19 August 2017

The Top 5 Hairstyles for Short Curly Hair in 2017

Want to try out something new for your hair this 2017? The year may be halfway through, but that does not mean that it’s too late to get a hair makeover.

If you’ve never tried it before, why not try out short, curly hair? Despite the length, there are actually many things you can do with  short curly hairstyles. Check out some ideas below. The hairstyles listed fit many occasions, from an impromptu trip to the beach, or even a formal gathering (like a wedding).

#1 - Two-Toned Curls
You’re already sporting a curly hairstyle, but you’ve decided that you want to add a little more dimension to it. You can color your hair and go for a two-toned shade. Put the lighter shade at the bottom part of your hair. This way, your dark roots will look more natural as it grows out.

#2 - Full Ringlets
If you’re a fan of Hollywood stars, none other than Oscar winner and critically-acclaimed actress Halle Berry wore this look for the 2017 Oscars. Her natural, full curls were a sight to see and really complimented her whole look. While this kind of hairstyle may be too hard to pull off on ordinary work days, try rocking this at the next office party, or even just a night out with your friends. Go full-glam and wear an elegant dress (and don’t forget the makeup!). You’ll surely turn heads with this look!

#3 - Ombre Hair
If you’ve grown tired of one color (or even two-toned hair), try using the ombre technique which shows a gradual blending of colors. It has grown in popularity over the past few years, and many people have experimented with different colors, from shades of brown to even shades of blue. Do your research on what color you’d like to choose for this kind of hairstyle. Of course, make sure you choose a reputable salon to do it for you. Trying to do the process yourself might be too risky, and you do not want to cause unnecessary damage to your hair.

#4 - Cropped Curls
If you want the low maintenance type of curly hair, you can do cropped curls or even a pixie cut. Who says that a pixie cut needs to be blunt and have no texture to look good? This kind of hairstyle requires no fuss at all. You just need a little hair product and run a little bit of it through your hair. This style can be worn on any occasion. Of course, you want to make sure that you are wearing the right clothes and accessories to finish the look.

#5 - Screen Siren Style
If you want to look more like a bombshell, try big curls instead. You can go for shoulder length, or you can try the look that made Marilyn Monroe world-famous.

Regardless of what hairstyle you will do, whether you choose to just color your curly hair or style it shorter-- the important thing is that you know how to take care of your hair. Make sure you choose the right products so that your hair will not only look good, but feel healthy, too.

17 August 2017

5 Simple DIY Pallet Projects

Wood pallets are everywhere, and with just a little bit of creativity, you can create fun and unique additions to your home. The following are some simple DIY pallet projects you could start on today.
#1 - Pallet Coat Hanger
After picking up a few hooks from your local hardware store, and grabbing a free pallet from your nearest grocer, this project could be up on your wall in less than a half hour. This very simple project adds a unique touch to any home, with sturdy functionality.
#2 - Rustic American Flag
This patriotic project is a sure conversation starter, and is quick and inexpensive to make. With just a few simple tools, some screws, and a little paint, you can have this piece up on the wall in a couple hours. A great way to show your love of country and passion for creativity.
#3 - Firewood Rack
Sometimes all that is needed is a container. This firewood rack is just the thing to add functionality and visual appeal to that stack of wood. With a handful of shingles and a few nails and screws, this firewood rack is the perfect touch for your work area, keeping wood dry and contained.
#4 - Wine Bottle Rack
In the pantry or near the dining table, this ultra-simple wine bottle rack adds a fun touch to your home. If you don’t carry enough wine in the home to necessitate a full wine cellar, this could be a great option for you. With a few screws and your favorite wood stain, this project is quick and easy, with excellent visual appeal.
#5 - Pallet Wall
Simple is the name of the game, and this rustic pallet wall is so simple, but adds a beautiful touch to any room in your home. The best part is, you can add boards at random! All you need is a saw and some screws, and before long you will have a visually appealing, inexpensive pallet wall!
Decorating the home doesn’t have to be expensive. With a few ideas and some added creativity, you can turn your home from bland to fab.  For more unique and creative ideas, check out the super Saturday crafts at Thoughts In Vinyl.

15 August 2017

5 Tips for Removing Unwanted Shrubs from Your Yard

Whether you are new to gardening or not, you know that shrubs that have been allowed to grow and are not maintained properly may become an eyesore. If you're a new home owner and you find the yard filled these kinds of shrubs, you might have an arduous task ahead of you.

People think that getting rid of that eyesore is simple. But you may need to put in a lot effort, especially if the shrub has been neglected for a long time, making the roots too deep and spread out all over your yard. To help you in keeping the aesthetics of your garden or yard in top shape, here are some tips that you may follow to make it easier to remove shrubs from your garden.

Tip #1 - Do Your Research
Okay, you might be eager to get rid of that overgrown shrub in your yard, but did you know that there is a possibility that it might be a protected species? If you find that to be true, you need to know just how you can remove the shrub and relocate it to an area approved by your city. Also, check to see if there are nests in your shrub; as you cannot remove it until the hatchlings have actually left.

Tip #2 - Get Professional Help
If the shrub is very small, it might not be too complicated and you can do the removal yourself. But if you think that it is too hard for you to handle, you might want to get some professional help. This is to ensure that there will not be any unforeseen incident. For example, you do not want to hit any utility line while removing the unwanted shrub.
Tip #3 - Make Sure You Have the Right Tools
If you are determined to take the DIY route, make sure you have the right tools and equipment. Get your pruning shears and shovel ready! For big projects, especially when you need to get the root ball, you may need to get the help of heavy machinery (provided that you know how to use them of course). This will make it easier for you compared to just using a shovel to uproot the shrub. Check out this site for mini excavator rental if you think you will be needing more than just a shovel and a wheelbarrow.

