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The Dos and Don’ts of Amazing Skin at Every Age – Yahoo! Beauty

By: Cynthia Ayala

The following is a snippet of an article by Kristin Booker. In today’s day and age everyone is trying to improve their looks or stay looking young for years and years. The following piece, originally on Yahoo! Beauty discusses the healthy skin care regimen depending on your age.
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New Nail Polish Breakthrough Could Detects Date Rape Drugs

By: Cynthia Ayala

The world we live in can sometimes be an extraordinary place as well as a dangerous one. First there were straws that were capable of detecting date rape drugs, then there were cups. Now there is a breakthrough in technology. The technology now extends to nail polish, one of the more essential accessory to any woman’s outfit. Now women won’t only look good when they go out, they’ll be safer too and the perp won’t even know it.
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New Study Show Sunblock Reduces Aging

By: Kim Painter | Special for USA TODAY

A new study from Australia provides the strongest evidence yet that regular sunscreen use helps keep skin looking younger. While dermatologists have long believed sunscreen fightswrinkling, the study published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine is the first to demonstrate it in a years-long human trial. “It’s a very important study,” says Henry Lim,a dermatologist at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit and member of the American Academy of Dermatology.

The study of 903 adults under age 55 found that after 4.5 years, those assigned to slather on sunscreen at least once a day saw 24% less skin aging — at least on the back of theirhands — than those left to follow any sunscreen habits they liked. Researchers who looked for wrinkles and other texture changes on molds made from the skin of the regular sunscreen users saw no significant changes: they gave them, on average, the same grade, on a 0-6 scale, at the end of the study as at the beginning. The study does not show sunscreen would have the same effects in people over age 55, whose skin changes more rapidly because of the effects of aging itself.

Participants in the study had an average age of 39. Until now, the best evidence that sunscreen prevents so-called photoaging — the visible signs of aging caused by the sun’s ultraviolet rays — came from studies in hairless mice. But human studies have shown that UV light damages collagen and other fibers that keep skin smooth and taut. Broad-spectrum sunscreens protect against those rays.

The new study used a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of 15. “It is fair to say it was a general assumption that sunscreen would have this effect on photoaging, but our findings now provide the evidence,” says lead researcher Adele Green of the Queensland Institute of Medical Research, who answered questions by e-mail.

The new study also looked at the theory that supplements of beta carotene might slow skin aging, but found no differences between participants who did or did not take them. It’s possible a larger study might find some benefit or harm, Green says. Lim says the sunscreen findings are especially convincing because the study was done in Nambour, a sunny Australian city that is the same distance from the equator as Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Previous research done by Green’s group in that region has shown sunscreen can protect against skin cancer. But experts suspect the new evidence on aging may get more attention and change more habits.

“It has been a source of frustration for us that for some sections of the community, the sun-safe message does not seem to be getting through,” Green says. “We now know that protecting yourself from skin cancer by using sunscreen has the added bonus of keeping you looking young.”

That could be a powerful message, says Deborah Sarnoff, a New York City dermatologist and a senior vice president at the Skin Cancer Foundation, a not-for-profit group that receives funding from sunscreen makers. “Maybe sheer vanity will encourage young people to be proactive and use their sunscreen, because the cancer fear doesn’t seem to be getting through to them.”

The new study is “very well done,” Sarnoff says, but may underestimate the effect of sunscreen for young and middle-aged adults because it used SPF 15 — which dermatologists consider a minimum — and was conducted in the 1990s, when broad-spectrum formulas were less sophisticated. But she says it’s also possible some of the effect attributed to sunscreen in the study would be seen with the daily application of any moisturizing cream. A long-term study to test that theory is unlikely to be done: The Australian researchers decided it would be unethical to assign any participants to non-sunscreen products because of evidence that sunscreen helps prevent skin cancer.

