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3 Tips Every First-Time Babysitter Needs to Know

Babysitting is a common job for teenagers and young adults, but caring for someone else’s child is a big responsibility. First-time babysitters need to prepare for their first gig to make sure it goes great for both themselves and the family.

Make Sure They’re a Good Fit

Communication is key to being a good babysitter. It is important to tell the family what you expect the job to be like. Also, listen to their needs to make sure you are the best match for this family. For example, you might be more comfortable caring for children older than 5 years old. Or you might not be okay with picking up children from school. According to Sittercity, you should also discuss payment with the family to make sure you’re all in agreement.

Familiarize Yourself With the House

Before you arrive on the day you start babysitting, it is helpful to have an idea of the general layout of the house. Of course, you should be aware of where the basics are, like the kitchen, living room and children’s bedroom. It’s also vital to know if the house has a landline phone and where emergency supplies like the first aid kit are. Every house also has its own set of rules that may be different from what you are used to with your own family. For example, children may have limited times during which they can watch television or eat sugary snacks. It is important that you know these rules and follow them. According to Zavodnick Law, families have the right to use a nanny cam to monitor their home with some restrictions, and you do not want to make a bad impression by breaking important house rules.

Come Prepared

Your number one priority when babysitting is to keep the children safe. The best way to do this is to prepare for anything that may come your way. You should be familiar with basic first-aid skills, like wound care or what to do in the case of an allergic reaction. It can also be helpful to have family-specific contact information, like the phone number of a close uncle or neighbor in case of an emergency. A good babysitter will also be entertaining and give the children a fun experience. It can be easy to put the child in front of the TV, but if you come prepared to engage with the child and help them with homework or play games with them, the experience can be more rewarding for both you and the family.

With these tips in mind, you can be an amazing babysitter and earn the trust of your first family. This can help you work for more families in the future and have fun while doing it!

Read More: Six Summer Jobs You Won’t Find at the Mall

5 Fast Facts about Youtuber and influencer Xavier Gowie

Xavier Gowie is a 14 year old music/beauty personality based in Melbourne, Australia. He started singing at the age of 4 and never turned back. In late 2017 Xavier branched out into the world of beauty where he has explored his love and passion for makeup. As Xavier has gotten older he wants to start using he’s voice to fight against bullying and with that in mind has released Season 1 of his new series “That Kid” on his youtube channel “Xavier Gowie” which he hopes will spread the word to a wider audience and hopefully take impact on teens older and younger.

Her’s 5 fast facts about Xavier!

He’s an anti-bullying advocate….

My goals are definitely to grow a wider audience and just get my message out. Yeah I obviously would love for people to love my singing and beauty but my #1 priority is to get my anti bullying message out there and hopefully with that take a big impact on this generation. I have started my own merchandise line on xaviergowiemerch.com for my new series “That Kid” available to watch on my youtube channel “Xavier Gowie” which 10% of all the proceeds go to the charity “Bully Zero”, so that’s just a small contribution I’m making and my goal is to sell 1000 items from the three piece collection.

…who is still dealing with bullying every day.

I’m 1000% still getting picked on, at this point it’s not just my year level anymore. Younger kids now come up to me and say my catch phrases like “Hey guys it’s Xavier” just to poke fun at what I do. My last day of school this year was December 2nd so episode 1 of my brand new series “That Kid” from my Youtube channel “Xavier Gowie” had come out one day prior. It was such a mixed day for me. There were people coming up to me genuinely saying they enjoyed it and will continue to watch, others didn’t like it which I knew was bound to happen. But then there were the people who kept trying to airplay it onto the big screen, fake crying trying to impersonate and insult me, and I will never forget one of my classmates saying “Who gave the video a thumbs down”, and over half of my class put there hand up. It hit me like a basketball to the face because the people who disliked it weren’t the general public, it was people who knew me. So in saying that yes I definitely do still get picked on but I definitely have people who love and support me so much such as my best friend Andy B who you see in multiple episodes of the series. 

He almost cried in front of a lot of people.

My most embarrassing moment in real life that I can think of was probably when I was onstage at one of my monthly open mics and I was singing “Bellyache” by Billie Eilish and I forgot the words to one part, so I LITERALLY said in front of the whole crowd “I think the music skipped”. So I ended up restarting and I posted the performance on my Youtube channel “Xavier Gowie” and if you screenshot my face at the start and zoom in you can see I look like I’m about to cry because I was so upset and embarrassed. So that was probably the most embarrassing moment I’ve had in real life.

