A Fairy Prom Mother makes wishes come true

Reflections Hair Salon and Alfred's of Philadelphia, a florist are making dreams come true this Friday for five lucky Interboro students. The salon and the florist are located in the Briarcliffe Shopping Center in Glenolden.

Christine Thomas, owner of the salon wanted to promote positive self image and good self esteem for teens. She has been at the salon for over 20 years. Thomas felt anything she could do to help young women feel good about themselves would be fantastic. She had the idea in February and contacted Interboro High School.  Interboro High  picked five girls who they felt deserved a chance to have a head to toe makeover.

"It's small.  This is the first time doing this. I want to make it bigger next year. .. get a dress shop involved and a limo service.  Students could write essays,there would be a contest." said Thomas.

The  makeover is free to the girls. The flowers, too.
If they had to pay for this the cost to each girl would be over $200. Add the flowers you are up to $250.
The young women will get a spray tan, makeup, an up-do and jewelry for their hair.
The boys picked out the flowers. The girls and boys met with the florist making sure the flowers would match the dress they will wear.

"My daughter Cartier is ten. When I told her I would like to make this happen every year, she said you can call yourself the Fairy Prom Mother, " said Thomas.
 Reflections Hair Salon is located1052 Ashland Avenue in Glenolden. You can contact the salon by calling 610-389-3203

Tip of the Day _Icy Treats

These cool  treats are  150 calories or less!

Purely Decadent Passionate Mango, made with organic coconut milk, agave nectar, and mango puree... This is a dairy free dessert.   150 calories 7 grams of fat

Ben and Jerry's Strawberry Banana Fro Yo   150 calories 2 grams of fat.
Frozen Yogurt with chunks of fruit.

Breyers Smooth and Dreamy in Chocolate Chocolate Chip  140 clories 5 grams of fat
This is a double dose of chocolate for half the fat of regular ice cream.

Haagen-Das Cranberry Blueberry Sorbet   100 calories 0 grams of fat
A tangy blend of frozen fruit rich in cancer fighting antioxidants.

Turkey Hill Light Recipe Cookies 'n Cream   120 calories  3 grams of fat.
This is fortified with vitamin D and calcium for stronger bones.

Edy's Slow Churned Yogurt Blends inTart Honey   100 calories 2 grams of fat.
Make a bee line for this tangy treat.

Enjoy. Keep Styling in Delco!!!

Swimsuit Tip of the Day

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Keeping track of all your progress may be all you need to rev up your routine. When pedometer wearing walkers were asked to record their daily steps, they took more strides than those who didn't write down their counts.
Logging the numbers create a mental challenge to beat the previous day. Whether your walking or lifting weights, keep a record to see better results. 

Styling at the Prom

Check out all these great looks worn by Archbishop Prendergast High School students. It’s senior prom time. Guys and gals posed at Merry Place at Glendale Park in Havertown before the prom which was held at Drexelbrook in Drexel Hill

From Zebra strips to paisley prints to solid colors, you set your own style this year.

Anything goes. Bright colors are the rage. The brighter, the better!

Hairstyles were au-natural, long curls are in. Prendie girls were stunning and sophisticated.

The guys looked as good as the gals in tuxedos and suit coats and matching bright ties in the colors accenting the girl’s dresses.  Keep Styling in Delco!!!

Spring Trends

I love Spring and Summer.  Honestly - I just took out all of the winter clothes out of my closet to make room for the Spring Summer things, and I have a TON more Spring Summer than I do Winter!  Guess it is time to weed through it all, make a donation to Goodwill and look for some new trends to add to my wardrobe!

Let me walk you through some of the big trends for the season:

Honeysuckle is THE color of the season.  It is a bright pink...but not shocking neon pink. I love this color.  Start looking for it!  You are going to see it EVERYWHERE!  Little dashes of this pink mixed in with your neutral palate will add that little something extra that will take your outfit from drab to fab!

The neutrals this season range from a mocha chocolate to grey.  Grey is still a very important color in fashion this season...if you are looking to add one thing, consider a grey jean!

Many colors of the season are more subdued with bright pops of color that will really make a bold statement in this season's outfits.  Wearing all neutral (all white and khaki, for example) is a trend that you will want to jump on board with once the temps stay above 70!

Citrus hues are still around with a bright splash of orange (tangerine) - mix this color with the season's hot color (Honeysuckle) with a white jean - hot!

Ocean hues of blue and green are something everyone can wear.  The blues range from turquoise to a royal / purple blue.

