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Shrink your pores:  

AdrianaYour pores expand as gunk accumulates in them –the older you get, the more likely they are to stay expanded. Put them on a diet by switching to a cleanser with salicylic acid. It helps slough away dead skin that can lead to clogging.



Let It Rip:

Anti Aging

Deflate and clean pores – like the ones on your nose – once a week with pore strips.





Get More Beauty Sleep:


If you go to bed 15 minutes earlier, for four nights running, you’ll establish a routine where yo get an extra hour of dark circle-zapping rest.  For your best shot at the necessary eight hours, quit the coffee after 3pm and avoid exercising in the three hours before bedtime.





Pile On The Antioxidants:


green-teaThey’re among the best weapons against pollution and sun. The  most potent are CoffeeBerrry, idebenone, green tea, pomegranate and Coenzyme Q10. Whichever antioxidant is in your arsenal, arm yourself every morning for all day protection.





Wipe Out Dark Spots:

BlemishesageWrinkles may be the classic sign of aging, but studies show that most people view mottled skin as even older looking. The good news: dark spots can be faded in as little as a month. The magic ingredient is hydroquinone, and should be dabbed directly onto brown spots every night.




Brighten Up:

dark spotsdarkspotAs we age, cell turnover slows and dead skin cells pile up all over our face. Whisk them away twice a week with an at home glycolic acid peel.




Don’t Forget Your Neck and Hands:

neckandhandsThey’re the body parts most likely to betray the age that’s on our passport even when your face doesn’t. Get them on the same daily maintenance program as your face, with sunscreen every morning and retinol at night. Dabhydroquinone on sunspots and exfoliate twice a week.






Bananas  – Slice one over whole-grain cereal or into yogurt (two more flat-ab foods!) to beat puffiness. One banana delivers 422 milligrams of potassium, which helps limit the amount of stomach-swelling sodium in your body.






Green Tea  – Sipping three cups of this brew a day may rev metabolism enough to burn 30 extra calories, thanks to the antioxidant compound EXGC. That’s enough to drop about 3 pounds a year without dieting.








Oranges  –  Foods rich in vitamin C help curb fat absorption, and studies show that low levels of the  nutrient are linked to bigger waistlines. You need only 75 milligram a day (the amount in an orange) to trim your tummy. It doesn’t get a more a -peeling than that!








Spinach – Diets low in calcium and vitamin C can increase your odds of gaining belly fat. This leafy green boasts both nutrients, making it doubly slimming. spinach







Whole grains – Complex carbs are a flat-ab friend! The fiber in whole grains helps keep your insulin levels low, which may shrink fat ells. Eat at least three 1-ounce equivalents of whole grains a day. A slice of whole-wheat bread or 1/2 cup cooked whole-grain pasta to 1 ounce of grains.










Yogurt – Add some culture to your slim-down shopping list: Yogurt encourages the growth o good bacteria in your gut, crowding out the bloat-causing kind. Opt a low fat plain variety with a Live & Active Cultures seals.


You did it! You signed up for the race. Now, a way of no return and get down to business.
Swim – Bike – Run

woman in lakeConquering the open water, mastering the bike and finishing with the running leg. We are going to tell you everything you need to finishing your first triathlon feeling S-tri-umphant and confident. The first thing coming to your mind is HECK to the NO! Especially the lakes in Florida are full of those little creatures that you would love to see their skin on belts or caressing your imagetoes, the “gators”. Oh well enough with the fear. Lets think positive and back to the fun and challenging things; Triathlons.

Training notes – Before beginning this plan, you should be able to swim at least 200 yards without stopping: you’ll gradually build your endurance with a series of intervals (repeats of 100 yds or more) that will help you complete a strong half-mile swim. You can do at least some of the biking workouts with a group cycling class or on an indoor bike.

runninguphillLong outdoor workouts may include a “brick'” or bike-run, to help your legs male the transition to the run phase of the race (they’ll probably feel heave for at least the first few minutes). Most important is to have fun. “even on your hardest training days, you should never be completely out of breath or unable to keep up the pace.  Laura Cozik, a triathlon coach and founder of the all-woman Team Lipstick in New York City says  “It’s not about shocking your body just giving a gentle push.”

