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About Sheila Thomas

Hi, My name is Sheila and I am the Living Smart Girl. My goal is to bring everyone the latest and greatest tips and advice on fitness, healthy choices, recipes, shopping, beauty, home and garden, family and parenting, daily deals, travel, and so much more. I love fitness, but life is more than just exercise and when you visit Living Smart Girl you can connect the dots and live a well rounded life ~ the Living Smart way :)

I love working online and spend most of my day blogging, and researching new topics and tips to bring my readers.

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In My Forties and Frisky with Fiera for Her #FeelTheLove

Disclosure ~ Many thanks to Fiera for sponsoring today’s story and encouraging me to be in my forties and frisky. #FieraForHer #OnFiera #FieraConversation #FeelTheLove #RelationshipRefresh

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Back when I was younger, in my 20’s, I never thought that I would have issues with my sex drive, or intimacy with my husband.  Well, now being 44 I am realizing that the way I felt back in my 20’s was all fine and dandy but one just never can foresee how things will be the older we get. Life gets busy, health issues come up, and face it.. age happens.  But, I refuse to let things fall by the wayside!  I love my husband and our time together is important.  I am not old, I am in my forties and frisky!! My husband and I might not chase each other around the house like we once used to, but we still are very into each other and enjoy our time together.  I encourage anyone who has the feeling that they are older and things are slipping to practice a few simple things like we do to keep the intimacy happening. Be respectful of each other.  Understand that sometimes the “mood” just doesn’t come out of the blue.  Do little things to show your partner that you want some intimate time together. Set up date nights so you have time set aside just for the 2 of you.  Life is busy, and I know many who set up date nights with their partners.  It is a night set aside just for the 2 of us and we let the stress of the week go and enjoy just each other.  Dinner, movies, or just lots of petting and intimacy for us.  Adding in use of the Fiera really helps get me going because sometimes I need a bit more for before-play.  We are very open with each other about our wants and needs and that also helps huge with our intimacy. Talking and communication is such a huge part of a healthy relationship.   Knowing what makes my husband feel good is important to me, and him knowing what makes me feel good is important to him. I guess this is why we have been together 21 years.

Being in my forties, and the fact I had a full hysterectomy years back and am slowly starting menopause, I am very pleased to say that using products to help me get in the mood have helped our intimate relationship.  Fiera is for “Before-Play.” It’s used for a few minutes prior to sex and then removed when I start to feel interested and physically aroused, and am ready for a pleasurable sexual experience. I simply remove it when I feel warmed-up and in the mood. Fiera’s unique combination of gentle suction and stimulation increases the sensations of tingling and fullness that accompany sexual arousal. •  The company behind Fiera for her is led by women, and works closely with women in development of all products.

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Do You Have #GameDayTraditions

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Game Day Traditions

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Can you believe it?  The holidays are over and football is coming to an end and we are gearing up for the big game day. Do You Have #GameDayTraditions ?  Generally we do, but this year we don’t. The only reason we don’t is because on Jan 15th I fell off my steps while taking my dogs outside for morning play time, and I broke my left ankle in 2 places.  It’s called a bimalleolar ankle fracture.  I am in a lot of pain, and my big game day will be me laying on the couch and hubby bringing me my snacks.

But, just because we don’t have Big Game Day plans that are going to be like most, that doesn’t mean we don’t skip the daily things in life, like showers and personal care tasks.  As always, prepping for the day includes great products from Walmart.  Tony starts his day with a shower, and making his hair look great with Head & Shoulders.  Head & Shoulders Classic Clean Shampoo is great for fighting dry scalp, calming itchy scalp, and relieving irritation.  It is gentle and pH balanced for daily use on all hair types. #1 dermatologist-recommended dandruff brand and clinically tested and 100% flake free.  This leaves Tony’s hair nice, clean, and ready for the day.

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I like to start any day with a nice hot shower and giving my legs a nice smooth shave.  I use a Gillette Venus Swirl Razor with FlexiBall technology which helps to contour better to tricky areas.  Has 5 contour razor blades that individually adjust to every curve, like knees and ankles (you know, like the one I broke).  There is a water activated MoistureGlide serum that provides incredible glide and the MicroFine comb guides hair to the blade.  I can be sure I will have a nice, smooth shave.  And, my shave time is faster now, because half my left leg is in a cast.

