16 Things You’re Doing to Wreck Your Skin

Washing your face before bed is extremely important
Washing your face before bed is extremely important

Your skin is basically an ill-tempered five-year-old: cranky, high-maintenance, and takes things personally. Every time you do something wrong, it fires back by going dull, breaking out, and showing signs of aging. Here are 16 things you might be doing that are holding you back from the glowing, perfectly even, clear-pored skin of your dreams. How many are you guilty of?

1. Not wearing sunscreen on nonsunny days. Even when it’s overcast, those aging UV rays can get ya. Need a sunscreen rec? Fine your SPF soulmate.

2. Picking at your face. You know you shouldn’t, but it’s so, so tempting. But it can lead to acne scars, so stop it.

3. Not taking your makeup off before bed. This not only gives your makeup time to clog pores, but you’re interrupting your skin’s overnight repair process. And yes, you even have to wash off mineral makeup too. At the very least, keep some makeup wipes on your bedside table for the times when you just can’t.

4. Not rinsing right after the gym. This can cause breakouts not only on your face but on your back too.

5. Having the same morning and nighttime routines. Your skin needs protection during the day and ingredients that help it repair at night.

6. Reaching for the same washcloth several nights in a row. Ideally you should be washing them after every use because the moisture in them allows bacteria to grow. And bacteria wasn’t invited to this skin party.

7. Ignoring antioxidants like vitamin C. These ingredients kill aging free radicals, and they’re your best defense against fine lines.

8. Not using the right motion when you cleanse. According to one facialist , you need to “glide your fingertips, covered with cleanser, up over your nose, onto your forehead, around the eyes, and down the cheeks until you reach your chin. Kind of like doing mini breaststrokes on your face.”

9. Failing to take your makeup off before you work out. Hello, clogged pores!

10. Not reapplying your sunscreen. Every two hours. No excuses.

11. Relying on facial wipes as your only cleansing tactic. They’ll work in a pinch, and they’re great for taking off makeup before you wash, but as one derm explained to us , they leave behind a film that can dry out your skin. 

12. Using expired makeup. 

13. Not applying enough sunscreen. 

14. Hot showers dry out your skin. Lukewarm is your goal.

15. Not washing your makeup brushes once a week.

16. Skipping little areas like your ears, scalp, and the backs of your hands when you sunscreen up. Everywhere you have skin, you should have sunblock on.

From MSN

Kathy D



Simple Ideas That Are Borderline Genius

The link below from Dump-a-Day is very interesting :: enjoy these inventions:::

Definition of Genius::

A Genius is a person who displays exceptionally superior intellectual ability, creativity, or originality, typically to a degree that is associated with the achievement of new advances in a domain of knowledge. A scholar in many subjects or a scholar in a single subject may be referred to as a genius. There is no scientifically precise definition of genius, and the question of whether the notion itself has any real meaning has long been a subject of debate, although psychologists are converging on a definition that emphasizes creativity and eminent achievement.

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Kathy Dowsett

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Tips for Water Safety

Girls playing at the pool
Girls playing at the pool

Whether it’s endless games of Marco Polo in the pool or jumping over waves at the beach, water is central to summer fun. Water safety requires vigilance. Children, in particular, are often completely unaware of the dangers that come with water activities. Even if they have had swimming lessons, young children can drown in only a few inches of water. Follow these tips from Palo Alto Medical Foundation Pediatrician LauraLe Dyner, M.D., to keep the entire family safe and healthy while enjoying the water this summer.

Keep your backyard pool safe at all times.

Make sure your pool is entirely surrounded with at least a 4-foot impenetrable fence that includes a self-closing and self-latching gate. The gate should always be in good working order and stay closed and locked at all times. Pool gates should open outwards from the pool.

Ensure your pool has a drain cover.

Keep your child out of spas and hot tubs as they are dangerous for young children who can easily overheat and drown in them.

Always keep a safety ring with a rope beside the pool.

Keep a phone close by with preprogrammed emergency numbers.

Learn and encourage other family members and your child’s caretakers to learn CPR.

Remove the pool cover before anyone enters the pool. Don’t use a cover in place of a safety fence.

Avoid distractions. Tempted to catch up on emails on your laptop or make a quick call on your cell phone while your children are in the pool? Wait until they are out of the water and pool area.

