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Valentine Cuties

I love Valentine’s Day. Being that it embraces my favorite color palette it seems to be a holiday I can really get behind. Not that I actually celebrate the holiday – my husband’s birthday falls on that very day- but I love the pomp and circumstance leading up to it.

Why is it that there seem to be so few decorations in the stores surrounding Valentine’s Day? It is the perfect way to get through that lull between Christmas and Easter, when decorating ideas can be reduced to snowflakes.

This year I have been a little disheartened and uninspired with the Valentine’s selection in the stores, but have done my best to try and get a few things up.  A few of my friends have too- and here are some of the results:

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None of these ideas took very much time or money, and many of them enlisted the help of children. The candy heart template for the banner above the fireplace can be found here. It actually didn’t take very long and my children cut out the hearts.

Do you have any cute and quick ideas to share? If so send me a picture and I will post it here.

xXx, Suzie

 

30 Day Challenge – Oil Pulling!

 

Summer is quickly becoming a memory and sadly so is my tan. 

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My teeth may not really be in need of a tune up but the fading tan is making me believe otherwise.

I am a die hard fan of teeth whitening kits. Historically I have used this product every six months with good results. I try to do this twice a year, always directly after a professional cleaning. These are reasonably priced and I don’t find a lot of sensitivity with them:

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But since my next checkup is still a few months away I have decided to give the latest trend- oil pulling- a consistent 30-day try. 

Haven’t heard of it? Here is a good overview of oil pulling.

Since I survived my 30-Day Water Challenge I am feeling confident that I can survive the 30-Day Oil Pulling Challenge. 

Stay tuned for my results. Up for the challenge or have already tried it? Contact me or sound off below in the comment section.

xXx Suzie

Prepare to be Amazed- 30-Day Water Challenge!

Update 7/29/15

After my initial post issuing the water challenge I had no less than 12 girlfriends take me up on the challenge. Fast forward 30 days and only 2 were able to complete it- because a gallon is a whole lot of water to drink every day!  

An amazing transformation happened with my friend Gena! Most noticeably the bags underneath her eyes are completely gone. Overall her skin looks radiant and hydrated. She estimated her before challenge intake to be around 16-24 ounces/ day. 

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My sister was already drinking nearly a gallon of water a day but upped her intake and sent me her after picture only. Here she is!

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And finally, here are my before and after pictures- while it doesn’t appear to be that dramatic of a difference, I definitely could tell an improvement in the bags underneath my eyes as well as the fine wrinkles around my eyes that are no longer nearly as pronounced as they used to be. Before I started the challenge I would estimate my daily water intake to be around 40 ounces/ day. 

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If these before and after pictures inspire you in any way to take the water challenge, send me your before and after pictures- I would love to add them to my gallery!

xXx Suzie

 

 

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We all know that we need to drink more water. The benefits are endless, including helping you to eat fewer calories, flushing out your kidneys and helping balance all of the fluids in your body. But what about helping you look younger?

I remember seeing  this intriguing article a year or two ago on the serious effect that drinking more water can have on your skin. Interested? I know I was. Lines? Gone! Dark circles? Gone! Sunken and sallow skin? Gone!

Who wants to waste hundreds of dollars buying creams and serums that promise the fountain of youth? And who has the time to religiously try these products to see whether or not they are having any effect? Let’s face it people- the clock is ticking and 6 months wasted on a serum that isn’t working isn’t helping anybody. Worse yet who wants to pump their bodies full of fillers and chemicals to get their skin looking twenty years younger?  

According to the European Food Information Council, water content declines in our bodies with age, starting with 75% as infants and decreasing to 60% as adults. In order to maintain a higher percentage of water in our bodies we need to continually replenish the fluids that are being lost by drinking water daily.

So let’s start drinking!

Here’s the Challenge:

Drink 1 gallon of water daily for 30 Days. Take a picture in the morning on Day 1 of your face only without any makeup. After 30 days of drinking a gallon of water a day, snap another picture- again, face only and no makeup. See for yourself if drinking all of that extra water made any difference in the appearance of your face. And if you are really brave, email the pictures to me, along with any changes you noticed, and I will post them here!

N.B. I am not a medical doctor, but there is a condition called hyponatremia, or water intoxication, that occurs when you drink too much water too quickly. It is a very rare condition. For more information on hyponatremia click here.  

 

Super Easy Way to Determine What Colors Look Great on You

“I think this matches your season Pedro”   – Deb, Napoleon Dynamite

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I have a girlfriend who likes to point out that not everyone is wearing the right color for their skin tone- whether it be the clothing they are wearing or the makeup on their face. She always brings it back to Color Me Beautiful- the simple systems of questions that leads you to your color season that was huge in the 90s. And you know what? She is right.

But I was thinking that we need to make this even one step simpler- just break yourself into a cool or a warm tone. Do you know which one you are? Try this: Turn your hand over, palm up, and take a look at the underside of your wrist. What color are the veins? If they look blue or purple, you’re cool toned. If they look green or have a yellow cast, you’re warm toned. That’s it. Simple.

Once you know that one simple piece of information you can go forth and wear colors with confidence. Not sure what colors fall under warm or cool? Check these out:

 

http://stylecaster.com/cool-warm-skin-undertones/

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Of course if you are an overachiever and want to take it one step further, knock yourself out.

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Because time is precious, don’t waste yours wearing colors that don’t make you look fabulous.

Your Summer Sister,

Suzie xXx

Spring Coats!

“A Good Coat Can Hide A Multitude of Sins.”      – Carole Soeldner

I have uttered these words a hundred times over the years- and you know why? Because it’s true!  I will be forever grateful to my coat collection and my mom for her wisdom.

If you are trying to make a good impression and only have 5 minutes- make sure that you have a cute coat to pull your look together.  Nobody wants to wear a letter jacket with their prom dress!  The inverse theory applies here though- because you can look like absolute and total crap underneath your cute coat and no one will be any the wiser.

Even though the calendar says it is so, the weather is saying something different. I am still going between my down winter coat, a short wool coat, a trench or no coat altogether- all within the same week. Which got me thinking on how much I love my coats…because you can look pulled together with nearly no effort at all.

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Starting with the Basics- Nails!

You definitely don’t need to draw attention to your nails with flashy colors or designs, but you also don’t need to draw attention to them for looking raggedy and unkempt. Sometimes less is best. Personally I am a believer in short, clean nails. Most of my life I have played the piano and guitar, so short nails are the best option for me.

Winter in Wisconsin wreaks havoc on my nails! There is no point schlepping polish on nails that are cracking, peeling and breaking!  Fortunately because it is winter, you are able to conceal hands that are less than amazing with gloves and mittens. However, if you are trying to get your winter nails back on track, here are a few things to check out:

 

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This product is an overnight mask for your fingernails that washes off with soap and water-  No need for remover.  Fix it…and forget it!

Another option is a daily supplement you can take that will help your skin, hair and nails stronger and healthier. I have taken these on and off for several years and always notice an improvement when I am taking them.

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And while you’re at it, you might want to soften those cuticles too!

 

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Take 5 minutes today (even less than that) to get your nails back in shape. Because we all know that the snow is going to melt…eventually!