Saturday, October 13, 2012

Halloween Costumes & History

Happy Halloween Month!
And the first in a series of Halloween related articles.

As Halloween nears, the candy sales in our local stores are on, the sewing or shopping for the best costume continues and the house decorating begins.  Halloween is a time for kids and adults alike to play dress-up and pretend to be a character for a night.

I was watching my cult favorite, "Charmed" and learned about All Hallows Eve.  I was surprised to learn that the history they presented was a true accounting of beliefs long held about October 31, 2012, among certain cultures.  You dressed up to disguise yourself from the souls that walked the streets only on that night.  Intriguing…

In present day, we dress our little ones as pumpkins, carrots, princesses, adorable baby animals like lions and tigers or popular superheroes.

       Then we walk them door to door to gather their treats, lest they play a trick on the homeowner. That history comes from a time centuries ago when the poor people would dress and go door to door begging for food in exchange for a blessing.  The practice has obviously evolved quite a bit from there. Now we dress up, go door to door collecting candy AND committing the tricks, well not all the kids.

Either way, it is a fun, family event that brings neighborhoods together and allows kids to play dress-up.

Halloween has historical roots but is ever evolving.

Enjoy your All Hallows’ Eve!

Monday, July 2, 2012

Sunscreen Options

Sunscreen FDA Updates & An Option
Do you know what the number after SPF on your sunscreen stands for?  I will tell you!  
As some of you may know, recently the FDA created new rules for how companies must label their sunscreen products. 
Know the difference between physical and chemical sunscreen.

The number that follows "SPF".  Sun Protection Factor indicates the level of overall protection and the number of minutes the sunscreen is effective.  So if yours if SPF 50 and you are in the sun for 2 hours, you need to apply it 20-30 minutes prior to going out into the sun, and then every 50 minutes afterwards.  

Do you have the proper SPF level on your shelf or in your bag?  Do you apply it properly based on the number?   The final proposed regulation would limit the maximum SPF level at 50+.  (Source:

Mary Kay has a sunscreen with SPF 50 on the market right now.  You can begin to protect yourself and your family immediately.

Order yours now at Daphne's Mary Kay Site