Share the rules, such as no running near the pool and no pushing others under water.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Pool Safely website at poolsafely.gov lists further pool safety information.

Everyone should learn how to swim.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, there is some evidence that children between the ages of 1 and 4 may be less likely to drown if they have had formal swimming lessons. Even if your child has participated in swimming lessons, you should still always watch him or her. Keep your child within arm’s reach so you can catch hold of him or her if needed. Swimming lessons are available for adults as well as children. Adults who do not know how to swim should not supervise children near or in the water.

Don’t rely on inflatable swimming aids.
Inflatable swimming aids, mattresses and other similar items are just toys and should not be relied upon to keep a child or adult afloat. They can deflate at any time and leave you or your child stranded. Blow-up swimming aids should not be used in place of a life jacket.

Always wear life jackets when boating.
When on a boat, kayak or canoe, make sure everyone in your family wears a life jacket that fits properly. Adults should set a good example by always wearing life jackets. Life jackets for young children, especially those who can’t swim, should have a flotation collar. The collar will help keep your child’s head upright and his or her face out the water.

Respect the power of the ocean and rivers.
Teach your child that the ocean and other bodies of water such as rivers and lakes are very different than the water in a swimming pool. It is particularly important that they understand currents and variable depths of water. It is unsafe to dive if the depth of water is unknown. Visit beaches that have signs indicating they are swim safe, have lifeguards on duty and no rip tides. Don’t let your child swim in fast-moving water such as a river.

Remember sun safety.

Choose swimsuits with a built-in sun protection factor (SPF) that provide all-over coverage. Once out of the water, wear a broad-brimmed hat and sunglasses.

Liberally apply sunscreen with an SPF 30 to all exposed areas of the body. Reapply every two hours and after a dip in the water. Don’t forget to use lip balm with an SPF.

Babies under 6 months should avoid direct sun exposure.

Stay in the shade during the sun’s peak hours of 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Make sure your child has plenty to drink. Children, in particular, are at a higher risk for dehydration and heat-related illnesses.

LauraLe Dyner, M.D., is a board-certified pediatrician at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation’s Los Altos Center.


Tuesday’s Tip

Spaghetti tip::::always make a double batch,  freeze in containers to be used at a later date. Easy enough to do, but did you know:::::

Add a container of cottage cheese to the sauce…..when you want to make lasagna, the cottage cheese is already in the sauce. No running out to the store to pick it up.

Thanks to my buddy Angela for this tip!


Kathy Dowsett

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Chawel Products

Chawel, the change anywhere/outdoor towel
Chawel, the change anywhere/outdoor towel

Invented by a Canadian lifeguard, the CHAWEL (CHAnging toWEL) is a uniquely designed muti use product that is easy to carry, and easy to use

The inventor, Dan Plante, saw a need for this product in 2002, when he saw mothers struggling with holding a towel around children when they were changing, and adults on the beach trying to change without the towel falling off and exposing themselves

The Chawel is simple to use – simply put it over your head and pull it down to cover you, and get changed underneath with no embarrassment. When you have just come back from a dive, the wind or even just the air temperature can be cold to wet skin. Placing the Chawel on to change not only gives you privacy, but keeps you warm and dry. When you have finished changing, you can use the Chawel to dry off any remaining areas of skin, keeping you dry and comfortable

This product comes in a fleecy lined version for people in cooler climates, with an optional hooded version, for additional warmth, and a more lightweight version for people living in or traveling to, warmer climates

It also comes in a variety of colors and in the HD and Hybrid versions – The HD series is the next level up from the basic LX series. The HD has all of the same features as the LX, with the addition of a Hood that will give you extra warmth and cover from the elements and dry your hair at the same time. The Hybrid HD makes a more comfy neck pillow than the other Chawel models. And the Sport HD version can be used as well with a little extra folding on one side before rolling.

Sleeping bag/liner & Blanket: choose the Hybrid HD for cooler weather locations. Use it as an extra layer in your sleeping bag, or a Sleep mat cover. If you are traveling in warmer climates or need to pack smaller, any of the Sport models will fit .

If you prefer to open the Chawel up to have armholes, this can easily be done by snipping the seam between the bar tack stitches. This is just one of the new additions that make this HD series so great. Extra security on the beach or when traveling, there is a large or hidden zipper pocket for placing your keys etc This also allows the HD to stuff into itself for another pillow use, or to carry.

