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.
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I absolutely cannot watch Toddlers and Tiaras; it makes me stress out which means my body releases that stupid stress hormone which increases belly fat. In a nutshell, Toddlers and Tiaras makes me fat.
I don’t like beauty pageants in general. I have a friend, whom I love dearly, and her girls are involved in pageants. They are older, pretty solid in their beliefs, and I don’t have to agree with everything my friends do, which is also a good thing.
The French apparently don’t like beauty pageants either because they are trying to make them disappear for children under the age of 16.
They say that pageants are sexualizing children, exploiting them, and taking away their childhood innocence. Since the parents aren’t making a stand, the government is planning to.
This is a hard one. I really don’t believe in government mandating what families can and cannot do. I really don’t think it’s a good idea to invite the government into our parenting. At the same time, it breaks my heart to see little girls parading around the stage in make up, high heels, and slutty clothes when they should be dressing their Barbies up in high heels and slutty clothes and having them parade around.
I wonder at the mentality of a mother that would create a public pedophile fantasy with her child in the starring role. I wonder what will become of these kids when they are teens and their parents tell them to cover up a little bit.
Should our government ban pageants like the French Government?
source: Washington Post
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
Today’s link round-up has delicious pancakes, a wood aging tip, healthy recipes, a Frozen craft, and more.
A Beautiful Mess taught us some juicing tips.
Dieter’s Downfall shared a recipe for lemon ricotta pancakes.
I Should Be Mopping the Floor showed us how to give wood an aged look.
Keep It Simple Sweetie showed us how to enjoy a key lime “pie” without ruining our healthy eating New Year’s Resolution.
Center Cut Cook made a southwest quinoa salad, perfect for when you want to eat healthy in the winter but a regular salad is too cold to be appetizing.
Crafts n’ Coffee showed us how to make an adorable Olaf the Snowman from Frozen.
Photo credit: A Beautiful Mess and Old Navy
How many of us go through our lives wishing we had the courage to stop doing our job and leave it all behind and go after our dreams? When you are a child, you dream of growing up and doing something exciting; something that makes your heart sing and fills you with contentment, but as we get older we pursue a life of security. We leave our dreams behind with all other childish things and we accept our fate of unfulfillment.
Sure, we live in our big houses in the suburbs, drive our nice cars and have 2.5 kids, but still something is missing – the full heart.There has to be a way to live your dream and be secure financially. Maybe not be rich but at least be able to afford a roof over your head and food in your mouth.
Here are some key steps to living your dreams.
1. Dream it.
Let your heart go where your mind is afraid to go. If you accept things to be destined or meant to be, you will never fight for what you want. You will accept your life as it is meant to be.
Dream as big as you can. Just think to yourself, what would make you happier than anything else? For me, that is writing. My dream job is to write for a living. I never thought it was possible but but it kept gnawing at my soul; I had no choice, I am compelled to write so I had to accept that failure was not an option or I would have spent my life in limbo.
2. Believe it and don’t be afraid of failure.
My dream was huge. It was so big and so unlikely that failure was not an option. I just assumed that anything in the direction of writing was better than anything else not in the field of writing and eventually things fell into place. My perspective changed. I believed that I was worthy and deserving of happiness and then I demanded it of myself.
3. See it.
You have to believe that your dreams can happen. You have to believe in yourself and your ability to make your dreams come true and then you have to see yourself in your mind living your dream.
4. Tell it.
Share your dreams. I told my husband and my best friend and then I felt accountable to work towards my dreams, because once you tell people that you have a dream then you are obligated to make them come true. You become accountable to yourself once you speak your dreams aloud, so shout them from the rooftops!
5. See the big picture.
Work out a plan to achieve your dream and be aware that your plan may change. I had a very specific plan to achieve my dreams and it worked for a long time.
I began to see my dreams come to fruition but I realized that to go to the next level, I had to change my perspective and literally broaden my horizons. I was holding myself back because I was limiting the space in which my dream could live. My dream outgrew my vision but we’re catching up now.
6. Be relentless.
Never give up on your dreams, ever. No matter how small or big they may be, they are your dreams, your passion, and a life without passion is not worth living so keep trying.If it doesn’t work the first time, approach it from another side. If you are willing to work hard for it, there is nothing you are not capable of.
Eventually, you will reach your goal and start living your dreams, but you have to believe that you deserve it. Realize that you worked hard for it and accept your happiness.
How are you working to achieve your dreams?
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I’m a fan of NBC’s The Voice, and this year’s talent made it hard to have a favorite. In previous years, I had no problem picking a clear-cut favorite and truthfully, one year I didn’t think any of the winners worthy of the title. But this year, out of the final three Tessanne Chin, Jacquie Lee, and Will Champlin were worthy of winning.
My personal favs were Tessanne and Will, but really all three are very talented. The trio of contestants joined ranks this past week in the 125th annual Tournament of Roses Parade is Pasadena. Fans lined the street waiting to get a glimpse of Tessanne and to hear her sing her new single Tumbling Down.
