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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.

Durability

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!

Montage

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.

Planning

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.

REVIEW: Preschool Kids Academy Apps #FreeKidsApp #MomBuzz

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Educational Apps from Kids Academy
Available on iTunes & Google Play Free for a limited time!

 I am happy to bring you all information on the new updates and hopefully introduce you to the company. It is never too early to start learning and Kids Academy has made it easy AND fun with these apps!

kids academy dogPreschool & Kindergarten Baby Books, Songs, and Early Reading Toddler Games

Update 3/7/15. We are still having fun with this app. It’s definitely fun for car trips, the whole family sings along. This is quite a simple app, but nonetheless it entertained my child. Without a doubt, his favorite part was recording himself (and me) singing the song and then hearing the playback. He experimented with using different silly voices and had me and his dad cracking up. This is a fun app that kids of all ages should love, though at 6 my son is now on the upper age group of it.

Download this game for FREE on iTunes

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123 Tracing Numbers: Montessori Math Game for Kids

My child is a kindergarten student, and his class happens to learn using the Montessori method, so this app was perfect.  Tracing numbers and catching fireflies is a fun challenge, and your kids will definitely want to get a high score. This app is a great supplement to what your preschool and kindergarten aged kids are probably already learning.

Download this game for FREE on iTunes

Free for a limited time! Normally $3.99!

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numnber3ABC Preschool Games for Kids

I love all the worksheets in this app! My son loves the variety that the game offers. The best thing about the app is that it’s pretty easy to understand and operate, so kids can play by themselves without needing too much help. I can see this one becoming a fave.

Download this game for FREE on Google Play

Free for a limited time! Normally $2.99

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About Kids Academy

Kids Academy develops mobile apps for preschool education. Covering all major platforms their apps are designed to help kids of 5 and under to master all of the preschool educational skills from letters to numbers and vocabulary. Having passed the ten million installs mark, Kids Academy continues to deliver quality apps for iOS, Android and Amazon devices.

This post was created in partnership with Mom Buzz Media. The reviews above are my own opinions and are not influenced in any way.

Why You Should Get Outside This Winter

It’s important to exercise several times a week year-round, but once winter blows in, it can be hard to work up any motivation to step outside. Between dreading being cold and not wanting to pile on all of those extra layers, it can feel like a chore just to make a run to the grocery store, let alone go outside for exercise. Sure, it’s warm and cozy inside, but if you bundle up and head outdoors, you’ll save a bit on your heating bill and get in a great workout, too.

1. There are still multiple modes of transportation in the wintertime – the car isn’t your only option. You walk or bike throughout the rest of the year, and the winter doesn’t have to be any different. On a particularly mild day, pull on a few layers and walk to work or the store – you’ll get in your workout for the day while helping the environment. Every energy expert knows that one of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint is by finding alternative modes of transportation.

2. Exercising in the winter helps you burn more calories because your body has to work extra hard to keep itself warm. Your heart will work harder, too, improving your endurance.

3. Studies have shown that a walk in nature can improve your mood and get rid of stress. During the winter, a lot of people suffer from some sort of seasonal depression. Plus, since the days are shorter and many of them are overcast, exposure to sunlight is low. Making a point of getting outside to soak in whatever sunlight is available is extremely important to revving up your mood. Plus, when you workout, your body produces endorphins, which make you feel happy.

4. So many people catch a cold or get infected with the flu during the winter because everyone’s cooped up together indoors without any fresh air circulating. By getting outside, you’ll reduce your chances of being exposed to those germs. Plus, exercise improves your immune system, which means that when you are exposed to viruses, your body will be better equipped to fight them off.

5. A lot of people have difficulty sleeping during the winter and seasonal depression can make people feel even more sluggish and exhausted. When you exercise and keep your energy level up throughout the day, you’ll have an easier time sleeping at night.

