Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Beautiful Dreamer!

By Mary Caliendo

Did you know there's something behind the saying "getting your beauty sleep"?

It's true, there are many cosmetics & preparations out there that can make one look prettier or better, but did you know that sleep is beauty for your overall health?

While most sleep centers would like the average person to get an ideal seven (7) to nine (9) hours of sleep per every twenty four (24) hours, however, the most sleep one can get the better.
Sleep allows your body, mind, and organs to come to a "rest". It allows your body to de-stress itself and revive and get ready for the next upcoming day.

Here's the ugly "low-down" on what can happen with short term sleeplessness:

decreased memory
cognitive impairment
falls and trips & lack of of alertness
negative stress impact
driving impairment

Here are some long-term risks:

High Blood Pressure
Heart attack
Heart Failure
fetal growth retardation
reduced quality of life

That's not pretty no matter what your age, your socio-economic status, or your job; getting your rest is a beautiful thing! Turning yourself into sleeping beauty may not get you a kiss from your prince but, you will be able to look into the mirror and truly see the fairest of them all!

Sweet dreams beautiful dreamers!

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Beautiful Self-Esteem

By Mary Caliendo

Have you ever heard the saying "Everyone is beautiful in their own way?" Yes, I'm sure you have, so why is it that if we have all heard it a million times that we don't trust the saying?

Most likely the reason we don't practice what we preach is because many times each day we are all reminded that it is a beautiful thing to be beautiful. The beautiful people get more things, they get better jobs,they find better partners (or find partners at all), and quite simply the people that are "better looking" just have a better time in life in general.

It is time for that to change! "Everyone is beautiful in their own way" and we need to pass this very important bit of information to our little children and especially to the little girls coming up.
I was impacted greatly when I went to visist a large manufacturer of beauty and beauty-related products. This manufacturer is proud to say their industry, the industry of beauty stinks! And it stinks so much that they have launched their own campaign to change this! If you haven't heard of the Dove soap company, you must be living under a rock!

Seriously, if you believe you are a great parent,coach, scout leader,sport coach, mentor, teacher or just mom and dad and you have not been to this web-site you need to go. Look and listen to the information they are presenting.

The video shorts were very insightful and quite powerful! The video Evolution shows the transformation that a women goes through and then the further computer enhancements that are then made to her for the "final" picture. It was truly unbelievable! And then there was Onslaught the video, all I can say is wow. Every parent needs to see this and as Dove says, They are talking to your girls before the beauty industry gets them!

Please go to to check it out for yourself. Be a stand up parent and let this company show exactly why they launched the campaign for real beauty. Your child needs you to tell her (and him) why it is great to look good, but what counts on the inside is so much more important!Stand beside them as you both find your real beauty!

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Lip Care

By Mary Caliendo
Having beautiful lips shouldn't be so difficult. We need to treat our lips as we do our facial skin each day. According to the Academy of Dermatology, our lips do not contain oil glands and that in turn can cause them to become dry and chapped. The academy goes on to remind us that it does not have to be winter to have chapped lips.

Simple things like overly licking lips, exposure to wind, and even exposure to sun can cause chapped lips.

Here is a couple of simple things that can help you avoid getting chapped lips. Starting with the simplest of all, quit licking your lips (I don't know about you, but my mother would holler at me).
In the age of sunscreens for your body; get one for your lips and don't leave home with out it on! Purchase a lip balm that contains an SPF. Be certain that the SPF is at 15 or higher to combat the harmful rays of the sun. On windy days in winter, cover up your face this will not only help your lips, it will also help you avoid wind burn on your cheeks! Wearing a simple scarf, or even pulling up a turtleneck will help.

For night time, people have been known to create their own home remedies or use petroleum products and this can work for some. Please heed the warning that many have allergies or reactions to homemade remedies or are allergic to petroleum products, be careful if this is you.

Continue by "amping" up your water intake, and continue with a good diet with fruits and veggies (this helps with facial skin too). Finally, make certain that there is the proper level of moisture in your home.

Following these simple beauty basics, your lips will be stunning and will go from season to season.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Water is a Beautiful Thing!

By Mary Caliendo

Want a quick refreshing dose of beauty? Jump in the pool! Yes! Hit the pool for a great workout. Water is relaxing, refreshing and fun. Exercise helps us maintain our beautiful selves, and water is just another way to get your exercise. It is nothing new, but often overlooked as a viable way to maintain your level of fitness.

Water exercise based classes at clubs used to be touted as classes for recovering injured, the elderly, or for people with chronic illness such as arthritis. But no more, aqua aerobic fitness classes are springing up all over the place!

Water uses no gravity as exercise on land does. While you will not get the benefits of weight-training by using free weights in water (though there are weights for the water), water does provide so much more. Water is actually heavier than air, and is all around you when you are swimming. While you don't feel heavy, your movements are not restricted but you have resistance all around you. And with little or no effort exercise is easy, comfortable, and offers your joints relief from the banging and pounding that exists on dry land.

One can grab the side of a pool and create a great workout, by doing leg lifts, squats, and lunges. Jogging in place, dancing, and jumping up and down (bobbing) can increase the aerobic benefit. To further your workout, grab the pool floats! Use the noodles or the kid's floats to do the bicycle! These exercises use all of your muscles, burn calories, and provide soothing relief. If you are able and want to, amp-up your workout by doing full laps across the pool.

To warm down, just walk or float around. The water is for everyone, and for those of you in areas of seasonal warmth, try to take full advantage of the gym right outside your door!

