Monday, March 29, 2021

Fashion Color Trend Report: New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2021

Fashion Color Trend Report: New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2021


Published for the fashion industry by the Pantone Color Institute, Pantone’s trend forecasting and color consultancy, this season’s report features the top 10 standout colors, as well as current takes on the five core classics we can expect to see on the New York runway as fashion designers introduce their new spring/summer collections.

Images Courtesy of Adobe Stock. Left to right: Victor Solomin/Stocksy United/Adobe Stock, Stocksy United/Adobe Stock, Addictive Creatives/Stocksy United/Adobe Stock, Pavloffav/Stocksy United/Adobe Stock, Lyuba Burakova/Stocksy United/Adobe Stock

According to Pantone Color Institute experts, colors for Spring/Summer 2021 New York emphasize our desire for a range of color that inspires ingenuity and inventiveness – colors whose versatility transcend the seasons and allow for more freedom of choice - colors that lend themselves to original color statements and whose flexibility easily adapts to our new and more fragmented lifestyle.

“Offering a range of shades illustrative of nature, colors for Spring/Summer 2021 underscores our desire for flexible color that works year-round. Infused with a genuine authenticity that continues to be increasingly important, colors for Spring/Summer 2021 combine a level of comfort and relaxation with sparks of energy that encourage and uplift our moods,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute.


Shades illustrative of nature coupled with new core classics come together to create a palette inspiring ingenuity and inventiveness.


Core hues whose versatility transcends the seasons and allows for more freedom of choice.


The New York Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2021 color palette is now available in Pantone Connect, a time-saving color extension for Adobe® Creative Cloud®. The palette, along with every other Pantone Color, is available to browse through and integrate directly into design files within Adobe Photoshop®, Illustrator®, and InDesign®. Pantone Connect also offers designers an easy way to convert to Pantone from non-Pantone colors and collaborate on palettes with teammates.,palette%20inspiring%20ingenuity%20and%20inventiveness.&text=A%20comforting%20golden%20orange%20infused%20yellow%20lends%20a%20warming%20presence.&text=The%20color%20of%20the%20sky%20on%20a%20serene%2C%20crystal%20clear%20day

Tuesday, March 16, 2021

7 Natural Ways to Whiten Teeth at Home

7 Natural Ways to Whiten Teeth at Home

written by DACY KNIGHT | UPDATED OCT 08, 2020

We're all in pursuit of that brighter, whiter smile. Unfortunately, things like red wine, our coffee addiction, or—even more surprisingly—things like antibiotics and dark berries, keep us from maintaining those pearly whites. If you want to steer clear of the chemicals in solutions from the store and don't want to blow your bank account with professional teeth whitening appointments, there are a handful of at-home remedies that are proven to work.

Keep it natural with things you probably already have in your kitchen. These home remedies to whiten teeth are not only convenient, but they actually yield results. Without spending a bunch of money or even making a trip out to the store, you can get on track to the bright, stain-free teeth you've always wanted. Take your pick of one of our favorite methods, as well as advice from the industry's top cosmetic dentists, Dr. Pia Lieb and Dr. Robert Raimondi, and work your way to a whiter smile.

Coconut Oil/Oil Pulling

We all know that coconut oil is a miracle worker for our hair, but it turns out it can do your teeth some good, too. The Ayurvedic tradition of oil pulling can help dissolve toxins, bacteria, and plaque inside the mouth, which can result in a brighter smile in addition to improved overall oral health. Swish for 15 to 20 minutes daily (you can start at five and work your way up), and you'll begin to see results in as soon as a week.

Byrdie Tip- If scooping a glob of coconut oil into your mouth seems too intense, try one of these alternatives:

  • Use sunflower or sesame seed oil to swish instead; sesame seed oil is the traditional substance used for pulling.
  • Put a dollop of coconut oil on your toothbrush and gently scrub away.

Remember, however, that this is not a substitute for your normal dental care. "This is fine, but you still need to do all the regular hygiene steps: floss, brush, clean your tongue, and rinse," says Raimondi.