6. When you spend time outside, you improve your attention span and memory. Being in nature is akin to meditating, according to a University of Michigan study. Cognitive performance improves, whether it’s warm and sunny or overcast and chilly. Every age can benefit from a workout for the brain!

7. The wintertime is full of obstacles – but in a good way! From snow to ice, maneuvering over and around those obstacles help workout muscles you may not normally use. Plus, you’ll improve your balance. For adults, this results in better fitness. For kids, playing outside in the winter looks like an exciting obstacles course – they can climb up snowy hills, go sledding or ice skating, or build snow forts.

When exercising outside during the winter, protect your hands and feet well. Wear light layers to stay warm without getting too hot.

Reebok: #BeMoreHuman

FTC Disclosure: I am being compensated for this post by Reebok. My opinions are my own.

 

To all the athletes out there who spend their days bloody, muddy, and sore, not for bright lights or money, but to simply be the best version of themselves: This is for you.

Sometimes a little bit of crazy is a good thing. It’s that extra push that keeps you at the gym after everyone else has thrown in the towel, that urge to go for one more lap, or that mental alarm clock that drags you out of bed in the morning to get out there and train. That little bit of crazy is what sets the tire flippers, rope climbers, and 5 A.M. runners apart from the crowd.

And it’s not just about being able to lift more, run further, and jump higher. It’s about pushing your own personal limits, expanding your mental and social strength, not just your physical strength. It’s about being a harder worker, a more mindful person, a better human. Reebok designs gear that’s forged from these ideals and stands up to non-stop punishment.

See what it truly means to Be More Human. Then get more at http://Reebok.com/BeMoreHuman.

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Hot Wedding Dress Trends of 2015

Are you ready to get married in 2015? Do you still have no idea about choosing which kind of wedding dress to walk down the aisle? How about following Cocomelody.com to see biggest gown trends in 2015? This professional online dress store compiles the standout fashion trends from Bridal Fashion Week for you. Broadly speaking, in the brand new year, an increasing number of simple and fluid shapes spring up to make it much easier for brides to fully show their elegance. Now, start your journey to appreciating those wow-worthy details!

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Modern Minimalism
When it comes to the wedding dress, many of us will think about the word “bling”. But some of this season’s wonderful works have jumped out of the luxurious and gorgeous box of traditional wedding dresses and are tailored with clean lines, like the Cocomelody style below. (We can still feel a sense of gorgeousness from this minimalist dress). This kind of Americana aesthetic is very suitable for brides who want to be comfortable yet graceful on the big day.

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Ethereal Ball Gowns
Ball gowns present a more ethereal and flowing look due to breezy fabrics and a more relaxing silhouette. When the bride wears such a light-as-air ball gown, she will feel comfortable and move freely.

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Exaggerated Neckline Designs
Want to search for something more special than those popular strapless or sweetheart necklines? What about this one? The high-neck style in front matches with a plunging V-neck at the back to perfectly showcase the bride’s sexuality. This innovative design appears on various kinds of shows this season.

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Sheer Magic
We are often captivated by optical illusions, such as flesh-colored netting bodice, silky stockings, sexy see-through underwear and etc. Take a look at this picture below. This mermaid style lace wedding dress shows off the bride’s hourglass figure and its sheer back gives us infinite imagination. Would you like to have a try?

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Off-the-shoulder Design
Cocomelody.com found there are more off-the-shoulder designs than ever before on different fashion shows. Undoubtedly this style will gain popularity as it will easily create a sexy and romantic feeling and not only that, it has an extremely figure-flattering effect. Moreover, off-the-shoulder design is able to create a triangle shape, which instantly makes the slender waist a highlight.

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Cool Tone’s Coming
Who says you must wear a white wedding gown? That touch of blush was favored by the majority of girly brides last season, but a rainbow collection of bridal wedding dresses of 2015 seems to give brides more unexpected selections. So why not break through the routine to display your personality?

California Store:
http://www.cocomelody.com/california-store

Netherlands Store:
http://www.cocomelody.com/netherlands-store

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