BEAUTY

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No need to crank up the AC this summer: With these heat-busting ingredients, looking cool and classy is a cinch!

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Because the aloe plant is extra succulent – it’s 99.3% water -its gel is intensely cooling and hydrating. Use it to…

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a sustainable energy logoSwap out your regular body lotion for aloe lotion for an aloe gel: Your ordinary moisturizer may be too heavy for a hot humid day, making your skin fell tacky – but aloe gel absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving it soft and dry!

a sustainable energy logoThe new aloe-based foundations glide on smooth and cool to perfect your skin tone. And because the pH value in aloe is almost identical to that of your own skin, it feels light and natural. Best of all, it won’t melt in the sun like heavy oil-based foundations.

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When heat and humidity keep you tossing and turning, these cold eye treatments give your brain the “cool down” signal to bring on slumber so you wake up gorgeous. Use them to. . .

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Nearly 100% water, cucumbers cool and hydrate the skinaround your eyes. Place a cucumber eye gel in the fridge to boost its cooling power, then dab it on before bed. It’ll prevent any swelling and plump fine lines while your sleep.

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Forget drippy cold compresses! the new cold therapy masks are filled with soft-gel beads that are cold and dry. Pop one in the freezer and put it over your eyes before bed. You’ll be cool for hours!

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Mint is study-proven to cool skin on contact: Use the herb in your morning shower to. . .

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A mint-infused shampoo stimulates blood flow to the scalp, delivering nutrients that promote hair growth. Plus mint regulates the scalps pH level to make dandruff a thing of the past!

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Drop a mint shower tablet on your shower floor. As it dissolves, it’ll release mint oil that’ll clear your mind.

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Minty body washes help loosen tight muscles.

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Eucalyptus oil releases oxygen molecules as soon as it touches the skin, producing a refreshing chilly sensation. Use it any time of day to . . .

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Feeling hot? Quickly rolling eucalyptus oil right over your pulse points – neck, wrist, chest, ankles, crook of elbow and behind the knee – will instantly spread a refreshing cooling sensation throughout your entire body!

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FUN WEB SITES LET YOU EXPLORE ZOO’S ACROSS THE COUNTRY!

letterummer’s a great time to visit the zoo – to see all the animals. But if you can’t make it, or you don’t live close to a zoo, don’t worry! Zoos around the country have started posting interesting photos, videos, games and activities that you can enjoy right in the comfort of you own home. And if you can make it to the zoo in person, you should still visit their site to see what activities are going on and be able to plan your adventure before you even show up. So I hope you enjoy these sites and have fun at the zoo!

ideas for a healthier youPALM BEACH ZOO

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SAN FRANCISCO ZOO VIDEOS

ideas for a healthier youWhen a baby gorilla was born at the San Francisco Zoo a year ago, his mother rejected him, and zookeepers had to bottle-feed him human formula to keep him nourished. But he had an angel on his side: Bawang, a loving, maternal gorilla in the zoo, swooped right in as his surrogate mom! “Bawang is a confident mother”, observes the zoo’s Corinee MacDonald. “She allows him the freedom to explore, but keeps a watchful eye on him as well.” And when it came to naming the newborn, zookeepers left the choice up to his daddy: when offered five different-colored cantaloupe shells, each one containing a different name, Dad chose the green one, which contained “Hasani” – which, fittingly means “handsome!” See videos and photos of Hasani by clicking above link, enjoy!

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ideas for a healthier youSAN DIEGO ZOO*****Animal Cams & Videos

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ALL ABOUT THE ANIMALS AT THE BRONX ZOO

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Full Exhibit List At Southwick’s Zoo

START YOUR WEEK IN THE KNOW

ice creamJULY IS NATIONAL ICE CREAM MONTH, so why not celebrate by making your own ice cream? You don’t even need a fancy machine to do it, all you need is a couple of zip-top baggies, says Michael Carrino, chef and owner of Restaurant Passionne’ in Montclair, New Jersey. This is his basic recipe to get you started:

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Place 1 cup organic whole milk, 1 tsp. vanilla and 2 Tbs. sugar in a quart-size zip-top plastic bag and seal.

