Cynthia Roberts, Romance Author

Precious Me Time Ideas For Busy Moms

We all know it’s really difficult for moms to find precious and much needed “Me Time” for themselves. Is that you? Do you rarely take a few moments from your busy schedule to kick back, put your feet up, and simply exhale to help relieve the stress?  Little breaks are probably an afterthought, and understandably so, when carpooling, preparing meals, maintaining a household, nurturing children, working outside the home, and running errands come into play.

Did you know chronic stress can be detrimental to your health, increasing blood sugar and blood pressure levels.  Symptoms of stress also include low energy, headaches, upset stomach, aches and pains, sleep problems, frequent illness, and loss of sexual desire. 

“Mom = Juggler” is far from an understatement! If a one- hour break isn’t doable, a mini-break cannot only be achievable, but it’s also a necessity to maintain a healthy balance in your life. It’s important to remember that you really do need to come first. Niching out a quarter-half hour for you is far from being selfish. You deserve it when you’re at the helm day after day non-stop.

Here are a few easy ways to relax and how you taking pleasure in a quick break is possible.

1. Can’t get out for an hour facial? Why not take a few minutes and pamper yourself with a mini-facial using any number of scrubs or masks available on the market today?

2. Enjoy a little treat of dark chocolate that will give you an energizing boost.

3. Enjoy some favorite tunes. Turn on the radio, create a break away playlist, or make a CD to escape for a quick ride in the car with the top/windows down and let it blare!

4. Find a quiet, relaxing spot to flip through that magazine you just bought or received in the mail. Maybe even read a few chapters of that novel you’ve been dying to start or can’t get back to.

5.  If you’re suffering constant anxiety or any of the symptoms noted above for stress, chronic or otherwise, a preventative and alternative holistic aid like CBD Oil will help promote relief without harmful side effects.  Look for a company in good standing that hasn’t been cited by the FDA.  

Remember. Stop feeling guilty. Your body needs a break, and so does your mind.

Tweezing and Shaping Your Eyebrows Correctly

Did you know it was fashionable at one time to shave one’s eyebrows off completely?  Surprisingly enough, that faux pas resurfaced again back in the late nineties and was very short-lived … thankfully.  Knowing how to tweeze and shape the eyebrow correctly is important to compliment the overall look of the eyes. 

Women have been known for years to follow what fashion magazines dictate, even if the latest and hottest trend isn’t the least bit complimentary.  Young teens today follow their favorite celebrities as if they were gods despite how gaudy or unflattering the style or beauty trend may prove.  Shaving eyebrows, should not be one of them because you’re taking a gamble they will not grow back. Unless you lose your brow hair due to fire or medical reasons, no one should shave off their eyebrows… not for the love of a celebrity or to be fashionable.

Eyebrows really do serve a purpose. No one is born with perfect brows and they need to be redefined and reshaped. The only way to accomplish this is to tweeze, and wax later if you choose once you create the definition and shape right for you. The eyebrow contours the eye. Bushy, unshaped brows are less than attractive and can downplay the soft line of the eye.

Follow the natural shape of your brow and tweeze those hairs that sprout between the eye and outside and below the natural brow line. The diagram provided with this article is a perfect example of how to determine your individual shaping.  Apply a wet washcloth (warm-hot) to help open up the pores, tweeze hair one by one with an angled-tip tweezer, pluck in the direction that hair grows naturally while holding skin taut with the finger of your other hand. Tweeze until the brow is clearly defined, not ragged, following along the natural brow line. Don’t forget to remove those hairs growing between your eyes at the top of your nose.

After plucking, splash with cold water or use witch hazel on a cotton ball to close the pores and soothe the irritated area. If red & swollen, apply a cold compress or ice. Do not apply makeup for at least thirty minutes. The best time to tweeze is in the evening before bedtime. Always brush brow hair upward to check any new growth and stray hairs you may have missed.

To tweeze or, not to tweeze, is up to you. But please, don’t shave!

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The Trouble With Heels

HEELS… can’t live with them… can’t live without them… just got to learn how to tolerate them, wear them, and keep them as part of our wardrobe, right?

Now, reality check. They hurt, and they hurt really, really bad after strutting around in them for an entire day and even night. The question is, do you sacrifice style for comfort? Most women would probably reply, “Ah, heck no!”  Women love them because they make their legs look longer and their body slimmer.  They love them because they know men think they are hot.  Women love them because they add “chic” to their outfits. There is just no denying that a good looking pump or, stiletto can make our calves look fantastic and sexy as heck.

One might thank all those wonderful shoe designers for causing all this misery.  The American Podiatrist Medical Association tells us the best solution is simply tossing them out with the trash. Here are some hints that may prove more helpful than tossing out your favorite pair of Jimmy Choo.

