Super Easy Ways To Get A Killer Base Tan

Getting a base tan is essential for certain situations. Maybe you’ve been invited to join your boyfriend’s family on their boat in the Bahamas. Or, you’re going down to Florida to visit Disney World. Maybe it’s just that upcoming 4th of July BBQ. Whatever the occasion, you don’t want to show up with your lily white legs while the rest of the girls show off their golden tans. Here are two easy ways to get a killer base tan.

Method #1: Fake It

Since the dawn of time, women have been faking beauty features they lacked for one reason or another. During WWII, when silk was hoarded for making paratrooper parachutes, women found their lingerie drawers woefully lacking in silk stocking. Not to be caught out walking around barelegged, clever women of the time simply sued an eyeliner pencil to draw that telltale line that simulated a silk stocking seam up the backs of their legs. The effect was surprisingly realistic.

Which brings us to method number one of achieving a killer base tan. There are lots of great fake tanners on the market, so there’s no reason to resort to those orangey self-tanning lotions that you might have tried in high school. Here are two of my favorites:

Art Naturals Sunless Tanning Lotion works for light, fair, medium and sensitive skin. It contains jojoba oil, so it moisturizes while it’s making your skin look tanned. You get an instant tint to your skin without the sun, and you can build it up to look darker with each application. I like that the packaging is BPA and paraben-free, and that the kit comes with an application mitt.

Beauty by Earth Self Tanner is an organic, natural sunless tanning lotion that works within 4-6 hours to give your skin a sun-kissed natural glow. Works on skin tones from light to medium and is okay for use on sensitive skin. I like it because the ingredients are all organic, including coconut oil, argan oil and aloe vera. Its non-streaking formulation works to give you a fake base tan for between four and seven days.

Method #2: Build It

You can build a real base tan if you have enough sunny day with which to work your tanning magic. Seven sunny days should be long enough to implement this build-it method. Remember, the goal is to build a healthy base tan without burning or otherwise damaging your gorgeous skin.

First, arm yourself with a 6-day, descending supply of sunblock. On day one, use the sunscreen with the highest SPF. On day two, use the next lowest SPF, on day three, the next lowest, etc. On the last day, which will be day seven, switch to a Hawaiian Tropic sun oil that contains all natural oils but no sunscreen. By the end of day seven, even the fairest in all the land (you!) will have achieved a killer base tan you can be proud to show off in shorts and a sleeveless top.

You may notice that I’ve left out the option of tanning beds in this list. The reason is that the CDC has specifically called out tanning beds as potentially more dangerous than outdoor tanning. Because tanning beds operate on a timer, and users normally stay in the tanning bed until the timer goes off, the odds are greater that a burn will develop. Outdoors, you can regulate your skin exposure, but inside a tanning bed, it’s much more difficult to do so, if not impossible. I recommend one of the above methods instead of resorting to a tanning bed.



Where to Watch July 4th 2016 Fireworks in West Palm Beach, Florida

Independence Day just wouldn’t be the same without seeing a beautiful fireworks display that night. The July 4th fireworks help to remind us how this country had to fight for its independence and freedom. As families in West Palm Beach gather together on under the night sky the 4th of July 2016, here are the best spots to watch the glorious light and sound fireworks show in West Palm Beach.

West Palm Beach Waterfront

Park in the garage on 215 N. Olive Street at Banyan, or along the street at meters, and stroll on down to the waterfront for the 4th on Flagler fireworks event in West Palm Beach. The evening’s festivities start at 5:00 p.m. and end at 10:00 p.m. It’s an outdoor extravaganza that is free to attend. Food and beverage vendors will be on site to offer classic American food and a selection of craft beers. There will be three stages with live music, as well as a special military salute to honor those who have fought for our freedom. An 18-minute pyrotechnic display over the Intracoastal and synced to inspiring music will round out the night. Try to get there early. Based on previous years, over 100,000 attendees are expected.

