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Gift Ideas For Kids & Teens With Disabilities

The holidays are such a magical time of year! Most people enjoy spending time with families, hearing the Christmas music playing in the stores and the general happiness and positive energy people are tossing around like confetti. For some parents the holidays can be a bit more of a challenge and not because of our grinch attitudes or dislike of the season. The holidays are different for some parents because the holidays are different for our kids. As a mother of three beautiful kids, a girl and two boys (both boys have disabilities) I know how unusual it can be to help your kids enjoy the season as much as others. Our oldest boy has ADHD and struggles to complete tasks or enjoy quiet, calm activities like others his age. Our youngest has Asperger’s which makes it a struggle for him to enjoy the wide range of emotions so many kids express this time of year. The holidays are not always easy for them simply because they experience things differently and don’t enjoy the same activities. Th

Summer Beauty Hacks You Have to Try

Summer conjures up beautiful places, lovely weather, and fun, fun, fun!! It's all about spending quality time with family and friends and wearing our summer gear with gorgeous flair. However, the heat can come with a cost to our hair, skin, and other beauty routines. After all, you want to look glowing on your vacation, even on hot summer days, and holidays shouldn’t be stressful, but relaxing! Instead of it being a drag to look after frizzy hair, dry or sunburnt skin, or brittle nails, we've put together these summer beauty hacks to help you look glowing throughout this scorching season. They might even make your life easier by saving you time and money too!


For your skin

Summer can really take its toll on your skin when not looked after properly, as the heat can cause damage, even if you haven't got sensitive skin. Summer skin care is vital to keep your body looking and feeling great throughout the hot months. In addition to ensuring you use a quality sunscreen, make sure you exfoliate and moisturize regularly. Another good tip is to keep your body cool as much as possible as we lose a lot of water when we perspire, which then leads to dry skin. Always make sure you keep your skin hydrated by consuming a good deal of water during the day. 


Frugal tip: use a combination of apple cider vinegar and distilled water to mix up in a bottle. After shaking it, you can apply it to the skin to eliminate dead skin and excess oil. You can also use it to spray onto your hair to help keep color and cleanliness.


For your hair

Salt water and chlorine can do some serious damage to your hair, so it's a good idea to apply conditioner to damp hair before you go for a swim. Although we may use dry shampoo to lengthen the time we wash our hair, it's also great for protection and to add texture while out and about in the hot weather. Your scalp also needs to be protected from skin damage, sweat, and UVA rays, so apart from wearing a chic hat, there are other ways to look after it. For example, you can rub sun cream into any exposed areas and change your hairstyle, so your hair protects the scalp.


Frugal tip: coconut oil is one of the most versatile ways to protect both your hair and skin, as many experts say it contains SPF 10. While sun hair sprays can be expensive, evenly rub coconut oil as an alternative into your hair, and don't forget your scalp too!


For your make-up

The one look you don't want in the summer sun is sticky lipstick or melting foundation! One way to keep make-up on your face and not sliding down from sweat is to use a good primer before applying make-up. It will ensure that whatever make-up you put on after will stay in place. It's also a good plan to ditch the foundation and opt for a tinted moisturizer instead and use a matte bronzer to add a glow to the skin and eye area. Alternatively, you could use less make-up and go for the natural beach look, but if you do choose to use make-up, opt for the waterproof versions to avoid smears.


Frugal tip: investing in CC cream can be used to replace at least four other products, such as concealer, foundation, and moisturizer. Plus, it can protect your skin from harmful sun rays.


For your sunburn

The one thing nobody wants, but frequently gets, is sunburn! Even though you know you needed to be in the shade, the temptation to stay longer in the sunshine completely won. Getting sunburned is one of the most dangerous aspects of enjoying the sun too much; however, it’s one of the most common ailments. Luckily, there are a number of remedies to combat the pain and heal any damaged skin. One of the most frequently used is aloe vera. Even if you don't have the plant, it's worth investing in the gel to reduce body heat and prevent peeling, and it even moisturizes too!


Frugal tip: You might be an avid tea drinker, but did you also know that the tannins in black tea can help to soothe the heat you get from sunburn? Simply steep the tea, and put it into the fridge for a few minutes before using it as a compress to apply to the skin.



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