You’ve sailed past your first date, first kiss and other important milestones, but there’s still one big thing left to tackle. When your significant other suggests that you take a trip together, it’s easy to fill your head with dreams of snuggling beside a crackling fire or having long, deep conversations as you stroll along the beach.
Traveling together can be a ton of fun, but it might bring out some issues you haven’t thought about yet in your relationship. After you book your hotel and reserve a slot for that couple’s massage, keep these tips in mind to survive your trip with your sanity and relationship intact.
Discuss Your Expectations
Before you begin your trip, have an honest conversation with your partner about what the vacation will entail. Talking about your expectations might not sound romantic, but it’s the best way to make sure you’re on the same page before you’re stuck together in a hotel room hundreds of miles away from home.
Your idea of a dream vacation might include getting up at dawn for a sunrise hike, followed by swimming in the ocean and biking to a quaint little restaurant for dinner. That’s great, but you might run into trouble if your sweetie thinks this trip is a time to sunbathe and catch up on reading this year’s hottest novels.
When you discuss your expectations before you’re on vacation, you can plan a trip that meets both of your needs.
Is Botox right for you? Considered as one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the health community today, Botox treatment has gained a reputation for its relative success in reducing the appearance of aging spots in women or even removing them altogether. It is also used to treat certain conditions including repetitive neck spasms, excessive sweating and overactive bladder. Read on to understand Botox Injections in detail and determine if it’s right for you.
What is Botox?
Botox (chemical name botulinum toxin A) is a drug made from a toxin produced by a bacterium called Clostridium botulinum. The same toxin is responsible for botulism, which is a serious and often life-threatening form of food poisoning. Botulism is characterized by difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, trouble breathing and facial weakness among others.
However, the toxin is safe when limited to the muscles of the face. It works to block the signals that control muscle contraction, therefore softening your wrinkles.
How is Botox administered?
In general, the drug is administered via injection and your doctor may apply a topical anesthetic cream on the targeted area to minimize sensation. He or she will then use a fine needle to inject Botox directly into the desired facial muscles. Treatments typically take just a few minutes (5-10) and you should be able to resume normal activities immediately.
How long does it last?
Following the injection, results may appear within three days or so, although the exact time period depends on your own physiology as well as the strength of the drug. Botox typically lasts between 4 to 5 months but it may last well over 5 months. The wrinkles will begin to reappear after this period and you’ll need to get another injection.
What are the benefits of Botox?
If you’ve decided to end your marriage and you are sure that’s what you want, there are a few things you probably expect to happen. You expect the usual power struggle where you both want full custody of the kids or you both want the biggest share of your acquired assets. But there are a few things that happen during divorce that no one talks about. So we’ll highlight a few of them for you.
Even if you are sure you really want to divorce your husband, you might ask yourself a week or even a month or a year after your divorce has been finalized whether you made the right decision. When your ex-husband moves on and finds new love, you might feel a little jealous even if your marriage to him was terrible. Sometimes you will reminisce the good old times you had with your ex-husband and wonder what if you had just held on a little bit? Would things have worked out?
This is the time your friends will tell you how “they had a bad feeling about him” or how “he wasn’t good enough for you”. When you ask them why they didn’t mention this before they’ll say, “but you were so in love and we didn’t want to burst your bubble.”
Be prepared to get dumped by your insecure female friends. They will stop hanging out with you because they don’t want you to “steal” their husbands. Some of them will even stop hanging out with you because they feel you no longer have anything in common. And if you have mutual friends with your ex-husband, they might end up having to take sides and they may not necessarily take your side. Embrace the little friends you’ll have left after everyone deserts you because those will be your true ride or die friends.
Dating a shady man can make even the most secure woman feel insecure and second-guess herself. A shady man has honed his skills and knows exactly how to get what he wants. Here are five signs that you are dating a shady man.
1. He’s a sweet-talker from the start
If the man you’re dating started flattering you the moment he met you, this could be a sign there is something to worry about. A man who can flatter a woman he doesn’t even know can do so with any woman. It might make you feel special, but can you trust his words? If he uses terms like “sweetie” and “honey” rather than your name, this is a sign of a shady man because he’s attempting to give you that special feeling.
2. He says meeting you changed his life
A man who tells you that you’ve changed his life is probably using another form of sweet-talking to get into your heart. While it’s nice to hear, the chances of that being true are quite slim. If he claims his life was dark and his future bleak before you entered his world, he might be shady. This is especially true if he makes these claims very early on in your relationship.
3. He makes excuses for lies
If you’ve caught your boyfriend in a lie and he makes excuses to try to make them okay, you are dealing with a shady man. If you call him out on his bad actions, he may make you feel guilty because he intended his lies to bring you closer together or save you from being hurt. This kind of shady man can talk his way out of every lie he tells. You may end up feeling bad for being upset over his lies because he so skilled at making himself look good.
