Shine Beautifully with The Lil Spa Room & April M. Monterrosa

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Relationship Stalling

Those of you in long term relationships probably talk to your girlfriends and/or family about this topic all the time. You’ve been a relationship for a long time, maybe even have kids, and your other half has not yet popped the question.  Now I’m not talking about couples that agree to not get married, marriage isn’t for everyone. I am talking about women who dream of walking down the aisle with the man they are in love with. The ones that always hint they would love to be married. You have put in years into being with your boyfriend, accepted him for all that he is (even his kids), and moved in with him under the impression that he is going to get on his knee and soon pull out that diamond ring. You look forward to Valentine’s Day, Christmas, your birthday, and any holiday that would give him the chance to take this step finally…and every year that goes by…nothing happens.

Being divorced once, engaged, and now remarried; I can honestly tell you why your other half has not popped the question. It’s simply because they do not want too. When a man loves a woman (or vice versa), he will do everything in his power to make her happy. If she wants to seal the deal and get married, he will make that happen. No ifs, ands, or buts…whether it be a big or small wedding, there’s always payments, savings accounts to take advantage of, and hell, he can get a part time job! Eloping to courthouse is not expensive at all…just FYI.

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Friends that have been in this situation have vented to me and I always ask them what their boyfriend’s excuses are for not wanting to tie the knot. Let’s see…my all time favorite one…money. That is the crappiest excuse ever! Get another job if you half to…stop spending money on things that are not needed…grow up and make your woman happy. Money comes and goes…with a little hard work this wedding can happen. Next excuse…”I’m just not ready”…really? But you were ready to move in together and share bills? And even have children?  Come on now, how fair is that? Another good one…”we’ll plan it next year”…why  NEXT year and not THIS year…if you do wait to start planning that next year and nothing happens AGAIN…yeah, he most likely  does not want to get married.

I could go on and on and list excuses as to why these men full of excuses do not want to get married knowing their woman wants to. I was with an excuse maker myself, I learned that the excuses never changed and the more time went on, I still was not getting what I wanted from the relationship. You have to ask yourself if you are willing to put what you really want aside just to keep the peace in the relationship…or keep your boyfriend period. Do you really want to settle? If so, then don’t complain. I do know a couple of friends that gave their other halves the marriage ultimatum, I don’t know if I’d want to pressure someone into marrying me, but it did work for them, and they do seem happy. My husband left a 12 year career and moved from another stated to be with me without even being asked. So again, when a man really loves a woman, he will do whatever he can to be with her, make her happy, and most of all put a ring on it and make her his. Know your worth and stop waiting around for something that you know is not going to happen.

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Step-Families & Smartphones

I belong to a few step family and step mom social media groups, one of the most common questions that gets posted is about the blended families being on each other’s social media pages. Some families agree with being on their step children’s parents social media pages to be able to see what they are doing and get pictures. Now while most blended families would disagree with this, in my opinion, it all depends on the situation. In my case, I am very open on my face book page; every person on my friends list knows me personally, my family, or is a close client. Though I think my stepdaughter’s mom is really cool and we get along well, I feel that I am not that close to her (yet) to share some of my personal posts. My husband no longer has any social media pages and other social sites I am on, like Twitter and Instagram, are public because I don’t mind sharing those.

I understand Facebook is a great tool to exchange pictures, but for blended families, there is a possibility it can also stir up harsh feelings, cause drama, and I don’t think exes need to keep tabs on you and your spouse’s whereabouts and vice versa. Some things are just not sharable and some families don’t even get along at all to even want to be on each other’s social media pages.

Email and texting is another great way to exchange pictures and video, but when you have tons of pictures (as I usually do) and big video files, email and text does have a limit and you are not able to share them that way. The best thing that has worked for my husband and I, is Dropbox.

dropbox-logoWhat’s Dropbox? “Dropbox is a home for all your photos, docs, videos, and files. Anything you add to Dropbox will automatically show up on all your computers, phones (android and iphone) and even the Dropbox website — so you can access your stuff from anywhere.

With the Smartphone craze these days, everyone has downloaded an app or two on their phones. The Dropbox app is a free download and service (unless you need more memory) and can be accessed anywhere. I even use it for work files and sharing pictures with my family. I take lots of pictures and video wherever I go, it is time consuming to have to upload them to the computer and then break them down into emails. With Dropbox, we click on all the pictures we want to share with my step daughter’s mom, upload them to her Dropbox folder, and she can view all of them in minutes due to the shared folder feature. With the shared folder feature, you can add anyone to the folder via email to have access to any of your folders.

Dropbox can also be downloaded to your laptop, desktop, and tablets. If you ever lost any of your devices or got them wet, your pictures, videos, and files are safe in your Dropbox folders and you can access them anywhere you can log into your Dropbox account. To learn more about Dropbox, check out their website. With such a neat and handy app, there should be no reason for blended families not to share pictures and videos of the children between them. Please share this idea with other step families.

