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3 Areas to Focus on When Finding Your Look

Everywhere you look, you see social media and ads aimed at telling you how you should look, what you should be doing, and how to become more popular. From the latest selfie trend to the newest makeup look, it is impossible to keep up with all the changes that are constantly happening. Your teen and young adult years are a great time to work on finding yourself and your look, but what areas should be focusing on?

Fab Haircut and Color

Your hair can have a dramatic impact on how you look, both in cut and color. If you have had one hairstyle for a long time, it might be time to change it up. A transformation cut can instantly give your style new life and open up new opportunities for you to experiment with new looks. If you want to go longer instead of shorter, you can also try hair extensions. These faux hair pieces can add length, volume, or a shock of color to your hair.

You can also experiment with a new hair color. Before you go crazy with the color, make sure that there aren’t any restrictions on what color hair you can have at work or school. You don’t want to try something new and have to undo it immediately. If you aren’t sure about a color, but you want to try it anyway, consider just doing a chunk of your hair or using a temporary hair dye.

Whiter, Straighter Teeth

Your smile is one of the first features people are drawn to, and keeping your teeth white and straight can help you seem more attractive. If you struggle with crooked or yellow teeth, it is time to fix that. You can find any number of teeth whitening products that fit your needs. If you don’t want to deal with all the metal and annoyances that come with braces, look into some alternatives. Plastic aligners allow you to keep your smile metal free while fixing your dental problems fairly quickly.

Change Your Wardrobe

One of the best ways to find a new style is to experiment with different clothing styles. You never know what looks good on you until you try it, and you don’t have to break the bank to find attractive clothes. Start by going through your closet and getting rid of anything that doesn’t fit or that you haven’t worn in the last year. You will be surprised by how much you can clear out. Then bargain shop! Thrift stores can be a goldmine of cheap clothes that you can supplement your style with.

These areas are a great place to start when trying to invent a new look for yourself. Don’t be afraid to go against the flow and find what fits well with you. What is most important is that you feel comfortable.

Is that person drowning? Drowning signs and symptoms to look out for.

As summer creeps closer, it’s essential to educate yourself on drowning prevention. This is an accident that should never occur. Drowning is not what we are used to seeing in the movies – with someone splashing around and calling for help. It is usually silent, especially with young children who do not realize they won’t be able to breathe underwater.

That’s why it is important to assign one person as a designated Water Watcher and change shifts every 15 minutes when children are in the pool. Active supervision means:

  • Sitting close to the pool with your full attention on the child/children
  • No phones or reading materials!
  • Do a regular headcount
  • Step in when there is too much horsing around
  • If you have to step away, another adult must be designated as the Water Watcher

Do not leave a toddler or young child in the pool area without adult supervision. Older children are not always as sensitive to the dangers of drowning, and my not recognize the warning signs.

Look for these signs of drowning:

  • Head low in the water, mouth at water level
  • Head tilted back with mouth open
  • Eyes glassy and empty, unable to focus
  • Eyes closed
  • Hair over forehead or eyes
  • Trying to swim in a particular direction but not making headway
  • Trying to roll over on the back
  • Appear to be climbing an invisible ladder.

Sometimes the most common indication that someone is drowning is that they don’t look like they’re drowning. They may just look like they are treading water.

One way to be sure is to simple ask them, “Are you alright?” If they can answer, they are probably okay. If they return a blank stare, you may have less than 30 seconds to rescue them.

That’s also why every parent, babysitter, and teenager should be trained in CPR. This training is essential to get oxygen to the brain and can make the difference between life, permanent disability, and death.

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Article provided by Life Safer Pool Fence

Develop These Skills and Start Your Writing Career

If you have a way with words, writing is a fantastic and diverse career choice. You can get into writing web copy (such as this very article), news writing, fiction writing, and more. The world really is your oyster. However, like all career paths you’ll need to develop some skills in order to kick start that dream career. Here’s what you need to have in order to be a good writer.

Research Skills

No matter what you want to write about, you’ll need to have the research skills in order to do it. For example, as a freelance writer, you could be asked to write about multiple topics in one day. You might write one piece on mountain biking, another on home repair, and a third on resume writing tips. You need to be able to find the information you need in order to write well.

The best thing to do is learn how to perform advanced Google searches.

Ability To Generate New Ideas

You’ll need to come up with new ideas constantly as a writer. You’ll be looking for new business all the time, and you’ll be asked for ideas that you can sell on to companies. You won’t have time for the dreaded writer’s block here.

A good way to generate ideas is to think about who your audience is, and what they want from you. For example, say you write for a filmmaking blog. Sit down and brainstorm as many ideas for blogs that their audience would want to read. You could write about camera techniques, how to find the best actors, and how to storyboard a film.

