Nov 162017
 

Bariatric surgery is an option if you have tried other weight loss methods with no results. There are a few different ways that the doctor can perform the surgery, such as removing part of the stomach or using a gastric sleeve. Before visiting a bariatric surgery Las Vegas office, you need to understand that benefits that are associated with the procedure as well as the risks that are involved. You also need to understand that your diet will change because there will be foods that you should no longer eat. The stomach will feel full in a shorter time, which is how you decrease the calorie intake and lose weight.

Talk to the doctor about the procedure and what to expect. There are support groups for people who have had bariatric surgery, which is a good way to get your questions answered and to get tips about what to eat and how to live your new life. Write down your experiences, what you eat and what you shouldn’t eat and your successes. This will give you a way to maintain a positive outlook about your surgery and see how far you’ve come since starting your weight loss journey. Most doctors ask that you go through some kind of counseling before having the surgery performed. The counseling will help you deal with why you started overeating in the first place and what you can do to stay on track with your weight loss. It’s a good idea to see the counselor after the procedure so that you can continue to discuss ways to deal with your personal issues without overeating.

Your doctor will usually require you to limit the number of calories that you consume before the surgery. Sometimes, you might have to begin consuming about 1,000 to 1,200 calories a day for a month or longer before the procedure so that the body can adjust to the decrease in the amount of food and so that you can mentally and physically prepare for your new life. Exercise should become a part of your daily routine as well. It could be walking around the house or range of motion exercises so that there is a decrease in the chance of a blood clot forming and to help with your weight loss.

Oct 262017
 

 

Are you looking for a gift that will be appreciated? I recently received this cute pair of Harem Pants.  They are one of the most comfortable pants I have.  The pair above is the Black and Red Peacock Harem Pants. They are great for hanging around the house, going out and also very comfortable for traveling.

The Boho Harem Pants collection of hand stitched bohemian harem pants come in seven unique designs and over 50 beautiful prints. These hippie pants are a must have for travel, yoga, lounging & more.

Look at the beautiful colors and the stretchy waist.  They will soon become one of your favorites!  One Tribe Apparel also has cute tops, shorts and Kimono.  I am sure you can find something special for your loved one.

One Tribe Apparel harem pants for women provide the ultimate in comfort and come in multiple styles and colors ranging from black to white to turquoise. Ideal festival clothing, loved by yogi’s in flow and comfortable for traveling, our diverse harem pant collections are guaranteed to be a frequent go-to in your wardrobe.

Pants from Thailand go by many names: Thai pants, elephant pants, genie pants hippie pants, and harem trousers but no matter the name, the quality and artwork of our boho clothing is outstanding.

One of my favorite things about One Tribe Apparel is they gives back to nature.  They donate $1 from every sale to help the Elephant Nature Park. The park is located 30km outside our home base of Chiang Mai, the Elephant Nature Park has been rescuing and rehabilitating elephants for over 20 years. At the turn of the 20th century there were 100,000 elephants in Thailand alone, a number which has been dwindled to between 3,000 & 4,000.

You can go HERE to start your shopping!

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Oct 112017
 

While some people may get a new smile for cosmetic reasons, there are many others who need to get a full mouth dental restoration for a variety of other reasons. If you have missing teeth, lock jaw or headaches caused by your teeth, you should consider consulting the help of a reputable prosthodontist Wheeling IL such as the ones found at www.nwimplantdental.com. Below are some of the main benefits of deciding to get a full mouth restoration.

Relieves Migraines and Headaches

If you suffer from persistent headaches and migraines as a result of bruxism or teeth grinding, a full mouth restoration could be the cure you are looking for. The procedure can address many of these concerns and will oftentimes alleviate your headaches or migraines altogether.

Fixes Gum Disease Issues

Another reason why dentists may suggest a client to get a full mouth restoration is because they have issues with gum disease. The procedure can rearrange your teeth in a way that they have a more healthy foundation. Root planing and scaling might be sufficient to help correct gum disease issues.

Straighten Teeth

Crooked teeth can be unsightly for people to have. It can take a toll on many people’s self-confidence. Crooked teeth have also been linked to pain and discomfort for some people and may increase the risk of gum disease and tartar buildup. Getting procedures such as Invisalign, braces or porcelain veneers can give you a more beautiful and health smile.

Better Self Image

One of the first things people notice when first meeting each other is their smile. If you have crooked or damaged teeth, it could leave people having a bad first impression of you. Many people who have damaged teeth are more likely to have low self-confidence and self-esteem. Getting your teeth fixed and having a bright, beautiful smile can really do wonders for someone’s self image.

Easier To Eat

If you have painful and crooked teeth, it can be more difficult to enjoy the foods you love. Fixing your teeth can let you eat what you want and without worrying about pain or discomfort while chewing your food.

The benefits of getting a full mouth restoration are plenty. Whether you are looking to have a more appealing and attractive smile or need help fixing dental issues and crooked teeth, the reasons will far outweigh any time and money that will go into it.

