One of the way to calm back-to-school nerves is to make sure your child is prepared. Danielle is mom to six-year-old Carter, who is about to start the first grade. We're loading Carter up with everything he needs for the momentous first day and having some creative fun by adding personalized touches to his backpack. This is Real-Life Makeover, Backpack Edition!
We've first got to make sure the backpack is filled with everything Carter needs to learn his "Three Rs." He can jazz up his notebook by sliding a drawing into the front. And while we want him to learn his 'rithmetic the hard way (hey, we had to), sometimes a calculator comes in handy. Last but not least, fill up a durable pencil case with crayons, markers, scissors, erasers, and pencils.
FIRST AID KIT
Serious injuries and ailments warrant a trip to the nurse's office, but for chapped lips and paper cuts, it never hurts to put a little first aid kit in your child's backpack (okay, and it puts Mom's mind at
One of the way to calm back-to-school nerves is to make sure your child is prepared. Danielle is mom to six-year-old Carter, who is about to start the first grade. We're loading Carter up with everything he needs for the momentous first day and having some creative fun by adding personalized touches to his backpack. This is Real-Life Makeover, Backpack Edition!Read More »from Does your child's backpack have the essentials?
The alarm clock Monday morning is nobody's friend. That early morning blare is our final farewell to the more relaxed tempo of the weekend. But there are simple ways we can put a little spring in our step even on the days we feel dog-tired.Read More »from 10 simple, practically instant energy boosters
1. DRINK WATER
Dehydration causes fatigue, so stay hydrated to stay bright-eyed. Caffeine can jump start your motor, but you don't want to over do it. Energy drinks and coffee can give you a temporary energy boost by firing up your fight-or-flight hormones, but when they wear off, you crash. Start your day with a glass of water, enjoy your daily cup of coffee, and then switch back to water.
2. GET SOME PROTEIN
If caffeine jump starts your motor, protein keeps things on an even keel by keeping your blood sugar levels consistent. Try some of these super fast protein-packed breakfasts.
3. USE YOUR NOSE
Citrus smells can perk you up, so drop slices of grapefruit, orange, or lemon in your water (bonus: you feel like you're at a super posh spa.) Suds
- Holly Robinson Peete, Shine staff | Makeover – Mon, Aug 23, 2010 2:48 PM EDT
Worn out by newborn twins and a five-year-old, Tanya's current beauty routine includes such luxuries as brushing her hair and teeth. "If I'm lucky I can take a shower," she says. We're giving this sleep-deprived mom a Real-Life Makeover with tips on how to look bright-eyed, no matter how much sleep she got last night. Watch as makeup pro Julie Murray works her magic.Read More »from A new mom learns some makeup tips to help her look bright eyed and fresh
Whether you're a kid or a mom, a healthy start to the day helps you get through the morning with energy and focus. Cory's a single mom to eight-year-old Cruise, but with both of them running out the door to work and school, mornings are a mad dash. "If I had the time, I would make her a proper breakfast," says Cory. "But I'm a working mom. I just don't have time in the morning." It's a problem most of share. Luckily, Real-Life Makeover is here to take the mayhem out of your mornings.Read More »from Back-to-School Breakfast Solutions
In the "no, duh," study of the week, research has found that cosmetic surgery is no help for those with body dysmorphic disorder. And while BDD isn't your run-of-the-mill poor body image (it's a psychological disorder in which the affected person focuses so excessively on a real or perceived defect in their appearance that it causes them major distress--they might even be convinced they have a deformity), most of us know that the way we feel about our physical form is dictated largely by our brains, not our bodies. Anyone who has reached a weight-loss goal and still felt unsatisfied knows that. Losing weight can improve our quality of lives--we feel healthier, more vital, have more energy--but it doesn't fix us. An improved body image starts from the inside out. Here's how to get started on a positive body image breakthrough:Read More »from Make over your body image from the inside out
What does thin mean to you?
Sometimes we use "thinness" and diets as a metaphor for what we really want in life. We think, "When I lose weight, I'll finally be
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Tue, Aug 17, 2010 6:11 PM EDT
More so even than New Year's Eve, for many of us back to school signals a fresh start. And even when you're not the one loading up a backpack and riding your bike through fallen leaves, there is still that desire to start anew. With its uncracked books, shiny new shoes, and a bouquet of freshly sharpened pencils, it's a season filled with possibility. But just because you're not filing into a classroom doesn't mean you can't seize the energy of the season for yourself. And the bonus of a lifetime of learning as an adult? No homework.Read More »from Learn something new every day (even if you're not going back to school)
Didn't get into Yale? Me neither. But anyone can listen to podcasts from the hallowed halls of learning, on everything from philosophy to literary theory. And it's not just Yale, of course. On iTunes U, you can explore a whole host of college offerings. Professors share the syllabus so you can read along, or you can just listen and be glad you don't have to trudge through an essay on hermeneutics.
INDULGE YOUR CURIOSITY
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Mon, Aug 16, 2010 5:43 PM EDT
Not the bodice-ripping kind of passion (though, hey, if that's what your life needs, that's what it needs). Today we're talking about the kind of passion that makes you feel alive, and like your life has purpose. It's the sensation that comes when you feel like you're caught up in the current of life: You're energized and happy. You feel like all synapses are firing. What are you most passionate about? And how can you make room in your life for more of that feeling? We've got a few ideas, so read on.
The three passion point questions
Grab your journal, boot up your blog, or chime in in the comments to answer these questions.
- What are you deeply passionate about? e.g., What makes you lose all sense of time? What are you drawn to again and again? What do you think about when you're lost in thought?
- What comes to you naturally? So many of us take for granted our own talents because they come easily. We don't think a skill is worth its salt unless it's something we have to
Here's one of my favorite stories: when one of my friends was a little girl, her mom took her out for one of those special mother-daughter days. My friend looked around the room of the restaurant they were seated in and said, "Mom, that woman is acting beautiful, even though she isn't." If there was ever any doubt about it, our behavior really does influence the way others see us. A child might notice a discrepancy between confidence and physical beauty (they say the darndest things!), but an adult would likely take the behavior as fact. Because she herself was convinced of it, the woman in the restaurant was a knock out. Here are three ways to get such enviable confidence flowing yourself.Read More »from 3 ways to boost your confidence
Set yourself an achievable goal.
Confidence comes from competence (at least that's one of the places it comes from). Set yourself up for success with an achievable goal, like running a 5K or organizing your digital photos. Or give yourself several smaller goals, like cleaning out a junk drawer,
- Sarah McColl, Shine staff | Makeover – Thu, Aug 12, 2010 4:22 PM EDT
Ah, the smell of freshly sharpened pencils and the feel of a new backpack. You may not be the one going back to school (and if you are, congrats!), but when you're the family captain, you have to be even more organized than the kids shuffling off to the school bus. There are soccer practices, piano
If you are what you eat, then you and your kids are about to get a whole lot smarter. Just in time for back to school, we've got five foods that will help boost the brain. Homework time just got a little easier.Read More »from 5 foods that could make your kids smarter
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