How To Make Your Lipstick Last All Day

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Lipstick has become a beauty staple for me the past few years. I wear it almost every day, and I get a lot of questions from friends and readers which types of lipsticks I wear and how I actually make it last all damn day. My friends are always pretty surprised that I can go most of the day, while eating and drinking, and still have my lips pretty much fully intact. So today, I am sharing  5 steps that will make you lipstick stand the test of time…or until you decide to wash your face. See below!

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1. Exfoliate and moisturize
I wash my face every night, and I always make sure to exfoliate my lips because wearing lipstick as often as I do, it can easily dry out my lips. Some people use lip scrubs, but I found that using  a washcloth and water works just as well and is a cheaper, easier way…

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Not OK, Oklahoma (The Abortion Bill)

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SARA BUCHWALD (grade 11)

“OKLAHOMA, WHAT ARE YOU DOING?” was the text that popped up on my phone along with a screenshot, the contents of which were indistinguishable from the home screen. As I unlocked my phone to see what had caused such a dramatic reaction, I was not prepared for what I was faced with. The screenshot was of a BBC article and in a boldfaced black font the words, “A proposal which would force women to get permission from their sexual partner to allow them to have an abortion has passed the first hurdle in Oklahoma” jumped onto my screen. Any humor I had seen in such a seemingly over-the-top text vanished as I saw the severity of the single sentence.

According to Humphrey, the state legislator who wrote the bill, the fathers of these fetuses deserve a say in the decision of a body that…

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What is Montessori? 5 Ways to Begin

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What is Montessori?

Montessori is a form of education that offers a broad vision of education as an “aid to life”. It draws its principles from the natural development of the child. Letting each individual child’s inner directives freely guide them toward wholesome growth. Here is a great place to learn more about Montessori.

 Montessori Beginnings

I first started hearing about Montessori when my friends started having babies. One enrolled her daughter in a Montessori preschool because she had trouble concentrating in a normal preschool environment. My other friend actually taught at a Montessori preschool where her child attended. It was this friend who truly introduced me to the world of Montessori.

She told me it was all about letting your little one learn at their own pace, make their own decisions and when you get the choice choose natural products and activities. Noting that “You’re probably already Montessori and don’t even know it”. She was right.

Now that I’ve been consciously practicing Montessori for awhile I hear a lot of talk about what toys are appropriate or doubt about making your environment perfect. We are all on our own journey here and there isn’t a standard we all need to meet in order to practice this lifestyle.

You don’t have to go to church every Sunday to be Christian, likely you don’t have to include Montessori in every part of your life to practice Montessori.

 I’d like to think Montessori is more about the interactions you have with your child on a day to day basis, the way you act when given a chance to educate your child and how your child learns with a hands-on approach.

5 SIMPLE WAYS TO GET STARTED

  1. Ditch the plastic. Donate all the flashy, noisy plastic toys. I know this is by far the hardest step to follow through with. Truth be told we still have a few flash toys hiding away here that I just couldn’t bring myself to give away.
  2.  Respect your child. Yes, you are the adult but you can still show your child respect. Talk to her like you would an equal. Talking to the child, not AT the child.
  3.  Allow your child to make decisions. This works best when given 2-3 choices as not to overwhelm your child. For example, ask them whether they would like to wear the blue coat or the red coat today. This helps them with confidence and independence.
  4.  Let your child help you. Children want to learn. They want to help. It is very hard to let your child make a mistake that you can foresee but it is very important for them to learn the consequences of their actions. Obviously, if your child is in danger you should intervene. Helping with laundry, cleaning, cooking and gardening are all great ways to incorporate your child in everyday tasks.
  5.  Try not to say “No”. This one can be difficult. Instead of saying “No” you can say “We don’t play with those Tommy. How about we read a book.” It is always best to tell them exactly what they shouldn’t be doing and then give them a new activity to focus on. Try to create more “yes” spaces in our house. This allows the child to explore worry free.

