KloodIn http://kloodin.com Worth Occupying Your Mind Tue, 26 Aug 2014 20:36:38 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Why I Love Writing http://kloodin.com/maggie/why-i-love-writing/ http://kloodin.com/maggie/why-i-love-writing/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:57:56 +0000 http://kloodin.com/?p=778 When I was still in middle and high school, I always ha […]

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When I was still in middle and high school, I always hated writing, and never understood why. Every time I was given an essay assignment in school, I’d start to stress. Writing wasn’t my thing, and I finally figured out why – because I was told what to write, never to just write what I wanted to write about. download (2)

As I started to write more and more, I realized that I do, in fact, love writing. When I’m able to write about something I am interested in, it all just comes naturally. The same concept goes for others and what they become interested in. It becomes a hobby, then eventually a lifestyle.

Finding what you love to do isn’t hard at all. Whether you actually look, or you just stumble upon it, once you figure it out, it’ll be hard to stop. Finding a hobby is great for your free time, and it’s also great for relieving stress. Who can be stressed out while they’re doing something they love to do?

Relieving stress is also great for your help, so finding a hobby that makes you happy is in turn great for your health. When I realized I love to write articles, it becomes my getaway place when I find myself stressed out or nervous. Find what you love to do – and don’t give it up. Doing what you love, whether it’s just a hobby or a lifestyle, is an important key to a happy life!

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Why Yoga Is Good For You http://kloodin.com/maggie/why-yoga-is-good-for-you/ http://kloodin.com/maggie/why-yoga-is-good-for-you/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 15:26:52 +0000 http://kloodin.com/?p=770 Yoga is a calming, relaxing way of exercising the body […]

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images (1)Yoga is a calming, relaxing way of exercising the body and mind. There are many benefits from doing yoga, even for just thirty minutes a day. Keep reading to find out why you should start doing yoga.

It Increases your Flexibility: While some people may think that increasing your flexibility isn’t exactly a huge benefit in your life, it is. Increasing your flexibility helps to reduce the risk for muscle injury. This is especially good for those who do a lot of lifting in their jobs or everyday lives.

It Helps to Reduce Stress: When you start yoga, you won’t notice a drastic difference right away. It takes a little bit of practice to start to feel any calming from your workouts. After continued practice, however, you will start to notice your stress has been reduced a lot more. You’re able to focus better, and relax in stressful situations.

You Gain Strength and Stamina: While it may not seem like yoga is a strength building exercise, you tend to gain strength, especially in your core.

It Improves Your Balance: As yoga strengthens your core, it improves your balance. Your stability and core strength go hand in hand, so yoga is a great exercise to improve your balance.

Helps You Focus: While yoga is a great exercise, you have to be able to relax and focus, especially as you work towards harder poses. The farther you progress in your yoga exercises, the more focused you’ll become.

Yoga is important for not only a healthy body, but a healthy mind as well. Even the simplest of poses being practiced everyday will make a huge difference in your life.

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Combating Spots and Blemishes http://kloodin.com/maggie/combating-spots-and-blemishes/ http://kloodin.com/maggie/combating-spots-and-blemishes/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 14:50:14 +0000 http://kloodin.com/?p=766 When you’re having blemish and pimple troubles, i […]

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When you’re having blemish and pimple troubles, it can get tough getting rid of them. Not only will you find tips below on how to help treat blemishes, but on how to hide those more stubborn pimples that take forever to go away.

Green primer is your friend

You should always start with a green primer, as it helps reduce the redness on your face. You can use it either all over before your foundation, or just on your problem areas. If you don’t have any green primer or concealer, you can take a small amount of lotion and mix just a dot of green eye shadow with it. If you want to find a nice green concealer/primer, try Sonia Kashuk’s Concealer Palette.

Face primer, in general, is your friend

Using a face primer before your foundation not only makes for a smoother look, but makes the make-up last longer, too. Just as you use an eye primer for your all-day eye shadow looks, you should use a face primer for your all-day foundation look. If you can’t get a face primer right away, face lotion will help to smooth out your face and hold your foundation.

Foundation, concealer, then foundation

When using concealer, you should always put on your foundation first. It acts as your base, which helps the concealer to last longer. Once you put on your concealer, you want to use a powder foundation over top to set the concealer and base foundation. This will make it last all day.

