Mally Beauty Giveaway

Mally beauty's face defenderRecently Mally Beauty relaunched their website and is looking for five lucky readers of our site to receive a special gift! The gift will be Mally Beauty’s Evercolor Poreless Face Defender. This powder is the perfect thing to protect and set your makeup

Mally Roncal, president of Mally Beauty, uses her expertise and knowledge as a celebrity makeup artist to create perfect formulas and products. Videos are available on the site for how-to’s of products, views behind the scenes, and video blogs.

The newly designed website features everything it takes to be a “Mallynista” and follow Mally Beauty from every social network. This is a go-to place for make-up tips and tricks as well as a view into all the cosmetic products Mally Beauty has to offer.

Prize: Five winners will win Mally Beauty’s Evercolor Poreless Face Defender.

Eligibility: Open to residents of the United States (including Hawaii), age 18 and up or age 13 through 17 with written parental permission.  All state and local laws apply. Void where prohibited.

Time Frame: Starting Tuesday, August 21 and running until Saturday, September 8 at 12:01 a.m. EST.

Rules: You MUST follow the rules in entirety to be eligible for a chance to win this contest. Your entry will not be counted if you do not do submit it through the Rafflecopter widget.

1. Leave a comment on this contest page about your favorite product found on the Mally Beauty website. The e-mail you enter as you leave a comment will be the e-mail we contact you at.

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Comparative Review of Four Baby Bathtubs, Bath Seats, and Rinse Basins

Baby in BathIt’s no secret that babies are messy creatures. From the messes they make in diapers to the many times they spit up or empty their stomachs completely, moms and dads have come to expect an emergency bath here and there. Even if baby has a particularly good few days or a week, they still get to enjoy a regular bath time here and there, even from their earliest days as a newborn. That’s why it is so important to ensure you have a good baby bathtub, bath seat, sling or other piece of baby bathing equipment.

Here are four different pieces of baby bathing equipment to help you keep your infant happy and clean. Check out the pros, cons, and details of each baby bathtub, baby wash basin, and baby bath seat or sling to help you decide which one might be best suited for your little one.

Babies R Us Bath Sling

This product retails for less than $8 and it certainly has gotten its fair share of use in our home. We received this item as a gift at our baby shower and it has held up at home and on vacation. The bath sling reminds me of a hammock or other comfortable, flexible piece of furniture that has some ‘give’ to it. We have used this bath sling seat from Babies R Us since day one with our baby girl, and it has served us well.

You can buy the sea creature bath sling at Babies R Us or online at

Pros of Babies R Us Bath Sling

-Very portable – fits in just about any crack or crevice in a fully packed car

-Comfortable for young babies

-Fairly secure, even for newborns without head control

-Extremely affordable

-Cute sea creature designs

-Made of breathable mesh

-Can use for up to the first year of life

Cons of Babies R Us Bath Sling

-Still need access to a bathtub or shower stall

-Still need a basin of some sort to fill with water and baby soap

-Baby will inevitably pee or poop on this and it is a bit of a pain to take the fabric off the sling frame for washing.

Different Options in Baby Thermometers – Summer Infant 3-in 1 Family Thermometer and EXERGEN Temporal Artery Thermometer

Summer Infant Dr. Mom 3-in-1 Family ThermometerA baby thermometer is an essential healthcare item for your little one, even if it is the kind of thermometer that can read temperatures for everyone in the house. Pediatricians typically want you to use a rectal thermometer for babies, although underarm thermometers and ear thermometers have also been popular. Pediatric doctors seem to agree that the rectal temperature gives the most precise reading when it comes to checking your child for fevers. Depending on how high the grade of fever, sometimes every moment counts, so be sure to follow your doctor’s advice when taking your little one’s temperature.

Many different types of baby thermometers are available on the shelves of baby superstores and online at places like Amazon, Baby Supermall,, and others. A good three-in-one thermometer like the Summer Infant Dr. Mom 3-in-1 Family Thermometer is a great option to keep the whole family in check. This thermometer is suitable for use on babies from birth on up, and it has three different ways to record a temperature. This thermometer has five-second rectal, six-second oral, and seven-second underarm thermometer heads.

