Hey there…it’s your captain speaking. I enjoy my role leading the topics in the Ladies Room. I LOVE the input from our in-studio guests and YOU even more. I’ve been married for almost 9 years. My husband, Nick, and I have been together for 17 years. Wow, I didn’t even realize it had been that long! We have a 5 year-old son. I have a hectic, yet very rewarding schedule trying to manage my work duties along with spending quality time with family and friends. No where did you see me mention anything about cleaning….I hate it; but, in the end, you have to do the laundry and the dishes. I get a lot of support from my hubby and our family – for that I am grateful! I love to cook and I do have a couple signature dishes. I love to travel…you name it, I’ll go! I wouldn’t consider my daily commute to/from Jersey travelling; but, I do spend a lot of time in my car! Above all else , watching the world through my little guy’s eyes is the most valuable treasure in the world.
I have lived in the Valley all my life. I think this is the reason I LOVE to travel! I am working my way around the world one country at a time! I recently spent some time as a Kiwi in New Zealand…absolute best experience of my life thus far! I get bored way to quick so I fill my time with Zumba (OBSESSED!), skiing, golf, wakeboarding, going to as many concerts as humanly possible! I like getting out to events around the Lehigh Valley like Wine Festivals, happy hours, dinner parties…any place that my friends and I can kick back with a couple of adult beverages and relax! I LOVE to cook and I think I am pretty good at it! I enjoy taking a recipe and making it as healthy and as low cal as possible. If you ever need any help with that, I’m your girl!
Hey, I’m Heather and I am your typical fun, loving and not SO MUCH high maintenance (though there are exceptions) kind of girl. I was born in the Lehigh Valley, graduate of Central Catholic High School and Alvernia University. For me, life everyday is exciting because I love my job, enjoy my hobbies and most importantly I am a MOM! I’m on the go constantly, if I’m not working, I’m riding at the barn with Hannah or have cheer practice with Haydn. I enjoy running for the mind, getting manicures/pedicures to stay beautiful, romantic dinners to feel sexy and SHOPPING for my therapy!! Whether you’re driving in your car, cleaning around the house or at a desk at work don’t forget to tune into us every Thursday at 8:20am. It’s totally worth spending a few minutes of your Thursday mornings around successful, intelligent women, who discuss style, relationships and the WHAT-NOT-TO-DO’S!!
I am the newlywed of the group! My husband Brent and I got married in October of 2011 and it has been wonderful! He has a 7 year old daughter, who I love dearly. She has forced my maternal instinct to be kicked into full force and I wouldn’t change a second of it! Though, I do not have any children of my own, I am looking forward to our future family! A few things that I enjoy are camping, fishing, music and spending time with those that I love. Music is therapeutic and means a great deal to me. Mix that with a campfire, good friends and no contact to the outside world? Simply can’t get much better than that! I enjoy traveling and I have a bucket list of places I will see before I leave this world! Hope you enjoy what you hear and thanks in advance for listenin!
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Here are some more suggestions in the new sun screen products department:
Coppertone’s new products target specific needs. The Oil Free Faces Travel Size SPF 15 Sunscreen Lotion is oil free, hypoallergenic, and comes in a nifty travel size. Kids Wacky Foam SPF 75+ Sunscreen is a foaming lotion that’s pediatrician recommended and water resistant. Tattoo GUARD SPF 50+ Sunscreen is tailored for tattoos and comes in a stick for precise spot application. (Available at coppertone.com.)
Kiss My Face presents its 2013 sun care products. A few from the collection include: Face Factor for Face and Neck with Hydresia – it comes in both SPF 30 and SPF 50 and also includes aloe and cucumber extracts. Oat Protein Sunscreen comes in SPF 18 and SPF 30 and includes oat protein to help fight free radicals. Sport Lip Balm SPF 30 is a long lasting formula that is preservative free and water resistant. (Available at kissmyface.com.)
AVEENO introduces its new PROTECT + HYDRATE sunscreens. They’re available in SPF 30, SPF 50, and SPF 70 and combine ENVIROGUARD Technology with their trademark ACTIVE NATURALS Colloidal Oatmeal to keep skin soft and smooth. (Available at aveeno.com.)
New from Noodle & Boo is the Play Day Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen specifically designed for babies. It’s water resistant, lightweight, and non-oily. Aloe and Vitamin E help nourish and moisturize. (Available at NoodleandBoo.com.)
