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The more that I learn about Korean skin care, the more intrigued I am. I mean, have you ever noticed the beautiful, flawless skin of Korean women? They are definitely onto something! I was given the chance to review Purito skin care from Korea.
With Purito, I have found a skin care line that contains no harmful additives and is cruelty-free. I appreciate skin care companies that create ethical and environmentally-friendly and beauty products.
The Purito Centella Green range harnesses the powerful ingredient, Centella Asiatica, which is rich in amino acids and renowned for its powerful anti-aging properties. The range promotes the benefits of water-based products rather than alcohol and is expected to be particular popular with those suffering from sensitive skin.
The company has a strong ethical and environmental responsibility, and in addition to natural ingredients, all products are packaged using recycled wrapping paper.
"We take our responsibility to the consumer and the environment extremely seriously, and our PURITO Centella Green range is one example of that," says Ms. Sunny Kim, Director of PURITO.
"We believe only natural and necessary ingredients should be added to derma cosmetic products, avoiding the use of alcohol and other potentially harmful ingredients such as PEGs, Phenoxyethanol and artificial flavouring agents," she added.
The range is led by the Centella Green Level Buffet Serum, which contains EWG 1st and 2nd grade components and harnesses powerful soothing benefits to deeply replenish skin. Boasting a 49% Centella Asiatica content, the serum helps to stimulate collagen synthesis, calms inflamed skin and reduces pigmentation.
After cleansing and using the toner (below) I apply the serum to my face, neck and chest. I can immediately feel the hydrating properties sinking into my skin. I love how this product is fully absorbed by my thirsty skin, and it leaves no residue or grease.
The second product in the range – the Centella Green Level Calming Toner, contains Asiatic pennywort extract (10%) in a highly-enriched powder form, improving the appearance and texture of sensitive skin.
My skin has been pretty sensitive this winter because of the colder temperatures. I apply this wonderful toner with a soaked cotton ball to my face, neck and chest right after cleansing. It helps to remove any remaining dirt or makeup left behind, plus it refreshes my skin. It definitely helps heal acne, too! I have been breaking out on my chin lately (which never happens!) and I apply this toner to that area to help remove excess oil as well as soothe the irritation.
Finally, the Centella Green Level Recovery Cream is designed for use on face and neck, and the high concentration of Centella Asiatica (50%) smooths and calms troubled skin. The product is a light and fast-absorbing topical cream ideal for sensitive skin and those who seek a kinder moisturizer.
This skin care recovery cream is very light weight, and I use it both morning and evening. It doesn't look very fancy because of the tube that it comes in, but it really makes my skin feel amazing! I feel that my skin has a truly healthy glow, and I believe my skin looks a lot younger than my age. I have really been enjoying Purito skin care. The results speak for themselves, as you can hopefully see in the photo of me below.
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I love heartwarming children's books that show how important Mommies are to their little ones. I was recently sent a copy of this adorable new book from Quarto Children's Publishing, called MY MOM ALWAYS LOOKS AFTER ME SO MUCH.
My Mom Always Looks After Me So Much! is a funny, heartwarming picture book about Little Gorilla’s trip to the doctor to get a shot and, ultimately, about the love between a mother and child—told in simple sentences by master storyteller Sean Taylor, with sweet and richly detailed illustrations by the Waterstones Children's Book Prize–shortlisted David Barrow.
Little Gorilla is going to the doctor for a shot. His mom says it’s because she has to look after him. But that’s the problem—his mom always looks after him so much. First, she makes him eat broccoli, then, whenever he sneezes, he has to put on an extra sweater. And now a shot!
But it’s not all bad—the doctor gives Little Gorilla a stick-thing that smells of strawberries for being brave. He loves it—but then he leaves it on the bus on the way home! Little Gorilla is distraught—but his mom takes him back to the doctor for another stick thing. His mom really does look after him so much.
I believe that reading to your children is vital to their development. I always read to my four children when they were small. Now that I have a little granddaughter, I want to keep that up with her. Of course, she is very interested in grabbing the books and trying to eat the pages, but she also is very interested in looking at the colorful illustrations, and listening to the stories.
