I Tried Hair Oil

I don’t know much about hair oil, but my sister and my mother both love putting oil into their hair. My hair doesn’t really need a hair oil treatment, because it’s not so dry or frizzy but I really appreciate what hair oil curly hair3treatments do for others. It’s so amazing watching youtube videos of people using hair oil treatments and seeing the results. I love a well oiled curl.

My mom puts coconut oil into her hair after every bath or shower. She feels it tames her hair and makes it less frizzy. Which is probably true. My younger sister has extremely thick hair, so she also uses some type of hair oil after a shower. It really makes a difference for them. Which is why I decided to give it a try.

So I decided to go really natural. Instead of hitting up a pharmacy, I went to a health food store and bought some coconut oil. Yes, I could have gotten this anywhere but I wanted to be extra. The fatty acids that are found in coconuts are what I was really excited for. How often can you put fatty acids on your hair? Yes, exactly! The fatty acids allow it to go deep into the scalp. I also really like the smell of coconut, way more than I like the taste, so why not have my hair smell like them?

Here’s the thing with coconut oil, it is only liquid when it’s warm. If your house is cold or just plain old room temperature, it’s probably going to be solid. Therefore you need to warm it up and let it cool before applying it to your head. I can’t think of anything more painful than pouring hot oil onto your scalp. Can you? Well anyway, I had to wait a long time before it was cool enough to put on my hair and yes, I did burn the tips of my finger during the cool down process. Anyway, it was great. After about an hour, I was able to use it. If you wait too long, it will be solid again.washing colored hair

I then completely drenched my hair in it. I probably went a little overboard but it was well worth it. Because after leaving it in my hair for 30 minutes or so, I jumped in the shower and cleaned it out with a natural shampoo. You’d think that this would just strip all the work you just did, but your average natural shampoo won’t clean your hair like a clarifying shampoo. I did this once a week for about a month, and I felt that my hair was much silkier.

When my sister and mom do it, they don’t wash it out. Because they need it to keep the frizz away. They also didn’t put as much as I did in. I’m so excited to continue doing this because it smells so great. My boyfriend even likes it. I vote yes for natural hair oil treatment.

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Lack Of Sleep

Sleep is such an important thing. Bad sleeping habits start at very young ages. Teens usually struggle to get enough sleep. They go to sleep really late and then struggle to get up in the morning. It ends up being a vicious cycle. The only way to break it is to get up early and force yourself to be awake. It sleep1will help to actually do this. Because you won’t be able to go to sleep at a normal time if you aren’t tired. You may need to do this for a few nights. If only they knew that it’s their only time to get sleep. Little kids get the best sleep. My daughter sleeps almost 12 hours every night. It’s really the best. I’m jealous that she is able to sleep through that much time so effortlessly. She just needs more sleep. Every adult needs a different amount of sleep to function.

I think eight hours is the standard requirement for adults. I need about eight to nine hours every night. When I get less, I notice. It’s really hard needing this much sleep, especially when you have so much to get done. I work eight hours a day and commute for an hour each way. That’s ten hours that I’m definitely not sleeping. I have to go home, spend time with my daughter, put her to sleep, cook dinner, and eat it. By the time all my requirements are done, it’s usually around 8:30. The days are really long and exhausting.

I know other moms who can totally function on five hours of sleep. They go to sleep very late because after they work they have night classes. They also wake up early with their toddler. It’s a tough life getting enough sleep. I just feel like there’s not enough time in the day, but not them.

My husband, on the other hand, gets about six to seven hours of sleep each night. It’s fine until it isn’t. After living on such little sleep, he eventually gets sick.  when you don’t get enough sleep, your immune system is damaged and can’t protect you against illnesses and therefore you become an easy target. It’s no fun getting sick. It takes up your life.sleeping

I’m the worst when I’m tired. I can’t even fake it. It’s funny because when my daughter was born, I couldn’t wake up in the middle of the night without hallucinating. Now Since I’m used to having to wake up in the middle of the night, it’s not a problem for me. I can have full conversations in the middle of the night. But My body usually crashes around 3 or 4 pm. I sometimes just have so much to do, but I am literally falling asleep. It’s so hard. There just are not enough hours in the day. I hate the feeling of being tired. I like to be able to give situations and my job all my energy and attention.

