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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Dress Up Your Ponytail

Tired of simply tying your hair? Here are some tips on how to pump up your pony I got from The instructions are pretty easy so I am sure you can do it on your own.

The Textured Side Ponytail for a more romantic look

To do:
1) Begin with clean, dry hair. Prime with Kérastase Ciment Thérmique, mid lengths to ends, to protect from heat styling. Follow with a generous amount of Kérastase Spray A Porter or other beach spray to get that texturized effect.

2) Curl the hair with a 1” iron in small sections and then apply another light layer of Kérastase Spray A Porter and rake through curls with fingers.

3) Create a “not so perfect” side ponytail by gathering hair loosely at the opposite side of your part at the nape area near the hairline. Allow soft pieces to fall out naturally.

4) Make a braid using a small ribbon of hair from the ponytail. Wrap the braid around the ponytail several times creating a “braid cuff” and secure with a bobby pin.

5) Use your fingers to tussle the ends of your ponytail and enhance the texture. Finish with hairspray.

 The Crimped Ponytail

To do:
 1) Start by crimping hair then creating a center part. Pull hair back over ears, securing into a low ponytail.

 2) Take sections from underneath ponytail and wrap around the elastic. Use a strong hold hairspray such as L'Oréal Professionnel Infinium 3 as you wrap hair. Secure with a U-pin or bobby pin.

3) Finish by applying a texturizing powder such as L'Oréal Professionnel True Grip throughout your hair to create some natural dimension, making sure to have a few falling pieces near the face.

The Voluminous Ponytail for a polished, retro appeal

To do:
1) Begin with clean, dry hair and apply a dollop of volumizing mousse from roots to ends. Tussle dry hair until product is completely dry.

2) Set the hair with a jumbo curling iron (1¼”) or jumbo hot rollers. Once the curls have cooled completely, brush thoroughly. Back comb/tease at the root area on the top, crown and top of the sides to create a cushion effect for the ponytail.

3) Gather hair at the back of the head. Gently brush while making sure to keep the back combing/teasing in tact. To smooth flyaway hairs, spray a bit of hairspray onto the brush before brushing. Secure with an elastic.

4)  Use a small ribbon of hair to wrap around ponytail and conceal the elastic. Secure the ends with a bobby pin. For additional fullness at the lengths of ponytail, back comb/tease inside the ponytail at the top (toward the tail wrap) and gently smooth over with brush.

Halloween Chandelier Invites

Don't you find these Halloween chandelier invites too cute? Whether your planned event is for kids or the brouhaha Halloween is for your adult friends; they would surely think your invites only indicate F-U-N. 

And where else can you get these "fantabulous" party invitations with Halloween chandelier? Only at, where you can find the largest selection of most stylish and trendy invitation stationery cards online. Halloween is one of the most-awaited holidays of the year. There are parties everywhere so make sure you send out those invites early. What are you waiting for? Visit now so you can get those gorgeous invitations started.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

DIY Cucumber Toner

Some toners, no matter how mild can still irritate skin. Try this DIY toner; it's mild, it's all natural and very affordable.

DIY Cucumber Toner
  • 1/2 cucumber with peel, chopped 
  • 3 tablespoons witch hazel 
  • 2 tablespoons distilled water

Put all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Pour the mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove all of the solids, then pour the toner into a clean bottle with a tight-fitting lid. Store this toner in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life—it should last for several weeks.

To use, apply the toner to your face using a clean cotton ball.
Yield: 4 1/2 ounces


How to Shop at Flea Markets

A flea market is an excellent way to find new goods and bargains. Flea markets in Sarasota, FL, are held in wide open spaces, and renters fill these smaller spaces to sell their items for a profit. These are typically used items, so you can purchase these for a very affordable price. These prices are often not set; you can barter with the sellers to arrive at a reasonable compromise. In addition to these goods, you can typically buy foods and snacks such as nachos and ice cream. For tips on how to make the most of your trip to a flea market, rely on these suggestions.

