Jul 082018
 

Are you working hard to plan the perfect bachelorette party for the bride-to-be in your life? Planning a bachelorette party can be hard work, requiring tons of time and money. You want to ensure that you have the perfect activities planned to ensure that all of the guests will have a blast celebrating your friend’s upcoming nuptials. Here are three ideas to help plan the perfect party:

Get Glam

Nothing is more fun than getting a makeover with your friends. Start off your bachelorette party by planning some time for everyone to get glam! This could mean hiring a makeup artist to come over or visiting a local spa. The guest of honor will feel like a princess as she celebrates her big day with friends.

Hire a Psychic

Another great way to spice up a bachelorette party is to hire a psychic to give readings to all of the guests. The best part about this is that you can have real love psychics call into your party, so you don’t have to go anywhere! Companies such as PsychicReadings123.com have great deals on readings that are sure to delight your guests!

Plan a Bar Crawl

There is nothing more iconic for a bachelorette party than hitting the town. Do some research and find a few local bars that the party would like to check out. Try to find places that are close enough together than you can walk back and forth. While hopping from spot to spot, come up with a fun list of things that the bride-to-be must complete. This could include proposing to a stranger or dancing on a bar.

Now that you are armed with ideas, it is time to start planning the perfect bachelorette party for the bride in your life!

Jun 222018
 

We all know how important treating ourselves is. It helps us feel better, albeit briefly. After a long, stressful day at work taking a few hours to go shopping can help us feel good about ourselves, simply because we are focusing on ourselves. That being said, opting for short-lived thrills is not a permanent or long-term solution. You need to treat yourself with care in ways that benefit your life for days, which is why everyone should consider adopting these top wellbeing tips:

Updating Your Diet

Your diet should be the first place to look when you want to treat yourself because taste plays such a critical role in our experience of luxury. Add health to your diet on top of taste, and you can truly feel the effects on a long-term basis. If the reason why you struggle to eat healthy and delicious meals is because of how much time and effort it takes, then take a day off on the weekend to prepare your week’s worth of food in advance. That way coming home late after a long day’s work won’t be the reason you eat high calorie and low nutritious food. Instead, your ready meal can be healthy and delicious, and home-made. 

Improving Your Beauty Routine

Health is at the core of beauty, which is why healthy eating is the first step to any beauty routine. Complement the benefits of your new diet with improved night time and morning routines. Treating yourself with face masks that hydrate your skin and give it the extra vitamins it needs to glow is a great way to give yourself the spa treatment in your own home. Pair these with regular routines that involve washing and moisturizing, and you can really start to see the improvements over time. What’s more, is that these routines will help prolong your natural youth.

Curating an Enviable Sense of Style

To better your shopping habit, have a clear sense of what you already own. Better yet, improve your dressing experience. Re-design your wardrobe so that it is a work of art. Treat your body like it is the perfect canvas. Give yourself time in the morning to put together unique and exceptionally stylish outfits, and you will feel incredible throughout the day. 

Making Your Home a Dream to Live In

The greatest part about shopping at a department store is that while you are shopping for brands you love for your closet, you can also keep an eye on the furniture options they have on offer. These big purchase items are often beyond the reach of most of our budgets, which is why price-guarantees and flexible payment plans are the saving grace for homes. Just be patient so that you can find the perfect set of furniture. You want to love it and continue loving its design and comfort for years to come, and rushing into buying a set that you aren’t 100% in love with is a waste. Be patient, and you can fill your home with beautiful pieces that have timeless appeal.

Treat yourself in ways that go beyond the short few hours you shop or enjoy a meal. Choose healthy, pampering lifestyle habits to adopt that will help you feel great throughout the day, every day.

Jun 122018
 

Delicious salmon, smoked pork ribs- who does not love all of these! You can make it using a smoker. In fact there are a number of choices at hand- you can buy a wood smoker, charcoal smoker or an electric smoker. You can make charred smoky meat by slowly burning it on a low temperature on your smoker. Moreover, if you want to arrange a party for your friends or want some smart recipes for your restaurant that can woo your guests, a smoker is the way to go. However, it would be good to keep certain factors in mind while buying a smoker, so that you get the best value for your money.

Purpose

Smokers are especially suitable for tough type of meat like beef, pork, chicken, fish, and so on. A wooden smoker is excellent if you just want to have a party with friends outside whereas if you want one for your restaurant, then go for the electric smoker.

