Friday, July 1, 2022

Getting Exercise When Traveling

 It's summer and so many people are traveling right now.  It's great if your hotel offers a place to workout but not every place does.  In fact, many of the places I've stayed at overseas do not have anywhere to workout so I have to get a bit creative in order to stay in shape.  

Even in the United States, I generally end up staying at places that do not offer workout facilities so I have to think about how I'm going to get a daily workout in.  One thing I do is to download videos off of YouTube to my digital device so I have something to follow along with on days I don't want to go anywhere.  I say download because there are still places today that do not offer wifi in every room.  

Another thing I do is pack a resistance band since it can be used for the arms or legs and doesn't take up much room.  I can use the band with a downloaded video or I can find a site with exercises that I can take screen shots to store on my device.  A resistance band help increase your strength and help your stabilizer muscles.  The nice thing about resistance bands is that you can change the length you are using to make it harder or easier as needed.

Another item to pack in your suitcase that doesn't take much room is a jumprope.  A jumprope allows you to get a great aerobic workout in your room or at the park.  It challenges the cardiovascular system within a short time of 10 to 20 minutes.  In addition, it improves coordination, agility, and balance while keeping the bones strong.

Of course, one can take nice long walks around town, exploring, and wandering here and there.  My favorite activity is to walk all over town just going where my feet take me.  Sometimes, I decide to go to a specific location and if it is within 2 to 3 miles one way, I'll walk there and back since its not that far.  If the weather is too hot, I might walk one way and hop a bus back.  If I have a few hour layover in an airport, I have been known to walk from one end to the other end.  The last time I was in Seatac, I walked from the D concourse all the way to the A concourse and discovered they'd extended it so it went down much further.  This could be a result of moving the place international travelers are welcomed.  

On the other hand, if you are a runner, you can hit the roads in the early morning or later in the evening when there are not as many people out.  The last time I was in Waikiki, I'd head out for nice long walks early in the morning and I shared the empty sidewalks with joggers who were out getting their exercise.

If you can, use the stairs, going up and down multiple times in one session as a workout.  I was recently staying in Old Town Dubrovnik and my apartment was three fourth of the way up one street.  I got a great workout just going up to the room to drop things off and down a few times in a row.  The are outside had lots of ups and downs so a two mile walk gave me a great walk.

If you are in your room and you don't want to explore outside, there are some nice exercises you can do in any empty space. One can do push-ups, planks, and triceps dips for your upper body.  For the lower body, one can do lunges, front squats, and leg raises.  You can finish off your day with yoga or tai chi to center yourself while winding down for the evening.

In addition, some places have bikes for rent so you spend a few dollars and can ride for a full hour all over the place.  Furthermore, most places have nice hiking trails located within reasonable distances of most towns or you could sign up for a tour that includes hiking, kayaking, biking, or other physical activity. I took a wonderful tour which had me walking up some nice hills when I headed off to see a new volcano in Iceland. 

If your hotel has a swimming pool, you can swim laps as soon as it opens or near closing.  I would recommend avoiding it during the middle of the day because it is easier to sunburn and it is best to avoid that.  However, if you prefer to workout at a gym, you should be able to find one fairly close to where you are staying.  Just ask at the front desk.

So it is easy to continue your workouts while you travel, especially if you plan things ahead of time.  I try my best to stay in shape while I travel and these are some of the things I do.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear. Have a great day.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Ways To Lighten Your Makeup Bag When Traveling.


This summer, more people are out traveling and many flights are totally full.  There is little overhead space available by the time the last people board and if you are going off to somewhere new or unique, you might want to use makeup that can be used in more than one way because you want to keep the weight down and leave space for all the things you buy on the trip.

One way to cut down on the number of things you take is to find items that will do double duty.  As for cleaning your face, find a foaming oil so you don't need to take both the oil and the foaming cleaner.  If you aren't into cleaning your face with oil and a foaming cleanser, look for a wipe that will both clean and exfoliate your face.  These wipes or towelettes are great for cleaning and exfoliating and some will also brighten your skin at the same time so read packs carefully.

Instead of adding a blush, bronzer, and highlighter to your makeup bag, find a palette that combines all three into one container so you have everything you need to contour and highlight at the same time. There are also small boxes with powders designed to fill in your brows and wax to make eye brows perfect.  In addition, look for a stick that has both eye liner and shadow.  A good one will allow you to make either thin or thick lines along the lashes while the shadow end will easily apply shadow without needing a brush.  

