Essential Oil Sugar Scrub

A good sugar scrub can help clear out dead, dry skin. Use your favorite essential oil to create an essential oil sugar scrub at home. Homemade Essential Oil Sugar Scrub Recipe via @tipsaholic #essentialoil #sugarscrub #scrub #oils #youngliving #younglivingoils


Essential Oil Sugar Scrub
A good sugar scrub can help clear out dead, dry skin. Exfoliation is a great way to achieve silky smooth skin. Use your favorite essential oil to create an essential oil sugar scrub at home. This easy recipe makes it easy to customize your sugar scrub with your favorite essential oils. Simply follow the recipe and enjoy softer skin.

 

What you will need:

  • sugar
  • almond or grapeseed oil
  • your favorite essential oil (or get fancy with your favorite blend of oils)
  • 4 half pint jars

Essential Oil Sugar Scrub

  • Mix together 2 1/2 cups of Sugar, 8 ounces of Almond or Grapeseed oil, and 30 drops of your favorite essential oil or blend.
  • Place in half pint glass jars (recipe makes 4 jars).
  • Add 1 Tbsp. of Almond or Grapeseed oil to the top to prevent drying out before closing the lid.
  • To use rub on skin and rinse with water. Pat skin dry.

 

For more information on essential oils, read this. And if you would like more information on Young Living essential oils, read this.

 

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Skin Soothing Balm

Whip up this easy DIY skin soothing balm using Melrose and Lavender Essential Oils to help skin feel better. DIY Skin Soothing Balm via @tipsaholic.com #skin #muscles #balm #oils #essentialoils #coconutoil


DIY Skin Soothing Balm
Essential oils provide lots of soothing properties. Sometimes skin could really use a little soothing love. Combining Melrose and Lavender oils with coconut oil and easy DIY skin soothing balm can be whipped up. It can then be applied to sore muscles and areas that need a little bit of soothing, plus it smells wonderful.

What you will need:

  • coconut oil
  • Melrose and Lavender Young Living Essential Oils
  • glass jar

DIY Skin Soothing Balm Oils

Skin Soothing Balm

  1. Whip 3/4 cup organic coconut oil until creamy ( 5-10 minutes)
  2. Stir in 10 drops each of Melrose and Lavender.
  3. Whip until evenly combined and store in a glass jar in a cool and dark location.
  4. Rub on muscles as needed.

 

For more information on essential oils, read this. And if you would like more information on Young Living essential oils, read this.

 

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Homemade Lip Balm

Love a yummy flavored lip balm but are sick of having to buy lip balms that don't work very well? Learn how to make your own homemade lip balm. Homemade Lip Balm Recipe via tipsaholic.com #lipbalm #homemade #oils #essentialoils #younglivingoils #diy


Homemade Lip Balm
There are many options for lip balm at the store, but they aren’t always the best for your lips. Or maybe they don’t smell just how you like them. Rather than settle for something that isn’t just what you would like, learn how to make your own lip balm. Try out this homemade lip balm recipe using essential oils. The essential oils provide a variety of options for flavors of lip balms.

What you will need to make your own lip balm:

Homemade Lip Balm with Essential Oils

  1. Melt 5 Tbsp. of Coconut Oil with 3 Tbsp. Beeswax in a glass pourable measuring cup in the microwave.
  2. Add 12 drops of Young Living essential oil.
  3. Pour into empty lip balm tubes.
  4. Allow to cool and solidify.

Yields: 15-20 tubes.

 

For more information on essential oils, read this. And if you would like more information on Young Living essential oils, read this.

 

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Essential Oil DIY Bath Salts

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Essential Oil DIY Bath Salts
After a long day on your feet, a big event or when you just need a break, baths are a great way to unwind. Simply by filling the bath with some warm water, adding your favorite bath salts, and soaking for a while, stress will float away. Even better bath salts don’t have to be expensive or require a trip to the store. Two easy ingredients will help create a bathroom oasis with essential oil DIY bath salts.

