Fruits for beautiful skin.

Beauty., Health and Wellness.

Not only are fruits good for your insides, they’re also good for your outsides. Here are some fruits that can make your skin AMAZING:

Apples: Apples are a great conditioner & toner for your skin, they have amazing skin-healing powers and have been used as a beauty aid for centuries.

-Add a cup of apple juice to your bath to cleanse and soften your skin.

-Apple juice, when applied to your hair scalp, can prevent dandruff. You can use it as a final rinse after shampooing your hair.

-Apples are filled with pectin – essential for fighting the dreaded acne.

-The juice of apple can be used as a breath freshener too. *not relevant but nice to know

 

Lemons: Lemons are a classic home beauty ingredient for a reason.

-Lemons are used to cleanse, lighten and freshen the skin and hair.

-Use lemon slices to soften rough skin spots such as elbows & heels.

-Lemon slices help deodorize. Mix a few teaspoons of lemon juice in your bath and you’ll feel fresh the whole day.

-Lemon juice can be added to your favorite cleanser or shampoo to refresh and tone your scalp.

-If you use it a few times a month mixed with your shampoo,  it’ll help prevent dandruff.

-Lemon grinds can be rubbed on to scars as it aids healing.

-Lemon is a natural bleach so it can help to fade out dark spots and acne scars too.

 

Bananas: they are rich in protein and natural fats so they can be used on all skin types.

-Banana is a great emollient for your skin and hair

-Make an easy facemask that will make your skin supple by applying mashed banana all over your skin and leaving it on for 20 minutes. Once you’re done, rinse off with warm water and make sure to moisturize.

-Mashed banana also makes a wonderful hair conditioner when mixed with a 1 tablespoon of honey. It’s perfect for keeping hair beautiful even if dyed regularly.

 

Pineapple: Pineapples are great skin softeners, which cleanses and rejuvenates dull and dry skin.

-Use pineapple slices on rough skin spots like knees, elbows, and heels.

-Use a slice of pineapple like you would use a sponge or loofah to scrub your body in the bath or shower.

 

Papaya: Papaya is rich in papain enzyme and Vitamin A which is the best treatment for exfoliating your skin.

-Apply mashed papaya and 3 teaspoons of aloe vera gel and massage all over your body monthly for fresh and glowing skin (leave on your skin for no more than five minutes & rinse thoroughly) [use it with caution for the first time because it may sometimes irritate sensitive skin]

 

Peaches: Peaches are highly emollient and perfect for dry skin types.

-Mash a fresh peach and combine with a tablespoon of plain yogurt to make a smooth paste, apply to your skin and leave it on for 20 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and your skin will feel moisturized and supple to the touch.

Hope these helped,

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Dealing with stress and frustration.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle.

From teachers to friends, to work to everything, things can tend to get really stressful and unbearable at times and I’m here to help. Here are a few tips I have:

  • Sleep, you’ll be rested and feel a lot better
  • Rant to someone I promise it’ll help
  • Get a cat, they’re soothing
  • Exercise or at least do yoga every other day because it has a unique capacity to exhilarate and relax, to provide stimulation and calm, to counter depression and dissipate stress
  • GET A PLANNER. I cannot stress that enough. I promise your life will be so much easier.
  • For things not school related, make a list and check it off as you go along. You’ll get a sense of satisfaction and completion and you won’t be so overwhelmed
  • If someone gives you a job and you know you won’t be able to do it don’t agree just to be polite, apologize and tell them you can’t so they get someone who can. If you do say yes you’ll get overwhelmed and frustrated and the job won’t be done right
  • Please, please, please try to get out of the habit of procrastination. Don’t save everything for Sunday night or like some people I know, Monday morning to do things/ last minute. Do small things at a time and you’ll be calmer.
  • Cry. This might sound odd, but crying helps you because they contain a lot of stress hormones which are released when you cry.
  • Smile. Even if it’s a fake smile, your body gives out endorphins and even if you’re not happy, your body will think you are and you’ll slowly become happier.
  • Help others. Seeing the happiness in others creates this feeling in people that makes them calmer and happier.
  • Stay away from other people. If you know you’re stressed, frustrated etc stay away from others because if you’re anything like me you’ll lash out or break down and do something you’ll end up regretting.
  • Find something like an outlet to let all the anger and frustration go to like screaming, breaking things (try pencils or ripping paper), punching a pillow, chewing gum or ice etc. Just find something inanimate so you don’t lash out on someone.
  • Take breaks. Whether it be in between when you are doing homework, studying, or just during the weekend. Go outside, breathe some fresh air, eat, walk around and then come back to whatever you were doing. If you do so your mind will be well rested and you’ll think better.
  • If you’re doing something and you’re really frustrated for example a project etc. just stop. Sleep on it or come back to it in an hour or so, so that you’ll be calmer and have a fresher perspective when you see it the next time. This helps so your work won’t be sloppy and just thrown together.

Remember, if you can’t do something, it’s not the end of the world, you have second chances, extra credit and so much more, it’s not the end of the world and it will be ok.

Good luck guys and I hope this helps 🙂

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How my menstrual cup changed my life.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle., raving reviews

This may be a little sensitive for a few people out there so readers be cautioned.

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I’ve tried a few menstrual cups in and after going back and forth, I finally settled on the Sckoon cup and I love it. Honestly, switching to menstrual cups was one of the best things I’ve done for myself.

WHY?
If not all, most commercial brand tampons and pads contain the chemicals asbestos, dioxin, and rayon (fibers). Asbestos is an irritant that has been known to cause excessive bleeding. Dioxin is toxic to the reproductive and immune systems and has been known to cause endometriosis (irregular bleeding/infertility which is very common among women today.) Rayon creates a breeding ground for dioxin within the vagina (from the use of tampons) by leaving fibers behind in the uterus. Using commercial tampons and pads leave women extremely susceptible to hormonal challenges, fertility issues, and general complications with their reproductive organs. [Source: Wild Woman Speaks]

The average woman menstruates for forty years and uses approximately 20 tampons per cycle, which is roughly 240 tampons each year. This means she will use about 9,600 tampons during the entire course of her menstruating years. That’s a freaking lot of tampons! Women, we must strongly consider our choices regarding menstrual care. Not only is that a massive amount of tampons that wind up in a landfill year after year, but that’s a lot of harsh chemicals that are making their way into our bodies if we are using commercial brands of menstrual products. Choosing to care for our menstrual cycle with organic reusable cloth pads and moon cups not only does our bodies good, it does our environment a whole lot of good, too! [Source]

The tampon industry is convinced that women need bleached white products. They seem to think that we view this as “pure” and “clean.” The fact is, if Dioxin puts women at risk for cancer and Dioxin is stored in fatty tissue (just like that found in the vagina), and a woman uses as many as 11,000 tampons in her lifetime, could the long term use of tampons increase cancer risk? [Source]

How it changed my life:

Every time I used to get my period, I would always get worried that I was leaking or that I would smell etc and would go to the bathroom 2 times more than I usually do. Ever since I’ve discovered menstrual cups, I feel so much more at ease whenever I’m on my period because I don’t have to go to the bathroom every few hours. I’ve always seen the bad effects of tampons so I never used those. Now I go to the bathroom whenever I need to pee or poop, and if you insert it right, you can keep it in for up to 12 hours depending on your flow. I usually wear a pantyliner just in case my flow is a little heavier than usual, but otherwise it’s made my life SO MUCH EASIER especially at night.

So many people get grossed out about putting something up your vagina but we need to get over the “gross”- it’s part of life and natural- even though it may be inconvenient and uncomfortable at times. It makes life so much easier and saves you so much money. You just invest in one and you don’t have to keep buying boxes/packages of pads and tampons and freaking out if you don’t have any in your house when you start your cycle etc.

If you want to get one, start with the a Sckoon cup because they’re a little bit smaller than the rest and are more comfortable. If you have a light to medium flow and have a low cervix, get Size 1 and if you usually have a heavier flow and a higher cervix, get size 2.

I really hope you guys get a chance to try one out and I promise you’ll love it. You just need practice. Here’s more information on how to use it.

Good Luck,

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How to quickly lose weight.

Fitness., Health and Wellness., Lifestyle.

Before I start, you’re beautiful. Don’t look at thinspiration or anything like that, it’ll just motivate you the WRONG way. If you plan on losing a few pounds, guess what? There’s nothing wrong with that. 🙂 You should want to lose weight so that you feel good and so that you’re healthy. Don’t worry about what other people think because it’s your body.

I’m going to enlighten you with the basics a little bit:

How do you gain weight?
-When you take in more calories than you burn, you gain weight. A lb of fat = 3,500 cal. Your body stores extra calories as fat. So, for every 3,500 cals you consume, you gain 1 lb.

How do you lose weight?
-If you eat calories or exercise, you lose weight. Say you eat 250 cals less than normal and burn off 250 cals. That is 500 fewer cal a day. If you do this every day, you will lose a lb a week.

500(cal) x 7(days in a week) = 3500 cal or 1 lb

[Try to aim for no more than 2 lbs a week. If you try for more, you’ll probably lose more lean muscle and water instead of fat. Just remember, “slow and steady”.]

Anyways, here’s what you can do to quickly lose weight.

  1. EXCERCISE
    1. This might be what everyone says but it’s true. The more muscles you have, the faster your fat will burn away. You build up muscle first and then you lose the fat. Even if you start noticing your legs or whatever increasing in size, eventually after keeping up with it for a while, you WILL see results. Try to maintain a consistent schedule, workout at least 3+ days a week and keep up with it. It’s up to you, if you wanna see faster results you have to either to more HIIT (High-intensity interval training workouts) [This is great if you’re lazy and quickly want to get done with the workout] or do other workouts for a longer period of time. If you want to see faster results, you yourself need to work for it.
      1. If you want to do more HIIT workouts, or just any workouts in general I recommend you start with Blogilates, the Sworkit app or 7-minute workout app because from experience, those are the best.
    2. THIS IS SO IMPORTANT. Many people think that if you do arm workouts, you’ll lose fat on your arms but in reality you’re only gaining muscles in your arm. If you want to keep the muscles and strength you have, you have to constantly work those muscles or else it’ll just go back to how it was before. In order to truly lose weight in one specific place is to lose it everywhere at the same time. Fat is balanced out in your body so you can’t really get skinnier arms and have a thicker thigh.
    3. If your body isn’t used to working out, don’t jump into brutal exercises like pushups and pullups. Start in moderation and gradually work your way up to the harder stuff. During your first few sessions, I suggest just stretching and get your body acclimated to moving around a bit. Then you start launching into the workouts. I suggest you get a premade workout plan or watch a YouTube video with workouts that are already given so you don’t get discouraged and say, “Oh I can’t find any good stuff to do”
    4. GET A GYM WORKOUT BUDDY. THIS WILL HELP YOU SO MUCH. I workout by myself and this usually leads to procrastination and not getting anything done. If you workout or go to the gym with a friend, you guys can push each other.
  2. Eat healthy
    1. Eat healthy! But don’t deprive yourself! If you’ve been doing great for a few weeks and are craving.. lets say.. a donut, go eat a donut and reward yourself! I mean you’re not gonna gain ten pounds from one donut. If you have a hard time eating healthy, TRUST ME, I know how it feels. It’s hard, but once you get used to eating healthy, it’ll be a piece of cake!
      1. Breakfast IS the most important meal of the day! It gets your metabolism going and makes you fuller throughout the day! To boost your metabolism even more, drink hot water with lemon water every morning and/or add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil to your breakfast somehow every morning to make your metabolism boost up.
      2. Remember to always add a healthy side to your lunch meal! You can add things like fruits, bell peppers, hummus instead of mayo in your sandwiches, baked potatoes instead of french fries, Kale chips (Remove the leaves from the stem, drizzle some olive oil and salt over it and bake for 10-15 min until the edges are brown)
      3. You may think it’s smart to skip meals or snacks to save on calories, but if you deal with hunger as it happens (by eating every three or four hours), you’ll eat less over the course of the day! It works as long as you treat snacks like tiny healthy meals– not just as junk food breaks.
  3. DRINK A LOT OF WATER
    1. Drinking water is directly correlated with losing. A lot of people confuse thirst for hunger so they  tend to eat rather than drink water.If you’re craving a midday snack and want to make sure your pangs are caused by hunger, not hydration, drink a glass of water first. Then see if you’re still hungry 30 minutes later.
    2. Drinking enough water and staying properly hydrated is part of a healthy weight-loss system and healthy weight in general. It helps flush out harmful toxins, increases metabolism, etc.
      1. In a small recent study, researchers at the University of Birmingham in the UK found that, on average, people who drank water 30 minutes before some or all of their three meals a day lost between 5 and 9 pounds over the course of about three months. [source]
    3. If you’re anything like me and don’t like drinking plain water or just need something to help boost your weight loss process try the SlimQuick products
      1. I like their products because they:
        • Increase Metabolism
        • Reduce Appetite
        • Boost Energy
        • Reduce Excess Water
        • Support Hormones
        • Reduce Stress

These are the main ways one can really loss weight and I hope these have helped. Always remember that the number on your scale doesn’t define who you are and if you didn’t reach your goal, it’s ok, tomorrow is a new day. Stay beautiful ♥

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How to manage school and a job.

Lifestyle., School., Tips.

1. Plan Ahead
Before getting a job, think about how you will handle juggling your work and your schoolwork. Talking to a counselor, teacher or parent about working can help you figure out how to balance these two activities. Explain what you need to get from working and what kind of job you want and ask questions like these:
• How can I manage my time to make school and a job work for me?
• What type of job will work best with my schedule, skills and personality?

2. Pick a job with flexible hours
There are plenty of great part-time jobs out there that can accommodate a schedule that’s filled with classes, club meetings, sports, etc. A few good places to start are restaurants, tutoring places like Kumon, retail jobs, etc.
If you choose to work on school nights, just be sure to get a lot of sleep either after school or whenever you’re free. The amount of sleep you need to lead a productive day varies depending on the individual, but most experts recommend getting at least seven hours a night. I’m pretty sure you aren’t about to get any nap breaks at your job.
Also, be make sure you don’t over-commit to working more than you’re comfortable with, or your life could become a slippery slope of missed classes, low grades, broken promises and a Starbucks dependency. It’s better to target a lower number of hours to work in the beginning. If you get in a groove and are comfortable taking on more, you can ask your employer if there are more shifts available.

3. Start slowly.
Start by doing a couple of shifts a week then gradually work up the hours. Don’t just start with a whole load, and stress yourself out.

4. Make a schedule and stick to it.
You’re not going to successfully juggle work with your other priorities unless you exercise a little discipline. This doesn’t have to be as painful and horrible as it sounds. Before you take on a new job, sit down and write down all of your priorities like your homework, studying for tests, exercise, etc, followed by about how much time they take up each week.  Then figure out how much time you need to relax, hang out with your friends, etc, etc. Now crunch the numbers and see how much time you’ll have to work. Even if it’s only enough for a shift or two a week of work, that’s fine. That is, of course unless you need to work a certain amount each month to pay for college and other cost-of-living expenses, in which case you might have to sacrifice on socializing time.
Once you have your schedule sorted out, it’s important to stick to the rules. If you decided the only way to make it all work is to devote one weekend night each week to doing school work, use this time efficiently and don’t get distracted by a “Pretty Little Liars” marathon or something. By developing these time management skills now, you’ll be ready down the road when life throws even more responsibilities your way.

5. Take assignments with you.
While I advocate for keeping work and school separate, I do think you can fit in your schoolwork at other times during the day. For instance, if you’re sitting at your daughter’s soccer practice or folding laundry, use the time to study. By getting your schoolwork done a little at a time, you’ll avoid cramming the night before your chemistry exam or pulling an all-nighter to write a 20-page paper on Shakespear.

6. Be realistic. Don’t over-commit yourself, thinking you can do it all. Get in the habit of saying “no” if you know that your schedule won’t allow a lot of additional commitments.

7. Don’t stress yourself out.
This is really important!
Make sure to get enough sleep, and enough time to do homework.
Manage your time properly.

8. Get help.
Reach out to your friends or family when you really need help with all your workload. Ask them with helping you out with stuff, if you have a huge workload.

Well I hope this helps. If you have any additional helpful tips, comment below and I’ll add them (:

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Getting into the College/University of your choice.

School., Tips.

School is starting back up and I know there are many people who are in high school and are most likely going to go to college/university. Hopefully, this helps you guys out a bit and if you know anyone in high school, share it with them so they can benefit.
These tips will not ensure you get accepted into your dream school though, it will just help you out and increase your chances of being accepted!