General Tips

First of all, know the best times to be at a flea market. Go early in the morning to beat the crowd. It’s widely known that rain and adverse weather detract customers and decrease sales, so check your local weather forecast to attend at these times so you can get better deals. It also helps to visit the market just when it’s wrapping up. Chances are sellers want to give away certain items they could not sell. Remember these other tips as well. Browse the selection of goods to see if the styles appeal to you. If not, move on to the next space. Keep in mind that you should think outside the box; you never know what uses you could find for an old bowl or vintage decorative pieces. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, ask the seller to see what else he or she may have in stock. You may be in luck when they go search in the back. Last, inspect the merchandise closely to see if there are any cracks or defects.


Part of going to flea markets in Sarasota, FL, is knowing how to bargain. This takes a good amount of practice and skill to master. Stick to these pointers if you want to be successful. For one, don’t appear too eager. Looking interested detracts from your bargaining power and the seller will think he or she can get away with a higher price. Don’t pay too much attention to what’s on the sticker. Come up with your own price, and start low. The seller will keep trying to up the price, so a starting price that is half of what you’re willing to spend prevents the dollar signs from racking up.

Choosing a Dentist for the First Time

When you move away from home for the first time, many “firsts” come along with that move. For example, for the first time you may have to do your own cooking, your own laundry, your own grocery shopping, find your own car insurance, and find your own Anaheim dentist. It is an exciting time in life, but it can also be stressful.

What to Look for in a Dentist

One of the things to look for when finding a dentist for you for the first time is location. When living on your own for the first time, you will quickly learn how valuable every penny is. If you choose a dentist that is far away, it is much more costly to see them, even just for a checkup. Finding one close to where you live will save you time and money. Another thing to look for is how well established they are. While a new dentist is not necessarily a bad thing, it is good to choose someone that has been a dentist for a long time and has a good reputation as a dentist. Another thing to look for is the insurance they accept. Make sure you are seeing a dentist that is in your provider’s network or the cost will be much more expensive to see the dentist.

Ask for Opinions of Those Living in the Area

Don’t be afraid to ask people who have lived in the area for their opinion on dentists. If you have already chosen a dentist, don’t be afraid to ask them if they know the dentist you have chosen and their thoughts on that dentist. Remember, these people have lived in the area and have likely had experience with or know someone who has had experience with almost all the dentists in the area. It is wise to ask for their input. Putting it all together, you can make a decision on an Anaheim dentist. Once you have made the decision, make your first appointment for a checkup. This will give you a chance to meet the dentist under favorable conditions instead of meeting him or her while in a lot of pain, when your thinking may not be completely straight.

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Busy washing toys

Monday, August 26, 2013

Boost Your Energy with GungHo

Disclaimer: I have received this product for review. Opinions are 100 percent mine.

If there is one person in this house who loves to drink energy drinks, it's my son, Joey. He has tried a lot: Gatorade, Monster, Poweraid, etc. Although he doesn't take them regularly, I have reservations about those drinks. I know for one that they contain sugar and caffeine and God knows what else to keep you feeling energized. Diabetes runs in my family and that's what I'm really afraid of. So I keep reminding him to slow down on those power drinks.

Then I had the opportunity to review GungHo. I did a little research first before I actually agreed to do it. The energy drink apparently is made from natural ingredients and at proven effective doses will help improve focus and concentration. What makes it different from other drinks is the effect is long term and unlike other products that only gives you short-term energy. Another thing is it has a lasting impact on brain energy, so your mind is not cloudy and you can think clearly.

Health / Performance Benefits:
  • Boosts short & long-term memory 
  • Supports brain health; helps maintain normal cognitive function with aging 
  • Elevates mood - beta endorphines 
  • No rush/jitters/crash 
  • No sugar/calories/carbonation, gluten-free 
  • Endurance - choline supports muscle resynthesis 
  • Convenient liquid packet - take anywhere, anytime 

I asked my son if he would like to give it a try and take the challenge, he said yes. We were both excited when this package arrived to my doorstep.

