Category: Beauty

Link Round-up: A Gallery Wall, a New Hairstyle, Chocolate Pumpkin Bread, and More

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up features one mom’s new gallery wall for inspiration, a hairstyle you may want to try, chocolate pumpkin bread, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make mason jar football centerpieces.

The Life of a Crazed Mom showed us her new gallery wall, and it looks amazing!

Glamour shared a new hairstyle you may want to try as a twist on the typical braid.

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A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make chocolate pumpkin bread.

Create Craft Love showed us how to use canning lids and washi tape to make a Halloween wreath.

Tone It Up’s new Frisky Fall fitness challenge just kicked off, and there’s still time to join.

Adventures in Making taught us how to create a popcorn seasoning kit.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Craft Stick Monsters, Shelving, New Hairstyles for Girls, Knitting, and More

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has a school supply catch-all, Halloween Rice Krispies cake, a DIY shelf, hairstyles, and more.

Crafts by Amanda showed us how to make cute craft stick monsters.

Life with the Crust Cut Off showed us how to make a Halloween Rice Krispies cake.

Carlsbad Cravings taught us how to make chocolate drizzled frozen fruit skewers.

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A Beautiful Mess showed us how to make a modern peg rail and shelf.

The Life of a Craft Crazed Mom gave us a tutorial on how to create a school supply catch-all.

Petit Elefant inspired us to go beyond the typical little girls’ hairstyles and try something new.

Make and Takes shared a review of a beginners’ knitting kit.

Photo credit: Crafts by Amanda and A Beautiful Mess

Are We Beauty Obsessed? Short

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 by No Comments

A while ago a Facebook friend posted a link to an article about average women who had photography sessions that included all of the perks of a supermodel. Make up artists used highlighter, contour, and foundation primer to create perfectly porcelain skin.

Hair was fixed in such a way that it complimented the women’s facial features. Photographers created perfect lighting and counseled the women how to pose for the best effect. Finally, photo-editing specialists lengthened necklines, smoothed skin, and erased dark under-eye circles.

The resulting images were unbelievable. These average women looked like supermodels.

I was reminded of those images when I read an article in TodayHealth. The article states that women spend two weeks a year on their appearance. That breaks down to an average of 55 minutes per day, every day, just working on how we look. Is it obsessive?

I am fifty-four. As I look around at my peers, those of us who sported Farrah Fawcett hair and Kissing Potion lip gloss in the 1970s, I notice some similarities among us.

I don’t think that we look like our mothers did at 50. We dress younger, have long hair, and wear clothes that don’t look at all matronly. I don’t know about anyone else in my generation but I take time with my makeup and I keep up with new trends in style and color.

I am a grandmother but I don’t want to look like one.

We are a nation obsessed with how we look but I am not naive enough to believe that we can just stop. Hey y’all. This beauty obsession is unhealthy. Let’s just stop now, ‘k?

Do you think we will ever be able to overcome the past century of beauty obsession?

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Why Are You Hungry?

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 by No Comments

If you’re like many people, including me, one of your goals is to drop some weight. I stayed on target for January, but then a couple of birthdays, and other special occasions kind of derailed my efforts—not totally, but enough to bring my weight loss to a standstill.

My biggest problem is when I revert to snacking in addition to my meals. For some reason when I start snacking I often can’t find the shut off. I eat more than I should. Then because I’ve “blown it” I tend to throw in the towel for the entire day and eat more!

The purpose for eating is nourishment but that’s not what sends us looking for something to eat. It’s hunger or perceived hunger. It’s that perceived hunger that gets us into trouble. A new study has started to untangle why we eat when we aren’t really hungry.

Over the past 20 years, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) neuroendocrinologist Bradford Lowell, MD, PhD, has been looking at the complicated jumble of neurocircuits in the brain that underlie hunger.

Key among his findings has been the discovery that “Agouti-peptide (AgRP) expressing neurons – a group of nerve cells in the brain’s hypothalamus – are activated by caloric deficiency, and when either naturally or artificially stimulated in animal models, will cause mice to eat voraciously after conducting a relentless search for food.”

The study was published on-line in the journal Nature. The lab using a chemogenetic technique known as DREADDs discovered hunger-inducing neurons in a region of the brain which “has long been thought to have the opposite effect – causing satiety.”

When I read this, of course I wanted to claim it as the problem I face. The study was done using mice. Mice that had already consumed their daily meal and showed no interest in food were exposed to DREADD stimulation. It resulted in a voracious search for something to eat. Sounds like me going through the refrigerator after dinner!

On the other side of the spectrum, mice that had been fasting did not react that way. While they should have been hungry and ready to eat, they ate very little when the neurons were turned off.

This new information is painting a clearer picture of what drives appetite. It’s the hunger-inducing neurons found in the paraventricular nucleus.

