Please don't tell me I'm beautiful

Whatever you do, please do not tell me that I have a beautiful yoga practice. "You have a beautiful practice" has become a sneaky way for well-meaning practitioners to compliment and praise each other for their abilities on the mat. Yesterday I may have been able to straighten my legs in Plow pose but find that today my hamstrings are taut and my feet are just dangling out there in space....more
It is all beautiful! But as one who flails in her poses and teeters from lack of balance. I must ...more

Inexpensive Cures for Chapped Hands

There's nothing sexy about dry, chapped, red weathered hands.  In fact, it can be downright painful to sport cracked paws, particularly when ordinary washing and drying results in irritated, broken skin and knuckles like sandpaper....more
I always get broker skin almost everytime I do laundry and my easy solution is to laundry gloves ...more

Last Summer Storm

Heidi @TheBusyNothings.comHere in the south we get the blazingly hot weather unexpectedly. It can be a frosty morning with a record high in the 90's by 3pm. I love the unpredictability of it all, I usually dress Bear wrong for school- shorts on the cool days and long-sleeves on the hot days....more

The Definition of Beauty

     What is true beauty? The answer to this would depends on the person being asked. A younger person may say beauty is having a perfect face & body, hair, and fashion sense. And older one may say true beauty is what is on the inside, and I would have to agree....more

Helen of Troy or the Beautiful and the Just

Helen of the Trojan War gets a pretty bad rap and maybe deservedly so.  In the Iliad she describes herself, saying, "slut that I am." And of course there is the whole desertion of her husband Menelaus for Paris of Troy and the ensuing decade long war for the sole purpose of getting her back and restoring her to Greece.  So, yeah, I can see how that would create some hard feelings....more

Inventions We'd Like To See

There's been a lot of talk in the beauty industry lately about multi-tasking products. You've probably seen ads for some of them:  eye creams that disguise and treat, self-tanners that also moisturize and exfoliate, toothpastes that clean and whiten.But I think we can do better. We are living in a modern, industrialized culture, after all. Humans have traveled in space. We can shop for a dizzying array of products that we don't need, online, 24 hours a day, without changing out of our pajamas. Drive-through hamburgers are available at every major intersection.  And there's enough reality TV programming to fill every channel, around the clock, for the rest of our lifetimes. Image: Pink Sherbet Photography via Flickr ...more
I'm new here and just read this post. Great inventions! I'd love to see a tooth-whitening coffee ...more

Avon Calling

When I was a little girl, my mom was an Avon lady. I remember being fascinated by her gigantic sample box. We had these sturdy Avon boxes everywhere, and my sister and I used to make things from them. Avon was my mom's little bit of freedom and security when she was a single mom. A way for her to make a little extra money, but also her own business....more

A Thing of Beauty

One of the downside of having beautiful-looking parents is unless you’re more beautiful than them, you’re going to look bad.  Doesn’t matter if you consider yourself of average or above-average look; it is as if people apply a different beauty standard when judging children of gorgeous-looking parents (Shiloh and whatever-your-names-twins of the Pitt-Jolie clan, here are two words for you: good luck). Well, it just so happens that I have beautiful-looking parents.  U...more

Nature’s Perfect Cleanser: Hydrogen Peroxide

You’ve probably heard of hydrogen peroxide and may have even used it to clean cuts and scrapes on your skin, but did you know that it occurs in many natural cycles on Earth? Hydrogen peroxide is present in rain, snow and mountain streams, and can also be found in nearly every living organism. Our bodies create hydrogen peroxide to help fight infection. White blood cells produce hydrogen peroxide as a first line of defense against bacteria, viruses, yeast, etc. It is also created in plants through the process of photosynthesis....more