Tip #4 - Get the Root 
Simply pruning the leaves and branches will not get rid of the problem. If you don’t plan to regularly maintain the shrub, it would be better to uproot it. Make sure that you find out just how extensive the root system is, as in cases of plants being left alone for years, it might be too deep or too spread out.

Tip #5 - See If Anyone Would Be Interested in It
It may seem like an eyesore to you, but other people might actually want to have the shrub for other purposes, or they may actually have the time to maintain like you cannot. This would be better for the environment and you won’t need to throw out the shrub.

14 August 2017

4 Easy & Kid-Friendly Potato Dishes

If you have picky eaters, you know how real the struggle is to get your kids to eat anything. Oftentimes it’s not even worth the fight so dinner is chicken nuggets with mac’n’cheese…again. We know, trying new things with picky eaters can be scary, but these 4 kid-friendly potato dishes, compiled by our friends at Potato Grower Magazine, are kid-tested and approved!
You may even discover some new family favorites with these fun dishes.
#1 - Potato Wedges
Potato wedges are a classic, so if you haven’t made them before, try now! All it takes is a few potatoes, vegetable oil, salt, and garlic. Simply wash the potatoes and cut them into wedges, coat them in the oil, salt, and minced garlic, and then cook them on a baking sheet in a 400 degree oven for 30-45 minutes.
These go great with just about any entrée – hamburgers, steak, corn dogs, chicken, salad, and more.
#2 - Mashed Potato Waffles

This is a great way to make a traditional potato dish fun. Find the full recipe and directions at Just a Taste.
Here are the ingredients:
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup milk (buttermilk is even better)
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2-3 cups mashed potatoes
Mix it all together, and scoop it onto a preheated (and greased) waffle iron. Cook according to your waffle iron’s instructions. Let your kids add toppings like sour cream, scallions, cheese, and crumbled bacon to make it even more fun.
#3 - Hassleback Potatoes
These might be easier than the potato wedges. Simply wash your potatoes (good sized baking potatoes work best) and make thin slices down the length of the potato. But don’t slice all the way down, leave the slices attached. Place slice of butter between each slice, our drizzle with oil, add any desired seasonings and bake in a 425 degree oven for 40 minutes. Your kids will love pulling apart the potato slices and eating them. Find the recipe for the picture at Lavender & Macarons.
#4 - Breakfast Casserole
Want some variety with breakfast? This is a great one for weekends or holidays when more people are around. All you need is:
  • 1 bag frozen hash browns
  • 1 diced red bell pepper
  • 1 small diced onion
  • 6 eggs, beaten
  • 1lb cooked breakfast sausage
  • 2 cups shredded cheese
Mix all ingredients, keeping one cup of cheese out, and pour into a 9x13 baking pan. Spread the remaining cheese on top. Cover in foil and bake in a 400 degree oven for 30-40 minutes.
Find the recipe for the picture at The Slow Roasted Italian.
Try one of these 4 yummy potato dinners with your family the next time you are hunting for a meal that your kids will actually want to eat! Be sure to come back and let me know if it was a success!

11 August 2017

..::Product Review::.. Just Born - Animal Kingdom Plush Elephant

THE REVIEW:  I was provided with the opportunity to test out this incredibly adorable Animal Kingdom Plush Elephant from Just Born, and let you guys know how it is.  There are other plush toys on their website, but this is the only one in the 'Animal Kingdom' category.

My children may be a bit old for a nursery plush like this, but I have a niece that will be born in mid-September.  This plush is beyond perfect, because it's made specifically with newborns in mind and my sister-in-law loves elephants!  This will make the perfect addition to the nursery.

Before I even begin the 'official' review process, I would like to share my first impression notes:

+ The feel of this elephant is extremely high quality.

+ The fabric is very soft, perfect for your little one to safely snuggle with.

+ This is a lot bigger than I thought it was going to be.  I figured it would be maybe, 6-7", but it's a little over 12" tall and 10.5" wide (at its largest points).

+ It is a very neutral color, so it will match practically any nursery theme.

This elephant plush can be found here and costs $20.00.  You can also check out their other plush toys here (if elephants aren't your thing), and range in price from $12.99 to $20.00.  Here is a little bit of information about this plush from Just Born:

+ Give your baby their first Best Friend with this super soft and cuddly Animal Kingdom Plush Toy. The toy comes in a fun elephant character and will be sure to add the last cute touch to any nursery, especially the Just Born® Animal Kingdom Nursery Bedding Collection.

Featured with this plush are wonderfully floppy ears and a protruding trunk.

This elephant comes with a themed gift tag attached to its arm.  The front of the tag has the company logo and age limitations (in this case, it is made for children ages 0+).  The inside of the tag has care instructions as well as a place to fill out personal to/from information.

The elephant has soft white fabric covered in an abstract pale grey leaf pattern.  This fun design will be interesting for any baby to look at!

The seams have been finished with a darker thread for interest in a zigzag fashion.  The seams are really sturdy.

The elephant's tail is flat, but has some interesting end threads to emulate that of an actual elephant.

+ Adorably designed for any baby's nursery.
+ Soft plush.
+ Excellent quality and design.

+ Interesting threading detail.
- Is not machine washable; surface wash only.

+ YES-- super soft.
+ YES-- this is, indeed, an elephant!
+ YES-- has a matching nursery bedding set.
STAR RATING: On a scale of 1 to 5, this will get a 5.
RECOMMENDATION:  YES, I definitely recommend this brand!  Please refer to the pictures to see why.
Order here (pricing may vary).  You can also find this product line at Buy Buy Baby, Babies 'R Us, JCPenney, and Kohl's.

Please visit Just Born
I received this product for free in exchange for inspection and an honest and unbiased review.