Do More with Your Captured Memories: How to Showcase Them


As parents, we likely have thousands upon thousands of photos of our family on our phones. It’s hard not to, and honestly, you shouldn’t stop! It’s true, kids really do grow up so fast, and having those precious memories will be invaluable to you. The only problem with taking so many photos, however, is that it turns your memories into a blur. There are too many to comfortably go through, especially if you are showing photos and videos to family members at a reunion or get together.

That’s why you need to do more with your captured memories. You need to organize them, and you need to showcase them in the best way that allows your loved ones to see what is going on with ease. It is also how you can go through their entire lives later on. This doesn’t mean that you should delete your photographs, however. It simply means selecting the best. It means choosing the ones that tell a story and storing the rest. Follow this guide, and you’ll have your memories showcased in no time:

1. Print the Best Photos Out
Though you no longer need to take our film in to get it developed, you shouldn’t underestimate the power and the value of having photographs printed. Choose the best to go into an album that you can give to your parents, or find a way to display them. For instance, you can print your photographs out in the style of old, square Polaroids. Instead of keeping them locked away you can put them up so that your memories create a statement wall.

2. Photobooks
If you want your memories in a neater, more concise format, photobooks are another print-out option. You can create albums of your trips, your year, and so on, and have duplicate ready to go to give away as gifts. Set aside a shelf in your living room and you’ll be able to revisit your memories at any time.

Tip: Have your family members write in little notes for a truly sentimental piece!

3. Video Presentations
Books can be great, but if you want your family members to catch up on what you and your family have been up to, video presentations are the way to go. You could make a professional series as life goes on using this free intro maker to unify each video. The best part is that the presentation isn’t put to waste either – you can keep it on hand as a way to reminisce at any time.

4. Facebook Albums
Of course, if you want a quick solution then you can always use Facebook. Their albums have come a long way, and you can now create a complete picture of a portion of your life with ease. Just remember to keep these albums private. Though it can be nice to enjoy your memories, your children have a right to privacy, and for their safety, you should limit the audience to only those you know and trust.

We take so many photos that it can be a challenging to decide what to do with them. That is why you should use one, or all, of these suggestions so that you can properly enjoy your memories again and again.

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January 11, 2018 – 9:38 AM - | Posted in daily life | No Comments »

BEST HAIR TIPS FOR GIRLS WITH NATURAL CURLS


BEST HAIR TIPS FOR GIRLS WITH NATURAL CURLS
International Stylist and Curl Master Creator of The Doux Gets Real About Real Hair

People with wavy or curly hair are always looking for new products, tips and tricks to lock in their desired look. Whether they want to blow it straight, create looser curls or maximize their tighter coils, Maya Smith, Celebrity Hair Stylist, salon owner and creator of The Doux, the “Indie” haircare line with cult following now available at Target, is truly the master. Here she shares her best tips for girls with curls who want to revel in their natural hair and create a style they love.

Understand the battle between oil and moisture.

The first thing people must understand is that there are opposite things going on at the same time. “Due to the shape of curly haired strands, the hair tends to be under moisturized. On the other hand, the curly haired scalp can get very oily. Managing these opposite demands is the struggle of girls who wish to keep their curls. The key here is knowing how best to address both,” explains Maya who led the movement for women to transition from relaxers to natural curls.

Be gentle when washing curly hair.

According to Maya, kinky, thick, coiled textures tend to appear “tough” and strong enough to withstand heavy manipulation. “In my experience, these hair types are actually the most delicate, and should be handled with care, she recommends.”

Step One: Pick your products wisely.

Maya applied over 2 decades of research and development based on working knowledge of hair texture and listening to what people wanted. “I created The Doux™ SUCKA FREE Moisturizing Shampoo and FRESH RINSE Moisturizing Conditioner as the one-two step that delivers both deep cleaning plus exceptional nourishment necessary for styling.” It’s now available in Target stores and the full product line is available online at www.thedoux.com.

Step Two: Prep for shampoo.

Maya’s professional instructions for curl mastery begins with rinsing hair thoroughly with water for a minimum of 30 seconds. “This helps to eliminate any water-soluble product buildup, such as hair gel or heat protectant. It also helps you save shampoo! Assuming you’re shampooing in the shower, letting the water run over the hair in a downward motion helps prevent further tangling, and allows the hair shaft to swell and the curl pattern to fully rebound.” For those with extremely thick hair, Maya suggests separating hair into 4 sections prior to wetting the hair for increased manageability.

Once the shampoo is applied, Maya recommends light manipulation at the scalp, going from the crown of the head to the nape of the neck. “Squishing” the hair up toward the scalp is a no-no. “Shampooing this way can cause unforgivable tangling and matting. I recommend repeating the shampooing process at least once.”

