Sweet Valley Diaries

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taacIt can be quite alarming to wash your face, the same way you do every morning, and then look into the mirror and see a perfect rendering of your mother. It really is not fair that nature causes us to show our years right on our face, for the entire world to see. But the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, age spots, redness, and sagging skin happen to every woman in the world, without regard to character or status. So since it has to occur no matter what, look for ways to wear your age with pride and grace. There is no reason you should not feel beautiful, no matter how your body changes.

You may wish to invest in a few anti wrinkle creams to help you feel younger longer. Since there is such a huge variety of anti wrinkle creams on the market, it would be wise to do a bit of research before you sling your purse over the shoulder and head out to do battle. Department stores carry a variety of top quality anti wrinkle creams, many of which have been scientifically proven to undo some of the signs of aging. These can be pricey, however, so make your choice carefully. Drug stores also carry a wide range of anti wrinkle creams, from simple moisturizers to more complex anti aging formulas. Speak with your doctor or dermatologist if possible, to find the one that best suits your skin type and needs.

Supplementary Components For Anti- Wrinkle Creams

The substances used in the production of anti- wrinkle creams may divided into two major groups, i.e. primary and secondary. The secondary components include Coenzyme Q10, Copper peptides, Kinetin and Tea extracts. The Coenzyme is important for the regulation of cell production. Studies conducted in users show that application of this substance contributes a great deal to the reduction of wrinkles around the eyes with little or no side effects. Other quarters show that when it is applied before exposure to the sunlight, it protects the skin from damage by the sun.

Copper, on the other hand, is found almost on all products used as anti wrinkle creams as well as other skin care products. When this substance is combined with little amounts of proteins referred to as peptides, it helps in the quick healing of wounds. It is known to stimulate production of collagen which improves the action of antioxidants. Kinetin, which is a plant growth factor, improves the look of the skin and uneven pigmentation with little skin irritation. It also helps in retention of moisture which is essential for the skins suppleness. Green and black tea contain compounds with anti-oxidant properties that help in removal of wrinkles from the skin by doing away with the ugly folds that invade the skin.


Learning how to remove skin tags should be a personal goal for the people who are not in the medical field. Anybody can learn how to remove skin tags and save the huge amount of money that is spent in the hospitals in carrying out the same procedure. At one point or the other in life, one must suffer from a skin tag condition. You may get bruised, or experience friction between your clothes and the skin leading to an ugly skin tag.

You can learn different methods of how to get rid of skin tags through different means. One, technology has made it easy for us to access information. The internet is a great resource in our days. You can go to any search engine and find information that will help you learn how to remove a skin tag. This is the easiest way of finding information. However, in the absence of the internet, you can decide to use medical books. They also give good explanations about skin tags and how to get rid of them. Information is very important in the life of an individual. Once you have the different methods at your finger tips, you do not need to spend a lot of money and time in the hospital. You can apply this knowledge to your skin tag situation.

When Should Skin Tags Be Removed?

Large skin tags that get irritated by clothing should be removed. How to remove skin tags should be discussed with a dermatologist if they are located in sensitive areas like the eyelids. Cutting off skin tags must be avoided as infection can occur on the skin. Skin tags located in the anal area should be checked by a doctor as it might be an indication of underlying problem. Increase in the size of skin tags may occur due to hormonal changes in the body.  Skin tags that are affected by cancerous cells must be removed to avoid the spread of disease to the rest of the body.

How to remove skin tags must be researched and understood before going forward with the procedure. Skin tags can be removed for cosmetic reasons.  Swimsuit models must have flawless skin, if skin tags occur removal is necessary in their line of work.  Large skin tags in the genital area should be removed if pain occurs during intimacy. Skin tags that develop near the opening of the nose should be removed if they enlarge. These tags can make breathing difficult for a child. If infection occurs when removing a skin tag, make an appointment to see a dermatologist.

You can get your byline in the local newspaper–all you must do is hunt down a great story. Impossible? Hardly. Follow this editor (and freelancer) as he shows you how to “track and trap the wild story.”

