Daily Archives April 16, 2015

The Truth about Childbirth and Labor

The Truth about Childbirth and Labor

by: Suzanne Doyle-Ingram

Labor and childbirth was an amazing, positive experience for me, both times. I am very fortunate, I know. But I do believe that if you prepare yourself through education (reading books, reading websites like this one, taking prenatal classes, etc) and taking good care of yourself while you are pregnant, you will have a far greater chance of a pleasant birth experience.
There are many things you can do to increase your chances of an empowering childbirth experience. These are the things I did:
Pregnancy yoga classes
Regular Chiropractic care
Chose a Midwife instead of a doctor
Hired a doula to be with me through the labor and birth
Took high quality vitamins, folic acid and natural iron supplements (made by Flora, derived from na...

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Louis Vuitton — Avoiding The Ebay Nightmare Fakes

Louis Vuitton — Avoiding The Ebay Nightmare Fakes

by: Rufus Steele

Without a doubt, eBay was one of the cleverest on-line ideas that anyone has had so far. The idea of creating a site where you can bid on and buy items ranging from an eggcup through to a disused Boeing 747 or a Nuclear Missile Silo was pure genius.
Sadly though, whenever a good idea comes along, the seedier side of humanity is sure to be not to far behind, sliding along in it’s wake leaving a gooey trail behind themselves.
So it is on Ebay. Current estimation holds that nigh on 37% of the worlds counterfeit and fake goods are sold daily on Ebay.
Having seen some of the listings I can fully believe it.
Especially where designer label goods are concerned.
Take a look at just about any page of Louis Vuitton items listed on Eb...

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Celebrate Every Year After Forty, with a Mammogram

Celebrate Every Year After Forty, with a Mammogram

by: Angela Butera Dickson

Celebrate the month of your birth by having a mammogram – toast your life with this fast, easy and noninvasive test.
A first mammogram is a right of passage for most women at forty. 66.9% of women over the age of forty have had baseline mammograms to establish and document their breast health. But 30% of women have somehow missed this important message and it is an especially important one for the Hispanic and Asian communities who have the lowest average screening rates among American women.
There has been much confusion and controversy in the media about the benefits of mammography in the last two years...

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Couples Under Cover: How To Keep Your Private Life

Couples Under Cover: How To Keep Your Private Life Private!

by: Katy Terrega

Okay, okay, I admit it; even though my husband and I are old enough to have raised two teenagers, we actually do have a sex life. My children, however, would be mortified to learn that the two of us still have healthy libidos, so, for everyone’s sake, I’d just as soon they remain completely clueless.
The problem, of course, is keeping said sex life private. It’s bad enough having to sneak around like two love-starved.well.teenagers when we want to have a little fun. But now, with two techno savvy kids in the house, we have to be very wary as to what we keep on the computer, as well.
Like many couples, my husband and I have been known to peruse adult sites together – for one thing, we’ve found that it’s a great way...

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Very Early Signs Of Pregnancy – Do You Know The 10

Very Early Signs Of Pregnancy – Do You Know The 10 Pregnancy Signs?

by: Olinda Rola

Very early signs of pregnancy – are there 10 pregnancy signs? Yes, there are signs that indicate very early that you are pregnant. Some women will experience one or two of them, others will have several of the very early signs of pregnancy.
Once you have conceived, it will take about a week for the fertilized egg to implant in the uterus. As implantation happens, it is now possible to experience one or more of the 10 pregnancy signs and begin to know you are pregnant. Around this time, hormone levels begin to change, and the body reacts to these new hormone levels.
Here are 10 pregnancy signs:
1...

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Summer Hair

Summer Hair

by: S.P. Bragg

Summer is not the time for ho-hum hair so I have lots of ideas for you to try out. So, lets get started.
1. Pull it up using a scrunchy. This is fast, easy and very effective.
2. Go for the gypsy look with the help of an ethnic scarf.
3. Collect hair accessories. They can take you from boring to eye catching in seconds.
4. Make sure that you rinse all the shampoo out of your hair. Most people don’t and the result is dull hair and an itchy scalp. Nothing ruins a style faster.
5. Have you ever considered adding hats to your summer wardrobe? Not only is it a smashing accessory, it protects your hair from the sun.
6. Trim your hair every 6 weeks. That is the only way to stay on top of split ends.
7. Work with the hair that you have...

