Feb 282015
 

downloadOne of the most crucial features of every woman is her hair. Keeping your hair constantly healthy and beautiful requires undertaking numerous treatments and procedures, which might seem easier than it really is. For example, every season influences our hair differently and we need to make the treatment appropriate to it.

During the long and cold winter, our hair becomes dry and cracked, which is why intensive moisturizing and hydrating products are highly recommended. However, they are not adequate for your spring hair as well, which is why they need to be replaced.

Here are some amazing treatments that will make your spring hair simply gorgeous.

Trim your hair

No matter how long your hair is, its health is the number one priority. This is the main reason why you should start the spring season with having your hair trimmed. If you are reading this and thinking that you don’t need to have your hair cut, you are terribly wrong. After the winter, the ends of your hair become split and dry, which could cause numerous problems.

Trimmed hair is healthier and looks more beautiful. However, if you have long and smooth hair, don’t despair. You don’t have to get some large cuts; only dry ends need to be eliminated. Once you do that, you hair will be renewed and stronger.

Bright highlights

As spring and the summer approach, you may need to change your hair color. Women usually choose darker colors for the winter and brighter ones for the spring.

One of the most gorgeous ideas to brighten your hair is to get highlights. For achieving a natural, sun-kissed effect, you should contact an experienced hairstylist. The most important thing you need to remember is that the highlights mustn’t be more than two shades brighter than the base. Huge contrasts aren’t appropriate for creating a natural look.images Continue reading »

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.

Feb 252015
 

images (1)There are many perks to having your own business, especially if you are able to run it from home. However, even though it sounds inviting to just open a business; it does have its downsides too. But if you manage to run a successful business and if you find the perfect balance of work and home activities, then you can reap the full benefits of a home-based business.

Moreover, if you are looking for a more balanced life, and to spend more time with your family, a home-based business might be the right answer for you.

Working for yourself

Being self-employed sounds great, especially if you plan ahead properly and if you take all the necessary steps to make your dream become a reality. Being your own boss is beneficial because you can regulate your own expenses, and your income too; and most importantly you have all the creative freedom, as you will not have to clash with your boss over simple things.

But, just because you do not have a boss to answer too, it does not mean that you should not focus on building up your business to become more successful.

Maximum flexibility

The best thing about being self-employed is that you can set your own schedule, and that you can have a flexible working week, but be careful not to get too carried away. You should however, make a clear distinction between working and spending time with your family, and sometimes this will be hard as you are separated only by a thin wall. Continue reading »

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.

Feb 242015
 

Cracks in the walls, faulty electrical installations, clogged drainage. Those are just some of the things probably no homeowner in the world likes to even think about, not to mention having to fix. That of course does not mean you should just look the other way and pretend everything is ok. Proper and regular house maintenance can make your life much easier (and safer, for that matter), but things sometimes just get out of hand, even if you give your best to keep the house in order every day. There are factors that simply cannot be bypassed, for example living in an old house or the influence of climatic conditions. If you are long overdue for a complete house renovation, here are several things you should consider before you start with the project.

Finances
First things first: the budget.  Careful planning of finances can never be overestimated. You will need to outline every single item in the expenditure list, so think it over thoroughly and try to include everything. The last thing you want to happen is to run out of funds in the midst of project, with half your house torn down. Check your finances and evaluate how much money you will be able to spend on the project.

Planning
When you have decided how much money is available for the project, you will need to construct a work plan. This includes many things, like choosing which company to hire, what style do you want your new house to be like, how long will it take to complete the project and where will you reside until the project is done (will you stay at home or rent a hotel if the house will be full of dust and debris for a while). Continue reading »

About

John Stone is a home improvement enthusiast with a keen interest in all things DIY, home design and latest developments in technology. He is also an avid Formula 1 fan who tries to enjoy life to the fullest.

Feb 232015
 

Most people want a brighter smile. However, with so many options available, it can be difficult to decide which form of teeth-whitening is best for you. Your options include using an over-the-counter product like you see in commercials, or having a dentist professionally whiten your teeth. Which is the better choice?

Teeth Whitening

Safety

Incorrect use of over-the-counter whitening products has been demonstrated to lead to pain along the gum line and sensitivity in the teeth. By using professionally-prescribed trays, you can minimize this risk since those products reduce the amount of bleach that contacts your gums. Similarly, your gums are protected during in-office treatments via a gel or rubber shield.

Speed

In-office treatments provide the fastest results. Results can be seen in just one treatment of an hour or less.

Other treatments take significantly longer. It’ll take you up to 12 weeks to see results with a whitening rinse. Over-the-counter gels and strips operate quicker, but still take a few days to provide initial results and the latter must be worn for two weeks. Tray-based whiteners must also be worn for a couple of hours per day, or even every night for up to four or more weeks. Continue reading »

About

I am blogger and passionate about writing on various topics like technology, Home improvement, automotive and health. My main aim is to provide useful information to reader.

