Last night on a last minute excursion to a collegiate gymnastics meet, my sister and I had a great idea to treat my 4 year-old niece Rosie with a surprise sleepover at Aunt Steph’s apartment. I live just around the block from where we were, and Rosie was super disappointed about her Tinkerbell brush disappearing somewhere under the stands. Our sleepover offer was just the ticket to cheer her up. Overall, the event was a success, but I realized that preparation could have helped smooth over the edges of my hosting needs. Here are some of my recommendations for a fun night that leaves room for lots of love and fun. Continue reading
Choosing hair products can cater to both your desire to live by your principles and your desire for soft, shiny, pretty hair. While many popular hair care brands either use animal testing or actually use animals in their products. Mink oil, cow horns and hoofs, beetles, fish scales, and chicken feet, combs, and bone are all fairly common ingredients in hair products (and lotions for that matter).
If you would like to get away from those products and support a marketplace that values ethical treatment of animals, here are two great options that I tried out. Continue reading
When commuting is a large portion of your life, keeping a clean car can be difficult, but it is also important. Documents, mail, make up, change of clothes, anything and everything seem to end up cluttering my floorboards. I like to be well equipped for any travelling situation, but I also would like a tidy looking car. Cars are our home on the road, a little reflection of ourselves we show to everyone we meet up with. Here are some tools to help your vehicle be a calming haven in a traffic jammed world. Pictures are at bottom of page. Continue reading
Subliminal scents can influence you even while you sleep. A recent study shows that smelling rose (used as the pleasant odor sample) during sleep causes more positive dream emotions, and a standard unpleasant odor (rotten eggs) promotes negative dream emotions. Continue reading
On our way through these adventurous lives of ours, we’re bound to get some scrapes every now and again, and it’s high time we deal with them with sense of fashion! Some new products offer a dashing way to dress those wounds. There are a surprisingly large number of fashion-friendly bandages on the market, but these are my favorites. If you needed any excuse to get outside and go hard, finding a reason to sport these spunky new accessories might be just the ticket. Continue reading
Good headbands are hard to find, but easy to wear. A good band will polish an ensemble or add purpose to a hairstyle. Continue reading
Add an endearingly ironic touch to your living room. Have a favorite catch phrase, movie quote, or brilliant sentiment you’d like to share with the world? Cross stitch it on a pillow! Or you could take the easier way out and look and see if one of these places has beat you to the punch. Next time someone tells you that ‘you should needlepoint that on a pillow,’ you can tell them you already did.
From top left to bottom right: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PurpleHippoStitches?ref=seller_info, http://www.subversivecrossstitch.com/patterns.htm, http://www.etsy.com/shop/FunWithNeedles?ref=seller_info, http://www.etsy.com/shop/cspinney?ref=seller_info, http://www.jonathanadler.com/Needlepoint-pillows/, http://www.etsy.com/shop/PickledTinkEmporium?ref=seller_info
It’s almost time for Valentine’s Day, and we need to properly prepare for all that smootching. A pretty cool tool for the trade is lip plumping gloss. There are a few different brands out there, but I tried Buxom Big and Healthy Lip Polish. Because of some spices, it makes your lips tingle and increases circulation to the area, dilating blood vessels and thereby increasing the fullness of your pout. Results are truly noticeable, and the effects can last 30 minutes. It is also moisturizing and is available in a variety of different tints.
I enlisted some girls to help test the product’s kissing performance on their men. The unsuspecting guys all noticed a difference in the kiss. Continue reading
Proudly display your love of literacy with the books you adore personalized to match your style. Several websites and vendors offer personalization of either classic novel text or covers. Here are some of the best. Continue reading
Keeping yourself together entails keeping track of the small everyday stuff so that it doesn’t distract from your life. I can be so bad at misplacing my keys and phone, and can as a result unnecessarily late or unreachable. As annoying as this bad habit is for me, I know it must be even more frustrating for those around me who get roped into my unintentional little impromptu scavenger hunt or who have to accommodate the repercussions of my absent-mindedness. Continue reading