Today’s link round-up has recipes, brow tips, information on essential oils, and more.
Chocolate Covered Katie showed us how to make chocolate chip quinoa cookies.
Cupcakes and Kale Chips shared a recipe for vegetable parmesan quinoa in the slow cooker.
Say It with Cake has the perfect St. Patrick’s Day dessert recipe: key lime cheesecake.
A Beautiful Mess taught us how to make a blood orange sangria.
Cupcakes and Cashmere shared her tips for beautiful eyebrows.
Stacy Makes Cents taught us how to use essential oils to treat five common ailments.
Photo credit: Chocolate Covered Katie and Amazon
I started seeing my first gray hairs at age 28 and ten years later I decided enough was enough. My grandparents went gray early and I wasn’t ready to embrace those genes. At first I colored my own hair, but the color faded and within a month between the faded color and roots that needed to be touched up I turned to a professional.
I liked the extra pampering and the color choice when I went to the salon, but it got quite expensive and I eventually went back to box color.
It started out dark…looked unnatural and made me look older than if I hadn’t colored my hair. The end result was I finally stopped coloring my hair and went natural. Yes, I’m more white-headed than I’d prefer in my ideal world, but I don’t miss trying to make my hair something it isn’t.
When I saw Paul McCartney on the Grammys, I couldn’t help but think about how his hair color choice made him look older than he needed to look. Here he was performing with Ringo Starr for the first time in years, and I couldn’t help but think about how Ringo now looked younger than Paul, when in reality Ringo is older.
I guess I wasn’t alone. The salon that use to do his hair, Guy Thomas Salon, has made it clear that they are no longer responsible for his color or cut. The star had started going to the salon back in 2004, but they parted ways in 2012 amid rumors that the music giant didn’t tip and didn’t want to pay extra for them to come to his home.
According to the Daily News, he thought it was too expensive and he’s gone back to coloring his own hair.
Who would ever think I’d have something in common with someone as famous as Paul McCartney! It’s just my opinion, but I think he looks better with shorter hair and a lighter color, though maybe he was counting on his color lightening up and it didn’t.
Unlike him, if I had the money to do it right, I’d probably still be coloring my hair professionally.
Photo credits: SteamPunkMonk
Which is more important, diet or exercise, when it comes to losing weight and maintaining that weight loss? This may sound like the chicken or the egg question, but it’s really not. I think people ask this because most of us don’t love dieting or exercise. We figure if we do one or the other that’s plenty, right? Wrong.
I used to work in a spa facility helping people to stay motivated as they reached their fitness goals, and let me say it takes both, especially as we get older. I recently read an article where Bob Harper of Biggest Loser fame talked about how diet is the main factor when it comes to lowering weight, but exercise is what maintains the weight loss.
In an interview with Reuters, Harper took a break from filming Season of 15 and said: “It is all about your diet. I used to think a long time ago that you can beat everything you eat out of you and it’s just absolutely not the case.”
When you look at the National Weight Control Registry, it’s easy to see both diet and exercise are important. Ninety-eight percent of the Registry participants dieted to lose weight, and 94% increased their physical activity with the most popular activity being walking. About half the people do this on their own while the other half use some form of program for structure and guidance.
Once they reach their weight goals, to keep the weight off most of them continue to eat a low-calorie, low-fat diet and participate in high levels of activity with 90% of them exercising about an hour a day on average.
While none of this is really news, it does serve as a good reminder for me. I need to continue watching what I eat and exercising more days a week than I don’t.
Photo credits: UrbaneWomenMag
Today’s link round-up is a mix of DIYs, photography tips, coffee, and snacks.
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons made some penguin fruit snacks that are almost too cute to eat.
The Ribbon Retreat showed us how to make an adorable yoga tote.
Make It Love It taught us how to turn a women’s shirt into a toddler play dress.
It’s Always Autumn shared some tips for getting great photos of your kids without going to a studio.
Kre’ativ77 taught us how to make a wrap-around bead bracelet.
Gardenista gave us seven secret tips for making the perfect cup of coffee.
All Glitter and Sparkles shared her recipe for raspberry and white chocolate muffins.
Photo credit: Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons and It’s Always Autumn
Today’s link round-up has Guinness brownies, Olympic-inspired projects, Valentine’s Day ideas, and more.
Chocolate Covered Katie shared a recipe for chocolate Guinness brownies that look fudgy and delicious.
