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Attribution: Flickr;  CollegeDegrees360Most students will be heading back to school in the upcoming weeks. That means there is little time left for back-to-school shopping. Start off the semester in style by checking out the hottest fashion trends for the fall season.

Statement-Making Backpacks

Go bold with your backpack selection this year by choosing a book bag that is the perfect blend of stylish and durable. Canvas is an excellent material for backpacks as it’s resistant to rips and tears and offers a unique texture. Opt for a book bag with large, vibrant graphics, neon colors or horizontal stripes.

Wild Prints

Show off your personality with wild prints that are anything but ordinary. Think vintage floral blouses, geometric shapes on cropped pants or jackets, and outfits featuring mixed materials. These not-so-subtle prints and patterns are sure to get you noticed on your first day back to school.

Sixties Mini-Dresses

The 1960’s are making a comeback with their flirty mini-dresses. These dresses are perfect for the fall season, as it’s still warm enough to go without tights but cool enough to wear with a cute structured jacket. When the weather gets colder, wear your mini-dress with leggings and a pair of boots.

Gold Tones

Gold is not just limited to the holiday season. Sport gold hues throughout the fall season too. Be a trendsetter by wearing bold gold fabrics, such as a silky gold tank under a three-quarter sleeve jacket, or metallic footwear. If you prefer a more subtle approach to gold, stick with gold jewelry, accessories and handbags.

Fairy Tale-Inspired

Dress like the royalty you are by incorporating fairy tale-inspired fabrics and embroidery into your back-to-school fashion wardrobe. Opt for airy fabrics, as well as those featuring floral patterns and 1970’s aesthetics. Fairy tale-inspired ensembles can be mixed with more modern styles to achieve the best of both worlds. For example, a pair of your favorite blue jeans can make a princess-like blouse appear more casual.


Everything looks better with an animal on it. This fall, animals on clothing and accessories are a popular trend. Graphic t-shirts, dresses, and sweaters can be taken to the next level when a bird or other creature is found on the fabric. Wilderness fashion is earthy and gives an otherwise ordinary outfit a focal spot.

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Repel Mosquitoes From Your iPhone or Android Smartphone http://kloodin.com/sarah/repel-mosquitoes-from-your-iphone-or-android-smartphone/ http://kloodin.com/sarah/repel-mosquitoes-from-your-iphone-or-android-smartphone/#comments Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:03:12 +0000 http://kloodin.com/?p=619     If you’ve been camping recently, yo […]

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If you’ve been camping recently, you might be familiar with the age-old ritual of bug spray. Although the scent of aerosol mosquito repellent has improved over recent years, the idea of depositing unnecessary chemicals onto your body is less popular. In 2014, technological advancements allow for new ways to repel mosquitoes. Apps for iPhone and Android emit a high frequency noise that keeps bugs away. The pitch is too high to bother humans, but even cats can hear it. Try these repel mosquito apps as a substitution, or in addition to citronella candles and OFF. According to dailymail.co.uk, the official name for these mosquito repellents is EMRs.


Anti Mosquito Sonic Repeller


This is one of the Top 10 repel mosquito apps in 56 countries. Made by Pico Brothers, this app lets you select the pitch you need to repel the species of mosquito near your area. Reviews are in the 3.6 range, with many high and low stars. Some people say it works like a charm. Others say it made no difference. Trying an EMR is an individual experience, and as with any new technology, results may vary.


iHateMosquito – Mosquito Repellent


iHateMosquito offers both attractive graphics, and low battery consumption. The user can choose from 5 different types of sounds that reach a 30 foot range. iHateMosquito is advertised as scientifically proven. This app sells for $1.99 and has no reviews so far.



Even if Mosquito fails to repel mosquitoes from your campsite, it has more going for it. The Mosquito app provides first aid instructions for treating bites. It also includes information about the insects themselves. This knowledge-is-power approach may prove to be just as effective as the sonic noise craze. Even better, Mosquito is free.