When I got the Sunday editor job at The Post-Star in Glens Falls, New York, it was time for me to start breathing life into our fatigued feature pages–and I had no idea how I was going to do it.

So I worked out a system, saving my skin and increasing the circulation of the Sunday paper. And in the process I bought hundreds of stories from dozens of freelancers. Later, my system helped me become a successful freelancer, with sales to newspapers such as the Telegram & Gazette in Worcester, Massachusetts (one of the largest dailies in New England), and the Providence Journal-Bulletin’s Sunday insert, The Rhode Islander Magazine.

The same system will help you make sales to daily and weekly newspapers–if you’re willing to do your homework. I call it “tracking and trapping the wild story,” though it works equally well for mild-mannered subject matter, such as an article about the first straw bonnet made in America, a piece I sold to The Rhode Islander Magazine.

Knowing Your Prey

The key to the system, and the first thing to realize about daily newspapers, is that they never lack for material. The great majority of them subscribe to news services such as The Associated Press, so editors always have 149 stories to choose from about the latest situation in Bangladesh. The news services also provide generic food stories, movie reviews, news from the state capital and so on.

What daily newspapers often need is good local material–stories from the towns in which they circulate. Since these are the towns in which you live, shop and visit friends, you’re in a perfect position to find those stories.

So what makes a good story? Something surprising. Something offbeat. Something wild. Above all, something that the newspaper’s own reporters aren’t going to find. (Trying to sell an editor your own version of the town council meeting story is the quickest way imaginable to be shown the door.)

Some examples: almost anything of historical importance that has a surprising twist. A freelancer once sold me a story recounting the time that Glens Falls changed its name–for 24 hours–to Glenn’s Orbit, in honor of John Glenn’s historic space flight. Another time I bought a story about a brave war veteran who had been honored with a statue. The surprising twist? The statue was of a horse that had courageously served our country.

freelancingThe first freelance story I ever sold was about the Busch Brewery–not the world-famous Anheuser-Busch Brewery in St. Louis, but the John B. Busch Brewery that was once operated in the small town of Washington, Missouri, by the less-successful brother of Anheuser-Busch’s founder.

Newspapers also like stories tied to holidays and particular seasons. Again, the focus must be local. Don’t write about the legend of St. Valentine–try a story about a couple in your own town who’ve been married for 50 years or more. For Mother’s Day, find a mother with seven children. I once sold a story, for instance, about one of George Washington’s visits to Massachusetts. Instead of focusing on one of the many houses he’s said to have slept in, I wrote about the time he was turned away by an innkeeper who didn’t recognize him. That story appeared on Washington’s Birthday.

Another tip: Most daily papers, and many weeklies, run bridal guides in the spring or summer. Try talking to ministers, wedding photographers, justices of the peace and caterers about wild wedding mishaps. A writer once turned in a story recounting the time that a wedding came to a halt after the priest told the groom that he could kiss the bride.

The groom didn’t understand English too well, so the clergyman puckered up his lips to show him what he meant. The groom smiled, nodded–and kissed the priest! I bought that story.

Stalking Your Prey

So, your story is local, has a twist, and is perhaps tied to a special time or season. Where do you find these good stories? It sounds like a cliche, but friends, relatives and neighbors really are the best source of story ideas. Once a freelancer was telling me about this wacky friend whose whole house, from rooftop to toilet-paper dispenser, was decorated as a miniature Christmas village. “So write about it,” I told her. It was a great story to run in the paper a week before Christmas.

My little brother once pointed the way to a good story. He was working in Kansas City as the manager of a comic book store. Every week, the store was selling hundreds of dollars’ worth of cards from a new game called Magic: The Gathering. This game was going to be bigger than Dungeons and Dragons, he told me. So I called the manufacturer, a company in a Seattle suburb, and got information about it.

But the story wasn’t local–I lived just outside of Boston. So I went to a comics store near Providence, Rhode Island, and wrote a story about how popular the game was there. Then I Went to a comics store in Worcester, Massachusetts, and did the same thing. I sold that story three times.

