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  • Indoor activities that can help you and your boyfriend avoid the winter doldrums

    indoor+activities+that+can+help+you+and+your+boyfriend+avoid+the+winter+doldrums_3356_800639334_0_0_7037871_300Now that the colder weather is starting to work its way into many parts of the country, it's hard to work up the courage to put on all of your winter clothing and make the trek outdoors into the blistering cold. Relationships can be strained at this time of the year, as the lack of activities may cause you to bicker for no good reason. Luckily, there are a number of activities to keep you busy at home that can allow you to pass the time and enjoy time with one another.

    1. Cook a meal together. Instead of letting the cooking responsibilities fall on one person, set aside a Saturday to cook a meal with one another. A great option is to make something in a slow cooker - you can get all of your preparation out of the way in the morning and let your food cook throughout the day. That will give you and your guy pal plenty of time to catch up on your favorite TV series while your food is prepared.

    2. Make music together. Even if you and your boyfriend are lacking in musical talent, there are a number of computer editing software programs that will allow you to create a track from scratch. If one of you is musically inclined, you can record a small snippet of a song and then build off of that. This is a fabulous way for the two of you to show your creative side, and it you may just create something fantastic!

    3. Throw a Sunday brunch. Instead of venturing out into the cold, make your friends do it! All kidding aside, a brunch is a great way to get your best buddies together in a laid-back atmosphere. You can show off your culinary prowess and even create a dazzling ensemble for the occasion. Of course, with all of the cooking you'll be doing, be sure to use makeup, like blinc Mascara, that won't run or flake, even during heavy activity.

    Winter is on its way and it's vital that you and your significant other don't succumb to cabin fever. These engaging activities will help the both of you stay active throughout the cold months, strengthen your relationship and maybe just uncover some hidden talents you didn't know you had!

  • Tips to avoid overeating and maintain your figure this Thanksgiving

    After you've put on your tube mascara and a touch of liquid eyeliner and head over to your folks' home for Thanksgiving dinner, you may start to find yourself indulging a bit too much in the fabulous fare. If you've made a commitment to physical fitness throughout the summer and early fall, you don't want to throw off your whole regimen with one big meal. Here are a few tips to avoid overeating on Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.

    1. Portion size. There's no sense in piling your plate high with food and letting some of it get cold in the process. After all, there are probably more options on the dinner table than you can fit on your plate, so choose a few dishes at a time. Small portions of each type of food on the table will allow you to taste everything that your family whipped up for the occasion, and it can help you to limit the amount that you eat.

    2. Savoring. Slowing down and enjoying the intricacies of each side and slice of turkey will allow you to appreciate the work that went into it and help you feel full a lot sooner. Since your body requires some time to bring about the sensation of being full, this can help you truly savor your meal and control your food intake. You may just taste a few ingredients you may have missed and share your compliments with the people who prepared it.

    3. Socializing. One way to avoid overeating during the holidays is by making yourself an active part of the conversation. Ask questions and really listen to your family members at the dinner table. After all, it's probably been a long time since you've seen them, and you don't want to miss an opportunity to catch up when you're shoveling down food! Another tip is to put your fork down after taking each bite to allow yourself to feel full faster and limit the amount of food you're eating.

    While everyone loves to go overboard at the holidays, for some ladies, it can be difficult to put in all that hard work at the gym to be undone by a massive holiday meal. By following these tips, you can still enjoy the delectable delights of Thanksgiving and other celebrations, while keeping your overall health and waist line in check. 

  • Top 3 things that Angelina Jolie can do with her bevy of children

    It's no secret that the biggest family in Hollywood (and still growing) is the brood of little ones of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. While the two have done their part to give these kids a better home and a great life, we can't help but wonder what sorts of things the couple could do with that many children at their disposal. So, lo and behold, we've come up with a few suggestions of what sorts of fun and interesting things that Mom, Dad, Knox, Maddox, Pax, Shiloh, Vivienne and Zahara can get themselves into.

    1. Form a basketball team. With six kids already in the fold, Pitt and Jolie already have more than enough players to field a competitive squad. With Maddox, Pax and Knox underneath the basket, Shiloh and Zahara can be the primary guards for the team, and have Vivienne coming off the bench. While it remains to be seen whether or not the little ones are athletically inclined, they already have quite a bit of chemistry that may help them out on the court.