Feb 232015
 

Making new friends…do you find that easy to do? Do you stay in touch with many old friends, or just a few?   (sorry about the rhyming.)

If you’ve moved across the country, changed jobs, divorced or undergone any major life change, finding new friends—and keeping the old—can be a challenge. When we’re younger, there seem to be so many opportunities to meet others who share our interests. But it can get a lot tougher as we age.

I remember years ago working with a person who said, “I have enough friends. I don’t need any more.” This person was probably 40. I was so taken aback by that statement; I couldn’t imagine not wanting to add new friends to my life.

PICT2068I’ve been fortunate in that even though I did move to a new part of the country, I have made a few very precious new friends. And just as satisfying is keeping friendships alive that I had at my previous address. In fact, there are a few friends I’ve not seen since I was a child.

What is it that makes one friendship stick, while another fades away?

For me, changing my life taught me many things about friendships. One big lesson was how much I value people who are giving, caring, and interested in others. They’re the ones you can count on when things are bleak. They’re not just your pals when you have a great job, live in a cool city, or have good connections. They’re the ones who will sit with you when you cry about a lost love, rage over an unfair boss, or worry over an aging parent.

And when you have a friend like that, you for sure want him or her in your life always. Continue reading »

About Laura

Laura is a long-time professional writer and creator of www.RockTheWrinkle.com, a blog for boomers all about starting over, recharging, and celebrating the wisdom that comes with the wrinkles. She's proud of hers!

Feb 222015
 

Guest Author: Dr. Carmen Catizone

8x10pressready-NOborderIn a perfect world, 100% of Internet pharmacies would be operated by licensed pharmacists who adhere to state and federal pharmacy laws. In reality, nearly 97% of more than 10,900 online pharmacies that the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy® (NABP®) has evaluated appear to be operating in conflict with United States pharmacy laws and patient safety standards. It is important to be cautious when choosing an online pharmacy; if you do not see the warning signs you could end up shopping on a rogue pharmacy website.

How Do You Spot a Rogue Online Pharmacy?

For starters, if the Internet pharmacy does not require a prescription, it means that they are not adhering to state and federal pharmacy laws. Obtaining prescription medication without a prescription is dangerous. Prescription drugs are prescribed based on a doctor’s examination and are meant to treat a specific individual’s condition. What works for one person may not work for another. A lot goes into prescribing a medication; your age, physical symptoms, medical history, allergies, and other medications that you are taking are factored into the decision. Simply going to a website and self-prescribing a medication can lead to serious health consequences, including illness, permanent injury, or death.

Some rogue online pharmacies ask for a prescription based on an online questionnaire and this is just as dangerous as no prescription at all because the prescription is not based on a doctor’s evaluation of your health. Another warning sign is an online pharmacy that does not have a phone number or street address posted. You should have a way to contact a licensed pharmacist with any questions that you may have, and you need to be able to verify that the pharmacy is located in the country in which you reside. Email-only contact information is not a substitute for a phone number, you could be corresponding with an unlicensed person anywhere in the world.

If you have to sign a waiver to obtain medication, it is a sure sign that you are shopping on a rogue online pharmacy. Signing away your rights should not be part of the medication purchasing process. Why would an online pharmacy need you to sign a waiver? Some rogue Internet pharmacies have been found to sell counterfeit medications with dangerous filler ingredients such as rat poison and drywall. Other sites sell medications that are manufactured in unsanitary environments or are painted with chemicals like printer toner to resemble the color of legitimate medications. Still, other websites sell counterfeit medications with too much, too little, or no medication at all. This puts you at risk for becoming ill from the medication or leaving your condition untreated. Continue reading »

Feb 192015
 

In the e-book “Better With Age”, retired attorney-turned author John Lefevere spins a tale of a technologically deficient baby boomer fearful of losing his executive position in an upcoming merger.  He decides to turn the tables on the younger executives who want him out, and begins secretly educating himself on everything from smartphones to sending tweets and beyond.

What happens next?

Scandal, death, and vindication…just another day in the corporate world! But it brings up an interesting question for anyone of boomer age and beyond:

wi9yf7kTQxCNeY72cCY6_Images of Jenny Lace Plasticity Publish (4 of 25)What do we do when everyone around us seems to be light years ahead in technology—and we need to catch up fast?

Can it be done, especially if we were never tech-savvy to begin with?

