Your 30's are the perfect time to build a simple core wardrobe while also experimenting with trend-driven items. ~InStyle

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Water or Coke?

Very interesting. I received this in an e-mail and wanted to share with you all. I know that I tend to take this stuff to heart a lot more now than when I was in my twenties. I still love my cold glass of coke with ice, but I do like to pay attention to how good water is for our bodies. Let's not forget how great water is for our complexion too!

WATER #1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated.. (Likely applies to half the world population)

#2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.

#3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as much as 3%.

#4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.

#5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.

#6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.

#7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.

#8.. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?

COKE #1. In many states the highway patrol carries two gallons of Coke in the trunk to remove blood from the highway after a car accident.

#2. You can put a T-bone steak in a bowl of Coke and it will be gone in two days.

#3. To clean a toilet: Pour a can of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl and let the 'real thing' sit for one hour, then flush clean. The citric acid in Coke removes stains from vitreous china.

#4. To remove rust spots from chrome car bumpers: Rub the bumper with a rumpled-up piece of Reynolds Wrap aluminum foil dipped in Coca-Cola.

#5. To clean corrosion from car battery terminals: Pour a can of Coca-Cola over the terminals to bubble away the corrosion.

#6. To loosen a rusted bolt: Apply a cloth soaked in Coca-Cola to the rusted bolt for several minutes.

#7. To bake a moist ham: Empty a can of Coca-Cola into the baking pan, wrap the ham in aluminum foil, and bake. Thirty minutes before ham is finished, remove the foil, allowing the drippings to mix with the Coke for a sumptuous brown gravy.

#8... To remove grease from clothes: Empty a can of Coke into the load of greasy clothes, add detergent, and run through a regular cycle.. The Coca-Cola will help loosen grease stains. It will also clean road haze from your windshield.

FOR YOUR INFORMATION: #1. the active ingredient in Coke is phosphoric acid. It will dissolve a nail in about four days. Phosphoric acid also leaches calcium from bones and is a major contributor to the rising increase of osteoporosis.

#2. To carry Coca-Cola syrup! (the concentrate) the commercial trucks must use a hazardous Material place cards reserved for highly corrosive materials.

#3. The distributors of Coke have been using it to clean
engines of the trucks for about 20 years!

**I really posted this to keep us all aware of the benefits we reap when taking care of our bodies with something as simple as drinking enough water. This is to not scare you away from coke, as many of us already knew much of this info. regarding coke, but it is a great eye opener to pay attention to what we are putting in our bodies....and how much of something we are putting in our bodies.
I am always saying that "when you look good, you feel good", and a lot of that starts with taking care of our bodies!!!

Feliz Miercoles!!!


Friday, March 26, 2010

Pick of the Week.

OK y'all, I LOVE LOVE this mascara. It is a new found love for me, and my new best friend, thanks to my girls that gave it to me when they were here for their visit. Next to them coming to visit, this was the best present they gave me. The thing I like about this mascara is that it lengthens, and volumizes without clumping, flaking or caking on and it doesn't smudge during the day. The even better part? It is under $10.00! That is just the best thing you have ever heard when you're on the one income, got two kids budget like I am. It ranges in prices depending on where you go, but it starts at about $6.99 and goes to about $7.95. You can however find a duo pack at target for 10.99. This comes in the colors of Very Black, Black, Black Brown and Brown. This mascara is also available in waterproof as well.

Want to go BIG?

Try the Cover Girl Lash Blast Luxe. It is still only about $8.50, again differs in price depending where you buy from, but still under $10.00. Haven't tried myself (yet) but the reviews have been great on this one as well.
This comes in the same 4 colors as above.

**Can't find this mascara in your location? Go here to find, and order, not only this mascara but any other mascara you might be trying to purchase.

Well lovelies, weekend is here and so is a little thought to take along with you....

A key to success: Do what you say you're going to do. In other words, keep your word in the small things you say you are going to do (calling someone, keeping plans you've made, going to the gym at the time you told yourself, taking the kids where you said you would etc.) and it will snowball into you keeping your word with the BiGGer things (finishing that business plan, applying for that higher position, doing what it takes to start or expand your business etc.). By following through with the things we say "we are going to do" it naturally gives us the confidence in ourselves that we are capable of doing greater, and we will somehow achieve it BECAUSE we are doing that in every aspect of our lives.



