Get Great Hair For Your Office Christmas Party

It’s hard to outshine the baubles of the holiday season, but you can give your hair the lift it needs to be the belle of any Christmas ball. By choosing a glam new do and dressing it up with a festive hair accessory or two, your hair is sure to shine. And this year, you can go for the elegant upsweep, or leave hair down to frame the face and brush the shoulders. There are a few trends in holiday hair this year that will guarantee heads will turn when you make your grand entrance to your office Christmas bash.

Sweep it Up

Wearing hair up is always a glam look for evenings out on the town, even if it will be a night spent with your boss and coworkers. You can opt for the sleek look of a French twist or a classic chignon, or opt for a mess of curls pinned up and away. To get an upsweep to stay up all night, start with a smidgeon of styling gel and plenty of pins for a secure hold. Place your pins in opposite directions for extra staying power. A misting of a flexible hairspray should complete the package, and keep your tresses in perfect condition for the duration of your celebration.

Leave it Down

There are few things sexier than long locks with plenty of curl and bounce. Start with a bit of volumizing mousse and a few large hot rollers for extra body. Remove the rollers, finger comb the curls and hold in place with a flexible hold hairspray. To add the “wow!” factor, use a spray that offers a high shine component as well. Another great look to take to your office Christmas party is the shoulder-length bob, cut with plenty of layers to frame the face. Keep the bangs on the long side, and sweep them to one side. To style your bob, begin with a bit of styling gel or volumizing mousse, and blow dry with a large round brush for extra volume. You can blow the ends under and toward your face, or flip them out for a little extra sassiness.

Add your own Baubles

No matter which do you decide to wear to that office Christmas bash, make sure that you accessorize it properly with a piece of sparkling hair jewelry that is all the rage this year. Beaded headbands and barrettes top the charts for holiday glitz and make the perfect hairstyle a lot easier to manage. Another fun retro accessory is the hair comb, and you can find these pieces adorned with rhinestones or images of the season. Shorter hair sticks are becoming popular, and you can find festive choices topped with stars and snowflakes. Hair flowers are still stylish as well but go for rich fabrics and beaded centers that will give you the extra sparkle that you are looking for.

The holidays are not the time to settle for drab. Glitz it up with a great hairstyle and you will be the hit of the office Christmas bash! Party pretty.

Women and Knee Pain Common Problems and Simple Solutions

woman knee painIt is said that women in general can handle unbearable amounts of pain; this comes from childbirth, menstrual cycles and even menopause. What most women do not realize, however; is that their knee pain can be a result of just being born female. The female body is built differently from a man’s and the muscles and joints are used in different ways. These elements can create painful knees with a wide range of symptoms. The good news is that most causes of knee pain in women can be treated at home, without surgery.

Types of Knee Pain in Women

Most women experience soreness in the knees but there does come a time when it is much more than simply overdoing it. When the knee begins to swell or there is severe pain when it is moved, it can be the result of something much more serious. The causes of knee pain that a woman can experience range in severity; for instance, it can be something as simple as inflammation, which can be easily handled with effective anti-inflammatory medication and ice or it can be more serious like a tear in the meniscus.

How to Treat Simple Knee Pain

If you begin to experience some knee pain, the first thing to try is some anti-inflammatory medication. Be careful not to exceed the recommended dosage on the bottle as it can cause kidney problems, reproductive problems or overdose if the dosage is not followed. After you have taken the anti-inflammatory, sit down with your knee elevated (above the heart works the best), and place an ice pack in a towel directly over the part of the knee with the most pain.

Keep the ice on for 20 minutes and then take it off for 20 minutes. Repeat this for about an hour a day until the pain subsides. If the pain does not subside after a few days, it might be time to have an orthopedic doctor take a look to ensure that it is not something more severe that could require surgery.

Exercise can Help With Knee Pain

Women of all ages should exercise regularly. This is a known fact to help certain things like heart disease or simply to lose weight. While these are great reasons to exercise, the exercises women do can also help to alleviate knee pain. When the muscles around the knee are strong, they will help the knee to stay in place. If the muscles around the knee are weak, they can cause the kneecap to shift to one side or the other, which can be a major cause of knee pain. Exercising 2-3 times per week can greatly reduce the risk of severe knee pain while alleviating any existing pain.