A cool fever alert glow feature notifies you without delay if your little one has a fever. The screen actually turns red and shows the temperature reading; otherwise it remains green. The clever design of this green and white, compact thermometer allows the different thermometer heads to stay inside a storage compartment on the back of the unit.

When using the Summer Infant Dr. Mom 3-in-1 Family Thermometer, you might be as impressed as I was when you see that the device knows which thermometer head you have attached. When you take someone’s temperature, you will hear an audible beep letting you know the reading is complete. The device’s memory also stores up to the past 10 temp readings. Also, users can choose between Fahrenheit and Celsius, depending on their preferences.

The Summer Infant Dr. Mom 3-in-1 Family Thermometer calls for two “AAA” batteries, which are included. You can find this product at your favorite baby stores and Target, as well as,, and other popular online retailers. For more information, check out

A new technology allows you to scan someone’s temperature quickly and easily with no mess and no fuss. The EXERGEN Temporal Artery Thermometer registers an accurate temperature with a simple swipe of the forehead. This product is made in the USA and requires no probe covers since it reads your temp right from the forehead. This device is especially convenient for use on sleeping children or someone with an ear infection, but the temporal artery temp scanner is also a snap to use on yourself.

The EXERGEN Temporal Artery Thermometer also reads both degrees Fahrenheit and Celsius, and comes with a 9-volt battery. It also has a protective cap to keep dust, hair, and other debris from collecting on the sensor. A combination of red LED lights and a beep sound indicate that the temperature has been properly scanned. Impressively, this device takes 1,000 temperature readings per second so it can select the most accurate. This product also features a patented arterial heat balance.

As a little bit of background, the temporal artery connects to the carotid artery, which means there is a direct connection to the heart as well. The temporal artery has a constant blood flow, making it suitable for accurate temperature measurement. The forehead is a comfortable, convenient, and safe place to scan your family’s temperatures. According to product documentation, the temporal scanner will pick up on a changing temperature much sooner than a rectal thermometer, with a lag time of 60 to 90 minutes on infants up to one year of age and even a difference of several hours on adults.

To use the EXERGEN Temporal Artery Thermometer, simply press and hold the button, lightly swipe across the forehead, release the button, and read the temperature. In my experience, this seems to be almost too easy, so sometimes I worry a bit whether I’ve correctly captured my temperature. I also wonder what the margin of error might be if one person holds the button just a bit longer or a bit shorter than the next, but the device’s quick start guide covers all of these concerns in its troubleshooting section.

All in all, the temporal artery thermometer has been a great aid in quickly reading our temperatures, giving us a great indication of whether we are running a bit hot, cold, or just right. To be honest, my husband and I both love this device and look forward to using it for its ease of use and immediate results.

I received one Summer Infant Dr. Mom 3-in-1 Family Thermometer and one EXERGEN Temporal Artery Thermometer for the purpose of this review. I truly appreciate each product for its own offerings and I like having both thermometers at my disposal, especially with a new baby in the family. I would highly recommend either or both of these products, depending on your family’s needs.


Things To Keep You Busy During The Summer

After a few days off from school (whether you teach or attend), days can mass into a blur of nothingness due to lack of routine and daily assignments. Friends and family may be off on their own vacations or adventures. Even working a part time job can leave you with more free time than you can handle. Let the following list of ideas inspire you to make your own summer adventures.

Camping in the MountainsThings To Do With A Car (And A Bit Of Money)

If you have a vehicle or access to public transportation (and aren’t totally broke) the following things can fill up your calendar in no time!

Find an outdoor adventure. Take a car ride to the nearest area that lets you experience the great outdoors. Float a river. Take a hike or nature walk. Go camping. If you aren’t super keen on surviving in the wild on your own, consider staying at a campground that offers activities with guides.

Go to an amusement park, zoo, or museum. Find a friend or family to go to local attractions. Look online or in local newspapers and magazines for discount coupons.

Visit a friend. Take some time off work to visit a friend. Make a day trip if the friend is local or just a few hours away. If you have the time and money, visit a friend who’s moved further away in another state or country.