His big sis was a HUGE inspiration.

One thing that people would be surprised to know about me is that when I was younger I wanted to be EXACTLY like my older sister Alyssa. The reason I wanted to start singing was because of her, she used to be the singer in the family so I wanted to be the same. Whenever she would start watching a TV series or a Youtube I would automatically start watching it and liking it because she did. You would never know now because we are so different! She doesn’t really sing anymore, she doesn’t really like makeup, she loves sports where as they are not as appealing to me and the list goes on. I mean we are pretty fortunate to have things in common but if we do now, its because I actually like it.

Hi-chews are his thang.

Ummm one unusual thing I carry around with me is Hi-Chews. So this is a pretty recent one but I just started buying Hi-Chews and they are honestly something I can’t live without. For anyone that doesn’t know what a Hi-Chew is it’s basically flavoured chewy candy. It’s so delicious and I like to keep a few packets in my bag just in case I need a burst of flavour! I have to thank my best friend Andy for my addiction.

Social Links:

My Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/xaviersbeautynet/?hl=en

That Kid Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ThatKidSeries/?hl=en

My Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCk9xF_xv9Gz2qitmhqvDVA

My Merchandise Site: https://www.xaviergowiemerch.com/

5 Fast Facts about actor Abraham Rodriguez

Abraham Rodriguez is a bilingual actor who has worked on various film, television, and commercial productions in both the English and Spanish markets. Abraham is currently starring in the Nickelodeon series Power Rangers Beast Morphers as Nate Silva, the Gold Power Ranger. Season 2 is https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7496903/set to premiere in early 2020 on Nickelodeon. 

Here’s 5 fast facts about Abraham!

He’s got a big heart.

I got to go to a children’s hospital in New Zealand, while filming for Beast Morphers, and surprise children and their families. I was dressed as my character Nate and got to talk to the kids and their familes, take pictures with them, sign toys and photos. Seeing all the children and their families so happy and smiling was truly one of the greatest feelings. To be able to put a smile on someones face, especially when they’re going through a tough time, is one of the greatest things about working in the entertainment industry.

He’s got advice for anyone being bullied.

The biggest advice I would give is to never be afraid to ask for help. Never hold back from talking to someone about something that is concerning you or causing you harm in any way. Communication is so important. I would also say never stop being yourself and never stop doing what makes you happy, no matter what anyone has to say or think. It’s your life, live it how you want to. Don’t ever let anyone or anything stop you from being you. Keep shining and follow your dreams. Anything is possible. 

There is one blooper he probably doesn’t want anyone to see — EVER.

One of my most embarrassing moments was when I was filming a fight scene for Beast Morphers, I did a jump kick and ripped open the entire back of my pants in front of our entire crew. We all broke out in laughter as I ran to change into a new pair of pants. 

Green thumb? Check.

I love plants. I currently care for 16 plants. They’re like my children and I want 85379620 more. I follow a bunch of plant accounts on Instagram. I want my apartment to be like a jungle. 

He can’t live without the ‘Gram.

I’ve never uninstalled an app because of using it too much, but if I did, it would probably be Instagram because it’s the app I use the most. But I could never actually uninstall it because I love it too much! 

https://www.instagram.com/abraham.rod/

www.twitter.com/_abrahamrod

https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7496903/

5 Fast Facts about singer and actress Gabriella Martinez

Gabriella Martinez is an American Latina born in Nyack, New York. She has worked on various short and feature films, television and commercials.  Gabriella just landed a recurring role on Penny Dreadful City of Angels that will air on Showtime.  

Here’s 5 fast facts about Gabriella!

She is super stoked about her latest role.

There have been so many magical moments and I am so grateful for all the opportunities I receive. My first day on set for Penny Dreadful I was welcomed by the producer and he expressed how excited he was to have me on the show. It was definitely an emotional moment for me as he told me how amazing my audition was and that I deserved to be working on a fabulous show such as Penny Dreadful. Once he left my trailer I shed a few happy tears and was determined to put 110% of myself into my role.

Health is a priority.

