4 Tips to Get the Haircut You Want

Hair are four tips to better communicate with the hair stylist and get the haircut you want. 4 Tips to Get the Haircut You Want via @tipsaholic #haircut #hairstyle #hair #hairitis

4 Tips to Get the Haircut You Want

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You walk into the hair salon ready to get a new hair cut. You want something that will be sophisticated and stylish. Instead, you end up with a look that is nothing like what you originally wanted. What went wrong? Often it comes down to the difficulty of communicating with your hair stylist the exact kind of hair style look you imagine. With a few changes though, this can be fixed. Here are four tips to get the haircut you want.

  1. Find a picture. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this case, it is definitely true. Look around for different images in magazines, on blogs, etc. and find a picture of someone with a hair style that is similar to the cut you want. It might take a few photos to convey what you are after. Perhaps you want the bangs of one person’s style, but the layers of another. Bring all of this into the salon and show them to the hair stylist before they start cutting.
  2. Know the lingo. Make sure that when you say for example “layers” to your hair stylist that it is getting the message that you want across. Do a little research, and find out a few hair styling terms. Perhaps, in this example, it would be better to say “long layers”, “choppy layers” or “layers that give the hair movement”. They all mean different things to the hair stylist, so talking the same language could help them know more specifically what hair cut you want.
  3. Determine the commitment level. Once you communicate the hair cut you want, ask how much work each day it will take to get the look back to salon ready. What styling products are needed, and what exactly needs to be done to help your hair keep its shape? Will the final cut be versatile for different looks or not, and can you pull the hair back into a ponytail if needed? Once you know what you are getting into, there will still be time to make a few adjustments in the plan, before the stylist makes the first cut.
  4. Trust the expert. You might want a certain look, but your stylist might know that with your hair texture or your current hair length, there is a good chance that it won’t turn out as expected. Also, they might be able to suggest a small change that would look better with your face shape. Listen to your hair stylist’s advice, especially if you have built up a good relationship, and be prepared to make a few adjustments to your vision if needed.

Now that you have followed these four tips to getting the hair cut you want, sit back and get ready for your new look.

 

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7 Tips to Get a Great Looking Blowout at Home

There is nothing better than getting a great blowout at the salon. Here are seven tips to get the same looking blowout at home. 7 Tips to Get a Great Looking Blowout at Home via @tipsaholic #hair #blowout #hairdrying #blowdrying #hairstyling

7 Tips to Get a Great Looking Blowout at Home

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There is nothing better than walking out of the salon with a fresh blowout. Your hair is sleek and shiny looking, and it is so fun it give your hair a flip from side to side because you know that you look so good. Then the next day comes, and it is so hard to get that same look in your bathroom at home. After all it looks so easy when you watched the stylist do it! But with just a few easy steps, you can achieve the same great looking straight hair. Here are seven tips to get a great looking blowout at home.

  1. First, add to clean towel dried hair a pea size amount of smoothing serum from the middle of your hair shafts to the end. Next, spray all over your hair a thermal protecting spray to help prevent any damage that the heat of the blow dryer or flat iron can cause.
  2. Blow dry your hair as normal until it is barely damp. To create volume as hair is dried, rake your fingers through the roots, pull hair upward, and aim the heat of the blow dryer at the roots.
  3. Divide hair up into sections with two from the front and two in the back. Twist the hair of each section against your head and loosely clip in place.
  4. Starting with the front right section, unclip it and run a round brush underneath the hair, starting at the roots. As you pull the brush down aim the dryer heat downwards.
  5. (If you want sleeker, straight hair, go on to this step…if you want more body, just skip it.) Once this section of hair is dry, with one hand run a fine tooth comb down through the hair. Immediately follow this with a flat iron in the other hand. Be sure to keep the flat iron moving at all times and never stop at one spot since this could damage the hair.
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with the left front section…then the back right section…followed by the back left section.
  7. Finish up your look by adding serum to seal the style. Put a small amount of serum in your palm, rub hands together and smooth onto hair from mid shaft to ends.