Go to a concert. Many bands and solo artists take the summer to tour. There should be a plethora of gigs you could attend. Remember to drink lots of water if it’s outside!


Things To Do Without A Car

Even if you are unable to drive or access public transportation, there are many things available to keep you busy, especially walking or riding a bike to get there!

Take a walk Whether you live in a place with sidewalks or not, a walk can be a nice way to wind the day down or relax. It’s a simple way to keep active without the need of any special workout equipment or clothes.Colorful Tubes of Paint

Take a walk with a friend. Spend some quality time or make an adventure out of a walk. Even if you don’t have a person to physically walk with, call one up on your cell phone.

Lay out in the sun. Whether you are working on your tan or not, take some time (and some SPF) to soak up the sun and Vitamin D. Enjoy the warm weather before it’s gone!

Crafts. Even if you don’t have a wealth of art supplies, you can find something to craft in some way. Make a collage from magazines or remake an over-sized tee. If you don’t have paint, use sharpies to redecorate planters or plastic bins. (If you are a kid, you might want to ask a parent before you take a marker to anything!)

Reorganize your closet/room/house/apartment. Not all things to keep you busy have to be fun. Although this might not be your top choice. Imagine how easy it will be to find your favorite sweater or pair of boots in the fall! Organize by colors, seasons, or style. If you find items you simply don’t need any more find a shop where you can sell them or donate them to a clothing drive.

Learn a new recipe. The website allows you to enter each ingredient that you have available in your kitchen or a combination of items you enjoy cooking with. Unless you have a super stocked kitchen, you may need to occasionally purchase something new. Although you may have tried a recipe before, this is an easy way to find recipes that you are interested in.

Things to Stay Active

An excess of free time leaves you with no excuse for not taking advantage of the the time or the summer weather for getting in shape or shedding a few pounds!

Boy with Swim GogglesTake a swim. If you have a swimming pool, this one’s a no brainer, but if you don’t this might be more difficult to figure out how. Find a public pool to use or make your own. Even a kiddie pool is nice to sit in for a cool down. If you have your own pool, find new ways to make it fun. Reinvent your favorite game on the ground by playing it in the pool. In the past, I’ve played volleyball, baseball, and rugby. Even if there’s just two of you, there’s a way you can get around it. My younger brother and I used ‘ghost players’ on the bases so we could bat and run each inning.

Train for the Olympics. So I might just be caught up in all the excitement of the games, but I think that this is a great way to inspire anyone to get in better shape and have a regular workout routine. I’m definitely jealous of all the fit Olympians. If they can take hours of their days and years of their lives to train for their event, I can at the very least take some time out of my week for an intensive workout.

Run outside. Beat the heat and wake up early to get a run in before the sun is at its hottest. Enjoy the scenery around you. Use ends of blocks or other landmarks as markers to sprint towards. Other runners can also serve as a boost for you to keep running past instead of taking your walking break when you really want it.

Organize pickup games. If you have a great yard or live close enough to a school or park that’ll let you play, invite a few friends or past teammates for a pickup game of your choice. With any luck, by the end of the summer you’ll have enough players for a proper game of the sport of your choice!


Things To Do When Away from Home

Although you may be adding an amazing experience to your resume, it’s difficult to make friends in a new place and for just a few months. It’s difficult to keep in touch with friends when you are in different places and cannot hang out in the flesh.

Organize an unofficial book club. There are always some summer reading hits. Pick an individual book or a series to read at the same time as a friend. Either videochat to discuss your thoughts or send e-mails back and forth for each chapter.

Send postcards. Try to find hilarious postcards in your city, town, or the surrounding areas. Take time to find (or make up) a funny story to send to your friends and family.

Call or video chat home. Your family and friends would love to hear from you and see your smiling face! Reconnect with them and describe the place where you are staying if they are unfamiliar with the area.

Discover a new TV series. You might find yourself with a lot of free time in which tv watching can certainly kill. Find a tv show to catch up on or discover a new one. Borrow, buy, or rent a DVD set of a series you find interesting. Even better get one that a friend has always been raving about so you finally get the reason why.


