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Springtime is a time for new beginnings, and a renewal of life. Renew your hair and give it the gift of life with Quinoaplex!
Did you know that the new mother of all grains, Quinoa, if hydrolyzed, does wonders for the hair? It penetrates through the cuticles and supplements the protein loss that happens through coloring, bleaching, sun, sea and age. Quinoa's natural protein content is far more than any other grain.
The quinoa protein composition is almost identical to the protein composition of the hair. So when the proteins come in contact, they immediately bond together, making the hair stronger and rebuilding it naturally to prevent breakage and split ends. It also protects against hair loss and thinning for both men and women.
Introducing Quinoaplex by ONC, made of the new miracle grain “quinoa”, that transforms hair when hydrolyzed and molecules are then small enough to get through the cuticles of the hair to penetrate into the hair shaft. Quinoaplex is beneficial because hair is made of 85% Protein which also is called Keratin. Washing hair, color/bleach and/or its exposure to sun, causes loss of protein, thinning of hair (men & women), hair loss and hair breakage.
Quinoaplex by ONC provides:- lasting shine- manageability without the need of any gels or hairspray.
- shorter time of hair drying
- decreases hair loss, thinning and breakage
- increases the lasting of hair color
- soothing irritated scalp
- it allows the hair to be colored and bleached with much less damage more often as the protein that the hair loses, is given back with the hydrolyzed quinoa protein.
Other great benefits of quinoa hair protein are:
- It promotes growth
- Helps the pigmentation of your hair color
- Its minerals are natural hair strengtheners
- Protect your hair from environmental damaging agents like air pollution.
As I have discussed in previous posts, my hair has been the consistency of hay. After a long winter of cold temperatures, in addition to my recent highlights, my hair was extremely damaged. I was at wit's end trying everything that claimed to 'repair damaged hair.' While those products did provide some relief, I wanted a solution that did not involve cutting off all of my hair.
Thankfully I was given the opportunity to review Quinoaplex by ONC. That evening, I put it to use! First, I shampooed my hair, rinsed and towel-dried it as I normally do. Next, I sprayed Quinoaplex evenly all over my hair and then massage it into my hair until it lathered. I was amazed at how much rich foamy lather there was. I piled my hair on top of my head and left the formula on my hair for 15 minutes. (I took that time to shave my legs really thoroughly.)
After the time was up, I rinsed, towel dried again, and applied my normal conditioner. After my hair was dry, I could not stop running my fingers through it, because it was so soft and silky. My hair looked like virgin hair once again, with zero split ends. It looks so healthy and shiny!
I just read that if you don’t have time, you can just leave it on and not bother with the rinsing and conditioner. I might try that next time to see how my hair feels.
You can also add a cap full ( 0.25 fl. oz.) into any chemical box color right before coloring at home. Take it to your salon and ask or insist the colorist put in a cap full ( 0.25 fl. oz.) into your chemical color or bleach solution. It does not interfere with ratios, developer or formula time. You can see its effects after one application. (But never use immediately after hair coloring. Wait 3-4 days.)I plan to do this the next time I get my hair done.
To learn more about Quinoaplex , or to place an order go to: https://quinoaplex.com/
Spring break is around the corner! If you plan on traveling with kids in tow, you will need to pack plenty of on-the-go snacks for those long car trips. Whether you're traveling near or far, keep the family happy with Welch's Fruit Snacks and Fruit Rolls – see below for more info!
Welch's Fruit Snacks are sure to delight your family with the delicious taste and quality that can only be Welch's. Even better, they are available in a range of package options ideal for on-the-go snacking!
Unroll the fun this spring break with Welch's Fruit Rolls! Featuring fruit as the first ingredient, Welch's Fruit Rolls are loved by kids and approved by mom!
I must admit that these delicious fruity snacks are not just for the kiddos! My husband and I love them as well. I figure that it is better for us to snack on Welch's fruit snacks and fruit rolls than sugary candy with empty calories. Plus, they are lots of fun to eat! I still love to wrap my fruit rolls around my finger and eat them that way!
What is your favorite way to eat Welch's Fruit Rolls?
March is National Nutrition Month, meaning there's no better time to stock up on healthy snacks (especially after indulging in last month's Valentine's Day candy)! I am so bad, I love chocolate!
I love my sweets, but I also enjoy healthful snacks, such as veggies and olives.
In honor of the month-long holiday, I wanted to introduce some vegan, low calorie snacks from authentic Greek brand, Gaea, that are the perfect for taking on-the-go. The Gaea Veggie Snacks and Olive Snacks were designed with convenience in mind and are made with all natural ingredients and zero preservatives.
