Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Taking Care of your Skin with Diabetes

New diet, insulin injections, blood sugar checks- diabetics already have a lot on their plate. However, many diabetics don’t realize that they may also face skin disorders as a potential side effect of diabetes. In fact, as many as one-third of diabetics will have a skin disorder related to diabetes during their lives. However, smart skincare can help prevent many of these issues. 

Skin disorders linked to diabetes often stem from common side effects of diabetes. For example, high glucose levels often cause dry skin, which leads to other disorders such as itching, cracking, rashes, and difficulty healing from open wounds. Diabetics also experience reduced blood flow to certain areas of the body and weakened immune systems, making them prone to bacterial or fungal infections. In rare cases, insulin injections can cause yellow skin, or, more commonly, rosacea.
While these skin issues can turn serious, it’s possible to prevent them from even occurring with smart skincare techniques. Diabetics should bathe with mild soap and warm, not hot, water daily, using moisturizing soap and lotions afterwards to retain moisture. In the cold, windy winter months, air is drier; counteract this by keeping your home’s air humid. Keep your blood pressure and glucose levels controlled to maintain good circulation and soft skin. You may also want to keep a first aid kit for skin stocked; have it include items like antibacterial ointment, petroleum jelly, gauze pads, hypoallergenic tape, cleansing towelettes, and self-adherent elastic wrap.

Finally, diabetics are also vulnerable to foot problems, such as blisters, cracked feet, infections, and skin conditions caused by a lack of circulation or diabetic nerve damage. Stop these problems before they even start by wearing shoe inserts to prevent change in the shape of your foot that diabetic nerve damage may cause. You should also examine your feet daily for any damage or new conditions, and see your doctor yearly for a foot examination that focuses on circulation and sensation.
Diabetics may be prone to skin and foot issues, but with proper preventative care, you can avoid many of these disorders.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

The Importance of Breast Cancer Awareness

Sure, it may be cool these days to complain about how all the pink you see during Breast Cancer Awareness Month hurts your eyes, or to point out that despite all the awareness efforts and money raised, breast cancer is still without a cause. However, breast cancer awareness is a bigger issue now than it ever has been before, and it’s a cause that still needs our help.

First, it’s important to recognize the strides that have been made in the fight against breast cancer. In the time spanning 1990 to 2011, breast cancer deaths declined 25%. Meanwhile, the number of nonprofit organizations committed to fighting breast cancer have increased drastically, from just a few in 1989 to over 200 in 2011. These charities have also combined to raise over $550 million every year in total revenue, according to the National Center for Charitable Statistics at the Urban Institute.
While these figures are admirable, there’s still plenty of work to do. Globally, women get breast cancer far more than any other form of cancer, with 16.8 million cases diagnosed in 2012, according to the World Health Organization. And in the United States, breast cancer diagnoses are actually on the rise, from 192,370 cases in 2009 to a projected increase of 232,670 in 2014, according to the American Cancer Society.

Looking at the big picture, then, it’s clear that breast cancer needs our support more than ever. Nonprofits can benefit from the foundation and audience that breast cancer awareness campaigns have built, and use these assets as stepping stones to planning campaigns that will be meaningful and engaging to your constituents.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

5 Great Tips for Playing Slot Machines

I thought I would share some tips about playing slot machines that I have learned over the years. I am not a huge gambler but I enjoy playing from time to time.

1. If you are flying in to Vegas or Reno and have change for the machines, don't put it in a Ziploc bag. This is really for any airport. It will look like a knife, I learned this lesson twice.

2. Speaking of change, you don't actually use coins or tokens at the casino. If you want to save change for gambling, take it to the bank. The cashiers do not want to count your change. Trust me. The airport cashiers want to cash you out and smile as your eyes get wide when you see the lights of the machines. Everything is on a card you insert to the machine. No change buckets needed.

3. There are several different types of machines. You have nickel machines, quarter, dollar, five dollar and twenty dollar machines. I call the nickel slot machines the play here machines because you get more bang for your buck.

4. Nickel machines sound cheap but you really pay more than a nickel. They are usually the kind with different lines each line costs a nickel. You can choose how many lines you want to use. Sometimes it will default to one line so pay attention.

5. Set your limit before you go to the casino. If you want to limit yourself to $40, only bring $40. Leave cards and cash at home. Sometimes you can win Starburst Touch Free Spins where it will spin all by it's self. Free spins are almost as good as cash. You know you will probably spin again anyways.