My adorable little Reylin loves this book. I am certain it will bring her comfort when she is old enough to understand more about why her mommy makes her eat healthful foods and takes her to the doctor.
Below is Reylin attempting to look at her new book, My Mom Always Looks After Me So Much! Just look at that adorable smile!
|Sean Taylor is an award-winning author of over 50 books for young readers of many different ages. As well as writing, he has many years’ experience visiting schools, where he works with poetry and storytelling to encourage young people to write themselves. He lives with his wife and two sons in Bristol. www.seantaylorstories.comDavid has been a shelf-stacker, a library assistant, a call-centre worker, a civil servant and a printer, so obviously it was only a matter of time before he tried his hand at writing and illustrating children’s books. He joined the world-renowned Children’s Book Illustration MA at Anglia Ruskin CSA. Whilst on the course, David won the Sebastian Walker award for new talent in children’s book illustration at his degree show and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Have You Seen Elephant? was published by Gecko Press in October 2015, followed by his second picture book as author-illustrator Barnaby Goes on Holiday (Hodder) in June 2017. David has also illustrated Troll Stroll (Nosy Crow) and Ice Sea Pirates (Gecko Press), both published in 2017. He lives in Kettering, UK with his toughest critics: partner Jo, son Teddy and cat Sofia.|
Just when I think spring might be on the horizon, the temperature seems to drop! It is actually freezing outside today. My skin really suffers during the winter and definitely needs a little extra TLC. Thankfully, I have found a few new products that give my skin the extra boost of hydration it needs.
C.O. Bigelow Iconic Collection - Body Cream
Introducing the newest collection from C.O. Bigelow - The Iconic Collection. Available in West Village Rose, Aqua Mellia, Musk and Bergamot - these light, iconic scents leave your skin soft delicately fragranced.
Made with shea butter and coconut oil, this body cream will bring extreme moisture to your skin. I have the Bergamont fragrance, and it makes me smell beautiful and feminine. I apply it from head to toe after my evening shower, and my skin feels luxuriously soft and smooth.
Higher Education Skincare - Cram Session Vitamin Infused Hydration Lotion
Loaded with vitamin A, C and E, this super hydrating lotion will fill your skin with the vitamins it needs during the dry weather. Cram Session is also made with melanin, which protects your skin from blue-light emitted from digital devices. I also use their lip balm to keep my lips soft and protected from the elements.
Mamonde - Hydro Eye Gel Cream
The skin around your eyes is very sensitive - but needs A LOT of love. This eye cream is made with narcissus flower extract that will keep your skin smooth and hydrated. I have been using this amazing eye gel for a couple of days now, and it has really firmed up my eye area and makes my eyes look refreshed.
Available: Ulta Stores
Treat your skin from head to toe with the help of Curél and Jergens! As we ride out these cold months of winter, no part of the body can go un-moisturized. Here are my current favorites to ensure my skin stays moisturized, youthful, and radiant. I love these products.They are definitely a must-have for winter.
Curél Daily Healing Original Lotion for Dry Skin ($7.99): This long-lasting formula is clinically proven to provide 24 hours of continuous moisture to hydrate and relieve dry, irritated skin all day long. This cult classic is soon to be your favorite body moisturizer. I apply it all over my body right after my shower, when my skin is still a bit damp. It works to keep my skin feeling soft and supple. there is honestly nothing I have tried that works better. Plus, it is very inexpensive for something that works this well.
Jergens Skin Firming Neck & Chest: ($9.99): Extend your moisturizing routine all the way to your neck and chest, with the added benefits of improved elasticity and firming! Give your skin the appearance of younger, firmer skin in as little as two weeks. This product is my favorite newest discovery! I apply it to my neck and chest every evening right after my shower. I also apply it to my breasts, because who couldn't use a little firming there? After two weeks of using Jergens Skin Firming Neck & Chest, my skin is noticeable firmer in these areas. This products is also very affordable. I love it!