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Traveling The World

alaska“It’s the little things”, he told me. I knew what he was talking about, of course. It is those little things that accumulate so much, to the point where it isn’t little any longer. It becomes huge. Lau Tze, in his Tao Te Ching, says that the sage takes care of the bigger problems while they are still small. The toughest problems in the world began as simpler ones. The larger began as minor. The sage knows how and when to address his life, in a way that “the sage does nothing, yet nothing is left undone”. This is the epitome of Lau Tze’s teachings, and perhaps the epitome of the Chinese concept of “wu-wei” – movement and non-movement. The art of doing little, and affecting a lot.

“It’s the little things”, he told me. He was talking about a phone call he needed to make for the past six years, to the Canadian authorities. He simply never got around to it, and now it has been so long that it has accumulated the ol’ “pain in the ass” factor. And the more he put it off, the bigger of a pain in his ass it became. And now, it has come to such a degree that he is somewhat frightened of making the damn call. I am not even sure what it is pertaining to, but he seems reluctant to make that call. It’s the little things that do you in.

Little things that grow and become much more than they are, whether in reality or in your mind. They affect you, they preoccupy you, and they gnaw at you. So, the question is asked: what do you do? Well, the go-to answer is fairly obvious – don’t put things off. Don’t let them accumulate. Don’t let them grow. Don’t let them become more than they actually are.

The best way to start is not with the messes you’ve already amassed, but rather with the future ones which are bound to crop up. The next time something happens, do not put it off. Make a conscious attempt to see to it, then and there. And from then on, make a choice to contarcticinue to do so, even at the cost of temporary discomfort. You know what happens otherwise. You’ve been down that road. Where has it gotten you? How does it make you feel about your life and your mode of being? That’s right. Now consider the alternative.

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The Beauty Of Essaouira

Essaouira 1I was travelling in Morocco – a sensual haven by the way! Me, my back-pack containing a quarter of my wardrobe (which is quite big by the way and I somehow managed to put it into my not so big back-pack), my rolled up towel, my tooth-brush, my little bottle of Citronella to warn off those pesky mosquitos and my beloved Tea Tree oil Shampoo by Maple Holistics – which I wouldn’t have
left home without!
On my adventures, I came across a little village not far from Marrakesh. This little village known as Essaouira is allegedly where Jimi Hendrix visited in the summer of 1969 and wrote fair few songs to add to his repertoire. I was deeply in awe of the colors of this city, the colors…the sights, the smells, the lights, the call-to- prayer – which I found so majestic, the ever color changing bright skies and not to mention the vast blue choppy ocean. Yes Essaouira is a little Moroccan city that resides by the Atlantic sea. The waves are so vast and strong that many surfers and wind surfers have this incredible village on their list to go and surf!
Mogador was the once formal name of Essaouira and was once home to the Berbers (an old desert tribe that still exists). Now while there is still a lot of Berber influence in Essaouira, it’s now home to a wide variety of peoples – including a few Westerners that have decided to make this Jimi-esk village their home. I found that this little city carried so much history, culture and
really felt like a warm and welcoming family town. I noticed many people knew each-other – although they usually do in small villages but this had a special feel to it. It seemed as if people operated in such a way that they would do things for each-other quite unconditionally, like an unspoken rule of “you scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours”… but even more unconditional than that.


I noticed people’s doors were open, I got invited into many of them (usually blue doors) to drink Moroccan mint tea and play (as best as I could) on the drums or bang on them more like! Lol! I would just spend my days sinking into the warmth of Moroccan culture and thinking about my ancestors who had once lived there. Being half Moroccan, once I had finally touched ground with this land, I felt like I was completing a part of my family history. I was fascinated with this land from the moment I arrived. Even though I found it to be quite intense I must say – in other words Moroccans tend to not be afraid of getting all up in your grill you could say – I also learnt to just sit back, relax, drink tea and basically just learn to say NO.
That I would have to say would be my one of my own learn advice that I feel only fair to pass on to you. For females traveling alone, bring a head scarf, even though you may stick out like a sore thumb beiEssaouira 2ng a westerner in a scarf (although not always), in my opinion I found it helpful in terms of being less bothered on what can sometimes feel like a moment to moment basis. If you want to take it a step further you could always put a ring on your wedding finger and just point to it when it seems as if your about to be asked out for the 15 th millionth time! Not to sound egoistic at all, but it’s a well-known fact that Moroccan men are attracted to Western women. So all in all – I would say don’t leave Morocco off your travel map but make sure you pin in an avid NO into your vocal repertoire… I would say in actual fact don’t leave home without it!