What you will need for DIY Bath Salts:

  • epsom salts
  • your favorite essential oils

 

Essential Oil DIY Bath Salts:

  1. Add 2-4 drops each of your favorite essential oils to 1/2 cup epsom salts and stir.
  2. Use 1/4 – 1/2 cup. Run under warm bath water to disperse evenly and then soak for 30 minutes.
  3. Store bath salts in a glass or plastic container if making a larger batch.

 

For more information on essential oils, read this. And if you would like more information on Young Living essential oils, read this.

 

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Homemade Essential Oil Night Cream

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Homemade Essential Oil Night Cream
Essential oils have so many uses. They are great for health, household uses and even first aid. Plus, they are a great way to create beauty products at home. Using certain oils, a natural approach to beauty can be achieved. For many women as they age they desire to try night creams. Rather than wasting lots of money on different store bough night creams, grab your oils and whip up this amazing homemade essential oil night cream.

Essential Oils for DIY Night Cream

What you will need:

  • organic coconut oil
  • Lavender oil
  • Peace & Calming oil
  • Cedarwood oil
  • Valor Oil
  • glass jar for storage (a small mason jar would work great)

 

Homemade Essential Oil Night Cream Recipe

  1. Whip 3/4 cup of organic coconut oil until creamy (this takes about 5 – 10 minutes).
  2. Stir in 8 drops each of Lavender, Peace & Calming, Cedarwood, and Valor.
  3. Whip until evenly combined and store in a glass jar in a cool and dark location. Apply to face before bedtime.

This night cream will help you rest well and leave skin feeling great with the combination of oils.

 

For more information on essential oils, read this. And if you would like more information on Young Living essential oils, read this.

 

More Essential Oil uses:

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8 Stylish Ways to Wear a Leopard Scarf

If you buy only one clothing item for the fall season, consider buying a really nice leopard scarf. Here are 8 chic ways to wear a leopard scarf! 8 Stylish Ways to Wear a Leopard Scarf via @tipsaholic #leopard #scarf #fashion #beauty #scarves


8 Stylish Ways to Wear a Leopard Scarf
If you buy only one clothing item for this season, consider buying a really nice leopard scarf! It can dress up so many outfits and even transition some summer outfits into fall ones and fall into winter. Here are 8 chic ways to wear a leopard scarf!

1. Stripes + Leopard

Mixing prints in outfits has been in fashion for a few years now, but if you’re not so sure about doing it yourself, why not start with something simple and easy like leopard and stripes? A striped top with a leopard scarf is easy and always classy with a twist.

If you buy only one clothing item for the fall season, consider buying a really nice leopard scarf. Here are 8 chic ways to wear a leopard scarf! 8 Stylish Ways to Wear a Leopard Scarf via @tipsaholic #leopard #scarf #fashion #beauty #scarves

Another way to mix these two prints is to wear a cute striped skirt with a leopard scarf.

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2. Army Jacket + Leopard

An army jacket is a great casual piece that can match anything in your closet. However, if you want to class up an army jacket a bit, a leopard scarf is a great way to do it. Pair knee-high leather boots with your jacket and scarf and you’ve got a smart outfit that can be worn practically anywhere.

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Did you notice that the above outfit also includes a striped top, by the way?

Look how a leopard scarf instantly transforms a simple black outfit and an army jacket. This is such an easy, casual outfit that you can throw it on without thinking too much about it.

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The same trick can be done with an army shirt, if you have that instead of a jacket.

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3. Emerald Green + Leopard

Emerald green is such a beautiful color and every woman should have a great emerald green clothing piece in her closet. Pair a green top with a leopard scarf for an outfit that would work equally well at the office or on a weekend.

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An emerald green skirt is definitely a fashion statement, especially so with a snazzy leopard scarf and a black top, like this great outfit.

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4. Chambray + Leopard

A chambray shirt with jeans and boots is a cute enough outfit, but bring it to the next level by adding a leopard scarf.