Under labeling rules that went into effect in 2012, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration already allows sunscreen makers to say their products can reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging if used as directed, in combination with other measures — limiting time in the sun, especially at midday, and wearing long sleeves, pants, broad-brimmed hats and sunglasses. The new findings don’t make those other steps any less important, Lim says: “It has to be a total package.”

Source: USA Today

Help Wendy


This is Wendy, she is the 7 month old kitten that had the polyps removed from her throat and ear a few weeks ago. unfortunately, there was some root left in the bone in her ear and she needs a second surgery to remove it to avoid the possible regrowth of the polyp. We were referred to a vet in Hopkins, MN and her surgery is scheduled for 8AM on Tuesday April, 23rd. We have an estimate of somewhere between $3,000 and $3,500 for the second surgery.

It seems like Carol has gotten on a first name basis with most of the vets in town as she has been taking someone in almost every day for the past few weeks. It is unreal how many sick and injured cats we have taken in recently. I am happy that we have such wonderful supporters who help us pay for these procedures with their generous donations. If you have not donated and would like to donate for Wendy’s procedure , you can do so here.

Secrets to a Great Night’s Sleep

BLOGGERS NOTE: I’ve been having a hard time falling asleep and this seemed to help.  Happy Panda.

By: All You Magazine | Healthy Living

Experts recommend we get seven to eight hours of snooze time per night. To solidify slumber for yourself try out these simple lifestyle tweaks…

Set the right temp: In order to drift off, your body experiences a drop in temperature. Keeping your room between 65 and 70 degrees can help induce the decrease. Any warmer or colder and you might notice that you feel restless. Adjust your thermostat until you find the temperature that works for you.

Say so long to stacks of stuff: Sleep docs say clutter can be an anxiety-inducing reminder of tasks you still have yet to get to-which can keep you from fully unwinding and slipping into rejuvenating sleep.

Punch your pillow: Okay, don’t punch your pillow but give it this test: lay it over your extended arm. Does it have a slight fold or does it hang there like a saddlebag? If it collapses, it isn’t doing its job of cradling your head and neck so you’re able to rest easy. That said, if it didn’t pass the test, it’s time to get a new one!

Which of these tricks will you try? We’d also love to hear the healthy tricks you use to get a good night’s rest.

Sources: Michael Breus, PhD, author of The Sleep Doctor’s Diet Plan; Nancy Collop, MD, president of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine; Helene A. Emsellem, MD, director of the Center for Sleep and Wake Disorders in Chevy Chase, Md., and National Sleep Foundation board member

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Why Massachusetts is NOT Voting for Mitt Romney Again

MA-Not-RomneyBLOGGERS NOTE: This article was written by a good friend of mine and on his behalf I am sharing this article.  Please, anyone who hasn’t voted yet read this and vote.

Original Post as follows:

By: Jonathan Hunt

While this post is not green in nature, given Governor Mitt Romney‘s stance that Global Warming is a Joke, please indulge me in getting the word out, as Massachusetts residents who lived through the Romney governorship, that Romney is going to lose Massachusetts and WHY he is going to lose it.

The fact that Mitt Romney has zero chance of winning in Massachusetts, the state he was the governor of and to which he points to as an example of his experience, leadership ability and success, should give anyone planning to vote for Mitt Romney pause.

I was a resident of Massachusetts during Romeny’s time as Governor and I voted for him at that time. I supported him then.  However, with the exception of his health insurance reform, what was accomplished in Massachusetts during his term was done inspite of him and not by him.

Of the 844 line-item vetos Romney used in Massachusetts, 707 were overridden by the House, several times the overrides included Republican support.  The landmark healthcare reform that Romney is so proud of, and that Obamacare is based on, would never have passed, without Senator Teddy Kennedy‘s strong support.  By that point in Romney’s tenure state legislators from both parties were no longer willing to work with him because of his the way his administration had been treating them.

