Posts Tagged ‘mommy blog’
It’s been all over the news, I am referring to the Esthetician who gave her eight year old daughter injections of Botox to treat “wrinkles”. She was motivated to do this to help give her daughter an advantage in pageants. As a mother and an Esthetician myself, I wanted to share my thoughts on this crazy story. It has already been said that she is sending the wrong message to her daughter. Lets face it, that message began with putting an eight year old in a beauty pageant.
Why Does An Eight Year Old Want Botox?
There has been discussion about why an eight year old would ask for Botox in the first place. As an Esthetician I can tell you that at that same age my son knew about many of the things we offer in the beauty industry, just from hearing me talk about it. I even remember him telling me that his teacher needed a blue peel, but for the most part he had no interest in esthetic treatments. I am sure that girls would naturally have a little more interest in esthetic and cosmetic treatments than boys, but certainly not anti-aging treatments. Just to state the obvious… children don’t have wrinkles!
Mommy is an Esthetician????
The mother of the little girl is an Esthetician and claims it was her daughter that asked for Botox. As a mother and an Esthetician, I don’t see how that justifies her actually injecting her daughter with Botox. My son once asked me to remove his cow lick with laser hair removal. I obviously refused and explained to him that although it would permanently rid him of his cow-lick, he would be left with a bald spot on the back of his head. He said, he would rather have a bald spot than a cow-lick. I promised him that he would feel differently later, and then changed the discussion to the pain involved. Now that he is a teenager, I know he is glad I didn’t honor his request. My first point is that children don’t know what is best for them, thats why they have parents. My second point is, Estheticians have a professional responsibility, to educate clients about the benefits and risks of a treatment.
The Worst Esthetician Ever!!!
The little girl said she didn’t like wrinkles. Okay… that is fair, I don’t exactly like them either. I am going to be completely hypothetical for a moment, because I am obviously not in the business of treating or consulting children for cosmetic treatments. If I was consulting with this little girl, I would point out that she doesn’t have wrinkles and I would explain to her that children have a lot of collagen and elastin and that their skin cells turn over very fast. I would also explain that the facial muscles only become strong enough to create lines and wrinkles after many years and she could reconsider Botox in about 20 years. I would teach her that the best way to prevent wrinkles is to use a good sunblock every day. Other things she should do, is eat a healthy diet with a lot of fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of water, get enough sleep and exercise and never start smoking. I might even teach her how to properly cleanse her face, but thats about it. It is irresponsible as a skin professional to provide skin treatments that are unnecessary on anyone. I have to assume that either this esthetician doesn’t understand how the skin functions or has poor ethical and professional standards (or both). She is also working outside the scope of an Esthetic License, the only way she can inject Botox is under the direct supervision of a doctor, in which case the doctor can be held responsible for her actions. She stated that she does the injections her self, and purchases the Botox online. FYI- the internet is not a trusted source. After careful consideration, I am awarding this mom with the title of ” Worst Esthetician Ever”.
I am annoyed that this ridiculous story gives a bad reputation to Estheticians and Botox. The truth is there are “bad” Estheticians, which is why it is so important to find an Esthetician that excels in the field. I have to advocate for Botox, by saying that it is only intended for cosmetic use in consenting adults and in children to treat medical conditions, but not for cosmetic purpose. Botox is only sold to approved doctors, the woman in this case claims to have purchased it on line. As I have said many times before, just because you can buy something on the internet doesn’t mean you should.
Like many other little girls, I loved Barbie. Okay… I did hate that she was always loosing her shoes, after all how is any fashion forward girl supposed to accessorize with out a matching pair of shoes. I could spend hours dressing up Barbie and styling her hair. She would even speed around in a remote control Barbie corvette, that included a mobile phone! I had no idea she was a bad influence. No, I am not referring to her tiny waist or large plastic breasts. I am not going to blame Barbie for eating disorders, or the Barbie Corvette for my photo radar tickets. I am talking about the tanning habits of Malibu Barbie. I didn’t have one myself, but I remember another little girl had the ” Sun Lovin’ Malibu Barbie”. The iconic 70′s Barbie came with tanning lotion, sun glasses and a towel. I was so impressed with the way her skin would tan in the sun. Her color would actuually get darker when she was placed under light and the color would gradually fade in a few days. Malibu Barbie actually had the ability to achieve tan lines. Lucky for Barbie she is made of plastic, so she doesn’t have the ability to develop skin cancer, wrinkles, sun spots, or skin laxity. Barbie wasn’t alone, she had a full entourage of tanorexic Malibu friends. Ken, P.J., Skipper, Francie and Christie were all sun lovers too.
