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Sunday, May 3, 2020

Tips to Update your Mommy Look

Becoming a mother means making many sacrifices. First on the list is sleep. That’s a thing of the past. Certainly, an uninterrupted six, seven, or eight hours of sleep, at any rate. Gone, gone, gone. Next, money. Babies have a tendency to blow holes in your bank account, and in your savings account, and in your super-secret savings in the jar on top of the fridge. So, there you’ll be, a brand-new mother, a few months into the job, broke, sleep deprived, and wearing baggy sweatpants that you didn’t even know you owned. There’s nothing wrong with sweatpants. They’re comfortable. And scragging your hair up in a messy knot. That’s fine, too. Practical. Sensible walking shoes will help as well. Add an oversized comfortable hoodie for the active lifestyle of dealing with babies and toddlers, annnnd you’ve successfully cultivated the classic ‘mom look’.

Nobody is expecting new parents to walk the red carpet. However, there are simple ways of adding hints of style to your daily routine that can instantly rejuvenate your tired look.

Making a spectacle

Eyeglasses offer the perfect way to add flare and colour to your everyday appearance. EyeBuyDirect offers a huge range of options, for example, including red glasses (not for the faint of heart, but worth considering if you want that ‘pop’ of colour to suit all hair colours and skin types). Eyeglasses can cover a multitude of sins. From weary dry eyes to droopy sleepless bags under your eyes, glasses will instantly add a layer of definition to your otherwise washed out features. Only require reading glasses? No problem. Occasional glasses will help to spruce up your look better than no glasses at all. This is a quick win you shouldn’t ignore.

Lighten up

This tip works extremely well when used alongside the glasses trick above. Select a nude eyeliner and apply a generous amount to the lower lid (but stop a few millimetres before reaching the inside corner of the eye). This tip will help to lighten up your eyes, while creating the illusion that your sleepy tired eyes are wide open and much larger. Be sure to blend your handiwork side and side and never downwards, avoiding a messy situation with your lashes.

By following these tips, no matter your clothing or your footwear or your hairstyle, you’ll look fresh and enigmatic, like your ‘practical’ look is a choice and not a result of a tiresome lifestyle.

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Managing Social Media When Kids are Home!

Before kids and teens even start their morning routine, many of them turn to their phone to scroll through Facebook, watch TikTok videos, play games and check their text messages. 

While all of this is fine if monitored (especially if it is their only way to communicate with peers during quarantine) it can be hard to ensure that not only their time is limited on screens but also that they are staying safe while online. 

Allowing your child/teenager to be on their phone, tablet or other technological device may appear to be no big deal, but sometimes this behavior can be dangerous to their mental, emotional and even physical health.

Studies have shown that social media can be bad for anyone’s health. Vulnerable kids/teenagers are even more susceptible to the pull of social media and the dangers it can lead to. From playing the comparison game with friends to talking to possibly dangerous strangers online, there are so many ways in which your kid can put themselves in danger and/or decimate their health.

However, it is important for kids and teens to keep in touch and still feel like they have some freedom when they are online. The answer is definitely not to take their devices completely away. Luckily I’ve got some tips for you to help you manage your child’s social media time and ensure that they are staying safe.

Tip #1- Create a schedule for your child

To avoid your child going overboard with screen time, you can set a schedule for them in order to ensure that not only are they getting important things done for the day, but that they aren’t spending too much time on their screens. You can add physical activities to their schedule, going outside, reading time, etc.

A schedule is great for a child’s overall health as kids and young adults find safety in structure.

Tip #2- Use parental controls

Check any device that your child uses and see what the parental control options are. Most devices have parental control options.

Tip #3- Check their privacy settings

Check the privacy settings of every social media app on your child’s devices  to see who can see what on your child’s profile. For example, Facebook allows you to choose who sees their posts and if people can send them a friend request.

Tips #4- Use a phone monitor app

There are phone monitoring apps that allow you to monitor only certain things on your child’s devices while there are others that allow you to monitor multiple things with it. For example, mSpy allows you to monitor GPS location PLUS who they call, text, what apps they use, as well as other things.

