Friday, August 29, 2014

Top Six Ways to Whiten your Nails!

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! Stained nails happen. They do! But it's okay, because we scoured the internet and found these six tips that will get your nails whiter than the chalk on a chalkboard! Oh, and happy back to school! 




  1. Whitening Toothpaste – It’s easy and it works! Use a baby toothbrush to apply it and give your nails a good scrub for a minute or two. You may need to do it several times depending on how stained your nails are. The white colored pasty toothpaste works best as opposed to the blue or green gel-like toothpaste. Whitening toothpaste with added baking soda is even better!
  2. Lemon Juice & Baking Soda – Squeeze half of a lemon (or more) into a plastic bowl, and then add and blend baking soda until you get a nice abrasive paste-like texture. Then use an old
    toothbrush to scrub your nails with it. Rinse, and repeat if needed. If you have any small cuts near your nails, you may want to hold off on this one. The acidity in lemon juice is not very nice!
  3. 3% Hydrogen Peroxide & Baking Soda – Mix the two together until you’ve got a paste-like texture. Cover your nails with it and allow the mixture to sit on them for about 3 minutes before rinsing it off with warm water.
  4. Commercial Denture Cleaner – Dissolve a couple of tablets in warm water, and soak your nails in it for about 5 minutes. It really works!
  5. Nail Whitening Pencil – Yes, they exist! And you can pick one up at a local drugstore, or just about anywhere else cosmetics are sold. You can apply it under the tips of nails to make them look healthier (almost looks like a french manicure, only more natural).
  6. Base Coat – Prevent stained nails from happening in the first place by using a base coat. Duh, right? It’s definitely worth the extra step! 
Don’t forget that most of these techniques can dry your hands out, so apply a good moisturizer once you’re finished. Enjoy your healthy and white nails! Shine on, Barbizon of Akron!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Dos and Don'ts of Selfies

Hey there, Barbizon of Akron! Do you know what we love? Seeing all of your beautiful and handsome faces! That's why we love selfies! You know what we don't like seeing? You guys hating on yourselves! Please understand just how amazing you are and appreciate how great you look! While you're at it, check out this list of the dos and don'ts of selfies as compiled by 14 year-old teen blogger, Jules Spector!


The Don'ts

  1. DON'T take a selfie while driving. Your selfie can wait! No one wants you to crash your car just so you could have a picture of yourself. And don't encourage this trend by making someone pose for a selfie while they're driving. Not safe! 
  2. DON'T forget to do a background check. There might be someone behind you who doesn't want to be in your picture that's most likely going on the internet. Make sure to find a space where you won't be surrounded by strangers who don't want to be photographed. Or just ask them nicely. Also, you may want to clean up your space so there isn't a dirty diaper or laundry behind you. 
  3. DON'T do the duck face. Enough said.


The Dos

  1. DO smile! We want to see those pearly whites! Be happy about your selfies! Everyone loves to see you happy, because it makes them happy too. 
  2. DO take selfies with friends! If you're doing something fun with your friends, feel free to snap a picture of you guys, so you remember the moment. Everything's more fun with friends!
  3. DO add an animal! To make your selfie super cute, add an adorable puppy or a kitten. Everyone loves that, and it can make your selfie that much better! 
  4. DO take pride in yourself! Be proud of your selfies! You're all beautiful, smart, and innovative, and I'm 100% sure that your selfies are amazing. Don't caption your selfie with something self-deprecating. (I'm guilty of this, so listen to me: if you feel pretty, take that selfie and caption it with something happy!)
  5. DO be yourself! We want to see YOU in your selfie! Don't change yourself so others will like you, just like you shouldn't in real life. Show off your beautiful self, and be proud of who you are!

Friday, August 8, 2014

Five Tips to Helps Stay Cancer Free!

At Barbizon of Akron, we believe before all else, it is important to be healthy! That is why we love bringing you vital health information to insure that you are getting the most out of life that you can! Everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer, and that's why it's important to practice prevention no matter what your age is! 