I hope you enjoyed the tips I shared with you. You can always play straight from your computer if a trip to a casino isn't in the cards. Check out  free play rainbow riches here. Good luck and have fun.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Campus Book Rentals features RentBack

This year Noah is in second grade, and this year I had to pay the dreaded book rental fees. This is a new concept to me but not for my mom. I had to pay over a hundred dollars for Noah's books. These books aren't to keep but for rent. He has to give them back!! It comes out to about $40 a book for a second grader. Either the books cost a fortune or I'm in the wrong business. I know that books are expensive especially when you are in college. Most college students buy their books. If you have to spend a lot of money on books that will make you pay more when you are paying off your student loans after graduation.

College students can pay thousands for the books their classes. Thankfully Campus Book Rentals has made the ability to rent books possible for college students. They have a huge selection so you should be able to find whatever you are looking for. The savings is amazing. What would you do with your old books anyways? Unless you are a doctor or scientist and you use your books as reference chances are they will live in a box in the garage. Using Campus Book Rentals is fast and easy. You skip the lines at the school bookstore.  Your books are shipped to your door. You save money so you can eat more than Ramen noodles. Campus Book Rentals also partners with Operation Smile who provide surgeries for children who have a cleft lip or a cleft palate.
Here are some more perks of using Campus Book Rentals:
-save 40-90% off of bookstore prices
-free shipping both ways
-can highlight in the textbooks
-flexible renting periods
If you have textbooks laying around check out the RentBack Program. RentBack is new initiative that allows students to rent the textbooks they own - to other students... which is awesome because it makes you 2-4x more money compared to what you'd make through buyback options! Buyback is selling their books back at the end of the semester.

For more information please visit Campus Book Rentals

Sunday, October 12, 2014

I Love Playing Slot Machines

One of the many things I inherited from my Grandma Rose is my love to play slot machines. When she visited my aunt and uncle in California, they always went to Reno. My Grandma Rose liked to play the nickel slots and if you knew her it was funny because she didn’t seem like a gambling woman. She was very Catholic and an amazing person. My aunt and uncle gave her a toy slot machine. I played with it all the time. We went to visit them and I remember going to Circus Circus when I was 16 to just check it out and I was mesmerized by the Free Play Twin Spin Slot Machine. I wasn't old enough to gamble but I loved looking at them spin and seeing people win. I knew that when I was old enough I would play the slots someday.

 After I turned 21, I went to the casino a few times. After I became a mom, I couldn't take off to a casino very easily. So I went online and play on sites like to get the thrill of a win. If you know how much I love my jammies you know playing in them is exciting. I don't have to go anywhere. I can play anytime and I can do it from bed. All I have to do is press click here and there is no crowd of people, there is no smoke filled rooms or people trying to take your machine.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Save with Swagbucks and $50 VISA Gift Card Giveaway

I love using Swagbucks! You can earn great gift cards by shopping, answering surveys and signing up for offers. It's free and fun. You can even get points for searching for things you already are looking up. They even have a tool bar to make it easier. Earning gift cards and saving money is really important to my family. It really adds up.

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Friday, September 5, 2014

How to Achieve Perfect Skin for your Wedding Day

As exciting as it is, planning for your dream wedding can be a stressful process- and unfortunately, that stress can show on your skin through breakouts and blemishes. Take a long-term approach to achieving glowing skin on your wedding day with this year-long guide to wedding skincare.

12 Months to Go: Schedule an appointment with your dermatologist to create a plan for your skincare concerns; continue to see the dermatologist regularly leading up to your big day. Wear sunscreen and stay out of the sun so that your skin stays healthy, and begin implementing your skincare plan. Treatment can take a while to work, and you may have to make adjustments to find out what works for you. Instill good skincare habits in yourself now, such as washing your face twice a day.

6 Months to Go: Avoid flip-flopping between products. To prevent stress-induced breakouts, drink plenty of water and make time for yourself to relax, such as through a regular yoga class.

3 Months to Go: Try a professional body treatment such as a body thermal mask or an exfoliation scrub. Test out different self-tanners or spray tans to find that perfect, non-orange glow for your wedding day.

1 Month to Go: Schedule a brightening facial with extractions for a healthy glow. Have your makeup trial for a dress rehearsal to see what products and colors work with your skin. Make sure you’ve allocated funds in your budget for skincare products that will last you until your celebratory day.

