Is it something in the water? Austin is a land of sweet and beautiful people – ones gifted with truly natural gorgeousness that practically need no enhancements. No plastic surgeons needed here.
A lot of celebs were born and raised in this great Texan city. The ladies born here are abundant in beauty and grace and that legendary Southern charm. Seventies icon and Charlie’s Angel star Farah Fawcett called it home. She’ll be forever known for her lustrous wavy hair and welcoming smile. Girls next door Sandra Bullock and Renee Zellwegger – both known for their sweet and adorable dispositions both on and off-screen, also have Austin as their hometown.
The menfolk in this town too are pretty special. Who knew that hotties Dennis Quaid with his captivating grin and Matthew McConaughey with his glorious bare chest hail from this town. Ben McKenzie of The O.C. television series fame is also an Austinite. His role in the show is that of a quiet, brooding and angsty teen, which suits his personality to a T. Ethan Hawke, whom we’ve seen grow from his supporting role in Dead Poets Society to his inspiring role as genetically challenged Victor in Gattaca has his roots in this town as well.
Not only is he a beautiful, beautiful man, but fashion designer Tom Ford himself is a creator of beauty. Having brought the labels Gucci and Louis Vuitton into the 21st century.
Austin also breeds genius, as talented film directors and writers Terence Malick, Richard Linklater, and Robert Rodriguez. Terence Malick is known for writing and directing films that are considered experimental and introspective, such as the war film The Thin Red Line, and the brooding and reflective The Tree of Life. Richard Linklater is famous for experimental movies too, that are also “talkies”, which don’t have a lot of action but have lots of philosophical dialogue instead, which is especially true in the animated Waking Life, and his Before Sunrise-Sunset-Midnight trilogy with fellow Austinite Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, who both share writing credits as they mostly improve their lines. Robert Rodriguez is a strange sort of filmmaker, as he alternates between wholesome children’s adventure stories to violet-ridden ones with lots of guns, blood, and gore.
With all these wonderful, beautiful people, coming from Austin, it really makes one wonder if there is something in the water.
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Dry, rough skin is oftentimes a problem easily handled by very basic exfoliation. The dryness and roughness are a result of all those dead skin cells accumulating in the surface of the skin. They make skin wrinkly and old-looking too. Sloughing the dead skin off is a sure way to instantly freshen up the skin and make it look younger.
Using a loofa or bath puff with your shower gel helps the process along, as do body scrubs and facial scrubs. A basic rule of thumb is, the rougher it feels, the more it exfoliates. So a loofa is more exfoliating than a wash towel, and a brush exfoliates better than a loofa, and a pumice stone more than a brush. Different parts of the body require different levels of exfoliation: soles of the feet need rougher exfoliants, knees and elbows need less, torso needs even less than that, and the face needs the gentlest.
You can replicate at home some rejuvenating scrub treatments that you’d find in Adelaide spas like http://www.norwooddaysurgery.com/rejuvenation.php. Your kitchen holds all sorts of ingredients that you can make into your very own custom made body scrubs. All you need is an abrasive and a medium that will hold it together, so that the mixture looks like a paste. Salt and sugar are kitchen staples that are often used as abrasives in commercial scrubs. Seeds and nuts can be ground or pulsed in a food processor to make wonderful scrubs — the finer the grind, the gentler it is. Your choice of one or more abrasives can be held together by something fatty, such as mashed avocado, mayonnaise, or cream — which then creates in a nourishing and moisturizing scrub. On the other hand, adding something cool and light to your abrasives — fruit purees, gelatin, or honey, for example — creates a refreshing scrub with the added benefit of vitamin C, which is great for oily skin.
When creating a scrub for the face, make sure to use a gentle abrasive, such as quick cooking oats, and finely ground nuts. Try using honey as a base and massage it into your face in gentle, circular strokes for a wonderful home facial that will bring you instant facial rejuvenation. You’ll feel it as soon as you rinse off!
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The ultimate goal for permissive parents is to show their child love and feel their love in return. They tend to avoid conflict at any cost. In a permissive household, discipline and limits are often missing.
These parents are highly bonded and connected to their children. In their belief, the key to the heart of their child is to relate to them as a peer instead of as a parent. Rules in this household are inconsistent if they do exist at all. When they need a child to act on a rule or expectation, most often the parent will use any means necessary including bribery, gifts, food and other motivators to gain for their child to comply.
Children need to have healthy limits and expectations. The kids need to learn appropriate behavior to function as a member of society. They also have to feel valued and cared for. Often, children of permissive parents suffer self-esteem loss because there is no one to ask about their grades in school or help them with homework.
Children feel like an important part of a functional unit – the family unit – when they are held to a higher standard. To be part of that functional family unit, they need structured activities like chores and routine bedtimes. In their desire to be everything to their children, permissive parents often times miss the boat entirely and have very little to offer that a peer at school can’t also fulfill.
Permissive parents are better off trying for a more balanced approach because this does not work. A healthy part of parenting is having love and affection but it becomes unhealthy if there is an unbalance of guidance and discipline.
Openly gay couples who decide to become parents is still a new phenomena. Society has to catch up with this new trend. You may encounter hostility or suspicion if you’re parenting with a same-sex partner. You have to realize the importance of your unique situation. You can be an example that gay parents can make good parents and that gay families can be happy families.
In a recent report made by the American Psychological Association, they observed that “not a single study has found children of gay or lesbian parents to be disadvantaged in any significant effect relative to children of heterosexual parents.”
As a gay parent, you may wonder if you and your same-sex partner are depriving your child of an essential ingredient available only to children of “straight” parents. All the research to date suggests that the children of gay parents are at no significant disadvantage. Some of their findings are:
•Sexual orientation does not affect good parenting. It depends on ability of the parent to create a nurturing and loving, something both straight and gay parents can do.
•The children of gay parents grow up healthy, happy, and well-adjusted as the children of straight parents.
•There is no evidence to suggest that children of gay parents are less popular, less intelligent or more likely to have problems than children of straight parents.
•Children of gay parents are no more likely to become gay or straight than other children.
Gays and lesbians rarely become parents by accident, compared with an almost 50 percent accidental pregnancy rate among heterosexuals. It means that they have greater commitment on average and more involvement.
The children of gay parents show few differences in mental health, achievement, social functioning and other measures. They have the advantage of tolerance, open-mindedness and role models for impartial relationships.
Foster parents give a safe and temporary home for children who are in crisis. They become a part of the child’s care, treatment and support programs. They work together with the child’s social worker, doctors, teachers and attorney. It is not a passive act of opening one’s home and providing food, clothing, and shelter. It is a relationship where there is love, nurturing and advocacy.
The children who have been taken from their birth family homes for reasons of neglect, abuse, abandonment, or other issues endangering their health and/or safety need foster homes. These children are filled with confusion, a sense of powerlessness, anger, fear and confusion for having to leave the only home they have ever known. Some have emotional, physical, developmental or behavioral problems.
Financial support is offered by all states. The amount given is different for every state. You must be able to prove that without having to use any of the income from foster parenting, your current family needs can be met. Many states also offer day care, clothing and/or day camp allowances.
To become a foster parent, you need to have the following requirements:
•Must be at least 21 years old.
•You have enough bed and rooms in your home for a foster child to sleep and keep his or her belongings.
•Fire, safety, sanitary standards for your home should be met.
•Emotionally and physically capable of caring for children and have no drug or alcohol abuse problems.
•You must have no substantiated record of abusing or neglecting children and pass a criminal background check.
•You do not need to depend on the foster care reimbursement you receive from the state as income.