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Keratin Hair Treatment: Is It Worth It?
Have you ever wished you had straight, shiny hair instead of your dull, curly, frizzy hair? Many girls have been turning to keratin treatments at the salon in order to get this “perfect” hair. This treatment has generated a lot of buzz, since it uses unhealthy chemicals such as formaldehyde. You must weigh your options if you really want this treatment. Is it worth it?
Although the risks of getting a keratin treatment will not kill you, the potential of it harming you are definitely present. This treatment can only be done a couple times a year…MAX. You are exposing yourself to strong chemicals, which can irritate your scalp, skin, and eyes. It can also cause lung damage from breathing in the chemicals. If you think this treatment is right for you, find a salon with a formaldehyde-free solution. Also, try wearing a mask so you don’t inhale the chemicals.
Of course, there is a positive side to keratin treatments. Keratin is like an extremely strong conditioner. It will make your hair silky smooth and extremely straight. If you decide to get the treatment, you won’t be able to get your hair wet or style your hair in any way for 1-3 days. If you put your hair in a ponytail it could create a crease that won’t go away. Now THAT would be bad!
If you decide to do the keratin treatment on your hair, make sure you do your research. Enjoy your new hair, but take proper care of it!
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When Shoes Are Too Big…
I have a pair of black suede wedges that I absolutely adore. The only problem with them? They are a half size too big! When I walk in them my feet slide out and I look like I am walking on a waterbed I am so unsteady! I was so upset when I realized that they were too big, so I did some research! Here is how to make shoes that are too big fit just right!
The first thing you need to do is fill the space where your foot should be. For me, the heal is where I struggle. My gosh darn feet won’t stay in my darn shoes! Fill the gap between your heel and the shoe with Dr. Scholl’s Rub Relief Strips, which come on a roll like Scotch tape but have a thick, cushiony feel. You can find these at any drug store! Another way is to wear cushions on the shoes where the balls of your feet should be. These will jack you up a bit and keep your feet cozy for long wear! If you are wearing shoes that will be covered by pants, then just throw on an extra pair of socks…or two..:) Sometimes, if you are wearing a dark pair of tights, you can get away with wearing a dark pair of ankle socks under your tights. A cheap way to make your shoes fit, shove a few cotton balls in the toes of your shoes!
Hopefully these tips help you slip into your favorite pair of too-big shoes!
23rd SeptemberCookie Dough BitesPepperoni ChipsRed Velvet Puppy ChowSaltySweetTreatsLifestyle
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Sweet and Salty Treats.
Hi everyone! If you’re like me, then you LOVE food! I love all sorts of food from cookies and hot chocolate to chips, dip, and popcorn. During the holiday season, fun treats and savory snacks are everywhere. It’s the perfect opportunity to whip up your favorite dish or dessert. Pinterest is an awesome place to find any recipe you can imagine. I always find the perfect recipe to satisfy my craving. Today, I’ll show you a few of my favorite sweet and salty holiday treats. The recipes will be provided at the bottom of the page!
I’m sure many of you have heard of or have had puppy chow. It is Chex cereal covered in chocolate, peanut butter, and powdered sugar. It’s amazing! Well, I’ve found a recipe that takes puppy chow to the next level. It is red velvet puppy chow! If you love red velvet cake then you will love this! All you need is white chocolate chips, cream cheese, a box of red velvet cake mix, milk, and powdered sugar. It’s a very simple recipe that can be set out as a quick sweet snack. For full instructions check out the link below!
If you’re like me, then you love to eat the batter of chocolate chip cookies. Whenever my mom is making cookies, I like to grab a bite of the dough. Now, we all know this is bad for you, so here’s the perfect alternative, cookie dough bites! It is an eggless cookie dough that you can enjoy without the worry. All you need is 1 cup of melted salted butter, 1 ½ cups of brown sugar, 2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract, and 6 ounces of mini chocolate chips. Mix all of this together in a bowl and create little balls of cookie dough. Place in the refrigerator for 30 minutes, drizzle with chocolate, and enjoy!
Now, I’ve got a quick and easy salty treat that can be enjoyed as a snack or the perfect side to a sandwich. It is pepperoni chips! They are a great alternative to chips and are for pepperoni and pizza lovers alike. All you need is a bag of pepperoni. Lay the pepperoni on a microwavable plate and microwave for about 60 seconds. Now, the pepperoni should be nice and crispy. Enjoy alone or with your favorite salad dressing. I love to dip mine in ranch. Finally, you’ve got the perfect chip with that pizza flavor that everyone loves!