Besides other people, there are a great number of places to look for off-beat story ideas. Bulletin boards. Local historical societies. Phone books. There are two listings under “cryogenics” in my local yellow pages, for instance. I wonder what that’s all about.

Selling Your Prey

Once you capture that wild story and put it down on paper, how do you get it into print? The culture of a newspaper is different from that of a magazine–it’s faster-paced and more personal. Once you send your story, the editor will almost certainly want to talk with you face-to-face. After all, you’re most likely in the same city. Treat this meeting as an informal job interview. You don’t have to dress up–most editors don’t–but you do have to present yourself professionally.

Here are some other things to keep in mind:

Know the players. If you know anything about medieval kingdoms, you’re well on your way to understanding the management structure of most newspapers.

Think of the individual editors–the features editor, the sports editor, the local news editor–as dukes or duchesses who all answer to a central authority (the editor in chief), but who have great autonomy within their own small fiefdoms. If you think your story should be running in the features section, send it directly to the features editor.

If you don’t know who the features editor–or any other editor–is, call the main switchboard and ask. Newspaper editors are much more used to the idea of taking phone calls from their readers, so the switchboard operator may transfer you directly to an editor. In general, the smaller the paper, the more likely an editor is to talk with you. But realize that newspaper editors are under daily deadline pressure, and may not have time to talk at length.

Be aware also that different editors will have different reactions to a story. They have different taWs, and different budgets. Not every story is for every paper.

After I wrote about Champ, the legendary sea monster said to live in Lake Champlain, I was invited to watch the filming of an Unsolved Mysteries episode about Champ in Burlington, Vermont, where many sightings were reported.

The local paper in Burlington ran a short item, ridiculing the TV show and anyone who believed in sea monsters. My readers thought it was fun; the Burlington editors thought it was hokum. If one editor or one newspaper doesn’t buy your story, simply take it somewhere else.

Follow the rules. A short letter to an editor explaining who you are and why you’ve written the story you’re sending is sufficient. Include day and evening phone numbers–most newspaper editors work second shift. Always enclose SASE.

Be sure to discuss in your letter any personal relationship you may have with a subject that would affect the way you’ve written the story.

For instance, if you eat lunch occasionally at a diner that’s a community landmark, and you find out that the owner is planning to retire, it’s not a conflict of interest to write a story in which he reminisces about his 25 years of slinging hash. But if you’re buying the diner from him, that’s a conflict.

There are often different rules governing different types of writing in newspapers. Once, a freelancer quit after I told her that I wouldn’t pay her for an opinion piece she wanted to write. Most papers simply don’t pay for opinion essays and letters to the editor.

Pay attention to details. Facts are of paramount importance in newspaper stories. Newspapers don’t just insist on correct spellings of people’s names, they want the proper name and middle initials (Robert E. Lee, not Bob Lee). Newspaper editors want ages, job titles and street addresses of the people named in stories. Editors hate phrases such as “about 20 years ago.” That’s an invitation to an editor to call you at bedtime to ask whether it was 19 years or 21 years ago.

Sometimes, if your information is surprising, like the correspondence I turned up that convinced me George Washington was a flirt who enjoyed bantering with teenage girls, an editor will demand to check your sources.

If any of this sounds daunting, it shouldn’t. Newspapers are the easiest places to get published, and have a long tradition as a training ground for famous writers–Mark Twain and Ernest Hemingway, to name just two. Newspaper editors, though sometimes gruff and harried, are generally accessible. And most of them are willing to give some helpful advice to a novice, because that’s the way they started out themselves.

You won’t get rich writing for newspapers–pay can be as low as $25 per story–but it’s a great way to get those clips that help you build credibility, and can lead to future sales and perhaps even full-time writing jobs.

Snoring is a syndrome that has become very common nowadays. Snoring is found in individuals when there is vibration of the respiratory system in a human’s body (especially in throat area). Snoring can be very annoying at times, as it causes disturbance of sleep for others. It can be of different types, from soft noise to loud. Certain snoring remedies are usually advised to snorers so that they can get rid of snoring. First of all, one has to keep their body weight in check, especially in their throat area and give up smoking. Along with this, another snoring remedy is to do regular throat exercise and gurgle with warm water and salt, which helps to have a clear throat. Snoring is a serious medical problem, which requires proper guidance that will help to eradicate the problem completely. An expert advice from the doctor is very essential before any step is taken to fight snoring. In addition to this, it can also be said that although many kinds of snoring remedies are available on the market, it is not easy for everyone to figure out how to stop snoring. How about you?


