Thursday, March 28, 2013

A VERY HAPPY EASTER


WISHING ALL OF OUR CHERRY FRIENDS A VERY HAPPY EASTER

Have a great Easter weekend!!
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Monday, March 25, 2013

SPRING FORWARD


SPRING FORWARD
There's no point in pretending you're not going to be out in your garden the first warm second of spring.
We thought that we would share some great ideas that we found to get a jump indoors for the spring season!!
Tasty and Nutritious
These teeny microgreens seedlings are grown for harvest at a tender stage and are perfect for a windowsill garden. They are ready for harvesting by snipping the stems after only two to three weeks of growing. If left to grow, microgreens become young seedlings and then full-fledged plants.
Unlike sprouts (germinated seeds eaten roots and all), microgreens need potting mix and bright light to grow. They may have intense flavors similar to the full-grown plant or taste more subtle.
                                                                    
Tools and Materials
  • 3-inch peat pots or other suitable containers
  • Soiless seed-starting mix
  • Vermiculite
  • Seeds
  • Plant labels
  • Plastic wrap
                                                         
Step 1
Premoisten the soilless seed-starting mix, a sterile medium that is formulated to promote seed development. Sprinkle warm water onto the mix and blend until it is thoroughly damp.
                                                           
Step 2
Fill each container with premoistened seed-starting mix -- no need to pack it into place. Set the container on a watertight drip tray or saucer.
                                                     
Step 3
Sprinkle seeds evenly over the surface of the seed-starting mix, sowing them more thickly than you ordinarily would. Leave 1/4 inch of space between the seeds; even microgreens need room to grow.
                                              
Step 4
Cover the seeds with vermiculite. This mineral-base material absorbs water and releases it slowly, keeping seeds damp but not too wet. Follow instructions for planting depth provided on the seed packet. Some seeds should be barely covered; others need thicker covering to germinate (sprout and grow) well. Label plantings.
                                                 
Step 5
Water the sown seeds with a gentle shower, soaking the vermiculite without washing away the seeds. Until the seeds germinate and green shoots sprout from them, water lightly as needed to keep the seed-starting mix damp. If the mix is too wet, seeds cannot root and fail to grow.
                                              
Step 6
Cover the containers with a lightweight sheet of plastic or a doomed lid to maintain humidity and promote germination. Set the drip tray on a heat mat designed for seed starting or on a heating pad.
                                              
Step 7
When the seeds germinate, remove the lid and the heat source. Set the containers on a sunny windowsill. Keep the planting medium damp, and promote healthy growth by watering from the bottom. Pour water into the tray and allow it to be absorbed into the soilless mix.
                                              
Step 8
To harvest the microgreens, hold a section with one hand and use the other to snip with scissors.
                                        
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Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Season


The Very Hungry Caterpillar Season with Spring and Summer Deals on The Way

With yesterday being the first day of spring! Welcome the sunshine with crazy great savings!
Here’s a great guide to the top 10 most essential and wearable trends from the spring runways. Pick up one or two of these ideas and you’re set for the season. It’s that easy!
Spring 2013 Trend: Bermuda Shorts
The slouchy, cool-girl shorts that were all over the New York runways this season are perfect for every girl who never felt like she could pull off those cheek-baring cutoffs so beloved on Instagram (i.e., most of us). They’re ultra chic, fam-friendly, and flattering; seriously, what’s not to love?
                             

Spring 2013 Trend: Black and White

“Spring trends” might typically call to mind Easter-egg colors and happy-go-lucky floral prints, but this season, designers put the emphasis on strong black-and-white looks (OK, there were a few floral prints, too). Appropriate to wear year-round, easy to pull off at every budget, and sleek enough to work at the office or on date night, this trend is the definition of wearable.

Spring 2013 Trend: Peekaboo Pieces

Speaking of date night, this spring you’ll have zero problem finding something sexy to wear: Daring cutouts, midriff-baring separates, up-to-there splits, and sheer fabrics were all over the runway. The beauty of this trend? There’s a peekaboo option for every body shape (and level of modesty) up for grabs.