Gaea Veggie Snacks: Gaea's line of Veggie Snacks are the first shelf-stable on-the-go vegetable snacks on the market. Building on the healthy snacking trend and popularity of Gaea's Olive Snack Packs, the Veggie Snacks are designed with convenience in mind and made with all natural ingredients and zero preservatives. All three varieties are also vegan and gluten free. The perfect choice for healthy snacking on-the-go, Gaea Veggie Snacks feature a handy re-sealable package, without liquid, allowing the convenience of snacking now and later.
Available in three varieties: Carrot, Cauliflower and Gherkin. $28/8 count, Buy on Amazon
Gaea Olive Snack Packs– These Olive Snack Packs are a savory, low-calorie and healthy snack to throw in your tote or take on-the-go. 100% natural, containing zero additives or preservatives and very low salinity, the olives are packed in a handy re-sealable package, without liquid, allowing the convenience of snacking now and later.
Three varieties are available: Pitted Green Olives Marinated with Chili and Black Pepper, Pitted Green Olives Marinated with Lemon and Oregano, and Pitted Kalamata Olives, 100% Natural and Sun Ripened. MSRP: $1.47 / 1 oz, Buy at Walmart stores
FROM JOHN FRIEDA HAIR CARE
2019 is bringing you newness from John Frieda Hair Care that you’ll WANT to try.
My hair has been bleached, and is very dry lately, and my highlights were looking a little dull. I was searching for products that would bring back the health and vibrancy to my hair. Thankfully, I discovered these miracle products from one of my favorite hair care brands, John Frieda!
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lemon Miracle Masque ($9.49, CVS or Amazon.com)
Hair rehab for blondes looking to achieve their brightest, lightest and healthiest-looking hair. It’s specially formulated to target the ongoing issues blondes face with dry, brittle strands and dull, darkening color. This mask is ideal for natural or color-treated blondes that are feeling especially dehydrated post color treatment.
I use this hydrating mask twice per week. I use it after shampooing, and then after towel drying my hair, I apply it from roots to ends and leave it on for about ten minutes before I rinse. My hair feels refreshed from the lemon, perfectly hydrated and feeling silky soft. It also looks shiny and my highlights are brightened up. I love this mask!
John Frieda Wonder Drops Hair Masks ($3.49 at Walmart and select Grocery Outlets)
Four targeted hair masks that transform hair in a matter of minutes. Designed to treat hair suffering from frizz, fading, damage or dullness, each mask revives hair with a single in-shower application. Simply shampoo, squeeze out excess moisture and massage the Wonder Drops throughout wet hair.
Available in: Frizz Smoothing, Blonde Brightening, Damage Repairing and Vibrancy Enhancing
I have used the Blonde Brightening mask on my damaged hair when I was away at the beach. I used it the same way that I used the Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lemon Miracle Masque, and I was very impressed with how it improved my hair's condition. I found it very convenient to take it with me in my overnight bag to use on vacation. I love the way it refreshed my blonde highlights.
John Frieda Vibrancy Enhancing Conditioner ($8.99, Amazon)
An intensely hydrating conditioner that leaves your color vibrant and your hair feeling healthy. It maintains that salon-fresh color with a formula that leaves hair feeling soft, silky and luxurious with every use, transforming dull, lackluster hair into a vibrant, illuminated mane. Infused with nourishing Babassu Oil, the deeply moisturizing conditioner locks in rich, salon-quality color and protects it from fading.
Maple Holistics has done it again! I am a huge fan of their hair care products. I was recently introduced to their amazing Silk 18 Shampoo, and my hair has never been more beautiful. You see, my hair has been very dry this winter. On top of being dried out and brittle from the cold temperatures, I had my hair hi-lighted. That made my already damaged hair look and feel like hay. It wasn't pretty!
After I started using Maple Holistics Silk 18 Shampoo, I feel that my hair has been completely revitalized!
"Achieve stronger, smoother, more luscious hair with silk18 shampoo. Infused with a rejuvenating blend of 18 silk amino acids which help fortify hair follicles and strengthen strands to protect hair from dryness, breakage, damage, split ends, and hair fall. The nourishing formula gently cleanses dandruff, excess sebum, and impurities to leave your hair and scalp feeling fresh but not stripped. Enriched with argan and jojoba oil to add supreme softness and a luminous shine. Our shampoo is sulfate and paraben-free making it great for all hair types, color treated hair, and sensitive skin."