Do you have a Fortnite obsessed family member like I do living in your household? Fortnite is a popular video game in which entails a player vs. player "battle royale" or whatever that means. My twelve-year old son, Braxton, would play Fortnite every second of the day if I would allow it. I always thought I would be the mother who would limit her child's screen time, I really did. I guess that I have failed, because my son spends quite a lot of his free time at home playing Fortnite. (I promise he gets plenty of physical activity as well.) He plays online with a couple of kids from his school who are his age, and I hear them conversing through the TV, so at least I know who Braxton is playing with.
I hadn't paid much attention at first. Then I started to notice that Braxton, would start breaking out in sudden (really cool I might add) dance moves that rivaled those of Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson combined. I had no idea why he all of a sudden had the moves like Jagger!
It turns out that there are new dance moves unveiled each time a Fortnite character gets to a new level or something like that. The funny thing is, when I take Braxton out in public, to the mall or grocery shopping (or even to the bank) I will see another kid my son's age suddenly break into one of these dances. I had thought MY child was the only one who did this! I began to figure out that this is how pre-teens and teenagers communicate nowadays. All thanks to Fortnite.
I knew it would not be long before he would be asking me for Fortnite related EVERYTHING! Sure enough, Braxton wanted to wear nothing but Fornite T shirts to school. Thankfully I didn't have to search near and far, because TV Store Online has everything I need. They have a great variety of official FortniteT-shirts to choose from.
This one is Braxton's favorite. It is the Fortnite Dance Dance Youth Black T-shirt. It shows all of the cool Fortnite dance moves on it.
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Eyes are essential body parts that help us see things around. The horror awaits if this pair is taken out from us. Just imagine how you will perceive the world with nothing but all darkness, scary! Since our eyes play a very vital role in our lives, it is our responsibility to genuinely take good care of them and keep them away from the risks of eye impairment.
Our eyes are not free from bacterial attack. They are more exposed to bacteria, virus, fungi, and parasites, both in their outward and inward parts. Once gone close or wholly entered the eyes, these foreign agents can cause a hazard to the sight’s condition and can result in detrimental infections. Hence, you must be very watchful all the time and look after the warning signs that something not welcome has already come into your eyes!
Signs and Symptoms of Eye Bacterial Infection
Chronic but painless red eyes. If you are starting to notice a sudden shade of pink or red enclosing your entire eyes, maybe you should begin to suspect a micro bacteria invasion. Chronic redness is the common symptom that something foreign is in your eyes because it is their usual and initial reaction.
Redness of the eyes is the cause of infection to its vascular membrane called conjunctiva. This part is particularly thin and is very sensitive because it provides protection that covers the frontal surface of the eyes. Conjunctiva is more exposed to viral or bacterial infections compared to other parts of the eyes because it is where contact lenses are placed, making it more open to foreign microbes.
Painful eyes. Pain in the eyes can be a result of various health problems, even if it is not directly coming from the eyes. However, a foreign body that has entered in it can be blamed for its aching. Associated with the throbbing is the feeling of grittiness in which a person feels something sandy is covering the surface of his eyes and causes more pain.
However, since pain can be from other serious health problems, it is still recommended to refer the case to your physician, especially if the pain becomes intolerable and too extreme that it could already affect the quality of your vision and interferes your daily tasks.
Fluid Discharge. Your eyes are most likely suffering from bacterial or viral occurrences if fluids are coming out from them. The worst fact is that these fluids look gross most of the time. However, the discharge has distinctions if a bacteria or a virus causes it.
If the discharge from the eyes is a little watery, slippery and looks like a mucous, then your eyes are probably having viral conjunctivitis or viral infection. On the other hand, if your eyes secrete a fluid that has a yellow, white, or green appearance and is very heavy and thick, then your eyes are probably inhabited by bacteria.
The sensitivity of the eyes to the bright light. Sensitivity to light is a condition called photophobia where a person has little tolerance to any sources of bright light like the sunlight and even the fluorescent lamp. The eyes feel discomfort when directed toward the glow. This condition can be an effect of other health issues but can also be a cause of local pathogens hiding behind the internal parts of the eyes.
Moreover, like the redness in the eyes, photophobia can also be acquired because of too much use of contact lenses that may carry bacterial infection. Sunburn and surgical procedures can also cause too much sensitivity of the eyes, but the microbial influence is a more substantial reason.