Baby Basics Nursing Pad Case and Washable Nursing Pads by Kushies

Kushies Nursing PadsThe Kushies brand offers a lot of really cool products for moms, babies, and kids. As a new mom, I have come to appreciate many of the convenient and clever products this brand provides, such as swim diapers and now the reusable nursing pads and a cute and convenient carrying case for them so you never have to worry about where they’ve gotten shuffled off to…. These products by Kushies make it easier for a new mom to get used to breastfeeding and keeping her clothes safe in the process.

In addition to nursing pads and products, Kushies is the leading online retailer of washable diapers, and also sells layette, bibs, and countless other products for babies and toddlers. I received one pack of six washable nursing pads and one Baby Basics Nursing Pad Case for the purpose of this review. The case is an adorable white zip pouch with light pink polka dots. It is cylindrical once expanded, but easily folds down to a small circle when not in use. This clever case makes it easy to store both wet and dry nursing pads separately, thanks to the convenient double-sided pouch. Each side zippers separately and the interior compartments feature a waterproof liner.

Kushies DiapersThis cute case is the perfect size to toss into your diaper bag, purse, or carryon bag, and it is discreet enough that the world doesn’t have to know you’ve got your nursing pads tucked inside. The exterior of the case is soft and smooth while the interior is also smooth despite being waterproof. The zippers zip almost the entire way around the case, probably just about as far as you can go without disconnecting completely. Kushies nursing pads fit neatly inside the case, making it ideal for travel as well as home use.

Also, there’s some more good news for busy moms. You can simply toss this case in the washer and dryer on low when you are ready to wash it. No need to hand-wash this product separately, so feel free to throw it in with your baby clothes or socks and undies.

Meanwhile, the Washable Nursing Pads by Kushies are decidedly well-made and very soft to the touch. They each feature precise stitching around the outside perimeter and a single seam on each side of the pad. Kushies reusable nursing pads are 100% cotton flannel, featuring four layers of ultra soft fabric. The washable nursing pads are contoured to fit the shape of the breast for a discreet look underneath your favorite tops or dresses. These products are also machine washable and dry-able.

Something I’ve noticed with all washable nursing pads that I’ve tried so far, no matter what brand, is that they seem to stick to your nipple following a feeding or pumping session. This can be very minimally uncomfortable until you separate the two, but it really isn’t a big deal once you know it’s coming. I have found certain brands of disposable nursing pads also seem to stick.

I really like these reusable nursing pads and the way they fit inside my bras. I haven’t decided yet if I prefer the disposable nursing pads or the washable ones. I like that the disposable ones don’t leak as much, whereas the washable cotton nursing pads seem to become saturated and leak through to my bra every once in a while. I do love that there are no sticky peeling papers to remove from the washable nursing pads.

At any rate, I am definitely a fan of both Kushies nursing products – the washable nursing pads and the adorable case to keep them in. To learn more about where to buy, visit and for general information and special offers, check out Kushies on Facebook at

By the way – Life Love Beauty readers can enjoy 10% off their purchases by using the code lifelovebeauty2012 on any order from


Murad Skincare Giveaway

Suncreen by MuradSummer is notorious for giving nasty sunburns. Often we get sunburn when we least suspect it due to overcast weather or being out in the sun longer than expected. Sunscreen is of the utmost importance in protecting our skin.

Sunscreens protect our skin from more than just sun burn. They can also fight wrinkles and other signs of aging. Murad skincare is dedicated to discovering skin transforming technology. Two winners will receive a set of their amazing products.

Murad skincare offers its line of sunscreens featuring Murasol Antioxidant Defense. Murasol Antioxidant Defense is geared to protect skin from UV broad spectrum rays in addition to free radicals. It enhances the ability of sunscreens to provide an extra layer of protection through antioxidants. These products provide skin protection while supporting the skin’s natural defense system.

Click the following link to enter the giveaway.Murad Suncreen

Prize: Two winners will win a set of Murad products. This set includes Murad’s two new sunscreens, Oil-free Murasol and Waterproof Suncreen as well as the Pomphenol Sunguard supplement!