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The next outfit is another great example of a chambray shirt and a leopard scarf, as well as a striped shirt. Casual white shoes keep this outfit playful, but you can just as easily wear it with black flats or brown boots.

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Here’s another nice combo of chambray and leopard, but this time with a stylish pair of black leather pants. Such a great balance of glam and casual.

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5. Red + Leopard

Leopard is a bold pattern and so is red, so it might feel like a combination that’s just too much, but a leopard scarf is just small enough to not overwhelm an outfit with red in it. For example, this outfit that pairs a red shirt with a leopard scarf is definitely feisty but not tacky at all.

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If you prefer a larger separation between a leopard scarf and a red clothing item, try putting white or cream between the two. The next outfit looks really cute with red pants, a white sweater, and a leopard scarf.

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And here’s another similar outfit.

6. Mustard Yellow + Leopard

Leopard pairs very well with mustard yellow, especially when you add brown boots to the mix. If you have a mustard yellow cardigan, your leopard scarf will look great with it.

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A pencil skirt in mustard yellow looks gorgeous with a leopard scarf. Perfect for work!

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7. Shorts + Leopard

If you live in an area where it’s still warm during the fall and winter months, like I do in Texas, it can be a little confusing deciding what to wear. You want to wear fall clothes, but it’s just too hot. A leopard scarf can be a great clothing item to transition your summer outfits into fall outfits. Pair it with a pair of shorts and a simple tee and you’ve got a stylish yet cool outfit that screams autumn!

If you buy only one clothing item for the fall season, consider buying a really nice leopard scarf. Here are 8 chic ways to wear a leopard scarf! 8 Stylish Ways to Wear a Leopard Scarf via @tipsaholic #leopard #scarf #fashion #beauty #scarves

Here’s another outfit with a leopard scarf and shorts, but also with a bold red shirt. This is a fashionable outfit that could go anywhere, from a play date to a happy hour date.

If you buy only one clothing item for the fall season, consider buying a really nice leopard scarf. Here are 8 chic ways to wear a leopard scarf! 8 Stylish Ways to Wear a Leopard Scarf via @tipsaholic #leopard #scarf #fashion #beauty #scarves

There’s just so many ways to wear a leopard scarf! Have fun with it and experiment wearing your leopard scarf with various colors and clothes. Try wearing it with pink or coral or whatever color you love! What other ways to wear a leopard scarf can you think of?

Don’t have a leopard scarf? Try this one from Amazon, this warm one from J. Crew, this one from H&M, this one from Forever 21, or this one from Neiman Marcus.

For more style tips, check out 10 Fall Wardrobe Essentials and Radiant Orchid Fashion: How to Wear Pantone’s Color of the Year.

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Vanilla Cinnamon Latte Sugar Scrub

A yummy recipe to create your very own vanilla cinnamon sugar scrub. This sublime body scrub to increase circulation and bring new life to dehydrated skin. DIY Vanilla Cinnamon Latte Sugar Scrub via tipsaholic.com #vanilla #cinnamon #sugar #scrub #bodyscrub #beauty


Vanilla Cinnamon Latte Body Scrub
 

Do you love to take a little time to pamper yourself? Or love to give DIY beauty gifts. Sugar scrubs are always a great gift idea for friends or yourself. Whip up this yummy smelling Vanilla Cinnamon Latte Sugar Scrub to help you relax. This scrub is a sublime body scrub to increase circulation and bring new life to dehydrated skin.

Vanilla Cinnamon Latte Body Scrub

Ingredients

  • 1/4 c Nutiva Organic Coconut Oil
  • 1/2 c Nutiva Organic Coconut Sugar
  • 1/2 c Coffee, ground
  • 1 tsp Vanilla Extract or 20 drops Vanilla Essential Oil
  • 4 drops Cinnamon Essential Oil

 

Directions

  1. In a double boiler over low heat, gently warm the coconut oil. Be careful not to melt the oil – heat just enough to blend easily with the sugar and coffee grounds.
  2. Once warm, remove from heat and transfer the oil to a bowl.
  3. Mix oil, cocoanut sugar, coffee and essential oils.
  4. Transfer to a container like a wide-mouth canning jar for easy scooping.

