Have You Ever Wanted to Change Your Smile? Here’s How
Jun29

Have You Ever Wanted to Change Your Smile? Here’s How

Have you ever wished your smile was a little nicer? While everyone has a naturally beautiful smile, there are some easy ways to improve your smile naturally. This can help you look more photogenic in candid photos and give a great first impression. Do the occasional smile exercise The muscles in your face can be controlled to form a more natural smile. After all, a smile is just the movement of face muscles into a different position. Through muscle memory, you can use this exercise to improve the control you have over your smile. There are a few steps to the smile exercise: first, stretch your lips laterally and keep your lips together for 10 seconds. Then, slowly begin to part your lips, holding each stage for increments of 10 seconds each. You should start lips closed, then move to partial teeth, half teeth, then all of your teeth. Then, run the whole thing in reverse. Reduce smile lines Reduce the lines around the corners of your mouth with one simple exercise once a day. Simply purse your lips and suck in your cheeks — you should look a little like a fish. While you’re puckering, try to smile without breaking your pucker. This will help reduce the look of lines, but only do it once a day to prevent straining your facial muscles. Smile with your eyes If your eyes don’t scrunch when you smile, this makes your smile look insincere. Try to actively smile with your eyes when you do smile to give you a genuinely jovial appearance. Whiten your teeth naturally A white smile is seen as an attractive smile. Practically 40 million Americans use products to whiten their teeth to achieve this desired effect. For a natural method, try eating more fruits and vegetables. You can also consider switching to a natural charcoal-based toothpaste and brush your teeth after each meal. Smiling is an activity for everyone, but it can be hard to improve your smile. Try these tips to create a naturally beautiful...

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New Studies Shows Air Pollution Linked to Childhood Brain Development and Depression
Dec20

New Studies Shows Air Pollution Linked to Childhood Brain Development and Depression

Everyone is well aware of many of the negative effects of air pollution, but it might be far worse than anyone could have ever imagined. According to CNN Health, air pollution is now putting millions of infants at risk of severe brain damage. Thanks to a new report by The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), scientists are now hard at work to try and find ways to address the global air pollution issue. The report details that nearly 17 million infants worldwide are currently breathing in toxic air, potentially causing serious brain development issues. About two-thirds of the affected infants (nearly 12 million) live in South Asia and are exposed to pollution six times higher than the global recommended limits. “The brains of babies and young children are constructed by a complex interplay of rapid neural connections that begin before birth,” said Pia Rebello Britto, chief of early childhood development at the UNICEF. “These neural connections shape a child’s optimal thinking, learning, health, memory, linguistic and motor skills.” Although air pollution’s impact on child brain development is now at the top of the list of concerns, additional studies have found that depression is often linked with poor air quality as well. Scientists in China, alongside researchers from the International Food Policy Research Institute, Peking University, Yale University and Beijing Normal University have inked air pollution to an increase in depressive symptoms and overall wellbeing. The research team measured air quality using air pollution index based on sulfur dioxide, nitrogen dioxide, and fine particulate matter smaller than 10 micrometers in dust form. Dust exposure has been shown to impact workers’ cognitive skills by up to 6%. “The numbers are very concerning for public health,” added Rachel B. Smith or the School of Public Health in London. Global scientists and researchers will continue to study the environment and effects pollution has on depression, child brain development, and any other medical...

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The Redneck Wedding to End All Redneck Weddings
Aug29

The Redneck Wedding to End All Redneck Weddings

When the average wedding in Maine costs $30,000, what’s a couple from the Pine Tree state to do when the median annual household income is only $48,219? Why, have a redneck wedding of course, where the brides wear camo gowns, the grooms were camo tuxes, and the bridesmaids and groomsmen follow suit in camouflage as well. Tom and Lori Merrill of Wiscasset, Maine, had their redneck wedding in the dooryard of their home this past July. The men wore white shirts with camo vests, hats and shorts, paired with work boots and ties that were the bright orange hunters wear, while the women wore dresses of similar camo-couture. As for the bride’s veil, it was attached to camo baseball cap and was decorated with moss, birds, and butterflies. They even nailed the details down, too. One of Lori’s co-workers made the bouquet and the boutonnieres, which were decorated with shotgun shells. The ring-bearer’s pillow was camo on one side, and on the other featured a huge fish. The rings were attached to it with carabiners. The audience, which numbered almost 100, also participated in the theme. “It was funny to see,” said Eric Bellavance, a long time coworker of Lori’s. “One lady had a skirt and blouse on while wearing knee-high rubber muck boots.” The redneck theme even influenced the actual ceremony. Lori was escorted up the aisle on a golf cart to the Little Big Town song “Pontoon,” an appropriate musical choice considering the fact that the wedding party all sat on the Merrills’ pontoon boat. Blue turf grass had been laid around the water vehicle to make it look like it was out on the lake. The couple’s vows were also tailored to fit the redneck theme. Tim promised to always lift up the toilet seat, and replace the TP when it was out, while Lori promised to follow him with a push mower — an inside joke referring to their side job mowing lawns. The ceremony concluded, the new couple toasted their friends and family to “Red Solo Cup” by Toby Keith in specially made beer cozies, which guests got to keep as wedding favors. The reception featured several redneck DIY decorations — red solo cups on shooting targets as centerpieces, beer can wind chimes, and hubcap flower cases. The four wedding cakes each had a different theme — camping, four-wheeling, hunting and fishing. The little bride and groom figurines atop one cake appeared to be shooting at game on another. Lastly, the party ended with a bonfire, fireworks, and blasts from an authentic cannon, which had been borrowed from a friend. For a textbook perfect...

