Rejuvenate Winter Skin with the PMD Personal Microderm

Winter skin tends to create problems for the skin.  Dryness, rough patches, and uneven skin tone are just a few of the issues that can arise in the winter months.  The PMD Personal Microderm is a revolutionary device aimed at repairing the damage caused by winter weather on the skin.  The PMD Personal Microderm uses Patented Spinning Disc Technology combined with a Perfectly Calibrated Vacuum Suction to help smooth, brighten, and help even your skin tone.  

This device isn't only handy in the winter months!  The PMD Personal Microderm can be used year round to help with a variety of other skin issues such as reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, acne, and enlarged pores.  After just one treatment you will notice how much smoother your makeup applies.  

You may be wondering how does the PMD Personal Microderm exactly work to achieve results?  This device uses micro-abrasions to help remove the top layer off dead dull skin which not only reveals radiant skin but also helps to activate the skin's own healing process to create new rejuvenated skin cells.  The device's vacuum suction works to increase your skin's blood flow which helps to bring nutrients to the surface.  The PMD Personal Microderm is the must have beauty tool for 2016!

I recently reviewed the PMD Personal Microderm and after just two weeks I noticed some amazing results.  I have combination skin and during the winter it switches to more dry than anything, especially around my t-zone.  Using this device is painless and after each use I noticed how smooth my skin felt.  After about a week I noticed my old blemish scars were less noticeable and after the full two weeks my dry spots are almost completely gone.  I am going to continue using this device because I am seeing great results.  I would definitely recommend the PMD Personal Microderm for anyone looking to rejuvenate their skin this winter or year round!

Disclosure:  This is a review post on behalf of BrandBacker.  All opinions are my own.

Create An Awesome Office Party On Budget

If you are a small company even a few thousand spent on the office party can hurt your monthly budget. Don’t be like Yahoo who despite the fact that they are nearly out of business spent $7 million on their Christmas party in 2015. However, you should be able to throw a party once in awhile to keep your employees happy. There are plenty of ways to organize a decent office party on a budget. 

Pre-party Preparation


You can turn pre-party preparation easily in a team-building experience. The day before the party leave couple of hours at the end of the day for your colleagues and you to clean you the space for the party the next day. Nothing can be more motivating than they seeing you working side by side with them.



If you are throwing a Christmas party you definitely need decorations. While other types of office parties can go on without, this one can’t. As long as Christmas decorations is regarded keep in mind that less is more. There is absolutely no need to cover everything in garlands, lights and figurines. Invest in more expensive and decorous napkins and plastic cups. Instead of using plastic bowls to serve nuts buy porcelain ones. Such attention to detail will make the difference and lasting positive impression. 



Even if you spend time and money on food, decoration and drinks the lack of music can ruin the party. First, let me be clear that desk or laptop speakers can kill the mood. What you need is good, clean sound from a good sound system. Of course you don’t have to rent a concert sound system, but something decent to play great music on so your employees can have fun. Prepare a compilation beforehand or ask someone to do so.

Food and Drinks


Unless you try to really, really impress important clients you don’t have to spend on lavish dishes and extravagant liqueurs. However, you can’t go without some very basic things such as nuts, beer and crackers. You might as well include light salads, cheese and cocktail bits on the menu. As long as alcohol is regarded offer a choice of drinks but up to 3 different types - beer, wine and something stronger. But don’t buy the cheapest in the supermarket!

After Party Clean Up


Let’s not forget that you are a small business owner who doesn’t have deep pockets. So, you probably won’t be able to allocate funds for a London office cleaning service. Do you have a plan? If you don’t here is my idea. Don’t ask the team to clean up right after the party is over or you have decided to go to a bar. Do it instead on the next day, well in the afternoon. Collect plastic cups, empty bottles, and food leftovers. Bag and trash everything. In case of accidents I would recommend you to hire a professional cleaner. You don’t want to only exacerbate the problem! 

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Breastfeeding: The Struggles and Rewards

From the time I realized I wanted children, I always knew I would breastfeed. Another option didn’t really even occur to me after years of watching my mother nurse all six of my younger siblings. First of all, she normalized breastfeeding for me so seeing a woman nurse was a non-issue for me. I also thought nothing of watching her hand express milk into a bottle on one of the rare occasions she left the baby with a sitter, or into a bowl of baby cereal when the baby started taking solid foods. Second of all, my mother created a tender image of the mother/baby relationship as she cradled each of my siblings to her breast and nursed them. I saw the sweetness, and the safety she created there at her bosom. She really made breastfeeding look so effortless. After years of watching her, it never occurred to me that perhaps breastfeeding wouldn’t come easily. It’s one of those things you assume just happens when you watch a woman doing it.

My first daughter was born after 23 hours, half of which I spent sleeping, having succumbed to taking an epidural. She was sleepy, I was tired, and five hours after she was born I brought her to the breast for the first time where I spent over an hour trying to get her to latch onto me. Muscles I didn’t even know I had ache as I tensed them to hold her to me, put the nipple in correctly, and keep her awake. In those frustrating moments, I realized why many mothers don’t nurse and I was so afraid I would be one of them. Then, she latched. It was beautiful. She began to suck and I had no idea if there was actually anything coming out, but my body relaxed because at least she was sucking. In subsequent feedings she got better at nursing and began to demand it vociferously. She also started filling her diapers. But breastfeeding was still anything but easy. I remember the toe-curling, mind numbing pain I experienced for two months due to an improper latch. I didn’t know that she was latching on incorrectly. She was getting all the milk she needed so I didn’t really care. I just held my breath when she latched on and waited a minute or two while the burning pain turned to numbness.

At two weeks, she was a pro at nursing, though it still hurt, but we had to introduce a bottle so that she could eat when I went back to work. She hated the bottle. She fought, and screamed until she was so exhausted she needed a five minute catnap. Then she awoke to scream some more. At the same time, the bottle introduced nipple confusion into our nursing relationship. Now she not only didn’t take the bottle, but she seemed to have forgotten how to take the breast too. Through tears and heart palpitations and worry that made me sick to my stomach, we persevered. I was determined, determined not to fail. My first child would be breastfed until she was at least a year old. Then, suddenly, two months had passed and I don’t know how it happened: whether I relaxed, or she relaxed, or she just matured past a difficult stage, but suddenly here it was: the effortless nursing I had always observed as a child. Truly effortless. Baby cries, baby nurses, baby falls asleep with a contented, milk-drunk look on her face. Nursing was no longer a chore, it was our solace, our happy, safe space. Now nursing was everything my mother had showed me it could be. Two months of engorgement, bleeding, blisters, crying, fighting, fussing, worry, failures, and pain were over. Just like that. All the work had been worth it. My daughter and I finally solidified a healthy nursing relationship that actually felt easy and lasted until she was 25 months old.

With my second, third and fourth children, I was able to have a natural birth and nurse them within the first hour after they were born. They both lay on my bare skin still covered in amniotic stickiness and learned to nurse in those first magical sixty minutes. I don’t know if nursing them was easier because we had a better start at it or because I was more relaxed about it. Each of them had their own nursing difficulties as well, but my prior experience and a proper start certainly helped us through the rough patches. Nursing is natural and instinctual. But it is not easy. It’s hard. It can be almost impossibly hard and I now fully understand - not just with my head, but with my heart. Now when I see another woman struggling through it, I can weep for her, and with her because I remember. But I can also smile for her and tell her that she can do it. As difficult as it was to begin with, my children were all able to nurse well into toddlerhood. It gets easier. I promise. It will get easier, and it will be worth it.

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