The instructions were for him to take one packet daily for three days and not to drink soda or other sweet drinks.

Day 1

He took it before going to school and said he felt the effect right away. He had so much energy during the day and didn't feel sleepy at all. He is usually too tired when he comes home from school and would just lie down on the floor for a while before even changing his clothes. He commutes to and from school. His first class starts at 7 am and the last finishes at 5 pm so you can just imagine how tired he is when he arrives home.

Day 2

He took it again before leaving the house. He had the same load of energy and didn't feel tired at all. He even went walking with me after supper.

Day 3 He took it as usual and had the same effect. Not a crash effect after drinking it for 3 consecutive days in a row and had a continuous energized feeling with great concentration and quick recall.

I think this is something that I will allow him to take if he needs to have more energy and I would recommend this product for athletes and other people who need an extra boost of energy.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Hibiscus Bud

Drew's Home Theater

To complete his home theater setup, Drew finally bought the pro-ject debut carbon turntable at musician's friend. This cousin of mine really spends (a lot!) for his gadgets. He is always on the look out for what's new and makes sure he updates his electronics. The turntable is surely an awesome addition to his home theater albeit not knowing where he would actually use it. I've watched some flicks there and believe me, it's like watching in a real theater when you're in there.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Suzanne Somers Glow

Wonder how at the age of 64, Suzanne Somers maintains her beautiful figure and flawless skin? Well, she does it the old-fashioned way — daily exercises, using toxin-free skin-care products, and a maintaining a nutritious diet of organic produce, naturally raised meat, and whole grains. The gorgeous celebrity believes in simplifying her health, diet, and beauty practices. It does sound challenging she says, but the rewards are very satisfying. It shows on her face and body.

Sin City Is the Place to Be Married

Weddings are magical events that help break up the mundane of everyday life. Women still dream of the day that they will be dressed in white getting married to the person whom they love, and while guys will not admit, they, too, look forward to the day that they will be able to stand next to the person whom they love to make that lifelong commitment. Finding the right place to be wed is more difficult than ever. A Las Vegas wedding venue makes sense for anyone who has a lot of family spread out all over the United States.


Las Vegas’ entire economy depends on people being able to get there. That means that airfares are cheaper than they might be to other destinations. You can also travel in style to and from your wedding if you choose to while those in your party who are partial to saving money may choose to walk from one hotel to another.

Staying There

Once people get there, they have to be able to afford to stay there. That means that hotel prices are fairly inexpensive, especially since most hotels expect to make money on the gambling inside the hotel. Food can also be found at a bargain price for those on a tight budget.

Getting Lucky

If you are going to get lucky, Vegas is the place to do it, but not everyone likes to gamble. There are plenty of shows for all tastes from raunchy comedy to showgirls and from circus acts to child friendly fair. There are rollercoasters, beautiful vistas, and water shows – in the middle of the desert. There are plenty of free things to do, and there is some great shopping. All of these things combined make a Las Vegas wedding venue the perfect setting to get married no matter who you are or what the people in your family like to do. Elvis may have said it best when he sang, “Viva! Las Vegas!” In fact, some people believe that Elvis is still alive and living in Vegas. If you don’t see him, you may see someone who looks like him.

T-shirts, Teamwork, Allegiance, Interests, and Advertising

Being a member of a team is a very unique and interesting kind of relationship. Your teammates will begin to know you better the more time you spend together. A team of people can accomplish much more than a single person. It is important to keep morale high by focusing on team unity. Many teams will do special things to express their unity and willingness to work together for a common goal. For example, many teams will use a company like Creative Ventures Inc. to create a custom T-shirt for members only. Then the whole team will wear the shirt even away from their practice field as a way to show unity. Team barbeques, bowling, movies, and other social outings can greatly increase morale and general performance.

