Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Target Your Problem Areas

All of us have little areas that we are insecure about that we wish we could perfect. Often we don’t have the time, money, or knowledge to deal with things we don’t particularly like about our bodies. Depending on what your problem area is, becoming more satisfied with an area that bothers you could be easier than you think. Read on to check out solutions for a few common problem areas.


Unwanted Hairs

We think this is a good one to start off with because it is a common issue for women to have, but it’s an issue that not a lot of people like to talk about. The constant routine of shaving, waxing, epilating, or whatever you do to maintain your unwanted hair growth can get tedious, expensive, and even overwhelming at times. Consider looking into getting something like Sentient Lasers, if you want the hair removal to last for a long period of time, or even to stop regrowth completely.

Unwanted Fat

Now, this is something that most of us definitely have to deal with. It’s easy for one chocolate bar to lead to a pack or one trip to McDonald’s to lead to a weekly thing. Which, after a while of doing so, is obviously going to lead to unwanted fat. This common problem area has a simple solution.  All you need to do is make a few simple changes to your diet and exercise routine, and you’ll soon notice all of that unwanted fat leaving your body. Now the hard part; finding the willpower to make good decisions so you can see results. Try and eat clean five days a week, and exercise at least two if you want to try and make a difference. Finding clean foods and recipes that you enjoy, looking for physical activities that you find fun and enjoyable, and keeping a food diary are all ways to help you stay committed to your goal.

Unwanted Spots

Again, something most of us can relate to, whether we’re going through it now, or have been through it in the past. Because spots are so… well… in your face, it’s easy for them to make you massively insecure. Treating something like this could be as simple as changing your skincare routine.  Figure out your skin type and do the research to make sure you are using the proper products. Drinking water, regular exfoliation, and the daily use of sunscreen and serums can make a huge difference in your skin’s tone and texture.




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Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Overhaul How You See Oral Care

If you are one of the 15% of people in the US who avoid seeing the dentist due to anxiety and fear, you need to read this. The truth is that no one likes the dentist; but why is that? The truth is that a trip to the dentist doesn’t have to be any more painful than a trip to the doctor for your annual checkup, and yet a high percentage of people put off dental checkups and risk their oral health.

The issue with skipping dental checkups is that when we fail to take adequate care of our teeth, they can fall into a state of disrepair, yellowing, becoming painful, and eventually falling out. Losing your teeth probably doesn’t bear thinking about, which is why it’s so vital that if dental fear is something that plagues you, that you overhaul how you see oral care.




It might sound impossible to change your perception of seeing the dentist or an oral care specialist, but the fact is it’s not. You can change your mindset when it comes to dental care, and here’s how you can do it:

Ignore the horror stories

There are always going to be horror stories regarding any medical treatment but you need to learn to ignore them. Just because your Uncle Billy says that he had an awful experience having a filling done at the dentist and in his words ‘would rather cut off his own foot’ than go through that again, don’t get stressed. That is his experience, not yours. Dentistry should never be painful, so these kinds of horror stories really are not helpful. Ignore the scary stories that you hear and instead focus on your own experience.

Find the right oral healthcare

You know how you have to find the right doctor for you? Well, it’s the same when it comes to dentistry and oral surgery, you need to find the right dentist or oral specialist for your needs. If you don’t feel comfortable with the person you are currently registered with, take the time to find a new dental practice to attend. Visit the practice in person, ask to have a tour, and speak with the dentist - this should give you an idea of which dental practice could work best for you. Perhaps you could look for a dentist who specializes in patients who suffer from a dental phobia? With the right kind of support in place, you have the power to change how you see oral care.

Determine where your fear stems from

If you are going to be able to get past the fear that you have, it’s important that you can determine whether your fear stems from. Try to determine when it was that you became scared of the dentist. If you cannot do that, think about what it is that scares you most. For most people, it’s the overall concept of dentistry, which means that there’s no real cause for it. Or, if there is a cause, usually it is pain - no one wants to be in pain, do they? If pain is the cause of your fear, it’s important to discuss this with your dentist, so that they can reassure you that dentistry does not have to be painful. By working out the cause of your fear, you can make coping with it much easier.

