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February 23, 2018

Follow Your Heart with Lisa Pollock

by Lisa Gal

Lisa Pollock is the creator of Art From The Heart. She is a small Gold Coast business, creating heartfelt designed decorative pieces. Through her artwork she wants to in some small way inspire others to believe in the magic of their dreams and to never ever give up. Each affirmation is created from my heart in the hope of bringing a little more peace, love, gratitude and laughter into our crazy busy worlds. Life’s too short, too amazing and too beautiful not to believe in the magic that lies within you. Just go for it! We are excited to include her mug and journal in our Hollywood Swag Bags being gifted at The Four Seasons Hotel for the nominees, talent and guests staying during the biggest red carpet event of the year.

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February 22, 2018

Are My Child’s Teeth Healthy?

As our children begin to grow and get their adult teeth, parents worry if they are getting them at the right age and if they are healthy and normal. There is no exact science to when a child’s permanent teeth will come in, but there are some things that parents may worry about when these teeth begin to grow through. One of these is mamelons, which are small bumps that naturally occur on the teeth. Read on for more information about these and why they are normal.

What Is a Mamelon?

A tooth may have bumps or ridges, which are known as mamelons. They usually form along the edge of a child’s new permanent teeth and they are very common. An uneven or bumpy tooth does not mean a tooth isn’t healthy; mamelons actually help push these new teeth through your child’s gums. They may look different in different children, some looking rougher than others. The most commonly affected teeth are both the upper and lower central and lateral incisors. For more information on mamelons, check out Health Row and why as a parent you should never be concerned.

How Do Mamelons Form?

Three types of cell within the body begin the formation of teeth in the gums. These cells, along with the help of ameloblasts and odontoblasts, form along the edge of the teeth. The teeth are made up of layers of enamel and dentanil, and as these layers form and move forward, this eventually makes a tooth as we know it. When all the cells join together, they form enamel lobes, which are seen as on the edge of the teeth as they come out of the gums.

When Should I Be Concerned?

Mamelons should never be a concern, and although parents may worry when a tooth comes out wobbly or rough, these will eventually straighten themselves. As we continue to grow and eat, these mamelons slowly wear down until they look like normal teeth edges. This may take a shorter or longer time, depending on the roughness of the edges of the teeth and how many teeth were affected, to begin with. If your child is going to get braces, an orthodontist may get rid of mamelons, as it can make the teeth look misaligned, even with the help of braces. This is the only reason they would ever be removed and is simply for aesthetic purposes. It is a simple and pain-free procedure that your child does not need to worry about.

Once mamelons have done their job and their adult teeth have come through, they will begin to naturally wear off over time. Understanding what these are will ensure you do not worry, and if your child asks, you can explain what these rough edges are. The best way to help your child to have healthy teeth is limiting the amount of sugar they eat and drink, promoting good oral hygiene from a young age, and visiting a dentist frequently.



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February 22, 2018

What Should I Expect After My Facelift?

A facelift is a popular cosmetic procedure that removes signs of aging and tightens up the face, jaw, and neck. During the surgery, your doctor will remove excess facial skin and reposition the face and neck tissues to achieve the desired results.

If you plan to have a facelift, you may be worried about the recovery period. Fortunately, most people have a fairly easy and comfortable recovery from this surgery. Your experience will depend on what type of facelift you had and how much work was done, but there are some things that everyone can expect during their recovery.

Immediately After Surgery

When you wake up from the procedure, your incisions will be covered with large bandages that put pressure on your face to minimize swelling and bruising. Your doctor will probably have placed a small tube in the skin behind one or both of your ears to drain fluid or blood.

Most people feel very groggy for the first few hours after waking up. It’s also common to feel dizzy or lightheaded, so you should be careful when standing up and moving around. You should always have someone with you when you need to get up. Your doctor may want you to stay overnight in the hospital for observation, but most people go home the day of their surgery.

Your face will probably hurt immediately after your surgery, but your doctor will give you pain medication to manage the discomfort. For most people, pain is only an issue for the first day or two of the surgery. Your doctor may prescribe you pain medication for the first few days or the first week of your recovery, or you can take over-the-counter painkillers.

You’ll need a caretaker to drive you home from your procedure and stay with you for at least 24 hours. This should be a trusted friend or family member who can bring you what you need and take you back to the hospital in case of an emergency.