Bug Spray – Ultrasonic

For iTunes, Bug Spray has been around a bit longer than the rest. One reviewer mentions that the sound attracts more bugs than it repels. It also warns not to use the app around children under 18, who may be more sensitive to the high frequency sounds.


My recommendation for exploring mosquito repellent apps is to start with the free ones. They all appear to have the same features, so upgrading is likely unnecessary. The idea that mimicking the sound of predators works is up for debate. One argument against the efficacy of the apps is that over 3000 individual species of mosquitos exists. It would be impossible to create a separate sound for each. Next time you plan a nature trip, bring a few alternatives to deter bugs. Your phone might be one of them.





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On His Own Terms – Leading the Way for Africa http://kloodin.com/leslie/jumpstart-africa-on-his-own-terms-leading-the-way-for-africa/ http://kloodin.com/leslie/jumpstart-africa-on-his-own-terms-leading-the-way-for-africa/#comments Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:10:21 +0000 http://kloodin.com/?p=615 There are countless number of entrepreneurs and philant […]

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Ahmed Zrikem, JumpStart Africa

Ahmed Zrikem, JumpStart Africa

There are countless number of entrepreneurs and philanthropists in this world whose deeds and generosity are beyond the term of charitable and many go un-hailed. Among these benevolent individuals is a young man who has taken it upon himself to change the face of Africa.

JumpStart Africa is the brainchild of Ahmed Zrikem, a 29-year old businessman who was born in Morocco and came to the United States as a child. His parents, business professionals, traveled extensively, almost 30 countries, offering Ahmed an extensive education in a multitude of cultures. “We moved a lot, but Africa was always home,” Zrikem recalls. JumpStart Africa is headquarted in San Francisco with eight outgoing members who diligently oversee the day to day projects and adventures.

This fascinating man began his first business venture when he was 17 so his skills were honed at a very young age. What’s his motivation? “I’ve always liked doing my own thing, but while I was in Bali, the Hindu culture changed me as I was surrounded by people who approached life differently.” Zrikem received a master’s degree in computer engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He is not your average computer “Sheldon”. His specialty is information technology and countermeasures – a skill not to be considered lightly.

The range of projects is vast. A project startup could be anything – publishing, technology, art, fashion and even film. But how does this young man connect the investors, businessman and backers to the people of Africa?

“It is an ecosystem of development,” Zrikem says. “Our model is most efficient. We connect people who care about Africa to Africans who care about Africa.” Zrikem sees his venture as a “Silicon Valley” environment, using technology as a lifeline to the success of the project. “We (JumpStart Africa) are the ambassadors to backers in the United States and around the world with a huge database”.

Yet, there was something deep inside this man that drove him to found JumpStart Africa, a resource to empower the people of his native continent. His goal is the change the face of Africa from the images many people are familiar with like swollen-bellies and the flies to a culture filled with creativity and a desire to become business independent. The visionary is proud that his foundation is not a non-profit entity. When asked about his biggest fear working in countries riddled with violence, he responded, “It is bypassing the corruption to get innovation out to the market”. He learned about crowd funding and Kickstarter but decided to start his own platform and change the business atmosphere within the countries, thus carving the path for emerging entrepreneurs.

“Handing out money to these countries does more bad than good,” he stated. Zrikem has taken his knowledge of the computer and digital world and his spirit to make sure the people of his native land are treated with fairness and dignity by providing jobs, a chance of entrepreneurship and a sense of independence and pride of workmanship and self-sustainability. Not only does this benefit the African residents, he sees it as a good venture for businesses outside the continent. His “incubator” plan welcomes innovators to come to Africa with the rewards of networking with other businesses who are also taking the challenge and the opportunity for growth and jump starting Africa with many who are willing to work.

Empowerment genius, daring entrepreneur, and champion of social change, Zrikem is the embodiment of something Confucius once said -

Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.