Being a performer is something I have absolutely loved to do for as long as I can remember. Ever since I was three I have been dancing, singing, and acting and excited to do it every time. There is nothing that brings me more happiness than sharing music and making people laugh, but the only consistent part of performing is yourself. A big part of my job is my health so when I get sick I feel like I am trapped in jail! I have to constantly be careful and even in some of my contracts I cannot go to theme parks or trampoline parks while I’m working on a job. I consider myself an adrenaline junky and LOVE roller coasters but my love for performing surpasses my need to ride the Superman coaster at Six Flags.

She may or may not have done THIS embarrassing thing.

Ok, I have a lot of embarrassing moments every day if I am being honest. I usually try not to remember them so I don’t feel as awkward as I should but I’ll spill the beans for you. The other day I may or may not have walked in on someone in a fitting room. I thought it was my best friend! Needless, to say… it wasn’t, she was in the one next door.

Her voice isn’t her only instrument.

Something people would be surprised to know about me is that I am currently learning how to play the piano. I took a couple lessons when I was in fourth grade but never had a piano to practice on. I picked up the guitar when I was 13 and I love it but it made me want to learn more instruments, so now I have a collection of guitars, a ukulele from Hawaii, and hopefully a new keyboard this Christmas.

She appreciates the classics.

A song that I can listen to over and over is “I’ve Got a Crush on You” by Ella Fitzgerald. I love old classics and adore jazz music so I will play them at any time of the day.

Selfie!

Here is a selfie of me on my way to a fitting!

https://www.instagram.com/gabriellaimartinez/

https://www.facebook.com/Gabriella-Martinez-1403281609959030/

http://www.imdb.me/gabriellamartinez

How to Stay Fit During the Winter

Staying fit seems to be so much easier in the spring and summer. Warm weather lures you outside to exercise, and local markets have tons of delicious produce available. In the winter, though, even the fittest people have trouble staying on track. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t keep up healthy habits in the winter. You just have to adjust your routine. Here are a few tips to keep yourself at your best during the winter.

Female athlete exercising in park on winter day. Listening music and exercising

Indoor Exercise

If you have access to an indoor gym or home equipment like an elliptical machine, getting your exercise in during the cold season is easy. Even if you don’t, there are lots of ways to get in an inside workout. Whether you want a rigorous cardio session or some weight training, you can find just about any workout imaginable on YouTube or other video channels like Beachbody On Demand. Just make sure to check with a doctor or coach that whatever exercise you choose is right for you.

Try Something New

If you’ve already established a healthy fitness routine, that’s great! You don’t want to get into a rut, though, so while maintaining your program, why not do some research on an activity that’s not familiar to you but sounds interesting? Maybe you’ve always wanted to try yoga, or you’ve heard about some cool hiking trails in your area. Whatever strikes your fancy, look into it and—most importantly—have fun with it.

Diet Decisions

According to Xyngular, it’s estimated that over 90 percent of diets fail, and with winter comes the holidays. You want your food intake to be as healthy as possible, but at the same time, you don’t want to deprive yourself of goodies like your grandma’s butter cookies or your dad’s eggnog. Using a program or deciding beforehand what your indulgence will be is key to keeping things under control.

Don’t Beat Yourself Up

Stuffing your face at Thanksgiving and Christmas is hardly the end of the world, but don’t use it as an excuse to completely abandon your commitment to personal fitness, either. Just get right back to what you were doing. Consider keeping a fitness journal to make it easier to spot trends and patterns that might tempt you to go off plan. Remember that your fitness journey is just that—a journey. Keep active and mindful through the winter, and you’ll be ready for anything when spring arrives.

Looking for more informative articles about weight loss? We recommend reading: Trying to Lose Some Weight? Be Careful.

Last Minute Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Panicked about what to get your BFF, family, or even yourself this Christmas, which is right around the corner?

Have no fear, we’ve rounded up a few goodies for you to check out. And if they arrive late in the mail or from Amazon–there’s always Reyes Magos Day on Jan 6th! (that’s is basically “second Christmas” for Hispanics lol)

So without further ado, let’s check out the products!