”This administration hasn’t been willing to work with anyone,” Christine E. Canavan, then House vice chairwoman of the Joint Committee on Health Care, said at the time. ”I just came out of a campaign where the man was trying to make sure I wasn’t here any more.”
from 2007 Abitious goals; shifting stances article in the Boston Globe

Here are two short videos of Massachusetts legislators who were in office while Romney was governor and were not able to work with him.

“Mitt Romney was not an effective governor.”

Mitt Gets Worse: Carl Sciortino

I have personally worked with Representative Carl Scortino and he is a good, hard working guy who can work with anyone.

Broken Promises: Romney’s Massachusetts Record

Here is a third that is similar to the top video which is worth watching about his failed policies in Massachusetts on jobs, taxes and the economy.

Mitt Romney says to look at his effectiveness at working across the aisle as the former Governor of Massachusetts, a very Democratic state, as an example of how he would work with the US Congress. When you actually look at how he “worked” with the state legislature it is clear that he was not a team player.  His solution to working across the aisle was 844 line-item vetoes.  For these reasons and because of Romney’s unwillingness to even try to address climate change, I will not be voting for Romney again.

Fool me once, shame on you.  Fool me twice, shame on me.

Be sure to vote for President Barack Obama on Tuesday, November 6th!

Happy Green Voting!

Source: Green Lifestyle Consulting


Relationships: Are They Ever Perfect?

Healing HeartWho said the perfect relationship was perfect?  It never is, couples fight, it’s human nature and often times they say things they quickly regret but are so full of pride that they can’t apologize.  Yes, I am one of those dummies who lets her stupid temper get the better of her and says the worst thing imaginable but I can’t seem to apologize.

This isn’t just about me though.  We see it all the time on TV shows.  Couples argue and often times it gets violent.  Now those violent relationships are the ones that need to end.  But those that consist of arguing, not really.  [Note: Writing this makes me feel like Carrie from Sex in the City]  If you love a person it shouldn’t matter how much you argue, it shouldn’t matter how much you break up and get back together, some relationships just work that way.  I mean if you love the person you are with and they love you back, then does it really matter how much others may disapprove of it?

Relationships are never perfect, but then again, as long as you are happy with the person you are with, if at the end of the day you find yourself missing them and wanting to be with them and cursing yourself for being selfish and stubborn, then that person is the person you love and want to be with and if most days are good, then in my opinion, that is the perfect relationship.  Others would disagree but who cares, if what you believe and think that truly matters in my opinion.

Also, if you’re like me and super stubborn, try saying sorry when you know you’re in the wrong.  It helps. Winking smile

Best beauty buys under $10

By: Staff | Self

You can pamper yourself from head to toe with these drugstore steals, all for $10 or less.

Botanicals mop up dirt and makeup on the go; white tea shields skin against free radical damage. “These wipes have a great smell and give great results! What more could I want?” our tester asks.

  • Best Hydrating Cleanser:
    Clean & Clear Morning Burst Fruit Infusions Hydrating Facial Cleanser, $6

This drugstore find has coconut and pineapple to hydrate “without causing breakouts,” one happy tester says. It’s like a piña colada for your face (with no hangover).

Think defusing a breakout is mission: impossible? Think again! After a quick roll of this zit zapper, our tester “noticed improvement right away,” she says. That’s because the corrector is rich in lycopene (an antioxidant from tomatoes that protects skin from pore cloggers) and tea tree oil, a natural bacteria killer. The savviest part: The soothing roller ball keeps dirt and oil from not-so-clean fingers away from already-clogged skin so the solution can do its job better.

  • Best Lip Gloss:
    Ulta Beauty Brilliant Color Lip Gloss, $8

Can’t stand tacky shine? Neither could our tester—and she swears by this yummy, game-changing gloss: “I absolutely loved it! It wasn’t sticky, and even my boyfriend noticed how luscious my lips looked!” We’ll take one for every purse, please.

  • Best Eyeshadow:
    Revlon Luxurious Color Diamond Lust Eye Shadow, $5

Get more bang for your buck: “The shadow was glitzy, with a mineral texture. It seems like a pricier brand than it is,” our reader says. Not that we’re surprised: This show stealer was everywhere during Spring Fashion Week.