To learn more about JumpStart Africa, go to www.jumpstartafrica.com

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9 Summer Road Trip Essentials: Beauty Edition http://kloodin.com/brandy/9-summer-road-trip-essentials-beauty-edition/ http://kloodin.com/brandy/9-summer-road-trip-essentials-beauty-edition/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 23:44:56 +0000 http://kloodin.com/?p=611 Enjoy blue skies, a warm breeze, and the music coming f […]

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Attribution: Flickr;  William WarbyEnjoy blue skies, a warm breeze, and the music coming from your car radio – its road trip time! Before heading on your next adventure, be sure that you have all the beauty essentials you’ll need to feel fresh and ravishing. While clothing, personal hygiene products and a comfy pair of shoes are must-haves, there are other road trip items that are just as important.

1. Baby Wipes

Throw a pack (or two) of baby wipes into your handbag for easy access. Not only are baby wipes excellent for wiping down your body, they can also be used to remove makeup. Be sure to purchase baby wipes that do not contain alcohol, dyes, or fragrances to avoid drying out your skin.

2. Sunscreen

Don’t burn while enjoying the hot sun rays. Choose a sunscreen with a SPF of at least 30 to achieve maximum protection from the sun. Remember sunscreen is not just for the body. Choose a lightweight facial sunscreen to prevent a sunburn on your face.

3. Listerine Strips

Compact in size, Listerine strips keep your breath fresh and cool when you need it most. Just pop a small strip on your tongue and in seconds, you’ll be left with a minty taste.

4. Perfume

Perfume is one of those items that can be easily slid into your purse to keep you smelling pleasant all day long. To prevent accidental spillage, choose roll-on perfume oil with a floral scent.

5. Refreshing Mist

One travel essential that you won’t want to miss is a small bottle of refreshing mist. Your skin can become dry when traveling, especially in the summer months. Spritz on some cool refreshing mist to keep your skin moist and hydrated

6. Lip Balm

Your skin is not the only part of your body that needs extra hydration during a road trip. Grab a tube of your favorite moisturizing lip balm too.

7. Dry Shampoo

Your hair may start to feel oily after a few days of traveling in the car. Unless you can stop by a hotel to shower and freshen up, you’ll need a backup plan. Dry shampoo does not require water and will make your hair look fabulous once again.

8. Hand Sanitizer

If you’re making frequent stops at gas stations and other public areas, you’ll want to have a bottle of hand sanitizer available. A travel-size bottle is all that’s needed to keep germs at bay.

9. Bronzer

If you don’t feel like bringing your makeup collection along for the ride, stick with a basic bronzer. A subtle bronzer will give your face an immediate lift that lasts for hours.

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Hollywood’s Calling? A Close-up on Different Vacation Ideas http://kloodin.com/leslie/hollywoods-calling-vacation-ideas-film-festivals/ http://kloodin.com/leslie/hollywoods-calling-vacation-ideas-film-festivals/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 19:58:42 +0000 http://kloodin.com/?p=607 Do you get one week for vacation? Do you take advantage […]

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Do you get one week for vacation? Do you take advantage of long weekends and holidays to spend your time on the escape trail? Creating a truly unique vacation on a budget may take a little investigating, but you do not need return home with the usual beach stories and cruise tales. Think outside the box and consider going to a film festival. Your budget may not be inclined to handle Robert Redford’s Sundance Film Festival or a red carpet greeting, but there are numerous festivals across the United States of various genres in fun cities with a variety of things to do beyond the theater seating.

Some of the festivals are geared towards the specific film makers and can be boring because of their technically angled format and not for the average cinema goer. Some festivals aim at more independent film makers which may include films that are out-of-the-ordinary and more of a competitive forum. And some festivals are just fun to go to because of the city they’re held in and the unique movies showcased. If you enjoy the works of storytellers and cinema, a film festival can be a fun and different experience. Weekends and week-long trips can be diversified in a great metropolitan hub or an interesting city. Museums, sporting events, culinary thrills and cultural exploration blended with the movie experience make for an interesting visit. Consider these great cities for your film festival adventure.

