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5 Ingredients Lurking in Beauty Products That Should Be Avoided

5 Ingredients Lurking in Beauty Products That Should Be Avoided

When it comes to picking out makeup, women often flock to the “it” brands they read about in magazines, but what exactly lurks in these “it” brands? Parabens? Synthetic fragrances? Sulfates? What defines the products you love may ultimately be negatively affecting the state of your skin and hair.

Through extensive research, EnvyDerm High Performance Cosmetics discovered which ingredients may cause harm in the long run. Avoiding such ingredients all together, EnvyDerm brings all-natural products to your eyes and lips using healthy and rare elements that have been overlooked by other cosmetic companies.

What ingredients has EnvyDerm purposefully overlooked for your safety? EnvyDerm High Performance Cosmetics wants to make you aware of 5 ingredients you want to avoid in your eye and lip products:

Occasionally Cake Offers FREE CAKE TRUFFLES; Donates to Boys & Girls Club On Friday

Occasionally Cake Offers FREE CAKE TRUFFLES; Donates to Boys & Girls Club On Friday

Occasionally Cake of Old Town Alexandria, Va. is hosting a special back to school event on Fri., Sept. 14 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. handing out a free cake truffle per person to all their patrons with no purchase necessary and is selling apple-shaped cookies with all cookie proceeds to be donated to the Dunbar Alexandria-Olympic Branch of Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington. Event takes place at 207 King Street in Old Town Alexandria, Va. Call 703- or visit www.occasionallycake.com for more information.

DC Public Schools LaunchTeacher Recognition Program

WASHINGTON (WUSA) - The DC Public School System (DCPS) has launched a new initiative to recognize and retain outstanding teachers, announced Chancellor Kaya Henderson of DCPS on Wednesday.

The Leadership Initiative for Teachers program, or LIFT, functions on a five-stage career ladder that allows high-performing educators to advance inside and outside of the classroom. The DCPS is the first urban public school system to implement this sort of career advancement program for teachers, according to officials.

"Our teachers shape the future for our children," said Henderson. "At DCPS, we demand excellence from our educators and we work hard to honor and recognize them as the professionals they are. LIFT takes that one step further, making career advancement, a standard practice in every other profession, a reality for DCPS teachers."

Humane Society Teams Up with Kitty Cats to Help Scratch Out Bullying

Humane Society Teams Up with Kitty Cats to Help Scratch Out Bullying

The Montgomery County Humane Society and dreamBIG Press, publisher of the new Kitty Cats book series, are partnering in an effort to raise awareness about bullying in the community. The move comes just as kids around the country are heading back to school. Bullying has become an important issue that parents and schools are facing across the nation.

“It’s exciting for us to team up with dreamBIG Press to help address the issue of bullying in our community,” says BJ Altschul, director of humane education at the Montgomery County Humane Society. “Using animals in this awareness is a win-win situation, because children learn to be more compassionate toward each other, as well as toward animals.”

5 Back-to-School Time-Saving Tips

5 Back-to-School Time-Saving Tips

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 79 million students will be heading back to school this fall. With the relaxing, and often even boring, summer break officially coming to a close, it will mean a drastic change for most families. The school year goes hand in hand with a busy family schedule – one that leaves many families unsure how to slow things down and make it a little less hectic.

“Families across the nation experience a major time crunch once the school bell rings,” explains Shawn Davis, otherwise known as Chef Big Shake, the founder of CBS Foods and The Original Shrimp Burger. “We only have so many hours in a day, and we have many things we need to fit into them. It’s crucial that we take the time to find ways to slow the pace, if only for our peace of mind.”

Here are 5 back-to-school time-saving tips that families can use to help slow the pace and help make life a little less hectic:



Advantage Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, LLC of Gainesville and Manassas Va. offers safety tips for kids’ carrying school backpacks to avoid strains and injury. For more information, go contact 703-753-1005 or visit www.aptronline.com.

“Many students and parents are inclined to overload their backpacks with books, lunches and jackets,” said Lisa Kerrigan, physical therapist and president of Advantage Physical Therapy in Gainesville and Manassas, Va. “Over time, children who carry excessive heavy loads can experience issues with back strain, posture and injury,” said Aram.

Advantage Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, LLC suggests top 10 tips when choosing a student’s backpack:

Earthquake Drill Comes To DC, MD, VA: Drop, Cover, Hold On

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) --- "East Coast residents don't know what to do in an earthquake," says Dr. Marcia McNutt, director of the US Geological Survey.

Last year's East Coast Earthquake sent a glaring message to disaster officials: East Coast residents need to learn and practice Drop, Cover and  Hold On. 

These three steps may help mitigate the effects during an earthquake.

1. Drop to your knees.

2. Take cover under a hard surface.