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How to Style Curly Hair: You Asked For It!

I recently wrote a story for Today.com about why I’d never want to look 25 again, and about celebrating beauty at all ages. In spite of myself, I read every comment following the social media promotion of that post — which was meant only as rah-rah women in tone, but was taken in all kinds of ways.

A significant enough subset of those comments focused on my hair. [Bats lashes prettily!] Women of various ethnicities, ages, and hair lengths wanted to know how to style curly hair. Specifically, they asked me which products I use on my signature long, blonde curls.

Well, ladies? That’s all the encouragement I need! Here in plain terms are my easy-to-duplicate instructions for how to style curly hair. I know as well as any curly-haired queen that our hair is very specific to each of us, as are the methods for making it look its best. But this is my personal method, practiced over a whole adult lifetime, in case it can help you, too! Continue Reading

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6 Outrageously Over-the-Top Africa Vacation Ideas

It’s Monday morning after a holiday weekend, and I was feeling a little groggy — not quite awake yet on my weekly conference call, guzzling coffee, trying to look alive. But when I got organized to put up today’s guest post, I found my inspiration real quick. I’m up, I’m up! Helloooooo big world.

And I suspect you will feel alive too, when you let your wanderlust dreams run wild, thanks to the second-in-a-series post from GeoEx Africa expert Starla Estrada. To refresh, Starla has adventured through 17 African countries (modes of transportation: on foot, 4×4 vehicles, quad bikes, kayak, canoe, hot air balloon, helicopter, various small aircraft), and she’s off again this Friday for a month of exploring on the continent.

Before she goes, she’s provided her spectacular picks for over-the-top Africa vacation ideas. I’m so excited to share them with you here:

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How to Dye Eggs Naturally Using Nothing but… FOOD!

Last year, I was busily being more “motion” and less “homebody” for various reasons. First, I was pregnant and we were trying to get all possible travel in before babies (I was editing the original version of this post from a tropical lanai). And of course, we’d been booted out of our house while we remodeled in my second trimester. But it’s my very talented sister who was then — and always is, if I’m honest — the more gifted “homebody” anyway, when it comes to mind-blowing Pinterest-worthy DIYs, crafting, and making stuff in the kitchen.

So she took the reigns as guest blogger with this post about how to dye eggs naturally. And given it’s Easter season again, it’s time to bring this gorgeous post back for your DIY inspiration! (After Easter, this project is amaze for a baby shower or other springtime event, too.) Without further ado, check out the wizardry that is Elisabeth’s tutorial for how to dye eggs naturally:

“Last year when my son was in kindergarten, his teacher requested that parents send in some kitchen scraps for coloring boiled eggs using only nature’s bounty. Naturally, I thought, “Oh, this’ll be swell. I’ll send in my cabbage scraps for the kids to make their nature craft, and then run over to CVS to buy some Paas coloring kits for when we dye the pretty eggs at home…” Little did I realize that modern kindergarten teachers are nobody’s fools; one would never propose a craft project that wouldn’t produce a dramatic show to hold the interest of discerning five-year-olds. In this case, the spectacle lay in the power of simple foods to create effective egg dyes that not only cost very little but come out way, way better than Paas. This year, I decided to try my own hand at naturally-dyed eggs. (Enough friends asked me how I did it, so I was inspired to ask my sister to allow me to use this forum to share the joy…) Continue Reading

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6 Spectacular Places to Travel in Africa Before You Die (With Jaw-Dropping Photos!)

I’m feeling very inspired this morning, with wanderlust dribbling down my chin like so much infant twin drool. That’s because I have a guest poster with the most stunning stories to tell: (In addition to being my dear friend and fashion inspiration for 20 years,) Starla Estrada is the Africa travel expert for GeoEx. As such, she has journeyed through 17 African countries — on foot, 4×4 vehicles, quad bikes, kayak, canoe, hot air balloon, helicopter, and any number of small aircraft. (Can I have your life? Kthxbye.)

Here, Starla provides her bucket list inspiration for places to travel in Africa before you die — it’s the first in a two-part series on Africa travel from the total insider, with photos that will make you drool. Without further ado:

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How to Plant Your Own Winter Victory Garden

It appears that it’s de facto Guest Post Week over here at Homebody in Motion, and I’m pretty stoked about it. Yesterday, we had tips for estate sale shopping from Succor Estate Sales‘ Melissa Arnold, and today we bring you tips for planting a seasonal edible garden from Heart Beet Gardening‘s Sara Carnochan!

Heart Beet designs, installs, and maintains organic vegetable gardens and edible landscapes for private homes and communities right here in pastoral Los Angeles. And the company’s philosophy is that growing food should be both beautiful and productive — something we can all totally get behind.

Read on for tips for planting your very own victory garden from Heart Beet’s Sara, as well as for her own post-Thanksgiving planting process: Continue Reading

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9 Tips for Shopping an Estate Sale (From a Real-Life Pro!)

Let’s say you’re intoxicated by the concept of estate sales — obvi — but feel intimidated by the prospect of schlepping out amid the people who really know what they’re doing on the scene. Totally get that. Today I bring you guest commentary from Melissa Arnold, the owner of Succor Estate Sales in Los Angeles and all-around cool, effortlessly stylish lady. She’s here to tell you how to shop the sales like a pro. Read on…

Tip No. 1 for How to Shop Estate Sales:

“Be sure to inspect every part of the item you plan to purchase. Estate sales are usually only three days, sometimes less. And because of this short amount of time to sell every item, refunds are not accepted. Most companies that host sales try to note if that crystal vase has a chip, but they miss things too. It’s up to you to make sure you’re happy with what you’re purchasing — so plug in that Kitchen-Aid mixer and don’t take anyone’s word that it works.”

Tip No. 2 for How to Shop Estate Sales:

“If you plan to buy furniture, find a mover in advance. Estate sales are a so-called ‘cash-and-carry’ business. This usually means there will not be someone on hand to help you move things. Many companies can recommend a mover but it’s often easier and less expensive if you price one out in advance. Craig’s List has loads of people who will move stuff for you. However, if you buy something breakable or of value, you may want to go with a reputable insured mover.” Continue Reading