Eligibility: Open to residents of the United States (including Hawaii) and Canada, age 18 and up or age 13 through 17 with written parental permission. One entry per person. All state and local laws apply. Void where prohibited.

Time Frame: Starting Saturday, August 4 and running until Saturday, August 18 at 11:59 p.m. EST.

Rules: You MUST follow the rules in entirety to be eligible for a chance to win this contest.

1. “Like” our page for Life Love Beauty on Facebook. If you are already a fan, skip this step. The winning entry must be verified as a Facebook fan before the prize is shipped.

Pomphenol Sunguard supplement2. Leave a comment on this contest page about your favorite way to spend time in the sun.

How to Win:

• Like us on Facebook and add a comment to the wall about any article you’ve read on our site or your favorite way to spend time in the sun.

• No purchase necessary. You have not yet won.

• Winner will be contacted via e-mail, and the will be added to the list of winners posted on following verification.


2012 London Olympics Nail Ideas

Olympic nail artGet into the Olympic Spirit by donning your nails with themed nail art! The Olympics are full of colors, symbols, words, and flags that can be used for inspiration.

If you are painting your own nails, make sure you are able to do a decent job using either hand. If you are not ambidextrous (at least when it comes to painting nails), consider only doing a statement nail on each hand by having art on your ring finger.

Olympic Nail Art

Word Play: You could do the classic ‘London 2012’ to decorate your nails or sport something more team specific. Use the Olympic code of the country or countries you are rooting for (Ex. USA, GRB, CHN). Write any phrases your favorite Olympian uses for example Ryan Lochte’s ‘Jeah!’ If letters are difficult, try to limit what and how much you write. Stretch the phrase or number across your nails so you have enough space.

Patriotic Patterns: There are so many counties involved in the Olympics that you could have your pick for each finger and toe and still have leftovers! Mimic patterns or colors of your favorite uniforms or pick a country’s flag. Pick your top one, two, ten, twenty, what have you and decorate one or all of your nails with pride!

American Flag How To

Depending on what colors you have available, start with either a red or white base. Use a nail art pen, a fine polish brush, or toothpick to stripe your nail. Paint a ‘corner’ blue. Use a toothpick to dot the blue. If you have the confidence, try painting tiny stars.

Olympic Nail Art

The Rings: Accent one nail with all the rings or make a pattern out of them. One pattern idea is to paint overlapping semi-circles at the top of your nails leaving the rest of your nail blank.

Rings How To

Olympic nail art

Unless you have a fine tipped brush or pen, toothpicks can help you create the five circles. If you want the logo exact, leave spaces in the circles for the rings to loop.

Olympic Nail Art


If your polish is bold, for instance the black ring may not show other colors painted over it. Don’t get lost in the details though, I doubt many people will get close enough to your nails or be rude enough to comment on the inexactitude of the Olympic rings.


The Torch: The torch may be the easiest theme to paint. The shape is a simple elongated triangle and the flame can be any shape or style you want.

The Medals: Paint some medals on one or more fingers by creating a circle and painting a royal purple ribbon.

London Specifics: If you’d like to sport some London inspired nails, there are many options for your nails. Of course you can paint the flag and write whatever you’d like, but there are also more complicated ideas. If you want to take a challenge, try your hand at replicating the London Olympic Logo or some London Landmarks like Big Ben.

London Logo How To

I outlined the logo in black and filled in in with red polish. Make sure you plan the nail before you start so you have enough room to complete the logo. (I nearly ran out of room and the middle of the logo suffered a bit from that.)

Keep it Simple: Paint each nail a solid color, either to represent each of rings or the country you’d like to win. Another spin on this is to play with metallics with silver, gold, and bronze to represent the medals.

Olympic Nail Art

Don’t forget to use a top coat on all your nails to protect your art and to have long lasting wear!