Oct 092017
 

A large part of self-acceptance is tied to your ability to accept yourself holistically. The sum of your parts is what makes everyone unique and valuable. The earlier we teach this concept, the better. It’s important that kids grow up with self-acceptance and feel encouraged to explore and develop their interest. It’s a healthy part of developing self-esteem.

Encouraging Free Play
Most schooling platforms place a lot of emphasis on structure. In most educational settings, there’s an allotted time for each scheduled task or activity, already pre-determined for a child. Although structure has its value, it is equally important to encourage free play and exploration. This part of child development allows kids to feel comfortable trying new things and exploring any and everything they are interested in. Encouraging free play is the opposite of the type of precise training you’d need to perform harmonic scalpel repair. Instead, it’s crude and undefined on purpose.

Encouraging Differences & Individuality
Groupthink is alive and well in the world today. Even adults fall victim to this type of influence. Honestly, it can be quite strong. However, once again, the earlier we encourage the exploration and expression of different ideas, tastes, and preferences, the easier it is to show our children that it’s ok to have differing thoughts and preferences. These distinctive opinions and tastes are the early beginnings of what will make your child authentically who they are.

Encouraging Discussion about Differences
Another powerful tool that supports creativity is encouraging open and honest expression. No child is too young to voice his or her concerns or preferences. Encourage it as much as possible. You are empowering their voice. If a child feels that he or she is free to voice their feelings, thoughts, and preferences about a variety of different things without being censored, they are more likely to practice this essential communication skill. Effective communication is a beneficial skill for anyone, however, self-acceptance is an essential skill that promotes self-love. It also gives children the confidence they need to stand apart from the crowd if necessary.

There are no two fingerprints alike. Your child needs to know that he or she is uniquely and wonderfully different. However, they also need to know that it’s ok to be different. Talk to your child often and encourage open and honest communication. In addition, create as many different opportunities for free play as well as other creative activities. It allows children to explore themselves and find their own unique interests and preferences.

Oct 072017
 

The average adult spends 1/3 of their life sleeping, and must of that is on a mattress. Do you really want to spend all that time with dust mites? Dust mites are tiny insects that consume dead skin cells, which we shed on a regular basis. Dust mites are harmless in themselves, they can trigger and aggravate allergies. And even if you don’t suffer from allergies, the mere thought of tiny insects in bed with you can be unnerving. Thankfully, there are several things you can do to keep dust mites at bay.

Clean the Bedding
Regularly cleaning your bedding is an essential step in living a dust mite free life. Once all the bedding, such as pillowcases, sheets, and blankets, are removed, laundry them in the hottest water temperature allowed for that specific fabric. Once all clean, dry the bedding as you normally would.

Don’t forget the Pillows
Your pillows can also be full of dust mites, but washing them is no easy task. Instead, place your pillows inside a plastic bag that you can secure closed. Set the bag outside on a sunny day. The sun will cause the temperature inside the plastic bag to increase, which will kill the mites on your pillows.

Vacuum the Mattress
The upholstery attachment on your vacuum is a wonderful tool for cleaning your actual mattress. Once attached, run the upholstery cleaning tool over your entire mattress, making sure to get into any nooks and crannies where dust mites can hide. Flip the mattress over and repeat on the bottom. You will also want to repeat the process on your box springs. When finished, carefully transfer the contents of your vacuum’s canisters into a garbage bag and seal closed. Make sure to place the sealed bag outside and away from your home until you can throw it away.

Consider disinfecting the mattress and box spring with a hand-held steamer after vacuuming. You will then need to set the dampened items in an area where direct sunlight can hit them for at least four hours.

Preventing Dust Mites
If you really want to get rid of dust mites once and for all, then you need an organic mattress. Organic mattresses are ideal for anyone who is suffering from allergies since they are dust-mite repellent and resistant to mold. They are also chemical-free, which means they aren’t made with synthetic polyurethane and are never treated with chemicals.

Sep 292017
 

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Just recently I was in a car accident and my car was totaled so I had to get a different one. I had really loved my old car so I was not looking forward to car shopping.  Before going car shopping I wanted to do a bit of research. I wanted to make the right purchase so I needed to know the facts about the make, model and price.  I found that Cars.com was a great resource for me.  Their website has a huge selection of information so I could make the right choice. I found that they have extensive reviews and essential information on a wide variety of different cars.

 

Along with researching the car you need to check more than one dealer. You want to make sure you are getting the best price for what you are buying.  This is really important if you are thinking about buying a used car.  The number of miles on the car will impact the price of the car. You will want to visit a couple different deals and compare the cars along with mileage and pricing.  This will help so you do not over spend.

Last week was Car Seat Safety Week and I found a great article on Cars.com. Certified child passenger safety technicians conducted hands-on tests of a car’s latch system and check the vehicle’s ability to accommodate different types of car seats. Great information if you are a parent.

My last bit of advice is take you time.  Don not rush or you will end up overpaying and be unsatisfied with your purchase.  I ended up getting a RAV4 and love it! Doing my research before buying helped me get a nice vehicle at a good price. That’s my new car.

