Teenage Girls Bedrooms: Makeovers!

It's easy to get stuck in the same old routine every day. School, homework, activities—Blah. If you feel like you need a power boost in your life, you can magically transform your everyday mood with a makeover for your teenage girl bedroom! When you're a kid, your parents get to decide what your room looks like and what goes into it, but now that you're getting older and have lots of your own interests, you can express your interests in your own personal space. Your same-old routine may not seem so blah if you're surrounded by things that get you going.

Pick a theme
Perhaps you have a passion for a color, like turquoise, or a sport, like gymnastics. Maybe you like to be motivated by your favorite sports hero, band, or actor. Sometimes it's a no-brainer and you know exactly what you want to do with your teenagegirls bedroom. Other times, you'll find it hard to nail down just one thing. After all, when you redo your room, you'll have to stare at those walls every night before you go to sleep and every morning when you wake up.

If you don't have a theme idea in mind, create a list of what gets you going—things you would like to surround yourself with in your own space every day. Here are some ideas: World Travel, The 70s, Tie Dye, Country Living, Nature, Flowers, Polka Dots, The Beach, Hawaii, Surfing, American Idol, Guitar Hero,Ballet.... Some of the ideas you can cross out immediately, like themes that would be hard to do, or ones that could be too much of a good thing. Then try to picture each one what the space would look like, and how easy it would be to do.

After a few days (or weeks) of thinking about it, looking through catalogs and talking with friends, one or two themes will stand out clearly in your mind for your new teenage girls bedroom.

For a 70s theme, for example, it's easy to picture a beaded curtain room divider, a lava lamp, and hot pink shag rug, along with bright, cheerful colors that can create a fun mood.

For World Travel, you may picture maps, thrift store suitcases for storage, pictures of planes, ships or cars, and shadow boxes and shelves separated by places in the world you've been or want to visit. Each area of your room could represent a different part of the world.

If your theme is a specific color or pattern (like stripes or dots), you'll probably only need to update your bed linens, curtains, and little items placed around the room in different shades of that color or that pattern which you probably already have to make it feel more like a teenage girls bedroom.

Check Out Your Space
You'll need an area to sleep, a mirror and place to get dressed, a well-lit place to do homework and read, and if possible, a cozy area to call your own. If you share a room, or if your room is very small, your bed area can be all these things if you plan well!

Run your ideas by your parents. They may have a few good ideas to add or rules to follow when redecorating teenage girlsbedrooms. They'll also hook you up with a budget if they'll be footing the bill. You'll need to talk with them if you want to change the paint color, wallpaper, or flooring, all of which could be expensive and may not be possible. Be prepared with standby ideas: if you can't repaint the walls, you may be able to pin up flags, wall art, or other wall coverings instead; if you can't change the flooring, rugs can help.

Shop Around For Idea
Catalogs, kids room makeover magazines, bedrooms in your favorite TV shows, and furniture store circulars from the Sunday paper are all great for inspiration for a teenage girls bedroom. You can also head to stores that carry home accessories. An Internet search is also a great way to get ideas as well. Enter your room theme name and then the terms teen room or room décor into a search engine, then browse around the results.

You'll want to shop through your own belongings, and through things in storage and around the house that your family isn't using. Sometimes the best new things are actually quite old! Shop your attic, garage, or storage area, and ask friends and family if they have things that may work well with your theme. Not only will you get free stuff, you'll also be able to include items from people you care about, which can make your room even more cozy and personal for you.

If you're picking a theme based on stuff you love, chances are you already have some things on hand that work well with it. Whether it's a color, a pattern (like stripes or dots), a place, or something you're really interested in, you probably have knickknacks, dolls, decorations, scarves or souvenirs that would look great displayed in your new space.

Online Shopping Smarts
Be careful when shopping online and check with whoever is footing the bill before you make any purchases. Not all websites are safe or responsible with your personal information, so only shop at sites you or your parents know and trust. Each website has different rules about age limits for shopping and entering credit card information, so it's always best to shop online with a grownup.