From the very first time that I tried Silk18, I was impressed with the luxuriously rich lather. It felt like the formula was deeply penetrating each strand. My hair was left squeaky clean without any gross residue that some shampoos leave behind. My hair felt beautifully clean, but not stripped of moisture.
My hair has taken on a new bounce, shine and softness that it has been lacking lately. The breakage is greatly reduced,and I can't really see any more split ends. My hair has been transformed from being dry and unmanageable, to a healthy and vibrant condition that I love!
For more information go to: https://www.mapleholistics.com
Guest rooms are important in family homes, creating extra space for guests and extra family members when they come to visit. If you want your guests to walk away happy and have an enjoyable stay with you, you should ensure that your guest room is inviting, welcoming and comfortable for your guests. However, your guest room should also be convenient for you, and so you should also consider the practical aspects, such as convertibility.
The first thing that you should think about when creating the perfect guest room is how convenient it is for you. Your room should be practical for when you have no guests visiting, ensuring that you do not use unnecessary resources on its creation. Then, you should aim for simplicity when creating a guest room. For instance, simply add a bed to a living room, or create a guest nook in another room for a practical and easy way to create a space for guests to stay. You should also ensure that your guest room has all the basics that your guests will need, such as a wardrobe, mirror and bed.
If practicality is high on your list of must-haves, you should consider your guest room’s convertibility. Guest rooms can make great home offices or even entertainment or theater rooms when you do not have guests staying. By simply including a few different pieces of furniture, you can ensure that your room has multiple uses. For instance, you should consider investing in convertible beds such as pull-out, Murphy or sofa beds, which can then be transformed into a place to relax, or simply stowed away to create a home office. Anima Domus’s Italian wall bed system is comfortable and easy to clear into the wall of a home office, allowing you the extra space to complete all of your work before the guests arrive.
You should also ensure that your guest room is spacious, allowing your guests more space to move around and enjoy their stay. You can make your rooms look more spacious through painting their walls in neutral or white color palettes as this will give the appearance that your room is larger than it really is. You can also create more space through your storage methods. You should consider under-the-bed storage for your guest room. As many guest rooms are converted spare rooms, this will enable you to use the room for both storage and guests, maximizing the space that you have available to you.
4. Welcoming Environment
Most importantly, you want to create a fantastically welcoming environment for your guests. Try adding a tea tray of biscuits and a kettle for the ultimate comforting experience. You may also want to add different textiles to the room such as rugs and cushions to add an extra aspect of personalization and ensure that your room looks wonderful for your guests. This will mean that your guest room is both practical and as welcoming as a hotel for your guests.
NATIONAL FRAGRANCE DAY MUST-HAVES
Celebrate National Fragrance Day on March 21st with one the beautiful fragrances from the Author of Perfumes since 1981 - Goutal Paris!
Eau d’Hadrien EDP
($127 1.7oz / $202 3.4oz, us.goutalparis.com)
The first fragrance from the legendary house of Annick Goutal, conveys the fiery sun and the brilliant light of Tuscany add to the charm of the cypress-lined terraces. The hottest hour of the day is the best time to sink into the soft shade of the lemon trees and reread a few passages from Memoirs of Hadrian.
Notes: Sicilian Lemon, Citron, Grapefruit, Green Mandarin, Ylang-Ylang, Cypress, Bergamot
Bois d’Hadrien EDP
($127 1.7oz / $202 3.4oz, us.goutalparis.com)
Annick Goutal’s daughter, Camille, envisioned the sky of a Tuscan sunset when creating this perfume. The blend of cedar, Siberian pine, fir balsam, incense, and musk will take you straight to Italy.
Notes: Cedar, Siberian Pine, Fir Balsam, Incense, Musk
Petite Cherie EDP
($127 1.7oz / $202 3.4oz , us.goutalparis.com)
This fragrance represents an enchanted garden, where a pear tree blossoms beside a blooming rose bush. Not fully woman, not fully child, Petite Chérie picks a pear from the tree and discovers the tenderness of a kiss between flower and fruit. A fragrance to embrace.
Notes: Pear, Peach, Musky Rose, Freshly Cut Grass, Vanilla
Rose Pompon EDP
($116 1.7oz / $170 3.4oz , us.goutalparis.com)
As you stroll down Rue des Rosiers in Paris, you can feel the vibrant, sparkling atmosphere along the cobblestone street, punctuated with the laughter from café terraces and snippets of shopkeepers' conversations. In the spring, the climbing rose bushes flower in clusters. The wind stirs their pompom blossoms and swirls their refreshing scent with the sweet, tangy smell of pastries.
