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Let's talk about lubes. You know, lubricants? I believe the best sexual encounters depend on the right type of lube. Who wants to ruin a romantic moment with dryness, stickiness or chaffing? Not to mention, some personal lubricants can cause irritation. I know that first hand. I had always purchased mine at the grocery store, (and it was always irritating my sensitive areas!) Up until recently, I was way too embarrassed to ask questions about lube.
I overcame my shyness and made my husband accompany me into a sex shop. Yes, I felt mortified as I stood there looking at the vast assortment of sex toys. I may have blushed when I stared at the shelves lined with what looked to be hundreds of different types of lubes.
My husband and I had never been very adventurous in our sex life, but things were about to change!
The friendly young clerk came over to us and asked us what we were looking for. At first I wanted to sink into the floor, but I found my voice, and asked her what lubricant she recommended. She didn't bat at eye when she asked if I was interested in water based, or silicone lube.I even got to test a few brands out (on my hand, of course!)
The brand that caught my eye the most (as well as my husband's) was System Jo. System Jo seemed to be the most popular brand on the shelves of that sex shop. I was definitely intrigued because not only was the packaging pretty, it appeared they had a lube for everything under the sun! AND they had a huge variety of flavors to choose from!
I chose a water-based formula called H20 Peachy Lips. It was a delicious peach flavor! (I tasted it in the truck on my way home.)
When I got home, (after putting my purchase to good use, and smelling uncannily like fresh peaches) I went to the System Jo website to learn more. I found out that this fabulous company sells all kinds of lubricants, sensual stimulants, flavored or unflavored, water-based or silicone-based- they have everything you could want to enhance your sex life! I was curious about each one of them, and wanted to experience them all!
System Jo sent me a wonderful assortment of their products so that I could try them first hand.(What a wonderful company!) I will tell you about the formulas below, and my thoughts on each.
H20 Flavored Limited Edition Strawberry Cheesecake water-based lubricant-
The JO® H2O Flavored Limited Edition Collection offers a flavorful array of personal lubricants designed to enhance foreplay and intimacy. Formulated with a pure plant-based glycerin and infused with natural flavor extracts, this collection will excite the taste buds and appetite for pleasure. No added sugar or artificial sweeteners also make this a guilt-free addition to bedroom play!
As with the Peachy Lips flavor, this one tasted amazing! The water-based formula is perfect because it does not irritate my skin at all. It might dry a bit faster than the silicone formulas, but it does not ever feel sticky. This might be TMI, but I prefer to use a flavored lube when performing oral on my husband. There, I said it.
JO® H2O Original is a water-based personal lubricant designed to supplement the body’s natural lubrication. Formulated using a purely plant-based glycerin, this top selling lubricant is designed to provide a silky smooth and comforting glide with no stick or tack residue. Plus, JO® H2O is toy friendly, condom compatible and easy to clean. Simply apply and play!
This formula is perfect! No stickiness! No irritation whatsoever!
JO® PREMIUM Classic is a silicone-based personal lubricant designed to supplement the body’s natural lubrication and enhance the pleasures of intimacy. The silky smooth, buttery glide is water-resistant and long lasting, making it an ideal partner for adventurous play. JO® PREMIUM is free of preservatives and formulated using only the highest quality silicones. A little goes a long way!
I love this one because it really does feel natural. It lasts a long time without drying. I love the long lasting formula!
JO® AGAPÉ (pronounced ah-gah-pay) is a personal lubricant designed to mimic a woman’s natural lubrication. This new and improved water-based formula is free of glycerin, glycol and parabens; ideal for individuals who are ingredient driven in their purchases. Plus the incredibly light formula provides a delicate glide that feels as smooth as silk. A must try product! JO® AGAPÉ is toy friendly, compatible with most materials and best of all, easy to clean.
I think, if I had to choose just one lube out of all of these, that this one is probably my favorite. It feels like my own natural moisture, and it even has a sight sweet taste. I don't know why.