 

Enjoy this lovely scrub as it helps you relax and remove dry, skin.

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5 DIY Beauty Treatments

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Whether you’re looking to go all-natural or looking to save some cash, going DIY can help you take some much-needed shortcuts to your regular beauty regimen. Check out these beauty treatments you can do yourself in the comfort of your own home!

 5 DIY Beauty Treatments

     1. Invigorating Super Fruit Face Mask- The superfruit fad has some truth to it; berries like newly-introduced Camu Camu berry are known to have extraordinary levels of Vitamin C and antioxidants, which powder-form distributor Amazon Origins says, “[the berry] has shown effectiveness in protecting cells against oxidation, inflammation, and UV damage.” 

In a bowl, mix 1 teaspoon of Amacari Camu Camu powder, 1 dessert spoon of raw honey, and 1 teaspoon of yogurt. Apply on face, leave on for 15 minutes, and then wash off.

 Face Mask

     2. Hair Growth Treatment- Often sold for hundreds, Indian hair is among the shiniest and healthy-looking, leaving women everywhere to seek methods to replicate its look naturally. Best way to do it? Using Indian spices.

Grab fresh curry leaves and coconut oil, boil together until the black residue starts forming, then harvest this residue and apply it to your hair. Using this treatment twice a week can help replenish your hair, help it grow more quickly, and even fight discoloration.

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     3. Teeth Whitening Solution- Your best accessory is your smile, but why spend time and money when whitening can be done at home- check out this quick and easy method.

Put a drop of toothpaste into a small cup, then add one teaspoon of baking soda and half a teaspoon water. Thoroughly mix, then brush teeth for two minutes. Repeat this process once a week until you have reached desired results. Once you’ve reached you’re satisfied with your teeth whitening results, limit the whitening treatment to once every month or two.

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     4. Sugar Foot Scrub- Soothe those aching feet and get them looking their best for less using ingredients right from your kitchen shelf.

In a bowl, mix 1 cup of sugar (regular white or brown sugar), 1/2 tsp of your oil of choice (almond, olive and coconut work great), and 1/2 tsp Vitamin E oil. Once mixed, apply generously to feet and scrub.

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     5. Brittle Nail Treatment- Strengthen your brittle nails before your next salon visit using the raw protein from eggs and the skin-soothing properties of honey.

In a bowl, mix 1 egg yolk, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 tablespoon water (optional: add a few drops of fragrance oil for a more pleasant smell). Dip fingernails into concoction and let soak for 10 minutes, then rinse off.

Manicure

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5 Quick and Easy Hairstyles

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We can all use a little help simplifying our morning routines.  Sometimes, all you have is a few minutes to get out the door.  Fortunately, with these simple and easy hairstyles, minutes are all you need to whip your hair into shape!  Try one of these ideas and you’ll look great in no time flat.

 

1. Knot a Ponytail

Step up the always go-to style – the ponytail – by adding just a little something. Simply gather your hair into a ponytail at the base of the neck, separate it into two pieces, tie them into two knots toward the base, and secure hair after the knots with a clear elastic band.

 

2. Reverse with a Twist

This is the perfect style when you need your hair in an up-do, quickly. Gather your hair into a ponytail at the back of your head, then twist it repeatedly while pulling the hair up toward the crown of your head.  Secure on the top of your head with a clip, leaving the ends free for a slightly messy look.

 

3. Bun in a Hurry

Here’s a classic style that looks polished, but only takes five minutes. Twist your hair on the sides, pulling them back into a ponytail with an elastic band.  Twist the ponytail while wrapping it around in a circle, for a bun shape, then tuck the end and pin into place.