Approximately 10 million women each year talk to their doctors about the pain they are experiencing in their knees. Most of the causes of this pain are not derived from any stresses in the knee, instead, it results from simple, everyday use.

When women keep up on their knee pain, they are able to stop it in its tracks. Most of the time, there is no need to visit the doctor or to even think about surgery. Most causes of knee pain in women can be easily treated with ice, medication and exercise.

 

Get Coiffed: Hairstyle Trends For Fall & Winter

Hairstyles come and go but the great ones last forever. Whether your hair is long, medium or short, chances are there is a fall and winter inspired hairstyle trend that fits you. Who knows – you may be so inspired by one of the following hairstyle trends that you’ll want to do a complete hair makeover!

For those with long locks that don’t want to go short, wearing your hair long and layered is fine but is also considered sooooo last season. Instead, why not try giving your long tresses a little spruce by wearing it in a great updo? For the fall and winter seasons, updos – both simple and outside the box – are all the rage and can set off just about any outfit. If you enjoy wearing your hair in buns then you’ll have to try out an off-center Chignon, which basically means “bun” but in a fun, French way.

The beauty of this type of bun is that you don’t have to worry about making every single strand stay in place. Chignons are meant to be worn a bit messy with tendrils creating a soft look that works with virtually any face shape and this season it’s all about putting a Chignon where you typically wouldn’t see it: on the side of your head, at the very top, down and almost to the side, etc. To create an easy Chignon, put your hair in a simple ponytail, twist the hair and wrap it around the base of your ponytail where your hair band/elastic is. Afterwards, put a few strategically placed bobby pins in and Voila – you’ve got a Chignon.

Need a hairstyle trend that’s a bit on the edgier side?

Then you’ll find inspiration in a number of super short hairstyles. This type of style is great for women that want to deal with their hair as little as possible. From a pixie cut to a textured crop, having snap short hair not only saves you time in the morning but will also save money in your wallet, since short hair doesn’t need as many hair products to thrive. The pixie cut is the more preferred this season – the shorter, the better. But even with shorter locks, you can still have fun with styling. Textured crops consist of choppy layers, which give you styling options, while regular pixie cuts can opt for the “bed head” look by shampooing, conditioning, adding mousse and letting your hair air dry.

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While the Bob is still in style, getting a cropped bob is the hairstyle that’s making waves this fall and winter season. Simply put, the cropped bob is shorter than a traditional bob but not as short as a pixie cut. This in-between style has the best of both worlds by being low maintenance as well as giving you enough room in the style department. So if you want to do something different to your tresses without making too drastic a change, the cropped bob is the way to go.

The Perfect Routine No Matter How Many Days You Train

man working out at gymDo you even know what it takes to get great results? In order to achieve the best body you can there needs to be some sort of routine. Nobody goes to the gym every few months and has big muscles. Unfortunately, effort is required. The best thing you can do is stick to something for at least 12 weeks and you might see some decent results.

Before you decide what kind of training plan you’ll do, first you must decide how many days per week you can train. Once you know what kind of commitment you’re going to put in you can get started. Although you can do the same exercises, they need to be done in a different order. Take a look below and choose the best one for you.

Taking it easy

If you only go two days per week you won’t progress at a fast speed. Maybe you don’t want to. If you’re happy to just be making gradual progress that’s fine. Nobody is forcing you to go more. You only have two days and you need to train your whole body at least twice. Working each muscle group twice per week is the minimum you can expect to do for anything noticeable.

That means you will need to do a full body split. In case the name doesn’t make it obvious, this means doing an exercise for each part of the body. Only one, though. You have a lot of muscle groups and it’s best to keep your workout to less than 60 minutes. Perform the same exercises twice per week and keep the same routine for 12 weeks before you think about changing.

