Use It or Lose It: Health and Beauty Products

Now that we know that cooking from the pantry can save us money, by using up food items that might otherwise expire, we are ahead of the savings game. Let us take the strategy to the next level by discovering other things in our home that we can use to save money. Samples and Individual Sizes Why are you saving up all of those tiny samples of shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, etc? If you are holding them for your next vacation, don’t bother. Most hotels, motels and other places to stay come with their own complementary bottles of the stuff. … Continue reading

Saving Money on Beauty Products

You might think that you have to spend a lot of money to look beautiful, keep away the zits or the wrinkles, get the latest trends in makeup or just looked polished and professional. The truth is that the more you know, the less you have to spend, so you can save a lot on beauty products. Beauty Specialty Stores Beauty speciality stores, such as Ulta, Sephora and Bath and Body Works tend to be very generous with samples. Sometimes you’ll find baskets of freebies there on the counter, other times you may have to ask. Either way, a visit … Continue reading

A Push for Safe Beauty Products

As I’ve warned before, your beauty products may be doing you harm.  Right now, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) doesn’t approve ingredients used in beauty products before they hit the shelves.  Instead, that responsibility of safety falls on the beauty product companies.  Still, there could be lead in your lipstick, lead acetate in your hair dye, and even formaldehyde and 1, 4-dioxane in you baby’s shampoo. But, that may change soon.  The Safe Cosmetics Act was introduced in 2011.  The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics is hoping to convince the House of Representatives to support this bill, which would require … Continue reading

Teen Battles “Sleeping Beauty Syndrome”

Sleep is something that everyone needs a healthy amount of. Parents of young children probably treasure sleep more than anyone else does. Teens tend to sleep a lot, but not as much as a seventeen year old in Pennsylvania. She has been diagnosed with “Sleeping Beauty Syndrome”. Disney made the story of “Sleeping Beauty” well known to many of us when we were children. An angry fairy places a curse on Princess Aurora while she is still a baby. Nothing bad happens until the Princess becomes a teenager. She pricks her finger on a spindle, and this triggers the curse … Continue reading

Safe Beauty During Pregnancy

Before you got pregnant, you may have had a certain routine in place for taking care of your hair and skin. Now that you are pregnant, your hair and skin may be acting differently than usual. Also, many doctors advise their pregnant patients to forego some hair and skin treatments during their pregnancy and while breastfeeding. If you are curious about which beauty treatments are safe during pregnancy and which will have to wait until later, read on. Regular hair cuts, complete with a shampoo and blow dry are just fine. If your hair starts acting oddly after the pregnancy … Continue reading

For the Beauty of the Earth

I love the hymn, “For The Beauty of the Earth“. It has been one of my favorites for a long time. Last night, my little family took a drive up one of the canyons close to our house to look at the fall colors. I am constantly awe struck by the beauty of the mountains where I live. Growing up in TX, we don’t have mountains, and it seems like the fall colors are not as vibrant as the aspen trees against the evergreens in the mountains. They amaze me, and I feel like it takes my breath away. As … Continue reading

Sleeping Beauty: A Strange Fairy Tale

Charles Perrault’s “La Belle au bois dormant” (literal translation “the Beauty sleeping in the wood”) is a bizarre little tale. Some people might find Walt Disney’s adaptation of the story as soporific as the curse upon Aurora, but at least it has narrative consistency. So many of the things that happen in Perrault’s story leave (modern) readers scratching their heads, and that’s on top of the hefty dose of terrible messages for women, something that didn’t come as a surprise after I read the 17th century Frenchman’s take on Cinderella. Up until the point of the teenage princess’ pricking of … Continue reading

Redefining Beauty

Divorce tends to take a heavy toll on your self-esteem. When someone you used to love decides they don’t want to be with you anymore, a myriad of feelings start to weigh down on you.. You feel rejected, inadequate, and alone. You wonder what is wrong with you. You may find yourself looking in the mirror and wondering, “If only I were (blank) maybe he would still be here.” While we know this thinking is not rational, we all find ourselves doing this from time to time. As women we are overly critical of ourselves. We so often fill our … Continue reading

Teaching Beauty

What do you think about when you teach science? Do you think that you’re helping children understand the world, methodically and in a practical fashion, going through the families of plants and the different groups of animals? Is science a way of categorizing the world and helping it make sense? Do you think that you’re helping children change the world, creating science experiments that may lead to solutions to global problems? Are your children going to create cures for diseases and reduce the pollution from vehicles? Is science a way into the minds of the past and the great minds … Continue reading

Christmas Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

You are looking at my daughter’s Christmas tree selection. And no, she is not a direct descendent of Charlie Brown. In fact, her choice in Tannenbaum proves that the apple can in fact fall far, far, far from the tree… Christmas or otherwise. Allow me to draw your attention to Exhibit B. This is a photo of the Christmas tree I selected for our family. You wouldn’t know it by looking at my daughter’s true blue love, but we are one of the 27 million American households that opt to buy a live tree for Christmas. For decades I’ve shunned … Continue reading