When you’re generating these ideas, you’ll need to communicate them well with prospective clients. You need to refine your ability to pitch. They key is to get straight to the point.

Self Reliance

Writing is a unique job as you’re often alone with your laptop and your thoughts. You need to be fiercely motivated in order to be a writer and actually make money.

‘Many people think they want to be a writer, until they realise how much they need to motivate themselves’ says recruiting consultant Peter Davies from UK Top Writers. ‘However, once they find themselves having to work alone, they find it very difficult.’ You’ll really have to be motivated to get everything done on your own.

Good Editing Skills

Good writing doesn’t happen when you put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard. It’s in how you edit what you’ve written to make it really shine. You’ve got to be able to come back to your work and not be afraid to make changes, to make it better.

You’ll also need to have the knowhow to edit and correct grammar when needed. Good grammar is the cornerstone of good writing, so you’ll need plenty of knowledge and online references to make your writing excellent.

Social Skills

You need to be able to network if you want to get writing opportunities. It’s important that you find like minded people and start working with them. This is where social media comes in. There’s never been an easier way to find your people and opportunities. Don’t be afraid to speak up and tell your network that you’re looking for writing work. You’ll be amazed at what can come your way.

Being Able To Ask For Help

Yes, you may initially spend your time writing alone, but at some point you’ll need to be able to ask for help. Remember, the best writers improve as they’re always asking for feedback and thoughts on their writing.

Like in any job, you’ll only get better if you listen to others and get help when you need it. You can do this online, thanks to the wide range of services on offer. For example, Grammarix will help you with improving your grammar, and State Of Writing is full of writing guides that you can put to good use.

Persistence

Finally, to be a writer you’ve got to be persistent. This is especially true if you’re going to work as a freelance writer. You’ve got to keep getting out there, asking for opportunities, and looking for work. It can sound exhausting, but to the right person it can be a welcome challenge. If you don’t want to do the same thing every day and relish the challenge, writing is for you.

There you have it. Develop these skills, and you can become a successful writer, no matter what field you want to work in. Get practicing now and you’ll go a long way.

Rachel Summers is an education writer living in the UK. She works with several different institutions, including leading writing service Australian Reviewer. Her goal is to help students get the most out of their school years, and to help them get the assistance they need.

Need help tidying up? Call in a cleaning service.

What is the benefit of a home cleaning service ? Well, one of the biggest sources of strife in a family with teenagers is chores. Cleaning is especially bothersome, with seemingly few teens able to match parents’ expectations about how clean something has to be to be really “clean.” Its just not something most teens are good at for some reason.

So, what are you supposed to do. Just keep getting yelled at?

This is where a home cleaning service can help. These range from a single person who cleans houses on the side to full blown, professional operations with dozens of employees. An example is Live Clean Today, a company which serves the greater Spokane, Washington area.

Live Clean Today can be booked via their contact form or a phone call. You have to indicate how many rooms and the approximate square footage, and they will return a quote. There may be extra charges when they arrive, however, if the space is dirtier than anticipated or special techniques are required (for example, removing wine stains from a carpet–which can take several hours and special chemicals).

Here are some of the benefits of a home cleaning service:

  • They do the work for you (sweet!)
  • They bring their own supplies. Companies like Live Clean Today use natural cleaners to reduce toxic buildup in the home.
  • Most companies are licensed, bonded, and insured in the event they damage anything in your home.
  • Flexible solutions. You can hire them for for regular light housekeeping or a one-time deep cleaning.

The main negative would be cost. Expect to pay $100 and up for most services, although sometimes you can get a deal through a coupon or sale. For a teen, this might be way too expensive, so consider offering to help pay for part of the service with your other siblings and parents covering the rest.

Its worth it to live in a clean, harmonious home.

Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Out? 6 Pieces of Advice for an Easier Recovery

Unless you’re one of the lucky individuals who was born without wisdom teeth, it’s likely you’ll have to get yours removed at some point in your life. For most people, that time arrives in your teenage years. Wisdom teeth typically erupt, or emerge from the gums, between the ages of 17 and 25. However, their eruption often causes a lot of problems for those of us who don’t have jaws large enough to accomodate them.

According to Clement Dentistry, “When the jaw isn’t large enough to accommodate wisdom teeth, they can become impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth may grow sideways, emerge only part way through the gum or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.” This is why dentists and orthodontists recommend the removal of the wisdom teeth when you’re a teenager. But that doesn’t make the prospect of surgery any less scary. If your wisdom teeth are causing problems and need to be removed, here are a few ways to make your recovery from surgery easier.