I hope everyone enjoys my sweet and salty treats! Don’t forget to check out my videos and click on the links below for the full recipes. Love you all!
Red velvet puppy chow: http://unbearablygood.blogspot.com/2012/07/red-velvet-cake-puppy-chow.html
Cookie dough bites: http://family.go.com/food/recipe-639377-cookie-dough-bites-t/
Pepperoni chips: http://www.food.com/recipe/pepperoni-chips-134281
23rd Septemberapplescaramelcaramel applefeaturedpopcorn M&M'sFood
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Fall is one of my favorite times of the year! Football games, big sweaters, and bonfires are all part of the fun. One of my favorite things to do with my friends is to bake treats. I’m going to share with you a few of my favorite fall recipes!
Caramel apples may be one of my favorite fall treats EVER! They are so juicy, yet sweet like a candy. Nothing beats the tastes of homemade caramel apples, so here’s how you can make your own! What you’ll need is:
- 8 large apples
- 8 chopsticks or craft sticks
- 2 cups packed light brown sugar
- 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
- 3/4 cup dark corn syrup
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/4 stick)
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
Start by setting the apples upright and placing a stick at the top of each apple. Also, prepare an ice cold water bath (we will get to this soon). Next, combine the remaining ingredients in a sauce pan and heat on medium until everything is melted together. Once melted down, immediately place the bottom of the saucepan in the water bath to cool the mixture down. Now that everything is completed, dip each apple in the caramel and set on a cooking pan with parchment paper. Get creative and roll them in nuts, M&M’s, chocolate covered pretzels, or anything you can think up! Place in the refrigerator and enjoy!!
Another fun fall snack is M&M popcorn….yes, you heard me right! It’s really simple. Pop a bag of buttered popcorn in the microwave and add a handful of M&M’s to the popcorn right as you take it out of the bag. It will melt the chocolate, creating a gooey, buttery, chocolaty, creation. Also, don’t forget about the bonfire classic, s’mores. Dig in!
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Learn To Love Layering
Learn to love layering. That is my one huge piece of advice when it comes to winter weather. Once you have perfected this extremely useful art, you can use it to create one of a kind outfits and form your own personal style. I am going to show you some examples of outfits so you have visual examples!
1. This outfit combines a sleek vest, a plaid flannel, a chambray denim shirt, and a striped long-sleeved shirt. They tossed in a simple statement necklace to add a little pazazz to the outfit and to spice up the ensemble.
2. This preppy look combines a hot pink vest, a cream colored sweater, and a checked button-up blowse. This color combo is to die for! I also love how they threw in a gold statement watch and some sassy bangles to tie the outfit together. They finished off the outfit with a pair of dark wash skinnies. Perf!
3. This combo is probably my favorite of them all. It has a sort of rustic, country feel to it, ya know? This outfit combines an army vest with a striped sweater and a chambray denim shirt. I love the subtle colors in the chunky pastel scarf! It pulls the green in the vest and the navy in the pants together, as well as the tan booties.
Have you learned a lesson in layering? I hope the answer is “yes!” Don’t be afraid to try any of these combos this fall and winter!
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Spice Up Your Dorm!
Dorm rooms are the perfect place to express your personality and personal style! These simple DIY’s can spruce up your dorm room and make it feel a little more “you”!
Photo wall art: What makes your dorm room more “you” than pictures of your friends and family?! There are some really cool ways to display your photos. One way is to arrange them in cool shapes, such as a heart, like the example below! You can also take string and attach it to your wall with thumb tacks and then hang pictures on the string with clothes pins, like the picture below!
Another DIY that not only spruces up your dorm but is also fab for storage is colored jars! By taking mason jars and swishing paint around in the jar, you coat the inside and create a super adorable room accent! You can keep pens and pencils in them, hair ties, paper clips, anything that you want!
The last way that you can make your dorm feel more perky is by hanging twinkling lights inside your dorm, whether it is from the ceiling, your bed, or on your walls. Twinkling lights can give your room a calming sense and help you feel more like home, and they can turn any gloomy dorm room into a twinkling, cheery one!
Hopefully these help you brighten up your dorm room!
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22nd SeptemberdressesfoodfriendshomecomingphotosFashionLifestyleThe Look
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The Dos and Don’ts of Homecoming
It’s about that time again, a time to get dressed up, hangout with your friends, and dance the night away. It’s homecoming!! Now, I’m sure you’re used to all the fashion advice that surrounds homecoming, but what about all the other homecoming advice that’s out there?! I’m going to break down the dos and don’ts of homecoming 2013!