 

4. Beachy Waves

This is an easy way to add some style, while still leaving your hair down. Divide your hair into two sections.  Twist each portion of hair and secure the ends with elastic bands. Take your flat iron and run it over both sections of hair a few times.  Release the hair from the twists, and use your fingers to smooth hair into place.

 

5. Overlapping Half Up

To mimic the look of a braid in half the time, go with this hairstyle.  Grab a small section of hair on each side of your face. Pull the right side over the left side of the head and secure with a bobby pin. Do the same to the left side, putting it on the right side and pinning in place.  Repeat this as many times as you want to get the desired look.  Leave the rest of your hair down and straight.

 

Looking for more easy hair ideas?  Try these No-Heat Hairstyles!

 

Featured image via Better Homes and Gardens.

 

I’m Frances. I am a mother, a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.

6 Ponytails

6 Simple Ponytails ~ Tipsaholic.com

 

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The quick cure for any bad hair day is always a ponytail. But just because it is a quick fix, doesn’t mean it can’t also add some serious style to your look. Here are 6 ponytails that are sure to look great. They might just become your go to look no matter what kind of day.

 

Inside Out Ponytail

This is the average ponytail with a twist. Gather hair back into a low ponytail and secure with an elastic band an inch or so lower on the ponytail than normal. Separate the hair right above the elastic band in half, and flip the ponytail through.

 

Side Lace Braid Ponytail

This creates a beautiful and romantic look. Plus is keeps all the hair out of your face, showing your face clearly. Start with braiding the front section of the hair, keeping the braid to one side of your head. Gather all the rest of the hair into a low ponytail and secure the ponytail and the braid with an elastic band.

 

Cute Headband with a Ponytail

This works best with a thin fabric material or elastic headband. It makes a memorable statement, and could even be used in formal occasions. Place the headband at the front of your hair, and tease the hair at the crown to add some volume. Draw the hair back low at the nape of the neck with an elastic band. Take a small piece of hair, wrap it around the band securing the ponytail to hide it, and pin the ends of the piece of the hair underneath.

 

Half Ponytail

This is an up-do style with only half the commitment. Start by adding soft curls to the hair. Pull the sides and top of the hair back and secure at the crown. Leave the rest of the hair down for volume and style.

 

French Braid Ponytail

This is a simple, but classic look. Create a French braid with your hair starting at the top and secure it at the bottom of the braid with an elastic band. Leave the ponytail portion of the hair unbraided.

 

Twisted Ponytail

This works best on long hair, and is perfect for keeping all strands of hair secure. Pull hair into a high ponytail with an elastic band. Pull a strand of hair over the band, and secure the ends underneath, to hide the elastic band. Twist the ponytail and secure it every couple inches with an elastic band. Clear elastic bands look best with this.

 

Looking for more great ideas for hair? Try these 5 No-heat Hairstyles.

 

Featured image via Popular Haircuts.

 

I’m Frances. I am a mother,  a wife, and a community volunteer. I work as a scientist by day and moonlight as a blogger. Making lists helps me keep everything on track. While I have a good life, there is always room for improvement. Join me as I decorate, organize, and try new things over at my blog Improvement List.

8 DIY Summer Skin Care Treatments

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Don’t neglect your skin through the summer months!  Establishing a tried and true skin care routine is important, and should vary by season due to changing climates and temps.  Summer can take a toll on skin with warm, dry weather and lots of sun.  You can easily add some pep to your skin care with some easy do-it-yourself treatments.  Whether you need some sunburn relief, some extra moisture in dry environments or just want to spruce yourself up with a fun new mask, here’s an awesome list of DIY Summer skin care treatments that you won’t want to miss!

 

1. Avocado Mega Moisture Mask – The Beauty Department 

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Avocado is an amazing moisturizer for dry skin and has even been known to fight acne in some cases.  Some avocado mask recipes help to reduce oily skin symptoms as well.  For even more avocado facial mask recipes, try Tips For Natural Beauty.

