Working out during the first trimester of your pregnancy can help increase your energy and minimize many of the discomforting symptoms moms-to-be experience during the early stages of pregnancy. Begin workouts with a warm-up to get your muscles ready to work. End with a cooldown to stretch and repair your muscles. Eat at least 30 to 45 minutes before beginning your workout; make sure you have fresh water nearby to keep your body hydrated. Always talk with your doctor or midwife before trying an exercise regimen to ensure it's safe for you and the baby.
Just because you're pregnant, it doesn't mean you have to sacrifice your personal style. You can find many ways to dress comfortably, while staying fashion-forward throughout your pregnancy. Take pieces from your closet, borrow clothes from friends who have recently given birth, shop your spouse's closet or hit a trendy maternity boutique in your area to create a style of your own.
"You are what you eat," Mom always said; she was right, especially when it comes to your skin. Just as your hair, your nails and even your emotional balance can be affected by what you eat, your diet can help transform your skin from dull and lifeless to clear and glowing. The best foods to eat for healthy skin are foods rich in antioxidants, iron, essential fatty acids such as Omega-3 and Omega-6, and minerals such as zinc or selenium. It is simple to fit these foods into even the busiest schedule. Here are 10 sample lunches that are perfect for taking to work, sharing with friends or enjoying on a weekend at home. They aren't just delicious; they are quick to prepare, economical and with every bite you'll be giving your skin everything it needs to look as healthy as possible.
Healthy hair doesn't come from a bottle of shampoo or an expensive styling product. Healthy hair is grown from the inside out. The healthier people eat, the healthier their hair will be. A well-balanced diet that includes the foods listed below will keep hair looking great. Avoid fad diets or diets low in protein and omega-3 fatty acids, as they will cause hair to look dull and brittle.
Fat free. Sugar free. While these phrases on food labels may sound healthy, they can be quite deceiving. Before you purchase your next “healthy” food item, make sure you’re well informed on how certain so-called healthy foods are actually bad for your health.
You need not be a guru to appreciate the benefits of meditation. In addition to providing mental clarity, meditation can also relieve stress, encourage deep breathing, promote blood circulation, encourage healing and boost the flow of energy throughout your body. Beginning a meditation regime may seem daunting, but not everyone spends an hour in rapt silence daily. Try these simple techniques that are perfect for beginners to meditation and require little financial or time commitment.
Give yourself a spa facial in the comfort of your own home. The facial consists of sequential steps, and you can use any store-bought line of facial products or homemade cleansers made from natural materials.
It's Friday moms! Time to take a loud off and enjoy a glass of wine or cocktail a teensy bit earlier than usual. The Sugar Mommas’ gave us this absolutely delicious lemonade cocktail, perfect for welcoming in the summer! And, if you're looking for a drink to make at your Memorial Day BBQ, this is a great, refreshing option. What a treat!
You've been to the doctor, the bookstore, the baby store and are ready to tell the world your big news--you are expecting. While the doctor is full of wise medical information on your condition, there are also a million books to help you along the way. The stores are also packed with advice-giving clerks and fellow mothers-to-be. You may find that what you really need is to discover the lighter, more humorous, side of being pregnant.
Sexual dysfunction in men can include a low sex drive and is usually due to an untreated medical condition, notes the University of Maryland Medical Center. If the man if your life is suffering from a low libido, please don't blame yourself. Instead, see if you can get him to try some herbal remedies or talk to his doctor about prescription drugs.
I never watch Oprah. I love the woman but I just don’t watch her show, I’m not sure why, I used to all the time. Anyhow, for some reason I watched it this morning and I may sound crazy but I believe in listening. I’m not quite sure how to put this, but listening when you feel like you are supposed to listen to a message that may have been subtly put in front of you multiple times recently. This was a message that I took to heart and will make a positive change and I hope you all do too.
So, you’ve finally decided to go on a family vacation. Good for you! But, as any traveler knows, there is a lot of stress involved in getting ready to leave. One source of stress comes from leaving the house empty while away. How can you protect your home while you are away on vacation? Here are some tips:
There's a lot of information out there about high-protein diets and how to build muscle by including more protein in your diet. However, not all sources of protein are created equal. Some protein sources will also fill you up with excessive calories and saturated fat. Stock your pantry with the foods listed below and make them essential components of your meals and snacks. You will give your muscles what they need without contributing to your fat stores.
Some hairstyles come and go while others stick around and are worn by women day and night. While an elaborate hairstyle may be great for a special event, for your everyday look, you will want to stick with something that's quick and simple, and most importantly, that looks good on you. The best hairstyles can be adapted to fit any hair type or face shape.
Celebrities are notorious for trying the latest diets and nutrition fads. They are also quick to publicize their get-thin-quick schemes, which many people are eager to copy. After all, if you want to rock the red carpet like Halle Berry or light up the catwalk like Jaslene Gonzales, what better way than to emulate their eating and fitness habits? Just remember singer Wynonna Judd's advice to celebrate and appreciate your body no matter what its size.
Being thrifty can be challenging when you have a family, and with the cost of food rising, your family budget can take a real hit at mealtimes, with dinner being the most expensive. Here are 10 cheap dinner ideas for your family that can help spread out your dollar while still providing tasty and nutritious food at home for everyone.
Hairstyles come and go, but a few remain popular through the years. Hairstylists find ways to update hairstyles with different variations to give them a fresh slant while still keeping their original versions intact. So, don't be surprised if your mom's photo of her hairstyle taken decades ago looks similar to the hairstyle that you are wearing today.