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Horse Jewelry: Bold and Free

Horse Jewelry: Bold and Free

by: Sam Serio

A popular motif in jewelry, even among city dwellers, is horses. Horse jewelry is enigmatic and evokes a sense of strength as well as of mystery. Now one would have to ask: why horses? Why care about an animal rarely seen in the city anyway?
Horses symbolize freedom, and pride in freedom. Wild horses come with the connotation of spiritual and emotional independence. Have you ever seen or read “The Horse Whisperer” or “Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron”? Perhaps the snow-white horse named Shadowfax in the “Lord of the Rings” movies has evoked a sense of unbridled freedom in you? And yet, Hollywood has not even begun to touch on the importance of horses in ancient cultures. Far from being mere beasts of burden, horses were also trusted friends...

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The Best Postpartum Exercise

The Best Postpartum Exercise

by: Beverley Brooke

Would you like to know the best exercises are after your delivery? When it comes to post pregnancy weight loss, no two exercises are alike!
In the time frame immediately after pregnancy, you will probably want to stick with light activities such as walking or flexibility training. Stretching will help keep your body limber and help the blood circulate through your body, causing you to feel more refreshed as the day goes by.
A few weeks after pregnancy and delivery however, you can engage in some more vigorous activities. Here are our top suggestions:

Yoga/Tai Chi
Aerobic Exercise
Running/Jogging
Swimming
Walking
Elliptical/Stair Climbing
Hiking
Strength training

Basically anything you do to keep your body moving will help you burn th...

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With This Herb, There Comes a Wed

With This Herb, There Comes a Wed

by: Sam Steven

The late Cuban singer and queen of salsa, Celia Cruz, said it clear in her classic salsa “El Yerbero Moderno” (the modern herbist). The rhythmical song names some herbs and their better use: “…I bring Basil, for the skinny one; I bring Vetivert, for the blind one…” and so on. Ok, it’s true, the original lyrics are more fun as they rhyme in Spanish, but the idea to pick up there is that “with this herb you can get married.”
Other herbs she sings about are Holy Grass, Jechimon, Abre Camino, Garden Rue, Basil, Apazote, and Vetivert which are normally used for their medical healing properties.
But what her music says not only has the approval of Afro and Latino descendents, it has also the recognition of many of us who practice S...

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Home Fragrance In Vogue

Home Fragrance In Vogue

by: Carol Cass

The home fragrance market is booming. From perfume, toiletries, and cosmetics to pre packaged foods. It is currently a multi billion dollar industry that continues to show strong growth. The strongest growth has taken place in the last 5 years and is expected to continue through 2007 and beyond. Western Europe, Japan, and the US continue to lead with 65 percent of demand and over three-quarters of world wide production of home fragrance products. Rapid growth of home fragrance sales has also been registered in Asia/Pacific, Latin America, and Eastern Europe.
Market researchers attribute the growing trend of home fragrance popularity in the US to the fact that we are spending more time at home...

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Reducing the Appearance of Wrinkles

Reducing the Appearance of Wrinkles

by: Brian Fong

Wrinkles. One of the most dreaded words in the dictionary. At the first sign of a wrinkle, our reaction is pretty much universal. Horror! After we calm down, we begin to wonder just what we can do to eliminate this much dreaded effect of aging and how do we keep other newer and deeper wrinkles from following. If we already find ourselves with wrinkle mania in full bloom, we look for solutions to turn back the hands of time and restore our skin to its once youthful state. Fortunately, there are options available to us to reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Let’s take a moment to discover what causes these wrinkles. First and foremost, aging...

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Make an Easy Lotion For Your Skin

Make an Easy Lotion For Your Skin

by: Danielle Sims

Years ago I found out how incredible easy it is to make lotion. It is so inexpensive and organic that I wondered why anyone would even consider spending a dime on the chemical rich lotions on the market.
Besides I had an added incentive, I have eczema, so I am extremely sensitive to what I put on my skin. Making my own lotion was a great alternative for me.
To begin, for a lotion base all you need is water, oil and an emulsifier. An emulsifier is simply an ingredient that blends the water and oil together. Here is the base that I begin with to make my lotion:

½ cup distilled water
½ cup oil (I usually use olive, almond, macadamia nut, or grape seed)
1 TBS liquid lecithin
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You can experiment from here by adding essential oils, combi...

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Do Words Really Hurt

Do Words Really Hurt

by: Angela Renee

Have you ever been told by someone that you love or by someone of higher authority that words don’t hurt? Have you been told that as long as you are not being hit, that it is ok to be abused?
Well think again because “ABUSE” is abuse whether it is done physical, emotional or both and it affects women’s health just the same because both can leave lifetime scares that will and can hurt you in both your personal and professional life. The old myth has always been, if you are being physically abused to get out while those who were being emotionally abused were seemed to be told nothing! Is it a fact that words don’t hurt?
If that holds true, then does it only become physical abuse when a bruised body part becomes obvious to others? Well, what about a...