Badger Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Zinc Oxide Sunscreen Lotion is a cream-based sunscreen made with non-nano uncoated zinc oxide. It is very water resistant, while moisturizing, protecting and nourishing the skin. It has a base of certified organic oil, butters and aloe vera, which provides a protective barrier and makes it easy to apply. Also, Badger is a Certified Benefit Corporation and its products are Certified Organic. In addition to their support of farming communities and the environment, they donate to non-profit organizations that focus on the health and welfare of children. (Available at Whole Foods Market.)
Australian Gold SPF 45 Sheer Coverage Faces with Self-Tanner provides protection for the face with the added bonus on a built-in self-tanner. It bronzes the skin with natural caramel and walnut seed extract. (Available at australiangold.com.)
And for your hair, Ouidad’s Sun Shield & Sport Leave In Conditioner is a conditioning spray that provides a shield against environmental factors such as wind, salt, chlorine and the sun with UV filters. (Available at ouidad.com.)
Sunscreen is a must year-round, but certainly more top of mind this time of year. Dr. Gervaise Gerstner, L’Oreal Paris’ Consulting Dermatologist, shares her sunscreen expertise with us below.
Q: What words or claims should I look for when selecting sunscreen for the beach or pool, where I know I’ll be swimming? Do you have a sunscreen that you recommend?
A: Look for “water-resistant.” “Waterproof” and “sweat-proof” are no longer allowed on labels. Also look for specific timing for reapplication, i.e. 40 or 80 minutes. I prefer L’Oréal Paris Sublime Sun Crystal Clear Mist Spray SPF 50+. Another good option is SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50.
Q: What words or claims should I look for when selecting sunscreen for daily use, like when I’m running errands? Do you have a sunscreen that you recommend?
A: For daily use, SPF 15 to 30 is fine.
Q: What words or claims should I look for when selecting a facial sunscreen? Do you have a sunscreen that you recommend?
A: Look for non-comedeogenic and oil-free. I like L’Oréal Paris Sublime Sun Liquid Silk Sunshield for Face SPF 50+. It comes is in a convenient 1.7 fl oz container which is great for travel too.
Q: Regardless of when or where I’m using a sunscreen, what should I look for when purchasing a sunscreen?
A: Broad Spectrum. This means UVA and UVB coverage.
Q: Are beauty products (like foundation, moisturizers etc.) that contain SPF effective?
A: It is great if a foundation has sunscreen in it, BUT I don’t let this count. It is just an extra bonus. The reason is because we often skimp on the amount of foundation we apply as to not look too “made-up,’ so use the L’Oréal Paris Sublime Sun Liquid Silk Sunshield for Face SPF 50+ and then use your makeup with SPF as an added bonus.
Q: I’ve heard conflicting things about when you should get rid of your sunscreen (i.e. if it’s over a year old, or has been sitting out in the sun, etc.). Can you clarify when a sunscreen starts losing its effectiveness?
A: Sunscreens last one year but in the summer you should be using at least a bottle a month if out in the sun. You should not be saving sunscreen. You should be using it up!
Q: How often should you reapply for everyday use vs. when you’re in the sun all day (i.e. at the beach)?
A: For normal daily use, you don’t need to re-apply. Remember, you get sun even through the car window. For vacation/sunny use, re-apply after one hour of swimming or sweating.
Q: Any other tricks/tips you can offer would be great.
A: A tip I like to share is to put sunscreen on a foundation brush to easily apply the formula on your face. Also, use sunscreen spray for the hairline and part line which tend to burn, especially on blondes.
See below for some newer (and tried and true) sunscreen options.
G.M. Collin’s new Mineral Sun Cream SPF 25 is good for all skin types. The facial sunscreen has an ultra-light formula and is formulated with 100% natural mineral sun filters. It’s ideal for sensitive skin and children. For both face and body, the High Sun Protection Cream SPF 30 is water resistant and helps prevent visible signs of aging with the antioxidant properties of Vitamins E and C. (Available atgmcollin.com.)
Day Therapy (Broad Spectrum SPF 30) from NEOVA hydrates and maintains essential skin barrier function. It reduces visible signs of photodamage with DNA repair enzymes and anitoxidants. DNA Damage Control Silc Sheer 2.0 SPF 40 provides sheer coverage and a non-oily finish. (Availble at neova.com.)
Neutrogena’s new Beach Defense line comes in both SPF 30 and SPF 70. Good for both face and body, the sunscreens also come in lotion or spray. The Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 55 is designed to provide protection without causing breakouts on acne-prone skin. It leaves a weightless, matte finish. (Available atneutrogena.com.)