KiwiCo Maker Crate as low as $24.95/mo

KiwiCo has released Maker Crate, a new line of hands-on art projects for those ages 14+. Maker Crates were designed to help teens discover new art and design techniques and build their creative confidence by turning their artistic visions into design realities. Each crate includes a chance to experiment with a new technique, draw inspiration from real designs, and take pride in a finished project that’s both fun and functional- for all skill levels.

The sample we received was for macramé planters. The kit included everything from paper clay to sculpting tools to suction cups for hanging, along with easy to follow instructions. Start by designing a macrame keychain to learn knotting. Then craft two macrame hangers. Finish off by sculpting, decorating, and customizing clay pots for your hangers.

The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series $149.99

For years, fans have been delighted watching their favorite physicists Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Sheldon (Jim Parsons) navigate the universe and everyday life along with Penny (Kaley Cuoco), and fellow scientists Howard (Simon Helberg), Raj (Kunal Nayyar), Amy (Mayim Bialik) and Bernadette (Melissa Rauch), as well as other beloved characters. The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Series, includes all 279 original episodes from 12 seasons of the top-rated sitcom, and is available for fans to own on DVD and a premium Limited Edition Blu-ray.

The complete set features nearly 12 hours of extras along with an additional disc including three exclusive and never-before-seen featurettes! The special Limited Edition Blu-ray Boxset comes in a beautiful lay-flat book with a fun pop-up and includes a digital copy of every episode!

Gotham: The Complete Series $73.99

This gift includes all five seasons of the hit Gotham series available for fans to own on Blu-ray and DVD. From character origins to the final episodes of the hit DC/WBTV series that lay the foundation for the city’s iconic future, the release is the perfect gift for veteran fans and newcomers alike. The series features an all-star cast lead by Ben McKenzie (The O.C., Southland), Donal Logue (Grounded for Life, Vikings), David Mazouz (Touch), Sean Pertwee (Elementary), Robin Lord Taylor (The Walking Dead), Erin Richards (The Quiet Ones), Camren Bicondova (Gotham Stories), Cory Michael Smith (Carol) and Chris Chalk (12 Years a Slave). Shane West (A Walk to Remember) is also introduced in the as the iconic DC Super-Villain, Bane for the final season.

The set includes 18 discs.

Charcoal White Toothpaste $19.99 for six pack

GuruNanda has released a toothpaste called Charcoal White, which contains activated charcoal. Charcoal White not only lifts stains without harsh chemicals or fluoride, but it also freshens breath with a blend of six natural essential oils headlined by peppermint for a great taste.

We tried it and were expecting a mouth full of black, but it actually foams up to a light grey color very quickly. The jet black color is aided by added black coloring, not just pure charcoal, which makes us wonder how much charcoal is actually in the product. Nevertheless, it has kept our teeth white and has a nice taste.

Zollipops, Zolli Drops and Zaffi Taffy starting around $3.50

Founded in 2014, Zollipops are natural, gluten-free, sugar-free and non-GMO lollipops that help raise the pH (a scale used to measure acidic or base qualities) in the mouth, neutralize acid and may reduce the risk of tooth decay, dental caries and future development of cavities. Created by 10 year old Alina Morse, Zollipops also contributes 10% of all Zollipops profits to support oral health education in schools.

The line has expanded beyond just lollipops to include Zolli Drops and Zaffi Taffy – tasty and good for your oral health!

An Encyclopedia of Tolkien: The History of Mythology That Inspired Tolkien’s World (Leather-bound Classics) by David Day Leather Bound Hardcover $15.69

This 544 page leather-bound work is a must for Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit who want to delve deeper into the world of Tolkien with a comprehensive, illustrated guide to the history, lands, and inhabitants of Middle-earth. A lot of work must have gone into preparing this beautiful book, which features a luxurious engraved leather cover, gilded edge pages, and fantastic artwork — so much so that we cannot believe it is so affordable!

“The fantasy world of J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth contains a rich assortment of people, cities, and creatures—as well as a deep, intertwined history that spans thousands of years. In this beautifully illustrated, leather-bound volume, best-selling author and Tolkien scholar David Day presents four decades of research and writing on the lands and inhabitants Middle-earth. Sections of this A-to-Z dictionary are devoted to discussion of the battles, history, beasts, and heroes of Tolkien’s stories, and are accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. This comprehensive volume on Tolkien’s world also includes an appendix of three primary legends that served as sources for Tolkien’s creations—the Volsunga saga, the Nibelungenlied, and Richard Wagner’s Ring Cycle—and more than 200 black-and-white illustrations.