1 Week to Go: Apply sunscreen daily to avoid a sunburn. Wear sensitive skin deodorant, get plenty of sleep every night, and drink water throughout your day.

1 Day to Go: Use a hydration mask for a nourished glow in pictures. Prep your products so that they’re ready to go tomorrow. Go to bed extra early, and stay hydrated while eating antioxidant-rich foods like blueberries, leafy greens, and proteins.

On the Day of Your Wedding: Have a trusted friend or family member carry your day-of emergency essentials, such as extra bobby pins or pressed powder. When getting your makeup done, use mascara, brow filler, and under eye brightener to look awake and refreshed. For an airbrushed look, use facial shine control and setting powder; make sure that your foundation matches your skin tone on both your face and neck. Finally, use setting spray to ensure that your makeup lasts for the entire day.
No matter how beautiful your skin looks, a big smile is the best accessory a bride can have on her wedding day- so have fun and enjoy your big day!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

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Monday, July 28, 2014

Men’s Summer Gifts

Whether that special man in your life has a summer birthday or you simply want to do something thoughtful for your favorite guy, gift giving can get tricky. Have no fear! I know that choosing a suitable gift for your mister is not the easiest of tasks, but with this guide you can be sure to find something for your special someone, whatever his interests may be.

A Good Watch
Timepieces are always a great choice for your guy. Accessories like these Invicta watches come with an infinite number of styles and selections, so you are sure to find something that will fit his personality. You can go with a fancier style for special occasions, something practical and professional to wear to the office or, for the outdoors, go with a sporty look. Furthermore, if he is a serious runner, look for a Garmin watch or a brand that includes a GPS and a heart rate monitor. These watches that come with extra training features are a great option to help him with that upcoming marathon.
A Man that Smells Good

Get something that is also meant for you. Keep your guy fresh with some summer cologne. Of course you want to find a brand and a scent that reflect his personal style, and opt for lighter scents for the warmer months. Some of the hottest brands of the summer include Cereus #4; with ingredients like green apple and papyrus, this cologne will captivate you and everyone who gets a whiff.  Other possibilities to consider include Issey Miyake L’Eau d’Issey pour Homme Sport (with tonic, grapefruit, nutmeg and cedar wood), Juniper Ridge Big Sur Backpacker’s cologne (with salt, chaparral, honey, oak and sage) and Givenchy Pi (with tangerine oil, basil, pine, and vanilla). 

The Business Man
If you plan to go the more practical route, look for gifts that combine thoughtfulness with functionality – maybe even throw a little fashion sense in there. Fresh linen shirts for work are a cool choice, or you can pick up a light pair of stylish socks; crazy designs are all the rage right now. If you’re short on time, pens are a gift that keeps on giving to the business professional. Don’t be fooled, while they may seem like a boring gift; you can find a set of quality pens that come in copper, brass, and titanium.  Furthermore, you can even get pens engraved so your recipient can think of you whenever he uses them. Other gift ideas that can be fun while serving the practicality cause can include leather notebooks, clocks, and desk organizers. When going the practical route, just think of what he uses or wears most often on a daily basis, and whether or not he could afford to have an upgrade.

Go Electronic
For your techie dudes, invest in a good set of portable speakers or wireless headphones that operate via Bluetooth. Cases and covers for tablets are always helpful – look for iPad protectors that conveniently store and charge your iPad simultaneously. Does your guy love streaming TV and movies? Google Chromecast is a device that connects to your television and allows you to watch Netflix or YouTube on the TV screen right from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. This can make a great addition to your next movie night on the couch with popcorn. Just remember every guy loves a brand new toy.

The Lumberjack
For the outdoorsy fellow that loves camping, get him something that he can use when submerged in nature. A classic present that is a must-have for most men is a Swiss Army Knife, the petite apparatus that gives him several potentially life saving tools. You can also update his camping equipment with a new tent or sleeping bag. Most guys don’t go gaga over gift baskets, but consider giving him a compilation of all the goods he will undoubtedly use when far from modern comforts. Examples include bug spray, lighter fluid and nifty water bottles.  
The Iron Chef

How about the man who is handy in the kitchen? Knife sets and skillets are always welcomed gifts, but tie in a summer twist to your cookware gift with a portable grill or new grilling utensils. It might be a bit of an exaggeration, but most men do love the idea of preparing meat over an open flame.
Whether you’re buying for your husband, friend, or son, keep in mind his own personal style and interests, and you can’t go wrong.