JO® WARM & BUZZY-
JO® WARM & BUZZY is formulated to be the complete sensation package, with not one, but two unique sensations. Enjoy a mild tingle that transitions into a warming sensation and peaks at a thrilling vibrating/buzzing. JO® WARM & BUZZY is used to heighten the experience of foreplay like never before with a topical cream. Simply apply a little during foreplay, toy play or solo-play and enjoy the ride!
It has a really cooling effect! That is all I am going to say about it. (I am blushing!)
JO® Vaginal Tightening Serum heightens sexual pleasure by tightening and moisturizing vaginal tissue within minutes of application. A special blend of moisturizers enriches its creamy texture for a soft, comfortable feel, while its subtle cooling sensation amplifies pleasure with a tantalizing tingle. With a convenient no drip pump, application is easy and comfortable using a finger or vibrator.
This product is the bomb! It has a fun tingle, and tightens that intimate area, (even one like mine, that has pushed out our humans!) My husband is pleased, too!
JO® RENEW Vaginal Moisturizer is an intensive moisturizing cream specifically designed for women. The blend of moisturizers including bisabolol, aloe vera, and cucumber fruit provide a gentle daily use formula designed to relieve vaginal dryness. The rich, silky cream offers a drip free application for ease of use day or night.
This cream can be a life saver, especially for when a woman might not be in the mood, but does not want her partner to know that! Just apply this in the bathroom before 'play time' and your partner will think 'you are ready!' That sounds kind of mean, but it works! It makes you feel nice, and works as an internal lubricant. I love it!
The JO® Beginner’s Luck Gift Set includes single-use packs of the most in demand formulas:
H2O Original, Premium Original Silicone, Agapé Original, All-in-One Warming Massage Glide, H2O Cooling, Silicone Free Hybrid, H2O Strawberry Kisses, and Gelato Salted Caramel. It’s everything a beginner (or anyone) needs on a lucky night. Rabbit’s foot not included.
I love these handy-dandy packets that you can stick in your purse (or the glove box of your car) for a quickie!
Every product that I have tried from System JO has been of the highest quality. My husband and I have tried many brands over the years,but no other brand of personal lubricant has worked as well for us as System Jo products. We are loyal customers for life!
For more information or to place an order, go to: http://www.systemjo.com
Famed celebrity makeup artist, Sir John, & Luminess Cosmetics are proud to present a Limited-Edition Collection inspired by Disney's "The Lion King." Having fallen in love with the incredible imagination and storytelling of Disney's original "The Lion King" in his youth, Sir John's connection with the film and the world it takes place in was further heightened when his work took him throughout Africa.
In partnering with Luminess Cosmetics, known for their high quality & innovative products, Sir John was able to create a limited-edition collection to celebrate the new film, in theaters July 19, 2019, when director Jon Favreau brings the iconic characters to life in a whole new way.
The collaboration has created a one-of-a-kind makeup collection featuring highly pigmented formulas with colors curated from the African landscape to create equally stunning day and night looks, handpicked by Sir John. From the innovators at Luminess Cosmetics, the rich formulas come together in hand-designed layered packaging, inspired by the iconic scenes and characters from the film. The quality of the makeup cannot be overstated, with all new formulations, deep pan powders, finely-milled eyeshadows and long wear lip products.
The inspiration behind these products comes from the story line itself: a young lion prince living in the flourishing African Pride Lands and his journey to adult-hood. The passionate tale of perseverance has still permeated society 25 years after the original film was released. Colorful moments in the movie have been reimagined in the collection, such as the rich fruit color Rafiki anoints Simba matches the Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick "Romantic Atmosphere." The rich neutrals in the "Can't Wait to Be Queen" Eyeshadow Palette mimics the rich clays found in Africa. The unmistakable sunset orange/red color from the iconic movie poster can be found in the striking Be Brave Matte Lipstick "Lion's Mane."
Together, Sir John & Luminess Cosmetics have worked closely to artistically capture the essence of the film's characters in its modern-day cosmetic collection.