Fibrous Foods

When it comes to fibrous foods, give an apple a good chew to manually exfoliate those choppers to a brighter, whiter existence. Celery and carrots are also an excellent choice for this technique: "It can clean some of the plaque that is left on your teeth from eating," says Lieb. All that munching also increases saliva production, which is the mouth's natural cleaning agent.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar delivers a ton of body benefits, and it can be a potent way to remove teeth stains. Be extra careful when using it, as the acids are strong enough to remove tooth enamel as well. Dilute half a spoonful of ACV with a cup of water. Use your toothbrush to massage it onto the teeth at nighttime. Rinse thoroughly, brush teeth again thoroughly with fluoride-free toothpaste, and then rinse to remove all residue. 

Baking Soda

Making cakes, freshening refrigerators, removing laundry stains, and whitening teeth—what can't baking soda do? "Baking soda has a pH opposite of acidic, which is alkaline. This helps to lighten stains on teeth and is mildly abrasive," says Raimondi. "Be careful, as one can overuse it." Make a paste with water and brush with it, but stop if you feel any tingling or burning. This can also help kill bacteria.

Brydie Tip: If straight baking soda is too much for you, look into toothpaste or mouthwash formulated with it instead. "You have fab toothpastes that contain everything you need for a bright, white smile over the counter," says Lieb. There are a ton of ways to incorporate the miracle powder into other parts of your beauty routine, too.


Calcium is the mineral that makes up tooth enamel; as you're growing, making sure you get enough of it means your teeth will have a healthy layer of protection. Hard cheeses in particular (parmesan, cotija, gouda, Monterey jack, pecorino romano, and asiago, to name a few) help scrub the teeth—in case you needed a reason for more charcuterie boards.


Banana peels—they're not just for cartoons! Before you toss your trash at night, grab a (clean) peel and rub the inside against your teeth for two minutes. "Yes, this is a thing," says Raimondi. "It can actually exfoliate some of the external stains." The potassium, magnesium, and manganese that our bodies love also help remove surface stains on teeth.

Limit Coffee Intake

This method is not nearly as fun as some of the others, we know, but one of the easiest ways to keep teeth free of stains is—to not stain them in the first place. Dark soda, coffee, black tea, and red wine are all liquids that will have staining or graying effects on teeth over time. And that juice stop you're making on the way to work? "People drink green, red juice, etc., on the go. No one brushes afterward, so the pigment stays on the teeth," says Lieb. Grab a straw for darker beverages and be mindful of how you eat certain dark-colored foods if you want your smile to stay white.

The entries on this list give the appearance of whiter teeth by "using abrasive materials to remove surface stains," says Raimondi, "but can also remove enamel and harm gum tissue." Practice caution when employing any of these techniques, and stop if you notice increased sensitivity or inflammation of the gums.

Between these methods and store solutions like whitening mouthwashes, it won't be long before we're all walking around with the dazzling pearly whites and beaming grins we've always wanted. Everyone grab those sunglasses!

Friday, March 5, 2021

18 Fun Games to Play at Home During the Pandemic

18 Fun Games to Play at Home During the Pandemic

Sometimes it is too hot or too cold to play outside. Additionally, most activities that take place away from home require spending money. Games played at home provide an alternative source of entertainment. Our list of fun games to play at home includes suggestions for every age and level of capability. Most require simple materials easily found around your home. We also provide easy to follow directions for each game.

Table of Contents:

1 Pencil and Paper Games

1.1 Dots and Boxes

1.2 Cootie

1.3 Hangman

1.4 Tic-Tac-Toe

2 Building

3 Puzzles

4 Hide and Seek

5 Treasure Hunt

6 Indoor Bowling

7 Hot Potato

8 Guess the Sound

9 Touchy Feely

10 Artistic Antics

11 Domino Run

12 Freeze!

13 Dance Party

14 Categories

15 Word Whiz

Pencil and Paper Games

The great thing about pencil and paper games is their simplicity. They can be played anywhere and at any time. When kids get bored at home, simply give them a piece of paper and pencils or pens, and they can entertain themselves for at least an hour. Our selection of pencil and paper games includes several old favorites


Dots and Boxes

A pencil and paper game for two players, Dots and Boxes begins with an empty grid of dots. Players take turns adding a single horizontal or vertical line between two un-joined adjacent dots. The player who completes the fourth side of a 1×1 box earns one point and gets another turn. Players write their initials in the boxes to indicate who completed each. The drawn “board” can be of any size. If you have little time to play or are just learning how to play, try a 2×2 box. A 5×5 box works well for experts. Dots and Boxes ends when there are not more lines that can be placed. The winner is the player with the most boxes completed.



