Those under-the-radar in-home Botox and Restylane parties have led to something much more fun and a lot less harmful. This latest trend in beauty care is fast becoming the hottest way to get pampered: the In-Home Spa Party. This invitation-only, salon-style soiree’ issues your dearest friends a backstage pass to after-hours massages, mani’s, pedis and overall pampering, plus a little imbibing, all in the comfort of your own home. Even more interesting, these parties are being booked on a bi-monthly basis, just as someone would have a standing appointment at a spa or salon. I consider this new concept smart on so many levels. It addresses the issue of space, which is at a premium in some salons.

It addresses the issue of spa owners rushing a group through while juggling their regular customers, leaving everyone feeling stressed. It also makes the services much more affordable for the attendees. In some cases, hosts get their services for free if enough guests are invited. I recently spoke to a group of beauty industry professionals who put on these in-home spa parties, offering facials, massages, pedicures, and manicures.

Here is a checklist of the logistics of planning your In-Home Spa Party:

  • The hostess sets the party date, time, place and services to be offered.
  • The hostess emails or snail mails invitations to the guest list. Included in this invitation is a liability release, standard for these kinds of events.
  • The In-Home Spa Party company supplies the hostess with a contract, guaranteeing the date and cost.
  • The hostess provides a non-refundable security deposit, committing to the date and time.
  • The host is responsible for food and drinks, or for a minimal fee, the company hosting your party can add catering to the event.
  • The In-Home Spa Party company sometimes creates “swag bags” for your guests, offering free sample products from their vendors.
  • Hostesses, here are a few things to consider if you are planning a party in your own home:
  • Make sure the company performing the services is insured.
  • Make sure the company provides their own equipment.
  • Ask these specialists what you can do to make the layout of your homework best for the event.
  • Find out if any of your attendees are diabetic. The manicurists and pedicurists will need to know this, as extra precautions aretaken in these special cases.

Make sure all of your attendees have signed off on the liability release forms before you allow them to partake in the spafestivities. It may seem harsh, but people have gotten staph infections in their fingers from manicures at well-sanitized salons, and you don’t want to be legally responsible for their medical bills. I have since attended one of these parties, and I must tell you I would recommend this to everyone who likes to be pampered and doesn’t want to leave the house.


Of course, I am from the Midwest, where leaving the house can be less than pleasant for several months of the year. The In-Home Spa Party I attended was a wonderfully relaxing evening being pampered, having a smooth glass of merlot and reconnecting with friends.

The Atkins diet just may be the one diet you can stay on until you reach your weight goal. It’s easy to use, it can be changed around to fit your tastes, and easy to stay on while you lose the weight you need.  It allows you to eat most of your favorite foods and has a menu you can adjust for you and your family.

Although the Atkins diet was and is still a popular diet, you can’t live on it the rest of your life. Well, you won’t be healthy if you do. It cuts out most of the carbohydrates from your diet. Your body needs carbs to function properly.  It also needs proteins and it needs fats.

The Atkins diet is not a fad diet – there are hospitals that use it for surgery patients who need to lose weight before surgery.


There are presently over 2 million people using the Atkins diet plan. They are all losing weight. It’s a low carb diet, which includes meals and classes if you need to use them.

It’s set up similar to a board game

The Atkins Diet doesn’t include white foods.Instead of a board to move around, you have index cards (meal cards) to move around.  Meal cards have the foods you can eat for that week. They also contain exercises to use to increase weight loss.The death rate from obesity is on the rise as is type two diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart and kidney failure. This is all due to people being overweight.  Losing weight is in their best interest and the Adkins diet will help them lose weight.

It’s the only diet that is FDA approved

The FDA approved it so there would be a diet overweight people could use that will help them lose weight and regain their health.  If you follow the Atkins diet to the letter you will lose weight.  It even allows you to cheat once in a while, knowing you will anyway. There are many places offline and online that can help you with the Atkins diet. They offer friendly advice and most of all; they offer support when you need it. Men, woman, and children of any age can use the Atkins diet to lose weight.

Pac Man Atkins Diet.

The Atkins diet is a weight loss program that is designed to put you on a diet that you’ll be comfortable with and one you’ll stick with until you reach your weight goal. If you or one of your loved ones is overweight, then the right weight management program for you and them is the Atkins diet.

