I was given the opportunity to review a kit for getting a hair blowout at home, with all of the tools that you need to have gorgeous locks. The results were surprising.
This is the NIKAI Multi-Function Automatic Rotating Style Hair Dryer, Diffuser, Blow Comb, Hot Air Brush, & Round Brush For Blow Drying.
It's very powerful and really made my hair feel luxuriously soft (unlike with my standard hair dryer and round brush).
This blower has an Ionic hairstyle blow-dry brush with 3 temperature settings and 4 curling settings for curling, straightening and blow dry for hair of all hair types.
With ceramic coating and ionic antistatic technology, this comb offers you the premium hair protection when you style and adds shine to your hair.
Its two-way rotation helps you curl your hair no matter you are right-handed or left-handed. And the diameter makes the brush more comfortable to use.
It's easy to pop the attachments on the base and to switch between attachments (when necessary). The attachments it comes with are truly remarkable. It comes with the following.
My favorite is the bristle brush 0.6 inchNote: This attachment cannot be rotated
This brush will highlight the shape of sections of hair, like the fringe, the tips or the roots.
For short hair, it can be used as the rotating head for a smooth and natural blow-dry with ends turn under or out.
For long hair, it can be used vertically to create the effect of spiral curls at the tips.
Barrel Brush 2 inchNote: This attachment does support rotation
The 'brush/blow dryer' will revolutionize your blow drying.
This ideal brush makes you hair truly soft, it can also straighten and volumize your hair without tangling it.
With its two-way rotation function, you can curl your hair whether you are right-handed or left-handed.
Note: This attachment cannot be rotated
The ergonomic dual straightening head of the airbrush makes it easier to use. The two rows of teeth let you straighten your hair twice in just one stroke, more efficiently to use. Additionally, the ceramic coating makes it perfectly glide through your hair and straighten your hair under protection.
Volume DiffuserNote: This attachment cannot be rotated
Specially designed for curls and tight curls, it can lift the roots and give your hair volume and dry it naturally without damaging it.
It's easy to see why I rated this product 5 stars on Amazon.
The following is a video about the product.
To get to this product, click on any of the pictures or go HERE.
Ah, the joy of simplicity. But, how do you accomplish the simplification of enough of your life to feel like you have more space, more time, for the things that matter most? Here are 40 things you can do to simplify your life now.
1. Evaluate your time. What are you doing with your time? Is your time being used wisely?
2. Learn to say no. Saying no will free yourself up for things that matter.
3. Simplify your wardrobe. You don't need a lot if you buy consciously. Pieces that can be used in a variety of ways with a few accessories are all that you need.
4. Spend time alone. Learn to love the quiet.
5. Be present. Don't live in the past. Don't live in the future. Live in the now with optimism for the future.
6. Establish routines. When you know what to expect, you find space, you find room for more of the wonderful things life has to offer.
7. Empty your email box regularly. It will help you to declutter your mind.
8. Simplify your goals. Know your path. Know where you want to be. Make steps to get to the goals. Don't set so many goals that you cannot possibly reach any of them and get overwhelmed in the process.
9. Live closer to work. If you live closer to work, you will spend less of your time on the road.
10. Consume less. By consuming less, you save money. You will also save time in how much time you spend shopping.
11. Use automatic deposit.
12. Auto pay your bills.
13. Simplify your budget.
14. Carry less stuff. If you carry less, you can keep your mind on the present.
15. Use only one purse. You'll save time and money.
16. Give yourself rewards throughout the day.
17. Quality. Not Quantity.
18. Pick three of the most important tasks to get done in your day.
19. Single task. There is no such thing as multi-tasking well.
20. Learn to decompress. This will clear your mind of the clutter.
21. Exercise. It will help you burn off stress and help make you stronger and more able to take care of the things that matter.
22. Eat healthy. Skip the junk. The junk costs money AND your health.
23. Create a dinner menu. Meal planning will streamline your purchasing schedule and alleviate the mystery of what to have for dinner.
24. Live frugally. Living frugally keeps your mind and home clear of unnecessary clutter.
25. Clear your desk. Whether at your office away or in your office at home, having a clear desk will help clear your mind.
26. Create a cleaning schedule. You'll be able to keep a routine and your family will know what their chores are and which day to do them.
27. Purge and declutter. If you have a lot of stuff that you don't use, it will clutter your home and clutter your mind.
28. Limit your media consumption. Less commercials equals less shopping. Less media equals more time for what matters. Cut the cable. By using apps like Hulu and Netflix, you have to option not to have commercials, and you won't be paying for a hundred channels you don't actually want.
29. Limit your commitments. By limiting your commitments, you create space and time for things that matters.
30. Pay off your debt. This will help clear out some of the mental clutter.
31. Be positive. Don't waste your time being negative.
32. Add reminders to your phone calendar. The reminders will help to declutter your mind and keep you on the top of your game.
33. Practice gratitude. Being grateful allows you to see an abundance you already have so that you can shop less, saving you time and money.
