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60 Days to Radiant Skin with Exposed Skincare


Even though I’m knocking on thirty’s door, I still get occasional hormonal breakouts.  It’s definitely a lot better now than it was as a teenager though! When I was that age where my acne was my worst, I wish I would have had a system like the one offered by Exposed Skincare.

The Exposed 60-Day Basic 5-Piece Kit is a complete acne fighting skin care system that uses a multi step process to help clear your skin over time.  Its’ active ingredients are is salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide, which are proven acne fighting solutions. The products work in several ways, targeting visible acne, blackheads and whiteheads, and inflammation.  Best of all, it leaves your face’s skin looking and feeling healthier than ever!


Upon unboxing the 5 piece kit, here is what you will find:

  • a quick start guide
  • a more detailed manual
  • Facial Cleanser
  • Clearing Tonic
  • Acne Treatment Serum
  • Clear Pore Serum
  • Derm-X Cloth

All bottles are a nice size and should last months if used as instructed.  I noted a slight herbal smell when I opened the facial cleanser bottle, so it’s good to note that the products are not overwhelmingly scented, which may scare some users off.


For the next two months, my younger brother Nick will be using the Exposed 60-Day Basic 5-Piece Kit and reporting back to me with results.  He is 14 years old, nearly 15, and has moderate acne and oily skin.  He has long hair and plays sports so his hair is always in his face–leading to a lot of breakouts and making the ones he has even worse!



Here are Nick’s before photos.  I will be back with the results of his treatment after both one and two months!

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10 Facts You Need to Know about Lymphedema

The lymphatic system is vital to maintaining the health of your body. As lymph fluids move through the body, they collect viruses, bacteria and other harmful waste products that are then filtered out and flushed from the body. However, if the lymph system cannot properly drain, swelling can occur. Here are some little-known but important facts about lymphedema.

Lymphedema is Very Common

Although it is not as publicized as the widely recognized diseases such as Lou Gehrig’s disease, AIDS, Parkinson’s or Muscular Dystrophy, lymphedema and other diseases of the lymphatic system after more people than these well-known ailments combined.

But It’s Slow to be Diagnosed

It can take years for doctors to properly diagnose and treat lymphatic diseases because the spotlight is not on awareness as it is for other illnesses.

Programs Don’t Cover Treatment

Government programs such as Medicare and Medicaid don’t routinely pay for medical treatments for lymphedema and other lymphatic diseases.

Military Members Susceptible

Because lymphedema can be triggered by trauma, some of the most common sufferers are military men and women who have been injured in the field.

It Can Lead to Cellulitis

Patients with lymphedema usually see it manifested in swollen legs and arms, and a common result is a skin disease called cellulitis. Without treatment, this bacterial infection can quickly become life threatening.

Research is Valuable

What little research that has been done on lymphedema and other lymphatic diseases is helpful in investigating other ailments such as cancer, lupus, heart disease and diabetes. This is because the lymphatic system plays a role in the development of many diseases.

It’s Common in Certain Cancers

Breast cancer patients and survivors are likely to see swelling in their arms and legs. Any person who has had a type of cancer that involves removal of lymph nodes, particularly about the shoulders, is almost guaranteed to experience lymphedema.

Lymph System Transports Cancer

Part of the reason for researchers’ interest in the lymphatic system is because it is involved in the metastasis of cancer. The traveling lymph liquids are ideal transport of cancerous cells. Developing advance treatments for lymphatic diseases may prove instrumental in furthering treatments for cancer.

System Crucial in Fighting Infection

The importance of the healthy operation of the lymphatic system cannot be underestimated. Nearly everyone knows that swollen lymph nodes can be an indication of a pending infection.

Many Sufferers Worldwide

Millions of people worldwide suffer from a condition called elephantiasis, in which parts of the body swell to gigantic proportions as a result of a parasite that lives in the lymphatic system.