So let’s get started:

  1. Take the right classes.
    1. You may not think that this is a big part of the college acceptance process, but it is! Taking the right courses definitely plays a role in what the college thinks of you.
      1. You want to challenge yourself by taking higher level courses. Colleges like seeing the strength in your schedule so take AP/IB/Honor/Dual Credit (if don’t know the difference comment below and I will explain) courses when you can! However, if you really are struggling in those classes it’s okay to drop as long as your still in the first quarter of the class. (It has to be then because then it will not show up on your college transcript). Also, these classes are worth more then Pre-AP/normal classes and have a heavier weight into your GPA, meaning they can boost it.
        1. In addition, take classes in high school that may reflect what you want to do later in life. For example, if you want to be something with a science major, then take a lot of science classes and try taking them at a higher level and take them seriously, they’re going to look at your grades!
          1. IF YOU CAN TAKE DUAL CREDIT COURSES, TAKE AS MANY AS YOU CAN.
            1. (I’m going to pick random Universities from Texas) Take your required Dual Credit courses then try to take courses that are mostly degree based.
              1. Decide what your top 3 colleges are and if you can narrow down to one.
              2. Go to the schools website and look up the majors offered and what you want to take from there
              3. THEN LOOK UP something like “Unt Business management degree plan” or “UNT business management 4-year plan” and they give you a bunch of courses.
              4. The first two years can usually be taken at a community college so look at what’s transferable and try to take a bunch of courses from the first two years this year 🙂
                1. You should get something like this or this, NOT this.
                2. OR LOOK UP “UNT TRANSFER GUIDE” and you’ll see all the options here.
                  1. You’ll see the courses you can take at a community college, BUT not all universities accept all courses. Look up “UTA COURSE EQUIVALENCY” or whatever and you’ll get something like this.
  2. Be Active!
    1. This doesn’t only apply to sports. Be active within your community and school! Try to partake in as many clubs that interest you and volunteer whenever you get the chance. The one thing that all colleges are interested in is how involved in school and the community were you. Holistic students have a higher chance of getting accepted into universities than those who only have good test scores or a 4.0 GPA.
    2. Try joining things like sports teams, your Student Council, Yearbook, etc. because they would look great on your application.
    3. VOLUNTEER. I recommend you volunteer at a place that is in a similar field to what you want to be (like hospitals if you wanna be a doctor etc) but honestly you can volunteer anywhere. [Humanitarian things look the best like picking up trash, working at schools, hospitals, soup kitchens, shelters etc)
  3. Show Interest in the School.
    1. Go on college tours around the schools that you are applying to. When you register to go on the college tour, the name gets stored in their system so when you do apply they will check and see that you’ve shown interest so that’s some bonus points for you 🙂
    2. The same goes to visiting their tables at college fairs that your school may hold or when the admission officers visit.
    3. As soon as you send in your application, send an email to the admissions officer at that school and schedule an interview. This is a BIG deal so be professional about it and go in as if you were going to a job interview.
      1. Try not to stumble over your words and be mature and use some big words here in there. In the right context of course!
      2. Also, try to look up questions they ask at college interviews.
      3. Knowing some information about the school might get you some extra points.
  4. Applying early.
    1. Apply as early as you can. Early action/decisions are a great way to show the school you are interested plus you get a faster response.
      1. There’s a catch though, Early Decision applications binding meaning if you get into that school, YOU MUST GO! So I suggest applying Early Action if you’ve figured out your number one choice.
      2. If the school has “Rolling Admissions” I would suggest applying ASAP so your application is right at the top and it shows the admissions office that you are dedicated and want to go to that school.

That’s really all I have for now.
If you don’t get in, DO NOT WORRY. Don’t worry if you haven’t got the results you were hoping for. Don’t worry if you haven’t got into your chosen University. The important thing is that you understand that your life is not ruled by results, grades and education. If your dream job requires diplomas, degrees and such, then go and try again! Don’t give up chasing your dream.

If i think of anything else, I will be sure to add it!

I hope these helped. Feel free to leave any questions or requests below 🙂

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How to make your hair grow faster.

Beauty., Health and Wellness., raving reviews

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Hey guys, I’ve been busy working on some new things for my blog (like ^) so that’s why I haven’t been as active but I’m back and I’m here with a few great tips.

  • DO NOT WASH YOUR HAIR EVERYDAY
    • I cannot stress this enough. Just like our skin, our hair can get dry but unlike our skin we have limited things we can apply to our hair so prevent it from drying out. When you wash your hair with shampoo, it strips your hair of it’s natural oils. Your body then thinks, “omg their hair is too dry, lets me produce some oils to moisturize their scalp”; eventually after a while of too much shampooing your hair is used to producing so many oils that you’ll have to shampoo even more which will just dry out your hair, ruin it and prevent it from growing.
  • Eat foods that have a lot of protein.
    • Your hair is made up of keratin (a protein that’s made up of amino acids). The more protein you the longer your hair will get and just remember the healthier you eat, the better you’ll look, your body, skin, hair, nails, etc.
  • Limit the heat and chemical you use on your hair or else your hair will get brittle and start breaking.
  • Try to deep condition your hair once a week. I love to use coconut oil 30 minutes a week before I shower then I wash it off. I also love coconut oil because it has so many beauty benefits. Check them out here.
  • Damaged hair takes a long time to fix and if your hair is damaged it takes it a long time to repair and unless your hair is healthy, it’ll never grow.
    • Because of this you shouldn’t try to manipulate it too much and this includes getting it colored, a perm, etc.
  • Get a lot of vitamins into your body through your diet or supplements.
    • Omega 3 is one of the best things that can help you get and maintain smooth and shiny hair. It’s known for its ability to combat dry and brittle hair, hair loss, dry, flaky scalp and reduced circulation to the scalp. The benefits of omega-3 EFAs include adding luster, sheen and elasticity to your hair. Both DHA and EPA are vital for the nourishment of hair follicles. Omega-3 can help restart hair growth, help hair grow quicker and stronger and even prevent or reverse hair loss. (If you want to read more about the science behind it, read all about it here).
      • As a Muslim, it’s really hard for me to find supplements that don’t contain pork or just meat products in general so when I found this Omega-3 I was thrilled. It also has Omega 6, Omega 9, DHA, EPA and unlike other fish oil supplements I’ve had, this doesn’t taste weird or leave a lingering smell. Honestly, all their products are amazing.
  • Try to brush your hair often so it doesn’t knot up and force you to pull at it (which makes a lot of your hair rip off.
    • I’ve heard a lot of people raving about The Wet Brush but personally since I don’t have too much of a problem with my hair, I never had to resort to buying one but if you need it, you definitely should buy it.
  • Don’t always keep your hair in the same style, part etc. After a while, your hair gets pulled too much, your hair gets weak and your hair starts thinning which contradicts the whole idea of making your hair grow faster.

Hope these helped,

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Travel beauty and health tips. (Especially for long airplane rides)

Beauty., Lifestyle., Tips.

Traveling can be a hassle and create many problems, especially towards your daily routines and skin. Here are some tips that will help you out a bit:

  1. Because of the recycled air and lack of water on the plane you need as much hydration as you can get. Find a good moisturizer that is oil based or is very hydrating. The Trilane Retinol + Vitamin C and Squalane moisturizer is filled with vitamins and a little goes a long way, it makes my face seem softer and hydrated in the mornings. If you have an oilier face then try the RegenFX Skin Care System, it’s lighter and better to use as at night treatments. The whole system will make your face look fresher and your skin look brighter and this is just what you need after you get off a long flight
  2. Before you leave the house, deep condition your hair with a really moisturizing conditioner so your hair doesn’t frizz up and get staticky. I like to apply coconut oil to my hair half an hour or an hour before I shower, but any normal conditioner will work.
  3. Try to book a flight after 10 pm so that you can get some sleep on the plane right after you get on and your sleep schedule won’t be messed up right away. I like to use Dr. Xu’s Restful Sleep Natural Sleep Aid Supplement (Use the code SAVEREST to save 20% on your purchase) and this is made with chi, herbs and vitamins which help me wake up feeling fresh, not groggy.
  4. Bring some dry shampoo (make sure this fits into your one quart sized bag) and apply some dry shampoo when your hair gets oily and weird.
  5. When you get onto the plane, run some water through your hair and tie it up in a bun so when you take it out after a few hours (do it when you’re an hour from landing) and your hair will be voluminous and have nice curls/waves instead of being flat from being against a headrest for so long.
  6. Find a serum or something with Vitamin C to keep your collagen production going to your face looks bright and fresh when you get off. The one from OZ Naturals is really great. Use this is you don’t need anti-aging and this if you do.
  7. Get oil blotting sheets and if you don’t want to, most planes have seat covers and those get the job done. Plus it’s completely sanitary so don’t freak out.
  8. Place a cotton pad on top of all of your powdered compacts, this prevents your blushes, shadow, powdered foundations etc from breaking.
  9. Try to buy products that contain more than one product like the Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope products or the Naked Palettes. These products contain many shades and so you don’t have to take many along with you.
  10. Keep your liquid products and gel products in contact containers because they’re the perfect size.

Check out my tips on packing for a trip.

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Hope these help,

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Top 10 skincare tips for people with sensitive skin.

Beauty., Health and Wellness.

I’ve had sensitive skin forever and it’s one of the most annoying skin care problems after dry skin. You can’t use scented things or else your skin gets red, your face reacts weirdly to products everyone else can use and it’s just plain annoying.

Since I’ve had it, I’ve learned many things from Dermatologists, skin specialists and my own experience so here are some of my tips:

  1. Don’t use scented products on your skin and this includes perfumes, body sprays, soaps etc. These almost always causes irritation and some amount of inflammation to sensitive skin. If you really love scents like I do though then just lay your clothes down onto your bed or somewhere and lightly spray it with whatever. Give the scent a few minutes to dry on the fabric before getting dressed. If you do this, it’ll prevent direct contact with your skin which will prevent irritations.
  2. DOVE is your best friend. I’ve been using the Dove Sensitive Skin body wash for years now. You know when you use other body washes your skin feels like it has some weird residue left over? That’s soap scum and Dove is one soap that doesn’t have that (Watch it and see). Try to switch to liquid soaps for your body instead of bars because bars just sit in your tub and collect bacteria over time and that rubs onto your skin causing irritation.
  3. Even though you have sensitive skin, you should still have a wash your face at least once daily. Wash your face in the morning after you wake up to get rid of the oils and bacteria that got onto your face at night from your hair, pillow, hands etc. Wash your face again at night to get rid of the other dirt and bacteria that came onto your face throughout the day. Use a gentle cleaner to remove dirt, oils etc without stripping your skin. Brands like Simple or Cetaphil are gentle but still clean really well.
  4. Try not to pile on makeup and if you can, don’t wear any at all. If you really feel like you need it, get one that’s lightweight and doesn’t clog your skin. Go to a makeup specialist (Sephora is a great place to start) and ask them for what they recommend.
  5. DO NOT BUY FULL-SIZE PRODUCTS WITHOUT TRYING IT FIRST. I cannot stress this enough, there are so many things I’ve gotten because of ads and whatever and when I tried it, it didn’t work well for my skin and I ended up not using it. So many places offer samples of products, just ask. Sometimes I go into Sephora, talk to a consultant and just get 5-10 samples to try out; it doesn’t hurt and it definitely will save your bank account.
    1. If you don’t have a Sephora near you, you could at least find products specific to your needs here.
    2. Make sure to test products on somewhere like your upper arm or the side of your neck, somewhere, if you do get a rash, it’s easy to cover up.
  6. I would say to keep away from the sun but we all know that can’t happen so invest in a really good moisturizer with SPF. I LOVE the Algenist Lightweight UV Defense Fluid. It’s SPF 50 and feels like nothing. I don’t know about you guys, but I hate applying lotion or sunscreen onto my face especially in the summer because my face gets greasy and oily so I just skip it all together. DON’T DO THAT.  Too much heat damages skin cells and can often cause skin rashes and diseases.
  7. Watch what you eat but it’s not just what you’re eating, some external factors such as smoking, stress, lack of sleep or excessive pollution can cause sensitive skin to flare up with rashes and may also cause even bigger skin problems.
  8. Always choose cosmetic products which are “Fragrance-free” because most of the cosmetics with fragrance may react on your sensitive skin to create problems. It is much better if you choose products labeled “No artificial colors”.
  9. Exfoliate your skin with something fine. This gets rid of the dead skin on your face to moisturizers can actually benefit you and go into your skin instead of just sitting on top of the dead skin doing nothing. The Ancient Orient Rice Enzyme Dermafoliant is the best one I’ve come across so far. It’s a dupe of the far more expensive Tatcha Polished Classic Rice Enzyme Powder.
  10. Make a Rosewater soothing face mist. This will help hydrate you skin, fight acne and eczema, heal scars etc.

Check out 20 common questions about sensitive skin (answered by doctors and dermatologists)

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DIY: Rosewater Soothing Face Mist.

Beauty., Health and Wellness.

Rosewater has astringent properties and works well as a facial toner. But that’s not all, when it’s combined with witch hazel, rosewater acts as a great cleanser, removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores and thus creating clear skin. If you want to kick it up a notch you can add in Aloe Vera which moisturizes, treats acne and also evens out your skin tone.

What you need:

  • A dozen freshly picked organic rose petals
  • A measuring cup/small funnel
  • A small pot with glass lid
  • A small glass bowl
  • Distilled water
  • A spray bottle
  • (optional) Organic Aloe Vera or its juice
  • (optional) Witch hazel
  1. Wash all the flowers and try to find one that’s organic and not synthetically dyed because it is going onto your face.
  2. Pull the petals off by grabbing the bottom of the bud and separating the petals from the stem; then put all the rose petals on the pot.
  3. Pour enough water into your pot so that 3/4 of the pot is filled but not too much or else your spray will be watered down. *If you want, now is the time to add the witch hazel and/or Aloe Vera; I recommend you add about 2-3 tablespoons of each*
  4. Put the bowl inside the pot and put the lid on upside down; this ensures you get the purest form of the rose water.
  5. Let the water boil for about half an hour or until your petals lose its color. (If you’re impatient like me, put some ice cubes on top of the upside-down lid)
  6. Once done, pour the liquid from the bowl into your spray bottle with the help of a measuring cup or a funnel.
  7. You can also pour it into a clean ice cube tray and just rub it onto your face when you feel really hot and grimy.

MAKE SURE TO REFRIDGERATE.This has a shelf-life of about 2-3 week or until it turns into a weird yellow color and starts to smell.

Benefits of using rosewater on your skin: here and here.

Enjoy,

Getting perfectly smooth shaved legs.

Beauty., DIY'S, Health and Wellness., Tips.

Woot woot, summer is here and that means shorts, beaches and smooth shaved legs.

Here’s how:

1. Start off  soaking your legs in some warm water to soften the leg hair a little bit. This will also open up your pores which will give you a closer shave. Don’t use hot water because that will dry out your skin and will eventually cause razor burns and flaky skin.

2. Liberally apply shaving cream to avoid razor bumps. Lather it onto your legs like it was shampoo. I use the Smoothing Shaving Gel with Soy from Target but any shaving gel will do.

3. Shave against the hair growth in long strokes. I find it easier to just wipe your thumb down the razor to get the hairs off the razor then wash that off instead of washing the razor off in between shaves. I really like the BIC Soleil Glow Disposable Razor and I’ve used it for a few (about 20+) and the blades are still fine. Plus I didn’t really get razor burns with this, it does the job and I like it.

4. Once you’ve shaved both of your legs, exfoliate them with a good body scrub. I use the Adovia Dead Sea Salt Scrub. This is really great because it eliminates the need to apply moisturizers after, gets rid of dead skin and also is filled with essentials oils. It really softens my body after I use it and also has a really nice smell which lasts for a few days.

Before I used to use the Barefoot exfoliating polish and it does an ok job, it exfoliates a little and smells nice but I still have to moisturize after and it runs out really quickly. If you should get anything, get the Adovia one above, that does a lot of things and also will last a while.

5. Wash off the exfoliator and shave once again. If you use the Adovia you won’t have to apply another layer of shaving cream because your legs will already have a smooth oil-based layer which will assist the shave. Doing this will ensure that any ingrown hairs that were exposed after exfoliating are removed.

6. Wash off your legs with cold water to close your pores and again if you don’t have the Adovia, you’ll have to moisturize your legs to make sure they stay silky smooth.

&& that’s it.

 

Check out common hair removal mistakes as well.

Here are some of my other summer related posts:

Good luck,

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Preparing for Tests.

School., Tips.

(Sorry guys I’ve been really busy lately) Since it’s testing season, I decided to post some tips that will help you get ready for any test, especially big ones.

  1. Get your full 8.5 hours of sleep.
    1. Especially the week of. It’s important to have enough energy to be able to have a full functioning brain. Spread it out over an entire weekend and take your time. I know you feel like you have to stay up all night studying, but in reality you don’t, getting more sleep is better than studying all night long.
  2. Eat healthy.
    1. I know this one seems unrelated, but this is just as important. Always eat snacks that are good for your brain.
    2. Here are some foods to help fight stress.
  3. Relax often.
    1. Light some candles, take a bubble bath.
    2. I’ve read that it’s scientifically proven that listening to instrumental music helps with relaxing and staying unstressed during the very stressful week. I love listening to something like this. An important thing to remember is that you should try to not to listen to things with words because they cancel out whatever you’re trying to remember.

STUDYING TIPS

•Use flash cards.
I know everyone says this but trust me, this helps. I have found that vocabulary, foreign language, and math formulas are best to study with flash cards.

•Do not study for more than 30 minutes at a time.
It helps to study on and off. It’s better for your brain, and it helps with stress. You don’t need to sit there for hours on end. You’ll get bored and not remember anything. Take a fifteen minute break every hour or so to give your brain a breather.

•Study more often than the night before.
I usually study about a week or so before my exams. This year, I only take two, so I study both for 1 hour each day.

•Study in a quiet area.
This way you don’t need to be stressed as much. Especially if you go to a nice, calm, clean environment such as a library.