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So, this year after Tony and I bath and get ready, it’s a day of couching it together and enjoying the Big Game and the fact that we can spend it together.

What are you Big Game Day traditions?  Share them with me.  And make sure you shop at Walmart to stock up on products to get ready for your Big Game Day.

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How to Save Money While on Vacation

How to Save Money While on Vacation

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After working all year or a few stressful weeks on the job, it’s good to be able to take some time to relax. From soaking up the sun on a tropical beach somewhere to hitting the slopes on the fresh powder, going on a vacation can help you recharge, refuel, and get ready for a new work year or quarter. However, planning and budgeting for a dream vacation can bring on even more stress. If you’re struggling to make your dream vacay fit into your budget, take a look at how you can save money on a vacation.

Purchase Airline Tickets in Advance

Even though sometimes a trip may be spur of the moment, for the most part, they can take months or even a year to plan. If you already have your dates and location finalized, make purchasing your airline tickets the first thing you do. Not only will you get better rates for purchasing in advance, but it allows you more time to be eligible for upgrades, seat changes, and luggage check-in. Waiting until the last few weeks or few days before a trip to purchase your airline tickets can cost you thousands more than you would be paying for advance buying. If you have reward miles or are using a coupon code, see if the airline will honor it ahead of schedule, or ask about promotions going on to help you save even more.

Create a Spending Budget

The biggest expenses after the hotel, flights, and ground transportation are food and drinks. For a large family, three meals a day for a week-long vacation can end up costing almost the equivalent to a plane ticket. Don’t be blindsided with a $100 dinner bill and have to rearrange the big plans you have the next day. Create a spending budget months before you leave. Take a look online for the average costs for dining in the area you’re traveling to, and plan accordingly. Not only will you get a feel for what restaurants your locale has to offer, but you can set aside a little every week to help cover the costs. Once you arrive on vacation, use your spending plan to stay on track and avoid any messy and unexpected charges.

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Utilize a Rewards Credit Card

If you’re struggling to find it in your budget to visit all the places and sights on you vacation list, a rewards credit card can be a great option. Not only do reward cards offer a way to help pay for any costly expenses like flights, hotels, and other activities, but they also help to eliminate some of the costs. Check on the requirements for most reward cards. With many offering bonus points or miles for purchases, you may be able to cancel out some of the major purchases on your vacation after using the card during the year. With reward points or cash back on travel, you can reduce the cost of your flights. Work with your credit card company to see what special rewards are available for travel. If you are using a card just for vacation, use the budget you have in place to pay it off quickly while still racking up rewards.

Make It a Road Trip If Possible

Even though flying may be easier, it is not always the most cost efficient. If you have a large family or many pieces of luggage to transport, plane tickets can set you back double the cost of your actual vacation. If you are traveling to somewhere close by or within a day’s drive, opt for making it a road trip. Not only will you have more room for luggage, but even with stops along the way and gas fill ups, you’ll be saving thousands on your vacation budget. This leaves you more money for tickets to shows, amusement parks, or to spend on souvenirs!

Plan Your Recreation Ahead of Time

Going on vacation should be spontaneous and fun, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few things you can plan ahead. If you know which shoes or recreational activities you plan on going to, purchase tickets before you leave. Not only will this guarantee you can get a tickets for your entire family, but it also lets you search for the best coupon deals and promo codes. Look for bundle packages to reduce your ticket costs and allow you to visit more than one show or museum. Skip the lines and the hassle by printing your tickets out and having them packed along with your travel documents.

From the Lens of an Interior Designer: Elements of Detail for a Well-Designed Space

From the Lens of an Interior Designer: Elements of Detail for a Well-Designed Space

homedesign When you’re thinking about using modern design in your home or business, you need to consider the big picture. The basic elements of interior design should help you to create a space that is unique and popping with your own sense of style, but also useful, livable and workable. There’s even an entire field of science called EBD, or Evidence Based Design, which is changing the way that buildings are built. Office spaces, hotels, restaurants, museums, schools, residences and even prisons are being designed with traditional healthcare architecture in mind. And you can there’s no reason you can’t incorporate some of these design theories into your own home.   Let’s cover some of these elements below, and see how they would work for you.   Balance Balance is not just an orderly and neat symmetrical look. Balance can be presented in a variety of ways that are pleasing and interesting.