4. He suddenly has a new schedule
Are you worried about those aging spots on your skin? While often associated with certain lifestyles and advancement in age, aging signs can also appear due to beauty blunders.
Well, makeup makes you feel strong and confident, and look good. In fact many women out there consider it a necessity rather than a luxury. However, if you apply it incorrectly or use the wrong products, it could easily add a few years to your face and skin rather than make you look youthful. Read on to discover some of the top aging makeup mistakes and how to avoid them.
Your choice of foundation is very important, but some people often end up picking one that does not match their skin color. Too light will make your skin look lifeless and aged. On the other hand, too dark will drag down your features and add dullness that’s just as aging. Never choose a foundation that is lighter or darker than your own skin. You should actually test different options to see what color works for you.
Usually, as we get older, our eyebrows tend to get thinner. They may also fail to grow back due to years and years of over-plucking. If you don’t fill them in with either brow powder or a pencil, you will look washed out and older. A full brow can help lift your face, define your beauty features, and leave a youthful appearance. When it comes to choosing a brow product, make sure to go for one that’s the same shade as your own hair. For instance, if you have silver/white hair, look for products with a soft grey tone. You should pick mahogany if you are a brunette.
A surprising number of marriages end within the first 12 months of a wedding, according to the American Bar Association Family Law Division. Although the end of any marriage is based on unique facts and circumstances, there are three primary reasons why people divorce within a year of marrying.
Discovery of Secrets
One of the three most common reasons a marriage ends in a short period of time is the discovery of secrets by a spouse. In some cases, both spouses end up discovering something significant and previously undisclosed about their marital partners.
In regard to secrets discovered, a criminal record is a common concealed fact revealed after marriage. Although in some cases a criminal record involves only a minor offense or offenses, time and time again a spouse discovers the existence of a serious crime in his or her partner’s past.
The second common “secret” discovered after nuptials is a significant debt issue. A spouse learns that his or her partner accumulated large debt before the marriage, oftentimes debt that is deeply in arrears.
As an aside, part of the due diligence process a person should perform before agreeing to marry is obtaining independent verification of a prospective spouse’s past, including both that individual’s criminal and financial history. Love can conquer many things in life, but undisclosed burdensome debt and a serious criminal record can become insurmountable issues if discovered following a wedding.
About 60 percent of men and over 40 percent of women will be unfaithful to their spouses during the course of a marriage, according to the American Bar Association. Infidelity during the first year of a marriage represents another of the primary reasons why a divorce occurs during that time period.
Some beauty myths grew out of old tales or superstitions that we now know aren’t true. Chocolate won’t give you acne, makeup doesn’t age skin, and cutting hair doesn’t make it grow faster. Other myths come not from folk knowledge but from manufacturers’ ad copy.
The tiny dimples you see in skin that you probably call pores aren’t pores at all; they’re hair follicles. No amount of steaming, toning, or applying masks will do a thing to shrink them any more than you could shrink the hair follicles on your scalp. Products that claim to shrink pores may make them less obvious by removing shine, cleaning away excess sebum, or even irritating surrounding skin to make it swell, but these changes are only cosmetic. If pores are your nemesis, keep your skin clean without using irritating toners on it and try a pore-minimizing primer under your makeup.
You Need to Wash Your Hair Twice
Advertisers like to joke that shampoo makers doubled their product sales overnight just by adding one word on their bottles: “repeat.” While you might want to repeat your wash when cleaning hair that’s truly grimy, your hair will be in better shape if you wash only once. If you like to repeat your wash, try using half as much shampoo with each wash and dilute it with water. You’ll still repeat your wash, but you won’t strip your hair of its natural oils. Forget about getting your hair squeaky clean too; that squeak means you’ve removed all the natural protective oils from your hair shaft and will have to use more conditioner to repair the damage.
Fairer Skin Ages More Quickly
Some men have big egos, and when they get bruised, they feel emasculated (less of a man). Even though some men blame women for their emasculation, it’s not the woman’s fault (most of the time). Men need to look in the mirror and take a good hard look at some of the things they feel makes them less of a man. Here are nine preconceived emasculating things that men should learn to just get over. Okay eight things they should learn to get over, number three is justified.
1. Giving a helping hand
Men’s lives are not perfect. They sometimes go through phases in their lives where they are short on cash, their cars break down or something just happens, and they need a helping hand.
Any man who has always had it together will find it emasculating when his woman offers to lend him some cash when he needs it. Alpha males find it especially hard to accept any kind of help from their wives or girlfriends. They would rather ask their “boys” to help them out than ask their women. Maybe it’s pride, maybe they feel it’s a sign of weakness but whatever it is, men need to get over it. There is nothing wrong with a woman helping out her man when he is in a crisis. As long as “crisis” is not every other week.
2. Giving input or taking control in the bedroom
There are a few men out there who don’t mind being told what to do in bed. In fact, they don’t mind taking a back seat and letting their women take control and do all the work.