  1. Eat right. Limit consumption of saturated fat, red meat and deep-fried foods, while eating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains.
  2. Exercise regularly. Those who are physically active are statistically less likely to develop a number of cancers.
  3. Stay away from radiation. This means ultraviolet rays – wear sunscreen, of course, as well as other forms such as radon, commonly found in the air in American homes.
  4. Avoid industrial & environmental toxins. Asbestos, benzene and aromatic amines are just some of the chemicals that can negatively affect the body.
  5. Soak up Vitamin D. In lieu of sun exposure, take 800 to 1000 international units (IU) of Vitamin D daily.
While it's great to have fun and indulge, always be sure to do so in moderation! Be safe, Barbizon of Akron... And shine on!

Friday, July 18, 2014

Make your own Emergency Hair Kit!

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! We love to say "better safe than sorry..." That's why when we found this blog from sheknows.com on what to have in your emergency hair kit, we just had to share it! Do you have items that you would add to the list? Let us know in the comments on our Facebook page!

I'm sure all of us ladies can agree that the Murphy's law of hair snafus happens at the most inconvenient times! Whether you have an impromptu work meeting or last-minute plans with the girls, hair emergencies always know when to rain on your parade. In dire need of rescue? These items are must-haves to keep on hand if you need to dial hair 911.

Bobby pins & hair ties-
These essentials are no-brainers to have on hand at all times. Bobby pins and hair ties make it easy to take your hair from work to play and are perfect for quick styles in a hurry — not to mention for second day hair! Hair ties provide a good base for any updo, while bobby pins accompany them for intricate or piecey details.

Travel-sized hair products-
Travel-sized anything is extremely convenient due to its size. Unplanned overnighter? Small travel bottles of shampoo and conditioner can come through in a pinch, along with those samples you've been collecting! Mini getaways are the perfect opportunities to use them. Small bottles of hairspray and anti-frizz control are also smart to keep on hand for emergency quick fixes.

A versatile hair accessory-
It's always safe to keep a versatile hair accessory in tow to add a touch of flair to your style at a moment's notice. Meeting friends after work for drinks? Pop in a fun clip or comb. Meeting your in-laws for dinner after a long day? Slip on a headband to polish up your pony. Accessories can automatically make your 'do look put together, no matter how the day has worn on your hairstyle.

Mini styling tools
Adorable and convenient? Who doesn't like the sound of that?! Cordless curling irons and straighteners are easy to maneuver and perfect for quick touch-ups. The small tools come with thermal storage pouches, making them easy travel companions — compatibly sized for purses and carry-ons.

Comb
A comb is a multipurpose lifesaver — as it can tease for volume, tame fly-aways and detangle problematic knots. Slipping one in your purse can save you when you need a hair makeover in a hurry.

Tip

Keeping these items on hand can be a lifesaver — not to mention something every woman wishes she had in hair emergencies. Got some free time this weekend? Put together a quick emergency kit of your own! Whether stored in your purse or in your car, your hair emergency kit will come through for you in the frizziest of situations!

Friday, July 11, 2014

90 Snacks Under 100 Calories



Hey there, Barbizon of Akron! Sometimes we just need a little help deciding what to have for a snack when trying to stay on a diet or keep the calories at bay. Here are 90 delicious options so you shouldn’t run out of ideas to stay healthy for awhile! They are organized to hit whatever you may be craving: sweet, savory, or sweet and salty! Thanks to MyThirtySpot.com for compiling this great list!

Sweet:

1. Mini PB&F: One fig Newton with 1 teaspoon peanut butter.

2. Chocolate Banana: Half a frozen banana dipped in two squares of melted dark chocolate.

3. Frozen grapes (any color): 1 cup (about 28 grapes), stuck in the freezer for 2+ hours.

4. Honey Yogurt: ½ cup nonfat Greek yogurt with a dash of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon honey.

5. Spiced Orange: One orange— about the size of a tennis ball— sprinkled with cinnamon.

6. Grilled Pineapple: 2 ¼-inch thick pineapple rounds (about 1 cup), grilled (or sautéed) for two minutes or until golden.