If you can't find one of those, eyeliner pencils can be used to create the line and then applied on the eyelid and smudged to get an eyeshadow look but a creamier eyeliner is better for this.  Pack a few different shades to mix and match liners and shadows.  To fully finish off the look, get your hands on a two step mascara that has primer on one side and mascara on the other side. 

 It is also possible to use a nice creme blush both on your cheeks and to add a bit of color to your lips. Furthermore, there are lip liners out there that will allow you to line the lip while filling it in so it looks like you are wearing lipstick. Want your nails to match your lips?  Go for the strips of nail polish stickers so all you have to do is apply them.  The stickers can be used for the full nail or just the tips for a French manicure style. You don't need to take bottles which can break or spill. In addition, they are extremely light and don't take up much weight or space.

Check out a BB cream because it can replace your foundation, sunscreen, and a moisturizer inside your makeup bag.  Using a BB cream means one tube or bottle instead of three so fewer bottles means less weight.  I am picky about my sunscreen and prefer to take a small bottle of my preferred brand but I like a nice tinted moisturizer so I get the hydrating power of moisturizer with a bit of color.

Although you can use certain types of makeup in other ways it is not always the best suggestion.  Makeup such as lip liner can be used to fill in the eyebrow while concealer can be used as an eyeshadow primer or to contour.  Eyeshadow can be used on the lips or as a highlighter.  Lipstick can double up as blush, to correct color, and if it is in liquid form, it can double as eyeliner.

I prefer the products meant to be used as intended but I also need to know where to find all of the alternatives so I can reduce the number of things I carry with me when I travel.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.

Monday, June 27, 2022

Staying Hydrated With Fruit Flavored Water.

We always hear that we need to stay hydrated.  In the summer, it can take more to stay hydrated than at other times of the year but it is possible to become dehydrated in the winter.  Years ago, I used to work at a Ren Faire in Texas.  We were told to drink lots of fluids even if you don't feel thirsty because by the time you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated.  The one thing we'd do to monitor our intake was to check the color of our pee when we went to the bathroom.  If it was a dark yellow, you knew you needed to drink more water. 

The best liquid to prevent dehydration is plain old water but I am one of those people who never learned to like water.  It maybe because I've lived places where the water foamed, tasted weird, or just didn't look right. Yes, I could buy water from the store but I haven't always had the money to do that so I learned to take regular water and flavor it. I began with using bottle lemon or lime juice because I had that in my fridge. I'd add just a little juice to flavor it but not to the point of having to add sugar.

Later on, I learned about fruit infused water, where you place fruit into water to give it a bit of flavor but not enough to change the lack of flavor into a light hint of flavor. Many people need some sort of flavor associated with water.  Today, we'll look at how to make your own flavored waters and suggestions for flavors.

Once you've added the fruit, the flavors will begin to develop and you'll notice a light hint within 15 minutes for a light flavor but you get a stronger flavor after 30 to 60 minutes.  Depending on how strong you like your flavored water, you'll be able to use your fruits again up to four times. You can make a batch in the morning, then as you drink the liquid, refill it, and repeat throughout the day. Every time you reuse the fruit, the flavor becomes weaker and when the fruit has no more flavor, compost them.

The flavored water is best consumed on the day that it is made. If you use citrus with the rind to flavor the water, don't let it set longer than four hours or the liquid could become bitter.  It is important to keep the flavors nice so you'll drink the water and stay hydrated all day. In addition, you can use either plain or sparkling water so you can alternate the type of water if you want.

Rather than throwing fruit into a huge gallon or two of water, consider using a quart jar to make the fruit infused water in so the flavor spreads through it faster and is ready to drink quickly.  If you want, make one and when you begin to drink that, start a second jar so you have it ready as soon as you need it. Now for the suggestions of combinations.  Sparkling water can be used rather than plane water or you can alternate waters.

1.  Take, ice, 1/4 red or pink grapefruit cut into slices, a sprig of rosemary, and enough water to fill the jar to the top.   If you don't like ice, leave that out but put the grapefruit, rosemary, and ice into the container before filling with water.  Let set for between 15 minutes and an hour.  Refill when done.  When there is no flavor left, throw out the fruit and rosemary.

2. Take ice, 1/2 a lemon sliced into thin rounds, 1/2 a lime sliced into thin rounds, place into a container before covering with either plane or sparkling water. Let set between 15 and 60 minutes.  Make refills as needed.

3. Take ice, 1 peeled kiwi cut into thin slices, 2 strawberries hauled and sliced into thin rounds, 1/2 lime cut into slices placed in a container, and cover with water. 