1. Be Mindful of What You Eat

Certain foods can aggravate the surgical area and cause further complications. Foods with soft and smooth textures are best to eat during recovery. You should definitely avoid sucking drinks through a straw for at least a few days after surgery.

2. Use Ice Packs

Ice packs are great for reducing swelling and speeding recovery time. You can try placing an ice pack on your face for 15 minutes at a time and removing it for 15 minutes to give yourself a break. If the ice pack feels too cold, try wrapping it in a towel before placing it on your face.

3. Don’t Exercise Too Soon

For at least the first 24 hours after your surgery, you should resist the urge to do any exercise and rest instead. If you notice that bleeding and swelling have greatly reduced after this time period, you may be able to return to exercising if you have the energy. It’s best to start off slowly with walking or other low-impact exercises to reduce the chances of complications.

4. Avoid Brushing Against Blood Clots

When you return to brushing your teeth approximately 24 hours after surgery, you need to be careful of any blood clots that may have formed inside your mouth around the surgical area. You should avoid brushing too close to these blood clots so that they don’t become dislodged. A dislodged blood clot can result in a painful condition known as dry socket.

5. Use Tea Bags to Promote Clotting

Tea bags often help with promoting better blood clotting and minimizing pain. A bag containing black tea leaves is best to use because of its high content of tannins. After letting the tea bag boil in hot water for two to three minutes, let it cool before placing it inside the mouth where the wisdom teeth were extracted. Bite down on the bag to hold it in place for five minutes. You can use separate tea bags for each side of your mouth if all your wisdom teeth were pulled.

6. Take Prescribed Pain Medication

You should take all the pain medication and antibiotics that your dentist gives you at the prescribed dosage so that you can heal in greater comfort. Ibuprofen and other over-the-counter medicines may provide further relief, but you should check with your dentist before taking them.

After you have your wisdom teeth pulled, you can make the recovery period easier on yourself by taking these additional steps to aid in healing.

 

Where to Look for Help with an Unplanned Teen Pregnancy

If you’re facing an unplanned teen pregnancy, you are not alone. Women between the ages of 15 and 19 gave birth to 229,715 babies in the U.S. in 2015, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. While the teen pregnancy rate has been decreasing in recent years, many teens still face an unplanned pregnancy every year, and it can be a terrifying, lonely experience. But for these teens, help is available.

Counseling Services

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Many teens aren’t sure what they want to do when they first learn they are pregnant. Many church-affiliated organizations may offer counseling at little to no cost. Ask for information about all your options, including the pros and cons of each.

Teen Parenting

Support centers exist for mothers want to keep their babies, including support groups, parenting classes, and things like baby clothes, diapers, and infant car seats. Some hospitals offer support groups, childbirth classes and parenting classes specifically for teens, too. Finally, many high schools now offer special services for teen parents. Ask your guidance counselor.

Adoption Services

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If you are considering placing your child for adoption, you can contact your state’s adoption services for more information, or go through private companies that help you navigate the process. Every state has an agency with a name like the Department of Health and Human Services or the Department of Social Services that has a department that handles adoptions.

Pregnancy is intimidating, especially if you’re facing it alone. But help is available, and you should feel confident that you can still have an abundant, rewarding life. Pregnancy is the start of a new life, not the end of yours. There is help and there is hope. Never forget that!

Why legal marijuana isn’t all it’s cracked up to be

Hi, I’m Kevin Bryce and this is a story about my journey with weed. I’ve had many highs, but many more lows, when it comes to smoking pot. Back in 2011, I fell in with a bad crowd that ultimately led to becoming a huge weed addict. It got to the point where I couldn’t even sleep at night due to my addiction – it was a total dependency. It had completely taken over my life. At the time I had a very low hour job in Walmart, a very high maintenance girlfriend, and rent to pay for.

My addiction to weed became so bad that at this time that I must have had my mother pay rent for about 6 months of every year for 4 years due to my lack of finances. I had brainwashed myself to believe that the weed wasn’t my problem and that all of the problems in my life were to do with me being ‘unlucky’ and that my time to shine would eventually come.

It didn’t.

Looking 5 years on – I’m in the exact same position this time but with a different girlfriend (with a relationship that’s falling apart) and I’m smoking about double the amount I was years ago. At this point, I must have been smoking about 6-8 blunts during the day and hit a bong for hours in the evening. The worse my life got, the bigger the hole I dug myself became. I started to become totally reliant on this drug that was ruining my ability to achieve my dreams of being a web designer / internet marketer.