7. Berries n’ Cream: 1 cup blueberries with 2 tablespoons whipped topping.

8. Stuffed Figs: Two small dried figs with 1 tablespoon reduced-fat ricotta stuffed inside. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

9. Oats n’ Berries: ⅓ cup rolled oats (cooked with water), topped with cinnamon and ¼ cup fresh berries.

10. Dark Chocolate: One block, or three squares.

11. Nut-Stuffed Date: One Medjool Date filled with one teaspoon natural unsalted almond butter.

12. Chocolate Milk: 6 ounces skim milk mixed with 2 teaspoons chocolate syrup.

13. Cinnamon Applesauce: 1 cup unsweetened applesauce (like Motts). Or, try this homemade version!

14. Citrus-Berry Salad: 1 cup mixed berry salad (raspberries, strawberries, blueberries, and/or blackberries) tossed with one tablespoon fresh-squeezed orange juice.

15. Maple-Pumpkin Yogurt: ½ cup non-fat regular yogurt (go Greek for extra protein!) with 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree and 1 teaspoon maple syrup.

16. Chocolate Pudding: One 4oz package. Try a fat/sugar free version or a homemade one!

17. Chocolate Covered Strawberries: Five strawberries dipped in two squares melted dark chocolate.

18. Tropical Juice Smoothie: ¼ cup pineapple juice, orange juice, and apple juice, blended with ice.

19. Vanilla and Banana Smoothie: ½ cup sliced banana, ¼ cup nonfat vanilla yogurt, and a handful of ice blended until smooth.

20. Banana Chips: One sliced banana dipped in lemon juice and baked.

21. Baked Apple: One tennis ball-sized apple, cored, filled with 1 teaspoon brown sugar and cinnamon, and baked until tender.

22. Fruity Waffles: One 7-grain frozen waffle toasted and topped with ¼ cup fresh mixed berries.

23. Skinny S’more: Two graham crackers with one roasted marshmallow and one small square dark chocolate.

24. Cinnamon Graham Crackers & Peanut butter: Two graham cracker squares with 1 teaspoon peanut butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

25. Cereal and Milk: ½ cup rice krispies with ½ cup skim milk.

26. Milk n’ Cookies: Five animal crackers with ½ cup skim milk.

27. Warm Spiced Cider: 6 ounces apple cider with sprinkles of cinnamon and nutmeg, warmed.

28. Citrus Sherbet: ½ cup lime sherbet (about one standard-sized ice-cream scoop) with ½ sliced kiwi.

29. Café Latte: 8 ounces steamed skim milk with 1 shot espresso.

30. Jelly Beans: 25 of ‘em!

31. Marshmallow Pear: ½ pear diced and topped with 1 tablespoon marshmallow fluff.

32. Protein Shake: One scoop protein powder with 8 ounces water (choose from tasty powder flavors like cookies n’ cream and chocolate peanut butter!).

33. Popsicle: 8 ounces lemonade frozen in an ice pop mold, or use a small paper cup as a mold.

34. Apple Chips: De-hydrated or from the store.

Savory

35. Carrots n’ Hummus: About 10 baby carrots with 2 tablespoons hummus.

36. Pistachios: A couple handfuls— about 25 nuts (Crackin’ them open will take more time and avoid
grabbing 25 more.)

37. Cheese n’ Crackers: Five Kashi 7-grain crackers with 1 stick reduced-fat string cheese.

38. Dippy Egg: One over easy egg with ½ slice whole-wheat toast, sliced (to dip in yolk!)

39. Cheesy Breaded Tomatoes: Two roasted plum tomatoes sliced and topped with 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

40. Curried Sweet Potato: One medium sweet potato (about 5 inches long) cooked for six minutes in the microwave and mashed with 1 teaspoon curry, and a sprinkle of salt and pepper.

41. “Cheesy” Popcorn: 2 cups air-popped popcorn with 1 tablespoon nutritional yeast— it’ll taste like real cheese!

42. Guacamole stuffed Egg Whites: Halve a hardboiled egg, remove yolk, and stuff the empty space with 2 tablespoons guacamole (avocado, lime, cilantro and salt.)

43. Grilled Spinach and Feta Polenta: 3 oz polenta (about the size of a deck of cards) cooked with 1 ½ cups water and topped with 1 teaspoon feta cheese and a handful spinach.

44. Soy Edamame: ¼ cup boiled Edamame with 1 teaspoon soy sauce.

45. Dijon Pretzels: Two pretzel rods with 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard.

46. Crunchy Curried Tuna Salad: ½ cup canned tuna with 1 teaspoon curry powder, 1 tablespoon chopped red onion, and two ribs celery (chopped.)

