Nora Brown, the banjo prodigy singing tales of Appalachia
At an age when most teenagers are busy learning the latest Tik Tok dance craze, banjo virtuoso Nora Brown has just released her second album of old-time twang. When her parents gifted her a ukulele for Christmas at age six they never envisioned she would grow into one of the bluegrass world's rising stars. The now 16-year-old raised in Brooklyn is among the musicians carrying on traditions from the mountains of Appalachia passed down from the genre's old masters.news.yahoo.com
The beloved Logan Square ‘Christmas house’ shines on
Frank Lopez, the creator of one of Chicago's most beloved Christmas houses died last year, but his masterpiece lives on. Family members said they'd keep the lights display going as long as they own the house, and once again the whimsical Victorian is shining brightly with outsize expressions of holiday spirit.chicagotribune.com
15 quarantine home renovations from our viewers, readers -- and the photos are amazing
We asked our viewers and readers to send us photos of their DIY home renovations that were completed during quarantine, and we were absolutely stunned by the responses. Not only did we get dozens of submissions showing photos full of incredible home makeovers, but a lot of viewers submitted before-and-after pictures -- and the attention to detail and craftsmanship is truly commendable. The chandelier was already great, but the new floors and paint on the walls really bring it all together, don’t you think? When we asked for home renovation photos, we didn’t specify what kind of home! We want to see your resultsYou can still submit photos, and we want to see them.
How to cut your son’s hair at home -- for blondes, it’s a little different
We’ve showed you how to master the at-home haircut during quarantine, but cutting hair on people who are blonde -- well, it’s a whole other rodeo. A lot of mistakes can be hidden with people who have dark hair because, well, their hair is dark. It may be noticeable to them, but the average person walking down the street probably isn’t going to notice a chunk of hair not blended in. But for people with blonde hair, however, it’s a different story. That’s why StyleWise style editor Jon Jordan recruited busy mom Lauren once again to give one of her sons another at-home haircut, and luckily, her second son is a blondie.
Did you know you can give yourself a full spa treatment, with ingredients found in your own home?
The spa might be closed, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself while quarantining, right? Believe it or not, there are tons of remedies for facial and hair treatments -- that you can do with ingredients that you probably already have deep in your cupboard or refrigerator. StyleWise style editor Jon Jordan had his friend Katrina show him just how easy it is to create a supple face mask and color correctors for hair with pantry item staples, such as milk, honey, and yes, even ketchup. It might seem a little strange at first, but using organic and natural ingredients like milk and honey can make a luxurious face mask -- and if your hair is damaged by the sun or chlorine from a pool, ketchup can take care of that right away. Obviously, nothing compares to a day trip to a spa, getting waited on hand and foot, but with a little imagination (and some at-home ingredients), you can turn your home into the spa of your dreams, even in quarantine.
Don’t ignore your vehicle! 5 ways to prevent auto troubles as your car sits idle
Here are five tips to avoid problems that can come up with sitting vehicles:Make sure to run your car every once in a while. But just in case a car isn’t being used or a two-car household has turned into a one-car household where the other vehicle is just sitting idle, running the car is still vital. Gas does degrade over time, and in some cases, it will go bad in less than two months if a car remains idle. In addition to running the car, treating it with fuel stabilizer can extend the life of your car’s gas. If the gas already is bad, there are ways to remove the bad gas from the tank, according to itstillruns.com.
These YouTube tutorials might help with cutting your own hair
Snip, snip, it’s time to learn how to cut your own hair. With hair salons and barbershops shut down in many states across America during the pandemic, many people are looking for ways on how they still have a fresh haircut without leaving home. Do-it-yourself haircut tutorials have been on YouTube for years, but now, more than ever, people are looking for fresh content to help them feel a little bit more themselves during this unsettling time period. Here are a few different videos, if you’re brave enough to attempt something like this. Short hair:Long hair:
Want to bake bread but you’re nervous? These easy recipes are perfect for beginners
If you’ve ever watched a season of “The Great British Baking Show” and thought I’d be great to make a homemade load of sourdough bread, but the idea of making bread from scratch sounds daunting, then this article is for you.
5 easy, delicious treats you can make for your dog at home
There's no better feeling than when our four-legged friends do something good and we can reward them with a treat for that nice behavior -- but sometimes, those pre-packaged treats can be flavorless, stale, and who knows what's actually inside of them?