 

2.  Strawberry Honey Acne Mask - Beauty Banter

Strawberry is a natural source of salicylic acid and honey contains antibacterial properties.  There’s a touch of honey in this as well, which is a known astringent and also brightens skin tone.  This mask works great for naturally oily or acne-prone skin.

 

3. Lemon and Witch Hazel Skin Brightening Toner – Shwin and Shwin

Lemon juice tightens skin, reduces blemishes and lightens/brightens skin.  Witch hazel is anti-inflammatory and will reduce redness.  This DIY toner will reduce pore size as well as brightening your skin.  It works best with normal to dry skin.

 

4. Cucumber Basil Eye Cooling Pads – Shwin and Shwin

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There’s a long list of benefits to the two main ingredients in these DIY eye cooling pads.  Not least among them: reducing puffiness and dark circles, relieving eye strain, swelling prevention and reducing the appearance of fine lines around the eyes.  These are so easy to whip up you’ll want to cool your eyes all summer long – so perfect when allergies start acting up.

 

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The cucumber in this toner is perfect for soothing puffy-feeling skin.  It’s a natural astringent and will calm, soothe and soften your skin right up.  It’s a nice, mild toner that can be used with all skin types.

 

6. DIY Easy Sunscreen - Scratch Mommy

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Store bought sunscreens boast a variety of chemicals and unpronounceable ingredients.  Do away with all the unnecessary additives and make your own!  Not only will you know exactly what went into it, but this recipe has needed vitamins for healthy skin, and is loaded with natural softening and moisturizing conditioners.

 

7. Natural Sunburn Relief Tonic – Healthy Roots, Happy Soul

What’s the benefit to making your own tonic?  It’s natural, loaded with good stuff, and is toxin-free.  If you’ve got a widespread sunburn, tonic may be the way to go as opposed to a cream or gel since you can easily spritz it all over your body.  Plus, with this DIY recipe, you can spritz as often as needed!

 

8. DIY Sunburn Relief Cream – The Nourished Life

This is seriously easy to whip up with minimal ingredients.  It’s all natural with no toxins, too, an added plus!  It’s basically a mix of coconut oil, lavender essential oil and valor essential oil blend.  With these ingredients you’ve got everything you need for sunburn relief: moisture, calming and anti-inflammatory properties, and pain relief.

 

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 Featured image via Shwin and Shwin

 

Kimberly Mueller is the “me” over at bugaboo, mini, mr & me, a blog that highlights her creative endeavors. She especially likes to share kid crafts, sewing attempts, recipes, upcycled projects, photography and free printable gift tags/cards. When she’s not enjoying being married to her best friend, chasing after the natives (AKA her three kids) and attempting to keep the house in one piece, you can find her with a glue gun in one hand and spray paint in the other. Aside from DIY pursuits, she also enjoys writing, reading, music, singing (mostly in the shower) and the color yellow. Kimberly recently published a craft book entitled Modern Mod Podge. You can also find her on FacebookPinterest,Bloglovin’ and Instagram. Email her at: bugabooblog(at)yahoo.com

 

7 Hot Beach Hairdos

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Going swimming with your family and friends during the summer is a lot of fun, but looking at photos of yourself with messy and wet hair isn’t as thrilling. Try these 7 beach hairdos and look stylish even when soaking wet. Take a few minutes to do your hair before you jet off to the beach or pool and you’ll look great all day long!

 

1. French braid on the front, ponytail in the back

This swimming hairstyle is fairly easy to do and will look great on everyone. Most hair lengths will work just fine with this ‘do. First, section off your hair on the top and make a french braid along the side. Then pull back your hair into a ponytail (as seen on Fitbie) or a low, messy bun.

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2. A few thin braids around the face, keep hair down

If you prefer to keep your hair down when swimming, keep it stylish with a few thin braids to frame out your face. You could do two thin braids at the front, off to one side, or braid a section in front of each ear like Brooklyn Decker does here in People Magazine .

