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Posted by on Jan 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Habits That Will Fade Your Colored Denim Fast

Colored denim trousers are amazing, but only if you manage to preserve their original colors. While few people would set out to ruin their trousers deliberately, there are some “innocent” habits that will make your denim clothes fade faster than they should. For example, you may be left just reminiscing about your denim’s original colors if:   

Wear Them While Sleeping

Sleeping in your denim will fade them fast because of two major reasons. First, it is true that the longer you wear your jeans, the more they fade. By sleeping in them, you rack up the number of hours you have worn them. This effectively reduces the number of hours you will be able to wear them when it matters most – during the day.

Second, friction accelerates the rate of fade of denim material. Imagine how much friction you will expose your pair of trousers to as you turn and twist on your bed. Everything from your bed sheets to blankets will be hankering for the dye in your denim.

Wear Them in High Humidity and High Temperature Areas

Apart from fashion sense, there is another reason colored denim isn’t exactly beach wear. High temperatures and high humidity accelerate the rate of color fade, which is another reason you should never put your denim in the clothes dryer (even if you don’t fear shrinkage).

Wearing Them Inside Out

Do you think it is good fashion sense to wear your raw denim inside out? While that kind of goofing around may be hilarious to your buddies, it is not good for your denim trousers. As hinted at the beginning of this article, friction is one of the major causes of color fade. Now imagine how much friction you will be exposing the outer surface of your trouser, which will now be facing inside out. Unless you want to wear them inside out forever, you shouldn’t treat your colored denim like that.

Peeing in/on Them

Peeing in your denim is also a sure way to ruin its color. Granted, nobody would ever do that in his or her right mind. However, you can’t prevent your cute baby from relieving himself or herself on your lap. If that happens, then the chemical in the urine (mainly potassium nitrate and ammonia) will break down the denim dye into its individual components.

Now you know what you shouldn’t be doing if you want to keep your colored denim looking fresh and bright. Which destructive behavior can you add to this list? If you own a fashionable pair that you have kept bright for a long time, how did you do it?

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Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Show Your Mother How Much You Care By Expressing Your Love With Flowers

Before you purchase the beautiful bouquet (from an outlet such as Abbott Florist) for your mother this Mother’s Day, you may want to make sure that the flowers are speaking the language of love that you are looking for. Every flower has its own symbolic meaning that follows it. For instance, a yellow carnation represents disdain and rejection while a red rose symbolizes grace and appreciation. Before you make the wrong choice on which flowers to give your mother, use this guide to help put together a bouquet that she will love.


Though lilacs are popular in weddings for their symbol of new love, they are great for Mother’s Day because they also represent the love that a mother has for her child. A bouquet of pink lilacs will show your mother that you appreciate the love that she has for you and the sacrifices that she has made.

You can make this bouquet more interesting by adding daisies. Daisies symbolize innocence and pure love. If you want to add a little hint of uniqueness, add in a few pink daisies. Pink daisies represent forever beauty.


White and blue irises are popular during Mother’s Day because the symbolize warmth and affection. Many Christians also prefer this flower because it is the flower that many believe represents the Virgin Mary. Irises express the gentleness that mothers show their children.

Mixing your iris bouquet with orchids will make your bouquet stand out in beauty and symbolism. Orchids represent children, refinement and beauty.


Carnations are very symbolic toward mothers. It is believed that the first carnation sprouted from the ground where Mary cried when Jesus died. Because of this belief, the carnation has become the symbol of a mother’s eternal love for her child. Build of a bouquet of pink and yellow carnations. Pink carnations signify gratitude and appreciation, while yellow carnations symbolize cheeriness.

You can spruce up your carnation bouquet by adding tulips. Tulips are a good addition to your mother’s day bouquet because they represent a mother’s grace and beauty. Pink tulips will express how much you care for your mother while red tulips will express how much you love her.

Each flower has its own meaning. It is important to build a bouquet that tells your mother exactly how you feel without conveying the wrong message. By following the guide listed above, you will be able to construct the best and most meaningful Mother’s Day bouquet that she will remember for many years to come.

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Posted by on Jan 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Want Better Skin? Surprising Habits That Might Be Preventing That Perfect Glow

If you’re like most people, you want the best looking skin possible. You go to great lengths to keep your skin looking great with cleansing, moisturizing and other routines. However, you might be doing some damage to your skin without realizing it. This guide explains some unknown activities that you might be taking part in that could affect the healthy glow of your skin.

Skipping Meals

You have always been told that skipping meals isn’t good for your health and that it can actually cause weight gain. However, you probably didn’t know that it can be bad for your skin as well.

To promote a healthy glow ensure that you’re eating properly and that your meals include foods high in vitamins C, B3 and A. All of these promote healthy clear skin and help prevent it from aging prematurely.

Taking Long Hot Showers

While taking a long hot shower might seem like a great way to relax sore muscles, long exposure to hot water can damage your skin by drying out the natural oils faster. Don’t deny yourself the benefits of a hot water, but once you begin to see your skin turn red, it’s time to get out.

Talking on the Phone

Phones are dirty. In fact, they harbor more germs, dirt and oil than most things in your home. The dirt and oil rubs off on your skin and can create breakouts and other skin problems. Because you’re not likely to skip phone conversations, hold the phone off of your face a little while talking. The less the phone touches your skin, the fewer breakouts you’ll have.

Wearing Dirty Sunglasses

There is little doubt that you clean the lenses of your sunglasses as soon as you notice spots or streaks. However, if you skip cleaning the nose piece, skin problems may not be far behind. When dirt and oil get on the bridge of your nose, you might eventually see breakouts.