Collection product retails:
- Kingdom Sculpting Palette $42
- Can't Wait to be Queen Eyeshadow Palette $42
- Be Brave Matte Lipstick $24~ Available In Two Shades
- Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick $24~ Available in Two Shades
- Legacy Tinted Lip Balm $24
- Circle of Life Highlighter $40
I was given the chance to review one of The Lion King Limited Edition Cosmetic Collections gorgeous Be Prepared Liquid Lipstick. I chose the beautiful shade, called "Trouble."
Look at the pretty box it comes in!
I love the design!
Here is what the shade 'Trouble' looks like on me
I love this liquid lipstick because it is highly pigmented and has beautiful, rich color. It is a long wearing formula that stays true for hours, and does not feather into any lip creases. Trouble is the perfect shade for me!
Retail roll out begins Saturday, June 15th, 2019 at www.LuminessCosmetics.com/disney, the preferred retailer. On Sunday, June 16th, 2019 the collection will be available at www.ShopDisney.com and www.ULTA.com. On Monday, July 1st, 2019 the collection will be available in select Ulta stores.
ABOUT THE LION KING FILM:
Disney's "The Lion King, directed by Jon Favreau, journeys to the African savanna where a future king is born. Simba idolizes his father, King Mufasa, and takes to heart his own royal destiny. But not everyone in the kingdom celebrates the new cub's arrival. Scar, Mufasa's brother—and former heir to the throne—has plans of his own. The battle for Pride Rock is ravaged with betrayal, tragedy and drama, ultimately resulting in Simba's exile. With help from a curious pair of newfound friends, Simba will have to figure out how to grow up and take back what is rightfully his. The all-star cast includes Donald Glover as Simba, Beyoncé Knowles-Carter as Nala, James Earl Jones as Mufasa, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Scar, Seth Rogen as Pumbaa and Billy Eichner as Timon. Utilizing pioneering filmmaking techniques to bring treasured characters to life in a whole new way, Disney's "The Lion King" roars into theaters on July 19, 2019.
ABOUT LUMINESS COSMETICS:
Nearly 25 years ago, Luminess Cosmetics began on a mission to provide beauty solutions to the beauty enthusiast not compromised by the constraints of the traditional beauty market. Founded by current CEO, Sean Mehta, Luminess was created as a professional quality Airbrush Cosmetics line that was designed to be easy-to-use for the at home consumer. Today, Luminess Cosmetics celebrates over five million airbrush units sold and its fifth-generation airbrush system which is the smallest, lightest, and most precise system available on the market. With new innovations in lip, and eye cosmetic products and formulations along with breakthrough skincare products, Luminess Cosmetics is now a full-service beauty brand.
ABOUT SIR JOHN:
World-renowned makeup artist Sir John is a consummate visionary who reveals and transforms, inspired by the essence of his clients' natural beauty. Sir John uses the power of cosmetics to exalt women to their highest impact. While working during Fashion Weeks in New York, Milan and Paris, he quickly built his reputation for creative use of color. Sir John has had the privilege to work with some of the most sought-after fashion and beauty industry professionals from Mario Testino to Steven Meisel to Naomi Campbell. In fact, it was at Tom Ford's first womenswear show in 2010 where he was introduced to Beyoncé, and granted the opportunity to work with her. Shortly after, Sir John began working with Queen Bey on everything from album art to music videos, concert tours, superbowls and a history-making September Vogue cover in 2018.
Father's Day is almost here! If you haven't picked out a gift for Dad, Brooklyn Cloth has gifts that keep on giving!
Brooklyn Cloth's DRESS LIKE DAD collection is your go-to brand for cool matching outfits for Father & Son. What kid doesn't want to be like Dad? Why not let your child dress up just like Dad!
Brooklyn Cloth is a fashion-forward line in the “fast fashion” junior’s market, co-founded by Daron Jacob while working with Urban Outfitters and Tilly’s.