Now you’re talking

Taking it up to 3 times per week is where you are really going to start seeing results. Remember that this will work best if you leave a day in between each session. It’s not vital, but it’s still important to give the body adequate rest. Especially if you are training really hard, which you will be anyway because you want to make huge strides towards that Greek body of yours.

This is where a split comes into play. It gets its name because you are splitting the body down into sections and training each one individually. One day you will train legs, the next day back, and finally ending with chest. You can add your arms onto the end of chest and back day. Pick out about 4 exercises maximum for each body part.

Going to the extremes

Some people really want to push it as far as they can go. Either that or they’re just bored at night and have nothing else to do. It doesn’t matter. If you want to go 4 times a week it’s only going to speed up results. If you do choose this path, stick 2 days together each time. So you can train Monday and Tuesday, then again Thursday and Friday.

The easiest way to break this one down is by splitting your body in half. It’s called an upper/lower split. One day you train your lower half, the next day upper half. It still means you’re going to be training each half of your body twice per week, which is what you want. Like before, pick about 4 exercises each time you go to the gym. Maybe stick an abs exercise on the end of each session to get ready for the beach.

Free Gifts With Purchase: How To Get Your Money’s Worth

It’s that time of year when it seems like every cosmetic line is promising you something for free. And of course they’re called free gifts, so we desperately want them. But before you reach for that credit card, here are a few tips to help you get the most for your money.

Be Sure it’s Worth the Purchase

There’s always a minimum purchase price – and it’s almost certainly more than you were planning to spend – so be sure that the free gift is worth it. If you’re getting sample sizes of products you already use or, better yet, products you’ve been meaning to try, then it’s a good deal. You’re getting cosmetics you would have eventually bought anyway – for free. And if you find that you don’t love that new shade you’ve been eyeing after all or your skin doesn’t respond well to that new miracle cream, your pocketbook is no worse for wear.

However, if all you’re walking away with another free cosmetics case, take a moment to consider whether or not you need it (or at least whether or not you really want it). Depending on what the complimentary item is, you might also want to take a look at how it’s made (they’re giving it away for free, remember). More than one cosmetic company has endured some bad press for giving away free gifts that broke or fell apart quickly and easily. Also, be conscious of the product that earns you the freebies but costs you money. Many companies offer a refillable compact that seems like a good buy until they change the shape of the insert leaving you with nothing but a drawer full of useless shades of free lipstick and an empty compact.

Maximize your Exposure to the Freebies

Chances are that more than one store within a reasonable driving distance of your home or office carries your favorite line. In fact, there are probably five or more cosmetic counters in your area that carry the products you use. Find these places, get on their mailing lists and sign up for their email alerts. With promotions going on frequently – especially during the holiday season – this strategy can really pay off. With just a little research on your part, you can maximize your chance of hitting a giveaway day from your favorite line.

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If you’re especially savvy and you time it right, you might just be able to ride the wave of giveaways. For example, buy a cleanser, and get samples of mascara, blush, and eyeshadow (and maybe that nifty makeup bag too). It’s possible – probable even – that by the time those samples run out, another store in your area (or even the same store) will be giving away another round of mascara, eyeshadow, and blush, with the purchase of a different product or simply with another minimum purchase. Be aware, this method of stocking your makeup case is for the brave. You never know which free shade you’ll be wearing next.

Free stuff is fun, no doubt about it. So shop smart and enjoy!

Serving Vegetables in the Best Paleo Diet Way

Vegetables are considered important components of the Paleo diet. However, preparing and serving them in the same way for breakfast, lunch and dinner can grow boring over time.

There is also the concern of how one can best retain flavor and nutrients. When vegetables are not prepared and cooked properly, the vitamins, enzymes and nutrients can all go to waste and you stand to lose its valuable benefits.

Common Issues of Cooking Vegetables

  • The Problem with Boiling Vegetables

According to the 2007 British study, boiling vegetables has been found to be particularly harmful in the preparation and cooking of fresh vegetables, especially for cruciferous vegetables such as cabbages, Brussels sprouts and broccoli.