Show Your Allegiance and Interests

Custom T-shirts can also be a great way to show your allegiance. Sometimes you want people to know your favorite sports team without having to say a word. A T-shirt can be an open invitation to talk to anyone else who is interested in the same things depicted on your personal shirts. A T-shirt can be a great way to break the ice for any conversation. Just wear a shirt that promotes things in which you are interested. More often than not, strangers will approach you and ask you about your shirt. Meeting new people is a great way to focus on building friendly relationships. Represent your favorite things with your T-shirt and you could start making new friends today.

Use Your Clientele to Advertise

Selling T-shirts made by a company like Creative Ventures Inc. to clientele can be a great way to raise money and increase brand awareness at the same time. When strangers see your clients wearing a shirt that promotes your business, you will increase the likelihood for your brand to be recognized. Potential customers are searching for the business that seems to be the authority on whatever they need. Using brand recognition and other marketing strategies can create the image that any business needs to succeed. Use the extra money from T-shirt sales to do something nice for your existing clientele. They are out there advertising for your business!

Tuesday, August 13, 2013


Thursday, August 8, 2013

Quick Fix for a Pillow-Creased Face

You woke up late and had to rush to work in to minutes. Erase the myriad of fine lines on your sleepy face by splashing warm (not cold) water onto the area, then massage a thick moisturizer into your skin. Our skin contains fluid that keeps it supple. When your face is pressed into a pillow for hours, however, that fluid disperses to other parts of the body, leading to creases. A warm-water splash quickly rehydrates the epidermis (top layer of skin) and enhances blood flow to the area. Meanwhile, moisturizer traps that fluid for a flawless face fast.

Give a Shaving Supplies Basket for His Birthday

Deciding on what to get your man for his birthday is not always an easy thing. Some men truly do not give any idea of what they would like for their birthday. Sometimes this is because they do not want anything and other times it is because they are simply too busy to think about their own birthday. For some people, a birthday is a much bigger deal than it is for others. However, in the end, you know you will need to get him a gift. Giving him a basket full of shaving supplies is a great idea. Shaving is something that he likely does at least weekly, if not every day.

What Supplies to Put in the Basket

If your man shaves with the standard cheap razors and shaving cream, it can be a real treat to give him a gift basket with some nicer razors to use when shaving. In fact, it can be fun to introduce your man to the world of shaving bowls, brushes, and aftershaves. He will feel special and like the fact that his better half has given him something nice that is just for him. Another little something that can be included in a basket like this is a gift certificate to some place to purchase additional items or restock on the nice razors you have given him. Of course, adding a little treat to the basket and maybe even tickets to a show and gift cards for dinner would be a great way to turn the basket into a date.

The Reason Some Men Don’t Spend Money on Shaving Items

It may surprise some to see their man appreciate nicer razors and shaving supplies. This can easily cause a woman to wonder why her man has not always used these things. In some cases, it is because he simply was not aware the products existed. Perhaps he was never exposed to the nicer shaving products. However, more often than not, it is because he is sacrificing his own personal comfort and wants so his family and wife can have more. This is why it is special to give him something nice that is just for him.

The Benefits of Clear Braces for Improving Your Smile

Cosmetic dentistry is considered as any dental work that improves the appearance of a person’s teeth, gums, or bite rather than the overall health. It can be argued, however, that many cosmetic dental practices do actually improve the health of your teeth. Straightening crooked or crowded teeth, for example, helps not only to improve the appearance of your smile, but also makes it easier to properly clean teeth to prevent the buildup of harmful plaque and tartar. And improving the appearance of your smile should not be completely dismissed either. Having a straight, white smile can increase your self-confidence. But what are the benefits of obtaining a straight smile with the help of clear braces?

