We all have something other people admire. From kindness, ability to listen and organisational skills to confidence and leadership ability. It’s important for us as women to have aspirations of qualities we want to embody, and skill sets we want to develop. Of course, this is where role models come in.
Since the dawn of celebrity, the media has been fixated on one question: how do the stars look the way they do? At the risk of launching into a rant about unrealistic ideals, the best answer to the question of ‘What Do Hollywood Stars Really Eat?’ is quite simply: food. Of course, to be healthy, you must have a healthy lifestyle, but it’s not all celery and skim milk.
After a little one – or two or three – and you’re back at work, life can be one big balancing act. Being a working mom is sometimes a personal choice, sometimes a financial one, sometimes it’s about being stimulated and having an identity outside the home. Whatever the reason, it can be tough for mommies whatever their role. Here are a few tips to relax and unwind from our multifaceted lives.
Being low in a particular vitamin can actually be fairly serious. If you’re low in Vitamin D, you’re much more prone to getting sick or picking up infections, you’re likely to feel fatigued and tired all the time and are much more susceptible to depression. Other symptoms are bone, back and muscle pain, wounds that are slow to heal, increased blood pressure and hair loss. There is also some evidence that it can be linked to weight gain and even obesity too. If you have darker skin and are over 50, evidence suggests you can be much more prone to having a vitamin D deficiency.
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, and whether you’re a romantic or a cynic, who doesn’t enjoy cuddling up on the couch in front of a great movie? Grab the chocolate and the wine with your S.O., mom, dad, best friend, dog or whomever else you’re spending Valentine’s with, and enjoy one of these great movies. This is Ellis James Designs’ definitive list of the best movies for the most passionate of days.
One of the most important things you can do to enhance your face and smile is taking care of your teeth. There’re so many different products on the market and tips and tricks, but most key is actually just making sure you brush your teeth twice a day with a good toothpaste and toothbrush; making sure you also change your toothbrush every three months. Flossing can also seem like a real pain and sometimes a little uncomfortable, but it does pay off by keeping the hard to reach places between your teeth clean and helping to stop the build-up of unsightly plaque. If you struggle with flossing, you could try floss picks – the picks essentially hold the floss for you and make it really convenient as you only have to use one hand.
They say you are what you eat, and beauty experts and nutritionists agree that taking care of your skin from the inside is just as important as taking care of it from the outside. There’s only so much you can do with lotions and potions, your skin also needs to be given all the right nutrients, vitamins and minerals to stay in amazing condition and fight the aging process. The wrong foods can contribute to water retention, swelling, redness, acne and wrinkles, but a skin friendly diet helps to plump, hydrate and firm your skin.
Beauty has become fairly high tech these days, with very complex compounds, scientific sounding names and price tags to match! There are some amazing products out there, but understandably some of us want to keep things natural and chemical free. There’s also a growing trend for synthetic fragrance, paraben and sodium laurel sulfate free lotions and potions.
Making yourself exercise in winter can be tough going. If you’re in a regular routine and tend to be a bit of a gym bunny, the colder weather and darker nights might not seem quite as intimating. If like most of us you start to find it harder and harder to keep yourself on track, here are a few tips to keep your activity and motivation levels up.
Buying gifts for ladies in your life, whether you are male or female, can be a minefield. It’s mainly affected by how well you know that person and your relationship with them, as well as their likes and dislikes. Here are a few simple gift tips to help steer you in the right direction, keep everyone smiling on Christmas day and earn you extra brownie points.