The symptoms and warning signs listed above are experienced commonly by those who have already suffered from bacterial eye infections. However, each patient has a different and unique reaction to the microbial attack. So, some symptoms may not be accurate and evident to other patients. That is why further medical attention should be given especially when the warning signs are getting out of hands.
Nonetheless, if you think that you can still handle the condition of your eyes and you are only experiencing mild indications, then no need to cut a big chunk from your bankroll. Instead, you can just run to your nearest pharmaceutical center to avail price cutting promos like the AK Tracin Coupon- an eye bacterial infection treatment that is offered for your reach!
*This has been a guest post.
Unfortunately, death is a part of life. Life is stressful enough without having to worry about how your final expenses will be paid, or who will handle the financial aspects of everything. I know that I do not want my own passing to create a burden for my loved ones. I want to rest assured that upon my passing, my family will be able to be taken care of. Things can definitely get messy when a loved one dies. If loose ends are not tied up, the family is left with trying to figure it all out.
I realized that I knew next to nothing about life insurance. I had no real idea about whether or not my own life insurance policy was all about when I set it up about twenty years ago. I was very worried about having everything under control for my family, and thankfully I was able to find the answers that I needed.
Would it be wise to sell my life insurance policy?
If you have a life insurance policy you can sell it for an immediate cash payment – this transaction is formally known as a life settlement.
First, you’ll need to determine if you qualify to sell your life insurance policy. A settlement provider then makes an offer based on your age, health, type of insurance, premiums and death benefit. People 65 or older can typically sell their life insurance policy as long as the face value of the policy exceeds $100,000. People sell their life insurance policies for a variety of reasons. It’s often the best outcome to provide relief from a policy they no longer need.
What is the difference between a life settlement and a viatical settlement?
A life settlement is the sale of a life insurance policy to an investor for an amount more than the policy’s cash surrender value, but less than the death benefit, or payout value to the beneficiary.
In a life insurance settlement transaction the policyholder transfers ownership to a life settlement provider. The former policy holder is no longer responsible for the policy premiums and receives a cash payment that’s larger than the surrender value of the policy. The life settlement provider is now responsible for all expenses related to the policy.
A viatical settlement is the sale of an existing life insurance policy, by someone who is terminally or chronically ill, to a third party for more than its cash surrender value but less than its face value, or death benefit. Viatical settlement is the specific term used to define a life insurance settlement where the insured party is terminally or chronically ill.
In this sense there are actually two types of viatical settlements. The first is for someone who is terminally ill. Terminally ill is defined as having a life expectancy of less than 24 months. The second is for someone who is chronically ill. Chronically ill is someone who can no longer perform two or more of the following activities; eating, using the toilet, bathing oneself, or dressing oneself. Chronically ill also describes someone who requires substantial supervision to protect him/herself from threats to health and safety.
In a viatical settlement transaction the life insurance policy holder transfers ownership to a third party. The former policy holder is no longer responsible for the policy premiums and receives a cash payment that’s larger than the surrender value of the policy. The third party, known as a viatical provider, is now responsible for all expenses related to the policy.
While the viatical settlement process is very similar to that of life settlements, there are a few key considerations for viaticals that we have highlighted in the sections below.
If you are looking for information regarding the transaction process, how policies are valued, or settlement information for someone who is not terminally ill we encourage you to read our life settlement overview.
I have heard plenty of alarming horror stories about families fighting over money. In order for a beneficiary or beneficiaries to receive their claim with the life insurance company, they need to provide a few things:
- A death certificate (a copy works).
- The policy document. This should always be saved somewhere important, and if lost, can be be found with the insurance agent who signed the policyholder.
- A claim form, otherwise known as a “request for benefits.”
Once these are successfully completed, beneficiaries can receive the payout of the policy, either all at once in a lump sum, or in installments (typically annuities). Life insurance proceeds are tax free in almost all cases, so you don’t get taxed for taking a large lump sum. The benefit of annuities is you have the option to have the death benefit reinvested on your behalf, then paid back to you over time. This could amount to a considerable difference, though it also doesn’t provide the immediate windfall for expenses that is often the intended use case for life insurance. In either case, a direct deposit or check is typically available for receiving funds.