First Week of Recovery

A day or two after your surgery, you’ll see your doctor again for a follow up visit. Your doctor will remove the drainage tube, apply an antibiotic ointment, and maybe apply new bandages. After a couple days, you should feel well enough to start moving around the house. Moving will help improve your circulation, which will shorten your recovery time. However, you should still take it easy, avoid strenuous activity, and get plenty of rest.

Make sure that you don’t put pressure on the incisions. Don’t sleep on your side, and don’t wear anything that needs to be pulled over your head. The incisions will crust over as they heal, but you shouldn’t touch or pick at them.

Two or three days after your surgery, your bandages will be switched out for a facial sling or compression garment. The swelling will probably reach its peak three or four days after the surgery and then start to decline. You’ll have to keep your head elevated while you sleep to help with the swelling. Bruising is still common at this point, too.

One week into your recovery, your surgeon will remove your stitches and check the incisions for infection or inflammation. At this point, you should be able to sleep flat instead of elevating your head.

Second Week of Recovery

Some bruising and swelling on your face and neck is still normal during the second week of your recovery. You may also see bruising around your eyes or behind your ears. Some people feel a strange tingling or burning sensation around this time. This is normal, but if you’re concerned, you can always call your doctor to make sure nothing’s wrong.

You still won’t be able to do any heavy or strenuous activity, but you shouldn’t be bedridden. You may feel self-conscious about being seen in social situations because of the swelling, but you should take easy walks to help with your circulation. Your doctor will advise you against going out in direct sunlight, though. You can apply makeup around the edges of your incisions or scars to cover them while you wait for them to heal.

Long Term Results

During the third and fourth weeks of your recovery, the incisions should start to look much better. They’ll look puckered or bunched up after the surgery, but they’ll smooth out during weeks three and four. At this point, you should be ready to return to work or to your normal social situations. There may still be some noticeable swelling, but everyone heals at a different pace, and it’s hard to predict how quickly you’ll recover.

It takes a full year for the permanent results of your facelift to be visible. Residual swelling and tightness can last for months. You also may experience changes in skin sensation for a year after your surgery.

If you ever have any questions or concerns about your surgery or your recovery, you should contact your doctor. It never hurts to get an additional checkup to make sure you’re healing properly. Following your doctor’s post-op instructions is the best way to achieve great results and have the most comfortable and successful recovery possible.

Dr. Stephen Weber is a board certified facial plastic surgeon in Denver. He and his team perform facelifts and a variety of other cosmetic procedures and reconstructive surgeries.

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February 22, 2018

Celebrity hair artist Daniella Emilien

Celebrity hair artist knows a woman’s hair is her crown and glory!

Celebrity hair artist, Daniella Emilien, understands that a woman’s hair is her crown and glory. When life handed her lemons, she didn’t make lemonade. She made an opulent custom wig, and now she’s taking the multi-million hair industry by storm!


Hair by Ivy

Hair by Ivy, Photo Credit- Spex Photo

Daniella Emilien, affectionately known as Hair by Ivy, is a celebrity hairstylist and creative visionary. In only 2 years she has gone from homelessness to a self-made boss. After hitting rock bottom, homeless and  welcoming she had little to no income. Ivy knew she had to make a way for her and her son. She began establishing herself as a hairstylist. In a short amount of time, she has accomplished what she set out to do. Ivy is now the owner of her own luxurious hair suite and a custom wig collection. She dedicates her time to teaching one-of-a-kind hair classes.

Her flawless signature styles can be seen on some of the hottest celebrities such as The Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Marlo Hampton, Lil’ Wayne’s daughter and Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta’s Reginae Carter. Love & Hip Hop Atlanta’s breakout star, Joseline Hernandez is a fan and there are more. Joseline has entrusted Ivy with blessing her crown, and is a fan of her hair techniques. She loves her versatility, and challenges Ivy with different looks.

“Ivy is the baddest hairstylist out here,” says recording artist and reality TV star, Joseline Hernandez. “She spoils me every time I sit in her chair.  I never doubt that my hair is going to be slayed, and I trust her creative direction.”

Like a true self-made boss, Ivy is giving back to her community with the sold out Ivy League Academy Tour, where no stylist is left behind. Since Ivy is so dedicated to her craft, she is dropping gems while skillfully teaching the installation process of a lace frontal. Attendees will learn how to make frontals and wigs look natural and undetectable, the tricks and tips on building a brand, credit repair, and residual income.

When you do what you love, you will never have to work a day in your life. Ivy is a living testimony of how one’s passion can be turn into a paycheck. Ivy is making money moves–be sure to look out for more of her work to be showcased on some of the hottest stars, and reality TV shows.

