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  • Tips to Make At-Home Hair Color Last

    Keep hair color looking vibrant.Coloring your hair at home is a convenient and inexpensive way to change your look. However, at-home color might only last a few weeks or a couple of months depending on how well you take care of your hair. One of the most important things to remember when coloring your hair is that the coloring process does damage your hair and can make strands vulnerable to heat damage and breakage. If you want your hair to stay soft and shiny - and prevent color from fading - you'll need to use certain hair care products and even modify your hair care routine.

    Here are some useful tips for making at-home color last:

    1. Use the right shampoo and conditioner. Look for the shampoos and conditioners designed for color treated hair. These hair care products contain ingredients that won't strip your hair of the hair dye and will moisturize your hair and scalp to protect it from further damage. Using shampoos and conditioners designed for normal hair types can make that color fade fast. Stick with

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  • Building a Healthy "Win-or-Lose" Attitude

    Teach your child the importance of good sportsmanship.Not too long ago, my 10-year-old daughter's indoor soccer team finished their game and lined up to do the traditional end-of-game walk with the other team. If your own child has ever played in a team sport, you likely have seen this walk a hundred times before. Win or lose, each member of the team is expected to essentially tell the other players they did well and good game. This is a classic way to end a game on a positive note and to exhibit good sportsmanship, win or lose.

    The opposing team in this case, however, had a unique way of showing their good sportsmanship. They all licked their hands before holding them out for our own girls to "low-five" as they walked down the line. Our girls saw this, and they refused to touch the other girls' slimy, slobbery, germ-ridden hands. You may be wondering if our girls' team beat this other team. The truth is that they beat the other team pretty harshly, but there is no score that would justify the level of poor sportsmanship that the other

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  • How to Keep Color Treated Hair Healthy This Summer

    Stay healthy and beautiful all summer.As you spend more time at the beach, by the pool, or just enjoying the great outdoors this season, make sure you're taking good care of your hair! Color-treated hair is especially vulnerable to the effects of UV rays, chlorine, and salt water because it's already partially damaged. Hair can become very dry and brittle in the heat and humidity so you need to take steps to keep hair moisturized and your scalp hydrated. Wearing some sun protective accessories can also keep your hair soft and healthy all season long.

    Here are some tips for keeping color-treated hair safe from sun and pool damage this summer:

    1. Use a deep conditioning treatment once a week. A good deep conditioner is one of the best investments you can make for summer and will help to keep color treated hair smooth and soft. These conditioners need to be left in your hair for at least five to ten minutes so plan on using them during a longer shower or bath session.

    2. Protect hair with a heat protectant spray.

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  • How to Teach Your Kids Good Sportsmanship

    My children learn from me on a daily basis--what I plan to teach them by reading books and having conversations, and what they pick up by watching me (often, when I don't even think they're paying attention). As we've entered the years of organized sports, it has becoming obvious that my daughters are learning what they know about being good sports from me and their father. What are we teaching them and how are we doing it?

    Encourage participation.

    My daughters have learned that getting out there and participating is more important to us than winning and losing. How do we show them? We get up and play games and participate in practices when the coaches need an extra hand. We remind them how proud of them we are when they participate, learn, and improve.

    Present opportunities to deal with winning and losing.

    While there's a time and a place for participation trophies, I want my daughters to learn how to be good winners and losers, too. Gloating doesn't become children, and

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  • 5 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Sports

    Help your child succeed in sports.The whistle has blown and the game's about to begin. Even if your child isn't the most athletic kid out there, they can still succeed in sports. What can parents do to help kids shine on and off the field?

    1. Cheer from the sidelines.

    Your child needs you to be their cheerleader, not another coach or a judge. Cheer when they do something right on the field. Point out the positive. Avoid mentioning all the things they did wrong. Leave the coaching to the coaches. Be your child's biggest cheerleader whether they're on, or off, the field.

    2. Be there.

    If you want your child to succeed in sports (or in anything) be present for them. Even if you know nothing about the sport or have a busy work schedule, your presence at practices and games will mean a lot to your child. Let him or her know that you are there for them no matter what they do. Your little athlete should be your number one priority. Be there. It will help encourage them to keep playing hard.

    3. Make them finish

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  • Summer trends: Simple ways for moms to spruce up their hair

    Switching up your 'do is one of the easiest ways to make a statement this summer. In the same way a fresh wardrobe makes a mom feel like a new person, a new head of hair can do the same. Summer 2012 is all about keeping things fun, playful and youthful. Check out the following four summer 2012 hair color trends and convince yourself to change things up a bit for the hot months.