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numberCombine 4 cups of ice and 1/4 cup of Kosher salt in a gallon-size zip-top plastic bag. (The salt actually lowers the temperature of the ice by several degrees.) Place the smaller bag with the ice cream mixture inside the larger bag, and then seal the larger bag.

numberShake the large bag vigorously for six to eight minutes; avoid squeezing the bag. Your ice cream is ready when the smaller bag gets plump and pillowy!

numberRemove the smaller bag and carefully wipe off any ice and salt. Serve right away as a soft ice cream or pop the bag in the freezer for 20 minutes or so to make it harder.

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letterinding it hard to motivate yourself to do something? Try turning on Baroque music – such as Handel’s “Water Music.” When people listened to this type of music while doing a boring task, 50% were more satisfied with the job, and most felt it was easier to focus. “Listening to Baroque, your heart rate drops to match the 60 beats per minute in the music”, says study author Paras Lakhani, M.D. “This has a claming effect, making concentration easier.”

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HAVE A GREAT SUMMER ROAD TRIP!

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Taking to the highways this summer? Join the club: 71% of us plan to drive to our vacation destination instead of fly according to a new Jiffy Lube survey – which means you’ll have a lot of company on the road (and a lot of potential stress)! Here’s how to make sure your road trip is one smooth ride:

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LIGHTENING YOUR LOAD!

The biggest drag on getting good mileage? Overloading the car! “The more weight you carry, the more gas you’ll use”, Says AAA spokesperson Geoff Sundstrom. So take a tip from the airlines and ask your passengers to limit how many “carry-on” bags they bring!

LISTENING FOR THREE CLICKS!

When putting your gas cap back on, listen for three clicks to make sure it’s sealed properly. If it’s not, gas fumes can evaporate, says Lauren Fix, author of Lauren Fix’s Guide to Loving Your Car. If you don’t hear any click? “Your cap is probably broken, but a new one cost just $10 at an auto store, and you’ll make it up in gas savings.”

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AVOIDING A SPEEDING TICKET!

Sure, you know to keep to the speed limit, but seeing a police car on the road is still anxiety-provoking! Be prepared for speed traps ahead of time by logging on to SpeedTrap.org, which alerts you to speed traps along your route. Or download Trapster (Trapster.com) onto your cellphone or PDA, a free service that uses your phone’s GPS and internet to warn you of upcoming speed traps so you won’t be taken by surprise!

MAPPING OUT YOUR REST STOPS!

Before you start your trip, head to TripTik Travel Planner to map out your trip and find restaurants, hotels, rest stops and gas stations along the way. The site even gives you the cheapest gas stations on your route, with more than 100,000 listed – and their prices are updated every day!

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CRACKING THE WINDOW!

Even if it’s hot out and you have the AC on, roll down your windows when you start to feel stressed. British research found drivers who do experience less road rage, stress and fewer headaches by bringing fresh air into the car – and it also improved driver accuracy!

ADJUSTING YOUR SEAT!

Believe it or not, pushing your seat back for extra leg room can cause you extra stress! “It forces you to extend your arms to reach the steering wheel, locking them into place, which is tiring”, say Fix. “It can also cause back pain!” Instead, push the seat forward so your elbows are slightly ben, which is a more relaxed, natural way to hold the wheel. “You’ll feel more comfortable and have more energy.”

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USING YOUR HEAD!

About half of all adults and kids suffer from car sickness; if you start to feel queasy, keep your head back in the headrest and try to be as still as possible, says auto safety expert Jacob Nelson. “Car sickness is caused by a disturbance in your inner ear that can throw off your sense of equilibrium”, he explains. “Not moving your head is calming to your inner ear, and will make you feel better.”

NOT BREAKING OUT THE DVD PLAYER!

While a portable DVD player is a great way to entertain kids on long trips, “it’s the last thing you want for a child prone to car sickness”, says Nelson. That’s because when your eyes are fixed on something stationary, your brain and body still know you’re moving – and the system gets confused, intensifying motion sickness. Instead, play games that encourage you to look out the window. Go to MomsMinivan.com to find games, including car bingo games and a travel scavenger hunt you can print out.

The above information was taken from an article written by Alison Bell in Woman’s World Magazine July 2009

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PICK UP NEW SKILLS FASTER BY SNOOZING!

Have you signed up for a knitting class? Heading to a seminar to learn how to start a small business? Learning will be much easier if you get plenty of rest before hand! Studies reveal that sleeping makes room in your brain for new information by eliminating brain connections that hold onto less important details. Bonus: Sleep also decreases levels of a protein that gobbles up  brain energy, leading to mental fatigue!