I guess I will let Barbie off the hook, I don’t think she new any better back then. I just hope that Mattel will be a little more mindful in the future. Come to think of it, my Barbie Corvette didn’t have seat belts or airbags either, and I am pretty sure Barbie got her license from a Cracker Jack box.
As we begin to approach the scorching hot days of summer in Arizona, it becomes less comfortable to enjoy a round of golf. Golf lovers looking to escape the valley heat can take a short trip to Prescott for a “cooler” round of golf. Prescott has a few golf courses to choose from, but the Prescott Golf and Country Club is said to have the most loyal following. The clubs friendly, relaxed atmosphere attribute to it’s popularity. Guest of the club enjoy the breathtaking views, the fast bent grass and lush tree lined fairways.
It is almost impossible to remember how tragic a place this world is when one is playing golf. ~Robert Lynd
Prescott Golf & Country Club is nestled in the golden panoramic valley between the mingus and Bradshaw Mountain ranges. This course has the perfect ingredients for you to enjoy your best round of golf ever. Prescott Golf & Country Club is a semi-privateregulation 18-hole par 72, golf course designed for all skill levels allowing play from 5,700 yards to 6,800 yards. If you like to practice, the Club also offers a double-sided practice facility with driving tees, chipping and putting greens. Precott Golf & Country Club offers economical green fee rates and sensible memberships. The Club has an outside Pavilion, Cocktail Lounge, Dining and Banquet Facilities. Prescott Golf & Country Club offers the perfect setting for an event, regardless of size.
Prescott Golf And Counrty Club
1030 Prescott Country Club Blvd
Dewey, Arizona 86327
Wow! Now that’s a work out! I can attest to this incredible fitness kickboxing class. I had been wanting to do a kickboxing class for a long time and after driving by Koncrete Gym every day, I finally stopped in to check it out. I decided to try a few classes, and a month later I am still enjoying these sessions! The class sizes are small which I love. Everyone there is very experienced and are always willing to help and improve your fitness goals. They also offer private training lessons for only $22 a session. Your other options are, for $79 a month, you can have unlimited fitness classes or for $99 a month unlimited classes and nutrition boot camp. See their website for other offers. www.koncretegym.com
This gym offers highly skilled, experienced world champion trainers. Its not going to be your typical Lifetime Fitness class. Learn real boxing techniques from the pros, and self defense techniques of martial arts. I even have my own pink boxing gloves (which you can purchase there, or just borrow a pair for free!) Cardio kickboxing has been rated as one of the absolute best calorie-burning workouts around. Get toned and get into shape at Koncrete gym with these cardio fitness/ boxing classes that will kick your butt and teach you how to kick butt!
Koncrete Gym is conveniently located in Scottsdale at 69th Street and Shea
6949 East Shea Blvd Ste 120
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Comedy For A Cause, Benefiting Athletes International
Co-hosted By Professional Golfer Ron Montoya
With Stephanie Willis & Kristy Harris of Best of Both Worlds Az
Join us for a night of fun and help us support Athletes International in their mission to improve the lives of young athletes and sponsor underprivileged children in organized youth sports programs.
Friday, May 6th 2011 at 6pm
Stand Up Scottsdale Comedy Club
6820 E. 5th Ave. Scottsdale 85251
Starring Comedian Andrew Norelli: Show begins at 7pm
Caricatures by Local Artist Joshua Keating: from 6-7 p.m.