For those catching the coverage on TV, announcers Hoda Kotb and Al Roker made a few comments that stunned fans. For instance, they were aware of who Tessanne was but had no clue that Jacquie and Will were also winners. In fact, Kotb asked if Will Champlin was coach Adam Levine and Al Roker made a comment that he was an “Adam wannabe.”
Yikes, I couldn’t believe it. Kotb and Al Roker were made aware that Jackie and Will were also contestants, but they never mentioned them by name.
Luckily, the trio had no idea all this was going on. They were dealing with their own issues — a glitch in the technical system. While technicians were frantically working to fix the problem, Kotb and Roker were forced to fill in five long minutes while The Voice winners were obligated to wave uncomfortably.
It took long enough that I started to wonder if Tessanne would be performing at all. They finally got things up and running and we got to hear 47 seconds of her song.
Was anyone else surprised that NBC’s announcers didn’t have a clue who the winners were?
Photo credits: Dany TheVoiceIDF
Today’s link round-up is full of last minute Christmas ideas for gifts, decorations, and more. There’s also a movie-inspired tic-tac-toe game to keep the kiddos occupied.
Crafts Unleashed shared some DIY Christmas gift ideas you might be able to squeeze in at the last minute.
Confetti Sunshine showed us how to make our own tabletop Christmas trees.
Paging Supermom shared some free white Christmas printables you still have time to use.
Mom Spark showed us how to make blackberry lime cocktails.
The Inspired Mom showed us how to make a wreath chandelier.
Spoonful has a Frozen-inspired “tic-tac-snow” game that will keep the kids entertained while you finish up your holiday decorating, cooking, wrapping, and more.
Photo credit: Crafts Unleashed and Simply Kierste
Since Katie Couric left the Today Show and the success she enjoyed there, she jumped from NBC to CBS to become the evening news anchor. That was a big deal at the time as she was the first female evening news anchor. However, she didn’t really garner the audience CBS had hoped for.
She left that position in 2011 for her own afternoon talk show, Katie, on ABC where producers hoped she would draw viewers to fill the gap left by Oprah Winfrey. I admit, I’ve never watched Katie since I work during the day; I heard the show has done well but never really took off like they had hoped.
Now Couric and ABC have announced the show will air through June 2014 but then come to an end after they “mutually agreed that there will not be a third season.”
Why is the show ending? Of course there is speculation that deals with various reasons, but it appears that Katie Couric is on her way to another career adventure as she joins Yahoo Inc. to anchor an expansion of the Internet company’s video news initiative.
She will be the company’s “global anchor”; a role she says is a “work in progress.” It will give her the opportunity to report on breaking news events around the world and to interview important international figures. I’m thinking this could be a preview of our news of the future as so many of us turn to our electronic devices to find out what’s going on in the world.
I wish her luck in this new venture!
Earlier this year, Katie announced she was engaged. I remember when she lost her first husband, Jay, to cancer in 1998 and I’m so happy she has found love again. Part of me wonders if her new job will afford her a little more flexibility so she has time for her personal life. I certainly hope so!
Photo credits: Elvert Barnes
I’m a sucker for surprise marriage proposals…at least when the answer is yes. This past Thursday, one of the Chicago Bulls’ cheerleading squad – the Luvabulls – provided one of those feel good moments when her boyfriend popped out of the team mascot costume and got down on one knee.
The camera followed Luvabull dancer, Ariana Rosado, during a routine when suddenly the music changed. All the other dancers started to perform choreography Ariana hadn’t learned. For a moment she looked left and right and you could see confusion register, but she kept smiling and started to leave the floor.
However, Benny the Bull grabbed her hand and led her to a chair on wheels that had been brought onto the court. He moved her around to the music as Ariana sat there looking at her fellow Luvabulls dancing in a circle around her to Bruno Mars’ “Marry You.” I’m thinking the lyrics must have given her an inkling of what was to come, as two inflatable versions of Benny the Bull joined the action. Her eyes scanned the court. I think she was looking for Mr. Right but didn’t see him.
When her boyfriend Shane Zackery popped out of one of the inflatable Benny the Bull costumes it caught her off guard. He walked over to her and did the whole down on bended knee thing. She wrapped her arms around his neck and said yes and stretched out her nervous right hand…yes I said right hand.
Shane slipped the ring on the wrong hand and the announcers kind of made a big deal out of it, but really that’s the hand she extended in all the excitement. There was no putting a wet blanket on the event. All the Luvabulls crowded around in celebration. It was one of those memorable feel good proposals that made me smile.
My proposal wasn’t spectacular, it was just the two of us and still very special to me. I had a friend whose boyfriend made arrangements that involved the police bringing a suspect by to be identified. It was her boyfriend wearing a disguise as the “bad guy” who said he knew her and she was kind of freaked out by the whole thing and said she’d never seen him before.
How about you? What’s your proposal experience?
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