The holidays are all about spending time with the folks we love, and if that means getting a little mistletoe action in with your favorite Christmas squeeze, then all the better! Make sure that your lips are ready to take the heat with these tips that will help you to keep your lipstick where it belongs. With a little plan-ahead strategy, your lipstick will stay on your lips no matter how many trips you take under the mistletoe.

Get Ready

Keeping your lipstick in place requires steps prior to ever opening that tube of fire engine red. First, keep your lips in mint condition during the dry winter months with plenty of lip balm. Make sure that your balm of choice contains an SPF of at least 15 to protect from the sun’s rays, which can damage even on cold days. Next, drink plenty of water, to keep your lips hydrated from the inside out. This way, your lipstick has a nice, smooth palette to glide onto, leading to a longer lasting application and prettier lips.

Get Set

Before applying your lipstick, many makeup experts swear by rubbing a bit of foundation over the lips. You could also use a gel blush or a nude lip liner for this purpose. This step will effectively give you a base that will help to keep your lipstick in place. Once the foundation is applied, you can carefully line your pucker using a nice sharp lip pencil in the shade of your choice. Lining your lips will ensure that your lip color doesn’t smudge or bleed, and it will give you a nice lip definition as well.

You may read How to Apply Coconut Oil for Arthritis.

Now you are ready for your lip color. First, fill in with a thin coat of lipstick, using a lip brush instead of applying the color right from the tube. Blot your lips lightly with a tissue, and then apply a second coat, using the brush once again. If you like, you can finish with a light dusting of powder that will hold that pucker in place.


To add some extra glitz for the holiday season, finish your lipstick application with a coating of high shine gloss or a bit of sparkle. For a perfect pout, apply the gloss to the center of your lower lip only. It is also important to consider the shade of lipstick that you choose, since different colors may say different things about you. For example, pink usually radiates an air of sweetness, while red definitely says daring. For a classic look, go for the brown lipstick tones. Nearly everyone can wear a shade of brown.Once your lips are in place, get ready for that perfect pucker. Look out mistletoe, here she comes!

Five Tips for Softer Skin

The cold weather months are in full swing, and that means hot chocolate and fuzzy sweaters are the fashion for the season. What`s not in style is dry, chapped winter skin but there is help for this condition. To keep your skin soft and supple, follow these five tips to keep skin moisturized

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You may have assembled the thought how coconut oil functions for joint inflammation, yet you likewise need to see how and the amount to apply to augment its advantages. Here is the data you require in this respects.

The Amount to Use

You can apply coconut oil specifically to your influenced joints for agony help. The amount to apply as a rule relies on upon what you need to accomplish. You have to utilize coconut oil all the more regularly when you are treating the condition – you don’t have to use as much when you are simply attempting to keep the condition. You ought to at any rate be applying a teaspoon of coconut oil for each 50 pounds of body weight on the off chance that you have quite recently begun the treatment.

You can begin expanding the measure of oil you use following a couple days. Be steady and proceed until you begin utilizing a tablespoon for every day. Be that as it may, you don’t have to utilize more than a teaspoon for every day in the event that you are just attempting to keep the onset of joint inflammation. Utilize this quite a bit of oil at any rate thrice a day for better results.

Coconut Oil with Molasses, Turmeric or Apple Cider Vinegar

In the event that you are consolidating coconut oil with apple juice vinegar or molasses, you ought to stick to 1:1 proportion.What it means is that in the event that you take a tablespoon of coconut oil, you ought to likewise take a tablespoon of apple juice vinegar or molasses.

In the event of turmeric, you initially need to consider on the off chance that you are taking it in powder frame or taking containers. For containers, you ought to have 4 cases of 400mg every twice per day – decide on a teaspoon a day in the event that you are utilizing powdered turmeric.

Here are some different proposals to help you expand the advantages of coconut oil for joint inflammation:

Blend coconut oil with Aloe Vera to augment its advantages. The blend diminishes the irritation in the joints furthermore alleviates the torment created by the swelling.

Use coconut oil with camphor for included advantages. You ought to warm up some coconut oil first and after that include a couple bits of camphor to the blend. Utilize this blend to knead your influenced joints. It works amazingly well since coconut oil with camphor expands blood flow to the joints and eases torment in the blink of an eye.

Use coconut oil to knead your influenced joints subsequent to scrubbing down. The thought works in light of the fact that a hot shower greases up your joint and makes them less hardened. Coconut oil improves this impact and mitigates your torment.

Try not to apply a lot of oil however – a light coat will work fine and dandy. Rubbing some oil into your joints before beginning any physical activity will likewise enhance versatility and diminish torment sensation.