First Week….Monday – Rest

On a Tuesday, Bike (1hr) First week focus on riding with a smooth pedal stroke – bouncing in the saddle (shift gears if you need to) and NO coasting, even on downhills, Indoor option: Take a spinning/cycling class.

swimmingpoolOn a Wednesday Swim (900 yd) 100 easy swim. 100 kick, 100 fast recover. 5 x 100 swim (rest for 30 sec after each 100 yd or as needed). 100 easy swim.

On a Thursday, Run (30 min) Go at an easy, conversational pace. If this becomes difficult to maintain, take 1-min walking breaks as needed.restmusic

TGIF!! Rest!🙂

On a Saturday, Bike (1 hr 30 min) Practice shifting gears often, riding in an easy gear uphill, a hard gear downhill and a moderate gear for flat roads. Try to maintain a pace that’s consistently comfortable. That way you will get used to when racing.

On a Sunday, Swim (about 25 min) 100 easy swim, 100 kick, 100 fast swim, recover. Swim for 165 min nonstop (or as long as possible to the 15 min mark) 100 easy swim. Run (30 min) Easy, conversational pace.

1saddlecomfortNext week – Monday, Rest

Tuesday, Bike (1hr) Warm up for 15 m in at an easy pace, then ride fast for 15 min; finish with 30 min at easy effort, Indoor option: Take a cycling class.

Wednesday, Swim (900 to 1000 yd) Warm up with a 100 – to 200-yd easy swim. Then swim 800 yd without stopping (about the distance required in a sprint triathlon).

Thursday,  Run (30 min) After a 10-min easy warm-up, do hill repeats for 20 min outside or on a treadmill (set incline to a 4 percent for 1  min, then recover at 0 percent incline for 1 min)

TGIF again!!
– Rest

Saturday Bike (2hr) Easy effort – no coasting.
Sunday, Swim (about 30 min) 100 easy swim recover. Swim 20 min nonstop. 100 easy swim. Run (35 min) Easy, conversational pace.

Second week….Monday – rest rest

Bike ( 1 hr) Focus on riding with a smooth pedal stroke – no coasting, even on downhills. Indoor option: Taking a cycling class.
Tuesday, Swim (1,100 yd) 100 easy swim, 100kick, 100 fast swim, recover. 7 x 100

Wednesday, Swim (1,100 yd) 100 easy swim, 100 kick, 100 fast , swim, recover. 7 x 100 swim (rest for 30 sec after each 100 yd or as needed). 100 easy swim.

Thursday, Run (30 min) Go at an easy, conversational pace. If this becomes difficult to maintain, take 1-min walking breaks as needed.

TGIF – Rest !
Saturday, Bike (1 hr 30 min) Practice shifting gears often, riding in an easy gear up hill, a hard gear downhill and a moderate gear for flat roads – no coasting.
Sunday,  Swim (about 30 min) 100 easy swim, 100 kick, 100 fast swim, recover, Swim 15  in nonstop, 100 easy swim. Run (35 min) Easy, conversational pace.

Race-Day Essentials

It’s easy to get over-whelmed by the sheer quantity of stuff that goes into doing triathlons. Luckily, you don’t have to rent a storage unit or break the bank to make it to the finish line.  Basics needs for the tri; the swimsuit, goggles, shorts and singlet. However,  a Tri-suit is a must, designed to be worn for all three parts of the race and available as either a one- or two piece, this suit is made from a quick-drying fabric and features light paddling in the shorts to make cycling more comfortable.

Bike and helmet – Road Bike – You don’t need an expensive bike for your first tri; as long as what you  have has two wheels, is in good shape and fits you correctly, it should get the job done.  Definitely, bikes they should be lighter and faster than a mountain bike or hybrids, and your training and racing will be smoother. Now bike shoes, if you have regular pedals on your bike, running shoes will do just fine. But for more power and speed , try anchoring your feet into clip-less pedals, which can make your riding more efficient.


transition stuff readyMake your transition spot stand out. Use red cups, plates, ribbons, stickers, balloons – anything visual so you don’t waste time searching for your stuff.


Exhausted of Dating? Where is that soulmate?

by Mercy Sanchez

couple-dancingAre you exhausted of dating?  Where is that perfect match? Where is he or she?  Do you have dating fatigue? Are you tired of looking but still want to find your soulmate? Blind dates; single’s events meetings; lounges and dancing clubs (wrong place to look for a good catch) and, Internet chat rooms for over a year, you might need a break. Yes, believe or not, just stop! Breath, breath, ok, now, focus on yourself and forget about that shared joy or shared sorrow.