$20. per seat
Full bar/dinner menus available before, during, and after the show
(*not included with price of ticket)
Must be 21 or over to attend event
VIP Luxury Bags
All proceeds benefit Athletes International
Each Luxury VIP Bag includes:
$100. Gift Certificate for treatment at Paradise Valley Skin Klinic
One Hour Private Instruction with Professional Golfer Ron Montoya
A Gift Certificate for a round of golf at Prescott Golf and Country Club
One week Fitness Boxing Class at Koncrete Gym, Scottsdale
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Best of Both Worlds Az
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Comedy For A Cause, Benefitting Athletes International – Link to Event
Stand Up Scottsdale Comedy Club www.standupscottsdale.com
Athletes International www.athletesinternational.com
Andrew Norelli www.andrewnorelli.net
Paradise Valley Skin Klinic www.shapiroplasticsurgery.com
Ron Montoya, Profesional Golfer www.ronmontoyagolf.webs.com
Prescott Golf and Country Club www.prescottgolf.net
Koncrete Gym, Scottsdale www.koncretegym.com
As a parent of an athlete I have seen first hand the benefits and positive effects of youth sports. The benefit of participating in sports, goes beyond the obvious physical and health benefits. Sports can help kids develop character, social skills, self discipline, confidence and even improve academic achievements. If kids are activaly involved in sports, they are less likely to develop delinquent behavior. As a community we should recognize the social and economic consequences for students that don’t have the opportunity to be involved in sports or other after school activities. Children and teens who are unsupervised after school are more likely to use alcohol, drugs and tobacco, engage in criminal and other high-risk behaviors.
When we think of athletes, many people have an image of the “dumb jock”, but we are beginning to learn that stereo type couldn’t be further from the truth. In-fact student athletes often do better in school and on standardized testing. Students that participate in sports also have a lower drop out rate.
It is believed that physical activity has a positive effect on learning. Studies show that sports and physical activity in general improve concentration, memory and a students classroom behavior. After engaging in structured physical activity, young children have improved mental focus, concentration and attitude toward school. Studies have show that aerobic activity increase blood flow to the brain improving memory. It is also suggested that aerobic exercise promotes brain cell growth and regeneration.
A survey of 75 Fortune 500 companies showed that 95% of corporate executives at or above a vice-president level had participated in high school sports.
Mood, Attitude and Character
Participating in sports reduces anxiety and depression and improves self-esteem. Sports promote social interaction, friendship, self discipline, leadership, teamwork, cooperation, trust, respect and improve coping skills. Participating in sports has also been shown to reduce anxiety and depression and improves self-esteem.
Aerobic activity releases endorphins, which relax us and reduce depression. In addition to increasing endorphins, exercise in general can raise levels of glucose, serotonin, epinephrine, and dopamine which can help balance behavior.
My experience raising an athlete
We introduced our kids to sports at a young age with fun, unstructured play and family activities. My little guy isn’t old enough for organized sports yet, but my teenage son has been playing organized sports since he was five. We let him experiment with several sports, so he could learn what he excelled at and enjoyed the most. He has done karate, baseball, soccer, hockey, basketball, golf, track, skateboarding and football. We always let him choose what activities he wanted to do, but once he started, he had to finish the season. Some sports he liked more than others, and some he is admittingly better at than others.
One of the biggest things I noticed is how sports help social development. When my son was about nine, he invited both, kids from school and kids from his football team to his birthday party. I couldn’t help but notice that the kids that played sports, interacted with new people more easily. I am not referring only to the kids from his football team, but also his friends from school that played other sports. The athletes were more social and confidant, while the kids that didn’t play sports were timid about interacting with new kids. I could look around and see most of the kids playing together, while a few had segregated them self from the group and needed encouragement to participate.
A few years later my son switched schools twice in a year, to meet his academic needs. He began the school year at a public school. When I picked him up from school the first day, he told me he had friends at this school, that he already knew from sports teams he played with. A couple weeks later, he was switched to a private school. Before he started at the new private school, we were invited to a pool party, to meet some of the other boys in his grade. I was impressed with how quickly my son transitioned into the group. We were only there a few minutes, before he was playing football with the other boys. I honestly feel that playing sports has given him a social advantage, and now that he is in high school sports is an academic motivator. Anyone with a teenager will probably agree, they need all the motivation they can get. Lets not forget that teenagers are also exposed to things like drugs and alcohol, and although some athletes may participate in these things, a serious athlete is more likely to avoid them because they are conditioning their bodies to be competitive.
