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9 Ways to Drink More Water

Staying hydrated has numerous benefits for our everyday lives; it can make losing or maintaining a healthy weight easier, enhance the feel and appearance of our skin, help us fight off fatigue, and improve our ability to think clearly. There are great perks to being a water-junkie but getting enough can still be a challenge. Here are 9 ways to make sure you get all the H₂O you need. This post contains affiliate links. 1) Know how much water you need. It is much easier to reach a goal of “more water” if you know how much more you need to drink. There are different calculations out there but my favorite is to multiply your weight (in pounds) by 2/3 or 67%. This will tell you how much water (in ounces) you should aim to drink each day. For example, a 165 pound person (165 x .67) should drink about 110 ounces each day. Remember to also adjust for activity level. For every 30 minutes you spend active you should drink another 12 ounces. 2) Track your goal. Want to know if you’re getting enough? There are many ways to track how much you’re actually drinking. There are several Etsy shops that sell stamps and stickers for your planner, and my newest discovery has been the free Daily Water app I downloaded to my phone. You can set a custom goal for yourself (which is perfect when you know how many ounces to drink) and mark off each glass/bottle throughout the…

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How to Find a Great Hairstylist

Finding a great hairstylist is difficult but worth the effort. A quality stylist can simplify your life and save you time and money. By suggesting low maintenance looks, working within your budget, teaching you how to style your hair, and recommending a few key products (instead of a cabinet full) to help you recreate the look at home, a hairstylist you love is worth her weight in that-expensive-conditioning-treatment-you-bought-but-never-use. Every time you sit in the chair of someone new it feels risky and you worry about walking out with something you didn’t ask for. Do you talk? Sit there silently? Bring pictures? Research industry terms so Miss Scissors knows what you want? It is a terrifying process! But hang in there girl because, thankfully, there are some reliable dos-and-don’ts for finding a great stylist. Do ask around. There’s a pretty good chance your friends, family, and coworkers know someone fabulous. A word of mouth referral is the gold standard in advertising because you can trust people you know. If the girl at the checkout has great hair, ask her who does it. Hit up your pals on Facebook and Twitter. People enjoy talking about the things they love; you are bound to get some good recommendations. Don’t believe everything you read online. The sad reality is people lie. Having been a few times on the receiving end of an angry customer rant I know that not everything an angry person says is true. Try to approach online reviews with skepticism toward both…

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Remembering Grace This Fall

Autumn is my favorite time of year. Hands down. I absolutely love the back to school bustle, the change in the air and the leaves (although I’ve heard that doesn’t happen in Florida), and the unconscious countdown to the fast approaching holidays. Autumn is a fresh start for me. Growing up I loved the start of the new school year. My husband recently quipped about the irony of that considering my homeschooled background. I promptly assured him that each fall I too was the eager recipient of new pencils and shoes and, being the oldest, brand new textbooks with that crisp “new book” smell. And my most favorite autumn purchase of all was my brand new planner. I loved (and still do) the blank pages and the unspoken hope and adventure the school year, carefully choreographed in my new planner, could bring. This would be the year I’d change it all! This would be the year I’d finish my schoolwork early. And in my teens, this would be the year I’d get healthy and earn my PE credits and eat right and lose weight and makeover and then flaunt the fabulousness of my reinvented self. And then I’d do silly things; things like the three different occasions in junior high that I spiral permed my naturally curly hair. Don’t ask me why. I was stupid. And frizzy. So frizzy. (I’ll share a picture sometime. For now those memories are buried somewhere in my old bedroom in California, safe from scrutiny…

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