5 Odd Treatments That Cure An Itchy Scalp

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Lemon Juice

The enzymes and acidity of lemon juice eliminates bacteria that may cause dryness, irritation and dandruff. The chemicals within the fruit also trigger natural oil production and minimize dryness. The treatment merely requires cutting a lemon in half and removing the seeds. Rub and squeeze the lemon on the scalp in sections, ensuring that the juice makes contact with the scalp. Gently massage the juice into the scalp and wait 30 minutes. Rinse the juice from the hair and scalp using water. Repeat the process every other day for around three weeks. In between treatments, wash the hair with a mild shampoo.

Mayonnaise

The oils and components of mayonnaise not only moisturize the scalp, but additionally offer nutrients. Combine ½ cup of mayonnaise with one beaten egg. Mix the ingredients well. Liberally apply the mixture to the hair and scalp. Leave the treatment on the hair for a few hours or cover with plastic wrap and wear overnight. Remove the mayonnaise/egg treatment by shampooing thoroughly. Repeat the therapy at least two times every week.

Olive Oil

This common kitchen ingredient also conditions the scalp by protecting natural moisture. Heat the oil in a microwavable bowl for approximately 30 to 40 seconds. Apply the oil liberally to the hair and scalp. Massage the oil into the scalp vigorously for around two minutes. Place a warm towel around the head for 20 minutes. Shampoo the hair thoroughly with a mild product. Conversely, the treatment also works well at bedtime when covered with plastic wrap for the night.

Honey-Banana

Honey not only adds much needed moisture to a dry scalp, but additionally possesses antimicrobial properties that helps eradicate unwanted organisms. The banana adds moisture along with many beneficial nutrients. Mash two ripe bananas in a bowl. Add four teaspoons of warm honey and mix the combination well. Apply the concoction to the scalp. Leave the mixture in place for 45 minutes to one hour. Wash the hair with a mild shampoo. The treatment also performs well if left on and covered overnight.

Tea Tree Oil

Tea tree oil adds moisture and reduces dryness while offering antibacterial and antifungal properties. The oil not only eliminates dandruff, but also helps by minimizing flakiness and itching. Add 10 to 20 drops of tea tree oil to ½ cup of baby shampoo. Massage the scalp while washing the hair. Repeat the process daily until the condition shows satisfactory results. Deep treat the scalp by adding two or three drops of the oil to one tablespoon of warmed vegetable oil. Apply the mixture directly to the scalp. Cover the head with a warm towel for an hour or with plastic wrap overnight. Shampoo the hair. Repeat the treatment two to three times every week.

Sarah is a hairdresser by trade and has been for the past 5 years. She loves cutting hair and making her clients feel good about themself, by writing these blogs she hopes that it may help give some people confidence with her beauty tips and tricks.

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A Fairytale Trip to Neuschwanstein Castle – Part 1

I have always wanted to travel or just drive to other places here in Germany. With its richness in culture and history no doubt that there are plenty of tourist attractions where we could visit. That’s why when time permits I would ask hubby if we could go somewhere.

School break started last May 21 and ended May 31 here in our place. Upon knowing this I had thought of maybe going some place so I asked Janelle, my Filipina friend. She hag gone to many places here and even outside Germany. They normally spend summer vacations out of the country. She suggested a number of places and one of these is a town called Oberstdorf in Allgaue.

I’ve never heard of Oberstdorf. I didn’t know any attraction there but when she mentioned Neuschwanstein Castle, it rang a bell. I didn’t know of Neuschwanstein Castle until an article about it was shown to us by our teacher from my last Deutsch course. There, I learned that it was where Walt Disney got its inspiration for the castle in the fairytale Sleeping Beauty. When I saw the photo in the article I really wished I could go there someday. Apparently the fairytale castle is just less than an hour away from Oberstdorf and two more castles are adjacent to it.

We decided to schedule a weekend vacation two weeks before and his husband, Micha found a place where we’ll spend the break. Unfortunately, weather forecast was not available until the week before and we found out that it will rain on the weekend that we have scheduled. We could not back out since we have already made the reservation. Adding to this unfortunate event, Zyc got sick just the day before we leave. 🙁 Nevertheless we still pushed through with it.