4. Take ice, 1/4 of a cucumber cut into thin slices, 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves and place in a container.  Finish by filling with water and letting set 15 to 60 minutes before drinking.

5. Take ice, 3 to 4 half slices of watermelon that are further cut into smaller triangular slices, 1/4 cup of basil and place into the container.  Top with water and set 15 to 60 minutes before drinking.  Make refills as needed.

6. Take ice, 1/4 cup fresh raspberries, 1/4 cup mint leaves, and fill with plain or sparkling water,  and let set for 15 to 60 minutes. Make refills as needed. 

7. Take ice, 1/3 cup sliced pineapple, 1/4 cup fresh coconut separated from the shell, before covering with water and let set 15 to 60 minutes before drinking. 

8. Take ice, 1/4 cup blueberries, 1/2 orange sliced into thin slices, and fill with water before letting it set between 15 and 60 minutes.

9. Take ice, 1/2 cup strawberries thinly sliced, 5 basil leaves that have been torn to release flavor, and 1/2 thinly sliced lemon.  Fill with water and let set 15 to 60 minutes before drinking.

10. take ice, 1/2 cup of cubed honeydew melon, 1/2 cucumber thinly sliced, and 5 mint leaves torn in the container.  Fill with water and set between 15 and 60 minutes.

11. Take ice, 1 cup blackberries, 1/2 orange thinly sliced, and a 1 inch chunk of ginger that is thinly sliced.  Fill with water and set between 15 to 60 minutes.

12. Take ice, 1/2 mango cut into small cubes, 1/2 cup raspberries, and a one inch piece of ginger cut into thin slices.  Fill with water and let rest for 15 to 60 minutes.

These are just a few recipes to get you started.  You can mix whatever fruits you want to use or you can do a quick search for more suggested mixtures.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  Have a great day.

Saturday, June 25, 2022

Friday, June 24, 2022

Wearing Bold Makeup During The Day

Summer is a good season to break out the bright and bold makeup since the days are long and the world tends to be much brighter than in any other season. Move away from the neutral and browns into the world of blue, green, pink, and purple. Although one wants bold, it is possible to over do it.  Today, I'm looking at wearing a bold look during the day since most times, we associated bold with evenings.

When going with the bolder, brighter, or darker look, you will "break" some of the normally accepted "rules".  For instance, the bolder the makeup you choose to wear, the foundation you choose should be one to two shades darker than your normal shade to counter the brightness.  One of the best ways to get your foundation on for this look is to make sure you have extremely bright lighting.

Select the one feature you want to brighten such as your lips or your eyes but only one, otherwise you can look overdone or not real.  In addition, you look more appropriate for daytime.  Now, if you aren't ready to commit fully, you can use pops of color to emphasis the look such as using a colored eyeliner rather than bright eyeshadow.  Applying pops of color is great for summer when you might choose to wear less makeup. 

When you use bold eye shadows on your eyes, there are a few things you can do to have it turn out better. First choose the colors you want to use.  Use one color if you want a stark bold look, otherwise select two or more colors so you have one prime color and a transitional color such as a deep purple with a light purple or pink. In addition, decide on the type of eyeshadow you want.  Powder or cream?  

Begin by applying a primer to your eyelid so the shadow stays and doesn't smudge or accumulate in the creases.  If you are using more than one shadow, apply the transitional color or the lighter color first and apply it all over your eyelid, into the crease and a bit further. When you apply the second darker color, begin applying it in the middle and gradually going lighter to the edges.  Soften the edges of the bold at the top out by using a bit of the lighter or transitional color blended into it. Once the eyeshadow is on, add the eye liner, mascara or fake lashes

Make sure to use highlights down the top of the bridge of your nose, along the top of the cheeks, the inner corner of you eye, on the chin, and at the bow of the lips.  Make sure it is blended in to keep the look light and adds dimension.  

This is one of the cases you want to use lip liner first if you plan to highlight your lips, then apply the lip stick. When applying either, use a good light so you can see the edges.  If you mess up, it can be cleaned up with concealer and a cotton swab.   To apply the lipstick for the best results, begin by cleaning, exfoliating, and moisturizing the lips. Next cover all the lips with concealer that is similar to the color of your lips which is like priming your lips. Now you are ready to apply the lip liner in a shade that is close to the color of your lipstick around your lips.  Use the side of the pencil to fill in the edges before applying the lipstick itself.  Be sure to apply it over the liner to add a dimension.

The great thing about getting a bold look is that you can always remove it and try again if it doesn't work out quite right.  Let me know what you think, I'd love to hear.  I hope you have a great day.