• Kirsten
  • posted by Kirsten

  • It's time to pucker up! Keep reading to find out why. You can check out our other Health and Wellness tips on the blog.

    When we think of taking care of our body, we usually remember the obvious (eat well, exercise, wear sunscreen, etc.) but we often neglect the small stuff such as our lips. When seasons change and the air temperature shifts, I am reminded of my lips. You see, the majority of days I forget about them. I apply my lipgloss in the morning and chapstick at before bed, but other than that, they are out of my mind. As October hit with its windy days, my lips became very dry. This can be avoided! Read on to learn some interesting lip facts and ways to protect them year-round.

  • lip health

  • Dehydration
    It is a little known fact that dehydration can cause dry lips. It makes sense when you think about it. Without moisture, living things shrivel up and dry out. Make sure you are getting 8-10 glasses of water a day to provide your lips with the moisture needed to look their best. And as an added bonus, your skin will look great, too!

    Licking Lips vs. Lip Balm
    When our lips are dry, we feel the need to cover them with something. In the absence of chapstick, lipstick, or lip gloss, we have a tendency to lick them. While it provides immediate relief, it is actually doing more harm than good. The enzymes in saliva cause them to become more dry and cracked. You are working against yourself! A better alternative is to stock up on lip balm and use it! This creates a barrier between your lip membranes and the outside air and works to seal the moisture in.

    Lip Cancer
    We protect our skin with sunscreen and wear sunglasses to shield our eyes but what about our lips? This part of the body is actually more susceptible to sunburns due to the lack of melanin (the pigment that protects against harmful rays). To protect your lips, be sure to use a chapstick with SPF 30 when heading into the sun. Interestingly, some dermatologists believe that the shiny nature of lip gloss actually concentrates the sun's rays on your lips. So even if you are a lip gloss girl (like me!), you should make the switch to chapstick when in the sun.

    Lips are one of the most sensitive parts of the body. Give them the attention they need by drinking enough water and pucker up for that SPF chapstick!

    It is also important to note that chronic dry lips should not be ignored as they can signify a serious health problem. You should see your doctor for persistent lip conditions.

    Please note: Kirsten Corcoran is not a health and wellness expert by trade but as a beauty product and health and wellness junky of 10+ years, has much information to share on these topics!

    Photo courtesy of wellsphere.com




  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • This week I wanted to illustrate what it means to be "looking for the light" when taking photographs. Here is our next installment of Photo of the Week.

    It was bright sunlight when Amy and Josh saw each other for the first time on their wedding day a week ago. When I first scouted around for a location where this "first sighting" could take place, I immediately was drawn to this area of immense foliage and trees. The light was perfect and with the mix of dark shadows, it illuminated just the right area and would draw a viewer's eye to the couple. I just knew it would would look amazing as a photograph! It's one of my all time favorite first sightings.

    Being outdoors at bright sunlight, I had my ISO at 100, using a zoom lens at 70mm, 2.8f-stop, and shutter was at 1/800 second.

  • Looking for the Light



  • Kirsten
  • posted by Kirsten

  • Happy Wednesday, Readers! I'm Kirsten, and I'm so excited to be taking over the healthy living posts! You can check out our other Health and Wellness tips on the blog.

    When Mom told you to eat your fruits and veggies, I'm sure tomatoes (yes, it's a fruit!) weren't the first thing that came to mind. It was the "green stuff" that just seemed to multiply on your plate and never go down. What you may not know is that tomatoes pack a powerful punch that can compete with the best of the leafy greens. They are rich in Lycopene, an anti-oxidant that fights against many deadly diseases. In fact, tomatoes have the highest concentration of lycopene of any fruit or vegetable as evidenced by their deep red color.

    Why care about lycopene? Well, the health benefits are numerous:
    * Cancer prevention (prostate, ovarian, digestive-tract)
    * Heart disease prevention
    * Lowers blood pressure and high cholesterol
    * Prevents growth of existing cancer cells
    * Helps keep blood sugar under control

    Tidbit #1 - Cooked tomatoes have even more lycopene than raw tomatoes.
    Tidbit #2 - Adding olive oil to tomatoes while cooking them increases the absorption of lycopene.
    Tidbit #3 - Tomatoes are great for skin care. Try peeling a few raw tomatoes and laying them on your skin (inner side down) for about 10 min. Your skin will thank you!

  • health benefits of tomatoes

  • One of my favorite summer treats this year has been heirloom tomatoes. Not only are they beautiful in shape and color, they are juicier, more flavorful, and less acidic than their plain 'ole tomato counterparts. Heirloom tomatoes are wonderful in salad, BLTs, in a recipe, or even by themselves. I like to slice and pepper them for an easy, healthy snack.

    These little suckers are expensive in the grocery store, but you can usually find them in local farmers markets or better yet, grow your own! My husband and I planted heirlooms in our garden this year and they were to die for. Next year, we will work on how to reduce and better organize the tomato plants as they have completely taken over the planter, but they are worth every stray stalk. For tips on planting, see The Tasteful Garden.

    Tomatoes are one of the best things you can feed your body. Give them a try and work them into your daily munching!

    Please note: Kirsten Corcoran is not a health and wellness expert by trade but as a beauty product and health and wellness junky of 10+ years, has much information to share on these topics!

    Photo courtesy of Arizona Foothills Magazine



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • Kirsten (and Keith) have both been part of our Memory Journalists team now for 2 years. Cory and I photographed their wedding back in 2006 remember?! I wanted to take a moment to let you all know that you will hear from Kirsten more often now. In order to help out now that Carie has moved on to her new adventures, Kirsten is taking over some of the office tasks. Please be sure to say Hello next time you see or hear from Kirsten!

  • the Memory Journalists team

  • I can't take claim for this photo, but I've been dying to use it. Kirsten probably forgot I had it! :-) What a cute couple. Thanks for sharing this photo with me Kirsten.



  • Jennifer
  • posted by Jennifer

  • This week I wanted to illustrate how being ready for action when taking photos can result in some fun and unexpected photographs. Here is our next installment of Photo of the Week.

    This photo was taken at ISO 1000, using a variable lens at 116mm, 2.8 f-stop, and shutter at 1/1250. I had just bumped the ISO up since the sun was setting relatively quickly. And I'm glad I did. I had no idea that Amy and Josh were going to skip down the aisle for their recessional. Up'ing my ISO allowed for a quicker stop. I love that Amy's feet are in the air!

  • Action Photography


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