How to go from “Forty and Frumpy” to “Forty and Fabulous”!

Raise your hand if you have heard any of these?

“You know you’re not getting any younger.”

“Age is nothing but a number.”

“You are only as old as you feel.”

I don’t know about you, but all I seem to be able to hear is that teacher from the “Peanuts” cartoons when people start to utter these cliches.  Turning 40 can and should be a momentous occasion in a person’s life.  Some people embrace it, while others, such as myself, had to be dragged kicking and screaming toward that big ol’ number.  Many of you are juggling children, husbands, jobs, errands, finances, and at the end of the day, you feel like a wet dish rag rather than someone fresh off the set of “America’s Next Top Model”.  But taking your attitude from “feeling frumpy” and getting out of that housecoat and slippers to “feeling fabulous” and getting into that slinky little dress is easier than one might think.

By making a few tweaks to your daily routine, you will begin to see positive changes in the way you feel about yourself and, in turn, others will see the changes in you as well.  With an improved positive and healthy attitude, you will soon realize that getting older is not as bad as you think, and maybe the best is yet to come.  Here are some tips I would like to share that I have greatly benefited from over the past few years.

1.         “EXERCISE, EXERCISE and EXERCISE!!!” Now friends, this tip does not mean going up and down the stairs doing laundry.  NO!!!  I am talking real exercise.  We are in a world where we never have enough time, so if your idea of exercise is just walking around the cubicles at work on your lunch break then do it!   Find a half-hour in your day to do this for yourself.    I promise it will help with your physical and emotional well-being.

2.         TURN OFF THE TV AND GO TO BED!! Now I will admit that I am totally guilty of NOT doing this at times, but it is really important.  Trust me, as you get older, you want to wake up looking well-rested, rather than looking like you could pack for a vacation in those bags under your eyes!  Getting a full night of sleep not only helps with the way you look in the morning, but it improves your attitude 100% as well.    You do not want to end up taking a catnap at your desk while at work.    Get your zzzzzzzzzzzzzs.

3.         EAT YOUR VEGETABLES,  OR TAKE A MULTI-VITAMIN. How many times did we hear this one?   I will admit that I would much rather sit down to a pepperoni pizza than a bowl of salad, and I do not always eat as well as I should.  Taking a multi-vitamin is something that has helped me to feel better and has given me more energy.  Once I turned 40, I also turned to “One A Day Women’s” Multi-Vitamin, and it has really helped.

4          LAUGH.     This one is one of my favorites.  Laughing makes everything better in my world. Try to find some humor and laugh at least once a day.   If that means having to put on a funny movie, going to lunch with some friends, having someone hold you down and tickle you, or, if all else fails, head to the dentist for some laughing gas.  Do whatever it takes to get this done or the joke’s on you!

5. SPLURGE ONCE IN A WHILE.   Now this can apply to a lot of different things.  It can be anything from a new outfit you have been eyeing, to a new pair of shoes, to a book you’ve wanted to read, a scented candle, a bubble bath, or even your favorite bottle of wine.   Life is short and you need to take time to enjoy the things that make you happy.   Getting older is much more enjoyable and less torturous if there is a smile on that face of yours.

6.     DRESS IT UP!!!!! Most of the population comes home after a long day and immediately puts on their favorite pair of sweats and a t-shirt to start an exciting evening full of cooking and cleaning.  Once in a while, you need to take off the old comfy clothes and put on the little black dress.  Every once in a while, plan a night out on the town.  It can range from dinner with your significant other to drinks with friends or family.   Dress up and go have some fun.  You are guaranteed to feel better about yourself.   PLEASE REMEMBER IT IS NOT WHAT YOU LOOK LIKE, IT IS WHAT YOU FEEL LIKE INSIDE!!!  IF YOU FEEL FABULOUS THEN YOU ARE FABULOUS!!!

