Well done Hugh – Wolverine Posts Skin Cancer Selfie


I’m not a huge selfie fan but I am a huge Hugh Jackman fan.  While this might not have been the sexiest snap of the whiskery-one, Hugh made the selfie more selfless when he took to Instagram to thank his doctors Albom and Arian for working late at night to remove a basal cell carcinoma and remind his followers to “PLEASE! PLEASE! WEAR SUNSCREEN”

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First Time Camping? Use These Tips To Prepare!

SUN SLEEVE SKATE BLACK CAMPINGWhether you know it or not, camping is a great way to get in touch with yourself. It is also a way to have a relaxing time away from the stresses of everyday life. There are some things you need to keep in mind though, so here are a few tips to make your camping trip work out great.

Research any potential campground well. They all have different amenities. Some may have showers and bathrooms, while others may not. There are even a few campgrounds that are quite fancy, with onsite miniature golf games or water parks. You may not need or want all that, so figure it out ahead of time so that you are not disappointed when you get there.

Make sure that you avoid any venomous plants. A good way to do this is to stop at the ranger station and ask what kinds of poisonous plants are in the area so you can identify them if you come into contact with them on the trail. Never eat anything while hiking on the trail if you do not know it is edible.

Over-packing is better than under-packing when it comes to children. Camping can be messy. Children seem to be dirt magnets. So, you are likely to be dealing with grimy kids all day long. To prepare, bring additional clothing for your children. Be prepared for dirty clothes and dirty children by packing extra clothes.

If you are interested in camping, and you are new to the activity, then you should never start out alone. It can be quite dangerous if you don’t know what you are doing, so it is important to bring along an experienced friend to help you learn the ropes.

Check weather reports in the area you plan to camp in. There are many great websites that can also give you a good idea of what weather is typical for the area during the time you plan to visit. Having a good idea of what the weather will be like will ensure that you pack accordingly for your trip.

Ask a park ranger or a tour guide to let you know about all the places to check out while you are camping. This is a good idea so that you know you are getting the most out of your camping experience, you don’t want to take a camping trip and miss out on a fun experience.

Any time you go camping; do not forget to bring a first-aid kit along with you. Since accidents can happen at any time, a first-aid kit is a very valuable asset to possess. Be sure to include topical creams for bug bites, sun burns and poison ivy when putting your kit together.

Pack extra flashlights and batteries. It can get quite dark at night, away from all the city lights. A light source is very important. Bring a few spare flashlights just in case. Make sure that you pack extra batteries as well. A light source is something you do not want to find yourself without.

When camping, most people enjoy relaxing around a campfire. To prevent your fire from becoming out of control, you should incorporate a few safety practices. First of all, build your fire away from bushes and trees so that sparks from your fire will not start a forest fire. You will also want to use a circle of rocks to contain your campfire. Do not ever leave your fire unattended. Before leaving your campsite, make sure your campfire has been totally extinguished and that there is no remaining hot embers.

You can relax when you’re camping, and when you’re enjoying yourself you can get a bit more in tune with yourself. Use the tips in this article to make sure you really enjoy all there is to enjoy on your camping trip. Look for ways to make your experience one you will remember.


1) Always keep your tent zipped up (keep the bugs and critters out)

2) If you have an old piece of carpet at home bring it to put outside your ‘door’ to take shoes on and off and keep your tent clean

3) Invest in headlamps, they free up your hands, rarely get dropped down the toilet are worn at head height so make kids more visible to drivers than a flashlight

Do love to camp and have some great tips? Are you  hoping to give it a try? Or are you one of those people that think it’s craaaaazy to want to sleep with nothing but a bit of fabric between you and the wild outdoors!

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Skin Cancer Awareness Month -Find Out Which Household Items Can Help Detect Skin Cancer

May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month and despite sunscreen sales being higher than ever before so are skin cancer rates,  more than two million Americans each year are diagnosed, a number that is rising rapidly. The good news  is it’s also the easiest to cure, if diagnosed and treated early. When allowed to progress, however, skin cancer can result in disfigurement and even death.

No matter where you live or how dark your skin is, you are vulnerable to skin cancer if you spend any time exposed to UV rays; whether they’re from the sun or from tanning beds. Along with taking preventative measures, the best way to prevent the threat of skin cancer is early prevention.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that everyone practice monthly head-to-toe self examination of their skin, so that they can find any new or changing lesions that might be cancerous or precancerous. Skin cancers found and removed early are almost always curable. Learn about the warnings signs of skin cancer and what to look for during a self examination. If you spot anything suspicious, see a doctor.

What you’ll need: a bright light, a full-length mirror, a hand mirror, 2 chairs or stools, a blow dryer, body maps and a pencil.

Examine your face, especially the nose, lips, mouth, and ears – front and back. Use one or both mirrors to get a clear view.skin cancer face check
Thoroughly inspect your scalp, using a blow dryer and mirror to expose hairdryer skin cancer check hair awareness montheach section to view. Get a friend or family member to help, if you can.
Check your hands carefully: palms and backs, between the fingers and hands skin cancer awarenessunder the fingernails. Continue up the wrists to examine both front and back of your forearms.
Standing in front of the full-length mirror, begin at the elbows and under arm melanoma check skin cancerscan all sides of your upper arms. Don’t forget the underarms
Next focus on the neck, chest, and torso. Women should lift breasts to view the underside.
With your back to the full-length mirror, use the hand mirror to inspect the back of your neck, shoulders, upper back, and any part of the back of your upper arms you could not view in step 4.
Still using both mirrors, scan your lower back, buttocks, and backs of both legs.
Sit down; prop each leg in turn on the other stool or chair. Use the feet toes skin cancer sun burn uvhand mirror to examine the genitals. Check front and sides of both legs, thigh to shin, ankles, tops of feet, between toes and under toenails. Examine soles of feet and heels.
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Some great health benefits of cycling

bicycle-bike cycleNational Bike to Work Day is observed on May 16, 2014. Bike to Work Day is an annual event across the United States and Canada that promotes the bicycle as an option for commuting to work.