In the study, it was found that approximately 90 percent of the antioxidant content was lost after the vegetables were subjected to a boiling process. The flavonoids and glucosinolates were also found to be significantly diminished. Both are essential compounds that were found to have critical roles in reducing the risks of cancer.

  • Microwaving Vegetables Can ‘Zap’ Nutrients

Another common and convenient form of preparing vegetables is using the microwave. This cooking method is also not recommended as it can effectively get rid of its healthy components, especially if it has been placed into water prior to microwaving. In a Portuguese study, it was found that nutrients of broccoli were diminished by as much as 74 to 97 percent.

Tips on Vegetable Preparation

  • Only cook vegetables at the shortest possible time to serve them crispy and tender.
  • The best and recommended methods of vegetable preparation are by steaming and stir frying.
  • Be sure to cover the vegetables when cooking in a pot in order to prevent the nutrients from escaping.
  • It is generally best to cook your vegetables whole and unpeeled since the most number of nutrients and vitamins are found just beneath the surface levels.
  • Make use of the nutrient-packed liquid produced when preparing soups, sauces and stews.
  • Cook your vegetables close your scheduled serving time.
  • Reduce settings to low heat when cooking vegetables in order to best retain their nutritional value.

Vegetable Cooking and Serving Ideas

There are a number of ways to prepare vegetables the healthier way. Here are some ideas and suggestions:

  • Roasted

This is one of the easiest ways to prepare vegetables, especially if you are roasting meat.  The recommended technique to line your veggies on a baking sheet and drizzling it lightly with olive oil, a bit of salt and pepper. Bake the vegetables in 375 to 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Vegetables that are best served roasted include cauliflower, asparagus, squashes and onions.

  • Grilled

Every now and then, organizing a weekend family barbeque is a wonderful opportunity to catch up and bond. Just like roasting, lightly toss your vegetable in olive. Oil. This will help the vegetables brown attractively and prevent them from sticking too much. Great vegetables for grilling include onions, peppers, eggplants, onions and zucchini.

  • Stir Fry

This is one of the healthiest methods of preparing vegetables. You simply need a hot pan and some oil. Before you place your vegetables into the pan, make sure it’s already hot. Simply lightly toss the vegetables to avoid bruising them. Vegetables that are particularly great served stir-fried include broccoli, cabbage and carrots.

  • Sauteed

Sauteed vegetables call for heating them in pan without allowing them to wilt, just soft enough for easy digestion. This cooking method is very similar to stir fry, although it doesn’t require as much cooking action. Among the well-loved sautéed vegetables include tomatoes, peppers, zucchinis and onions.

  • Steamed

The best way to preserve the flavors and beautiful colors of your vegetables is through steaming them. Use a steaming tray for best results. Highly recommended vegetables for steaming include carrots, broccoli, parsnips and cauliflower.

  • Raw

You don’t really need to cook your vegetables as you can easily consume them raw. This is the best and most natural way to preserve their flavors. Along the great vegetables that are best eaten raw include carrots, peppers, tomatoes and celery.

Don’t be afraid of experimenting and trying out different vegetable recipes. You may also want to learn a new recipe once a week to slowly build up your cooking repertoire.

Mixing Weights & Cardio: Maximize Your Fat-Burning Potential

fitnessLet’s be honest, the reason most of us join the gym – and the reason most of us keep going – is to burn fat. We try to eat healthy, but stress, bad eating habits or – worst of all – the convenience of less-than healthy alternatives keep us reliant on exercise to keep the pounds away.

We’re motivated to go to the gym. We’re even motivated to work out once we get there. But we don’t want to spend our entire day (or night) on the treadmill or in the spinning class. How do we get the biggest bang for our buck as the saying goes?

The answer is easier than you may have thought: mix up your routine.

Your body is designed to react to the stresses and strains it is put through and to become stronger as a result – basically to keep the next stressful even from hurting so much. You can see that in your muscles when you lift weights – what hurt a few weeks ago is now bearable. And you can see it in your cardio workouts as well – where you would have had to stop last month is just a mile marker today.

Your body learns. It’s not lazy, but it’s not stupid either. If it can expend less energy for the same result than it will. Our job is to keep one step ahead of our bodies – so that we keep exerting the maximum effort and burning the maximum amount of fat possible. But how can we do this?

