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Slimming down and feeling sexy

Losing weight is a lengthy and often stressful process. Most women find that going on a weight loss program takes a toll on their emotional and physical wellbeing. There are many sacrifices to be made along the way and individuals need tons of discipline to stick to their diets and exercise regimes.

On the bright side, the rewards of losing weight far outweigh the pain of the process. As overweight women slim down to their ideal body weights, a new world opens up. They have increased energy, more mobility and most start feeling sexy again.

Regaining confidence after successfully losing weight may take some time. Those who have managed to shed pounds need to approach their new bodies with a different mindset than the one they had before.

Clothes for different body types
Women come in all shapes and sizes- ranging from short and petite, tall and leggy and fuller figures. It is important for individuals to understand their body shapes in order to select clothes that flatter their figures.
Most women’s body shapes can be grouped into four categories, the triangle, circle, hourglass and rectangle.

The triangle – women with this body shape have a torso and shoulders that are narrower than their hips. The best clothes for this figure are those that create balance by filling out the upper body and accentuating the trim waist. They include tailored jackets, scoop neck or cropped tops and clothes with three-quarter sleeves. Wide-leg or bootcut pants are suitable for the lower body since they slenderize the thighs while elongating the silhouette.

The circle – women who gain weight around their middles fit into this category. Dressing this figure involves selecting clothes that fit loosely around the midsection while adding structure to the body. Structured jackets or blazers, wrap dresses, shift dresses, tunics and empire waist tops look great on this shape. For the bottom parts, slim-cut or bootcut pants and tailored skirts are the best choice.

The hourglass – touted by many as the perfect feminine figure, this body shape features a generous bust, slim waist and curvy hips. The goal in selecting clothes for this figure is to focus on those that work with the woman’s natural curves. This includes tops with clean lines or those that cinch or gather at the waist; tailored or fitted jackets can also work well. Pencil skirts that stop at or just above the knee should grace the lower part of the body. Other ideal pieces include high-waist pants, wrap dresses and bootleg pants.

The rectangle – naturally sporty and athletic, this body shape is a somewhat androgynous but it is easy to dress. The straight up and down figure benefits from styles that fit snugly at the middle and flare out at the bottom, creating an illusion of curves. Halter necks, tank tops, ruffled or off shoulder tops are all ideal. Wide-leg trousers and high-waist pants can add curves and volume to the lower body.

Although selecting the appropriate style for their unique body types is crucial, women should not underestimate the power of lingerie. Sexy lingerie, body stockings or corsets from are the perfect accessories to help boost confidence and complement a woman’s new figure after a period of successful dieting.

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5 Ways to Make Your Home Safer for Toddlers

Is your home safe for toddlers? Toddler-proofing your home is simple if you make use of the following five valuable tips. Toddlers can be quite inquisitive, and for the most part, their behavior is endearing. Unfortunately, small children simply do not know what is and is not dangerous. With that said, as parents or guardians, it is our responsibility to ensure that they are safe in their surroundings. One way to do this is to toddler-proof your home using the following five easy tips.

Invest in Child Gates

Toddlers love to explore their environments; however, there are likely places in your home that simply are not safe for little ones. As such, you need to make it impossible for small children to gain access to these areas. You can accomplish this by investing in several child gates and installing them in such places as stairways, bathrooms, fireplaces and utility rooms.

Douse the Candles

Although candles are attractive and can make your home feel warm and inviting, they can be extremely dangerous if you have toddlers. Not only can toddlers get burnt by lit candles, but there is also the possibility of them tipping the candles over and starting a fire. If you like candles, purchase some flameless candles instead. These types of candles are just as attractive and are much safer if you have small kids.

Lock Your Cabinets

If you have toddlers in your home, all of your drawers and cabinet doors should have locks. Make sure you purchase enough locks for every room in your house. There are many different types of locks you may choose; however, if you do not want to worry about keys, your best choice is to purchase child-safety locks. These devices are fully toddler-proof and do not require any keys.

Cover Your Outlets

To discourage your toddlers from sticking objects or their fingers into outlets, make sure you cover any outlets that are not in use. If possible, you may even want to consider “hiding” your outlets by moving large furniture in front of them. You will also want to keep electrical cords out of the reach of toddlers by taping them to the wall or floor. Use a heavy duty tape that toddlers will not be able to pull up.

Kid-Proof Your Stove

Stoves can be very dangerous to curious toddlers. Make sure your oven door has a latch so that it cannot be pulled down by an inquisitive child. Additionally, if your stove’s knobs are on the front of the appliance where a toddler can reach them, consider taking them off when not in use or placing covers over them. Finally, use only your back burners if possible and keep handles of pans turned towards the back of your stove.

These are just some of the top five ways to make your home safer for toddlers. However, it is essential to note that nothing can compare to proper parental/adult supervision. Toddlers need constant supervision so that they can learn right from wrong, and it is our jobs as parents or guardians to teach them.

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A very chlorinated weekend

I spent five hours at the pool with the sprogs yesterday, and Dan spent almost six hours with them there today. And so summer just about begins…only eight days of school left!

no diving - shallow water

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Quirky cars

One of the “delights” of owning older/high-mileage vehicles is the quirks they develop. My car, a 2002 Kia Spectra, is now twelve years old, with 145,000 miles on the odometer, and I’m its third owner. Fortunately for both of us, since I work from home, in the eight and a half years I’ve owned it, I’ve only put 68,000 miles on it.

Its quirks:

Quirks aside, my car has great heat and air conditioning, decent sound, plenty of storage space for big/bulky items (long live hatchbacks!), excellent gas mileage, and once it’s started, it runs just fine. Consider the red-light rattling & vibrations a free Shiatsu massage. 


Then there’s Dan’s nine year old car, a 2005 Hyundai Sonata with 126,000 miles on it. We purchased it in 2005, as an almost-new vehicle (it was a lease vehicle), and it only had 8,000 miles on it at the time. In the past couple of years it has become a royal pain in the ass:

Do you have any weird/kind of funny quirks with your car?

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