Clear Braces

Traditional braces use a series of brackets, metal wires, and bonding agents to align the teeth. The metal has the potential of causing irritation to the soft tissues in the mouth, and the braces will need regular adjustments. Traditional braces are also rather noticeable, which for some people, particularly adults, can be somewhat embarrassing. An alternative to traditional braces are clear braces, such as Invisalign braces. Clear braces work to reposition teeth with a series of clear plastic trays called aligners. The clear plastic is less noticeable than traditional braces, and generally results in less discomfort to the soft tissues and gums. The aligners are also removable, allowing the patient to eat whatever they like and to properly maintain better oral hygiene habits.

How They Work

The aligners are custom designed to gradually align your teeth to the desired position. Each aligner is worn for a period of two weeks, and a patient may have anywhere from 10 to 30, or more depending on the desired result. At the beginning of the two weeks, the aligner may feel tight and as though it does not fit quite right. This is because the aligner is designed to fit your teeth in a position that is closer to the overall desired result. The way the aligner fits places a gentle, yet constant pressure upon your teeth, working to gradually move them into better alignment. For some patients, this more customizable approach in cosmetic dentistry results in faster results than they would have experienced with traditional braces.

Learning Gun Safety and Proper Technique with LWRC Rifles

Many people watch TV or movies and see heroes and villains shooting guns. The hero points and shoots with deadly accuracy while the villains miss over and over again. This type of point and shoot gunplay couldn’t be further from the actual truth. Shooting a gun with accuracy and control takes practice. Whether you are shooting LWRC rifles or pistols, constant vigilance is required to keep your skills sharp. Anyone who learns how to shoot should also learn exactly how their weapon works. Firing a weapon is a physical skill that can only be developed through practice and hours spent on the shooting range. You want to have the perfect combination of accuracy and speed when you are firing a weapon. As you gain consistency and accuracy, you will want to increase your rate of fire. This will decrease your accuracy at first, but then you will adapt and learn to be accurate with a higher firing rate. Through continued training, you will learn to shoot with amazing speed and accuracy.

The Importance of Knowledge and Safety

Safety is extremely important when dealing with firearms. Make sure you complete a safety course and any other beginner training courses you can find before you begin practicing on your own. A licensed instructor can offer you great tips on how to shoot properly. You should always gain consistency and accuracy before you try to gain speed. Controlling your body is the first step towards shooting with consistency and accuracy. A great instructor can help give you the proper cues and teach you how to control your body so you can control your shooting.

Care and Respect for All Firearms

A civilian learning how to shoot a gun is still a matter of controversy. However, it only makes sense for everyone to learn about guns and how to use them safely. Guns exist and will always be available for those who are willing to break the law. This fact alone is a great reason to teach gun safety to every person in our country. Accidental gun deaths are caused by lack of knowledge and carelessness. Learning gun safety and how to shoot properly with LWRC rifles instills knowledge and respect for all firearms.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Party Invitations for Oktoberfest

Every year, my husband and I look forward to my cousin's party invitations for Oktoberfest. He hosts this fun event every 27th of September. That's his birthday and because he loves beer so much, he decided to make it an Oktoberfest party as well. Our family and his friends have gotten used to the way he celebrated his birthday; he's been doing that for some years now.

Oktoberfest party invitation cards

I am not a beer drinker but I do look forward to his Birthday and Oktoberfest parties. And as I have mentioned earlier, we look forward to his invites because I collect them. I find them cute and fun so I asked him where he gets the invitations for Oktoberfest party celebrations. As soon as he gave the website to me, I just had to check the unique and exclusive designs available only at

I am hosting a Halloween Party this year and my invites will definitely be coming from them.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Ruby Flower

I don't know what this flower is called. Can you name it?

Great Appliance Bundles

Looking at these appliance bundles online makes me more confused of what to choose for my kitchen. Renovations are going on in my house since January. We have added another floor so we can have more rooms. The kitchen and the living room will also be renovated but we have to finish working on the extension first. While waiting for the men to work on the kitchen, I am already looking at some appliances. The bundles are making it hard for me to decide because all are beautiful and functional. Should I go stainless this time or should I stick to the colored ones? Hmm, I hope I can make up my mind before they start with my kitchen.
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