Saturday, August 30, 2008

Sunflowers and Sweet Peas Brighten Your Day

Sunflowers are a natural choice to lift your mood and boost the spirit because of their bright, cheery colors. They'll catch your eyes and reflect the sun's energy for days.

The intoxicating aroma of sweet peas is another great choice that may conjure images of the idyllic English countryside and help put you at ease.

Friday, August 29, 2008

The Power of the Flower

In addition to brightening your kitchen or living room petal power can lighten your mood. Seeing fresh flowers around the house may make you feel less anxious and more energetic, especially first thing in the morning. Let the sight and smell of these summer blooms de-stress you and keep you cheerful all day long.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Try A Frozen Hot Weather Treat

Want a super healthy, warm-weather snack for the dog days of summer? Stick small fruit in the freezer then enjoy them for a sweet summer treat that'll cool you down. If you forget about them, don't worry! They'll keep until next summer. Also, try dipping some yogurt with a topping into popsicle molds for a healthy homemade treat.


Acne can be a dehabilitating condition and most of us have dealt with one way or another. I personally didn't have full blown "acne", but I have siblings who were impacted and it can be devastating. During the teenage years, it can be especially difficult, but there are acne products and ways to combat acne. There are natural procedures and acne medications. It all depends on what you are comfortable with. A few of my friends use Murad Acne products and have seen good results. I can't recommend any actual "acne product", because all I have ever used is basic soap and water. Fortunately, I haven't had to deal with severe acne. I get pimples here and there, but if you have or know someone who has acne, look for a solution. Don't sit back and think there is nothing to do. There are answers that start with diet, health and can be supported by acne products. Acne can be beaten and you will feel better about yourself. Your life can be changed and you will get rid of acne. Find an answer!

Murad Resurgence

Have you heard of Murad Resurgence? Resurgence is the new line of skin care products from Murad that targets women who show signs of "hormonal aging". This refers to skin conditions related to menopause, such as deeper wrinkles, sagginess, rough texture, adult breakouts, etc. Murad Resurgence offers a 3-step regimen - a cleanser, a treatment product, and a night cream. The cleanser is Murad's Renewing Cleansing Cream which exfoliates but does not dry the skin out. The treatment product is Murad's Age-Diffusing Serum, specifically targeted to improve elasticity of the skin, reduce wrinkles, and clear up redness and blemishes. The final step is Murad's Age-Balancing Night Cream, which is a super hydrating cream aimed to further reduce wrinkles and keep the skin moist and smooth. The Murad TV Offer featuring the Resurgence line is getting rave reviews, so if you are concerned about hormonal aging, check this out!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Get A Lemony Fresh, White Smile

The last tip for white teeth? Cut out the culprits! If teas, coffees, dark-colored sodas and red wine are constants in your life, replace them with colorless liquids like water to brighten those teeth. Be sure to brush teeth after every meal to remove residue, and for an extra bit of scrubbing power, and a dash of lemony freshness, squeeze a few lemon drops on your toothbrush.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Sage Tooth Whitener

If you want a pearly white smile without using chemical-laden teeth whiteners, try this recipe Native Americans used to keep their teeth dazzling.

Grind 2 tablespoons of sea salt and 2 tablespoons of dried sage leaves together. Spread evenly on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes in a 250F oven. Cool, and then stir to blend. Scoop some of the mixture on your toothbrush and brush vigorously, then rinse thoroughly.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

A Berry Effective Teeth Whitener

Another natural way to whiten your teeth in a pinch is to rub a cut strawberry across those pearly whites, (or just let mashed berries sit on them) for a few minutes before rinsing. The malic acid in the berries helps remove strains, and it tastes pretty good too!

Friday, August 15, 2008

Brighten Your Smile Naturally

Nothing goes better with sun-kissed skin than a dazzling set of pearly whites, but those store-bought whitening strips contain a lot of chemicals that may not be so good for your choppers. Instead, try some natural tricks for getting brighter whites.

DIY strips: Combine toothpaste with baking soda, apply the paste to aluminum foil and cover teeth. Leave for 1 hour and brush after removing. Repeat twice a week.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Be eco-friendly with a PC Hybrid

When it comes to ecomputers, Dell is leading the way. Not only is their new Studio Hybrid the smallest PC ever (it's 80% smaller than the average one), but it also uses 70% less energy. The model also ships in light packaging materials that are 95% recyclable, so you can be high-tech and environmentally friendly.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Win the Battle Against Hormonal Aging

If you're looking for a way to banish those fine lines and wrinkles, look no further than Murad Resurgence. Dr. Murad has created an amazing line of spa-quality skincare products, from a ground breaking acne complex, amazing SPF moisturizers, to a great system designed to help you fight the battle against hormonal aging.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Banish Burnout!

5. Exercise and Diet: Just 30 minutes of walking five days a week can reduce stress, tone your muscles and rejuvenate the spirit. A diet rich in fruits and vegetables reduces the risk of heart disease and cancer, helps slow down the aging process, helps to keep weight at optimal levels and boosts the mood.

Now that's not so hard is it? Just remember these five steps and you can change your life!

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Banish Burnout!

4. Centering: Whether it's through meditation, yoga, mindfulness, tai chi, prayer or being in nature, centering restores your mind, body and soul. Anything that deflects you from the relentless, judgmental inner dialogue elicits the relaxation response, a brain state that is opposite of the body's stress response. When you realize that although you have thoughts, you are not your thoughts, you can get in touch with the peaceful center at your core and live creatively in the present moment.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Banish Burnout!

3. Gratitude: When you wake up in the morning, where does your mind go? If you immediately being to worry, you’re off to a bad start. Think of three things you're grateful for before even leaving the bed, and at the end of the day think of at least one thing that surprised or delighted you. Research shows that grateful people are more motivated, efficient, healthy and happy.

Friday, August 01, 2008

Banish Burnout!

2. Friendship: Human beings are social animals, and research shows that connection to loved ones is one of the most important keys to health and wellbeing. It's a great way to reduce stress, and even if you don't have time for extended visits, even a short, meaningful conversation can revive the spirit and remind you that at the end of the day, love is what matters most.