• Do one fourth of your studying with someone else.
If you study the twelve days before your exams, then make sure you study for less than 72 hours with a friend or a family member. I’ve found that I remember more things when I do it with a study group.

•Remember to study with things that align with your study style
For example if you’re a visual learner, look at charts and videos or if you learn better through audio, record yourself reading your notes or whatever.

Good luck,

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Have picky kids in your house who don’t really like vegetables? Try this.

Freebies., Health and Wellness.

I know so many people who are picky eaters and end up being underweight [my little sister] and they seem to be fine with it. Here’s a solution for that:

Animal Parade KidGreenz Chewables Samples!

The Animal Parade KidGreenz Children’s Chewables in Tropical Fruit Flavor is an all-natural vitamin that is hypo-allergenic, gluten free and vegetarian. Each tablet contains the nutritional power of broccoli, spinach, spirulina, chlorella, kelp, lactic flora growth accelerants and much more!

Not only do these chewables give your kids all the nutrients and vitamins they need, but they also come in a delicious tropical fruit flavor! With today’s freebie, you can now get a FREE sample of Animal Parade KidGreenz Children’s Chewable vitamins!

Click here to get a sample. If your kids/you/siblings like it buy it from here because it’s the least expensive out of all other stores. [Subtotal: $9.69]

Enjoy,

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Jamba Juice: Any Small Smoothie – Only $2 (Coupon)

Health and Wellness., Random

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Calling all Jamba Juice fans! Jamba Juice is offering a new printable coupon valid for an Any Small Fruit & Veggie Smoothie for just $2! This coupon expires on March 31st.

Also check out my other post on Jamba Juice: (This can be paired with the above coupon to get a free drink)

Jamba Juice Insider Rewards: Get $3 off Your Next Purchase

Enjoy,

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10 beauty hacks.

Beauty., Tips.

I’ve came across a lot of tips, online articles and YouTube videos on beauty hacks, many of them require a lot of preparation or things that may be hard to find or expensive.

Here are 10 simple beauty hacks you should try:

  1. Keep your lashes curly after curling them by wearing waterproof mascara
  2. Whiten your teeth if you’re wearing bright pink lips. +bright shades tend to bring out yellow shades aka yellow teeth, yikes!
  3. Make your waterline last by first putting your eyeliner and then go over it with a brush & black eye shadow
  4. Start backwards with your cat winged liner!
  5. If you love putting on nail polish but have weak nails, invest in some Julep, Butter London or Inglot nail polishes. They’re breathable meaning they have breakthrough Oxygen Technology powers this fast-drying, long-lasting nail polish to get nails healthy and more beautiful at the same time.
  6. Add some cold water in your shower, it improves your Immune system. If you do this your skin won’t be as dry as normal hot showers.
  7. Give your feet a massage with a tennis ball!
  8. Give your hairbrushes a clean! +just use warm water &shampoo
  9. To get fast curls, braid your hair and flatiron.
  10. Get rid of split ends by twisting ends of your hair and sniping off split ends.

Here are some other helpful little tips:

Hope these helped,

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Common hair removal mistakes and why they’re bad.

Health and Wellness., Tips.

I thought that this was an appropriate tip for right now, considering it’s getting warmer and summer’s coming up. This is a list of common hair removal mistakes and why you should stop doing them! I mention my sources throughout the tip, but then I added more at the end. Following these will make you have a closer shave, a more sanitary shave and a painless experience. 🙂

And just a myth-buster: Shaving does not influence hair growth or thickness. What you are seeing when you shave is actually an optical illusion caused by the blunt hair growing from the shaft and appearing thicker, when it is exactly the same size it always was.

1// Sunbathing Before and After Waxing or Laser Hair Removal

According to them, “You should avoid heat [such as tanning] following a wax treatment for 24 hours because it will inflame the skin. This includes hot water try using cool or lukewarm water.” And according to spainthevalley.com “If you tan before waxing, there is an increased chance of skin irritation or abrasion, even with no visible sunburn. If you tan after waxing, there is an increased chance of sunburn of that area.” So basically, don’t tan before and after a wax—it will cause major irritation. Wait at least 24 hours.

2// Not Exfoliating
Exfoliation gets rid of all the excess dead skin, which exposes more of the hair. The more hair you expose the more hair you cut off. And the more hair you cut off, the closer your shave will be. But I’d avoid exfoliating after, not only does the, again, expose hair (that this time you won’t be cutting off) it will also irritate the life out of your skin.

A good exfoliate I use for my body is the Spa Professional Exfoliating Polish. It does an amazing job of exfoliating. Sometimes I mix it with another liquid soap so I can get 2 birds knocked out with one stone.

3// Sharing a Razor
According to Dr. Oz (though I do think he sometimes comes off as a crack doctor) “a razor is the worst thing to share in your medicine cabinet. By sharing a razor, you can spread Staphylococcus, bacteria, and viruses by scraping bits of your skin. You can also transfer antibiotic resistant germs in your body. So be mindful of your hygiene and do not share razors!” Sharing a razor is basically cutting your friend, then cutting yourself, and putting both of those wound together for an extended amount of time. The thing is I didn’t even know people did that, it’s really disgusting honestly.

4// Dry Shaving
When you have wet surface you loosen a lot of friction between your skin and the razor, letting the razor glide over your skin. When you shave dry though, that friction is alllll there. And it takes everything with it. Shaving dry takes off way too many skin cells and you’ll be left stinging all over. You’re also more prone to cuts.

5// Shaving During a Hot Bath
Not only is it not a fun thought to think about bathing in your body hair, it isn’t exactly the best way to shave. Your skin actually swells up as it gets really hot. and when your skin swells up, not as much hair is exposed—are you seeing a trend here? Also, hot water leaches out the moisture in your skin, no moisture, no softness. Go for warm water. Which will both soften the skin and keep it moisturized.

6// Not Replacing Your Razor
Not only is this stupid and unsanitary, it hurts and it doesn’t work. Your razor is the a germ’s paradise. Yummy dead skin cells, nice moisture and heat, and all kinds of adjoining bacteria build up on it. Believe it or not, rinsing your razor for a quick second doesn’t actually kill those germs—no, not even if the water is really hot. If you let that sit for months you will risk a skin infection or worse. Not replacing your blade also will make your blade dull—which doesn’t shave as well and it hurts more. It will cause you so much cuts. So, as a recap, you’ll cut yourself, you’ll get an infection, and you won’t even get a nice shave out of it. Replace yours every few months or even once a month depending how often you shave.

7// Getting Waxed or Lasered the Week Before That Time of the Month
This will hurt you so bad. When you are on your period your nerves will be so touchy. It also just asks for inflammation and ingrown hairs. Wax in the middle of your cycle (like if your period starts the first of every month, get it down on the fifteenth).

Hope this helped,

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Planning a Baby shower.

DIY'S, Etc., Planning., Tips.

This was a requested tip from one of my readers and of course I said I would help because I LOVE planning parties and events.

1. First off  decide on what kind of baby shower you want to hold. You may not know this but there are many different types of baby showers. Here are a few you might what to look into:

Shop Couples' Shower Invites

Shop Adoption Announcements

Shop Sip and See Invites

Shop Gender Reveal Invites

2. Use a check list. Since I know how stressed and confusing it can be to make one I have provided a step by step checklist to follow below:

Nine or 10 Weeks Before

  • Determine who hosts.Will it be you alone or will you share duties with a co-host?
  • Set a budget.Are you paying for it all, or are others contributing?
  • Decide where to have the party.A restaurant or catering hall? Your home, or that of a friend or family member? If you need an outside venue, scout around and book it early.  (For more on this, see “Planning a Home Baby Shower,” “Planning a Restaurant Baby Shower,” and “Planning a Destination Baby Shower.”)
  • Pick a date.Consult with the honoree’s mother, sisters, and best friends—especially those who’ll be traveling long distances—to find a time when all can be present. Shoot for a month or two before the due date, or at least a month after the baby comes home.
  • Make a guest list.Decide whether to invite women only or couples, then e-mail the honoree’s closest family members and friends for a list of people they think should be invited (with phone numbers and mailing addresses—as well as e-mail addresses, if you’ll be sending an Evite). Or, if the shower is not a surprise, consult with the guest of honor.

Six Weeks Before

  • It can be traditional (baby-related) or as simple as a garden theme, with baskets of flowers and pots of wheatgrass. Keep in mind the tastes of the expectant mother.

  • Send out invitations.Provide a map or directions to the location and an RSVP deadline of no later than a week before the date. [I suggest Minted, the pictures above]
  • Go shopping.Buy decorations and disposable tableware, plus party favors and goody bags (or order them online).
  • Plan the menu.A brunch or tea party is traditional; a light dinner works for evening showers. Also consider finger foods, a potluck, or a dessert party. If you have a theme, the foods should reflect it. If you’ll be doing the cooking, try to choose dishes that can be made a week ahead and frozen, or at least the day before.  (For more on this, see “Baby Shower Refreshments 101” and “Baby Shower Drinks.”)

A Month Before

  • Line up some extra hands.Arrange for cooking, serving, or bartending help or entertainment, as needed.
  • Order the cake.Also, the flowers, rental chairs, etc.
  • Help with thank-you notes.Print out the invitation list, with complete addresses, to give to the honoree (now, if it’s not a surprise; later, if it is), or buy cards yourself and address them for her.
  • Prepare some games.Stock up on whatever materials are needed to play, such as pencils.

A Week Before

  • Follow up on RSVP stragglers.
  • Put together the goody bags.And if you have prizes for the games, wrap those.
  • Plan to get the gifts home.Lay in a store of handled shopping bags, and use discarded wrapping paper to cushion items. If the honoree lives a plane ride away, have labeled shipping boxes and packing materials ready.
  • Assign a photographer.You’ll want your best shutterbug to take photos or videos.
  • Clean up.If the party is at your home, give it a thorough cleaning.
  • Shop and cook, if needed.If you’ll be doing the cooking, buy all the nonperishables, and prepare as much freezable food as possible.

Three Days Before

  • Complete the grocery shopping.
  •  Finish up the food preparations.

The Day Before

  • Do a quick cleaning sweep.Give your house the once-over.
  • Set up the party space.Arrange the furniture. Put out the favors, prizes, and games, and check to make sure you have everything you need. Set out trash bags where the gifts will be opened. And decorate.

On Party Day

  • Pick up the cake.Also the balloons, flowers, whatever.
  • Designate someone to help the honree.She’ll need a hand to record the gifts and the givers.

Here are some great gifts you can give her:

Walmart Baby Box

Mommies first Box

Other subscription boxes

Here’s some inspiration:

Hope these helped, [&& request anything below]

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Easy exercises for lazy people.

Fitness., Health and Wellness.

Hahah I for one am super lazy so I don’t blame anyone but I decided to get up on my feet and do some workouts. By now we all know the dangers of eating too much and exercising too little: heart disease, stroke, diabetes, etc. Seeing that I am a lazy person, I needed some that weren’t that hard but still gave me results are here are a few:

Chin Tuck

The Chin Tuck improves posture, helps stiff neck and limbers up the trapezius (neck, shoulders and upper back), as well as the throat and jaw muscles.

Sit or stand, facing directly ahead. Keep your shoulders relaxed. Push your head slightly forward, then pull your head back slowly. Bring your chin toward your chest, and imagine the top of your head is rising toward the ceiling.

Feel the stretch in the back of the neck. Remember to breathe. Hold for 10 seconds. Relax. Repeat as desired.

Butt Clench

This is absolutely the best exercise for lazy people. The Butt Clench tightens the buttocks, helps strengthen the lower back, and helps release stress-related energy in the butt and thighs.

Tuck your tailbone in slightly. Clench your butt together. Hold for ten seconds. Relax. Repeat as desired.

Foot Flexes and Foot Rotations

A human foot has 26 bones, 20 muscles, 33 joints and over 150 ligaments. In one day, the feet take a cumulative force of several hundred tons. When your feet are tired, you are tired. Foot flexes and

rotations help limber up the feet and legs, de-stress the joints and muscles, improve blood circulation and give you an overall feeling of energy and well-being.

Foot Flexes: Slowly thrust out your heel, while pointing your toes toward your knee. You will feel the stretch in the back of the legs. Repeat 5 times with each foot.

Foot Rotations: Slowly rotate your foot at the ankle. Rotate to the left 10-20 times, then rotate to the right. Repeat with each foot.

Backward Elbow Stretch

This is a great exercise for the back, shoulders, upper arms, chest, and posture. The Backward Elbow Stretch can help prevent joint problems such as frozen shoulder.

Raise your hands to about waist-height. Keeping your back straight but relaxed, try to touch your elbows together behind your back. Unless you’re super-flexible, you won’t be able to do it, but you’ll feel the stretch in the shoulders, arms and chest.

Hold for ten seconds and remember to breathe. Repeat as desired.

The Backward Elbow Stretch exercise also helps strengthen the back muscles. Weak back muscles are a common cause of chronic pain and poor posture.

Tummy Tuck Exercise

The Tummy Tuck Exercise helps tone abdominal and belly muscles.

Exhale completely, allowing your stomach to deflate, while pulling your belly button towards your spine. Keep back relaxed, shoulders straight (don’t slouch) . Let the tummy do the work. Inhale, allowing your chest to rise, and let your stomach relax.

Scissor Abs

Scissor Abs

Working against gravity, this ab exercise will target your core quickly and effectively. Just be sure to keep a flat back and control the movement with your abs rather than your legs or arms. Here’s how:

Lie flat on your back with your arms at your sides, palms pressing into the floor. Bring both legs straight up toward the ceiling, engaging your abs and pressing your lower back into the ground.

Keeping abs pulled in and lower back on the ground, slowly lower your left leg until it’s a few inches above the floor, then scissor your legs, lifting your right leg up. This completes one rep. Do 15 to 20 reps.

A few tips:

  • Instead of a chair at work use an exercise ball instead of in your armchair, you’ll strengthen your core muscles and improve your balance without noticing you are exercising. You can additionally use your exercise ball as a seat while reading or working on the computer.
  • To develop triceps, or back muscles on your upper arms, lie on your left side. Grasp your right arm between the elbow and shoulder with your left hand. Try to pull your right arm back while simultaneously creating resistance with your left hand. Do this for a few seconds and relax. Repeat five times before switching sides. Gradually increase repetitions until you are performing 25 on each side per day.

Stay healthy,

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How to:; Convert youtube songs into itunes ones [so you can put them on your iphone/ipod etc]

Random, Technology., Tips.

I used to do this a long time ago && recently I found the link for it again and decided to share it with you guys. Here’s the steps:

  1. Go to http://www.flv2mp3.com/
  2. Copy and paste the link of your YouTube video with the song and paste it into the bar.
  3. Wait for it to download, or if you want it to be faster press “click the direct link”
  4. Make sure you know where your file is saved or make a separate collection just for music downloads.
  5. Then double click on the one of the icons (there will be two) of the song that has a black background and a blue shield thing on it.
  6. Double-click on it in the folder, and it will go into itunes as a song in your music library.

OPTIONAL *this is only if you want to change the song name, because it will be the name of the video instead of the song name* Right click on the song, go to “Get Info” and go to “Info” .

Change the song name, artist, album, etc.

If you have an iPod nano or touch, I recommend this. It kinda annoys me when i don’t have the right picture and if it bothers you too, go to google images and look up the album cover and then save it to your computer.

Right click on the song again, press “Get Info”. go to artwork, hit “delete” and then click add. and find the picture you saved to your computer.

There we go, it looks like you got it out of itunes.

Enjoy,

Start working out today.

Fitness., Health and Wellness.

Happy March 🙂 Join me as I work with Cassie from Blogilates to get fit again. I always put off working out because I’m too tired or busy but if you’ve read this far, you have to join me as well. Since it’s a start of a new month, it’s also a great time to get things started.

Subscribe to her newsletter to get monthly workouts and health tips through out the month.

I love the way she creates them so that you start off slowly and end hard so you don’t have to force yourself from the start.

This month I’m going to be doing this one:

30 day thigh slimming challenge

If you want to focus more on your whole body, do this one:

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Sunday: Bunday (butt)

Monday: Legs & Thighs

Tuesday: Core Crusher

Wednesday: Hump Day HIIT

Thursday: Arms ‘n Back

Friday: Relax ‘n Revive (For stretch day, make sure you download the free Blogilates app and subscribe to the calendar to see my exclusive “Revitalizing Stretch Routine.”)
Read more here.

Enjoy and good luck.

Homemade Fruit Roll-Ups

DIY'S, Health and Wellness., Recipes.

Ever since I was little, I’ve always loved snacking on stuff like Fruit Roll-Up’s but recently I realized that they were filled with so many random and also harmful things for you.

Take a look at the ingredient list in General Mills Fruit Roll-Ups: pears from concentrate, corn syrup, dried corn syrup, sugar, partially hydrogenated cottonseed oil, citric acid, sodium citrate, acetylated monoglycerides, fruit pectin, dextrose, maltic acid, ascorbic acid, natural flavor and the following food coloring: blue 1, red 40 and yellows 5 and 6.

I mean wouldn’t it just be better to make some of your own? If you’re curious on how to make some then read on:

This recipe is pretty flexible. You have the freedom to pick one fruit or a mix of multiple fruits. You can use fresh, frozen and/or dried fruit. I suggest making a few different trays of fruit at the same time because these won’t last long in your house and though they are VERY simple to make, they do take a long time to set.