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MOOCS Are The Future

moocSome people are very quick to condemn trade schools, but the fact of the matter is that many are choosing the alternative to the whole academia thing, be it via trade schools or massive online open courses. The latter, by the way, is becoming a force to be reckoned with, and it is probably not too long before certain MOOCs will be credited and accepted.

Education is a very tricky thing. But at its core, it is not on the teachers or lecturers. It is, first and foremost, on the parents. You need to educate your child, and do it sooner than later. Start very early. Start at age 2, for crying out loud.

Do it soon, because there is a chance that your kid will be sent to a school which – for whatever reason – doesn’t sit all well with you, and that can cause a lot of conflict. On the one hand, you know that school counts. On the other hand, you need to be aware of other ways to become educated, and figure out what is best for you and your kids.e-education

School matters, but if your kid is going to a bad school, with bad teachers, there is a good chance that they are wasting valuable time and energy. And there is a good chance you are wasting money, on something which society has deemed important but not yourself.

It is a tricky situation, and there is no one clear answer. If there was, there is a good chance there would be no need for me to write rants like these. The academic school years has begun, and already I am seeing students disillusioned by their surroundings and their professors. Is this really the way it should be? Well, maybe some of us need to be disillusioned. Time will tell.

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Check Your Grammar The Easy Way

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Microsoft Word is a fine text formatting tool. I’ll give it that. But can it be serious about the spelling and grammar checking? In my experience, it is not the best option. Not by a long shot. Word’s built-in spelling and grammar tools are not up to par, and that used to leave me frustrated and annoyed.

Along came Grammarly (Grammarly review on Edumuch.com), and helped me not throw my computer out of the window in frustration. There was the program I was looking for, and I didn’t even know I was looking for it! I happened to see an ad somewhere, I signed up for the free version, and then I downloaded the web browser extension for Chrome, also for free. What a change, wow.

Grammarly is based online. It is a website, and also a word processor, spellchecker, grammar checker, plagiarism checker, and all-around wonder. It checks compatibility with styling, syntax, and improper placement of properly-spelled words.

The word processing portion of the website has a free version and a paid version. Both of these are accessed through the website, but the paying subscribers (Grammarly Premium) have the option of add a Microsoft plug-in, which integrates the wonders of Grammarly right into Word and Outlook. Premium is obviously a lot more comprehensive than the free version, but even the free version is nothing to sneeze at, especially compared to Word.

The website, which the writing platform is a part of, is actually a lot more than that. It includes a blog on writing and education, a handbook on you-either-die-a-grammar-nazi1grammar, a large FAQ section, and a dictionary and thesaurus. Grammarly’s Facebook and Twitter accounts are also very active, and the user community is always helpful.

The Premium edition of Grammarly is available in the form of monthly, quarterly, or annual subscription plans. For those who are students or educators, or who are part of an educational establishment, a separate platform – Grammarly@EDU – is available. It is a separate part of the site, which is meant for use by those in the field of education. The payment plans differ accordingly, being made by student or by campus. Grammarly@EDU is meant for students and educators of all kinds, from K-12 grades to academia and higher learning.
Grammarly was invented and designed in order to make you a better writer. It doesn’t stop at mere grammar and spellchecking, but goes to great lengths in order for a writer to improve his or her skills. Writing proper

English is an important skill. English is an international language which is studied and used by over a billion people worldwide. It is used constantly, whether in the analog world or the digital world.

This goes way beyond fixing a few grammatical mistakes or typos. It does that, yes, but it also helps you learn from your own mistakes, and avoid making them in the future. Talk about education!

So, I urge you to sign up for the free version, and to attach the web browser extension to whatever you are using now. It is available for firefox, chrome, and safari.

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Picking The Right Gun

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Now, when you’re picking a handgun you could just go to informative sites like Gunivore, but it’s also very important to consider just what you’re going to be using it for. I think that’s definitely the first consideration you should take when you’re trying to buy a firearm, as you probably wouldn’t get a tiny snub nosed pistol for range shooting, and you wouldn’t pick up a desert eagle for concealed carry. There is, of course, many more considerations that must be considered before actually picking out a gun, but knowing what you’ll be using it for is definitely first and foremost. There is no strictly second thing for you to be checking, as everything that comes afterwards is roughly equal, even price range isn’t that much of a big issue, as there is usually a large selection no matter what price range you want to go to. However, this isn’t to say that price range shouldn’t be considered, it is just saying that you should take price range as not being the most important.