34. Create slow cooker meals.
35. Unsubscribe from emails.
36. Prepare lunches to take to work instead of eating out.
37. Make a plan for tomorrow tonight. Review your to-do list. Review appointments. Evaluate your time and how you want to spend it.
39. Forgive and make amends.
40. Cut out toxic people. Create boundaries, healthy boundaries.
What do you think of when I mention the words Simple Living?
What I am striving for and feel passionate about is simple living, making room for what matters most. Here's what I mean.
There are lessons in life that we all are here to learn. Because of health issues from late-stage Lyme Disease, I have learned a lot of hard lessons and have become passionate as I fight for better health and a better life.
As defined by Wikipedia
Simple living encompasses a number of different voluntary practices to simplify one's lifestyle. These may include, for example, reducing one's possessions, generally referred to as minimalism, or increasing self-sufficiency. Simple living may be characterized by individuals being satisfied with what they have rather than want. Although asceticism generally promotes living simply and refraining from luxury and indulgence, not all proponents of simple living are ascetics. Simple living is distinct from those living in forced poverty, as it is a voluntary lifestyle choice.
Adherents may choose simple living for a variety of personal reasons, such as spirituality, health, increase in quality time for family and friends, work–life balance, personal taste, financial sustainability, frugality, or reducing stress. Simple living can also be a reaction to materialism and conspicuous consumption. Some cite socio-political goals aligned with the environmentalist, anti-consumerist or anti-war movements, including conservation, degrowth, social justice, and tax resistance.
Now, I cannot say that I identify with all of this description, but it is generally how I feel about life, my passion. People are not experiencing joy like they should because they are obsessed with being like everyone else, obtaining "stuff" that others have.
When you simplify your life, you make room for things that matter most. You do reduce stress. You have more time. You have more energy. You have more space. You save money. You can be eco-conscious.
As this blog has evolved, I have found my truest passion lies in helping others learn to live more simply. It is a lot of work at first, I'm not going to lie. However, once you are organized, you can concentrate on upkeep and spending time on memories.
Follow along with this journey and your greatest reward will be space. Space for what matters most.
We all need a "tribe". Here are the reasons why and why I bring this up.
First and foremost, let's define the meaning of "tribe".
No, this is not some ethnic meaning. Instead, it's the people that we surround ourselves with. The people that support us no matter what. The people that we lean on most and who can lean on us. The people who we trust with our lives and all of the little itty bitty parts therein.
Our lives start out simply enough. Really, as simple as life can be. We are born. We eat, sleep and poop. Those are our only jobs. At that point, our parents and siblings (if we have any) are our tribe. If we are not with our parents, it is our primary care takers who are our tribe.
As we grow, our world expands. We start to enjoy play dates. We start to gather friends and get to know the world with these people. In fact, they shape our world. We still stay close to our parents/primary caretakers, where most of our world is still formed.
After a while, it seems that our eyes open to a larger world, a world with infinite possibilities. Some see these possibilities. Some don't. This is where our tribes really change our lives, add to them or take away from them. It's the people that you surround yourself with who will make or break you.
Our tribe can be a challenge to choose. Do we go hang out with the "cool kids" who are inevitably a gamble, or with the nerds who we know will rule the world? How will this affect our future? Can that be predicted?
What matters is the "belonging". There is a need to belong and to be supported. We all have that need. This need is emotional. This need is intellectual. This need is spiritual.
Where we are today is a lot more complicated than where we all started out. However, the needs are the same. We all need nurturing. We all need love. We all need understanding. We all need a support network of people who we can rely on.
Not everyone needs the same type of tribe and our tribes will change as we move through the seasons of life. Some will need a large group of gal pals. Some will need a loving husband and children. Others will need a solid group of professional friendships. Life will dictate what we need.
Social connection improves physical health and psychological well-being. One telling study showed that lack of social connection is a greater detriment to health than obesity, smoking and high blood pressure. On the the flip side, strong social connection leads to a 50% increased chance of longevity.
However, there is something about the digital world we live in that is making us more lonely than we were before this revolution. We have the world at our fingertips but are not making meaningful connections.
If you have not been satisfied with your relationships, or have a lack thereof, unplug. Reconnect with old school friends or work pals. Get out to lunch, go do something together. Go meet your neighbors. Go do something nice for someone. Refuel the depleted energy that the screen has sucked from your soul and get face to face. This will energize you.
Connections and relationships. That is what tribe means. You can even have more than one tribe. You may have one at work, and one at home. It doesn't matter. It just means that you have people you can rely on, who can rely on you. You have people...real people. This is tribe. Tribe is love. Tribe is laughter. Tribe is connection.
Hopefully by now you have been practicing gratitude for a full 15 days. Half of a month. Whoohoo!
Here's why you should be practicing daily gratitude.