Spring 2013 Trend: Statement Sunglasses
Want to add a runway feel to your everyday basics? Pick up a pair of spring’s OMG-worthy sunglasses. They hit the runway in every shape and size, each pair louder and more fabulous than the next.
 
                        

Spring 2013 Trend: Bold Stripes

If those Rorschach-esque digital prints are too OTT for your style, take spring’s big, bold, uncomplicated stripes for a spin instead. With denim, they’re all-American; with navy, they’re nautical-chic; and worn head-to-toe, they’re just plain cool. Bonus: You’ll definitely be able to wear them for seasons—even years—to come.
                            

Spring 2013 Trend: Luxe Leather

Time-honored and fashionista-approved, a luxe leather piece is more than worth adding to your spring shopping list. Minimalistic shapes, rich colors, and a no-fuss approach to the hair, makeup, and accessories that complete the look make these investment items seem like they’re from 2013, not 1983. (And with spring clothes hitting stores in February, there’s no need to stress about the sweat factor.)
                      

Spring 2013 Trend: Beautiful Beading

After fall 2012’s whirlwind of brocade, fur, and embellishment, it was no surprise to see a little razzle-dazzle on the spring catwalks. You could see influences everywhere from India and the Middle East to Russia, and it made for some seriously stunning evening wear. Push that itchy, too shiny sequined minidress to the back of your closet, gals. You won’t be needing it for a while.
                        

Spring 2013 Trend: Shorts Suits

If you buy one thing this spring, make it a shorts suit. This look was on dozens of runways in New York and is the ideal blend of “guy hot” (hel-lo, legs) and “girl hot” (Annie Hall, anyone?). They’re purposeful, versatile, and office-appropriate, and we’re betting you’ll be able to find all-star versions of this must-have at every price point come 2013.
                         

Spring 2013 Trend: Sporty Dresses

Spring’s sporty dresses—with their flirty A-line skirts and shoulder-showcasing bodices—are going to distract quite a few dudes next season, we guarantee it. We love them because they work just as easily with wedges and high-heel sandals as they do with comfy canvas sneakers. Go all Saved by the Bell with the addition of a collegiate cardigan or letterman jacket.
                   


Spring 2013 Trend: Flats and Low Heels

Sexy ’90s pointy heels are back and have been modernized with everything from dainty ankle straps to cylindrical heels. There will always be a moment for four-inch pumps (and that moment is date night), but these ladylike heels are such a nice option to have on hand. Extra cool points if you wear them with slouchy boyfriend jeans or Bermuda shorts to brunch with the girls.
                           


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Monday, March 18, 2013

Look Beautiful from Top to Toe in Spring


Any girl undoubtedly wishes her overall performance always unique and up to date. They want their overall performance look excellent in top to bottom, not only respect to their top, brief but also hairstyle and even nails. There are many wonderful floral art nails on this event that will motivate you to your finger nails look for this spring and summer season. The floral prints are very sleek, pleasant and shiny. It is very appropriate for spring and summer time look. Let us check it out!
Last year was all about neon, as far as your fingers and toes were concerned; this summer will be all about saturated pastels, so say all of the style icons. There are plenty of people who still love neon; however the goal this year is to deliver vivid colors that women of all ages can enjoy."
There’s a reason that nails and decorations for nails are always popular—no matter the economic climate or the job you hold, almost everyone can afford nail polish or nail decals.  Nails and nail polish have taken a major piece of the spotlight in recent seasons with more attention being paid to nail trends emerging from the runways than ever before.  This fall, there are a few trends on nails that you will definitely see more than once.
So tell us, which shade is your favorite? And we dare you to try the decals for yourself—tweet!!! Let us know what you like this season!











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Thursday, March 14, 2013

DYI BEAUTY TIPS!!