  • Symmetrical Balance: This is where the two halves of the room are repeated to either side of the central line of the room and its main focal point. This creates a harmonious and reassuring, if not somewhat formal and controlled space, though it can be used in rooms from the office to the bedroom and even bath.
  • Asymmetrical Balance: Again, there is a central line or a focal point, though this time the room is arranged in a more lively way. Think of a mid-century modern room with its wall of glass windows, and a fireplace off the central line of the room. Placing design elements like furniture, lighting and art to highlight these features requires a different technique, and a bit of practice to make it look natural.
  • Radial Balance:  The room has a central point, and the design radiates outward around the point. Think of the placement of a Kartell Furniture conference table with the lighting above it and the chairs around the table to create a focal point.

You might not think of psychology when evaluating the balance of a room, but symmetry can make you happier and calmer. Symmetrical images garnered more positive responses than asymmetrical or random ones, and can even make people smile more. So for rooms that are supposed to be restful and comforting – along with other positive adjectives – you might want to stick with symmetrical balance, leaving radial and asymmetrical-balanced rooms for more public spaces.   Contrast Mixing up textures, colors, shapes or even different design styles can prevent a room from looking too flat or matched. Contrast livens up a room by keeping visual interest. Think of a white sofa with bright red pillows, or a quarry-faced stone fireplace enclosure against a smooth and polished paneled wall. The two contrast and complement each other, holding viewers’ attention and interest.   Scale The room should not be too big or too small to hold the furnishings comfortably. A smaller room can look cluttered with just a few pieces of furniture – say a sofa, two armchairs, and a coffee table – while the same items would disappear in a room twice the size and make it look under furnished. Likewise, carpets, window treatments and art need to fit the scale of the room, and mesh well enough with each other instead of giving the eye too many places to look all at once.   Negative or White Space This is a concept of art galleries and publishing, where an item of interest is highlighted by white space or empty space surrounding the object being viewed. It’s uncluttered and serves to help people focus on that item.   Theme or Unity Your home and your business should have an underlying theme, and your decorative choices should follow and reinforce that. Keep your choices consistent, but allow for wide variations in personal spaces. For instance, you might love the cool, clean look of mid-century modern, but it might not be a restful choice for, say, a child’s bedroom.   Learning interior design is a chance to have some fun while getting your space just the way that you want it. While a professional decorator can help you pull the final details together, your space should be all about you – not what the designer wants for you. Your interiors are a reflection of you, and your tastes. So if you want to use that great old table you bought at a yard sale, go ahead and do you. Just keep in mind the above tips for a well-designed space and you can’t go wrong.

The Basic Products You Need In Your Skin Care Routine

The Basic Products You Need In Your Skin Care Routine

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Do you ever wonder how some people manage to have such flawless skin? They always look picture perfect, even when they aren’t wearing any make-up. YOU could be one of those people. There are several ways to achieve great skin; you just have to be willing to invest some money and some time.

 

And while some view cosmetic surgery Manchester as the only solution to picture-perfect skin, there are also things you can do on your own, with one of the most important being maintaining a healthy diet. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean protein will make your skin glow from the inside out. You’ll also want to implement a daily skin care routine.

 

Not only will this improve your overall skin health but it will also help slow down the visible characteristics of the aging process. To have a good skin care routine, you’ll need the right products. Here are the essentials you’ll need to get your daily routine underway:

 

Cleanser

A cleanser will help take off any grime or makeup you have on and it clears off any impurities that you’ve been exposed to.

 

Toner

Toners are meant to be used after you’ve cleansed your skin. A good toner will help restore and repair your skin’s surface.

 

Exfoliator

Exfoliating helps the overall appearance of your skin. It removes any dead skin cells, helps clear any breakouts, improves the skin’s texture, reduces the appearance of large pores, and helps your skin to better absorb moisturizers and serums.

 

Moisturizer

A good moisturizer is an essential part of any skin care routine. It hydrates the skin and helps improve circulation. Make sure to use a formula with SPF to help protect your skin from sun damage.

 

Eye cream

The skin around your eyes is delicate and needs a little extra TLC. Keeping the under eye area moisturized helps control puffiness, reduce dark under eye circles, and helps reduce the appearance of fine lines.

 

Facemask

A facemask isn’t required daily, but it should still be an important part of your skin care routine.  Ideally, you should do one once a week. A mask stays on for approximately 10-15 minutes. During that time, it seals your skin and allows for the ingredients to work their magic. It can help with drawing out impurities, getting rid of dead cells, all while tightening and toning your skin making it definitely worth the effort.