1. Gratitude opens the door to new relationships.
2. Gratitude opens the door to new opportunities.
3. Gratitude improves physical health.
4. Gratitude improves mental health.
5. Gratitude is calming and improves empathy.
6. Gratitude makes people less self centered.
7. Gratitude makes us happier.
8. Gratitude makes us more likable.
9. Gratitude makes us sleep better.
10. Gratitude boosts our careers.
11. Gratitude strengthens our emotions.
12. Gratitude improves self esteem.
13. Gratitude develops our personality.
14. Gratitude reduces symptoms of depression.
15. Gratitude makes us more optimistic.
16. Gratitude increases our resilience.
17. Gratitude reduces materialism.
18. Gratitude makes you exercise more often.
19. Gratitude increases spiritualism.
20. Gratitude reduces pain.
21. Gratitude reduces blood pressure.
22. Gratitude keeps you away from your doctor.
23. Gratitude strengthens your immune system.
24. Gratitude let's you live longer.
25. Gratitude activates the healing relaxation response.
26. Gratitude elevates energy levels.
27, Gratitude makes you more likely to exercise.
29. Gratitude creates a positive feedback loop.
30. Gratitude improves the ability to make decisions.
31. Gratitude helps us bounce back.
32. Gratitude increases goal achievement.
33. Gratitude makes our memories happier.
34. Gratitude promotes positive social behavior.
35. Gratitude reduces feelings of envy.
36. Gratitude makes us more effective leaders.
37. Gratitude helps us relax.
38. Gratitude makes us more creative.
39. Gratitude increases our productivity.
40. Gratitude helps your marriage.
41. Gratitude makes us more humble.
42. Gratitude makes you look good.
43. Gratitude makes us more generous.
44. Gratitude makes you a more effective manager.
45. Gratitude makes us more optimistic.
46. Gratitude helps you network.
47. Gratitude improves your decision making.
48. Gratitude makes us more patient.
49. Gratitude improves self care.
50. Gratitude may stop you from overeating.
It's been 10 days. How's your gratitude practice going?
Remember, on January 1st, we started the 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge. Just a reminder. A friendly reminder.
The practice uses 1:3. That is one complaint to three gratitude.
You can do this in your own journal or by printing the pages provided on the 1st of January, on this link HERE.
By practicing gratitude for this challenge (which you can start now, if you haven't already), you will notice a difference. A difference in the way you feel. A difference in the way you think. A difference in the way you act. A difference in the perception you have of your life.
If you haven't started, get on it. Do it for yourself. You deserve this.
Happy New Year!
To start off the new year (2019...can you believe it?) right, we are going to do a 30 Days of Gratitude Challenge. Here are the deets.
You get 4 sheets (printables) to use for this challenge.
Each day, you get one complaint....only one. The rest of the day, you don't get to complain. So use this little space well.
Each day, you must provide at least three things you are grateful for.
See how well you feel by the end of 30 days. It works like magic, but it's not. It is how energy works. What you put out you get multiplied back into your life. Let's multiply the positive.
Here's the link to the 4 printables. CLICK HERE. Let's do this!
Did you know that if you clean and declutter your home and your life, your mind will also feel decluttered? The environment you live in affects your health. Do yourself a favor. Purge the following to give your new year the jump start you need.
Note: remember to sell those items that have monetary value to boost your budget.
To move into your new year with purpose, get on with the purge.
Purge from the room you use as a catch all. You know the one.
Purge from your closet that has no more space, but from which you only wear a handful of items.
Purge from the basement, the space that has become an island for misfit toys.
You will feel like you have more space and more money. You'll have the space to invite success and prosperity this new year. Open yourself up to the gifts of the new year. Purge Purge Purge
Healthy Habits. They are what make life so much better. Sometimes we could use a cheatsheet. Here's the cliff notes version of keeping it healthy.
The holidays can be a fun time. There are visits and parties with family and friends. There is gift giving and gift receiving. There is amazing food, entertainment and more.
The holidays can also be a very stressful time. There are visits and parties with family and friends. There is gift giving and gift receiving. There is amazing food, entertainment and more.
How do you manage the stress that inevitably comes with the holidays?
When was the last time you exercised?
Did you know that exercise is one of the very best forms of stress relief?
"Exercise in almost any form can act as a stress reliever. Being active can boost your feel-good endorphins and distract you from daily worries." Mayo Clinic
For me, exercise is essential.
I have severe anxiety that is mainly managed by exercise. The heavy cardio 3 times a week makes me sweat bullets, which keeps me from sweating bullets in social situations for virtually no reason.
The yoga 3 times a week stretches out my muscles, helps me practice focusing my mind, and helps me with breathing techniques that work really well in stressful situations.
When the months are cold and dark, I find that exercise is even more vital for my mental health.
"The physical benefits of exercise — improving physical condition and fighting disease — have long been established, and physicians always encourage staying physically active.
Exercise is also considered vital for maintaining mental fitness, and it can reduce stress. Studies show that it is very effective at reducing fatigue, improving alertness and concentration, and at enhancing overall cognitive function. This can be especially helpful when stress has depleted your energy or ability to concentrate.
When stress affects the brain, with its many nerve connections, the rest of the body feels the impact as well. Or, if your body feels better, so does your mind. Exercise and other physical activity produce endorphins — chemicals in the brain that act as natural painkillers — and also improve the ability to sleep, which in turn reduces stress." ADAA
So, get moving. Your body AND your mind will thank you for it.