Step Three: Condition and comb through like a pro.

If your scalp was properly shampooed, conditioning is easy. “This time, you’re focusing on your thirsty ends first, working upward toward the scalp. Gently detangle with a wide-toothed comb or detangling brush (our favorite is Felicia Leatherwood’s “Brush with the Best” detangling brush) before rinsing, starting at the ends, working up toward to the roots. Remember to rinse with cool water which snaps cuticles shut, locks in moisture, makes your hair shinier and reduces frizz.”

When it comes to “co-washing” or “conditioner washing” Maya equates the popular trend to washing your clothes with fabric softener. “In my experience, co-washing causes build-up on the hair, coating the cuticle and impairing the hair’s natural ability to absorb water. Oils, waxes, and product residue harden on the hair shaft, making it more brittle and less porous over time. When the hair can no longer effectively absorb water, the elasticity of the hair is compromised, leaving the hair “crunchy” and stiff, where it is more likely to break. The result is hair that feels dry and brittle, no matter what product you use to moisturize it,” explains Maya.

One of the things Maya Smith and her team of stylists are known for is their ability to restore hundreds of their clients’ curls, simply by getting them to trade in the co-wash for a gentle, pH-balanced moisturizing shampoo, like The Doux’s SUCKA FREE which properly cleanses hair of product residue. “Once you have the hair thoroughly clean it “drinks” up the necessary amount of moisture, and returns to its natural softness,” Maya clarifies.

Avoid alcohol and kick the crunch to the curb.

Styling products high in alcohol give curls a crunchy feel. They suck up every last bit of moisture. Hair spray tends to contain the most alcohol, while gels, mousses and anything that provides hold or lift come in second. “I recommend water-soluble gels that don’t feel sticky on your skin, and aerated mousses or foams that resemble beaten egg whites, to give hair fullness, control, and non-brittle curls,” Maya says.

She adds that she created The Doux so it can be used on hair that is worn curly or straight. “Our clients purchase one set of products, and apply them differently to achieve the style they want. If you’re rocking curly hair today, you’re using The Doux’s Mousse Def and Bonita Afro Balm for softness and definition, and The Light for shine. If you’re wearing a blowout, you’re still using the same products, but applying them less liberally, and using the shine mist as a heat protectant. It’s super simple and easy to follow once you’ve seen the results each of them deliver,” Maya explains.

Blow-Dry with a diffuser or hooded dryer.

Maya’s first choice for curly styles is to air dry. “If you don’t have the time to air dry then dry with a diffuser or hooded dryer on a low heat setting. A regular blow dryer nozzle disrupts the curl pattern and focuses hot air on one small section at a time while a diffuser, dries curls evenly for a full, uniform look,” she explains.

Maya recommends always applying a heat-protecting product, then flipping your head upside down using a diffuser at the roots and mid-length making sure to dry the area completely to lock in volume. “It’s important to leave the ends for last, and leave them only semi-dry. Air drying the ends is your best option.”

Care for the curls you were born with!

About Maya Smith:

Maya Smith is an International Master Stylist and Founder of The Doux Salon and haircare line now available in Target. With over two decades of styling experience Maya dedicated two decades to cracking the code on curl care, maintenance and expert styling. When it comes to caring for one’s natural hair and styling it, Maya is the best there is.

While still in high school, Maya got her hair cutting license and graduated from beauty school. Soon after graduating high school, Maya began following her passion and worked as an assistant for celebrity stylist Tracy Johnson. She learned from Johnson and progressed as a hair stylist for celebrities and entertainers. Years later the military wife would relocate to Germany, where Maya opened up her first salon The HoneyComb, a mecca for textured hair care for women from all over Europe, The UK, and as far as Africa. Maya’s unique system of textured hair styling sparked the development of The DOUX® haircare products, first launched overseas, and distributed throughout Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands.

Currently, Maya leads a carefully selected team of stylists at The DOUX® Salon in Macon, Georgia and on Christmas Eve 2017, celebrated the arrival of The DOUX® in Target stores nationwide. Maya Smith, wife, mom of 5 and savvy business woman is an example not just for women of color but for all women who believe their gifts can impact the world, striving for entrepreneurial endeavors with grace, ease and hustle.

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Go with the Gut: 7 Foods to Eat for Better Skin, Hair and Mood


By Dr. Christopher Calapai D.O.

All symptoms of the body from thin, dull hair, and sallow skin, to acne breakouts, body aches and sluggish energy all point to the gut. Gut health is incredibly important making mindful eating an essential part of longevity and anti-aging. If you want to feel vibrant and maintain a youthful appearance up to 15 years younger than your actual age, start weaving these key foods into your diet.

