The easiest way ever!!
As the name of this post suggests, I am going to tell you the absolute easiest way to stay hydrated in the winter. No cream or lotion required! And the best part is, it requires very little prep.
Ready for my secret? Drum roll please.
.........and it is............ Use a diffuser at night!!! Ta da!!!
Seriously?! Don’t give me that look. I know is sounds like a weird and “That works that well?” kind of an idea but I promise you it works better than you think!
Just take a diffuser (if you don’t have one, take a look at different diffusers before you decide on one) and fill it with water every night. You can even add a couple drops of lavender oil to help you sleep, but it’s not necessary. Try it out for a week or two, then try not doing it for a week or two. You might not notice the results when you first do it, but when you stop doing it you will most likely realize how much it helps. It keeps your skin hydrated, you won’t wake up with a dry, sore throat in the morning, and for those that suffer with bloody noses in the winter, it will greatly reduce your bloody noses the next day.
I love having styled hair, but I don’t like - or know how to - style my hair. Does that make sense? Because I’m guessing I’m not the only one, today I’m going to share 7 super-simple ways to add some style to your hair.
1. Headbands / Any Length
Slip a headband in your hair for an easy, no-skill-required look. (PS - it’s also great to disguise 2nd or 3rd day hair)!
2. Scrunchie / Medium-Long
Scrunchies are a popular way to keep your hair out of your face while adding a bit of pizzazz. I love fabric scrunchies because they are gentle!
3. Petite Braid / Any Length
Separate a small section of your hair and gently braid it. Then, pull it back and clip it in place! This is a fantastic way to add just a bit more interest to your hair without much work.
4. Flat Iron / Any Length
Flat irons exist for those days when your hair is crazy wonky and flipping out every which way. Use a flat iron to smooth, straighten or even gently wave your locks.
5. Clip Party / Any Length
Go crazy with clips and barrettes! Big or tiny, one or twenty, it’s hard to go wrong with these fun accessories.
6. Back Braid / Long
To achieve this look, brush the top and side parts of your hair back and then braid it down your back (or as far as it will go).
7. Wrap Ponytail / Medium-Long
Make a regular ponytail and tie it off with a tiny hairband, keeping a very small section of hair out of the ponytail. Then, wrap that section around the hairband for a smooth, finished and elegant style.
I would also recommend looking for books or web searching for more ideas, because, as previously stated, I am not a hair expert. Just ask any human who has ever seen my hair before. :)
I’m not a winter kind of gal and I think A is the same way. I love sunshine, warm weather and soft green grass. So when winter rolls around I tend to grab a blanket and stay indoors. Which indoors is great, but I also find that I get less exercise and slowly become a couch potato. Thankfully, I have a found a few ways to keep me fit, healthy and happy, all winter long! Check them out below.
I know that you're probably not eating the healthiest snacks lately (I’m not either). Most people have a small stock of treats by now that are very tempting to munch on. Try to counterbalance that by eating healthier meals. Try to eat an assortment of veggies or even eat a bowl of vegetable soup! Eating healthy foods will give you more energy to exercise.
Before you do any exercising I recommend stretching, especially if you plan on a heavy or long workout. Try moving your arms in a rotating motion, touching your toes, reaching as high as you can without moving your feet, or put an arm over your head and tilt to one side. Stretching will make you more flexible and less likely to pull or damage a muscle while exercising.
After you have stretched, it’s time to get more serious. Hop on the internet and find some workout ideas that suits your skill and abilities. You could try running in place, doing jumping jacks, or trying a few pushups. If you have a gaming console you might be able to find an exercise program to do on there. You could also check out this post!
You don’t have to be a couch potato this Christmas season. Get up and get moving! Maybe you could even find a friend to virtually workout with you.
Do you want sparkling, beautifully healthy nails? Here are some of my favorite nail care secrets!
1. Always Use a Base Coat
When you polish your nails or get a manicure, apply a clear nail polish or a base coat first to keep the polish from staining your nails.
2. Avoid Frequent Gel Polishing
While gel nail polishes are fun, don’t use them all the time, as they can damage your nails. Give your nails a chance to strengthen up before your next mani.