    2. Produce a version of "The Wizard of Oz." When the acting opportunities dry up for Pitt and Jolie, they will already have a group of actors and actresses with which to break back into the entertainment world. What better way to spark a comeback than with a live-action remake of "The Wizard of Oz?" Jolie already looks tailor-made for the Wicked Witch of the West, and she has a cadre of munchkins to play ensemble roles and other bit parts to create a fabulous rendition of the classic play.

    3. "Rachel" haircuts. While the Jennifer Aniston-Angelina Jolie feud has died down considerably, that doesn't mean that Jolie can't take a few jabs at her significant other's ex. Imagine the look on Aniston's face when Jolie gives her kids "Rachel" haircuts from the hit NBC series just for kicks. Hopefully, she'll never bring attention to it or acknowledge that it's even a problem - she'll just go off to awards shows and be chased by the paparazzi while Aniston look-alikes trail behind her.

    Six kids? If you have the mental fortitude to raise six young'uns like Jolie, we shouldn't be surprised when she tries out one of these ideas to shake it up a bit!

  • Top 3 gift ideas for the new flame in your life

    Everyone knows how exciting it can be to meet a new guy and start the road toward a fruitful relationship. However, if you've just met him in the last few months, your upcoming Christmas gift can be a make or break moment. If you go too over-the-top you could scare him away, but if you're a bit too lax, he may not think you're serious. Thus starts the delicate balancing act that you've embarked upon when you decided to get in a relationship in the latter part of the year, but it's not the end of the world! Keep the following gift ideas in mind to find the perfect present for your new flame.

    1. Tickets to a sporting event. Whether you're a big fan of sports or not, you can get dolled up for the event with blinc liquid eyeliner and mascara and cheer on your boyfriend's favorite team. You can make the deal a bit sweeter by including a piece of team merchandise like a hat, sweatshirt or jersey to wear to the event. This is the perfect kind of present that will appeal to his interests and have him bragging to his friends about what a cool chick you are!

    2. Musical products. If your new flame is a musician or loves to mix his own tracks, you have a wealth of new items to choose from. However, you can give the gift a romantic twist by having it personalized. For instance, if your boy toy loves to jam with his friends, invest in a few guitar picks that are decorated with a special message. You can also find all sorts of sheet music, recording software and anything else that will help him achieve his musical aspirations.

    3. A beer brewing kit. Getting your new boyfriend a taste of a new hobby is a great way to show how interested you are in his potential. If your new flame is fond of craft beers, he can learn to make his own with a beer brewing kit. These are relatively inexpensive, and he may just stumble upon a lifelong interest thanks to your ingenious idea.

    A Christmas gift for a new boy can be a daunting proposition, but if you appeal to the basic manly instincts he exudes, you'll avoid scaring him off in the process!

  • Top 3 beauty supplies that are a must in your New Year's Eve purse

    New Year's Eve is the next big holiday on the docket, and you're probably making plans to hit the town with your best friends and enjoy one of the most glamorous nights of the year. After you've used your heated eyelash curler and applied a bit of tube mascara, you may think that your makeup prep is done - but, there are a few must-have beauty supplies to keep in your purse on New Year's Eve that are bound to come in handy. Make sure that the following items are on-hand during your holiday festivities.

    1. Tube mascara. With all of the dancing and good times that will be had on New Year's Eve, you don't want to have to worry about running off to the bathroom to fix your makeup. Instead, opt for blinc tube mascara - this dazzling product will encase your lashes in tubes, protecting your cosmetics from running, smudging and flaking throughout the evening. Best of all, it can be taken off at the end of the night with a bit of pressure, soap and warm water.

    2. Makeup wipes. Whether you end up at home or sleeping at a friend's house, you don't want to fall asleep with makeup on your face. The cosmetics could clog your pores and create breakouts if you're not careful, so be sure to have a few wipes on-hand to get rid of any excess at the end of the night. Not only will you spare your pillow from an evening's worth of makeup, but your skin will feel refreshed when you wake up the next morning.

    3. Shiny lip gloss. New Year's Eve is all about breaking out of your comfort zone and trying something new. Whether you're wearing metallic eyeshadow or a touch of shimmer, your lips will also remain a focal point of your look. Opt for some shiny lip gloss that you can apply throughout the evening. This style is a wonderful choice to pair with the sequined attire that's extremely popular around New Year's, and it is sure to turn some heads.

    Keeping these chic beauty supplies on-hand will help you deal with whatever makeup calamity occurs on New Year's Eve, and you can have peace of mind that your ensemble stays enchanting throughout the night.

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