Five Authors (With Very Good Hair) Unite for a Good Cause

Delight Yourself in the Lord…Even on Bad Hair DaysLast year’s devotional, Be Still…and Let Your Nail Polish Dry, became a fast favorite among women. The book of light-hearted, often heartwarming devotions kick-started a conversation about the common goal of finding time within crazy schedules to nurture the spirit. The publishers, Summerside Press, recognized lightning in a bottle when they captured it, and they asked author Sandra D. Bricker to do it again, this time with a new team of writers. Delight Yourself in the Lord…Even on Bad Hair Days, with the theme of faith in God as the first line of defense against the greatest challenges of life, will hit bookstores on March 1st.

“The combination of authors I chose,” says Bricker, best-selling author of laugh-out-loud fiction for the inspirational market, “was a no-brainer. Debby Mayne is the writer you always want to work with. She’s a pro, and I thought she fit well with the theme of the new book. Kristin Billerbeck is funny and bright, and she brings a bit of pop culture to the table. Trish Perry has a remarkable reputation, and I was really eager to loop her into a project like this one. I’ve always loved Diann Hunt’s writing, and she had a unique connection to this line of books that couldn’t be denied.”

Hunt had just been diagnosed with ovarian cancer when the framework of the book was in progress. Because of Bricker’s history with the disease (she’s a six-year survivor), a commitment had already been made by the authors of the first devotional to donate a portion of the proceeds to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund. Since Bricker wanted to continue the relationship with OCRF, Hunt was a natural addition, and she penned her segment of the devotional while undergoing chemotherapy treatment.

“My Nana had a miraculous healing from ovarian cancer in the early nineties,” says Billerbeck. “Now that I know two more survivors [Bricker and Hunt], it’s something close to my heart.”

Perry’s experience with ovarian cancer didn’t end so well when her aunt lost her fight with the disease within just a few months of diagnosis. “It was horribly frightening,” she says, “because she had no symptoms before it was too late.”

Despite the very serious intentions on behalf of OCRF, the authors calibrated very early on toward the goal of keeping a hopeful and fun overall tone. The collaboration was considered a success by everyone, from authors to publisher. “I enjoy working with other writers,” says Mayne, “who have the same goals and passion for what they do.” Hunt calls the experience “a blessing,” while Perry compares the writing process to “a long-distance slumber party.”

“I knew Kristin and Debby fairly well beforehand,” Bricker explains. “But all five of us had the opportunity to spend a couple of days together when we attended a writers’ conference in Denver last year. You’d have thought we’d known one another our whole lives! Five minutes together, and we were laughing and joking like old friends. I can truthfully say that I consider each of the other four authors among my very best friends. It was kind of magical the way we all fit together, like different parts of one complete body.”

All four of her co-authors label Bricker with adjectives like “compassionate” and “hysterical,” while Debby Mayne emerges as the “joyful” and “hopeful” member of the group. Kristin Billerbeck’s role, as categorized by her friends, appears to involve bringing “spunk” and “fun” to the table; Trish Perry is considered “encouraging, and someone you can always count on.” Diann Hunt? “Positive” and “down-to-earth.” It sounds like a wonderful combination.

“This group of five authors,” Bricker declares, “was the perfect storm. All the conditions were right when we came together, and wham! We’ve formed a very exclusive mutual fan club, with just five members! And I think readers will sense how special the experience was when they have the chance to read the devotions.”

Must-Have, Can’t Live Without Beauty Products and the Authors Who Love Them

love finds you in holiday

In an economy with a regrettably sagging middle, you wouldn’t think the publishing industry would be choosing this moment to branch out. However, the CBA market has been doing just that. Brand new lines of fiction are unfolding in the inspirational market, and making their mark at record speed!

Summerside Press exploded onto the scene in October 2008 with the well-received Love Finds You line of romantic fiction, launched by well-loved author Andrea Boeshaar and new-to-CBA author Sandra D. Bricker. Then Abingdon Press, known in the CBA market for its non-fiction offerings, released a line of fiction this fall that is being reviewed with the highest regard in the industry.

