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Dry Winter Hair Got You Down?

Spring isn’t getting sprung for a few more weeks, so the thirst is real for our brittle strands. If your dry winter hair is getting you down, our team has put together a few tips to combat the effects of winter on your luscious locks.

Photo Credit: @koparibeauty

Don’t forget to deep condition. It is so important to use a creamy, deep conditioner once a week to reintroduce moisture into your thirsty tresses. We love Kopari’s Organic Coconut Melt made with 100% pure, organic coconut oil from the Philippines. Slather it all over your head, put your hair up in a bun, and rinse it all out after 40 minutes. Even better, the Melt can be repurposed into a makeup remover, moisturizer, under eye cream and shave oil.

Invest in a Humidifier. Chances are both your hair and skin could use a boost of moisture, and what better time to do it than when you are asleep? We’re digging this cute little mini humidifier that plugs into your computer and can be placed on your desk or bedside table.

Trade in those scratchy cotton pillowcases for satin. Dry hair means brittle hair, which leads to split ends and breakage galore. Turns out cotton absorbs moisture, leaving your dome dry as the desert. Satin or silk, on the other hand, retains moisture, leaving you with less of those natural oils on your pillowcase and more dew in your do.

Wash your hair fewer times per week. We know you’re hesitant, but hear us out. By washing your hair daily, you are stripping your hair of natural oils that it produces. Try to limit your washes to three times a week at most, and your hair will thank you. To hold you over between washes, spritz some dry shampoo on your roots.

Add some oil to your routine. If you live where winter gear is actually a necessity, those knit hats – while adorable and warm – are causing unruly flyaways and so. much. frizz. Do away with your fuzzy feels by running a few drops of oil onto your ends. We use Kopari’s Coconut Sheer Oil. Be wary though, a little goes a long way!

What tips and tricks do you use to combat winter hair?

10 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Make With Pancake Mix

Chances are, you have a bag of pancake mix sitting in your pantry for those lazy Sunday mornings when you want to treat yourself or your kiddos to a warm stack of flapjacks smothered in butter and maple syrup. Why wait until the weekend to get your pancake fix? Spanning from Classic, Protein, to Six Grain Cinnamon, Birch Benders offers a variety of flavorful mixes that will make you crave breakfast morning, noon and night. This uber versatile mix can be used in a myriad of different recipes throughout the week.

We’ve compiled 10 sweet and savory recipes to be used for any time of the day using their line of just-add-water mixes, proving Birch Benders are a must-have staple in any pantry.

     

     

  1. Paleo Banana Bread
    • This simple banana bread batter uses only three ingredients thanks to Birch Benders’ Paleo Pancake & Waffle Mix, making it healthier than almost every loaf on the market and so easy.

     

  2. Tropical Fruit Donuts with Lime Glaze
    • Get on island time with these better-for-you donuts, made with Greek yogurt and the Classic Pancake & Waffle Mix. Tropical drink sold separately.


  3. Pigs in a Blanket
    • It’s gameday and you’re in charge of finger foods. Making a quick biscuit dough using Birch Benders Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix, these updated football snacks will be the hit of any party.


  4. Fried Pickles
    • A staple in Southern kitchens, these pickles are taken one step further with a batter made from Protein Mix, ensuring that you’re getting your necessary protein while gorging on these salty snacks.


  5. Jalapeño Poppers
    • Combining their love of pancakes with their love of spice, cream cheese and bacon, the team at Birch Benders created this epic recipe for Jalapeño Poppers that will leave you wanting to roll every veggie in pancake mix.


  6. Fried Shrimp & Tartar Sauce
    • These shrimp coated in Birch Benders’ Classic Recipe and buttermilk are simple, delicious and noticeably better-for-you than your run-of-the-mill fried seafood.


  7. Paleo Buffalo Chicken Pizza
    • If our Paleo friends are craving pizza and can’t seem to get behind the cauliflower crust trend, then Birch Benders’ Paleo Pancake & Waffle Mix is the perfect solution. Dress it up or down however you want, but we love to cover it in shredded chicken and drizzled with buffalo sauce and ranch.


  8. Vanilla Coconut Chicken Tenders
    • Grown ups like chicken tenders too, but Birch Benders throws coconut chips into the mix, adding some sophistication to your childhood favorite.


  9. Classic Sugar Cookies
    • For those moments when you get a cookie craving, and don’t want to spend your afternoon measuring out countless dry ingredients, Birch Benders’ Classic Mix takes the hassle out of baking,allowing you more time to decorate with friends.


  10. Cinnamon Peach Apple Cobbler
    • Pouring Six Grain Cinnamon Pancake & Waffle Mix over a variety of seasonal fruits creates a fluffy, spiced topping that will impress any guest.

 
Photo credit: @birchbenders

Interview Do’s and Don’ts

You hear back from the company you applied to for an open position and have an interview on the books. Now what?

The truth is, first impressions do matter, especially in the public relations world, and what better way to make a great one than with a killer outfit. While many industries require a simple pantsuit and blouse for an interview – looking at you finance and law – creative industries have quite a different set of rules for what flies as far as interview attire. Don’t get caught up in wanting to depict yourself as so trendy that you end up being uncomfortable. Your outfit should convey the message that you are qualified, competent and confident.

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Are You Ready For Some Football (Foods)

We’d be lying to you if we said that Super Bowl snacks weren’t our favorite part of this beloved unofficial holiday. We don’t know what it is about this American tradition that has us reaching for the greasiest foods imaginable, but we decided to get creative this year and create a menu that is a tad healthier without skimping on deliciousness.

Rule #1: Be cognizant of any food allergies your guests may have. We suggest always having a tasty option for those gluten-intolerant folks out there to ensure that no one will leave the party hungry. Using Siete Family Foods’ new line of Grain Free Tortilla Chips as your base, you can make a mega mountain of nachos topped with an assortment of toppings from spicy pepper jack cheese to shredded chicken to black beans and more.

Rule #2: Get creative with your menu! No one likes the same old boring bag of Lays. Potato chips are a much loved staple at Super Bowl parties, but instead of snacking on those crunchy calorie bombs, we’ve decided to roast some potato wedges in one of EPIC Provisions’ Cooking Oils. Varieties like Grass Fed Beef Tallow, Cage-Free Duck Fat and Pastured Pork Lard will have you wondering why you didn’t roast everything in duck fat.

Rule #3: It isn’t a football party without chips and dip. Many Super Bowl viewers are preoccupied with the game, commercials, and company, so make sure you have some simpler dishes for the grazers who bounce between the Living Room and snack spread. With only 120 calories per serving, Pasta Chips are our favorite edible scoop on the market. Their sturdiness and fun array of flavors, like Garlic Olive Oil, Rosemary and Mediterranean Sea Salt, help them stand up to even the chunkiest spinach artichoke dip.

Rule #4: Save the best for last. No meal is complete without dessert–at least in our book–which is why we love to whip up a batch of Annie’s Homegrown Organic Double Chocolate Brownies. They taste good, are good for you, and no one will know they’re not homemade! With a little tube of white icing, you can even turn them into little footballs for your friends and fans. Craving cookies? Try whipping up a batch of the Organic Sugar Cookies in fun football or helmet shapes.

Photo credit: @annieshomegrown

What are your favorite healthy alternatives to Super Bowl snacks?