DYI BEAUTY TIPS!!
Sometimes everything you need to take care of your skin can be found in your kitchen! Here, Pretty Pack blogger Elizabeth Dehn shares some of her favorite all-natural beauty treatments. We love them so much that we want to share them with our Cherry Friends!!
Clementine Hand Scrub
                                                
Winter cometh, and with it dry, dull skin. Forget pricey scrubs and put that big crate of clementines to use with this hand scrub recipe from Erika Katz, "Today" Show contributor and author of Bonding over Beauty. The Vitamin C in the clementine brightens and tones while their natural fruit acids help to gently lift dead skin cells. Baking soda acts as a physical exfoliant, buffing away what’s left behind. Powerhouse humectants honey and olive oil provide much-needed moisture and nourishment.

Ingredients
1 T clementine juice
1 T honey
1 T sugar
1 T olive oil

Directions
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. "Wash" your hands with the scrub, paying special attention to dry patches and cuticles. It's especially effective after a shower or bath, when the steam already softened dead skin cells. 
Brown Sugar Body Scrub

                                                
I also love Erika's brown sugar body scrub, which is fantastic from head to toe or as a pre-pedi treatment.

Ingredients
1/2 c. brown sugar
2 T olive or
almond oil
5 drops honey
3-5 drops of your favorite
essential oil

Directions
Simply combine the following ingredients in a bowl or sealable glass jar and scrub away.
                
  

Cucumber Almond Masque



                 
Maybe it’s the relentless heat wave but I’ve been reaching for cucumbers all summer. Diced and for lemony quinoa tabouleh. Dipped in hummus. Sliced and served with mint and basil as a spa-inspired ice water. Stirred in seedless, English spears with Hendrick’s gin & tonics. And of course, applied liberally as a cooling beauty treatment.

Although best known for their
eye-depuffing capabilities, cukes can also be used to remedy on of summer’s biggest pitfalls: sunburn. Cucumber extract contains ascot acid and civic acid, which prevent water retention, helping to soothe the skin and reduce inflammation. Even if you’re religious with sunblock, the heat wave we’ve been having all season can still take its toll on your skin. When I feel zapped and dehydrated after a day at the lake or pulling seemingly never-ending weeds out of my garden, I’ve been whipping up this super easy DIY masque from spa authority June Jacobs. With only two ingredients that usually happen to be in my fridge, it’s convenient to make and exceptionally nourishing.

REVIVING CUCUMBER ALMOND MASQUE (For all skin types)

 1/2 cucumber, peeled
 1 T. almond butter

Combine in a blender and then apply to cleansed face and neck. Leave on for 5-10 minutes and rinse off with warm water. Apply chilled cucumber slices to the eyes while the mask is on the face to help with puffing under the eye area.


If you’re not the do-it-yourself kind, try
Yes to Cucumbers Soothing Facial Mask ($15). Organic cucumbers, aloe vera and Dead Sea minerals hydrate and skin while spirulina calms irritation. I like to leave it on as long as possible, then tissue off any excess before applying my usual moisturizer.

Natural Conditioning Mask


                                                  

I don’t know if it’s the change of season or my new-found love affair with flat irons, but lately my hair has been lacking its usual luster. Instead of rushing out to replenish one of my favorite (and pricey) hair masks, I whipped up one recommended to me by Kassie Kuehl, the owner of Kasia Organic Salon in Minneapolis, which specializes in healthy hair care. She swears by this all-natural treatment for its moisturizing, strengthening and shine-enhancing properties. It’s rich in omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals yet free of mineral oil or petroleum—both of which prevent nutrient absorption. I like to leave it in on Sunday nights while I’m watching Mad Men. It seems like something Joan would do, no?

Ingredients
1 egg white
2 T. Greek yogurt
2 T. avocado, mashed
1 ½ T. kiwi fruit, mashed
2 ½ t. honey
5–8 drops rosemary
essential oil
plastic wrap

Directions
In a large bowl, whisk egg white until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and stir until blended. Coat clean, wet hair with mask. Massage into hair and scalp until fully saturated. Wrap head tightly with plastic wrap. Leave mask on for 15-20 minutes; sit in the sun or a steamy shower for maximum benefits. Rinse with
cool water to seal in moisture. Finish with a light application of your favorite conditioner. 

