Tag Archive | Winter

20 things to do when you are Bored

Its the end of January and some of you may have cabin fever, just think how you will feel by February or March. In this day and age  I don’t get how ANYONE with all the crap we have to ‘toy’ around with and so on, how can one get bored?

There are endless Apps, LOADs of great shows on television now (I Highly suggest watching Lethal Weapon.. its my stand out favorite new show last year.) Plus there’s streaming as well, and all the stuff from the past on youtube.

a few suggestions?

*Watch Lethal Weapon, Game of Thrones or Vikings

*Write a short story or a poem on how you feel

*as much as I hate to…. exercise a bit.  (do one of each)

*I have a giant pile of books and only 2 small bookcases,  organize your books by alphabetical order (the ones you plan to keep) or make each shelf a different genre, I’ve also seen where people put all books of one color together and look quite pretty especially if you do it as an accent wall)

*READ a print or digital book

*Get a hobby for instance ( I make jewelry and sew among other things like paint…not like I’m good at drawing in the first place but I just freehand the whole thing. I have a few blogs (this, one for writing,   Crafts, and my Entertainment one which is the one that keeps me the busiest.and there’s my main one which aside I post random stuff that doesn’t fit to the others, (and I do repost some of the articles and reviews from my other blogs there.

*Play a board or card game with family or friends.

*Is it the spring or summer? Is it a Saturday?  Go check out some Yard or whatever you want to call them sales, or even a flea market (why are they called that anyway?)  All the ones I’ve been to have sold new stuff Like the Big one in Englishtown new jersey and Stormville.

*You know those adult coloring books? Buy one and some colored pencils (they look best that way to me, though if you get one where the pages have the art on one side, then why not try watercolor as well?)

*Decide what you will wear the next few days

*make a list, any list

*Go through your closet, and see what no longer fits.

*write a short story

20 things to do when you are bored

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20 Great Habits For Stronger, Shinier And Healthier Hair

This post was inspired by 20 Great Habits For Stronger, Shinier And Healthier Hair

Now we all have our own beauty routines but sometimes we just need to break thins up and try something new, or use it every so often. Sometimes your body can get used to something and it doesn’t work anymore.

I wash my hair (depending on time of year) anywhere between every 2 days, during the winter or if I don’t plan to go out I only wash it once a week!  (basically when it looks a bit greasy that’s when to wash it, otherwise you dry out your hair, the shampoo strips the natural oils from your scalp that help in healthy hair, not to mention get split ends faster.

I also take Biotin it helps with healthy skin, growing hair and nails.

I use this  Olive Oil ‘lotion’ for hair to keep my long mane tame especially for the ends so they don’t split. it keeps frizz away for me as well in the winter static.

One or twice a week I condition it, but during the summer I do so a little more.

Once a month use a hot oil treatment (or a conditioner you leave in for awhile) During the winter this should be done once a week.

Also in the summer I suggest using some sunscreen specially made for your scalp

also even if you are trying to grow your hair out… see a stylist every 3-6 months to trim those dead ends off.

Plus your hair always looks super shiny and healthy when you leave

*Item links are to amazon and are my recommendations. I’ve used many for years

8 Simple tricks to sooth and heal dry cracked fingertips this winter

This is the time of year (well in the states at least) where nails can become brittle and skin very dry even to the point of cracking! I wouldn’t suggest the superglue, that can lead to making things worse as it pulls your skin off. Before going out with or without gloves put on a thick lotion or some vaseline type all over your hands (and if you will be outside without face protection put it on your face especially your T-zone (that of your forehead and nose) Use moisturizer everyday.
When You take a shower don’t use too hot of water as that can also strip your skin of moisture (surprisingly right?) While I am still int he shower with the water on, I rub some babyoil on everywhere esp. that which is usually exposed to the elements or just ends up getting cold first!) I rinse off. before I towel dry I use a little more especially On my feet, hands and arms (the spots that feel dry or usually end up feeling itchy during the winter.)
You also don’t want the heat in your house too high… as that can be stripping the moisture. Might I suggest a humidifier even if it’s just on your bedside table at night.
But be sure especially if you work outside… keep lotion with you, and put it on every time after your wash your hands and before you put your gloves back on or go back to work. My dad’s fingers would get so dry they’d split and man did it look like it hurt! (honestly just looking at it would bring a tear to my eye)
You want ones that are thick, not watery like those perfumey type of lotions. Think of ‘body butter’ that’s creamier than a lotion. So its more ‘cream than lotion that you are looking for. Here are some of the products my dad uses as well as I have in the past or still do!
For those of you that have this problem, Udderly Smooth (udder cream) or the O’keefe’s brand is great to use.. I think my dad used to also have something in a square tin as well..
All Natural Balm , Burt’s Bees, Neutrogena, .. Nivea is also good, I tin kit’s one of the thickest lotions…err Cream I have seen!
my Favorite is the Lotions like Dream Cream  and the Vaseline like (ultra Balm  at Lush (which is a vegan product) Also I LOVE LOVE LOVE The Lemony Flutter.. really it’s cuticle butter but it has a nice lemon smell that I use it as a  cream balm as well!
If you go to the nail salon, get a manicure especially if they warm the lotions~! The Salon I go to uses warm lotion, and feels so much more soothing than just rubbing in the lotion.
Also I suggest using a pumice stone to remove any dry skin from your hands (etc body) you need to exfoliate that dry skin off. then put your lotion balm or whatever on.  I know there are some that just use a little olive oil to prevent their hands from cracking and skin from drying. (always best to put oils or the lotions on when you still have some beads of water on you from your shower.

