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Neutrogena MoistureShine Lipstick

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Have any of you been able to try the new Neutrogena MoistureShine lipstick that’s out?

“So lush. So creamy. And clinically proven to keep lips moist for 8 hours. An exclusive conditioning blend replenishes lips’ moisture reserves. In a range of 20 shades.”

I don’t wear lipstick very often because I find that it oftentimes dries out my lips and that just makes them look ugly when I am wearing lipstick, so I am curious about whether the Neutrogena stuff works like they claim.

Anyone have any experience or do I have to just buy a tube and experiment myself!?!?

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Truvia Trivia

I recently saw an advertisement in Shape magazine for “truvia” that caught my eye.
“Our new sweetener is born from a leaf, not in a lab. Meet the leaf of the stevia plant. The proud parent of our new natural sweetener. We just give it water. We give it sun. Next, we steep it in a process like making tea. Ultimately, this little leaf gives back a recipe for sweetness that’s both delicious and 0-calorie guilt-free. It’s a miracle of nature, not chemistry. Enjoy. Find it at your grocery store. Find out more at truvia.com.

Being the curious consumer I am, I did a little research.
Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni: an herb in the sunflower family (Asteraceae) which grows in Paraguay & Brazil, up to 300 times sweeter than sugar, stevia has a “negligible effect” on blood glucose, in 1991 the United States banned stevia unless it was listed as supplement.

Truvia: consumer brand of stevia made of erythritol (a sugar alcohol) and Rebiana (cleared as a safe food sweetener), jointly marketed by Cargill and the Coca-Cola company.

What I find truly interesting about truvia sweetener is that a Coke is directly involved in it’s creation and it’s marketing. Might the soda manufacturing companies be taking a hit as people recognize their unhealthy and incredibly addictive drinks? Also, on the website, truvia is clearly classified as a non-organic sweetener.

I have yet to try truvia, but if I see it available, I probably will. I’ve tried many (many!) artificial sweeteners and while I prefer to bake with regular ‘ol cane sugar, I prefer Splenda in my coffee or tea right now. Thankfully I’m not sensitive to artificial sweeteners and so I have plenty of choices to keep my sweet tooth happy!

What other people are saying about truvia:
What To Eat’s Marion Nestle: Cargill’s Truvia (Stevia) comes to tow
WebMD‘s Miranda Hitti: Truvia, Made From Stevia, Being Sold Online and in Certain N.Y. Supermarkets
Baltimore Sun‘s Meredith Cohn: It’s called Truvia: The newest sugar substitute comes from the stevia plant
Ruth from Blisstree Media: New in the Market: Truvia Natural Sweetener
Mark from Mark’s Daily Apple: Is Truvia Safe?

What do you have to say about truvia?


Glass Straw Giveaway at Living A Whole Life

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The ladies over at Living a Whole Life are giving away a set of glass straws to help keep you hydrated and save the landfills! They are also guaranteed, but are essentially unbreakable “they are made of borosilicate glass tubing which is the strongest commercially available glass. This is the same glass that Pyrex is made from. The straws are also annealed which means they are slowly cooled to make them tougher, less brittle, and dishwasher safe.”

Pieces of art that have purpose could be yours if you let them know what kind of whole living topics you’d like to see them cover in more depth. My vote? Fasting. Medical or non-medical, the idea of fasts fascinates me and I’d love to read more research on them.

If you’re interested in purchasing your own glass straws, head over to Daedra’s Etsy page and snag some!

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New Year’s Resolutions, V

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31. Keep track of every movie I watch – I’m doing this on the same page as my books. I’ve also added a category for new music tastes, too.

32. Pay off Chase card – this one will be done at the end of January. I am SO excited about this.

33. Pay off Capital One card (2008 will be my year-outta-credit-card-debt) – This one might be July or August, but it *will* be taken care of this year!

34. Cut out sugar (and all sugar substitutes) for at least a week – I mentioned the sweet tooth before and think this could be a start to cutting out most of the sugar in my life. I know that a week isn’t really long enough to make a total change, but I can start somewhere right?

35. If I make it through the week, try for a month – see above.

36. Cut out fast food for an entire month – so not even once a week like the beginning of the list said. I swear the stuff is addictive.

37. Eat like a vegetarian for an entire month – I don’t eat a lot of meat, but I do eat some, so I think cutting it out would be really interesting.

38. Visit five new states – I’ll be visiting both Atlanta, GA and Columbia, SC in January. I’ll be able to hit the states around there after I move. If I drive myself out there to move, I’ll get this number doubled in no time!

39. Visit a foreign country – I am hoping Greece. Mexico would do.

40. Begin nose job research – this is something I’ve wanted for years but never looked seriously into. I think it’s about time. I hate my nose.

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New Year’s Resolutions, IV

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21. Look into buying a photography domain – I do a lot of photography and used to own my own domain, but never really utilized it. I need to do this if I ever want to do anything with my photography!

22. Make photography business card – people need something to hold on to when they’re thinking about your photography, rigth?