Tuesday, March 23, 2010

It can be oh so right OR oh so wrong....

With the high waisted bikini that is. This vintage look has come back but, it is definitely a style that one must choose wisely in order to pull it off. I for one like it...certain styles of it that is. I do think it is great for women who might want a little extra coverage and tuck with their tummies, or even for moms that might feel self concious with those stretch marks due to pregnancy. Again, I totally think that it is all about the style you choose with this bikini though. Here are some some styles that I recommend you look for when daring to wear this old, yet new, trend.
photo:My Vintage Vogue

Pistol Panties

Urban Outfitters


Victoria Secret

Diane Von Furstenberg

Someone who wore this style well...Rachel McAdams in the notebook. Who didn't love her in this bikini...who didn't love all of her styles in the movie?


Saturday, March 20, 2010

To Be or Not To Be....

A Warrior?

The 'Warrior' sandal, or as some also call it the 'Gladiator' , has graced us again this year with it's presence in the world of style. It has hung around for the past couple of years now, changing slightly with new styles each season, and thought I'd share some eye candy ....aka 'ideas' with you to get your closets ready for this Spring season that is oh so near. For many of us (warm climate locations) we are already bearing our pretty toes in these lovely sandals....for the rest of you.....get ready!!!

Antik Batik Bongo:polyvore

Farylrobin women's Wakiko sandals:net-a-Porter

Givenchy leather print:net-a-porter

Tommy Hilfiger-beautiful with this nautical rope twisted up:Elle
This is a very soft version of the warrior and I love it.

This is the same sandal as above, wanted to share a closer view of this lovely.

Nine west: joliesdames

Chinese Laundry leather platform gladiator sandals: Victoria's Secret

These are my FAVS!!

The sandal booties have been hot down here in Panama this year and are continuing to make head way everywhere with many different styles. Just saw a pair with a nautical rope intertwined around the bootie yesterday that I am SO wanting.

found here:polyvore

Need some inspiration?

via polyvore

photos via: pictures/vickers/seligman

Remember that yesterday ended last night and today is a brand new day.

Have a good weekend!


Monday, March 15, 2010

Love your body.

So this is the picture that accompanies the slogan "I Love My Body byVictoria.....introducing 3 new bodies to love". This is an add for Victoria's Secret 7 new styles of 3 new bras. While it is actually the bras that they are talking about, 'Body' by Victoria push-up, multi-way (which I love) and racer back, I think that it is rather humerous that there are 3 beautiful, very thin women posing under the slogan "I Love My Body by victoria"....again it is the bra that they are talking about loving. They really are not using these models as examples as the the 3 body types to love (that would be way too funny because they are all the same...SKINNY), and these are the models whom we are used to seeing wearing all of the lovely VS attire and accessories, however when I saw this add waiting for me in my mail box I had to chuckle at it. 'I Love My Body' ... of course you do! Who wouldn't love their body looking like that? Although I have to say that while these women are absolutely beautiful I myself happen to love my hips, my 'softness' (as my husband puts it;) and my curves. While curves have made huge head way, I doubt they will ever really take over the runway. I do agree with this add in the fact that every women really should be able to say "I Love My Body".

Women are so beautiful because we all come in different shapes, sizes, style, race, and cultures and the beauty we exude really does come from the confidence we hold with how we feel about ourselves.

With that being said, happy Monday and may all of you step out feelin' some big love for yourself today.


Tuesday, March 9, 2010

You're only as old as you feel.

