DIY: A Roaring 20s Headband

Last night was a dear friend’s 30th birthday party. The theme was “Saying Goodbye to Her Roaring 20’s,” which meant figuring out a little themey dress-up! I did some hunting around Pinterest for inspiration, and realized quickly that if I wanted to do finger waves, I was going to need a lot of time and practice. And long clips, which I don’t have. So I decided to just use hot rollers and whip together a headband. Easy-peasy!

I did a search on Pinterest for “20s headband,” and these popped up:

20s DIY Headband Inspiration

Sparkles, feathers, and leaves are the main ingredients!

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Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge: Redux

I know I was posting a lot about candy and whatnot, but I’m stoked to share that the Maintain Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge did its job for me—I lost 3.5 pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years! If you’re looking for motivation next year, I’ll hopefully be running it again. A couple of things I learned through the process:

4 tips to stay on track

 

Stay on track with weight loss

4 tips to stay on track

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Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge 2012

In case you haven’t noticed, the holidays are HERE. So are the cookies, candy, cheeses, gingerbread lattes, overflowing buffets, and festive cocktails. I struggle with overindulgence during the holidays and have found it necessary to set boundaries and rules for myself to stay healthy. You may have heard that the average American gains 4-12 pounds in the 6 weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year’s.

Holiday food

It’s easy to see why we pack on the pounds!

Full disclosure: one year, I gained fourteen pounds in twelve days. THAT’S ONE-FOUR. As in, I averaged an intake in excess of 3500 calories above my normal intake Every. Single. Day. Enter the Maintain, Don’t Gain Holiday Challenge.

You can do this with friends, coworkers, family, or just yourself. It’s simple, but not necessarily easy.

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Maintain Don't Gain Full Version

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Maintain Don't Gain Holiday Weight Challenge

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Nailing It!

I was lucky enough to get an afternoon to myself this weekend, and opted for some mani-pedi action. True to form, my fingertips were chipped by the next day. Taking advantage of the plethora of unique colors on the wall seemed like a good idea at the time, but here I am without a matching color for touch-ups.

Solution:

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Touch-up with a contrasting color! I call this tequila sunrise. Don’t worry about French tips or anything fancy; just be consistent with how deep you go. I used a couple of coats of Sally Hansen topcoat to seal and smooth it out.

What are some nail tips (pun intended) you’d like to share?

So Right, and Yet, Sarong. (A Packing Light Tip)

I recently went to Hawaii with my husband, daughter, in-laws and my sister. My sister is an awesome gal and has spent the last several years traveling the world. She basically lives out of a backpack, which is really impressive! Needless to say, she’s picked up some habits along the way that make this lifestyle easier.

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