 

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Six Tips to Style Hair in Beachy Waves

Now it is the perfect time for styling hair in beachy waves. Follow these easy tips to look like you just had a day at the seashore. Six Tips to Style Hair in Beachy Waves via @tipsaholic #beach #beachywaves #waves #hair

 

Six Tips to Style Hair in Beachy Waves

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It is summertime, and now it is the perfect season for styling hair in beachy waves. The perfect update for hair that is medium length, but could even work with short or longer hair. It is such a chic and causal style, yet versatile for so many occasions. With just a few minutes of styling, you can have a very in look. Follow these easy tips to look like you just had a day at the seashore.

 

  1. Start with clean blow dried hair. If your hair is fine and needs more volume, add mousse throughout your tresses. If it is course or curly, a little amount of hair serum will smooth out the look.
  2. With a medium size barrel curling iron, create loose ringlets all over your hair. Curl the hair in small sections and twist away from your face, which will be a different direction depending on which side of your head you are styling. The trick is to just wrap the middle part of your hair shaft around the curling iron, and leave the ends hanging out. Keeping the ends uncurled is key to add to the casual vibe of the hairstyle.
  3. Allow the hair to completely cool before moving on to the next step.
  4. Next take a wide tooth comb, or even your fingers, and gently separate the curls. Scrunch the hair a bit and gentle muss up the curls, to prevent a polished look.
  5. Add a small amount of styling cream throughout your hair, but concentrate on the ends to keep them smooth.
  6. Set your hair with a light hold hairspray sprayed all over the head.

 

And it is just that easy to get a great summer look that will keep that beachy waves vibe going no matter what the day may bring.

 

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5 Tips to Cover Gray Hair at Home

Covering gray hair can be tricky. With a little effort, and following these five tips, you can cover gray hair at home. 5 Tips to Cover Gray Hair at Home via @tipsaholic #grayhair #coloring #haircolor #haircoloring #graycoverage #greycoverage #greyhair

5 Tips to Cover Gray Hair at Home

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Gray hair can be tricky to cover. Since those strands often have different properties than regular hair, they can cause problems when applying hair color. But with just a little effort, it can be done. Here are five tips to cover gray hair at home.

 

  • Add moisture. Gray hair can become dry resulting in resistance to long lasting hair color. Prep your hair, by using a hydrating hair mask the day before you plan to color your hair at home.

 

  • Select the right product. Be sure to choose an at home hair color that is strong enough to counter act the resistance to color that gray hair can sometimes develop. A product that is a permanent application will better settle into the hair strands. Also, pick a hair color that is warmer with either red or golden tones since this will provide better coverage on gray strands. Stay within one to two tones of your natural hair color. Too dark a color, could make too much of a contrast with your natural skin tone.

 

  • Apply to hair. First be sure to read the package directions of the hair color you selected to see if any special steps need to be followed. Start by applying hair color to the grays first, this way they will have more time to absorb the color.

 

 

  • Touch up. About every six week give the gray roots a touch up with the hair color. The whole process can be repeated with the rest of the hair about every 12 weeks.

 

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How to Make a Bed

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After a long day there is nothing better than curling up in a comfy bed. A bed that is styled with great looking pillows and has sheets that feel just right to slip into, can sometimes make all the difference in getting a good night sleep. Follow these seven tips to make a bed that will be the perfect place to catch some Zs.

 

  1. Start with the sheets Get as high a quality as you can afford. But keep in mind, that while your grandmother might have sworn by thread count, that doesn’t really matter as much anymore. (Now some company’s twist the fibers, which results in a higher thread count.) The best gauge now is the type of cotton that the bed sheets are made from. Look for Supima or Egyptian to get the most high quality sheets. Since these are long-staple cottons, the sheets made from these threads are much softer.

 

  1. Pick your temperature. Some people like to be warm in bed, and others need it to be a little cool to sleep. Selecting a certain texture can make all the difference. For cool sheets select percale weave and for that warm feeling go with a sateen.

