As if waking up early and making yourself look presentable for class wasn’t hard enough, add rain to the mix and you get the undeniable urge to just throw your hair up in a ponytail and call it a day. Check out these seven quick and easy hairstyles that will turn heads and also keep the frizz down!
1. Messy Ponytail
This is a classic updo for those rainy days when you’re also running late. Just tease your roots to add some extra volume then loosely pull hair back into a ponytail securing it tightly. Finish it off by teasing your ponytail and you’re ready to go!
2. Fishtail Braid Updo
Take your fishtail braid up a notch by making it into a bohemian inspired updo. Part your hair down the center and make fishtail braid pigtails, securing them at the bottom with a small elastic. Gently pull and separate the hair in the braids to make them messy. Bring one pigtail across to the other side of your head horizontally and pin in place. Repeat that on the other side and tuck the ends up underneath the braids, pin, and you’re done.
Keep baby hairs from curling and sticking out by wearing a thick fashionable headband. It will keep hair out of your face and prevent it from getting too frizzy. Plus it adds a great accessory to your outfit!
4. Top Knot
A go-to hairstyle for anyone on a rainy day has to be a top knot! It’s one of the simplest styles in the book but can look super chic. To start, gather your hair on the top of your head. Twist and wrap your hair at the same time making it into a knot and secure it by wrapping an elastic around it. Leave it like that if you want a messy look or use bobby pins to make it neater.
5. Half Pulled Back
This hairstyle is especially useful for women with short hair. Pull back a small section from one side of your head and secure in the back with a bobby pin. Repeat on the other side and hairspray to keep the frizz down.
6. Easy Chignon
To create this easy chignon hairstyle start with your hair in a low ponytail at the back of your neck. Flip the ponytail inside out by making a hole above the elastic and pulling the ponytail through it. For the final step, gather your ponytail and roll it up, securing it in place with bobby pins.
7. Twisted Bun
For a fun, simple twist on the classic bun, part your hair down the center and create pigtails on the back of your head. Take one ponytail, separate it into two pieces, and wrap them around each other in a spiral. Secure it with a small elastic and repeat on the other side. Now that you have two spiral pigtails, take each of them in your hands and twist them together forming a messy bun. Pin it in place with as many bobby pins as necessary.
Cook with heart health in mind
(Family Features) Healthy eating doesn’t have to be difficult or require you to take favorite meals off your family’s menu. In fact, making smart choices when cooking at home can give you more control over the types of tasty, heart-healthy dishes you put on the table.
High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for heart disease and stroke, with about 38% of American adults diagnosed with high cholesterol, according to the American Heart Association. These cooking tips can help you prepare heart-healthy meals that could help improve cholesterol levels by reducing excess saturated fat and trans fat.
Cook Fresh Vegetables the Heart-Healthy Way
Roasting, steaming, grilling or baking can help bring out the natural flavors of vegetables. Adding herbs and spices can also help make veggies tastier, including combinations like basil with tomatoes, oregano with zucchini, dill with green beans or rosemary with peas and cauliflower.
Reduce Saturated Fat in Meat and Poultry
The amount of saturated fat in meats can vary widely, depending on the cut and how it’s prepared. Opt for poultry and fish over red meat and look for lean cuts of meat with minimal visible fat, which should be trimmed away before cooking. Also limit processed meats such as sausage, bologna, salami and hot dogs, which are often high in calories, saturated fat and sodium.
Use Liquid Vegetable Oils in Place of Solid Fats
Some fats are better for you than others. Liquid vegetable oils such as canola, safflower, sunflower, soybean and olive oil can often be used instead of solid fats, such as butter, lard or shortening. If you must use margarine, try the soft or liquid kind.
Find more heart-healthy recipes and tips for lowering cholesterol at heart.org/cholesterol.