It was just a little less than a two-hour drive going to the castle and indeed it was worth it.

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The Ticket Office

From the parking lot we had to walk approximately 5mins to reach the ticket office. Good thing we need not stand in line since Micha had reserved tickets for us online. The line was short, Janelle remarked compared to peak seasons like summer. Although it was raining that day still tourist came in buses!

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The Ticket

Each ticket costs 12EUR or approximately 16USD and kids are free. Printed at the back of the ticket is your time of entry to the gate and some details.

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Since the castle is situated on a hill, buses and carriages are available for transportation. If you’re in the mood to trek especially when the weather’s fine, you can also do so.

We opted to ride the bus coz by the time we had to go up there were no more carriages available and we had to wait for one to come back. Besides it’s cheaper to ride the bus than the carriage. Tickets to the bus cost a little less than 2Eur, that’s to and from and the kids are free while the carriage cost 6Eur a passenger and half for the kids. Oh well, I guess you really pay for the experience.

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The Map (it just didn’t rain… hale fell!)
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I saw the sign!

After the 5-minute ride came the stop and we had to still walk uphill. Understandably, due to the steep slope and narrow road, buses can not go any further.

You really wouldn’t notice those aching legs if you see this view on your way up. Well… except for the kiddo. He was really getting tired and cold that time. 🙁

I’m getting closer…

‘Til my next post!

Beautiful Places to Visit in the Blue Mountains

The Blue Mountains is one of the most scenic destinations in New South Wales, if not all of Australia. The diversity and unique beauty is simply spectacular, and both locals and visitors alike fall in love with the incredible scenery and natural appeal of the area. If you’re planning a holiday, make sure you check out these beautiful places to visit in the Blue Mountains.

The Three Sisters

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Every year, millions of visitors come to witness the amazing sight that is the Three Sisters. It is one of the most iconic natural attractions in the state, and is located at Echo Point Katoomba. The unusual rock formation has been made even more popular thanks to the Aboriginal legend that surrounds the structure. It tells the story of three sisters who were turned to stone, and characterises the three distinct shapes in the rock. The appearance of the Three Sisters changes throughout the seasons and during different times in the day. Until 11pm each evening, floodlights illuminate this amazing structure, creating a truly dramatic and beautiful scene against the night sky.

Scenic World

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Scenic Skyway

Scenic World certainly lives up to its name, providing visitors with some of the most exclusive views in the Blue Mountains. You can choose to stroll along the 2.4km Scenic Walkway, exploring the ancient rainforest and historic mining remains. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the forest and stay active at the same time. After this, why not catch a ride on the Scenic Skyway. This unique experience will see you gliding over 270m above ancient ravines, looking down on the beauty of the forest through the electro glass at your feet. It is truly a once in a lifetime experience! A cable car is available for those who might be a little daunted by the prospect of the Skyway as an alternative means to take in the incredible views on offer.

Blackheath

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Autumn in Backheath

Blackheath is a picturesque town that is home to some of the most beautiful walks in the Blue Mountains. As the highest town above sea level in the mountains, you are guaranteed to experience views that will literally take your breath away. A favourite spot for the best in panoramic views is the spectacular lookout at Govett’s Leap. After a scenic walk, you will approach the high elevation viewing platform at the top and experience one of the best panoramas in the Blue Mountains.

While these are some of the top spots, wherever you go in the Blue Mountains is bound to be simply breathtaking. However to truly experience the best that this unique destination has to offer, consider booking one of the many Lost In Australia Blue Mountains tours on offer. Whether you want to hike, cycle or explore on horseback, there’s a tour to suit your interests and sense of adventure. Get the most out of your Blue Mountains experience by including these stunning scenic locations into your holiday itinerary.

