- Financial

Your Financial Planner Can Help You Relax About The Future

Finances, and in particular our long-term finances are one area of our lives that can often be forgotten about as we deal with day-to-day issues. ‘I’ll get around to it one day’ are the words of many a person who suddenly realises that ‘one day’ is now and then panics as they haven’t planned for their future when they should have. To avoid finding yourself in this same dilemma, securing the services of a financial planner will benefit not only your financial future but your well-being in the future too.

Money worries are something we all suffer from time to time. Often, they will be temporary, but it becomes a real problem when the worrying becomes a permanent state. Without any release from these worries, all kinds of health issues can manifest such as depression, stress, insomnia, debilitating headaches and even obesity.

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Oil Pulling to Promote Oral Health
- Health

Can Swishing Oil In Your Mouth Promote Oral Health?

If you do a search online for alternative ways to promote dental care, strong gums and healthy teeth, apart from regular check ups with your dentist, one of the most talked about is the practice of oil pulling.

Oil pulling is about as old as medicine itself having been used as an Ayurvedic medicine in ancient India over 3000 years ago. Its rise in popularity in recent times is due in part to Dr. F Karach M.D., an Ayurvedic medical practitioner, who has espoused oil pulling as an effective means to detoxify the body and prevent disease. There have also been several celebrities who have spoken about the benefits of oil pulling including Hollywood actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Australian model, Miranda Kerr.

An important point to make is that the oil in oil pulling is not any old oil, so don’t worry that you are going to take a mouthful of engine oil out of your car. Instead, it is vegetable oil, and the one most recommended for oil pulling is organic coconut oil.

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- Fitness

How to Fit Fitness into Your Day

It’s important to be fit to cope with our busy lifestyles. Lack of fitness means lack of strength and stamina, both of which are needed to work and care for children as well as to enjoy life in general. Being fit means you don’t run out of energy halfway through the day, but can get through a day at work then come home and still have enough energy to tend to children and get meals – not to mention doing the housework. So who has time to get fit by doing special exercises?

Most people don’t want to get up even half an hour early just to go jogging or do a workout on the lounge room floor. The best way to fit fitness into your day is to incorporate more activity into your daily schedule. For instance, taking the stairs instead of the lift will certainly give you a good workout, especially if you run up them. Okay, run up just some of them, at least until your legs get fitter.

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- Beauty

Basic Beauty Tips for the Face

The face is on show almost all the time because whenever people see you they look at your face. Most women want to take care of their face in some way and many spend a great deal of time and finances to get the best face possible. However, looking after your face doesn’t have to be incredibly expensive if you remember these tips.

  • Stay well by eating well – think fruit and vegetables – and getting enough sleep. Your face will be the first to declare it when you are ill or overtired, with bags under the eyes and a grey tinge.
  • Stay dehydrated to prevent early wrinkles
  • Find out what type of skin you have and treat it accordingly.
  • When taking a shower, don’t have the water too hot or stay in too long, otherwise you’ll come out looking like a prune.

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- Fitness, Health

What Kind of Exercise is Best for Arthritis

Arthritis is a crippling disease and many sufferers find it difficult to move about due to their stiff and painful joints. Yet most health care professionals would agree that exercise and movement is good for those joints, helping the sufferer to remain mobile and active for as long as possible. However, there are some kinds of exercise that should not be done, because of the damage that can occur to joints that are already in poor condition.

Anything that jolts the joints should be avoided. This includes such things as running or even jogging, jumping, skipping and so on. If you land heavily on your feet in doing any exercise, avoid it. If it is your elbows, wrists or shoulders that are affected, anything that puts too much strain on these parts of the body should also be avoided. Rather, gentle exercise that includes a whole range of motions is far better. It stretches and strengthens the muscles surrounding the joint so more support is provided.

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- Relationships

How to be a Great Mother In Law

There are many supposed jokes about mothers-in-law and some of them may even be deserved by some in-laws. Many mothers are very protective of their children and want to see them marry partners that are perfect, but of course they don’t because there is no such thing in existence. People are human and humans are not perfect, so no matter who your child marries there will always be something you don’t like about them.

If you want to have a great relationship with your adult children and their spouses, and be a welcome visitor so you get to see lots of your cute little grandchildren, here are some tips to ensure it happens.

  • Never criticise either your adult child or their spouse. Not to them, not to each other and certainly not to other people.
  • Never give relationship advice unless your daughter or son begs you for it. That’s not to say you can’t tell stories about what happened when you were a young married and how you coped with it. But go easy on those too.

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- Beauty, Health

Botox Side Effects and How to Treat Them

You’ve finally decided to go ahead and have Botox injections to get rid of those frown lines and wrinkles. You have been looking forward to your younger look with no wrinkles for some time and the treatment went well with very little discomfort, but now you have a headache and a droopy eyelid. What’s going on here? Nothing really bad, so calm down.

