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Here in the Cleveland, Ohio area, it's still frigid and we still have snow on the ground, even in March. This is not abnormal, though, and I guess I come to expect a little extended winter as a resident of The Land.
I'm honestly kind of over it, though, and am totally ready for warmer weather. Even though I'm still bundled up in all my winter gear, I have visions of Cedar Point and trips to the beaches of Lake Erie dancing in my head.
There is one good thing about prolonged cold weather: It gives me a little extra time to get my diet back on track to get my body ready for swimsuit season. The Holiday season is so full of indulgences. Plus, healthy eating is always a good idea anyway, since we try our best to be good examples for our children to follow.
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Who doesn’t love an epic mystery?
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase is an all-new film coming to theaters on March 15 from Warner Bros., Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production and Red 56.
The iconic mystery solving teenager from the classic Nancy Drew books is back with an all-new feature length film that will keep you guessing until the very end!
After the death of his wife, Carson Drew decides to leave Chicago behind and make a fresh start with his daughter 16-year-old daughter Nancy in River Heights. Nancy is asked by Flora to help solve the ghostly activity at her home, the Twin Elms mansion. Can she help explain the creaking footsteps, exploding lightbulbs and the ominous creature? Is it the handiwork of high-school bully Derek Barnes? Or is it possible that the ghost of original owner Malcolm Colfax is back for revenge? Recruiting her best friends George and Bess, along with local “mean girl” Helen, Nancy Drew is on the case!
Having the confidence to walk straight out of the house with no makeup on is something only movie and TV stars do, right? Going make-up free is something we’d all love the confidence to do, but when you’re feeling a little self-conscious about the condition of your skin, or your lack of eyelashes, then it’s not always that simple!
So what is it that gives these stars the confidence to step out of the door completely fresh faced? How do they do it? Do you need to apply some kind of BB or CC cream? Do you need mascara? Well, here you’ll find 4 ways you can enhance your natural beauty and feel fresh and fabulous whilst totally makeup free.
The first rule of glowing skin? EXFOLIATE. Exfoliating gets rid of all those dead skin cells which are usually the main reason behind dull, lifeless looking skin. When you exfoliate on the regular, you’re guaranteeing yourself gorgeously luminous skin.
If have “normal” type skin then you can exfoliate 2-3 times a week. However, if your skin is a little more sensitive, then its recommended only 1-2 times – remember, you’re the best judge of how much your skin can handle. If you choose an exfoliator that’s packed full of natural ingredients then your skin will not only look great but smell amazing too!
Don’t forget your lips!
Wanting luscious lips? Well, they’re also going to need exfoliating! Why? Exfoliating your lips will remove all those dead skin cells and it’ll help to bring out the natural pigment in your lips. You can use the same exfoliator as the one you use on your face – or even use an old toothbrush to reveal your hidden, totally kissable lips.
Make your eyes pop
Nothing says natural beauty then a pair of gorgeously fresh eyes. Your eyes reveal a lot about your general health, so you mustn’t neglect them in your beauty regime. I know it’s not easy when you’ve been up doing night feeds and soothing your younger children who are struggling to settle…
So, try soothing your eyes with a couple of slices of cool cucumber, or some cooled green or camomile tea teabags. Do this for 10-15 minutes each day to help reduce the redness and puffiness all us mums struggle with.
Hit the gym
Don’t panic – you don’t need an expensive gym membership or loads of free time to put this into your daily routine. Just as little as 20 minutes, and some space in the living room. Exercising regularly gets your blood pumping, which makes your skin naturally glow. Exercising has obvious health benefits but it also gives you more confidence, improves your posture and can help to tone and shape your body.
Some simple Pilates or yoga videos on YouTube are the best way to get started. Or head out for a brisk walk with the buggy and tackle a few steep hills. As long as you get moving every day, you’ll start to notice the difference!
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DreamWorks Dragons Dawn of New Riders, the new title from global video game publisher Outright Games and partner Universal Games and Digital Platforms launched in conjunction with the release of DreamWorks Animation's new movie How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World,.
Developed by Climax Studios, the game tells a new story based within the popular DreamWorks Dragons universe and is available now on PlayStation® 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™ and PC.