Five Essentials for a Home Entertainment System

When it comes to putting together a home entertainment system, there are a handful of basics that are essential. Whether you want a system comprised of the latest technology, or simply want to upgrade what you already have, the building blocks are the same. Here’s what you need to put together a great home system.

Entertainment Furniture

Before you decide on your electrical components, take stock of the space you have for both your gear and for the cabinet that will house your system. You’ll want a well-made, attractive cabinet that complements your décor. Choose furniture that’s designed specifically for home entertainment. This will offer you the convenience of shelves for various components, a system to accommodate wires, and plenty of storage.

An HDTV Television

Even though you probably already have a television, if you’re putting together a new system, it’s not a bad idea to upgrade to a new HDTV model. Televisions have changed in the last few years and many of them have convenient features like built in Wi-Fi and Internet streaming to name just two. You don’t need to get a huge television, but if you do want to go bigger, it’s easier than ever because modern televisions are light in weight. In addition, new televisions are often more energy efficient.

A Receiver

A receiver connects the components of your system. Most of your inputs will be plugged into your receiver. The receiver will send the video signal to your television and the audio signal to your speakers. While you could connect your inputs directly to your television, by using a receiver, you’ll have a system that’s organized because everything is plugged into that one device.

Good Speakers

Having decent audio is one of the main motivations for people who decide to set up a home theater. Even high-end televisions can’t give you the same experience as a properly designed audio system. Speakers come in a huge price range, but you can find affordable ones that sound good.

Power Strips and Cables

If you’re adding new components, there’s a good chance you’ll need new cables and a power strip or surge protector. Cables you might need include HDMI, video, Ethernet, and speaker cables. Labeling your cables is a good idea because it’s easy to lose track of what’s connected to what, and this can quickly become frustrating if you need to address a technical difficulty.

Whether you plan to buy everything new, or just add one or two new components,

setting up a home entertainment system is fairly straightforward and can result in a great home theater experience.

Chefs’ Most Desired Restaurants

If you have decided that you want to be a chef for a living, you are about to get started on a fun career path that will be very rewarding financially and emotionally. You will meet many people in the various kitchens you work in. These people will teach you a lot and enhance your working experience. There are certain restaurants that chefs fantasize about working in because of how prestigious they are. These restaurants are operated by some of the most well known chefs in the industry, so landing a job at any of these places is a very hard thing to do. Here are some of the restaurants that chefs want to work for.

1. Spago

Ever since 1982, the top restaurant for show business people to be seen at in the Hollywood area has been Spago, owned and operated by Wolfgang Puck. The famous clientele of Spago has made it a very prestigious job to land for all of the chefs that are lucky enough to work here. There is also the added advantage of being able to work under someone like Wolfgang Puck, who is generally considered to be one of the finest chefs in the world by people in the culinary industry. Working at a restaurant owned by Puck is definitely something that every chef wants to have on his or her resume.

2. White Elephant Saloon

Tim Love is the owner of this historic restaurant that is based in Fort Worth, Texas. He also serves as the executive chef. The food that is served here has become famous for the special Tim Love spices that are included in many of the dishes. Over the many years the the White Elephant Saloon has been in business, it was gained a reputation of being one of the best places in Texas to impress clients if you want to have an important business meeting over dinner.

3. Nobu

Nobu is not just a single restaurant, but rather a chain of elegant Japanese restaurants that can now be found in many countries around the world. They are co-owned by legendary actor Robert De Niro and Japanese chef Nobu Matsuhisa, after whom the restaurant is named. The Nobu chain of restaurants has received rave reviews from various culinary critics, establishing itself as one of the most successful and profitable restaurants in the world. Nobu is also know for being frequented by various celebrities.

Why Proactiv May not Work for You

If you’re thinking about making the switch to the Proactiv Acne System, you are not alone.  The acne treatment product is probably one of the most well known on the market, and has millions of customers as well as celebrity endorsements.

While I don’t have severe or cystic acne, I have been looking into different acne treatment lines because I can’t believe that I am still getting breakouts at age 29! While researching the best solution for my problem, I came across this in-depth Proactiv review that reveals the truth about how effective it is.

