Monday, September 28, 2009

Morning Routine

It's easier to have a good day when you get off on the right foot...

Ever wonder how to make your morning go more smoothly?
Routine. That's it. Plan a routine and follow it.
If your routine includes breakfast and that leaves you scrambling each day, post a list of "breakfast options" inside the "cereal cabinet" so that you can just glance and go with what pleases you each morning without thought. Or better yet, decide the night before. Same goes for any other morning conundrums; what to wear, etc. In fact, some folks plan all their clothes and meals on Sunday night taking the pressure off the rest of the week.
If you tend to leave home without things, designate a spot for them (the car you plan to drive) and gather them the night before.
We can never eliminate the unexpected water leak or other imposition but you can certainly make the average day start smoothly.

Easier said than done you say? It's all about forming a habit. It takes a little work but you will be rewarded with happiness!

Then you can be the one to say "Failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine."

Monday, September 14, 2009

How Fit Are You?

Mayo Clinic can help you assess your aerobic fitness, muscular fitness, flexibility and body composition in 4 steps: Brisk Walk, Push Ups, Sit-and-Reach and Waist Circumference.  Do this before you start a fitness program and as you go to monitor your progress!

How To Moisturize Skin Naturally

Not taking any credit for this but wanted to share!

How To Moisturize Skin Naturally
By Paula Parker on July 20, 2009

Dry, itchy skin. It's uncomfortable and makes skin look older, who wants that? Using lotions and body oils works for some people, but many people can't use these products due to allergens and a sensitivity to certain skin irritants. For these people, using natural methods and products can moisturize their skin. There are foods you can eat--and supplements you can take--that help your skin retain moisture, too.
Step 1

Take warm--not hot--showers, using a body wash that does not have sodium lauryl sulphate, which can dry skin and cause irritation. While your skin is still damp from the shower, apply a moisturizer that has vegetable oils--like olive, coconut or almond--and not mineral oil, which comes from petroleum.
Step 2

Use a steam bath. If you don't have a steam facial, put a pan of water on the stove--you can add lavender essential oil, which is an antiseptic--and bring the water to a boil. Take the pan off the stove. Drape a towel over your head and lean over the pan until the steam subsides.
Step 3

Peel and mash papaya. Mix in 2 tbsp. of honey. Spread the fruit and honey mixture over your face and leave it on for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse it off and wash your face with a mild hypoallergenic soap. Exederm makes cleansers and moisturizers that are free from allergens and irritants.
Step 4

Add foods and supplements to your diet that promote healthy skin. Magnesium hydrates skin; foods rich in magnesium are meat, seafood, dairy, bananas and tofu. If you take a supplement, use no more than 400 to 800 mg each day. Vitamin A is used to fight wrinkles and can be found in fish oils, cantaloupe, carrots, sweet potatoes, leafy green vegetables, peaches, apricots, papaya and mango. Vitamin C builds the collagen in your skin; take 50 to 60 mg each day. Vitamin E prevents free radicals and is found in grains, legumes and nuts.
Step 5

Drink 8 ounces of fluids each day. Stay out of the sun, use sunscreen and wear a hat to protect skin from the drying effects of the sun.

Paula Parker - Since 1995, Paula K. Parker has written more than 2000 articles for publications including PB&J, Disney's Family Fun, ParentLife, Living With Teenagers, and Thomas Nelson's NYTimes Best-selling Resolve. After 17 years of homeschooling her five children, Paula discovered that motherhood doesn't stop with an empty nest.