My friend Jen Gliver had a post on her blog about writing project at InstigagtorBlog talking about your number 1 productivity tip.

So I thought why not add mine to the mix…..
Most of my friends and family know I suffer from a very short attention span and tend that procrastination is my first, middle, and last name. SO it is only appropriate that my Number 1 productivity tip is this…..

Every night before going to bed make a list of the things you need to accomplish in order of importance. Try to limit it only to things that need to be done that day.

When you get up and start your day keep your list with you.

Do not deviate from the list.

Do not go to the next item until you have finished the one before it.( I know how hard this can be as I generally have 5 or 6 things going at the same time. It is a hard habbit to break but once you do you will be thankful you did)

Do not allow distractions or interruptions…(turn off the ringer and let Voicemail get it, don’t check email 100 times, let others in your household know you are working and as soon as you are finished you will make time for them)

Do everything possible not to carry over any tasks from today to tomorrow. (which won’t be a problem if you kept to the tasks above and haven’t over booked yourself for the day)

I have found that when I keep to the above steps I really am more productive and get things done faster.

Feel free to pass this on to others and share your productivity tips to help them out.

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Happy Productivity!

Looking for something different for Mother’s Day this year Amy at Purple Pink and Orange has quite the assortment of goodies to choose from. I personally like her handmade coasters.

She even has some nifty Stitch holders for those that knit or crochet.

She also has the cutest handmade cards.

Everything is 40% off so stop on over and get something nice for Mom.

May is Skin Cancer Awareness month.
I have added a few new products. Skin cancer awareness Air Fresheners and Cell Phone Charms. The air fresheners sell for $4.50 and the cell phone charms sell for $12

I can remember a time where I couldn’t wait for the temperature to be above 75 so I could put on my suit and use the Hawaiian Tropics Dark Tanning Oil and set out to bake in God’s oven for the ultimate golden tan. Now as an adult I have learned that sun protection is important everyday. It is generally recommended to avoid being out in the sun during the middle of the day as the sun is most intense from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., but if you must be out make sure you wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and sunscreen. It is just as important to protect yourself on cloudy and foggy days as UVA and UVB rays can pass through clouds and fog.

So please wear protection and get checked annually for skin cancer. If you have a spot that doesn’t look right when in doubt get it checked.

I have come across some wonderful indie sites that carry Sun protection products.

Sun Essence Sunscreen Features “The first aromatherapy 30SPF Sunscreen”. For over 30 years they have been making their aromatherapy Sunscreen that not only protects you from UVrays but also moisturizes your skin.

The Shady Sun carries UV Pool and Sun Beads they are really great. They determine how much UV rays your skin is exposed to.

Kristy J UV features UV protective swimwear and active wear for women.

Maxout Swimwear carries a line of UV protective swimwear for infants and kids. They have the most adorable floppy hats for girls.

C Wear carries a complete line of UV protective swimwear ranging in sizes from Infant – Plus Sizes.

One of the common misconceptions is “I put suncreen on I am fine”. Well you are but only if you re-apply throughout the day. Once isn’t enough, especially if you are swimming or sweating.

The article below (from medterms.com) helps determine which SPF level to choose.
Sun protection factor (SPF): A number on a scale for rating sunscreens. SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. SPF numbers on a package can range from as low as 2 to as high as 60. These numbers refer to the product’s ability to screen or block out the sun’s burning rays. The SPF rating is calculated by comparing the amount of time needed to produce a sunburn on protected skin to the amount of time needed to cause a sunburn on unprotected skin. Let us take for instance a fair-skinned person who would normally turn red after 10 minutes in the sun. Ten minutes is their “initial burning time.” If that person uses a sunscreen with SPF 2, it takes 20 minutes in the sun for that person’s skin to turn red. Now, if that person uses a sunscreen with SPF 15, it multiplies the initial burning time by 15, so it takes 150 minutes, or 2 and half hours, for that person’s skin to turn red.

