changes.
Step 3: While you’re at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood).
|Step 4: Next, feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter.
Cover the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side — from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit to your cleavage.
Follow a pattern to be sure that you cover the whole breast. You can begin at the nipple, moving in larger and larger circles until you reach the outer edge of the breast. You can also move your fingers up and down vertically, in rows, as if you were mowing a lawn. This up-and-down approach seems to work best for most women. Be sure to feel all the tissue from the front to the back of your breasts: for the skin and tissue just beneath, use light pressure; use medium pressure for tissue in the middle of your breasts; use firm pressure for the deep tissue in the back. When you’ve reached the deep tissue, you should be able to feel down to your ribcage.
|Step 5: Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting. Many women find that the easiest way to feel their breasts is when their skin is wet and slippery, so they like to do this step in the shower. Cover your entire breast, using the same hand movements described in step 4.||
Sometimes we all need a pick-me-up, or a way to find ourselves on the right path in life. Whenever life gets you down, remember that you are a beautiful strong woman, and nothing can get you down unless you let it. As the late and great Maya Angelou says in her poem, you are a woman, and you can do anything. You are a woman phenomenally. Whatever hardship you are dealing with today will not matter six months from now. Every mountain can be climbed and conquered, just give it time and patience. After the break you will find the complete Phenomenal Woman poem, which will hopefully bring a sense of pride to you, as being a woman means being everything; Like the Beyoncé song goes, “Who runs the world? Girls? Girls!”
With the recent spring forward of time, comes warm weather as well. Warm weather means the purge of your winter clothes and lesser worn items, which to the woman on the go may sound like a weekend of cleaning. Your closet is the best place to start: it allows you to have a clear view of everything, clean or messy. This entry into Spring Cleaning can be done in as little as an hour, but can help for days to come.
After laundry day, start off with everything hanging in your closet with the hangers facing the opposite direction that you normally choose. As the days go on, be sure to replace freshly laundered clothes with the hanger facing your normal way. This is an easy method of tracking your ‘staples’, and making it clear as to what clothing gets little to no love. If you’re a shoe lover, you can also try this with your shoes: start off with everything facing one direction, then switch directions after use. You’ll be surprised by how many things go unused!
After a few weeks, you will have a clear view of what you wear and love, and what can be tossed or donated to a charity of your choice. As time goes on, you can start adding more elements to this; bottoms on one side, tops on the other. Shoes on a shelf or rack, and everything else on shelves and/or in drawers. Staying organized isn’t an overnight thing, you’ll have to stay on top of yourself, but the rewards are definitely worth it.
Happy Spring Cleaning!
Planning a Child’s Party
Your child’s birthday is months away but you want to get a head start on things because planning a party in the middle of holiday festivities makes for a hectic household and a burned out Mommy. So where to start?
First thing is first: Choose a theme. This can be an easy task if your child is older and can tell you what they like by giving not so subtle hints. You know how children are. 🙂 But what if your child is younger and does not have favorites just yet. Or – even more pressure – this is their first birthday party! In the case of a younger child, consider creating a theme around a nickname you call your baby or reach back to the theme you used for the baby shower.
Before we move on to decorations it is time to set a budget for the party for the apple of your eye. Budgets are very important, as they will determine just how extravagant the party will be or how creative you will soon become. You may choose to set an overall budget for the party and go from there. You may also chose to create sub-category budgets for different aspects of the party. Food, décor, games, and cake, for example, may be aspects that you deem important for the party
Once you have chosen a theme and determined a budget, it is time to start thinking about the kind of decorations you will use to transform the venue. Whether it be a home, the neighborhood park, or a ballroom at a swanky hotel, décor can make or break a good party. If you have chosen a popular theme, finding decorations or ideas for décor should be an easy task. Whether you have chosen to create your own theme or you are using a popular one, search the boards of Pinterest to find ideas for your baby’s birthday that are not likely to be seen at the next party they attend. Consider making as much of the décor as you can. This will add a uniqueness to the party as well as save on costs. Also, try creating items that represent your child.
Consider the extra-curricular activities they are involved in or their favorite games to play and incorporate them into the theme of the party. You may also find it resourceful to create décor items your child will be able to use after the party is over.
Placing a train around the desserts at a Thomas the Train themed party is a clever way to decorate the dessert table and keep little fingers out of the cake until the appointed time. It will also double as a toy for your child to play with are the celebration. You may also chose to use or create wall decorations that can be used to decorate your child’s room.
In keeping with your theme, encourage invited guests to dress as their favorite character from the theme or to wear colors used in the décor.
Food and dessert are next on the list to tackle. Surely, you cannot invite a gaggle of children and not feed them. That is one way to end a party instantly. With children, they are easy to please, for the most part so serving simple to assemble and easy to consume foods is your best bet. Think: burgers, hotdogs, pizza, fruit, etc. but try to make them fun. Cut the food items into different shapes, party themed of course. Come up with ways to make these ordinary food items exciting for the children. You may allow them to make their own pizzas using “weird foods” that a character from the party theme may eat. For example, Cat in the Hat fruit kabobs or green eggs and ham at a Dr. Seuss themed party. You may also chose to create cute ways to display/serve the food.
The dessert is the piece de résistance. Again, thinking outside of the box is always encouraged. Incorporate your child’s favorite activities, interests of the overall party theme into the design of the cake. Some themes may make this harder than others may be but therein lies the fun of it all! And remember, it is just as important for it to taste good as it is for it to look good!
Have fun and Happy Planning!
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