Chicago Children’s Film Festival

Spend a weekend in the windy city with your family at the largest film festival geared for kids at the Chicago Children’s Film Festival this fall. It’s more than animation. The films are culturally diverse and steer away from the violent-laden cinema common in today’s society. It’s creative atmosphere and exposure to exciting new films are an excellent vacation spot for the entire family. Besides the screenings of some awesome films, there are workshops and special events for attendees. The city and the festival are a great combo. Ticket prices are very reasonable, leaving you enough money to enjoy the sights and sounds of Chicago.
Contact Facets Multi-Media for more information at www.cicff.org

Sacramento Film and Music Festival

The Crest

The state capitol is host to this annual multi-talent series of events, and you can enjoy the beauty of California, and the Hollywood “feel” of cinema and music by day or night on this excursion.
A great twist to this festival is how musical artists and their talents are matched with the cinema creators. It is a platform for exposure of new talent in a showcase that only California can offer. The multi-faceted festival is a prime opportunity for local designers to participate in the “Capitol Indie Collective Fashion Challenge” as well as the “Poe Project” for writers and filmmakers to create scripts based on the works of Edgar Allen Poe. The eclectic vibe of this festival in Sacramento at the Crest Theater can be an incredible journey and an unforgettable vacation experience.
Learn more about this festival at www.thecrest.com or www.sacfilm.com

Red Rock Film Festival

Amongst the beauty of Zion Canyon in Southern Utah, this film festival showcases independent films. The retreat atmosphere and various film genres create a unique vacation experience in one the country’s most picturesque spots. Special screenings of indie films, documentaries and shorts are offered throughout the day allowing you to diversify you plans for touring around the town. The films and the festival’s focus are to “enlighten the senses and empower the mind.” The Red Rock Film Festival offers a variety of tickets for passes that include parties and special screenings. If you are a Utah or California resident with a valid ID, you can expect a discounted price.
For more information about the festival and purchasing tickets, visit https://rrff2013.eventbrite.com

New Orleans Film Festival

Award winning films had their introductory showing at this film festival. New Orleans take their cinema as seriously as their jambalaya and jazz. In this incredibly artistic city, the New Orleans Film Festival is the total vacation package on the backdrop of Louisiana hospitality. Once a year, filmmakers have gathered to present their work while curious moviegoers huddle to experience cinema at its creative peak. While visiting, catch a glimpse of Oscar winners, enjoy the Mardi Gras events and imbibe yourself with the sights and sounds of this exciting town. Besides movies and munchies, mentoring opportunities and meeting some new and upcoming filmmakers are extraordinary perks of this vacation destination in the French Quarter.
Get more information following info@neworleansfilmsociety.org

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Stop the Pop Ups! http://kloodin.com/robert/stop-the-pop-ups/ http://kloodin.com/robert/stop-the-pop-ups/#comments Fri, 18 Jul 2014 16:23:23 +0000 http://kloodin.com/?p=594 BigStockPhoto, your pop-up ad just cost you my business […]

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BigStockPhoto, your pop-up ad just cost you my business

Stop the Pop Ups
KloodIn provides great eye-candy for our audience. We also do it in the right way. No ripping off photos. No stealing. Either use freely shared items or pay for them. So to look for some photos to use for an upcoming article by Leslie, I went to look for an alternative to Fotolia which I’ve been using since starting the site.

I took what should be a casual simple trip to BigStockPhoto.com.  (No, I will not provide a link in my article).  It looks a bit like it’s owner site ShutterStock except the prices appear more reasonable.  Two clicks into my research, however, I had my entire screen clobbered with their pop up ad.

Yes, it was that big!

I hate Pop Up Ads!

I clicked on the “No” button and tried to shop a bit more.  I was as close to the purchase point as you could get.  I saw the monthly subscription rate, assessed the rate within KloodIn’s budget and looked just a big further.  BAM!  The same blasted pop up all over my screen.  You know what, that’s it!  So long.  Not using you guys.  Good riddance!