    Blonde Locks

    What's more appropriate for summer than natural-looking blonde hair? Skip the super platinum and instead opt for multi-dimensional blonde blocks. Think darker or brassy roots, buttery highlights and hints of champagne. If you're going blonde for the first time, head to the salon to have the work done. Not only will a hair stylist ensure your hair looks natural, she'll make sure it doesn't get damaged in the process.

    Pop of Color

    Whether you're bold enough to go permanent or simply want to try a bit of color for a day or two, consider adding a pop of color to your coiffure at some

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  • Importance of Cheering on Your Kids

    Growing up, I was fortunate to have parents that were deeply involved in my life. They cheered for me during softball games, applauded proudly at every dance recital, and took me out for ice cream after every high school art show and awards ceremony. I'm not even embarrassed to say (okay, maybe a little) that my mom even recently surprised me with flowers after my latest big accomplishment at work - and I'm 30 years old!

    As a kid, I knew how it felt to be supported and encouraged by your parents. Now that I have two young children of my own, I understand the importance of cheering on your kids in all aspects of their lives - from sports, to school and even in the little everyday things. Here's why it's so important to be cheering on your kids in:

    1. Sports and activities

    Every child needs a #1 fan! No matter their age, every kid wants to hear support, shameless cheering and encouragement when it's their turn at the plate. Even if the crowd or their teammates are cheering, it's so

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  • Healthy Red, White & Blue Themed Breakfasts

    Give your morning some patriotic pop with these healthy red, white and blue themed breakfast ideas. Pledge your allegiance to eating right with the all-American starters, which have all been kid-tested. Get your own kids in on the act by asking them to brainstorm as many red, white and blue breakfast ingredients as they can. Then let them help prepare the breakfasts with you. It's a great way to get kids excited about starting their day the healthy way!

    Patriotic Parfait

    3 cups vanilla Greek yogurt

    8 strawberries, sliced

    1 cup blueberries

    Low-fat whipped cream

    Red white and blue cookie sprinkles

    Rinse and clean the strawberries and blueberries in a strainer and pat dry. Slice the strawberries into four pieces each. Place a handful of blueberries into the bottom of a clear drinking or parfait glass. Spoon half of the yogurt on top of the berries. Gently layer the strawberries on top of the yogurt. Carefully spoon the remaining yogurt on top of the strawberries,

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  • How to Help Your Child Balance Sports and Life

    How do you help your kids balance school and extra activities?When your child tells you he or she needs more free time, you may be inclined to chuckle. It's hard to imagine that the average six-year-old in first grade who plays soccer, or the 14-year-old high school freshman needs more free time. However, if you ask most kids in any age group if they wish they had more free time, the answer will most likely be yes. So, how do moms and dads who are struggling to balance their own hectic schedules help their kids balance sports and life?

    Lead by example
    - The best way to teach kids to find a balance in their own schedules is to make time in yours. If the kids are always seeing mom and dad running around frantically, showing up late to every event, and forgetting essentials at home due to a time crunch, they'll fall into the same pattern.

    - Parents need to prioritize tasks and teach kids to do the same. Use a dry erase board, a chalkboard, or a shared family calendar to number and prioritize events, from the "must do" and "would like to

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  • Quick Ways to Make Hair More Lustrous

    Try olive oil for smooth strands.

    Having a glorious head of hair has always been a top priority for many women. Shiny, lustrous hair is not only pretty to behold -- it's a sign of good health and proper hygiene. Unfortunately, toxins floating around in the air, heating products and over-washing can lead to hair that's less than ideal. Whether you're dealing with fried and frizzy to lackluster and limp, sometimes hair just needs a pick-me-up.

    In no particular order, here are 5 tips that will do just that:

    Do Monthly Hot Oil Treatments

    Walk into your kitchen, open the pantry door and select a rich oil, such as extra virgin olive oil, pure coconut oil or even avocado oil. Warm it up to body temperature in the microwave, apply it to your hair, cover with plastic wrap or a cap and let it set for 45 minutes to an hour. Rinse out with shampoo and voila -- your hair will instantly be shinier and healthier looking. Repeat this once a month.

    Get Enough Vitamin D

    According to a report in the Archives of Internal

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