 

  1. Make sure you get the right bed sheets for your mattress. With newer mattresses with pillow tops and other padding, this can add to the thickness. Be sure to check at the store the sizing on the packing of the sheets so you will get the right fit. And to prevent the sheets from “riding up”, look for those with elastic all the way around instead of just at the corners.

 

  1. Take care of your bed sheets so they will last. Wash them at least once or twice a week in cold water. Using too hot of water will break down the fibers. Run the sheets in the dryer until they are still slightly damp, and then hang them to finish drying to avoid the fiber damage that over drying can cause. If you can, putting them out for several minutes in the sun can give your sheets a nice fresh scent. Bonus is the sun is a natural disinfectant.

 

  1. Add the right cover to the bed. It is always a dilemma…do you go with a comforter or a duvet? It probably just boils down to personal preference. Whatever you choose, this is the place to tie the bed into the rest of the decor of the room. Beside the curtains, this will be the one place with the most fabric used in the room, the pattern and color you pick for the bed coverings will probably set the mood for the whole space.

 

  1. Top off the bed with pillows. Here is the place you can add some fun. Besides the pillows that you will actually use when sleeping, add euro pillows in a pattern or color that complements the bed coverings. Next, add two or three decorative pillows in either a square or rectangle shape, plus a bolster will finish the look. With the decorative pillows, pick ones that add an additional accent color, fun pattern, or new texture while still fitting with the décor of the room.

 

  1. Enjoy your newly made bed and get a good night sleep!

 

For more inspiration on a well put together bed, check out these bedrooms and these bedrooms.

 

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25 Frozen Treats for Eating Outdoors on a Hot Day

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25 Frozen Treats for Eating Outdoors on a Hot Day

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When the temperature rises, most people head outside for fun in the sun. And if a special treat is desired after playing outdoors, a frozen one is often the best thing to eat on a hot day. There are so many choices here that are perfect for when you need to cool down. From yogurt treats to frozen fruit to ice cream, a slushie, or popsicle, click on one of the 25 frozen treats links, to get these easy recipes to make for your next day in the outdoors.

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Low Sugar Kool-Aid Slushies

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Greek Yogurt Berry Smoothie Pops

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Homemade Shaved Ice

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Frozen Hot Chocolate

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Peach Creamsicles

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Frosty S’more Cups

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Chocolate Covered Peanut Butter Banana

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 Lemon Ice

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 Frozen Fruity Yoghurt Bites

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 Banana Freezer Pops

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Frozen Pineapple Ice Pops

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Frozen Yogurt Dots

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Skinny Oreo Milkshake

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Frozen Chocolate Bananas

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Frozen Yogurt Trail Mix Bars

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Pudding Pops

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Ice Candy

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Choco-Taco

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Raspberry Sorbet

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7 Tips for a Kid’s Lemonade Stand

Want to get keep the kids busy this summer and encourage their entrepreneurial spirit? Hosting a lemonade stand would be a great way to do this. 7 Tips for a Kid's Lemonade Stand via @tipsaholic #lemonade #lemonadestand #kids #summerfamilyactivities

7 Tips for a Kid's Lemonade Stand

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Want to keep the kids busy this summer and encourage their entrepreneurial spirit? Hosting a lemonade stand would be a great way to do this. The kids get to learn a little about running a business, practice their manners and social skills, make a little money, and have a great time! Check out these tips for how to help the kids host a lemonade stand this summer.

 

1. Help the kids decide how they will make their lemonade stand and what they need to put it together. From a simple table with a bright colored table cloth to a DIY wooden stand with a lemonade stand sign up above, the only limit is the kids imagination (and your DIY skills).

 

2.  Make a signature drink. Skip the premade powder mixes, and let the kids get creative with their own lemonade recipe. Start with the basic recipe below, and then let them add their own twist such as a fruit flavoring, fun shaped ice (made with a special ice tray), or a piece of candy like a lemonhead dropped into the drink.