Are you a workaholic? One in four people say work is the last thing they think about before going to bed and over 40% say it’s the first thing they think about when they wake up. It’s becoming harder and harder for people to disconnect from the office more than ever. Why? Technology is definitely a huge part of staying tethered to the office since we can connect remotely almost anywhere.

An expectation is often set that we are reachable and available at all times, especially if you have a company phone. I also think job security also plays a big part for many people. If you don’t respond to an email, text or phone call immediately, especially if it’s from your boss or someone senior in the company, you may have anxiety and fear.

I’ve witnessed so many people that are slaves to their job; they put so much internal pressure on themselves based on perceived external expectations.

We have allowed work to bleed into our downtime with family, friends and even our “me” time. I work with a lot of people that stay connected because they want to; it’s a choice, rather than an obligation. And from some of the articles and research I’ve read, these folks are also more stressed on any given day.

So why do it? I think the economy is still unstable and employees continue to feel insecure in the future of their jobs. Additionally, they put the expectation on themselves. Work becomes their life.

Not disengaging from work can have some huge health risks, including a higher risk of heart disease, diabetes and depression. Scary! It also isn’t good for work in general since research has shown that overwork causes a decrease in cognitive skills, leading to mistakes and errors in decision making.

So how can you break the workaholic habit? It’s all about setting boundaries and expectations. From my own personal experience, before I set my own work-life boundaries, my continuous connection, thoughts, and stress about work not only hurt my relationships, but also made me sick more often.

I believe working longer hours also made me less productive and prone to making more mistakes. It ended up being a downward spiral since being less efficient and making mistakes, led to working more to make up for it… which then led to more stress and anxiety about making additional mistakes, and wanting to maintain a good reputation with my boss and co-workers. (However, I’ve since learned everyone makes mistakes and you will remember your own mistakes more than anyone else will.)

You almost have to start over with a clean slate. For me, that was getting a new job. I took a significant pay decrease and a lower level position, and in doing so set internal work boundaries immediately, which I try to follow the majority of the time.I will only work 8 to 5, unless there is an urgent need to stay later.

I will not stay late to “be seen” by others or to work on random projects.I will create timelines, to-do lists, and deadlines to ensure my due dates for projects are met.I will not take a work computer home or login to work from home, unless absolutely necessary.

I will create a routine that helps me disengage from work. (I will either go to the gym or go running after work almost everyday, and I always take Coco for a walk and read for pleasure for 15-20 minutes when I get home.)

Start small with little things that will help you disengage at the end of the day. For example, create a to-do list for the next day, so you aren’t thinking of it on the way home, at night, or when you wake up in the morning. Once you start setting boundaries and creating new habits, you will see the benefits, such as:

  • enjoying your workday more knowing you have a finite amount of time at the office
  • feeling more confident in the work you dobeing physically and mentally healthier

It’s always about replacing bad habits with good habits.

What do you do to disengage from work? What obstacles stand in your way?

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Time is invaluable. We never seem to have enough of it. Working out is an essential healthy habit, so it makes sense to have some easy go-to habits to simplify your workout to save time, but not compromise your overall workout.

There are a few ways I’ve found that you can get in an awesome workout, and still have time to eat lunch for you’re a mid day exerciser, or make dinner if you prefer evening workouts. You can easily start some habits to simplify your workouts, to get in the habit of exercising 4-5 days a week, and still have plenty of time in your day to do everything else you need to get done.

Plan ahead

If you are going to dedicate a block of time to visit the gym, you need to create a plan. When you arrive at the gym with no idea what you are going to do when you arrive, you often end up wasting a lot of time. Before you go, create a plan of attack to focus while you are there, preventing you from wandering around the gym trying to decide what to do.

Prepare to workout any time

Have a workout bag packed and ready to go with all the things you need. When you wait until the last minute to pack your bag, it’s easy to get distracted deciding on what to wear and possibly forgetting something essential. Keep your bag packed and ready for your next workout!

Combine your moves

You can simultaneously combine cardio and strength training to maximize your time spent and results in the gym. Try performing your strength training moves as a circuit, doing them quickly one after the other. This makes your heart rate stay elevated (the key to cardio) during your entire workout. You can do combo moves such as “squat and press”, “lunge and curl” or “plank and row” to utilize your time efficiently and keep your heart rate up.