A Sweet Place for Tummy Time and Lots of Fun Indoors or Outside – Oilo Play Blanket Review

Oilo Play BlanketThis designer play blanket features a soft, sateen fabric on one side and a durable, cotton duck surface on the other, similar in feel to a soft cotton canvas. Stylish and great for snuggling, this blanket is 40×50-inches and comes in an array of colors and gorgeous patterns so you can choose your favorite or one that best suits your baby. I received the Modern Berries Play Blanket in Spring Green from Oilo for the purpose of this review. When it arrived, it looked so pretty and stylish in the box that I almost hated to take it out – but I am so glad that I did.

Baby plays with Oilo BlanketThe play blanket is exquisitely made, featuring a two-inch flange around the edges of the blanket and a lovely blend of stripes on one side and the modern berries, like polka dots from afar, on the other. The spring green pattern is absolutely stunning and looks beautiful for any baby or tot to enjoy. I really like the pattern and the colors, a limey green and white, which together look modern, fun, and perfect for any setting. Another thing I love about this Oilo Play Blanket is that it is big enough for baby and mom or dad (or grandma / grandpa) to sit together as well.

This blanket makes a great tummy time blanket, and we have enjoyed using it frequently with our three-month-old. Our little one happened to spit up on the blanket the very first time we used it (of course). So I am also happy to report that it was easy to launder the blanket and the blanket held up perfectly in the wash. We line dried it according to packaging instructions and the play blanket is just as good as new.

Even celebrities love the Oilo brand. Christina Applegate and Rachel Zoe did their nurseries in Oilo, and Oilo was also featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show during last year’s Mother’s Day Show. It’s no wonder this brand and its stylish offerings are getting noticed by high profile people and by the media. These products are so pretty and modern that they just make you feel good having them in your home.

Oilo StudioYou can order your own Oilo Play Blanket for your little one or as a gorgeous gift for your next baby shower. This blanket retails for $65, a reasonable price to pay for quality and stylishness that will last far beyond the years until your child outgrows a play blanket. For more information about this and other Oilo products, check out You can also get product and company news and special promotions by liking Oilo on Facebook at


Fabulous Products from Sue Devitt

Sue Devitt offers many fabulous products in her makeup and skincare lines. Her high performance and technologically advanced products feature anti-aging ingredients, minerals, vitamins, pro-vitamins and nutrients. These products have seen the fashion runway and are worn by the stars, but they are perfect and ready to be used in your own day-to-day makeup routine. I had the pleasure of receiving the following items for the purpose of this review.

Luxury Lash Mascara spoils your eyelashes with Sue Devitts’s signature Microquatic (TM) complex. This formula pampers your lashes with intense hydration. Sit back as your mascara takes the lead with vitamins, Orchid Extract, and beeswax, providing your eyelashes with ultimate moisture for flexible and strong lashes. Advanced Microsphere technology ensures that every lash is coated with this mascara formula made of hydrolyzed keratin protein, film formers and clay derivatives designed for long, full, shiny, luxurious lashes.

Get intense color with ultra-rich pigments to make your eyes pop with every use. I received this product in the shade of Black Chocolate which worked perfectly with my blue eyes.

Splurge yourself with color and comfort with Color Luxury Lipstick. Let this product cover your lips in a sweet shade of pink or red as it treats your lips to a wealth of benefits. This stick will protect and refresh your lips with Sepilift Complex, an anti-aging and firming ingredient. Your color will stay bold while Orchid Extract and Vitamins A and E offer emollience and antioxidants to protect from free radicals.

Microquatic Bioluminescence Illuminating Concealer is a terrific product to hide blemishes and imperfections on the face. Target dark circles and wrinkles with the light-reflecting properties of photo-luminescent microspheres. Like the previous products, this product also features the benefits of Orchid Extract and Vitamin E in addition to Lipobelle Soyaglycone and Imperata Cylindrica.

Lipobelle Soyaglycone is a soy active that helps to increase collagen production and prevent skin degradation, perfect for the area around eyes. Imperata Cylindrica is a botanical unique to Australia that is key to the hydrating benefits of this concealer. On top of all the other skin benefits, this products also provides skin with SPF 20 to protect the face from a small dose of sun.

To find more great products from the makeup and skincare lines of Sue Devitt visit the website. Products are available for sale in a variety of stores as well as online.


