The other day Sophia decided she was going to share the babies pillow with her. I didn't have the heart to tell her that climbing onto the pillow her sister was already sitting on and announcing " its ok Vinnie i no push you off" didn't exactly count as sharing...
Monday, February 6, 2012
The other day Sophia decided she was going to share the babies pillow with her. I didnt have the heart to tell her that climbing onto the pillow her sister was already sitting on and announcing " its ok Vinnie i no push you off" didnt exactly count as sharing...
Monday, March 29, 2010
Spring has officially arrived! With summer just around the corner, women across America have one thing on their mind….Bikini season! Kacy Duke trainer to the stars and co-founder of one of America’s most luxurious gyms Equinox, has put together 5 EASY tips on how to get your body in shape before a bikini weekend! Kacy is currently shooting her latest project called “MSN’s The Victory Project,” a 48-episode web series that aims to help women across America reach their personal goals before major milestone events in their lives. These women are following Kacy’s tips to help them achieve their goals!
1. WARM- UP and COOL DOWN
Start each workout with a 3-minute warm-up to increase heart rate and loosen muscles.
(Try jumping rope, walking on the treadmill, jogging in place, doing jumping jacks or riding a stationary bike).
2. You can have lean arms, but you have to work at it!
Women love lean arms, yet so few seem to really know how to get them. I tell my clients to combine regular cardio workouts with weight/strength training three or four days a week. We're going for lean sinewy arms, so light weights with lots of reps to get that definition and strength is all you need. Remember, changing your body is an evolution, not a revolution. Do the work, give it time, and watch the magic!
3. To crunch or not to crunch? That is the question
Abdominal work is a great way to help firm up your belly, and crunches are the classic way to do it. When done properly and with precision, they bring excellent results. But they’re so easy to cheat on or to do incorrectly. I recommend starting with a basic crunch, then mixing it up with other kinds of ab work. Add a plank, some side bends and try using a medicine ball to keep it interesting and effective.
4. 30 minutes a day is all you need
You don’t have to spend a lot of time in the gym to get fit. But if you want to feel good about your body, you’ve got to use it! The key is to do something physical every chance you get. That means going for a walk, jogging, riding a bicycle, or playing football with the kids. A combination of physical activities should include cardio work, core strength, but most importantly– body appreciation. Your body will love you back, if you start moving it around.
5. Don’t forget to work the most important muscle in your body
People often ask me to help them build muscle. I tell them first of all, you must work the most important muscle–the heart. I mean that figuratively, of course, but mainly I mean it literally. You have got to get your cardio work in if you want to get fit and drop a few pounds. It can come in any form—walking, running, aerobics, dancing. Try getting your heart rate up every day, you’ll be amazed at how much better you feel afterwards.
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Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Friday, February 6, 2009
I love being the first one with a hot new purse, lipstick or accessory, but its hard to find unique stuff. Last week i picked up a beautiful pair of sterling silver earrings shaped like little zippers, they were so cute. I loved them and wore them a few times always proudly, that is until i saw my friends daughter with the exact same earrings in highlighter yellow. Turns out you can get my cute and unique earrings at Claire's. Needless to say, the magic was lost.
Thats why I love Etsy, when I buy a piece I know its unique, and there sis o much to choose from! Its like a giant 24 hour flea market just waiting on my Amex....
Here are a few of my fave items on Etsy this week
Pearl Pod Earrings- Sterling Silver
Sterling silver earrings with white freshwater pearls set in round pods.
The pods begin their life as galls that grow on the underside of oak tree leaves. The pods are opened in the front. A cup is placed inside to seat the freshwater pearls. A mold is made of the entire pod, then the item is transformed into sterling silver using lost wax casting technology.
A beautiful antiqued silver dragon fly stamping (3/8"x2" hollow back) is carrying a delicate locket with a fresh water pearl and a Czech white flower.
I found these gorgeous ice blue Aventurines that make a nice combination.
A fancy toggle at the end completes this 7" 1/2 bracelet.
All the components are antique silver.
This nice "Barroque shawl" is wonderful to keep you warm in many occasions. I hand knit this “BARROQUE CREAM SHAWL” with many strands of cotton-silk yarn, merino wool, silk thread and fabrics.I love mixing fibers!! The fabric is extremely delicate and feminine, shades of white, cream and beige combine in an incredible way!!!
Specially to wear on autumn or winter it will accompany you wonderfully during the whole season.
This is a specially delicate article, one of the best accessories to impress someone and to feel great with yourself.
It could be used as a shawl as well as a beauty scarf or a poncho.