47. Greek Tomatoes: One tomato (about the size of a tennis ball) chopped and mixed with 1 tablespoon feta and a squeeze of lemon juice.

48. Shrimp Cocktail: Eight medium sized shrimp boiled and served with 2 tablespoons classic cocktail sauce.

49. Smoked Beef Jerky: About 1 ounce— look for low sodium versions!

50. Cheddar and Tomato Soup: ½ cup tomato soup with 1 tablespoon shredded low-fat cheddar cheese.

51. Kale Chips: ½ cup raw kale— stems removed— baked with 1 teaspoon olive oil at 400° until crisp.

52. Sweet Potato Fries: One light-bulb sized sweet potato sliced, tossed with 1 teaspoon olive oil, and baked at 400° for 10 minutes.

53. Cucumber Sandwich: ½ English muffin with 2 tablespoons cottage cheese and three slices of cucumber.

54. Turkey Roll-Ups: Four slices smoked turkey rolled up and dipped in 2 teaspoons honey mustard.

55. Mixed Olives: About 8 olives.

56. Antipasto Plate: One Pepperocini, a ½ inch cube of cheddar cheese, one slice pepperoni, and one olive.

57. Pumpkin Seeds: 2 tablespoons pumpkin seeds, sprayed with oil (just a spritz!) and baked at for 400° for 15 minutes or until brown. Sprinkle with kosher salt.

58. Choco-Soy Nuts: 3 tablespoons soy nuts with 1 teaspoon cocoa nibs.

59. Wasabi Peas: About ⅓ cup of these green treats.

60. Balsamic Veggies: 3 cups raw peppers (any color!) dipped in 2 tablespoons balsamic reduction.

61. Cheesy Roasted Asparagus: Four spears (spritzed with olive-oil spray) and topped with 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese, baked for 10 minutes at 400°.

62. Cucumber salad: One large cucumber (sliced) with 2 tablespoons chopped red onion and 2 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar.

63. Spinach and Feta Egg-White Scramble: Three egg whites scrambled and mixed with ½ cup raw spinach and 1 tbsp feta cheese. Cook in frying pan or zap in microwave until egg whites are no longer runny (about 1-2 minutes.)

64. Crunchy Kale Salad: 1 cup kale leaves chopped with 1 teaspoon honey and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar.

65. Chick Pea Salad: ¼ chickpeas with 1 tablespoon sliced scallions, a squeeze of lemon juice, and ¼ cup diced tomatoes.

66. Grilled Garlic Corn on the Cob: One small-sized ear brushed with 1 teaspoon sautéed minced garlic and 1 teaspoon olive oil, grilled until tender.

67. Pretzels & Cream Cheese: 15 mini pretzel sticks with 2 tablespoons fat-free cream cheese.

68. Bacon Brussels Salad: Seven brussel spouts thinly sliced and mixed with one piece lean bacon, chopped.

69. Rosemary Potatoes: ⅓ cup thinly sliced potato tossed with 1 teaspoons olive oil and a teaspoon of chopped rosemary.

70. Spicy Black Beans: ¼ cup black beans with 1 tablespoon salsa and 1 tablespoon non-fat Greek yogurt.

71. Caprese Salad: 1 ounce (hockey puck sized) of fresh mozzarella with ½ cup cherry tomatoes and 2 teaspoons of balsamic vinegar.

72. Cheddar goldfish crackers: About 60 fishies.

73. Chips n’ Salsa: 10 baked tortilla chips with ¼ cup salsa.

74. Mini Ham Sandwich: Two slices honey-baked ham with 2 teaspoons honey mustard rolled in a lettuce leaf.

75. Lox Bagel: ½ whole-wheat mini bagel with two thin slices of lox.

76. Steamed edamame: 45 green soybeans

Sweet and Salty

77. Chocolate Trail Mix: Eight almonds, four chocolate chips, and 1 tablespoon raisins.

78. Apples and Cheese: 1 non-fat mozzarella cheese stick with half of a baseball-sized apple (any variety) sliced.

79. PB & Celery: 1 medium celery stalk with 1 tablespoon peanut butter.

80. Cottage Cheese Melon Boat: 1 cup melon balls with ½ cup non-fat cottage cheese.

81. Carrot and Raisin Salad: 1 cup shaved carrots with 2 tablespoons raisins and 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar.