Cyclists ride bikes for different reasons. Some do it for fun and as a hobby, while others want to cut expenses on transportation. No matter what the reason is for riding, it is a great way to stay fit and healthy.BIKE CYCLE BICYCLE SKATE WHITE SUN SLEEVEZ

Here are some great health benefits of cycling:

  • Mental Health – Cycling can help maintain mental health. The uniformity of movement can contribute to the stabilization of the emotional and physical functioning of the body. Through the exertion of cycling, people can sleep better and improve their coping skills to combat stress, anxiety and depression.
  • Improved Circulation and Oxygenation – Cycling strengthens our lungs and cardiac muscles, giving us adequate oxygenation. It is comparable to more intense physical activity that improves lung ventilation, circulation and boosts energy.
  • Maintains Fitness – Weight problems can be overcome by cycling. People who cannot perform other types of exercise and are living a sedentary lifestyle could benefit from cycling as it stimulates metabolism.

When you know the health benefits of cycling you can take advantage of it. Experts point out that the more time you spend on your bike, the healthier you will become.

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HOW LONG UNTIL YOU BURN – What’s Your Skin Type?

SKIN TYPE UV SENSITIVE SUNBURNPeople with fair skin are more likely to sunburn than are people with dark skin. That’s because people with darker skin have more melanin, which offers some protection from sunburn but not from UV-induced skin damage.

Skin color is determined by the number, distribution and type of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) in the skin. Dermatologists refer to the degrees of pigmentation in skin as skin types. Skin types range from very little pigment (type I) to very darkly pigmented (type VI). How easily you burn depends on your skin type and how light or dark your skin is.

Classification of skin types
Skin type Skin color Reaction to sun exposure
Type I Pale white skin Always burns, never tans
Type II White skin Burns easily, tans minimally
Type III White skin Burns minimally, tans easily
Type IV Light brown or olive skin Burns minimally, tans easily
Type V Brown skin Rarely burns, tans easily and darkly
Type VI Dark brown or black skin Rarely burns, always tans, deeply pigmented

Regardless of your skin type, the sun’s energy penetrates deeply into the skin and damages DNA of skin cells. This damage may ultimately lead to skin cancer, including melanoma. Even people with type V or VI skin can develop skin cancer, often on the palms, fingers or other more lightly pigmented areas of their bodies.

50+UPF SCARF COLLAGE MOTHERS DAY.jpgIn addition to skin type, living in a sunny or high-altitude climate increases your risk of sunburn. People who live in sunny, warm climates are exposed to more sunlight than are people who live in colder climates. In addition, living at higher elevations, where the sunlight is strongest, exposes you to more radiation and increases your chances of sunburn and skin damage.


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Green Week – Three Things You Can Do To Make A Difference



Looking to make an impact this Green Week, but aren’t sure what you can do? Below are three great tips on how you can make a difference by changing simple, everyday things. It’s easy and these tips will teach you how to make a difference not just on Green Week, but all year long no matter where you are!

In The Office

Working in an office you may see a lot of paper waste. This is a great opportunity to build team moral by going to your manager and asking to implement a recycling program. When others get involved it truly can make a difference. If you drive to work, cut down on emissions by carpooling. Send an email offering others to carpool with you. You may discover some great company while doing your part to keep our air clean.

At Home

When it comes to your home it’s easy to save energy. One way to cut down on costly utility bills and save energy is to change all your light bulbs to Energy Star bulbs. Each Energy Star bulb uses 75% less energy compared to regular bulbs and lasts up to six times longer saving you around $6 per year in energy costs. Though that figure may seem low when you think about changing all of your bulbs, it can really add up. Energy efficient appliances are also a great way to cut down on emissions. When you replace major appliances with these functional, yet money saving items you can be sure that you’re doing your part even when doing laundry or baking cookies! More helpful tips on how to make your home run as an efficient, energy saving and eco-friendly machine can be found here:


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Running Errands

We are all busy, but there is still time to squeeze a bit of Green Week friendliness into your everyday errands. Turn your car off if you run into a store or waiting to pick up your kid instead of letting it idle. This will cut down on harmful emissions. If you see litter on the ground pick it up and put it in the trash. Little things can make a big difference and you can be part of the bigger picture, too!

Green Week is a great excuse to get outside and have some fun in the sun, but you can also do small things each day to make a difference.

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Green Week – It’s In The Bag


REDUCE REFUSE RECYCLE REUSE PLASTIC BAGLos Angeles brought in the free plastic bag ban this year which is excellent news. We have been using our own reusable bags for quite a while now.

Reusable bags can be bulky to keep with you ‘just in case’ and we still have heaps of bags lying around.

Two bag organizing solutions I came up with are:BAG BAN LA


Reuse old oatmeal tubs and large coffee containers that have a plastic lid.

Clean them out, cut a large X in the top and stuff in your bags.


Want to keep a couple of plastic bags hand in the glove box or hand bag? I reuse small soap boxes, they usually hold 2-3 which is enough for small unexpected purchases.ST GEORGE DISCOUNT SUN SLEEVES

NOTE – If you’re feeling crafty you can make them cute with spray paint, contact paper, glitter they make a great project for the kids and a useful gift for mom!

Do you bring your own bags? Do you have a great storage solution?


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