Notes: Bulgarian Rose Essence, Taïf Rose, Peony, Blackcurrent, Raspberry, Pink Pepper, Woody Cedar, Patchouli, White Musks
The Rose Pompon is MY Favorite! I love the feminine fragrance. There is no more beautiful scent to me than that of the rose!
If you are like me, you are probably wondering what the secret ingredients are that will keep you healthy, strong, and vibrant. Is there a supplement to take? Tell me what to eat! When should I eat and how many calories should I be eating? The truth is, the "secret" is that all we need to do is to focus our attention on consuming a variety of plant-based, whole foods at least 80% of our time to keep us strong and healthy. These are foods that are found in nature. They are either grown on trees or in our earth. Plant-based whole foods are key to vital health and can help prevent and even reverse diseases by reducing inflammation in the body! Powerful stuff.
Certified Nutritional Health Counselor, Sara Siskind has put together some of her favorite plant-based, whole foods that she makes sure to include in her eating routine that I thought I would share:
When nuts, such as pistachios, are eaten on a regular basis, they help lower total and LDL (bad) cholesterol thereby lowering the risk of heart disease. Pistachios provide the winning combination of heart healthy fats, protein and fiber which are essential to good nutrition and health. One serving of pistachios has as much potassium as an orange making it a nutritious choice to add to your daily diet. My favorite pistachio snack is Setton Farms’ Pistachio + Plum Chewy Bites. They make it easy to get the daily benefits of pistachios on the go, plus the plums make them a tad sweet to satisfy my sweet tooth!
Leafy Greens such as collard greens, bok choy, swiss chard, kale and mustard greens are one of the most nutrient dense foods containing the least amount of calories. Whether you are looking to watch your weight, prevent or reverse disease, improve the strength of your bones and teeth or just get a natural healthy glow, eating leafy greens on a daily basis is a must. Leafy greens contain important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, vitamin A, vitamin K, and vitamins B1 and B2 and fiber. I like to put them in my salads, sandwiches, and even sautéed and served in healthy pasta dishes!
Whole grains such as quinoa, buckwheat, wild rice, bulgur and millet offer a variety of health benefits, unlike refined grains which are processed and stripped of valuable nutrients. They contain whole grain kernels that consist of three parts: the germ, bran and endosperm; each part is essential containing fiber, B vitamins, iron, copper, zinc, magnesium, antioxidants, phytochemicals, healthy fats, carbohydrates and protein. One of my dishes is a rice bowl, start with wild rice, and load up on the greens and plant-based proteins!
Not all fats are created equal! Healthy fats are those that contain polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, are found in plants, and actually do the body good. They are instrumental in keeping your weight under control, lowering your bad cholesterol (LDL), preventing stroke and heart disease, lowering your blood pressure and even boosting your mood. Healthy fats are found in nuts, seeds, avocados, cacao, olives, and plant based oils and are rich in omega 3s. Although these healthy fats are essential for the body, it’s important to keep your portions in control because they can also be calorie dense. Drizzle some olive or avocado oil on your salad to get a healthy dose of fats.
Beans and Legumes
Beans and legumes are an excellent source of dietary fiber, protein, B vitamins, folate, and an assortment of other vitamin and minerals. Beans are known to help keep the digestive track running smoothly because they contain soluble and insoluble fiber. First they slow down digestion to give you a full feeling and then they help to prevent constipation. Beans are a wonderful substitute for animal protein. They can help lower blood sugar levels and cholesterol and maintain a healthy gut. Look for chickpeas, lentils, peas and white beans and aim for ½ a cup daily. I love making zoodles and loading them with chickpeas and other greens for a healthy dinner option.
About Sara Siskind
Certified Nutritional Health Counselor, Sara Siskind is the founder of Hands On Healthy, cooking classes for adults, families and teens based in New York. Sara has dedicated her career to educating clients on how food and lifestyle choices affect health, and how to make the right choices to look and feel your best each day. Sara translates the complexity of integrated nutrition into usable tools with easy-to-cook recipes that appeal to the entire family. Sara counsels privately to offer highly customized health and nutrition plans for her clients. She also works with parents on shopping and cooking smarter to create healthier homes. In addition, she teaches beginner to gourmet cooking classes with her signature "toss it in" approach. In addition, Sara regularly works with corporations and non-profit organizations to lead workshops and lectures on healthy eating.