For more information on Hair by Ivy and of “The Ivy League Academy Tour” visit

Follow Hair by Ivy via Instagram @_hairbyivy


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February 22, 2018

What You Need To Know When Building A Tiny House

When it comes to building a home, you’ll want to make sure that you have an effective plan. Tiny houses are now all the rage, with these 400 square foot homes being something that many single people or couples want for them. It isn’t only easy to clean and maintain but it also looks aesthetic to look at. And did I mention it’s less expensive than building a grand house?

While tiny homes are all the rage today, not a lot of people know exactly what it takes to build one. For those who are wondering about how they can build a tiny house, read on to learn more!

  • Setting The Budget

Tiny houses don’t need to be so expensive but there are quite a few models which can take a toll on your budget. That’s why it’s important to have a strict budget even from the beginning of you planning for your tiny home. Some people build tiny homes from just a few hundred dollars down to sending thousands! Take note that if you aren’t able to build parameters on how much you should be spending, you wouldn’t be able to control it and may go overboard.

When setting a budget, make sure that you develop a master plan. You’ll need to know exactly how your house would look like, the materials to use, as well as how much material you’ll need. After that, do the research online and calculate how much you’ll be needing and add a 10% cushion to that, just in case. And there’s your budget!

  • Know Where the Home Is

When building a tiny home, expect it to have wheels and be able to move around a lot. No need to stick to one area! But that’s also something you have to take account for. You shouldn’t build a tiny home if you don’t know where you’ll be able to place it in. Just because a tiny house has wheels doesn’t mean you’ll be moving it around states once you complete the construction.

I recommend that you build your tiny home in areas near hardware stores. That way, you’ll be able to take quick trips to the hardware store if ever you need anything.

  • Consider The Insurance

People are taking care of the materials and how to build their tiny houses, but the one thing that they forget is their insurance! Remember that if you own a tiny house that’s designed to be placed on existing land permanently, then you should cover it with a home insurance policy. BUT, if your home is on wheels, then there are other options to take note of. For those who will be moving their homes not over once every year, then get a stationary trailer insurance policy. For those who plan to move over once a year, then a travel trailer insurance policy works best.

  • Size and Layout

The one thing people usually do wrong when building a tiny home is that they have a ton of things to consider along the way. There are a ton of must-haves for their home, ending up with it looking impossible or cluttered. That’s why instead of you thinking about your home’s tiny layout to sacrifice the “must-haves” think about the small spaces in your home, which can give you a chance to see what you can do. Look after the size and layout first before you add anything you feel like is a “must-have.”

  • Try It Out Before You Buy

It’s crucial to test or check out a tiny home before you get one (if you plan on getting a pre-constructed one rather than build one ground up). So before you do plan on purchasing one, try to rent a tiny home and spend one week in it, getting a feel and seeing if it’s right for you. Rent tiny homes with spaces and layouts similar to what you want. This will help you weigh the pros and cons of your dream home.

Wrapping It Up

And there you have it! Building a tiny home may not be as different as building a grand home, but there are still things you’ll still need to learn in order to ensure that your home will look and feel beautiful from the moment you begin building it down to the final product.

I hope that this article on what you should know on how to build a tiny house helped you out. So don’t wait any longer and begin your plans on building a home with Best Builders or on your own today!

If you have any questions or would like to share your tips and experiences on building a small house, then comment down below. We would love to hear what you have to think.

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February 22, 2018

Dr. Stacia Pierce gets us out of a rut

Getting stuck in a rut can really drag you down both personally and professionally. There’s never been a better time to shake off the dust that’s collecting on your dreams as with the launch of Dr. Stacia Pierce’s Prosperity Tour.


Dr. Stacia Pierce

Dr. Stacia Pierce


The tour is a culmination of all the knowledge and methods she’s used over the last 25 years to help her clients change their thinking, find their purpose, and go after their goals.

 “Making any decision, be it getting into a new relationship or quitting your corporate job, is scary,” says Pierce. “You may know deep down that it’s time to hit reset on your life, but there is still one thing holding you back. That is negative thinking.”

To help combat this negativity, Dr. Pierce has five tips she always breaks out. She shares them with us below. You can find out more about Dr. Pierce’s Prosperity Tour on her website.

