What ex­actly is a real woman? Who is to say?

Antelope Valley Press - - VALLEY LIFE -

Dear Read­ers: To­day’s Sound Off is about the un­re­al­is­tic ex­pec­ta­tions placed on women.

— Heloise “Dear Heloise: The world is full of beau­ti­ful women. Some look like su­per­mod­els, and some look like me — an av­er­age-look­ing per­son, clean and neat but not a great beauty. Still, beauty mag­a­zines would have us be­lieve that a 30-year-old woman can look like the re­touched 18-year-old model if we buy what they’re sell­ing. I would be more im­pressed with a 50-year-old woman look­ing the best she can with the man­u­fac­turer’s prod­uct. I don’t care if it’s makeup/ sham­poo, cloth­ing or un­der­gar­ments.

“Show us a real woman for a re­fresh­ing change. Choose a house­wife with a cou­ple of kids, a full-time job and a few ex­tra pounds on her hips. Why? Be­cause th­ese are the real he­roes of our so­ci­ety. Th­ese are the women who do the best they can with what they’ve got, and more than likely, they aren’t su­per­mod­els. They’re just your av­er­age Amer­i­can woman with lit­tle time or money to spend on her­self. Let man­u­fac­tur­ers show us how their prod­ucts work on real women who haven’t been re­touched.”

— Va­lerie H. in Los An­ge­les

Fast facts

Dear Read­ers: Here are some ad­di­tional uses for salt:

• Make a salt and wa­ter paste and rub on cal­lused feet to re­move dead skin.

• Use as a gar­gle so­lu­tion to re­lieve a sore throat.

• Place fruit or veg­gies in lightly salted wa­ter while they’re cook­ing to help them re­tain their color.

• Soak a cloth in salt wa­ter and press it to a bee st­ing to re­duce pain.

— Heloise

Great Dane, great idea

Dear Heloise: We have two Great Danes, and I no­ticed they made such a mess while eat­ing. Our vet told us they needed an el­e­vated dog bowl. My hus­band made a plat­form about 20 inches above the floor with two large holes so we could just drop their metal bowls into the open slots. This worked like a charm.

— Sherri W., Kona, Hawaii

Bro­ken glass

Dear Heloise: I broke a wa­ter glass on my kitchen floor, but even af­ter vac­u­um­ing and mop­ping I could still see tiny sliv­ers of glass. I took a slice of fresh white bread, placed it on the sliv­ers of glass and care­fully pressed down. This method col­lected the re­main­ing tiny pieces of glass.

— Theresa L., Au­gusta,

Ge­or­gia

Sav­ing money

Dear Heloise: I wanted to go on a nice va­ca­tion last year but felt I couldn’t af­ford it. I started to put ev­ery $5 bill I re­ceived into a jar, and when the jar filled up, I put it in my sav­ings ac­count. I did this for a year, and by the time the year was up, I had enough to take that va­ca­tion.

— San­dra S., Tyler, Texas Send a money-sav­ing or time­sav­ing hint to Heloise, P.O. Box 795001, San An­to­nio, TX 78279-5001, or you can fax it to 1-210-HELOISE or email it to [email protected] I can’t an­swer your let­ter per­son­ally but will use the best hints re­ceived in my col­umn.

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