Jacob noticed many of the kid's products in the mass market were too pricy, so he created fresh designs for a low price point with Brooklyn Cloth. Created to fit the laid-back, yet distinguished child that roams the boroughs of New York City, the design team mirrors this demographic and lifestyle. The energy and attitude of bustling streets and the vibes of the East Coast are woven into the fabrics of the garments, giving off an authentic, pure aesthetic of this unique lifestyle. The makers design their own fabrics, beginning from the yarn level— focusing on items such as Joggers, Shorts and tees using Space Dye and Snow. Jacob notes, “We are focused on the Gen Z consumer. Someone who is not defined as one fashion or style but likes to change up their looks depending on their mood.”
I received a few sets of matching clothing for my husband and son from Brooklyn Cloth. My twelve-year old son, Braxton sure looks up to his Daddy. He was thrilled to be 'twinsing' with his Dad! Their favorites are the USA Flag swim trunks. (Mine too.) These trunks will be perfect for the 4th of July!
I love the high quality fabric that Brooklyn Cloth clothing is made from. I enjoy dressing my guys in style, and Brooklyn Cloth does not disappoint!
For more information, please visit https://www.brooklyncloth.com
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Father's Day is Sunday! It isn't too late to get Dad the perfect gift! I just discovered a new brand, Marlowe, that creates high-quality face, shave and body care essentials for men. The Everyday Face Kit is the perfect kit for Dad’s this Father’s Day! Please see below for an overview on some of their products.
- Shave Cream: Conditioning shave cream to help soothe and prep skin for a close shave. ($10.99, marloweskin.com)
- Facial Scrub: Exfoliating facial scrub cleanses the face and gets rid of dead skin; suitable for all skin types. ($11.99, marloweskin.com)
- Facial Moisturizer: Lightweight facial moisturizer dedicated to protecting the skin, while also keeping it hydrated. ($11.99, marloweskin.com)
- Everyday Face Kit: Contains the essential items to any man’s skincare routine ($29.99, on marloweskin.com)
I have a precious little granddaughter who I adore so much. She looks exactly like her Daddy did at her age. It is kind of surreal, because it is almost like I am looking at him again as a baby. Baby Reylin is seventeen months old, and this little one loves her snacks!
It is often tempting to give her delicious, sugary treats, because what baby doesn't love sweets? I was recently given the chance to review Sprout premium organic foods and snacks for babies and toddlers.
Sprout® provides premium organic foods and snacks for babies and toddlers that help parents raise healthy, adventurous eaters. Made only with USDA certified organic and non-GMO ingredients, Sprout's products are designed to expand baby's palate beyond sweet and establish a love of nutritious foods early on.
I brought the snacks to baby Reylin's house yesterday, and opened each one to test them out on my sweet girl, to see what she thought of them.
First, we tried out the Sprout’s Power Pak purees. Sprout Power Pak organic toddler purees are made from 100% plant-based nutrients! Whole, organic fruits, and vegetables are combined with our unique Superblend, providing essential nutrients for toddlers and offering a full serving of fruit, omega 3 from chia, 3 grams of protein, and 4 grams of fiber per pouch
These superblend purees come in the following flavor combos: Kiwi with Superblend Banana Spinach, Pear with Superblend Blackberry Banana, Strawberry with Superblend Banana Butternut Squash, Superblend with Apple Apricot Strawberry and Tropical Fusion with Superblend. Reylin chose to start with her Strawberry with Superblend Banana Butternut Squash. I don't have a picture of her enjoying it (she got very messy!) but she slurped it down very quickly and loved it!
It looks like baby girl is amazed at the healthful ingredients in this yummy puree! (Uncle Braxton loves his niece!)
That smile melts my heart!
Next, we tried out the delicious Red Fruit Beet & Berry Crispy Chews. Crisped whole grain rice, fruits and vegetables are blended together in this delicious, chewy fruit snack. Made with a full serving of REAL fruits and veggies and a soft, crispy chewy texture that is enjoyable for toddlers to eat, Red Fruit Beet & Berry Crispy Chews is perfect for little fingers learning to pick up and self-feed. Now available in clear pouch packaging, parents love the five single packet portions which makes on-the-go snacking easy!