Don’t blend all your concealer

After applying concealer to blemishes, we have all made a mistake we never realized – we blend it all, which gets rid of the concealer completely. You want to apply your concealer, then blend the edges of it out, without touching the concealer on top of your blemish. It hides the problem areas better, and lasts longer throughout the day.

Keep simple hygiene in mind, too

Don’t solely rely on concealer all the time, as any make-up will clog your pores and stretch out your healing time for your blemishes and pimples. You want to wash your face at least every night, as your pillow cases and sheets aren’t washed every day, and the oils on your face will really sink in at night while you’re sleeping. You should also try spot treatments: anything with salicylic acid in it.

Home Remedies

If you want to try more natural treatments, or just don’t feel like making a special trip to the store just to get a treatment for one or two problem areas, there are many things you probably already have at home to help. You can dab lemon juice or tea tree oil on it before bed. You can also make a paste from water and baking soda, aspirin and honey, or even just take a little toothpaste and dab it on before bed.

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Prioritizing Your Day http://kloodin.com/maggie/prioritizing-your-day/ http://kloodin.com/maggie/prioritizing-your-day/#comments Mon, 25 Aug 2014 13:28:06 +0000 http://kloodin.com/?p=762 Do you ever have troubles getting motivated to get your […]

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Do you ever have troubles getting motivated to get your to-do list for the day finished? Here are some ways to make prioritizing your day a lot simpler.

Actually start by making a list – Lists are our friends, whether you make it in your head or actually write it down. Either way you do it, your list is going to make it easier so you remember everything you need to do, and you can scratch things off as you go. This will prevent you from forgetting things to do.

Sort your list – Make your most important to-dos for the day at the top of the list, working your way down to the least important. This way, you’ll get the important things done, and if you run out of time for the less important chores, you won’t be stressing.

One chore at a time – Starting one chore then jumping to another without finishing the first one can be a huge burden to some people, but a lot of us do it without thinking. Always look at the list you made, and if you haven’t crossed the first to-do off your list, don’t start the next one.

Finding ways to get it done – Figuring out what type of person you are when it comes to accomplishing tasks makes a huge difference in finishing your to-do list. Some people find listening to music and taking breaks in between tasks relaxing and find that it makes the day easier. Others think that getting it all done then having time at the end of the day will be easier on them. Figure out which way works best for you, and go with that to make your day successful.

Reward yourself – If you usually find it difficult to finish things and lack motivation, reward yourself at the end of the day for getting everything done, whether it’s some spa time or something sweet – you’ll find a little more motivation doing so!

So when in doubt, sort out everything first before you start your to-do list, then work from there. Making this into a routine/habit will make it easier for you to finish tasks throughout each day. When in doubt, just breathe. Take breaks when needed, listen to music – basically do what you need to do to finish your tasks without ripping your hair out!

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Get Gorgeous Going Green: 9 Beauty Uses for Green Tea http://kloodin.com/brandy/get-gorgeous-going-green-9-beauty-uses-for-green-tea/ http://kloodin.com/brandy/get-gorgeous-going-green-9-beauty-uses-for-green-tea/#comments Sun, 24 Aug 2014 21:06:37 +0000 http://kloodin.com/?p=757 Green tea is loaded with antioxidants that can eliminat […]

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Attribution: Flickr; BenGreen tea is loaded with antioxidants that can eliminate acne, soften rough skin, and provide a glowing complexion. This natural beauty aid is inexpensive and works fast to cleanse and freshen skin. Here’s a list of excellent ways to use your green tea.

1. Revitalize Tired Eyes

Instead of throwing away your used tea bags, allow them to cool and place a bag over each eye. Green tea contains tannin, a known astringent that helps to shrink skin and get rid of bags and slight swelling around the eyes.

2. Promote Weight Loss

Green tea can aid in weight loss, especially when combined with a healthy diet and regular exercise. This is because drinking green tea helps the body burn fat to use as fuel.

3. Steam Your Pores

On your way out but don’t have time for a full facial? Get that fresh-faced look by steaming your pores. Run hot water over a green teabag until steamy. Squeeze out the excess water and rub the teabag on your face for several minutes to shrink your pores.

4. Add It to a Scrub

Scrub away oils and debris with a natural green tea facial scrub. Simply mix the green tea with granulated sugar and water to create a highly effective exfoliating scrub. Keep your scrub mixture in the fridge and use daily to maintain glowing skin.

5. Combine with a Cleanser

Consider adding your green tea to your favorite facial cleanser to achieve the benefits of both products. Opt for a cleanser with a creamy texture to allow the green tea to bind properly.