My 86 yr.old grandmother is living proof of this statement! While it is actually my mom that has said this statement to me over the past years (when I have teased her about getting older, though she looks younger than her age too) it is my grandma who is constantly fooling people with her age because they simply can not believe that she is 86 yrs. old. This is not entirely due to her looks, although she really does look amazing for her age, but it is really due to her attitude, her out look, and the energy she puts forth EVERY day with getting herself ready, exercising, cooking, doing things around the house etc. She really does get up and do that EVERY day. You will never catch her with out her make up on, and that usually includes her lipstick as well. She is an avid believer in keeping your mind and body busy in order to keep them working and she really does stick to that. In fact just up until a couple years ago she was still mowing her own lawn (and she has a very good size yard-front and back both). She just re-wall papered her bathroom and kitchen (after striping it all herself... yes, I did say wall paper!). I truly believe the reason that my beloved, beautiful grandma is still in such excellent shape is due to her attitude to keep going and not start to lay around and complain about some of the aches and pains she is having. According to her "what good is to complain about all of my aches when they are going to hurt anyway? If I quit moving around and stop staying active, then they are going to stop working"! I admire my grandma so much for the discipline she has kept over the years with her health, and beauty in order to live a nice long life, and to still be enjoying her life now at a much older age. I know the good Lord has had his hand in it mostly, but here are some, really only some of SO MANY, of her secrets which have aided in keeping her looking and feeling younger than she is.

* She has always gotten up and walked three that she is older it is not quit so long but she at least makes sure to stretch her whole body if she does not get out to walk.

* She gets herself ready EVERY morning. This means, some make up, fill the eye brows in, and always put those lips on. She has always told me to never leave the house with out make up on (aka -looking nice) and that she always has more energy when she is wearing some make up, just feels more put together....I agree!

* She eats fish once a week.

* Never misses Church, and that includes during the week. Says her Rosary every morning.

* Has ALWAYS worn nylons to keep her legs looking good and aiding in support with veins...her legs still look so good too. Can't tell you the lectures I have had about wearing hose!!!

* She has, and still, stays out of the sun.

* She has, and still, goes places (movies, plays, vacations etc.) with friends and family.

*She has always choosen to drive herself around, and still does.....takes grat care of her car too.

*She does cross word puzzles EVERY morning (has for years and years) and usually evenings too, "to keep her mind going".

* She has always stuck to Eb5 as her number one face product.

* She takes a bath EVERY night with baking soda to keep her skin smooth with the natural exfoliant.

* She has always kept her diet in moderation, and can tell you when she has had too much salt, chocolate etc.....she knows her body.

*She still, at her age of 86, going on 87 this year, watches her weight.

* She has a beautiful attitude. She is always happy, joking, positive and THANKFUL for the life she has had.

This women has always been so disciplined in every aspect of her life, yet she never looked/looks at it as a chore. She just lives that way, and appreciates a lot. I truly believe that this (along with the Lord's covering) is why she is still in great health, looking good, and full of energy today at 86 yrs. old. She gives many of us in the family desire and motivation to follow that same lifestyle.

Oh, and she just joined a Senior's movie night club!!


Friday, March 5, 2010

Goodbye's are never easy....

I know I have been missing in action lately and that is because we just had 3 of our greatest friends come visit us down here in the lovely Panama. Therefore my computer time was pretty much zero, as I was soaking up all the time I could with our besties! Here they are above! So I thought I would share some pictures of our time with them down here to catch up with you all. From left to right: Brian, Lacey (whom are married) and my girl Heather!

Almost here!!!

They were all so good with our kids, being that the little ones went EVERYWHERE with us all....we don't have much help in the babysitting department.

The girl's took me to a resort for my b-day (the big 30....) and treated me to a spa day and some girl time by the pool....kid free..yay!

This was a great Italian Restaurant we went to...Pomodoro...yummmmmm

Here I am posing with my new cap that my girls got me for my of MANY gifts...they seriously hooked it up from new nail polishes to new VS panties (wohooo) to a new purse, jewelry..I'm tellin' you, I felt truly blessed!

They saw some of the old ruins in Panama Viejo...these are 500 yrs. old.

Got a feel for what it is like to sit in traffic here.

Tried Panamanian style snow cones...Raspao

Some things are definitely super sized here..LOL!!!

Did tons of shopping.

And just blessed us with their company which was long a waited for....

With that being said, it is back into the routine of things and pressing upward and onward! I will be catching up on all of your blogs soon...have missed them.

Hope you all have a good weekend.

All you need is to keep your eyes open,your discernment sharp, and your heart willing, says the Lord.

~Marsha Burns