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In the lead up to a once-in-a-lifetime event like your prom night, it can be easy to forget to organize something. The easiest way to prevent this is to plan ahead. Remember, the day of the prom will be very busy - get as much organized before the day as you possibly can!Here are some of the things you should organize beforehand so you don't accidentally turn one of the greatest nights of your life into a disaster.Check opening hours - make sure you know when shops, e...

The Essential 'To Do' List For Your Prom Night

The Essential In the lead up to a once-in-a-lifetime event like your prom night, it can be easy to forget to organize something. The easiest way to prevent this is to plan ahead. Remember, the day of the prom will be very busy - get as much organized before the day as you possibly can!Here are some of the things you should organize beforehand so you don't accidentally turn one of the greatest nights of your life into a disaster.Check opening hours - make sure you know when shops, etc that you will have to visit on the day are open. More than one girl has gone to pick up her dress on the day of the prom, only to find that the shop doesn't open on a Saturday!Research photographs - make sure you get a price list from the school before the night of the prom, so you know how much photos at the prom will cost (you can easily spend between $30 and $130 - even more). Check with the photographer before the night to find out what payment options are available - many will accept checks or credit cards, which is much safer than carrying cash.Eat! - it seems like such a simple thing, but remember to eat a good breakfast and lunch on the day of the prom. You may be rushing around getting things ready, or feel like you can't eat, but you will need all the energy you can get for the big night!Make a record - when making your appointments (hair, nails, make-up, restaurant, limousine, etc) be sure to make a note of the date and time of your call, and who you spoke to. Make sure you ring to confirm your appointments 2-3 weeks before the prom, just to be sure that there are no problems.Prepare for your hair appointment - it may seem obvious, but it is easy to forget. Remember to wear a button down shirt when you have your hair done.The right purse - you don't want to be carrying around a huge purse or handbag all night. Choose a small purse that is just big enough to hold lipstick, money, an extra pair of hose, a number of small safety pins, and possibly a camera.Prom checks - while at the prom, take a bathroom break to do the following: 1) Refresh lipstick & powder (if needed); 2) Reapply body glitter (especially before a grand march); 3) Make sure everything is right with your dress; and 4) Hair check. But don't take too long to do all this - your date won't like to be kept waiting!Have a great time - this is one of the biggest nights of your life, so make sure you relax and enjoy it! Once you are at the prom, there is no point in worrying about what you could or should have done. Simply make sure you have a great time

Bikini Line Hair Removal - Are Razors Better Than Pubic Shavers?

Bikini Line Hair Removal - Are Razors Better Than Pubic Shavers?

RazorsRazors are cheap and many women say they give a closer shave than an electric razor. The cons are they can nick or cut the skin, and lathering up every time you want to shave can be annoying. If you do decide to use a razor as a pubic hair shaver make sure its a good one. Choose a female razor and go for best quality rather than lowest price. Throwaway razors are not much good for bikini line hair removal and they are more likely to cause razor burns and soreness while youre shaving and ingrown hairs later on.Electric shaversElectric shavers for women have been around since the late 1940s, although some of the early models were basically just mens shavers but pink. Today female shavers are much more common and its possible to buy shavers designed specifically for bikini line hair removal. Other shavers come with separate shaving foils for pubic shaving. Pubic shavers with hypoallergenic foils, skin coolers, and built-in trimmers are also available.Fewer shaving cuts and convenience are among the reasons for using a "pubic hair shaver" . Theres no need to use shaving foam with an electric pubic shaver and it will be safer to use because the skin is protected from the blade. Razor burns will also not be a problem. Some pubic shavers can even be taken in the shower and some manufacturers claim their shavers will shave as close as a razor. If you decide to buy one, make sure you do some research of your own first.Electric shaver or razor?To summarize, electric "pubic shavers" tend to be quicker, safer and easier to use but they may not give such a close shave as a razor. They also cost more. If you change from one to the other, make sure you give yourself a chance to get used to it.

Are Stay-At-Home Moms Better?

Are Stay-At-Home Moms Better?