Here at LLB, we have a long-standing relationship with some of the most exciting new authors, as well as the most established ones, in the publishing industry. Sandra D. Bricker, a special favorite of ours, will have a second Love Finds You novel coming out in December filled with all the hilarity we’ve come to expect from this Laugh-Out-Loud author. Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida is a romantic comedy that pays homage to the “unique and absurd planet” Bricker says is known by the rest of the world as Florida.

“Next year, I have another novel coming out with Summerside, and two with the new fiction line at Abingdon Press,” she says. “It’s given me such a great opportunity to do what I really love, as well as get to know some of the most gifted authors in publishing.”

Hmmm. That got us to thinking, so we reached out to Sandra and some of her writer friends to ask this question:


Igia Instant Cover.
“My skin has taken a beating over the years, and I have sun spots and blotches on my face that really tend to show my age. I use Instant Cover on them underneath a very light mousse foundation, and they’re hardly noticeable at all.”

Sandra D. Bricker, Laugh Out Loud Comedy for the Inspirational Market
Love Finds You in Holiday, Florida, Summerside Press

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Jergen’s Body Lotion (the original). “I was out of state traveling on business and needed to pick up some body lotion. When I saw Jergen’s on the shelf, and the words Original Scent, I thought I just had to smell it … for old time’s sake! That one sweet breath led me to purchase it … and I’ve only purchased that lotion ever since. I use Jergen’s EVERYWHERE. Even my face. It leaves my face wonderfully soft and firm (at the same time!) and doesn’t weigh it down. I know a lot of women cannot imagine using body lotion on their face, but it’s wonderful!”

Eva Marie EversonWriter of Books, Author of None
Things Left Unspoken, Baker/Revell Books

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My hair stylist! “She keeps my grays from showing and my cut looking good and easy to manage.”

Myra Johnson, Romantic women’s fiction . . . where life and love collide!
One Imperfect Christmas, Abingdon Press

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Moisturizer. “I’ve been accused of looking younger than I am, and it might simply be good genes … or something more! Every morning, I wash my face with just warm water and a washcloth, and then immediately, while my skin is still damp, I apply moisturizer which seals in the natural moisture. So for what it’s worth, that’s my SECRET.”

Melody Carlson
, True to Life Fiction
Love Finds You in Sisters, Oregon, Summerside Press

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Eight hours of sleep.
“This one thing helps me make better decisions, which lessens that furrow on my brow! No matter how busy I am, I try not to sacrifice a good night’s sleep. My college friends still tease me about how I was always planning to make sure I got eight hours!”

Judy Christie, Hurry Less, Worry Less to enjoy life more
Gone to Green, Abingdon Press

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Tweezers. “I’m not sure if this one qualifies, but I always have an eyebrow tweezer in my car. You’d be amazed how many of those little eyebrow hairs pop out in the sunshine!”

Christa Allan, Stories of Unscripted Grace
Walking On Broken Glass, Abingdon Press

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Petroleum jelly. “Weekly, I exfoliate from head to toe. For my face, I just use an inexpensive facial scrub from Walgreens or Target; and for my body, just a loofa or body scrub. But on my lips … I use petroleum jelly mixed with a little sugar, and I gently rub it with my fingertip. This helps chapped lips become smooth again.”

Debby Mayne, Faithful Fiction
Love Finds You in Treasure Island, Florida, Summerside Press
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DermaNew Facial Rejuvenation System. “It’s what appears to be a sandblaster for the face, and I love it! The kit includes a little battery-powered gizmo to which you attach a sponge and a dollop of cream, and then gently massage your face for a short period, once or twice weekly. It’s a great exfoliator!”

Trish Perry, True Love. Real Laughs. Pure Fiction.
Sunset Beach, Harvest House

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Bare Minerals makeup and Arbonne’s Clear Advantage. “I have rosacea with breakouts as an adult. The Arbonne products helped me clear it up in a couple of weeks after years of medical intervention that never really worked. and the Bare Minerals makeup doesn’t clog my pores, but covers while letting me look natural. My skin looks better than it did when I was younger!”