6. Drink a Cup

Drinking a cup of green tea can be just as beneficial as using it topically. Green tea helps to flush toxins from the body and serves as a diuretic which helps to reduce water retention.

7. Tighten Aging Skin

If your skin is suffering from the effects of the natural aging process, consider giving it a natural lift with green tea. Heat up a bowl of rosewater until boiling and add your green tea bag to the water. Allow the bag to sit for 5 minutes then remove. Use the green tea-infused rosewater as an astringent to tighten aging skin.

8. Create a Facial Mask

There are numerous natural facial masks that can be used with green tea as a main ingredient. Mix equal amounts of green tea and baking soda, along with a teaspoon of honey, to create a mask that rejuvenates and exfoliates skin.

9. Protect Skin from UV Rays

If you’ve been spending time in the sun, you may be damaging your skin. Green tea contains powerful antioxidants referred to as catechins that help to fight damage caused by free radicals.

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The Best End of Summer Apps http://kloodin.com/sarah/the-best-end-of-summer-apps/ http://kloodin.com/sarah/the-best-end-of-summer-apps/#comments Sat, 23 Aug 2014 02:12:25 +0000 http://kloodin.com/?p=737 Before summer ends, there are activities that everyone […]

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Before summer ends, there are activities that everyone needs to cross off their bucket list. Using apps can help fit in the most fun. Taking advantage of the warm weather is important. People who live in colder climates will need the memories of good times to reflect on near the fireplace. Use the rest of August and September to rally the troops and get outdoors. Lucky for you, there are many apps made to make this task easier, more organized, and most of all, fun.

Picnic Planner by AppBrain for Android

Picnic Planner has pre planned lists to plan a picnic in a pinch. Favorite items can be saved for the future. For those with privacy concerns, this Android app does not need to connect to the internet, or access other data on your phone. Items can be color coded for better organization. Since the items are already loaded into the app, making a custom list happens by clicks. There is no need to type, or spend time thinking about what you might want to bring.

Bandsintown

Bandsintown is available for music junkies everywhere. For both iPhone and Android, the app notifies users automatically when a nearby concert may interest them. Bandsintown works based on individual music preferences to provide the most accurate suggestions.

Weber’s on the Grill

Food is definitely a summer staple. Dreams can had year-round of the delicious brats, burgers, hot dogs, roasted corn, and teriyaki pineapple. What better way to meal plan than by using instant resources on your phone? Weber’s on the Grill includes a mountain of BBQ recipes. A grocery list feature is included, to make the shift from recipe to store seamless.

Park Wildlife by Shearwater Marketing Group

For iTunes users, Park Wildlife is your personal guide to the most popular National Parks. Either for fun, or safety, Park Wildlife helps to identify local plants. This app is a great educational tool for learning about animals, insects, birds, and other living creatures near your site. Park Wildlife includes fun facts about all species you may encounter. Enjoy a carefree summer trip with the peace of mind that comes with having better knowledge of new surroundings.

Live it up this summer and use technology to your advantage. These helpful apps can help you plan your trip, and enjoy it once you get there. Coordinate with your friends and family to fill the last days of summer with as much fun as possible. Picnic Planner, Bandsintown, Weber’s on the Grill, and Park Wildlife are only four of many apps to help you take advantage of the last beautiful days of summer.

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Buying Running Shoes? Look for these Key Features http://kloodin.com/brandy/buying-running-shoes-look-for-these-key-features/ http://kloodin.com/brandy/buying-running-shoes-look-for-these-key-features/#comments Sun, 17 Aug 2014 17:07:44 +0000 http://kloodin.com/?p=733 Whether you’re an avid runner or simply want to start a […]

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Attribution: Flickr;  Amy GuthWhether you’re an avid runner or simply want to start a low-key exercise routine, you’ll want a great pair of running shoes to provide comfort and prevent injuries. Before you dust off those old athletic sneakers in your closet, consider what important features a good pair of running shoes should possess. Follow these tips for selecting new running shoes.

Road vs. Trail

It’s important to consider where you’ll be doing the majority of your running when choosing footwear. Road running shoes are designed for use on pavement and other packed surfaces. This type of shoe is light and flexible and made to cushion and stabilize the foot.

Trail running shoes are more durable as they’re designed for off-road conditions. The enhanced outsoles provide extra traction and the stronger material provides stability and foot and ankle support. Trail running shoes are ideal for individuals who may encounter mud, roots, hills, and rocks.