  • Best Eye Pencil:
    NYX Cosmetics Slide on Pencil, $8

This smudgeproof pencil lasts as long as a liquid version does, without requiring the magnifying mirror or the professional skill set. And the easy-glide formula won’t skip on lids. “It was effortless to apply,” our tester confirms.

Our tester was skeptical about this lash lifter at first, but it became a gotta-have as soon as she tried it. “The brush looks like a tiny football, which is weird, but the long and short bristles coat every lash without clumps. Amazing!” she says.

A high-tech resin in our tester’s new fave helps keep skin’s oils from causing raccoon-eye smudges. “I put it on in the morning, then curled my lashes before meeting friends that night. It looked like a fresh coat!” our tester says.

  • Best Highlighter:
    Sonia Kashuk Super Sheer Shimmering Highlighter, $10

A drop of this extra-creamy highlighter on each cheekbone “lights up my whole face instantly,” a reader raves. Pretty!

  • Best Acne-Fighting Concealer:
    Almay Clear Complexion Concealer + Treatment Gel, $10

It’s treatment on one end, concealer on the other. Our tester sums it up better than we can: “Love, love, love—I fell in love! The first thing my mother said when she saw me after using it was ‘Oh, my gosh, your skin looks so clear.'” Thanks, Mom!

  • Best Shatter Nail Polish:
    Shatter by OPI, $9

Since it came out this year, shatter polish (you know, that funky top coat of color that looks like broken glass) has made a major impact on manis. This formula, which isn’t too thick or too thin, “adds a cool texture over any polish, so your color options are endless,” one tester says. Try turquoise over your favorite green polish for a subtle ocean vibe, or layer white crackle over metallic gold for snakeskins. Our fave? Channel a sunset with an orange base and red crackle.

  • Best Nail Polish:
    Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect Color + Care, $6

This pretty polish actually fills ridges and nicks; its formula’s color “looks professional,” our tester says. But it also allows more oxygen to come in contact with the nails than regular polish, so ridges are evened while you rock one of the eight spring-friendly hues.

When we heard this finishing touch could keep polish from chipping for 10 days, we didn’t buy it. But our testers proved us wrong: “I’ve never had a top coat work so well! For the first time ever, I changed my polish because I was bored, not because my mani was chipped. The top coat lasted longer than any other I’ve tried.” Impressive!

This new twist on the SELF fave now has SPF 20 sunscreen built in, so you can build color while you block UV rays. “It’s like I get rewarded for using sunscreen,” a previously pasty reader says.

  • Best All-Around Shampoo:
    Güd Pearanormal Activity Natural Nourishing Shampoo, $7

These pear-scented suds strengthen strands with nettle leaf extract and leave hair “soft and silky,” our tester raves.

  • Best All-Around Conditioner:
    Güd Pearanormal Activity Natural Softening Conditioner, $7

Jojoba proteins condition hair. “It smells great and gave my hair body without any residue,” our tester says.

  • Best Hair Oil:
    Alaffia Shea Butter & Rosemary Shining Curl Oil for Wavy to Curly Hair, $9

Shea butter and rosemary leaf oil in this extra-natural winner turned a self-proclaimed “factory of frizz” into a “tame curly Sue,” she says.

  • Best Body Wash:
    Caress Endless Kiss Silkening Body Wash, $4

Tiny beads of moisture soften skin as you lather. After using the wash, our tester says, “It smelled better than my perfume, and I could skip lotion. Total time (and money!) saver!”

  • Best Hand Cream:
    Earth Therapeutics Intensive Hand Repair, $8

Get the hydrating benefits of creamy cocoa butter without leaving greasy prints behind: “My hands felt like baby skin all day!” one thrilled reader boasts.

  • Best Bar Soap:
    Olay Soothing Cucumber Body Bar With Massaging Design, $4

Nubs on this body bar “help rub out achy muscles after a tough workout,” our Spin-savvy tester points out. Plus, the bar has avocado oil to moisturize.