By mixing weight training with our cardio. We know that a 30 minute cardio workout (stepping, climbing, running, aerobics) burns roughly twice the amount of calories that the same amount of time spent lifting weights, so why not just double up on the cardio time?

The answer is that strength training – either with free weights or with machines requires more effort than cardio, although for much shorter time periods. You exert a much higher percentage of energy to lift a weight over your head than you do in running a few steps. And by exerting large amounts of energy regularly over the course of your workout, you can elevate the overall fat-burning effectiveness of your exercises.

For instance, when your body exerts more than a 75% effort in doing anything, it has to call on more than simply carbohydrates to fuel the repeated effort. This means your body hits your fat cells for energy too. Whereas running at a good pace may not equal a 75% effort, lifting a heavy enough weight over your head will. And once your body has tapped into your fat stores for energy, you can keep it coming back for more by keeping your heart rate up (with cardio) and your effort percentage up (with strength training).

Most trainers recommend a circuit-style training program to maximize this fat-burning potential. In a typical circuit, you will warm up with 20 minutes or more of cardio and then alternate different cardio exercises with different strength exercises. The result is you keep your body reliant on burning fat for fuel and you keep it guessing so it can’t streamline the process.

So the next time you’re in the gym, don’t fall into you normal routine. Mix it up and keep your body guessing – all the way to your skinny jeans!

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Causes for Tension Headaches and Ways to Alleviate Them

Tension HeadachesIf you have never had a tension headache, then you should consider yourself very lucky. Unfortunately, most people are not as lucky as those who do not suffer from this oftentimes debilitating condition. Tension headaches have the potential to not only ruin a person’s day, but to actually end their day altogether.

The most extreme version of a tension headache is known as a migraine, and they can last for hours and hours on end. In some instances, medication does not even work, and the person just has to deal with the intense pain for as long as it lasts, and can only hope that it goes away as soon as humanly possible.

The reasons for tension headaches can vary from person to person and can range from physiological reasons to outside stressor reasons. It is a difficult thing to avoid because most people have no idea what causes their tension headaches, or what they can even do to relieve those headaches. But, perhaps just having a better understanding and education about some of the most common reasons behind tension headaches and most common treatments can help you figure out ways to deter your tension headaches in the future.

The Causes

Lack of sleep: Many people do not get enough sleep at night, and this is the prime reason why tension headaches happen to 30 to 80% of all people throughout the world.

Poor posture: That’s right, all those times your mother told you to stand up or sit up straight were for good reason. By improving your posture, you will relieve tension headaches.

Get de-stressed: People these days just get way stressed out. It is key to take a load off every once in awhile and take it easy. I know, most of the time it is very difficult to do this, but it is very important and should not be put by the wayside.

Hunger: Eat when you are hungry, but do not ever eat just because you are stressed.

The Cures

Relax your eyes: The eyes tend to be the focal point of tension headaches, so relieving your eyes will help a lot with the treatment of tension headaches. Eye fatigue tends to be the most common reason for tension headaches, due to the increased amount of time people spend straining their eyes with computer screens and things like that.

Massage: Giving yourself massage, or having someone give you a massage will do a lot for the treatment of tension headaches. The temples, shoulders and neck are the prime hot spots, and these will help relieve the symptoms or tension headaches.

Hot or cold: By applying either heat or cold to your face, you can relieve some of the most problematic symptoms associated with tension headaches. The forehead and the back of the neck are usually the best places to do this, but it varies from person to person.

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Tips For Choosing The Right Thermometer For Your Child

baby thermometerThe check fever with thermometer plays an important role in not only telling what temperature your child or baby has, it also lets you know how serious their condition is or if they’re even sick to begin with. However, what you may not have thought of is that there are a variety of thermometers out there and not just any kind should be used on your baby or child. Regardless of how old your child or children are, it is important to know which types of thermometers should be used with certain age groups.