In early 2016 I took a trip to a conference in Orlando, FL which was a congregation of Internet Marketers. I only went because one of my close buddies pretty much forced me to go. One of the speakers on stage spoke about a man who was trying to ‘fly’ (essentially referring to his start to success) and had to climb to the top of a mountain to do so. Very often he’d climb all the way to the top, jump off to try to glide, and fail. But this man was special because no matter how many times he jumped off the mountain and hurt himself, he always pushed himself back to the top. He never stopped.

The speaker made us see that the man who keeps climbing sorts out his problems from the falls. The man who pushes back up the hill when he’s very sure that he’ll not even glide this time, and keeps trying, is the man who achieves great things.

It hit me hard. What had I been doing for the last 6 years of my life? I was sitting at the bottom of this mountain blaming everyone else for my problems.

When I got home, I knew what I had to do. If I wanted to achieve my dream of being a successful web designer / internet marketer – I had to get rid of the one thing stopping me from doing that – marijuana.

I began researching online and I found this course which I commonly talk about on my website, How to Stop Smoking Pot. The course took me through a full and painful detox process which allowed me to eventually stop. The process of getting rid of a weed addiction that I had for a number of years is one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do. But its worth it. We have a teen pot resource as well.

My advice to anyone reading this is not to bother with it recreational cannabis, legal or otherwise. Unless you’re an aspiring weed flavor tester – leave it alone. It’s expensive, addictive and it doesn’t allow you to work at your optimal performance. Everyone has dreams and I missed out on years of my life where I wasn’t able to achieve my dreams due to a drug that only flushed those away with every puff.

Proudly, I’m now at a stage where I’m working on my ambitions to be an internet marketer / web designer with my how to stop smoking pot resource. If you are struggling with a weed addiction yourself, or you know someone else who is, get them to check out my website as I have a huge amount of information on the experiences that I went through when quitting.

Getting high didn’t solve any of my problems, I was just deluding myself. Get help if you are on marijuana – or better yet never start.


The previous was a guest post by Kevin Bryce. To submit your own guest post, contact info@teenswannaknow.com

X Plan for Teenagers Provides Life Saving Ways Out of a Dangerous Situation

Teenagers find themselves in a variety of dangerous situations. It’s nothing new. Drugs, alcohol, sexual promiscuity — and now Tide Pods! The teen years are notorious for risky behavior, experimentation, and as a result, accidents. Quite often, those accidents lead to death.

The saving grace is that more and more teenagers are deciding to break out of this stereotype of risky behaviors. The problem with this is that excusing yourself from the activities of friends can cause social ridicule. The last thing a kid wants is to be outcast from his or her only social group for saying “no.”

X Plan

The X Plan provides a way out of that social ridicule. Teacher, speaker, and lay minister Bert Fulks has devised a plan to help kids save face while also saving their lives.

If you are a teenager, and you find yourself in a sticky situation, you simply send a text.

Text your parents with the letter X, and your parents then know to call you. You simply answer the phone, and your parents will say that they need you home immediately for some family emergency, and that they’ll be over to pick you up in five minutes.

Apologize to your friends, let them know a family emergency has arisen, and get the heck outta there.

Why It Works

The X plan is a life-saving strategy not only for the obvious reason – that you get to save face and get out of a scary situation at the same time. This is of course the face of the situation. The real genius behind the plan is that it gets inside of a teenage head.

Here’s the thing: the social pressure placed on kids is enormous. It can be debilitating to the point of convincing kids that what their friends want is what they want too. In fact, kids may find themselves encouraging and reinforcing bad behavior just because they think it is what the entire group wants.

Mob Mentality

Individuals become emboldened in a group. One person may come up with a crazy plan he or she never would have acted out on alone. But because he or she is in a group setting, the idea becomes a spoken thought, the thought becomes an action, and the action leads to a reality, which leads to… accidents.

The X Plan provides a release valve for the mob. Over time, kids can feel safer and safer using an exit strategy like the X Plan. If teenagers believe they have options, if that becomes the reality in their heads, then they are less likely to give in to the mob. In the end, this can prevent many harsh tragedies from occurring.

Use It

So if you are a teenager, all you have to do is know the X Plan exists, and be sure you tell your parents about it. And if you are a parent, talk to your kid about this. It could save lives.


The above was  guest post from Aron James, founder of StubblePatrol.com.  Stubble Patrol is a site on male grooming. He loves to write about his personal experiences.  He feels that his tips and tactics will help his readers to enhance their level of self-confidence and their overall appeal. Changing your overall look can do wonders for anyone, so be sure to visit his site soon.