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4 Distracting Things To Do Until Your Food Cravings Pass


Food cravings can sabotage your health and weight loss goals. We all suffer from food cravings at some point, but it is possible to get through them without succumbing to the temptation. Experts say that food cravings usually go away after 15 minutes. Here are some ideas for distracting activities that will not only make the time fly by, but maybe even cut that food craving time in half.

Play Tetris

A surprising study conducted late last year at the University of Plymouth indicates that playing the video game of Tetris for as little as three minutes can reduce cravings by one-fifth. There’s something about this game that makes players forget about whatever food craving they were experiencing. This is the first test of its kind, so it’s possible that other video games can achieve similar results, though that hasn’t yet been put to the test. In the meantime, why not download this Tetris game on your smartphone so it’s ready to play when your next food craving rears its ugly head.

Have Sex

Food cravings can sometimes occur from the desire to fill something that’s missing in our lives, such as an emotional connection with another person. Having sex instead of binging on a bag of chips will not only keep you busy for 15 minutes (longer if you’re lucky), but it may also help to show you that a real emotional connection is available to you. And by the way, your partner doesn’t have to know that you’ve made a choice between him and a Milano cookie. That can be our little secret.

Use Aromatherapy

There is an abundance of anecdotal evidence to suggest that aromatherapy can reduce or eliminate food cravings. The next time a craving comes upon you, try brushing your teeth with minty toothpaste. The fresh taste in your mouth and your minty breath may inspire you to want to avoid ruining that fresh-brushed taste and smell. You can also keep a bottle of peppermint essential oil in your medicine cabinet. Whenever a food craving occurs, just pass the jar under your nose. Some people say that the peppermint scent will rid you of cravings and refresh your senses.


One of the best ways to avoid the temptation of a food craving is to exercise. The activity will take your mind off whatever is in your kitchen, and the knowledge that you’re getting in better physical condition will give you willpower to resist food cravings. To make it work, keep your gym bag in the car or closet, ready to go when cravings hit. If you don’t have a gym membership, a brisk walk or jog through the neighborhood will accomplish the same thing. After as little as 15 minutes, your food cravings will likely vanish.

One thing you can count on is, the more often you can resist your food cravings, the less frequent they will become. Remember, all you have to do is get through the next 15 minutes without giving in. After that, it will get easier as time goes on.



Best Pet-Friendly, Oceanside Hotels in Palm Beach, Florida

If you’re like many happy pet owners, you like to bring along Fido or Mittens when you travel. Unfortunately, some so-called pet-friendly hotels are situated in less than ideal locations that are unappealing or downright gloomy.

The next time you visit upscale Palm Beach, Florida, however, your pet can enjoy the same royal treatment as you when you stay at one of these best pet-friendly hotels with an ocean view. Each of these have been chosen for their luxurious and comfortable accommodations in the friendly, yet sophisticated atmosphere of one of the most beautiful spots on the East Coast of the United States: Palm Beach, Florida.

Palm Beach Historic Inn
‪365 South County Road
Palm Beach, FL
(561) 832-4009

The Palm Beach Historic Inn is a gorgeous, white-washed, 2-story stone and stucco building on the corner of South County Road and Chilean Avenue. Its Spanish-style architecture consists of multiple arches around the facade, Spanish roof tiles, a romantic faux bell tower, and wrought-iron railings. Just seconds away from the Atlantic Ocean on foot, the staff at this cozy inn is happy to welcome you and your family pet to stay in one of their pet-designated suites.

Room rates vary depending on the season when you book, but expect to pay in the range of $150 to $250, plus tax and charges. Discounts are sometimes available when you book and pay in advance. You’ll also need to phone ahead to discuss the pet deposit fee, which is adjustable depending on the size and breed of your pet. If you require any extras such as water bowls or pet snacks, the always-courteous staff is happy to help out whenever possible.