Your dentist is not the enemy. Believe it or not, they simply want to ensure that your teeth are being looked after.




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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Off-Season Shopping: Coats & Choosing The Right Style For You

A great way to save money is to buy clothing offseason. Now that summer is just around the corner, it may seem a bit strange, but it's the perfect time to get a great deal on a coat. Fabulous toppers are a great way to pull an outfit together, but once fall is in full swing, you'll be hard-pressed to find a good deal on a gorgeous coat. Now's the time to prepare for your cold-weather layering.  Here are a few tips to make sure you're choosing the right style:



If you are going to invest in a coat, you will want to make sure that the coats you choose for yourself suit your body shape and your style. Here are some of the different body types alongside the type of coat that suits them.

Tall
If you have a long torso and long legs, choosing a coat to suit your body shape can be pretty annoying. A lot of the time taller women struggle finding a coat which is long enough, fits them right and has long enough sleeves. If you are familiar with this problem, you will be glad to hear that an oversized style will look great on your body type. Oversized coats can be left open throughout the day and will cover your frame bringing a sense of femininity to your body.

Petite
If you are on the opposite end of the scale and you are a small woman, you might feel drowned in many of the coats you pick up, and this can end up making you feel pretty dumpy. To accentuate your figure as well as accommodate your smaller size, you can go for a cropped pea coat which will end at the hips and help to make you feel more in proportion.

Athletic/ Boyish
If you are a woman who has a very slim and flat chested figure, the good news is that pretty much any style will suit your body shape. To accentuate your femininity and give the idea of a fuller bust and curves, you can go for a coat which has an exaggerated collar and frills. Navy style coats can be ideal for a woman of this shape and one which is cut just above the knee will always be flattering.

Busty
For women who have larger busts, it can be difficult to find a coat which flatters the body as well as fitting over the bust area. The best type of coats you can look for if you are this shape is a coat which accentuates that hourglass shape. You will want a coat which is simple in design and which cinches in at the waist. Look for a tailored coat which flairs out a little below the waist to really accentuate your figure. 



Remember, that shopping off-season may mean great deals, but you will have to search a bit harder to find the perfect piece. Make sure you check local and online retailers and familiarize yourself with the return policy before you buy.


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Monday, May 21, 2018

Best Baby Travel System for 2018



Primadonna Momma has been on the go with her little one for two years now (I can't believe he's two already!) and I realize that our stroller has gotten a lot of use and taken a ton of abuse. From family trips to NOLA festivals; it's so important to choose the right stroller because it's one of the pieces that you will use not for a few months like many baby items, but throughout your little one's early years.

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Finding the best car seat stroller combo can be quite overwhelming with all the different options out there in the market. Each of these travel systems come with their specific kind of features that makes the selection much more difficult for the parents. So if you need a well-researched guide regarding the best baby travel systems for 2018, read through and you are sure to find the perfect one for you and your baby as we have picked the top five for you based on rating and reviews of these products.

Who needs travel systems?

Travel systems are designed for parents who are always on the go and would prefer to spend less time switching between strollers, car seats and baby carriers etc. What’s more, the perfect travel systems can help the parents move the baby with the least movements and without frictions so that the change doesn’t disturb or wake up the kiddo who just slept off after a great battle. Another advantage of travel systems is that they allow you to use the strollers from new-born and up or as long the baby fits in the car.

Below are the reviews of our top-rated five based on our research.

1. Britax B Agile 3 &B Safe 35 Travel System
Britax B is one of the sturdiest & top-rated travel system found in the market. This 3-wheel jogging stroller has a swivel front wheel and can be folded easily with one hand. The B-Agile 3 is made for babies and toddlers up to 55 lbs (25 kg). 
Pros
  • Extremely easy to adjust and use while providing all the comfort and support for the baby. 
  • There is a high-quality head pad, and 5 points rethread harness
  • Comes with extra safety features when compared to other models. 
  • The three-wheel structure makes stroller easy to maneuver 
  • All-wheel suspension creates an effortless ride
Cons:
  • The system is bulky and heavy, so can be hard to carry around.