Meditate — Pierce recommends spending just 5-15 minutes each morning visualizing the desired outcome for the day.
Visualize — Now is the time to put those goals into words, either in a journal, a storyboard, or some other visual form that can be referenced for inspiration down the line.
Take a Time Out to Recharge — Stop running around in circles without making progress and do something completely different to reset the brain.
Be Inspired by Others — There are countless ways to meet others who share a similar story, setback, or goals. Learn from them, take strength from their success, and put their techniques to work.
Write a Way Out — Instead of dwelling on negative or discouraging thoughts, put the positive in print and read them again and again. It helps train the brain to focus on the good.

“I see it every day with my clients,” said Pierce. “Once you clear out all your mental clutter you’ll find the right path and have the confidence to follow it.”

Stacia Pierce’s credentials include 21 published books, the Go Big Coaching Program, the Success Mastery Coaching Program, 37 Journaling Secrets to Success Attraction Course, and a series of lifestyle products. She holds a doctorate of philosophy and religious studies from Friends International University, as well as a doctorate of divinity from St. Thomas College, and has been awarded a Congressional tribute for service as an exemplary life coach. Her website,, features the number one business blog for women, and is a gateway to inspiration, advice, and motivational tools.



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February 21, 2018

Result Driven Self Mastery with Dr. Angela Wilson

by Lisa Gal

Dr. Angela Wilson has utilized her knowledge and skills to develop the Ultimate Self Mastery training. She offers one-on-one coaching that will help you live a more fulfilling and prosperous life. She applies a unique technique to her training, by pulling from her experiences and knowledge from the various disciplines which she has been a part of throughout her lifetime. Each training is tailored specifically for each individual. This new training goes beyond the most conservative therapies, coaching, counseling, healing principles that align with internal personal development. Her technique works in tandem with your own internal energy to achieve desired results covering the entire life journey in business, career and personal life. We are excited to include $5,000 vouchers toward coaching with Dr. Wilson in our Hollywood Swag Bags being gifted next month to the nominees, talent and guests staying at The Four Seasons Hotel for the biggest award show of the year!

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February 21, 2018

A Nourishing Coffee Alternative from Australia

by Lisa Gal

This delicious infusion of sea minerals, blue superfoods and adaptogenic herbs makes a dazzling marine blue latte, enter the Mermaid Latte. Ayurvedic chai spices, creamy coconut milk and manuka honey complete the exotic flavors to deliver the perfect  ‘me time’ coffee alternative. In a nut shell, the Mermaid Latte is a fusion of Blue Spirulina and Blue Butterfly Pea Flower. Blue Spirulina is nutrient dense, high in vitamins, enzymes and minerals with powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Blue Butterfly Pea Flower is an ancient Thai herbal botanical ground to a fine matcha powder. Potent in anthocyanin antioxidants, it has been used for centuries in Ayurvedic traditions for its medicinal properties and anti-aging effects. Be the cool kid on the block and pick up yours online at The nominees, talent and guests staying at The Four Seasons Hotel next month for the big red carpet event are going to flip when they get their own Mermaid Latte mix in our Hollywood Swag bags!

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February 21, 2018

Maya Smith’s Hair solutions, Crazy Waves, Unruly Curls

For those with naturally wavy, curly hair of all coils and textures it may seem like an endless battle to find ways to tame the mane. Some may turn to relaxers, weekly blowouts or extensions. Others just want to master their natural hair in whatever mood it seems to be in. To help girls get a handle on their curls we connected with Maya Smith, founder of The Doux salon and product line of the same name both specializing in making the absolute most of the natural hair you’re born with. When it comes to healthy sculptured, cool looking curls of all types, Maya’s two decades of experience with curls worldwide makes her a true expert. Here she offers tips on how to calm crazy waves and unruly curls. This is a Q&A with tons of great info.

naturally wavy, curly hair

naturally wavy, curly hair – how to


#1: My naturally wavy hair is flat at the top and then waves start in the middle with tighter curls at the back. HELP!


Genetics determine curl pattern and density. It’s totally normal, in fact, quite common for several different textures to exist on the same head of hair. These inconsistencies can cause the hair to look uneven, and are most apparent once the hair has dried. I created The Doux’s Mousse Def, to help define waves and curls in the less curly areas, and to combat frizz in the areas that are tightly coiled. To balance the look of curly and wavy hair, we recommend using a combo of a mousse on the straighter areas, and then a balm like The Doux’s Bonita Afro Balm Texture Cream for added stretch and control in the tighter areas. The goal here is to keep hair shiny, touchable, and soft. If shrinkage or frizzing remains an issue, don’t underestimate the power of a great haircut. Awesome products combined with a professionally-shaped set of layers is my signature Rx for accentuating curls that vary in texture.