The Palm Beach Historic Inn in Palm Beach, Florida, offers many amenities that include a 24/7 business center with computer and printer accessibility, high-speed WIFI, complimentary local calls, complimentary continental breakfast, Keurig coffee makers in every room, bicycle rentals, in-room spa treatments, local fitness center privileges, personal concierge services, and beach gear rentals such as towels, umbrellas, and chairs. At the Palm Beach Historic Inntideline, you and your pet will feel right at home while you enjoy exploring the unique beauty of Palm Beach.

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3 of the Best Kayaking Spots in South Florida

Opportunities abound for South Florida visitors who prefer to paddle their way through nature’s vistas. Whether you bring your own kayak or choose to rent, you’ll find these three destinations ideal for a quiet day on a lake, river or estuary.

Kayakking Water Sports
Okeeheelee Park
7715 Forest Hill Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL
Tel: 561-304-1344

Kayakking Water Sports operates a kayak rental boathouse right in the middle of Okeeheelee Park in West Palm Beach. Rates are $13 for a single kayak rental and $18 for a tandem, which buys you one hour of kayaking. If you bring your own kayak, you can slide right into the water using the easy access ramp, just a few feet from the rental boathouse. Ample free parking is only steps away, so you won’t have far to carry your gear.

The lake is a natural formation, with fresh water from rain. Water levels rise and lower according to rainfall amounts. Plenty of fish thrive beneath the surface, so you’ll easily be able to spot fish such as bass and bluegill swimming beneath and around your kayak. Families of ducks happily coexist with kayakers, and nest in the brush on the shorelines.

The kayaking here is an open water experience without twists and turns, but it offers a peaceful oasis that is easily accessible from the nearby towns of Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Lake Worth and Greenacres.

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Here’s What Older Generations Don’t Understand About Millennials

Millennials are defined by Strauss and Howe (Millennials Rising: The Next Great Generationas those born between 1982 and 2004. There’s something separatist sounding about the name itself, and millennials seem a little bit misunderstood. Here are some common criticisms that have been leveled at millennials, and what the real situation is.

“They Are Self Absorbed”

Yes, they might be a little too fond of selfies, and are always to be found in group photos, hugging, laughing and smiling at each other. They appear to be happy within their own tribe. Unlike some previous generations, millennials actually like each other, and themselves. They weren’t raised in an era of self-deprivation or self-blame, and so it’s true that they do feel more satisfied with themselves. Other generations may have been self-absorbed, like the Yuppies, but the Yuppies lived in an age of economic success, whereas it can feel a little hard to take the happy smiling faces of millennials when the economy is still so low. Chances are, if everyone was happy, no would mind the smiling faces of millennials on social media.

“They Don’t Respect Privacy”

The millennials have been charged with not respecting privacy, especially since every conversation online is like a group chat. They post private pictures and share everything about their private lives. But that’s partly because they embrace the group input, and feel that every opinion matters. If there was ever a generation that believes in “the more the merrier,” it’s millennials. They basically invented the concept of the “crowd.” Since they like each other so much, they figured out early on that many hands (and heads) make light work. Now we have a whole host of companies dedicated to taking advantage of many sources of thought, skill and labor from around the globe. We have crowd funding, crowd tasking and crowd ideas that are used to create cohesive wholes. If you really, really like to work in groups, the millennials have a spot for you.

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Homemade Cleaning Products You Don’t Have To Fear Using

Whether you are looking for homemade cleaning products for health reasons or to save money, you’re in luck. There are homemade alternatives for just about any cleaning chore you face in your home. The best part is, you can look forward to the same or better results that you would achieve with its commercial counterpart.

Laundry Detergent

The following recipe for homemade laundry detergent has been making the rounds around the Internet for a while. There are variations, but the one I’m sharing with you now has been tried and tested by me. It’s currently my go-to laundry detergent. Why is it so great? It’s inexpensive, lasts a long time, and actually works. Note: If you can’t find the ingredients at your supermarket, head to the cleaning aisle of your local hardware store.