Lefevere gives his motivation behind the writing of Better With Age:  “The impact of losing a job when you are most vulnerable, such as five to ten years from retirement, when you have financial responsibilities can be devastating, particularly if you are in the ‘sandwich’ situation:  supporting children/grandchildren and also your parents.  The threat of losing the job can be just as stressful, and possibly more so….If you’re not up-to-date digitally, these stresses can increase even more.”

Personally, I know I’ve taken some steps in the right direction, but I also know I’m a dinosaur in many areas. (I can hear a niece and nephew laughing.) I try to keep up with what I need to know in my profession, but often hear new terms and lingo and wonder what the heck is that, and do I really need to know?

But often, the answer is yes. I do need to know. I need to do some research, read an industry publication, and/or call on someone a lot smarter than me and get the dirt. I owe that to those I do business with. And I don’t want to be left behind. Continue reading »

About Laura

Laura is a long-time professional writer and creator of www.RockTheWrinkle.com, a blog for boomers all about starting over, recharging, and celebrating the wisdom that comes with the wrinkles. She's proud of hers!

Feb 182015
 

imagesSadly, our neighbors at home had to cut the wilting shrubs that once provided a thick curtain of privacy for both of us. Quite frankly, this created some Big Brother uneasiness when roaming around the garden freely. Luckily, our research has unveiled plenty of natural and man-made options by which we could obtain backyard privacy. Sometimes you just need to isolate a bit from the prying eyes for a peaceful afternoon in the shade. We opted for a combo of fences and plants, and here is a top selection of methods that may come in handy if you’re facing a similar problem.

Hedges and plant layering

In case your fence is not the best looking one, you may want to give the classic hedge a go. Diversity in available hedges can neatly accommodate the conditions of your region. Involve various shrub types to make your hedges less uniform, or you may want to trim the hedges regularly for the neat, geometric look. Ensure a wider bottom for many years of pleasant outlook. To give your backyard space a more colorful appearance and to create a mini botanical garden, choose among the numerous available evergreen and deciduous plants (bamboo!). AN uneven number of plants will provide a truly special effect. Place the taller evergreens in the back, and decorate the foreground with blooming kinds.

50 shades of privacy: walls, fences and lattices

A quick solution may be needed if you’ve just finished a new pool or playground, and that solution can be a versatile tongue and grove wall. You can put walls only in strategic spots, but not before consulting on local building restrictions. Lattices can provide less coverage but more light and style then a wall. When it comes to fences, we take you on a paparazzi tour to the famous Ivy restaurant in Hollywood. Its signature sign is a precisely medium height wooden fence protecting the stars’ privacy. Painted white and distressed, it has a distinct countryside charm. Whatever choice you make, be sure to address the space issue if you have a moderately sized backyard. Continue reading »

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.

Feb 172015
 

Swimming pool landscaping is not a difficult task when you know the basics that people should keep in mind while designing. Here are some important tips that will help you to design it in a better way.

Planning your design
First of all, you need to start collecting ideas for your pool landscaping, and take note of the colors, textures & patterns of curves, straight lines, and other significant areas of your house and garden structure. When you keep all of these things in mind and then do your pool landscaping, then you will get an organized design and you will not have the feel of some odd pattern that is just not matching with the look and feel of your house.

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Pool plant choices
Planting will help you to soften the lines of your swimming pool, and it helps the pool landscape area to match with the house landscape. You can opt for broad-leafed evergreens, ground covers and ornamental grasses that require low maintenance. Make sure to get trees on the south side of the pool blocking the sun rays in the colder days while providing shade in the hot summer days. Avoid deciduous trees as they bear fruit, attract bees, have prickles, or develop invasive root systems that also have a potential to damage the pool landscaping.

Fences for privacy and safety
If you have pets and small children’s in your house, then fences are necessary for their safety. It will also help you to lock up the entire pool area for much needed privacy, and this could also save lives. A full privacy fence is six feet high with boards arranged in an overlapping shadow box. If you prefer air passage and light, then you can opt for a lattice or basket weave fence. Continue reading »

Feb 162015
 

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Rent Free Living for the Right Boomer

Make my family’s long-overdue Valentine’s wish come true as, sadly our beloved pet lover, passed away leaving us to find a superlative caretaker for his beloved kitties. These cuties are sweet, young-in-spirit, healthy, and up to date on all their medical care. We cover every cat-related expense (i.e., food, litter, and veterinary) since we seek a sincere and profound love of these cats coupled with a conscientious character as a quiet, vegetarian lifestyle would make for the best match.