#2: I have curly hair and let it dry naturally. The second it rains, I get frizzy at the roots. I find myself revolving my hairstyle around the weather report.


Thirsty hair will try to “drink up” moisture in the air if it’s not adequately hydrated.

The key to eliminating frizz due to humidity exposure is to make sure that the hair is thoroughly conditioned before styling products are applied. This exact problem is what inspired me to create a solution in the form of a Fresh Rinse Moisturizing Conditioner, followed by The Light Shine Mist helps to hydrate and stabilize the cuticle, making it less prone to reversion. For added control at the roots, we apply a small amount of Bonita Afro Balm, which is our secret weapon for keeping curly hair from swelling in harsh weather conditions. These products can be found at select Target stores nationwide and at


 #3: I often wear my curly hair slicked back into a tight low bun or ponytail. Will this damage my hair? 


Style in moderation. Traction alopecia is a major epidemic among women with textured hair. This is typically the result of too much tension being applied to scalp for an extended period of time, and usually occurs due to hair styling such as braids, extensions, and tight ponytails. To avoid irreversible thinning of the hair, it’s important to avoid hairstyles that place constant pressure on hair, particularly in the temple and nape areas. Ponytails and “slicked” styles should be taken down at night, and tight accessories, such as headbands or scrunchies should be worn less frequently. 


#4: I wear my naturally kinky hair twisted and braided. How long could I leave this style in and how best to shampoo my hair while in this style?


I recommend shampooing once per week for hair with fine-to-medium density. I urge clients with high-density or extremely long hair, not to exceed more than 10 days without cleansing the hair and scalp. This helps eliminate bacterial growth that causes itching, flaking, and dandruff on the scalp. We use The Doux’s Sucka Free Moisturizing Shampoo to remove product build-up and dead skill cells, and Fresh Rinse Moisturizing Conditioner to soften, hydrate, and balance the hair’s pH. We’ve incorporated Shea Butter and Sea Silk to smooth the hair shaft and aid in moisture retention.


#5: What are some ingredients to avoid that many products for curly hair contain? Why is this damaging? 


Petroleum-based “grease,” as well as products that contain mineral oil may be old-school favorites, but are often the cause of dry hair. Heavy products that aren’t water soluble can coat the hair shaft, disrupting the hair’s natural ability to retain moisture. This dryness may go nearly undetected, because the hair is covered in product, however, the underlying dehydration causes hair to be brittle and stubborn. We recommend cream-based products that shampoo out easily, and allow the hair to “breathe.”

About Maya Smith:


Maya Smith is an International Master Stylist and Founder of The Doux Salon and haircare line now available in Target. With over two decades of styling experience Maya dedicated two decades to cracking the code on curl care, maintenance and expert styling. When it comes to caring for one’s natural hair and styling it, according to NaturallyCurly, Maya is among the best there is.


While still in high school, Maya got her hair cutting license and graduated from beauty school. Soon after graduating high school, Maya began following her passion and worked as an assistant for celebrity stylist Tracy Johnson. She learned from Johnson and progressed as a hair stylist for celebrities and entertainers. Years later the military wife would relocate to Germany, where Maya opened up her first salon The HoneyComb, a mecca for textured hair care for women from all over Europe, The UK, and as far as Africa. Maya’s unique system of textured hair styling sparked the development of The DOUX® haircare products, first launched overseas, and distributed throughout Germany, France, Italy, and the Netherlands.


Currently, Maya leads a carefully selected team of stylists at The DOUX® Salon in Macon, Georgia and celebrated the arrival of The DOUX® in select Target storesnationwide. Maya Smith, wife, mom of 5 and savvy business woman is an example not just for women of color but for all women who believe their gifts can impact the world, striving for entrepreneurial endeavors with grace, ease and hustle.


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February 20, 2018

Unstoppable Fitness Formula Workouts Personalized for You

by Lisa Gal

I know first hand that Fit Body Boot Camp works! It is the only 30 minute group personal training program that’s fun and affordable, gives you fat loss results and challenges your body every time. You can’t wait for summer to get your body in shape, you have to start now! Personalization is key to getting the best possible results, which is why the Fit Body Boot Camp workout programs are modified to fit your individual fitness goals and fitness level. Whether you’re new to working out or you’re an experienced fitness buff their professional trainers and coaches will help to modify every workout so that you’ll achieve your goals! You can currently choose from two locations, Pasadena and Burbank, CA. We are super excited to have them onboard with us for our Hollywood Swag Bag Gifting at The Four Seasons Hotel next month honoring the big red carpet weekend!

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