Friday, September 23, 2011

Summer's Over - Time for a Little Trim

Now that summer is over, it's time to think about removing those dead dry and split ends that occur from swimming, fun in the sun, surf, and chlorine pool water. Several months of summer fun can really wreck havoc on your locks. You don't want to wait too long for a trim because if you have dry split ends, they can travel up the hair shaft and break further up your hair. By removing those dry split ends down by the ends of your hair, you spare the loss of length. This is important for anyone trying to grow their hair long. After your trim, pay careful attention to the health of your hair to keep your hair from getting dry and split with conditioning treatments and gentle styling; you now have a nice fresh start to continue growing your hair long. So if you have been putting off a little pampering for yourself, now is a great time to think about either visiting your salon for a trim, or you can give yourself a haircut at home and save that hard-earned cash. Please see my video on how you can cut your own here. Here is the link to my YouTube video: How to Cut Your Own Hair

I also have a YouTube video on how to trim your own bangs. Here is the link to that video: How to Cut, Trim, & Layer Your Own Bangs

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Adding Almonds To Your Diet Just Got Easier and Cheaper

I everyone! I just found out that Blue Diamond is now selling extra large bags of whole Natural Almonds (unsalted) in Walmart. I am sure you will be able to find them in grocery stores, supermarkets, and other discount chains as well. The bag I bought is a whopping 19.2 oz. and is boasting 20% more free. It cost me about $6 and change - quite a wonderful find. I am a big nut lover and snack on them every day. I tried them today and they are wonderful. I don't recommend you store them in the refrigerator as it makes them too hard which can be tough on your teeth and also takes away from the flavor. The bag has a resealable zipper to help keep freshness in and air out. They are not roasted, but raw, right out of the shell. Great for snacking! They also had roasted and salted ones available, however, I usually shy away from salty foods, but if that's the only way you'll have them, then by all means buy the salted ones. Now for some great facts on why almonds are so good for you and why you should absolutely add them to your diet if you have not already.

1) They are a rich source of vitamin E, calcium, phosphorous, iron and magnesium and they also contains zinc, selenium, copper and niacin and lets not forget that they contain quite a bit of protein as well. Almonds contain more nutrients than any other nut.

2) Eating almonds regularly helps to lower your cholesterol. Not only that, but it affects the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol by increasing the level of high density lipoproteins (HDL) and reducing the level of low density lipoproteins (LDL). This is what you want!

3) They also help your heart by helping to reduce artery damaging inflammation and plaque.

4) Lastly, they provide your body with bulk fiber which helps to move your food faster through your body; this helps to prevent constipation as well. The mono-unsaturated fat contained in almonds helps to keep you full longer which is wonderful for anyone trying to maintain or lose weight. They also help to keep your insulin levels stable.

So you see why I was so excited and had to tell you all about my great find. Please remember to put almonds on your shopping list and pick up a bag next time you're out. Your body will thank you, and you will really enjoy this crunchy filling snack. Many of my YouTube viewers ask me what I like to snack on to help me stay slim and I always tell them nuts and nut butters. They stay with you and don't weigh you down if you want to exercise shortly after your snack.

Hope you enjoy!

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Thursday, September 8, 2011

Lipstick Colors to Make Your Lips Look Fuller

Many women notice as they age that their lips don't look as full as they used to. This is a natural occurrence with an easy solution: choosing the right lipstick color. Wearing pinks and soft coral shades of lipstick helps your lips appear fuller than wearing darker shades do. Dark shades and deep hues tend to make your lips look thinner, in fact they draw your face down and can draw attention to any lines or wrinkles that you may have. So stick to pastels and finish your lips off with a dab of pearly gloss or frosty pink lipstick in the center of your lips. It helps reflect light and enhance the fullest part of your mouth.

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Is it More Fuel Efficient to Drive with the Air Conditioner on or the Windows Open?

Ever wonder whether it's more fuel efficient to drive with the air conditioner on in hot weather or drive with your windows open. While running the AC system uses fuel to circulate refrigerant and power the fans, driving with your windows open creates a drag on your car's aerodynamic ability. So which is more economical for your pocketbook? Well, studies found that at speeds below 55 mph, vehicles got the same mileage from their gasoline whether they drove with windows open and the AC off, or using the AC with windows closed. However, when driving above 55 mph, it was more economical to drive with the air conditioner on and your windows closed.

Hope you enjoyed this little energy tip!

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