  • ½ cup Washing Soda
  • ½ cup Borax
  • 1/3 bar Fels-Naptha soap

Grate the Fels-Naptha soap using your kitchen box grater. Fill a stock pot with six cups of water. Add the Fels-Naptha and bring to a boil. Keep a close eye on it so it doesn’t boil over. Add the Borax and the washing soda to the water and mix with a spoon. Pour the water into a large bucket. Add a gallon and a half of tap water to the bucket and stir. Allow to sit undisturbed overnight. In the morning, you’ll find that it has set into a gelatinous consistency. Use as you would any commercial brand laundry detergent.

Fabric Softener Crystals

You’re probably familiar with those awesome new fabric softener crystals that add fragrance and softness to your laundry load. Unfortunately, they also lighten your wallet with their exorbitant cost. Now you can make a version yourself for pennies.


  • 4 cups Epsom salt
  • 8-10 drops fragrant oil

Just mix the two ingredients together into a bowl and mix well. Use about 1/8 of a cup per wash load. If you desire a stronger fragrance, add a few extra drops of fragrant oil.

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Are You Being Poisoned? Hidden Toxins in Your Daily Life

You try to take care of yourself by eating right and exercising. But did you know that there are hidden toxins in your daily life that can sabotage all your efforts? Check out these sources of toxins to see if you are susceptible.


Arsenic is a naturally occurring chemical that is used in a variety of ways in what is considered safe amounts, according to the FDA. But when quantities of arsenic exceed those safe amounts, it can wreak havoc on your health, including causing hair fallout, cancer, vomiting, diarrhea and even death.

Arsenic can build up in your body, so even if there are “safe” amounts of arsenic in your drinking water, your body will accumulate more arsenic if you get it from other sources. Those levels can reach toxic levels, which can lead to arsenic poisoning symptoms.

Here’s the bad news. A study in 2015 found levels exceeding safe amounts of arsenic in all but one of the five states in the U.S. that produce wine. So the wine that you drink from Washington, California, Oregon and New York has been tested by the Environmental Protection Agency and contains levels of arsenic that are over two timesabove safe levels. A class action lawsuit has been filed, but in the meantime, you might prefer to choose European wines until the mess has been sorted out.

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Worthy Ways To Upcycle Your Old Books

As a book lover, you probably have a collection that includes a few you know you won’t be reading again. If you love the look of all those books, and don’t necessarily want to give them away, why not try a few of these ideas to reuse your old books?


Turn a stack of old books into a stunning table lamp with these instructions.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Several hardcover books (the number will depend on their width and your lamp hardware)
  • Lamp kit (available at woodshop craft stores or online)
  • Lamp shade
  • Drill and bits
  • Box cutter
  • Clamps
  • Screwdriver and screws
  1. Stack your books on the work table. Measure the center rod from the lamp kit and subtract one inch. That’s the maximum height your stack of books can be. View your stack of books critically and determine the arrangement that is most appealing to you according to which one you want at the top, bottom, etc.
  2. Move the stack of books, keeping just the bottom one. Clamp the bottom book to the table. Use a ½ inch bit to drill into the center of the book (through the front cover), up to halfway through the book.

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Pet Depression: Is It Real And What Are The Signs?

As a pet owner, you know that your pet has moods just like you do. Try cuddling up to your cat after leaving him alone at home for a week and you know the reception will be less than warm and fuzzy. Or see how different your dog treats you when you decide all his toys need to be replaced with freshly bought ones with that brand new smell. But when Fido is down in the dumps for a long time, or Sprinkles has lost interest in her catnip mouse, you might be wondering if it’s possible for your pet to get depressed in a similar way that humans do.

According to the North Shore Animal League, the world’s largest no-kill animal shelter and adoption organization, pet depression is a clinical, medical condition that exists. Though some of the causes of pet depression are different that what might cause depression in humans, many of them are the same.


Pets can fall into depression from being left alone for hours at a time. If you have a pet that stays at home all day by itself, he may start to feel lonely. If you go out straight after work, or don’t pay attention to your pet when you do get home, the feeling of loneliness can be exacerbated.

If you think your pet may be lonely, there are a few options:

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