I found out that while Proactiv is strongly marketed as being the best acne clearing product out there, it scored a less than 50% satisfaction rating from everyday customers! That’s not too great in my book.  Also, for a majority of people, the multi-step process was just way too complicated, and they found the products to be rather harsh on their skin.  Finally, the system is quite expensive!  Proactiv is a product you have to consistently buy in order to keep your skin clear, and sometimes you may not be able to afford the extra cost.

I’m glad I did my research and I’m happy to share it with my readers.  There are much better alternatives to Proactiv in the wide world of skin products, and I hope to find the one just right for me!

Getting Baby’s Nursery Ready


Setting up your baby’s nursery is a joyous occasion. It’s a room you and your baby will be spending a lot of time in, so the furniture choices you make can go a long way toward making the room comfortable and cozy. For many people, the focal point of the room is the crib. The choices you’ll make as you purchase a crib include size, style, and material. While there are a variety of lovely and versatile cribs on the market, a wooden crib can be an excellent choice for at least three reasons.

A Classic Look

While wooden cribs aren’t the only cribs with classic lines, there is something beautifully old-fashioned and solid about a wooden crib. Wooden furniture brings to mind earlier eras when people hand-crafted many of their important furniture pieces. There is also a beauty to the natural grain and glowing colors of wood that lends an elegance to the choice. Many solid wood cribs being crafted today have the look and feel of vintage pieces.

So choosing a wooden crib can give your nursery a classic, elegant centerpiece. You could go with either a natural or painted finish. Wooden rockers, glider, bookcases and changing tables can provide nice complements to your wooden crib. Some people also prefer wooden cribs to iron or metal cribs because they can feel warmer and softer to the touch.


Wooden cribs, especially those made from hard woods such as cherry, oak or maple, often have great durability. Softer wood cribs, like those made from woods like pine, will probably not have as great a durability as they have a tendency to warp. If you’re considering purchasing a convertible crib, one that can be transformed from a crib to a day bed or standard size bed, durability is a definite consideration since you may be using that frame for years.

Easy to Clean

A wooden crib is also relatively easy to clean. If you choose a dark wood crib, that may hide smudges and smears more easily. Regardless of the kind of wood you choose, your crib should be easy to wipe down with a natural, non-chemical cleaner that won’t hurt your baby, such as a combination of olive oil and lemon juice.

Choosing nursery furniture is an exciting chapter in getting ready for your baby’s homecoming. A wooden crib can add beauty, durability, and cleaning ease to your decor.

Saving on Electricity Bills in the Winter

During the winter months many people enjoy staying inside because it is warmer than being outdoors. Monthly electricity bills begin to increase when fall comes around. Companies that provide services similar to Columbia Utilities can easily see the increase of electricity used by many families.

Prevent Heat from Escaping
Heat can escape a home in many different ways. Small gaps between doors and windows in a home can be easily sealed with a few supplies found at a local hardware store. Silicone, foam and foam sprays are all effective in sealing areas like this.

Turn Off Electronics
Electronics that are on most of the day in many homes include: TVs, computers and tablets. Most of these electronics can be turned off when they’re not in use and this will decrease the electricity bill each month. Many people like to have these devices on at all times because they don’t feel like waiting for them to startup. The Environmental Protection Agency has researched the usage statistics of electronics not in use but still powered on. They found out that the idle devices can drain more than 100 billion kilowatt hours of energy each year for the entire nation. $10 billion is estimated to be lost each year alone.

Use Gadgets to Estimate Energy Use
There are many devices on the market that can help families limit their electricity use during the winter months. One device measures the kilowatts of a plugged in device and display this information to the user. Timers, like those used for Christmas lights, are another great invention that can turn off a device when it will not be used. On those days where everyone rushes out of the house and no one has time to turn off the electricity, these timers can turn everything off in an instant.

Usage Hours
The bill can also be reduced if electricity is used during non-peak hours. These hours will vary from home to home but they are usually in the morning and evening. Many energy companies will provide peak-hour information to customers for free.