Can we really have it all a career, the good life and parenthood? Can parents afford to raise a child on one income? How can new parents decide whether to work or stay home with the kids.Kristie Tamsevicius, author of I Love My Life: A Moms Guide to Working from Home says that the answer has never been clearer. Since September 11, 2001, people are going back to basics. Fueled by frustration with their current work environments, people long to spend more time at home with their families. This desire has led millions of parents to say goodbye to corporate America and hello to a work at home career.One of the toughest decisions you face is whether you will stay at home with the children or go back to work. Financially, it can be difficult to make the switch to living on one income. Additionally, women often wonder if they are sacrificing their career by choosing to stay at home.New parents are overwhelmed with the onslaught of child relating expenses including baby gear, clothing, diapers, and medical bills. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, raising a child from birth to age 2 costs $13,400 a year. So how can families cut back and survive on less income and endure these added costs?The common myth is that if both parents work, there will be more income.But this is not always the case. If you add up the numbers, oftentimes you are not getting ahead financially by working and paying daycare.When you subtract childcare costs, auto expenses, dry cleaning and other work related expenses many find they are not making that much by working outside the home.The truth is that we trap ourselves into thinking that we need two incomes to survive. Whether its keeping up with the Jones or buying high tech toys, it seems when you make more, you spend more. When our income increases, instead of banking the difference, we raise our standard of living.The pressures of dual working parents can weigh on a family. Sometimes working mothers feel guilty for wanting to work away from home. Then there is the issue of balance. Juggling the pressures of work and home can be tough. Trying to make sure meals are made, the house is clean, and the bills get paid between running kids to soccer practice is trying.We have to ask what we are teaching our kids with our busy lifestyles.Are we teaching our kids that this pace of life is normal and desirable?Will daycare teach your kids the values you would?No one will love and teach your kids the way you do. Daycare will attend to the physical needs of your child, but are they teaching your kids the values and lessons you would? In situations such as the bullying kid at daycare, or the fight over toys is the daycare provider shaping your childs character in the same way you would?Children reap vast benefits when moms stay at home. Mothers can provide care with love. They are there to discipline and teach proper behaviors. While spending quality time, mothers can develop a lasting bond with their children. This bond creates a stronger sense of security and well being within the child.Kids enjoy other benefits too. Moms can provide a more varied diet and better nutrition. And children receive more mental stimulation when one on one sharing time with mom.How can moms learn to live on less and stay at home with the kids?Shopping smart saves money. Thrifty minded moms cut coupons, look for sales, and buy in bulk to cut costs. Many families are learning that a simple life beats the pressures of trying to keep up. By setting a lower standard of living, you can learn to enjoy the simple things. You teach your children that wealth lies not in material possessions, but in the joy of living.Working from home can help parents to have the best of both worlds:precious family time and extra income.Statistics show that todays working people are eager to say goodbye to corporate life and say hello to the joys of working from home.Working from home offers a variety of benefits including being your own boss, flexibility, the ultimate office space, no commute, increased control, time with family, and the sheer joy of designing your own business and life.Entrepreneurship offers thrills, stimulation, challenge, and a new powerful choice-driven reality. It provides an option for single parents and families struggling with family and career concerns. Its allowing dads to quit the 9-to-5 grind and stay at home with the kids.Its providing a new chance for people who have been laid off or kicked out of the corporate system. Its providing a new income-earning opportunity for people who cant live on their retirement funds alone.At-home careers offer an income for people with disabilities who have trouble finding jobs in the traditional workplace.So realize that as a parent, now you dont have to decide to work or stay at home, you can have both: a career and time with your kids.

Your First Time Brazilian Bikini Wax

Your First Time Brazilian Bikini Wax

First, you must be sure that you want to get a brzailian bikini wax. Consider trying first the standard bikini wax which will remove the hair from your bikini line or the full bikini which will remove most of your pubic hair apart from the most sensitive areas. A brazilian bikini wax removes ALL your pubic hair. We advice you to get your first "brazilian bikini wax" by a professional. Many women who try to give themselves a brazilian bikini wax, cause damage and their bikini area looks worse after the brazilian wax. You could find a salon that offers a brazilian bikini wax in any big US city. Just look in the Yellow pages or in any search engine for "brazilian wax" + name of your city. After locating a salon, find out how many brazilian waxes they do a week? Make sure that the persons who are responsible for the brazilian bikini wax are experienced. Ask to talk to customers that got a brazilian bikini wax from the same salon. Open your purse. A brazilian bikini wax may cost up to 100 US dollars. However, the average cost is about 50 bucks. We advice you pay not less than the average price to get a professional treatment. Come to your scheduled treatment with a good mood after taking a warm shower cleaning your pubic area.You will get into a separate room or a hole with a curtain. Then you will lie on a bed with your knees up or legs down.Then, the therapist will trim down your pubic hair with scissors to a length of about a quarter inch. Afterwards, the real thing will start. The waxer will start the waxing process. He will use a low temperature wax to cause less pain. When the wax cools he will pull it out with your pubic hair. This part is the most painful one. However, the first time is the most painful one. The hair can be pulled out easier in the following times.The waxer will ask you to get into some weird uncomfortable positions holding your legs up, to the side and even over your head. If the waxer is a good one the painful part will end quickly. If you feel it takes too long or that the pain is unbearable, just tell the therapist that you need a little rest.When the waxing is done a soothing lotion should be applied to the pubic area.Your bikini area will stay smooth for at least 3 weeks with no maintenance at all. Make the most out of it.

