Could Social Media Food Posts Be Ruining Our Health?

In the U.S., more than 10,000 people reach the retirement age of 65 each day -- and given the growing population, that number will also increase in the coming years. It's understandable that you might want to do everything you can to adopt healthy habits while you're still young. You could potentially stave off a chronic health condition or maintain a healthy weight just by making small changes in your youth. But considering how social-media-obsessed young people are these days, it's important to consider whether the visually appetizing food trends we see on Instagram, Facebook, and Snapchat are helping or hurting those endeavors. In other words: could these platforms be negatively impacting our diet, even if the food depicted seems nutritious? Facebook has approximately 1.97 billion … [Read more...]

Connecting With Teens: Do You Have What It Takes To Be a Cool Mom?

It might surprise you to learn that up to 67% of American teens actually want to spend more time with their parents. This flies in the face of conventional wisdom that teenagers are sulky, overly emotional beings who are just so misunderstood and want to be left alone by all parental units. In reality, teens want to be understood as much as they want someone who will listen to them. If you want to find great modern methods of connecting with your teen, check out these excellent tips. Learn What They Like If you have ever become completely overcome with a fascination for a specific activity, you know how much you can learn about it in a very short time. Well, your teen is bound to become passionately obsessed with something eventually. Conventional wisdom say to steer into … [Read more...]

Spring Jewelry Trends for 2018

Oversized Bee Ring is on trend for 2018. When it comes to jewelry trends I like to follow the old adage, "keep it simple".  You get the idea.  Jewelry trends overwhelm those who don't feel comfortable being too trendy or adding more than their everyday jewelry.  I get it.  That's why I picked three trends that are fairly classic and easy to incorporate into your most basic wardrobe staples.  And remember jewelry is for having fun and adding a bit of sparkle, shine and breaking up the norm. Hoop Earrings That's right. They are back! Asymmetrical, oversized or with a tortoiseshell finish you cannot go wrong.  The classic gold hoop in a variety of sizes never fails. Wear any hoops to dress up a simple sheet dress for a night out. Take that button down for the office and … [Read more...]

3 Safety Features To Consider For Your Next Family Vehicle

Americans say they spend an average of 87 minutes a day in their cars, but a median of 60 minutes. A family with multiple children, however, often exceeds this time between the nonstop hustle and bustle of work schedules, school and extracurriculars, appointments, and other social events. Shuttling your kids around isn't always easy, but it's necessary, and it's a parent's responsibility to invest in a family vehicle that's as safe as possible. Here are just a few safety features you may want to consider for your next family vehicle. Advanced Seat Belts Obviously, seat belts themselves are considered a basic and necessary feature equipped in every vehicle. However, many newer seat belts are designed with increased safety in mind. A new energy management feature, for example, enables seat … [Read more...]

5 Tips to Cover Up Pimples

Almost every other teenager experiences acne, pimple or blemishes and continues experiencing it until their adulthood. Acne is considered to be the most common skin disorder. It can be caused due to different reasons, we are living in an environment that is full of pollution and bacteria in this case acne can be caused due to dirt, debris, chemicals and infections present in our surrounding. However, hormonal changes, genes, and stress are some other reasons for getting in this trouble. If you deal with pimples frequently you must know how frustrating it is. Therefore, I have compiled few simple and easy tips that can help you in avoiding, minimizing and covering up your zits, acne or pimples. Skin Care Regime: Cleansing and moisturizing your skin is basic skincare regime. However, … [Read more...]

Valentine’s Day Dresses and Gifts

Ever since I can remember I have loved Valentine's Day. It's my Dad's birthday.  But, I think it is the burst of color in an otherwise dreary mid-winter slump that breaks through all pink and red and totally sweet that makes me love the holiday so much.  Even if it is totally made up and super commercialized. @brittney-burnett Recently, H asked me what I wanted to do for the day and I shrugged and said, "Meh, I don't care. Nothing?"  People, this is how we know I'm not myself.  It's not me sulking about the no sugar rule I'm on or that I feel like I can't buy gifts because I'm not working. It's that I just can't seem to muster excitement for anything these days.  Mid-winter slump or sick of being sick? Probably a bit of both. I may not be able to indulge in candy this … [Read more...]

Helping Your Child Create and Maintain a Balanced Diet

Parenting can come with a lot of challenges. Among those problems is keeping your child's diet in check. Making sure your child has a good diet on their hands can help prevent numerous issues. One of those issues is obesity, which can cause future weight problems. According to the CDC, the number of children with obesity has significantly grown over the last 20 years. Children and teens who are obese are subject to bullying and mocking, but also face potential health risks. These health risks include diabetes, asthma, and bone and joint problems. Your child may also experience dental problems. If you constantly give your child sugars and sweets, there's a high chance they will develop cavities. Cavities are known to develop when a child intakes a lot of candy, desserts, or … [Read more...]

Touchdown! Tips To Throw A Fan-Worthy Party for the Big Game

For American football fans, the most wonderful time of the year is yet to come. As the NFL decks the halls with rings and trophies, fans all over the country prepare for a day of wings, beer, and shouting at the television. Oh, Football season. How we missed you. While millions of people tune into football games every week, an estimated 111.3 million people watched the Superbowl in 2017, many of which were surrounded by equally enthusiastic friends. If you are hosting a party on Superbowl Sunday, this can be both exciting and stressful. It might seem like there are endless tasks to complete, but hosting a gameday gathering can actually be pretty simple. These tips will help you form a game plan and tackle this party like a pro. Don't overthink it. Remember that your friends … [Read more...]

Ways To Practice Self Care During Fertility Treatments

For many women, the journey to becoming a mother is one of the most difficult struggles they will ever face. If you are currently in the midst of IVF or other fertility treatments, you might know this difficulty all too well. About 85-90% of infertility cases are treated with drugs or surgery, and this process can be taxing. From the news of your infertility to the actual intensity of treatment, you might be feeling emotionally and physically drained. And this is why self-care is more important than ever. While a self-care ritual might be the last thing on your mind, there are steps you can take to make yourself feel calmer and in control of your situation. While there are many tips floating around the internet, here are some simple ideas to get you started. Get enough … [Read more...]

6 Affordable Ways to Lift up Your Home Style

The world of inspiration in interior design always puts us in the mood for decorating. We can hardly resist those enticing patterns, rich textures, and enchanting color palette. If this sounds all too familiar, you’ll be glad to hear that you can design a luxurious, chic home on a budget. All it takes is little creativity and inspiration, and your home décor will be worthy of boutique hotels. 1.      Choose a luxurious color scheme It all starts with color and, to add a touch of luxury to your home, you need to choose the right ones. Depending on your personal style, you have a range of options. While royal blues, regal purples, and rich reds will help you give character to your home and create a bold, inspiring look, a palette of soft neutrals will set the tone of subtle elegance. The … [Read more...]