Tips to Staying Beautiful & Healthy this Summer
Take a HINT
As you head to the pool, the beach or on a day trip, treat yourself and your kids to a new beverage that isn't laden with sugar or high-fructose corn syrup. Hint is an essence water created by a mom of four as a refreshing alternative to soda, juice or other sugary drinks. Made from water accented with a hint of natural flavor, Hint has no calories and zero sugar. Available in 10 dynamic flavors including cucumber, honeydew-hibiscus and pear, your kids are bound to love it as much as you do. Find it at your local Starbucks for under $2 each and at www.drinkhint.com.
Pregnancy leg lift
A summertime pregnancy often means swollen feet, legs and ankles. Keeping legs elevated can pose a challenge and isn't always comfortable. The Lounge Doctor is a patented leg rest that helps to easily and comfortably elevate feet and legs to maximize venous and lymphatic flow and reduce swelling. Use it on your bed, sofa or even on the floor.
Made from memory foam, the Lounge Doctor is protected with a removable twill cover for convenience. So sit back and relax with the Lounge Doctor Leg Rest while you do something good for your body. Order one at www.LoungeDoctor.com, $59-$69.
Stylish summer swimwear
Many moms opt for one-piece swimsuits for coverage and convenience, but may be a little bored with the basic styles. The good news is that for summer 2010 swimwear includes stylistic elements such as the strapless effect, v-neck halters, plunging necklines, cutaways and one-shoulder looks, to name a few. You'll find everything from ruffles to cutouts and prints in vibrant colors. But the best part about the most up-to-date swimwear is that it is equipped with the equivalent of shapewear, ensuring you're smooth and supported in all the right places. Shopping for swimsuits just may become something you look forward to!
Slimming down in time for summer fun can often seem like an uphill battle when all you want to do is eat. Enter ThinStick. A natural, scientifically researched compound, ThinStick (6 grams Olibra) helps to curb cravings and boost willpower. Designed to support a normal appetite, ThinStick is made from natural vegetable extracts and can be added to foods or beverages to help keep your appetite in check between meals. Simply stir a single-dose packet into 6 oz. of your favorite non-acidic beverage and it can help you feel satiated for 4-6 hours after a meal. (These statements have not been evaluated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.)
The convenient packets are great for busy moms on the go. Find it at www.ThinStick.com for $29.90/30 packets.
On your toes
Don't you just love pretty summer sandals? Yet if your sandals have heels or wedges you may find yourself with ugly toe overhang or feel your feet sliding forward. This can be frustrating but, fortunately, is easily remedied.
Tip Toes from Foot Petals are flower-shaped pads that adhere to your shoe and are designed to keep the ball of your foot in place. Simply stick some in the soles of your shoes and let them work their magic. Tip Toes will help you step out in your summer sandals with confidence. Get them at www.FootPetals.com for $18.95/set of three.
Mary Michele Little is a style expert, image consultant and mother of two who lives in Raleigh. Read more of her tips at www.onechicmama.com.