82. Tropical Cottage Cheese: ½ cup non-fat cottage cheese with ½ cup fresh mango and pineapple, chopped.

83. Blue-Cheese Stuffed Apricots: Three dried apricots with 1 tablespoon crumbled blue cheese.

84. Rice Cake and Almond Butter: One rice cake (try brown rice!) with 2 teaspoons almond butter.

85. Sweet n’ Spicy Pecans: Five pecans roasted with 2 teaspoons maple syrup and 1 teaspoon cinnamon.

86. Apples n’ Peanut Butter: ½ an apple, sliced and dipped in 1 teaspoon natural peanut butter.

87. Chocolate Hazelnut Crackers: Four Wheat Thins dipped in 1 teaspoon Nutella (or other hazelnut spread.)

88. Strawberry Salad: 1 cup raw spinach with ½ cup sliced strawberries and 1 tablespoon balsamic.

89. Cacao-Roasted Almonds: Pop in eight tossed in cocoa powder.

90. Citrus Salad: 3 cups lettuce, 2 scallions, and 1 small tangerine drizzled with 2 tablespoons Newman’s Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing

Friday, July 4, 2014

Lauren Conrad's Top Ten Summer Beauty Tricks!

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! Over the past couple of years we have been writing blogs giving tips on how to beat the various season in terms of hair and skin care. So, we figured that you may be wanting to hear from a different voice this time around. Check out what Lauren Conrad had to say about her summer routine and steal her ten tricks to beating the sweltering summer months!

When it comes to facing the sweltering, sticky summer elements, I’ll be the first to admit that my beauty regimen is not so hot on the season’s trying temps. That said, when summertime rolls around I like to pull out a few of my favorite beauty tricks to combat unwanted raccoon eyes and green-tinged post-pool strands.

To keep your face from melting off and your hair from frizzing up, I’ve put together 10 of my favorite beauty tips for you so you can keep your look cool, calm and collected no matter how hot and humid things get…
  1. Prime. Use primer to keep your makeup in place throughout the day. It also helps reduce unwanted shine too. Apply it after your SPF and moisturizer and allow it to dry completely before putting on your face makeup.
  2. Love liquid. While pencil liners are great, a good waterproof liquid liner won’t smudge or run when things get hot (or wet). 
  3. Scrub and soothe. Be sure to give those gams a good scrub. And don’t forget your feet too. To get your tootsies sandal ready, give them a scrub in the shower and then slather them with lotion afterward. Next, slip your feet into a pair of cotton socks and hit the hay. When you wake up, your feet will be soft as a baby’s bottom and ready for their close up.
  4. Ditch your dryer (and your bathroom). Since the summer is characteristically a very dry season, it’s a great time to let your strands air-dry. I find that a simple low pony (pulled to the front on one side) is a great fallback, as is a loose side braid. But if you must blow dry your hair, do not do it in the bathroom right after you have showered. The humidity will only make your hair frizzier. For a super sleek summer blowout, head into another (dry) room and dry your hair there.
  5. Shave smart. After shaving your legs, use an alcohol-free lotion to avoid razor burn and irritation.
  6. Chill out. It may sound unpleasant, but cold showers are much better for your skin because hot showers leech your skin of its moisture. Hot showers also wreak havoc on dry hair because it opens your hair follicles, causing them to dehydrate. Instead, opt for a lukewarm or tepid shower. At the end of your shower, turn the water to cold to seal your hair follicles and quench your skin. This will make your hair extra shiny and your skin extra smooth.
  7. Don’t go green. To prevent your hair from turning an unpleasant shade of green after a dip in chlorinated water, slather it with oil (it can be baby oil, olive oil, coconut oil etc.). If all else fails, simply rinse your hair with tap water before jumping in.
  8. Lighten up. Since cake-face is never a good look, I like to dilute my cover-up with a little eye cream during the warmer months. It makes this traditionally heavier makeup a bit lighter and sheerer, which is ideal for summer. It’s also a good idea to use less foundation (unless you’re up for risking a serious facial landslide) and preferably one that is silicone-based to prevent smudging and sliding. During the summer, less is more!
  9. De-puff. After a day spent in the sun, you will most likely find yourself with a major case of puffy eyes the next morning. To reduce puffiness, slice up a few refrigerated potatoes, soak them in water for a moment or two and then place them over your lids for 15 minutes. Works like a charm.
  10. Go sheer. While I love a great red lip, thicker lipsticks should be saved for other seasons. During the summer I like to swap out my favorite lipsticks for their sheerer counterparts. Lip-glosses, tints and balms are other summertime favorites for me as well.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Ditch the Negativity!

