A Mommy Lifestyle
Wednesday, May 08, 2013 6:38PM
By Guest Blogger Michelle Pino
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Rejuvenating Oat and Yogurt Facial Mask 

As a busy mother, I'm constantly running around doing things for other people. Reminding yourself to stop once in a while and take some time out for you is important. Going to the spa and getting pampered is always a welcome treat. However, money and time don’t always make it possible to get out there. The next best option is to have a DIY facemask at home. You can easily make your own facemask with items that you probably already have in your kitchen or that you can get for cheap at a local grocery store. It's an easy way to give yourself a little bit of a treat, while the kids are with a sitter or at school. Put of some soft music, turn off the ringer on your phone, and give yourself a break.


One of my favorite masks is a moisturizing one that leaves my skin soft and revitalized. I always find myself at the start of spring needing to refresh my skin that has gotten dry and dull from the winter weather. This oatmeal and yogurt mask is exfoliating to remove dry skin, leaving your face with a healthy glow.




1 tablespoon of oats

1 tablespoon of plain yogurt

1 teaspoon of honey

1/2 teaspoon of olive oil





Mix the above ingredients in a small bowl and let sit for about 15 minutes to let the oats soften. Apply the mixture evenly over your clean face and let it sit for 20 minutes. After about 20 minutes, rinse it off and gently pat your face dry.


What the mask does


This mask is good for dry skin because it contains a wealth of moisturizers. Such as yogurt and oatmeal, which are mild and great for people with sensitive skin.


Olive oil is a rich moisturizer that is full of vitamin E, A, and loaded with antioxidants. Antioxidants are valued for their anti-aging properties. Honey has many skin benefits, among them is helping the skin to retain moisture.


Oatmeal helps keep moisture in the skin, reduces inflammation, and soothes skin irritation. Yogurt softens and hydrates skin. Yogurt also contains lactic acid, which acts as an exfoliant and helps to keep skin clear and smooth. Lactic acid is a natural alpha hydroxy acid that can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and may give skin a more youthful appearance.


Michelle Pino, is a Spa Manager at Skana, a spa in upstate New York at the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY.  She enjoys DIY projects, healthy recipes, exercise, and all things related to skin care. If you have any comments or questions feel free to contact Michelle via email at michellepino@turningstone.com

Tuesday, May 07, 2013 5:49PM
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Its time to find out about new ways to send those who just had a baby a gift. I know that all I wanted in the hospital was a nice home-cooked meal made of all my favorite comfort foods. The Meal Stork is exactly that gift. This company literally prepares and delivers delicious meals to a family that is so busy enjoying their new addition and has no time to worry about eating, let alone cooking. Forget those flowers and spend your money on something the family actually needs. It is an age-old tradition to make a family that just had a baby a home cooked meal. Some of us don't always have to luxury of living close to our loved ones or even having time ourselves to prepare meals. 



These meals are around the same price as a traditional flower arrangement and arrive within 1-3 days of ordering. This makes it perfect for those that want to send something right away to a hospital and/or home. What is even sweeter is that you can leave a personal message with the delivery that makes this the ultimate gift. :) 


These meals can be saved so that the family does'nt have to eat them right always and the smallest order feeds 4-6 people. The menu constantly changes so that you can always send great meals without redundancy. The food is prepared to meet high quality taste with the intentions of making you feel warm and fuzzy after such a joyous and traumatic experience. 



The company was founded by David Stroke who has 4 boys himself. He definitely knows how difficult it can be when you have a newborn. This gift is not only practical, but its affordable and very simple! 


Check out all they have to offer on their website The Meal Stork. Enter AML10 at checkout to receive 10% off your purchase. :) 


Again, the main things about my labor an delivery were the joy of my beautiful baby girl and the amazing foods I received thereafter. 



Friday, April 26, 2013 2:16PM
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Feel like there are too many Hot woman around? Wanna be one of them? 


I know that every women, whether they will admit it or not, has looked another girl up and down with envy for their hair, body, wardrobe ect. We have all done it. But I think we more wish we could be the woman that other women look at and think, "I want to be that skinny."


Want to learn how to really look and feel your best. Its time for you to understand and accept that those women you may envy are not on some super awesome fad diet that you can just start yourself. Those women have a lifestyle that includes making the choice to eat healthy and exercise. There is no magic potion or secret society it is just simply your decision to live the lifestyle needed to look and feel that way. This again, is a choice you have to make every single day. This I promise you will be the miracle you have been praying for. Its actually very simple. 