Mixing alike tones of the same color is also very popular this season.  This is a new take on a monochromatic wardrobe.  So many of us love LOVE to wear all black - for those black-only gals, i would like to challenge you  to try wearing an outfit of all blue...different shades of the same tone of blue.  You will love it!

This trend has a distinct masculine feel to it.  The strong lines and very structured nature of the "military" look should be balanced with something feminine.  Likewise, don't pair your favorite military jacket with a pair of camp crop pants.  That is simply too much military!  People might stop you on the street and ask if you have enlisted rather than to stop you and compliment you on your outfit!  

We are seeing this influence everywhere from color to embellishment and style.  The khaki-green color we are seeing is attributed to the military trend.  To add a little of this trend into your wardrobe, look for chunky metals in your jewelry, or for button detail on shirts / jacket, especially epaulettes.  
LADY LIKE:This trend has the opposite feeling from the Military one.  This trend is all about being a girl: heavy lace, eyelet, bows and floral patterns.  Skirts have made a resurgence into popularity with many designers introducing great a-line styles that everyone can wear.

I found a TON of on-trend pieces recently when I went shopping through some of our area Goodwill stores.  Honestly, I felt a little guilty that I got so many on-trend great pieces at such an AMAZING price!

Stripes and anything with a Nautical feel are big this season, and I believe this nautical feel comes from the inspiration of the Military feel.  Anyone can wear stripes...if you feel it is too much, then tone it down by wearing a striped tee under a cardigan.

Check out the newest Goodwill store in St. John, IN.  I'll be there in June with a Kids Fashion Show!  Want to know more?  Stay tuned!

from http://www.fashiontrendsetter.com

Join us, won't you?

Swimsuit countdown!!!

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Stash sneakers and socks in your car so you can squeeze in a 10 or 20 miniute walk.  You can log in lots of extra miles by being ready to lace up and go wherever you are.  Hit the pavement while waiting for your child at dance class or at a doctor's appointment, it will be glad you did when swimsuit season arrives.
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Doing it right!

Tip of the Day!!!

Here are some fitness pointers from celebrity trainer Gunnar Peterson.

1. When you do a crunch take five seconds to lift and five seconds to lower.  A slow as molasses pace forces your abs to work harder.

2. Lifting weights tourches 200 calories in half an hour.  Try strength training  fitness class that uses dumbbells  or weights to ease into weight lifting.

3. Have a plan when you go to the gym. Take a few minutes before you start to plan your workout. Each time incorporate something new.
Keep Styling in Delco... Swim season is almost here!

Tip of the Day...21 days to countdown

Photo by Karen Shaw

Here's three snacks under 100 calories to satisfy those cravings. For more 100 calorie snacks pick up Sally Sampson's 100 calorie Snack Cookbook

Toss 11/2 cups air popped popcorn with 1/2 tsp. canola oil; 1/4 tsp. chipotle chili power, 1 tsp. kosher salt and 1/4 tsp. cumin.

Quarter 2 fresh figs  and place in a bowl with 10 raspberries. Top with 1 tsp. honey and 1 tbsp. Greek yogurt. Sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. cocoa power.

Mash 1 oz. goat cheese. Slowly mix in 1/8 cup buttermilk, 1/4 tsp. chopped fresh basil and 1/2 tbsp. chopped sun-dried tomatoes until smooth. Use as a dip for veggies.

Great Items to Stock Up on For Your Next Family Vacation

stinkin' pink
Photo Credit: Simple Tess

Summer brings those fun annual family vacations which can also bring along with it lots of cost and stress to a family. With all of my traveling for my business, we haven’t had the opportunity to take a family vacation yet, but are looking forward to doing a little jet-setting of our own this summer.

Certainly, thrift store shopping might not come to mind when buying items for your next vacation, but if there is anything I have learned when it comes to saving money, Goodwill is my first stop when I need to do a little shopping for a trip.

Here are just a few things to check your store for when off on your next vacation.

Upgrade Your Luggage Pieces- Does your suitcase and carry-on bag need updating? Goodwill is a fantastic place to check for these items and you will be surprised at the variety of great choices you will have. Bring a tape measure along with you and measure the suitcase to see if the suitcases you are looking at can meet TSA standards. If you are planning to carry-on your luggage with you, the largest allowed size for carry-on bags is 22×14x19 inches. With careful planning and strategic packing though you can maximize your thrift store suitcase and shave approximately $50 off on your next round trip flight by carrying on your luggage versus checking it in.

