beauty

How to get rid of cellulite

Cellulite affects a large proportion of women, and has a distinctive dimply cottage cheese/orange peel appearance. It is caused by the build-up of fat behind the skin, which pushes against the connective tissue that connects the muscles to the skin, thereby giving the skin its bumpy look. It is largely controlled by genetics, but can also be influenced by hormones and lifestyle, including dietary choices.

Cellulite can be difficult to remove, but the following measures will help to reduce it:

  • Exercise:

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Since cellulite is caused by fat cells, reducing fat is a key step to getting rid of cellulite. Regular exercise is important when attempting to get rid of fat. To be effective, exercise sessions should combine cardiovascular and resistance training. According to Joe Dowdell, a renowned fitness expert:

“The real key is to combine strength-training moves with regular high-intensity interval-training sessions.”

In addition, following the recommendations in books such as Thin Thighs in 30 Days by Wendy Stehling, featured in a 2011 Daily Mail article,  may be able to help to remove unwanted fat and firm up any problem areas.

  • Diet:

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A healthy diet is an important step in reducing the appearance of cellulite. Eating wholegrain carbohydrates (ensuring proper portion control) and filling up on fruits and vegetables, while ensuring adequate protein intake, will help reduce the fat stores in the body. A low salt diet is also important in reducing the appearance of cellulite.

  • Hydration:

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Ensuring adequate hydration helps to maintain and improve the skin. Cellulite looks worse when the skin is in a dehydrated state, so try to drink at least eight cups of water each day.

  • Sleep:

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Sleep is important for rejuvenating the skin and refreshing the body. The National Sleep Foundation recommends that adults sleep between 7 and 9 hours each night.

  • Massage:

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Massaging the skin will help to improve circulation and reduce the appearance of cellulite. ANTI CELLULITE MASSAGER MITT BRUSH + ROLLER SET. Home Celulitis Reducing & Reduction Treatment For Legs, Thighs & Arms – #1 Body Brush Machine Or Fascia Blaster + Works Great With Cellulite Cream helps to expel toxins and make the skin more elastic.

  • Exfoliate:

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Exfoliate the problem area(s) to help to smoothen the skin. Coffee scrubs such as Majestic Pure Arabica Coffee Body Scrub, 12 Oz – 100% Natural Skin Care Treatment Helps Reduce Cellulite, Stretch Marks, Spider Veins, Acne, Eczema, Age Spots & varicose veins, Natural Skin Detox help to stimulate the skin and reduce the appearance of cellulite.

  • Serums:
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Serums do not remove cellulite, but they can be useful by reducing the visibility of cellulite. In addition, they can help to tighten the skin. Nivea Q10 Energy Plus Firming Good-Bye Cellulite Serum – 75 ml does exactly that, firming the skin while reducing the appearance of cellulite.

Regardless of the outcome of any cellulite-reducing measures, remember that self-confidence is very appealing! Embrace yourself, warts and all, and wear your look with confidence. Because you are beautiful!

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I write because….

I write because I have to. The words flow in my head until I cannot take it anymore and have to get them out somehow…

I listen to the words in my head, and  I think, what is this? A song, a book, a poem, a conversation I need to have?. I  don’t know…

I don’t know that it matters. I have to get it out somehow. I have to clean the slate, to start the fountain up again…

Writer photoI write because I love to play with words until I’m drained. The beauty of the rhyme, the beauty when the words flow together….

I write because I have to. I cannot turn it off. I play the scripts in my head all day. I jot them down sometimes if I can. I sing them out with a voice like breaking  glass. I feel so relaxed as the words flow all around me….

I write because I can.

 

crafts

Little people 

My daughter was given a school assignment which involved creating 3-dimensional models  and dressing them for different weather conditions. Mind you, my daughter is 6 years old. This was a ‘science’ project but spelled ‘arts and crafts’ to me.

Completely clueless as to how to embark on this seemingly lofty project, we spent several days researching ‘how to make 3-dimensional figures’ on the Internet. Our search yielded no useful results, apart from a premium craft project on Twinkl. I wasn’t prepared to pay for it, especially since we weren’t completely certain it suited our exact needs.
So our Internet search continued. We looked into origami figures, and considered this very useful YouTube video:

Eventually, we considered making paper mache sculptures, and that led us to the idea of paper clay. Wikipedia had a very useful article on this. We had to substitute silicone for household filler, and petroleum jelly for mineral oil. These figures were then sculpted from the resulting mixture:

We let them dry for a couple of days, until they were rock hard, and then  painted them yellow with acrylic paints (they were already yellow, but we painted over them to try to make the colour uniform).

After that, we used foam sheets and other random materials to dress them up (sorry the background isn’t great).

This is the final product:

We both breathed deep sighs of relief once the project was completed. It was time-consuming, but was also quite interesting. Given the mix of products that we used to make the models,  I’ve had to concede that maybe it was a science project after all.

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Home

The dictionary defines a home as the “place where one lives permanently”. The word “home” conjures up in the mind’s eye the place where one’s belongings are arranged exactly as they wish. For some, it brings to mind the people one is glad to return to at the end of each day.

It just seems that no matter where one is, or how much fun one is having, it is impossible to relax completely until you put your keys in the lock and turn the key, entering into the place you refer to as home.

For me, home is where I take on the role of mum after a hard day at work, and where my kids eat their meals at the beginning and end of each day. Home is where I can settle my kids in their beds and relax, knowing that they are safely tucked in for the night. Home is where I can curl up on my sofa at the end of a long day, enjoying the feeling that the day’s work is done, savouring the minutes or hours before bed, relishing the feeling of utter relaxation that sweeps across me, putting off the thought that tomorrow is a day to do it all over again.

Home is definitely where my heart is.


Intro

Hello world!

Hmmmn…so I want to be a blogger?

This seems pretty scary, sharing my thoughts and humble views with the world, being unafraid to be as bold or as subtle as I want, being myself…

So… why am I here?

Seriously, I’m not sure. All I know is that I’ve always loved writing. I wanted to be a writer, but the need to pay my bills on time drove me into finding a regular day job instead of pursuing my dream.

So, maybe here, in my little corner of the web, I can explore and capture a little bit of that dream….

I hope to be able to write about things that I’m interested in, things that I like, and things that I want to find out more about. Eventually, I’d like to find my writing niche…

To find a way to be me, in this little corner of the web.

So, tell me, who did you dream of becoming? Were you able to follow your dreams? What hindered/helped you? Do you think that you would ever take that step to becoming the person you want to be?