 

Lip balm

Dry lips are the worst. Not only are they unsightly, but they can also cause pain if the skin cracks. For these reasons, it’s always good to keep them moisturized with a good lip balm.

 

And there you have it – a complete list of what you’ll need to keep your skin glowing on a daily basis. With a little effort, you can revitalize your skin and enjoy a more youthful appearance for years to come. It’s never a bad idea to consult with a professional to find out what skin type you have as this will allow you to tailor your skin care products to suit your skin’s particular necessities.

LuLaRoe Valentine Leggings Available Now

LuLaRoe Valentine Leggings Available Now

LuLaRoe Valentine Leggings

LuLaRoe Valentine Leggings

 

Calling all LuLaRoe lovers ~  We have added LuLaRoe Valentine leggings to our Facebook Group.  Come on over to Sheila’s LuLaRoe Closet and get yours before they are gone.  Lots of fun and funky patterns.  One Size (OS) and Tall & Curvy (TC) available.  We also have lots of Maxi Skirts, Cassie Skirts, Ana’s, Sarahs,  and other leggings listed now.  Lots more to come. Join the group and share it with your friends.  We have Randy, Classic, and Perfect T’s to add, more leggings to add, Lindsays and other misc dresses. Love LuLaRoe?  How about becoming a consultant ?  Check out http://www.lularoe.com and if you have questions let me know.  Ready to join?  You can join here.  I am on an amazing and inspirational team and would love to add you to that team. This is an opportunity like no other.  Be your own boss, make your own hours, and make as much money as you want.  The sky is the limit, reach for it :)

 

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Most commonly overlooked benefits to going on a cruise holiday

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Most commonly overlooked benefits to going on a cruise holiday

So many people dismiss cruise holidays without even giving them a chance. Often it’s the old ‘cruises are only for old people’, ‘cruises are boring’ excuses that we hear time and time again. But, a cruising holiday can be one of the best adventures of a lifetime if you get the right one. Here are the most common benefits to cruising that people overlook:

The amazing places

Perhaps the very best thing about cruising is the amazing places you get to see. Whether you want to visit exotic Caribbean islands, see the Mediterranean, explore the beauty of Greece or head out to the Baltics, there are so many different cruises calling at some of the best locations in the world. A cruise means you get to explore so many different countries and experience a variety of different cultures in such a short space of time, it’s the perfect way to see the world in style.

 

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The fantastic food

What with calling at some of the best destinations in the world and experiencing all the local cuisine there’s also tons of amazing food and drink on board. With some world famous chefs having restaurants on board certain ships, foodies will definitely love a cruising holiday. Spend your days at sea indulging in all the wonderful treats on board and then try out all the amazing delicacies and drinks of the fabulous places you visit while in port.

The variety

Sometimes it can be hard to decide what kind of holiday you’d like to go on. Whether you fancy a city break or a sunbathing or exploring holiday can be tricky. With a cruise you can combine them all in to one. Planet Cruise has cruises which call at some of the most amazing destinations in the world, so you can spend one day pounding the streets of Barcelona seeing the Sagrada Familia and the next day laid out on the deck catching the rays. Cruises are now so advanced there’s so much to do on board that you can even rock climb and go on a surf simulator, so there’s no reason to ever feel bored on a cruise holiday again.

What with so many benefits to going on a cruising holiday, it’s certain that once you take the plunge and book your first cruising holiday you’ll be so impressed you’ll definitely go cruising time and time again.

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Year Round Essentials for Cycling

The New Year is here, and there’s never been a better time to begin making the big changes in your life that will lead to a new, healthier lifestyle. Whether you’re commuting to work, trying to tone up, or just want to explore, cycling is an exciting new hobby to get into with an endless list of benefits for your health, inside and out.
If you’re planning on hitting the roads on a shiny new bike this January, take a look at this guide on the gear you might need including helmets, jerseys and shoes, with information for all kinds of cycling, in all seasons!

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How to make authentic Italian pizza at home

How to make authentic Italian pizza at home

The Italian cuisine is popular all over the world and their recipes are in great demand. When we talk about Italina food, the first thing that comes to our mind is Pizza. It is the most popular dish with great taste and the best thing is that it is very easy to prepare. Italian pizza tastes best and most authentic when it is prepared with fresh and local seasonal ingredients. Italians always cook Pizzas in olive oil as keeping the dish within considerable health quotient is equally important. They also use the wood-fired oven with a pizza stone to get the best taste. Though there are many companies manufacturing pizza stone but of you are looking for one of the best option then visit www.CaliforniaPizzaStones.com.