And while there is no specific next thing for you to be considering, I will still be going over them in an order. There is no special meaning to the order, it’s just the way I wrote it. After you’ve decided on what you’ll be using your pistol for, you next need to figure out what will feel comfortable in your hand. This isn’t something that you can really do at home, so you’ll have to ask the owner of the gun shop that you’ll be going to for assistance. Another important factor is the weight of the gun. If the gun is too heavy, keeping it steady is going to be impossible, and while this may be okay for range shooting, where you might be able to rest your

Clockwise starting at topleft: Glock G22, Glock G21, Kimber Custom Raptor, Dan Wesson Commander, Smith & Wesson Air Weight .357, Ruger Blackhawk .357, Ruger SP101, Sig Sauer P220 Combat.

arm on something, it would make a gun completely useless for day to day carry or home defense. Obviously there is no such thing as too light of a gun, so don’t worry about that. Once you’ve found the type of gun you want, that’s the right size and weight for your hand, it’s time to get down to price. A lot of guns are made very similarly to other guns, with other manufacturers using different materials or internal components. These small changes can actually add up to a lot of difference, as some metals are much heavier than others. Something to consider as well at this stage is magazine capacity. Although this step isn’t the most pressing, it’s still worth considering. Lastly, when you have a gun that fits your needs, your hand, and your price range, it’s time to start considering looks. Looks is honestly the least important part of the gun, as what you need is for the gun to work, not to look pretty. If you’re looking for wall ornaments, a fully functional firearm is not the best choice. But it is important that you like your purchase, so after you have narrowed it down enough, you can narrow it down even further, and then make your choice.

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Glock 17 & 19 – Head To Head

So you’ve got your aim on point and are in the market for a new handgun. As one of the most reputable gun manufacturers that exists in the world, there is no shortage of quality products to be had when browsing Glocks’ impressive catalog of handguns. However, there are certainly different needs had by different gun owners, and both advantages and disadvantages to owning certain kinds of guns. Therefore, it’s important to remember that when comparing and contrasting guns, the question isn’t necessarily ‘which gun is superior’, the question is, ‘which gun is better suited to satisfy my needs and wants in a firearm’?glock 17 vs 19

Cream Of The Crop


Two of the most popular models ever released by Glock are the Glock 17 and the Glock 19. Both handguns and frequently employed as self-defense weapons, the Glock 17 and the Glock 19 are critically acclaimed as well as universally praised. Don’t believe me? Gunivore.com has a Glock 17 vs 19 article that compares these powerhouse guns. Not only do these Glock models represent successful model launches on behalf of Glock, they have been trends-setters in the industry, creating revolutions in handguns that have been both admired and copied in the industry by virtually all of Glock’s competitors.  There are a number of distinctions and differences to dissect when discussing the Glock 17 and the Glock 19, all of which make the guns different and unique. However, one is not necessarily superior to the other – rather, they are different than each other. The greatest and most vital difference in these two firearms is the size. The Glock 19 is something of a sequel to, or a successor to the Glock 17 and therefore is very similar to the Glock 17, however it is a smaller firearm – and there is enough of a size difference that this makes something of a big difference.

However, the size difference is not necessarily a good or a bad thing – rather, people with smaller hands generally tend to favor the Glock 19, due to the improved comfort and fit, while folks with larger hands find comfort with the Glock 17’s larger frame and grip.

In my experience, the Glock 17 usually features better build quality – not that there is anything wrong with or lacking in the Glock 19 build, but the Glock 17 is legitimately one of the most well-made guns I have ever had the pleasure of firing, and I have fired a number of Glock 17’s in my day – I’m not just talking about one version of the model.

glock 17 vs 19 ccwSomething else to consider, especially when considering buying one of these Glock’s as a self-defense weapon, is size in regards to concealed carrying. If you’re going to concealed carry, it may be in your best interests to pursue the Glock 19 as opposed to the Glock 17, even if your hands are on the larger side, given the fact that smaller guns are far easier to concealed carry. However, this depends on the wants and needs of the gun owner, and it is for this reason that I advise visiting a range or gun shop and trying these guns in person before purchasing. A gun is a major purchase, and should be given the appropriate amount of thought, attention, and caution that it deserves. Good luck!