  1. Warm the fruit in a pot on the stove and mix it into a puree. If there are seeds in the puree you can pour it into a sieve to get the seeds out.
  2. Spread the puree on a oil-sprayed silpat baking mat or parchment paper (BE SURE to spray! If you don’t it will stick!). [If you’re letting it sit outside you can use plastic wrap]
  3. 1 1/2 cup of fruit puree is enough for 1 baking sheet, and put in the oven on 140°F (or as low as your oven can go. my stove’s lowest temperature is 170). Leave the oven door open a little bit to let the moisture out.
  4. They’re done when the puree isn’t sticky anymore. (You normally need between 5-8 hours depending on the oven and your fruit choices.) [If you live in a warm climate, you can just leave the pan in the sun for the day].
  5. Use a sharp knife or pizza cutter to cut them and roll them with wax or parchment paper when they are still warm. Enjoy this healthy alternative.

Some combos you can use:

Yellow: 1 fresh mango, 200 g dried apricots, 1 orange (the juice) (these come out the best!)
Purple: Frozen raspberries, frozen blackberries and 1 banana (these were very seedy, you could replace the raspberries with blueberries)
Green: Kiwi, mango and mint leaves
Blue: Blueberries and grape juice
Red: Strawberries and banana

You can also add spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, vanilla pods or mint leaves.

Credit to this lovely lady for coming up with the recipes above.

Enjoy,

50+ Ways to Cure Hiccups

Health and Wellness., Tips.

O1. SWALLOWING METHOD
– Breathe out as much as you can
-Swallow without letting any air out.
-Breathe in more, as far as you can. Do not let any air out!
-Repeat steps two and three as many times as possible. When you feel you can’t swallow anymore, swallow again. You may turn red and make squeaking noises, but keep swallowing and inhaling.
-When you absolutely can’t swallow anymore, exhale all the way.

O2. STOPWATCH METHOD
-Start a stopwatch and click lapse/ split every time you hiccup
-Slowly breathe in until you can hold no more breath, then begin breathing out slowly. Meanwhile imagine that the time difference between each hiccup lengthens.
-Repeat and before you know it, hiccups stop!

O3. SLOW-RELEASE METHOD
-Take in a really big breath, taking in as much air as you can.
-Hold it for 10 seconds than let a little go, not taking any more in.
-Hold it for 5 more and do it again.
-Carry on until you run out of air.
-Repeat 2-3 times.

O4. AMERICAN INDIAN METHOD
-Sit in a chair.
-Close your eyes.
-Very gently press your pointer and middle fingers on both of your eyes simultaneously. Apply the pressure until you see “white specs”.
-Slowly release the pressure.

O5. HOLDING YOUR BREATH AND DRINKING METHOD
-Hold your breath.
-Take 5-10 sips of water. (Be careful, start small if you have a hard time holding your breath for awhile.)
-Exhale slowly.

O6. OPEN-MOUTHED SWALLOWING METHOD
-Open your mouth and keep it open for a couple of minutes.
-If you feel the need to swallow, do so, but try to keep your lips apart when you do.

O7. GULPING METHOD
-Make sure you are not wearing anything tight around your chest. If you are, loosen it.
-Keep gulping every few seconds, especially when you feel a hiccup might be coming. A couple of hiccups might escape, but with continuous gulping, hiccups should be gone within 3 minutes.

O8. DRINKING METHOD 1
-Fill a glass with water.
-Bend over until you are as upside down as possible, then drink the water.
-Don’t stop to breathe! That should cure your hiccups.

O9. DRINKING METHOD 2
-Get a 12 ounce glass of water.
-Hold your nose shut by pinching the sides with your fingers.
-Drink as much water as you can as fast as you can. You should feel your ears pop slightly.
-Repeat the steps, if necessary.

1O. DRINKING METHOD 3
-Get a small glass of water.
-Take a sip of water but do not swallow it.
-Tilt your head back as far as possible and swallow the water. Its harder then drinking normally, but your hiccups should be gone.

11. DRINKING METHOD 4
-Fill a glass of water to the brim.
-With your thumbs, plug your ears.
-With your index fingers, plug your nostrils (squeeze to close).
-With both ears and nostrils plugged, use your remaining free fingers to grasp the glass and raise it to your mouth.
-Drink the entire glass of water without releasing your ears or your nostrils.
-You must finish the entire glass of water without releasing your ears or your nostrils!

12. DRINKING METHOD 5
-Fill two tall 12 oz. glasses with cool water and set them on a table in front of you. The second glass is for just in case you finish the first one, if you really need it.
-Close your eyes and settle yourself. Confidence and positive thinking are important here, so chill out and loosen up.
-Pick up the first glass and wait for a hiccup. Just after it hits, begin drinking slowly, steadily and continuously until the glass is empty.
-Try not to think about hiccuping as you set the empty glass down. Hopefully you will have interrupted the rhythm of the hiccups, but if not then you will have to go to the second glass and repeat the process.
-Drink the second glass of water, slow and steadily, and do your best to remain calm and relaxed. By the time you’ve finished, the hiccups should be gone.

13. DRINKING METHOD 6
-Fill a glass with cool drinking water.
-Get a clean paper towel. (If you have no paper towels, a thin cloth will work.)
-Cover the top of the glass with the paper towel. Fold down the edges of the paper towel to completely wrap the top of the glass. Hold the paper towel in place by grasping the glass in your hand.
-Drink a sip of water through the paper towel.
-One sip is often enough; if not, take a few more sips.

14. DRINKING METHOD 7
-Fill a glass to the brim with room temperature water.
-Slowly drink the entire glass of water by taking very small quick sips. Don’t chug the water and do not remove the glass from your mouth. You should be continuously swallowing small sips of water.
-Slowly drink the entire glass of water by taking very small quick sips. Don’t chug the water and do not remove the glass from your mouth. You should be continuously swallowing small sips of water.

15. DRINKING METHOD 8
-Fill a drinking glass with room temperature water.
-With glass in hand, bend over at your waist.
-Place your lips on the side of the glass opposite that from which you would normally drink. Your bottom lip should be above the lip of the glass where your top lip would normally be, and your top lip should be against the side of the glass against the edge where your bottom lip would normally be.
-Carefully tip the glass away from you and into your mouth.
-Swallow and repeat. Your hiccups should be gone.

16. DRINKING METHOD 9
-Get a bottle of water.
-Instead of drinking normally, drink with your bottom lip in the lower portion of the opening and your top lip over the top. You develop a “vacuum” to keep from spilling or pouring it down your shirt. It doesn’t take much; just a sip or two will work.

17. DRINKING METHOD 1O
-Start with a small glass of water (about 4 ounces).
-Put in about half as much crushed ice as you have water. Make sure that the ice bits are smaller than a pea, or choking may result!
-Drink the water slowly, swallowing the ice bits along with the water. If you encounter large pieces of ice, chew so that they break into pea-sized segments and swallow.
-Take deep breaths in between sips. Inhale and exhale, making sure that the air goes into your lungs, so your cheeks shouldn’t “puff up” and fill with air.
-If that does not work, repeat the above method but this time put in 2 tablespoons of sugar.

18. DRINKING METHOD 11
-Pour about a medium glass of water into a cup.
-Put a metal spoon in the glass with the handle side sticking out. The handle must be out of water.
-Tilt the cup toward your lips like your about to take a sip.
-Make sure the spoon handle is pressing against the area between your eye brows.
-Take a few sips of water while the spoon is pressing against the area between your eyebrows and your hiccups will be gone!

19. DRINKING METHOD 12
-Get a glass of water.
-Take a sip standing upright, but don’t swallow.
-Turn your head upside down and swallow slowly.

2O. DRINKING METHOD 13
-Get a partner and a cup filled with water.
-Stand facing the partner, bent forward at the waist.
-Have your partner tilt the cup to your lips, and drink.

21. STRAW & NOSE PINCH METHOD
-Get a cup filled with a non-carbonated beverage of your choice and a straw.
-Take a deep breath and hold it, and with one hand pinch your nostrils.
-With the other hand, raise the cup to your mouth and swallow as much as you can through the straw while holding your breath.
-Hiccups will be gone by the time you are done drinking.

22. THE 3O-SECOND CURE METHOD
-Start by inhaling through your mouth until your lungs feel full (when it feels like you cannot inhale any more). For overall best results, try to do this as quickly as you can.
-Try to not let any air out before you have completed the steps below.
-Swallow. You are not really swallowing anything but it seems that without this act, it doesn’t work.
-Now inhale some more. You don’t need to inhale a lot, but do get some more air in. It will start to get difficult to do this as you go, but keep trying. You obviously can’t suck in as much air as you did initially, but just a little will do (think of it as taking a “sip” of air).
-Swallow again. This too will become more difficult as you go.
-Repeat steps 3 and 4 until you cannot swallow again. While it seems you can almost always suck in just a little more and the swallowing that gets to be impossible.
-When you feel like you cannot swallow again, swallow again anyway. It will be hard to do, your face will probably turn red, and you may make squeaking sounds. But you can swallow one last time. By this time, your lungs should also be quite full and it should be difficult to get much more air in as well. While you should try not to let any air out, if you have really repeated steps 3 and 4 as many times as you can, you probably will end up letting a little out before you can take that last swallow. If you find that air keeps escaping out of your nose even early in the process, try squeezing it shut with your fingers.
-Exhale.

23. THE TEMPLE METHOD
-Hold in a very big breath.
-Have someone else hold your temples until you feel as though you cannot hold your breath anymore. (If you do it to yourself, then it does not work as well.)

24. BARTENDER METHOD
-Place 4 or 5 drops of Angostora Bitters on a lemon wedge and bite into the wedge, sucking in the juice. Sugar may be added to the lemon to ease the taste. (Don’t do this too often because the acid in the lemon juice is bad for tooth enamel.)
-Repeat until the hiccups stop.

25. STRAW METHOD
-Get a glass of water and two straws.
-Put one straw inside the glass as usual and the other straw pressed up against the side of the glass on the outside.
-Put both straws in your mouth at once, drink the water like you would normally, taking as big of gulps as possible.
-Drink a couple of gulps and then your hiccups should be gone.

26. STRETCHING METHOD
-Stand upright with your feet hip-width apart.
-Lock one thumb in the palm of your other hand with fingertips outstretched.
-Lift your chin, look up and stretch your arms over your head (reach for the sky).
-Pull your abs in as if trying to let your pants fall off your hips.
-Breathe deeply several times.

27. SUGAR METHOD
-Take a spoon and fill it with brown sugar.
-Hold the spoon in your mouth for five seconds.
-Swallow.
-Take a sip of water.
-Repeat until hiccups are gone.

28. ALTERNATIVE SUGAR METHOD
-Fill a tablespoon of sugar.
-Put the spoon in your mouth and slide the sugar off into it.
-Let the sugar dissolve, do not chew or swallow.
-When it all has pretty much dissolved (should take 15 or so seconds) you can swallow it. Hiccups should be gone.

29. AIRLINE ATTENDANT METHOD (Not recommended if you have back problems!)
-Find a straight-backed chair and sit down with your back fully pressed into the back of the chair.
-Slowly bend over in the tuck position with your arms crossed over your body – the same way you would when instructed by an airline stewardess to “get in the crash position”. Do this until you feel slightly uncomfortable.
-Slowly squeeze your arms and try to squeeze your body and hold your breath for 5 to 10 seconds, and release.
-Stay in the same position but relax then repeat this procedure again at least 2 to 3 times. Then slowly sit back up.

3O. BALANCED BODY METHOD
-Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, knees bent, arms relaxed.
-Close your eyes, and become aware of subtle forces on your body.
-Allow your body to sway with the forces, arms floating and drifting.
-Do this for 5-10 seconds, which is usually enough. Watching someone else do it also works.

31. BREATHING METHOD 1
-Break the rhythm. Hiccups happens at certain intervals (in rhythm). Try holding your breath or consciously not hiccuping to throw off the rhythm.

32. BREATHING METHOD 2
-Lean back in a chair and get comfortable.
-Slowly breathe in until you feel like you can’t inhale any more, trying to get a feel for extending the breath down towards your abdomen. You are trying to stretch your diaphragm to interrupt the hiccups.
-Hold your breath for 30 seconds.
-Exhale slowly until your lungs are empty.
-Repeat 4 to 5 times or until you feel better.
-Slowly bring your chair back forward as you exhale your 4th or 5th time of this exercise.

33. BREATHING METHOD 3
-Inhale and exhale once slowly. As you exhale, push as much air out as possible (until your body forces you to inhale again).
-Inhale deeply and stick out your tongue.
-Hold your breath and your nose for 40 seconds with your fingers in your ears.
-Exhale slowly.
-If you feel as if it is not going to work, try again. After all, 3 times is the charm.

34. BREATHING METHOD 4
-Imagine breathing in a figure eight. As the out-breath reaches the end, slow the breath and twist it around so that it becomes the in-breath. Then simply create a figure eight of continuous breath.
-The hiccups will subside almost immediately. It usually works within 10 cycles.

35. BREATHING METHOD 5
-Hold your breath for as long as you can. If you hiccup any time during this, start over.
-When you feel like you can no longer hold your breath (CO2 is building up in your lungs, but you still have a lot of air left), let it out slowly for ten seconds, counting in your head.
-Do not inhale during these ten seconds, but if you run out of breath, just skip to 1 and finish.

36. BREATHING METHOD 6
-Take a deep breath and hold it.
-Plug your nose and close your mouth.
-Now begin to move your diaphragm as if you were breathing in and out rapidly.
-Exhale once the hiccups disappear or you need more air.
-Repeat if hiccups persist.

37. BURPING METHOD
-Swallow some air until you burp.
-Burp.
-Repeat until hiccups are gone.

38. COUGHING METHOD
-Count the amount of time between hiccups.
-Around the time a hiccup should be coming up, or when you feel it coming up, cough loudly and/or scream!
-Repeat 3 or 4 times.

39. PICKLE JUICE METHOD
-Drink about a half a teaspoon of pickle juice every 7-10 seconds until your hiccups stop.

4O. EAR METHOD 1
-Drink a normal-sized gulp of water, but don’t swallow! Leave the water in your mouth.
-Pull down both your earlobes.
-Tilt your head back.
-Swallow. It works!

41. EAR METHOD 2
-Have someone cover your ears with their hands, applying pressure, but not enough to cause pain.
-Drink a glass of water normally. This works great!

42. EAR METHOD 3
-Place your thumbs on the little flap in front of the ear canal (called the tragus) and press inward, closing the canal.
-Close your nose with your pinkie fingers.
-Close your eyes, then take a deep breath and hold it as long as possible.
-Try and breathe normally after coming out of the exercise. The natural reaction is to breathe hard or pant.

43. THE MONEY METHOD
-If you are with a friend who has hiccups, wait until they hiccup.
-Tell him or her you will give pay $20 for a hiccup right now. The author of this suggestion has been doing this for years and has never had to part with his money!

44. PEANUT BUTTER METHOD
-Get a big tablespoon of peanut butter.
-Put it in your mouth and hold it for 5 seconds.
-Swallow the peanut butter without chewing.
Alternatively you can use Almond Butter or Nutella. Anything with a sticky gooey consistency similar to PB of which you can eat a tablespoon.

45. NECK METHOD
-Breathe inwards quickly until you cannot do so anymore.
-Look downwards so your neck is bent.
-like this for 10-20 seconds.
-to normal position, and think of the air staying down in your lungs. This disrupts the hiccup cycle, and you will no longer have hiccups!

46. STOMACH METHOD
-Suck in your stomach as much as you can for about 10 seconds.
-Release the air very quickly.
-Repeat.

47. COUGHING METHOD
-Stick out your pointer fingers straight in front of you, try to get them as close as possible, but not touching each-other. Try not to become distracted.
-Count silently.
-Hold your breath. Do not let out until you have reached 30 or 40, or it will get worse or stay the same. Between intervals, make sure to breathe evenly.

48. PENCIL METHOD
-Get a pencil and bite down on it, so that it’s sitting horizontally between your teeth.
-Drink a glass of water with the pencil still in your mouth.
-Drink as much of the water as you can without the pencil falling out. You do not have to drink the whole glass, just a couple sips will do.

49. TONGUE METHOD
-Stick your tongue out.
-Hold it with your hand if you need to.
-Keep your tongue stuck out for several minutes.

5O. TONGUE ROLL-BACK METHOD
-Point your tongue back towards your throat.
-Hold it for as long as required.
-Maintain the position throughout.

For more techniques, please go to:
http://www.wikihow.com/Cure-Hiccups
[Credit to that website ^]

Hope these helped,

DIY: Banana Face Masks.

Beauty., DIY'S, Health and Wellness., Tips.

LUSH | Oatifix face mask...but i DIY at home as its that simple to make!I know a lot of you guys out there don’t really like bananas but it can do wonders for your face. Bananas are full of beneficial nutrients for skin. They contain vitamin C and antioxidants that are fabulous for softening wrinkles and conditioning skin.

Banana peels are a great solution for reducing the inflammation associated with psoriasis and eczema. The peel also exfoliates skin removing loose, flaky skin simultaneously nourishing it with antioxidants and minerals. Simply store a banana skin in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to three uses.