The object of this game is to draw a completed cootie bug before the other players. Provide each player with a piece of paper and a pencil. Players roll a die to complete their bug. Every time, the number of dots on the die represents a different body part:

1 = body

2 = head

3 = antennae, hat, or bow

4 = eye,

5 = tongue, teeth, or lips

6 = a leg

Have each player roll the die and the player with the highest roll goes first. A player must start by throwing a one for the body and then a two for the head. If a player cannot roll the required numbers, they lose their turn and must try again on their next turn. After a player gets the body and head, cootie parts can be added in any order a player desires. However, if a player rolls a number of a cootie body part they already have, their turn is over. When a player successfully rolls a needed number, they get a free roll to attempt to get another body part. The winner of the game is the first to finish their cootie.



A challenging two-player word game, Hangman challenges players to complete the spelling of a word before a drawing of a hangman is finished. The first player thinks of a word or phrase and writes a blank for every letter below a drawing of a gallows with an empty rope. The second player attempts to spell the word by guessing letters. Each wrong guess gives the guessing player a body part added to the swinging rope – a head, torso, two arms, and two legs. If the hangman is completed before guesses provide the correct word or phrase, the player who chose the word wins. To stump an opponent, use short words or words with repeated letters.



A pencil and paper game for two players, Dots and Boxes begins with an empty grid of dots. Players take turns adding a single horizontal or vertical line between two un-joined adjacent dots. The player who completes the fourth side of a 1×1 box earns one point and gets another turn. Players write their initials in the boxes to indicate who completed each. The drawn “board” can be of any size. If you have little time to play or are just learning how to play, try a 2×2 box. A 5×5 box works well for experts. Dots and Boxes ends when there are not more lines that can be placed. The winner is the player with the most boxes completed.

Tic-Tac-Toe is one of the first pencil and paper games a child learns. To begin playing, draw a grid of two horizontal lines dissecting two vertical lines. Players take turns choosing a box and placing either the letter 0 or the letter X to mark their box. The goal of the game is to fill in three marks in a row or block your opponent from doing so.



Have fun building castles, homes, construction sites, and forts with anything available. Provide the kids with building blocks, empty cardboard or plastic containers, toilet tissue and paper towel cardboard tubes. Alternatively, build a fort with boxes, blankets, and pillows.



Puzzles are not only fun, but also build problem-solving and cognitive abilities. Choose from one or more of the following:

For a real challenge, pull out a 1000 piece jigsaw puzzle.

If children are of different ages, set up several jigsaw puzzles for different skill levels.

Have your children make their own puzzles by drawing a picture on the cardboard. Outline puzzle pieces on the finished pictures, cut them out, and have each child put together either their own or another child’s puzzle.

Purchase inexpensive puzzle books – crosswords, word search, and Sudoku – for kids to work through.

Hide and Seek

Hide and Seek works with children of any age. For indoor hide and seek, you may wish to set a limit on the areas in which they hide. Older children will enjoy an evening game played outside in the dark – have the person playing “It” carry a flashlight for safety. Vary the time “It” counts depending on the age level of players and the size of the playing area. The last person found becomes the new “It.”


Treasure Hunt

Kids love finding hidden objects and although this fun game to play at home does take a bit of preparation, the fun it provides is worth it. Begin by writing clues on small folded slips of paper. Each clue leads kids to the next place with an additional note. When the kids reach the end, they find a prize. Alternatively, leave coins in each spot, beginning with pennies and working up to the end and a larger amount of money.


Indoor Bowling

-Collect ten empty plastic water bottles and fill them part way with water for stability.

-Arrange them the way bowling pins are usually set up.

-Use a medium sized ball for knocking the pins down.

-Set a starting line and have kids take turns attempting to knock all the pins down.

-The easiest way to keep score is to give out one point for each pin knocked down.

