Monday, March 2, 2015

Opening A Salon

Opening A Salon

If you’re thinking about starting a salon in your home or a larger building, there are some things that you need to consider including in the business. First, you need to make sure you have all of the proper business licenses. Think of a creative name, and then you can start shopping for all of the supplies that you need. Decide what services the salon will offer as this will help determine the equipment that you will have. 

Start with the waiting area. You want comfortable chairs for customers to sit in as well as a desk so that you can have a cash register and appointment book. You can also add a few decorations that will give a relaxing appearance while in the salon. If you only plan to style hair, then make sure you have plenty of chairs and work stations for the employees or a few stations if you plan on working alone so that you can do one hair style while waiting on someone else’s hair to dry or a color to take time to process. Make sure you have the small items like scissors, brushes, curling irons and flat irons for all of the finishing touches that you want to add to hair. If you plan on offering multiple services, then you need to plan accordingly. These items might include a manicure table or pedicure station. Many of the best hair salons in Portland offer multiple services.

There are plenty of vitamins and supplements on the market that claim to assist with a variety of health-related issues, but identifying if a vitamin will help achieve a certain result might seem overly complicated. People may take a multivitamin in order to boost their immune system or stay healthy, but finding a vitamin or supplement that aids a specific function as opposed to a generic one might be as simple as asking a few questions. 

What Are the Health Benefits or Risks?

Often, a vitamin might specify that it helps with a specific issue, such as aiding in digestion or increasing energy. However, it is important to identify if the vitamin would work better if taken with another vitamin, or if there could be potential side effects that might interfere with medications you are currently taking. There are situations in which two different vitamins could even actually interfere with each other. Researching if there are any side effects beforehand is recommended. 

Is It Safe to Take Daily?

In some scenarios, you might only need to take a vitamin or supplement for a shorter period of time. For example, oil of oregano works well to combat sickness, such as the common cold. However, if taken regularly, it could actually kill off beneficial bacteria in your system and create additional problems. In this instance, it might be beneficial to either discontinue using oil of oregano on a daily basis, or to add a pro-biotic to your list of supplements to restore healthy bacteria to your digestive system. It is also important to only take the recommended dose of the product and to adhere to any included warnings. 

Has the Vitamin or Supplement Been Tested?

When researching the benefits of a specific vitamin or supplement, it is always a good idea to read some of the reviews about the effectiveness of the product. Many manufacturers might claim that their vitamins help with a certain function, but you might learn more about how effective a product is by hearing from people who have already used it. Check if labs have conducted research on the product in general as well to determine if there is any proof that the vitamin does deliver results. 

Lastly, research the manufacturer themselves to determine if there have been any customer complaints, or if their products are well-reviewed. These tips should help you determine if, and which vitamins or supplements would be most beneficial for your needs.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Celestial Creations 4 U Bracelet Review

My name is Celeste, and I am in love with jewelry. I have been collecting strange and beautiful beads from a young age, creating what I believe to be wearable pieces of art. I am fascinated with the mix of natural and modern patterns/textures, constructing the unexpected and divine. Celestial Creations 4U was a natural progression, as I have always loved jewelry making. I feel so lucky to be able to follow my passion every day, thanks to people such as yourself!

I received a beaded stretch bracelet in brown and green at no cost in exchange for my honest review.

My Review

I love bracelets. I am always on the look out for colorful, creative and beautiful bracelets for my collection. I am particular to beaded bracelets because there are literally limitless design possibilities and every bead is different. I received this beautiful bracelet from Celestial Creations 4 U, and I could not wait to show it off. I love the combination of the browns and greens, and this bracelet goes with so many different colors that I wear. The bracelet adds a little beauty to even the simplest jeans and t shirt outfit. It's also dressy enough to go out on the town.  I love this bracelet and will definitely purchase from Celestial Creations 4 U again!

Friday, February 27, 2015

My Gym Product Review and Giveaway

Established in 1983 and named #1 Children’s Fitness Franchise by Entrepreneur Magazine in 2014, My Gym is a leading fitness center destination for children with over 325 locations worldwide, including international locations in China, France, Canada, and Brazil, among others. More than 30 additional locations are planned to open worldwide in the next 12 months. My Gym combines innovative, early physical education/pre-gymnastics classes with state-of-the-art facilities to empower children ages 6 weeks through 10 years by helping them acquire the skills, confidence, and positive self-image needed to become healthy young adults. My Gym’s award-winning, structured, noncompetitive and age-appropriate classes and birthday parties enhance children’s overall development through games, music, exercise, sports, gymnastics, puppets, unique rides, and fun. The children gain strength, balance, coordination, fine and gross motor proficiency, agility, flexibility, and social skills. In 2012, My Gym launched their new interactive Building Blocks Program to all enrolled children ages 2.5 years and older. The program helps children work toward specific milestones in their physical, cognitive, and emotional development and then celebrates their achievements with stickers, progression ribbons, medals, trophies, graduation certificates and more in periodic Building Blocks Acknowledgment Ceremonies. The My Gym television show, “My Gym At Home,” airs on BabyFirst, a 24/7 channel focusing on children’s development. The My Gym at Home app is available for Apple/IOS and for Android devices.