Here are a few easy face masks for you to try:

Getting rid of wrinkles//

  • Rub a fresh banana peel onto your skin to get rid of wrinkles and fine lines. The antioxidants and acids will loosen flaky dead skin cells revealing smoother and fresher-looking skin.

Getting rid of acne\pimples//

  • Bananas are effective when used as an acne mask. They’re high in potassium which suffocates the bacteria in cells, helping blemishes heal faster. They also have anti-bacterial properties so when combined with honey, essential oils like tea tree, neem and lavender, it can make a simple but powerful acne mask.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 mashed banana
  2. 2 to 3 drops tea tree, neem and/or lavender oil (If you don’t have essential oils handy use a squeeze of lemon or lime juice and a pinch of baking soda or turmeric powder)
  3. 1 tablespoon honey
  4. (OPTIONAL) Add a tablespoon of unsweetened yogurt to boost this recipe

Instructions:

Mix together well and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

Stir and apply to skin leaving on for ten minutes before washing off. You can leave the remaining mixture in an airtight container in the fridge overnight and use again in the morning.  Lemon juice stops the mixture going brown.

Getting rid of itchy\irritated skin//

  • Bananas combined with the soothing properties of oatmeal can make a great mask used to soothe inflamed itchy skin.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 mashed banana
  2. 1 teaspoon of oatmeal (pre-soaked in a little water or calming cooled chamomile tea)
  3. 1 tablespoon honey
  4. (OPTIONAL) Few drops of lavender essential oil

Instructions:

Mix together well and apply to skin leaving on for ten minutes before washing off.

Getting rid of dry skin//

  • This is a very moisturizing banana face mask recipe that is full of benefits for your skin and is worth the effort.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 mashed banana
  2. 1 teaspoon of almond, avocado or olive oil
  3. 1 tablespoon honey
  4. (OPTIONAL) Add a tablespoon of coconut cream
  5. (OPTIONAL) 1 tablespoon mashed avocado

Instructions:

Mix together well and apply to skin leaving on for ten minutes before washing off.

Have fun,

How to clean your Toms.

Etc., Random, Tips.

Since Toms are made out of cotton and synthetic fibers meaning they get dirty and smelly really easily but no one wants to wear smelly shoes do they? So here is how to properly wash them without messing them up.

1// Put your shoes in a pillow case, tie the end, and put them in the washing machine;

2// Add your regular detergent, then add a half cup of baking soda

3// Make sure to run it on a cold cycle.

4// After it’s done, put your nice smelling TOMS in the sun to dry.

DO NOT PUT THEM IN THE DRYER, unless you want them to shrink and become ruined.

Hope this helped.

Beauty tricks with Coconut oil.

Beauty., Tips.

Coconut oil is such a versatile product and has been used all over the world for decades. If you thought it was just for cooking boy are you wrong. It’s used to WAY more things and all of these will help you at some point.

1. To soothe dry hands
After you come home from school, get out of the shower, do dishes etc. try using coconut oil as a moisturizer. It can work wonders on your dry hands. And if you cook with coconut oil—you can sub it for butter in baking recipes because it’s solid at room temperature—scoop out a little extra for your hands, too. What’s the harm?

2. As a cheekbone highlighter
Nothing perks up a tired face like a little highlighter, but you don’t need store-bought products to achieve the same effect. Simply sweep a small amount of coconut oil on top of makeup and leave it alone. It looks like your skin but glowier, which is why many natural makeup brands use it as a base ingredient in their formulas. It’s also natural, so isn’t that better? 😉

3. To shave your legs
I hate going out to buy shaving cream or other shaving products -.- Coconut oil, on the other hand tho, is inexpensive, naturally antimicrobial, and smells divine. Plus, its skin-soothing properties will leave your legs looking hydrated (but never greasy).

4. As a deep-conditioner
There’s a reason many conditioners contain coconut oil: It’s better able to penetrate hair (and prevent protein loss) than mineral and sunflower oil. Apply a quarter-size dollop to your hair, comb it, and then pile it into a loose bun. You’ll want to place a soft towel over your pillow or sleep in a shower cap. In the morning, shampoo as usual with a gentle cleanser.

5. To remove eye makeup
Yes, coconut oil even works on waterproof mascara! Put a little on a cotton ball and gently sweep it over your eyes, paying attention to your under-eyes as well. The oil does a great job breaking down waxy, inky eye makeup, and leaves the delicate area hydrated, too. Once you’re done, wash your face as usual.

6. As a body moisturizer
A recent animal study found that when applied topically, virgin coconut oil can speed up wound healing, and a human study found it to be effective in increasing hydration and reducing water loss in seriously dry skin.

7. To clean and hydrate your face
Because coconut oil is naturally antibacterial, antifungal, and moisturizing. Simply rub the oil in circular motions all over your face and neck, giving yourself a gentle massage as you go. When you’re done, wash off the residue with your favorite cleanser. (If you’re adult-acne prone, avoid this technique unless you know your skin tolerates coconut oil.)

8. To add shine
Smooth a tiny amount of coconut oil onto your ends to add a little shine, or on flyaways if you have dark hair. Remember that a dab will do you: Any more and your hair might appear greasy.

9. In a luscious body scrub
Here’s a little DIY beauty secret: That store-bought body scrub you save for special occasions? It’s a waste of money. That’s because you can make one yourself with ingredients you already have in your kitchen. To make your own, melt 1/2 c of coconut oil at very low heat. Pour it over 1 c of brown sugar or salt and stir well. If you have some on hand, add in five drops of your favorite essential oil or some pure vanilla extract for a scrub so fragrant you’ll want to eat it.

10. For a little rubdown
Many store-bought massage oils have either coconut or jojoba oil as their base. Cut out the middleman and go straight to the bottle. It’s slippery, skin-friendly, and moisturizing, too.

Hope this helps a lot of you.

Easy butterscotch cookie bars.

Recipes., Tips., Uncategorized

 Salted vanilla-caramel and butterscotch cookie bars that are soft, creamy, and gooey

Ingredients//

  • 25 Lancaster Vanilla-Caramel Soft Cremes
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup butterscotch baking chips
  • Coarse sea salt for sprinkling

Instructions

1.Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line an 8-inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.

2.Remove all of the vanilla-caramel candies from their wrappers. Cut each of the caramels in half and then toss in a small bowl with one tablespoon flour to keep them from sticking together.

3.Heat a skillet over medium heat. Slice the butter into 6 individual tablespoons and add the butter to the skillet. Whisk the butter frequently. When the butter melts all the way it will foam up a bit. Watch the butter carefully for lightly browned specks at the bottom of the skillet. Remove from the heat and immediately pour the butter into your mixing bowl.

4.Browning butter can easily get burned so watch it carefully and make sure it doesn’t get too brown or burned. If it does, you will need to start over.

5.Beat together the browned butter and brown sugar. Beat in the egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Beat well.

6.In another bowl stir together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Slowly add the dry to wet and blend until well incorporated.

7.Spread about one cup of the mixture evenly on the bottom of your prepared pan. Sprinkle the vanilla caramel pieces over the batter. Sprinkle the butterscotch baking chips on top. Gently spread the batter over the butterscotch baking chips to cover as much as possible (the mixture spreads as it bakes so just try to make sure it is even on top).

8.Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until the sides and top are lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on wire rack. Cut into bars.

9.Sprinkle with sea salt.

cred to this amazing woman.

Enjoy,

Getting softer skin in 20 minutes.

Beauty., DIY'S, Etc., Health and Wellness., Uncategorized

Who doesn’t want soft skin? Here’s a quick, easy and chemical-free way to touch up your skin once in a while.

What you need//

  1. Salt or sugar
  2. Water
  3. Towel
  4. Moisturizer
  5. Olive oil.

// Rub the oil onto the area of skin.
Pour a little bit of olive oil onto the area and rub it well. You can rub it by massaging in circular movements.

// Exfoliate the area with salt or sugar.
Put a generous amount of salt onto the skin area and scrub. Don’t be rough or you might hurt your skin. But don’t be afraid of scrub well. It’s important because this step removes dead skin.

//Leave it in for 10 minutes.
This step takes patience. You can scrub while you’re waiting. But be careful, because if you don’t leave it in for 1O minutes, you’re skin won’t be soft :c

// Wash the mixture off.
Preferably with lukewarm water. Note: don’t wash with soap or a cleanser. Why? it’s good to leave some olive oil in to keep the skin soft. And you can use the towel.

// Moisturize.
Get a healthy amount of moisturizer. Also, rub it into the skin area. But rub it in well, to make sure it makes the maximum effect.

That’s it 🙂

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Top 10 foods for your abs.

Health and Wellness., Tips.

1// Berries : Fiber is one of the best things to eat, especially when trying to lose weight. It can help regulate your digestive system and make you feel fresh and healthy. Blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are all great picks.

2// Turkey : This is a superb lean protein. You can just buy slices and either snack on them or add them into a sandwich and it’ll keep you full and satisfied. It’s very lean, high in protein, and low in calories.

3// Almonds, peanuts and other nuts. : Fabulous source of protein and not to mention extremely delicious! But be careful, too much can add on more than half of what you need for your daily caloric intake. To reduce overeating, carry a limited amount in a Ziploc bag or small container so you don’t keep grabbing them from a jar.

4// Eggs : Eggs are so great because they’re loaded with protein to keep you full and satisfied. I love them poached or sunny-side up, with a dash of salt. Be careful about fried eggs, and scrambled eggs. They can add up grams of fat that you don’t need. Or, I love them in omelets, with fresh cilantro or something. Boiled eggs are good too.

5// Low-fat Dairy: Researchers believe that eating low-fat dairy can help increase the way your body breaks down fats. Not to mention it’s delicious! Try skim cheese sticks, low-fat milk, or low-fat yogurt.

6// Veggies/Spinach : I go through little phases where I just snack on vegetable trays or raw vegetables and even though I might not like all of them I try to always remind myself that it’ll make me more fit and make my skin clear. I like to eat cucumbers, bell peppers, celery, carrots, etc. They help supply your daily needs for vitamins, and can help keep you full. I know some people don’t enjoy them, but they are a food that is really important for overall health. EAT YOUR VEGGIES! 🙂

7// Apples : Apples are loaded with fiber, so you feel full, like berries. An apple a day keeps the doctor away 🙂

8// Salmon : Excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids. They promote a faster metabolism, and helps curb cravings by improving your glucose/insulin response.

9// Peanut Butter : This is good for the same reason why nuts are good for you. A good source of healthy fats. But buy the all natural, it is better for you; less artificial flavor.

10// Oatmeal : Studies show that oatmeal is more filling than other dry cereal. Add 2 teaspoons of brown sugar and a little low-fat milk to give it flavor. I usually add in crasins, any frozen fruit really, dates and bananas. (obviously not all together)

Stay healthy,

Getting rid of split ends.

Health and Wellness., Tips.

Things You’ll Need//

  • Wide-toothed comb
  • Pair of hair scissors
  • Leave in conditioner and/or hair detangler
  • Regular hair trims
  • Conditioner
  • Weekly hair mask
  • Proper hairbands (if used)
  1. Identify whether you have split ends in your hair. The scientific name for them is Trichoptilosis, a longitudinal splitting of the hair fiber, and there are several types:
    • The generic end split
    • Splits occurring multiple times up the same strand of hair
    • A split occurring in the middle of the hair strand that will appear as a hole if the strand is bunched up
  2. Cut a snip of hair off. Cut no more than 1/4 or inch. You can do this as much as you want depending on how bad your hair is.
    • Single strand knots (not really split ends) which occur most often in dry, curly hair
  3. Get your hair cut regularly, meaning every six to eight weeks. All hair gets damaged after a while. Get a trim of at least 1/4 to 1 inches, and you should have solved the problem. It will remove split ends and keep your hair healthy and growing strong. Note that you really only need to trim when you have splits on the ends of the hair, so your schedule may vary with your hair type, how you treat your hair, and your style goals.
  4. Cut them yourself between haircuts using a pair of hair shears. Cut about 1/4″ above the split of a single strand; there may even be a small ball above the split. If you don’t cut above the damage, the split will reappear.
  5. Don’t rely on products that claim to “heal” split ends. They can seal the split end to help it look healthier, but they aren’t reversing the damage. These products can however help prevent future damage to otherwise healthy hair.

Prevention

Here are some of the ways hair is damaged everyday and how to prevent damage from these factors and in turn split ends.

Chemicals//
Most kinds of chemicals are going to damage your hair to some extent. Chemicals from getting a perm, having your hair highlighted, colored, etc., or even chlorine in bath or pool water all count.Try to steer clear of chemicals. Natural hair is beautiful. If you absolutely must color your hair, search for the gentlest coloring agent you can find. If you are going to be using chemicals on your hair, be sure to condition your hair more often.

Protect your hair before swimming in a pool, ocean, or lake. This could include: using a leave-in conditioner, oiling your hair, or using a swim cap. Rinsing your hair thoroughly before swimming will also help it absorb less chemicals. Be sure to rinse and shampoo your hair as soon as possible after swimming.

Find out if the water you use to wash your hair is harmful//
There can be damaging chemicals in the water you wash your hair with…mainly chlorine. There are filters that will reduce the amount of chlorine in your water.
High concentrations of calcium carbonate can make your water “hard”. If you are in the USA you can check this map to see how hard the water in your area is. A water softening system will be most beneficial to your hair if you live in a hard water area.

Brushing and Combing//
Many people don’t realize just how fragile the ends of hair are. Being too rough with a brush or comb, or brushing or combing too often can damage your hair.
Stop teasing or back combing your hair. This is the most damaging type of brushing. It pulls up the scales of your hair and when you comb/brush that section again the scales break off.

Find a hair friendly comb and/or brush. If you have thicker hair you may need to use a pick or wide-toothed comb. Combs in general are more gentle. Your brush or comb should aid you in untangling your hair, not pulling it out.

Never over brush. 100 brushstrokes is not necessary, and may lead to more splits than anything else.

Comb the hair gently. Start at the bottom and work your way up. When you encounter a tangle, don’t rip the comb/brush through it, stop and untangle with your fingers and then proceed. You have to be extremely gentle while untangling wet hair. Curly hair types may require combing the hair when it is still wet.

The Sun//
Protect your hair from the Sun. Ultraviolet rays can be as damaging to your hair as your skin.
Wear a hat. If your hair is super long and/or thick, be sure to get a hat that you will be able to fit all your hair into (preferably in a bun).

Look for conditioners that contain sunscreen or mix sunscreen and conditioner together and leave that in your hair.

Washing and Drying

Incorrect washing and washing with shampoos that are too harsh or contain certain ingredients can be damaging to your hair. Rubbing your hair with a towel to dry it can cause nasty damage to your hair. Using a hairdryer on your hair too often will also cause damage.
Buy a good shampoo and conditioner and experiment with what works best with your hair. This may include not washing it everyday–possibly conditioning it will suffice.

Wash your hair properly. It is best to only wash the scalp hair and leave the length to hang down your back…the length should not be piled on top of your head. When you rinse the shampoo out of your hair, the shampoo will run down the length, that is as much washing as the ends of your hair need. Conditioner should then be applied to the length to soak for a while before rinsing out. Hot water strips away moisture so rinse your hair with the coolest water you can stand.

Deep condition regularly. If your conditioner regimen isn’t working, try a “deep condition” once or twice a month. This involves putting a leave-in conditioner or oil on your hair and leaving it in for a while. Oils like jojoba and coconut oil are fantastic for this.

Dry hair gently. Vigorously rubbing your hair dry with a towel is not a good idea. Dripping wet hair should be gently squeezed with a towel to get rid of the excess water. Once the excess water is removed, it is best to let your hair air dry naturally.

Tone down the drying. If you are using a dryer or hot tongs regularly, your hair will start to show some damage–the hot air removes moisture from your hair. Using too hot a setting or holding the dryer too close to your hair will also cause damage.
Tips&& Warnings
For oily hair try washing your scalp with a gentle shampoo and use a light conditioner on the length on a daily basis.

For curly hair you have to be very gentle. Let your hair air dry if you live in a warmer arid climate. Use a blow dryer on medium to low with a diffuser if you live a cooler more humid climate. Comb out tangles in the shower while you still have conditioner in your hair.

For dry hair try these tips. Do not dry your hair all the way, it tends to dry it out more. Use coconut, avocado, or jojoba oil overnight as a deep conditioning treatment.

Eat a balanced diet. Getting all the vitamins and sufficient protein will ensure that your body produces the healthiest hair possible. Vitamins sold at drugstores can also help increase growth.

Do not cut your hair without the proper tools. A good majority of the general population do not have scissors sharp enough for cutting hair. Buy a pair of hair-cutting scissors, and use them only for hair. Dull scissors will only encourage the hair to split further.

Be sure not to fall into the bad habit of taking a section of your ponytail in each hand below the hair band and pulling the two sections apart to tighten the ponytail. This is equivalent to back brushing and very damaging!

Do not straighten or curl your hair everyday once every two weeks or maybe even once a month depending upon your requirement.

Good luck,

DIY natural energy drinks.

DIY'S, Health and Wellness., Recipes., Uncategorized

Hey guys, so there are a lot of energy drinks out there that promise so many hours of energy in just one bottle, but they can be very dangerous if you drink too many. If you want a less processed way to get energy, make one of these!

