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5 Cool Thanksgiving STEM Activities

Thanksgiving is here! That means it is wicked cold outside, the kids are out of school, and somehow you have to figure out how to juggle entertaining the kids, cleaning for guests, and prepping the turkey. I mean really!

This year I told myself I was absolutely going to keep the kids busy without me (and hopefully without too much of a screen either). In the summer my answer for kid free time is always to get them out of the house and onto their bikes, but in the winter the challenge is a bit tougher. Add to it the fact that I’m not so keen on tiny hands magically snapping up all of my pumpkin pie before I get it to the table.

To get them out of my hair I came up with 5 great science projects for them to work on. Best of all, these fun science activities use just a few ingredients: cranberries, toothpicks, popcorn kernels, soda water, and foil covers most of them! Check out the ideas and links below to learn all the science behind the scenes so you can sound like a genius when they ask you questions!

Stem Activities

5 Cool Thanksgiving STEM Activities

1. Make sugar glass and calibrate your oven.

Make sugar glass cookies while learning about how things can change their shapes.

2. Learn to use a magic tablecloth

This is a fun science project that is sure to get a lot of oooohs and aahhhhs, but make not to use your best china!

3. Create Dancing Corn

Let your kids mix up a contained mess as they learn both chemistry and physics.

4. Engineer Cranberry Ships

Learn structural engineering in this fun science project that lets kids build with just cranberries and toothpicks!

5. Create a secret spice route map or write a secret message

Learn how to make invisible ink and reveal messages with cranberry juice.

If your kids loved these fun science activities head on over to myMini-Makers page. It has lots of free bite-sized science downloads. Just like our Thanksgiving science activities, many of these Mini-Makers utilize common household items so you won’t have to make any special trips for supplies!

Beauty

Hair and Beauty Gifts to Buy at the Sephora Sale

Its officially gift-giving season and if you’re a beauty enthusiast, you know this weekend is the big insider sale at Sephora. We love all things hair and makeup so today we’re sharing some of our top gifts to buy from the Sephora Sale.

Hair

During the fall and winter seasons, it’s tough to keep your hair moisturized. Outside of protective styling, deep conditioning and scalp treatments should be part of your regimen. Briogeo’s Don’t Despair, Repair!Deep Conditioning Mask and Earth’s Nectar’s Jojoba & Tea Tree Scalp Oil work to prevent dandruff and damage to natural hair.

Makeup

This may take a while…lol Living up to the hype, we are 100% here for Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty line. Get your shade in the Soft Matte Longwear Foundation before it goes. We are also fans of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 20 and Giorgio Armani Power Fabric Longwear High Cover Foundation SPF 25. Get an awesome glow with Becca’s Après Ski Glow Face Palette or Huda Beauty’s Winter Solstice Highlighter Palette.

Skincare

As a makeup junkie, it is important that you take care of your skin. To start out, get a cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. You can also get a cleansing brush for deep cleansing. Here are some of our favorites:

Fragrance

Fragrances are great gifts that will last. We love MIU MIU L’eau Bleue, Dior J’adore Gift Set, Burberry My Burberry and Prada Candy Florale

The Sephora sale will be from November 10th to November 15th. Make sure to use code 20FORROUGE, 20forVIB or INSIDER15 depending on your tier. The best part is you can use it as many times as you want! Make sure to also sign up to Ebates to get cash back on your order. This is a HUGE plus for holiday gift shopping.

Are you buying anything from the Sephora Sale this year?

Beauty Lifestyle Natural Hair

Most used Products are Made with Alcohol

Alcohol

Before we try to understand the use of certain alcohol in our cosmetic products, we must first define what fatty alcohols are.  Natural fatty alcohols are also known long-chain alcohols.  I am not a chemist, I barely passed chemistry in high school, so I will not throw out a bunch of terms, I have no idea how to further explain.  Instead, after several website searches for a simple definition, I came across the Naked Chemist who breaks down several of the alcohols, the meaning and what they are used for.

According to the Naked Chemist, fatty alcohols are not really alcohols.  The ingredients found in most of our cosmetic products are actually fatty acids that are exposed to hydrogen, creating a process.  This particular “alcohol” unlike ethyl (rubbing alcohol), is used most commonly to condition and soften your skin and hair.  You may ask, how can an alcohol be a moisturizer?  It’s not.  The fat properties in which the “alcohol” came from allows the substance to be used as a thickener, or a carrying agent to be mixed with other ingredients to keep the oil (fatty acid) and water parts from separating in your lotion, cream, shampoo, conditioner etc…This particular alcohol, when added to a “natural” hair product acts as a softening agent, providing slip and management of tangles of our curls.

Common alcohols that may be found in our hair and skin products are, Cetyl, Stearyl, Cetearyl, Lauryl, and Oleyl.  You’ll want to avoid these alcohols: Alcohol Denat, Ethanol, SD Alcohol 40, Propanol, Isopropyl and Propyl.  These alcohols in comparison to the fatty acid alcohols are not from a plant but are methyl chemicals with additives that are toxic to the human body.  Most common term for most of these chemical properties is rubbing alcohol.  Rubbing alcohol, can be used for so many do it yourself projects, ingesting these alcohols either by mouth, skin or hair can become a health issue.

Here are a few Alcohol Free or Fatty Alcohol Hair Products that I have used or currently use for my hair:

Cantu Shea Butter Leave-in Conditioning Repair Cream There have been recent speculation about this product line. Since the day I went natural, I’ve used this and the curling cream off and on during my journey. Some tightly curled, 4c naturals do not care for the line, but I love it – especially during the cold months.

Most used Products are Made with Alcohol

Here are a few alcohol free or fatty alcohol based beauty products that I have used or are currently using in my daily routine:

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Cetaphil Daily Facial Moisturizer

Neutrogena Oil-Free Cleansing Wipes

Alcohol Free Beauty Products

As with hair shampoos, conditioners, and styling products, face cleansers, toners and other beauty products may also have fatty acids as a main ingredient in the formula. If you use one of the off the shelves, high priced, beautifully marketed products to clean your pores, and see that there are alcohols such as isopropyl or ethanol, you’re doing more damage to your skin than good. After a face wash, your skin should not be dry and tight feeling which may happen when the alcohols in the products do not have any fatty acid properties. Like with your hair, you want to remove excess oil without stripping the natural oils from your scalp, hair and epidermis.

What everyday products do you use that you notice have fatty alcohols listed in the ingredients?

Events Lifestyle Mini Natural Hair Chronicles

Mini Natural Hair Chronicles: Play Fair NYC 2017

Play Fair was hosted in New York City’s Javitz Center this weekend and we had a great time. I represented Type 4 Naturals as media at this huge showcase of the hottest toys for various aged children. With the gift giving season amongst us, Play Fair had the right idea for inviting brands like Lego, Nickelodeon, Toys “R” Us, Moose Toys, DC Comics and plenty others to display their latest and greatest toys to family and friends. There were two sessions for both Saturday and Sunday. Just enough time for kids young and old to get a glimpse of updated childhood fun.

Play Fair is partnered with the Toy Association, the largest toy trade show in America and LeftField Media, an event company dedicated to creating unique and meaningful events around the country. With mini me’s birthday the weekend before, this meaningful event was a nice surprise! Not only did she and my nephew enjoy the activities of making slime, finger nail grooming and creating toys from various sources, the other aduItwith us, had so some fun too. If it weren’t for having to prepare for school and work, we would have returned to visit the booths we weren’t able to because of the long lines.

See a few pictures from our Instagram stories that we posted and shared with our followers during our during the event:

Play Fair

Did you attend this year’s Play Fair in New York City? How did you like it?