Sunscreens with an SPF of 15 or higher are generally thought to provide useful protection from the sun’s harmful http://www.medterms.com/script/main/art.asp?articlekey=5590

For those that are trying to cover up their scars from skin cancer removal this page has some excellent ideas for Costmetic Camouflage.

Other great places to check out include:

SunsmartPR

EPA Sunwise

Shadefoundation.org

Melanoma Research Foundation

American Academy of Dermotology

Skincancer.org

2007 Skin Cancer Facts

GENERAL

  • Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 1 million skin cancers are diagnosed annually. (1)
  • Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. More than 250,000 cases are diagnosed each year, resulting in approximately 2,500 deaths each year. (5)
  • One in 5 Americans and one in 3 Caucasians will develop skin cancer in the course of a lifetime. (3)
  • More than 90 percent of all skin cancers are caused by sun exposure.
  • A person’s risk for skin cancer doubles if he or she has had five or more sunburns. (2)

MELANOMA

Approximately 59,940 melanomas will be diagnosed this year, with nearly 8,110 resulting in death. (3)

Incidence Deaths
Men: 33,910 5,220
Women: 26,030 2,890
  • More than 20 people die each day from skin cancer, primarily melanoma. (3)
  • 1 in 59 men and women will be diagnosed with melanoma during their lifetime. (1)
  • One blistering sunburn in childhood more than doubles a person’s chances of developing melanoma later in life. (14)
  • While melanoma is uncommon in African-Americans, Latinos, and Asians, it is most deadly for these populations because it is more likely to develop undetected. (8)
  • Survival rate for patients with early detection is about 99%. The survival rate falls to between 15 and 65% or higher, depending on how far the disease has spread. (1)
  • The cost of melanoma in the U.S. is more than $740 million annually. (11)

MEN/WOMEN

  • The majority of people diagnosed with melanoma are white men over age 50. (5)
  • Skin cancer is the #1 cancer in men over age 50, ahead of prostate, lung and colon cancer. (1)
  • Men over age 40 spend the most time outdoors and have the highest annual exposure to ultraviolet radiation. (9)
  • Melanoma is the third most common cancer in women aged 20-39. (1)
  • The percentage of women under age 40 with basal cell carcinoma has tripled in the last thirty years, while their rate of squamous cell cancer has increased four-fold. (10)

TEENS/TANNING

  • Ultraviolet radiation (UVR) is a proven human carcinogen, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (13)
  • Exposure to tanning beds before age 35 increases melanoma risk by 75 percent. (16)
  • Nearly 30 million people tan indoors in the U.S. annually; 2.3 million of them are teens. (4)
  • On an average day in the U.S., more than 1 million people tan in tanning salons; 70% are Caucasian women aged 16-49. (7)
  • People who use tanning beds are 2.5 times more likely to develop squamous cell carcinoma and 1.5 times more likely to develop basal cell carcinoma. (12)
  • Occasional use of tanning beds almost triples the chances of developing melanoma. (12)
  • New high-pressure sunlamps emit doses of UVR that can be as much as 15 times that of the sun.(13)
  • The indoor tanning industry has an estimated revenue of $5 billion. (6)
  • Up to 90 percent of the visible skin changes commonly attributed to aging are caused by the sun. These changes can be seen as early as in one’s 20′s. (15)

Sources:

1. National Cancer Institute, 2007 SEER Database

2. Pfahlberg A, Kolmel KF, Gefeller O. Adult vs childhood susceptibility to melanoma. Is there a difference? Arch Dermatol, Sept 2002; 138: 1234-1235.

3. American Cancer Society’s 2007 Facts & Figures

4. Kwon HT, Mayer JA, Walker KK, Yu H, Lewis EC, Belch GE. Promotion of frequent tanning sessions by indoor tanning facilities: two studies. J Am Acad Dermatol 2003; 46:700-5.

5. American Academy of Dermatology

6. Demierre MF. Time for the national legislation of indoor tanning to protect minors. Arch Dermatol 2006; 139:520-4.

7. Swerdlow AJ, Weinstock MA. Do tanning lamps cause melanoma? An epidemiologic assessment. J Am Acad Dermatol 1998; 38:89-98.