Their lucky guardian would live rent free, paying only a nominal fee for internet or cable services. The ideal candidate would genuinely cherish being with these endearing felines, feeding them on a regular schedule, doting on and playing with them, demonstrating diligence in their care and overall good judgment. Continue reading »

About David Desautel

The owner and operator of The Boomer Blogs, a retired computer professional living in Sequim, WA, a Vietnam veteran, a life-long Elvis Presley fan, and co-owner (with my wife Malen) of a great online business site selling new & used treasures - your 24/7 garage sale destination! http://dm-treasures.biz

Feb 142015
 

To be able to avoid leaky toilet problems, it would be useful to know what causes them. Here I am going to reveal some of the common causes of a leaky toilet so that you can react before the problems occur and save yourself the inconvenience of cleaning and wiping your floor over and over. Don’t create more work for yourself in the form of cleaning, mopping, and floor restoration, and don’t incur unnecessary expenses. Instead, be proactive before problems appear and call a professional plumber.

One of the reasons for leaks may be worn out bolts or washers. The tank is attached to the bowl through two large bolts and a three-inch gasket. If any of them are not tightly fixed, this will results in water leaks on your bathroom floor.

Another thing you should check is the condition of the tank-bowl gasket. Together with the washers, two large bolts and nuts, it holds the bowl attached to the tank. If the three-inch gasket or bolts corrode as a result of aging or chemical accumulation, this may lead to a leaky toilet

One of the most common problems that occurs and causers a leaky toilet is corrosion. It can be found everywhere in your toilet assembly and pipes. The reason for corrosion may be adulterants in the water, chemical reactions, aging, or a combination of these. Corrosion has a damaging effect to your pipes and plumbing fixtures because it usually happens inside them. The solution here is replacing the corroded items with new ones.

Another reason for leaks in the toilet can be rusty pipes. Rust appears as a result of corrosion and can be found only in the metallic parts of the toilet assembly. Many of the parts of the toilet are constantly underwater, and that’s why rust is such a common cause of a leaky toilets. Continue reading »

About Patricia Cornwell

Patricia is a passionate freelance blogger who loves to contribute to many and different communities.

Feb 132015
 

The sun isn’t just hard on your skin. Over time it can wear out your roof as well. The hot sun shining down on your asphalt shingles can cause them to expand. When the temperature drops the shingles contract. This constant fluctuation of temperatures will eventually wear down your roof until it needs to be replaced. How long your roof will last will depend on a number of factors, but one thing is for sure: an asphalt shingle roof won’t last as long as most other roofing materials. Despite this, asphalt shingles remain a popular choice because they’re the easiest to install and one of the least expensive.

If you’re like most people, you have an asphalt shingle roof because you’ve always had one. If the time has come again for a new roof and you’re interested in one that you won’t need to replace in your lifetime, consider a cement tile roof.

Why cement tiles?

There are a number of reasons to invest in a cement tile roof. Of course one of the most obvious reasons is their durability. A cement tile roof that is well maintained can last three times as long as an asphalt shingle roof. Cement tiles aren’t susceptible to the heat, cold, rain, and snow like asphalt shingles are. Unlike asphalt shingles which can blow away on a very windy day, cement tiles can withstand winds of up to 170 miles per hour. Continue reading »

Feb 122015
 

It is said that more than a half of the human body, about 57 per cent, consists of water. And normally, people drink about half a gallon of water each day. However, many people do not know that the quality of the water they drink should be as high as possible for the body to function properly and for a long time. It is only with clean and fresh water that people can live a healthy life.

People tend to believe that potable water is safer than tap water. Well, they aren’t completely right nor wrong here. Potable water can be of higher quality than tap water, but it also has its downsides. For instance, it contains different minerals which can give rise to issues with kidneys and the bladder. It is true to say that a human body does absorb minerals, but only to a certain extent. When the limit has been reached, this can do more harm than good.

In order to avoid this, you’ll be best advised to avoid drinking water straight from the tap and consider some other options instead. Even if we are not talking about overpriced bottled water, the options are still numerous: there are filters which can be installed on the main water valve in your house, thus controlling the entire plumbing system (including the kitchen and bathroom), whereas others can be installed on individual taps from which you usually drink water. Taking a look at different types of filters can help you make the right choice.

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Carbon Block Filters

Using carbon filters will not only decrease the amount of contaminants in water, but also save you money, because this type of filtration is currently the most affordable on the market. Based on the type (and price, naturally), they remove bacteria, chemicals, heavy metals and filth from water, using gravity and a pulverised activated carbon, thus producing truly clean and healthy water.

Reverse Osmosis Filters

Reverse osmosis filters are the water purification systems which keep contaminants inside the semi-permeable membrane. In a recent conversation with highly-rated suppliers of reverse osmosis filtration systems, I discovered that these devices are best for removing fluoride from the water, which, according to some research, may be carcinogenic. Since these filters consume a lot of water, it is sensible to use them only for drinking water and in food preparation.