  • 1 ½ cups freshly-squeezed juice (about 5-6 large lemons)
  • 1 ½ cups powdered sugar
  • 8 cups water
    Mix the three ingredients well and serve over ice

 

3.  Make a list of all the supplies needed, such as ingredients, cups, napkins, etc., and take the kids shopping. Talk about using coupons or finding things on sale since all the money spent upfront will come out of their profits in the end.

 

4. Use this opportunity to discuss the basics of running a business. Who knew talking about supply and demand could be fun? Help them set a price point that people will buy at but still generates a revenue. Plus, this would be a great time to talk about what the kids will do with the profits. Suggesting they keep some to spend, but also set aside certain amounts to save and to donate to a charity of their choice.

 

5.  Pick a good location to let the kids set up the lemonade stand with both foot traffic (ie potential customers) and safety in mind. Your font yard would probably be the best place, but if it is possible, try to find a place where a large amount of people would be walking by like near a playground or park. Also, think about the best time of day when people will be out and about. And of course pick a day to host the lemonade stand when you have good weather. On a hot sunny day, people will be looking for a way to cool down and a glass of cold lemonade will be just the thing!

 

6. Get the word out. Let your friends and neighbors know that the kids will be hosting a lemonade stand and ask them to help spread the word. Make signs for both the lemonade stand and to set up for advertising nearby, like at the end of your driveway or at the entrance to your subdivision.

 

7.  As much as possible, let the kids run the show. This is a great time for them to practice their social skills and manners when dealing with customers. Also, if they do most of the work, the kids will get the satisfaction of a job well done and have a fun time while doing it.

 

 

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3 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Movie Night

A great way to spend a warm summer night is to host an outdoor movie night in your backyard. Here are 3 tips to get the party started. 3 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Movie Night via @tipsaholic #movienight #outdoor #backyard #movie #summer #summerfamilyactivities

3 Tips for Hosting an Outdoor Movie Night

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A great way to spend a warm summer night is to host an outdoor movie night in your backyard. With just a little planning, you and your friends could have great fun under the stars. Here are 3 tips for you to get the party started.

 

  1. The equipment needed is fairly simple. First, you need a movie screen. If you already have a light colored garage door or wall of your house, you have a surface to display the movie. But if you need to make a movie screen, a simple white bed sheet tacked to a wall or fence will work great. Next, you will need a projector and some kind of speakers. If you don’t have these maybe you can borrow from a friend, or they can easily be rented. Also, you need a video source like a laptop computer or a dvd player. Simply set it all up on a table, aim it at your make shift movie screen and you are all set.
  2. What would a backyard movie night be like without snacks? Set up a concession stand on a table. Keep everything in individual portions, so everyone can easily grab what they want to eat before heading over to watch the movie. Pop a lot of popcorn before guests arrives and put it in decorative popcorn bags you can get at most party supply stores. Prop them up in a box or tray, so guest can select a bag of popcorn. Also, include candy you would normally find at a movie theater or bake up a sweet treat like brownies or cupcakes. Don’t forget the drinks either. Put those in a tub full of ice, to keep them nice and cool.
  3. Comfy seating is a must. Provide a variety of options. Set out a few folding chairs, lay out blankets on the ground, and spread out a few seat cushions from the patio set.

 

Once you have everything set up, it is time to start the movie and enjoy a backyard movie night with your friends.

 

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6 Tips for Hiking with Kids

A walk in the woods as a family is a great way to enjoy the outdoors, get some exercise, and spend time together. Here are 6 tips for hiking with kids. 6 Tips for Hiking with Kids via @tipsaholic #hiking #kids #summerfamilyactivities #summer #hike

6 Tips for Hiking with Kids

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A walk in the woods on a beautiful day is a great way to spend some quality time with your kids. Everyone gets to enjoy the outdoors and get some exercise. And it is a way to slow things down a bit and just spend some time together with your kids. To make it a successful adventure, here are 6 tips for hiking with kids.