Lena Nelson Dooley, Characters Who Grip Your Heart
Wild West Christmas, Barbour Books

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Basis Cleaner Clean Face Wash. “It’s oil-free and soap-free, has a pleasantly light scent, and contains several soothing botanicals for sensitive skin. It’s perfectly refreshing in warmer months, and doesn’t dry out skin in winter. I buy two and three bottles at a time to stock up!”

Cerella D. Sechrist, Chocolate-Covered Fiction
Love Finds You in the Sweetest Place on Earth: Hershey, PA, Summerside Press

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Olay Complete. “Living in the desert, a good facial moisturizer is essential. I use the one for sensitive skin. It’s very light, and it’s SPF 15. All my bases are covered in one little bottle!”

Jennifer AlLee, Romantic Fiction for the Heart and Soul
The Pastor’s Wife, Abingdon Press

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Bright Lipstick. “I just cannot do without a bright color of lipstick! I feel dressed and cheerful when I wear lipstick. I’ve tried brands at all prices, but the best range of color at a good price point is Revlon. Cherries in the Snow is a great classic color for a bluish tone that goes well with the burgundy family. Love that Red is a fabulous shade that goes with almost anything!”

Tamela Hancock Murray, Fiction With a Heart
Love Finds You in Maiden, North Carolina, Summerside Press

The Parvo Chronicles – How Our Puppy Survived the Often Fatal Parvovirus

If you are reading this, you may suspect or know that your dog or puppy has Parvo, aka: Parvovirus. If that is the case, I am very sorry and I encourage you to take your pet to the veterinary hospital without delay. If it is after your normal vet’s hours and your puppy exhibits the signs of Parvovirus, you would be wise to consider an emergency vet if you are fairly convinced your pet has Parvo. However, if you are already in the treatment phases or unable to do so at the moment, here’s a tale of how our long awaited puppy survived Parvo. Hopefully this tale is enough to encourage you to stay strong, keep a positive outlook, and give your dog the proper vet care that is so typically needed for a dog or pup to beat Parvo.

I’ve had my heart set on a border collie puppy for a few years now. This year, 2009, I thought would be the year we’d get a puppy, and I was right – but it didn’t happen right away. For one reason or another, every time a pregnant border collie was about to have pups, something either went wrong, or we discovered there were no puppies to be born. The false pregnancies got me started thinking that something wasn’t quite right with my plan, but I still desperately wanted a puppy. Then one weekend, my husband suggested we adopt a border collie from a shelter or a rescue instead of buying from a breeder.

I was skeptical at first because often the border collies given up for rescue tend to be older dogs or dogs of a few years old. Puppies rarely seem to be available. I decided to search on to see if I could prove myself wrong. I checked up and down the whole East Coast to no avail. Plenty of dogs and puppies needed good homes, but I just didn’t see the one that stole my heart on first glimpse. Finally, I started searching the available pets out on the West Coast. When I got to Utah, the perfect puppy stared back at me from one of the pages of search results.

The little puppy was only nine weeks old and had the adorable looks of a border collie. She was half border collie and half Australian shepherd too, but you’d never know it by looking at her. She is the spitting image of a border collie – with the split face and all. Her fluffy black and white fur and precious face – half black and half white – gave me all the inspiration I needed to pick up the phone and call the shelter. She was still available!

In one day’s spin of the clock, I had all the plans in place for this little puppy to fly to PA from Utah in two short days. She’d catch a ride to Las Vegas, fly into Atlanta for a connection up to Allentown, and then we’d pick her up after my brother’s high school graduation and drive her home. It was a well choreographed plan, all things considered. Turns out her flight got delayed and we didn’t get home with her until 2 a.m., but it was all well worth it. What happened next is where the real story begins.

We took our puppy to the vet for a health check and a Lyme’s disease shot, as well as a kennel cough vaccine. She seemed perfectly healthy! We named her Moko, after the Maori tribal face tattoos worn by a number of the aboriginal people in New Zealand. (With this in mind, it translates roughly to “mask.”)  Moko met some of our family members and neighbors, played, ate, slept, and did all the wonderful things a puppy does. Then, only five days from the night we got her, our little puppy became very ill. My husband and I had no idea why or what was wrong. My hubby had to leave for a weekend golf trip, and that first night is when I looked up all her symptoms online.