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Mechanical Filters

These filters employ a combination of different mechanisms, but can also be used as standalone devices, as can the ceramic ones. They are based on the principle of removing chemical waste from the water by keeping contaminants such as different sediments or cysts (not chemical contaminants, mind you!) from passing through the filter holes. Bearing this in mind, it is best not to use them on the main water line. Continue reading »

About Lillian Connors

Lillian Connors is an avid blogger and home improvement enthusiast keen on doing various DIY projects in and around her house and passionately writing about them. She is also an online marketing consultant, closely cooperating with numerous businesses from all over the globe.

Feb 112015
 

image 2Have you realized that summer is less than 6 months away, and you are still having trouble with that holiday weight you have gained? At this point, it is difficult to get off the chair and walk to the kitchen to get a glass of water, and that has to change! Stop procrastinating, making plans for tomorrow or next week, do not wait for Monday to make things happen. Jump off of the couch and say I can do it, because after a good exercise, you will not only look better, but feel better. If you have not trained for some time now, and need a few guidelines for starting again, we have some advice from top experts and personal trainers to help you get started and make the most out of a workout.

It Is All About Consistency

If you want to see results from your workout, you will have to do it regularly. Some of the top trainers say that it would be the best if you could do it three times a week, because that would not be too much nor too little. However, when it comes to running, it might be good to find time for it every day, and make it a regular morning or evening routine. Also, do not try to be the fastest one in the park – pick your own pace and stick to it. It will be much more effective if you train like that every day than to go over the top the first day and than lack the strength to do it the next day as well.image 4 Continue reading »

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.

Feb 092015
 

So, you are looking for a way to kick start your business again? Or you are at the very first step on the stairway to success? Either way, you will need help on how to make this road easier and endurable. The rule is simple, be unique. Feel free to read on, and get some tips on how not to be just one in the crowd.

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Goal

Keep in mind the goals you wish to achieve, and make sure it is realistic. If you set your goals too high, you may not achieve them, and you may end up being disappointed. Set goals that will keep you going forward, and never be satisfied with where you are at. This is a mistake a lot of people are making, so try to avoid it. If you are satisfied with your situation, that is where you will stay, and yet you can always achieve more.

Path

There is no easy way or any shortcuts to success, you can be sure of that. Many people think that an excellent idea is all that is needed to climb the ladder of success. The truth is that, although the idea is essential, what is most important is to keep going. Even if you are the owner of a company that is at the brink of doom, if you keep the faith it will give you a reputation of someone who never quits. There are not many people who do this. Continue reading »

About Dan Radak

Dan Radak is a web hosting security professional with ten years of experience. He currently works with a number of companies in the field of online security, closely collaborating with a couple of e-commerce companies. He is also a coauthor on several technology websites.

Feb 062015
 

Eye Laser SurgeryThe “silent thief of sight” as glaucoma is often referred to has been a topic of much medical research. The reason this eye condition is called this is because it can cause irreparable harm to the eye and eventually cause vision loss. The disease itself is stealthy in more ways than one.

Researchers today still do not know what, in most cases, causes glaucoma despite the fact that it has been around since antiquity.

Even though there are treatments to delay vision loss these days, glaucoma is still a leading cause of blindness all over the world, and there is no cure.

What is glaucoma?

“Glaucoma is a group of diseases that damage the optic nerve, a cable at the back of each eye that connects it to the brain”, medical experts explain. More than 60 million people worldwide are affected by it.

Open-angle glaucoma is the most common form and the most mysterious form of the disease, but there are many other forms as well.

Is there any progress in solving this mystery?

Unfortunately, primary open-angle glaucoma remains a black box. However, researchers are doing their best to investigate the underlying causes, hoping the discovery of a cause will lead to new, more effective treatments. Hopefully, if all the research goes well there may be even preventive therapies for glaucoma.

Glaucoma is linked to an increase in eye pressure, or intraocular pressure. When combined with other factors the unique anatomy of the eye can cause a rise in eye pressure. This can also cause some types of glaucoma.

Open-angle glaucoma is more common than angle-closure glaucoma, and with it there are no clear signs of blockage within the eye’s drainage system, and it also takes a more gradual course.

Yet, what has been concluded from the extensive research is that 50 to 80 percent of people with open-angle glaucoma have eye pressure that is higher than average. But many people never develop glaucoma even though they have high eye pressure.

Besides high eye pressure, there are other risk factors for open-angle glaucoma. These may provide some clues about what causes glaucoma. For instance, age is a clear risk factor. Even though rare among Americans under age 50, open-angle glaucoma affects nearly eight percent of Americans over 80.

Our genetic heritage plays a huge role in our (not) getting glaucoma.