Midlife Women ~ What They Really Want

Over 40 million women are entering the second half of their lives and what they really want is not what many people think. Its not about the gray hair, a few wrinkles or even hitting the big 5-0. The recent story in Time Magazine (5/9/05) has hopefully opened eyes to what midlife and older women really want. So often, society looks at midlife as just being that midlife, menopause, empty nest, gray hair and wrinkles. Yet, to women its so much more.We have been asking women about their views and stories regarding positive and successful aging experiences. Not only have they shared their wonderfully delightful stories, they have also revealed their hopes, expectations and goals for the second half of their lives.These stories tell of women looking forward to this time of their life as a time of renewal, of exploring new areas of interest and of the freedom to be whole and who I really want to be. Women speak of lessons learned, wisdom granted, and the ability to look ahead to accepting new challenges. Many of these women actually look forward to growing older and to the gifts that come with age. What about you? What do you really want? This is not as easy of a question as it appears. Ask your self some questions and record your answers in your journal. Visit it often and see what presents itself to you.Here are some questions to consider.Name 3-5 things you have accomplished in your life. These are things you are most proud of. What are they?Name your strengths. What are at least 5 positive qualities that you have? Any special talents or particular areas you are strong in?What are the things that get you up every morning? What are you passions? What makes your toes tingle and your soul quicken?What is important in your life? If you were at the end of your life, what would you need to have accomplished so that you have no regrets about anything. With the above questions answered, action do you need to take so that the second half of your life is truly extraordinary?Answering these questions will help you find your passions, priorities and your lifes purpose. Its time to start living it.

Facts About Genital Warts

Genital warts, also known as condyloma, or condylomata acuminata, is a highly contagious sexually transmitted infection. It is spread during oral, genital, or anal sex with an infected partner. Genital warts are the most easily recognised sign of genital HPV infection. Genital warts often occur in clusters and can be very tiny or can spread into large masses in the genital or anal area. In women the warts occur on the outside and inside of the vagina, on the cervix, uterus or around the anus. While genital warts are approximately as prevalent in men, the symptoms of the disease may be less obvious. When present, they usually are seen on the tip of the penis. They also may be found on the shaft of the penis, on the scrotum, or around the anus. Rarely, "genital warts" also can develop in the mouth or throat of a person who has had oral sex with an infected person.Genital warts often disappear even without treatment. In other cases, they eventually may develop a fleshy, small raised growth that looks like wadi. There is no way to predict whether the warts will grow or disappear. Therefore, if you suspect you have genital warts, you should be examined and treated, if necessary.Depending on factors such as the size and location of the genital warts, a doctor will offer you one of several ways to treat them.* Imiquimod, a topical immune response cream which you can apply to the affected area* A 20% podophyllin anti-mitotic solution, which you can apply to the affected area and later wash off* A 0.5% podofilox solution, applied to the affected area but shouldnt be washed off * A 5% 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) cream * Trichloroacetic acid (TCA)* Pulsed dye laser* Liquid nitrogen cryosurgeryIf you are pregnant, you should not use podophyllin or podofilox because they are absorbed by the skin and may cause birth defects in your baby. In addition, you should not use 5-fluorouracil cream if you are trying to become pregnant or if there is a possibility that you could be pregnant.If you have small warts, the doctor can remove them by freezing them, burning them or with laser treatment. Occasionally, the doctor will have to use surgery to remove large warts that have not responded to other treatment.Some doctors use the antiviral drug interferon-alpha, which they inject directly into the warts, to treat warts that have returned after removal by traditional means. The drug is expensive, however, and does not reduce the rate that the genital warts return.Although treatments can get rid of the warts, they do not get rid of the HPV virus, so warts can recur after treatment. However, the body's immune system typically clears the virus anywhere from 6 months to a year. There is even some suggestion that effective treatment of the wart may aid the body's immune response.The virus that causes genital warts is spread by skin-skin contact. Condoms do not adequately protect against genital warts, because the infected spot may not be covered by a condom. The only reliable prevention is to have no skin contact with potentially infected tissue.Gardasil, an effective HPV vaccine, is currently undergoing a phase III clinical trial and appears nearly 100% effective against the most common types.This article is presented for informational purposes only and should not be interpreted as medical advice. If you or someone you know has genital warts, consult your doctor for the latest treatment options available.Permission is granted to reprint this article as long as no changes are made, and the entire resource box is included.

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In the lead up to a once-in-a-lifetime event like your prom night, it can be easy to forget to organize something. The easiest way to prevent this is to plan ahead. Remember, the day of the prom will be very busy - get as much organized before the day as you possibly can!Here are some of the things you should organize beforehand so you don't accidentally turn one of the greatest nights of your life into a disaster.Check opening hours - make sure you know when shops, e...