Pistachio + Plum Chewy Bites are all-natural bite-sized bars packed with over 50% California grown pistachios, plums, date nectar and a touch of lemon. Each individually wrapped bite is loaded with protein, fiber, iron, potassium and antioxidants making them an ideal, on-the-go, heart healthy snack that is both delicious and nutrient dense.
Pricing: 6-Pack $5.99
About Setton Farms
Setton Farms is a family owned business based in California’s Central Valley and are the 2nd largest grower and processor of pistachios in the United States. The business started as a small bakery in Brooklyn in 1959 and expanded to growing pistachios in 1987. They are a vertically integrated company and are able to focus on every step of the pistachio process from harvesting, to processing, to shipping. The processing plant has a 1.7MW solar power system and their post-harvest operations is 100% solar powered. Their products range from plain pistachios to flavored pistachios to their iconic Pistachio Chewy Bites.
I cannot stress enough how important a good night's sleep is! As a working mom with a little one who still shares our bed it's become even more apparent that good sleep isn't an option, it's a necessity whenever we can get it! I want my home to be an oasis where my family can relax after a long day and always feel comfortable and safe. I've been hunting for the best products to make my bedroom especially relaxing so that I can soak up some rest!
I was excited to try California Design Den sheets for their high quality and lasting materials. Another thing I really appreciated about this company was their assurance of fair collaboration with their factory in India.
Nobody can deny that the first night's sleep with clean sheets is the BEST feeling! It makes me feel like my life is a little less chaotic! When we climbed into bed my husband instantly said ‘I feel like we're at a luxury hotel.’ And I totally agree!
These white sheets are completely luxury. They were also perfect for our hot-blooded little one-year- old co-sleeper because they kept her the perfect temperature, a little cooler. I could not have asked for better sheets to help her sleep through the night without sweating!
California Design Den produces their sheets with the same premium quality as the world’s top bedding brands at a value you won’t find anywhere else. I can tell that the material used is made of the highest quality material, and will last for years to come, which is relief!
If you're like me, you love a good deal and you love to stock up on the things you love and will use. Which is why the price of these sheets is a great deal and a perfect opportunity to buy multiple high quality products for the price of something cheaper another store. I highly recommend my luxury sheets and can't wait to crawl into bed and SLEEP like my baby!
For more information or to place an order, please visit: https://californiadesignden.com/
As a parent, you already know how challenging it can be to run your household. From cooking healthy meals to making sure that everyone is happy, there is an overwhelming number of responsibilities. Keeping the home clean and tidy is one of them, and that can often feel like a losing battle. If your children are happy leaving their toys at the top of the stairs, think nothing of throwing dirty clothes on the floor, and never tidy up after themselves, then you probably feel like pulling your hair out. The good news is that there are some proven ways to help make keeping your home clean and tidy, and you might even be able to get the children to help!
Rules for Play
The more expectation that you demand, the easier it will be for your children to understand routines and requirements. When it comes to playtime, make sure that you establish this simple rule: one toy set at a time, and put it away before unpacking a different set. This will prevent the accumulation of toys, and make it far easier to manage your household.
Everything in its place
The more designated areas that you have for possessions, the easier it is to put them back where they belong. If you lack space, then simple solutions can include using empty shoe boxes for toys and trinkets or investing in some clothes bins for the same task. The more that your children know where things belong, the more likely that they will tidy up after themselves.
It might seem like overkill, but some simple changes to your home will make it much easier to keep clean and tidy. Carpet can be a nightmare when you have children, with spilled drinks and dropped food not helping at all. Have a look at the low cost of laminate flooring Charleston SC at Palmetto Carpet and Floor Coverings, and consider how much time you might save when all of your floor cleaning can be done quickly and with nothing more than a brush.
If your children don’t put their clutter away, then you should deny them access to it when they next want it. Have a storage box that’s kept out of reach. If you’ve asked for a spruce up of their room, wait until they have said they’re done, and anything that hasn’t been tidied goes into that storage until they improve. That reward could be the inspiration they need to pay more attention to their living space.
One of the best ways to get your children to help with the tidying up is to let them be the boss for a while. They’ll love being in charge, and if you have more than one child, then you can have one acting as a supervisor (remember to switch up roles). Being in charge of you and their siblings will be fun, and they might even start paying more attention to what needs doing too. Tidying up games are not just practical; they’re fun too!
Teach your children how to clean properly, and they’ll feel more grown up too. Start them off by letting them play-clean alongside you, and show them how to improve. You might find that they love tidying up so much that you never have to wipe down a side or pick up a toy again. It’s good to dream, right?