The addition of the optional hood will give more warmth, and can be used to dry your hair.

The beauty of this product is that is has many uses. If you travel, you know that often, blankets and pillows are now charged for and that often, the air conditioning is cranked up to too cold for many people. The Chawel can be rolled up as a neck pillow, and can also be opened up to be used as a blanket. In fact, the perfect travel accessory

For outdoor activities, like camping, firework displays, or just chilling in nature, the Chawel, can be used as a rug, a blanket, a liner to keep the bugs off in the evenings or even a sleeping bag, in fact a great many uses for a small price.

Kathy D : Blogger @ HelpFullHanna and the owner of Kirk Scuba Gear

Puppies 101

Bringing a new puppy into your home will change your life forever. Puppies are definitely a lot of work, but the also bring plenty of joy to your world. Whether you are getting your first puppy or just need a refresher course, this is what you’ll need to know. From welcoming your new puppy home, to training and health information, these tips will help you get your puppy on the right track to adulthood.

Labrador Retriever Puppies Picture - Photo of Labrador Retriever Puppies - Photo by China Photos/Getty Images


If the time is right for you to add a new puppy to your family, that is wonderful news! Sometimes, your future companion finds you. He comes into your life by chance, and in an instant you feel that connection. You know he is the one. However, it does not always happen like that. Often, you must take on the important task of going out and finding the right kind of puppy for you. First, you need to examine your lifestyle and consider what you are looking for in a puppy. Purebred or mix? Big or small? Other factors include grooming and exercise needs, temperament and potential health issues. Then you need to decide where to look for your new puppy. Research and patience are essential throughout the process. When you have found the right puppy, you will know you have a friend for life.

Before you bring home your cute little furball, you need to puppy proof  your home. This process is similar to toddler-proofing a home, but there are differences. Get an idea of the puppy-eye-view of your home. Electrical cords, potential toxins, and breakable items should be placed completely out of reach. Remember that your puppy can jump, climb, chew and scratch, so place what you can very high up or in a locked cabinet. “Child-safe” latches do not tend to work on curious and determined puppies. It’s best to secure cabinets and drawers with locks or metal hardware. Basically, it should be chew-proof and require opposable thumbs to operate. Proper puppy-proofing not only keeps your puppy safe, it also gives you peace of mind.

As your puppy joins the family, the all-important job of naming this new addition is a priority. Obviously, you will be using your dog’s name constantly throughout his life, so your choice should be a wise one. Pick something that has a nice ring to it and is not too long. It should be easy to say and simple for your puppy to understand. You may want to name your puppy something that describes his personality or appearance. Or, you may want something very unique. Check out some name suggestions to help your decision. Once you have chosen a name, use it plenty. Before long, your puppy will learn his name and respond to it.

Your new puppy will need certain items from the very start. Some are essential for your pup’s well-being, while others are quite helpful. Most important items include a leash and collar with identification, food and water bowls, and chew toys. You should also get a nice dog bed and, preferably, a crate or kennel. Some if these items can last as your puppy ages, but bear in mind that most of them will need to be replaced when your puppy grows. Collars may be adjustable to a certain point. A kennel can be purchased in a larger size for the future, but should be blocked off with boxes or other objects to make it the right size for the puppy. Be prepared for the expenses associated with dog ownership so you can budget accordingly.

Your puppy’s diet can make all the difference in his future health and well-being. Before you decide on a puppy food, do your research. Talk to your vet, other pet professionals, and fellow dog owners. Remember that if the food you initially choose does not meet your expectations, you can gradually switch to another food. In today’s dog-friendly world, the choices of diet seem endless. Some owners like to feed premium foods, while many feel that holistic/natural diets are best. However, homemade and raw diets are becoming increasingly popular. While researching puppy food, consider the quality of ingredients, inclusion of proper nutrients, and taste. Basically, the food should be good for your puppy and he should like eating it.

Preferably, you will find a veterinarian before you get a puppy. Within a few days of taking your new puppy home, you should bring him to your vet for a general exam. Your vet can help identify any potential heath issues early on, and advise you on caring for your puppy long-term. This initial visit also opens the doors of communication with you and your vet. Over the course of your puppy’s first six months, you will see a lot of your vet. This begins with vaccines and usually leads to spay or neuter. Typically, puppies should be spayed or neutered around six months of age. To help keep your puppy’s expenses down, you may consider purchasing pet health insurance, which could cover up to 80% of your dog’s health care costs.