Others don’t like it at all when a woman tries to tell them what she likes in bed. They believe what works for one woman works for the rest, besides he never had any complaints before. Sadly, what usually happens is they fumble around, the women fake it and everyone pretends their sex lives are mind blowing.
Men who take directions in bed from their women will tell you their women always look forward to their love making sessions, they don’t get “headaches” and the sex is awesome!
3. Comparing him to your ex
There is no miracle potion that will halt the aging process and prolong youth and vitality, but there are a few simple things you can do to try to slow the progress of natural changes that occur with age.
1. Try to follow a healthy diet that includes plenty of fruit and vegetables, making sure to include foods rich in vitamins, minerals and such as spinach, broccoli, asparagus, Brussel sprouts, greens, avocado and peas. Fruits should include berries, cantaloupe, grapefruit, apples and oranges.
2. Do not ignore your thirst. It is vital to ensure you maintain an adequate intake of fluids, including water. Eight glasses (1.6 liters) are recommended for women, and ten glasses (2 liters) for men. The amount of fluid an individual needs to avoid dehydration depends on a variety of factors, including weight, temperature and activity.
3. Engage in physical activity every day. Try to do some sort of exercise, depending on your ability. If you exercise regularly you stay fit and healthy, and exercising will also help your circulation and digestion. Walking at a moderate pace for thirty minutes is not only good for health but also for the psyche, and in turn, good for slowing the aging process.
4. If you are injured or sick ensure that you consult a doctor immediately. You must be sensitive to what your body is trying to tell you and take care of minor problems before they become major. You should probably make regular visits to your doctor even if you do not feel sick.
5. Avoid sunburn by putting on sunscreen when you go out in the sun for any length of time. It is a proven fact that over exposure to the sun is the main cause of premature aging of the skin. Stay out of the sun when it is at its peak, when ultraviolet (UV) rays are strongest. Damaging UV rays can also pass through clouds and water, so don’t assume you are safe even if your skin feels cool.
The world is growing larger and smaller all at once. Many people are thus redefining their cultural identities while at the same time people from different backgrounds are developing relationships with others on the outside. Interacting and having relationships with someone from a different culture has the opportunity to change your life entirely, as well as help you see the world in an entirely new way.
Converting to a New Religion
Even though you can adopt the practices from a different culture, you cannot change your genetic ancestry. For an example, you can’t just start saying you have an Italian background when you’re 100% not Italian. However, you can alter your religion. While religion and culture are often tied together, you can still convert at any time. If you become serious with someone you’re dating and deciding on marriage, the next step you’ll probably need to take is deciding what type of religious ceremony to have, and how your children will be raised. One of you may decide to convert. In fact, in some religions, conversion is necessary for marriage.
Resistance from Family Members
Just as culture has ties to religion, so does it to family. Your families may have deep connections to your culture. When you begin to date someone from outside of that culture, your parents or your family members might fear that those bonds will be broken. You can show them how you are still incorporating your cultural customs into your life, but you also have the chance to make them more open-minded now. Expose them to some of the customs that your partner practices. For example, you may want to invite them over during the holidays to see what it’s like.
Expanding Your Palate
As a woman, whenever you pay a visit to the salon, you expect a lot more than just regular manicure and pedicure on your natural nails. While some women have long, flawless nails, there is always the temptation that comes with trying out things you have never done before, like applying false nails. You will always have at your disposal a range of nail types to choose from, and the individual choice depends on what look you have set your sights on. Currently, you can choose to either have acrylic or gel nails. Before you make a choice between the two, you need some insights into what each is all about.
These types of nails have been a regular in the cosmetic industry for years now. The process of application involves powder polymers and liquid monomers that allow the creation of a sturdy case over your regular nails. After application, you need to expose the nails to air. The hardening process is essential for the application of colors and patterns.
Pros of going the acrylic way
The application of these nails will always cost a substantially less amount than their gel counterparts do. In addition, the hardening process does not take too long.
Getting a manicure or pedicure is a simple activity that improves the look of your nails. It is therefore startling to see the negativity that has developed towards this cosmetic practice over the last several years. There have been horror stories of pedicure experiments gone horribly wrong. There are stories of people who develop infections from salons, infections that haunt them for the next several years. Maybe it is not so startling to see these attitudes if you consider what some clients have been through. However, this does not indicate that good salons do not exist. They do, and you can even make everything better by playing your part in the scheme of things.
When you have decided on the saloon you want to go to, make time and arrive at least a quarter of an hour early. This gives you time to check out their services and the conditions under which the salon operates. If it looks clean and spotless, then there is a chance that they keep their tools clean too. If you arrive at the precise time, you might not have the luxury of looking around. Always pay attention to the placement of tools, availability of water as well as the situation of bins.
Most manicure and pedicure places will have licenses hanging in open places like hallways and the entrance. If you cannot see a license, those are the first signs that trouble looms large. Apart from the business license, the technicians need to own a license that attests to their abilities as well as experience. You do not want someone with a controversial cosmetic record working on your nails.