With Montessori, my daughter is a much more confident and independent child. I am so happy with her progress I want to share my success with everyone. People starting their journey should know you don’t have to do everything perfectly to consider yourself Montessori. There are several guidelines but at the end of the day, you need to find a parenting style that suits you. So if you have to change the guidelines a bit to meet your needs then don’t stress. The Montessori police won’t be knocking at your door.

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Do you practice this lifestyle in your home? What benefits have you experienced from this form of education? Leave me a message in the comments I’d love to know how your journey is going!

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“Moma” holic (BLW Contributor)

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You don’t SEE me, for on most days you only see- through Me

what you don’t seem to do is RECOGNIZE me- the woman in your team

To you I am the face of gender inclusion, a”Need-t0″ and not a “Must- Have”!

I am also a Mother, and you  believe that my brain probably fell -off, with the placenta at the time of birthing

Why else would you de-value me? Act as if its a favor and a blessing that I still have a job

Oh yes! I do prioritize my child’s need;

No, I don’t de-prioritize my work to be a good mother

What I do instead is learn to re-prioritize my work and life

I do 8 hours worth of work in 6 hours or less because I won’t take those networking and gossipy tea breaks

I will not worry about who gets the next promotion or watch Youtube at…

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Chores, How young is too young?

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I am CONSTANTLY fighting with my two year old about cleaning his room. This is the one chore he will fight me to the death on. He ALWAYS wins. Why? Because he’s a little shit, and I am weak. His favorite game is to pull out every toy and book he can find and then throw them on the floor or in the crib. When I ask him to put the books away, he usually responds with, “No, how ‘bout you do it, Mommy.”

WTF? How am I taking orders from a two year old?? I always give in because I’m tired of walking into his room, stepping on a Lego and falling face first into a bowl of two day old cereal. Every now and then, he obliges and will half-ass clean up. (I can’t really blame him on that part, I half-ass clean everything.) It makes me so proud and so happy and I really try to show him that. I just wish it would happen more often.

He LOVES to help me with laundry. He likes to take the clothes out of the washer and put them into the dryer and then take them out of the dryer and into the basket. It makes the process about 100 times longer, but what the heck, he wants to help so I let him! He also likes to help unload the dishwasher. This one is a little trickier because I have to get anything sharp and breakable away from him as soon as possible. He will pick up anything he can reach and hand it to me to put away. Again, it makes doing the dishes about 100 times longer, but it’s worth it.

Did I mention that my son is a technological genius? He can pick up any phone/tablet and navigate to YouTube and watch his “Daddy Finger” videos. He can also get to any game and figure out how to play it within minutes. If my son can pick up an electronic that I’ve had for years, (and haven’t figured out how to use) and learn to use it in 5 minutes or less, he can clean his damn room. A few months after turning two, my sweet little boy turned into a bossy terrible two year old. I think I let him get away with too much. No more, it stops here.

When he wakes up from his nap, he is marching straight into his room and picking up all of his toys. Then he will grab a mop and get to work in the kitchen. No more free rides around here. He is two years old. He needs to learn that life is hard. It’s time learn that there are no freebies in life. You want that PAW Patrol yogurt for a snack, get to cleanin’ son. I’m not entirely sure what other cleaning I can have him do. But this has to teach him some responsibility right?

What types of chores do your children do and at what ages did they start? Is two too young? Am I going to be turned in for being a child slave laborer?

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How To Deal With Losing a Parent Before You Tell Them You Love Them?

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A friend of mine’s father died recently and it made me think about my father.  A wonderful and quiet man.

In thinking about him, I had new revelations about him and decided to write him a letter.  Not only revelations, but unfinished business I had with my father.  A letter to him seemed like the right thing to do.

He was a wonderful man (I know, everyone says that about their father, but I truly believe that about mine) who put his own dreams and desires behind the welfare and happiness of his family.

He was from the old school: had the same job all his life, was selfless beyond what he should have been, never put himself first, saved and invested his money and never made himself the center of attention.

I realized that my relation with him was never ideal because I considered him old-fashioned and out of touch. I occasionally would ask his advice, but I rarely took it. I should have. I lost a lot of money and got into all kinds of trouble that I could have avoided if I’d listened to him.  I think many of us think our parents’ advice is not very valuable.

