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Treat Your Summer Feet!

Most people live in sandals in the summer, but before you go baring your feet, you're going to have to check them for calluses, rough patches and ingrown toenails. Find out how to give your feet some some TLC before putting them on flip-floppin' display!

Soothe Your Soles

Although our feet get a lot of wear and tear, we usually end up neglecting them! So here's an eye-opening fact for ya - by the time we hit 70, we will have walked the equivalent of four times around the world! That's why it's important to give your feet some serious lovin', especially during the summer when they're constantly exposed to the sun, surf, sand, as well as the eyes of everyone around you.

The Perfect Pedicure

A pedicure isn't exactly a manicure for your toenails. Sure, it involves applying nail polish, but it's also about exfoliating, massaging and moisturizing your legs, feet and toes. Besides making your feet look super sweet, pedicures are cool cuz they make you feel really pampered! If you don't have the cash to head to a salon, here's how to give yourself a professional at-home pedicure.

  • Remove old polish with a cotton ball dipped in non-acetone remover (acetone can dry out your cuticles).
  • Cut your toenails straight across using a nail clipper. Don't cut the sides cuz it can cause ingrown nails.
  • File and smooth any rough edges with a nail file.
  • Soak your feet in warm, soapy water for about 10 minutes. Then use a pumice stone to remove calluses and any other rough areas, and scrub your feet and legs with an exfoliator.
  • Rinse off and massage in a rich foot cream that's packed with refreshing ingredients like mint and aloe vera.
  • Apply a clear base coat, starting in the middle of each nail. Then add two coats of color and finish with a final clear top coat, but wait two to three minutes between coats. You may want to use a toe separator for this step.

Last Minute Tips

Keep in mind that it can take up to an hour for nail polish to fully dry, so wait as long as possible before slipping into your flip flops. Pedicures should last two to four weeks, but to make your pedi look as good on the last day as it did on the first day, stroke the top coat up and over the tips of your nails, and add a fresh layer of top coat every four to five days to protect the polish and add shine.

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drowning
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@rainbowpoptart  When I originally talked to my father, I was given the opportunity of good timing to bring it up. Luckily, there was no anger like I was partially expecting and I remained calm, which I definitely wasn't expecting. My fathers main concern was just worry and having seen other teens run away from something later getting themselves in trouble. He even brought up how he had run off at 18 and joined the Air Force, which I already knew. But, with this round, there is no perfect time to bring it up and he's always busy or we're having to do something so it's just very frustrating to find at least alright timing to bring it up, if that makes sense.
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rainbowpoptart
My advice on this may not be the best because I haven't personally dealt with this yet, but... Parents, or guardians, get used to having their children around. You're [usually] with them for 18 years, which is a long time, so of course they - or in this case, your father - is going to feel like he's lost something very dear to him once you move out. To me it seems like he does truly understand that you're growing up. He just doesn't want it to happen. He knows that you're leaving soon - he just doesn't want it to be soon. Parents/guardians who are close to the children usually feel that way. If you're really so concerned, talk to him about it again, in a similar way you have done already. Or perhaps just a "Wow, my birthday is just around the corner". Once you do move out, visit him as frequently as you're able to and feel like. I'm sure he'll appreciate it, and it'll help you maintain a close relationship with him.
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drowning
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Usually I wouldn't come here for advice, but I am really needing it. To sum it up, my birthday is in 21 days. Not only will I be leaving KW, but home as well. My mother has made it to where I have had plans to leave since I was around 11 or 12; so about 7 to 8 years. I won't get into everything, but we'll just say that my mother and I do not have a good relationship at all. My father on the other hand, I am very attached too and always scared of upsetting him. Things are not always very good between us at times, but we rarely fight. When we do, it is always bad nor ends well. So, having plans to move out are very scary to me and causes me plenty of anxiety that fights are going to break out when I have my help to get my belongings out.   For the record, I have talked to my father about leaving, why I want too, etc. But, more in the sense of that I want too, not that I am. Which, in a way, my parents understand I'm moving out as well as already pretty much know where I'm going without my mention. But, I don't think they, my father especially, understands how soon that is despite my saying of I want too when I'm 18 or when I say, "Soon." It doesn't help that my father told another that his "little girl is growing up" on him and that he is scared of the day I go because he will be alone. Which makes me feel guilty despite the fact I won't even be that far away. How should I talk to him once more and go about this or even when? I really want him to understand that I have thought everything through and that I will be in safe hands.
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