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Did you know February is Heart Health Month? One in three American adults (over 92 million) are currently living with cardiovascular disease, which remains the leading cause of death in the US. While early diagnosis and treatments have helped boost survival rates to 50% for adults, February is a great reminder to practice those healthy lifestyle habits. Refraining from smoking, maintaining a healthy weight and keeping blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol under control can help prevent cardiovascular disease. When it comes to a healthy diet, studies have also shown adding one powerhouse snack to your daily mix can offer multiple heart-friendly benefits:
Nutrient-dense pistachios are packed with good-for-you fats, alongside plant-based compounds that may act as antioxidants, including vitamin E, polyphenols, and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin – all of which may help to lower LDL (bad) cholesterol levels and contribute to a strong heart and healthy blood vessels.
Want to get snackin’? Setton Farms makes it easy to get your daily dose of pistachios in – especially with the new, bite-sized Pistachio + Plum Chewy Bites. Packed with more than 50% California-grown pistachios alongside sweet dried plums, these delicious bars are individually wrapped for the perfect on-the-go snack. Plus, they’re vegan, Certified Gluten Free and Non-GMO Project Verified.
Pistachio + Plum Chewy Bites are all-natural bite-sized bars packed with over 50% California grown pistachios, plums, date nectar and a touch of lemon. Each individually wrapped bite is loaded with protein, fiber, iron, potassium and antioxidants making them an ideal, on-the-go, heart healthy snack that is both delicious and nutrient dense.
Pistachio + Plum Chewy Bites are one of my favorite snacks! I love pistachios, and these bite-sized bars are simply divine!
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Setton Farms is a family owned business based in California’s Central Valley and are the 2nd largest grower and processor of pistachios in the United States. The business started as a small bakery in Brooklyn in 1959 and expanded to growing pistachios in 1987. They are a vertically integrated company and are able to focus on every step of the pistachio process from harvesting, to processing, to shipping. The processing plant has a 1.7MW solar power system and their post-harvest operations is 100% solar powered. Their products range from plain pistachios to flavored pistachios to their iconic Pistachio Chewy Bites.
The Korean skin care regimen is one of the most talked about contributions that have influenced countless of beauty trends across the world. The daily skin care includes both a morning and evening routine that cleanses, rebalances, and hydrates the skin from the inside-out. Most people use products like Benton skincare for their healthy and beautiful skin.
As one of the country's most famous contributions, this routine continues to be popular because it follows the following principles:
1. Korean skin care is all about prevention
The Korean skincare routine starts early to ensure that people practice proper hygiene at a relatively early age. Additionally, this skin care routine also includes SPF protection which prevents the skin from ageing faster than it usually does. This ensures that users can continue to enjoy their youthful appearance for a longer time.
2. High-quality products is the key
High-quality products doesn't always mean expensive. In fact, various Korean skin care products are made with organic ingredients that offer gentle yet effective results on your skin. When selecting products for your skin care routine, it helps to narrow your choices by first determining your skin type which could either be normal, dry, oily, combination and sensitive.
Each skin type requires a specific skin care routine that target key problems that could affect its overall health.
3. Hydration is essential
What makes the Korean skin care routine so different is that it mainly focuses on hydration which helps keep skin stay soft and supple. Regardless of what skin type you have keeping your skin properly hydration prevents it from becoming prone to signs of ageing and symptoms.
All of which plays a role in making sure it stands out from the rest. With these key principles in mind, it's safe to say that the Korean skin care routine is vastly different from the western method of taking care of their skin.
The key products in the Korean skin care routine
While western skin care focuses heavily on treatments that may include harsh ingredients, the Korean skin care routine emphasizes on using gentle products with small doses of potent ingredients. To start your K-beauty skin care routine, here are the important products to invest in:
Oil cleansers - these products are the first-step in starting a K-beauty skin care routine. Their purpose is to remove makeup residue, dirt, and other forms of pollution that your skin accumulated throughout the day by loosening their bonds from your skin’s surface.