Baby Rey loves these! She actually ate 3 packs in a row! I did not have to feel guilty one bit when she indulged in these tasty fruity snacks. I love them, too! They taste like home-made fruit leather that my dad used to make when I was little.
Reylin also loves crunchy, salty snacks, so I was curious to find out how much she would love the Crinklez snacks.
Sprout Organic Crinklez is a delicious veggie snack, made with plant powered chickpeas. The Cheesy Spinach flavor has colorful carrots, spinach, and beets that you can see in every bite. Seasoned with real cheddar cheese, your toddler will love the savory taste of this fun crinkly, crunchy snack that brings delicious and nutritious together.
The Pumpkin Carrot is popped with colorful carrots, spinach, and beets that you can see in every bite. Seasoned with real pumpkin and carrot, your toddler will love the sweet & savory taste of this fun crinkly, crunchy snack that brings delicious and nutritious together.
These snacks are delicious! I tried them,they are crunchy and flavorful. Most importantly, baby Rey approves!
Here is a photo of baby girl enjoying her and her Crispy Chews and her Crinklez. (She is now in a diaper due to the fact that she soiled her pretty romper with her yummy Power Pak pouch!)
Next, my sweet girl tried a few of the White Cheddar Curlz (from the multi-pack.) Curly, crunchy, can’t get enough! Sprout Organic Curlz™ is the first plant-powered snack for toddlers, made from organic chickpeas and lentils and baked to perfection with white cheddar cheese. Toddlers will love this fun finger food that brings delicious and nutritious together. Now your toddler's favorite snack is available in five single packet portions to make on-the-go snacking easy!
Again, Rey-Rey was happily munching on them. I think they are addictive! Thank heavens they are a healthy snack!
Lastly, I gave baby girl a tasty 'cookie'. Sprout Organic Wafflez are a new, delicious oven-baked snack for toddlers, made with whole grains and real fruits & veggies! Toddlers love the fruity taste of this handheld waffle snack, and parents love the five, individually-wrapped portions which makes on-the-go snacking easy!
These come in Apple Carrot Cinnamon, and Blueberry Apple. My son (baby girl's daddy) tried one, and he told me that they taste just like stroup waffles. (I had no idea what that was so I had to Google it.) I have a feeling he will be sharing her Wafflez with her!
They are pretty delicious! I like how big they are, and dense and flat. Perfect for small hands to hold onto.
For more information on Sprout® and where to buy products, visit http://www.sproutorganicfoods.com.
With Father’s Day coming up it can sometimes be difficult to know what to get dads. I found the decision of shopping for Father’s Day so simple through TheBroBasket. They have so many different baskets for many types of dads and their unique preferences. My husband loves eating healthy and living an active lifestyle. They even had a basket perfect for him! I chose the Health Nut-Protein Gift Basket for him.
My handsome hubby, Austin, with his Health Nut BroBasket
With protein shakes, bars, healthy snacks and a bottle blender they really had all the healthy things I would of never thought to put together in a basket. I have the pickiest husband who quite honestly hates getting gifts. But guess what? He loved ALL of it. I was so pleased with the decision to try “The Health Nut” from The Bro Basket.
It was rewarding to see my husband receive something that benefits him and he is blatantly giddy about. These gifts are wonderful because there are so many tastes to choose from.
If your dad, husband, (any guy you’re buying for) is a foodie, likes beer, sports or just needs a not-so-secret stash for their man cave, TheBrobasket has you covered!
Each of these baskets are filled uniquely for men, by men! You can even customize your own basket through their website, selecting what you’d like to have in the basket such as candies, fine wines, engraved bottles and more!
The great thing about this company is that they also ship fast! Get yours today! These not only make good Father’s Day gifts but really any kind of gift for men. Now shopping for that special guy can be that much easier!