Sep 142017
 

When I was a little girl I loved doing craft projects.  It kept me busy and I had a lot of fun.  I found a company that offers great kits for kits of all kinds.  The company is  Klutz. Klutz is celebrating 40 years of creating award-winning, premium activity kits for kids. Since 1977, Klutz has kick-started creativity by combining crystal-clear instructions and a silly sense of humor. Our mission is simple: Create wonderful things, be good, have fun.

In this kit kids can create ten of their own fuzzy friends using pom-poms, paper punch-outs, and glue. Then they can assemble their own pet carrier to transport their critters. It’s everything you need to make a pom-pom pet shop; no food, walks, or house-training required.  The kit includes everything you need – it includes: a 28-page book • 30+ pom-poms • 20 half-bead eyes • Glue • 70+ punch-out pieces.

I give this kit to my niece Miley  who is six . She was so excited!  She couldn’t wait to start. Above are her first two pets – aren’t they cute?  She had those done within a few minutes of opening the box.  Below are the rest of the ones she made – they were done within a couple hours.

Isn’t her little family of pets cute?  She had so much fun and could make these all by herself.  The kit is made so children 4+ can make the Pom-Pom Pets.

You can find the My Pom-Pom Pet Shop HERE.  You can also find other fun kits for kids!

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

 

Sep 142017
 

You can Win a Package of Two Pumpkin Carving Books!
Three lucky contestants will win a package of two of Fox Chapel Publishing’s top selling pumpkin carving book titles.
Contest ends on October 16, 2017
You can enter HERE to win!!

These look like great books – Rex and I always try to get creative with our pumpkin – sometimes they look great sometimes they don’t!  It is fun to carve them together and one of my favorite holidays!  Happy Carving and Good Luck!

Sep 112017
 

Have you ever felt stumped over what to gift your loved ones for the holidays? In the end you probably went with a tried-and-true gift card from someplace you know they love. Which is fine, but gift cards can be a bit impersonal. And you can bet that same person will get that same kind of gift card from a dozen other people because no one has really taken the time to get to know them. Bummer. Read on for ways you can come up with great gift ideas, that aren’t gift cards, for your loved ones.

Get to Truly, Deeply Know Your Loved Ones

Sometimes you can live with someone for years and never truly know who they are and what they love. Change that. Get to know your loved ones on a personal level, where you have a memory bank of their interests, passions, hobbies, and favorites. Not only are questions and in-depth conversation great for delving into someone’s ideas of a perfect gift, but it’s a great time to truly, deeply bond.

Ask Around to Their Closest Companions

If you have had one conversation after another and still draw a blank, ask other people that are close to your loved one. You know, the people that are with them every single day. Chances are that somewhere; someone will know an in-depth amount about what makes your gift recipient tick.

Be Aware of Their Needs and Wants

Is someone is moving into their own house for the first time, or if a couple is having their first baby, you have a vague idea of what these people need and want to celebrate the occasions. The same can be said for your loved ones and the rest of the year. Gauge what they want or need from what they are doing at present, then run with some of those ideas.

Look at Their Wish Lists

Everyone has some sort of wish list on the interwebs nowadays. From Amazon and EBay, to Wish and online chain stores, people make wish lists specifically for the occasion of telling someone, “this is what I want.” With that in mind, do a search for their name where you know they love to shop. Or, simply ask to have the URL to their wish list, then pick something that they really want. Get them what they want. Are they fans of anti-aging makeups? Spend a small bundle for a basket. Or, do they love  neck firming lotion ? Snag a bottle, plus a gift card for more when they need it.

If you really get to know someone, don’t be afraid to comprise a care package of their favorites. Getting one awesome gift is lots of fun, but getting several in a basket of goodies is even better.

 

Aug 282017
 

Just for Fun: Drawing: More than 100 fun and simple step-by-step projects for learning the art of basic drawing

Author: Lise Herzog

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 Pages

ISBN: 9781633222816

Publisher: Walter Foster

$21.95 US /$ 28.95 CAN

With Just for Fun: Drawing, aspiring artists and art enthusiasts who have never before picked up a pencil can follow simple step-by-step instructions and discover how to draw everyday subjects. Each featured subject starts with basic lines and shapes, and slowly progresses with each new step to a fully rendered, completed drawing. Saving the nitty-gritty technical aspects of drawing for the more advanced student, Just for Fun: Drawing simply touches upon key drawing concepts and fundamentals, including perspective, proportion, volume, shading, and composition, among others, that are relevant to a beginner’s core understanding of the craft. With its abundance of approachable and contemporary drawings, as well as loads of tips, instruction, and inspiration, Just for Fun: Drawing will have even the most artistically challenged individuals mastering the art of pencil drawing in no time.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to draw?  I didn’t think I could draw very good but with Just For Fun: Drawing I can!  This book gives you step-by-step instructions that anyone can follow. I love that it starts out really basic and by the time you are done you have completed an object.  4 or 5 steps and you have a cat as pictured above!

In Just For Fun: Drawing you can learn how to draw animals, faces, trees and much more.  It has nice detailed instructions and is great for the beginner.  I can see an improvement too in my drawing from when I first started.  It’s lots of fun!

You can purchase your own copy of Just For Fun: Drawing below.

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”