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I miss TV series like Little house on the prairie

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When scrolling through the television lineup on your TV Guide, you’ll see a fraternization of shows glorifying sex, violence and deceit.

It’s one bad show after another, each one depending on more negative values than the next to achieve the highest ratings. The selection is awful when compared to that of our childhoods. It’s what makes me miss shows like Little House on the Prairie. Little House on the Prairie was a plethora of good values taught to our children through the Ingall family’s example.

Value of hard work

First, they taught us the value of hard work.

This was a family that had no television, computers or iPads, and their free time was typically spent learning new skills or doing family activities.

Living on the farm isn’t easy; it requires dedication, early hours and the drive to make the farm succeed. Back in those days, people like the Ingalls depended on a good crop to see them through the winter. Each of the Ingalls had their daily chores to do their part and help out.

Each child worked more in a day than most modern kids do in a month, or for some, a year!

Honesty and Quality of character

Secondly, Little House on the Prairie taught us honesty and quality of character.

The Ingalls held a strong belief in God and the principles of the Bible, which promote selflessness and truth-telling, among hundreds of other notable actions and characteristics.

Each family member was taught that lying was wrong and that you should care for others more than yourself. It’s because of this that many children watching the show learned to treat others with respect and dignity. It also encouraged more honest actions and better family dynamics in the home. There’s a lot to be learned in today’s society from this.

Family and support

Lastly, it taught us to support one another no matter what. Early settlers in that time faced many hardships, anything from a shortage of crops to severe winter storms that would wipe out livestock. There was also the matter of sickness and disease that threatened the lives of settlers and their families. Each family looked out for one another.

If one was suffering, the others would step up to provide essential needs and assistance to help them out. This was a time before government programs coddled much more fortunate individuals, so it was up to each family to ensure the safety of their own as well as others.

Community

Little House on the Prairie showed a closely-knit community that truly cared for each and every member, even the not-so-favorable ones who were little more than antagonists. It was this godly love that held the Ingalls together through all the trials they faced.

The difference between the culture of our youth and the one we see together is so great that it’s hard to imagine a show like Little House on the Prairie ever existed, but it did. In this author’s humble opinion, every family should start watching this series with their children to instill positive values and a wholesome TV viewing experience.

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Beauty photoshop is everywhere

photographer taking a pictureIf you’ve seen fashion photos of models, you’ve probably gotten the feeling that something is amiss.

Her skin is just too perfect. Her hair seems to defy gravity, and you wonder to yourself how anyone could have the body she does.

The truth is, this picture perfect woman doesn’t even come close to looking like this in real life.

The secret to eternal youth and a flawless body isn’t diet, exercise and vitamins… it’s Photoshop.

In a world where women struggle to have a positive body image, Photoshop has set an unnaturally high standard of beauty that’s impossible for even the Victoria’s Secret models to reach.

Not only have fashion moguls come under fire from the public for retouching photos to a ridiculous extent, but models and celebrities have also complained.

Not even the royals are immune to photo tampering, as evidenced by Photoshop fails where Duchess Kate was given a ludicrously tiny waist and Prince William sported an unusual hair color.

The ugly truth is that Photoshop is everywhere.

It affects anyone who has had the misfortune to be on the cover of a gossip rag, or even a high profile fashion magazine.

Celebrities of all sorts have fallen victim to waist adjustments, breast augmentation and elongated legs.

Rather than be happy that their image has been “perfected” and can now shine in all its pristine glory, most are upset that their real body isn’t good enough as is.

The image of being “perfect” is no longer as desirable as it once was. People want the real thing.

Actresses like Melissa McCarthy or singer Adele are proud of their larger figure, and they’ve been campaigning relentlessly to let the rest of the world, particularly young women in their teens, know that they look just fine the way they are, that they don’t need to be a lifesize Barbie with stick-thin limbs and perfect double-D breasts.

The term “body shaming” has emerged as an effort to combat the harsh words and images of those saying a woman must be thin to be beautiful.

Young women are indeed “ashamed” to have the slightest bit of body fat, and God forbid you have a muffin top.

The fact of the matter is you don’t have to give in to the lies.

None of the pictures you see of models, singers and actresses are the original photo.

Every one of them has been retouched, most of them quite extensively. The photos aren’t the real deal.

There’s nothing wrong with who you are and what you look like.

If we all looked like models in the photos, our world would be a terrifying real-life Stepford Wives community (sans the robot replacements).

The real you is the beautiful you, so don’t be afraid to flaunt it.

There’s nothing sexier than being comfortable in your own skin, that you need to take good care of with well suited skincare.

The next time you see a magazine ad with a picture perfect model, just remember that it’s just a facade, one that most models don’t appreciate.

They feel the same way you do when they see a fake image of themselves. Just be genuine. Be real. Be you.

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Natural eye wrinkles remedies

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Aging isn’t an easy process for anyone. Wrinkles turn up in all sorts of places, and it’s difficult to keep track of all the various anti-aging creams, serums and medications that are available.

Under-eye wrinkles and crow’s feet are especially hard to tame down, but these all-natural methods will keep them at bay and reduce their appearance.

Fighting wrinkles is as simple as raiding your pantry.

To reduce the look of under-eye wrinkles, try using a mixture of ginger and honey as a paste.

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There are many different honey/ginger ratios, so you’ll have to try experimenting to find the combination that’s right for you. It can feel a bit funny at first, but don’t give up! Ginger’s healing properties and honey’s moisturizing ability make this combo a dream team in fighting signs of aging. You can also eat the mixture to promote healing from within for a healthier you.

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Olive oil is a great solution for crows feet and unsightly wrinkles around the eyes, so don’t be afraid to use it to its full potential! Olive oil helps smooth and moisturize your face while providing essential vitamins for brighter, healthier skin. Straight Vitamin E oil can also be used in place of olive oil to produce the same effect. Each oil pairs well with honey to boost the effects of this homemade serum, so mix and match as you please.

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Coconut oil, perhaps the most versatile oil in a person’s kitchen cupboard, can also be applied to eye wrinkles. Not only does it moisturize and provide a variety of nutritional vitamins, but it also helps to draw impurities from the skin. Stubborn blackheads that are difficult to get rid of in hard-to-reach angles are effectively eliminated by applying coconut oil to the affected areas. For wrinkle reduction, gently rub the oil into the skin where the wrinkles are. You can either leave it on overnight or wash it off before going to bed.

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Staying hydrated is incredibly important when it comes to your skin’s health, as well as your body’s. Without water, our bodies would shut down and cease to function; the same cannot be said about coffee, soda or milk. H2O is simply too important! You can keep healthy levels of hydration by eating foods rich in antioxidants and moisturizers, such as avocados, green tea and berries. Cabbage and lettuce are also great for hydrating your skin, so don’t skimp on the leafy greens! Make sure to drink plenty of water also. Our bodies use up more water than most people know, so drink the recommended amount of four 16-ounce glasses per day.

There are many other methods to get rid of those under eye wrinkles, and different combinations of foods, oils and extracts that can be used for at-home remedies for a variety of uses; these are just a few of them, but we found these particular solutions especially helpful.

Don’t be afraid to explore other options as well to find one that works well for you. Let us know which method is your favorite!