-Give a reward to the winner with the most points.

Hot Potato

An old favorite, play begins with everyone sitting in a circle on the floor. Turn on music while players pass the “hot potato” – a bean bag or small soft ball – around the circle as quickly as they can. When the music stops, the player holding the hot potato is out. When only one player is left, you have a winner of the game.


Guess The Sound

Gather several items that produce some sort of sound. Blindfold players and have them guess the item from the sound it makes. You can show the items to younger children at the beginning of the game. For older children, make them guess without seeing the items. Some items to include are:

-A stapler – staple a paper

-A glass – hit the side with a spoon

-A pill bottle – shake it

-A piece of paper – tear it

-A comb – rub your fingers along the teeth

-Wood blocks – bang them together

-A pot with a lid – place the lid on top noisily

Touchy Feely

Although this game has its origin as a classroom sensory table experience for pre-schoolers, children of any age find joy in this touchy feely game. Find a heavy box with a lid you can close. Cut a hole in the side large enough for a hand to fit through. For younger children, a decorated shoebox is fun. Put your item inside the box and have each child guess what it is. Players can ask questions and you can offer a clue if you wish. The “winner” is the player who identifies the most substances and objects. Try one or more of the following:

-Cooked rice or spaghetti

-Seeds from a fresh pumpkin

-A piece of fruit – apple, orange, grapes, or cherries

-A toy – child must specify what it is

-Gelatin dessert


-Real and fake flowers

-Dehydrated potatoes


Artistic Antics

Choose the oldest or youngest to start this drawing game and then have players draw in order of their birth date. Find a fairly large piece of paper and get out colored pencils, crayons, or markers. The first player begins by drawing a line, circle, or other piece of a picture. Each player adds to it. Keep having players add to the picture until everyone has a turn, if you have many players, or until the players have had a predetermined number of turns. See what type of interesting drawing results.


Domino Run

Set up dominoes to make a domino run by standing them on end in long lines so that when the first tile topples, it topples the second, which topples the third, then the fourth, until all of the tiles fall. Begin with relatively few dominos and increase the number and difficulty of the design with each subsequent run. Kids will spend a great deal of time with this exercise.



Choose some of your kids’ favorite music and have them dance until the music stops, at which point they must freeze. You can have them freeze in whatever position they are in when the music stops or specify a position. Some good choices are the shapes of:


-Expressing an emotion


-Plants – trees or flowers

-Yoga positions

-Dance Party

Dance Party

Another fun musical game is to have a dance party. Try some fun genres such as a square dance or some classical music along with your kids’ favorites. If you wish, kids can dress up for some of the music. Dance party time is great way to work off some extra energy, so try it before naptime for your little ones.


You may need to help your youngest children begin this game, but older children can play it without assistance. To begin, choose between five and ten categories and write them across the top of a piece of paper. Some suggestions are:




-Games that use a ball


-Television shows

-Things with wheels

-S. Presidents


The first player chooses any random letter of the alphabet. All the players have one minute to come up with something for each category listed that begins with that letter. At the end of each round scores are totaled. However, you only get a point if no one else came up with the same thing or name. The more obscure the words chosen for each category usually earn the most points.


Word Whiz

A dictionary game for older children, word whiz can be played indefinitely. Provide each player with a piece of paper and a pen or pencil. Pass around a dictionary and each player in turn chooses a word the meaning of which they believe the other players do not know. Players read words aloud and spell them if necessary. The players who have not chosen the word write down what they believe the word means. All the definitions are read and the players vote for which one they think is correct. The player with the word gets one point for each vote and then reveals the real definition. The player with the most points at the end of a set number of rounds wins the game.


Whether you have a family of all ages or just one child, our selection of fun games to play at home has a game perfect for you. When you want to play games at home, you want something with quick and easy directions and set up. Very few of the games in this article require any outlay of funds or extra equipment. Additionally, many can be modified for different ages and group sizes. Fun games to play at home can be quick, such as a few games of tic-tac-toe, or take a great amount of time, like a 1000 word puzzle. For rainy or hot summer days, our games provide enjoyment and many, such as the puzzles and word games, are also educational and build thinking skills. Choose a game and have fun!