Causes of Snoring

Snoring is a medical disorder, which happens due to certain basic reasons. Primarily snoring can be due to nasal or sinus problems. Besides this, excessive drinking, smoking and the intake of drugs can be reasons for snoring. Also incorrect posture during sleep causes snoring. Snoring can lead to a multiple problems like fatigue, sleep disorders and also health problems in general. There are many snoring remedies that an individual can undertake to get rid of this disorder. Some of the common snoring remedies that are being used by people is to initiate a different kind of diet especially people those who suffer from snoring should take minimal amount of food during dinner. In addition to this, such people such avoid excessive temperature drinks and caffeine contained products, which causes irritation in sleep. Special importance should be taken while going to sleep and no heavy meals should be consumed before two hours of going to sleep. Also people have to be cautious of keeping their bedroom moist which helps an individual from sleeping disorder, as dry air instigates irritation in the nose and throat area. These are certain home precautionary snoring remedies which can be undertaken by the individual themselves to fight snoring problem.

Snoring is a very common problem that affects our lives in many ways. Almost 50% of people snore frequently. It has many negative impacts but the most common impact is the ruining of relationships due to snoring. This is why people always look for different tips in order to stop snoring.

There are many remedies in order to reduce snoring problems. If you think you snore then you should talk to your doctor first. A doctor will determine the actual cause of your snoring problem. Here are some how to stop snoring remedies that will help you.

If you are overweight then try to lose your weight. Loss in weight will help to reduce the pressure on your breathing passage.

Avoid sleeping on back. It will also help to reduce the pressure during breathing.

Stop using alcohol and cigarettes.

Snoring can have serious effects on your health. So, do not ignore it. First try to deal it with remedies; if it is still not working then consult your doctor immediately. The bottom line is that this kind of sleep apnea can be dangerous for your health as well as to others. So, do not ruin your relationships and your health, man.

A loud, hoarse and brash breathing noise made by some people during sleep is called snoring. It is one of the most common problems that can occur both in adults and in children. Snoring is annoying for everyone; it is not always a sleeping disorder but yes sometimes it is a sign of serious problem. Snoring can be a symptom of sleeping disorder called Sleep Apnea. It is a condition in which one stops breathing for 10 seconds or more during sleep. If you have a feeling that you may have this problem, talk your physician. The most coming snoring causes are obesity, muscle swelling, nasal congestion, smoking, and excessive usage of sleeping pills or alcohols.

Here are some tips on how to stop snoring problem and these tips will help ensure you get a good sleep. Avoid alcohol as much as you can; especially at bedtime. If you are fat, try to lose the weight as soon as possible. Stop smoking, and use nasal strips. A snoring pillow can help you to stop snoring. Loud snoring is a very serious condition. It affects the sleep of other and causes relationship problems. If these how to stop snoring remedies are not working in your case then it is a good idea to talk about this problem with your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

Though there are medical cures for snoring problems, the best snoring remedies are always the changes that you make to your daily routines after analyzing what exactly makes you snore. Therefore, the first step towards achieving a snore-free sleep is to understand the fact that you have the problem. Most people are unaware that they snore until their partners shout at them to stop that noise. In fact, it is these very partners who can be a guiding light in the snorer’s life.

Observing and analyzing the way one snores can be of great help here. Some people snore with their mouths wide open while others do not. The reason for closed-mouth snores is some issue with the tongue and the open-mouth snores are because of throat problems. There are also differences in sleep positions that can be related to snoring. For example, snoring while sleeping on the back and snoring in whichever position one sleeps. Almost all snoring issues can be cured with the help of a healthy lifestyle, including proper food habits and exercises. Simple snoring remedies like breathing exercises and food control can surely help control snoring. However, snoring which extends into terrible breathing problems and not being able to sleep requires greater snoring remedies in the form of medical treatment which includes medical devices and surgeries. Some of the most effective devices are actually called stop-snoring mouthpieces. There are actually a good number of them on the market.