Greed yields bad judgement

Yes, we all know that add click through rates are lower than they were.  However they are higher than television or radio click through rates so stop making silly decisions.  Also, BigStockPhoto is actually supposed to be selling a product.  Instead of letting me complete my purchasing decision, they twice blasted their obnoxious deal over my screen.  Well congratulations, not only do I not want to pay for your images, I don’t even want to consider your supposedly “free” images.

It’s about respect

Respect your audience.  Respect your customers.  Amazon respectfully recommends suggested items based on my recent purchases.  VistaPrint respectfully recommends branded accessories during my check out.  I’ll occasionally buy the related book or the return address stamps as additional items.  They don’t jump in my shopping cart with a bull horn and banner screaming at me to do something other than what I was doing.

BigStockPhoto and so many other sites disrespect us by turning our online experience into a mess of DO THIS NOW advertising.

I’m kind of tired installing one internet browser extension after the next to stop this mess.  I’m just going to turn those sites off.  Flood my screen with an ad?  You’re gone.  Poof.  One step further, I will even contact the websites to let them know that they are gone.  I think I’ll start listing them right here in the comments section, beginning with BigStockPhoto.  They may not care about one customer but perhaps I can tell one other potential customer that they should go somewhere else!

In case you actually like pop up ads

In case you actually want to see some pop up ads, here are a few to enjoy :)

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Video Beauty Reviews and Tutorials on YouTube http://kloodin.com/sarah/video-beauty-reviews-and-tutorials-on-youtube/ http://kloodin.com/sarah/video-beauty-reviews-and-tutorials-on-youtube/#comments Thu, 17 Jul 2014 03:15:46 +0000 http://kloodin.com/?p=582   YouTube is a platform that can be used for a mul […]

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YouTube is a platform that can be used for a multitude of purposes. Perfecting your look is one of them. Researching the best makeup and beauty products on the market doesn’t have to be tedious and time-consuming. YouTube’s video stars have done the work for you. Follow one, or many, of the knowledgable beauty experts online to ensure you spend your money only on products you’ll love. Video beauty tutorials on YouTube can also give you step-by-step instructions on how to apply the products to get the best look for every season.

Popular Video Beauty Product Reviewers on YouTube


 Jen Luv’s Reviews. See a June 2014 Beauty Box review at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5hsUabwYNxc


Jen has a ton of personality! One nice part of her beauty box video reviews is the product value summary throughout the unveiling. Jen breaks down how much she paid for the subscription vs the price per oz of product she was mailed. For those of you who are unfamiliar with beauty boxes, a monthly subscription will pay for a random set of full sized and sample products to be shipped to you. Jen Luv subscribes to multiple beauty boxes, shares the contents with her viewers, and includes her opinion based on previous experience with the brand. When Jen receives duplicate items, she selects a viewer from the comments to ship the product to. Jen’s reviews are very honest, and will not mislead you about the quality of a product she has tried.


MakeupByEvon. Night Out Makeup Tutorial. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL_iDPd625Y

MakeupByEvon is one of the best YouTube makeup tutorial gurus. The high quality of her videos allows the viewer to see specific details and color shades. She names both the products applied, as well as the tools used to apply them. The best tip I learned from the Night Out tutorial was to apply a darker transition color between the lid and the brow bone, instead of lower on the lid. MakeupByEvon can also be found on Instagram.


JenLuv and MakeupByEvon are only two examples of beauty product reviewers and makeup tutorial artists. Many more can be found on YouTube, Reddit, and other social networking sites. Feel free to leave your favorites in the comments.

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Finding What Hair Products Work Best For You http://kloodin.com/maggie/finding-what-hair-products-work-best-for-you/ http://kloodin.com/maggie/finding-what-hair-products-work-best-for-you/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:29:06 +0000 http://kloodin.com/?p=572 We all want an awesome hair cut and style. One of the m […]

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We all want an awesome hair cut and style. One of the most important things to consider after getting it cut is what to style it with. At one point, we have all been in the same boat: we end up with a ton of different hair products in the cabinet or under the sink, but we really only kind of like a few of them. When it comes to figuring out what products you like best, sometimes you just have to play around with what you like.