Compared to whites, open-angle glaucoma is about five times more common among Mexican Americans and African Americans. It also has a more rapid course in African Americans. Family history also has a strong influence. A person is much more likely (even 10 times more) to get glaucoma if an identical twin has it, or even a sibling or a parent.

Research managed to establish that, when it comes to open-angle glaucoma, it can be passed from parent to child due to defects within a single gene.  Even before age 50, having such a gene defect is said to be able to cause early onset glaucoma.

Because of the research, and resulting discoveries, people with early-onset glaucoma can now be helped to determine the risk that their children will inherit the disease through series of genetic tests.

Unfortunately, it is not common for primary open-angle glaucoma to be traced to a single cause. In the vast majority of cases, and varying from person to person, the risk of the disease can be influenced by many small genetic differences.

Alone, a single gene probably has a small impact on glaucoma risk because it is established that they only “react” when a bunch of them are “attacking” together.

Marijuana as a cure for glaucoma?

Marijuana is absolutely not a cure for glaucoma, neither are other cannabis products.

What’s worse, all of those trying to cure glaucoma with weed instead of prescribed glaucoma medication should know that they’re wasting precious time. Not only will they continue to lose vision, but the loss will be irreversible. Instead, opting for the right glaucoma treatment is the best thing a patient can do for themselves.

For anyone with the disease it’s best to consult with a doctor about the medication they should be taking, and forget about alternative medicine as a cure for their problem.

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.

Feb 032015
 

boat-deck-freedom-2419If by any chance you are fortunate enough to possess a boat, it is highly recommended to put it to good use, and to travel as much as you can with it. One of the sail-able wonders of the world is definitely the “Land down under”. With its everlasting summer, mild winters, and warm springs, Australia is perfect for visiting during the whole year, and because it is surrounded by ocean, it is good advice to experience the entire continent by sailing around it. Here are a few destinations which are suitable for visiting, and information on how to reach them. Set sails! 

Sydney Harbor

As you approach the biggest harbor in this part of the world, the great white and well-known sails of the Opera house will greet you on your approach. Seeing its roof from the land is one thing, but to set your gaze upon it from the sea, is another thing completely. In addition, if you are lucky enough to have a custom boat built, that will only add to the pleasure. You can also anchor your ship in the Harbor, and take a stroll on the docks at sunset.

Great Sandy Strait

Located between Fraser Island and Queensland, the Great Sandy Strait is the biggest sand island in the world, and recently it has been declared a biosphere, which means it has an immersive ecosystem, and it would be a shame if you miss out on it. One of its trademarks are herds of wild horses, or “brumbies” as they are called in Australia, which roam freely on this islands, similar to the mustangs of North America. Continue reading »

About Kate Flannery

Aesthetics hounds and wave enthusiast.

Feb 032015
 

Guest Author:  David Bernstein, MD

David Bernstein, MDI am a baby boomer and a geriatric physician practicing in Florida for over thirty years. During that time I’ve had the good fortune of having patients who live long lives, enjoying good health and happiness. During office visits under stable conditions, I have had the opportunity to ask them about the secret to their longevity. As I’ve listened to thousands of patients over the years, I have observed five things that were consistent in individuals who live long, full and happy lives. I’ve developed an acronym — GRACE — to help me remember and share my knowledge of these five traits.

Goals: having a vision, having a plan or purpose, or having something to live for is a consistent attribute among patients who lived into their 80s and 90s. What’s even more interesting, a sense of purpose also followed them from their working or child-rearing years into their retirement.

Roots or having good DNA: I’ve observed that this is the strongest attribute, and it is unalterable. In other words, fortunately or unfortunately, you can’t exchange your generic coding halfway through life.

Attitude and Adventurousness: these are attributes that give people a certain spirit in life, which translates into a positive attitude and optimism that allows them to see life in a very positive way.

Companionship and Connections: having an intimate relationship with a loved one and/or close relationships with family and friends. They stress the importance of developing a tight-knit group that can function as a support system of people who care for one another. Connections comprise families, friends, colleagues at work, members of churches and synagogues, as well as an extended support system. Continue reading »

Jan 302015
 

imagesIf you feel vibrations of unrest in your home, if you often feel tired and cannot seem to get moving and and start a more active life, then the energy in your house is probably cluttered and it needs liberation. Bringing your life and home into a state of harmony will require adhering to the system of Chinese philosophy which says that the inner peace of a human should be balanced with the surrounding environment, with the places we work and live in. The words feng shui mean “wind-water” in English, and come from the book Classic of Burial, explaining that feng shui or physiognomy is one of the five arts of Chinese Metaphysics, and its practice involves the combination of qi or “invisible forces” which bind the universe, the Earth and humanity into one whole, with architecture and style of living. Speaking to feng shui experts, we have come up with a list of things you can do to change the qi in your home.

