4 Undiscussed But Serious Side Effects of Sleep Apnea

The reason I am sharing this is because I know quite a few people who suffer for sleep Apnea and have thought about getting tested myself. 

It’s estimated that 22 million Americans have sleep apnea, and that 80 percent of moderate to severe cases are undiagnosed.

Also known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome (OSAS), the condition affects between 5 and 20 percent of adults and 10-20 percent of children. While many are familiar with some side effects – loud snoring, disturbed sleep, and daytime sleepiness – other related issues are talked about less, but can be quite severe.

“The disruption of nasal breathing can affect digestion, brain function, mood, attention, growth, heart health, head pain, metabolism and much more,” says Dr. Edmund Lipskis(www.drlipskis.com), director of the Centre For Integrative Orthodontics and co-author with his wife, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, of Breathe, Sleep, Live, Smile: Integrative Treatments for TMJ/TMD, Sleep Apnea, Orthodontics. “But sleep apnea in children can be treated at a young age. The symptoms include irritability, lack of concentration, poor school performance, pseudo ADHD, and nighttime bed wetting.”

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a blocked airway prevents the body from getting the oxygen it needs. Breathing can stop for several seconds numerous times during the night.

“This causes the brain to wake up so the sleeper can breathe,” Dr. Lipskis says. “People with OSA usually don’t remember every instance of waking up, but the result is fragmented sleep.”

Dr. Lynn Lipskis adds that proper diagnosis, combined with advanced technology, can lead to successful treatment. She says there are more than 100 FDA-approved appliances for treating sleep apnea and proper selection is key to addressing the individual’s special needs.

“For adults, that can mean therapy using an oral appliance,” she says. “For children, it can mean orthopedic orthodontics for airway development and correction.”

The Lipskis team points out four of the less-discussed but serious side effects of sleep apnea:

Depression. Depression is linked with OSA and works both ways. “That is, people who are depressed are more likely to develop OSA, and people with OSA are more likely to develop depression,” Dr. Lynn Lipskis says. “One study found that slightly less than half of people with OSA showed depressive symptoms. This is not so surprising, considering that restful sleep is so important for physical and mental health.”

Chronic pain. As with depression, chronic pain may be a cause of, or may be caused by, OSA. A study found that over half the people with OSA had chronic widespread pain and that the risk was higher in women than in men.

Hormone disruption. Sleep is a critical time for the body to regulate hormones. “An important one to note is the growth hormone HGH, which is produced during Stage 3 sleep,” Lipskis says. “It helps with cell reproduction, cell regeneration, and metabolism. If Stage III sleep is cut short, or never reached, HGH can’t perform its job. So rather than repairing itself during sleep, the body continues to break down.”

Nocturia. This is the frequent need to urinate at night. “People with OSA are more likely to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom,” Dr. Edmund Lipskis says. “That’s because it affects the release of antidiuretic hormone (ADH), which prevents fluid from filling the bladder and prevents the need to urinate during the night. When ADH can’t do what it’s supposed to, the bladder fills and the urge to urinate appears. This is yet another way that OSA disturbs proper bodily functions and compounds disordered sleep.”

“If you suffer from OSA or suspect you do, have a sleep study done, which includes a diagnosis by a medical physician,” Dr. Lynn Lipskis says. “This is the only way to correctly diagnose OSA or other sleep disorders. OSA should be treated as a serious medical condition because the consequences go far beyond daytime fatigue.”

About Dr. Edmund Lipskis, DDS, MS and Dr. Lynn Lipskis, DDS

Dr. Edmund Lipskis (www.drlipskis.com) is the director of The Centre for Integrative Orthodontics and co-author, with his wife, Dr. Lynn Lipskis, of Breathe, Sleep, Live, Smile: Integrative Treatments for TMJ/TMD, Sleep Apnea, Orthodontics. He is a Master Senior Instructor in the International Board of Orthodontics and board-certified by the International Board of Orthodontics and the American Board of Craniofacial Pain. Co-founder of St. Charles Family Dentistry Ltd. and the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre of Chicago, he has lectured internationally on phase-two treatment (via orthodontics) of chronic-pain individuals and airway-focused orthodontics.