Create Craft Love posted some Olympic-inspired projects.
Cupcakes and Cashmere shared her Valentine’s Day picks.
Makeup and Beauty Blog posted a review of some of L’Oreal’s new products, including a melting hair mask.
Mind Body Green has some tips for reducing pain in and inflammation.
Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons made up a checkerboard game that doubles as a snack.
Bella Sugar told us about some moisturizing treatments for dry, winter skin.
Photo credits: Chocolate Covered Katie and Walgreens
Today’s link round-up has dinners for you and your significant other, a cute manicure, Valentine’s Day products for pampering yourself, and more.
A Beautiful Mess shared a collection of dinners that are perfect for you and your significant other on Valentine’s Day (or any time there’s a date night on the horizon).
Create Craft Love has a fun twist on bingo that involves conversation hearts.
Cupcakes and Cashmere showed us how to do a cute 10-minute manicure.
Makeup and Beauty Blog gave us the information on Lush’s new Valentine’s Day collection.
Bella Sugar showed us just how versatile the bob haircut can be.
Riley Blake Designs taught us how to make a ruffled toddler apron.
My Inspired Adventures showed us how to make frames out of washi tape for an interesting twist on everyday art.
Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Lush USA
Fine hair can be a curse. It so easily becomes limp and if you’re not careful, product just weighs it down and makes it look kind of stringy. As much as we can wish our hair was thicker, it doesn’t make it so. I say accept it and learn to work with it, but that is easier said than done.
I don’t know about you, but I have tried so many products that promise thicker looking hair that don’t deliver. Now I finally have a regimen that works to make my hair look thicker and even voluminous without leaving it crunchy or stiff.
The blow dryer is a friend to fine hair, but too much blow drying can dry it out and leave you with split ends. Instead, blow-dry your hair upside down until it’s about 75% dry. This increases lift but doesn’t dry your hair out.
I’ve turned to Vidal Sassoon products to get volume that lasts. I start with Vidal Sassoon’s Boost and Lift Shampoo in the shower, and start at the nape of my neck and work to the crown to keep my hair more manageable. I follow this with Boost & Lift Conditioner which conditions without weighing my hair down with oiliness.
It also makes my hair tangle free as I finish blow drying, but first I add some Boost & Life Foaming Air Mousse to the roots. I work the extra to the ends of my hair and then finish blow drying my hair to set it. I part my hair on the right so I blow dry in the opposite direction for added lift with a big round brush. I use a touch of hair spray to finish my style, but not on the top of my head. I spray the ends just to keep them from being flyaway.
It takes a little extra work to get volume that lasts when you have fine hair, but this routine doesn’t take me that much longer and I’m happy with the results. I hope it works the same for you!
Today’s link has Frozen-inspired ice candy, rocky road cookies, crafts, and more.
Crafts Unleashed inspired us with framed bird décor.
Pam’s Party and Practical Tips showed us how to make Frozen-inspired ice candy.
Hiccups in My Hair taught us how to make cute fabric lovebirds for Valentine’s Day.
Oh Happy Day shared tips for throwing a Winter Olympics party.
Restyled Junk shared a crochet pattern for lacy boot cuffs.
Cupcakes and Cashmere shared her list of favorite makeup brushes.
Photo credit: Crafts Unleashed and The Idea Room
Red is a sexy color and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure it out. It demands attention, which is why you have to be really careful about the speed limit when you are in a red car.
Researchers at the University of Manchester actually took the time to study which lipstick attracted men the most. It shouldn’t surprise you that the answer was red.
They gave 50 men images of women and then monitored their eye movements. The men spent more time focusing on women with red lips than any other lipstick color.
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Other studies came to the same sort of conclusions. One showed that waitresses wearing red lipstick consistently got more tips than those wearing another color or no lipstick at all. A study of dating sites showed that women wearing red in their profile got more messages than those wearing other colors. Apparently it’s no coincidence that the glamorous movie stars of the 1930′s consistently wore red lipstick.
Scientists say that red creates a similar reaction in the males of both human and nonhuman primates. If you want to be seen as exciting, enticing, and irresistible, red is the way to go.
Women are not impervious to the spell red casts, either. Men wearing the color are seen as wealthier, more appealing, and more likely to be socially well connected.
So, before you put that profile picture up on Match.com you may want to slather on some red lipstick and pull on a red V neck. It can’t hurt to have men staring at your lips – unless you happen to have spinach between your teeth.