Order Yours Todayt at https://www.thebrobasket.com
Have you ever thought about changing up your look? Starting fresh? There is no better time than summertime to give yourself a sexy makeover with bareMinerals mineral makeup! I love bareMinerals. It is my go-to brand for a beautiful, natural, simple, yet stunning look that is all my own. I want to show you few of my favorite bareMinerals products that I use in my every day beauty routine to help me achieve my best look for summer.
I always begin my day either taking a shower or washing my face in the sink, using my favorite daily cleanser. Next, after applying my daily SPF moisturizer, I wait about five minutes before I apply my foundation. I use foundation every day to enhance the look of my skin, and to even out any discoloration or red spots.
I use two different foundations. On days where my skin is extra dry, or if I am in a hurry, I apply bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick, SPF 25.
I love this hydrating foundation stick for mornings when I am in a hurry. It contains moisturizing ingredients, SPF and all of the coverage I need. I simply dot it on my face, neck and forehead, and blend it in. This foundation is perfect for weekend getaways! I just stick it in my bag and go. It gives my skin a flawless, natural finish. The easy-to-blend texture melts into skin for all-day wear that’s lightweight—never cakey. it can be used as foundation, concealer, for touch-ups, or to contour. Made with over 30-percent enhanced mineral water, the clean, natural ingredients never clog my pores. In fact, I have not had one single breakout while I have been using bareMinerals foundation.
My other favorite bareMinerals foundation is the BarePRO Liquid Foundation. It is made with good-for-skin ingredients, and gives me 24-hour, lightweight, full coverage with a natural matte finish, with an SPF 20. This new liquid mineral foundation that cares while it covers, improving the appearance of my skin's texture over time, while blurring my pores and imperfections.
I usually switch between a lighter and a darker shade to compliment my skin tone, and to enhance my features depending on whether I am tan or not-so-tan. This formula blends seamlessly into my skin, and is perfectly lightweight for summer. The mattifying formula keeps my skin from becoming shiny or greasy in this warm weather season. I love the way my skin looks with BarePRO Liquid Foundation.
After applying my daily foundation, and using a powder to set my makeup, I love to add a pop of color with my perfect-for- summertime Gen Nude Powder Blush blush, in Peachy Keen. It is gorgeous!
Gen Nude® Powder Blush defines my cheekbones and warms and brightens my complexion. This weightless blush comes in 12 nude shades that mimic a natural flush. The good-for-skin, ultra-creamy formula is long lasting, blendable, and features our bareMinerals Blurring Mineral Complex for a brightening, soft-focus effect.
I love to play up my lips, and my favorite lipstick is my barePRO Long Lasting Lipstick. BarePRO Longwear Lipstick gives me lasting full-coverage matte color with a comfortable, virtually weightless finish. The vegan formula is transfer-proof, waterproof, smudge-proof, budge-proof and kiss-proof, with naturally derived oils and waxes to help soften lips.
I am wearing the shade Cinnamon in the photo below. It is gorgeous! It stays on up to 8 hours! It doesn't even transfer onto my husband, when I kiss him!
Another must-have beauty staple that I love for summertime is my Love Every Lash Micro Defining Mascara! (I am wearing it in the photo above.) I absolutely love the skinny brush, which I prefer over larger applicators, because I am able to apply it to even the tiniest of my lashes to make them stand out.
The unique brush also allows this mineral mascara's nourishing, lash fortifying ingredients to be deposited right at the base of the lash line so my lashes are fully conditioned from root to tip. The intense jet-black formula is smudge-resistant, clump-resistant and flake-resistant for effortless all-day wear.
What are your favorite summertime beauty products?
For more information, take a look at: https://www.bareminerals.com/
It’s said that we become our habits. In some cases that is not a good thing; bad habits prevail among many Americans. One report found that over 70 percent of US adults have at least one unhealthy behavior associated with chronic health problems.