The Fire Hydrant

  • water
  • 1 slice lemon
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper

The lemon helps your body maintain a healthy pH level. The cayenne pepper raises your energy naturally and protects your heart. Combine this with the water you need to stay hydrated!

 

The Quick Fix//

  • 1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons honey (for taste)
  • 1 inch fresh ginger root
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric

Cut off two thin slices of ginger and add it a mug of hot water. Use a garlic press to juice the rest, and add it into the water along with the spices and stir. Ginger and turmeric speeds up metabolism and increased circulation. Cardamom speeds up your metabolism and boosts energy. Honey is one of the best sugars for your body.

 

The Heavy Lifter//

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup raw almonds or 2 tablespoons almond butter
  • 1 scoop of whey protein powder
  • 2 washed kale leaves
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seeds
  • 1 cup milk

A morning energy smoothie is a good way to make sure you start off your day fueled. Pair this with a slice of whole grain toast, and you’ve got the perfect breakfast!

Stay pumped,

Tips for taking the SAT & ACT

School., Tips.

For those striving to attend college after high school, you all know you need to take the SAT/ACT (see which one your university requires before you take the one you prefer) and to attend amazing universities, you need exceptional scores in order to even be considered.

The ACT is curriculum-based (English, math, reading, science and an optional writing section), while the SAT is more of an aptitude test focused on vocabulary, reading comprehension, general reasoning and problem-solving skills.

If you have a hard time staying focused for long periods, the ACT may be the test for you. It’s shorter, generally more straightforward and there are more knowledge-based questions. English and math are a part of both tests, but the content and orientation is different.

The SAT focuses more on vocabulary and the ACT concentrates on grammar, punctuation and syntax. The ACT includes science and trigonometry, neither of which is found on the SAT.

I plan on taking the SAT on March 14 (the last day to register is Feb 13) and the ACT on February 7th (Last day to register is Jan 9th) and it really does require as much studying as you can get and also time management in order to do well and finish your sections. If you’re planning on taking it and don’t know where to start, please continue reading. I’ll list a few tips and helpful books you can use to study in order to prepare.

Tips:

1. Make a College Board account
College Board does everything from AP testing to SAT/ACT testing. Making an account will keep you up to date on test wise and you can also start making your college profile. This site keeps you well organized, keeps you up with SAT dates and you will also use it to sign up for the SAT. They also provide the SAT Question Of The Day, which tests your skills in critical reading, writing and mathematics to see where you stand in each category. These questions become very useful when studying for the SAT so you’ll know what you need to work on the most. Its also important to make an account in order to know what your scores are and if you took the PSAT, your scores should be under “My College QuickStart”
www.collegeboard.org

2. Study at least 15 minutes each day.
Although it doesn’t seem like much, it really does pay off on the day of the test. For SAT/ACT books that provide tests, each section is usually 15 minutes. (Luckily on the test, most of the sections are at least 20 minutes long). If you have bad timing, this will allow you to improve your time management skills that’ll be much needed when attempting to answer all the questions.

3. Brush up on your vocabulary
This will become very handy in the critical reading section, writing section and the essay for the ACT . In some passages in the critical reading section, they’ll explain one or two words that are italicized but most you need to know on your own. For the fill in the blanks questions, there will also be vocabulary words that you never even know existed which is why its important to study vocabulary. With broad vocabulary, you can also write an amazing essay. Instead of mix, you can use amalgamate. explained or exclaimed instead of said. You can make an ordinary essay extraordinary by using descriptive vocab(:

4. Mark questions you got wrong or don’t understand
When doing this, you can learn how to do the process to get the right answer. This especially applies to the mathematics section since its the section most students have trouble with (including myself haha)

5. Improve reading and writing speed
This applies to tip #2. In the critical reading sections, there are mixtures of short passages, double passages and long passages. Its key to know your reading speed and also improve it if you can. For the writing (essay section) you only get 25 minutes to write an essay. Take at least 5 minutes brainstorming what the prompt is asking you and then begin to write. DO NOT start writing immediately because there is a chance you’ll take gaps between the essay to think about what else to write and the clock is not going to wait for you. Also you only get two pages to write on, so if you tend to ramble or write like a dinosaur (me xD) make the essay short, simple and sweet.

6. Improve on your guessing
As you advance towards the end of the sections in the SAT, you’ll notice the difficulty level has drastically increased. With this, guessing does come in handy if you have 5 minutes until the end of the section. Crossing out one or two answers can improve your chances on getting the answer correct. You can learn more about guessing in the books I will list later below.

7. Register EARLY!
Trust me, it’ll pay off, literally lol. If you register early, you only have to pay $50 (unless you’re able to get a free waiver. Talk to your counselor at your school and ask about the SAT fee waiver to take it for free) for late registration it’ll cost $77 and you’ll probably get a testing location far from your home. Its best to register early and get the best testing location possible. It takes about 20 minutes to register and make sure that EVERYTHING is correct, especially your name. You cant change your name in the settings, you have to call College Board for that. Once you have registered, you need to print out your ticket. DO NOT lose that ticket on the day of the test, they will not let you in. Make sure you have a valid picture on the ticket and an ID with you also.

8. Take the tests more than once
Unless you’re happy with the score that you got, but if you would like to improve, it doesn’t hurt to take the test again! You’re putting all this studying in anyway, so put it to good use! 😀

9. Practice.
Practice tests are extremely important. Not only do they help to get you comfortable with the test, they also help show your weak points.

– ACT practice test::http://www.actstudent.org/sampletest/
– SAT practice test::http://sat.collegeboard.org/practice/sat-practice-test

There is this AMAZING website where you can practice a bunch of questions daily and they have videos for every problem explaining how it’s right (if you got it wrong) and it’s absolutely free.

Ask your parents to also sign you up for classes locally because those are really helpful. The thing I like about them is that they make you do the work when you wouldn’t otherwise if you were by yourself.

10. Set a goal, but be realistic about it.
For the most part, it’s going to be near-impossible to make a perfect score the first time you take the test.

– Make sure you goal is reasonable, and something you can work towards.

11. A day of rest.
The day before you take the ACT/SAT, don’t do any kind of studying. Give your brain a nice rest; go to bed early and have a nice carb filled breakfast the next morning.

DURING THE TEST

\\ Read the directions completely and carefully! You don’t want to miss any important information.

\\ Read the questions carefully. Make sure to look for words such as except, false, true, etc.

\\ Pace yourself. You do want to rush, but you don’t want to run out of time either.

\\ Answer the easy questions first. If you come across a question you don’t know, come back to it later. If you still don’t know the answer, rule out the wrong answer and make an educated guess.

\\ If you have time left over when you’re finished, then go back and check your answers.

Books:
1.) Up Your Score
This book not only explains the tests clearly, but it also has snippets of humor so you wont just be reading about it. I recommend this book for those who have a difficult time trying to read a book without getting distracted since it provides humorous jokes and stories throughout.

 

2.) The Official SAT Study Guide

If you’re planning to take the SAT in the fall, I would suggest on getting this book now. This book is over 1000 pages but it provides much needed and useful information and also include tests to enhance your skills. There are also videos on YouTube that use this book which is helpful in order to take a break from the book and watch a video.

3.) Boot Camp For Your Brain
This book is functional for this who have taken the SAT in the past. If you weren’t happy with your last scores and want to improve them, I would suggest getting this book. This book is also a good substitute from “The Official Guide” but both work very well(:

1.) Cracking the ACT/SAT
It’s so easy and understandable and if you really need the breakdown of the tests, you should really get this.

Well that’s about it. I really hope you guys found this helpful in order to get started on preparing. Taking 15-20 minutes out of the day is not much and it’ll be worth it when you get a high score on the SAT and get into the college/university of your dreams. Good luck on studying and taking the test, if you have any questions or suggestions, leave a comment below.

Good luck,

Want to DeTox your body and look/feel so much better?

Freebies., Health and Wellness.

This AMAZING tea has become my life blood ❤️

Well it’s like $6 a box ha ha so not really. #doilooklikebillgates smh for 16 tea bags BUT it is from Europe and it really is worth it.

Just after 1 I seriously think it’s magic, it made my skin more radiant and my body just looked better and I was filled with so much energy for days. I defiantly recommend it to everyone. Get a free sample here. (get it from All-new or Well Being to get the DeTox sample)

You can buy it online or any store near you. (For me it was Kroger and Target)

Any of the DeTox teas are great but the Berry one (above) tastes the best.

Good luck,

14 ways to get rid of acne scars

Beauty., Health and Wellness.

1//Castor Oil
Castor oil can be used as both a blemish-fighter and a natural facial wash for acne. It’s best to apply the purest form of the oil to your skin. Lather on a layer and allow it to settle on your face for a minute or two before rinsing it off with warm water. You can use many of the natural toners listed above made from apple cider vinegar or rosewater for an effective treatment that will make your skin glow. Castor oil can also be combined with a little baking soda to create an exfoliating mask that can clear up blackheads and lift them from your skin before they have a chance to form scars. For internal treatment, add a little castor oil to your juice or tea to cleanse the colon and keep acne from forming.

2// Oregano Oil
Oil of oregano is a potent antibacterial agent that can get rid of breakouts in just a few days. The oil also helps to even skin tone. Since the oil is pretty strong, it’s best to mix it with a little witch hazel to use as a toner after washing the face with a mild cleanser. You can also add fresh oregano to your food to fight bacteria inside of the body that could lead to breakouts.

3// Tea Tree Oil
To get rid of blackheads and whiteheads, apply tea tree oil combined with witch hazel to your face. The oil will quickly remove impurities and even the skin tone. It can be used in place of benzyl peroxide to dry up pimples and achieve glowing skin.

4// Lavender Oil
Lavender is a soothing oil that relaxes both your mind and your complexion. Diluting the oil in water or olive oil makes an effective natural moisturizer that makes acne blemishes fade in a short amount of time. A mixture of lavender oil, tea tree oil and witch hazel also helps to clear the skin and fights off breakouts all day under makeup. You can also mix rosewater and lavender oil and spray the solution on your pillow to, you can fight acne scars and breakouts while you’re sleeping.

5// Yogurt
The live enzymes in yogurt help to remove impurities from the skin and lighten the complexion. Plain, sugar-free yogurt is best for getting rid of acne scars. Just spread yogurt into the affected areas of your face and leave it on for about 15 minutes. You can also add egg whites or avocado to the yogurt to make the skin soft and supple while making your pores smaller. Taking acidophilus supplements can also get rid of blemishes while helping to improve digestion. Acidophilus is one of the main probiotics and yogurt and can help to tone the skin.

6// Fenugreek
Fenugreek leaves can be combined with water and made into a paste to help get rid of acne scars. Leave the mixture on your skin for about half an hour before rinsing it off with a mild cleanser. Fenugreek can also be taken in tea form and is especially effective when you add a little cinnamon to help reduce inflammation. The herb not only helps to rid the skin of scars, but can balance blood sugar to keep breakouts from forming.

7// Lemon Juice
When you want to naturally lighten your skin in certain spots, lemon juice can help. Just squeeze a little of the juice onto a cotton ball and swipe across the skin after cleansing your face. Leave the lemon juice on your face for about ten minutes and rinse with cool water to seal your pores. The citric acid in the juice will help to reduce inflammation and prevent deep acne scarring.

8// Honey
Honey is antibacterial and can help to get rid of skin blemishes. Simply add a little honey to acne scars and leave the sweet ingredient on the skin for about 15 minutes before rinsing with cool water. Honey and yogurt can also be combined to create a facial mask that will help to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles and balance the moisture in your skin. To make an even more potent honey mask, add a little lemon juice to the yogurt and honey. Leave it on your face for about 10 minutes before rinsing with cool water and patting your skin dry.

9// Olive Oil
Olive oil is a natural moisturizer that helps to protect the skin from free radicals. The oil can also reduce facial swelling and lighten scars from previous breakouts. Use olive oil as a night cream to both get rid of acne scars and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.

10// Ice Cubes
Ice cubes are a practical way to eliminate the swelling that comes with breakouts. Applying ice cubes to the face at the first sign of a large pimple can also prevent a scar from forming. Wrap the ice in a washcloth and apply the cloth to the face for two or three minutes at a time for best results.

11// Rosewater
Rosewater is a gentle cleanser that clears breakouts and eliminates fine lines. The antiseptic properties of rose water to reduce scars and blemishes on the skin, and you can add a few drops of essential oil like lavender or tea tree oil to the rosewater for an all-natural facial toner that protects the skin against future breakouts.

12// Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera gel can cut down on the redness that comes from acne and lighten scars from past acne breakouts. You can apply the gel directly to your face, particularly after spending time in the sun, to get new blemishes from forming. Aloe gel can also be used as a natural night cream for a more youthful and radiant complexion

13// Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a potent antibacterial ingredient that can get rid of whiteheads right away. You can apply the vinegar directly to your face with a cotton ball or mix it with a little tea tree oil for even more antiseptic power. Apple cider can also be taken internally to help cleanse the colon and balance blood sugar, which makes your skin much less prone to breakouts.

14// Baking Soda
Baking soda is potent enough to dry up existing pimples and keep new ones from developing. Simply mix baking soda with a little water to create a paste and apply the solution to your face. Leave the mask on for about 10 minutes and rinse gently with tepid water. The exfoliating action of the baking soda gently removes dirt and oil while eliminating dark spots. You can also add egg whites to this natural facial mask to help tighten the pores and prevent free radicals from harming your complexion.

Good luck,

Setting goals for the new year.

Tips.

 

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Honestly, I don’t really believe in resolutions because why should we wait for a certain date to begin doing what we want? No time is better than now and why shouldn’t we make goals and start right away?

I’ve found some really nice printables/downloadables which could help you get organized and get your life together this year. Print out and display one of these pretty resolution printables to help keep you motivated throughout the year! (PS they’re all free!) (Click the picture to be redirected to the link)

FREE New Years Resolutions Printable- Dream BIG in 2015

Open-Ended Resolutions Printable

Open-Ended Resolutions Printable

Sometimes you can get discouraged if you don’t feel like you’ve achieved your goal by a desired date. That’s why an open-ended printable like this one might be more manageable. You can list as many or as little goals for the year and achieve them when you can.

Simply Beautiful Resolutions Printable

One-Goal Resolutions Printable

One-Goal Resolutions Printable

Your resolutions shouldn’t stress you out! Just take them one step at a time with this one-goal resolutions printable! Setting one goal instead of multiple will give you a chance to focus on completing the task. Once you have finished, print out another sheet and start over with a new resolution.

Year-in-Review Resolutions Printable

Year-in-Review Resolutions Printable

While setting new goals is important, don’t let your past achievements go unnoticed. This year-in-review printable is a great way to acknowledge a job well done and what to look forward to in the New Year!

 

Numbered Resolutions and Plan of Action Printables

Numbered Resolutions and Plan of Action Printables

If you’re a planner, this resolutions printable is for you! List your goals in order of importance and map out exactly how to achieve each one. Trust us — when that deadline comes around you’ll be glad you did.

Monthly Resolutions Printable

Monthly Resolutions Printable

Instead of setting resolutions for the whole year, tackle them piecemeal with monthly printables.

No-Nonsense Resolutions Printable

No-Nonsense Resolutions Printable

I love how this resolutions printable is seriously no-nonsense. It’s perfect for anyone who needs a little extra self-motivation and a kick in the behind to get moving on personal goals!

Categorized Resolutions Printable

Categorized Resolutions Printable

If you plan on making resolutions for all aspects of your life, then you might want to check out this categorized printable! It makes it easy to organize your resolutions by type and stay on top of your goals.

 Specific Resolutions Printables

Specific Resolutions Printables

Balancing Home has a number of resolutions printables specific to different categories.

We’re featuring the exercise printable, in which you’re supposed to check the boxes and jot down the exercise and the time whenever you work out. Other resolutions printables include checklists for date nights, reading, trips to Goodwill, and weight loss.

The Resolutions Printable For the Lazy

The Resolutions Printable For the Lazy

If you don’t want to write down your resolutions, then print out one that already has resolutions written out for you.

I like this particular printable because the resolutions on there can apply to almost anyone. Print this out, frame it, and hang it up on your wall!

Credit to PopSugar && here are way more.

Good luck and I wish you a happy and amazing 2015,

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My wishlist.

Etc., Random

Someone requested me to do a Christmas wishlist so that they can get ideas/inspired. I don’t celebrate Christmas but I decided to put one together just for Ana’s sake. (You’re so sweet)

So here goes: [in no order & if you get me any of these you’re bae]

*nudge nudge these can be super early birthday gifts ;)* [If you click the picture it’ll take you to the link]

A Forever21 gift card is the way to my heart.

Any of these clothing pieces: [L 10/12, it just depends on the dress]

Jewelry: [I like long necklaces, mostly stretchy bracelets but statement ones are great and rings, preferably stretchy because I THINK I’m size 7-7 1/2-8 but ring sets are the best]

BE BRAVE & KEEP GOING -BRACELET

OPEN BALL - BANGLE

SPIKE - BANGLE

ALL AROUND CUBIC - BANGLE

WHO CARES...- WATCH

CLASSIC PRINTED GOLD - WATCH

THE FLORIST - WATCH

Bags

Scarves because one can never have enough.