Transform Your Space
Once you choose your theme and pull everything together, it should just take a day or two to pull it all together and transform your new teenage girls bedroom. Do whatever you can by yourself or with friends, and ask grownups for help in hanging things like curtains, pictures, or a mirror. When everything is in place, things may look exactly like you planned or they may need a little more work, but the good thing about redecorating your space is that, unlike with schoolwork, there are no due dates! Add and change things as you go, and let your room grow with you as your interests change and as you have new experiences. Your teenage girls bedroom will be an expression of who you are, and you will have a space that you feel perfectly at home and comfortable in. You'll also have a space that shares something about you with old friends and new ones.


Shaving For Girls: Six Easy Steps

1. Shower or bathe before you shave. Soaking hair and skin in warm water makes it more than twice as easy to get a clean, close shave.

2. Use gel or shaving cream. This keeps moisture in the hair and helps the razor glide easily over your skin. Reapply when you retrace your steps to go over an area again. Never shave on bare skin.

3. Use a fresh blade. Dull blades lead to nicks, cuts, and razor burn. Ouch! Sharp, new blades give you a closer, smoother, more comfortable shave. Replace your razor when it shows signs of overuse or when you re no longer getting a clean shave.

4. Easy does it and go with the flow. Use a light touch with your razor and don't apply pressure. Press on the razor and you may gouge your skin. Can you say "bloody mess?" Wherever you take it off, go in the direction that feels right. For example, on your lower leg go up from ankle to knee. For other areas, see what feels and works best to find the direction your hair grows. When shaving your bikini area, pull the skin tight to make it smooth, then go lightly over the area with the razor.

5. Save the tough stuff for last. Do the easiest parts first, like that long straight stretch of lower leg or upper thigh. Save smaller, harder to reach spots like knees and ankles for last. A great razor with a head that swivels makes it easier to move around small curves. After shaving, rinse with cool water to close your pores. Pat dry.

6. Seal with a kiss. Of moisturizer, that is. Coat the area with a protective layer of moisture to seal your skin and give it a healthy glow.


An Essay About Mother

Who we are today, and who we'll be tomorrow will be formed not by ourselves, as we would like to think, but by the people around us, namely our friends and family. Possibly the biggest influence is our mother. As a child, she taught us everything from feeding and clothing ourself; judging situations and reacting; tying our shoes; being polite and being respectful to adults. Without my mother, I know I would be lost.

To me, my mother is my security blanket. No matter how bad of a day she had, she will always be there with a shoulder to cry on and a sympathetic ear for me. Even if she's been screamed at all day by my siblings, she will still be eager to hear me squeal over my drama-filled teenage gossip. My mother could probably run a gossip column in the weekly paper on all the gossip and trivial news she hears from me and my friends, whether it be about me, my friends, or that cute boy in my fourth-period class who smiled at me.

My mom is my personal miracle. Whenever something becomes too much for me, she is there calming me down with just a hug, or preventing me from hyperventilating by finding my snowboard in the open...in the first place I checked...twice. She puts up with my mood swings, my constant chatter, and my continuous requests, and still manages to run a household beautifully. And she does this all with a smile—even when no one says thank you.

Mother's Day is not a day where every woman who has given birth should be treated special. It is a day where every mother figure—nanny, caretaker, nurturer, grandmother, aunt, or even older cousin are recognized for the wonderful job they do in influencing us to become who we are today. Mothers teach us how to love, cherish, and respect who we are, and what it takes for us to become the adults we will one day be.