For those of you who snore, we know that feeling when everyone around asks you to get treatment to solve your snoring problem. In truth, getting the solution to solve snoring issues is not that hard at all. Here are a few simple snoring remedies.

One thing you could try is to change your sleeping position. Most people who sleep on their backs snore. This is because sleeping on your back causes your tongue and the soft palate falls to the back of your throat. This then causes vibration, which leads to snoring. For a change, try sleeping on your sides or elevate your sleeping position so that your upper body is higher than your lower body. Another remedy for snoring would be to avoid alcohol and sedatives. Excessive alcohol in your system will cause your muscles to relax more. And when your muscles in the back of your throat get laid back, you start to snore. A final remedy would be to lose weight. Having gained weight, the diameter of your throat get smaller, thus this leads to a higher likelihood of snoring. There are many other snoring remedies, which we have not listed above. Do a search on the Internet and try out the various remedies to solve your snoring problem once and for all!

Knowing how to stop snoring is a concern, especially for those who do not sleep alone. Other than disturbing others, snoring can be related to different health problems as well and it needs to be taken care of immediately. The first and most common reason for snoring is obesity; overweight people often suffer snoring problems because of their immense girth. If you are one of those that are trying to lose some weight, you might consider different diets or just a healthier lifestyle. Even a small decrease in weight may help you to stop snoring.

More advice on how to stop snoring includes perhaps to take anti snoring pills or anti snoring nasal spray; this can help strengthen your mouth and throat muscles and thus let the air move freely while you are sleeping. Consider changing your sleeping position as well; try to lift your head up using several pillows if you are used to sleeping on your back; it will push your tongue forwards and give you more space for the air to move via your mouth. Always make sure that air in your bedroom is fresh; when your body cannot receive enough fresh air you start breathing deeply and it produces the sound of snoring. If this problem is continually disturbing you, you’d best go to a sinologist, which will provide you with advice that is more professional.

These are 5 ways to stop snoring. Although your children might make fun out of your snoring, do not forget, this might be indicator of major health issues going forward.

How to Make Your Husband Stop Snoring

A snoring partner is often a big issue in any family. Men who have the habit of snoring frequently at night can distort the peaceful sleep of their partner and other family members. Quality sleep is critical for every family, and here are some tips.

Snoring is a nuisance, as it will affect the sleep of you and your family members. Snoring will also cause fatigue and increased health risks due to the lack of sleep. Therefore, it is important that you try your best to minimize or stop snoring. Here are some snoring remedies that you might want to try these coming nights.

The most common reason for snoring is due to sleeping position. Most people snore because they sleep on their backs. When you sleep on your back, your tongue and your soft palate drops to the inside of your throat and tightens the air passage to your lungs. This will cause vibrations and these vibrations will then lead to you snoring. For a change, try sleeping on your sides or try elevating your sleeping position so that your upper body is higher than your lower body. Another solution you might want to try is to keep hydrated throughout the night. Drink some water before you go to bed. By doing so, you will prevent the secretions and mucus inside your nose from becoming thicker and stickier. This will reduce the chances of you snoring. There are many more snoring remedies that you can find online. If you have the time, do a search and test out the different remedies on the Internet.

Ear bud usage is a good option for quality sleep, however this is not a solution to the problem. Statistically, those who smoke frequently are more likely to snore. Making your partner quit smoking will have two advantages: he will stop snoring or decrease its intensity and he will have more money in his pocket. Another idea is to make your husband lay on his side instead of lying on his back. Sleeping in this position will free more space in the throat of your husband and let him breathe easily, without emitting disturbing noises at night. You may try to set some restrictions on his consumption of alcoholic beverages, as well. Alcohol relaxes throat muscles more than usual and it results in the contraction of breathing; as well as greater air pressure on tonsils. If none of these will work, the problem might be more serious and you should convince him to go to a doctor.