According to the study’s author, further study is needed in how the brain controls hunger. ”

“Abnormal hunger can lead to obesity and eating disorders, but in order to understand what might be wrong – and how to treat it – you first need to know how it works. Otherwise, it’s like trying to fix a car without knowing how the engine operates.” (Newswise)

Photo credits: Janet Hudson

Kelly Osbourne Launches Stories Clothing Line

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 by No Comments

Kelly Osbourne is launching a brand new clothing line called Stories with Chapter 1 available in late September. The contemporary line includes 13 looks designed for all women with sizes ranging from 0 to 24 (US sizing).

Prices will run between $55 and $170 and will be available exclusively through HSN for the first month. One month after the launch, the brand will also be available on Bluefly, which delivers to several markets around the world. Osbourne’s goal isn’t to become number one but to provide quality fashion for all sizes at fair prices.

“My collection is titled Chapter One. We’ll go onto Chapter Two as we develop. My mission is not to be the number-one fashion designer in the world. I’m not trying to change or come up with anything that people haven’t already done. I’m just trying to make fashion fair and make good quality basics available to all women.” – Kelly Osbourne to Women’s Wear Daily

Osbourne has dreamed of starting her own fashion line for a decade. During that time she has grown as a TV personality, and now the 29 year old has joined with the Australian brand Jupi to make her dream come true.

According to WWD, the designs available in Chapter 1 include 13 ready-to-wear designs. Singers Taylor Swift and Ciara have already ordered four items including a cap-sleeve sheath dress, a polka-dot jumpsuit, a Union Jack-inspired drop-waist dress, and a rose adorned polyester chiffon blouse.

I like the “Stories” branding with the release of collections as chapters. It’s a creative idea that actually relates to the product. Osbourne says, “I believe that every time you wear something, you have a story of where you wore it, whether it be good or bad.” She’s got a point, but let’s face it, it’s another chapter in this TV personality’s career, too.

Photo credit: The Heart of Truth

Link Round-up: Contouring, Black Bean Dip, Birthday Party Tips, and More

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 by No Comments

Today’s link round-up has tips for contouring your eyes, a black bean dip recipe, tips for birthday parties and more.

The Tiptoe Fairy shared a fun game that encourages emotional intelligence.

Mind Body Green shared 10 feng shui tips to help you sleep better.

Create Craft Love showed us how to throw a splash party.

Bella Sugar showed us how to beautifully contour your eyes.

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A Beautiful Mess shared a recipe for creamy black bean dip.

A Pair and a Spare DIY showed us how to make throw cushions.

Spaceships and Laser Beams showed us how to throw a cute dino dig themed birthday party.

Photo credit: The Tiptoe Fairy and A Beautiful Mess

Link Round-up: Party Beverages, Crayon Wreath, a Frittata, and More

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 by 1 Comment

Today’s link round-up has a crayon wreath, a frittata, kids’ party beverages, and more.

The Tiptoe Fairy showed us how to grill an entire meal from beginning to end to avoid heating up the kitchen too much for the summer temperatures.

Create Craft Love shared a how-to for making a mini crayon wreath.

Allure shared textured hair styling mistakes.

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Pink When showed us how to make a cute DIY cardboard roll desk caddy.

A Beautiful Mess shared a summer frittata recipe.

Spaceships and Laser Beams gave us some ideas for kids’ party beverages.

A Pair and a Spare pointed out that you can turn a bikini into a “bra-kini” for less annoying tan lines.

Photo credit: The Tiptoe Fairy and Pink When

There’s Always Lipstick

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 by No Comments

You learn to do three things well when you grow up in the south — at least if you’re a girl. You learn to bake biscuits, walk gracefully in high heels, and wear lipstick no matter what. I promise you, my house could be on fire and I would be shooing the family out the fire escape while I fumbled around my nightstand for my emergency lipstick.

Yeah, you keep an emergency lipstick in your nightstand so that if some one breaks in the house in the middle of the night they won’t catch you without lipstick on. If they happen to kill you then at least your lips will be done.

Over the years I have scoffed at the whole idea of lipstick being the cure-all for all of the world’s problems but recently I have come full circle and embraced the wisdom of it.

No matter how I feel in the morning, if I get up and put some lipstick on the world looks much better. At least my part of it does. Once I have the lipstick on I am ready to handle just about anything. It probably sounds very un-feminist and old fashioned but I really think that we have lost something in our casual freedom that we have now. Just slipping on a pair of jeans and a tank isn’t quite the same.

Spending a few minutes putting on lipstick is a way of reminding myself that I am a woman, that I am mature and responsible, and that I can look the world in the eye. It tells others that I am prepared for anything and that builds my confidence.

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Link Round-up: Good Food, Fun Games, and More

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 by 2 Comments

Today’s link round-up has tons of good food, games for kids, and more.

The Tip Toe Fairy shared some fun, imaginative games for kids to play.

Mind Body Green shared an article about why looking at a pretty photo of herself makes one woman angry.

Everyday Southwest shared a zucchini salsa verde for huevos rancheros recipe.

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Pink When showed us how to make an adorable owl apron for a little girl.

Kleinworth & Co. showed us how to make dirty Diet Coke pops.

I Love My Disorganized Life shared a spicy buffalo chicken dip recipe.

Lovely Etc showed us how she created her giant subway art.

Photo credit: The Tip Toe Fairy and Pink When