Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Thursday, June 21, 2012
One thing I’m not going to neglect this Summer is getting my drink on! As you all probably know, I was very pregnant last Summer.. Don’t get me wrong- I loved it, but nothing is more refreshing on a HOT Summer day then a nice cold mixed drink, or four! :) This is one of my favorite mixed drinks of all time. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do!
2 ounces rum
1 ounce lime juice
1/2 ounce orange Curaçao
1/2 ounce orgeat
Mint sprig, for garnish.
Shake all liquid ingredients with ice. Strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with a mint sprig.
Yield: 1 drink.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
- A base coat
- A top coat
- 2 colors of your choice
- a dotting tool or Kirby clip if you don’t have one
- a piece of scrap paper
Saturday, June 16, 2012
Tomorrow is a big day in the Gibson house, It’s Daniel’s very FIRST Father’s Day! We’re having brunch at my mom’s house to celebrate. With that being said, I thought I would share this Nom Nom recipe that every father will enjoy! So… ENJOY!
Do you have anything special planned for the special Father in your life? If so, what?
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Friday, June 8, 2012
Exercising in the water gives you the same or even better benefits as exercising on land. Also known as the Zumba® “pool party,” the Aqua Zumba® program gives new meaning to the idea of a vitalizing workout. During the workout or class, you may experience splashing, stretching, twisting and even shouting, laughing hard, hooting at each other and hollering and lots of fun that will charge you up!
Amalgamating the Zumba® formula and philosophy with traditional aqua fitness disciplines, the Aqua Zumba® class merges it all into a safe, challenging, water-based workout that helps in cardio-conditioning, body-toning, and most of all, invigorate beyond belief.
In-water exercise provides following additional benefits:
- Less strain on joints, bones and tendons
- Increased resistance for toning in muscles
- A full massage provided within the water around you
- The higher muscular activity and workout intensity due the water’s resistance compared to land
- Anti inflammatory effect due to water pressure
- The cooling effect in a warmer climate
Because of the resistance of the water, movements will be slower and adjusted to the water environment than in a regular Zumba® class, yet they can be just as intense. It is recommended that you wear special water shoes while doing water aerobics. These shoes can provide support,adhesive friction and protection from pool floors.
Aqua Zumba Steps
- To get started is as usual as you do it on land, the difference is the medium, the only thing different in Zumba® underwater is the water itself, because of its high resistance you need to make forces heavier.
- Perform large muscle movements by reaching your arms and lifting your legs underwater, as well as circling your hips and shoulders.
- Instructors receive quarterly DVD releases with new routines for their students.
- The typical Zumba® dance steps done on the land, such as cha-cha, merengue, salsa, reggaeton and mambo, need to be more appeased and slower in the water, so the tempo in water becomes a half of the land tempo.
Who should do it?Aqua Zumba® is designed for anyone who can follow instructions and manage being in the water.
Unlike regular water aerobics, which are monotonous from one end to another,Aqua Zumba® entails different movements for the lines, chorus and rhythm of each song.It can be intriguing to someone who likes to chill in water or doesn't want to get as hot as in the land-based classes.
Health concernsThose who suffer from hip or knee replacement prefer Aqua-Zumba®. A local health magazine reported that a Baltimore-area student recovering from a car accident who loved dancing and bought her crutches to the poolside. "She lay the crutches down, got in the water and got all the fun and flavor of the music without the impact on her feet."
- Almost eighty to ninety percent of your body weight is submerged in the water when the water is at your chest level. Thus your knees, hips and back endure less pressure when doing Aqua Zumba®.
- At the same time, "your body works four times harder than on land," experts say. Scientifically, you deal with the resistance of the water rather than gravity.
- For even more resistance, perform Aqua Zumba® standing with the water at your collarbone level instead of at your chest.
Tuesday, June 5, 2012
Today is World Environment Day (WED)! On this day every year people from all over the world come together to raise global awareness of the need to take positive environmental actions.
The first ever WED was nearly 40 years ago! WED is hosted every year by a different city with a different theme and is commemorated with an international exposition in the week of June 5th.
Last years theme was “Forests- Nature At Your Service” and the global host was India- a county of wide biodiversity. In 2011 thousands of activities were organized worldwide, which consisted of beach clean-ups, exhibits, concerts, film festivals and many more other community events.
This years theme is “Green Economy: Does this include you?” and is being hosted by Brazil.
Here are a few helpful tips from Recycle Bank for easy ways to get involved in changing OUR world today!
What did you do today to help our World’s environment?
Monday, June 4, 2012
Here is a DIY Sea Salt Beach Hair Spray to achieve the look without the drive!
After using this spray your hair will look so pretty, just like after a day at the beach. And it works for any hair length!
Make sure to shake it all up and always do before each use.
NOW: Spray all over damp hair and scrunch with your fingers. Blow dry or let it air dry. Finger comb through your hair and you look like you just came from a beautiful and fun day at the beach!
EXTRA TIP: If you have some more time you can also spray all over, part hair in about six sections and loosely braid your hair. Blow dry or sleep on it. When its dry (or the next day), finger comb braids out. Take a large curling iron (1 1/4") and loosely twist some (about 4-6 should be enough) hair strands around the iron, hold for a about 30 seconds. Finger comb through again and you are good to go.
Sunday, June 3, 2012
What you will need…
- gentle facial cleanser
- exfoliating scrub
- face mask (clay-based for oily skin, cream or gel mask for dry skin)
- face moisturizer
- Clean. Remove all makeup and then wash your face, neck and ears with a good facial cleanser.
- Exfoliate. Using your fingers gently rub an exfoliating facial scrub in small circular motions all over your face. Make sure you focus on areas around your nose and forehead. If certain areas of your face are oilier than others, give that section an extra scrub. Go the extra mile and do a lip scrub too!
- Steam. There are a few ways to steam your face (over the stove, using a steamer), but the safest way is to do the washcloth trick. Fill your sink with warm water and soak a washcloth in it. Ring out the towel and then press it to your face. Repeat this 2 to 3 times.
- Mask. If you have oily skin, use a clay mask. For dry skin, I suggest using a hydrating cream or gel mask. Depending on the mask, leave it on for the suggested amount of time and then rinse completely. (DIY Alert: Making your own mask is very easy. An orange and yogurt mask is especially simple. Mix 1 tablespoon of plain Greek yogurt with the juice of about one fourth of an orange. Spread the mixture evenly over your face and rinse after 5 to 10 minutes.)
- Hydrate. Last by not least, moisturize! Smooth a nice, thick moisturizer over your face and neck.