Monthly Archives: April 2015

Safe Makeup Strategies for Healthy Beauty

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The use of cosmetics to improve the appearance of skin is a growing trend among both women and men of all age groups. Unfortunately, many cosmetic users are unaware of the potential risks involved when these products are not properly stored or applied. Mopfrog of Atlantic City offers some basic tips to help ensure that your makeup strategy gives you both beautiful and healthy benefits.

Cosmetic Rules to Live By

Makeup applicators and even the cosmetic products themselves often come into contact with bacteria with each dip of a finger or swipe of a brush. These basic cosmetic rules will help you avoid safety issues and keep cosmetic use healthy.

  • Never share cosmetics with anyone, especially products that you double dip or apply with a finger, such as lip gloss or mascara.
  • Clean makeup brushes frequently. Concealer and foundation brushes should be cleaned once a week to prevent buildup of product. Brushes that are used around the eyes should be cleaned twice a month, whereas all other brushes can be washed once per month to avoid being caked with residue.
  • Wash brushes in a bowl of warm, sudsy water, using a mild shampoo or bar soap; however, be careful to avoid the barrel below the bristles. Once clean, rinse thoroughly, squeeze out excess moisture by blotting with a soft towel, reshape and air dry by lining them up so that the brush heads extend off the edge of the counter. Never place them upright in a container as moisture could seep into the handle and damage your brush.
  • Keep cosmetics in a cool place to lessen harmful bacteria growth.
  • Never add water or saliva to a cosmetic to moisten it or extend the uses.
  • Replace cosmetics after illnesses or contact with infections.

Shelf Life Applies to Cosmetics, Too

Just like food products, cosmetics degrade as they age. Older cosmetics have a much higher risk of contamination from multiples uses, temperature fluctuations and exposure to bacteria. In addition, they often apply unevenly or look grainy and unattractive. Avoid these issues by replacing cosmetics in a timely manner. Here is a basic guide:

  • Mascara: 2-4 months
  • Eyeliners: 3-4 months (liquid), 18-24 months (pencil)
  • Foundations: 6 months (liquid), up to 24 months (powder)
  • Eye shadows and blushes: 6 months (cream), up to 24 months (powder)
  • Lipsticks and lip liners: 24 months
  • Lip glosses: 6 months
  • Nail polish – 12 months

Just as you do with food products, remember to discard any cosmetic that looks or smells funny.

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Simple, Yet Effective Ways to Deal with Your Kid’s Outgrown Clothing

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Whether you have one child or several, it can be very difficult to stay on top of an ever-growing mountain of outgrown clothes. Kids go through many periodic growth spurts, leaving behind a trail of pants, dresses, shorts and tops that are suddenly uncomfortably snug.

To add to this problem, doting grandparents and friends often send frequent gifts of clothing that may only be worn once or twice before becoming too small. If you are struggling with an outgrown clothing problem in your home, Mopfrog of Danbury offers some effective ways to end the struggle and win the war!

Organize and Reduce

In most families, kids (and adults) often develop an affection for a few favorite clothing articles and ignore the rest. Instead of trying to change this habit, learn to work with it by reducing the number of outfits that your kids have to choose from. In most cases, kids only need 5 – 6 outfits suitable for school, along with some play clothes and a couple of nice outfits for church or special occasions.

Opt to organize clothing twice per season, and repair or replace worn, torn or outgrown articles at that time. If the item is stained or unable to be repaired, remove the buttons and recycle them by cutting them into rags, trims and zippers for mending or craft projects.

If there are younger children in the home, pack away any suitable clothing items in a well-labeled storage tote until needed.

Give Outgrown Clothes a New Life

If there are no younger kids in the home who can use an older child’s outgrown clothing, use these options to give the items a new lease on life.

  • Get together with other parents and hold a clothing swap. Trade in your kid’s outgrown clothes for more appropriate sizes. This, however, only works if the moms attending the exchange have kids of various ages. Appoint a couple of parents to donate any items that are leftover to a local church, shelter or charitable organization.
  • Make outgrown clothing pay for its own replacement by selling unneeded outgrown items through a local consignment shop. Use the store credit or money earned to maintain a separate clothing budget to help replace children’s clothing as needed, throughout the year.
  • If an item holds special memories for parent or child, consider upcycling the clothing and making a memento. Favorite sweatshirts, T-shirts and other memorable outfits can be turned into quilt blocks to enjoy for years to come. Baby’s first shoes can also be turned into framed wall art.
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Creative Tips to Contain the Kid’s Toys

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If you have children, you are well aware of what each birthday, holiday and outing with the grandparents is likely to mean – yet another toy to add to an already overstocked supply! If you are tired of finding toys under the couch cushions and under foot, it may be time to make some simple changes that will make it easier for your little toy magnets to keep control of their growing collections!

Streamline Storage to Make Putting Toys Away Easier

If your home’s current toy storage area consists of a single, jumbled box or bin, kids may unconsciously balk at putting toys there because they find it difficult to retrieve all the toys and accessories later.

Mopfrog of the Hamptons suggests adding creative, dedicated storage options that will make it easy for kids to put their toys away properly, while making them feel confident that they can easily retrieve them whenever they want.

  • Hang shoe bags on the back of the closet and or kid’s bedroom doors to hold and organize dozens of small items like cars, Barbie dolls, action figures and more.
  • Incorporate one or two upholstered storage cube in the family room or living area to hold board games, decks of cards and other games that are used as a family.
  • Turn your old office file sorters horizontally so toddlers can slide chunky puzzles and coloring books into them easily.
  • Use a fishing tackle box to store crayons, markers, chalk and pencils. The lift out tray in the top will keep erasers, safety scissors and other small items neatly contained while the bottom holds crayons and drawing essentials. The handles also make them easy for even toddlers to grab and go when its time to play.
  • Encourage children to read by keeping books ready and visible in their room and throughout the home by turning wooden spice racks into a decorative, yet affordable shelving.

Encourage Kids to Share the Abundance

Plan a yearly toy drive right at home and have each child choose several outgrown or unused toys to donate to a local homeless shelter or community organization. Encourage them to choose their donations carefully by considering how much enjoyment another child might get from them. These early lessons will help kids learn to be generous, as well as cut back on the amount of toys that you, the parent, must deal with!

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