An athlete cannot run with money in his pockets. He must run with hope in his heart and dreams in his head. ~Emil Zatopek
Sports, Fitness and Athletes Series: More than fun and games
Best of Both Worlds AZ is dedicating a series to sports, fitness and athletics. We would like to explore the world of sports and the benefits it has on us all. There is more to sports than fun and games, sports can have a social and economic benefits for a community. Sports and Fitness, contribute to an individuals physical and physiological health and can bring family and friends together. It is also important to recognize that many athletes, contribute and give back to the community. We welcome your thoughts and ideas.
Whats Trending Now?
Plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures have been a hot topic lately. Why? Because the cosmetic industry is boosting and is predicted to continue to growing as the economy improves. It is expected that Plastic Surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures will soon exceed pre-recession levels. The industry peaked in 2004 and saw a big decline in 2009. According to the ASAPS, Plastic Surgery procedures grew by almost 9% in 2010.
I am not sure if the increase in plastic surgery is a sign of an improved economy or not. I will say that I have seen more clients coming in because they want to stay competitive in the work force, especially in industries such as technology, that attract a younger generation of workers. People that are in sales or work with the public feel that their appearance has an impact on their income or ability to obtain a job. I have also seen an increase new clients, that want to improve their appearance before starting a new job. They are taking advantage of the time away from work to recover from surgery.
Top Procedures in 2010
2010-Top Surgical Procedures
#1 Breast augmentation (38.0% saline implants & 62.0% silicone implants)
#3 Eyelid surgery
#4 Abdominoplasty (Tummy Tuck)
#5 Breast reduction
#6 Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping)
#8 Breast Lift
#9 Autologous fat ( Fat transfer)
#10 Forehead lift
There were 1,622,290 total surgical procedures done in 2010.
2010-Top Non-surgical Procedures
#1 Botulinum toxin type a ( Botox & Dysport)
#2 Hyaluronic acid (including Hylaform, Juvederm, Perlane/Restylane)
#3 Laser hair removal
#4 Laser skin resurfacing (36.0% ablative & 64.0%nonablative)
#5 Chemical peel .
#8 IPL treatments ( aka..photofacial, fotofacial, photorejuvenation,)
#9 Non-invasive skin tightening
#10 Calcium hydroxylapatite (Radiesse)
There were 9,336,814 total non-surgical procedures done in 2010.
Men vs Women: Top Surgical Procedures
#1 Breast augmentation
#3 Breast reduction
#5 Eyelid surgery
#3 Eyelid surgery
#4 Breast reduction to treat enlarged male breast
#5 Cosmetic ear surgery.
The ASAPS survey is based on procedures performed by the surgeon, and may not include all of the nonsurgical procedures performed in the office by other staff such as physician assistants, nurses, laser technicians and estheticians .
Some nutritionists state that you could live adequately on bee pollen alone. I know that sounds crazy, but science shows that bee pollen has natural rejuvenating powers, boosts energy, extends life span, fights allergies (and possibly even cancer) and relieves digestive orders. Bee pollen bursts with easily assimilated protein and lecithin, which nourish the brain and nervous system. Who would have thought?! Honeybee pollen and raw honey are the only food on earth that contain all 22 nutrients needed by mankind for complete and perfect health.
Everyone can benefit from taking bee pollen, but check with your doctor before using if you suspect sensitivity or have an unhealthy condition or if you are in question. There are many different types of Bee pollen. I recommend buying it from your local farmers market, that way it is the freshest and purest form. Small jars are usually about $8 and medium sized jars about $15-20. It should be kept in the freezer to preserve freshness.
I have purchased my bee pollen from THE FISH HUGGER and MADE BY BEES . Both have a great selection of honey and bee pollen. Both vendors are found at a few of the farmer’s markets around town. Follow both vendors on facebook to see updates and get more info!
