One Mom's Moxie: September 2014

Monday, September 15, 2014

Returning to School as an Adult: What You Should Know

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Going back to school is one of the best things that you can do as an adult if you want to advance in your career or make more money in your workplace. Taking the time to get a degree or get a more advanced degree can also make it easier to find a job in a difficult economy. However, before you go back to school as an adult, there are some things that you need to know and consider about the process. Use this brief guide to help you learn everything you should understand before enrolling in classes.

Consider Online Degree Programs

Getting back into going to class can be difficult as an adult. In fact, if you have a job and children, it can be downright impossible to commute to and from work, take the kids where they need to go and go to and from classes. That’s why so many adults who want to go back to school end up in online degree programs. When you enroll in an online degree program from a reputable school, you can take classes from home or your office on your computer. Some classes even allow you to tailor your schedule to your needs.

The Benefits of an Advanced Degree

Getting an advanced degree like an MBA from a reputable school like Pepperdine can help you earn considerably more in your career. For most people, that’s the number one reason to go back to school. However, getting your MBA from an online program can also help you to stay relevant in a difficult job market. After all, MBA degree holders are going to get hired before individuals who are simply holding a BA, especially in a corporate environment where the focus is on growing the business all the time.

Slow and Steady

You’ve heard the expression ‘slow and steady wins the race. When it comes to taking classes online, sometimes the best thing you can do as an adult is to make sure you take classes slowly so you don’t burn out. Trying to work at the same time and take care of kids can be really difficult, so consider your course load immediately when you enroll. It can be easy to think that you can take a handful of classes and get your degree quickly, but you’ll need time for life too. You’ll also need to sleep! So make sure you don’t invest too much time unless you’re able to stop working while going back to school.

Causes of Hair Loss

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Humans have approximately 100,000 hairs in their scalp, so the typical 50 to 100 shed each day should not lead to thinning of scalp hair. Thinning hair is natural as people get older, but there are other conditions that can lead to hair loss that leads to noticeable hair thinning.

Hormone Imbalances

The most common form of hair loss is known as male- or female-pattern baldness, a genetic condition in which certain sex hormones in susceptible people trigger permanent hair loss. It is most common in men and can begin as early as puberty. Pregnancy, childbirth, discontinuation of birth control pills or the onset of menopause can also trigger hormone imbalances that can lead to temporary hair loss.

Medical Conditions

There are several medical conditions that can lead to hair loss as well, including:

Thyroid conditions – Because the thyroid gland controls hormone levels, an improperly working thyroid gland can cause hair loss.
Scalp infections – There are several types of scalp infections that can invade hair and skin on your head, which can lead to hair loss. Treatment normally resolves the problem and hair will grow back. Ringworm, which is a fungal infection, not a worm is one of the most common types of scalp infections to cause hair loss, while folliculitis, an inflammation of the hair follicles, is also common.
Alopecia areata – A common disease autoimmune disease where the body attacks hair follicles. It usually begins as small, round patches on the scalp which can lead to total scalp baldness, while in some cases it can lead to loss of all body hair. The disorder affects approximately two percent of the population.

Other Causes

Medications can be another cause of hair loss, such as chemotherapy for cancer. Other medications used to treat arthritis, depression, heart problems and high blood pressure can also lead to hair loss. People who experience an emotional or physical shock, such as excessive weight loss, high fever or death of a family member may experience thinning of the hair several months later. Some mental illnesses lead to hair pulling, although it may sometimes be from the eyebrows or other areas of the body. Hairstyles that cause hair to be pulled too tight for long periods, such as pigtails or cornrows can also lead to traction hair loss.

There are treatments available for most types of hair loss, including medications and hair replacement therapies. Learn more about hair replacement products by speaking to your doctor who may be able to recommend therapies that will reduce hair loss.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

New Album Release: Bulletproof Picasso by Train

I participated in the Train Bulletproof Picasso album review program as a member of One2One Network. I was provided a free album to review but all opinions are my own.

I was in high school when Train came out with their first album which was self titled. I am no obsessed fan but I definitely appreciate their talent. Throughout the years they have come out with tracks that have become nominated and won various awards. If you know their song, Hey, Soul Sister then you know that you can't help but sing along with it. 

I am so happy to share the new album Train has come out with titled Bulletproof Picasso. This album is a great mix of upbeat tracks like I Wonder What You're Doing for the Rest of Your Life and The Bridge, then there is a few tracks that are just poetically beautiful. I especially connected with the last track, Don't Grow Up So Fast, made me think of my daughters. There is also the track Cadillac, Cadillac you can listen and watch the track below. 

Train's newest album Bulletproof Picasso is available for pre-order online at iTunes and Amazon. The official release is September 16th! 

You can follow Train on these social medias:
Official Train Website

If you're wanting to see Train live check out their official website for their shows.

Do you have a favorite Train song? I'd love to know!

Friday, September 12, 2014

The Fault In Our Stars Exclusive Video Clip

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Are you anxious for the Blu-Ray/DVD release of The Fault In Our Stars? Watch this exclusive clip of author John Green and director Josh Boone.

      Pick up your own copy of The Fault In Our Stars September 16th.