Monday, March 26, 2012

Renew Your Skin

One of the byproducts of aging and spending time in the sun is getting dark spots on your skin. Hyperpigmentation is simple to hide when you can cover it with clothes, but it is not as simple to hide when it affects your neck and face. This is where Luminaze can help.

Luminaze is a natural product designed to repair and even out the appearance of blotchy skin in a manner that is gentle and safe. The enzymes in this product include those harvested from mushrooms found in the Swiss Alps that target and brighten dark spots on skin. Since the enzymes from the mushrooms target only the dark spots on your skin, you won’t get white splotches on your face like other lightening creams sometimes cause. And, unlike some of the leading prescription skin lighteners, Luminaze is safe to use all over your face twice a day. 

After you start using Luminaze, you will start to see results after seven days. Keep in mind that Luminaze will not lighten your freckles. When you use this product, it will not replace your sun block. So, always remember to use a product with a minimum SPF of 15 after applying Luminaze in the morning.

This sponsored post is brought to you by Luminaze. The views and opinions expressed are mine.

Friday, March 23, 2012


Have you ever hear of alcopops? Not many parents have. Alcopops are alcoholic drinks that are  growing in popularity among young people, particularly among those in high school and college.

In essence, alcopos are carbonated alcoholic beverages that are sweet like soda, but contain alcohol (like a wine sprizter or  hard lemonade). Often, alcopops are marketed as energy drinks that come in fun-looking cans. Many young people believe that they won't get as drunk off a caffeinated energy drink. The reality, however, is that alcopos just produce wide-awake drunks if used irresponsibly. Check out what the Oregon Partnership, a prevention group, has to say about alcopops.
The Center for Science in the Public Interest states that teen drinking is at an all-time high, and provides some of the following facts: 
  • Alcohol is one of the four leading causes of death of people between the ages of 10 and 24. The other three include motor vehicle collisions, accidents and homicide.
  • Teens who drink before the age of 15 are four times more likely to become addicted to alcohol than those who begin to drink at age 21.
  • Up to 20 percent of underage drinkers binge drink. Up t0 6 percent are "heavy drinkers."
    Regardless of your age, it's never too late to get help. If you live in the Atlanta area, learn more about Atlanta alcohol rehab or Atlanta drug abuse rehab centers.

    This post is sponsored by Bradford Health Services. All the opinions and views are mine. 

    Thursday, March 22, 2012

    Lemon Salt Scrub

    This tutorial is from

    ...To bring dull skin back to life, try this refreshing body scrub. Here is an easy recipe for a salt scrub that you can make with ingredients found in your own kitchen. You’re just moments away from shiny new skin.

    What you will need:

    5 tablespoons sea salt
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 lemon

    First mix the olive oil and sea salt together. Once the salt gets coated by the oil, the lemon won’t dissolve it! Next cut the lemon in half and squeeze over the salt + oil. Mix and mash. (Feel free to adjust the recipe to your liking.) Then scrub away!!

    What's happening in Jacksonville

    Thanks to Lemuel Craft.

    What’s happening in Jacksonville? There’s so much I need a T1 Jacksonville connection to keep up! Obviously you have beaches and fishing in the summer, the Jaguars and the Gator Bowl in the fall, the Suns in the spring, but there’s little stuff like the “Fish-o-thon” in the park with the Mayor. I mean what senior would miss an opportunity to fish and play games for free and get a ride to and from the event. And last month they hosted the 2012 Moe’s Southwest Lacrosse Classic. Since when is Lacrosse so popular that they can hold tournaments in major cities? Jacksonville also hosts the US Men’s National Soccer team as they play against Scotland. Again, the attraction to the city is amazing. Don’t forget the culture either. The Jacksonville Jazz festival steams up the early summer in May and Jacksonville Symphony serenades all year long. The natural habitat of the sea line soothes the eyes while the Cummer Museum of Arts and Gardens offers year round visual stimulation to travelers and locals alike. It definitely needs its own private line to maintain all it has to offer.

    Tuesday, March 20, 2012

    Would your parents benefit from supplemental insurance?

    If they are old enough, your parents (or grandparents) may be experiencing the joy that is Medicare (and all its Parts). While Medicare helps cover up to 80 percent of your loved one’s medical costs, it may not be enough. After all, a battle with the unthinkable (cancer, a stroke, heart problems, diabetes and so on), extended hospital stays or home health services can quickly add up. Don’t even get me started on the cost of some prescriptions.

    If your parent is on a limited income, high medical costs can quickly become a burden. This is when insurance for Medicare might help. Medicare insurance is a type of supplemental health insurance that helps fill in the gaps left by A and B Plans. This type of policy for senior citizens may provide a policy premium that is less than what your loved one may owe in medical expenses. 

    One of the benefits of supplemental insurance through, is that a senior can receive a policy without having to pass a medical exam during a “guaranteed issue period.” I’m not sure what a “guaranteed issue period” is, but I guess a policyholder has to remain healthy for a certain amount of time before filing a claim. However, once a policy is active, renewal is guaranteed and the premium will not increase. 

    Before signing on any dotted lines, read (and re-read) all the fine print.

    More about Senior Living.

    I wrote this sponsored blog post on behalf of The views and opinions expressed are mine.

    Thursday, March 15, 2012

    Moss Graffiti

    Popular Mechanics has a neat little guide that shows you how to make moss graffiti:

    • 3 handfuls moss (get it for free from a forest, off a tree or your yard)
    • 3 cups lukewarm water
    • 2 tablespoons (tbsp) gardening water-retention gel
    • 1/2 cup buttermilk
    Additional Things You'll Need:
    • Blender
    • Bucket
    • Wood or concrete surface
    • Paintbrush
    • Spray bottle
    1. Crumble three handfuls of moss, 3 cups of lukewarm water, 2 tablespoons of gardening retention gel and 1/2 cup of buttermilk into a blender.
    2. Pulse the ingredients in the blender for 2 to 5 minutes so a gel forms. 
    3. Pour the mixture into a bucket.
    4. Paint the mixture onto a wooden or rough concrete surface. To make a fancy design, draw it onto the surface first and paint the moss mixture over the drawing (stay inside the lines).
    5. Mist the moss with water on the same day every week and watch the graffiti grow. The amount of time it takes for the graffiti to grow depends on the the type of moss you used and the weather conditions. 
    Here's an example of someone using a stencil to make moss graffiti:

    By Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Baden-Württemberg

      The finished product:

      By Bündnis 90/Die Grünen Baden-Württemberg

      If this person filled the stencil with more moss, the letters would have looked more solid. 

      You can find this project in the book More Show Me How: Everything We Couldn't Fit in the First Book Instructions for Life from the Everyday to the Exotic.

      The book
      Water-retaining gel for gardening