Anything

  • Solid
  • Printed [no characters with eyes or whatever, those creep me out or plaid ewh]
  • Floral
  • Sequined/glitter ones are nice too

A Samsung Galaxy tab 2 case

Gift card to Amazon, Charlotte Russe, f21 etc.

Idk really what else to be honest.

Happy holidays 🙂

Christmas series: Receiving a gift you don’t like.

Etc., Random, Tips.

Tomorrow is Christmas but, while it may be all merry, and jolly, there may be one problem: you might receive a gift you do not like. Now what?

1// Don’t hurt their feelings and act appreciative.
-Don’t say anything like, “I HATE IT!” to their face. Don’t be a brat. Just smile, and thank them. Just don’t make a fuss about it and read on to see what you can do with it.

2// Return it.
-Lots of gifts come with gift receipts so you can return them back to the store. Its okay to do it, as long as the person who gave you the gift is unaware you returned it. Other times you don’t get the receipts so just look up the brand online, find the store and call them to see if they do exchanges for things without receipts.

3) Re-gift it.
-Your friend’s birthday coming up after Christmas? Wrap the gift up, and give it to them! Good way to save time and money.

4// Reuse it.
-Re-purpose it. There are so many do-it-yourself ideas online. If you get something you don’t like and don’t know how to use it, just comment down below and I’ll make a DIY idea post for it.

5// Sell it.
-On eBay, basically anything can be sold. Or you can sell it at a garage sale. Either way, try to make some money!

6// Donate it.
-Donate it to a charity or to the homeless! I’m sure they’ll LOVE it as long as its useable. It’s a good way to boost your conscience.

Happy Holidays!

Staying well in the winter.

Health and Wellness., Tips.

Sorry this post has come up so late but I’ve been putting it off for a while as I kept on adding more things and then I was like you know what? Let me just put up what I’ve got, so here it is.

The change of season, basically flu season, get’s to almost everyone. Here’s my tip on soothing a sore throat.

Get a Humidifier
The heat causes your nose to become really dry so sleep with a humidifier on ether

Eat the right medicine
If you blow your nose and clear snot comes out then you have allergies. Take an allergy pill/ medicine instead of the regular Tylenol/Motrin/etc. If you blow your nose and yellow/green mucus comes out, it means you have a cold. This means you should eat a type of Acetaminophen/Tylenol/etc.

Wear Socks
When you go to bed or just when you’re feeling cold in general wear socks. Majority of the time when you feel cold it’s because your feet is cold, so if you cover your feet 60% of your body you will feel warm again.

Moisturize Moisturize Moisturize
All the harsh cold air from outside and the heaters inside will cause your skin to get super dry. If you don’t moisturize, you’ll break out from and get super dry. Your body will send out oils to help balance out your skin which will then make it oily, so moisturize your face and if you have time, your body, in the morning, evening and night time. If you don’t have time to moisturize your body, do it at least 3-4 times a week or else your skin might get so dry that you might get eczema. (If you do get it, use this, it works really nicely.) If you have oily skin you can find lotions that are oil free for example this gel (I use this in the summer tho since my skin gets oily then and it’s great).So try to keep your face to moisturize as much as you can

Drink/eat a lot of Vatamin C filled things
Your immune system is really weak during the winter and you need as much vitamin C as you can to prevent yourself from getting sick. Something you can invest in is Emmerce-C. It’s really odd tasting but in the end it’ll be work it.

Fill your diet with anything and everything healthy
This will help nourish your body and keep it from breaking out, and will help you fight any sicknesses that hit you.

Try to avoid sharing things with others
Everyone has germs and many people are sick and some you may not even know about. So if you want to avoid catching random sicknesses than you shouldn’t share things like cups, chapsticks, etc.

Use hand sanitizers and wash your hands often
In the winter, viruses are EVERYWHERE and unless you want to stay sick for weeks I suggest you keep up with this. Make sure to mosturize a lot as well after this because hand sanitizers strip away the skins much needed oils and that makes your skin even drier than it was before.

Stay healthy,

15 Christmas Movies to get you and your family into the holiday spirit.

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Since Christmas is coming soon, I gathered some great Christmas themed movies to get you into the spirit of the holidays. (All of these are family friendly && I’ve linked the trailer with the name of the movies for your convenience)

A Christmas Story

The Polar Express

Elf

National Lampoons Christmas Vacation

How the Grinch stole Christmas

A Charlie Brown Christmas

A Christmas Carol

The Santa Clause

Home Alone

Frosty the Snowman

Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer

White Christmas

The Bells of St. Mary

Miracle on 34th Street

It’s a Wonderful Life

What are your recommendations? Leave them in a comment below.

Happy holidays,

101 beauty tips that every girl needs to know ♥

Beauty., DIY'S, Tips.

These are some tips every girl should keep in mind so that they can get the best coverage and use they can out of their beauty products.

101. “Always keep your summer makeup minimal. Minimal and sheer makeup is the way to go when it’s hot and muggy outside.” – Mary Greenwell, celebrity makeup artist

100. “The best thing to do when you go to a makeup counter is be armed with what it is you want to do.”- Raychel Wade, founder of Cheek to Chic and La Prairie’s colour ambassador

99. Use excess eye cream on cuticles.

98. For smudge-proof eye makeup, take blotting tissue to remove any oil or any excess makeup from the eye area.

97. “A good perfume should consist of balanced blend of notes arranged in a way that creates harmonious accord.”- Alexis Bergman, P&G’s Global Flavor and Fragrance Trends

96. To prevent hair color from fading in the summer months, use a conditioning treatment weekly or bi-monthly.

95. Breakout before a big event? “Take oral cortisone a few days before the event to clear your skin”- Ava Shamban, dermatologist and author of Heal Your Skin.

94. “In order to keep eyeliner from running and smearing, opt for liner formulas that offer stayproof wearability.”- Robin Schoen, Urban Decay Makeup Artist

93. Always allow about two fingers from your nose to where blush starts.

92. “Make sure you hydrate the skin and put on a primer”- Jessie Powers, makeup artist and national educator for Make Up For Ever

91. “Balance out your shimmer. If you’re doing a shimmery eye, do matte lips”- Raychel Wade, founder of Cheek to Chic and La Prairie’s colour ambassador

90. Brush out your curls with your fingers to give your hair a more tousled look.

89. To make your manicure last, apply a thin layer of clear every two days.

88. Wear white eyeliner to make eyes appear less red.

87. “Take a shimmery gloss to the center of your lips, top and bottom – this will attract light to your lips, making them look pouty.”-Katrina Barrion, makeup artist for Giella Custom Blend Cosmetics

86. For slicked back hair, use a serum.

85. For the perfect cat-eye, “select a thin liner brush that is tapered to the point”- Pamela Taylor, makeup artist

84. To make your cheek bones appear higher, use bronzer under the cheekbone and highlighter on the actual cheekbone.

83. Before you blow dry, start with a volumizing spray or light gel to give the roots some lift.

82. For fuller lips, extend the lip line using a flesh tone lip liner. Be careful not to go overboard!

81. The #1 reason for flaky mascara is that the formula is too dry or old. Make sure to close mascara after use to help keep its moisture.

80. To fake clear skin when you notice a pimple, “Apply tea tree oil as soon as you spot it”- Stephanie Flor, makeup artist

79. During summer, “It’s easy to forget that feet can get sunburned. Be sure to apply sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 50 when barefoot”- Dr. Leslie Campbell, DPM

78. For clear skin, look for a cleanser with salycilic acid.

77. When choosing a red lipstick, you just want to remember to get one that looks good with your undertone. If you have a warm undertone, then go for warmer reds, and if you have a cool undertone, then go cooler.

76. Sunscreens that claim to provide “all-day protection” and “water resistance” are not reliable; don’t be fooled by these claims and reapply all sunscreens at least every two to three hours.

75. When self-tanning, use a tanner with a guide color. “It will give you instant color before the effect and it will show you exactly where you put the color and where you may have missed”- Sinead Norenius, founder of Beautisol

74. “If you’re afraid of red lipstick, I love putting it on and then blotting it off to wear it as more of a stain”- Pat McGrath, makeup artist

73. For the summer months, you don’t want to be caked down in foundation so try a tinted moisturizer instead.

72. Use blotting papers to manage oil and shine in your T-Zone “which are also great for cleaning up around the eyes”- Rebecca Restrepo, makeup artist

71. The antihistamines in allergy medicine dry out the skin, so skip heavy foundation during allergy season. Instead, use a tinted moisturizer.

70. To make curls last, make sure hair is completely dry before you begin with the curling iron.

69. To make a zit go away faster, don’t pick at it. The bacteria on your fingeres will create more redness.

68. Use an exfoliater to get rid of dead skin but limit yourself to 2-3 times a week so you don’t dry out your skin.

67. Always wash your makeup off before bed. “That morning-after look has never been a good one, for anyone”- Rachel Adler, beauty director Beautyhigh.com

66. “Too much bronzer is a nightmare for pale skin”- Jason Ascher, resident beauty expert for Barneys New York. Opt for an illuminating cream or light powder to get a glow.

65. Pick a sulfate-free shampoo, as sulfates can be harsh and drying on the hair cuticle.

64. If you have greasy hair, avoid directly conditioning roots and condition from your ear down to ends.

63.”When you wear a red lip it’s important that it stays exactly where you put it. Using a long wearing lip pencil to create the perfect shape and a lip color are key to having a perfect red lip.”-Kristofer Buckle, celebrity makeup artist

62. To make volume last all day, avoid running your fingers through hair. “Oil from your hands can weigh down your roots leaving your hair flat at the end of the day”-Tatum Neill, Arrojo Studio

61. Try to avoid washing your hair everyday. Constant shampooing leaves hair dry and your scalp will create more oils to compensate for the loss of moisture.

60. Always use a moisturizer with SPF in the morning. Even in the winter!

59.”Go for a trim every 6-8 weeks to ensure you have no damaged ends making your hair look unhealthy”- Nick Arrojo, Arrojo Studio (and the man who worked for seven years changing lives on What Not To Wear)

58. Remember, clean brushes to fight against potential bacteria and breakouts!

57. Clean out your makeup bag at least once a year to get rid of old products that may be expired or you no longer use.

56. Winter can be especially harsh on your hair leaving it extra dry. Eugene Davis, celebrity hair stylist suggests using an Avocado Oil Hair Mask.

55. If you don’t have nail polish remover, apply clear nail polish over and then wipe off. It will remove old polish.

54. During the summer, wear chapstick or lip gloss with SPF.

53. To add volume to clean or unwashed hair, use a dry shampoo spray.

52.Change your beauty routine for Spring/Summer months. Your skin needs less coverage during the spring so you can swap the heavy products for lighter ones.

51.”I always think that less is more, there’s a point where you look in the mirror and say ‘Is this too much?’ and if you even have that inclination then it usually is.”- Kim Catrall, Sex and the City

50. When applying bronzer, “first start by applying it around the perimeter of your face and follow with a light dusting on your forehead, nose and chin”- Mally Roncal, Mally Beauty

49. To get curls when you have straight hair, use the following, “a volumizer or volume thickening agent, a curl enhancing product, light holding finishing spray”- Vicktor Stevenson, Hair Stylist

48.”Foundation should never be heavy”- Aura Schwartz, makeup artist

47.”The right red [lipstick] will light up your hair, eyes and skin immediately, the wrong one will not.”-Poppy King, Lipstick Queen

46.Use a shimmer eye shadow to compliment a bold matte lip.

45.To revive curls mid-day, “Take a very small amount of pomade and put it in the palms of your hands. Rub them together. Next gently smooth the pomade over your curls and scrunch just a little bit”-Eugene Davis, celebrity hair stylist

44.”You should always go to a hair-removal specialist, where waxing, laser etc. is their main business – don’t go to a nail salon for a wax”- Cindy Barshop, Completely Bare and Bravo’s RHONYC

43.”A little silvery-blue eyeliner on the lower lid is very flirty”- Dimitri James, makeup artist, author and creator of Skinn Cosmetics

42. “Use your concealer as a base on your eyelids”-Melissa Silver, Maybelline makeup artist

41. If you’re not a fan of liquid liner, get the look of liquid eye liner by using a gel instead.

40. Exfoliate before applying self tanner to get rid of dead skin. Tanning products tend to cling to dryer areas.

39. If you straighten your hair with a flat iron, cause less heat damage by letting hair air-dry. The less heat, the better!

38. To minimize pores, use a pore-minimizing facial wash followed by a toner. Make sure the toner is alchohol-free so it won’t dry out your skin.

37. The healthier you are, the healthier your hair! Take a daily multi-vitamin with Biotin to help hair grow.

36.To mask split ends, use an iron to straighten ends and then apply a hair repair cream.

35.There are always cheap, natural and effective homemade beauty recipes.

34.To fix brassy hair color, use a color-depositing shampoo with purple tones. For unwanted redness, use a color-depositer with a green tone.

33. To cover up roots in a hurry, use a dry shampoo spray for your hair color. If you don’t keep this product around, use eyeshadow (in a shade closest to your hair color) for a quick fix.

32. Get a “dewy glow” using a highlighter or illuminator above your cheekbones and on the browbone.

31. To contour cheeks, use a matte powder (a few shades darker than your skin tone) with an angled brush. Blend on temples and under cheek bone.

30.When using a cream product, lock it in by using a translucent powder over it.

29. Get quick volume by using a root lifter, then use hairspray to set hair. This will prevent it from fall flat during the day.

28. For makeup that lasts all day and night, use a makeup-sealing product.

27. To help you find the right shade of foundation, choose the product you think is closest to your color and try it on your jawline in natural light. You will be able to easily compare it to your neck’s color to see if you need to go for a different undertone, lighter or darker.

26. Try out the funky hair color trends without dying your hair. Instead, dust bright blush in your ponytail for the same effect. (Refinery29)

25. “Foot perspiration is typical in the summer and can lead to fungal infection and unwanted odor. Wash feet daily, and let them dry thoroughly before putting shoes on”- Dr. Leslie Campbell, DPM

24. Splurge on items that are important to you.”If mascara is really your thing and you fall in love with a mascara that ‘s $40, buy the mascara.”-Raychel Wade, founder of Cheek to Chic and La Prairie’s colour ambassador

23.”Don’t be too serious: It’s only Makeup! “- Francois NARS insists you play around with new colors

22. To reduce unwanted shine, use a moisturizer that mattifies, that way you get the moisture your skin needs without looking greasy.

21. To create a lived-in look for your hair, use thickening or sea-salt mist before you blow-dry. Follow by running a volumizing or texture cream through hair.

20. When using an eyeshadow primer, only place the primer where you’ll be adding color.

19.”Cream rouge [blush] should be the first thing that touches your cheeks when you want to project an image of healthy and pinched cheeks”- Pablo Manzoni, former creative director for Elizabeth Arden

18. If you choose to use false eyelashes, remember to use the dark glue as it will blend in with the lashes.

17.When buying “organic” beauty products, make sure to check if they are FDA certified organic. This will prevent you from getting scammed.

16. Use a facial exfoliater bi-weekly to get dead skin of dead skin. Makeup will look better on a clean, smooth canvas.

15. After using a a hair conditioning mask, follow with “a cold water rinse to close the hair cuticles”- Ursala Stephensen, Motions celebrity stylist

14. To get your braid to last all day, try styling hair that’s “dirty with product”. This will make the style stick longer.

13. Use a clarifying shampoo once a week to get rid of any product build-up that may have occured during the week.

12. If you have chipped nail-polish, add crackle or glitter on top to disguise the look of chipping.

11. Use a pumice stone on your feet after the shower to get rid of calluses on your feet.

10. Hydrate your under-eye area with an eye cream to prevent puffiness and bags.

9. If you have light hair,”put a lotion over the eyebrows and hair line” when self-tanning the face. Also remember to “apply it in circular motions and blend down to the neck”- Sinead Norenius, founder of Beautisol

8. If you often find yourself being too tired to wash your face at night, keep makeup removing wipes in your night stand to prevent a runny mess or morning break out.

7. Pop 1-2 Advil before going waxing to prevent pain.

6. The best way to get rid of ingrown hairs is to exfoliate,”which rids the skin of dead cells and allows the hair to break through the surface”- Marlena Ramoy, Bliss Spa Esthetician

5. Carrots are good for the hair. A healthy diet leads to a beautiful you.

4.”The best time to apply creams is after the shower, as the skin has been de-oiled.”- Dr. Stephen P. Bracci

3. Replace mascara and liquid eyeliner after three to four months.

2. To keep hair color vibrant longer, use shampoos and conditioners formulated for colored hair.

1. Use a cream or milk cleanser to wash your face. Creams are less drying than gels.

Wow you made it this far! That’s a lot of tips, but there’s always more. Leave a comment below and share your favorite!

Getting healthy nails.

Beauty., Health and Wellness., Tips.

1// Clean your nails

  • You should always keep your nails clean. Wash your hands with soap and clean inside of your nails in case you have dirt or anything inside them (you don’t want people seeing your nails and getting grossed out do you?)

2//Trim your nails

  • Thoroughly clean the inner part of your nails before clipping them
  • Its best to keep your nails short because then it looks neat, stays clean, breaks less easily and is also easier to manage
  • Try to cut your nails all the same length and size
  • After your done cutting your nails file them so that they aren’t rough or sharp.