 

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Winter Chill without being chilly

Winter Basics

Layering

*Socks-my feet and hands as soon as the fall weather comes, usually always feel cold to the touch. I can take it on my hands to a point, but normally go nutty at home trying to keep them warm in booties, socks or both together! So if  I go out, I usually wear a pair of the novelty socks (that are at least calf high if not knee or over the knee high) as they usually fit tight but comfortably and then I wear one of my white knee high socks  and if helping out in the snow, one of my dad’s thick heavy Tube socks. Some people even were the fuzzy socks (which i usually use for slippers)

Leg Warmers– I wore an old Neon green pair to work when it was super cold (hey my knees sometimes wouldn’t want to move when it was really cold) so I got picked on for wearing them, but know what? I was the warm one while I saw everyone else outside freezing their (Male or female) you know what’s off!

*Jeans – jeans with a relaxed fit  (NOT Skin Tight) will keep you warmer as they will retain some of your body heat.
 (if you have to walk, or take public transportation to work….)
You need a pair of long johns Quite honestly I always found them itchy, then one year my dad no longer fit in his, and they were soft so I use the set I have from him (as I usually only wear them when I know I will feel cold.. Or wore them when I used to work outside)
*T-shirt – Short or long sleeve ….again remember you are only layering. It’s best to keep a t-shirt on under your winter clothes this way you can cool off once inside. Usually if I’m wearing my leather jacket, I just wear a short sleeve t-shirt!
*Sweatshirt or ‘open’ sweater (you can button or zip) over it
(if in an office the open sweater would be proper attire, as its not just casual comfortable but also a bit formal yet dressy, some of the girls I used to work with would keep a sweater close by during the winter.)

Accessories

*Hat or ear muffs
*Scarf    (if in colder climate you might want not just the scarf but one of those face masks
*Gloves (I usually start to keep these in my purse now)
* a bigger purse than you’d use during summer. (Room for stuffing your winter layers in.) (because you may have to bring your work shoes with you)
Boots something that can be worn daily but will keep your feet warm. Don’t be one of those people I laugh at for falling on ice because you are wearing fashion boots, and not something to keep your butt literally safe. Check my new boots if you haven’t yet! Not only will they go well under or over your jeans (or whatever pants.. I have yet to try them with a skirt of any sort) for everyday casual wear but with their rubber sole, they will also help you keep from slipping better than those fashion shoes. These are great for this time for them, at least in New York as it hasn’t snowed yet, where I am, but parts of upstate it has. These are good for little to medium snow.  Quite of bit of those I know has complimented me on them. They liked them, then were amazed they had a pocket in each! Great for a Starbucks card for a nice hot mociato while shopping! or as the post says, emergency money, key anything to hide even!)

4 Reasons To Invest In A Leather Jacket

I’m not vegan more like farminarian as I only eat the 3 Chicken, beefs and pork. But Even if you are Vegan There are Faux….leather jackets. They are the ONLY jackets I’ve ever found worth wearing during the winter! They keep you warm, I used to have a biker jacket in the 90’s (the picture in the link is a fair resemblance, only I bought a men’s one as all the girls were like cut offs) but since I can’t seem to find one like that I like (they all look fake even the real ones.. Not sure if it’s because they look matte, or just aren’t the same black color mine was …which I got from a Wilson’s suede and leather) I bought one of the ones for the ‘crotch rockets’ as I call them (like the Ninja or Ducati bikes)  I think this one is even warmer then my biker jacket! This one not only does it keep me warm but heck I normally have to unzip mine all the way, if not take it off!

5 Ways To Brighten Up Your Winter Wardrobe

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Winter fashion forward

This is a Quick Happy Thanksgiving to you all and although it’s not friday, some curated fashion from bloglovin

I hope these work as I am not able to get to the original blog, to post the direct URL  for some reason

 

6 trends that will be massive this winter

5 items you need in your winter wardrobe

11 closet ideas for the minimalist girl