HaloSmile Kit , starting at $59.99 #TWKGIVEAWAY

Picture this: you’ve got a hot date and you are just about ready to go, but you one quick check in the mirror and notice your teeth are, let’s just say, less than sparkly white. What do you do?

Well, if you’ve got HaloSmile around, you can have noticeable whiter teeth in about 3 minutes. As long as you don’t mind the drool. We’ll explain that part later; let’s cover the product and what it does first.

HaloSmile is a temporary whitening system for your teeth, meaning you literally paint your teeth with it and the coating stays on for hours. Its vegan, peroxide-free, and relatively quick and simple to apply.

Just add two drops of activator to the powder contained in one of the lovely jewel-like pods, stir well using the back of the applicator brush for 30 seconds and put aside. Insert the plastic mouth-holder-open thingy into your mouth, dry your teeth very well, and start applying. Once done, hit your teeth with the final touch “polish” and that’s it.

So, what are the results like? Well, our first attempt came out pretty splotchy. See below. Its just super hard to do because of the prolific amounts of drooling involved, even with paper towel rolled up under the tongue. With practice, however, we’ll probably get it more even. That’s what all the rest of the reviewers claim, and it makes sense.

Drool drool everywhere!
Not the most even paint job, esp. on the left-most tooth, but overall not too bad.

The other thing is that it feels a bit “grainy” when you run your tongue over your teeth. But, after several hours, the teeth still look whiter, so the product does work as claimed! One issue for our test subject was that the coating started to wear off unevenly, leaving it splotchy after day 2, because it is really HARD to remove despite lots of brushing and flossing. Actually, there was still visible residue after 4 days. So, they probably need to come up with a way to remove it and throw that into future kits, like one of those rubber-tipped tooth stain erasers.

This tooth makeup system could come in very handy for picture day, prom, etc. AS LONG AS YOU PRACTICE A FEW TIMES BEFORE! Watch this following video to learn how to use, and try not to laugh imagining how silly you will look with that mouthpiece in your grill. The results, once the product is mastered, are worth it though!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pgwZv8Svnh4

Luster Pro Light Dental Whitening System, $26.26

If you prefer a more permanent solution to your teeth whitening, this kit will do the trick. Yes we tested it, and it works — pretty well too. Teeth were noticeably whiter after just one application.

All you have to do in brush and floss, rinse using their included wash, apply the peroxide mix (it stings if you get it on your lips or gums–meaning its the real deal!), and let it dry for twenty seconds. Finish off with a two minute round with the dual-energy whitening light (the coolest part of this process by far), and check your results. Need it brighter? You can repeat the process immediately over and over again until you get the shade of white you like! The kit has about 20 applications.

Pro tip: put some cotton or paper towel under your tongue to avoid drooling during the light part.

CLEARstem VITAMINscrub – Antioxidant Infused Cleanser $39.00

When we saw the price for we were like “nah” but after just ONE use of this product we were like “heck yes, totally worth it.” It works very, very well to removed dead skin cells, tighten pores, and restore a nice glow. Your face will feel baby smooth and look great. We wish we had a bottle to give away–but we only got sent one and we are keeping it mwahaha!

VITAMINscrub is an antioxidant infused facial cleanser with a mild exfoliating action. You only need a small amount each time you use it (rubbing it in for about 30 seconds before rinsing), and it smells GREAT, almost good enough to eat. In fact, you can eat a lot of the raw ingredients in this, because it contains things like mango, aloe vera, green tea, grapefruit, turmeric, and even hemp seed oil.

According to the company:

VITAMINscrub is good for all skin types including dry, mature, sensitive, blemish-prone, combination and normal. It’s designed for daily use. Environmentally-friendly bamboo particles act as a polish to resurface the skin and keep pores clear.

Crystal Mineral Enriched Deodorant, $6.15

For those who prefer a few less harsh chemicals on their body when applying deodorant, you might want to give Crystal Mineral Enriched Deodorant a go.

The two samples we were sent (Freshly Minted and Mountain Fresh) have a pleasant smell and don’t leave a thick white residue on your shirts or sheets like a few other essential-oil based deodorants we have tried in the past. As far as controlling odor for 24 hours as claimed, results here were mixed. Let’s just say we recommend a touch up application every once in a while if you are exerting yourself and sweating above average.