3// Lotion

  • Just like your hands get dry your nails get dry too so just rub on some lotion on and around your nails so the skin doesn’t come of and the area around it stays healthy.

4//Nail Biting

  • I should have put this first. this is a problem for a lot of people its a really bad habit and can really ruin your nails
  • If you need help to stop biting your nails try putting on nail polish or chewing gum so you don’t have to put your nails in your mouth ( sounds nasty when you say it like that)

5//Vaseline

  • Vaseline isn’t just for your lips its helps with cracks dry skin and your nails.
  • Put some on your nails everyday so they can get stronger.

6//Water

  • Water is really goood for your nails
  • So drink a lot of water and when you wash your hands make sure you wash your nails too

7// Food

  • If you consume a lot of calcium rich foods your nails get stronger and wont chip as often, so eat lots of cheese ,yogurt, ice cream..etc

8// Capsules

  • There are many vitamins which can promote nail growth and make them healthier. Honestly I haven’t tried them myself to say if they work but it won’t hurt to try. In several studies though, researchers found that supplements of biotin increased nail thickness and prevented splitting and breaking. Here is an example of one:

9// Don’t mess around with your cuticles

  • DO NOT cut them too often unless they’re overgrown and you NEED to because your cuticles are barriers which protect your nails from bacteria and stuff so if you cut them too close you might get an infection like: (&& that’s not pretty)

10//Limit getting too many professional manicures done

  • Your nails might feel and look nice for a while but eventually over time your nails will become brittle and dry because of all the chemicals applied to them.
  • The tools they use are also used on thousands of other people and doing manicures at home will reduce the rick of infection.

11// Apply cuticle oil

  • If your nails are prone to breaking that means they need moisture and putting oil around the cuticle helps moisturize your nails which will reduce breaking.

12// Try not to use Acetone-based nail polish removers

  • We all know how hard it can be to remove glitter nail polish and acetone might be an easy way to do it but never fear, Aisha is here (lol I should stop)
    • Before applying any glitter/hard to remove polish apply a base coat of Elmers glue or any basic white school glue and let it dry. Once it’s dry, apply the nail polish. Whenever you want to take it off just pick on it a little and it should peel right off.

13// Don’t over wash your hands

  • I know I mentioned above that water is good for your nails but drinking wise. If you wash your hands more than you need to, it’ll wash away natural oils and those are essential for keeping your nails healthy.
    • If you really need to wash your hands a lot just make sure to moisturize as often as you can.

14// File your nails right

  • When you file your nails to often it’ll cause the layers to peels but when you do, file them in one direction not back and forth to help reduce breakage.

&& Don’t forget that your toenails are just as important.

Influenster (Try things for free and review them)

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Let me tell you a little about Influenster. You have to be invited to this (well that’s what I thought until I checked again, now you can just sign up) and once you do you have a just review a bunch of things. They can be things you have or used etc. Companies need feedback for their products and that comes from it’s users.

If you have lot’s of time on your hands or like trying new things this might be a thing for you. They send you all these things for free but the thing is you have to be active. I signed up in 2012 but I’ve been a little inactive but after a while I found it again and got my first box last December.

Some people join, write reviews and get boxes in a week && especially since it’s holiday season you’ll have a better chance.

It came with:

  • A goody athletic headband $6.00
  • Sally Hansen triple shine nail polish $4.99
  • Soyjoy bar $.99 (Tastes great warmed up with cold milk)
  • Montagne Clay Spa $2.49 (Made my face SO SOFT)
  • Not your mothers clean freak dry shampoo $5.99 (I’ll make a separate review post on this)

Basically $20 stuff for free to try out.

Here’s what they say:

Why Join?

  • Vox Perks
    • Gain access to digital coupons from everyday brands just for being active on social media. Influensters who connect their social accounts to amass a high Impact score tend to unlock the most exclusive VoxPerks! Make sure to be on the lookout for activities to get even better deals on select VoxPerks before you redeem them.
  • Twitter parties
    • Nothing is better than an Influenster Twitter Party. Invites get sent out in advance and attendees can RSVP to tweet alongside our hosts ranging from experts in fields like health and beauty, celebrities, and brands themselves. Even better: prizes are often awarded to the best tweets during the event so try and think up some good questions and comments in advance! You never know what will happen.
  • VoxBoxes
    • The Influenster Team ships out thousands of exclusive VoxBoxes every month from brands you know and love (or will soon love) for FREE. Some programs feature an assortment of great products while others spotlight one awesome brand.Members with high scores are prioritized, which is all the more reason to keep badge activity in the green and boost your Impact. This ensures active, social members receive products that match their interests.
  • The Hub
    • Community read. Community written. Get the insider scoop on all things consumer culture: new product news, need-to-know lists, tips and tricks from people like you, and of course, Influenster announcements!
  • Impact score
    • Connecting your social networks with Influenster lets you showcase your total social media following all in one place! The more networks you have connected and the larger those networks are, the higher your reach goes. This number ties into a lot of great Influenster perks so be sure to connect each social media platform you’re on!

  • Reviews
    • Looking to make a purchase? Found something you love and want to share it with the world? Disappointed with the latest product hype? Browse Influenster’s immense product collection to share your opinion, ask and answer questions, or share photos and videos. That way you can always get the most bang for your buck.
  • Brand Badges
    • Every month, our awesome brand partners open their own “brand badges” to select Influensters for a limited time. Members unlock by completing simple activities, for a chance to take home even more prizes such as bonus products and gift cards!

  • Leave your mark
    • Influenster is your platform to speak directly with other consumers and brands at the same time. They really want to hear your questions and comments! Your opinion can really help to improve the products you use every day, so why not flex your influence?

      So what do you have to lose? Go ahead, join.

Affordable places to get clothing online this Black Friday.

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Want to avoid:

and just get these? Then read below.

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Black Friday is one of my favorite days EVER. I love the rush but I know not everyone does and sometimes you can get the best deals online anyways so here’s a few places you can shop to get nice deals on clothing. When I’m shopping online I usually sort by the prices from low-high to see what will get me the best savings.

Charlotte Russe (They’re also doing $15 off $75+)

Forever 21

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Victoria’s Secret

Old Navy.

Target (40% off of clothing prices for the whole family)

Walmart (Everything is under $30 and there are great deals for you and your family)

Comment below with more. Have fun shopping 🙂

FREE Full-Size Sample of Dove, Degree, or Axe Dry Spray Antiperspirant.

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Go request a FREE Full-Size Sample of Dove, Degree or Axe Dry Spray Antiperspirant, courtesy of Walmart.com! Just watch the video and click the “Request Sample” button and fill out the short form. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. (Limit 1 per household though)

Love,

Tips for Black Friday.

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Thanksgiving is fun and all but I really look forward to Black Friday. There are some tips you’ll need to know beforehand if you want to make the most of your day.

1// Compare prices
Always compare the online price to the advertised Black Friday price cause sometimes its the same and its even free shipping.

This is so you can avoid having to go to stores early in the morning

2// Read the fine print
The fine print tells you stuff that a lot of people might not catch.

For example the store might only have 99 of the certain thing you want so you’re gonna have to get there extra early to get that or the store might only have that item from 6-7 am so you’ll have to get there at the right time to get it.

3// Budget
Always have a budget. Its always good to have a budget on Black Friday’s because there’s tons of sales and you can easily get distracted and you’ll come home broke with a bunch of stuff you don’t need. So stay focused.

4// Divide and conquer
Think of it as a war zone you have a lot of things to accomplish in a short amount of time, so if you’re going with a group of people separate, get the things you need and meet back at a certain place at a certain time so you can get on with your life faster.

5// Remain calm
On Black Friday people are cranky, tired and on a mission so its really important not to take what anyone says personally cause there on a mission and they got up at 5 am for a reason.

Hope you enjoy your Black Friday 🙂

Things to eat to settle an upset stomach.

Health and Wellness., Lifestyle.

This is mostly for my friend and since I’m basically the nurse of my friend group I’m usually the one advising people health wise. So if you’re not having an upset stomach now, bookmark this till you do.

  • Bananas
    • Bananas are filled with Potassium and that helps you especially if you’re dehydrated from vomiting or diarrhea. They also contain pectin which helps to naturally firm bowel movements.
  • Burnt Toast
    • Burnt toast is great what you have an upset stomach because the char absorbs toxins that are making you feel sick. Eat is with some butter and sugar or jelly to avoid the gag reflex.
  • Any citric products
    • When you’re sick you need to consume as much Vitamin C as you can.
  • Plain Yogurt
    • Try to find one that contains “active cultures: because these will help increase the production of good bacteria which will help get rid of that bloated feeling and will also help in digestion.
  • An antacid
    • ‎Some examples are Alka-Seltzer and ‎Tums and they  help neutralize stomach acidity.
  • Apple Cider vinegar
    • Eat a mixture of one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar, one cup warm water, and one tablespoon honey will ease indigestion and may alleviate cramping and gas in your upset stomach. It can also lessen discomfort caused by heartburn.
  • Papaya
    • Eating papaya helps encourage digestion, ease indigestion, and also help with constipation. The magic is in the enzymes papain and chymopapain, which help break down proteins and soothe the stomach by promoting a healthy acidic environment.
  • Rice/Boiled Potatoes.
    • My mom always has be eat this after I vomit/get diarrhea because your stomach will still be acting a bit uneasy and you’ll need to eat really simple foods which will absorb fluids and add bulk to your stomach and poop in general.
  • Ginger/Ginger Ale
    • This works if you’re feeling really queasy and nauseous because it helps digestion since it’s a relaxant/accelerant. The flavonoids in ginger helps neutralize the acidity in your stomach. Either drink a cup/two, chew on a bite size piece of ginger or but it in some hot tea.
  • Apples/Apple sauce
    • Just like ginger, apples have the same relaxant factor and help reduce the symptoms of an upset stomach. I suggest making or buying apple sauce because the cooked one will be so much easier to digest.
  • Cranberry juice.
    • Avoiding solid food for a day is sometimes recommended when you’re nauseated and vomiting, but don’t give up the fluids. Drink cranberry juice during your fast. It’s generally easy on your digestive tract.
  • Lime juice
    • For an immediate nausea/vomiting stopper, mix 1 cup water, about 10-15 drops of lime juice, and 1/2 teaspoon sugar. Then add 1/4 teaspoon baking soda and drink.
  • An extra:
    • Sometimes the smell of vomit can cause additional vomiting, or continued nausea. After you vomit, rinse the remaining particles out of your mouth with 1/4 cup water and 1/4 cup vinegar in a 4-ounce glass. The stomach acids in vomit can be harsh on tooth enamel. Just rinse, don’t gargle. This freshens your breath, too.

Hope you get better soon,

Free Julep 4-Piece Gift Set ($62 value)

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Join Maven now here and get a Fall Fashion Neutrals Beauty Box for free! ($62 value) Use code FREEFALL at checkout. (Get one before they run out)

*Just a disclaimer you do have to pay $2.99 for shipping but come on, it’s totally worth it && if you don’t want to continue the subscription then just cancel after you get your first free box and you won’t be charged for the next box.

Have fun,

7 Busy Girl Life Hacks

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Here’s 7 simple life hacks for a busy girl.

1. Have a headache?
Take a whiff of peppermint oil! It relieves your headache almost instantly. You can put it on your skin (if it’s really strong it may give you a minty ‘burn’ feeling, it’s alright, it’s all natural) as well. You can keep it in your locker at school and if you want a little touch up on your perfume, take a roller ball (I have one of peppermint in my locker) and put it on your wrist.

2. Running late?
Make a playlist that is as long as you have in the morning to get ready. If you are on the last song, you will know you are late!

3. Can’t fall asleep?
Do some yoga or stretches while laying in bed for a few minutes and afterword you’ll fall asleep in no time!

4. Love snacking but it’s starting to show?
If you feel hungry try drinking a full glass of water? Are you still hungry? Try another. Water is good for you and has no calories.

5. Can never find your shoes while running out the door?
Hang your shoes on hooks or hangers! I hang my flip flops in my closet during the winter so I don’t lose them during the cold months. Also, hanging boots looks so cool!

6. Which key again?
Use nail polish to color code your keys. You can buy the keys with different design on them but this is a lot cheaper and a lot more fun.

7. No time to text?
Snapchat is an awesome way to keep your friends up to date on your life. I love the My Story and it’s so easy to send a quick message!

Hope these help make your life a little easier,

21 tips & tricks for healthy hair.

Etc., Health and Wellness., Random, Tips.

Lately, I have been struggling to fix my hair because of the recent change of season. I found these tips on some notebook of mine from I have no idea where and I wanted to share tips and tricks to keep your hair nice and pretty.

1// As we all know, humidity enters hair, especially curly hair and changes the curl pattern. This leaves hair frizzy and full of flyaways. After shampooing, apply a leave-in humidity-fighting product or a drop of regular conditioner to fix your hair. Don’t rinse it out.

2// Too much chlorine isnt good for your hair. To keep locks in peak form, rinse your hair with fresh water as soon as possible after you swim.

3// Use gel to tame your hair if it looks wacky when you have just woken up.

4// Using the wrong brush can really ruin your “do”. To add fullness to straight hair, use a jumbo round brush. To straighten wavy hair, try a half-round styling brush or paddle brush. Never brush curly hair, scrunch your curls with your fingers instead.

5// Let your hair air-dry sometimes or as often as you can and have split-ends trimmed often.

6// Your diet does affect your hair. Choose nutritious foods for nutritious hair

7// The wrong styling product, or too much product, can really make a mess of your hair. less is more!

8// If your hair is curly, don’t use shampoos designed to add volume. Read labels and pick your cleansing products with care.

9// Baby-fine hair can cause any look to go limp- especially in the heat. Opt for a great cut.

10// If you recently changed your hairstyle, you may have some trouble working with it at first. get some ideas from the stylist before leaving the salon.

11// There are hair vitamins available at your local vitamin store that will help promote healthier and stronger hair.

12// Shampooing everyday is not good for your hair; it removes natural oils that your hair needs to maintain its shine.

13// Conditioning your hair is very important. never put conditioner on the scalp. Instead, apply it about 2-3 inches from the scalp down through to the ends. Keep a wide-tooth comb in the shower so you can avoid snarls and tangling.

14// If you use flat irons, curling irons, etc. You must use conditioner to prevent damaged hair.

15// Avoid tight styles like ponytails. They will cause breakage.

16// Never use a rubber band. Use cloth-covered bands as a replacement.

17// Avoid over exposure to the sun. If you cant avoid it, use a leave-in conditioner and spray it through your hair.

18// Limit your use of flat irons, curling irons, or blow dryers

19// You can fight frizzy hair with a silicone based serum. They are non-greasy and usually contain added vitamins.

20// Do not brush on a wet hair. Your hair is at its weakest point when wet and it will severely damage it.

21// Don’t shampoo your hair everyday because if you do, just like your skin, more oils will be given out to keep things balanced so try limiting it to every other day.

More of my hair tips.

Good luck,

FREE Digital Download of Wreck-It Ralph

Etc., Freebies.

Disney is offering you a FREE Digital Download of Disney Wreck-It Ralph. Just take the Disney Movies Anywhere tour then click ‘get started’ to connect with your Google Play or iTunes account. Then, you can view your purchases on the Disney site and Wreck it Ralph will have been added to your account for free! Once you connect your account, you’ll immediately be able to watch the movie.

Have fun,

Dealing with procrastination.

School., Tips.

I procrastinate SO much especially since i’m always on the computer. I’m also pretty sure a lot of you out there do too, so with the help of a few people I know I’m here to help you guys procrastinate less this school year.

1.// Motivation

– The truth is that you’ll never get anything done without some motivation.

– Try making a reward for when you accomplish something. I usually use food but you could also use the privilege to watch TV or maybe you could say that if you don’t finish your work first, you won’t go to some ‘special’ event like a party or something.

– Imagine the bad results you could get because you procrastinated. Maybe it will be that you stay up all night and in the morning, you’re tired and regret going to sleep late. Or maybe it’ll be the bad grade you’d get in school because you didn’t work.

– Now try imagining the good results you’d get if you didn’t procrastinate. The good grades, the well-rested feeling you get when you wake up in the morning, etc.

2.// Create a work area

– It’s best to sit somewhere where you are comfortable and can’t get distracted.

– Some say that it’s best to work in a very quiet place but I tend to disagree. I always work best with my favorite music playing. It may be different for you, so try different methods until you find one that fits you.

3.// Make a list

– So now that you have some motivation, it’s best to start with a list to get everything you need to do on paper. This way you are organized and you know what you have to get done.

4.// Start getting into a routine

– Having a routine will keep things moving. Make sure your schedule is manageable, efficient, attainable and easy to follow.

– Keep your routine where you can see it as you work.

– Make sure to keep your eye on the clock so you can check that you are still following your routine.

5.// Distraction’s

– The tough part. The distractions

– I know that all our lives are extremely dramatic and we just HAVE to go on Facebook, or Twitter etc. but there are more important things to get finished before any of that. But what’s the harm of checking Instagram for a second? Well, to start, that ‘second’ usually lasts for at least an hour from my experience.

– If you really have a big problem when it comes to getting distracted by other websites, block them until you finish all your work.

– Instead finish all your work then go on the computer or play outside or whatever, that way you’ll look forward to finishing faster and doing that thing.

Have a great school year guys ♥