 

  1. Get the right gear. The right kind of shoes is essential. You will need something sturdy that can handle whatever kind of terrain you encounter. Plus, you will need a backpack to carry some gear. Even for a day hike, you will need to have some essentials on hand such as a first aid kit, a few granola bars and other snacks, and water bottles. Lastly, don’t forget a camera to capture all the memories.

 

  1. Start out small. Kids will need to get use to walking long distance, and you need to judge what they can handle based on their age. A walk along a path at a local park is a good way to begin (Plus, the kids will also get a chance to break in those new hiking shoes). Then work your way up to more strenuous hiking trails.

 

  1. Bring a map. It is always a good idea to keep one on hand just in case. Even if you know the way, sometimes you can get turned around, and a map will definitely come in handy. Get the kids involved and let them read the map and take turns navigating the trail.

 

  1. Have activities on hand to keep the kids occupied. Sing some silly songs…there won’t be many people in the woods to hear, so have some fun with it! Plan an outdoor scavenger hunt to encourage the kids to explore as they walk. Give them a notebook and a pencil, so the kids can document their observations by drawing a picture or writing out a list. By adding some fun to the day, you can keep the kids engaged in the journey.

 

  1. Take a break. Working in some down time during the hike will give kids (and grown-ups) a chance to rest their feet.

 

  1. Enjoy the journey. A hike with kids is a time to talk and to listen. Take the time to look around and really notice the nature around you. Remember the destination is only half the fun.

 

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16 Tips for Outdoor Summer Fun with Kids

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16 Tips for Outdoor Summer Fun with Kids
 

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One of the best things about summer is getting the kids outside and having fun. From old school games in the backyard, to crafts in the driveway, to science experiments that leave the kids both learning and laughing, there are so many activities to do. Here are 16 tips for outdoor summer fun with kids.

 

The backyard is a perfect place to set up some games for the kids to play. The family can enjoy spending time together close to home. Plus, many of these ideas could be used to get the whole neighborhood together. Most are simple to put together, but can lead to a lot of fun.

 

1. Backyard twister is perfect way to introduce a game from your childhood. After all it is new to the kids! Just a little paint and your ready.

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Backyard Twister

 

2. Put kids in their ok-to-get-messy-in clothes and let them run through a mud run obstacle course. The one time you won’t say to them, “Stay out of the dirt!”

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Mud Run Obstacle Course

3. While this one takes a little more work, a DIY bean bag toss (or cornhole game to some) could be easily decorated for any event. Plus, it is on the skill level of little kids, but is still lots of fun for those who are older.

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Cornhole/Bean Bag Toss Game

4. Boats made from soap can float down a gutter. This can be a race to the finish or make it a cooperative game by have the kids team up to make the most creative looking boat. A great way to clean up without letting the fun end.

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Soap Boat Race

 

5. And for when the sun goes down, the fun doesn’t end. Break out the glow sticks for a ring toss.

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Glow Stick Ring Toss

6. Frisbee Tic Tac Toe is a great way to play a classic game and throw some frisbees.

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Tic Tac Toe Frisbee

 

After the kids have fun running around the backyard, move on to crafts and art projects. Since these can get a little messy, they are perfect for outdoor summer fun.

 

7. This is a simple way to have your kids create art while stilling getting them moving. Dip balls or other objects into paint and let them toss it at a box lined with paper. Instant masterpiece!

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Throw Ball Painting

8. Incorporate the outdoors into the art. Have kids gather leaves, and make a leaf rubbing using whatever color they choose.

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Leaf Rubbings

9. Use the driveway as a canvas and let the kids color with frozen chalk. Perfect for those hot summer days.

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Ice Chalk

10. This masterpiece can be created by having the kids blow bubbles and letting them pop on the paper. The secret is adding a little food coloring to the soap.

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Popped Bubble Art

11. Use what is in nature all around to make art. The kids can grab sticks, leaves, seeds…anything they find, and arrange them into silly faces, or something else. Take a picture to preserve the kid’s creations.