 GET THE REPLY YOU NEED IN MINUTES !

Need someone to respond to your message quickly? You’ll have better luck if you don’t leave a voicemail! Instead, send an e-mail or text message. New research shows that about 30% of voicemails go unheard for three days–or longer! By contrast, most people respond to text messages and e-mails within minutes!

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THESE WORDS CAN COST YOU MONEY!

Are you weighing the pros and cons of making a big purchase—-like a car or home—-or wondering whether to take advantage of an investment opportunity? then be wary of advertisements for the merchandise that dare you to spend, for instance, by telling you to “take this brave step” or by calling you “gutsy.” A new study reveals that folks who view ads that encourage them to be daring make riskier purchases than those who view ads that don’t mention it. These emotion-packed words tell your subconscious that it’s okay to be more carefree with your money.

kids with computerTHE FUN WAY TO BOOST YOUR KIDS’ SMARTS ALL SUMMER!

Your kids will have so much fun on these websites, they won’t even realize they’re learning about….

NATURE

National Geographic Kids entertains children for hours with videos of funny animals, nature-themed projects and puzzles, and even an online turtle race!

ART

New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art lets kids learn about the world’s masterpieces and use them as inspiration to draw on a virtual sketchpad!

SCIENCE

The NASA Kids Club offers word and aciton games, plus slideshows that reveal what it’s like to be an astronaut.

MUSIC

At the San Francisco Symphony’s Kids’ Site, children can listen to dozens of instruments and play games that teach about tempo, rhythm, pitch, harmony and other elements of music.

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Need extra cash? Who doesn’t? Well, according to Payscale.com, you can use skills you already have to make about…

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Teaching a hobby!

Do you play guitar? Sew? People tend to hone their creative side when the economy is down, so demand for lessons is high. One way to start: Offer to give a class at your local recreation center!

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As a handywoman!

Can you paint walls? Hang pictures? There are always household jobs that people who lack know-how are happy to have someone else do. One way to start: Target realtors. Folks who are selling or buying homes often need small repairs done.

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Research confirms that pet owners don’t skimp on their furry friends even when money’s tight! One way to start: Ask your veterinarian if you can display a flier.

EYE CONTACT

 

How often do we look into the eyes of the people around us? Next time you are out and about, notice how often you actually look people in the eye. I recently spent the day focusing  how I interacted with the people around me and noticed that eye contact rarely happens. Most of us go through our day without really looking at the people around us. We have a bad habit of doing what we need to do without any real connection to the people around us. Another thing I noticed was that people get uncomfortable when you look them directly in the eye. We have become a society that is not used to being noticed, not used to being looked in the eye, so much so that when we are, we almost feel violated.

Looking into the eyes of the people around us connects our souls to one another. It gives us a connection that binds us together. We can tell so much about other people when we look them in the eye. By looking people in the eye we can tell if they are happy, sad, mad or shy. We should be careful how long we look people in the eye, because the longer we look someone in the eyes the more uncomfortable it is, that even goes for the people we are closest to in our lives. Stare into the eyes of your partner and see what happens, they will think you lost your mind. I’m not saying that we should go out and start staring people down. Looking someone in the eye is a very personal thing, but, if done correctly, by taking a few seconds to look directly into someone eyes,  it can make them feel noticed and appreciated.

In business, looking people in the eye can get you noticed and may even get you the job you want, the promotion you’ve been looking for or even a raise. By paying attention to the people around us we can make them feel like they matter and that what they have to say is important to us, it can make us look like we know what we are doing, that we are confident in our selves and our abilities. Looking people directly in the eye is a way of showing others that we see them and that they have our undivided attention.

What everyone in this world wants is to be noticed, to know that they matter and that they are not alone. And our most important purpose in life is to show people they are valued. There is no better way to get that message across than to look others in the eye and acknowledge them. The next time you are at the grocery store or a restaurant or walking down the hall in a hotel, notice the people that you come in contact with. Actually take a second to look into the eyes of the cashier, waitress, or cleaning person. Be grateful that these people are there serving, and realize that without these people we wouldn’t be able to get through our day.

We have an obligation to our society to connect to the people around us. Without that connection we can feel like we are separate from everyone and that what we do doesn’t matter. But the truth is that each one of us is important and each one of us affects more people than we realize. If all it takes is a few seconds out of our day to stop and look into the eyes of the people we come in contact with on a daily bases to make a better world why wouldn’t we do it? Could you imagine what a beautiful world it would be if we all connected with one another and made people feel loved, wanted and important. It can happen and it all starts with you!