Proper temperature control

Smoker cooks the meat at a certain temperature to break down the collagen and give the meat a certain sweetness and tenderness. Most smokers come with a thermostat but if they do not then you can add an external thermostat. Overcooked meat is hard and flavorless so make sure the smoker has a easy to handle temperature control.

Brands and reviews

Buy products from reputed brands as they offer more reliability. Ask your friends what smoker they use and check online reviews before buying it. A trusted brand will worry about its reputation in the market and sell you the best quality products. You can check websites like Hvacify.Com to learn about different kinds of smokers.

Servicing and warranty

When buying a smoker, make sure you know all the company policies. Always ensure that the brand or company from which you are buying provides periodic servicing. Check the warranty policy so that you can get proper servicing in case of any damage.

Replacement and availability of parts

Eventually, the smoker will be worn out and you have to replace its parts. Buy from a brand whose parts are locally available so that you are not harassed later on and can easily repair your smoker in a hassle-free manner.

Quality of metal parts and leakage

Leakage is a big factor when it comes to the smoker and can cause accidents. Check to ensure that the smoker is not made of thin gauge. A good smoker should have proper insulation so that it works well even in cold weather. To avoid smoke leakage the smoker should be made of good quality thick metal gauge. Also, check the gas burner periodically to prevent leakage.

Separate compartments

A good model should have separate compartments for the cooking chamber and the cooking cabinet. This will make it easier to check the fuel and make sure the compartments are sealed tightly. A front-loading smoker is better than a top loading one.

Portability

Smokers should be portable so that you can carry them around for barbecue parties. Buy one whose parts can be carried and assembled on the go. The smoker should have sturdy spread out legs with wheels to carry it around easily.

These tips will help you to buy the most appropriate smoker. So, go ahead and enjoy flavorsome, sweet, tender meat with your friends and family.

Jun 052018
 

Aging is an inevitable part of life, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot be beautiful while you do it. The key to aging beautifully, however, is that you must do all you can to maintain natural youth and do all you can for your health. From your diet to your daily routine, to even cosmetic surgery options to help you look and feel as young as you are at heart, here are the top beauty tips for graceful aging.

How Your Diet Affects Your Appearance

Your diet should always be the first place you look to better your looks because your diet affects every aspect of your day-to-day life. From how you look to how you feel, your diet affects it all. There will be two stages to improving your diet. The first is to reduce or eliminate toxic substances and harmful foods from your diet. This means cutting down on alcohol, and reducing or getting rid of foods that are hard on your digestive system like those high in salt, fat, and sugar.

The next step will be to increase the number of nutrients in your diet. While a vitamin supplement pill can help, your body will not absorb the nutrients within it as easily nor as effectively as when you get your nutrients from fruits and vegetables. The good news is that adding more of these foods into your diet doesn’t have to be more expensive; frozen foods contain the same if not more vitamins than their fresh counterparts you find in store, as they were frozen on-site.

The Importance of a Regular Beauty Routine

Next, you will need to commit to a regular beauty routine. This will involve morning and nighttime designed to keep your skin looking as best as it can. Steps to include are washing, moisturizing, and applying sunscreen whenever you leave the house and reapplying throughout the day. The more dedicated you are to your beauty routine, the more effectively you can combat signs of premature aging and look better naturally as the years go on. 

Exercise Routines Everyone Should Adopt

By the time we are 70, we will have lost on average more than half of our muscle mass. It is this muscle loss that is the main cause of why we feel so weak and tired as we age. In order to combat this very difficult part of aging, as well as look great throughout the years, you will need to exercise regularly. The sooner you start, the more active and in shape you will stay throughout your years.

Fixing Common Aging Issues

Of course, not every aging issue can be solved with better lifestyle habits, and that is where medical help and even surgeries come into play. For those women, for instance, whose vaginal muscles have given out in recent years, either due to age or following a pregnancy, there is hope. You could look into vaginoplasty surgery or vaginal rejuvenation from certified services such as David Ghozland.

Aging gracefully means working hard. It means adopting the right regimen so that you can look your best naturally as soon as possible. Only once you have done all you can with your lifestyle,, you can then look into what may need to be addressed through medical assistance, ensuring that you look your best self.