Source: Yahoo!® Shopping

Finding Love: Looking Between the Pages

love_is_pain_1239People often times judge a book by it’s cover.  But why?  Is it because you find that person pleasing, attractive, sure that’s what can capture any person, but who’s to say it’s the right way judge something.  I’m no better, I often times find myself attractive to the pretty boys.  I mean they’re hot so why wouldn’t I be.  But then I get to know them and they suddenly aren’t as attractive as they were before.

I don’t know if I’m in love right now.  Who can say what love really is, what’s it’s suppose to feel like and be like.  Sure my relationship has it’s ups and downs but I love it anyway.  But am I in love or in love with the idea of being in love?

No one can really know can they.  I mean I over think a lot of things like Leonard from Big Bang Theory.  It’s flaw of my brain I will admit, but what is love?

I try to look between the page of a person, find out who they really are.  There is so much more than what’s on the outside of a person.  You can be the prettiest girl or the hottest guy and be absolutely ugly.  Inner beauty, and forgive me if I’m being cheesy, often reflects outward.  So does ones ugly inner being.  If you are a horrible person, you won’t be person, if you are selfish self-centered person with great looks, but you’ll never find true love because you cant hide who you really are.

I guess, I’m just ranting, but looking between the pages is a better way of finding out who someone really is.

I mean all those reality tv shows about finding love are crap.  They aren’t really getting to know a person, they are simply trying to portray this ideal world where you can live in a fairy tale.  Life is not like that, love is not like that.  Everything has it’s ups and downs and no, there is no fairy tale happy ending.  The happy ending is what you make it.  It can be fighting zombies in a war zone for heavens sake (yes I went with that image) but what makes it a happy ending is you’re with the one you love.

Love is found between the pages of two people.  You can fill in the missing pages, capture one another and in the end it doesn’t matter how many downs you have as long as you’re truly, truly, happy and love the one you’re with.

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Top 10 Foods Women Should Eat More Often (Fruits, Veggies, Fats, Omegas, Nuts)

By: Editor | Healthy Living

This evening I presented a free Seminar at the Healthy Being Wellness Boutique- the topic was: Top 10 Foods Women Should Eat More Often.

I’d like to share with you the major points of my presentation.

1. Pharmaceutical grade fish oil supplement or wild salmon

The omega-3s in fish and quality fish oil help your body burn fat more efficiently, make your mind more focused and spiritually inclined, and improve your mood. Fish oil raises serotonin levels which is especially important for women because women have half the level of serotonin in their brains as compared to men. This explains why women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with depression. As a bonus, fish oil also makes your hair and skin healthy.

2. Old fashioned or steel cut oatmeal

In addition to being inexpensive, oats have a low glycemic index, are high in fiber, and contain GLA. GLA in the right amounts helps regulate female hormone levels.

Oats contain a lot of fiber, both insoluble and soluble, the latter has a beneficial effects on cholesterol. Without going into detailed mechanisms, oats lower cholesterol, and can lower blood pressure, which lowers the chances of cardiovascular disease. This soluble fiber (with other constituents) also helps to keep our blood sugar stable by releasing its energy slowly, preventing some of the complications associated with diabetes. Oats reduce our risk of getting cancer, help prevent constipation, maintain a healthy digestive function and keep us at a healthy weight. Oats are a good source of thiamine, folic acid and vitamin E. They contain zinc, selenium, copper, iron, manganese and magnesium and have a higher concentration of well-balanced protein than any other cereal.

3. Berries

Berries contain huge amounts of anti oxidants and other phytochemicals (anthocyanins, proanthocyanidins and more) which help prevent cancer, aging, maintain healthy vision, lower cholesterol and total blood lipids and keep the circulatory system healthy. Berries may prevent and treat urinary tract infections, help age related cognitive decline and lower amounts of brain damage in strokes. They also contain large amounts of vitamins, minerals and fiber with very few calories and no fat.