My projected hypochondria and hours of sleuthing led me to believe she had Parvo. Her symptoms included very watery yellow diarrhea, vomiting (since she hadn’t eaten anything, it was mostly yellow bile and foamy, clear liquid, kind of just like slobber), laziness and complete lethargy (what puppy do you know that is content to sleep ALL DAY LONG?), no desire to play, and refusing to eat and drink all day. The more I read online, the more I convinced myself she had Parvo. Around 11 p.m., I called and left the vet a message that I wanted the first available appointment that next morning.

Based on my detective work, I frantically tried to get her to drink water. Dogs and puppies that get Parvo typically die of starvation and dehydration within 24 – 48 hours or so. This terrified me. My efforts to get Moko to drink water were not working out too well, but I kept trying.

Here is what I did to get her to drink:
1.    Tried to give her ice chips in her bowl to entice her to drink or even accidentally get some water in her mouth.
2.    Used a turkey baster to force some water down her throat. This was somewhat successful, but I spilled as much as I got down her throat.
3.    Added a small splash of milk to her bowl of water – she actually did go after it and drank for a good 20 seconds or so. This was the most successful method.

I also gave her a small piece of ham lunchmeat even though we decided no people food. It was literally a small piece the size of a quarter, so I don’t know if she got any nourishment at all, but she did reluctantly eat it, which made me feel better.

The next morning, she seemed a good deal better – happy and playful, but she still had diarrhea and she just didn’t seem right. At the vet’s, they tested her droppings and gave her a general exam. The vet didn’t think she had Parvo as I suspected, because she seemed too energetic and healthy, but decided to do a Parvo test anyway for both our peace of mind. About 10 minutes later, the vet returned and my worst fears were confirmed. Moko tested positive for Parvo.

Continue reading the story…

Favorite Hair Care Tips from Life Love Beauty Readers

Recently, Life Love Beauty hosted a contest for a chance to win African Pride Hair Care Products by submitting your favorite hairstyle or hair care tip. We received a number of really great tips, which we will share with you in two articles.

Many readers agreed on the following tips:
•    Use a leave-in conditioner.
•    Air dry hair when possible.
•    Keep hair’s ends trimmed on a regular basis.

In addition to these common hair care and styling recommendations, we also received a number of unique suggestions for how to keep hair beautiful and strong. Read on for some of the top suggestions on how to keep your hair feeling and looking great all the time:

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Favorite Hair Styling Tips from Life Love Beauty Readers

Life Love Beauty recently teamed up with African Pride to host a contest that involved sharing your favorite hairstyle or hair care tip. We received a number of really great tips, which we will share with you in two articles.

Our readers made suggestions on both curly and straight hairstyles, as well as drying techniques, styling, and more. Many agreed on the importance of moisturizing your hair and deep-conditioning.

In addition to these common hair styling suggestions, we also received a number of creative recommendations for how to keep hair beautifully styled and strong. Read on for some of the top suggestions on how to keep your hairstyle looking great all the time:

Favorite Hair Tips for Curly Hair
“I love walking around with curly hair so my favorite curling routine is very simple. I wash my hair once a week instead of daily. I towel it dry and use a diffuser when blow drying my hair and a leave-in treatment to prevent breakage. I also use detangling cream to polish my hair and a mini curling iron to accentuate individual curls.”
–    Tip by Marilyn Lewis

“My favorite hairstyle would have to be a braid-out. To do a braid-out, you first wet the hair a bit, and apply your desired product onto your hair. A product made for enhanced curl may make your curls more defined. I prefer to use something creamy and moisturizing, and some oil to give it sheen and seal in the moisture from the moisturizer I put in.

Then, you part the hair down the middle (or make a part on each side if you want to make three braids) and french braid whichever side you’re comfortable with first. Do the same to the other side, and either go under a hot dryer for thirty minutes to an hour, or you can leave it braided all day/night, and take the braids out the next day.