He was a quiet man, so he was hard to get to know and hard to read. He deferred to my mother for most family decisions. He was not involved in my life, other than wanting me to continue the Tucker tradition and become a doctor.

As my brother-in-law said at his funeral, he was the last of a breed that when he shook your hand on a deal, it was a good as detailed contract. That was the integrity he had. It was uncommon then, and even more so now.  I aspire to that kind of intergrity,

To get some closure with the the way I treated him and the sacrifices that he made for us, his family, I wrote this letter:

Dear Dad,

I just wanted to tell you what respect and admiration I have for you. You gave and gave and gave to me and our family, never thinking of yourself. Always doing first for your family.

You were incredibly generous and patient with all of us and particularly me because I never lived up to the career vision you had for me. I never listened to you and for that I am very sorry. I never took your advice seriously and for that I apologize.

I just wanted to thank you for all the sacrifices you made for me and for never complaining or turning me down for any reasonable request that I had. I wanted to tell you that all your sacrifice was noticed and recognized by me, even though I never thanked you.  You were a hard man to talk to, and you didn’t share much of yourself with others. 

I just took and took without acknowledging you for what you did.

Because of your influence, I now have a possibility in my life to create a career that is not only fulfilling and successful, but contributes to the health of millions of people.

 Thanks.

Your son

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Thoughts

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The Conglomerate Lode

my heart beat quickens 

for

there in the center the mountain peaks stretching 10,000 plus feet gleam in winter’s beauty

oh what majesty

i can stare for hours

the strong northeasterly wind drives me back into the warmth, comfort of the Scion

through the dirt speckled window i continue the gaze

is it really worth the energy to climb, give up safety and security of a warm cabin?

i will never know for that is not a dream

instead, snap, a photo is captured

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The Age of Heads Down

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In today’s society, it has been found that one in ten children are receiving their first cell phone by the age of 5. When a child is 5, they are only in kindergarten! However, the majority of children receive a cell phone by the age of 10. That is only grade 4 or 5, depending on when theirgrade-who-own-cell-phone birthday is. I find this to be unbelievable. I understand that parent’s want to be able to keep track of their children and be able to communicate with them at all times, but that’s only because parents these days are becoming helicopter parents. I didn’t receive my first cell phone until grade 8 graduation, even though most of my friends had cell phones by then. Parents appear to have a difficult time allowing their children to run free and saying no to their children’s whining.

This could be seen as Foucault’s moral…

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List of common Chemicals that are making you Fat & Depressed

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We’ve all heard that if we eat too many calories, we’ll get fat. But there’s more to it: it’s not just the calories, but the chemicals, in our food that contribute to obesity.

Some of these chemicals — called “obesogens” — trigger our bodies to store fat even though we might be restricting calories. The effects are complex: some of these chemicals increase the number of fat cells, others expand the size of fat cells and still others influence appetite, cravings, fullness and how well the body burns calories. In addition to obesogens, other synthetic food ingredients have been shown to help us pack on the pounds and leave us feeling depressed, even when when we think we’re eating healthy.

To stop feeling that way, here are the top five chemicals to avoid in food.

  1. Growth Hormones & Antibiotics

Several drugs, growth hormones, steroids and antibiotics are routinely…

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Mommy, I need help! (BLW Contributor)

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So, the sleeping arrangements at our house don’t make any sense. I have two children; a two-year old boy who we will call “E” and a 4 month old girl who we will call “M.” They each have their own beds in their own rooms. Neither of them use those beds. E has pretty much always slept with us. He is a major mama’s boy. My poor husband, hasn’t had a good nights sleep (or snuggle with his wife) in over two years.

E likes to sleep on my face, literally. He has this need to constantly be touching me at night. I’m sure this is my fault, but I thought it started out has him being funny, then it never stopped. Every single night. My face is his security blanket. Too top it off, now he’s going through a phase where he stays up until 1:00am climbing the walls…

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