You’re Not a Celebrity, But You Can Have Their Skin (At Home and on a Budget!)

Jennifer Lopez, Jennifer Aniston, Ryan Reynolds… what do these powerful names have in common?

Flawless flesh.

You’ve tried plenty of expensive treatments. You’ve tried the over-the-counter products at retail stores. You’ve even tried the hokey products advertised on TV in the middle of the night, when you couldn’t sleep and were up feeling bad about yourself. Unfortunately, nothing seems to help — our skin is still brightly colored sandpaper.

What’s happening? Is it just the hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars that celebs spend on skin care? Or is there more to it than that?

Working in the Wrong Direction

The problem isn’t trying the wrong products, or that you don’t have the extra budget to spend on lavish treatments at the dermatologist or local spa. The problem is that you’re not supplementing what you’re already doing with the right products.

Topical solutions can scrub the grime, masks can temporary replenish some of the vitamins and minerals that have been lost, and creams and moisturizers can give your skin the dewy glow you’ve been trying to get — but you’ll have to reapply as soon as 30 minutes after your first application.

You’ve done all you can do on the outside. What are you doing to fix your skin from the inside?
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Your pet is very important to you, but the bills are killing your budget. These days, the expenses for both young and elderly pets are rising, but once you bonded to that animal it is hard to say no. Though with a little work you can save money on those necessary expenses and still provide your pet with excellent care.

Get a Pet from the Shelter

Getting a pet from the shelter means you will get a pet with their vaccines current, spaying complete and a recent medical exam. If you choose a middle-aged pet, you generally won’t have to worry about much in the way of medical expenses other than regular vaccines.
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gratitude and contentment
With Thanksgiving just around the corner, I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because it’s not supposed to be steeped in consumerism. And, for me and my family, it usually isn’t. We relax, eat good food, and enjoy each other’s company.

A few days ago, my son pointed out that the holiday season comes with a rather odd juxtaposition. We’re supposed to be giving thanks for what we have on Thursday morning, but by the night of Thanksgiving, when retailers are opening at 5 p.m. for Black Friday deals, all is forgotten and we’re in “gimme” mode.

While thinking about that, it occurred to me that many of us could be much happier (and richer) by practicing gratitude and learning contentment.
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hello fresh
I finally caved in and signed up for the meal plan Hello Fresh when I was able to try it out for $19 after seeing advertisements and coupon codes for the weekly food boxes constantly.

Hello Fresh advertises themselves as a money-saving, time-saving alternative to eating out. Here are my top pros and cons of the company.

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The American Dream has always been based around the ideal of home ownership, with the idea that bigger is better. In fact, last year’s statistics show that the average American home is 2,600 square feet, up from 2,400 during the housing boom years.

But even though average home sizes are increasing, there’s a small but growing trend in the opposite direction: tiny houses. Documentaries on tiny house dwellers highlight the incredible contrast between the average American home and the average tiny home, which is less than 500 square feet.

Although tiny homes still account for less than 1% of real estate sales, their appeal is increasing among many people who are tired of upside-down mortgages, the cost and time consumption of accumulating and maintaining 2,600 square feet of possessions, and have a desire to live a simpler life.

Even if you’re content to keep living the American Dream, consider these four financial advantages of living in a tiny home.

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I’ve been curious about juicing ever since I heard my brother-in-law was juicing fruits and vegetables with his new $80 appliance. I was looking for a way to stay healthy throughout the year, and I thought juicing would be a great way to take in lots of fruits and vegetables each day.

Though I looked into the health benefits and costs of juicing, I really want to ask you for your opinions.

What’s your experience with this?

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