For more information about My Gym and the location nearest you, please visit

We received 2 active toys from My Gym.We got the Manip Foam Rings and the Manip Gator Skin Softi Foam Ball.

Our Review

We used to have a My Gym nearby when we lived up north and my boys absolutely loved going there. My 9 year old is autistic and my 7 year old had, and still has, a few sensory issues. These My Gym products are really great for them to play with. The foam ball and the Manip foam rings, which are slightly weighted, really help with their motor skills that they have some trouble with. These products come with books with different activities you can do with them. These are very tactile toys, and my boys love using them. The Manip Rings are their favorite. They are spongy so they won't damage anything, slightly weighted so they really feel them in their hands, and they don't have to toss them too hard to make them go. The foam ball is also soft enough not to do any damage if it hits them, or my walls, but has a surface that is easy to grip. I am happy with these toys, and they love them too!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Organo Gold Review

Organo Gold is a global Network Marketing company, which is more like a family that is growing and thriving every day. A family that is caring and compassionate and believes that the knowledge of Ganoderma should be in the hands of people worldwide. It’s a family that cares about you. By infusing Gourmet Coffee and an ever-expanding product line with the power of the Ganoderma lucidum, Organo Gold has scientifically developed a coffee that not only tastes great, but makes people feel great. It’s easy, it’s simple, it’s coffee.

Ganoderma is a ancient Chinese medicinal herb that is said to support the immune system, promotes alertness and increases the dietary intake of antioxidants. It¹s an easy way to advance a healthy lifestyle in a convenient way that does not alter daily habits, and is a key ingredient to Organo Gold coffee. For thousands of years, Ganoderma lucidum has been recognized by practitioners of traditional Asian medicine as the highest ranked of all herbs found in the Chinese pharmacopoeia. The Chinese name for Ganoderma, Lingzhi, means ³spiritual potency,² while the Japanese name, Reishi, can be translated as the ³King of Herbs.²

Dr. Shi-Jean Lee ‹ the most renowned doctor of the Ming Dynasty ‹ strongly endorsed the effectiveness of Ganoderma in his famous book Great Pharmacopoeia [Ban Chao Gang Moo]. In it, he wrote that ³long-term taking of Ganoderma will build a strong, healthy body and assure a long life.²

I received the Black Coffee at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

My Review

I am a coffee and tea fanatic. I work very early in the morning and I absolutely have to have either coffee or tea to get me going for the day. My husband doesn't drink nearly as much coffee as I do, so I don't like to make a full pot and have it go to waste. I have not been a fan of instant coffee, I never thought it really measured up to brewed coffee. I was excited to try this Black Coffee from Organo  Gold. This instant coffee is really good, and I don't have any complaints about it being instant. It really does taste like a cup of coffee that was brewed in a machine. I love the flavor of this coffee. I add a little bit of sugar and creamer, and it turns out perfectly. If you are a one cup in the morning coffee drinker like I am, then Organo Gold has the perfect instant coffee or tea for your tastes! Check them out at the links below!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Dangerous Pest: 5 Tips to Keep Away Ticks

A Dangerous Pest: 5 Tips to Keep Away Ticks

Like mosquitoes, ticks are a major health threat. In fact, research shows that hundreds of people are hospitalized each year as a result of being bitten by a tick. Tick prevention is especially important during the summer months. Here are five ways that families can avoid ticks. 

Check the family pet

Cats and dogs love roaming outdoors on pleasant days. Unfortunately, ticks can easily burrow beneath their fur. Family pets should always be inspected for ticks before being allowed to come indoors. Spraying a repellent product onto the animal will surely help to ward off ticks. In the event that a tick is found on a pet, the owner should carefully remove it by applying gentle pressure. 

Keep the lawn mowed

Ticks tend to thrive in tall grass. This means that homeowners need to mow their lawn on a regular basis. The shortness of the grass allows sunlight to shine directly onto the ticks. According to experts, the sun causes a tick’s body to lose an incredible amount of moisture. It is also a good idea to keep shrubs and bushes away from the walkway. 

Cover up

Some people like to go hiking during the summer. However, wooded areas are known to attract a lot of ticks. Before walking on a nature trail, it is advisable to cover up as much as possible. Although a few ticks may cling to the person’s attire, the pests can be quickly killed by tossing the clothes into a hot dryer. 

Insect control

By distributing an environmentally-friendly pesticide around the premises, homeowners will be able to minimize the presence of ticks. This method of tick control can actually keep away ticks for the entire year. Children will then be able to safely play outside in a tick-free environment. 

Shower immediately
After returning from an outdoor activity, families should immediately take a shower. This will help to prevent any ticks from transmitting Lyme’s disease. 