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Five Tips for Keeping Money Safe Overseas

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If you are planning to travel overseas, you might be making plans to book the hotel and make arrangements and plans for what you will be doing while there. What you might not even be thinking about is how to keep your money safe while over there. In general, it is always better to bring the actual currency with you as opposed to cards because many overseas businesses will only accept cash transactions. Keeping your large amount of money safe can definitely prevent any problems while you’re vacationing.

Know How Much You Have

One of the best tips for keeping money safe overseas is to know how much you’re traveling with. You might want to keep track of your spending each and every day to ensure that you have the exact amount that you came with. Keep receipts when you go shopping or even out to eat to keep track of how much you’re spending and how much money you have left after that.

Don’t Leave Money in the Hotel Room

It is very difficult to prove that you left money in your hotel room that went missing after the maid cleaned the room or maintenance staff came in to fix something. Because of this reason, you really want to make sure that you bring any and all money with you at all times so that none of it is left inside of the hotel room that you and your family are staying in.

Keep it Safe

If you’re going to be carrying the money around with you, make sure that you keep it incredibly safe inside of a bag or wallet that is not easily accessible to pickpockets. You do not want someone snatching your purse or wallet and being able to get away with all of the money that you went on holiday with. You might want to designate a special bag or pouch solely for the purpose of keeping money and have this bag in a place on your person where people will not be able to find. A lot of people find that storing money in their socks or shoes helps a lot.

Avoid Certain Areas

Another good way to avoid losing money is to simply avoid sketchy areas. If the area looks like there are people there who could be deviants, you might want to avoid getting out of the car and actually walking the streets. When you’re in a very crowded city area, keep a tight hold on your purse and wallet at all times.

Consider Travelers Checks

A traveler’s check allows you to pay with money that you have in an account. The money is in check-form but can be transferred to any type of currency available. These types of checks are a lot safer to use and might help you to feel more comfortable while you happen to be on holiday with the rest of the family.

Apart from the above options, also consider doing an international money transfer if you have family or friends living in the country that you’re visiting. You can then get cash from them when you arrive.

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Planning an Arctic Holiday? 5 Things You Need to Know

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An Arctic holiday is the adventure of a lifetime. It allows travellers to see things with their own eyes that most people will only ever see in pictures. The beauty of things like the Northern Lights, polar bears, glaciers and other Arctic marvels are such that they really have to be seen first-hand to be appreciated. As wonderful as holidays in the Arctic can be, they do require travellers to come prepared for the extreme conditions. Here are five things that you need to know before heading on an Arctic holiday.

1. Bring the Proper Camera Equipment

When you have a holiday that is as beautiful as an Arctic holiday, you need to be sure to capture as much of that beauty as possible with your camera. However, shooting in the Arctic can be challenging. You need to be sure to use a camera that will be able to withstand the brutally cold temperatures found in the region. You also need to keep your camera insulated from the cold whenever it is not in use.

2. Dress for the Conditions

It is important to bring extremely warm clothing that can be worn in layers while in the Arctic. This includes a very warm pair of thermal underwear. It also includes a good pair of boots that offers superior insulation as well as great traction. North Face makes some amazing outerwear that will really come in handy for travellers who are headed north.

3. When to Go

There are two schools of thought behind when to go to the Arctic. Most people agree that it is not very realistic to go to the Arctic outside of the summer months from June to August. Any trips outside of this time of year will give travellers some first-hand exposure to some of the most brutally cold conditions mankind has ever seen. However, some people like to go during these brutal days to capture images of the region at its most awesome power.

4. Protect Your Face

Many people fail to take into account how fierce the sun can be in the Arctic. The reflection of the ample summer sunshine on the snow can absolutely fry a person’s exposed skin. Be sure to protect your face when you are in the Arctic. This means wearing a strong sunblock as well as lip protection. It is also very important to wear a good pair of polarized sunglasses to protect the eyes from the harsh sunlight.

5. You Can Keep in Touch

Most areas of the Arctic actually offer visitors better mobile phone reception than they will find in their home towns. This makes it easy for travellers to keep in touch with friends back home while they are in the Arctic. It also makes it easy to share photos and videos of the experience. Just be sure to keep the mobile phone next to your body to keep it warm.