To start with, talk to your stylist. Depending on your hair type (thick, fine, coarse, etc.) your stylist will be able to recommend something for you, from shampoos to styling to finishing. They’ll even be able to tell you how to use the product (how much to use, whether to put it at your scalp or on your ends, etc.)

There are a few people, though, that get recommended a product that no matter how they use it, they end up not liking it. Do not stress, though! Sometimes it takes someone else’s opinion or even you finding something yourself. Who knows your hair better than your stylist? You do! Usually a lot of experimenting happens before you find the products you love. You have to be patient with your hair!


Learn your hair type. If you have finer hair, you want to use lighter products. A volumizing shampoo and daily conditioner are a great way to keep your hair from getting weighed down (especially if you have poker straight hair like myself).

Damaged hair usually requires some type of moisture. Opt for a hydrating shampoo and conditioner, and a repairing serum or spray to use in your hair, especially if you use heated tools to style it.

Moisturizing shampoos and deep conditioners are great for people with coarse hair, as a lot of the time they need a little more moisture in the hair.

If you are looking for more volume, a root booster or hairspray are great for use. Avoid putting heavy serum in your hair, as this usually weighs the hair down.

If you are looking for shine and heat protection, serums and heat protection sprays are a better way to go. Work the serum from your mid-shaft down through your ends whether your are blow drying or flat ironing your hair.

For shorter hair, since heat styling is more common, a blow dry styling product is great to have. Usually something lightweight is great to use, such as a styling primer or base product, and a light shine spray for any curling or flat ironing after blow drying is recommended to protect the hair. A spray wax or texturizer is also great for a finishing touch on edgier hair cuts.

For longer hair, usually styling isn’t always needed. A sea salt spray is great to spray in wet hair for beachy waves. A serum or polish is good to protect the hair, especially since split ends are a little more common in longer hair.

Between your own instincts and your stylist’s knowledge, you’ll be able to find products that do wonders for your hair! Your hair is more than hair, it’s an investment!

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BeachBumLivin: Furniture Project Tutorials http://kloodin.com/sarah/beachbumlivin-furniture-project-tutorials/ http://kloodin.com/sarah/beachbumlivin-furniture-project-tutorials/#comments Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:32:32 +0000 http://kloodin.com/?p=554   If you love Pinterest, you will love BeachBumLiv […]

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If you love Pinterest, you will love BeachBumLivin.com. The site was created by Beach Bum Commander Shane, a former Army Ranger. Up Cycling furniture has many benefits. It reduces landfill waste, and mindless consumerism, while encouraging both creativity and community. BeachBumLivin has DIY tutorials all using recycled materials. Even for people who already refurbish furniture, there is always more to learn about finishing techniques that really make the piece pop. For design junkies, the BeachBumLivin site showcases a streamlined layout accompanied by breathtaking photography.

Here are some cool projects featured on BeachBumLivin:

Build It

  1. Rustic Headboard From Reclaimed Wood at http://beachbumlivin.com/info-rustic-headboard-from-reclaimed-wood-info. Shane’s favorite materials to work with include old barn wood, driftwood, and pallets. The tutorials include both photos and video. Written instructions are also available to appeal to all learning types. This awesome headboard has the look of a picket fence. Rustoleum hammered spray paint is used to finish off the rustic look.
  2. Rustic Driftwood Kitchen Island at http://beachbumlivin.com/info-rustic-kitchen-island-info-using-driftwood-reclaimed-recycled-materials. Blue paint on the bottom adds color that compliments the natural wood. I like this tutorial because it focuses on introducing the reader to some of the tools needed to complete many of the projects on the site. Shane also features many links to project plans, and places to buy the tools (on Amazon). This can clear up any confusion the audience may have.

