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Monthly Newsletter-February 2013

valentines day

January flew by, and I can’t imagine how fast February is going to go.  February is the shortest month and the only month with fewer than 30 days. February was introduced in the Roman calendar about 700 BE when the calendar was extended from ten to twelve months. Before that Romans considered winter a month less period.  February was named after Latin word februa, which means cleaning or purification. This represents purification ritual before spring.  February is the only month that can pass without a single full moon.  There are so many interesting facts about February, so I thought I would teach you a little bit about it!

February is a month dedicated to the heart, in more ways than one.  It has been associated with being a month of love.  Cards and candy are token gifts for the appreciation of love.  While being a month of love, February also brings focus to the heart.  February represents American Heart Month, the month to wear red and call attention to the prevention of the number one killer: heart.

American-Heart-Month

From 1998 to 2008, the death rate of cardiovascular diseases declined by 30.6 percent. However, this by no means indicates that we’re out of the woods in terms of heart disease prevalence and risk.

Every year, close to 800,000 individuals experience a new or recurrent stroke and 475,000 have a recurrent heart attack. Therefore it’s that much more critical for healthcare professionals and first responders to equip themselves with the latest knowledge, trends and heart and stroke statistics that impact their delivery of emergency care.

Heart disease statistics: 2012 trends

  •  Obesity remains on the rise. More than two-thirds, 67.3 percent, of American adults are overweight or obese and 31.7 percent of children (ages 2-19) are overweight or obese.
  • Cardiovascular disease strikes in younger individuals. According to the American Heart Association’s Statistical Update, more than one in three American adults have one or more types of cardiovascular disease. High blood pressure is the most frequently seen disease in these individuals.
  • Deaths resulting from strokes are declining. From 1998 to 2008, the stroke death rate fell 34.8 percent, placing it as the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Stroke was originally the third leading cause of death for Americans

To read more about this, head over to here to get the full article.

On a happy note, if you have seen the last post we did–we are getting SOOOOO much new stuff in already for a spectacular 2013!!!!  I don’t even know where to begin!  I am so ahead of the game this year, it’s almost scary!

I went to market 3 weeks ago with a dear friend and business owner herself, Julie Wurr.  Wow!  Did we have fun or what!  It was an interesting ride up and back but non-the-less, we had a BLAST!  Lots of good laughs and good talks about each of our stores that were great to share!  There are a lot of things that you normal folk just wouldn’t understand unless you own a business and see how things really work around here, so it’s nice to talk to another business owner.  They have been there done that, so they can relate.

But I can sure tell you something, we have AWESOME stuff in the Salon and you need to come and check it out.  We will get you decked out to look your absolute best for your sweetie for Valentine’s Day.  If you come in and can’t find ONE thing that grabs your attention, you must be nuts!  :+)

Here is a peek of a few new pieces of clothing that just arrived!

orange dress

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The one thing that I really strive for when I’m on the hunt for goodies…..is PRICE.  Of course there is a lot of other factors, but in a town the size we are, you need to keep price in mind.  My philosophy when buying wholesale is to make sure that the selling price is no more than what I would pay for something if I was going shopping.  If I wouldn’t spend that kind of money, why should anyone else have to.  Lucky for you guys, huh!

Here is the perfect reason to get out and come check out the business’ in Laurens.  Tomorrow night, Thursday February 7th we are having Mocktails Cocktails again like we did last year.  It was a big hit so we are back by popular demand!  Come and do the shop hop and if you hit all 6 of the stores, we stamp them at each place and at the end of the night we are going to have a drawing with 6 WINNERS!!  There will be a winner from each store, how awesome is that!  Each store will be serving drinks and snacks, so don’t even worry about eating supper.  Supper’s on us tomorrow night!  Grab your friends, your spouse, your kids, and of course yourself and come SHOP LAURENS!!!!!!!!!

cocktail-and-mocktails-2013

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Monthly Newsletter-January 2013

resolutions

Happy New Year everyone!  First of all, I want to say thanks to everyone who supports Cuts to Dye For every year.  We just keep kicking butt and every year keeps getting better and better.  Katie and I are so blessed to have such awesome clients that make our job so much fun!  With that said, I want to say thank you, thank you, thank you to each and every one of you!

How was your Holiday?  Crazy I’m sure! (whose isnt!?)  In this months newsletter lets talk about New Years Resolutions.  Honestly, I don’t really get involved with resolutions.  I don’t want to say I don’t believe in them, but who honestly keeps them anyways?  Let’s first about some resolutions you can make without really having to “push” yourself to go crazy trying to keep that dang new year’s resolution.