Opt for Quality

When you hit up the local shoe store or shopping center, you’ll notice that there are athletic shoes ranging from $10 to over $100. While it may be tempting to purchase footwear at the lower end of the spectrum, it’s usually always better to invest in a great pair of running shoes.

Running puts a lot of strain on both your body and the shoes itself. Purchasing a cheap pair of running shoes will ensure you have little foot and ankle support, and your shoes will most likely not last long before you need a new pair. It’s better to invest in a slightly more expensive pair and prevent injuries.

Know Your Feet

Take a close look at your feet to better understand your individual footwear needs. Do you have a high-arch? Low-arch? Natural feet or flat feet? If you aren’t sure what type of feet you have, consult with the staff at your local sports store to find out.

Undergo a simple foot analysis to find out more about your feet and to determine what type of running shoe would benefit you most. There are running shoes designed for people with all types of feet and foot arches. Also ensure that the size you choose allows at least a thumbnail of space between the shoe and the tip of your large toe.

While you may gravitate towards colorful shoes or shoes with stylish patterns, it’s more important to consider structure and quality. Choosing the right pair of running shoes will ensure that you’ll keep running with comfort and without injury.

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Shark Week on Pinterest http://kloodin.com/sarah/shark-week-on-pinterest/ http://kloodin.com/sarah/shark-week-on-pinterest/#comments Thu, 14 Aug 2014 23:21:03 +0000 http://kloodin.com/?p=698 The much beloved Shark Week kicked off this year on Sun […]

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The much beloved Shark Week kicked off this year on Sunday, August 10. Shark Week fans have gathered on Pinterest to share their love. For those of you who are unfamiliar with this much anticipated annual event, shark related content dominates the Discovery Channel for 7 straight days each summer. The shows and movies featured include both fact and fiction. The Pinterest community has gained growing interest in pinning their favorite Shark Week crafts, designs, and party planning ideas. KloodIn brings you the best of 2014.

 

Party Ideas

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 How To Throw An Epic Shark Week Party 

This post focuses on all of the delicious food and drink you need for your fiesta. The list includes goldfish crackers, Swedish Fish, shark cupcakes, Landshark beer, tortilla chips (fins?), and Lifesaver gummies. Drink recipes for cocktails and mocktails are included, with variations on the Ocean Water punch.

It’s Shark Week! 10 Party Ideas and DIYs

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Here you can find links to purchase party supplies. Included is a shark fin shaped ice cube tray from Amazon, shark costumes, a cake topper, and a fabulous Jaws inspired skirt from Etsy.

Shark Week Nails

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Professional manicurists and DIY’ers alike take advantage of major holidays to feature their work. Shark Week is right up there with New Year’s Eve. On Pinterest, you can find nail art tutorials, links to supplies, and stencils. These fabulous summer nail wraps made by Scratch are featured on Refinery29. Contrary to over-the-top designs, these shark nails utilize negative space to give off a minimalist impression.

Shark Nail Art Tutorial

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This is one of the many reasons we love YouTube. This video tutorial by Hotpinkzebrapolish. First, you paint the nails that you want sharks on dark blue. The rest of the nails are then painted in a base coat of dark orange. After, little yellow suns are painted over the orange part, which is the sky. Under the sun, paint white scalloped edges. Under the white line, use the blue polish to fill in the rest of the wave. Use the white again to add more waves.  On some of the nails, gray is used just to paint a fin. The tutorial continues to describe how to pain the sharks step-by-step. The best part? Total video time is only five minutes long.

Pinterest has a ton of Shark Week content for you to sift through. Get detailed instructions on how to make all types of nautical party cupcakes and cakes. If you’re in the gift-giving mood, shark themed prints are available for purchase. The hardest part might be narrowing down which ideas you want to use during your week-long celebration. Discovery Channel’s Shark Week will continue until until Saturday, Aug. 16. 

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8 Fast Back-to-School Hairstyles for Busy Mornings http://kloodin.com/brandy/8-fast-back-to-school-hairstyles-for-busy-mornings/ http://kloodin.com/brandy/8-fast-back-to-school-hairstyles-for-busy-mornings/#comments Sun, 10 Aug 2014 23:41:46 +0000 http://kloodin.com/?p=710 The new school year is on the horizon and girls everywh […]

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Attribution: Flickr;  Evil ErinThe new school year is on the horizon and girls everywhere are preparing to look their best. It can be difficult to find hairstyles that can be done quickly and that are not overly complicated. The following back-to-school hairstyles can be done in five minutes or less – perfect for even the busiest of mornings.