Since giving birth I never thought I would make it to a day that I can honestly say I look my body and the way I dress better than I ever have before. When I thought to myself, "I look fat", I felt like a fat ass. When I would say it out loud to others then others began to think to themselves she is fat. The more negative things I would think and say to myself and others the more those were the thoughts roaming around my enviornment.


So I decided that thoughts have power and it was time to use that power for the positive. I began to change my lifestyle. Soon enough I started to think "I am getting skinner." Then others began to comment on how amazing I was looking. Since this epiphany of now I feel great all the time, I never allow myself to put myself down in my head or out loud.


Here is how I changed my lifestyle. First credit has to go the birth of my daughter. She inspires me everyday to become a better person that she can use as a role model. I had felt very lonely and misguided after giving birth. I had this pouch that would not go away and these things called hips. I had never had these problems before. Granted, I had some body issues but now I had to add to new annoying ones to the list. I felt overwhelmed as if nothing I ever do will get me to be where I wanted to be, the girl everyone else envies.


My mother came to visit and made me watch stupid Dr. Oz. Of course my eyes rolled to the back of my head as she told me about this amazing discovery that we all were part of this epidemic of "Wheat Bellies". What is that you ask? This idea that we are killing ourselves with obesity and big guts due to the over use of white and wheat flour made foods. Yes, this includes anything whole wheat. So come to find out the only we can have is Gluten Free products. I thought to myself "ya right, how in the world is that possible." So I indulged her and watched and then didnt think about it again. Before she left she made me promise her that I would also watch a documentary on Netflix called "Hungry for Change". I told her I would even thought I never really planned to.


A few weeks later I was at home alone bored waiting for the baby to wake-up from her nap {yes, I actually had nothing to do at the moment}. Here I got searching through netflix for something to watch and I see this "Hunger for Change" crap. Somehow I convinced myself to press play. 5 minutes into it I was mesmerized. Granted, the way these things are produced is meant to brain wash the hell our of you, but it all made so much sense. It was this idea that its not about all these fad diets. It was about doing little things in steps to change your lifestyle so that eventually you arent on a diet you just are a healthy person.


After this I promised to do two things to start changing my lifestyle.


  • Workout three times a week. Do anything, take a long walk, play tennis, do a fitness class, hike, ect.
  • Stop Eating anything with Gluten. At first I knew it would be hard to find anything that was gluten free. Then I was surprised. Trader Joes is my savior.
  • Start Juicing. Once a day I would drink a veggie and fruit concoction that would probably be disgusting.


Ok so I had my starting changes that I would begin to do. Here is how it went. At first the working out was not a problem. I enjoy physical activity. Finding time to do it is a totally different story. I have a 10 month old, a business, friends, family, a home to manage, a husband and well sometimes I get to take care of myself too. I had made a promise and even if that meant working out three days in a row, or doing it in the middle of the night that is what I did. {Breaking a promise to yourself is just as bad as to someone else}. I tried to get the working out, out of the way at the begining of the week so that I wouldnt be stressed to squeeze fitness into my schedule. Also that meant that any extra activities I did was a bonus. ;) 

Next thing I did was stop eating gluten. Anything that said gluten free on the box I ate. I also found that there is pretty much a substitution for everything you can think of that is gluten free. I had brown rice pasta, gluten free breads, rice cakes, and found an awesome recipe for a gluten free flour mix. Can be used to substitute for any other recipe that includes white or wheat flour. The texture of the food might change due to gluten free but it will most likely taste the same if not better. So this meant no cereals, breads, pasta, cake, cookies, pretty much anything that was made with dough at any point. 

Then I started to juice. The first day I grabbed what I had in my fridge. It consisted of 2 mini cucumbers, 2 celery sticks, a carrot, 4 strawberries, a whole lemon and 3 cups of spinach. It didnt taste good but it didnt taste bad either. I learned that the colder it was the easier it was to drink. It was kind of refreshing. I had a whole glass first thing in the morning and suddenly my energy went through the roof. I am a vivid coffee drinker and I couldnt even imagine having a cup that morning. I felt great. Even more I was so PROUD of myself for accomplishing what I had promised.   