Get On Target!

Whether it’s the English language or target practice, perfection takes practice. No one likes being a bad shot. There’s something unmanly about using guns with any kind of regularity but not having adequate skill in shooting them – marksmen are universally praised, so inversely, poor shots should be criticized, right? Well, that’s usually the way it goes, particularly in military circles. As someone who served in the military, I can safely say that there is a correlation between the respect and reverence a soldier receives and their abilities with a gun – chances are, a lousy shot won’t advance far enough in the military to find himself in an admirable position anyway. The point is, I’m here to tell you that you can in fact change your fortunes if you’re a struggling would-be marksmen, and it’s a relatively simple process to accomplish this.target

The bottom line is and always will be this: practice makes perfect. There’s no substitution for good old fashioned practice. I don’t necessarily subscribe to the 10,000 hours of practice theory, but that doesn’t mean I don’t believe that the logic embedded in the theory holds true – the more you work at something, the better you will get at it. It’s that simple. However, with that being said, there are still some measure you can take to ensure that your shooting improves, and ensure that your practice time is being utilized in the most efficient, best way.

Firstly, try out different drills with different guns. You’re not going to become a better shot with a shotgun or an assault rifle if the only guns you practice with are handguns, and you’re not going to become better from 30 yards if you’re only practicing your shooting from 10 yards. Make sure your practices are geared to suit your needs and wants – if you want to become better with a certain gun, or from a certain distance, don’t neglect to practice with that gun or from that distance.range

Secondly, you’re going to want to make sure that your gun is optimized for shooting. For example, I was recently using a Glock 18 with damaged sights for an extended period of time – the adjustment that I made to compensate for the damaged sights legitimately influenced my shooting in a negative way. If you’re going to be using guns for extended periods of time, you need to make sure those guns are in tip-top shape so as to ensure that you are reinforcing the right kinds of habits and not the bad kinds.

Lastly, it is absolutely imperative that for the sake of improving your shooting, you absolutely must work on and perfect your form. Holding a gun sideways while shooting, or dual-wielding hand guns is a recipe for disaster. Make sure that from the start your form when shooting is on-point, as once again, reinforcing bad habits is going to hurt you in the long term as well as the short term. Taking lessons with an instructor or an experienced friend is always a good idea for beginner shooters or anyone who is using a new, unfamiliar firearm.

Grammar Checkers For Everyone!

There are many word processing programs out there. Some are better than others, but they do have certain things in common. For instance, many of them focus only on spellchecking (and maybe a bit on grammar).Grammar checkers help

There is another kind of software, which takes the whole thing a step or two further, and provides the writer with a much more comprehensive and educational English writing experience. This is a short grammar checker software review, or rather overview.

If you want to write English which is clear and easy to read, you may need a hand. Generally speaking, these more advanced pieces of software – such as Grammarly, WhiteSmoke, Ginger, and others – don’t just fix your spelling, but also work hard to ensure that your skills develop as a writer. The more you write with them, the more you learn. I found great reviews of all these programs on EduMuch.com. They go into more detail into the pro’s and con’s of all of them.

It doesn’t matter whether you are a student or an educator, an employee or a manager – strong English skills can catapult you onward. They can make you a more valuable asset to any workplace, and provide a basis for many advancements. There is no debating that being able to express yourself in this international language is a great advantage. Plus, let’s not forget that sometimes, one spelling mistake or grammatical error can cause you a whole lot of grief.

Grammar checkers may be integrated into your local word processor, or be web-based applications. Others are installed on your computer, and work with any textbox. There are many different kinds of programs, and they all claim to be just about perfect. This is an issue I have a problem with.

There is no perfect grammar checker. I don’t care how advanced your algorithms are. No such thing. I believe that no computer software can replace a living, breathing, human editor. What these programs can do, however, is be a great way to double check your work and develop your writing skills.Do your research

You shouldn’t believe everything you read online. My suggestion to you is that if you feel these programs might benefit you, you should visit their respective websites, sign up, download any free trial they may offer, and just start writing with them. There is no doubt you will find one – or more – which is comfortable for you. You will be able to see which ones are the easiest to work with, and which can provide you with the best writing experience.

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