Hey, Barbizon of Akron! Now that the sunny summer weather has made its entrance, it seems that everyone's moods have been boosted! Are you still feeling 'down in the dumps' in spite of the weather change? Maybe it's time to evaluate your circle of friends! Negativity is toxic and can bring anyone down. If you have any of these five people in your life, you may want to consider cutting them out, or at least cut down on the frequency in which you're seeing them. Thanks to SheKnows.com for compiling this list!

1. The Naysayer

"Yeah, I just don't think that's ever going to work out for you."

You never feel better after talking with this person, even when you call to share exciting news. Naysayers are downers who will bring your good day to a screeching halt. They see the glass as half empty and cracked. When things are good, they complain; when things are bad, you want to wear your earplugs because they bark even more. Naysayers may think they're just telling it like it is and keeping it real, but in reality, they're just spreading gloom and negativity.

Why you should dump the naysayer: It's important to have people in your corner who support and encourage you. It's not about surrounding yourself with people who always tell you "yes," but rather being wary of the ones who are constantly negative and can never be happy for you.

2. The Enabler

"You know I never mind helping you out."

This is your go-to person who will bail you out of a jam every single time. You never have to stress out when you're in trouble because you know that they'll be there, no matter what the scenario is. Though
you may chalk it up to her being a good friend, they could actually be an enabler.

Why you should dump the enabler: If you find yourself around an enabler, are they helping you grow as a person? Or are they hindering your potential? Sometimes there's a fine line between being a supportive friend and being an enabler. Enabling can be draining and put a strain on a relationship. While you don't need naysayers constantly telling you "no," you also don't want to be around "yes" people who won't be honest about your negative behavior and tell you the truth when you really need to hear it.

3. The Moocher

"Can you pick up the check again? My wallet is M.I.A."

This friend seems to have a sudden case of amnesia whenever money or responsibility is involved.
Maybe you find yourself paying for everything because your friend seems to conveniently forget their wallet at home whenever you go out, or they are nowhere to be found when it's time to repay you.

Why you should dump the moocher: Going out with freeloaders can take the fun out of friendships. Though it feels good to treat your friends to dinner or help them out, it shouldn't be one-sided. If you find yourself always picking up the tab, loaning out money (that's never repaid) or constantly doing favors, you may be a victim of a mooching friend who is taking advantage of your kindness. Don't let moochers drain your wallet and your energy.

4. The Flaker

"I know I told you I’d be there, but something else came up. Sorry."

Reliability is not a flaker's strong suit. You never know if they’ll commit to the plans you make, as they usually bail or go M.I.A at the last second. You find it hard to take their word for things, and they are
the last person you’d expect to come through in a crunch. Don’t hold your breath waiting for them to return your call, or even your text, because you may be waiting for weeks.

Why you should dump the flaker: Life happens, and unexpected things come up that may require a change of plans, but it can be frustrating to have friends who always cancel or renege on their promises or commitments. Canceling occasionally is understandable, but blowing someone off repeatedly is not. Friendships take effort from both sides, so if you find yourself always making the plans just to get stood up, you may want to rethink your relationship with your flakey friend.

5. The Competitor

"Let’s see who can turn more heads tonight."

Whenever you go out looking for a good time, you feel like you signed up for a competition instead. From clothes to achievements and careers, the competitor gets a thrill out of making everything a contest. Got a raise? Then she is working on a promotion. Got a new man? Then she is working on getting hitched first. The competitor is constantly finding ways to one-up you and usually doesn't like to share the spotlight.

Why you should dump the competitor:
Though it’s always great to have friends who challenge and motivate you to do better, it can become tiresome dealing with a competitor who treats your friendship like a rivalry and compares her life to yours. It’s always better to encourage and do things big together without having to wonder if your friend is constantly trying to find ways to outdo you.