My suggestion would be to do your own research to decide not only if you want to monitor their devices with a monitoring app but also what app works best for you to use.

Tip #5- Keep communication open

It's important to make sure your kid is comfortable enough to talk to you about anything that concerns them. Additionally, it is also important to ensure that you know everyone that your child has added on social media and who they are communicating with themselves.

Tip #6- Make sure they are not sharing their personal details

Since some children might find social media as a way to express themselves and to stay in touch with everyone, your kid might share information about themselves that shouldn’t be displayed on their social media profile. They might not understand the limits to what should be shared and what shouldn’t on their profile. This ties in again with keeping communication open and what is appropriate and what is not.

Tip #7- Know what social media sites that your child is using

Some popular social media and communication sites/apps are:
       Kik Messenger
       Facebook Messenger

Please be aware that many of these apps can be dangerous for your child if not monitored. Make sure to review each app, it’s policies and features.

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

5 Ways to Reduce Facial Wrinkles

You probably thought it wouldn't happen. Wrinkles just seemed like something older people had, but with another year behind you, you've noticed them creeping up, either around your eyes or on your forehead. These fine lines are a sign of aging, the face losing the elasticity it needs to remain smooth. While you can't prevent getting up in years, you can work to decrease those unsightly squiggles from popping up too often. Here are 5 steps to maintaining youthful complexions.

1. Moisturize Your Skin

Dry skin begins to crack. To avoid creases, keep it moist, using products that are safe for your body. Daily moisturizing products go beyond water, penetrating through pores to improve hydration, warding off the unwanted folds. In addition, regular treatments can clear out dirt and excess oils, encouraging healthy faces. For example, you might consider locating a place that specializes in a hydrafacial norfolk va. This clears out any grime while boosting antioxidant levels.

2. Increase Fluid Intake

Drink water. Your epidermis, much like your organs require fluid to stay fit. For that reason, consider drinking at least 60 ounces a day. If you have trouble with that, invest in a large cup that has measurement lines. Fill it in the morning. Set a goal to finish it by a certain time. Then, refill and set a second goal.

3. Enhance Your Nutrition 

Eat well. Look well. This phrase may just hold true. Processed foods are not always satisfying the diet. Try adding more whole foods to your diet, boosting nutrient consumption. Many believe that Omega oils and vitamin E amplify skin tightness and youthfulness. Foods such as fish, nuts, and avocados fall into this category. Vitamin A and D are also valuable, found in berries, green, leafy veggies and pepper. Rather than grab some chips, consider snatching a veggie plate with guacamole.

4. Avoid Too Much Sun

Harmful UV rays pull out water. Stay out of the sun, or protect yourself using hats and sunscreen.

5. Be Aware of Facial Movements

Do you smile or frown a great deal? Believe it or not, that could be part of your problem. Those muscles can get too much of a workout. Avoid excess expressions such as scrunching your nose or furrowing your brow.
You may age gracefully by caring for yourself through several steps: Wash your face daily; improve water retention; eat well; don't get too much sunshine. Reasonable steps could support your health and look.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

THE NAKED MAGICIANS at Detroit Music Hall, March 6 & 7



DETROIT, MI, January 27, 2020 – Following their smash hit 2019 residency at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, The Naked Magicians will return to the U.S. for a coast-to-coast tour in 2020 making a stop in Detroit at The Music Hall, March 6 & 7.  Starring Mike Tyler and Christopher Wayne, two of Australia’s most famous magicians, the duo will forego top hats and capes for full frontal illusions complete with magic, muscles and endless laughs.

Tickets for The Naked Magicians start at $39 and are now on sale. Tickets can be purchased online at or, and by phone at 800-982-2787. Tickets may also be purchased at The Music Hall and Fisher Theatre box offices.

Perfect for date night or the ultimate “Girls Night Out,” The Naked Magicians have performed -- and undressed -- for millions of fans in more than 250 cities and seven countries.  “Good magicians don't need sleeves and great magicians don't need pants,” says Tyler. “When we say ‘abracadabra,’ the audience isn’t always looking at our hands.”

