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Home Remedies

With modern technology we find ourselves constantly relying on the newest and recommended best products to take care of our everyday needs.  Well I would like to take a minute and reflect back to some home remedies that I have heard and experienced over the years…

Baking Soda Bath – We have all experiences unexpected sunburns or an accidental burn form an iron.  Before burn cream, people used to put baking soda in warm bath water to sooth the sting from burns.  I have unfortunately had to use this remedy on myself and it really works.

Baking Soda

Onions can help kick your cold! – There was a point in my life I felt as though getting a cold was an every other week event.  Finally a friend approached me with a home remedy that at first I thought was odd but then warmed up to reality that it works.  When you feel as though you are coming down with a cold cut an onion and place one half by your bed and the other across the room.  Not only does the smell of the onion keep your sinuses clear, (making it easier to rest) there is something about the onion that as it dries it absorbs bacteria in the air.  Don’t believe me try it, you will find you get better quicker!

Toothpaste Removes Blemishes – One day I was visiting my grandma and happen to have a very uncomfortable and deep pimple on my face.  She drug me to the bathroom before going to bed and smothered toothpaste all over the blemish.  I woke up in the morning to have the pimple half the size it was from the night before. WHAT! One more night and it was completely gone without spending any money on expensive products or painfully trying to rip it off my face.

Colgate Toothpaste

Garlic as a Natural Antibiotic – With all the medical hype about not over using antibiotic because of your body building up a tolerance, why not start helping yourself on a daily basis?  Garlic can be used for more than just repulsing people with bad breath, including it into your daily vitamins can help build up your natural immunities.

Frozen Waffles for Teething Babies – I recently asked my Facebook follower for their own home remedies and Patricia was nice enough to include a mother’s perspective.  Apparently frozen waffles can give teething babies relief with a cold and soft texture.

 

Eggo Waffles

I know that there are plenty more home remedies and I would love to hear your suggestions!

 

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Food Pyramid vs. Food Plate

 

Food Pyramid

Its official…the new Food Plate has replaced the Food Pyramid.  But what does this really mean to the everyday person?  Nothing really!  For most people when you are taught the food pyramid in grade school it’s more to teach you nutritional balance, start you on the path of keeping your body health.  Yet most people aren’t constantly referring to the Pyramid for guidance as they get older.  Not to mention that everyone’s body is different and needs a different nutritional balance to maintain personal preferences.  I for one think the new Food Plate will be easier to use and understand for the everyday person.  It’s more visually recognizable being that we are looking at a plate when we eat most of our meals (minus fast foods).  Really though the Food Plate is commons since and like everything, to make it successful there has to be tips to understanding what makes this new system better.

 

10 Tips

As we watch this new wave of nutritional trends emerge I’m interested to see how restaurants and fast food establishments integrate the new Food Plate into their menus!  We all saw how the calorie counts caught on like wild fire.  If they were smart they would dedicate one item to the new Food Plate diagram and keep people thinking dining out can still meet dieting needs.

 

http://www.choosemyplate.gov/downloads/TenTips/DGTipsheet1ChooseMyPlate.pdf
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Pool Side Hair Styles

Taking care of your hair while enjoying the sun is very important but style can’t be thrown out the window either.  After years of experience and looking at a lot of hair styles I have found a few styles that are functional and pool side appealing.

1)      The Side Bun – The great thing about the side bun is that it can be messy cute.  It also shows that you have hair even though it’s pulled back.  While this seems like a funny comment, you would be surprised how boyish slicking your hair straight back can be, and boyish isn’t sexy!

 

Messy Bun

 

2)      French Twist – For those who are not really into getting your hair wet, the French Twist is a perfect solution.  It adds a little elegance to a classy bathing suit or you can choose to have hair come out the top for a slightly funkier look.

 

French Twist

 

3)      Pigtails (don’t forget the hat!) –  Pigtails are a classic, simple way to look a little younger and keep your hair out of your face.  Be careful, you don’t want to look like your trying to be 15 again!  Try pairing this classic style with a cute hat for a more youthful but sophisticated look

 

Pigtails

 

4)      Braids – Any type of braid will work but the French braid you can’t go wrong with.  They are one of the easier braids to do on yourself and even messy they look cute.  A trend that has made its way back on the scene is the headband French braid…a little hippy looking but leave out the forehead band and you will be styling.

 

Braids

 

I have to say my favorite would be the messy bun.  It’s easy and can be redone throughout the day.  Whatever your preference if you’re not wearing a hat do not forget the sunscreen because scalp burns are no fun!

 

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Take Care of Your Pool Hair

 

Hair Care

With the weather getting better and Memorial Day weekend around the corner the pool and beach are looking more and more appealing.  What’s not appealing is the damaged hair that comes with playing in the water to much. So here are a few tips that I recommend trying through your summer fun;

1)      Conditioner is your friend! – If you’re going to be spending the day in an out of the water put conditioner in your hair and put it up.   Whether you rock a braid or a bun, a thick coating of conditioner will help protect your hair from chlorine and salt, which dry out your hair.  If you like more of the wet hair down look bring a spray bottle with a mixture of water and leave in conditioner with you.  Use every time before getting in the water to keep your hair moisturized.

2)      Ready… Set… Shampoo! – I know after a long day in the sun and playing in the water taking a shower may be the last think on your mind, but do it!  Hair is very porous so not only are you drying it out all day, if you don’t wash out the hair cuticle and refresh your hair with moisture it’s going to feel dry and brittle.  Washing also helps keeps blonds form looking green and colored hair form looking dull. (I recommend Joico’s KPak Sun Therapy –  http://joico.com/products/haircare/kpak-sun-therapy)

3)      Protective Cap?! – While I would never ware one just because I’m not a professional swimmer they do help reduce the amount of exposure your hair receives.  But let’s be real, you’re more likely not to go in the water then use one!

4)      Don’t be afraid of the scissors! – After a long summer of heat, wind, sand and water don’t be afraid to get a trim and start fresh for the winter.  Taking the ends off will make your hair grow and keep it looking healthy.  Not to mention getting your hair cut keeps you up to date with the current styles!

 

While caring for your hair this summer is very important, I haven’t ignored my feminine side that wants to look good at the pool too.

 

“Pool Side Styles” blog coming soon!”

 


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