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Being Scared Through Food That’s Shared

Being Scared Through Food That’s Shared

by: Ed Williams

Most of you who read my columns know that I love women. Absolutely love them. To me, women are God’s finest creation, and then some. The most pleasurable and meaningful things I’ve ever done in my life involve women, and I’m more than proud to admit it. But, even with all the things they have going for them, even with all of their plusses, women do manage to do one thing that drives me absolutely crazy. And then some.
To illustrate what I‘m talking about, imagine a man and a woman at a nice restaurant. They’re checking out the menu, and are about to order dinner. The waiter comes up to take their order, and proceeds to take the lady’s first. After taking it, he asks the man what he would like to order...

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Wedding Dresses – Why They Are White and Other Wed

Wedding Dresses – Why They Are White and Other Wedding Lore

by: Martin Smith

Brides have always worn white, right? Not so. In ancient times brides wore bright colored wedding dresses to signify their joy. White for western brides didn’t become fashionable until Queen Victoria wore it at her wedding to signify her status. White dresses never did signify purity until the Christian churches put that label on them. So feel free to add a little color to your wedding outfit.
Wedding bands made of hemp or braided grass were the earliest rings. They eventually fell out of favor, replaced by durable metals until about the 15th century when diamonds came upon the scene, to signify a valuable strong commitment, a tradition which most modern couples choose to keep.
When grooms would “capture” thei...

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Got A Closet Full of Trendy Clothes? Watch Out!

Got A Closet Full of Trendy Clothes? Watch Out!

by: Donna Monday

You just bought a pair of Ugg boots to go with your hip hugger jeans and trucker cap. And that’s not all. You scour the fashion magazines for the latest trends, then go running out to fill your closet. Trendy is good, right?
Uh, not so fast. Keeping abreast of the trends in fashion is essential to not looking outdated, but having a closet full of trendy clothes can quickly turn into a big waste of time and money, unless you’re Paris Hilton. Maybe Paris can afford to buy and discard clothes like candy, but the average woman needs a wardrobe with some staying power.
All the fashion experts agree that you should build your wardrobe around classic pieces like: blazers, tailored suits, neutral bottoms and tops...

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How To Walk In High Heel Womens Dress Shoes

How To Walk In High Heel Womens Dress Shoes

by: Bowe Packer

Although many women love high heels, others don’t wear them very often. Womens dress shoes, especially high heels, are very intimidating. But, high heeled shoes for women don’t have to have this effect on your decision to wear them.
So, when a “high heel occasion” presents itself, many women will run and hide making every excuse in the book why not to attend the event. These famous heel high shoes for women don’t have to send you running for the hills. Don’t let fear keep you from wearing the dress shoe of your choice and having a great timeout dancing the night away! Walking in high heels doesn’t have to be such a challenge and with a bit of practice, you’ll be stepping out and dancing in the high heels of your choice in no time.

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The Benefits of Brushes

The Benefits of Brushes

by: Adem Martin del Campo

Most people overlook the importance of using application tools, like brushes, when they apply their make-up. The most important reason is performance. How would you feel if you went to have your make-up done by a professional and they applied your make-up with their fingers? You would not pay for it would you. The same idea applies to you at home. By using a brush that is made for the particular process you are performing (i.e. applying eye shadow with an eye shadow brush) it will only make the application process easier. Applying your blush is another good example. It is very hard to make both of your cheeks look even when you use your fingers as application tools...

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Tote Couture

Tote Couture

by: A. Charlotte Riley

Handbags, purses, totes, clutches, shoulder bags – I don’t care what you call them, I love them all. I am a handbag addict. I have them in a countless array of styles and colors.
Trends come and go, but “tote couture” remains. True handbag fashion is timeless. It is not about seasonal fads, but about creating a personal style and reflecting your good taste. A good purse will last not only for this season, but also for years to come. This means investing in quality bags, taking care of your purses and totes, and shopping for styles that work best for you.
Here are a few simple rules:
The Person-To-Bag Ratio
Do not carry a bag that overwhelms your body size...

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Can’t You See I’m Working?

Can’t You See I’m Working?

by: C. J. Hayden

For many working parents, telecommuting or a home business may seem like the answer to your prayers. You want to have more time with your kids and greater flexibility, so you take the leap, install a second phone line, and set up a computer in the dining room.
But the first thing you may discover is that working from home includes many unexpected distractions. Children, your spouse, neighbors, and the family dog come and go. They make loud noises, ask for your help, or interrupt to ask a “quick question,” always just long enough to break your concentration.
Your family and friends don’t seem to understand that you’re working. They ask you to run errands, expect you to handle chores, and want to chat on the phone...

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