Then, you undo the braids and either shake it out (which still may require some fixing up afterwards), or finger comb the curls until you get your desired style. I like to clip the hair up in the front sometimes, or I take bobby pins and pin my bangs to the side, which I find is so cute and can help hide a big forehead.”
–    Tip by Sheba Stafford

“My hair tip has to do with styling technique. When yo blow-dry your hair before curling, you should blow dry it to a point where there is still a slight bit of moisture left in your hair. By not blow-drying your hair completely dry before curling and styling, this will allow you to use less heat for less time in order to curl your hair.

It’s kind of like when you iron cloths, if they are very slightly damp before ironing, or if completely dry if you spray them a little with a water bottle just before ironing. Doing this, your hair will take an iron quicker and hold the press longer than when you iron an item that is completely dry. If your hair is already dry, what you can do is just give it a very light misting with a water spray bottle to bring up its moisture level before curling.”
–    Tip by Clarissa La

Favorite Hair Tips for Straight Hair
“To achieve straight hair and maintain it straight, the following steps need to be taken:

1.    Trim your ends as often as your stylist recommends. Your regular stylist gets to know your hair almost better than you, trust the professional. Ends that don’t split result in healthier hair. This step is number one because it’s literally the most important.

2.    Use proper heat styling precautions. Put a thermal styling product on damp hair. Blow dry hair in small sections from the root to tip only, don’t start in the middle down, and don’t blast your ends for prolonged periods of time. Make sure your hair is 100% DRY.

3.    Follow with a good ceramic flat iron, it is very true that you get what you pay for here. Don’t get some cheapo flat iron, that’s going to constantly snag your hair. That will cause breakage, the very breakage you are trying to prevent by getting your ends cared for on a regular basis.

4.    After flat ironing in small sections, follow with a silicone based styling product, sparingly!

5.    Wrap your hair or use a silk pillowcase when you go to bed.

All these steps should help you maintain straight hair if you prefer not to relax or perm it, and it will also help you maintain that glossy look you love if you do get your hair relaxed frequently.  If your hair gets blasted daily with high heat, I highly recommend a deep conditioning treatment at least once a week if not twice, and if you can roller set your hair and let it air dry on those days you’ll find your hair much healthier, as well as your scalp.”
–    Tip by Tracy Iglesias

“Tip – My favorite way of straightening my hair is to flat iron it bone-straight. I usually wash and dry my hair with hair moisturizer. Then I take a rat tail comb and hold it with my flat iron and straighten my hair, detangling it at the same time.”
–    Tip by Yashica McArthur

Favorite Hairstyles
“My favorite hair style to wear would be a bob. The look is so classic, but yet still so trendy. Once my hair is cut in a sleek bob, there are so many different styles that I can rock. I can change it up from straight and sophisticated to curly and playful.

I have been rocking a bob for years. Sometimes it is shorter and sometimes it is longer. No matter what length, it still looks wonderful.

I prefer a nice even cut. To change it up, I may bump it at the top, give it a flip, or wear it flat to the head. A bob has so many endless possibilities. Sometimes I even add a little color to give it that extra umph. The best thing about a bob, is that it looks great on almost any face shape.

Bobs are easy to care for. Keeping it wrapped, moisturized, and covering with a scarf helps keep the style healthy and gives it great body.

I can’t think of a better hairstyle.”
–    Tip by Harriett Talford

“I think ‘natural’ hair is beginning to become the thing (it). From fro to dred (ms) I have left the perm, curl, etc. alone for quite a while now and I’m loving it. No more getting up in the morning and making sure your hair looks the same as when you left the salon.”
–    Tip by FC Henley

Six Ways to Save Money on Your Cell Phone Bill

Saving money has become more important than ever, due to rising costs of fuel, groceries, and just about everything. Cell phones are no different, and in fact, cell phone bills are surprisingly expensive some months. Not to fret – there are several things you can do to save money on your cell phone bill.

To save money on your cell phone bill, you must first understand what you are paying for and whether it is vital to maintaining your cell phone service. First, examine your bill in detail, and get a representative from the cellular company to explain your bill and its charges to you if you do not understand. It gets easier to save money on your cell phone bill once you understand the charges you’re incurring each month.

Next, decide if you need to keep all the special features such as text messaging, picture messaging, and so forth. Are you already at the lowest allotment of minutes per month, or are you constantly going over? Keep these things in mind as you plot and plan on how to lower your cell phone bill.

