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The Shoes We Wear

What we wear including our choice of shoes can tell something about ourselves. It is not just about making a fashion statement but it is making a statement about yourself.

Whether you are the fashion-conscious type, the sporty or the casual type — yes, it can be revealed by the kind of clothing and yes, the kind of shoe you prefer. The price matters as well. You would get clothes or shoes that fit well within your budget. The good news, however, is that you can also avail of sale prices throughout the year which can also be a factor in deciding what you would purchase. Now if you prefer the casual and comfy look that comes with a pair of Converse shoes, then a converse clearance will be great news to you, too.

So what kind of clothes and shoes do you usually prefer or wear? While I say that it does make a statement about you, I also hope that that your choice will also look good on you as well 🙂

Take Care of Your Skin At Every Age

What happens to your skin in your 20s, 30s and 40s? How do you keep it looking healthy?

Aging isn’t a bad thing. Birthdays are great. But it’s important to have healthy looking skin no matter what age you are. Your face will go through these changes but there are also ways to prevent premature aging.

In Your 20s
Many will experience acne, even if it wasn’t an issue as a teenager. Pimples will appear on the lower face and along the jawline in particular.

To treat this, use any product with Niacinaminde, like Myra Vitawhite Facial Wash, to even out any red blotches and add radiance to the skin. Myra Vitawhite facial wash also has Vitamin E beads, which protect and nourish the skin for a healthy glow, and Biowhite Complex, derived from plant extracts that gently whiten the skin in as early as 1 week.

Taking care of your skin at this stage will determine how much damage your skin will have in your 30s and 40s. Products with Vitamin E are great to keep your skin supple and youthful.

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In Your 30s
You’ll notice uneven skin tone with broken blood vessels and sun spots more, as well as fine lines and crow’s feet. This is the decade when your lifestyle habits from the past start to show on your face.

Hyperpigmentation, like melasma or brown patches that often occur on the forehead, cheeks, and chin, are a big concern for women in their thirties. It’s usually a result of too much sun exposure but it can also be caused by a change in hormones.

Make sure you wear sunscreen or use products with Vitamin E to protect your skin from sun’s harmful rays.

In Your 40s
At this age, your skin starts to get drier, which may mean more prominent lines and wrinkles.

Counter this with a high quality moisturizer to help improve hydration. Anything with peptides, antioxidants and hyaluronic acid will gradually correct dark spots and brighten the skin as well. Take care of your skin with Vitamin E products to boost collagen production and prevent wrinkles.

Getting to Know Our Pet Dog Smoothy

We’re happy with the way Smoothy has responded to some basic training we have been teaching her 🙂  And over the past months, I have personally began to notice how Smoothy’s personality as a dog is really influenced by her breed. Smoothy is a mix breed of Shih Tzu and Japanese Spitz. 

I have observed that Smoothy loves to follow Daryl or me around the house. For instance, in the morning if she is inside the house with us, she follows Daryl or me to the dining area when we eat breakfast or drink coffee/tea. After Daryl leaves for work, Smoothy will then follow me to the kitchen as I wash the dishes or back to our bedroom if I need to make our bed. She even follows me to the bathroom! As I close the bathroom door, she waits by the door 🙂  A research on the Shih Tzu breed showed me that this is how Shiz Tzu dogs behave. They are indeed the type of dog which follows you from room to room.

I have also noticed that Smoothy is a “very participative” dog. I often tell my husband, a teacher, that Smoothy should win the “most participative award”.  For instance if, Daryl approaches me on the sofa to kiss me good night while I am still watching TV, Smoothy will run towards me, stay by me on the sofa and even raise herself on her feet as if expecting Daryl to kiss her, too 🙂  She will also attempt to kiss me as well. I think this is part of being a Shih Tzu wanting to be involved in what is going on around her. The Shih Tzu is the kind of dog which wants to do things with you.

Now, we have also noticed how intelligent Smoothy is. Sometimes, we feel like we have a human with us. She has learned to obey the words/commands we have taught her. We have also noticed how she zealously guards and protects our home. She is a small dog but is tough to anyone who comes near to our house, reminding them that this is our property (apparently this means the property of my husband and me and her). She does this by barking and is only pacified when we assure her that the person coming near is a friend or well, the mailman. She loves to play, run. Throw a toy and she would run after it fast and bring it back to you, waiting for you to throw it again and for her to get it. The intelligence, the guarding and protecting streak and the playfulness — I have learned that these are really Japanese Spitz traits.

I appreciate how resourceful Smoothy can be, perhaps part of being an intelligent Japanese Spitz. Check out the photo of Daryl below as he was taking a nap on our living room sofa before dinner. Smoothy had tried to sleep with him on the sofa but Daryl will not allow that. But as you can see on the photo, she found a way to climb on the sofa and found a small corner to sleep on, as near to Daryl as possible! And this desire of doing things with us is well, a Shih Tzu trait as well. Her resourcefulness, her desire to do things with us is really amusing. I had to snap this photo and show it to Daryl 🙂 Needless to say, what she did as seen in the photo below made us both smile.

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