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Model Families Act as Human Props in Luxury Homes
Jul28

Model Families Act as Human Props in Luxury Homes

The Mueller Family in Tampa, Florida is living large under an unusual set of circumstances: They’re human props in an unsold luxury home.The Muellers live a nomadic lifestyle as part of a new trend in real estate. This marketing technique allows people to move into empty, unsold luxury homes for a fraction of what they’d cost to live in normally, on several conditions. They must keep the house pristine, vacate if an agent is showing the house, and move onto the next house when it’s sold. Home-staging firms are very optimistic about this technique, claiming that having a family in a house creates a pleasant and homey atmosphere that’s very popular with potential homebuyers. It also allows for more organic and lived-in home staging that softens flaws and enhances focal points. The homes often sell faster and for more money as the result of model family living. Houses that are less lived in often feel hollow or dreary to homebuyers, and many house-staging firms refer to them as “naked homes.” The stagers have very specific rules for their model families. Clothes must be organized and personal items minimized, and everything must be clean and properly placed at all times. Families like the Muellers have their living arrangements inspected regularly to make sure everything is still in it’s place. The Muellers once owned seven homes and a bed and breakfast, but a financially devastating fall from grace caused them to lose all of it. Living as prop families has actually been a lifeline for them, allowing them to live in the opulent surroundings they’re used to on nothing more than minimum wage jobs at McDonald’s. Custom homes are often valued at over one million dollars in the US, and are usually 17% more energy efficient than older homes. They’re also built in high-end luxury areas, and the home the Muellers currently occupy overlooks the tenth hole of an exclusive golf course in Tampa. The company they work for pays their moving costs, and the Muellers pay them about 1,200 in rent, plus household bills. “This is an interesting trend for inventory homes. For the new home market, even the presence of a sales associate in every model helps make residences more ‘human’,” says Erik Cocks, Marketing at Arthur Rutenberg Homes. “I think this has the potential to positively affect prices as it keeps the residence from giving off the impression of an unwanted house and makes it a wanted ‘home’.” The family actually enjoys the adventure of their living style, and celebrate every time one of their houses is sold. They’ve lived in five over the past two years and say that its drawn them...

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Actress Kaley Cuoco Opens Up to Cosmopolitan About Breast Implants
Apr24

Actress Kaley Cuoco Opens Up to Cosmopolitan About Breast Implants

In the May issue of Cosmopolitan magazine, which hit newsstands April 8, “The Big Bang Theory” actress Kaley Cuoco shares some candid details. The 28-year-old opened up about her breast implants, which she got in 2004 during the time she starred in the TV comedy “8 Simple Rules.” She referred to her choice to undergo the procedure as “the best decision I ever made.” Over the past 10 years, Cuoco has become the second-highest paid actress on television, earning $11 million in the last year alone for her work on “The Big Bang Theory.” “I love them. I’m super happy. I would do it again in a heartbeat,” she told Entertainment Tonight a few days after her statement made headlines. Breast implants, which have been around since the mid-20th century as we know them, are the most popular cosmetic surgery in the United States. In the last three years alone, almost 1 million women in the U.S. have undergone breast augmentation surgery. Research has shown that about 75% of women who have undergone a breast augmentation procedure say it was “worth it,” making it an effective way for women to feel more confident with their body’s appearance. Despite controversies over the safety of breast implants, FDA regulations and improved technology make breast augmentation procedures safer and more successful than ever. However, it’s still essential for interested patients to make sure their plastic surgeons are certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. Doing your research isn’t an option if you are considering any kind of cosmetic surgery. Breast implant surgery can be a great way for you to feel your most confident by enhancing your appearance. If you feel like this might be the right surgery for you, speak with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon in your area...

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Why More Men Are Going Under the Knife
Mar12

Why More Men Are Going Under the Knife

Society is challenging perceptions that men age well. Only a few men are lucky enough for their appearances to actually improve with age. In other words, not everyone is George Clooney. A sharp increase in the popularity of plastic surgery among men reaffirms growing consciousness of aging and physical appearance. In fact, male cosmetic procedures have jumped by as much as 106% from 1997 to 2012, Business Insider reports. Plastic surgeon, Dr. Douglas Steinbrech, adds, “Over the last three to five years, there’s been a huge boom is men’s aesthetic surgery. Our practice has seven websites, one exclusively for men, and many of our patients now are male. It’s a very big misconception that all patients are women.” One of the top reasons men seek plastic surgery, Steinbrech continues, is corporate success. Men want to keep up appearances for the sake of their careers; experts suggest that physical appearance may have a good deal to do with career advancement, too. “In a marketplace where looking fit, younger, and more masculine is imperative, the better you look, the better your chances of ascending the corporate ladder,” Dr. Steinbrech tells Business Insider. Steinbrech admits that it is his most successful marketing angle. Sites like AskMen also inspire men to remain in top physical condition for as long as possible, and that includes eliminating fine lines, wrinkles, and other age-related imperfections. Just like women, men’s skin elasticity decreases with age. Skin loses approximately 0.55% of its elasticity per year, ultimately resulting in loose skin and wrinkles. AskMen promotes regular moisturizing, the application of eye creams, and regular exercise for maintaining a youthful appearance. Other top reasons for men to go under the knife include altering physical features for a more model-esque appearance or undergoing procedures to enhances muscular definition. Steinbrech sheds light on the first procedure: “You take an average, good-looking kid, and you enhance his jaw, elongate his chin, enhance his cheekbones, and suddenly he looks like the cover of...

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