2. Chicco Bravo Trio Travel System

The Chicco KeyFit 30 is a rear-facing infant car seat and accommodates babies weighing between 4 and 30 lbs (1.8-13.3 kg) who are less than 30 inches (76.2 cm) in height. For babies between 4 and 11 pounds (1.8-5 kg), the car seat has a “newborn insert.”

Pros:
  • Comes with a removable seat 
  • Easy to assemble and install 
  • Has bubble levels on the car seat that shows if correctly positioned
  • Has parent cup holder and a tray for keys and phone
  • Once folded can easily stand on its own. 
  • Good storage compartment underneath
  • Height adjustable handle
Cons:
  • The fabric used in the stroller is not machine washable. 
  • A bit hard to steer around initially

3. UPPA Baby Cruz stroller with MESA Car Seat

The stroller system has an incredible amount of features loaded into a slim and compact profile. CRUZ stroller provides an adaptable frame and an easily removable “toddler seat” which can be used for infants as well. The MESA car seat accommodates babies from 4 to 35 lbs (15.9 kg) and up to 32 inches (81.3 cm) in height.

Pros:
  • Can be steered with one hand and can turn quickly. 
  • The MESA seat is reversible parent facing and front facing
  • Have a huge storage basket 
  • Comes with a telescoping extendable handlebar and red to the green light indicator on the car seat base which lets you know when properly secured. 
  • Versatile frame & extendable sunshade
  • Has breathable fabric and adjustable headrest
  • Easy latch adjustment. 
Cons:
  • The fabric is not machine washable 

4. Graco Fast Action Fold Travel System
Graco fast action fold is a lightweight 3-wheel stroller with a one-hand fold. An affordably priced stroller which accommodates new-born children from 4 to 50lbs (25kg) and up to 30 inches.
Pros:
  • Easy to assemble & use 
  • The car seat has multiple recline adjusts & fits comfortably in compact cars
  • Comes with a large storage basket & expandable back pouch
  • Has parent and child cup holders 
  • 3 or 5-point harness to match babies as they grow
  • Level indicators or markers as an extra safety measure
  • The car seat can be quickly released
Cons:
  • Remains loosely open when folded & doesn’t lock in place.
  • Not that easy to assemble

5. Peg Perego Booklet Travel System

Booklet is one of the lightest travel systems in the market as they weigh only 9 kg. The car seat can hold babies up to 35 lbs (15.9 kg) and up to 32″ tall.
Pros:
  • Super-easy to move around & manage 
  • The handle is height-adjustable with a hook under the hood
  • Suspension and ball bearings allow for 360-degree agility
  • Has color-coded belt paths for when the base is not in use
  • Both front wheels’ swivel and lock
  • Comes with a scalloped bottom to ensure more stability when used in vehicles. 
  • Has a no-rethread harness which adjusts to six different positions. 
  • Seat easily attaches to the stroller frame.

Cons:
  • Suitable for kids above 3 years and above

Choose the one you like the most or the one which satisfies your needs & wants a bit more than what you expected. A travel system is a major item you would be buying for your kid during the initial years and it needs to serve you in the long run. So go for the finest your budget will allow.


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Friday, May 18, 2018

Classic Fashion Pieces Every Thirty Year Old Needs


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By age thirty, most people hope to be pretty settled in life; working hard in a dream career and perhaps in a long-term relationship.

Your wardrobe should be in a similar good state as well. You should have outgrown your rebellious teenage fashion years, during which you might have worn some very questionable statement pieces! Now as you grow up and start to mature in other areas of life, it is also time to grow up and start to dress like the sophisticated woman that you are. One way to improve your wardrobe is to add some classic, timeless pieces of clothing to it. Here are a few suggestions:

A Smart Leather Handbag

The best way to top off an outfit has to be with an eye-catching handbag. Thankfully, bags don’t have to be in outlandish patterns or bright colors to catch the eye. In fact, a stylish black leather handbag should easily attract all the right attention. If you find one that is the right size, you will be able to use it for both work and play. You should see your handbag as an investment, so it’s worth considering a designer one, such as the ones from Gucci.



