Do More with Your Captured Memories: How to Showcase Them

Written by lyricsmama on January 11, 2018 – 9:38 AM -

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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BEST HAIR TIPS FOR GIRLS WITH NATURAL CURLS

Written by lyricsmama on January 2, 2018 – 10:09 PM -

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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How to Make Your Child Enjoy Learning

Written by lyricsmama on July 19, 2017 – 7:42 AM -

In order to provide our children with proper education, we need to not only make sure they’re provided optimal education at the right institutions – we also need to guide them through the process of learning. Children can sometimes have learning blocks that hinder their studying, but all of these membranes are created due to a lack of understanding.
A child will never enjoy learning what he doesn’t understand, and if parents want to make the most out of their child’s study hours, they should first teach their children how to learn. While there are various tactics that enable them to do this, neither of them is 100% successful and they all depend on each child individually. The secret to succeeding with these strategies is the incorporation of most or all of them into the time you spend with your child.

1. Positivity
Instead of putting your children down for not achieving more than they did, as some sort of “reverse psychology”, try being bluntly proud of the effort they’ve made while letting them know that they can further improve their score. Instead of feeling discouraged by what they didn’t manage to do they will feel confident and proud of what they have done.

This sort of parenting technique incites positive feedback when it comes to the child’s will to get better at something, which will gradually increase with time. This is exceptionally proficient when applied to building a child’s learning habit. The child will be proud of what he/she learned, and he will always feel rewarded for his effort, resulting in a benign mental addiction to his parent’s acknowledgment.

2. Make Effort the Reward

Stimulate your children’s learning by letting them know how richer they’ll be after finding out how something works. Show them how proud you are when they can tell you about anything they’ve learned, and listen with utmost attention. The child will begin feeling admired whenever he appears knowledgeable, and although he won’t necessarily define this feeling in his mind, he will know that learning things is awesome.

Similarly, this will make the child feel great about having an impact in the classroom, provided that the teacher gives similar feedback (which is part of their job description). In a way, the child will start to understand that knowledge is praiseworthy, that it’s powerful and irreplaceable, and from that point on, your child won’t need as much inspiration to learn anything on their own. As for greatly beneficial material objects, you should choose the toys that encourage your child’s development.

3. Emotional Bribery

Most parents tend to reward their children with tasty treats, objects of desire or activities they enjoy. However, as effective as this strategy may be, it’s been known to passively promote materialistic thinking. Consequently, children begin learning not for their own knowledge or the parent’s approval, but in order to obtain superficial stimuli. Eventually, this learning mindset will be rendered obsolete in the child’s teenage or adolescent years, as they will realize they can gain what they want without constantly having to learn something.

The parent should instead double their emotional support whenever a child shows success in the learning field, while constantly emphasizing the importance of learning-induced growth. Simply put, as the child is not yet mature enough to understand the meaning of the irreplaceable qualities gained through learning, the parent should make sure that their kid gets an idea of this principle through other means, such as parent’s evident joy.

4. Simplify the Complicated

Unfortunately, both at school and in private life, children are faced with numerous meanings that they cannot grasp due to the complicated way in which they are explained to the general public. A great many adults become completely aware of what something is only after years of misunderstanding it as younger individuals. Parents should prevent this from happening to their children.

Every parent should watch out for a hint of confusion in the child’s speech and gestures when talking about something. Children will mostly ask everything they want to know, but sometimes they won’t show enough interest or honesty. Part of all of these strategies is to let the child know that ignorance isn’t shameful, and in order to fully achieve that, the parent must seek out misunderstandings in the children’s head and clear them up in the simplest possible way.

Children will only understand something if explained with the words and concepts they’re already familiar with, so parents shouldn’t stick with textbook definitions, but instead come up with an explanation closest to the child’s way of thinking. Depending on the field of study, you can also choose the toys that encourage your child’s development.

Learn and Grow Together

Everything that the parent know how to explain will be best explained to the child in whatever way the parent deems effective from experience, while everything that the parent doesn’t know can always be learned quickly. Google is every parents’ best friend, for example.