The Aveda Inner Light Sheer Mineral Tinted Moisture SPF 15 is oil-free and non-acnegenic and features the aroma of certified organic essential oils. It features coconut and jojoba seed that delivers hydration with a dewy finish. (Available ataveda.com.)
Juice Beauty, known for their authentically organic products and commitment to the environment, introduces their Stem Cellular Repair CC Cream. The Color Correcting Cream provides a chemical free SPF 30. It also evens out skin tone, reduces fine lines and wrinkles, and provides hydration. (Available at juicebeauty.com.)
The Orgo Completely Weightless SPF 29 Sunscreen Face Spray provides UVA/UVB protection. The paraben-free and fragrance-free lightweight formula absorbs quickly, perfect for under makeup. (Available at beautycirque.com.)
Everyone can agree that technology has overcome many of the everyday tasks we're used to doing. We can now use a GPS to tell us where to drive, a tablet to help assist with our daily business, and a cell phone to Skype someone across the country. Technology has changed everything in our way of life. This means, naturally, technology has seriously changed the way that we date. Not only are dating sites a now normal way to meet the love of your life, but even newer apps like Tinder offer even a more unique way of dating. The app allows you to see local people in the area, and you can decide whether you're into them or not. If you both like what you see, a connection will be made. If not, they'll never know you declined them. Tinder isn't the only new way of dating that's becoming popular, there are tons more. Some people say they dislike the new direction dating is going, because let's face it, some of these dating trends are just awful. What do you guys think? Have any of these trends helped you meet the love of your life? Or do you find them tacky and awkward like the people in the link believe? Comment below and let us know!
In light of everyone talking about Amanda Bynes most recent public break downs, former child star Mara Wilson decided to enlighten everyone with the seven reasons former child stars are most likely to rebel, or just go plain crazy. You may know Mara from Mrs. Doubtfire and Matilda, but she eventually kind of just -disappeared-. By keeping a pretty incredible record for a former child star, Mara explains just some of the problems child stars face once they're not in the spotlight anymore. You can read the article here.
Former model and aesthetician Yara Shoemaker is the author of the new book Health On Your Plate. She shares her natural beauty tips and recipes In addition to speaking about her passion for healthy cooking. She covers her history of Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cooking, shows how to build confidence in the kitchen, shows how to review, revive and renew your pantry, how to make traditional cultural dishes with exotic flavors and a healthy twist, and more. She also has lots of tips on her blog: Yara’s Way!
She discusses her passion below:
I’ve always believed that people are in greater need of nutrition than food. My grandmother says that more people die from a full plate than an empty one. I found this to be especially true when I moved here seven years ago from my native Syria, where meals were cooked at home with ingredients bought fresh from the market. Here, I was lost among the colorful packaging and clever marketing in the supermarket aisles. But faster and easier doesn’t mean tastier or healthier, and after I fell in love with a wonderful man (now my husband), I became more concerned for my health and that of my loved ones. I was determined to extend our “expiration dates.”
Love inspired my mission to understand the source of life: food. I gathered a team and dedicated three years of my life to researching every tool and ingredient in my kitchen, complementing modern knowledge with my grandmother’s traditional wisdom. The elders of her village are energetic and disease-free, and I aspired to understand their graceful way of aging. I decided to stock my kitchen to match my grandmother’s as closely as possible. Memories of her cooking inspired me to choose earthenware pots instead of non-stick cookware, and it turns out that scientific evidence supports that choice.
Just like food is more than bright packaging and catchy slogans, beauty is more than the creamy concoctions and promises marketed to us. Growing up, I often saw my mother in the kitchen before bedtime, not making a midnight snack, but blending a pinch of this with a hint of that to create her own natural beauty treatments. These simple solutions have been passed down through generations of women in my family, and I am excited to share these secrets with women around the world to enhance their health and natural beauty. I think every woman feels best about her body when it’s healthy both inside and out, so I was sure to include many natural beauty recipes in my book.
Enjoy these simple solutions to a more naturally beautiful you!
This excerpt comes from my new book, Health On Your Plate; a complete resource for your optimal healthy lifestyle! It’s the quick guide to everything you need to know, from the healthiest cookware and appliances, to essential spices, produce and ingredients every kitchen should have and how to shop for them. I even uncover eye-opening, little-known food mysteries that will help keep you and your family healthy and safe. And you can look forward to my easy, versatile recipes that help you get creative in the kitchen to make incredibly healthy and delicious meals, as well as natural beauty solutions!