Cleaning up

This is one of the basic principles of feng shui. Go around the house and toss out 27 things you do not need. Do this quickly to make room for changes and good things that should enter your life. Clean up the attic and basement from unnecessary things so that you are not surrounded by the weight of bad energy which can flow freely. Replace all dysfunctional things in the house, such as burned out light bulbs, in order to recharge the energy. Remove brooms and cleaning supplies from the pantry to symbolically reconnect with your health. If you have a clutter issue, clear out the kitchen junk drawer as well as your craft room and the hall closet. Keep the kitchen clean to attract wealth. And always take out trash through the back or garage door, because front the door is reserved for abundance and wealth to enter.

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About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.

Jan 272015
 

Valentines cards, candy, and gifts are already in the stores, which is no surprise. Little red hearts and cute stuffed animals can make the most rational adult go screaming into the night if you don’t want to think about your romantic life (or lack of it).

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As boomers and those with more years to our credit, we’ve been through this enough to ignore it if we choose. But one thing is worth paying attention to: how genuinely good it is for our health to touch one another, be affectionate, and have close relationships.

(Whether that relationship is with another human, an animal, or your leaf blower is up to you.)

Research is all over this. Holding hands reduces stress and pain, and the effects can last throughout the day. Being around people you care for causes you to experience a rise in “feel good” hormones like dopamine, which give us focus, energy, and optimism.

Companionship and affection can even help protect you from dementia, by helping build up our reserve of healthy brain cells, among other benefits.

Studies show that having a group of friends can help you live a longer and healthier life, especially when those friends are a mix of ages. I’ve always believed everyone should have at least one good friend over 80. You will learn more about patience and perspective than you ever thought possible.

Being social can boost your immune system. Friends lessen grief, enrich your life and improve your health. Friends can help you achieve your weight loss and fitness goals (unless they feel the need to share a 10-pound bag of M&Ms with you). Continue reading »

About Laura

Laura is a long-time professional writer and creator of www.RockTheWrinkle.com, a blog for boomers all about starting over, recharging, and celebrating the wisdom that comes with the wrinkles. She's proud of hers!

Jan 262015
 

http://www.shmirshky.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Ellen_Dolgen_Menopause_Monday.jpgBefore I tell you all about this fabulous new eBook I’m releasing -for FREE- I want to take a moment to reflect on what the Menopause Mondays blog, and all my work in educating women and men on perimenopause and menopause, has meant to me, and to thank YOU for everything you’ve given me.

As I walked down the stairs to my computer this morning, I began reminiscing about these past years of writing and blogging about perimenopause and menopause.

My morning usually begins at 7AM.  I love the quiet of the house and the sunlight peaking in as I raise the blinds. I yearn for my morning coffee, but these days it is a few steps behind my probiotic (who knew we need to balance the good and bad bacteria?!!) and a large glass of ice water.

I try to do my morning 20-minute meditation, but frankly my need to check my emails resulting from my weekly blog posts usually wins out.  What if someone is suffering in another time zone? I don’t want them to wait too long to get support.  I remember how alone I felt when my perimenopausal symptoms were running my life. More like ruining my life.

Some of the emails contain just one line: “Help, I am depressed!” or “I can’t sleep anymore. Am I in perimenopause?” Others are very long journals of very trying, difficult emotional highs and lows, severe depression, insomnia, or shockingly severe issues with sex and libido that are causing marriages to fall apart. Continue reading »

Jan 252015
 

Are you still torturing yourself with uncomfortable shoes?

I’m not just saying this to women, but men as well. Seems many of us are still doing this, though you’d think by now we would know better.

I am a card-carrying member of the plantar fasciitis club, so my days of sexy shoes are over, unless they can handle orthotics. It’s always such fun to try on shoes in a store and have to pull out the footbed that comes with the shoe, whip out my orthotics, and see if I then can get my feet in them. Thank God these days you can actually find attractive shoes that can handle the challenge.

But all those thin, crazy shoes that put women’s feet in a vertical position?

Not no way, not no how. And why would I, even if I could?

Turns out, not surprisingly, foot pain and disorders are some of the most common ailments of people over 50. Maybe it’s because some have worn painful shoes their whole lives. Maybe it’s that their shoes don’t fit (podiatrists say this is much more common than you would think).

Maybe some people just think they have to live with pain because they are over 50, 60, 70….etc.

 Pshaw!

Consider the foot. 26 bones. 33 joints. More than 120 muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves. Your feet get you going. Absorb the shock of hitting the ground with each step. Give you balance.  Let you dance, kick a ball, pick up marbles when you’re bored, stroke a cat’s fur.  Feel the warmth of sand on a relaxing beach. And for me maybe most importantly, let me hike all over beautiful mountain and desert trails.