Does an arctic holiday sounds like what to want to do for your next trip? View more of these special interest holidays here and get inspired!

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My Simple Mother’s Day Celebration

The weather is so unpredictable today. It was raining this morning and the sun came out just when we thought we can’t go out to enjoy the cool air. We don’t have any plan or whatsoever to celebrate this Mother’s Day. Good thing Ryz thought of watching again the movie we bought back home, Tinker Bel and the Secret of the Wings. I haven’t watched it and I thought it was the best time since we’re all home.

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I really enjoyed the movie. I laughed, I cried and even had goosebumps in some scenes. I had so much fun. I felt it really was the perfect movie to watch with the whole family.

While watching, the kids gave me their gifts. They’ve beeen telling for the past few days that they have surprises for me. They’ve been doing this in their respective classes.

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I just love their works. I know they did them with love and giving them to me with hugs and kisses just made this day extra special. 😀

I didn’t even cook anything special for the day. Our friend came and brought us some food for lunch. It was a relaxing day for me which is just right. 🙂

As soon as the sun came out we decided to bring out the kids. They’ve been learning how to ride a bike. Actually it was only Ryz coz Zyc already knows how but he still needs more practice.

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After an hour or so we were seeing dark clouds and feeling the cold air. It will rain soon so we decided to head back home. We were just in time, as soon as we stepped inside the house the rain poured.

Next thing we did, we played PS3. I danced with the kids. I love Just Dance. I always have fun playing it and at the same time it is my form of exercise.

Sometimes I miss the way we celebrate such occasions in the Philipppines. We would go malling, dine in restos and eat our favorite dishes even on Sundays. Although this may be the simplest way I have celebrated Mother’s Day it sure was a memorable one.

4 Ways to Keep Your Kids Entertained on Long Car Trips

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Travelling with kids can be a challenge if you aren’t properly prepared, but with a bit of prior planning you can make your car trip an enjoyable one for the whole family. One of the biggest potential problems you might run into is trying to keep the kids entertained for the whole trip, as they often find it hard to sit back and settle in for hours at a time. Here are some simple ideas on how to keep your kids entertained on long car trips.

Talk Before You Leave

Speaking openly with your kids before you leave on your road trip is a great way to make sure they know what is happening, and can start preparing themselves for it. Tell them about where you’re going, how long it is going to take, and tell them about any interesting landmarks or other points of interest that they can look out for along the way.

Plan Your Stops

Regular stops allow your kids to get out, stretch their legs and work off some off their pent up energy. Try and find a few parks along the way and take a ball or a Frisbee along so everyone can get active and enjoy a 20 minute break. Not only is this great for the kids, but whoever has been driving will benefit from some time away from the wheel as well.

In Car Games

Find some fun games to play that involve the whole family. It helps to have games which incorporate your surrounds, and encourage the kids to be involved in what is happening around them. A classic example of a great game that can keep kids entertained for hours is the old favourite of Eye Spy. Everyone can get involved and have some fun with this simple activity, and it’s a constructive way to pass the time while on a long road trip.

Technology Helps

Last but certainly not least, there’s the magic of technology. With the amazing range of interactive apps on smartphones and tablets, as well as handheld gaming devices such as the DS, there’s always something for the kids to do in the car that will keep them occupied for hours on end. The best option is to mix up the entertainment between social games with the whole family, a bit of physical activity then leaving the kids to their own devices for part of the time as well. With all of these bases covered, you’re bound to have a great family road trip.

Happy and content kids mean that you can all relax and enjoy your car trip together. There’s nothing like a good road trip with your family, and with these simple ideas you can make sure that everyone is enjoying themselves. When you’re hitting the road for a long time, comfort is also an important consideration.

New model cars such as the Suzuki Swift are perfect for long family trips, with top safety features, great handling and impressive passenger and driver comfort. If you have an older model car, make sure you invest in good seat covers and upgrade some of the interior features to ensure that you and the kids will be comfortable and entertained for the entire trip.

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