Check out this fantastic trailer below to get a quick glimpse into this magical, mystical realm. Hold onto your hats, though, because this is one wild ride!
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Now that Spring is finally, hopefully, on the way, the thing I am most excited for is the start of "Concert Season". Whether it's enjoying a show on a blanket at an open air venue, a jam packed stadium, a music festival, or a show at a hot, trendy nightclub, where the music is happening is where you'll be sure to find me. Music is life, and I try to attend as many concerts as humanly possible. While many concerts don't require any special attire, there are some, particularly at night clubs, that call for the hottest looks in fashion.
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Femme Luxe aims to deliver the biggest trends at the most affordable prices, on a global scale, with new rockin' styles posted every week, plus, they are smashing prices globally. Visit the Femme Luxe home page ticker time bomb for their discounted collections.
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I have to admit, I am a bit of a foodie. I love cooking, but I also love heading out on the town to experience a fabulous meal that I don't have to prepare-or clean up after. Thankfully, the NE Ohio area is actually a hot spot for food, and has a ton of great restaurants to choose from.
Recently, we heard about something new at Romano's Macaroni Grill, and couldn't wait to see what all the buzz was about. They have a new, Chef's Favorites Menu that has come highly recommended, so we decided to head on over to their Fairlawn/Akron location to check it out.
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As a homeschooling family, we're always looking for ways to spark creativity in our kiddos. You see, while reading, writing, and arithmetic are all important things to learn, I truly believe that the arts are what tie everything together. The arts are what allow creativity to flow and allow amazing ideas and inventions to be born.
Recently, I received a nice e-mail from a little girl named Sarah Porter. Sarah is the 11 year old CEO of a new brand called Instructions Not Included. (You can find Sarah on Instagram!) Sarah has created a kit filled to the top with over 500 craft supplies. Her kit does not include instructions, which allows the customer to use their creativity and imagination.
How cool is that?!
Of course I love supporting young entrepreneurs, so I gladly accepted Sarah's offer to send us her kit to check out for ourselves. We received our package quickly, and couldn't wait to get started.
This year is just flying past. It is hard to believe that it is already time to think
about your spring wardrobe, but it is. If you are anything like me you will want to carry on wearing some of your winter clothes. At least during the early part of spring when it can still be quite cold. To help you to do this I thought I would write about incorporating your winter ankle boots into your spring look.
I know that retailers like Fashion World have sold millions of pairs of these
stylish boots, during 2018. So, the chances are you have at least one pair sitting in your wardrobe, right now.
Blend those colors
Ankle boots can work with maxi skirts and dresses. But, they are generally best worn with trousers or jeans. When you go shopping for these items of clothing take the time to think about how they will look with the ankle boots that you already own.
This year, we are relatively lucky because the winter white trend dovetails
nicely into this spring’s powdery color palette. So, the boots that you wore with your whites will usually look as good with a pair of light pink, tan or cream trousers. This year’s washed out jean trend also helps you out. That shade will look good when worn with practically any color of ankle boot.
Consider waterproofing your boots
If your boots are not waterproof, consider spraying them to solve this problem. Pretty soon the snow and ice will be replaced by rain, which heightens the risk of your getting your feet wet.
Where to find more wardrobe transitioning tips
If you want more winter to spring wardrobe transition tips you can find some
really great ones by visiting this page.
SS19 boot trends
If your ankle boots have seen better days, it is well worth considering treating
yourself to a new pair. The vast majority of the bigger retailers now stock this
style of boot year round. Right now, there are some fantastic new trends
It looks like last year’s starter trend of cowboy boots is really going to take off this spring. That is great news because this versatile and hardwearing style of footwear works for most women. Plus, of course, they are super comfortable and easy to walk in.
Perhaps the most interesting trend is the mesh footwear one. It is something we have not really seen before. A pair of mesh boots would make an interesting addition to any woman’s wardrobe. The black ones look especially classy, although you may struggle a bit to get them to fit in with this season’s very light color palette.
Use the right accessories to help you with the transition
There is no doubt that the right accessories are essential for completing your
look. The right earrings, necklaces and bracelets make it far easier to transition your winter clothes into your summer wardrobe. If you want some advice about which pieces to choose, you can find it here in a post that I wrote about spring jewelry.
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