Keeping the Dry Cleaning Plastic

Throughout your busy lifestyle, you might pick up the dry cleaning and hang it up in the closet immediately. Doing so might keep your clothes looking cleaner longer, but it could pose a problem for your skin. Believe it or not, dirt and oil linger on plastic and can transfer to your clothes, then to your skin, and even to your facial skin if you’re not careful. Remove the plastic from your dry cleaning immediately before hanging the clothes up in the closer.

Ask a spa professional (such as one from Five60 Salon) for other tips to keep your skin looking great all the time. You might be surprised to find that some of the tips require no money at all, but require you to take simple steps that you might not have thought of. Share this with others who are having skin problems and might not know why.

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Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Letting Your Hair Go Natural? Learn How To Maintain It For Optimal Style

If you have natural hair, and are tired of straightening it byusing products to style it or chemically altering it, you’re not alone. Many folks are letting their hair grow out to its natural state. If you’re thinking of joining them, you’ll need to know how to take care of natural hair. This guide helps you do just that, so that you too can be on-point with the latest all-natural trend.

Step 1: Section Hair to Wash It

Section your hair and wash each section one at a time. In doing so, you’ll reduce tangles and prevent matting.

Apply a natural moisturizer containing shea butter, manoi oil, cocoa butter or olive oil. Allow it to sit in your hair for a few minute then rinse it out.

Apply a leave-in conditioner to help keep your hair hydrated until your next wash.

Step 2: Eat Healthy

Shy away from foods with a lot of fat and grease. These foods weaken your hair, which can lead to breakage. Instead, opt for lean meats like fish or chicken. Include a lot of fruits and vegetables in your diet and drink lots of water. Fruits and vegetables contain many vitamins and nutrients that hair needs to remain healthy. Water helps to prevent a dry itchy scalp and prevents flakes.

Step 3: Limit Touching

Find a hairstyle that won’t require a lot of work, or much touching throughout the day. The more you touch your hair, the more it frizzes and breaks. Your style should be one that doesn’t require you to constantly brush your hair away from your face, so if necessary, wear hair clips.

Hint: Keep your fingernails in great shape for those times when you do need to run your fingers through your hair. If fingernails are chipped, or if you have a hangnail, hair can get caught on them and fall out.  

Step 4: Comb and Brush Sparingly

Only comb and brush your hair only when needed. This activity grabs smaller hairs and pulls them out. For natural hair, this leads to breakage and frizz.

Step 5: Limit Headbands and Hats

The growing out process can be a little tedious, and you might be tempted to wear headbands and hats as often as possible to hide the different looks of your hair. Refrain from doing this too often because you might end up with a lot of frizz when you take them off. Instead, wait until your hair gets to a length that you can live with and then have it cut in a cute style.

Ask your stylist at your local beauty salon for other ideas on how to take care of natural hair. Employ patience with the process and before you know it, the natural beauty of your hair will begin to show. Share this with others who are considering ditching all the styling tools and harsh chemical products to allow their natural hair to shine through. (For more information on hair salons, go to or another site)

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Posted by on Jan 8, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

How To Remove A Stuck Ring From Your Finger

When that special someone first slides your wedding ring on, you’re generally hoping to leave it there for life.  Of course, even with the greatest romances there are times when it’s necessary to remove a ring, at least temporarily.  (For example, jewelry can be a serious hazard around heavy machinery.)  Unfortunately, bodies change over time and often a ring that slid on easily at first can become difficult to take off.  When you first realize that it’s not going to slide easily back over your knuckle, resist the urge to panic.  Chances are you’ll be able to get it off on your own without resorting to a trip to the ER.  Here are some tips for removing stuck rings, even from swollen fingers:

Temperature and Elevation

The first tactic to try is relatively simple: raise your hand above your head.  This will encourage any blood that has begun to pool behind the ring to drain away from your finger and hopefully reduce swelling.  You can also try chilling your finger with an ice pack or cold running water (the shower is a convenient place to find cool water above your head).  This approach works best with a ring that is only slightly stuck, however.  For tighter fixes try one of the following ideas.


Sliding a ring over the gradual flare from nail to knuckle is generally easier than forcing it back over the knuckle the other direction. Thankfully, a little lubrication can go a long ways to getting over the knuckle hurdle.  Almost any slippery substance (butter, lotion, etc.) can help, although they can also make the ring more difficult to hold onto.  An unexpected recommendation from the American Society for Surgery of the Hand?  Window cleaner!  Those blue ammonia-based cleansers not only make windows-streak free, they are also excellent lubricants, readily available in most homes, can be easily applied to the targeted area beneath the ring, and may also have slight skin-tightening properties that give you an edge when it comes to ring removal.


If the ring still won’t come off, it’s time to try a little finger compression.  In essence, you want to carefully wrap your finger from above the knuckle down to the ring with a thin string, compressing the swollen tissue to make it easier to slide the ring back off.  Dental floss is one commonly recommended material because it lays flat and often has a slick wax coating that reduces friction with the ring.  Another possibility used in some clinics?  A strip of elastic!  Wrap the finger using quarter-inch wide (or less) elastic, and then use tweezers to force a little bit of the elastic all the way under the ring.  With the elastic end now on the hand-side of the ring, rotate the end to slowly unwrap the elastic and force the ring back towards the fingernail.  

Having a ring stuck on your finger can be frightening, and the thought of an ER doctor having to damage your special wedding jewelry can be disheartening.  Thankfully, in most cases using one of these tricks will allow you to remove even a tightly-stuck ring at home. If you’ve run out of other options, a jewelry store, like Goldmark Jewelers, may be able to cut the ring off for you, and then solder it back together to repair the damage. 

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