Mental Preparation for Labor and Delivery

While it may be tempting to think of labor and delivery as a primarily physical experience, it is important that you do not underestimate the mind’s role in the process of birth. Mental preparation for the birth of your baby is important, and preparing yourself for success can help you to have a smoother labor and delivery. Here are a few things that you can do to mentally prepare yourself for the big day. Read positive birth stories. When I was pregnant, I used to avoid hearing birth stories because many of the ones that I had initially heard were … Continue reading

Get Beautiful with Petroleum Jelly

Petroleum jelly (Vaseline) has long been used as a beauty staple. Learn all of the different ways that you can put this product to use in your beauty routine and save money, not to mention space in your bathroom cabinet. Fix your eyebrows. Use a clean fingertip or a mascara wand to apply a tiny amount of petroleum jelly to your eyebrows in a sweeping motion. Start from the inside and go toward the outside in one moment. Instantly tamed brows are yours. Remove your eye makeup. Put some petroleum jelly on your eyelids and then wipe it off again … Continue reading

How to Etch Glass

Acid etched glass can be beautiful and functional. It can let in natural light, all while assuring privacy. Today’s etching cream is safe to use, making etched glass an idea project for the home. Listed below is everything that you will need for this project, as well as the steps to take. Clean your glass. You need to start with a squeaky clean glass surface before you begin etching. Was the glass throughly, using a glass cleaner and a lint-free cloth. Microfiber is a good choice. Any lint left behind by paper towels or other clothes could affect the outcome. … Continue reading

Health Benefits of Carrots

When I was a baby I loved carrots. My mom would joke that she gave me carrots to keep my hair red. Apparently my love for carrots is not uncommon. After potatoes, carrots are the most popular type of vegetable. It is said that the average American eats over ten pounds of carrots a year. There are so many carrots to choose from with over 75 species and several colors like purple, white, yellow, red, and of course, orange. The best part is that carrots are so good for you. Health Benefits of Carrots Vision: We have all heard that … Continue reading

Where to Get Free Flowers, Plants and Trees

The secret to a beautifully landscaped yard and garden isn’t necessarily spending a lot of money. In fact, you can have a landscaper’s dream for free. A couple of weeks ago, my family and I attended a yard sale. While we didn’t find anything we wanted to purchase, we did find a very pleasant family who had an absolutely gorgeous yard. There was a bank of different flowers and plants to the left of the garage, and a trellis arch off to the right of the house that led back to a secret garden. Naturally we complimented the homeowner. She … Continue reading

Chubby Babies Don’t Make Desirable Cover Models

In my opinion there’s nothing more delicious than a marshmallow-cheeked baby with Michelin Man arms and chunky monkey thighs. Unfortunately, my penchant for chubby infants is one of the reasons why I would never make it as a magazine editor in Britain. Fortunately, I would rather mother butterball babies than edit photos of them, so I’m not too broken up about my fate. However, there are plenty of parents on both sides of the Atlantic who are irate about re-touched photos of plump tots being featured on the covers of international glossies. According to reports, several British parenting magazines have … Continue reading

Goop Activities for Babies and Toddlers

Just what you need – more mess! However, gooey, goopy crafts serve your toddler wonderfully. They help him develop eye-hand coordination and large and small motor skills. Learning through play is a great way to help your baby, toddler, or preschooler develop these skills. Cornstarch and water is the simplest of goop. It’s also nontoxic, unless there are corn allergies in your family. Start with a bowl of cornstarch. Add water and mix slowly. The recipe is about 1 cup cornstarch to ½ a cup water. This makes a non-Newtonian fluid, which of course is something that you will tell … Continue reading

Winter Itch

If you have dry, itchy skin during the colder months, you’re not alone. Winter itch is a relatively common complaint during the winter. Symptoms of winter itch can include: Itching (“winter itch” isn’t just a clever name) Dryness Flakiness Why is winter such a problem for your skin? This is usually the season for low humidity and low temperatures. The former is a problem because when there’s less moisture in the air, there’s less moisture for your skin to absorb. The latter is a problem because we tend to use the heat when it’s cold. That can suck even more … Continue reading

Home Month in Review: November 2008

Is your home ready for the holidays and winter? Now that November is over, it is time to gear up for the December ahead. Take a look at last months articles and see if there is anything you missed! November 1st Home Blog Month in Review: October As I sit here looking out my window at the backyard, the birds are hovering in the pine tree against a strong wind and steady rain. The temperature is chilly today, and the calendar reminds me that we have left October behind. November 2nd Fall and Holiday Decorating with Nature 2 Isn’t it … Continue reading

Your Skin in Your 60s

It entirely possible to have beautiful skin throughout your life! As you move into your sixties, you have to deal with skin issues that started in earlier decades plus new problems that can crop up. Skin issues you may encounter as you move into your sixties: Dryness. Your skin has a hard time retaining moisture and natural oil production slows down. Dullness. Cell turnover continues to slow — a process that started in your forties. Dark spots. Between the lack of oil, the loss of collagen and elastin, and the dryness, dark spots can really start to stand out. Bone … Continue reading