Expert Shares Tips to Prepare for Surgery How the ‘Herbal Martha Stewart’ Got Ready for Her Hip Replacement

Surgery saves the day by YanzWhile they’re the place we go for healing, all hospitals have the potential to be a hotbed for contagious infections.

But there are precautionary measures patients can take, both to reduce the need for a hospital stay and to condition the body to ward off infection and minimize pain when surgery is necessary, says Letha Hadady, a nationally-recognized herbal expert and author of Naturally Pain Free, just published by Sourcebooks ( Letha has been documenting in real time her recent hip replacement, preparation and recovery, in a video blog on her global website.

Cardiovascular Suture by Plandsman“We are fast approaching a time when antibiotics will be outdated because infectious bacteria – Superbugs – have become resistant,” she says. “We have to protect ourselves with the gifts of nature that germs cannot adapt to – foods, minerals, herbal remedies and other natural products that build our defenses.”

There are 600,000 knee-replacement and 300,000 hip-replacement surgeries performed each year in the United States, a number that has doubled in the past 10 years and continues to grow, Hadady says. As a health expert cited by NBC News, AP Radio, Newsday, the Daily News, the San Francisco Chronicle and Barbara Walters, she says she is concerned about the risks, pain and fear as many people face both major and minor surgeries.

“These surgeries are only going to become more frequent as the baby boomer generation ages. People 50 and older with osteoarthritis are most likely to need hip- and knee-placements,” she says. “But plenty of younger people are affected, too. Runners, dancers, tennis players, soldiers – even high school students who suffer sports injuries. It could be you on the operating table!”

Hadady offers these tips to naturally condition the body before surgery:

Herbal strength: A few weeks in advance of her operation, Hadady ramped up her intake of herbal supplements. A key herb was Yunnan Paiyao, a traditional  medicine used in Chinese hospitals and by their soldiers to prevent excessive bleeding. Other herbs can be taken to help build up resistance to bacteria.

A calm and focused mind: Stress increases inflammation and is a burden on internal organs. A calm, centered mind — attained through techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, and mineral baths – can help the body weather the trauma of surgery, she says.

Knowledge is power: While researching “Naturally Pain Free,” Letha tried alternative treatments for arthritis ranging from traditional Asian remedies to cutting-edge stem cell injections. Before her operation, Hadady asked questions and researched her hospital, doctors, the procedure, and insurance coverage. This allowed her to better prepare for the operation and gave her peace of mind.

Follow hospital recommendations: In addition to alternative therapies, it’s important to heed the advice of one’s doctors, before and after a procedure, she says. With her supplements, Hadady restricted her vitamin C intake, which thins blood, and she received an antibiotic ointment to ward off MRSA — an antibiotic-resistant superbug that can cause life-threatening infections.

Diet and exercise: “This may seem obvious, but it’s a message we cannot emphasis enough for overall health,” she says. One reason why replacement procedures are so prominent is due to the “sitting lifestyle” so many now have. Muscle atrophy from too much sitting can be a cause for joint-replacement, she says. “Sitting is the new smoking!”

About Letha Hadady

Letha Hadady has been called the “Martha Stewart of herbs” for her expertise in traditional Asian and alternative health. The author of five books, including her latest “Naturally Pain Free,” Letha has appeared widely on TV–including CNN, Today, The View — talk radio, and the internet. Letha is an adjunct faculty member for New York Open Center, and The Renfield Center for Nursing Education, Beth Israel Medical Center in New York. She has led stress-management workshops and acted as a natural product consultant for Sony Entertainment Inc., Dreyfus, Ogilvy & Mather, and Consumer Eyes, Inc. in New York.

Images courtesy of StockFreeImages.


Tips on Throwing an Olympics Viewing Party

Olympics Viewing Party TipsWatching the Olympics can be such a memorable pastime when you enjoy these exciting sporting events with your family or friends. It can be a blast to cheer on your favorite athletes and your native country in the company of others who also enjoy these momentous events and overall competition. Here are a few tips to consider if you are interested in hosting your own Olympics party with family or friends.