23. Use said photography business cards – it’s rude to ask for the cards back after I hand them out. Use them.

24. Participate in NoBloPoMo – one post a day for a month, I’ve done it before.

25. Succeed in NoBloPoMo – I can do it again!

26. Watch Mama Mia – I’m a fan of musicals so I think this one will be easy! It could happen in just a few weeks, too!

27. Get a pair of skinny jeans – I think I could pull off this fad. I have yet to be brave enough to try on a pair, though, so we’ll see what happens after I do that.

28. See a Broadway (or off Broadway, heck) show – fan of musicals, need to see one!

29. Keep track of every book I read – already started this on my personal blog.

30. Write at least one sentence to “review” each book I read – reviewed The Elegant Gathering of White Snows already on my personal blog. If you’re interested in that link, drop me a line!

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Tips for women with waists

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Short-waisted women:
Do you frequently tuck your shirts into your pants? Get pants with lower rises then to lower your waistline.
Wear a bra. Even better? Wear a supportive bra. Keeping your breasts where they should be emphasizes your waist.
Buying longer tops draws your waistline lower.
When wearing a belt, opt for a narrow one, push it below the natural waist just a bit and match it to your shirt color – all tips to elongate your torso.

Long-waisted women:
Wear V-neck tops
Try jackets with curved hems rather than straight ones, they’ll cut you off less.
Narrow skirts with tapered sides will make your legs look longer, so will raised waistlines with a belt that matches your pants color.
Heels! Making your legs look longer with shoes is easy!

BTW – This has everything to do with health. Women feel their best when they look their best!

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Things I’ve learned

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$ signI mentioned in a previous entry that I was working at paying off credit card debt; and I got a very happy surprise in the mail on Friday night. Credit card #2 will be paid off with a $16 payment in September. The debt on this card was (from what I can remember) the highest of the four I’m paying off, and seeing that it only has $16 left to pay on it, I am so encouraged. That piece of mail got me thinking about the things I’ve learned from being financially responsible, and the overall theme has been you don’t have to have it all.

1. You can live without cable. There are at least a half-dozen sites on the internet where you can watch television (this does mean, though, that you have to have high-speed internet).

2. You can live without haircuts every six weeks. I haven’t had my hair cut since February. It doesn’t look as great as it could, but that’s okay. I’ve gotten used to having to work to make it look fantastic, but I have saved so much money by just letting it grow out. I could be trimming it myself, but I don’t trust me and scissors on my own hair, so I’ll just wait.

3. You can live without brand new (or brand name) clothes. I have learned the joy of shopping at Goodwill and the excitement of finding two new pair of Gap pants for less than $20.You can find some really good deals if you’re willing to work a bit for them.

4. You can live without so much of a social life. I work 40 hours a week at the bank and then 12 hours a week on other jobs as well as writing this blog and my personal blog, too. I don’t always have time to spend with my friends, and while they get frustrated with that sometimes, they know why I’m doing it. (Church has been my social life, and that works a-okay for me!) My friends have also been amazing in understanding that I can go out to dinner with them if they help me out, and they’re fantastic about that.

5. You can live without what you want and just get by on what you need. Right now, there is a huge list of “want” in my life, and a very short list of “need” and I’m still surviving. My bills are being paid and I’m a happy woman. Think about this a bit … do you really *need* that next purchase or is it on the want list?

6. You can live without being absolutely independent. You can ask for help. I’ve asked my friends, I’ve asked my family, I’ve even reached out to pastors at church and asked for help. Asking for help doesn’t make you weak, it makes you strong. You know you can’t handle something on your own and so you turn to someone else.

What can you live without?

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Friday 5 – 8/15/08

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On Fridays, I am going to encourage you to do five different things in the next seven days. Those things may range from small to big, but I’m going to try to challenge my readers. If you’re up for taking the challenge, leave me a comment and I’ll add you to a list on this (and every following Friday’s) post!

By next Friday, I challenge you to do the following five things!

1. Go for a walk. Take ten minutes, take a half-an-hour, take two hours even and go for a walk. Walk slow, walk fast, or walk in-between, but get outside and go for a walk. Take your pet, take your spouse, take your children, but get outside and walk around!

2. Write a hand-written note or letter to someone. We’re so dependent on emails, blogs and IMs to talk to one another; think about the power of a handwritten note. Drop your mom a card, write a co-woker a “way-to-go!” Post-It note, use your pen and some paper and spread the love.

3. Hide $1 in an old purse or wallet, or the cookie jar, or the junk drawer even. This dollar can help you get more food for less money in the future!

4. Turn off the TV for one hour when you would normally watch it. I don’t care what you do, but turn off the TV and do something else, go outside, meet your neighbors, do something else! Leave me a comment on each of my previous posts if you don’t have anything better to do!

5.  Drink 8 glasses of water in one day. It’s not impossible, you can do it! Everyone and everything needs water – do you think you’re getting enough water. Try to get enough one day and then see how you feel!

I’ll be right there with you this week as you strive to try these five new things! Let me know how it goes and remember, change is good!

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