Here are some targeted tips for saving money on your cellular phone bill:

1. Monitor your cell phone usage. Those minutes add up. Leave briefer messages when leaving a voicemail for someone. Urge him or her to call you back at their convenience and offer the rest of the details of your message at that point in time. To be on the safe side, your voicemail messages should be on the shorter side of one minute. Not one ten, not one twenty-three, but one minute even or better yet, even less. Those voicemail minutes tally quickly, and once you surpass your monthly allotment, the wireless company will slam you with some painful overage charges.

Consider this: if you normally pay an average of $50 per month without any overage charges, for a year of cellular service you are shelling out $600. Add in 45 cents or so for every minute you use outside of your calling plan and you could be in some serious trouble. Just 10 minutes over is around an extra five dollars once you figure in the tax rate. Be smart about your calls and limit the time you spend on the phone.

2. If you have a hard time saying goodbye, lie. Now don’t take this the wrong way… if your cousin calls you and really needs to talk, by all means give him as much time as you both can afford. If you really need to get off the phone, but for some unknown reason are unable to alert your telephone companion to that fact without feeling guilty over it, make a point to go feed or walk your dog, check your laundry or start cooking dinner. Any sane person will understand when you say, “Wow, I haven’t eaten all day. I had better go find a snack before I waste away.” Trust me, we can all relate.

3. Do not use the cell phone because you are bored. This especially includes driving. Many people do it to make the most efficient use of their time, but levels of concentration are sure to be partially diminished when one is fiddling with the radio or gabbing away on a cell phone. I have driven behind various men and women, wondering why, for Pete’s sake, are they driving so slowly, erratically and all over the road, or stopping for no apparent reason. As my car gets closer to theirs, I then see them waving their hands about the car while yapping away on the phone. It’s kind of like, hello lady or dude, your friend, your sister, your hairdresser – whoever – cannot see you to understand your body language and wild gestures, so save it for another time and get your darn hands back on the wheel!

For safety reasons, one should not be using the phone while driving anyway, save emergencies. In some states and townships, there are laws against it. If you are just lazing about the house and feel the need to do something, don’t pick up the cell phone unless you have free minutes during the particular time of day or night it happens to be. Watch a movie, read a book, clip coupons or relax in a hot bath, but don’t rake in any more charges than you have coming as it is.

4. If you are not expecting any urgent calls, check your voicemail during off-peak hours. Many cellular companies charge customers airtime usage for checking their voicemail messages during the designated “peak” hours of the day. If you have free nights and weekends, try to get your messages when it won’t cost you that dime.

5. Limit your calling. If you know you have a tendency to run up your bill with overage charges during peak calling times, make a point to call those friends and family members during your off-peak hours, especially on the weekend. If you both have cell phones, it should help thicken both your wallets!

6. Downsize your cellular plan. Do you really need to check your email and instant message your friends on your cell phone, or can that wait until you get back to your dorm, apartment or home office? Just think – half a decade ago, you couldn’t do all that on a phone to begin with. Anyone who had a cell phone back in the day when they first became popular had one of those dinosaur models that weighed as much as a cheese steak and probably reminded you of Zack Morris from Saved by the Bell.

Eliminating a little bit of luxury will go a long way when you bear in mind that overall costs on cellular services are elevated due to the “Total Taxes, Government Surcharges and Fees” that they don’t excitedly bring your attention to during the shopping and buying phases.

With some discipline and conscious decisions, you can easily cut your cell phone bill down to the bare bones. Save money on your monthly cell phone bill with these six easy tips. Chances are you can find a ton of better ways to spend that money!

Things to Do on Your Hawaiian Honeymoon – A Photo Tour

If you’ve decided to plan your honeymoon in Maui or Hawaii in general, you’ve made a very wise choice. Hawaii is perhaps the most desired and romantic vacation spot in all of the United States, if not in the entire world. Before you begin your Hawaiian honeymoon adventure, you may wish to plan a few exciting activities, or you may at least want to research what type of activities available to Hawaiian honeymooners.

We’ve prepared a photo tour accompanied by music for your enjoyment, as well as further details within this article.