Grilled Tequila-Lime Chicken with Grilled Asparagus
Recipe courtesy of the American Heart Association
- 1/4 cup tequila or white vinegar
- 2 teaspoons lime zest
- 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
- 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon chipotle pepper canned in adobo sauce, minced, plus 2 tablespoons adobo sauce
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, fat discarded
- nonstick cooking spray
- 3 bunches asparagus spears, trimmed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, divided
- 2 tablespoons canola oil or corn oil
- In small bowl, stir tequila, lime zest, lime juice, garlic, chipotle pepper and adobo sauce. Pour into large resealable plastic bag. Add chicken and seal bag tightly; turn bag to coat. Refrigerate 2-12 hours.
- Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Lightly spray grates with nonstick cooking spray.
- In large dish, sprinkle asparagus with salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Drizzle with oil. Turn asparagus over to coat.
- Remove chicken from marinade. Discard marinade and wipe most of it off chicken. Sprinkle chicken with remaining pepper.
- Grill 8-12 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in center. Transfer to plate and cover with aluminum foil.
- Place asparagus on grill, facing opposite direction of grates. Grill 7 minutes, or until tender crisp.
- Serve asparagus with chicken.
Frozen Yogurt Bark
Recipe courtesy of the American Heart Association
- 1 1/2 cups 2% low-fat plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons chopped, unsalted almonds
- 1/2 cup chopped mango
- 1/4 cup blackberries or raspberries
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- In medium bowl, mix yogurt and honey.
- Line 9-by-13-inch baking dish with parchment paper. Use spatula or knife to spread yogurt over entire bottom of dish.
- Pour chopped nuts over yogurt. Use fingers to slightly press into yogurt. Top yogurt with mango, blackberries and blueberries and slightly press into yogurt.
- Cover with plastic wrap or foil and place in freezer overnight.
- To serve: Lift parchment paper from baking dish onto cutting board. Use hands to break bark into pieces.
American Heart Association
7 smart home solutions that enhance convenience and security
(Family Features) Devices that allow you to stay connected to your home from virtually anywhere are all the rage. If you’re looking to seamlessly integrate innovative solutions into your home for added convenience, security and peace of mind, you’ll need smart tech with the right features.
The experts at Masonite, a global industry leader in interior and exterior doors and door systems, share these seven smart home solutions.
Leave behind that nagging feeling that you forgot to shut the garage door when you’re a block away from home. Smart garage door openers that connect to an app on your phone mean you can always check on the status of your door to ensure it’s closed when it should be. It provides the added benefit of keeping track of who’s coming or going while allowing you to remotely open the door for friends, family, neighbors and others who may need access when you’re away.
Take your front door to the next level with a high-performance model incorporated with top tech like the Masonite M-Pwr Smart Door, the first residential front door to fully connect to your home’s electrical system and wireless internet network. Homeowners can create a customized welcome-home experience with the door’s motion-activated LED welcome lights and a smart lock that recognizes your arrival and automatically unlocks. Whether at home or away, homeowners can use the door’s smartphone app to program the lighting, confirm if the door is open or closed with a door state sensor or monitor the entryway with a built-in video doorbell.
Plus, the integrated connection to the home’s power means there’s no need to charge or replace device batteries, providing peace of mind that you’re always connected and protected. Available at The Home Depot, homeowners can select from a range of designs, colors and glass styles all made with the Masonite Performance Door System. The system is designed to protect your home from the elements and provide superior weather resistance, energy efficiency and comfort with premium fiberglass construction, a rot-resistant frame and a 4-Point Performance Seal so there’s no need to sacrifice style for enhanced performance.
Hectic mornings may never completely be a thing of the past, but you can smooth out the start to your day with a smart mirror that displays important information like weather, news updates and your schedule. Many interactive displays allow you to check notifications and play music for a sleek, stylish addition to the bathroom that helps you stay on track and on time.
Smart refrigerators are often inherently newer models, meaning they’re typically more energy efficient to save money on electric bills. With built-in features like cameras and sensors that aid in keeping track of grocery lists, they can help reduce food waste by reminding you to consume perishables before they spoil. Some models even include an interactive display that lets you watch recipe videos so you can test your skills with a virtual assistant.
Wi-Fi connectivity is the key feature of smart ovens, improving the cooking experience with increased control. By using an app on your smartphone, you can remotely preheat the oven and set timers. You can even cook like a pro with models that allow you to import recipes for automatic temperature control.