Botox injections do sometimes leave you with these kinds of side effects, but they don’t last very long and are nothing to worry about.  In case you’ve forgotten, your cosmetic surgeon will have told you what some of the side effects of Botox injections are. The best thing you can do while waiting for them to clear up is rest and relax.  If the headache is very bad, take a painkiller that is not a blood thinner, or do what the surgeon told you to do before the procedure.

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Wedding Expenses
- Relationships, Social

The Top 7 Wedding Expenses – and How to Reduce Them

If you are having a wedding on a budget – and who isn’t – you may be interested in knowing what things are likely to cost you the most.  You may then be able to work out ways to cut back on these costs. One thing common to every reception is music. Some brides choose a live band while others choose a dj to play the music. Of the two, the latter is usually the cheapest and besides, the disc jockey doesn’t need to take a break like the live band does.

However, if you have musical friends, they may be willing to play at your wedding for free or for a low cost. In between, you could simply have someone play some CDs through a sound system. The only trouble with this idea is that the sound won’t be of high quality and you’ll have no MC.

Here are some more wedding expenses.

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Breast Reduction
- Beauty, Health

Liposuction for Breast Reduction

Some women have breasts that are too large and heavy, causing pain in their back and shoulders due to the weight that needs to be supported. Liposuction can be used to reduce the breasts and alleviate suffering.  It is a minimally invasive procedure that leaves no scars or marks afterward because the insertion points are so small. Many women have been helped to a better life through this procedure.

Here is what will happen when you go in for breast reduction liposuction.

  • The breasts will be measured by volume using a beaker.
  • Lines will be drawn on the breast – usually in indelible ink so they don’t wear off before they can be of use. These lines will help the surgeon know where the fat should be removed from.
  • A tiny needle is used to administer anaesthetic at the points where the cannula will be inserted, so you won’t feel much after that. The incisions are called adits.

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Dermal Filler
- Beauty

More Dermal Filler Alternatives to Juvederm

When Juvederm does not work like you think it should or if there is a problem with it, your doctor may suggest using an alternative, not to having a dermal filler treatment, but to the content of the injection. There are plenty to choose from and your doctor will have the knowledge and experience to choose one that is suitable for you, taking into consideration the area to be done and your past history of dermal filler injections.

Here are some of the alternatives.

  • Sub Q – an offering from Restylane, Sub Q is a hyaluronic acid based product which is said to be one of the longest lasting at 6-18 months, depending on the person who uses it. Because it is made from a substance that is found naturally in the human body, it cannot be considered a permanent solution since it breaks down eventually.

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- Fitness, Health

Disability and Your Health

Most physically disabled people realise the need to stay as fit as possible in order to get the most out of life. Fitness often equals health when you have a disability. That is not to say disabled people are not naturally healthy, but it is easier for them to suffer from certain health problems, once they become disabled.

For instance, having to sit for hours in a wheelchair can cause pressure sores, swollen feet and other problems. You will have to work really hard to keep yourself fit in order to prevent these problems. But there is more to it than meets the eye. Being healthy is not just a physical thing; it is also a mental and emotional one.

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- Beauty

What You Need to Know About IPL Laser Hair Removal

Many people have a problem with the hair on their body, even if it is not excessive. While the underarm and bikini line have been treated for hair removal for many years, in some people other areas also need to be treated. The trouble with most treatments is that the hair always grows back. That is why treatments such as IPL laser hair removal have become popular.

IPL – short for Intense Pulsed Light – hair removal is done by a special machine. Intense light rays are pulsed into the skin and these destroy the hair growing in the follicles. That hair will either fall out straight after the treatment or over the next few days. It is recommended to use a loofah in the shower to help the process.

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Party Sparkle
- Relationships, Social

Ways to Make Your Party Sparkle

Everyone who hosts a party wants it to sparkle so that the guests have a great time and want to come back the next time they are invited.  You can ensure your guests have great fun by adding a photo booth so they can all have fun taking pictures of themselves and their friends. There are other ways you might consider to make sure your party goes off with a bang. Here are some of them.

  • Offer everyone sparkly party hats made especially for the occasion. No one is allowed to get out of wearing one. Don’t let on that one hat has a lucky number and the person wearing it will win a prize during the night.
  • Get dress up glasses for the photobooth props and add some glitter to them. Or offer the glasses to any guest who wants to wear them.

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- Beauty, Health

16 Things to Know about Liposuction

Many people turn to liposuction to make the best out of their bodies if they can’t get rid of those fatty deposits by dieting or exercise.  Others want it done but are told it is not suitable for their problem.  Here are16 things to know about liposuction before you go ahead and have it done.

  • It can cause swelling that takes a while to go down and it may take 3 or more months for the final result to be known. So don’t rush out and purchase a new wardrobe too soon.
  • Having liposuction is not ‘cheating’. It is just like using cosmetics to improve your looks, albeit rather more expensive – and invasive.
  • Lipo won’t make your body fit, it will simply smooth out the bulges so you look fitter.