Photobucket

The Royal Wedding

I’m sure many people are excited about the Royal wedding today!  There is just something so interesting about royalty, Britain, and glamour.  Ever since visiting London in 1998, I have been completely intrigued by Britain and the culture.  There is so much history and beauty, and I definitely think visiting London should be a MUST on everyone’s “Places to Visit” list.  From the Tower of London tour, to the beautiful Tower Bridge, and of course Westminster Abbey, there is no other place I’ve been that makes me want to sit-up straight, grab a spot of tea, and conduct an intellectual conversation with someone (all whilst speaking in “proper English”).  Even when the Brits try to sound vulgar it sounds eloquent and cool.  I can’t wait to watch the wedding tomorrow, see what Kate decides to wear, and watch the crowds in utter awe.  What a spectacular event!  I know some may think it’s trivial to be concerned with this while so many other issues are going on around the world, but that’s almost the point of it all.  We could all use an escape and see some happiness on the news networks once in a while!  Cheerio!

Congratulations and best of luck to William and Kate!  What are your thoughts about the Royal Wedding?  Did you watch?

Kristin Wheeler

Trending this Spring – The Iris Has It!

 

Yes, iris in floral prints are H-O-T for Spring 2011, but I’m talking about the color, Iris.  It’s like a deep cobalt blue with a purple hue – remember that jumbo pack of 96 crayons your grandma always gave you for the car trip home (the very long ride without seat belts)? Was it called Iris or Indigo?! – whatever you name it,  it is just pretty! On clothes, everyone can wear it. Next to the face, it really makes every shade of skin tone glow.  Bright ‘pops of color’ are the rage this season!  How fun is a white jean with a bright top? It lifts your spirits!

 

But don’t take my word for it, here are some familiar faces sporting my “it” color for the season:

 

 

So do you think I have a blue issue?! Have you seen this color in magazines or malls lately? Found a favorite item? Share – we would love to hear it!

Photobucket

A FREE Women’s Get Away for Amomknowsbest.com Readers!

Southern New England Women's ExpoHere’s a great chance to grab your girlfriends and get away for the day for FREE! The co-organizer of the Southern New England’s Women’s Expo, Pat Paolino Cruz,  is offering our readers FREE admission!  Just print out this article. To easily print this article just go the bottom of this page (but above the comment section) where there are several buttons (ie. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn etc). The 2nd button in from the right is the “Print with PrintFriendly” button.

The SNE Women’s Expo is 4/17 from 11am-5pm @ Twin River Event Center, 100 Twin River Rd, Lincoln, RI. Parking is free.  Regular cost (without printing this article) is $18 at the door. If you pre-register you can get $8.00 off or 2-for-1.  Children under 10 are free but no strollers permitted.

I’ve been to the event before and it’s a lot of fun. You can see some pictures from previous years on their website. There are a variety of presentations and vendors to check out.

Jessica-GranatieroOne of our own writers on amomknowsbest.com will be speaking at this year’s event. Jessica Norris Granatierois is the owner of The Savory Grape, a boutique wine store.  Her presentation is titled “Wonderful Wine Tasting Tips for Women”. A true wine aficionado, she will be just returning home from visiting a vineyard in France!

 

Tara Sage SteevesI noticed another speaker who I knew on the presenter list. Tara Sage Steeves of Create Your Life will be presenting on the topic “The #1 Misconception About Dream Realization and How to Prevent It From Sabotaging Your Dreams”.  Tara is an author, a speaker and a life coach who focuses on helping people achieve their dreams.

 

Fellow mommy  blogger, Jennifer Frosch Leal of Savor the Thyme, will be presenting on the topic “Time Saving Tips and Techniques for Getting Meals on the Table”

 

 

In addition to variety of other speakers, there will also be fashion shows and cooking demonstrations. If you visit the exhibitors at the show you can have a chance to win Gift Certificates or Prizes Valued at $500 .

On the SNE Women’s Expo’s website this event is described as,

“…dedicated to the celebration of women. One special day where women can be pampered, shop, sample great food, watch fashion shows, attend seminars, relax, de-stress, laugh, be entertained and learn about things relating to their lives and well being”.

 

For more info just check out the SNE Women’s Expo website, follow them on Facebook and Twitter or check out their T.V. ad.
Of course don’t forget to print this article out for your FREE admission.
A special thank you to Pat Paolino Cruz, Co-Producer SNE Women’s Expo, for this generous offer to amomknowsbest.com readers!

.

