Tuesday, April 24, 2012

What Kind of Sports Parent Are You?

     I got this great article from a friend of mine.  It is so hard being a parent.  When your child plays sports it is hard to be encouraging without going overboard.  Sports are very competetive and we think we are doing the right thing pushing them, but this article does a great job of looking at the other side.  Especially the other side from your child's point of view.  We forget that we understand the concept of competition while to the younger, more undeveloped brain it means something totally different. We feel like we are doing them a disservice if they aren't prepared to compete for time on a high school team or for a scholarship, but do we push them at a larger cost?  

What Makes A Nightmare Sports Parent--And What Makes A Good One

What is your opinion on the article?

Friday, April 13, 2012

Clipping Coupons


     I love watching the reality shows about couponing.  Shows like Extreme Couponing have me pulling for the shopper every time.  It is kind of stressful to watch, though.  They get all their stuff, get to the line, and after a while the register won't accept coupons anymore.  They have so many that I guess it totally freaks out the register.  It looks like it is a stressful thing, but it also looks fun.  It has to be such a challenge and then they almost look like they get a rush from what they have saved.  Heck, sometimes the grocery store ends up owing THEM!  I don't feel like I am organized enough to do that kind of shopping.  Some of them do go overboard.  You know when they take the cameras to their "pantry" and there are like 30 bottles of BBQ sauce and salad dressings, and other things that will certainly expire before they can be used.  I know some people don't pay attention to expiration dates, but I figure they are there for a reason and I don't chance them.

     Although I don't extreme coupon, I don't know anyone who doesn't like to save money or feel like you are outsmarting the seller.  Here are a few websites I have found that will definitely be of some help.


Free Grocery Coupons

Free Local Grocery Store Coupons
Free Local Drug Store Coupons

BigTip Restaurant Deals

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     I got the cartoons and images from other blogs.  If you click on the highlighted under the cartoons, it will take you to couponing blogs that have a lot more information.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Bad Hair Day

     It must be so hard to be famous and every fashion statement and hairstyle put under a microscope.  Every girl has had a bad hair experience.  Maybe a bad color job, the awful frizzed perm, or just a bad haircut.  I am the worst about finding a picture of a cut and style I like and, of course, the person's hair is nothing like mine.  I am stubborn, so, I will sometimes argue with the professional that "oh, yeah, I think mine will look okay like that."   NOT!  Even if the style is in the exact hair color, texture and amount, sometimes face shape makes a big difference.  Either way, we have all had those sickening moments of "What have I done to my hair?" And, the longing look on the floor if we have cut too much and wish we could glue it back on!  I don't know if Anne Hathaway felt that dreaded feeling, but the picture doesn't look too hopeful.


What can we do to keep this from happening?

There are certain rules to consider when going for a new look.

First, you have to consider your face shape.  Some styles, along with face shapes, can make you look older or younger, your face slimmer or more round.  Even loving a style on someone else doesn't mean it will have the same effect on you if you happen to have a different face shape.

OVAL face shapes are the easiest because they can pretty much wear anything.

         The biggest thing to consider is what feature you want to show off without covering too much of your beautiful oval face shape.  Click on OVAL to see some styles that go with, and not so much so, oval faces.

Click on each shape to see what works and doesn't work for each shape.


The bottom of this page tells you how to find your face shape.

Second, you have to consider your hair's characteristics.  Density and texture can make a difference in the outcome of a new look and how it is styled.

Third, your new hairstyle may mean a change in how long it takes to style your hair.  This is important if it will take longer in the mornings.  If it is a style that has to be styled in the am, you might want to consider that committment.  Also, a new cut may take time off of your morning routine which is always a huge positive!

Fourth, the hair color makes a difference.  Some styles show off certain colors better as well as highlights.  Blunt cuts always show off pretty highlights. 

A couple of other things to think about is if you are going for a change, for instance a cut to take off dead ends or damaged hair, use this time as a chance to get into good hair habits.  Make the new cut a new routine in keeping hair healthy.  Also, some cuts can alter your look in makeup so that may be considered too.  This is a great website full of information on helping get the right look and avoiding the dreaded bad hair style.

So, do you like Anne Hathaway's pixie cut?  Did she follow the above rules?

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