Families like to be cozy when the temperature is below 13 degrees. A plastic sheet can be taped onto windows to insulate them when it is cold outside. The thermostat should be adjusted and lowered as much as possible to avoid high electricity usage.

The Best Photo Book For Mother’s Day Gifts

What better way to celebrate the important women in your life this Mother’s Day than with a beautiful photo book full of memories! We’re all guilty of taking hundreds of pictures throughout the year but never printing them out to remind us of the magic moments spent with our loved ones.

Enter Montage, the best photo book choice for quickly and beautifully printing out your pictures in keepsake form. Montage photo books come in three sizes starting at $29, and they do all of the work for you. They automatically place your photos in the best layout, factoring in chronology, important moments, and picture quality, and then allow you to make adjustments where desired. The entire creation process takes less than 15 minutes, making it the best photo book for those of us who are crunched on time. The books come standard with an eco-friendly leather cover and premium lay-flat pages, guaranteeing you get a keepsake product that will last for years to come.

This is a mother’s day gift that is sure to keep on giving!


Packing For The Trip

As the time approaches for leaving on your vacation, you probably want to start packing. If you have children, then they have probably packed a suitcase a few weeks before leaving. There are some things to consider when packing for your trip. If you’re going to another country, you need to make sure you know of all of the rules and regulations of what you can take into and out of the country. Whether you’re flying to another country or to another state, you need to look at the fees associated with the number of bags that you have. Some airlines will only let you check one or two bags before paying additional fees.

When you start packing, think about what you want to bring back home with you. There might be a few souvenir shops that you want to stop at before heading home, so you will need to have room in the car and in your bags for your purchases. Another thing to keep in mind is whether you want to pack all of the extra items in your car on the way home. You might have a small car that doesn’t have room for a chair that you purchase to sit in the sand on the beach or stuffed animals that you might win at an amusement park. If you plan on bringing home a good bit of merchandise, consider taking clothes with you that you were going to donate or not wear anymore. You can leave the clothes in the room after you wear them, and you will have space in your suitcase for the new items that you purchase.

Instead of packing your toiletries, consider getting them at a grocery store or retail store when you arrive at your destination. This can prevent any spilling in your suitcase while traveling. You can also save money by using the items that are in the rooms of Honolulu hotels or hotels in other cities. If you only want to take one or two suitcases, try rolling your clothes instead of folding them and placing them in a bag. You can roll socks and underwear in the clothing to save even more space.

How to Start a Resort

Owning a resort can be a lucrative business, but you need to know how to manage the business and how to get started. You can purchase a resort that is already established, or you can start from scratch and build a resort in an area where there are no others.


There will be a good amount of planning before you actually open the resort. You need to decide what kind of resort you want to open, such as one that has a golf course or one that has a casino. The kind of resort can affect the operating cost as well as the overall price of the business in getting started. People like Steve Wynn have created businesses from resorts that are attractive to numerous types of people. The thing to keep in mind with a resort is that you need to market it to families as well as singles and couples who are looking for a fun experience. A resort on the beach could give guests access to snorkeling and other water activities while one in the mountains could lead guests to ski slopes.

Getting the Money

After you have a business plan, you need to look for the money. There are loans available, or you can use money that you have saved so that you don’t have to pay back a loan with a high interest rate. If you use your own money, it’s a good idea to start small so that you can see how the business will do before you expand. If the business isn’t profitable, then you won’t be out as much money as you would if you were to start a large resort with several floors. Talk to banks and finance companies to find out who has the lowest interest rates and who has the best payment plan. Think about investors and how you can get them involved in your venture.

Staff and Extras

Before you open the resort, you need to think about how many staff members you will need and how much you will be able to pay them. Put ads in local newspapers in plenty of time for the opening of the resort so that you can get employees trained. You will need someone to work at the front desk, people to clean the resort inside and out and people to work in the various departments of the resort, such as the restaurant or gift shop.


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