The buff bros went from best friends to partners in prestidigitation following several boisterous audience members asking them to make their clothes disappear. "It's kind of crazy because magic is the second-oldest profession ever and we couldn't believe that no one had combined the two things that everyone loves — magic and nudity," says Wayne.

The broad-shouldered Wayne and proud owner of a freakishly long tongue is the first Australian magician in TV history to have his own TV series (More Than Magic). The sporty tan lines and incredible physique seen on stage hint at Tyler’s Speedo-wearing days when he swam competitively at the Australian National Championships and Pan Pacific Games before becoming a professional magician. “Being on stage doing magic without relying on pockets or sleeves does add that extra challenge and ups our game,” Wayne says.

For more information go to and follow The Naked Magicians online on Facebook (@sleevesuppantsdown), Twitter @NakedMagicians and Instagram @thenakedmagicians.

Performance times for The Naked Magicians appearing March 6 & 7, 2020 at The Music Hall, located at 350 Madison Ave. in Detroit are:

·         Friday evening performance at 7:00 p.m.
·         Saturday evening performances at 7:00 p.m. & 10:00 p.m.

Tickets for The Naked Magicians start at $39 (includes facility fee) and are now on sale.  Tickets can be purchased online at or, and by phone at 800-982-2787. Tickets may also be purchased at The Music Hall and Fisher Theatre box offices. For group sales (10 or more) please call 313-871-1132 or email

A limited number of PREMIUM VIP seats are available in the first two rows of the theatre which include an exclusive post-show Meet & Greet and Q&A with The Naked Magicians cast and creators, plus the ultimate cheeky photo taken by the show and digitally delivered to VIP ticket holders!

Performance schedule, prices and cast are subject to change without notice.
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Tips to Stay Organized on your Trip

Proper preparation saves time and helps avoid inconvenience when traveling. If you are an avid traveler, you understand the need for being organized. US travelers take approximately 436 million domestic trips annually. Planning and organizing efficiently for your trip helps assure that you will be able to make the most out of your vacation time. The tips that follow will help you stay organized on your next trip.

Create a Checklist

When preparing for your trip, you can’t afford to neglect or overlook anything that is critical to your vacation. Think over every aspect of your trip, and make sure that you have everything listed that you will need. This list should include all of the things that you will need to pack and take with you.

Create an Itinerary

Having your trip planned down to the hour is a way of making sure to stay on schedule. Creating an itinerary means that you have to research every aspect of your trip to determine when you will need to arrive at specific locations.

The use of an itinerary is a way to stay organized and still maintain a level of spontaneity. This is done by listing various options pertaining to things you can do when you reach your destination.

Pack Modestly

It is easier to stay organized when you pack light. The more you pack, the more you have to keep track of. If you can reduce everything to one piece of luggage, you will have flexibility and better mobility. You also want to pack with anticipation of extreme weather.

Have Organized Carry-On Bag

If you are taking a flight to your destination, having a carry-on bag is essential. You can use this bag as a way to transport some snacks and other common items that you may typically pack in your luggage. Only pack the things you feel you need, and avoid packing items that are prohibited during your flight.

Unpack Upon Arrival

When you reach your destination, you will want to unpack your suitcase right away. It is unorganized to live out of your suitcase. Unpack your garments and place them in drawers and on hangers.

Prepare for TSA

The TSA is an inconvenient part of traveling with airlines. Having to remove your shoes and belt and remove the contents of your pockets can be a real headache. Prepare by wearing slide on shoes and keep the contents of your pockets to a minimum.

Keep a Travel Journal

Maintaining a travel journal is a way to keep track of anything that you feel is important while on your trip. Say, for instance, you find Dayton houses for sale; you can write down the information pertaining to these properties. You can also keep mementos and keepsakes in your travel journal.


There is no substitute for proper preparation. Being organized when traveling allows you to vacation with the peace of mind that comes with being ready and having everything in order.