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3. Side fishtail braid

This swimming hairdo featured on Stylezza is easy to do and looks good even when messy, making it a good choice for long days spent at the beach with the wind and sand blowing through your hair.

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4. Cornrows

Cornrows (as seen below on Daily Hairstyles) is a popular swimming hairdo, and for good reason. They keep hair off your face, stay neat for a long time, and can be done with any hair type. Yep, braids make the best beach hairdos.

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5. Headband and a messy bun

Keep it simple with a cool headband and a messy bun. This will help protect your hair from the sun and wind, but you’ll have to remove the headband before swimming and put it on again when you get out of the water. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to put on. Check out this tutorial by Keiko Lynn to learn how! Or keep it simple and grab a colorful headband that you can just put on without any fuss. You could try adding some bobby pins to help it stay on while you swim.

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6. Low chignon

With a low chignon, you’ll look stylish even when your hair is soaking wet. I like to add a side part to my low chignon, but do what looks best on you. Add some earrings and you’ll go from pool-ready to party-ready in a few seconds. Check out this beautiful chignon from The Small Things Blog.

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7. A hat!

This isn’t exactly a hairstyle, but it’ll do in a pinch. Don’t wear just any old hat, though. Wear a colorful and sporty baseball cap, which goes great with a bikini. Try a cowboy hat or a cool fedora. An extra large beach hat is always a classic, like this one from Ali Express, along with big black sunglasses.

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I hope you’re as inspired by these beach hairdos as I am! I think I’ll be rocking the braid in the front and ponytail in the back for most of the summer. What about you? What beach hairdos do you turn to for a long day of water fun?

For more hair ideas, try these 5 No-Heat Hairstyles!

 

“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.”  Please check out my blog What the Vita!

 

Featured image courtesy of Keiko Lynn.

How to Make Hair Grow Faster

Whether you’re trying to grow out a bad haircut or just want a little extra length, here is some advice from a few of my favorite hair stylists on how to make your hair grow faster.

How to make your hair grow faster via Tipsaholic

9 Secrets to Make Your Hair Grow Faster

1. Eat healthy food.

A healthier body means healthier hair, and when your hair is healthy, it grows well and is less prone to breakage. Quality input means quality output, right? A diet rich in fruits and veggies, healthy fats and proteins, and necessary vitamins and nutrients will keep your hair in the best possible shape.

 

2. Drink lots of water.

Again, if you keep your body healthy, it will show in your hair. Staying hydrated is important, so keep a water bottle close by and drink up.

 

3. Take vitamins.

If you are eating a well-balanced diet, chances are good that your vitamin needs are being met. Still, many women swear by taking prenatal vitamins or biotin supplements to make hair grow faster. It’s all about ensuring that your body has the fuel it needs to be as healthy as possible. (Just be mindful that it is possible to overdose on certain vitamins and cause your body–and your hair–more damage than good.)

 

4. Use the right shampoo and conditioner.

Harsh cleansers can dry your hair and cause it to break more easily. And your conditioner may not be as moisturizing as you think, despite what the packaging says. Before purchasing shampoo or conditioner, find out what’s in them. Look for products that do not contain sulfates or alcohols. The best conditioners will include oils such as jojoba, cocoa, shea, or avocado at the top of the list of ingredients.

 

5. Don’t wash your hair as often.

This can be a tough one, especially if your hair tends to be greasy and/or limp. But the more you wash your hair, the more likely you are to be stripping it of necessary oils and damaging the protective cuticle. Try not washing it one day a week to start; aim for washing every other day or even less frequently. (And remember that dry shampoo can be a life saver on those in between days!)

 

6. Avoid heat.

Blow drying, curling, straightening…heat can be extremely damaging to your hair. And when the goal is to make hair grow faster, deliberately ruining it is probably not a great idea! Cut back on how much you use your styling tools, and use a lower heat setting when you do use them.