Water-based cleansers - these cleansers require being lathered with water which is the second step in removing dirt and pollution from the skin. Water-based cleansers are different because they help wash away deep-seated dirt while also providing nutrients to your skin.
Exfoliators - this is a product that one should use weekly to help slough off dead skin cells. They also help improve blood circulation on your face which results in radiant looking skin.
Toners - toners are considered the first line of hydration because it serves as a base in making the following products become more effective.
Essences - are concentrated ingredients that have a light and feathery consistency that offer special effects on the skin. Some of which include anti-acne, anti-ageing, and anti-pigmentation, all of which can be readily absorbed through the skin.
Treatments - these are also concentrated ingredients that are best applied in small doses. The reason for this is because it can affect the skin’s overall structure when applied too much.
Sheet masks - are essential weekly treatments that help add vitamins and nutrients to the skin. Many of which come in individual packs at affordable prices.
Eye creams - are light creams that target the specific skin around your eyes, protecting them from dark circles and puffiness.
Moisturizer - is considered the last hydrating step that helps lock in your skin’s moisture throughout the day.
Sun Protection - includes SPF products that protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Each product plays an important role in ensuring your skin is properly nourished from the inside out. Compared to expensive treatments like Botox, harmful acids, and laser surgery, the Korean skin care regimen is a recommended daily habit because it is relatively safe, easy to maintain, and can be applied to any skin type. That means regardless of whatever problems you may have, you can always fit and customize your products to better suit your needs.
However, while the Korean skin care regimen is still safe, people who have sensitive skin may require additional care from experts. If you are on the fence on whether or not it is time to switch up your skin care routine, consider scheduling an appointment with a dermatologist first. That way you can rest well knowing that you can benefit from their professional advice.
As you may or may not have known, January 24 was National Peanut Butter Day! Peanut butter lovers from all over the world celebrate this 'nutty' holiday to show appreciation for the wonders of peanut butter. One of my favorite snacks is sliced apples dipped in peanut butter. My twelve year old son, Braxton loves nothing more than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for his school lunches.
My family's favorite brand of peanut butter is Jif. One thing I have learned about peanut butter over the years, is that the brand you choose makes all of the difference in how good the peanut butter tastes. I remember one year, I sent my husband to the store to grab a jar of peanut butter, and he came home with the store brand. (I guess it was on sale. Shame on him!) I tasted it and knew immediately that it could not even come close to being compared to Jif. Jif peanut butter surpasses all other brands with its freshness, flavor and quality. No other brand even comes close to the rich, dry roasted peanut flavor that my family loves. Even the texture is perfect.
In celebration of National Peanut Butter Day, I was sent a wonderful variety of Jif peanut butter products to enjoy.
Whether you are a fan of creamy or crunchy peanut butter, Jif has something for everyone. My children prefer Jif's creamy peanut butter, while I enjoy the crunchy kind. I usually have jars of both in my cupboard on any given day.
I had never tried Jif's Natural Creamy peanut butter before, and was excited to get the chance to try it out. Natural Creamy Peanut Butter Spread contains 90% peanuts, and lower sodium. I am not sure what the difference is between it and the regular creamy peanut butter, but it contains all natural ingredients and I guess it spreads easier. It is still very tasty!
For a very tasty and satisfying snack, I love Jif Power Ups Salted Caramel granola bars!
Packed with goodness, Jif® Power Ups® Chewy Granola Bars are perfect for tossing in a backpack. Made with zero corn syrup and a salted caramel and peanut butter taste kids (and adults) will love. My son loves these in his school lunches, or as an after-school snack.
I also love Jif To- Go cups. The creamy, delicious taste of Jif® Peanut Butter in a convenient, right-sized cup. Perfect for dipping your favorite snacks! I love how I can toss one of these in my backpack along with sliced apples or celery for a healthful snack while hiking or on nature walks. Oh, the possibilities!
I am so glad that Braxton adores Jif peanut butter as much as he does, because I know that he is getting enough daily protein that his body needs to keep him energized throughout the day. And, with how picky he is, I am happy to know that I can rely on Jif peanut butter for simple school lunches and after school snack ideas my son will actually eat.
Thank you, Jif, for making my life a little easier and a lot more delicious!