A LBD

You never know when you will get a surprise party invitation, so it’s always a good idea to have the perfect dress in your wardrobe that you can pull out at any time. This is why so many women love their little black dress (LBD). Black dresses suit most occasions, and you can easily dress them down with a denim jacket if the situation doesn’t call for such formal attire.

Diamond Jewelry

By now, you should also have the perfect jewelry to match with all of your outfits. And it’s impossible to go wrong with diamond jewelry. Not too sure what kinds of diamonds to buy? Don’t worry; for all the bling advice you will need, you should take a look at this James Allen review online. It should give you an idea of the best cut and clarity of the diamond to suit your needs.


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A Pair Of Court Shoes

Most women love their high heels. If you are the same, then you should get a cute pair of court shoes to add to your shoe closet if you haven’t done so already. You will be able to pair these with any skirt or dress, and they fit perfectly for most formal or casual situations. What’s more, they are often very comfortable so you won’t have to worry about painful feet towards the end of a night.

A Trouser Suit

Looking to advance your career? If so, you might want to invest in a trouser suit. All professional women should consider these elegant suits, as you will really stand out in the workplace.

So, which of these classic fashion pieces is missing from your wardrobe? Time to rectify that right away!


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Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Lose Belly Fat With Science!



Belly fat is a big problem for many people, not only aesthetically, but also because it has been identified as a causal factor in a range of illnesses including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. So, if you have it, it really is in your best interest to get rid of it, but how exactly do you do that? With science that’s how!

Here are some scientifically proven ways to banish that belly fat once and for all:

Avoid Added Sugar

Added sugar is seriously unhealthy. Because it is made up of 50 percent glucose and 50 percent fructose, the liver has a very hard time metabolizing it in any significant quantities. That means if you take too much in, it will be turned into fat, which accumulates in the belly and around the liver, almost immediately. If you have a sweet tooth and your belly is suffering, look for a natural alternative such as stevia or stick to fruit instead.

Kill it With Coolness

Did you know that you can actually kill your fat cells if you freeze them at a low enough temperature? Pretty cool, huh? This link liposuctionsydney.com explains exactly how it’s done and it’s worth looking into if you struggle with stubborn belly fat. There are few other things that can explode fat cells and have you looking slimmer in an hour!

Eat More Protein

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Eating more protein is a great way to banish belly fat and keep it off long-term. Why? Because protein is a vital macronutrient which can cut cravings by as much as 60 percent, and according to studies, boost out metabolism by as many as 100 calories every day as well as cutting your intake by as many as 441 calories daily. If you switch some of your refined carbs with protein, you will reduce your risk of belly fat, lose weight and feel more satiated - what’s not to like?

Cut Carbs

Going carb-free, or eating far fewer carbs than you usually would allows you to lose lots of water weight which will help to flatten your stomach. Not only that, but research has shown that when you ditch carbs, your appetite shrinks too, and you can expect to lose 2-3 times more weight than people who still consume them.

There is also evidence to suggest that when you’re on a low-carb kick - check out this guide to low-carbing https://www.dietdoctor.com/low-carb - your body targets dangerous belly fat, using that first for fuel, thus helping you to flatten your stomach and lower your risk for a whole host of diseases at the same time. Brilliant!

Aerobic Exercise

It might not be the most exciting thing in the world, but aerobic exercise is one of the best things you can do to get rid of belly fat fast. A lot of people think that doing crunches or other abdominal exercises is the way to go, but studies have shown that spot-reducing of belly fat is not possible and you need to work the whole body to flatten the belly. Walking, running, swimming - anything that gets the heart rate up for prolonged periods is your route to a flatter belly, and a thinner else too for that matter!

Buh-Bye belly fat!



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