Everything in life has a limit,  dating exhaustion can happen at any time. One minute, you may be loaded with dating possibilities, and the next minute… you just don’t care. Looking for your true love is hard work. It’s easy to lose the enthusiasm.  Its time time to get a closer look. However, no road is long with good company. We said “good” company not an unpleasant one. Here are seven steps for successful dating.

1. Remember that you are not alone…

It’s important to know that some people are on the same “boat”. When you are on a quest to find your soul mate,  we have the tendency to be selective and very defensive based on past experiences.   Everybody has a baggage. You don’t want to compromise. It is a hassle, and on top of that it takes determination. So, don’t feel that you are alone on this “heart of the matter.”

2. Review and be ready to re-do your requirement list.

Does he really have to be tall or average tall?  Good looks? If so, right away, you’ve expanded your possibilities. Does the person have to be from your surroundings neighborhood? How about if they are within a fifty-mile radius? If so, you have more choices. If you met Mr. Right, found that you two get along, had chemistry together, good sense of humor, honest, and the best of all (please admit it, money talks and you know what walks) a great financial future, would you throw him away because he doesn’t appreciate fine wine and dining? Unless you own a vineyard or are a master in culinary arts, does this make sense? Please rewind and review your standards. Give them a break.

3.  Keep a low profile while dating.

If you get too “stressy” or tightly for each date, you will end up frustrated or disappointed. If you are expecting each one to be “IT”, you will set yourself up for exhaustion. He will come along, but until he does, relax and enjoy each new person you meet. Remember to keep a low profile. Look for what you can learn, and if the date goes better than that, you are a winner!

4. Enjoy the benefit of being single.

Dating exhaustion can happen when you don’t understand how many (millions) single people are looking for a special someone. If you are pursuing in meeting someone, sooner or later, you will. You won’t be single forever so take a minute to reflect on what you enjoy about your present status. Do the things NOW that you won’t be able to do so easily like when you are dating. Try a single’s cruise, go fun places, a ski trip, or an European vacation ( if you can afford it). Go and visit your friends and relatives whom you haven’t seen in ages. Take lots of long bathtubs baths, quiet walks, window shopping every other day or interesting seminars. Just enjoy your space!

5.  Take a break and do something different.

Just as you take a vacation from your profession, you need a break from the emotional wear and tear of dating. You will need these three changes: an open mind, an “enhanced” wardrobe and willingness to change.

Find a new hobby or sport. Take some lessons or classes. Hire a coach to help you polish up your life or style or attractiveness. When you are excited to wake up in the morning because you can’t wait to go mountain biking, gorilla watching, bike riding, butterfly catching, or horseback riding, you have an energy that is sexy, charming and impossible to stay away from. When you start dating again, you will be tanked up-not running on empty.

6. Make a contribution, volunteer!

If you feel tired and fatigued from dating, maybe it’s time to think about others. Unfortunate adults, children or animals are struggling day-to-day to survive. Volunteer to help. You could be the one to make a difference in their lives. Furthermore, compassionate, caring people are irresistible human beings.

Take a break from dating, get some rest, and get ready to enjoy dating again. If you do the above, you may find your soul mate sooner than you think.

7. Live every day like is the last day on Earth.

Wake up with a smile thinking that God gives you one more day to live. “Every day is a gift that is why we call it the present”  Just living is not enough. The rise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. Don’t make it hard to plan the day… Enjoy your “DATING-HUNTING VACATION”

Homemade Kitchen Products for Facials -Striking Results!

browsing cosmetic counterWhen I was much younger, much more naive and nearly broke, I used to browse longingly at the make-up counters at the mall. I would hit every station: Lancome, Clinique, Estee Lauder, Borghese, Chanel. $20 for a lipstick? Sure! $52 for half of an ounce of facial cream? No problem! But wait – it was indeed a problem! At nineteen, I surely wasn’t made of money, and as a young diva, I had to also be able to afford the bare essentials of clothing, jewelry, shoes, more shoes and more shoes!

So I made those cosmetic purchases as astutely as I could, trying to get the most bang for my buck, as the products promised to rejuvenate my skin, diminish my wrinkles and make me totally irresistible to the opposite sex. I played that game most of my life. And then I wised up…

Okay, so the economy has been lousy, let’s admit that. I’m feeling the pinch in my authentic black Chanel pebbled leather wallet. That’s partly the reason why I decided to forgo the make-up counters at the mall and get back to basics. You see, in all the years of plopping down hundreds of dollars for those high end products, I never really noticed much of a difference in my skin. I had read different articles on to make brilliant at-home facials and moisturizers at home, and how we divas had most of the ingredients already in our KITCHENS! So I embarked on a journey. A journey though fields of herbs, valleys of fruits, sticky honeys, grainy sugars and caffeine-drenched coffee grinds! And what a journey it was! I realized that the combinations are nearly limitless!