The product incorporates essential oils, and while it does contain common things like propanediol and sodium stearate, it is aluminum and paraben-free and hypoallergenic. You can check the safety of the ingredients of any other cosmetic or household product ingredient at the Environmental Working Group’s Skin-Deep Database.

Sun Shield Stick SPF 50, $12.50

While summer is basically over (sob), don’t think you don’t need sunscreen still. Outdoor activities like skiing, skating, and sports still expose your skin to UV rays, and you need protection. For a convenient way to apply it, try the Sun Shield Stick SPF 50 by MyChelle. Its like a chapstick for your skin, and is lightly tinted for a neutral finish.

From the website:

Sun Shield Clear Stick SPF 50 is a mineral-based, water-resistant sunscreen that glides on smoothly and dries clear to deliver powerful UVA and UVB full-spectrum protection. Zinc Oxide provides a safe alternative to harsh chemical sunscreens. The addition of Avocado, Jojoba, and Vitamin E Oils help moisturize and protect, and Cocoa Seed Butter soothes skin and supports elasticity. Perfect for on the go. .52 oz. Made without GMO, Gluten, Parabens, Petroleum, Phthalates, Silicones, Sulfates, Ureas, Artificial Fragrances, and Artificial Colors. Vegetarian. Cruelty-free. Reef Safe and Biodegradable. Active Ingredient: Zinc Oxide 17% 

So the main ingredient is good old zinc oxide, and that makes this product reef safe for use when diving or enjoying places like Xel-ha in Cancun (which we highly recommend, having just come from a vacation there whoop whoop!).

7th Heaven Dead Sea Mud and Peel-Off Mask, prices unavailable #TWKGIVEAWAY

Alright, we did not have time to test these out by press time, but wanted to include them for those looking for quick detoxes and refreshers for their faces. They are made by a company with a good pedigree as far as eco-friendliness and commitment to being cruelty-free, Montangne Jeunesse, which has been in business since 1985.

The products we were sent are single-use Dead Sea Mud mask and a peel-off mask. The instructions are super easy: simply clean and dry your face, apply the contents, and wait until COMPLETELY dry. Then remove and voila! — fresh face!

One thing we have to mention is the striking artwork on the labels, which feature some smiling, yet somewhat terrifying, half-human, half plant creatures lol.

Look at them:

OMG. They are certainly attention-grabbing!

At any rate, here is the description for the peel-off mask:

Clean and purify your skin with our Dead Sea Salt peel off! Chamomile soothes your skin and Fucus Vesiculosus (Seaweed) fights free radicals. Leave your skin feeling healthy and revitalised!

And the mud mask:

We’ve harvested nutrient rich minerals from the Dead Sea to draw out impurities and open blocked pores for clean, soft skin. Key ingredients Dead Sea salt, seaweed, lavender.

5 Fast Facts about actress Yasmeen Fletcher

Yasmeen Fletcher was born in Orange County, CA then moved to Las Vegas, NV at the age of 3. She lived there until December 2018 when she moved back to LA to pursue her acting career.

A singer since the age of 2 and an actress since the age of 13, she’s always had a love for the entertainment industry. Next year, she has two movies coming out: Let Us In (2020) and Upside Down Magic (2020)

Here’s 5 fast facts about Yasmeen!

Her overall goal is just to stay in the biz for as long as possible.

Obviously, there are a lot of things that I would love to accomplish in the industry such as win an Oscar, work with some of my idols, get a star on the Walk of Fame; things like that. But as far as my one ultimate showbiz goal goes, I’d say that it’s to be able to stay in this industry (as cheesy as that sounds). My absolute biggest goal is to do what I do as long as I love it.

She plays it cool around big celebs.

Believe it or not I have never been starstruck! I really don’t get starstruck because I think of almost all celebrities as just normal people. I have a few exceptions like Meryl Streep or Zendaya, but other than that I don’t think I can get starstruck.

A crowd of 4,000 saved her once.

