This, Ladies, is How you Deal With Cellulite

Give it the Ashley Graham Treatment

This, Ladies, is How you Deal With Cellulite

What to Do About Cellulite | YummyMummyClub.ca

What does a top model do when a photograph reveals her cellulite? Well, she could beg Google to pull that baby down post-haste, or pray that the Photoshopping gods work their magic and make it disappear.

Not Ashley Graham, though. The model was recently pictured bicycling and generally enjoying life. Her cellulite clearly on display in her summery dress. 

Did she freak out and throw her toys?

No, quite the opposite. She took the If You've Got It, Flaunt It approach.  

"A little cellulite never hurt nobody..." she posted on Instagram. "Stop judging yourself, embrace the things that society has called 'ugly.'"

And if Sports Illustrated models have cellulite, then we should all probably stop fighting the impossible fight right now and admit defeat. 

An estimated 85 percent of women over the age of 20 have dimply skin (typically on the butt and thighs). Though guys can get it too, cellulite tends to be a female affliction.

Cellulite is caused by age, as the skin naturally loses elasticity and the structure of the epidermis changes, causing the puckering effect. Though we may not like the look of cellulite, medically speaking, it's actually harmless.  

Which is good because there's no proven treatment. 

And if you're looking for someone to blame, look to your mother. Chances are, if she has it, you will too. 

Cellulite is hereditary, claims Dr. Adam Friedman, associate professor of dermatology at George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences. 

Creams have limited efficacy, while injection and laser treatments may reduce the appearance of cellulite - but only for a limited time. And these treatments don't come without risks.

Interestingly, cellulite can affect people of all body types. Even though a diet high in antioxidants can help maintain the skin's elasticity, even thin, ludicrously fit people sometimes have cellulite. 

Vigorous massage and a good self-tanner can help hide the appearance of cellulite. But by far the best long-term solution to cellulite is the Ashley Graham Treatment - throw on your shorts, get outside and go enjoy your life. 

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New Preschool Series Asks: "What Does 'Gay' Mean?"

never too young to learn about love

New Preschool Series Asks: "What Does 'Gay' Mean?"

Kids are naturally curious. Yet as parents we feel unprepared - even unwilling - to answer many of their questions. Enter a new web series aimed at providing preschool-friendly information about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

In the first episode, “Queer Kids Stuff“ creator Lindsey Amer addresses the question, "What is 'gay'?" in a way that even young children can understand.

While some would argue that introducing the language of the LGBT community at preschool as too early, Amer has a valid point. If parents don't broach the topic (and some absolutely won't), children risk learning from other sources. They risk learning ignorance and intolerance. After all, the seeds of hate sprout early...

“... what happens if the first time [children] are introduced to a queer topic, it has a negative connotation?" asks Amer. "As soon as that happens, it is far more difficult to undo that moment, than it is to simply introduce the topic truthfully and positively first.”

Although I object to the name of the series (since when is 'queer' an acceptable rhetoric for kids?), Amer is arming children with a simple framework to describe the variations of love and family they will see in the world.  

From the moment they set foot at school, kids will no doubt encounter classmates with single, same-sex, or divorced parents. So it's important for them to understand that families come in all different configurations. There is not simply one right way to love. And after recent events in Orlando, I can't think of a lesson more relevant to the next generation.

As far as I can see, the series - at least not this episode - is not about pushing any agenda other than that of acceptance and diversity. 

Whether we are ready or not, preschoolers are curious about what they see in the world, and we have a responsibility to answer them honestly and respectfully.  Amer has provided parents with simple, straightforward dialogue to do just that.

I can't help but think if only certain grown-ups had heard her message when they were knee-high to a grasshopper, the world wouldn't be in half the mess it is right now.

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Designer Daddy Makes Daughter's Disney Dreams Come True

Upstaging Disney's own princesses

Designer Daddy Makes Daughter's Disney Dreams Come True

Dad Designs Disney Dresses | YummyMummyClub.ca

Nephi Garcia is a family man with a very special talent.

The Garcias have a bit of a Disney fetish, having visited the theme park more than 100 times in 2015 alone - usually in full costume. From Belle and Mary Poppins to the entire cast of Aladdin, couture guru Garcia designs and outfits his three children in Disney costumes.

The family hits up Disney so often, in fact, that the characters know them by name.

"We dress up a lot as a family... I had no idea people could dress up at Disneyland and now we are hooked. We live 10 minutes south of Disneyland and went 128 times last year," Garcia said.

The 32-year-old former designer turned retail manager left the fashion industry to spend more time with his family.

But his talents soon got him and his family noticed at Disney. His six-year-old daughter, Lili, often upstages the Magic Kingdom's own princesses, who in turn admire the girl's exquisitely detailed gowns. 

On the back of all the attention, Garcia has started his own business, Little Bright Dress, designing kids costumes full time. Now he gets to use his talent to make a living without leaving his family behind in Florida.

Garcia, who spends an estimated 12-40 hours on each costume, is currently working on a Finding Dory costume in which Nemo "transforms" to Dory. That ought to be something.

"If there's one thing I could share from my experience is that if you want to follow your dreams, just do it," he said. "Don't worry about money or what people think, I am proof that you can make your dreams happen and enjoy every second."

Which, come to think of it, is a motto worthy of Disney itself.  

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