An Olympics Viewing Party can be as casual or as outrageous as you like. Before you go too far in your planning, first consider whom you plan to invite. Will your Olympics party be kid-friendly or adults-only? Do you want to have family AND friends or just one or the other? How many guests would you like to invite, or how many can you comfortably accommodate? Once you know the answers to these questions, you can send out your invites or start making phone calls and sending text message to get the gang together.

Cheer on Olympics face paint at partyConsider these tips on throwing an Olympics Viewing Party at your home or other special location.

•    Put up a banner with the Olympic rings, even if you just print one off your computer or have your child draw one on poster board for you.
•    Hang up your country’s flag if you haven’t already done so.
•    Decorate your home with banners and balloons and even streamers in the colors of your country or the country hosting the Olympics.
•    When it comes to your Olympics party menu, consider serving food and snacks popular in the country hosting the Olympics.
•    Set up bowls of snacks in the shape of the Olympic rings.
•    Make up a fun game where you and your guests can predict winners in each event you will be watching. Offer prizes for big wins.
•    Be sure to take photos during your Olympics party so that you and all your friends and family can remember this special occasion in years to come.

Watching the Olympics at a partyDepending on the crowd of people you pull together, you may even be able to interest your guests in having your own little Olympics competition with a few favorite sports in the backyard. For summer Olympics, you can do lots of swimming events if you have a pool, or play soccer and other sports in the yard. For winter events, you might consider making up your own game of curling, going sledding, or playing hockey or ice hockey. If your party is adults only, you might also consider hosting your own Beer Olympics! (Be sure to drink responsibly.)

What other ideas do you have for a fun Olympics party? Please share them in our comments below.


15 Things You Can Do to Settle a Crying Baby

babyteethAs a new parent, it isn’t always easy to figure out why our daughter is crying. I am finally starting to get the hang of her cries, knowing which one is a wet diaper or a burp, when she’s hungry, or when she’s tired. Sometimes she just wants to be held, and I don’t really think there is a special cry for that. It feels like it’s taken me forever to start figuring out these special cries, so here is a list of a few things that have worked to settle our baby when she’s been crying.

As babies get older, other factors may also come into play, like teething. Sometimes your baby may be hot or cold. Try to rule out the heavy hitters first, like wet or dirty diapers, gas pains, and hunger. If you can’t quite figure out why he or she is crying, be sure to check your baby’s temperature. Call your pediatrician if you are concerned! If your baby is just being fussy, here are 12 things you can try to cheer up your little one and stop the tears.

1.    Bounce your baby. Some babies absolutely adore bounce, and any movement for that matter.
2.    Sing to your baby. Even if you hate the sound of your own voice, your baby will love it.
3.    Take your little one for a walk around the block.
4.    If the weather is okay, step outside for a few minutes to completely change the atmosphere.
5.    Take your baby to a mirror. Some babies have an insatiable attraction to their own reflection.
6.    Raise your baby gently up and down in the air. (Absolutely never shake a baby!)
7.    Play with some of your baby’s toys with her.
8.    Show your baby something interesting, like a pet, other animals, or something out the window.
9.    Go for a short drive in the car.
10.    Play classical music for your little guy or girl.
11.    Have some simple interaction, like letting him or her hold onto your finger or thumb.
12.    Hold our baby close and dance around the room.
13.    Hum made up songs.
14.    Gently pat the baby on the back.
15.    Rock your baby off to sleep.

When all else fails you can always try the pacifier, binky, or whatever you call it. This can be just the trick when baby is crying in public.

Remember to use caution in all activities you enjoy with your baby and other children. Safety must always come first. If you are concerned about your little one, be sure to call your baby’s doctor, especially if your child has a fever or other symptoms of illness or discomfort. Also trust your parental instincts. No one knows your baby as well as you do. Sometimes it is possible to distinguish between normal cries and a cry when something is genuinely wrong, even if you don’t know all the different cries yet.

Also remember, no two babies are exactly the same, so some of these tips may work like a charm for one mom and not at all for another. Please feel free to review these tips and add your own to our comments below.