Children simply have so many questions, and no parent has a Ph.D. in every field. The above-mentioned techniques of learning guidance will help both the parent and the child mature and grow intellectually with each other, strengthening their emotional bond all the while.

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Now Casting: American Idol on ABC

Written by lyricsmama on June 13, 2017 – 4:59 PM -

The global phenomenon AMERICAN IDOL is back with world-renowned judge Katy Perry!

Doron Ofir Casting is proud to announce that we are now casting in coordination with American Idol for the country’s most talented, unique, and inspiring solo singers from around the country between the ages of 15 – 28 years old.

Every year, tens of thousands of hopefuls from across the nation audition for a shot at stardom. This is your chance to get an exclusive invitation to audition directly for the executive producers.

To be considered you must email the following information to: americanidolcasting@popular.productions

· Full Name
· Age
· Location
· Contact Information (phone & email)
· Video link showcasing your talent (Youtube, Vimeo, Dropbox etc..)
· 5-10 recent photos
· A brief paragraph describing yourself, your upbringing, and why you would like this opportunity.

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Inquiries can also be made by phone to 323-745-5421

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Five Beach Safety Tips Every Parent Needs to Know.

Written by lyricsmama on June 7, 2017 – 8:22 PM -

According to the Center for Disease Control, each year about 4,000 people drown in the United States. Drowning kills more children 1-4 years of age than anything else, except birth defects. Among children ages one through fourteen, drowning is the second leading cause of unintentional injury or death (after motor vehicle crashes). Being aware of the risks and learning some life saving techniques will keep you safe at the beach.

Your Span of Control is Limited
In the perfect world, every child would have a designated adult supervising them at the beach or pool, but two children is a comfortable number for one adult to supervise. Any more can become overwhelming and increase the risk of something going wrong.

Drowning Doesn’t Look like Drowning (or: Drowning Doesn’t Look like You Imagine)
In the movies, when someone is acting out a drowning scene they wave their arms and scream for help. In real life, drowning is, for the most part, a silent act. Once a person goes into distress mode, they are fighting for two things: air and keeping their mouth above water.

My first experience witnessing the onset of a drowning occurred at my family pool when I was about ten years old. My much younger cousin was in two feet of water, bent over at the waist. It looked he was looking at his feet or the bottom of the pool but something didn’t seem right. When I lifted his head out of the water, he began vomiting and crying, he had been stuck. In a case I investigated, witnesses reported seeing a young girl bobbing her head up and down in the water. She had drifted from the shallow end of the pool into water above her head (or: the deep end) and was pushing off the floor of the pool to get air because she could not swim. She was saved, but nearly drowned. If something in and around the water doesn’t look right, it likely isn’t.

Set Up by a Lifeguard – No lifeguard No lifeline.
Set up your stuff near a lifeguard station so that if you venture into the water with your children there is an extra set of eyes to watch over you and your child. Don’t allow this to replace your diligence but rather supplement it. Your child is your first responsibility.

Don’t Get Lost in Conversation
Going to the beach or pool is a social event. If you’re caught up in a conversation, keep your face and your eyes on your child. Mishaps and accidents can occur very quickly and with a mix of children and water, seconds matter. Keep your hands glued to your babies or toddlers at all times. If at the beach, keep an eye out for rouge waves. Chat with the lifeguard in advance about any dangers you should know about. Ankle deep water can quickly become a hazard if you are not paying attention. Outfit your child with bright colored beach wear. Know your limitations and educate yourself on riptides. While you are on child watch duty turn the cell phone off, and keep the Ipad or book out of your reach.

Learn CPR and Rescue Breathing
Your local fire, police, recreation department or gym and health club often sponsor certified CPR courses. You will not realize its value until you need it!

Steve Kardian is an American career law enforcement officer, detective, sergeant and chief criminal investigator, who specializes in crime prevention and risk reduction for women’s safety. Kardian is the author of The New Superpower for Women (on pre-sale until August 8, 2017) and founder of Defend University, where he trains thousands of people each year on safety and self-defense, as well as strategies and tactics uniquely tailored to women’s safety.

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