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Saturday, October 29, 2016

Having Fun with Real Techniques

I used to love make-up when I was in college, but that slowly faded when I became a mom. Now that my daughter is older, she would encourage me to try different brands of lipsticks and the like! And since she works at home, she is very much familiar with all the online make-up stores available to us!

Of course, she can't NOT be familiar with one of the make-up giants, Sephora! She's a regular customer and honestly, her online shopping addiction is quite contagious! But thanks to her, I rediscovered my love for make-up and thanks to Sephora, all my make-up needs are met. Especially when it comes to lipsticks and eyeliners.

I am not big on foundations and concealers, my daily look would normally just consist of an eyeliner and a bold matte lipstick. And because of this daily look, I have come to love using brushes to make my FOTD look more polished! At Sephora, I discovered a brand that specifies on make-up brushes and they're called Real Techiniques. I'm sure you're familiar with this brand as well since most of their items are always sold-out!

I just recently ordered a set of their eyeliner brushes and their lipstick brush as well. Both are a delight to have in your make-up kit. I have never enjoyed applying my gel liner and lipstick more!

These are my Real Techniques orders:

Seriously, you can't go wrong with these Real Techniques brushes! What's even better is that they have tutorials on how to use them! Just log on to the Real Techniques website and that's it!

Disclosure: Product/s mentioned above were sent to me by Sephora for evaluation purposes. No monetary compensation was received to write the review. All opinions expressed here are 100% my own. However, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Lung Cancer Awareness

By its very nature, every breath can easily be taken for granted. I was saddened to hear that lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S., with an estimated 158,000 deaths attributed to it just in 2016. In honor of Lung Cancer Awareness month this November, I wanted to share some hope that survives around this topic. 

Below I have listed three precautions you can take to help reduce your chance of getting lung cancer. (Note: I am not a medical professional. Please see your doctor for regular check-ups and with any lung cancer questions.)

Don’t Smoke
You have heard it before, but it is important to hear again. Don’t smoke! And if you already do, quit! I’m sure it won’t surprise you that 90% of all lung cancers arise from tobacco use. But the good news is there is hope. No matter how long you have smoked, there are benefits to quitting at any age. After you stop smoking, your body begins to repair itself in all areas, including the lungs. Just ten years after quitting the risk of dying from lung cancer is about half that of someone who does smoke.

Test for Indoor Toxins
There are some toxins that may be in your home impacting the indoor air quality and affecting your lung health without you even knowing it. If your home was built before the 1980s, it may contain asbestos, a fibrous mineral that was used for insulation in homes and many industrial settings due to its high resistance to heat and fire. Asbestos, however, is now a known carcinogen that causes mesothelioma, a rare cancer that is most commonly found in the lining of the lungs. Found in insulation, roofing shingles, floor tiles, and other areas of the home, asbestos is extremely dangerous when the fibers become airborne through a disturbance such as renovation or fire. Call a professional if you think your home might contain asbestos. It should always be removed professionally by an abatement team.

A second toxin that might be in your home is radon, a colorless, odorless gas that can be found in homes and well water depending on the rock and soil the home rests on. It is estimated that about 20,000 lung cancer deaths each year are related to long-term radon exposure. According to the EPA, nearly 1 in 15 homes in the U.S. has elevated radon levels, that enters through cracks and gaps in the homes’ walls, floors and joints. It can be cheap and easy to test for radon by ordering a test-kit or hiring a professional.

Outdoor Air Pollution
Outdoor air pollution is very bad for the environment–nature, wildlife and humans are all impacted negatively by it. In 2013 the World Health Organization classified outdoor air pollution as a carcinogen. This includes tiny particles of engine exhaust, dust, smoke and chemicals that is in the air that we breath every day. The air pollution levels in the U.S. are relatively low compared to other developed nations, but it still doesn’t hurt to take some preventative actions. For instance, it’s a good practice to not exercise near heavily traveled roads to avoid deeply breathing in exhaust. You may also want to check the air quality forecast in your area each day, and even go as far as wearing a dust mask or staying indoors if the levels are extremely high.

How do you ensure your lungs are receiving clean air? Comment below with your own tips!

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Fun with Inflatables

Hotel and resort owners are always on the look-out for products and activities that they can offer to their guests. This highly competitive field demands that one is able to offer the widest range of amenities and facilities that guests can enjoy. Managers of these establishments know that they should be able to attract customers that would come in large numbers such as those holding business conferences, team buildings and the like. Parties and get-togethers also are a great source of income for these businesses.

Products that are both affordable and attractive to large groups of guests offered by companies today are inflatable products and the leading company offering them is A great choice that would be a great come-on is their soccer arena which can be used for football, soccer and other ball games. Used in conjunction with the bubble soccer ball, groups can enjoy a great game of bubble football for adults as well as a great game of bubble soccer. The team members play against each other while their torsos are encased in giant balls, happily bouncing against each other as they fight for possession of the ball. These giant balls come in a variety of sizes, colors and designs. These giant balls are called a variety of names such as the bumper ball, the loopy ball or the body zorb ball, but whatever else you may decide to call it; it allows you to play a great ball game without the fear of getting hurt or hurting someone.

Aside from the soccer balls the company also offers the Zorb ball which is a very large, inflatable ball where a person can fit inside. It is best enjoyed while rolling downhill while inside it and it works well on water, too. Zorbing or sphering, as it is sometimes called, is now a popular activity that any resort or hotel can add to their list of amenities, facilities and activities. It is a great come-on, especially to younger groups. Groups can even create fun and enjoyable games while inside these giant, inflatable balls that can be played on large fields or in water.

A great addition to the list of amenities is an outdoor bubble tent house which can be used by larger groups for outdoor activities without the risk of exposure to the elements. They offer these tents in a variety of styles and designs. For large outdoor gatherings, they have a large, inflatable party tent as well as a rainbow inflatable tent ideal for large groups. A great attraction is the zone bubble tent which can be set up as a great, relaxing outdoor space where one can lie down and watch the stars Small families can opt for the smaller bubble tents that are lighter than regular tents and are ideal for use in the beach or at campsites. The bubble dome can be a tool that can be used for outdoor promotions where companies can display their products without exposing them to the elements.

At inflatable zone, you are assured of quality products at the most competitive prices. You can check them out HERE. Their after sales service is prompt, efficient and personal. They even offer free customization services that will greatly enhance your brand and your marketing tools.

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