Photobucket

Top Trends for Spring Nails

I’m loving the fun colors for nail polish this season!  You can never go wrong with a French mani or pedi, but live on the edge of your peep toes or flip flop out over what is making toelines this season! I took a trip to NYC, with my AMomKnowsBest friends, this April for Getting Gorgeous, and I could not help but notice that women are ready to bring their toes out to play!  Some were showing off their first spring pedicure in great open toed shoes…others, like the ladies of AMKB, scored  adorable sandals from Flip Out Sandals and can’t wait to show off their cute tootsies!   I mean, really, how fun are THESE??  flip flops

So…here are the top 3 trends for Spring 2011 in nail color:

1) Blues Baby: How fun are these?! My other favorite is OPI Austin-tatious from their new Spring 11 Texas line!  I always love OPI  names, but this season they are based around Texas towns – Nothing Plano about it

2) Nudes have it: A nude nail always looks clean and fresh on toes or fingers!  It’s very easy to match with dressy or casual and goes with every color!  My favorite part is that you can’t see chipping as easily on a nude nail.

3) Shades of Gray: I loved dark metallic gray this winter and a lighter tone for summer is in style! A gray nail goes well next to the vibrant pops of color in clothing this Spring – can’t go wrong here!

New, different and off the Spring runways this season (and popular especially with the younger generation) is the “moon manicure” , gold foil and OPI’s black shatter that you polish over your current color to crackle or ‘shatter’ it!

 

What will you try this season? Do you have time to do it yourself or do you like to go to the salon?

One thing is for certain, it’s time to Spring on the Polish!

BONUS: All AMKB readers can get Flip Out Sandals for 20% off by entering code GORG at checkout.  Nice.

Photobucket

Getting Gorgeous in New York City

New York City

It’s going to be a fun weekend. Today, several of the contributors and I are piling in Carrie’s SUV and heading to New York City where we will meet up with Katrina for a day of fashion, fun & beauty…oh, and pampering!  Two of my friends are putting on a spectacular event in the city called Getting Gorgeous, and it is going to be fabulous!  Audrey McClelland & Vera Sweeney are the masterminds behind the event and, to be honest, I’ve never even met Vera before–but any friend of Audrey’s is a friend of mine.

This will actually be my first “event” as a blogger and I can speak for all of the ladies of  A Mom Knows Best when I say we are thrilled to get a little R&R, meet some other wonderful women and engage with the terrific brands that will be in attendence.  I really have to give Audrey & Vera  a hand for choosing terrific companies to allign themselves with.  We’re talking Degree, Lifetime Moms, Hanes, Sandals Resorts (BTW, who else is DYING for a vacation after our recent snow in New England?) Weight Watchers & Goody Hair…just to name a few!dad NYC

After hanging with the girls all day, my husband and baby will pick me up and we’ll spend the night with our good friends who have a daughter just two weeks younger than Paige.  The babies always have such a great time together and it’s so fun to see them interact!  Sunday I have a business lunch at a great little restaurant I’ve been dying to try, right by the water, before heading back to Rhode Island.  Crossing my fingers that Paige sleeps a little in the car.  She’s typically good for about an hour…that’s it.  Maybe it’s time to invest in one of those portable DVD players…although since she’s never seen a movie it might kind of freak her out.

The Best Anti-Cancer/Anti-Wrinkle Way to Get a Tan

Could Rhode Island be one of  the first states to ban minors from the tanning beds?

According to a recent study posted on WebMD and The Skin Cancer Foundation: people who use tanning beds have a 74% increased risk for melanoma (skin cancer) compared to people who had never used a tanning bed!  The risk was four times higher among frequent users of high-pressure tanning beds, which emit mostly UVA radiation!

Before I was 20, I went to the tanning bed at least 3 times per week! I was under the blanket belief, it won’t happen to me, but now, as a wife and mom, my priorities have changed. I have had malignant melanoma not once, but twice. The survival rate is only 50% if it spreads into the lymphatic system.  Needless to say, you won’t catch me in a tanning bed.

Here are the ABCDs of Melanoma:

How’s that for a beautiful tan?

You can still get the glow without the radiation or the creepy little eye covers. Here are some of my favorite self-tanning products!
***note, you must exfoliate well and my favorite tip:  put one layer of hand cream on first, let it dry and it will keep your hands from turning orange!
L’Oreal Sublime toilettes,  Bronze One Day Gel and Neutrogena MicroMist self-tanning spray

 

 

What is your opinion on banning minors from tanning beds?  Do you have a friend or relative diagnosed with skin cancer?

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Photobucket