Five Important Life Lessons Going to the Dentist Taught Us

Sometimes, as teenagers, we might not fully grasp the importance of taking care of our teeth and visiting the dentist. For many teens, visiting the dentist can even be an overwhelming experience. Although dentists have our best interests at heart, they can be intimidating to anyone who doesn’t understand why they are there. As we grow older, we learn about the value of good dental health and regular dental checkups.

It is essential for parents to teach their children the significance of oral hygiene and to visit the dentist. To learn more about what going to the dentist has shown us, continue reading.

It’s Not As Scary As It Seems

Many children are frightened of going to the dentist. It’s not hard to see why, as dentists often seem threatening with their scary tools, gadgets, and strange noises. As we get older, we realize that for the most part, the dental office isn’t such a frightening place. They keep our mouths and teeth healthy and looking presentable, and often give us a free toothbrush at the end of our checkup.

It Is Important To Brush

The dentist teaches us from a very early age that brushing and flossing are crucial. Good oral hygiene prevents plaque, cavities, and gum disease. The less dental problems and conditions we have, the less we need to see the dentist. Kids should be taught the importance of dental hygiene to ensure that they remain healthy, as well as to prevent the need for more dental visits in the future.

Everyone Needs To Go To The Dentist

Although visiting the dentist can be intimidating, it is a part of life that everyone must participate in. Even with good oral hygiene, we still need to have our teeth cleaned, and our mouths looked over. Dental visits are necessary for everyone and prevent the occurrence of many harmful conditions.

According to ABC Pediatric Dentistry & Orthodontics, “our goal is to equip each child with the tools they need to maintain healthy teeth for a lifetime.”

Too Much Sugar Leads To Cavities

Everyone loves sugar. It is almost a daily part of our diet. The dentist teaches us that indulging in too much sugar can wreak havoc on our teeth. Cavities form when bacteria and sugar build up on the teeth and eventually destroy the enamel. From a very early age, kids should be taught that excessive sugar intake can lead to unhealthy teeth and gums.

Cavities Aren’t The End Of The World

Even with brushing and flossing, some of us will inevitably end up with cavities. This diagnosis can be a scary thought for a child, but parents should teach their kids that treating cavities and other ailments are not as painful as it seems. Getting a filling to prevent a cavity will usually hurt less than needing a root canal or other procedure because the cavity was not resolved. It is always best for kids to be open and honest about any dental issues they may be having so that they can receive the proper treatment.

If your child is struggling with the thought of going to the dentist, they are not alone. Teaching your kids the importance of oral health and visiting a dentist is a good way to instill life lessons about the value of a healthy mouth. Your child will eventually learn to appreciate the dentist as much as you do.

 

Fashion-Forward But Budget Friendly: How to Save on Outfits

When your birthday money from grandma is burning a hole in your pocket, you may get the urge to update your wardrobe with some new threads. You do not have to spend a lot of cash to update your look on a dime. Here are some fashion-forward and budget-friendly places to pick up some new, or new-to-you, trendy pieces.

 

Consignment/Thrift Stores

Shopping for new-to-you pieces at thrift and consignment stores is an affordable and fun way to update your wardrobe. Bring along some friends and try on one-of-a-kind clothes that have been gently worn. Consignment stores hand pick the brands and items they carry, so you will easily find lots of top brand names and trendy pieces. Consignment stores may be priced a little higher than thrift shops, but all of the merchandise has been thoroughly inspected, and you will not have to spend hours sifting through the racks to find unique pieces and top brands.

Thrift stores are all about the thrill of the hunt. If you have a few hours to kill with friends, pop in to a thrift shop and let your imaginations run wild. Thrift stores have affordable prices, but you have to prepare to so some digging and sifting through the racks to find cool new pieces.

 

Online Discount Boutiques

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Online discount boutiques and fashion apps are a fun way to shop for fashion. You order from a curated collection of hand-selected pieces, and the companies send your new duds right to your home. You can try them on in the comfort and convenience of your home and send back any pieces that you do not like for a refund. It offers a risk-free and affordable way to update your wardrobe.

 

Fast-Fashion Mall Shops

Fast-fashion stores offer a plethora of options for updating your wardrobe. From basics to lounge apparel, career attire and casual wear, fast-fashion stores in the mall showcase a wide range of styles and sizes in clothing from floor to ceiling. You will be inspired, and probably even a little overwhelmed, by the abundance of options. These stores have a fast turnover rate, marking down clothing often, so apparel is priced to sell fast.

 

Even if you are low on cash, you can still put together some fun new outfits that your friends will want to borrow. From online to thrift to fast-fashion stores, there are a plethora of inspiring places to shop to add new life to your closet.