IMG_0130So why don’t we take better care of them?

I almost can’t look at photos of women wearing the vertical stilettos…it makes my own feet hurt. I sincerely wish more women in the public eye would just go ahead and say, “Look, most women’s shoes are ridiculous. Let’s all admit that, wear something that doesn’t destroy our feet, and move on to what’s really important, like lunch.”   I don’t think that’s going to happen.

Instead, some women just insist on continuing the fantasy. More power to you, but just have the facts. WebMD lists the consequences of wearing these torture devices: knots on the back of the heel, blisters, swelling, bursitis, hairline fractures and more. Even ballet flats can be bad, as they provide no arch support and can lead to knee, hip, and back problems. Continue reading »

About Laura

Laura is a long-time professional writer and creator of www.RockTheWrinkle.com, a blog for boomers all about starting over, recharging, and celebrating the wisdom that comes with the wrinkles. She's proud of hers!

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Jan 242015
 

Trillium_Poncho_cat_dogThe number one reason for not having a cat or a dog as your pet is the fact that they shed their fur and that it is very likely that you will be having a lot of unwanted hairs all over your apartment. Some may think that there are different times of the year when pets shed the most of their fur, but the sad truth is that they do it throughout the entire year, regardless of the season. This means that cat or dog hair on your coat, shirt, or jeans is an accessory that you will be wearing all the time, unless you do something about it. Here are some of the things you can do to remove pet hair.

Proper Cleaning Products and Gear

While vacuuming may seem like a good first aid when you see your apartment covered with your pet’s hair, you may want to reconsider that due to the fact that a lot of those hairs will just end up scattered around the house because of the air exiting from the vacuum cleaner. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t use it, but it merely suggests that using only that is not enough. You need to make sure that you use materials and products that diminish the electrostatic attraction causes the hair to be there in the first place. This includes rubber gloves and rubber brooms, using one teaspoon of fabric softener in a bottle of water as a cleaning agent and a lot of portable lint rollers in your bags and coat pockets. Continue reading »

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.

Jan 202015
 

Getting work done on the cheeks is a growing trend in the United States. Many people are unhappy with having a flat face and want a more angular or fuller look. Plastic surgeons have developed a few different options for people who want full, attractive cheeks that can really define their face.

Fuller Cheeks

Before deciding which plastic surgery options are right for you, discuss the issues you have with a qualified plastic surgeon. You want to find the options that will work best with your lifestyle and help you accomplish your goals.

Cheek Implants

Cheek implants are commonly used to create a fuller shape. There are a wide variety of implant styles and sizes available to help give you the exact look you want. This helps many people feel more in control of how they look, especially since implants wield permanent results.

The implants are surgically added to the surface just under the skin. This means that there are a few risks associated with cheek implants, such as infection, migration or shifts in the implant or bone shrinkage. These risks are only in rare cases. Talk to a qualified plastic surgeon about the potential risks of cheek implants before deciding on this popular option. Continue reading »

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I am blogger and passionate about writing on various topics like technology, Home improvement, automotive and health. My main aim is to provide useful information to reader.

Jan 202015
 

images (1)Home decoration has always been considered an exhausting, but at the same time a creative process. Choosing fabrics, colors and pieces of furniture, we usually don’t keep in mind the fact that these items are supposed to please us for a long time. Have you ever walked in your living room and suddenly became dissatisfied or even annoyed? Well, this is the first sign that something needs to be changed. Although renovations have always been very expensive, you can still refurbish your home and stay within a budget. Don’t be reluctant about this venture because it could lead to amazing results. All you need to have is creativity and willingness.

Play with colors and textures

First things first, you should empty the entire room. This tiresome, but on the other hand very useful idea will help you decide what you like about the room and what not.  Then, you should detect all the possible problems about your floors and walls and repair them. These elements of your room are of immense significance for its entire impression. When it comes to floors, they give the whole room the sense of depth. If you have linoleum or carpeting, you should certainly replace them with wood floors. Although this venture could be quite expensive, it will provide you with healthier environment and add beauty to your room.

Painting the walls is really cheap and that is the best way for you to refresh your space. Play with colors and experiment in order to achieve an ideal look. Avoid aggressive colors that negatively affect your behavior, such as red or intense yellow. Neutral colors are more pleasant and since their specters are extremely wide, you are always given the opportunity to choose the perfect color for your space. Mix several nuances of one color or a couple of colors that match nicely in order to achieve more interesting effect. images Continue reading »

About Diana Smith

Diana Smith is a full time mom of two beautiful girls interested in topics related to health and alternative medicine. In her free time she enjoys exercising at the local gym and preparing healthy meals for her family.