 

Dough plays a very important role when Italian pizza is concerned as iIt needs to be rightly prepared. The dough gives texture to the pizza and holds the flavors as well. Below given is the recipe and few simple steps to prepare an authentic Italian pizza at home.

 

Ingredients needed

 

  • Warm water (600ml)
  • 25 grams yeast
  • 1 kg flour
  • 1.5 tablespoons salts
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 6 table spoons extra virgin olive oil

Preparation

 

  1. Sprinkle 2.25 teaspoons yeast into a bowl and pour some lukewarm water in it. The water should be neither too hot nor too cold. Stir it continuously until the yeast dissolves.
  2. Place all the flour over a table and shape it like a volcano.
  3. Pour the mixture of warm water and yeast along with other ingredients into the crater.
  4. Knead them for at least 15 minutes. Stop kneading when the dough becomes smooth and elastic. The surface should be floured.
  5. Use olive oil to grease up a bowl and put the dough within it and leave it for 4 to 5 hours.
  6. Preheat the oven to about 200°C, or about 400°F.
  7. Put the dough in the floured surface. Punch it to get rid of bubbles.
  8. Divide the dough in four pieces and keep the other three dough pieces aside covering them with clean kitchen towel while you start preparing one.
  9. Use a roller pin to roll the dough to flatten it. Each disc should be 12 inch thick.
  10. Transfer the pizza onto a pizza stone or a baking sheet.
  11. Add tomato sauce if you want red pizza, which is better known as pizza rossa in Italy. Most of the pizza in Italy is pizza Bianca, which are without tomato sauce. The edges of the pizza need to be brushed with small amount of olive oil.
  12. Bake the pizza for 10 to 15 minutes, and then add the sliced or grated mozzarella cheese on top along with other ingredients. Other ingredients may include, pepper, oregano, and basil. All these things enhance the flavor and taste of your pizza. You may also put mushrooms or olives as toppings.
  13. The pizzas need to be baked until the crust becomes golden brown and the cheese is melted properly. Before taking it out from oven, ensure that the bottom of the pizza has also become brown.
  14. Remove the pizza from oven and garnish it with few basil leaves.

Once the pizza become bit cool, slice it into pieces and serve them. Your family members are going love this for sure.

The Benefits of the Halo Engagement Ring

The Benefits of the Halo Engagement Ring

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A halo setting for a diamond engagement ring provides that luxury and classic setting that people have been enjoying since the early 20th century. This provides a type of vintage ring design that features a center stone, surrounded by a number of smaller stone. If you are interested in the Halo engagement rings, read below for more information.

The Evolution of the Halo Engagement Ring

This type of engagement ring setting has been used since right after World War I. This is part of the art deco style and clearly seen by the bold and geometric shapes that this ring offers. You can clearly tell you have found a halo engagement ring when you see a single large stone, surrounded by a number of smaller stones. The center stone can be round, pear, square or cushion cut.

The Custom Halo Setting

When it comes to a halo setting, a professional jeweler will be able to provide regular shapes, including cushion cut or round, in addition to more unique shapes such as radiant cut or princess cut diamonds. The fact is that no matter the event or occasion, ladies who are wearing a ring with a halo setting will be able to continue impressing others in their social circle. The sparkle and elegance that this ring offers is truly unmatched by any other option that is currently available.

When you select a ring that has a halo setting, it will help to trick the eye into believing that the single diamond in the ring is actually much larger than it may be. You should be sure that you choose a metal that will complement the center stone that you have chosen for the ring. There are a number of different metals that you can select from for the ring, including platinum, yellow gold or white gold.

It is easy to create an affordable and titanium rings when you use a gemstone, rather than a diamond, as well; however, if you are searching for bridal jewelry, a diamond is going to be the obvious choice. The fact is that there are a number of modern designs that will maintain the original concept of the halo style and ensure a stunning ring design for your fiancée. Be sure that you use a reputable jeweler if you are planning to choose this type of ring for your engagement.
Selecting the right jeweler, like the ones at CrownRing, will make this process so much easier. They will be able to guide a person towards the right ring by taking into account what their needs are.

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