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Mar 31

11 Ways To Feel Beautiful That Will Cost Absolutely Nothing

By Kelly Wilson

Beauty is big business — which means as we continue to fill our cabinets with lotions, potions and products, we’re depleting our wallets of more and more money. While buying a tube of lipstick or mascara isn’t going to break the bank, we need to remind ourselves that sometimes the things that make us feel the most beautiful don’t always come in a bottle. Our editor-in-chief Arianna Huffington certainly agrees.

Her number one beauty tip is getting plenty of sleep. “The most important beauty decision of my day is getting eight hours of sleep. It changes how I feel and how I look. And in fact, modern science backs me up.” “For example, a study in UK tested the effects of sleep deprivation on a group of 30 women. Their skin was analyzed and photographed after they slept for eight hours and then again after sleeping six hours for five nights in a row. Fine lines and wrinkles increased by 45 percent, blemishes went up by 13 percent and redness increased by 8 percent,” Arianna explained. “In other words, we wear our lack of sleep on our faces. Who needs Botox, just get eight hours of sleep!” To that end, here are 11 more ways to feel beautiful — free of charge.

1. Call your mom or your best friend for a good catch-up.

2. Get super dressed up for a casual lunch or dinner.

3. Dance in the mirror before leaving the house each morning.

4. Make sure to laugh (real belly laughs) as much as possible.

5. Wear your hair in a style that you usually only wear for special occasions.

6. Commit random acts of kindness.

7. Go for a run or walk and admire nature’s beauty.

8. Compliment yourself or write yourself a love note.

9. Watch a movie that makes you smile. (“The First Wives Club” is always on that list.)

10. Take a few selfies, whether you share them on social media or not.

11. Wear your best underthings under your everyday clothes.

Read more: www.huffingtonpost.com


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Aug 17

For the Reason that Sundays are Intended For Rejuvenation

By Kelly Wilson

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Sundays are for Rejuvenation

To break my Sunday cycle, I started off by telling myself this: You are a beautiful, hard-working,selfless being, and you deserve this time. Treat yourself.

So I did. Three things, every Sunday, for myself. I’m sharing them to give y’all some ideas, and hopefully inspire you to take a day off — completely — and cater to your needs. Follow along with this series if you feel like your “you” time is missing.

I went for a walk this morning on this, one of the most beautiful days of 2017. The sun was out,bleaching the sky, and the temperature hovered around 60 degrees. After a few blocks, I stumbled upon a chalky patchwork along the sidewalk, and couldn’t help but feel an inner nostalgia that my heart was tugging at me to grab onto. Instead of letting the moment flee, I knew exactly what I needed to do for myself.

Play. Remember that feeling of running over to your BFF’s house as a kid? The whole day was ahead of you to go on and seek whatever adventures you wanted? A kickball game was always going on somewhere, and things were just fun? Do something playful today. Seeing that sidewalk chalk,scribbled in any and all directions, made me want to go do just that.

All those feelings of having fun and being youthful shouldn’t be caged inside of you. Grab a board game, invite some friends over later, and play. Go get some sidewalk chalk, and doodle a bit. See some people throwing frisbee at the park? Ask to join. Go find a swing set, and fly. So go for it and be a bit playful.

Reflect. Now that you’ve got exerted some of that energy, go climb into an old trunk and dig out those silly photo albums. I think flipping through pictures of my past, snapped by the people that I love, is what makes me fall more and more in love with photography. What a treasure it is to have fleeting moments be captured and saved as memories.

Looking back on all of the old times makes me feel so close to my roots, reminding me of where I came from, and how much life I have so beautifully enjoyed.

Be Present. Now fast forward to reality, and decide if you are happy with it. Look how much you have bloomed. Think about the person you were then, and who you are now. Think about what values you have maintained throughout your life. Give yourself some credit.

Remind yourself to always be playful and silly. Hold on to that feeling of nostalgia, just in case you ever need to be reminded again to have more fun in this one life that you get to live.

I’m challenging you to clear your schedule today and do 3 things for yourself. You work your butt off,and deserve some time for yourself. If you try this out, let me know how it went, and if you feel rested and rejuvenated, let’s keep this up.