Width: 16 inches/ 41 cms
Length: 57.8 inches/147 cms
Fringes: 9.8 inches/25 cms
Very soft, long hooded dress with PEONY applique.
Made entirely with soft and stretchy organic cotton fleece in Natural soft white color and trimmed with fluffy Sherpa.
Empire waistline with long flaring sleeves and skirt.
Approx. length from waist down: 40". Sleeve: 23.5"
Romantic ivory-white organic cotton fleece coat with handmade PEONY applique.
** deep wide hood with soft and thick organic cotton Sherpa lining,
** narrowed waistline with a single hidden hook and loop closure,
** very long flaring sleeves with handmade Peony applique.
Made entirely with organic cotton fleece and sherpa - soft fluffy side on the inside and smooth on the outside with org. cotton/hemp bias tape trim.
All seams are professionally serged and top-stitched.
Available in LOTS of sizes - SEE SIZE CHART.
Other sizes and in-between sizes are on request.
What are you favorite Etsy finds?
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Now that spring cleaning is well under way, and were all feeling s little better, with memories of winter slowly fading from our minds, it’s the perfect time of year to clean out your makeup bag. Most makeup is only designed for a shelf life of a year, and after that it will start to break down, and besides being a little gross it wont look so hot anymore. The best part about spring cleaning your makeup bag? You now you have a great excuse to go shopping.
Cleaners and Moisturizers
These should be good for a year, or so. To make them last longer just be careful about how you apply them, your fingers or your face should never come into contact with the top of the bottle, as this can contaminate its contents, instead apply creams to a q-tip or sponge, then apply to your face.
Sunscreens should be tossed at the end of every season, after that they wont be effective. Since you should be applying sunscreen every single day, a bottle shouldn’t last you longer than a season anyway. Tip: Keep your sunscreen by your door in an easily visible place, that way you’ll be more likely to remember to put it on before you leave the house.
There are mixed messages about how long self tanners can last, most say two, but I wouldn’t keep them more than one because the color can break down. You don’t want to turn a shade of orange more suited to fruit than skin.
Foundation: Cream foundation is good for about a year, mouse foundation for about 9 months.
Powder Compacts: The power itself can be good for up to two years, if stored separately from the puff, puffs should be either cleaned or replaced about once a month. If you store your puff inside of your compact the shelf life is closer to six months.
Eyeshadow: Powder eye shadows will last indefinitely as long as they are kept contaminant free. Creams are good for up to a year if kept the same way.
Eyeliner: Eyeliner pencils can be kept forever as long as you sharpen them before or after each use, you can also wipe them down lightly with alcohol every few weeks just to be safe. Liquid or cream liners last closer to a year if kept properly. Tip: Always have two clean liner brushes available so that no double dipping is required in your eyeliner tins.
Mascara: Mascara should be tossed after 3-4 months, no matter how much it costs!
Blush: Powder blush, the same as powder eyeshadow, cream blush, the same as cream eyeshadow.
Lipstick and Lipgloss: Both can last up to two years
Lip liners: Same as eyeliner pencils, the bacteria is removed when you sharpen, so sharpen often and it should last you several years.
Sponges and Puffs: Sponges should be replaced every single week, no exception. Velour Puffs can be washed with your makeup brushes.
Makeup Brushes: Good brushes like good friendships can last forever, as long as you nurture them. Brushes should be washed with a gentle baby shampoo once a week or every two weeks, and them dried standing handle down. If you think your brush has been contaminated you can also rinse it in rubbing alcohol.
Tools like Tweezers, Eyelash Curlers and Sharpeners: Metal tools should be cleaned after every use, especially tweezers. To clean them just soak in rubbing alcohol for two minutes and rinse.
Now keep in mind, these are all just guidelines, you know what your products should look, smell, and feel like, if it’s off, don’t use it. Also how you store your products will determine how long they last. The bathroom is the absolute worst home for your products as the heat, and humidity will break them down. Keep your makeup in a cool dark, easily accessible place. I keep mine in my top dresser drawer.
Friday, January 23, 2009
The Caretaker of the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef is a newly created position. There are a few minor tasks that need to be taken care of, but the most important duty is to report back to Tourism Queensland (and the world) and let us know what’s taking place on the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef.Job Description
Below the water, you’ll find a World Heritage Listed natural wonder – the Great Barrier Reef. And above, the Islands of the Great Barrier Reef offer an abundance of wildlife to appreciate and activities to enjoy. The Island Caretaker will be based on Hamilton Island – the largest inhabited island in the region. It’s located just off the coast of Queensland with a wide range of restaurants, activities, shops and tours. The temperature is warm all year round and the combination of blue skies, crystal water and pure sands forms the backdrop to an ideal island life.