Just as there are various types of thermometers, there are various areas where you can take your child’s temperature: the armpit, mouth, ear, and rectum are the main areas. Each type of thermometer is meant for one or more of these areas.

No matter what thermometer you get, make sure you stick it in the right place! If you have more than one child, you may want to stick to just one thermometer to make things easier and in that case, you’ll be fine with a regular digital thermometer that can be used under the armpit, in the mouth or ear. However, to cover all your bases, you may want a digital ear thermometer, and/or a pacifier thermometer (for babies) in addition to your main thermometer.

The best way to find out what kind of thermometer to use is to go by your child’s age. For newborns up to three months of age, a regular digital thermometer should be used in the rectal area to get an accurate reading.

Be sure to lubricate the tip of the digital thermometer with petroleum jelly. Only put the thermometer one inch inside of your baby’s rectum (he/she should be lying comfortably on his/her back with the thighs up). Make sure to keep it in place until the digital thermometer beeps. For babies from three months up to four years of age, parents can use a digital ear or pacifier thermometer. Read the instructions thoroughly for these types of thermometers. However, you can also safely use a regular digital thermometer in the armpit or rectum.

Parents of children four years of age and older can use a digital thermometer under the tongue for an accurate reading. However, if your child is too sick or congested to breathe, avoid taking their temperature under their tongue and instead put the digital thermometer under their armpit or in the rectal area. Digital ear thermometers are also ideal for a child that is too sick to take an oral temperature reading.

Each time you use the thermometer, make sure you are following the directions exactly or else you won’t get a good reading. For mild fevers, it’s okay to give your child Tylenol if they are up to six months of age. Children older than six months can be given Ibuprofen. Aspirin should not be given to anyone under 18 years of age. You may want to contact your doctor if your child exhibits the following temperature readings based on their age: 100.4 F or higher (3 months and younger), 102 F or higher (3 months and older and is lethargic, irritable, or uncomfortable), and 102 F or higher (older than 3 months and does not respond to over-the-counter medication).

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Find An Exercise Class That Fits What You Want

Exercise ClassMaking the decision to join a gym is an important one. Not all gyms are the same and if you want to stay motivated and reach your fitness goals, it is vital that you choose wisely. But keep in mind that the decision making process doesn’t end after you’ve gotten your membership activated. Picking the ideal exercise class is another decision you’ll have to deal with but it doesn’t have to be complicated as long as you stick to a program that is tailored towards your tastes.

One of the biggest and most common mistakes newbies make when it comes to exercise classes is picking one at random and just going with the flow – you can read on birthorderplus. If you have fitness goals that you want to reach, your best bet is to take a step back and find out exactly what you want from an exercise class and if that particular program is available to you at your local gym.

Because of the rise in numbers of people becoming more health-oriented, many gyms have developed a slew of exercise classes that involve everything from step aerobics to yoga and power cycling. Instead of looking at the list of classes available and picking one at random, plan ahead and pick a class that was made for you.

What does that mean exactly? For one thing, the exercise class you sign up for at the gym should be convenient and work with your schedule. Don’t pick an aerobics class that is early in the mornings if you work late at night or aren’t a morning person. Being able to make it to class on time and staying from beginning to end will increase your chances of success and getting the end results you want.

Not sure what kind of exercise class you can handle? If you’re a first time gym goer you’ll more than likely want to stick to beginner or intermediate level classes. It is also a good idea to think about your personality. Are you a super active person by nature or do you prefer to take things slow? Are you looking for a challenge or simply want to try something new?

These factors will all point you towards the appropriate exercise class at your gym. For example, if you’re a high energy person that loves to push themselves to the limit, try signing up for an exercise class that involves a sport like kickboxing. Or if you’d rather mellow out while improving your strength and tone, opt for a slower-paced yoga class.

According to birthorderplus.com comfort should also be another determining factor when choosing classes. Sit in on an exercise class and see how it’s run. Be observant: how does the instructor interact with the people in the class? Are the other gym goers in the class friendly, talkative or do they stay focused on what they’re doing? Regardless of what kind of class you end up joining, it should provide an atmosphere where you aren’t afraid to give it your all and push yourself.

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