Just as a sampling, here are some exciting and relaxing Hawaiian honeymoon activities you may enjoy:

  • Cocktails and conversation
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Massages on the beach
  • Relaxing on the beach or by the pool
  • Room service!
  • Sight-seeing
  • Snorkeling
  • Swimming

We hope you enjoyed this article and photo tour, but not as much as you enjoy your own romantic Hawaiian honeymoon!

What Are the Benefits of Using Shaving Cream?

There’s just something about smooth skin. Women strive to rid their bodies of unwanted body hair, leaving behind silky smooth legs, hair-free underarms, and a neatly groomed – or even bare – bikini area. Gillette Satin Care Shaving Gel, available at Amazon.comShaving to remove body hair is a task that is done sometimes on a daily basis, if not every other day. To get the closest, most effective shave, many women turn to shaving cream to facilitate the shaving process. Shaving creams and shaving gels are available in a wide variety of brands, styles, and fragrances, and they truly do impact the quality of your shave.

Hair-free is a preference many women share, determined to free their legs, underarms, and even bikini area of body hair. Shaving can become a fairly mechanical process over time, but nicks, cuts, and missed hairs still prevail time and time again. Using shaving cream offers a number of benefits for a closer shave, as well as a more luxurious shaving experience than simply using soap and water to shave.

A variety of different shaving creams, razors, and shaving products saturate the market, so it is important to test different items until you find the ones that work best for your body. Even though using shaving cream may take a little longer than shaving with the soap suds on your loofah, you will find the benefits of using shaving cream or shaving gel to be well worthwhile.

The Benefits of Using Shaving Cream

Shaving cream provides a smooth, close shave that is both gentle and accurate. Due to its thick consistency, shaving creams and shaving gels tend to stick to the skin better than soap suds. Can you imagine a man trying to shave his face with just soap and water? The results could be painful and disastrous. Why should we give our own body parts any less consideration?

Women can enjoy the various fragrances available for shaving creams, as well as the products’ delightful moisturizing properties. Using shaving cream often leaves legs softer and free from dry skin longer than if using only soap and water to shave. Some shaving gels and creams actually contain nutrients and antioxidants.

eos shaving creamShaving Cream Product Reviews – Two Hot Products to Leave Your Skin Silky Smooth
As research for this article, I had the pleasure to test various shaving techniques and products to determine a few things I would like to recommend. My favorite new shaving creams are eos and Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel in Alluring Avocado.

Firstly, eos (evolution of smooth) ultra moisturizing shave cream is available in three delightful fragrances – Pomegranate Raspberry, Island Blue, and Vanilla Bliss. I must admit – some of the fun of using these products is that two of them also incorporate a pretty hint of color to the cream. The eos shaving cream easily dispenses from an ergonomic, rust-proof bottle with a convenient pump dispenser. The bottle is plastic and easily recyclable, which also scores major points!

I would be remiss if I failed to mention another great feature of eos – you can use it wet or dry. The cream is thick and nourishing, and contains natural ingredients like aloe, oat, and shea butter, as well as antioxidant vitamins C + E. The skin on my legs didn’t dry out after I dried off from the shower. In fact, my legs remained soft and smooth longer after the shave than when using just soap and water.

Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel in Alluring Avocado offers a full, foamy shaving solution, complete with aloe, jasmine, and orange blossom for a luxurious shaving experience. This product leaves skin soft and satiny smooth, and of course, moisturized to the max. The shaving gel comes in a traditional can with contents under pressure and a metal ring on the bottom, however, the pump releases gel in a smooth stream for perfect application directly on the body or dispensed into the hands.

I really loved the volume of Alluring Avocado’s foam – and a little bit really does go a long way. This shaving product makes an everyday shave more effective and less like a chore. Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel offers a pleasant, calming fragrance and a supremely rich lather.

The Gillette Venus Embrace Razor is the perfect companion to either of these shaving cream products. The blades stay ever-so-sharp for what seems like an eternity of uses, and the razor’s shape is perfect for contouring around the female anatomy.

The line of eos shaving cream retails for $4.99 and is available at Target, Wegmans and Gillette Satin Care Shave Gel in Alluring Avocado is available at for $2.99.