Moisturize your nails, hands and cuticles by gently rubbing lotion into them. This helps eliminate cuticle and hang-nail problems that detract from your pretty nails.
4. Push Your Cuticles Back
A few times a week, gently use your nail or an orange wood stick to push your cuticles back and round them out. I prefer to do this right after I shower when my cuticles are soft and pliable!
5. Be Careful with Your Nails
Aka, don’t bite them, pick at them or use them as a tool to open or separate things.
Thanks for reading!
Lots of love,
Pimples are a pain. They get red, puffy, and can cause a big mess on your face. Every teen and tween girl gets them, so it’s not just you. And you know what the best part is? Every teen and tween girl grows out of them. When you get older, you will get less and less zits. Your face will clear up and you will only get occasional pimples. But until they clear up, I have some tips and tricks for you to hide and erase pimples! Are you ready? Just keep scrolling.
Easier said than done. Trust me, I know. It can be so tempting to pop a juicy pimple or blackhead. But please resist. Unless the pimple has grown so large that it has formed a big whitehead on top of a large red lump, do not squeeze them. When you squeeze a pimple it will send part of the puss shooting out, and the other part shooting under your skin. The part that is shot under your skin will slowly work it’s way up and cause another pimple. That is how breakouts happen.
Shrinking is the best way to get rid of a pimple. What I mean by shrinking is using different techniques to make the pimple dry out. The easiest way to shrink a pimple is by holding an ice cube against the pimple for a few minutes before you go to bed. When you wake up the pimple should be reduced. But if you have a pimple or a breakout that is really stubborn, you might want to consider getting a pimple cream. I recommend getting a high quality cream so that it doesn’t cause skin irritation.
Pimples can seem so embarrassing. They stick out and are a major pain. If you are allowed to wear makeup, put a little bit of green eye shadow on each pimple, then apply your makeup as normal. As weird as that seems, it works! Just apply a very little amount of green eye shadow, not a huge dab.
Use my method of “Resist, Shrink, Cover” every time you have a large pimples or a breakout. Come back next week to hear what A has to say about health and beauty!
Welcome back, ladies! Thanks for joining me. Today, we’re not just going to talk about pampering ourselves; instead, I wanted to do something a little different and encourage us to give the gift of health and beauty to others!
Every night, over 500,000 people in the US are homeless. They do not have a place to sleep, enough food or basic personal care supplies. Because of COVID, many more people are in need of food and supplies. As tween and teenage girls, we can help! Here’s what we can do.
The next time your family goes grocery shopping (or places a grocery order) buy a few extra items like:
Nonperishable food (cans of food, peanut butter, granola bars, etc)
Other supplies your local charities need (you could check their website or social media to find out)
Then, donate these supplies to your local homeless shelter or charity (if you need to find a good charity to donate to, you could see if your church partners with any). My neighborhood also has a few Little Free Pantries, which are small wooden boxes offering free food, household goods and personal care items to those who need them. You could consider dropping off a few health & beauty items at your local Little Free Pantry!
These ideas can help make this holiday joyful for everyone. It’s fun and important to take care of ourselves, but blessing others feels even more incredible!
These past few weeks, we have been discussing outward beauty. How to stay hydrated, skin care, etc. (you should really check those posts out) but the inside can really effect the outside. What I mean by that, is that your heart, attitude and personality effect how people perceive you. Today I’m going to show you how to check your “heart status” and in the end, make you look beautiful.
1. What is your vibe?
To figure that out, maybe we should first ask, what is a vibe? A vibe is the feeling that you get when you are around someone. Your teacher might make you feel energetic, your mom might make you feel safe and secure, and your best friend might make you feel happy and adventurous. So, what is your vibe? That all depends on a few things. Your likes, dislikes, and personality all effect it. Think about all the people you know and figure out their vibe. What makes you feel the way you do around those people? Try to figure out what vibe you would like to have and what about other people make you feel that way. But I should warn you, it isn’t as easy “pick your personality”. You have to be true to yourself. If you are shy and quiet, striving to be bold and energetic might not be true to you. Instead try cultivating your personality to become shy and quiet, but in a way that makes other people feel happy and comfortable.