  • Granted a shorter heel (up to 2 inches) is right for comfort and health. Just keep in mind anything higher is going to place undue pressure on the ball of your foot and frontal bones. If you have to go with the height, try kicking them off when you can and keep a pair of flats/slippers under your desk for relief.
  • Believe it or, not, many women will sacrifice a smaller size because they fell in love with a certain style and the store doesn’t have a pair left in their real size. Also, it’s important to have your foot measured ever so often. Feet can grow as we get older and also longer and wider after pregnancy. You have to make sure there is at minimum a thumbs width between your longest toe and the shoe tip for the proper room.
  • Pointed & Narrow Squared toes may be the fashion but, rounded toe shoes allow your toes to lie flat and spread out naturally. If you can’t, then at least try and alternate once and a while. Pointed & narrow squared toes can cause joint pain, bunions and wrench your toes inward.
  • Many fashion shoes only come in a standard width. If you have wide feet, obviously this will cause a problem. If you love the style so much and must have them, a shoemaker can usually stretch them to widen the toe box to enhance comfort.
  • Think about cushioning. You’re on our feet more than ever and many shoes come with less than adequate padding. You have felt that unbearable burning on the balls of your feet once or twice already. It is pretty obvious it will happen again if you continue to wear them because heels shift the weight fully right to that area.

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Holiday Safety Tips For Your Pets

The holidays are certainly known as a time for excitement especially, while preparing for all the upcoming activities, meals, and decorating.   If you’re a pet owner, you also need to keep in mind just how festive plants, lighting or other changes around your house can affect your pet’s safety. Listed below are some tips that’ll keep your pets safe from harm this holiday season.

1. Electrical Cords

Generally, holiday lights and decorations mean cords scattered about the house. Pets are certain to be tempted to play and chew. It may be a good idea to unplug cords when you’re away to minimize the risk of electrocution.

2. Keeping Food Out of Reach

Oh, how we love to eat all those delicious foods and desserts. Let’s not forget the festive drinks as well.  It’s important to remember, there are a host of delicacies dogs and cats shouldn’t eat because it could make them sick. When you’re clearing the table and counter, try to wrap and store items quickly and take out the trash.  Our pets are tempted easily and if it smells enticing, they’ll do anything to get to it.   

3. Ditch the Candles

Candles lit about the house are charming and festive.  They can be dangerous when left unattended around pets because of their playfulness and curiosity.  You might want to consider opting for battery-lit candles instead to help keep everyone safe during the holidays.

4. Holiday Plants

Plants such as mistletoe, holly, and poinsettias could cause your dog or cat to have cardiovascular or gastrointestinal issues if ingested. It’s best to avoid the temptation, then ending up losing a pet or paying a very high vet bill if an incident occurs.

5. Updating Vaccinations and IDs

It’s a good idea to ensure your pet’s vaccines are up-to-date, especially if you’re planning to travel. You should also ensure their identification tags include your current home address and contact information. This can be helpful in case they accidentally get loose or slip out the door as guests come to and from your home.

6. Creating a Safe Space

Consider creating a specific area or room where pets can go to escape from the hustle and bustle of visiting guests.  Too much commotion can be overwhelming and stressful especially when overly-rambunctious children are around. 

7. Decorate With Safety in Mind

Holiday trees and other decorations can be a safety hazard to your pets. Cats and dogs may be interested in dangling decorations and lights on holiday trees and could accidentally knock the tree over from playfulness.  Avoid stringing lights and decorations on low-hanging tree branches, or anywhere else within your pet’s reach, to help deter chewing and strangulation. Avoid tinsel, as it could cause an intestinal blockage if ingested.

8. Keep Emergency Numbers Handy

Being prepared if the unexpected happens is important. Keep contact information for your veterinarian, a 24-hour pet hospital, and the Animal Poison Control Center (888-426-4435) easily accessible in case of an emergency.  It’s better to take extra precautions than to be sorry later. 

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The Allure of Vanity Tables Never Dies

Antique vanity tables were perfectly named for the purpose in which they were intended, a station for the primping and beautification of its owner. Even though its heritage is as vintage as its name, its usage has remained pretty much the same throughout the ages while its design has been updated to match modern-day trends.

I had a vintage vanity many years ago that belonged to my mom. It was given to her when she turned thirteen years of age back in 1940. I so loved and used it for close to twenty years. It broke my heart when I had to give it away after my marriage ended and the apartment I moved into couldn’t accommodate the space needed to keep it. I regret, even still today, having to depart with it. The history of the vanity table is intriguing as is, how its design has changed over the years. I hope you enjoy the collection I’ve accumulated in this YouTube video and would love to know in the comment box below, which style is your favorite.

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