Its important when taking bee pollen to start with 1 to 3 granules for adults in the morning followed by water, juice or milk,and start with 1 granule for children and increase by 2 grains every day. For normal daily intake adults can take up to 1 or 2 tbsp. I don’t know how to describe the taste but it may take a little bit to get used to. Mix in yogurt, smoothie, oatmeal, or whatever you want if you don’t want to eat it out of the jar.
Bee Pollen self digests and aids the digestion of other foods. It makes fats burn faster and increases the rate of burned calories therefor aiding in weight control. Many athletes take bee pollen to help their endurance. It’s also used as an immune system builder. Since the bee pollen increases the body’s healing power, it can help build resistance to disease. Pollen brings back vitality without the dangers of artificial stimulants like caffeine, ephedra and can be taken safely at anytime. Pollen also contains active antibiotic substances, which destroy bacteria on contact. Bee pollen is useful in cases of stress and nervous endocrine system disorders due to its high content of natural B vitamins. Bee pollen increases energy and mental alertness and is believed to slow down the aging process!
Here is a list of the vitamins and minerals it contains:
Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, H, K
Sodium, titanium, zinc
Plus amino acids, fatty acids, proteins, globulins, and peptones.
There are 28 minerals that are found in the human body. 14 are vital, essential elements present in such small amounts that they are called micro-nutrients and honey bee pollen contains all 28 minerals.
Each ounce of honeybee pollen conatins 28 calories. 7 grams are carbohydrate, plus 15% lecithin, the substance that burns away fat and 25% PURE protein.
There are so many benefits and so much information on this mysterious nectar that it would be pages long if I wrote about everything!
I am not guaranteeing taking bee pollen will help or cure any health problems, nor is it recommended to live off be pollen. Please do your own research and talk with your Physician if you are in question.
“Of all people, you know who I am…who the world needs me to be. I’m Wonder Woman.”
As a true Wonder Woman fan, I am excited to learn that the production of a new Wonder Woman Television series is in the works. The newest Wonder Woman television series will be writen and produced by David E. Kelley. Warner Bros is expected to launch the show on NBC. The role of Diana Prince aka Wonder Woman is rumored to be played by Adrianne Palik. I hope they will maintain the same Wonder Woman that nostalgic fans are familiar with. I hope to see a similar costume and her signature powers, Lasso of Truth, indestructible bracelets, her tiara and her invisible airplane.
“In your satin tights / Fighting for your rights / And the old Red, White, and Blue!… / Wonder Woman!”
The original TV series took place during World War II, and Wonder Woman’s altar ego, Diana Prince was a Navy enlisted First Class Petty Officer. Wonder Woman is actually Princess Diana from the hidden Paradise Island that is the home to a tribe of eternally young Amazon women. The women of Paradise Island are based on the Amazons of Greek mythology. When an American Soldier, Major Steve Trevor is shot down by a Nazi plane, he lands on the mythical Island and Princess Diana decides she must follow the Major back to the United States and help fight the Nazi’s. Wonder Woman has super human strength, bulletproof bracelets, and the golden lasso of truth.
Diana Prince changes into her Wonder Woman Costume by spinning at lightning speed. As a kid this was probably my favorite part of the show. I can’t tell you how many times I would wrap myself in a sheet or some type of make shift cape and spin in a circle, throwing the sheet off, revealing my Wonder Woman Underoo’s. During my transformation, I would yell ” Wonder Woman!”
I grew up watching shows like Wonder Woman, The Bionic Woman and Charlie’s Angels. I think that these types of show’s let girls know that you could be smart, strong, powerful and beautiful all at the same time. As a little girl, these shows inspired me to be more than a princess and certainly didn’t create any desire to be a damsel in distress. I didn’t need someone to be my hero, in my mind I was the hero and I should even protect others. Wonder Woman represented strength, virtue, and although she avoided violence she could kick some butt and look hot doing it. I look forward to the return of Wonder Woman and I hope that she will inspire todays girls to be more than a princess. Even if Diana was a princess, she was so much more, she was Wonder Woman.
“Go in peace my daughter. And remember that, in a world of ordinary mortals, you are a Wonder Woman.” Queen Hippolyte