{update: I have also started doing smoothies to change up texture and flavor. I blend 4 strawberries, 1 banana, ice and 1 cup of nonfat organic milk, with 2 scoops of chocolate protein powder to keep me full} 


I have received so many compliments on my new body. Everyone is asking me how and what I do. Well that is it, {so far}. I think that I am more happy about feeling good, both in my clothes and with them off ;). I have more energy Im not tired all the time and not feeling bloated 24/7 is amazing! Go ahead and make just three commitments today and see how you do. Once you have mastered those commitments and you start to feel good then slowly add another one. Soon you will have adjusted to a completely different lifestyle and you wont even notice it accept for the pounds you will lose. 



Here are some great inspirations I have found on Pinterest! Check it out..... Keep It Simple Fitness! 


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Saturday, March 16, 2013 10:00AM
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I got a great opportunity to try out this product! It's the Sibu Beauty Purifying Mask. It contains Sea Buckthorn Oil and Extract. I am a huge fan of this ingredient as I have always said how much I love my hair care products that also use this. Now I got to try it on my skin. :) 


Sea Buckthorn Berry is an all natural berry that is full of Antioxidants, Vitamins and Omegas. Its the up and coming Super Fruit of this decade and its benefits are amazing. This company has produced several products that are infused with the benefits of Sea Buckthorn. 


This product claims to: 

  • Purify and Refresh skin 
  • Helps Slough off Dead Skin Cells Evenly
  • Reveals a Fresh, Youthful Radiance



Here is what I thought,


First the size is generous, and the product smells great. It has an easy consistency for application, and feels smooth and soft going on the skin. At first I was worried it wasn’t going to dry like a normal mask and thought it might be greasy. But as the 3-10 minutes {as instructed on the box for use} passed the product began to tingle and dry. Which is my favorite part of course. It makes you feel like the product it doing something. :) I enjoyed having it on my face because it didn’t smell like chemicals. It also didn’t dry so much that it made my face hurt like some other masks. It washed off easily without having to scrub which can be abrasive. After my skin felt soft, clean did actually look radiant. This product is reasonably priced and can easily fit into any beauty regimen. I am sure that once you try it you will find that you will want to use it often! I am glad to have found this product and will be using it regularly now! :) 


To Enter this Giveaway please go to one of these links and Follow/Like Sibu Beauty! One Lucky Winner will win an awesome product compliments of Sibu Beauty! Trust this is one Giveaway you want to enter. It only takes a few seconds to do it. :) 


Good Luck! 

Thursday, March 14, 2013 10:02AM
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Celeb Dentists Tricks for a Healthy & Bright Smile! 


After being pregnant and having my baby girl I have had major issues with my teeth. It seems that during pregnancy my teeth suffered from deficiencies and became sensitive. This caused me to have 4 cavities and needing 2 crowns. I haven’t had a cavity since I was a teen. So I began to rethink my morning, afternoon and evening regimen a bit more and well yes I could floss more than a couple times a week, and add a brushing in the middle of the day, and stay on track with required cleanings, ect. Here are a few more tips from Celeb Dentists! 


Get the most you can while brushing- Use a whitening toothpaste to get them pearly white {if you have sensitivity like me Sensodyne is heaven sent!} And 3 minutes is the recommended time for brushing your teeth! Seriously, I guarantee none of us brush for 3 minutes when you are rushing to work, with a screaming hungry baby! 
Dont forget to floss- I have began flossing before I brush, that way I don’t have yucky stuff hanging out and the brushing gets rid of that after taste. {EEEWWW} I love Floss Picks {floss with the handles} they are not more expensive than regular floss and they are compact to take with you. I have them in my car and purse all the time. Even better, when you have something stuck in your teeth because let’s face it that is the worst. You pretty much will use anything to get that sucker out. 
Use Mouthwash- After flossing gargle for 30 seconds {ya I cant hold it in that long either, it burns like a Mother*}. These formulas are germ fighting killing bacteria and reducing plaque and gingivitis. 
On-The-Go- Use sugarless gum with xylitol after eating it will help clean teeth and prevent cavities {I am getting me a container of these!}

I have my first appointment in 2 weeks for the left side cavities and 1 crown. Since it will be my first crown I am shaking in my boots. :( wish me luck!

 **Take care of those teeth because there is nothing worse than a beautiful face without teeth!**