Traveling Mamas

Inspiring you to explore our world

  • Swimsuit season may be over and many of you will be growing your winter coat, but what if you get that last minute chance to go to Hawaii or the Bahamas? What are you going to do? You certainly don’t want to look like a Sasquatch in your swimsuit.

    Hair removal isn’t exactly an issue that comes up in conversation with our own mothers and many in their generation are a little uncomfortable talking about this. So, polled a few readers on hair removal for that delicate area to help you make the best decision the next time you have to go out in public in a bathing suit.

    Shaving– Can we just go ahead and say it? Who the heck wants razor rash THERE? For some this may be the quickest and cheapest option. Just remember to open up those follicles with a hot soak or a warm rag on the area in question. Lather with moisturizing shave gel or cream. Shave in the direction of hair growth, not against it. After shaving, close the hair follicles with a cold rag or bath and use a moisturizer for sensitive skin. Be sure to keep an eye out for ingrown hairs. We sure don’t want an infection in that area!

    Waxing– Ouch! If you are one of those who enjoy inflicting pain on your nether regions, then go for it. Find a salon or spa that specializes in a bikini wax and let ‘er rip. Your hair off that is. There are various styles of waxing: American, French, and Brazilian. Full Brazilian refers to EVERYTHING removed around the va-jay-jay, but actually in Brazil this form of waxing is uncommon.

    Sugaring– This is a less painful choice than waxing as the sugary paste is applied at room temperature and doesn’t breed bacteria, which is a leading cause of infection. It also acts as an exfoliation. This is the oldest and most natural form of hair removal dating back to 1900 BC Egyptian practices.

    Electrolysis– This is the most expensive and time consuming of all epilators. The average treatment occurs over a two year period where the hair follicles are damaged by a small electrical current throughout a number of treatment sessions. This process slows the growth of hair over time and for many users can result in no growth after years of use, but is not guaranteed.

    Depilatory (creams)– This is a chemical compound that causes the hair to weaken at the follicle, allowing the user to easily scrape or wipe the hair off. This is an inexpensive and fast option available over the counter. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to allergies, you should test the depilatory on a small area before your first use. The chemicals can cause irritation and a rash if left on for too long.

    No matter what option you choose for hair removal, we hope this mini-guide will assist you in making a decision on a subject our mothers wouldn’t tell us about. Don’t be a Sasquatch in a swimsuit and share this with your own daughters when the time comes. Feel free to leave any tips or comments to help other traveling mamas in their hair removal decision.

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  • Here’s a relaxing video to go along with the Family Friendly Florida Keys Resort and Family Fun in the Florida Keys posts:

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  • I saw this funny hotel commercial and had to share.

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  • I’m sitting here at the Las Vegas airport reflecting on my weekend at #BWE08. What is BWE? It’s Blog World Expo, an annual forum where traditional and new media gather together with tech companies to exchange ideas, sample new products, and network.

    I’m the big dork of the tech world and just found out about this event last week. For some reason, I felt like I just HAD to attend. I’m so glad I did. I tried to get Mr. CajunMama to come along, but running off last minute just isn’t in his personality anymore. Luckily, I convinced a gal pal to jump the Mommy Ship for the weekend and run off to Vegas.

    We were excited about this girlfriend getaway and booked a one bedroom suite at The Signature at MGM. I was able to find a decent deal through Travelocity that included a few comped drinks and some resort credit.

    Luxury bath The Signature at MGM Las VegasThe room was super swanky with a full kitchen, living and dining rooms, two bathrooms, and a SUPER HUMONGOUS bathtub. Everything was great with the place and what one would expect for paying the big money for a stay at this property. The only thing I could find to gripe about was the lack of hooks for the bathrobe in the bathroom. That irked me, but other than that, the hotel stay was uneventful.

    Now for the good stuff – BWE08 was fantastic. My head is still spinning from all the info I learned about social media, online marketing, and meeting fellow Tweeters from Twitter. The tag line for the weekend was – What happens in Vegas gets Twittered. So, if you were following the TravelingMamas Twitter feed, you were sure to see a few pics of CajunMama and friends enjoying the weekend.
    We enjoyed a few parties, but we also spent a good amount of time chatting with social media gurus and philosophizing about mommyhood and blogosphere. We were excited to meet our friends from AllTop (hi, Neenz) and many others. Many bloggers were walking around with Flip Ultras in hand. I know that for me, searching the net and reading fellow bloggers is an escape from housewife drudgery and incessant nagging from the kids. So in the near future, watch for a few subtle changes on TravelingMamas that will enhance your experience reading our blog and hopefully make your lives just a smidgen easier.
    Well, I’m off to catch my flight, but before I do, those darn slots are calling my name again.

    Slots at Las Vegas Airport

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  • I don’t know about the other mamas, but I love Martha Stewart and all she represents. I think it is so awesome that she devoted an entire show to the Blogosphere. She’s upgraded to the WordPress format, just like us. Her blog offers fabulous tips and tricks and even has a post on how to get started blogging.

    I browsed around and read a few of her travel posts. I really liked her entry on the hacienda she stayed in during her visit to the Yucatan. It offers more than 70 gorgeous inspiring photos, much unlike poor MountainMama’s trip to Puerto Vallarta.

    So, go check it out The Martha Blog today!

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