 

7. Avoid harsh chemicals and dyes.

A friend of mine was just bemoaning the fact that her beautifully highlighted hair was starting to break off near her scalp. Her color was great, but the stubby chunks of hair made her question whether it was worth it to stay quite so blonde. It’s best for your hair to avoid dyes altogether, but let’s be realistic: playing with colors, hiding grays, and adding highlights can be great for your confidence! If you do dye your hair, be sure to use gentle, color-safe shampoos and extremely moisturizing conditioners (see tip #4) to help counteract the damage from all those chemicals.

 

8. Get regular trims.

This might seem counter-intuitive, since cutting it frequently won’t actually help make hair grow faster. It will seem to grow faster, though. Regular trims keep split ends in check and helps you avoid that growing-out-an-awkward-haircut look. Not cutting your hair for a year will certainly give you more length, but if the ends look rough and damaged or your layers are awkward and shaggy, your long hair is not going to be nearly as pretty as you imagined.

 

9. Know your limits.

All hair is not created equal. Curly or straight, oily or dry, thick or fine, voluminous or flat, dark or fair…your hair type will be the ultimate determining factor in how long it can grow. Some hair types just break more easily than others, so shorter cuts work better. Other hair types get tangled and difficult to manage, making long hair impractical. Know yourself. Be honest about how much effort you are willing to put into maintaining long hair.

Regardless of what kind of hair you have, you should do what you can to keep it healthy and beautiful. But don’t expect it to be something it’s not. If waist-length beachy waves are not realistic for you, then rock that  pixie cut or mass of ringlets and know that you look fantastic.

 

Jen is the mother of two sweet girls; her days are filled with Dr. Seuss books and laundry, block castles and pink tutus. Reading is her first passion. Finding and testing out delicious recipes is a close second. She and her husband are working on making their fixer-upper home into something amazing. It’s a satisfying but painfully slow process. Read more from Jen at her blog: Nothing Can Come Of Nothing.

DIY Spa-Style Sugar Scrub

3 Step Spa-Style Sugar Scrub Recipe via Tipsaholic

It’s never too early to start thinking about your holiday gift list. This year, why not consider a handmade holiday? It’s not as hard as you think. For instance, a sugar scrub, quickly and easily made from all-natural ingredients right in your own kitchen, makes a thoughtful, inexpensive gift for teachers, friends, coworkers – anyone who would appreciate a pampering, spa-style treatment. If you can measure and stir, you can make this soothing, fragrant sugar scrub.

3 Step Homemade Sugar Scrub Recipe via Tipsaholic

Step 1: What You’ll Need

To make three half-pint canning jars’ worth of scrub, you’ll need

  • 2 cups of white sugar
  • 1/3 cup almond oil
  • essential oil in your favorite fragrance (I like peppermint especially for the holidays)
  • food coloring (a few drops of red for peppermint, blue for lavender, yellow for lemon, etc. – use your imagination!)
  • a mixing bowl and spoon
  • half-pint canning jars

If you have enough jars, feel free to double or triple the “recipe.”

 

Step 2: Mix It Up

Place the sugar in a mixing bowl and slowly add the almond oil, starting with 1/4 cup, stirring until the mixture reaches a consistency you like. Add a few drops of the essential oil and a few drops of food coloring (start with a just a little first, as you don’t want it to be too dark) and blend.

 

Step 3: Package It

Pack the sugar scrub into jars, pressing down a bit with the back of a spoon. Apply ribbon and labels or whatever embellishment you’ve chosen to give your jars a festive, handmade touch.

Now you’re ready to give your handmade spa scrub!

 

Julianne Puckett is the creator of Yankee Kitchen Ninja, a blog about what she calls “stealthy homemaking” — healthy recipes that are quick and easy to prepare, DIY gardening tips and the occasional craft project. A designer, writer and former suburban-dwelling IT professional, she lives in rural Vermont, where she struggles to balance the siren call of her inner farmer with her love of cute shoes and cocktails.