Push up the intensity

Golias claims that short and intense workouts always outdo long and lifeless sessions. No amount of time is too short to get in a quick workout; whether it’s during a commercial break while watching TV or a 15-minute break at work. A few quick intense go-to exercises: jumping jacks, squats, crunches, burpees, push ups.

Make it quality over quantity

It’s not how many reps you complete or how many minutes your do on the treadmill, but how engaged you are during your workout. Shift your focus from watching the counter to effectively and efficiently doing the exercises. For strength training you can set a timer and perform each move slowly and correctly until the timer goes off. For cardio, pay attention to your form and breathing to keep your muscles and mind engaged the entire time.

You should never feel like you don’t have enough time to make exercise a daily habit. There are so many different ways to simplify your workout and fit exercise into your busy schedule on a consistent basis. You can even to turn everyday situations into bursts of exercise. Standing in line at the grocery store? Waiting to meet someone for lunch? Put those leg muscles to work with calf raises. Also, don’t be afraid to try something new. Is there a new class you’ve been wanting to try? Is one of your goals to run a 5k?

An added benefit of getting into a daily workout habit is the energy it provides during the day, as well as the ability to help you get a good night’s rest. Start small by adding in small amounts of cardio and strength training into your day when you can. If you can get into the gym, make it count: make a plan, up the intensity, and be effectively engaged the entire time. It’s simple, right? A simple workout plan for a simple new healthy habit.


How to get rid of acne scars is a tough thing to accomplish for many people, as there are so many different kinds of pimple scars, from small spots to really big scars from bigger pimples, there are so many out there.

Many people know about the complete difficulty involved with removing those scars, but there are actually many nice natural remedies out there that can really help you. The truth is that going the natural way is very effective, and many people have seen lots of big results by using the remedies below.

  • Lemon

Cut a lemon in half and place it all over your face. Simply the inner juice throughout your face, and let it sink in for several minutes before washing it off thoroughly. This remedy is used by countless amounts of people to get their nice face clear and shining. It removes the oil and the dirt without having to hurt or damage the skin. Inside of lemons you’ll find that it’s acidic in nature, and it helps to cleanse the skin in a very natural way.

  • Garlic

Simply opening up some garlic and rubbing it across your acne spots can hep diminish the marks. It helps tremendously with the big boils that you may have which caused bigger scars, as it’s very strong and can really dig deep into your skin. Many people recommend using this for those big and bumpy acne scars, and if you want to achieve bigger and better results faster, then eating at least one piece of garlic can help keep the blood flowing well in the body, causing the skin to stay strong and away from acne. Eating it is a bit gross at first, but it can help a lot with your inner system.

  • Toothpaste

In toothpaste, take the paste and place it all over your pimples. Make sure to only get the paste part and not the gel, and simply leave it all over your scars for several hours over the night. This is a very professional and good remedy that can keep you away from getting those acne spots to be bigger. By using toothpaste, you’ll see your pimples start to dry overnight.

  • Sea salt

Get sea salt and combine it with any kinds of of oil, and place that over your entire spot filled with pimples. This will definitely help you to get rid of those big pimples and scars, and get better looking skin. It’s a pretty effective treatment and home remedies for acne that many people in today’s culture do to not only get rid of acne spots, but remove the dry spots on the face.

Home remedies are very effective and can keep your skin in good condition for a long time; however, there are still many good ways to get rid of all those acne scars. Here is a popular product getting some good rave:

Introducing Exposed SkinCare Acne Scar Treatment

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This cream has revolutionized the process of achieving perfectly clear skin. This method can help anybody get the skin that they desire. It works extremely well, and it’s nice because there are no unnatural ingredients required.

Many people believe that gutting rid of scars requires lots of work and even cosmetic surgery, but this proven product can remove those scars within a short amount of time. Now there’s no more need to learn how to get rid of acne scars, as this acne scar treatment does it all without any difficulties.

Expect to achieve bigger and better results with your face in weeks of applying this wonderful cream. It’s also priced at an affordable price, so there’s no need to spend money on weekly visits to those expensive cosmetic surgeons or facials.

Exposed SkinCare has been used by countless people in this industry, and you’ll find many people using this cream to get the perfect skin they want. Anybody can get the perfect skin that they need, and while the remedies above are worth using, this cream requires no preparation of any ingredients at all.

Simply apply the cream over your face and let it work its magic. Do you want to get rid of those blemishes, scars from pimples, scars from blackheads, and remove those dark spots? Now you can with the Exposed SkinCare.