The most important factor in keeping your resolutions is to make the right resolution. If you make the wrong one, you won’t keep it.  You don’t want to add more to the infamous “fail” list.  So why not have some resolutions that you can just work into your daily/weekly/monthly routine and not really stress about.

1. Spend more time with friends.  We all know that life seems to be so much better when you are with people you love.  Don’t get yourself feeling lonely, make it a priority to reach out to the ones you love to keep yourself feeling great!  It can be as simple as meeting up with your girl friends/guy friends once a month.

2. Everyday, find a way to give something to somebody.  It’s so easy to forget how awesome our life really is.  We get busy and forget to appreciate all the small things.  Make it a priority to “give” something to someone once a day.  It can be a helping hand, a compliment, a much-needed $5 bill—even if it is just a tiny act of kindness.  When we make giving a habit, we make gratitude and kindness central themes in our lives. In so doing, we transform our lives with joy.  This year I am going to try to do a 365 day project.  What that means is, I’m going to write down one thing each day that I’m thankful for or the one thing that brightened my day.  Seems simple I know, but then on those days I’m feeling down, I can go back and remind myself there is a lot to be thankful for.  Even the simple things.

3. Make a budget.  This seems totally like a no brainer, doesn’t it?  I don’t even think this needs much of an explanation.  If you have a budget and stick to it as much as you can, you will know exactly when and where your money is going.  I am terrible at this…….maybe this should be my one realistic goal for myself!  :+)  Every year I say I am going to be better at it, maybe this IS my year!

4.  Declutter your life.  This can be as simple as keeping your kitchen counters clean from all the junk mail or things you leave out.  It’s amazing how much better you feel when there isn’t stuff laying everywhere.  Take this one step at a time of keeping one room at a time clutter free and soon your house will be clutter free.  Do this same thing at work, in your home, in your head, in your vehicle….you get the point.  Little by little things become a lot easier to do.

5.  Strive to be a better person.  This one sounds a lot like what many people resolve to do, but I do think it is an important goal for everyone. There are many ways we can improve our lives.  Remember to start simple and you can gain more progress from there.

never too late

How about making some beauty resolutions that are simple.  Here is a short list of resolutions that can be easily implemented and kept:

  1. Always wash your face before you go to bed
  2. Exfolitate once a week
  3. Don’t pick at your pimples
  4. Throw out all makeup you haven’t used in 3 months
  5. Clean makeup brushes weekly
  6. Get more regular sleep
  7. Drink more water
  8. Take a multi-vitamin
  9. Smile more
  10. Tell yourself that you are beautiful every. single. day.
  11. Wear a spectacular outfit once a week
  12. Make wise fashion investments
  13. Take small risks with your fashion/makeup
  14. Take the extra steps to protect your hair and skin
  15. Try not to wash your hair daily

That is just a short list.  When you take a little bit of time and be realistic about it, I think we all can do it.  Pick one thing to focus on.  You don’t have to be a “superstar” and have multiple things you want to change.  Make sure your heart is in it, do what you need to do to stay motivated and be realistic about what you can actually do. That makes it sound so simple. But it really never is.  Make 2013 the best year yet!

:+)  Erica

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Choose Happiness

Your probably wondering why I’m blogging about this today.  Well, let’s just say life is WAY to short.  We are being reminded of it by day-to-day experiences.  Today I heard the news of a fellow Pocahontas Graduate, who was just a year younger than I, passed away.  How can life be taken away from us at such a young age.  For anyone who knew Aaron Wernimont, there was always a smile on his face.  I really don’t think a person could be any nicer.  He was such a wonderful young man and I am so glad I can say I knew him.  Any posts that I’m seeing on Facebook about him are so very positive.  I truly believed he touched everyone’s life that he came in contact with.  Not even just in Pocahontas, but everywhere his journey of life took him.  If you would like to read a post about his passing in the wcfcourier.com paper, click here.

I want to talk about choosing happiness because you never know when your day is going to come to an end, so we need to live everyday to its fullest.  I read a post in my e-mail and it totally fit the situation.

Happiness is a choice.  For every minute you are angry or irritated, you lose 60 seconds of happiness.  Be happy.  Be yourself.  If others don’t like it, then let them be.  Life isn’t about pleasing everybody.