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 Nature Faces

For more summer outdoor fun with kids, add in a few science experiments. With so many things to try there is definitely an idea here that your kids will want to do. They will be having so much fun, they won’t even know they are learning!

12. A balloon race will put a smile on everyone’s face.

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Balloon Rocket Experiment

13. Set up a science lab in the backyard. Discuss what happens when different chemicals are mixed together such as vinegar and baking soda to mentos and diet coke. Always a hit!

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Backyard Science Lab

14. Talk about the effect the sun has on things. Try out these fun solar science experiments including building the kid’s very own solar powered oven. The nachos will make a great treat.

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Solar Science Experiments

15. This volcano will extend the fun to the beach or the playground sandbox.

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Sand Volcano Fun

 

16. Grow a garden with your kids. It is a great way to teach them about how plants grow.

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Easy Plants to Grow with Kids

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4 Ways to Use Frankincense Essential Oil for an At Home Spa Day

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4 Ways to Use Frankincense Essential Oil for an At Home Spa Day
Frankincense essential oil has been well known throughout history to have beneficial skin care and anti-aging properties. Even the ancient Egyptians used it in a facial mask. Plus, it has a sweet, warm, balsamic aroma, and can help promote a focus mind and relieving of stress. Here are four ways you can use Frankincense essential oil, so your skin and overall well being can also get the benefits. These ideas would be perfect for your next at-home-spa-day.

Bath

Next time you draw up a warm relaxing bath, add a few drops of Frankincense essential oil to the water. While you soak away, you inhale the scent and let yourself visualize and improve your spiritual connection.

Scrub

To take advantage of the skin benefits of Frankincense essential oil, make it into a bath scrub. Combine one cup of sugar, one cup of coconut oil (or another favorite oil), and five drops of frankincense oil. Use the scrub on your feet and legs or any where you have dry skin. This could also be used in areas that have inflammation as long as the skin can tolerate being scrubbed.

Neat

Frankincense essential oil is known to have anti-aging properties. Rub a few drops of the essential oil straight from the bottle, “neat”, on your skin before bed to help with lessening the look of fine wrinkles. This could help lead to beautiful skin.

Body Oil

You can easily make your own body oil. Just combine the Frankincense essential oil with a carrier oil. Jojoba oil is a good one to use as base. This additional oil helps the Frankincense penetrate more deeply. A recommended recipe is 5 drops of Frankincense essential oil in one ounce of the carrier oil. Rub this into the skin. Using this oil could also help with muscle and joint soreness and to relieve inflammation.

 

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5 Up Dos

Need some new hair ideas? Try one of these 5 fun updos. Find them at @tipsaholic #hair #hairstyles #updos

5 Up Dos

For most formal occasions the up do is a must. It keeps your hair up and out of your face, allowing your outfit to shine. It can also give you a professional look when needed. Check out these five easy updos for ideas for your next event.

 

Top Bun Updo

This look will always be stylish and is so simple to do. Simply pull hair into a high ponytail, twist the hair around into a bun, and secure with an elastic band. No need to add another accessories or even hairspray.

 

French Knot Updo

This is a classic look that is perfect when a sleek, professional looking hairstyle is needed. Part hair from one side, and sweep hair to the back of the head. Then twist them to form a neat outer edge, and a rolled-inwards look from the other side. Pin in place.

 

Braided Loop Updo

This is a sweet, romantic look. Part hair at the top and braid each side portion of the hair into two braids. Take the rest of the hair and make into a ponytail. Fold the end of the ponytail back towards the nape of the neck, to make the hair into a large loop, and secure with an elastic band. Cross the two braids over the ponytail, and wrap the ends of the braids around the elastic bands to hide it. Secure all loose ends of the hair underneath with pins.