Dr. Lynn Lipskis (www.drlipskis.com), a graduate of Loyola University School of Dentistry, is director of the TMJ & Sleep Therapy Centre. She co-founded St. Charles Family Dentistry Ltd. with her husband, with whom she has practiced dentistry for 30 years. She was a clinical instructor in pediatric dentistry at Loyola University School of Dentistry until it closed in 1993. She is a Diplomat of the American Board of Craniofacial Pain and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. Since 2011, she has concentrated her professional attention on the practice of dental sleep medicine and the treatment of TMJ and chronic pain. The Lipskis’ host a doctors’ course on airway-focused orthodontics on an annual basis.

JURASSIC WORLD’s Iconic Tyrannosaurus Rex and Mosasaurus Invade Universal Studios Hollywood

JURASSIC WORLD’s Iconic Tyrannosaurus rex and Mosasaurus Invade Universal Studios Hollywood in Dynamic New Ad Campaign, It Just Got Real,as Anticipation Builds for the New Mega Attraction, “Jurassic World—The Ride,” Opening This Summer

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Universal City, CA, April 17, 2019 – Pandemonium disrupts several elaborate film productions underway on Universal Studios’ bustling movie studio backlot, sending cast and crew running for their lives.

As panic and chaos ensue, the source is revealed:  JURASSIC WORLD’s unstoppable Tyrannosaurus rex tramples her way across sets and sound stages to ignite Universal Studios Hollywood’s new marketing campaign, It Just Got Real, in support of the theme park’s eagerly awaited mega attraction, “Jurassic World—The Ride,” opening this summer.

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“Jurassic World—The Ride” will debut an original storyline that takes place within the theme park as depicted in Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s film, JURASSIC WORLD, on the day the Indominus rex escapes.

The exciting thrill ride will soar to new heights with the addition of several iconic dinosaurs from the movie, including the colossal Indominus rex and the magnificent aquatic Mosasaurus that will mesmerize onlookers in her natural habitat from behind a three million gallon glass encased Aquarium Observatory tank.

“Jurassic World—The Ride” comes to life under the direction of the award-winning and inspired minds at Universal Creative, the Academy Award®-winning special-effects visionaries at Industrial Light & Magic (ILM), a division of Lucasfilm, Ltd., Universal Pictures and acclaimed filmmakers Steven Spielberg, Colin Trevorrow and Frank Marshall.

The aesthetics of “Jurassic World—The Ride” will be dramatically enhanced welcoming guests to a reimagined space reflective of the JURASSIC WORLD films. In addition, there will be a fresh new entry statement, stonework landscaping and a contemporary redesign of the iconic JURASSIC WORLD gates, illuminated with billowing flames.

Engaging and interactive queue-line videos featuring facts and information about the dinosaurs within the ride will set the tone for the expedition ahead, as guests learn more about these imposing prehistoric creatures that first roamed the earth more than 65 million years ago.

Once aboard specially designed rafts, guests will navigate the lush environs of dense vegetation, traversing new areas besieged with towering dinosaurs meandering at just an arm’s length away from visitors.  Encounters with such docile creatures as the Stegosaurus and Parasaurolophus will quickly turn awry as predatory Velociraptors and Dilophosaurus begin to wreak havoc, turning guests from spectators to prey.  When the Tyrannosaurus rex begins to battle one of the attraction’s new ferocious dinosaurs, the rafts will spill down a treacherous 84-foot waterfall as the sole means of escape.

Located adjacent to the ride will be a new elaborately themed “Raptor Encounter” where Blue, the most beloved Velociraptor from the JURASSIC WORLD franchise, will engage guests in daring face-to-face encounters.

In addition, a new interactive “Dino Play” area will incorporate educational components within an inspired space where children of all ages can explore and excavate giant dinosaur fossils.

With so much to see and do at Universal Studios Hollywood, the new California Neighbor Pass invites guests to experience 175 days of fun for $149 when purchased online. Visit www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com for more details. Blackout dates and restrictions apply.

More information is available at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com. Like Universal Studios Hollywood on Facebook and follow @UniStudios on Instagram and Twitter.