I decided to share with my fellow divas some of my favorite at-home recipes. Yes, Bath and Body Works “Bee Good Honey Scrub” is lovely, but it’s also $25 for a small 6 ounce jar. If you have honey and sugar, you can make the mask in an instant, and your skin will glow for hours.

honey-almond-scrubHoney Sugar Scrub

1 teaspoon of honey

1/2 teaspoon of sugar – cane or brown

Mix ingredients in a bowl. Apply to cleansed, wet face in circular motions.
Rinse thoroughly.

One of my favorite facial scrubs of all time was made with solid milk grains. Of course it was discontinued after I made it my favorite go-to scrub when my skin looked dull or sluggish. After many disappointing purchases in trying to find a replacement, I finally found the perfect scrub by accident when I decided to see how baking soda would feel on my face. Eureka! I mixed about 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda to a facial wash that I used. The result is a very fine granular scrub and it is a perfect exfoliant for tired, dry skin.

Baking Soda Scrubexfoliatingscrub-629x399Soda-Scrub-

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Facial wash or cleanser of your choice

Wet face. Apply cleanser or facial wash. Add baking soda to the palm of your hand to make  a paste. Apply to face in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly. If you would like to try a scrub with powdered milk, a milk and honey scrub is an excellent way to hydrate and soften your skin.

Milk and Honey Scrub

1 teaspoon powdered milk

1 teaspoon honey

Blend ingredients in a bowl. Apply to cleansed, wet face in circular motions. Rinse thoroughly.

Coffee and Egg White Scrubcoffeegg scrub2

Try this scrub to tighten pores and rejuvenate skin.

1/4 cup used coffee grounds

2 to 4 pinches sea salt

1 egg white

Mix coffee grounds, sea salt and egg white in a bowl.

Apply the coffee mixture to cleansed, dry face in circular motions. Leave on skin for about 20 minutes to allow scrub to dry. Gently remove mask by wetting face with a warm washcloth and rinsing thoroughly. For dry skin, substitute olive oil for the egg white.

Coffee and Cocoa Maskcoffee-and-cocoa-face-mask.WidePlayer

4 tablespoons plain yogurt

2 tablespoons ground coffee

2 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 tablespoon honey

Combine ingredients in a bowl and smooth it over cleansed face and neck. Leave on for 30 minutes or until dry. Remove with a warm, wet face cloth and rinse face thoroughly.

herbalmaskHerbal masks can accommodate a multitude of skin types, helping to moisturize dry skin, reduce the pores of oily skin and soothe sensitive skin. Here is a mini-guide of what these herbs can do for various skin types.

To reduce large pores: coltsfoot leaf, elder flowers, lavender flowers, peppermint leaf
To moisturize: comfrey leaf, elder flowers, red clover blossoms, yarrow flowers
To reduce oiliness: dandelion leaves, lavender flowers, lemongrass
To combat blemishes and irritation, as well as soothe: elder flowers, lady’s mantle, lavender flowers, linden flowers, peppermint leaf, rose petals, sassafras root bark, yarrow

To cleanse and tone: chamomile (German) comfrey root, comfrey leaf, elder flowers, lad’s mantle, lemongrass, lovage root, nettle leaf, peppermint leaf, rosemary leaf, sage leaf, horsetail, yarrow flowers.

Soothing Lavender MaskLavender mask

Lavender has natural calming properties while oats, almond and flax soften and smooth skin.

1 teaspoon flax seed

1 tablespoon lavender flowers

1 tablespoon rolled oats, lightly ground

1 tablespoon almond meal

Pour 1 cup boiling water over the flax seed and lavender flowers. Simmer for one minute, turn off the heat, stir, and cover. Steep for about 15 minutes. Strain, reserving the liquid. In a separate bowl, combine the rolled oats and almond meal. Add enough of the reserved water to make a paste. Apply to freshly cleansed skin. Leave mixture on for up to 20 minutes. Remove with a warm, wet washcloth and rinse face thoroughly.





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