If you have the courage to admit when you’re scared, the ability to laugh even as you cry, the nerve to speak up, even if your voice is shaking, the confidence to ask for help when you need it, and the wisdom to take it when it’s offered, then you have everything you need to get yourself to a happier state of mind.

Begin today by taking responsibility for your own contentment.  Here are ten ways to choose happiness:

1. Choose to be the best YOU can be.  —We are all our own individuals, so don’t try to be someone who you aren’t.  Be the best that YOU can be, and that’s perfect.

2. Choose to be around the right people. —Spend as much time as you can around the people who are most like you.  It’s amazing how much more positive we can be when we are around people who are positive.  Life is too short to spend time with people who suck the happiness out of you.

3. Choose to focus on what you have, not on what you haven’t.  —We need to appreciate all the good things we have in our life and when we do that, it brings us more sense of satisfaction.  Don’t get yourself down on what you don’t have.

4. Choose a good attitude. –Isn’t it great to roll out of bed with a smile on your face.  When you think today is going to be a great day, it’s going to be.  Be positive and smile, it makes the world a difference.

5. Choose to smile more often. —Life is so much better when you see people smiling.  That just might make someone else’s day when they see you smile.  Don’t wait for someone to do it, show them how it’s done!

6. Choose to take care of your body. —If you are physically drained to get through the day, it’s pretty hard to make it though the day emotionally. So be active and your mind will stay active also.

7. Choose honesty. —It’s easy, start being honest with yourself and everyone else around you.  Don’t get yourself involved in the self-inflicted drama that is a totally not worth the time and energy.

8. Choose to help others when you’re able. —Care about other people.  You just might make someones day by the simplest things.  You really do get in return the things that you put into life.

9. Choose to let go when you know you should. –Sometimes you have to learn to let go even when it’s really hard to.  Love is a two-way street and if you’re the only one fighting for it, maybe it’s time to let go.  Holding on is being  brave, but letting go and moving on is often what makes us stronger and happier.

10. Choose to embrace the next step in your life. —This last one I have to take totally from the blog I follow.  It said this: You can hold on to the past, or you can create your own happiness  today.  Never let success get to your head and never let failure get to  your heart.  Every day is a new beginning and a new ending.  Embrace it,  make the best of it, smile, and keep looking straight ahead.  And don’t  forget, a smile doesn’t always mean a person is happy right now;  sometimes it simply means they are strong enough to face their problems  going forward.  I couldn’t have worded that any better.

Again, I bring this up in this post because all of these things remind me of Aaron.  I was blessed to know this great young man.  He chose to be happy, to smile, to surround himself with wonderful people.  He focused on things in life and was very successful at everything he did.  He always carried a good attitude and most definitely smiled OFTEN.  He chose to take care of himself and did so of others also.  He would lend a hand to a perfect stranger.  He had a great life because it does hold true that in life, you get what you put in.  He will be greatly missed by all.  RIP Aaron

Love and live life with no regrets, you never know when it’ll be taken away from you!  Tell someone you love them, appologize for your faults, say thanks more often, appreciate waking up and being able to live the day to the fullest.

To read the full article from Marc and Angel Hack Life, click here.

18 Secrets Guys Wish You Knew

I just can’t get over how much I’m getting in my email today about Valentines Day!  I have to share more!!  There is some interesting stuff out there!

18 Secrets Guys Wish You Knew

  • Men Will Talk About Feelings
  • Men Say ‘I Love You’ With Actions
  • Men Take Commitment Seriously
  • He Really Is Listening
  • Shared Activities Form Bonds
  • Men Need Time for Themselves (so do we! haha)
  • Men Learn From Their Fathers
  • Men Learn From Their Fathers
  • Men Don’t Pick Up on Subtle Cues
  • Men Respond to Appreciation
  • Men Think About Sex … A Lot
  • Men Find Sex Significant
  • He Likes It When You Initiate Sex
  • Guys Aren’t Always Up for Sex
  • Men Like Pleasing Their Partner
  • Guys Get Performance Anxiety
  • Men May Stray When Needs Aren’t Met
  • He’s Vested in You

You have to read more at WebMD because this is so interesting.  Most things you would say, yeah I know that-but sometimes it’s a good reality check to read things about the opposite sex.  Females are so different from males and I myself am really trying to remember that when I can’t figure why men “don’t get it”! (they probably think the same thing about us!)

Happy Valentine’s Day Sweethearts!