Anti-Aging Enzyme Peel


                                                       
For the mom who has everything, and wants nothing more than to spend time with you, treat her to a facial. Spa gift cards are lovely, but there’s something incredibly touching and theraputic about receiving a treatment at home from your incredibly thoughtful daughter! This fruit enzyme and lactic acid facial peel from sought-after esthetician Sarah Kurn exfoliates, softens, and tightens skin while lightening sunspots and preventing future environmental damage. What mom wouldn’t love that? Just add mimosas or a glass of fancy flavored water.

Anti-Aging Enzyme Peel

Ingredients
1 papaya, mashed
1 T. sugar
1/2 c. plain, organic yogurt
1 lemon
1/4 t.
grape seed oil
1 white hand towel*

Combine mashed papaya and sugar in a small bowl. Apply to cleansed face and gently massage for one minute. Rinse well with warm water. While skin is drying, squeeze one lemon half into a bowl, add yogurt and blend. Apply mixture to face and gently massage. Leave yogurt mask on the skin and fill sink with very warm water. Squeeze remaining half lemon into sink water. Immerse towel in water, ring out, then wrap face, leaving nose exposed. Apply gentle pressure to towel; leave on for 60 seconds. Enjoy the lemon essence by taking slow deep breaths. Remove mask with towel. Apply grape seed oil to entire face by gently tapping into skin. Dab lemon juice on pigment spots as an extra lightening treatment.
 Olive Oil-Sugar Scrub

It’s time . . . to start prepping that body for spring. Before you break out the self-tanner for those pasty limbs, buff away the remains of winter with this DIY body scrub. I love how simple yet luxurious it is—not much different than the salt scrubs I’ve plunked down a paycheck for at fancy spas, and totally natural to boot. Plus, you can customize it with whatever essential oil you’re in the mood for, or experiment with your own blend. This recipe also makes a lovely gift. Just add a classic canning jar and a pretty label! 
                                          
Ingredients
1 c. olive oil
1/2 c. granulated sugar
A few drops of your favorite essential oil

Directions for use:
Combine the olive oil and sugar in a sealable bowl or jar. In the shower, thoroughly wet your body. Turn off the water.
Apply the mixture to skin and massage using circular motions. Rinse well. Gently pat dry to leave a trace of olive oil behind like a built-in lotion. This scrub can be stored in a sealed (unrefrigerated) container for a couple of weeks. (To avoid irritating your skin, don’t massage any area for longer than one minute, and don’t use on your face.)

Detox Bath

For centuries, water therapy has been used throughout Asia and Europe to detoxify and restore the body. It’s only recently that the United Sates has started adopting these time-honored traditions at spas and resorts, and the very same curative benefits can easily be re-created in the comfort of your own bathtub. 
New Year’s Day is coming, signaling the end of food and booze benders and the beginning of post-holiday comas. Out with the old, in with the bloated and sluggish!  Your first line of defense: drawing yourself a bath.

For centuries, water therapy has been used throughout Asia and Europe to detoxify and restore the body. It’s only recently that the United Sates has started adopting these time-honored traditions at
spas and resorts, and the very same curative benefits can easily be re-created in the comfort of your own bathtub.

1. Run a hot bath. The heat and steam open pores and prepare body for cleansing.

2. Add three pints of food-grade
hydrogen peroxide (3%). This oxygenates the body and helps purge toxins. It’s also antibacterial and antiviral.

3. Add two ounces of ground ginger. Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties increase blood
circulation and help promote the elimination of toxins through sweat.

4. Soak for about 30 minutes.

5. Drink plenty of water. Make sure to imbibe during your soak and afterward. You’ll need to replenish the minerals and hydration lost through all that sweating.

In a pinch, pick up a carton of inexpensive
Epsom Salts at your supermarket or drugstore. Soaking in the sulfate solution helps expel harmful toxins from the body while also relaxing muscles and providing mood-boosting benefits. 
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