Universal Studios Hollywood is The Entertainment Capital of L.A. and includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour. As a leading global entertainment destination, Universal Studios Hollywood delivers highly themed immersive lands that translate to real-life interpretations of iconic movie and television shows. Attractions include “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™” which features a bustling Hogsmeade village and such critically-acclaimed rides as “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey” and “Flight of the Hippogriff™”, and the highly-anticipated Summer opening of “Jurassic World—The Ride.”  Other immersive lands include “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Super Silly Fun Land” as well as “Springfield,” hometown of America’s favorite TV family, located adjacent to the award-winning “The Simpsons Ride™” and DreamWorks Theatre featuring “Kung Fu Panda Adventure.”  The world-renowned Studio Tour is Universal Studios Hollywood’s signature attraction, inviting guests behind-the-scenes of the world’s biggest and busiest movie and television production studio where they can also experience such thrill rides as “Fast & Furious—Supercharged” and “King Kong 360 3D.” The adjacent Universal CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex also includes the all-new multi-million dollar, redesigned Universal CityWalk Cinema, featuring deluxe recliner seating in screening room quality theatres, and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert stage.


The Perfect Easter Book For Your Sweeties - WISH by Chris Sauders

”Once every year wishes take flight

filled with hope and twinkling light.
They dance in the air, with a swirl and a swish
You have to be lucky to be chosen by a wish” 

Rabbit has never had a wish before; but one day he gets not just one, but three! But what should he wish for?

Wish by a touching picture book set in a glittering forest about the power of kindness and the magic of friendship. When Rabbit is granted three wishes, he cannot decide what to wish for, so he asks his friends Mouse, Fox and Bear what they would do if they had a wish. Being selfless and kind, Rabbit grants all three wishes to his friends. So what, then, is left for Rabbit to wish for?

The 411:

Wish is a beautiful book about how putting others first benefits you in even bigger ways.

While walking through the woods Rabbit sees all the wishes floating in the air and becomes the very lucky recipient of three wishes when one lands on his nose, and two on his feet. He is so excited but doesn't want to mes up his chance for the perfect wish so he asks his friends. They all have very different wishes and like a good friend he gives his wishes away. Thankfully his friends all share their wishes with him making him the luckiest of wish recipients.

I love the dandelion "wishes" floating in the air. Who doesn't think of these as wishes? Rabbit being the sweetest bunny ever shows kids that making your friends dreams come true will eventually come back around to you. Basically the lesson is being a good person benefits you in even bigger ways that you could have imagined.  In a world where everyone is so self driven reminding ourselves that how we make others feel does matter. 

Kids will love the beautiful illustrations and readers will love the message. 

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 JazzFest Performance May 3


"NO WALLS" Mixtape Out May 9

As singer/songwriter/feminist/activist gears up to release her memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream on May 7,  she is also announcing her summer run of tour dates. She kicks off her run on May 3 at JazzFest in New Orleans before a block of book events, then returns to performing May 31 in Houston. For tickets, go to her website.  In addition, at the shows DiFranco is offering a "No Walls" Mixtape, her current take on the songs related to the memoir.  The "No Walls" Mixtape will also be available digitally on May 9.

DiFranco addresses this to her fans. "So here is my mixtape for you, like the kind that I would make you on cassette if it was, like, 1993 and I was really into you. It’s a flight of Ani songs that I took the liberty of revisiting, solo stylie, twenty… (thirty?!) years later, songs that factor (either literally or figuratively) into my memoir, No Walls and the Recurring Dream." 

In her memoir, DiFranco recounts her early life from a place of hard-won wisdom, combining personal expression, the power of music, feminism, political activism, storytelling, philanthropy, entrepreneurship, and much more into an inspiring whole. In these frank, honest, passionate, and often funny pages is the tale of one woman's eventful and radical journey to the age of thirty. Ani's coming of age story is defined by her ethos of fierce independence--from being an emancipated minor sleeping in a Buffalo bus station, to unwaveringly building a career through appearances at small clubs and festivals, to releasing her first album at the age of 18, to consciously rejecting the mainstream recording industry and creating her own label, Righteous Babe Records. In these pages, as in life, she never hesitates to challenge established rules and expectations, maintaining a level of artistic integrity that has impressed many and antagonized more than a few. Ani continues to be a major touring and recording artist as well as a celebrated activist and feminist, standing as living proof that you can overcome all personal and societal obstacles to be who you are and to follow your dreams. Tour dates and book events are listed below. 