Similar to smart appliances like refrigerators and ovens, smart dishwashers bring added convenience to your day along with improved function and efficiency. Connection to Wi-Fi and remote accessibility via smartphone app allow you to start wash cycles and check cycle status while away, receive notifications when detergent is low and more.
Washer and Dryer
If laundry feels like a chore, you can make it less of a hassle with smart washers and dryers that connect to your home Wi-Fi network. These smart appliances allow you to remotely start and stop washing and drying cycles from your smartphone and can send notifications when cycles are finished. Built-in diagnostics send alerts to your phone when there’s a malfunction or it’s time for required maintenance. Plus, they can help you maximize energy efficiency by automatically starting a cycle during off-peak hours.
Visit Masonite.com/MPWR-Smart-Doors to find more innovative solutions.
3 health reasons men’s travel plans take a back seat
(Family Features) Taking a road trip is an enjoyable pastime for many. However, if you are making too many pit stops along the way, it might be time to talk to a doctor.
Men over the age of 45 who frequently experience urinary symptoms may be facing challenges that extend beyond the restroom.
Urinary symptoms such as a frequent or urgent need to urinate may be indicators of an enlarged prostate, commonly known as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).1,2 BPH symptoms can contribute to interrupted sleep, reduced productivity and feelings of depression.3 BPH affects 42 million men in the United States,4 including more than 40% of men in their 50s.
Delaying travel due to restroom access may be more common than you think. In fact, Teleflex, maker of the UroLift™ System, conducted a survey of approximately 1,000 men in the United States ages 45 and older, all of whom have experienced at least one urinary symptom associated with BPH.5
Consider these findings:
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Men are bothered by having to stop while traveling. Among respondents, 41% reported they have to stop to urinate more than they would like during road trips, and 15% shared they can only travel for an hour or less before having to stop to urinate.
The frequent need to urinate impacts enjoyment of road trips. Among the men surveyed, 33% strongly agreed or agreed they “used to enjoy road trips, but the frequent need to urinate makes them less enjoyable.”
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Some men choose routes based on public restroom availability. Nearly one-quarter (23%) of men responded they “usually” or “always” choose certain routes on road trips due to more or better bathroom facilities.
Men experiencing urinary symptoms should consider contacting a urologist. If left untreated, BPH can lead to permanent bladder damage.6 Medications are often prescribed for BPH, but they may cause unwanted side effects.7-8
Consider the UroLift™ System, a unique treatment for an enlarged prostate with more than 450,000 men treated worldwide.9 The minimally invasive procedure lifts and holds enlarged prostate tissue out of the way to unblock the urethra. It does not require heating, cutting or destruction of prostate tissue, and it provides rapid symptom relief and recovery.10-11 It has a low rate of complications12 and is the only leading BPH procedure shown not to cause sexual dysfunction.13-15
To learn more about treatment options, contact your doctor and visit UroLift.com.
Indicated for the treatment of symptoms of an enlarged prostate up to 100 cubic centimeters in men 45 years or older. Most common side effects are temporary and can include discomfort when urinating, urgency, inability to control the urge, pelvic pain and some blood in the urine.1 Rare side effects, including bleeding and infection, may lead to a serious outcome and may require intervention. Speak with your doctor to determine if you may be a candidate.
1 Rosenberg, Int J Clin Pract 2007
2 Vuichoud, Can J Urol 2015
3 Speakman, BJUI 2014
4 U.S. 2022 estimates based on US Market Model 2022-24 (5-17-22 FINAL), data on file.
5 Survey conducted by Teleflex in 2023. Data on file, n=1,015.
6 Tubaro, Drugs Aging 2003
7 Lusty, J Urol 2021
8 Bortnick, Rev Urol 2019
9 Management estimate based on product sales as of September 2023. Data on file Teleflex Interventional Urology.
10 Roehrborn, J Urology 2013
11 Shore, Can J Urol 2014
12 Roehrborn, Can J Urol 2017
13 AUA BPH Guidelines 2003, 2020
14 McVary, Urology 2019
15 No instances of new, sustained erectile or ejaculatory dysfunction in the L.I.F.T. pivotal study
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