2. Happy looks great on you!
Maybe you have heard that saying before, but do you know what it means? When you choose to say hi to someone, why do you choose them? You might not realize it, but subconsciously most people choose to say hi and make friends with people that smile. Smiles are radiant and improve the look on your face. But you know what doesn’t? A fake smile. Smiles only help when they are genuine. Try to stay positive and always look for something to make you happy. It really helps!
I think that if you put these tips into practice, you will feel beautiful and look it too!
Snow is falling, fast and furious, outside the window. You know you’re supposed to exercise frequently, but how’s a girl supposed to get her body moving when she’s stuck inside? Well, she just finds ways to exercise indoors, of course! Here are five of my favorite ways to get exercise inside your house. For safety, make sure to only do fitness activities in large areas that are free of breakable objects, sharp corners, and tripping hazards.
Go For a Walk
Crank up the music and start walking around your house! If your house has a circular floor plan, then walk laps around it. If not, just keep a brisk pace following the walls. Make sure to switch directions occasionally, so you don’t get dizzy!
Stretch it Out
Pick some stretches and try them out! Stretching is the perfect break while doing your homework or when you feel anxious, frustrated, or tense. Make sure not to overstretch and hurt your body! You can find lots of stretching ideas on the internet.
Learn From the Pros
Need some more ideas? Pop in an exercise DVD or watch some tutorials on YouTube and follow along with the experts.
Jump & Spin
Make up a series of jumping jacks, hula hooping, and jump roping (just stay away from mom’s priceless vase!). Alternate all three exercises for a heart-pumping workout.
Have A Snowball Fight
This idea is just plain fun! Have an indoor snowball fight with your parents or siblings by using foam balls, crumpled paper, or plush snowballs. You’ll get in a lot of running around and movement and enjoy it!
What would you add to this list?
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Our poor feet. Somebody should write a book from the point of view of feet. It would be quite the tale, filled with woe and agony!
Ok, so maybe I’m dramatizing a little bit, but how would you like to be someone’s transportation all day long? Our feet get thoroughly abused. They are the first to feel bumps, to get cut, to get wore out, and they are last to get cared for. Give your feet some TLC with my tips on how to have beautiful feet.
Grab a loofa and a special rock for callouses (you can find them in the beauty aisle) and get rubbing. Gently rub your heel and any other rough places. Be careful to not aggravate your skin. You just want to remove any dead skin cells on the surface.
Sometimes toenails can get a little beastly, so be sure to trim them as often as needed. When toenails are neglected they can become painful and in-grown. After you trim your nails, take your nail trimmers and carefully clip the hair on your big toes. That hair can get crazy if unkept just like any other hair on your body.
After your shower, grab a generous glob of lotion and apply a thick layer to your feet. Rub the lotion in thoroughly or until completely absorbed. If your feet are extremely dry, you can buy specialty foot lotion that might help a little better than body lotion.
Even though nobody will see your feet under your fuzzy winter socks, it still feels good to know that your feet look pretty. Paint your toenails with a pretty color or design, then seal it with coat of clear polish.
I hope your feet feel happy and healthy! Make my tips a part of your daily routine, or do them as needed.
When the weather gets colder, and especially when I am washing and sanitizing my hands a lot, my hands get very dry. After a lot of trial and error, I have found a few things that help keep my hands hydrated even in the coldest months, and I am excited to share them with you! (Side note - weren’t we writing blog posts about summer activities like a week ago? How am I now writing a blog post in NOVEMBER about winter!) Are you ready to get started?
1. Wear Gloves
If you are going to go outside in chilly weather - even for just a second - put on gloves to minimize your hands’ exposure to the elements. Lotion beforehand for extra hydration!
All. The. Time. Before you leave the house. When you get back in the house. Before bed. LOTION! There are lots of lotions around, so find one that works well for you - it should absorb into your skin without feeling greasy or oily.
3. Sugar Scrub
A sugar scrub is a mixture of a natural oil and sugar designed to scrub off dead skin and smooth your hands. Not only will sugar scrubbing a few times a week make your hands feel like silk, but it will also gently remove the top layer of skin that is most susceptible to cracking and drying. You can find lots of DIY sugar scrub tutorials (recipes?) online!