All families should be able to enjoy being outdoors. Taking a few precautions will certainly help everyone to away from ticks.

Cosmetology School

Deciding what career path you will take is one of the most critical decisions you will ever make in your life. If you have decided that you want to have a career as a cosmetologist, you will need to take some time to find the right school for cosmetology. These schools vary greatly in their quality of education, teachers and fees. Therefore, it is in your best interests to carefully research many cosmetology schools so you can can select the one that is right for you. Here are some of the best ways for you to find a cosmetology school.

1. Ask people you know

If you have any family or friends who are currently employed within the beauty industry, find out where they went to school. Are they happy with the education they received? How much did it cost? Did the school help them to find a job after they graduated? These are important pieces of information that can make choosing a school much easier for you. Family and friends are great for getting references for schools because they want that is best for you. They will always tell you the truth and give you their honest appraisal of the schools they attended.

2. Perform an online search

You can find just about anything online nowadays. Cosmetology schools are no exception. A simple search will provide you with a wide variety of these schools that operate in your area. All of the schools should have websites that give information about what classes they offer, how long the classes are and how much they will cost. However, some schools may not give the tuition information on their website. In these cases, you will need to call the school to find out how much they charge. 

3. Set up a school tour

After you have narrowed down your list of schools that you are thinking about attending, make appointments with the best schools on your list. When you visit each school, you will be given a complete tour that will allow you to access the facilities that will be available to you while you are learning. If you have any questions about how the school operates, this is the time to ask them. Talk to some of the teachers to get a feel for the type of instruction you will be receiving. Based on the information you get during your tour, you should be able to make an intelligent decision regarding which school you will attend.

Survival Bar Review

By introducing more foods that love your body, you can lose weight, increase energy, boost immune system, live healthier and Fall In Love With Food Again!

We received a few Survival Bars at no cost in exchange for an honest review.

Our Review

My husband and my boys are very active. We live in FL and they like to hike and ride bikes and a lot of other outdoor activities that they can do now almost year round. These Survival Bars are 100% organic and Vegan. They are made with all natural, raw ingredients that are a great source of energy and nutrition. Survival Bar has 6 different flavors. We received the Original, the Cranberry Blast and the Blueberry Burst flavors. My boys liked the Blueberry flavor. These are easy for them to take along when they go hiking, biking, or just to the park to play. The Survival Bars are so much healthier than the quick sugary snacks they usually grab. We will definitely be keeping these on hand for trips, activities and I've even put one in my locker at work. Check out Survival Bar at the links below!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Encourage Journal Writing Through The Gift of a “642 Things” Journal

There are not many gift ideas that encourage creative writing nowadays. Whether you are looking for gifts to give to your children, parents or friends, a journal can be an ideal gift for people who have always wanted to start writing down the events of their lives, but weren’t sure where to start. If you want to make journal writing as easy as possible for the receiver of your gift, try purchasing a Journal that offers prompts for fun and clever creative writing opportunities like the 642 Things to Write About journal, which is one of my favorites!

Benefits of Journal Prompters

The 642 Things… journal helps spark creative juices in the gift receiver and encourage ideas for journal entries. Sometimes people think that they have absolutely nothing to write about, but once they are given funny suggestions for topics, they are suddenly able to create journal entries that will bring laughs and entertainment to their creative writing process.

Journals like these offer hilarious prompts such as planning your own obituary or writing a masterful ode to an onion. Although some of the subjects may seem absurd, they will undoubtedly bring light-hearted laughter once the writer picks up a pen and begins jotting down their thoughts. 

Instead of giving traditional gifts such as toys, ties or socks, give a unique journal that will not only inspire laughter and memories for years to come, but will get those millennials and children to pick up a pen like the old days. Who knows, you may even inspire the next great writer!

Olde Westport Spice Review

The company offers a wide variety of quality custom-blended spices for main meal dishes and appetizers. Products are made from the highest quality ingredients and are available for purchase online; at more than 100 food-related craft and trade shows throughout the year; and from many retail stores in the United States.

The company’s spice blends include Italian, Cajun, Taco, Fajita, Chili, Jalapeno, Beef Sauce, Salsa, Garlic and many more.

The company also invented dry soup mixes that are simple and easy to make including Antonio’s Minestrone, Country-Style Creamy Potato, Chipotle Black Bean, Creamy Broccoli and Cheese, Kansas City Steak & Ale, Gold Coast Garlic Pasta Alfredo, Mesa Flats Chicken Enchilada, New Orleans Red Bean & Rice, Southwestern Tortilla, White Chili Soup and more.

We received a variety of products at no cost in exchange for our honest review.

My Review

My husband loves to cook, and he loves to try new recipes and ingredients. He really likes these Olde Westport Spice company soup mixes and spices.  The soup mixes are delicious and easy to use, and the flavors are amazing. He uses the garlic in several recipes and the mesquite is perfect for pork and steak recipes. The flavors really come through in the foods he cooks. We will definitely buy these spices and soup mixes again!

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