My mother is a wonderful influence, and I can truly think of only one fault that she, and every other mother out there has: She loves me too much. She loves me so much that I sometimes resent her for not letting me make my own stupid decisions. I'm afraid that one day I will end up screaming at her to leave me alone. I know almost every teenage girl does. And I know almost every teenage girl will feel guilty afterwards, but not know how to apologize. Well, take this chance to let your mom know that you truly are grateful for her wanting to be in your life, even if you don't always show it. This Mother's Day, do something special for your mom, even if it's as small as making her breakfast in bed or cleaning your room without being asked. The gesture will be appreciated, and it will show your mom that no matter how obnoxious you can be, you will always love your Mommy and all she does for you.


Embarrassed Girls – How Embarrassing!

You drop your tray in the lunchroom, splattering food everywhere. It gets all over two girls you don't even know. Three tables clap and cheer. This is just one of many embarrassed girls stories!

You're sure you're alone in your room. You turn on the music and do your best imitation of Gwen Stefani in front of the mirror. Then you see your older brother and two of his friends standing in the doorway, laughing.

You write an angry email about how Kara treated you in school and plan to send it to Rebecca. As soon as you click Send, you realize you sent the message to Kara, instead.

Just being part of the human race guarantees you will be embarrassed somewhere along the way. Whether you get caught cheating or lying...or say something unkind about someone that he or she overhears...or you fall, trip, spill, or break something in front of others...or your body malfunctions, giving off bad odors or noises, sooner or later you will have a toilet-paper-stuck-to-your shoe type incident and others will notice.

No matter what happens, everyone gets embarrassed sometimes and knows how it feels. You want to crawl into a hole. You blush or giggle or your mouth is completely dry. You might have trouble talking as your face burns, the butterflies begin, and your heart pounds.

How do we ever survive such moments to transform fromembarrassed girls into confident women? It is possible to handle yourself with a bit of grace. The first step is putting things in perspective. Here are some pointers.

Be honest
Anyone who witnessed your failing knows how you're feeling, and we bet they are basically more sympathetic than critical. If you try to deny your humiliation, chances are not many will buy it.

If possible, make a joke
If you laugh at yourself and act like a good sport, you'll cut the tension immediately.

If you have hurt someone, apologize
You made a mistake—say you are sorry. It won't be your last. No one does everything right all the time.

Take a deep breath
It might seem as if this moment might last forever, but it will pass.

Think things through
In some cases, thinking ahead of time can help you avoid awkward situations later.

It will make a great story
Carol Burnett once said, "Comedy is tragedy plus time." This couldn't be truer about life's embarrassing moments. The more excruciating the incident, the funnier it will be in the years to come!


Communicate With Parents

Katie and Steve's families were really good friends and Katie had known Steve for as long as she could remember. They were never really good friends, though, until they started the same high school together. They hung out all the time—as just friends.

The problem was that Katie's parents acted like Katie and Steve were going out. Katie's mom even called it "puppy love." One time, in front of Steve, her dad said to them, "Here come the lovebirds." It was bad enough that her parents were acting this way, but Katie also noticed that they were making her and Steve uncomfortable around each other. It is time to communicate with parents.

It can be tough when your parents treat your guy friend like he's your boyfriend. This probably happens because they're excited for you to experience "puppy love." Maybe they think it's a sign that you're growing up. But if you're in a situation like Katie, why not show your parents that you are growing up by telling them how you feel. Communicating with parents when you don't like the way you're being treated or teased shows maturity, so tell them. They'll be sure to get the message.


Just Like Mom

When you were a little kid, you shared everything with your mom, you were just like mom. She knew what you did and what you thought from the moment you woke up to the moment you went to sleep. But lately, there's more stuff you want to keep private. You may have questions you feel she can't answer, and you may feel less just like mom than you were before. Then again, maybe you and your mom are closer than ever, and there's nothing you can't talk about.

Whatever your relationship is like, there's one thing for sure. You and your mom have a lot in common. Just being a female puts you in a special category with all other women.

When you have questions, you probably turn more to your friends and other great resources (like BeingGirl!) than to your mom. Here's a big secret: no matter how alike or different you are from each other, your mom was a girl once, too! You have questions just like mom. She went through what you're going through now.