May 3 -   New Orleans, LA - JazzFest
May 7 -   New York, NY - Tishman Auditorium w/ Cecile Richards*
May 8 -   Boston, MA - Coolidge Corner Theatre w/ Robin Young* 
May 9 -   Washington, DC - Sixth & I Synagogue w/ moderator TBA*
May 10 - Chicago, IL - Wilson Abbey w/ Jessica Hopper*
May 13 - Seattle, WA - Neptune Theatre w/ moderator TBA*
May 14 - Berkeley, CA - First Congregational Church of Berkeley w/ moderator TBA*
May 15 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall w/ Cari Luna*
May 16 - Pasadena, CA - Pasadena Presbyterian Church w/ Valarie Kaur*
May 17 - Austin, TX - Central Presbyterian Church w/ Rachel Rascoe*
May 19 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Bound Literary Festival w/ Rhiannon Giddens*
May 22 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans JCC w/ Gwen Thompkins*
May 31 - Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall^
June 1 - Tulsa, OK - Williams Theater @ Tulsa Performing Arts Center^
June 2 - Wichita, KS - The Wave^
June 4 - Columbia, MO - Rose Park^
June 5 - Milwaukee, WI - The Pabst Theater^
June 6 - Davenport, IA - Codfish Hollow Barn^
June 9 - Fargo, ND - Fargo Theatre^
June 10 - Duluth, MN - NorShor Theatre^
June 12 - Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue^
June 13 - Cleveland Heights, OH - Cain Park w/ special guest Lucy Wainwright Roche
June 15 - Croton-on-Hudson, NY - The Great Hudson River Revival
June 16 - Woodstock, NY - Levon Helm Studios
August 1 - Anchorage, AK - Barnes & Noble w/ moderator TBA*
August 2 - Ninilchik, AK - Salmonfest
August 4 - Kaslo, BC - Kaslo Jazz Etc. Summer Music Festival
August 10 - Edmonton, AB - The Edmonton Folk Music Festival
August 16 - Lyons, CO - Rocky Mountain Folks Festival
*book tour event
^with special guest Diane Patterson

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Ways to Reinvent Your Church

While it’s true that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, many church-goers make snap decisions when they visit a new church. They look at what shape the building is in, how well taken care of the grounds are, how clean you keep your sanctuary and how well-lit and inviting the interior is. If your church falls short in any of these areas, despite how welcoming your congregation is and how good of a group you have, you might lose potential members. Here are a few ways you can easily improve your church’s image and go through a reinvention.

Upgrade Your Church Sign

Your church’s sign is the first thing people see when they visit your congregation. Do you have an old, painted sign that doesn’t look like it’s been updated in forty years? Your church’s sign is like the face of your congregation. If it isn’t inviting, people will be put off. Consider an upgrade to your sign. Design one yourself or have it professionally designed. Signs can be easily created through local signage shops or online, and the upgrade will be well worth it.

Upgrade Your Interior

Once people get inside, they continue to make determinations about the church as a whole. Are your ceremonial robes and apparel worn and frayed? Do your statues and crosses have chips and scratches? Are your candleholders tarnished and looking sad? A great upgrade would be replacing old, worn out christian church supplies with new ones.

Upgrade Everything – Through Cleaning

One simple, cheap upgrade that any congregation on any budget can do is to clean the church grounds. Often churches can start to look run down without the members even noticing. It happens gradually. Have regular church work days. Do the yard, paint fresh lines in the parking lot, fix peeling paint, clean the windows, polish the metal work, dust. Regular, thorough cleaning can transform your building from drab to stunning.

With these simple church upgrades, you can change the face of your congregation and make your book’s cover as beautiful as the pages inside.

Not A Partnership A "REAL" Book About Making Marriage Work!

What is a great marriage? What does a healthy marriage even look like? If we haven't seen one and can't define it, what hope do we have of building one?

Not A Partnership combines the world's oldest wisdom with 21st century Positive Psychology research & insight to define what a healthy marriage is -- and to give you practical steps to get one.

Whether your marriage is new, old - or yet to come! -- Tod & Peter's experience and wisdom in guiding successful relationships can help guide you to a flourishing marriage centered on the other.

* Marriage Reset: Not A Partnership provides a clear guide to (1) why marriage can provide the most powerful and fulfilling source of human intimacy and happiness; (2) why we often fail to act in a way that makes marriage work; and (3) how we can establish great marriages - and fix broken ones.

* Marriage Is For You: Besides its power to create and foster love and happiness, marriage creates the #1 opportunity to enhance your conduct & character, and helps us build the best possible version of ourselves.

