Sunday, May 7, 2017

May - A Busy Month - Remember To Take Time For You

May is one of my favorite months of the year. Spring is in full bloom and the days are longer now.   It's also one of the busiest months of the year! Lots to do before Memorial Day kicks off Summer! We have graduations, Mother's Day, Communions, Confirmations, Weddings, and lots of kid's sporting events to attend, not to mention the things that pop up that we don't expect, like engagements and new babies.  Be sure you have a plan for keeping stress levels at bay. Try to stick to a regular exercise schedule as best you can now more than ever eat a healthy diet and get plenty of rest. Get outdoors as much as possible. Fresh air and sunshine heals us and grounds us. If you need help, ask for it. Ask family members, friends, or hire a high school student! Most high schools have a career office where students go to obtain part-time jobs. I did it, my kids did it, and it is a great resource. And remember to take time for some deep breathing and meditation. Draw in some fresh oxygen to enrich your blood whenever you can.  This will calm your blood pressure, reduce stress, and relax and center you. Please check out my videos on YouTube if you need some help meditating. I have some great videos to help you relax. Meditation and Relaxation Videos | YouTips4U If you're looking for a gift for a graduate or for your mom for Mother's Day, how about a membership to Amazon Prime, or a gift card to iTunes, or some golf lessons, or a summer gym membership, or a great book! They are gifts that keep on giving.

Happy Mother's Day to all,

Make Your Commute Count

If you're looking for ways to improve your commute to work, how about listening to an audiobook. I have found that I actually look forward to my longer drives now because I listen to an audiobook. I just love self-help and motivational books and listening to this type of content starts my day off with an incredibly positive spirit.  It's also a wonderful remedy if you're having a rather down day. You can get audiobooks in your local library, or on Audible.Try Audible and Get Two Free Audiobooks I also recommend listening to audiobooks when you're doing mundane chores. It's something I've done for years and can really make you look forward to your chores! Let me know some of your favorite books, I would love to listen to them.
- Linda

Friday, April 7, 2017

Best Beauty Products of the Year

If you haven't checked out my best beauty products recommendation video on YouTube yet, here's the link for you: Best Beauty Products of 2016

Many of you have written to me that you've tried them and love them as much as I do. I'm so glad I could help!

I'm going to have more of these types of videos upcoming!


Monday, March 6, 2017

Rotator Cuff Shoulder Surgery Experience Ice Machine

So many of you have written to me about the ice machine that my husband used to help manage the pain from his rotator cuff surgery and where you can buy one.  It's called the Donjoy Iceman Clear 3 and you can buy it on Amazon.

I highly recommend you purchase it if you want to be able to manage the post operative pain and reduce the necessity for pain medication. My husband was able to get off the pain medication after only two days post surgery with the help of this machine which kept the swelling and pain manageable.  He could not have done without it. He used it 24/7 for the first week and then 2-3 times a day thereafter. It also came in handy to use during physical therapy. He would often be sore from the manipulation and exercises and being able to use the ice machine helped ease that discomfort tremendously.  This device can be used for pain management to any area of the body where cold compresses are needed such as knees, back, shoulders, etc. It's quite handy to have and we have used it many times since my husband's surgery.  If you would like to learn more about my husband's rotator cuff surgery experience as well as what you can expect from the surgery, recovery, and therapy process, then please view my Rotator Cuff Shoulder Surgery Experience video on YouTube, here's the link for you. I think you will find it very helpful and informative: Rotator Cuff Surgery Experience : What to Expect, Helpful Tips To Prepare, and Home Recovery

I was my husband's caretaker during the entire surgery and recovery process and decided to share my husband's entire experience to help others deal with the anxiety and fear surrounding this surgery, which my husband had plenty of.  I also shared post-surgery recovery videos which update you at his 4 months, 8 months, and one-year post surgery recovery anniversaries. Those videos can be found from the above link as well. If you have any questions about the surgery or recovery process, please comment on the video, I'm happy to help. I will always answer your questions.

If you have a shoulder tear and are having rotator cuff shoulder surgery, or any kind of shoulder surgery upcoming, then best wishes to you for a successful surgery and speedy recovery. I hope you will visit me on YouTube and Subscribe to my channel. It's full of helpful tips to help you lead a better quality life! You can also subscribe to my YouTube channel at the top of this page where you see the red subscribe button.



Sunday, February 12, 2017

Holo Foil Nail Art Designs

Are you looking for something fun and festive to do for Valentine's Day? Well, I have the perfect idea for all you beauty lovers! How about doing some beautiful nail art on your fingernails.  It's such a fun way to glam up your look and make a creative statement about your style. It's also a fun activity for get togethers with friends and birthday parties. I had a nail art and painting party for my daughter when she was 13 and 15 and it was a huge hit with everyone!  The latest trend that is so popular right now is holographic foil nail art. You can learn how to do it in my latest YouTube video for Valentines Day.
Holo foils give your nails a beautiful and unique finish that you can't achieve with nail polish. They're super shiny, sparkly, and very reflective and they're sure to catch everyone's eye! I show you step by step how to apply them and give you lots of tips and tricks to achieve a beautiful manicure. Check out my video and let me know what you think in the comments below. You can purchase Foil Nail Art at: See the description box of my YouTube Video above for a coupon code for 15% off your order.

Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Foods To Eat For A Natural Sun-Kissed Tan

Did you know that you can actually affect the color of your skin by eating certain foods.  Well it's true! By eating foods rich in beta carotene, you can give your skin a sun-kissed glow. Beta carotene that we eat in green, yellow, and orange fruits and vegetables and tomatoes is absorbed into our bodies and the excess gets deposited in the fatty layer under the skin.  These foods give human skin it's color.  This is a perfectly harmless affect and most often occurs in babies when they are introduced to orange fruits and vegetables.  The orange fruits and vegetables are the ones that will give you your skin the most noticeable affect. Foods like cantaloupe, apricots, pumpkin, and carrots.  I have found carrots to be the food that will affect your skin the most. Carrots give your skin an orangish glow, much like sitting in the sun does.  It's not as dramatic an affect as sitting in the sun produces but there is a noticeable healthy tan glow that occurs and I have found through personal experience it occurs quickest with carrots.  Cooked carrots appear to have the greatest affect on the skin. If you would like to include more carrots in your diet, I have an excellent recipe to share with you for a healthy carrot cake. It is my homemade recipe and it's super nutritious for you; very low in sugar and fat and it's full of fiber because it's whole grain.

Please see my YouTube Video for the recipe and to learn how to make it:  Homemade Healthy Carrot Cake Recipe

It's a healthy way to add some color to your pale skin in the cold winter months while providing your body with excellent nutrition!

See on YouTube,

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Double Your Weight Loss By Using a Food Diary

Happy New Year! I kicked off another great year of YouTips4U this week with a video that will absolutely help you achieve your weight loss goals if that is your resolution this year.  How Changing One Habit Can Double Your Weight Loss

Experts have studied the benefits of keeping a food diary or food journal wherein you record all the foods and beverages you eat and drink daily.  They're studies have found that the act of recording what you eat leads to greater awareness of what, how much, and why you are eating and having that knowledge can result in greater weight loss when compared with people who did not record what they ate.  Keeping a food diary can also help you identify pitfalls in your eating habits or patterns of overeating or binge eating, so it's very important to record how you feel physically and emotionally prior to eating, and post eating foods.  For example, feeling bloated or nauseous or having diarrhea may indicate food intolerances. It can be a very important tool for identifying food allergies or that you are consuming too much processed foods or fast foods rather than nutrient-dense healthier foods.  Keeping a food journal can also help you if you have a disease such as diabetes or hypertension by helping you avoid certain foods that cause problems for your condition and helping you stick to your special eating plan.  You can also use a food diary as a tool to improve your diet using it as a reminder to make sure you are getting a variety of foods from all the major food groups. Choose the format you prefer and that's most comfortable for you: either use an app that you download onto your phone or book format. Both will be excellent.  See my YouTube video link above for recommendation and more information on this.

It's very important that you review your journal daily and weekly to see how you're reacting to your emotions, hunger, cravings, etc. by the choices and quantities of foods you eat. And don't forget about beverages! Much of our excess caloric intake comes from beverages like lattes, sodas, sports drinks, and alcoholic beverages. You can track your consumption of beverages to help cut down on consuming these empty calories which are many times packed with sugars and excess carbohydrates,  or in the case of water, drinking more of it.

It's a proven fact that writing things down in a diary helps people make major changes in their lives.  Give it a try and see. It worked for me and I think it will work for you too!

Let me know how your doing with your diary!

- Linda

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Castor Oil to Heal Dry Skin - Anti-Aging Benefits Too

Well, winter is fully upon us and that means dry chapped skin. I want to recommend a wonderful  natural healing product to you that I have used on my skin for many years. It's Castor Oil.  Castor Oil is wonderful for your skin. It is extracted by pressing the seeds of the castor oil plant and is very rich and soothing and healing. It nourishes your skin with loads of vitamins and minerals and it is also an anti-fungal and an anti-viral so you can apply to areas of your skin that may need healing.  I use it at night before bed on my hands and then I cover them with old socks to help seal in the healing and prevent the oil from rubbing off on my bedding. Castor oil heals chapped hands literally overnight and it also nourishes them while you sleep. I use it on my face as well. It's an excellent anti-aging wrinkle reducing product for your face.  To learn more about the benefits of using Castor Oil and other ways to use it to heal including helping to grow hair, please watch my video on Youtube.  Castor Oil to Heal Nourish and Protect Skin and Hair - Anti-Aging Prevent Wrinkles

It is very important to buy the right Castor Oil. You want to make sure you buy a natural, cold-pressed, cold-processed Castor Oil, extracted from castor seeds and free from any additives.  The brand I have used for years that I recommend is Home Health Castor Oil or
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I think you will absolutely love this rich soothing and nourishing natural product.