If you are traveling as a family, divide the luggage up between each family member and consider hunting for one small roller bag for each child that they will be able to maneuver themselves. The bonus is that they can use that bag for years to come, making it easy to recoup your travel investment within just one trip!

Macro Game Piece Monday
Photo Credit: Marcus Lam

Fight Hotel Boredom- If you are planning a road trip, there is nothing worse than being stuck in a hotel room with nothing to do. Consider adding a few new-to-you board games to your collection just for your trip. I try to get our board games at Goodwill because it is a great way for me to try them out without making a huge investment. Look for classic games like Scrabble, Upwords, checkers, Yahtzee, Connect 4, Clue, Monopoly, Life, and Rummikub for family entertainment on the go!

You can also look for books for the kids to read, DVD's for the car ride there, and even a few new tunes to listen to along the way. No road trip was complete in my family without a little Ray Charles and, "Hit the Road, Jack." Perhaps, you can find an album that your kids too can moan and groan about just as me & my siblings did when my dad would pop in that old cassette tape. Ah, vacation memories!

The entertainment possibilities are endless and the thrift store prices will allow you to splurge on a little bit of great fun for your trip.

souvenir shop
Photo Credit: Whitney Arlene

Save on Souvenirs- If there is one thing that can break the vacation budget, it is definitely buying souvenirs at the souvenir shops. Consider putting away a few fun toys that you can give to your children in lieu of the pricey souvenirs. Planning a trip to Disney? Look for a few Disney souvenirs at Goodwill rather than splurging at Disney! Focus your souvenirs on free items like shells from the beach, or taking funny photos in the souvenir shops, grabbing a little sand from your favorite beaches, or substituting with a few well-chosen thrift store pieces that will help to keep the budget on happy and keep the kids content.

Create a Fun Vacation Wardrobe-
The need to splurge on a new wardrobe always happens when I have somewhere new to go especially if the climate will be different than the Midwestern weather I am accustomed to. Check the store for a few wardrobe updates that won’t cost you a lot. Accessories like sun hats, scarves, a skinny belt, sunglasses, jewelry, or sandals can all be found at Goodwill for your entire family. I love to spice up the pieces I already have with these easy accessories that won’t take a lot of space in my luggage.

Don’t forget to also look for layering pieces like cardigans or shawls that you can use to keep yourself warm in the evenings or on your flight. A good basic layering piece is worthy of every inch of space in your carry-on bag and can make your flight and the cooler evenings much more comfortable.

What are some ways that you use Goodwill to save on your vacations? We would love to hear your ideas!

Amy Allen Clark is the Founder of MomAdvice.com, a web community where she shares advice on parenting, money-saving ideas, recipes, and solutions for work-at-home moms. Visit her site for more ideas on ways to live on a frugal budget!

Little Black Dress - it's a wrap!

Did you miss it?  Oh, I am so sorry!  I would have loved to meet you!  What a huge bummer!  Well, this year's event was amazing!  And, I happen to have some highlights to share with you!  Watch this...

Easter candy gone, Time to begin.

Here it is the 2nd of May. Of course I am running late on tips to get in shape. I am still eating the Easter candy. Definitely not a good thing. So today we'll start. Swimsuits here we come! No more Easter candy even though a little bit of dark chocolate isn't bad for you.
 Here are some super foods to eat and make your diet staples.
Almonds and other nuts ; Build muscles and reduces cravings
Beans and Legumes;
Another muscle builder, it helps burn fat and regulate digestion.
Spinach and other green vegetables;  It neutralizes free radicals, molecules that accelerate the aging process.
Dairy Products fat free or low fat milk, yogurt, and cheese; Builds strong bones and fires up weight loss.
Instant oatmeal(unsweetened and unflavored) ; Boosts energy, reduces cholestrol and maintains blood sugar levels.
Eggs; Builds muscles and burns fat.
Turkey and other lean meats; Builds muscle and strengthens the immune system.  
Peanut Butter; Boosts testosterone, builds muscle and burns fat
Olive Oil; lowers cholestrol and boosts immune system
Whole grain breads and cereals;  Prevents body from storing fat
Extra protein(whey) power; Builds muscle and burns fat
Raspberries and other berries; Protects heart, enhances eyesight improves balance, coordination, and short term memvory; prevents cravings.
Incorporate two or three of these foods into each meal and at least have one of them as a snack: You'll be on your way to swimsuit beauty.
Fitnesss Tip
Start walking with purpose even its only 15 minutes a day. Just start.
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