For Stepmoms on Facebook, be sure to visit this great Support page: https://www.facebook.com/StepmomSupportPage

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Guacamole Day Recipe

September 16, 2014 is National Guacamole Day! We all know and love guacamole as a party snack, but there’s more to guacamole than meets the eye. Guacamole is made from avocados, which are packed with more than twenty vitamins, contain “good fats” that reduce cholesterol, can help fight cancer, and can be used as a substitute for butter or shortening in baking.

You can purchase pre-made guacamole at your local supermarket or buy some ripe avocados to make your own. Cinco de Mayo, Fourth of July, Super Bowl Sunday, and Easter each account for approximately five percent of annual avocado sales. Have no fear, avocado trees produce up to 400 fruits a year so there should be plenty to go around. Happy National Guacamole Day!

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Glacial Mud Masque

My lavender vanilla facial has been a hit this summer; being that its meant for all skin types, women, men, and teens have come in for one. All the products used in this treatment are wonderful; however, the main “skin changer” is the masque. I’m actually thinking of keeping it in my treatments for a while.

The glacial facial purifying mineral mud masque is definitely making a huge difference in my client’s complexions and mine as well. Dull, dry, and mature skins to oily, acne prone and even sensitive skin type clients leave my studio looking refreshed, deeply cleansed, rejuvenated, and glow at the end of the facial. This particular mud mask is made with mineral enriched glacial clay, silt, and contains a special mixture of botanical and organic extracts. The clay comes from the waters of the Copper River Delta in Alaska and the organic botanical extracts come from the Pacific Northwest. How cool to know that one of my favorite products used in my spa studio in good ol San Antonio, TX comes all the way from Alaska!

The glacial clay and silt contains over 60 nourishing elements and botanical extracts; some of  these active ingredients include:  Magnesium, Copper, Sulfur, Silver, Silicon, Calcium, Sodium, Potassium, Iron, kelp, nettle, horsetail, elderflower, yarrow, cranberry, blueberry, and vitamins e & b5.

My clients (male and female) that have big blackhead congestion issues enjoy the warm masque under a little bit of steam. This helps with the extraction part of the facial since the mud is very detoxifying.  Sure, all the facial massage circulation plays a big part as well, but it’s the masque that infuses the skin with its botanical goodness & lightly exfoliates the skin to a much smoother and softer state. Because of all the rich extracts combined, this masque is naturally anti-aging for all skin types as well. If you’re in the San Antonio area, be sure to schedule a facial soon to enjoy this masque in your treatment.

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FYI…

With my blogging bringing on new opportunities & in order to simplify things for friends, blog fans and clients, I’m combining the Shine Beautifully and Lil Spa Room brands to: “Shine Beautifully with The Lil Spa Room & April Monterrosa”. My website will have a few changes, starting with the address; www.lilsparoom.com will make its home on www.shinebeautifully.me. I will be posting new articles/blogs and the address will redirect visitors to my newly combined website. The new site will have easy access to The Lil Spa Room’s menu of services, a downloadable brochure & button to guide you to order skin care products. (Yes, that easy) I’ll still be posting all the great beauty & lifestyle information you’ve come to enjoy but only on the one newly combined website and Facebook Page. If you aren’t subscribed to the new website, please visit www.shinebeautifully.me  and subscribe there. Thanks for your cooperation & if you are due for your facial, waxing service, or have a beauty question, contact me soon!~April

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Avocado Skin Benefits

The amazing healthy components present in avocado make it a great choice in skin care. Some of the benefits for the skin are:

Hydrates & Lightens The Skin Tone:

The fruit effectively hydrates dry skin and reduces fine lines on the skin. It also offers instant radiance to the skin. This fruit is used in various cosmetics products, such as moisturizers and cleansers. It also controls itchiness caused by dry skin to a good extent.

Reduces & Prevents Wrinkles:

Avocados protect the skin from toxins, which cause premature ageing on the skin. It also helps in reducing age spots on the skin, when applied directly on skin.

Best Sunscreen:

It helps in protecting your skin from the UVA and UVB harmful rays of the sun. It is also a remedy for removing sun burns and eczema from the skin. It protects the skin from future damage.

Antioxidants for Healthy Skin:

Avocado contains antioxidants, which help in protecting your skin from damage. It improves your skins complexion and density. It’s also a great natural remedy to relieve dry skin.

Clears Skin:

They also remove dead skin cells effectively from the skin. It deeply penetrates into the skin to restore the nutrients. It also helps in increasing blood circulation in the skin, which is essential for the skin. The glutamine amino acid present in avocados cleanses your skin and offers it enough protection against harsh environmental factors.

Prevents Breakouts:

Regular intake of avocados effectively controls acne or breakouts in the skin. It therefore keeps the skin supple and glowing.

Fats & Vitamins:

Avocado protects the skin from the bad effect of pollution. It also supplies fats to the skin, which keeps the skin healthy. It helps in maintaining water in the skin, which helps in making the skin radiant and glowing.

Nourishes Skin:

Avocado oil is easily absorbable and thus penetrates deep into your skin, leaving it nourished and baby-soft. This helps accelerates the new cell generation and also helps promotes circulation in the body and skin…so eat those avocados up!

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