Anti-Teenager Lights

In the town of Mansfield in Nottinghamshire, England, residents have installed fluorescent pink lights to deter teenagers from hanging out and socializing in outdoors areas. Huh? Pink lights? That actually sounds kind of cool, except the hue highlights zits, thus keeping those pesky teens away to avoid embarrassment and insecurity. Wow. What a great…idea. NOT.

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nettiscrub’s Natural Beauty

Sometimes my hands gets so ragged (hangnail alert!) that they need more than a moisturizer–they need a balm. I am so comforted by that word, balm, because it makes me think of “calm” and “balmy,” which are both relaxing, vacation-like terms.
Anyway, I’ve found a new favorite soother–nettiescrub lavender body balm. It comes in regular and mini sizes, which I appreciate (I have an unnatural love for mini-sized things), and it makes my hands smell like I’ve been running through lavender fields in the South of France (this is kind of a life long dream of mine).

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Win Prom Accessories from Tarina Tarantino!

She has bright pink hair. She sat in the front row for Barbie’s 50th Anniversary Fashion Show. She’s been a guest judge on America’s Next Top Model. She counts Gossip Girl’s Taylor Momsen among her fans. Shall we continue to count the ways we love designer Tarina Tarantino?

No, you probably get the picture. And while you could spend hours trolling Tarina’s site for amazing accessories to wear to Prom, or on any day you want to look awesome, we’ve chosen three items of particular interest for our second-ever contest:

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RED Hearts: Pieces of Me

RED Hearts are guests posts on I Heart Daily from the authors of RED: Teenage girls in America write on what fires up their lives today.

Today’s RED Hearts post is from Cammi Henao, 15, of Chicago, Illinois, who writes about where she leaves her secrets:

I stumbled across The Little Red Heart Project while attempting to avoid my biology homework, and I fell in love with the entire idea of leaving a piece of your heart behind. If you want to get involved in the project, it’s fairly simple: find some cardboard, cut it out in the shape of a heart, paint or Sharpie it red, write your secret and the website URL on the back, and leave it somewhere. ANYWHERE. Anywhere someone might stumble across it: the bus, the train, in between packs of M&M’s at the 7-11, on a tire swing, in random mailboxes. It’s all about writing to someone you don’t know (or do know, if they happen to come across it) and sharing a part of you. 

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Muziic To Our Ears

When I’m jonesing for a certain song, I’ll just search for it on YouTube–it’s always there. Just today, I’ve listened/watched videos by the New Pornographers, Daft Punk and Paula Abdul (who could forget that dancing cartoon cat in “Opposites Attract”?). The one frustration I have, though, is I’d really like to create a streaming playlist, so I don’t have to keep on returning to YouTube to search for another song or hit play again. Well, whadyaknow? My wishes have been answered! Hallelujah!

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Flowers in Our Attic: The V.C. Andrews Challenge

Taren, 23, and Steph, 15, are two book reviewers from Pulaski, Tennessee and Brazil, respectively. Taren’s blog is The Chick Manifesto, and Steph is also known as Reviewer X. So what has brought these two together lately? V.C. Andrews. You know who we mean–the author of those books you used to hide under your mattress in 6th grade because you weren’t quite sure what you were reading was legal? (Or was that just me?).
Anyway, they’ve challenged their blog readers to read 11 V.C. Andrews books this year (cool points for finding vintage copies with die-cut covers, which are a personal favorite of mine). We had to find out the who, what, where, when and why of this amazing venture, so Taren and Steph graciously agreed to talk:

What inspired the V.C. Andrews “Read the Good Trash” Movement?
STEPH: Taren sent me, hand to god, 22 V.C. Andrews books when I was in the US during the holidays. She’d been bugging me to read VCA for freaking ever until I finally read Flowers in the Attic sometime last year, and loved it. So anyway, there I am hauling the biggest supply of VCA known to cross continents, when I decide I want to get the blogosphere in on this, too. It wasn’t until Taren posted a primer on her blog that I had the idea for a theme year on both our blogs accompanied by a challenge.

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The Midwest Teen Sex Show

Sex education is a tricky topic. It’s probably the one subject we wouldn’t mind studying for, yet, in school, we barely learn anything. And those slide shows and charts don’t really teach you much except for a) giving you sterile statistics, b) explaining how the reproductive system works, and/or c) showing you graphic slides of STDs (scare tactics are so 1974).
That’s all fine and dandy, but this is stuff we can learn by looking up “Sex” in Wikipedia, which is why we’re grateful for the Midwest Teen Sex Show — a monthly video podcast that is funny, informative and answers all those questions you were too embarrassed to ask. From boobs to orgasms to condoms, the MTSS unflinchingly covers all the bases in a totally frank and hilarious way. It’s sex education in sketch comedy format.

Nikol Hasler is one of the writers and host of the show. Her deadpan delivery of lines like, “We know you care about the environment, but recycling does not apply to condoms” are killer. I Heart Daily sat down with Nikol to ask her a few questions about, what else? Sex.

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Cool Girl: Lovetta, 15, Inspirational Designer

Lovetta Conto, 15, grew up in a refugee camp in Ghana after fleeing a war in her native Liberia. Now this bright entrepreneur has a mission and a message of hope for other kids growing up in darkness. “I want them to know that life can change, that good can come,” she says. “As my dad would say, ‘Keep walking. Press on. It’s going to happen.’” We asked her five quick questions.
When and why did you leave Liberia?
I left Liberia when I was a little girl, with my father. We lived in many surrounding countries as refugees. Finally we ended up in Ghana, where I grew up in a refugee camp outside of the city of Accra. When I was 14, I came to America as part of a Strongheart Fellowship to study. I’m currently living back in my home country of Liberia, which is finally at peace.

Growing up with war all around you, what inspired you to find beauty and hope?
I always imagined myself as something more. The power of imagination is incredible. No matter how dark things get, seeing yourself in a brighter place can carry you through. It carried me through.

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