Breaking bad habits isn’t easy, but sometimes the best answer is replacing them with empowering new habits that bring positive changes to one’s daily life.
“We often have habits that hold us back, like smoking or eating food lacking in nutrition,” says Dr. Rob Carter III, co-author with his wife, Dr. Kirti Salwe Carter, of The Morning Mind: Use Your Brain to Master Your Day and Supercharge Your Life(www.themorningmind.com).
“A great way to start every day is with a series of empowering habits. Morning, in fact, according to some researchers is the best time to start making these kinds of changes in your life.”
Carter has six ways you can create new, empowering habits and make them stick:
Prioritize habits. “For each area in which you want to grow,” Carter says, “take some time to think about what kind of empowering habits you’d like to establish around that topic.” Areas to consider are health, wealth, social, relationships, job, hobbies, self-esteem, interpersonal skills, positive thinking, time management, and life purpose.
Focus on one at a time. “Because we have a limited amount of willpower in the morning, it’s very important how we use that energy,” Carter says. “By focusing on just one habit you would like to change – for example, eating a healthy breakfast – you can concentrate that willpower on the task at hand until it becomes a habit.”
Be reasonable with yourself. The time it will take to establish the new habit depends upon how much resistance a person has. And sometimes developing a new habit represents a long leap from where one currently stands. “That’s too daunting,” Carter says, “so break it down into more achievable steps. Incremental improvements add up to a big transformation and are often more powerful and sustainable.”
Commit specific time toward the goal. Carter suggests nailing down a detailed timeline and committing a full effort toward formation of the new habit within that time span. “Write down what you hope to achieve, how many times a week you will practice the new habit, and when and where you’ll do it,” Carter says. “Having a specific goal helps keep you accountable to yourself.
Reward success. Have a reward in place to celebrate performing your new habit. “It has to be something that will motivate you to complete your habit,” Carter says.
Stack habits. “The neural pathways of your pre-existing habits are well-travelled routes in your brain,” Carter says. “You can take advantage of this by building a new habit and associating it with an old one that is well-established. This is a quicker way to create new habits than if you were to start from scratch. For example, if you want to create a new habit of exercising in the morning, and you have a habit of reading the newspaper every morning, tie these activities together by exercising immediately before you read the paper. Reading the paper becomes your reward.”
“When you learn for yourself how simple it is to change habits,” Carter says, “you’ll want to make adjustments to all areas of your life.”
About Dr. Rob Carter III and Dr. Kirti Salwe Carter
Dr. Rob Carter III and Dr. Kirti Salwe Carter are co-authors of The Morning Mind: Use Your Brain to Master Your Day and Supercharge Your Life (www.themorningmind.com). Rob Carter is a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army, an expert in human performance and physiology, and has academic appointments in emergency medicine at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, in public health and health sciences at Los Angeles Pacific University, and in nutrition at the University of Maryland, University College. He holds a PhD in biomedical sciences and medical physiology and an MPH in chronic disease epidemiology.
Kirti Carter was born in Pune, India, and received her medical education in India, where she practiced as an intensive-care physician before moving to Texas to complete postgraduate training in public health. She is a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress (FAIS), has more than 18 years of experience in meditation and breathing techniques, and has been facilitating wellness seminars for the past decade.
Summer is almost officially here! It is going to be a hot one! Are you ready to look and feel your best with these rising temps? Below are a few of my newest favorite products that can help you deal with warm weather activities...in style!
1. Get your teeth whiter - up to 6 shades whiter - with Luster Pro Light
Patented Dual-Energy (light + heat) Xenon Whitening Light and Stain Lifting Serum to whiten teeth up to 6 shades in 30 minutes! Clinically proven professional whitening system with no messy trays or strips allows you to whiten on your own schedule. Xenon Light technology whitens teeth 3X faster than LED.
I love the Luster Pro Light system! I have never before used a teeth whitening system that has worked so well for me! It is so easy to use, and my teeth were noticably whiter after only using it once!