Overcoming Adversity

In talking with a friend of mine the other day I realized that we are all going through challenges in our lives. We are living in a time that is changing rapidly and some of us are having a hard time keeping up. Add to this the adversities that we have had in our lives and we get stuck, depressed, anxious and worried. We start to feel like we are the only ones on earth who are going through a tough time. Well, I am here to tell you, you are not alone. Everyone, from the wealthiest person, to the bum on the street, has gone, or is going through some kind of adversity. The real test of a person’s character is how do we get through it and come out on the other side with our passion for life still in tact?

Count your blessings! That’s it. By counting our blessings we will see that there are some things in our life worth living for. When we focus on the good things in our life, then, we can overcome adversity against all odds. Each one of us was born for a reason, we each have a purpose for being on this earth. Finding the thing that gives us a passion for life is what our purpose is. Whatever we are doing right now is what we are supposed to be doing. There is something to learn, not for us to keep to our self, but to share with others. That doesn’t have to be a big, grand or over the top idea, it is more about the little things in life. When each person does something small, collectively it adds up to something big. Whether your passion is for people, animals or the earth, that is up to each individual. Just do it, and the results will come.

When our backs are against the wall and there is no light at the end of the tunnel, that’s when we have to shift our mindset. We can use our time of adversity to think out of the box, be practical and simplify our life. Remove the junk that is blocking the way to success. This can be physical or mental. When there is clutter in our life or in our mind we can not move forward. We need to remove the clutter in our life by either cleaning up our environment or our minds, removing the things or the thoughts that are not of use to us anymore. Whether it be an old worn out mindset, or couch, it doesn’t matter, if it doesn’t bring us joy or it doesn’t create an atmosphere for creativity then it is not of use in our lives. Be flexible, open minded and aware when it comes to opportunities. They are all around us if we just take the time to look. Sometimes we put ourselves in a box and think that there is only one way of doing things, but when it comes to overcoming adversity, we need to recognize that we can use our adversity to our advantage. In finding a way out of our struggles, we have found a solution to our problem, this can then be used to help others who may be having the same problem, that creates opportunity.

Surrounding ourselves with people who have the same goals as we do is great, but surrounding ourselves with people who have the skills we lack is the key to our success. We need each other, and not one person has all the skills it takes to be successful. It is just like a good marriage, they say that opposites attract, well, that is because where one person lacks the other picks up the slack. That is how it is in life. We find the people who, not only share in our passion, but also have what it takes to work together, to get us to our next level in life. By working together, we can spread the wealth, and boost the economy. By pulling our resources we can come together and solve, not only our own problems, but also help someone else with theirs.

“Find your purpose”, “be courageous”, “face your fears”, don’t just know these cliches, live them. That is where the fire burns, is in actually living your purpose, actually being courageous, and actually facing your fears. Whatever they may be, whatever is going on, whatever is holding you back, don’t let it! Stand up, take charge and go for it. Quit looking for purpose in life, whatever you are doing is your purpose, and in there somewhere is your passion, that is what you need to find, what is it that drives you each day to get up and move, why do you keep getting up each day, who is important enough to keep you going, when are you going to realize that you are important, where are you going and why are you alive? Important questions that will change your life. Be yourself and remember that in adversity is where we find out more about who we are.

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PASSION IS PURPOSE

What does it mean to live our purpose? What do we need in order to find our passion and accomplish our goals? Where do we find the strength to move forward? When we talk about these things there is a feeling we get inside of us that makes us excited and want to know more. We think, yes, tell me what it is so I can get it and know what to do. But, the problem is, that we have to find it on our own. Nobody can tell us what our purpose is or how to find it. It is up to each person to find their own path to their passion. It’s not as hard as we think, though. Its about connecting, connecting to our inner self that knows what makes us want to fight for what we believe in. Taking the time to quietly sit with ourselves and tap into our core and feel the fire of what is burning inside of us, that needs to get out. That’s what passion is. The only way we will have the strength to fight for what we want, is to live passionately.