* The book's Four Pillars of Giving -- (1) keeping it fresh, (2) gratitude, (3) respect in all its forms, and (4) all depends on me -- give a clear road map to how a successful marriage works, and the practical tools to bring it to life.

* Why another marriage book? Many books point to the HOW of marriage. Not A Partnership shows you the WHY and WHAT of marriage. Once we know what we're shooting for, we can take the practical steps to getting there. 

* Your Kids! Happy marriages produce fulfilled spouses and a positive home. A loving home is the greatest tool you can use to produce happy, optimistic and secure children. When we build our marriage, we not only improve ourselves, we also set our kids up for success.

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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book for review and was pleasantly surprised with the general, practical tips, suggestions and more on how to create a loving, meaningful, marriage that works for two people. 

As someone who has been married for 22 years and dated 6 prior I can tell you that our marriage has changed over time and I wish I had this book prior to 2010. We went through a very rough patch a in 2014-2016 and I believe our marriage is stronger than ever before. I watched many marriages fall apart over the past 3-5 years and found myself wondering if they had read this book if things would have been different. I have gone back to read various passages and need to purchase the physical copy because I want to highlight certain passages and leave notes so I can leave it bedside to re-read when I need to know how to approach a topic or how to say something that is bothering me without being needy, disrespectful and heard. I want to be heard and Tod and Peter show you how to ask for what you want without your partner shutting down. I think this is the root of all evil. 

Every one in a relationship should read this book. Not just those married happily or otherwise. If you are dating, engaged, or thinking of eventually leaving your spouse. Read this book. Tod and Peter may just save your marriage. 

More about Tod and Peter 
Tod Jacobs is Director of the David Robinson Institute for Jewish Heritage in Jerusalem, which he co-founded in 2005. Prior to his current role teaching and counseling his students and alumni, he enjoyed a distinguished career on Wall Street as one of the leading authorities on the telecommunications industry globally. As a managing director at JP Morgan and before that a partner at Sanford C. Bernstein and Company, Tod acted as a frequent commentator on network television and in leading newspapers and magazines and testified several times before the U.S. Congress as an expert on telecom and media issues. His credits in print and broadcast journalism, where he worked prior to Wall Street, include nominations for both the Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism and the Emmy Award. Tod lives in Jerusalem with his family.

Peter Lynn has served as Dean of Students at the David Robinson Institute for Jewish Heritage since its inception. An MA in Applied Positive Psychology (MAPP) from the University of Pennsylvania, Peter lectures at Touro College in Jerusalem. He is also Founder and Director of the Greatness Within Seminars, where he helps empower individuals and organizations through the application of Positive Psychology. An accomplished athlete and Ironman finisher, Peter was captain of the US World Duathlon Team. Peter lives in Jerusalem with his family.

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Steven Universe Fans! Get Ready For The Complete Second Season Available April 16th! @CartoonNetwork #StevenUniverse

My daughter LOVES Steven Universe and watched it all the time. We watched all 23 episodes of this DVD in one day. I had vertigo and an inner ear issue so took the day off work and she asked if I wanted her to stay with me. I was so dizzy, nervous and nauseous that I immediately said yes. She and I watched it while I recovered at home, in front of my son's school while we waited to pick him up and finished up when we got home. It was a Steven and the Gems marathon and I was so excited to watch with her. These are episodes she knows and loves but they were all new to me. Every time I had a question, she had an answer for me.

These episodes originally aired March 2015- January 2016 and include:

Full Disclosure
Joy Ride
Say Uncle - I love the crossover of Uncle Grandpa. That was another favorite 
Love Letters
Sworn to the Sword Reformed
Sworn to the Sword
Riding Tides, Crashing Skies, Sworn to the Sword
Keeping it Together
We Need To Talk
Chille Tid
Cry for Help
Keystone Motel
Onion Friend
Historical Fiction
Friend Ship
Nightmare Hospital
Catch and Release
When It Rains
Back to the Barn
Sadie's Song
To Far
The Answer
Steven's Birthday
It Could Have Been Great
Message Received
Log Date 7 15 2

We are a little obsessed with Steven, The Gems and all the other far out characters like Onion. We love the theme song and the closing song and have sang them for years so we were excited to know that there is also a Steven Universe Season 2 Soundtrack and Karaoke also available for digital download and streaming. Check out Sadie Killer and the Suspects. We can't get it out of our head. 