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Frustration With Dating Sites
- Relationships

New Yorker Article Nails Women’s Frustration With Dating Sites

Anybody interested in online dating must not miss Ann Friedman’s take on dating apps. We hear these same complaints from many women in dating sites, and the whole dating service industry is basically pulling its hair out trying to find best solutions for these problems. One thing we liked though is the idea behind “Check Him Out”. OK, it fell flat with the author, too, but there might be an idea to be explored there. Restricting male’s aggressiveness is going to be a prime goal if we’re ever to make online dating more appealing to women.
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- Relationships

Is Flirting a Lost Art?

Sometimes it seems like flirting is on the way out. People are too serious now. If you aren’t serious about dating someone, then you can’t flirt with them because you’ll get slapped for sexual harassment or something. If you are serious about someone, you have to spell it out like a legal contract, and there goes all that fun coy hinting. And then you have today’s long-distance relationship effect. It just isn’t as easy to spontaneously flirt with someone from 50 miles away over a phone.

In case anybody cares anymore, AskMen tells guys how to flirt. Dating-to-Relating also has an article on how to flirt with women. Meanwhile, Relationship Blackbook has flirting advice for the women. And here’s a beginner’s guide to flirting.

That ought to be enough to get you started. Just remember, it’s fun, like three-year-old playmates teasing each other. But it also serves a function: it helps you be less shy with the opposite sex, lets you test your meddle in situations where you’re not too secure. Like we say, flirting’s going out of style because everybody’s too serious now. You know what the cure for that is? Date a clown.

After Liposuction
- Beauty, Health

The Story of Fat After Liposuction

As you are probably already aware, liposuction is not a procedure that is done to reduce your weight, even though it is basically taking fat from your body. It is done to give your body a nice, contoured shape. Liposuction is a permanent thing, with no more fat bumps in the area that was treated.  So what happens if you gain weight after the treatment?

First of all, once a person reaches puberty they have all the fat cells they are going to have; the body does not create new ones.  Fat is stored in your fat cells from the glucose you ingest from meals and snacks. The body converts glucose –or sugar – to fat and stores it if it is not used to produce energy.  When the fat cells are removed during liposuction, no more fat can be stored in that place. This is both good news and bad news.

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Express Your Love
- Relationships

Learn To Express Your Love

Love is a beautiful feeling we all experience at least sometime in our life. There are several who fall in love everyday. The emotions of love are in the air and deep down in our hearts. But, many a times we hold back to reveal these sweet feelings of love. What is it that stops many of us from expressing our love? Few people shy away their feelings and find it hard to express their love, while few fear rejection and never disclose their feelings. When you express your love, you really don’t have much to lose, but holding your feelings can do much harm.
I meet so many people who simply find it too hard to show or express their love. The majority of people that I came across were men, whose fears held them back from expressing their love. Many a times we have a fear of rejection and also to lose a good friend. Unless you do not reveal your thoughts and feelings, the other person will never understand you. It is good to express your true feelings, since the person may just consider your proposal and bond with you for life.

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- Relationships, Social

How to Create Great Memories of Your Anniversary

An wedding anniversary is a time to be celebrated and remembered. People like to look back to the wedding day and think of all the things that have happened between then and now. Having a photobooth for the event will ensure they can take away even more happy memories to add to those they already have.

Often, an anniversary event includes the original bridal party, if they are still available to attend. Many of the original guests will also attend, as well as newer friends you’ve made since the day you married. Having a photo booth at the event will allow both old and new friends to gather together and take fun and happy photos of you and themselves on this happy occasion.

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Online Dating
- Relationships

Amusing Online Dating Listing

The following amusing excerpt is from an online dating advert on Craigslist.

Woman: I’m a beautiful (spectacularly beautiful) 25 year old girl. I’m articulate and classy. I’m not from New York. I’m looking to get married to a guy who makes at least half a million a year. I know how that sounds, but keep in mind that a million a year is middle class in New York City, so I don’t think I’m overreaching at all.

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Online Dating Sites
- Relationships

Are Online Dating Sites Really Worth The Trouble?

The whole concept of finding a partner online goes all the way back to the 90’s, when the Internet happened to be in its embryonic stages. Among the Australian pioneers was slinky.com.au, which is now a massive conglomerate that sports many hundreds of thousands of active users from all over the country. Today, there is indeed no lack in the number of people who are going online and are willing to put down their personal details.

But, are online dating sites really worth the trouble? Does it represent a forward step in the world of dating? So, is online dating a good enough alternative for single’s bars and pubs? Some people still think that Internet dating is only for those who are desperate and would do anything to get a date. No doubt there are many people out there who are like this, but online dating is also for those ordinary folks who wouldn’t mind giving it a try.

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