Paint It

  1. Little Blue Desk. Paint, Distress, and Antique. http://beachbumlivin.com/little-blue-desk-info-how-to-paint-glaze-and-distress-furniture. Topics included in this article are how to water down paint, using glazes, and how to be flexible with the plans. This tutorial is excellent for fans of the Shabby Chic look.
  2. Pallet Wood Coffee Table Painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint. http://beachbumlivin.com/pallet-wood-coffee-painted-with-annie-sloan-chalk-paint-info. In addition to the chalk paint, BeachBumLivin uses wood stain on this project. The tutorial is explained using simple language that everyone can understand.


The Artsy Project category is where BeachBumLivin goes above and beyond. These DIY furniture tutorials focus on how to create art through recycled materials. It combines the concepts of both Build and Paint. Artsy tutorials are more intricate, and should be approached after completing a few simple tutorials first. Check it out at http://beachbumlivin.com/artsy/ to see the amazing signature waves on BeachBumLivin furniture.


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Fade Summer Freckles with these Proven Remedies http://kloodin.com/brandy/fade-summer-freckles-with-these-proven-remedies/ http://kloodin.com/brandy/fade-summer-freckles-with-these-proven-remedies/#comments Tue, 08 Jul 2014 23:11:21 +0000 http://kloodin.com/?p=541 Freckles are a distinguishing characteristic that can a […]

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Attribution: Flickr;  Eddy Van 3000Freckles are a distinguishing characteristic that can add beauty and uniqueness to your face. In the summer, the sun often makes these red and brown spots much darker and more noticeable. Fortunately, there are numerous ways to lighten your freckles to make them blend better with your complexion. These proven remedies work well if used daily over an extended period of time.

1. Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is a well-known spot reducer and is highly effective at treating brown pigmentation of the skin, including freckles. Apply fresh lemon juice to the freckled skin and gently massage the area. Leave it to sit for 10 to 15 minutes before rinsing it off. Repeat twice a day to see noticeable results in less than a month.

2. Horseradish

Combine 1/2 cup of milk with 1/2 tablespoon powdered horseradish root. Put the mixture through a strainer and allow it to fully cool before using. Apply the solution to your face and allow it to sit for 10 minutes. Rinse with cold water and repeat twice a day.

3. Buttermilk

An inexpensive and easy-to-use remedy for freckle reducer is buttermilk. To make this winning mixture, combine one tablespoon oatmeal with enough buttermilk to create a smooth pasty consistency. Apply the mixture to your face and allow it to sit for 20 minutes before rinsing. Repeat daily.

4. Sour Cream

Smooth sour cream over the freckles at least once a day to see visible results within several weeks. Do not rinse the sour cream mask off completely. Instead, only wipe off the sour cream with a tissue and then apply a moisturizer over the area.

5. Honey

Honey contains various enzymes that are excellent at lightening skin pigmentation. It also moisturizes skin, leaving it soft and supple. Create a honey mask by combining ½ cup honey with 3 tablespoons water. Microwave until warm and then apply to the face. Allow it to sit for 5 minutes then rinse with warm water. Repeat daily for several weeks.

6. Castor Oil

Castor oil works well to lighten freckles and make them blend in better with the rest of your skin tone. Apply castor oil to the affected area directly before bed and leave it to sit until the next morning. Repeat daily until your freckles are a desirable shade.

7. Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera has numerous skin benefits, including its hydrating properties. What many people don’t know is that Aloe Vera is also effective at fading freckles and other dark spots on the skin. Simply apply an ample amount of Aloe Vera juice to the freckles twice a day and you’ll see visible results in no time.

8. Sour Milk

Sour milk contains lactic acids that promote the gentle peeling of your skin. Fortunately, sour milk does not cause the irritation or dryness associated with many types of commercial facial masks. Rinse your face with sour milk at least once a day, leaving the milk on your face for several minutes before rinsing.

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