- Do: Go with your girlfriends and closet friends!
- Don’t: Don’t be obsessed about a guy asking you to go to homecoming. Just have fun with your friends and being YOU!
- Do: Be simple! Have everyone over to one of your friends’ houses to take pictures! This way, everyone can hangout for a little bit before and after.
- Don’t: There’s no need to go to the city or a fancy place to take pictures for homecoming, it’s not prom!
- Do: Carpool to the dance!
- Don’t: Renting a limo or party bus for homecoming can be expensive! Save that expense for prom.
- Do: Wear a dress that shows off your personality.
- Don’t: Make sure you don’t look like you’re going to the club!
- Do: Wear comfy shoes. Try to pick a shorter heel.
- Don’t: You won’t be able to move on the dance floor in 7 inch stilettos!
Another fun thing to do for homecoming is have a potluck! Have everyone bring their favorite appetizer, entrée, or dessert and set it out for everyone to enjoy. It’ll save lots of money and you’ll be able to visit with your friends in a more relaxed setting. You also don’t have to worry about making those pesky dinner reservation. Have a great time at your dance! It’s a time to remember so take lots of pictures!
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Fall Wardrobe Must-Haves
There are a few things that every girl needs to be a fall fashionista. They make or break your cool-weather wardrobe and ensure that you will ALWAYS have something cute to wear when the weather gets chilly. Here are 6 items that your fall wardrobe cannot do without:
- Wrapped sweater: This kind of sweater is perfect because it is cozy and warm and super stylish. I love to pair it with a pair of riding boots and dark skinnies!
- Black jeans: Black jeans are so chic and versatile. They can be worn in both casual and dressy situations. I love pairing my black skinnies with everything from a jean button up and infinity scarf to a cute flannel and combat boots.
- White V-neck: White V-necks go great under sweaters and army jackets! Toss on a pair of distressed skinny jeans and combat boots to complete the look.
- Riding boots: Ugh. I love riding boots. They are so classy and make any outfit look so put-together! I like wearing my riding boots with a white button up with the sleeves rolled just a little bit with dark skinnies and a statement watch.
- Flowey blouse: Everyone has their favorite flowey blouse that they wish they could wear every day! Grab one in a fall color like dark purple or crimson.
- Stripped shirt: Striped shirts are the perfect mix of classy, nautical, and preppy. Wear them under a sweater or army jacket or just rock em by themselves with a pair of dark skinnies!
Fall fashion is my favorite thing on the planet because I love to layer and I love boots and scarves and just everything about it! What is YOUR favorite thing about fall fashion?
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DIY Pumpkin Face Mask!
After a long summer of being in the sun, our skin could use some pampering. A great way to relax and nurture your skin is with a DIY pumpkin facial mask! Half a cup of canned pumpkin has 953 mg of vitamin A in it. With its wrinkle-fighting properties and tons of vitamins, this orange fruit soothes and hydrates tired skin.
Some of us are getting older and probably won’t be trick or treating for Halloween. Wouldn’t it be fun to have some friends over for a mini spa party? Especially because Halloween is on a Friday this year! Have your friends bring some snacks, you provide the drinks and the ingredients for the DIY pumpkin mask. Everyone at the party could mix their own pumpkin mask and then apply to their face! Be sure to snap some pictures because I’m sure you’ll look awesome with pumpkin smeared all over your faces :).
Here is a recipe you could try. Feel free to look up others online and have fun! The ingredients you will need are: 2 cups of canned pumpkin, 4 tablespoons of unflavored yogurt, 4 tablespoons of honey, and 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. Combine ingredients, smooth onto face, and relax for 10 minutes. Then, rinse off mask with warm water.
If you have another recipe, feel free to share it with me below!
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22nd Septembercookie dogh Greek yogurtcookie doughgreek yogurthealthyhealthy eatinghealthy snacksnackyummy snackFood
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Cookie Dough Greek Yogurt
I love Greek yogurt. It is the best sweet snack ever because it’s packed full of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc, and vitamins B6 and B12. Who knew something could be amazing for you and still TASTE amazing?! If you like cookie dough AND Greek yogurt, then you are going to love this.
– 1 tbsp peanut butter
– 1 tbsp sugar
– 1tbsp chocolate chips
– ¼ tsp vanilla
– 1 vanilla Greek yogurt
All you have to do is mix all of the ingredients together! You can even mix them into your cup of yogurt so you can just take your yummy cookie dough yogurt to go. Are YOU going to try this super sweet recipe?