The puppy vaccination series is one of the most important aspects of your puppy’s early life. Vaccinating pets has been a controversial subject for years. Many people worry that we are over-vaccinating out pets, possibly putting them at risk for auto-immune issues and vaccine reactions. That’s part of the reason many vets are moving towards a three-year protocol (rather than annual) for adult dogs. However, when it comes to puppies it’s a different story. Just like human babies, puppies (and kittens) need basic immunizations at the very least. Plus, the vaccine visits allow your vet to examine your puppy every few weeks and monitor his growth and overall health. Talk to your vet about the best immunization schedule for your puppy.

Housebreaking is one of the first things you will teach your new puppy. This process can sometimes be quite arduous, though some puppies catch on earlier than others. You should begin house-training as soon as you bring your puppy home, but it takes patience. Puppies are generally not able to control their bladders and bowels until about 12 weeks of age. If your puppy is younger than this, just be patient. Starting early can help get your puppy on a routine. As he grows and develops control over his bodily functions, he will already know what to do. As a general rule, you should take your puppy to the designated “potty spot” immediately after eating or drinking. However, accidents happen – so be prepared, consistent and patient.

Beyond housebreaking, there are many more things you will need to teach your dog. Start by working on socialization. Leash training will set the stage for teaching basic commands, like sit, come and stay. These basic commands can help you curb some behavior problems. Just remember that puppies are curious, active and teething. They put everything in their mouths, including your hands! Work with this by replacing the inappropriate object with an acceptable chew toy. Distract your dog from mischievous behavior by offering something more pleasing, like a game, walk or other activity. Reward your puppy with treats and/or praise for shifting his attention. Puppy training can be a challenge, but the outcome will make your efforts worthwhile.

The bond you have with your puppy begins the moment he comes into your life and never stops growing. You can nurture this bond though affection, training, grooming, playtime, general exercise and participation in various activities. You may want to join an obedience class, start training in dog sports like agility and flyball, or participate in dog shows. One of the kindest ways to bond with your dog and allow your dog to bond with others is to get involved with pet therapy. If your puppy is right for therapy, he can begin training to visit people in hospitals and nursing homes or help children to read and learn. Strengthening and preserving the human-canine bond benefits the health and well-being of both you and your puppy.

From About Home

Kathy Dowsett

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5 Unusual Ways to Use WD-40


WD-40 is a utility shelf staple. You probably know it as your go-to solution for squeaky hinges and rust prevention, but it’s so much more! Inside the familiar blue-and-yellow can is a secret blend of lubricants with anticorrosion, water displacement, and soil removal superpowers. Grab a can today to solve some of the nagging household problems that follow.

1. Surface Stain Removal

Is there an artist-in-residence at your home? Whether your child has scribbled on a wall or tabletop, WD-40 and a clean, dry rag are a one-two punch against stains. It’s even recommended by Crayola in their stain removal guide and is particularly potent against crayon, clay, glue, tape, and stickers. Just test on an inconspicuous area first—spray on, then wipe off.

2. Keep Animals Away

Keep squirrels off your bird feeders by spraying poles with WD-40. While birds will still be able to enjoy the feeders, squirrels won’t get enough traction to climb. It also works as a pigeon repellent on balconies and roofs, because they hate its smell.

3. Cope with the Cold

WD-40 is a true cold-weather friend. Spray your locks with WD-40 to prevent them from freezing. Add a coat of it to your snow shovel and you’ll clear sidewalks with less effort, because snow won’t cling to your shovel. Or spray it on windows to prevent ice from building up and blocking natural light.

4. Defend Against Insects

A light coating on door frames, screens, and windowsills keeps bugs from crawling into your home. If they find another way in, a quick shot of WD-40 immediately kills most problematic insects. Many people even swear by the lubricant’s ability to provide pain relief from bee stings and fire ant and mosquito bites, although those with sensitive skin should steer clear of this treatment.

5. Break In Your Leather—Or Revive It!

WD-40 makes stiff leather items soft and supple. Dog collars, baseball gloves, work boots, shoes, and sandals all benefit from this treatment. As a bonus, you’ll remove stubborn stains at the same time, which means the lubricant is particularly helpful in treating vintage items. It’s equally useful on leather-like materials, such as automobile and boat upholstery.

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