Jump into the pool with your kids and workout, or start a mother's/ladies swim group and encourage your friends to get healthy and happy as you are enjoying fun in the sun this summer!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Your Skin Beauty

By Mary Caliendo

Your Beauty is skin deep. Here's a small guide for your skin through the stages and ages of your life.

In your teens and early 20's it is very important that you take care of yourself. As with everything in your future, your health and your beauty starts early.

When you are young and looking into the mirror, you don't immediately see a 50 year old self looking back at you. But your old bad habits will show up when you are older, and unfortunately it will show up on your face.

In this age category you will get pimples here and there, or you will get acne. In your young teens and 20's your glands just overproduce oil and thus pimples. Please don't use harsh chemicals to zap them, your skin is delicate at this time and will not need those harsh very adult remedies.
Instead, use gentle washes at bedtime, and apply a moisturizer. Look for a lotion that contains an SPF of 15 or above. Make sure also that it contains UVA and UVB sun protection.

Coming into your middle years, you may start to notice subtle skin changes. Sometimes, very late 20's through even early 40's fine lines appear, perhaps a wrinkle or two. *Anything damaging that happened to your skin in your 20's will start to creep in now.* Please continue to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun, they are extremely damaging!

Your daily morning regimen should include a product to exfoliate your skin. For your bedtime wash, you should maintain use of a mild cleanser. Many great creamy ones are on the market.
Look for a retinol type lotion at night. (this will repair damage as you sleep)

Skin now that is entering the latter part of the 40's and into 50's show signs of losing its elasticity. Pores increase in size, and often time we see spider veins and sometimes age spots will appear. Continue to treat yourself with care using a more creamier cleanser, and looking for a pore reducing product. During these times women also may be dealing with menopausal issues.
Or perhaps even medications now will contribute to skin issues. Dry patches and even Rosacea may appear. Continue to moisturize, and continue using SPF protection.

Lastly, here are also a few other things that will contribute to having healthy skin. Drink plenty of water and get a great night's sleep. Eat plenty of water-based fruits and vegetables, lean meats and fresh fish.

Good skin practices start early and with a bit of help from good genes and a great lifestyle you can be radiant throughout all the stages of your life.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

American Beauty Dies!

By Mary Caliendo

Farrah Fawcett born February 2, 1947, in Corpus Christi, Texas died today June 25, 2009. Farrah fought long and hard with a battle with cancer. Her life time friend, confidant,and father of her only child son Redmond, Ryan O'Neal along with best girlfriend, Alana Stewart, were at her bedside. She was 62 years old.

She got her break in Hollywood doing a toothpaste commercial and from there rose to supermodel fame as a "Charlie's Angels" TV show and multi-million dollar, top selling pin-up poster. She was once married to Lee Majors the "Six Million Dollar Man". Her career spanned movies into the 1980's. And in 1984 she played an abused wife in "The Burning Bed", which garnered her and Emmy Nomination, and revived her career as a serious actress. In 1995 Farrah turned 50 and then posed in Playboy.

Recently with her partner Ryan O'Neal at her side she starred in a made for TV videoblog about her cancer. She was brave as she stared in the face of her illness and thus left a wonderful legacy behind.
An American Angel has left our Earth.

Want to achieve Michelle Obama arms?

Hello Ladies! Everyone is asking How can I get Michelle Obama arms?
By Mary Caliendo

Michelle Obama has made a splash everywhere she goes, whether it is in her sleeveless fashions or her striking beauty-we all just love her. Mrs. Obama is currently 44 years old, is not only a mother of two, but the wife of the president of the United States! The most stressful job in the free world and she has managed to keep it together. But how do we get arms like her?

First, Michelle Obama is a woman who has always exercised; so she has never let herself get out of fitness to begin with. This makes it easier for a person to stay or maintain physical fitness. Exercise can target areas, but getting the fats out of our diet will help us to achieve maximum exercise benefits faster and maintain them easier.

Obama arms can be achieved with sets of dumbbells very easily. Using the four staple exercises such as lateral raise, and shoulder raise (for shoulders),bicep curls (for biceps),and tricep kickbacks(for triceps: ladies that is the "flabby" part of the back of your arm).

For the beginner: Using dumbbells in the 3-5# range to start. Do these (4) exercises 3 times per week for at least 15 minutes. Beginners should do at least two sets of each exercise. Do each exercise slowly-don't rush!

Please continue to work up to using dumbbells weighing 8-10# each and doing three sets.

Getting Obama arms means trimming the fats and sugars from your diet. Lean proteins, whole grains,fruits, and vegetables are what is what a lean body needs. Adding more fish, chicken without the skin, eggs,and beans to your diet will help you stay fuller longer and give your body great proteins.

Exercise directions:

Lateral shoulder raise : Stand w/feet somewhat apart and with dumbbell in each hand extend arms up to shoulder level and back down again. Repeat 10- 15 times (or until you fatigue)

Simple shoulder raise: Stand w/feet somewhat apart and with dumbbell in each hand do a simple shrug up and down. Repeat 10-15 times (or until you fatigue)

Bicep curls: can be done sitting down or standing. Dumbbell in each hand- raise up dumbbell toward shoulder close to body. Repeat 10-15 times (or until you fatigue)

Tricep curl: Standing: Bend at waist making sure your back is flat and not curved, starting at side w/dumbbell in each hand -push back dumbbell. Repeat 10-15 times (or until you fatigue)*With this exercise it is easy to strain your back make sure your back is flat at all times and do not push yourself-if this is too hard only do two -three*

Some people will respond to these exercises quickly and some it will take longer, don't give up! And always the best advise is to always check with your doctor to let him know you are using weights and lowering your fat/sugars intake!

Congratulations to you!

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