About 2 or 3 years ago I got the opportunity to sing the national anthem for the Las Vegas 51’s and it was by far the biggest crowd I had ever sang for. (It was around 4,000 people.) I worked myself up so much that I forgot probably the most famous line of the song I’ve known my entire life. I completely blanked on “and the rockets red glare” and I sat there in the middle of the field, blank faced until the crowd picked up the next line for me. I was extremely embarrassed until I found out that everyone in the audience thought the mic cut out!! 

She started off with another language besides english.

I think most people would be surprised to know that english was not my first language! I actually spoke only Arabic until I was about 4.

Keep the helix pomatia off her plate please.

I will not eat snails. I refuuuseeeee to eat escargot. I know it’s a delicacy in some places but the thought of it makes my stomach turn.

Just drinkin’ Starbucks and having a good day with my cousin at the moment 🙂
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5 Fast Facts about singer and actress Gianna Adams

Gianna Adams is a 19-tear-old singer-songwriter from Las Vegas who has created and performed her entire life.  After writing and recording her first song at the age of five, starring in her first feature film at the age of six, and bagging the lead role in a professional theatre production at the age of eleven, Gianna has gone on to finish school early and attend Berklee College of Music.  This year, GRAMMY Camp recognized Gianna and her songwriting ability as one of 10 songwriters around the country chosen to attend their summer program at USC.

She released her first EP & a Christmas release in 2018.  She released a new single in 2019 called Radio and recently 2 albums that she wrote for were under consideration for the 2020 Grammy Awards. Gianna’s unique voice, blended with hints of pop, R&B, and country, complements her self-written tunes.

Here’s 5 fast facts about Gianna!

She’s got big goals.

My ultimate showbiz goal is honestly to just be successful doing what I love to do every single day, but additionally to that I would definitely say being listed in the songwriters Hall of Fame, receiving a Grammy, and starring in an Oscar-winning feature film are most definitely on the list! 

She has never been starstruck.

I haven’t really met one of my biggest inspirations/ celebrities so I haven’t been star struck yet! 

She had a roller coaster meltdown once.

Oh gosh there’s so many I’m sure… I would have to say it would be when I went to Magic Mountain for my friend’s birthday and was so scared to go in the roller coasters that they had to force me onto one & I bawled my eyes out and made them hold my hands because I thought I was going to die. The good news is, I made it out alive & now I love roller coasters haha! 

Candy? She says “Yes please.”

Something that people might be surprised to know that I am a total sweet freak. I love sweets and chocolate so much, and have eaten cookie dough as a snack practically my whole life which may or may not be a good thing haha. 

But she weirdly won’t eat THIS one sweet thing

I absolutely refuse to eat bananas. I don’t know why, but they are one of my least favorite things ever! You’d have to pay me a lot of money to even consider eating a banana haha. 

Selfie time!

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The 5 Skincare Tips You Probably Didn’t Know About

From taking notes on your favorite YouTube star’s skincare regimen video to religiously reading every review of a newly launched product, it’s safe to say that many of us are crazy about skincare. Taking care of your skin is in, and in case you need further proof, CNN reports that skincare sales reached a whopping $5.6 billion last year.

Indeed, having clear, glowing skin is one of the biggest confidence boosters out there, aside from being a good sign of proper hygiene. But did you know that there’s more to it than stocking up on an array of skincare products? Read on to find out five surprising tips and tricks for taking good care of your skin.

1. Water, Water, Water

Water is one of the earth’s most essential elements, as it helps our bodies function properly. After all, 60% of our body is made up of it. That’s one huge reason why staying hydrated is a key factor in keeping your skin clear and healthy.

As pointed out in our post on the ‘5 Common Sense Tips to Make Your Skin Glow’, water serves to both cleanse your body from toxins and eliminate those pesky blemishes on your skin. So, be sure to drink the recommended 2 liters of water everyday to reap its purifying benefits.

2. Avoid Key Food Items

You might be familiar with the saying: “You are what you eat.” This holds true today, especially as the food you eat plays a huge role in determining how clear your skin is. Simply put, poor eating habits can cause poor skin. And this is why it’s best to avoid sugary and oily food, as well as dairy products, since they can cause your skin to flare up.

It’s essential to recognize the role that your diet has on your skin. In a post on ‘Here’s How to Get Rid of Your Hormonal Acne’ published by Parsley Health, CEO Robin Berzin shared her own experience during her high school and med school days, when she realized the connection between her skin problems and her food sensitivities. This is why you should skip processed food like potato chips, bread, and anything fried, as they promote the skin’s production of sebum — the more of this substance you have, the more likely acne will appear.

3. Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Another possible culprit behind your breakouts could be your beloved makeup brushes. When you apply makeup using a brush, its remnants can turn into dirt, dust, and dead skin cells that could all damage your skin.

If you suspect that this is what’s behind your own skin problems, there’s no need to throw your brushes away, as all you need to do is clean them. To prevent the build-up of bacteria, wash your make up brushes at least every two weeks with gentle, anti-bacterial soap. But be sure to do it quickly, so that the bristles don’t break.

4. Use Coconut Oil as a Makeup Remover

You should also pay close attention to how you remove your makeup, as some store-bought removers contain harmful chemicals that can aggravate your skin conditions. Instead of going through the trouble of reading all the product ingredients, you have the option of going the natural route, and trade your old makeup remover for a jar or bottle of coconut oil.

Dermatologists Anthony Youn and Carl Thornfeldt recommend coconut oil as a makeup remover, thanks to its anti-bacterial and anti-yeast properties. However, it’s important to note that you shouldn’t use a washcloth or cotton pads when applying coconut oil, as you’ll need to liquify the product in your hands.

5. Invest in a Silk Pillowcase

Before you head to bed at the end of a long day, why not change your regular pillowcase into silk ones? The standard cotton pillowcase can be rather harsh on your skin, and you’ve most likely woken up with marks from the casing. Consider switching to pillow cases that come in a silk material to help protect your skin and avoid the damaging long-term effects of typical cotton cloth.

Not only are they pretty, but silk pillowcases are extremely friendly to your skin, too. They free you from those all-too-common morning creases, while also preventing the appearance of wrinkles, puffiness, and redness on your face.

3 Natural Alternatives to Refined Sugar and Why You Should Try Them

In a world filled with added sugars, many teens want to find natural alternatives. It’s no secret that certain chemicals are harmful to the body, and it’s important to limit their intake. If you’re looking for some natural sweetness, read on.

Honey

Honey is an ideal alternative to refined sugar. Honey is a thick liquid produced by honeybees. You can purchase this delectable food item from local beekeepers or in grocery stores. There are several different flavors of honey to try. If you like fruity flavors, try blueberry or orange blossom. Clover honey has a mild flavor while acacia honey has a sweet and floral taste. It’s easy to put honey in your beverages or cook it with your food. The possibilities are endless. If you’re a honey fan, you’ll be happy to know that there are many benefits to consuming it. For example, a teaspoon a day has been linked to a strengthened immune system. There are antioxidants found within this sugar alternative, so you’re ingesting nothing but good stuff. Honey has also been shown to help with a hacking cough, and it soothes your sore throat, too. With its low calorie and sugar content, honey can also help control your weight.

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is another excellent alternative to processed sugars. Maple syrup is acquired by drilling a hole in a maple tree. The tree sap is then filtered to remove unwanted particles. Syrup is used for more than pancakes and waffles, too. As a sweetener, many consumers put syrup in coffee or tea. Maple syrup can even be used in cookies or oven-roasted vegetables. There are several health benefits of maple syrup. For instance, pure maple syrup includes minerals and antioxidants, such as iron, zinc, manganese, calcium and potassium. As such, syrup can give you energy while also boosting your immune system. Additionally, maple syrup provides you with riboflavin, which is a mineral that promotes a healthy metabolism.

Stevia

Consider replacing your sugar with Stevia. Derived from natural plant leaves, Stevia is a no-calorie substitute that is 200 times sweeter than white sugar. You’ll need less of this sweetener to get the same effects as sugar. Stevia can easily be added to beverages, and you can also use it for baking. The health benefits of Stevia are impressive. With no calories, Stevia can help you lose weight. People with diabetes enjoy its help with blood-sugar regulation. This natural sweetener has been known to help control blood pressure levels, too. Full of antioxidants, Stevia may prevent certain cancer cells from growing. Additionally, your oral health may benefit, since Stevia can reduce the formations of bacteria.

Sweetening your life doesn’t have to be bad for your health. It’s easy to give yourself several natural alternatives like Stevia, honey, and maple syrup. Make the switch and see that you don’t have to sacrifice sweetness for health.