Garlic:
When we have an overgrowth of candida in the gut we experience things like acne breakouts, bloating, and constipation. Garlic mitigates all of this because it kills candida. Garlic also aids in digestion and immunity. Garlic also has anti-inflammatory properties making it ideal for joint aches. Allicin, which serves as an anti-aging, antifungal benefit to garlic aids in smoothing skin and preventing acne and other skin conditions.

Ground Flaxseed:
Responsible for helping food to travel effortlessly and smoothly through the GI tract, flaxseed keeps us regular. Flaxseed also contains cancer fighters called lignans which also ward off heart disease. Flaxseed helps to minimize rashes, skin flare ups and irritation. When you consume flaxseed your skin becomes more even toned and less sensitive.

Apple cider vinegar:
One of the best ways to address any digestive issues is to combine a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in a cup of water or in tea and drink it before a meal. It helps your body to break down food. It helps with to prevent indigestion and stomach issues after eating. Anytime you can aid the digestive process you’ll notice glowing skin and a youthful radiance.

Celery & Celery Juice:
Another anti-inflammatory and cancer fighter celery also lowers blood pressure and rids us of sugar cravings (and sugar makes the skin sallow and leads to breakouts). The natural salts in celery juice maintain a healthy gut pH. The common recommendation is to drink 16 ounces on an empty stomach and improvements to digestion and physical appearance will be evident within 10 days.

Cauliflower:
High in fiber, cauliflower helps the gut maintain healthy microbes. This is important because when microbes or gut flora are out of whack a whole slew of symptoms become evident. These include digestive issues, depression or anxiety, and skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.

Fermented foods:
Kimchi is delicious and sauerkraut or pickled vegetables can make for a nice topping to a salad or mid-day snack. These fermented foods are packed with good bacteria which balances the microbiome, which is the anchor for our health and immunity.

Asparagus:
Another “prebiotic” fiber that keeps the gut healthy and balanced is asparagus. You can add garlic to it and broil it in the oven offering a 1 -2 punch of gut friendly foods in one delicious side dish. It’s important to note that people who suffer from stomach pain may not do well with prebiotics in larger amounts. If the gut is already inflamed these foods can cause a flare up.

About the Doctor:
Dr. Christopher Calapai, D.O. is an Osteopathic Physician board certified in family medicine, and anti-aging medicine. Proclaimed the “The Stem Cell Guru” by the New York Daily News, Dr. Calapai is a leader in the field of stem cell therapy in the U.S. His stem cell treatments have achieved remarkable results in clinical trials on patients with conditions as varied as Alzheimer’s, arthritis, erectile dysfunction, frailty syndrome, heart, kidney and liver failure, lupus, MS and Parkinson’s. He has worked with Mike Tyson, Mickey Rourke, Steven Seagal, and Gotham’s, Donal Logue; and as a medical consultant for the New York Rangers. Connect with him via twitter @drcalapai or at www.drcal.net

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October 11, 2017 – 12:13 PM - | Posted in health | No Comments »

Recipe: Smoked Salmon “Scotch” Deviled Eggs


Apparently November 2nd is National Deviled Egg Day. The Hotel Saugatuck in Saugatuck, Michigan, has a special recipe they’re offering guests this November to mark the delicious holiday. Can’t make it to Michigan? Make it yourself at home….

Smoked Salmon “Scotch” Deviled Eggs with goat cheese and sour cream


photo credit: Farrell A. Le

Ingredients:

“Scotch”
6 Eggs, Hardboiled & peeled
2 eggs, raw
10 oz Smoked Salmon
10 oz Bread crumbs
Oil for frying

“Devil”
4 T Sour Cream
4 oz Goat Cheese
Salt to taste
Pepper to taste

“Garnish”
¼ Red onion, sliced thin
Cornichons (can substitute sweet gherkins)
Capers

PREPARATION

To Scotch:
Heat cooking oil to 350 degrees in a heavy bottom pot or electric fryer
Add smoked salmon to food processor. Chop until smooth
Remove salmon from food processor and place between 2 layers of plastic wrap. Press (or use a rolling pin) salmon between wrap layers until a thin sheet of salmon is formed
Portion salmon into 6 equal sections.
Using your hands, wrap 1 section around 1 hardboiled egg, making sure egg is fully covered
Repeat with the other 5 eggs
Whisk raw eggs in a bowl
Pour bread crumbs in a separate bowl
Dredge salmon covered eggs in whisked egg mixture and coat in bread crumbs
Lower eggs into fryer
Fry for approximately 1 minute or until golden brown
Remove from fryer and let cool

To Devil:
Once cooled, slice eggs lengthwise and remove yolks
Blend yolks, sour cream and goat cheese until smooth
Add salt and pepper to taste
Using a pastry bag (or Ziploc bag), pipe yolk mixture into eggs

To Garnish:
Top eggs with a combination of cornichons, red onion and capers

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