AND one of the best parts of the DVD Box Set is that it comes with an exclusive fusion key chain featuring Garnet. 

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Synonyms: When to Use them and When to Refrain

When it comes to using synonyms in writing, you may have a difficult time figuring out when to use them and when not to. After all, in some cases, to use different words is a reflection of an extended vocabulary. However, in other circumstances, it may not make sense and look unnatural. Here’s how to use a synonym correctly.

What Is a Synonym?

Synonyms are simply words that have the same meaning as another word in different contexts. While some words may be known as near-synonyms for having a close meaning, there are a lot of words that have nearly identical meanings. Since English tends to borrow a lot of words from different languages, that is what led to so many words having different words with the same definition.

When You Forget a Word

Writers forget words all of the time! Everyone does. To translate thoughts into words is more complex than you might think. You know what you want to say, but that one solitary word keeps escaping you. In this case, you should hunt for synonyms of similar words to find the one that fits your purpose. In this case, it tends to be a wise decision. You’re not using a word that you’re unfamiliar with, but instead, a word that you know and are comfortable using. Don’t rely on your memory to always have your back when it comes to remembering words, even the simplest words.

To Improve Word Choice

There is no reason to limit your vocabulary. Whether you want to be a writer or not, you deserve to use any word that you like. It’s important to keep learning new words and likewise finding out more about how to use them. If you want to learn more words, then it’s crucial that you also learn how to use them in the proper context. You don’t want to insert the wrong word into your work.

You Don’t Know the Word

If you want to improve your word choice or utilize different words, then you might be tempted to look up synonyms. You do need to take caution, however, if you choose to go this route. Sometimes synonyms do not have the same usage. Two words may mean the same thing, but do not share the same context. What works for one word may not work for the other. If you aren’t familiar with the synonym of choice, then you might not want to use it.
At times, writers will use words that they are unfamiliar with because they believe it to be the synonym of an overused word. Unfortunately, in not being familiar with the usage, they might not use it properly. If you see a synonym that you want to use, research it first, find out what context to use it in and then feel free to test it out.
When it comes to synonyms, everyone can benefit from knowing different words that have the same or similar meaning. While this can help enrich your writing and vocabulary, it’s important to know when to seek out synonyms and when to stick to more common usage words.

How to Make Your Beauty Routine More Glamorous

Sometimes, a little drama can be a good thing, especially when it comes to makeup. There are plenty of beauty options out there that can help make your facial features pop and create a more glamorous style. If you’re happy with your current makeup routine but are looking for a little boost, here are three ways to create a more eye-catching look.

Eyelash Extensions

Who wouldn’t love longer, fuller, curlier lashes? While most mascaras promise to deliver just that, makeup alone can only do so much by only coloring your natural lashes. A great alternative is eyelash extensions jacksonville beach fl, which can create dramatic and long-lasting results when done by a professional. These extensions can really make your eyes stand out and may help them appear more youthful.


Thick, full brows are all the rage in today’s style trends. If you’ve made the mistake of over-plucking in the past, you’re probably relying on makeup to fill in your eyebrows with results that aren’t quite convincing enough. Microblading is a relatively new technique that uses a surface level ink stain to draw on individual hairs, creating a natural looking, fuller eyebrow. The process takes a few visits but can last up to eighteen months.

Lip Plumpers

Full, pouty lips can really stand out and create a bold look. To get the results without turning to invasive procedures, use a lip plumping gloss with your favorite lip pencil and lipstick. Lip plumpers use ingredients that temporarily increase blood flow to the lips, causing the lips to swell and appear more defined. Be prepared for a tingling sensation and be sure to research the ingredients to protect against irritation and allergic reactions.
If you’re looking for wow factors without the commitment, these semi-permanent options could give you the gorgeous results you’re looking for.

Sibling Day Delayed

I took this photo for Sibling Day and shared it on social media but realized I haven't shared it on my blog. I share it here because each year I make a book of my posts and I wanted this in the book.

It took forever to get all for of these sibs in the pic but it was worth it. I wish everyone was looking at the camera but after going through 10 photos this was the best one.

Handsome holding his hairy brother Jinxy and Goddess with her fur sister Sage. Mykids look way more alike that these two furry sibs. You would never know they had the same mama.
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