8. Cress RD, Holly EA. Incidence of cutaneous melanoma among non-Hispanic whites, Hispanics, Asians, and blacks: an analysis of California cancer registry data, 1988-93. Cancer Causes Control 1997; 8:246-52.

9. Godar DE, Journal of Drugs in Dermatology. Nov-Dec 2004.

10. Source: Christenson LJ, Borrownman TA, Vachon CM, Tollefson MM, Otley CC, Weaver AL, Roenigk RK. Incidence of basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas in a population younger than 40 years. JAMA. 2005;294:681-690.

11. Archives of Dermatology, 2007

12. American Cancer Society 2006

13. U.S. Department of Health & Human Services

14. Mayo Clinic 2006

15. Taylor CR et al. “Photaging/Photodamage and Photoprotection” J. of American Academy of Dermatology, 1990: 22

16. IARC. The association of use of sunbeds with cutaneous malignant melanoma and other skin cancers: A systematic review. International Journal of Cancer. 2007:120:1116-1122.

I just have to share with you a wonderful gift I received just in time for my Birthday this month from Tania at Little Jules

She makes these darling pendants for Preemie’s and their moms and dads. I can’t tell you how much it means to me to have this wonderful pendant. It is beautifully handcrafted with love. Since I am more of a bracelet gal I made a special bracelet and added the pendant to it. I proudly wear mine every day. Below the pictures you will find more info about Tania and her Little Jules


Tania’s son Julian was born at 3lbs 4oz and 11 weeks early. Her husband Tony bought a bracelet at a baby boutique and had it personalized with Julian’s name. But it was much too big. Tania not wanting to wait until their little Jule grew into the bracelet set out to create her own bracelet for him and that is how “little Jule” was born.

Wanting to celebrate his life every moment of the day. Using Julian’s own hands and feet, Tania had a stamp made to inscribe onto hand crafted sterling silver discs. She added his name and his birth date, and we wear them on leather cords. She received so many complements on Julian’s tiny albeit stylish bracelet and their necklaces. Orders from family and friends poured in and the business seemed to grow over night.

The entire line of Little Jules is all handcrafted, quality pieces – durable enough to be worn daily by active little ones. Tania loves to create and is always designing new pieces to add to the collection.

So please if you are a preemie or a parent to a preemie or even if you know a mom to a preemie direct them to Tania’s site these would make a wonderful Mother’s Day gift.

Shannon

You would think that since I make foot scrubs I would have extremely smooth feet. Well not so much. I am a perpetual procrastinator. I let me feet go so long that no salt scrub in the world will do them justice. I have tried almost every pumice stone on the market. Let me just tell you about the little beauty that is now my Favorite tool for proper exfoliation. My friend Melanie makes these darling little foot scrubbies. I had one sitting on the shelf for a few months and thought why not give it a try. OMG it is amazing. It fits nicely in the palm of your hand for ease of use.

You really need to check these out. You can find them on her site Earthenwood Studios I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

I hope many of you know that February is American Heart Month. For women this is an issue of utmost importance as 1 in 3 women will develop Heart Disease. A few of places for great resources are The American Heart Association, GO RED for Women, and a great site that is holding National Women’s Day Heart Health Fairs in 16 locations across the United States on the 16 of February. I just might have to make a Girls Day out and attend the one in Chicago.

Another link I came across that caught my interest was The Forgotten Fat which is packed full of great info regarding Tryglycerides, The Fogotten Fat. They even have some super yummy recipes. And they are healthy too.

So now is the time to get screened, eat well, exercise and Love your Heart.

What better way to launch my blog than my Find the Hearts Contest.

Ok here is how it works:
  1. Find all 5 heart images scattered throughout the site.
  2. Send me an email letting me know where you found them.
  3. I will send you a coupon for $5 off your next order over $15.


Make sure you check the entire site the images can be anywhere.

I will also be adding a refer a friend and frequent buyers program. So keep posted for the details.

I would also like to remind everyone that February is GO RED month. Remember to wear your Red for Women’s Heart Disease Awareness.