 

Twisted Reverse Updo

When you just need hair up off your neck, and want to take about 10 seconds to do it, this is perfect hairstyle. Pull hair back into a low ponytail. Then twist hair, and secure it to the crown of the head with a clip or barrette. Either leave ends loose for a messy look, or tuck them under the hair and pin for something more polished.

 

Rolled Updo

Gather hair in a low ponytail with an elastic band placed about an inch lower than normal. Part the hair in half right above the elastic band. Flip the ponytail through, and then pull the end back up and tuck right above the elastic band. Pin in place to secure.

 

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4 Messy Hairstyles

4 Messy Hairstyles
The messy look is really in right now. The advantage of the messy look is it doesn’t have to be the perfect looking hairstyle, and most are quick and easy to do. But there is a fine line between untidy and just right. These 4 hairstyles will keep you looking great.

Classic Messy Bun

If there was a classic messy hairstyle this would be it. Simply wrap hair into a quick twisted bun, and hold together with an elastic band. Letting a few hairs fall out will add to the look.

A Pretty Yet Messy Up Do

This one takes a little more effort, but you end up with a great hairstyle that still has that messy, relaxed look. Gather the sides of the hair up and back and pin into place. Section the rest of the hair into four pieces and twist each section of hair into a knot. Secure with two bobby pins through the middle of each knot in an X shape for extra stability. Position hair so that none of the bobby pins will show. Finish the look with hairspray to keep it all in place.

Braided Un-Do

This one is perfect for that casual, messy look, yet still keeping hair back and out of the way. Braid hair from top to bottom, securing at the end with an elastic band. Take a hair pick and pull a few strands of hair out from each section of the braid. Also, make sure a few pieces of hair fall around the face to frame it.

Partway Ponytail with Flare

This one is quick and easy, the perfect messy hairstyle. Pull hair back into a ponytail and start to secure with an elastic band. But do not pull the ponytail all the way through, leaving it in a half loop. Let the ends of the hair flare out.

 

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5 Braid Hairstyles

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5 Braid Hairstyles

The braided hairstyle is making a comeback. The best part is it keeps long hair from turning into fly away hair, while adding sophistication to any hairstyle. So channel your inner Katniss Everdeen and check out these 5 braid hairstyles.

 

Multi-Braided Bun

Section hair and create four braids, two braids using hair from the sides, starting at the top, and two braids from the bottom middle portion of the hair. Simply wrap one of the middle section braids into a bun, and then twist the other middle braid around the bun. Take the two side braids and add them to the bun, leaving a portion of the two braids visible along the sides of the head. Secure the bun with bobby pins.

 

Braid Integrated into a Bun

Divide hair into a front and back section. Gather the back section into a ponytail and secure with an elastic band. Take one section of the front portion of hair and two sections of hair from the ponytail and braid it together. Continue braiding and added in more sections of hair from the ponytail and the front portion as the hair curves around the head into a large bun. Finish braiding any hair left and tuck into the bun. Add a pin to keep the ends in place.

 

Wrap Around Braid

Braid the sides of hair on both sides. Leave the rest of the hair down. Add a few soft curls for a romantic vibe. Cross the two braids around the back of the head, tuck the ends under and pin into place.

 

Fishtail Braid

Separate hair into two sections. Take a skinny piece of hair from the outside of one section of hair, and cross it over to the other section of hair. Merge the skinny piece with the hair; do not leave it separate. Next take another skinny piece of hair from the outside of the other section of hair, and move it together with the first section of hair. The skinny pieces should now look like an x in the hair. Repeat until the braid is complete.

 

Waterfall Braid

This creates a braid around the head with the rest of the hair remaining down. Starting near your hairline on one side begin with three piece of hair like you are going to do a French braid. Braid the hair for about a few inches then drop the middle piece to hang down with the rest of your hair, at about your part line grab another piece of hair to replace it. Repeat braiding a few inches, dropping a piece of hair to blend in with the rest of your hair, replacing it with another piece of hair, and continuing. When you get to your opposite ear, do a normal braid for about an inch, and then secure in place with a bobby pin.

 

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