2. Clear up your skin after a hot, sweaty day with 7th Heaven’s Black Seaweed Peel-Off Mask
This mask features chopped black Laver Seaweed (from the Welsh seaside) and crushed Sea Buckthorn berries, which are pressed together to make our black peel off mask. It’s a seaside detox to cleanse deeply and peel off dirt and grease weekly. It’s also vegan, cruelty-free, paraben-free and natural! And....at less than two dollars each? What could be better?
I absolutely love a good peel-off mask! First of all, they are a lot of fun to peel off. Second, the way my skin feels after using one of these amazing 7th Heaven facial masks is pure heaven! Especially after sweating all day long.
3. Prevent body odor, safely (for teens) with CRYSTAL Mineral-Enriched Deodorant in Mountain Fresh
“Mountain Fresh" has a clean, unisex scent that is light, yet sophisticated. It elevates aromas like jasmine, oakmoss, lemon and cedarwood. The new natural deodorant is (obviously) enriched with minerals, and provides effective odor protection with a light aroma, and no harsh chemicals. It's powerful, but gentle and glides on smooth. Bonus -- it also conditions and moisturizes skin while delivering the long-lasting 24-hour protection you can trust.
I always worry about odor, but I also worry about the chemicals in my deodorant! I mean, our underarms are awfully close to our breasts as well as our lymph glands. It is scary to think what kinds of harmful chemicals could make their way into out breast tissue or lymphatic systems. And if a woman is breastfeeding, why take chances of something getting into her breast milk?
I love my CRYSTAL Mineral-Enriched Deodorant, because it keeps me smelling fresh all day long! My husband uses it as well, because the fresh scent is unisex.
Creating the perfect family home is always something that is within your reach. However, this is hardly something that will happen overnight. Keep this in mind, and remember to always budget for any home renovations or maintenance that you want to see. Once you have thought about the finances, you can then move onto ensuring the family home is decorated and set up with everyone’s style and interests kept in mind.
Considering that you live in this home with other individuals, you should always be mindful of what their opinions are as well. On the other hand, maintenance is also something that you will always have to prioritize, and you can do this by getting assistance from the professionals.
Always budget accordingly
Your number one priority is to always think about what your budget is for renovating your home.
Considering that this is your family’s home, you don’t want everyone to feel the pressure of not being able to make ends meet, simply because you are in too much debt. Don’t let yourself be a victim to this situation, and thus think about how much money you can set aside each month, realistically, for the purpose of home improvement.
Set everything up according to everyone’s style and interest
When you do start setting everything up, remember that it should be according to everyone’s style and interests. In particular, consider:
1.Having fun with color
The colors you choose to dominate a particular room, whether it’s the walls, the pillows, the carpets, or any other décor items, will play a huge role in the mood of that space. However, everyone should agree on what colors are chosen, or alternatively, you should mix and match.
2.Invest in high-quality furniture and décor
When you finally go out to purchase furniture for your home, you should always invest in the highest quality merchandise. This will ensure that the furniture you buy will last you for numerous years.
3.Mix and match themes
When it comes to the style of the interior design, this is once again, an instance where you can easily choose to mix and match. Perhaps one person likes contemporary whereas another one enjoys classic. Still, another family might want to see a more industrial looking aesthetic. There is no harm in mixing and matching different décor and furniture pieces.
Get assistance with maintenance from the professionals
Every single home requires some level of maintenance, whether it’s replacing your doors and windows, your shutters, and so on. To ensure that all of these construction related projects are dealt with efficiently, you will need a team of experts to help you, such as those from muhler.com. Don’t assume that you have all of the tools, or even the expertise, to fix anything that needs to be repaired.
One last thing to mention is that you shouldn’t put too much pressure on the idea of perfect, and don’t rush into curating your home. It will take several months, if not years, until everything is completed, depending on what you envision your home to look like. Of course, however, when maintenance comes into question, this should always be one of your biggest priorities. Whether it’s related to your roof, windows, or something is leaking; you should not let this go unattended.