I know that when we talk about passion we get excited and then when we’re told we have to find it on our own we get let down, but, here’s the thing, all we need to do is to take action. Not just any action, but, inspired action. Start searching, that’s how we can find out what it is we are passionate about. Just do something and even if we fail, that’s success, because we have found out what is not our purpose and we can move on to the next thing. Don’t give up, these days we have no excuse for not doing what we need to do to find our purpose, with the internet we can find out about anything, we can explore all our options, before we even take one solid action, we can take a step. Once we find our passion, then we can set our goals and tap into our inner strength and every day we can acquire the knowledge we need to achieve those goals. Setting ourselves up for success, is to tap into the true essence of our self and be a person who lives their purpose. We can do this by awakening the warrior within, its not about waring ourselves out driving towards that goal, so focused on it that we lose track of what we’re trying to accomplish, its about connecting to our purpose and tapping into that thing inside of us that we know, that we know, that we know, we are supposed to do. Once we understand where that passion comes from, research it and take action, it will take on a life of its own and lead us to where we need to go. Its not a head thing, its a heart thing.

Can we live our purpose and create the life we want without being a warrior? NO! Being a warrior means standing up for what we believe in. Its what gives us the strength we need to move forward, taking the steps necessary to accomplish any goal we set for ourselves and gives us the excitement and the enthusiasm to carry it out regardless of the obstacles that get in the way. One of the biggest obstacles we face is ourselves. We are the ones who will talk ourselves out of living our passion. We are the ones who tell ourselves we’re not good enough, we don’t drive a nice enough car, we’re not pretty enough, we’re not smart enough or we don’t have enough money. We go on and on telling ourselves how we are NOT going to accomplish our dreams. But, these are the obstacles that we can overcome if we just believe in ourselves and take the steps necessary to move forward, then, things have a way of working themselves out. I have never heard anyone who was successful that said they never had an obstacle to overcome. I am a writer, I love to write and regardless of what others tell me, I will write. In doing research on writing, I have found so many stories of rejection. Everyone who writes has been rejected by publishers, by the press, by other people’s opinions or by their own self talk. Rejection is what we need to push us and let us know if what we are doing is what we are passionate about, because without rejection we would not know what success is. When we are rejected by others or even ourselves and we do it anyway, that’s passion, that’s our purpose!

We can accomplish anything we want, there are no limits, only the limits we set for ourselves. Its not about having our heads in the clouds, its about waking up everyday and connecting with our inner self. We must make some time for ourselves or we will not know what makes us happy, excited about life, joyfully enthusiastic and enlightened. Wake up earlier than everyone else in the house, sit quietly and hear the still small voice of God speak. What a special moment that is, a moment that everyone experiences differently. Each of us is an individual with unique talents and gifts and no one person is exactly like another. We can chose how we want to live by connecting to our purpose, connecting to our inner power, connecting to our inner peace and connecting to our inner discipline. We are not going to war against anyone or anything, we are engaging in something bigger than ourselves, we are creating and we are standing for something. It’s more about surrendering than warring, we need to surrender to our passion and our purpose, living a life that flows freely. We do not have to struggle against the current, if we are being true to ourselves we will flow with the current of life. To know our purpose, is to be willing to give up everything to follow our passion. That’s when we know we are doing what need to do, that is being true to our self, that’s how we overcome obstacles. When we are willing to give up everything, then we’re concerned about nothing, which frees us and allows us to create whatever we want.

Be brilliant, shine and glow, there is a light inside of us that will only shine when we are lit up from the inside. The fuel for that fire is passion, a passion that comes from being uniquely ourselves. No one thinks the same way, moves the same way or lives the same life, no matter how close we are to others, we are closer to ourselves. We spend more time getting to know other people than we do ourselves, we believe more in others more than we do ourselves, we encourage others more than we encourage ourselves and we engage more with others than we do with ourselves. Again I want to say, lets embrace our individual uniqueness, and then we’ll be able to embrace the uniqueness of others. While we are trying to get people to understand us, let’s start by understanding others. Dare to be different by accepting the difference in others. Instead of competing with each other we can stand in our own space, a space that is unique to who we are, and allow others to do the same. We can work with others, instead of against them. Keep in mind that nothing happens overnight, everything takes time, but, we will never get anywhere if we don’t start somewhere. Taking baby steps each day will bring us closer and closer to our goals. Stay in the Now of each moment and enjoy life right now, don’t continue to look to the future for someday. Someday is here and now, each moment of everyday is the tomorrow we create, so make it as pleasant as possible, then, one day we’ll look back on today and say, “Those were the days”.

WRITTEN BY: SINDY WILLIAMS