This Mother's Day, you could do the usual cards, flowers, or breakfast in bed, but consider trying something new. Get in some mother-daughter bonding. Spend time together and you'll discover you have a lot more in common than you thought! You may not need your mom to pick out your clothes or wipe your nose anymore, but now she can be there for you in many new ways that are just as helpful.

Girl stuff: feminine products you and your mom have in common
Since Tampax tampons were introduced in 1936, chances are your mom and even your mom's mom heard about them, tried them, and may still use them today. Pads have been around since the beginning of last century (around 1900), so your mom and grandma knew about those too. Deodorant was invented in the late 1800s (thank goodness!), and guess what? Chances are your mom learned about it from her mom. In terms of getting rid of all that leg and armpit hair, Gillette invented the first razor created just for women in the early 1900s. When Gillette Daisy, the first disposable women's razor came out in 1975, your mom was introduced to a whole new way of taking it all off. What does this mean to you? Well, with all the same trusted brands and new and improved versions of these products, your mom is practically an expert on the topic of what to use and how to use it.

Hey, Mom! Let's talk.
Your mom may have decades of experience with the neat and not-so-neat joys of being a woman, but there's one area that may be new to her. Even if you're ready to talk to your mom about growing up, she may not know how to bring it up and talk about it with you. Well, now that you're becoming a woman just like mom, take charge of the situation and begin the conversation yourself! Not sure how? Here are some key conversation starters:
·         Mom, your legs look so nice and smooth. I think I'm ready to shave mine, too. Can you show me how?
·         How old were you when you first got your period?
·         Your deodorant smells nice. Can I get one for myself?
·         Can we go to the drugstore together? I'd like your advice on some girl stuff.
·         Mom, when you were in Junior High (or High School), did you ever feel out of place (or different, or however you're feeling now)?

Wondering when's a good time to start talking about being just like mom? Bring it up when you're in the middle of doing something together—in the car, out in the yard, walking around the mall, or washing dishes. Keep it casual, not too serious. Talking with your mom about growing up and becoming a woman can be comfortable and easy. You'll learn a lot and it'll bring you closer together. Then, the next time you talk with your friends, you'll have the real scoop to share.

Have a good conversation with your mom about being just like mom? Talk about it in the comments section below!


What Is TSS?

Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS) is a rare but serious disease that is recognizable and treatable. Even though it is rare, it's best to know about it so you can take the right actions if you think you may have it.

It's believed that TSS is caused by a toxin producing strain of the Bacterium Staphylococcus Aureas that's commonly found on the skin, in the nose, armpit, groin, or vagina. Like other types of bacteria, a person could "carry" these bacteria without problems. Most people have a built-in ability to fight TSS, but some don't. In a very small number of people, certain kinds of these bacteria can cause TSS. If left untreated, TSS can progress to a serious disease that can be fatal.

Anyone can get TSS—men, women or children. It isn't contagious—you can't catch TSS from other people. Some cases of TSS are caused by infections following insect bites, burns or surgery. About half of the reported cases in the United States are associated with women using tampons.

You can reduce your risk of getting TSS during your period by using the tampon with the lowest absorbency for your flow, and alternating tampon use with pads during a 24-hour time period.

It's important to change your tampon regularly, every 4–8 hours. Never wear a tampon for more than 8 hours and remember to remove the last tampon you put in at the end of your period.

In this section is a guide to help you choose the right absorbency. But first, here is additional information on what is TSS.

Some of the symptoms of TSS are like the flu, but they can become serious quickly. The signs of TSS are: 
·         rising body temperature (102 degrees Fahrenheit [38.8 degrees Celsius] or higher)
·         vomiting
·         diarrhea
·         a sunburn-like rash
·         muscle aches
·         dizziness
·         fainting, or near fainting when you stand up

A person who has had TSS can develop it again. If a woman has had TSS before, she should talk to a doctor before using tampons again.
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