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Aug 15

5 Things You Should Never Do Right Before Bed

By Kelly Wilson

You might have heard people say that you should only use your bed for sleeping, and in this blog I want to explain why that is SO true. I’m sure many of us have had a night where we felt we only tossed and turned and got pretty much no sleep at all. I know between busy lives and distractions finding their way into our bedrooms, plenty of you are having a lousy nights sleep.Your routine and behaviours during the day can have a big impact on the quality of your sleep that night. Healthy sleep habits, known as good sleep hygiene are really important to ease you into the land of slumber. Bad habits, on the other hand, can really ruin a good nights sleep.For a better chance of nabbing a restful night of sleep and waking up ready to take on the world, here are a few things you should never do in bed.

1. Be tempted by late night snacking

While its a bad idea to go to bed hungry, eating a big meal right before you sleep can also lead to a restless night. Often snacking before bed isn’t necessarily the problem, what you choose to snack on has more of an impact. As you may have guessed, late night burgers aren’t topping the list for foods that make it easier to sleep. Foods with high fat content can cause heartburn, which may keep you awake long after you’ve finished snacking.

If you’re feeling peckish, I recommend opting for lighter options or foods with naturally occurring tryptophan If you were wondering, tryptophan is an amino acid that assists serotonin production, which can help you drift off to sleep. You can read about some of my favorite late night snacks here. Stay away from sugary cookies or biscuits, as well as caffeinated drinks, as the sugar hit can help keep you awake. When your tummy rumbles at night, avoid snacking in bed too. Your bed should be a place of relaxation and used only for sleep.

2. Finish off that presentation

I am sure the idea of working from the comfort of your bed is VERY appealing to many people. In saying that, being in work mode when you should be in sleep mode (or at least pre-sleep mode) means your brain is still very active. When you are on a deadline or replying to emails, you’re still thinking and planning. Your brain, being the clever little thing it is, may then begin to associate your bedroom with this kind of activity.

Following a nightly pre-sleep routine can help your brain to associate your bedroom with sleeping (which is why I recommend not to eat or work in it). Once you’ve trained your mind to recognize its time to slow down, you may find falling asleep much easier.

3. Have an Argument

Being angry or having a heated argument with your significant other (or anyone else) can severely affect your ability to nod off. Your bed should be a sanctuary where you feel calm and relaxed. Arguing leaves you feeling tense and flustered, so it will probably take you longer to fall asleep. Even worse, not getting enough sleep can make it hard to get through the next day – hello crankiness!

There is also a chance you will replay the argument over and over, which can reinforce the negative mood and keep you awake longer. If you feel yourself getting agitated at a situation or a person remind yourself now is not the best time to act on it. Sleep it off and then pick-up the conversation again in the morning.

4. Sleep with your pets

I love a cuddle with my dogs as much as the next person (or even more!), but they don’t always understand the idea of quiet time. Sharing your bed with a pet may be comforting, but its not always good for a peaceful nights sleep. Particularly if your pet is a large breed, their movements can disrupt you during the night. There is a good chance you’ll notice every time they scratch, roll or make noise. Not to mention they can hog the covers, leaving you in an intense game of tug o war when you want to roll over!

5. Watch TV

If you are one of those lucky people who can fall asleep anywhere, watching a little TV before bed might not bother you. For many of us though, the light from your screen can affect our brains ability to wind down. While you might think the noise and the lower lighting makes it easier to drift off, the light can actually affect your circadian rhythms. Without going into too much detail, the light can actually trick your brain and body thats it is time to be awake when you should be winding down.

The same goes for tablets and phones even with the new night modes many of them have, its best to keep them away from the bed. In general, try to keep your bedroom as dark as possible.

Poor sleep can have such a big influence on your productivity for the day, and it really is essential for a healthy lifestyle. I recommend being consistent with your sleep schedule and practicing good sleep hygiene as much as possible.

Try to stop worrying so much if you cant fall asleep straight away, as this can often keep you awake as well. As with many concerns, a positive mindset can help to encourage a better quality of sleep. I hope these suggestions make it easier for you to get plenty of restful slumber!

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