1. Tousled Braid

Create an oh-so-trendy tousled braid in minutes. Just sweep your hair back into a ponytail and create a loose braid. Secure an elastic band at the end and allow a few loose pieces of hair to frame your face.

2. Messy Side Braid

For a different take on the tousled braid, try a messy side braid. Simply pull your hair back and to one side. Braid the hair and secure the end with an elastic band. Allow loose strands to fall or pull them back with a few bobby pins.

3. Lovely Chignon

Create an elegant chignon for a polished back-to-school look. Pull your hair back into a low ponytail and secure it with an elastic band. Braid the ponytail and secure it with another elastic band. Wrap the braid around to create a tight bun and use bobby pins to hold it in place.

4. Sleek Low Bun

Create a dazzling look in mere minutes when you choose a sleek low bun. Comb your hair back into a ponytail, twist it, and wrap the hair around the base of the ponytail. Use large bobby pins to secure the bun from all sides. Use hair spray to keep the bun in place all day.

5. Big Soft Curls

If curls are your thing, give your locks some wave with hot rollers. Quickly roll up your hair in medium-sized hot rollers when you wake up and allow them to sit in your hair as you get dressed and do your makeup. Before you leave for school, take out the rollers and run your fingers through your hair to loosen the curls.

6. Casual Top Knot

The top knot is a highly popular hairstyle that looks sleek and sophisticated. Tease the hair on top of the head to create volume. Pull your hair into a high ponytail and secure with an elastic band. Wrap the ponytail around the base to resemble a knot. Secure with a second elastic band.

7. Headband Scarf

With so many different colors and styles of scarves, there’s always new looks to create. For a fun, flirty look, tie a scarf around your hair to resemble a headband. This look is perfect for early morning “bed head” hair or when your roots are starting to show.

8. Double Braids

Braids are highly versatile and can be used to create numerous romantic looks. For a simple braided-do, take a small section of hair right above your ear and create a small, neat braid. Create another braid on the other side then secure those two braids together at the back of head with an elastic band.

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Bear Walking Like Human: YouTube Video of the Week http://kloodin.com/sarah/bear-walking-like-human-youtube-video-of-the-week/ http://kloodin.com/sarah/bear-walking-like-human-youtube-video-of-the-week/#comments Fri, 08 Aug 2014 17:56:44 +0000 http://kloodin.com/?p=643 The latest viral video made its debut on Monday, August […]

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The latest viral video made its debut on Monday, August 4. Ian Bohman caught sight of a bear in his neighborhood of Jefferson Township, New Jersey, early in the morning. It shows the bear upright, walking across a cul-de-sac on two legs. Along the way, it pauses to peek in trash cans before heading off into the woods. Bohman’s video can be seen on YouTube.

There are a couple of theories floating around pertaining to the legitimacy of the video. NBC News says that the bear is most likely real, and injured. PIX11 from New York says the video is a hoax. It could either be digitally altered, or a person in a costume. Other studies of bears walking on two feet show them only doing so for a few yards at best.

One explanation for the proficiency of this bear’s gait is evolution. More and more wild animals are living in close proximity to developed neighborhoods. Here, they search for food that is less available in nature due to humans’ influence on the environment.

Observations of the bear by both experts and internet-users point out possible injury. If the bear has either a partial foot amputation, or a cut paw, it could have learned to walk upright out of necessity. The evolution could be due either to the bear’s injury, environment, or both.

Others believe this phenomenon explains the Legend of Bigfoot. Sightings of a primate/man hybrid have haunted the public for decades. The tall bears explain the height and hairiness of Bigfoot. If seen from a distance, the size and unusualness of the situation could lead to hysteria.

Bohman’s video is not the only bipedal bear video that has surfaced recently. The home-sightings have been increasingly common in the New Jersey area. Another popular bear video features a human-like bear terrorizing a dog in someone’s backyard.

Regardless of why these bears are walking upright, they have been observed as extremely comfortable in human environments. Searching for food in trash cans, and hanging out by sheds seems to be a common activity. Interaction with people so far seems to be limited. What might the next video look like if these bipedal bears decide to strike up a friendly conversation with their neighbors?

 

 

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