Berries are easy to eat just as they are, add to yoghurt, muesli, make a smoothie, add to fruit salads and frozen are just as good for you as fresh – just get them down you!

Blueberries contain many antioxidants and have a very low glycemic index. I recommend buying large bags of frozen blueberries from Costco, since blueberries tend to be pricey. You can always enjoy fresh blueberries in season but buy them in small quantities because they are very perishable compared to frozen.

4. Organic sweet potatoes

The deep orange color of an organic sweet potato shouts vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The average commercial sweet potato grown in depleted soil are not so vibrant. I believe the best multivitamin is to have a sweet potato three to four times per week. Sweet potatoes are also low glycemic.

5. Nuts

There are so many types of nuts, each with their own unique health benefits so this one is a bit general. However all nuts are a great source of protein, healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. Eating a wide variety of nuts is best and stick to the plain ones, roasting and salting make them much less healthy! Women in a Harvard School of Public Health study who reported eating 5 or more 1 ounce servings of nuts/peanuts per week reduced their risk of Type 2 diabetes by almost 30 percent compared to those who rarely or never ate nuts.

Almonds contain high levels of calcium, (5 Excellent Non-Dairy Sources Of Calcium)magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper, the antioxidants vitamin E and selenium.

Brazil nuts contain selenium and may protect against breast cancer. They are also high in zinc, which is a vital mineral for digestion and metabolism. People with skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis are often low in zinc and it is essential for immune system function.

Walnuts contain omega 3 (and 6) which prevent heart disease, maintain healthy joints and brain function and provide anti-inflammatory benefits for asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, eczema and psoriasis.

Cashews are lower in fat than most nuts and contain good levels of iron copper, magnesium, zinc which are essential for optimal bodily functioning.

Eating a variety of nuts can certainly help us keep healthy, do remember though, they are very nutrient dense so a couple of handfuls a day is plenty!

Cashews are a great source of monounsaturated fat and they are a nutrient-packed super food because they are grown in warm and humid environments close to the equator.

6. Avocados

These luscious green fruits are high in monounsaturated fat, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants which are good for your metabolism and for promoting vibrant skin.

Those on weight loss diets will often avoid avocados because of the fat content; but we must remember that is some fat is essential; some fats are actively good for us and actually help, rather than hinder weight loss. Monounsaturated fats can speed up metabolic rate, help us feel fuller for longer and prevent binges on high sugar or saturated fat foods. Its low sugar content and absence of starch make avocado an ideal food for diabetics.

Avocados have a high nutritional density, containing many vitamins and minerals, protein and fibre. They are very high in anti-oxidants so helping to prevent cancer, cataracts and aging. Some of the constituents have a beneficial effect on cholesterol levels. When eaten with other fruit and vegetables, avocados increase absorption of other nutrients.

They are perfect, mashed, for babies who are just starting on solids. Add to salads, pasta, prawns, tuna or just eat as they are! Avocados can also be used externally for skin complaints.

7. Farm raised eggs

Few foods can match the nutritional power of an egg yolk. The modern philosophy of balanced eating has overturned the fear of cholesterol because balanced insulin and blood sugar decreases cholesterol production in the body. People feed yolks to make their dogs coat healthy: eggs can do the same for human skin and hair. Plus, egg whites are an excellent source of protein.

8. Stem, stalk and leafy vegetables

Greens, such as broccoli, kale, spinach and other leafy greens offer roughage, water, and many essential phytochemicals, vitamins and minerals.

9. Raw cacao

Women usually crave chocolate during the menstrual cycle to escape the hormonal storm. Raw cacao contains anandamide, a substance that mimics marijuana, thus giving women a sensation of bliss.

10. Organic yogurt

Yogurt has probiotics for good digestive health and calcium for strong bones. It is also quite versatile and can be eaten for any meal of the day.

Source: Shine (from Yahoo!®)