 

May 032018
 

The 5 best vegetables to grow at home

Fruit and veg is expensive to buy from the shops these days, not to mention that some produce will have been covered with pesticides, chemicals and goodness knows what else.

Thankfully, there is a relatively cheap way to ensure that you and your family are getting good, organic, fresh fruit and veg in their diet – growing your own.

A small vegetable patch can fit in the corner of the smallest backyard and there is no better feeling than knowing the meal you are about to eat has been crafted with your own sweat. It will taste all the better simply from the fact that you know you’ve put your life and soul into it.

Not sure where to start? Here are five of the best vegetables to grow at home.

Tomatoes

Fresh, home grown tomatoes are the reason that many vegetable gardeners got into gardening in the first place. Very little in the vegetable world compares to picking a ripe tomato off the plant and biting into it on a warm, summers day. They grow in pots with one plant per pot and depending on what type you are growing will determine how deep the pot needs to be.

Peas

The tender sweetness of a snap pea plucked straight from the vine is unlike anything else you can buy in a store. They are relatively easy to grow, requiring only a pot that is at least 10 inches deep and some support to climb up. You’ll want to sow the peas about two inches apart with early spring and summer being the best times to grow them – they don’t deal well with heat.

Potatoes

Civilizations have risen and fallen because of the humble potato. There is so much you can do with them as well –roast them, boil them, turn them into jackets, mash them. They keep as well – you probably never knew the answer to Can You Freeze Mashed Potatoes is yes, did you? It’s best to start planting them at the start of Spring and you can grow several batches over the course of the spring and summer, harvesting them anywhere between 10-20 weeks after planting.

Beets

Beets are great for growing because they effectively give you two different produces to harvest at the end – the roots of course give us beetroot, but you can also harvest and eat the greens as well. What can you do with beet greens? Loads of stuff, although they are best served in a salad. Just remember that beets are at their best when harvested small, between one and two inches across. At that size, they are both sweet and tender.

Carrots

Carrots are at their best when they are harvested straight from the garden, so they are a must-have for any backyard vegetable patch. Just like beets, you’ll want to harvest them small while leaving them in the ground for too long can lead to hard, woody carrots. Once they are ready, just pick them out the ground, wash them off and eat away.

 

 

 

May 022018
 

Gardening is great hobby to pick to keep yourself occupied during your leisure time. You get to learn and develop new skills, spend some time outdoors and gardening is an activity everyone can take part in and therefore a great way to spend some quality family time together. Picking up gardening as a hobby can be as confusing as it is exciting, what with the many gardening books and websites filled with technical jargons that require some level of expertise to understand. Gardening doesn’t have to be that complex. Here are the Gardening Tips to get started and have an enjoyable experience in your new hobby.

Get started

Don’t spend a lot time fretting over a suitable location for your garden. If there is insufficient space in your backyard, you can still start a container garden which can be set up in any available space including the balcony. Each set up has its own pros and cons. For instance, a container garden is easy to manage since you control the soil type and fertility and they are not as vulnerable to weeds and pests like an outdoor garden but it’s time-consuming since you have to water the plants and put them in the direction of the sun. An outdoor garden, on the other hand, benefits from the direct sunlight which many plants need in order to grow and stay healthy. Plus it gives you the liberty to plant a variety of flowers and vegetables which may not be possible in a container.

Small beginnings

Too much enthusiasm may lead you to start a big garden which may overwhelm you in maintaining. In gardening tips for beginners, you are advised to start small and gradually grow your garden as yolu get the hang of it. Plant one or two species as you start out. You can increase the number of species and the size of your garden as you learn more about gardening and the requirements of each individual plant species. More importantly, know the right timings to do your planting. Different plants thrive under different conditions and it is important get the timing right if you don’t want your plants to wilt and die.

Soil treatment

Plants need suitable soil conditions to grow. The type of soil in your area determines the kind of plants you can have in your garden although you can always import the suitable type of soil for your container gardens. Generally, most plants need good drainage and this is why you will seldom find plants growing in sandy or clay soil because they leak too much water and are waterlogged respectively. Improve the fertility of your garden soil by adding compost and organic fertilizer, and mulching to regulate soil temperatures.

Water your plants right

A common mistake among gardening newbies is wetting the plants’ leaves while watering them. This is wrong and usually leads to rotting of the leaves and spread of diseases. The proper way to water plants is direct the nozzle at the roots which makes it easier for the plants to absorb the water.

Apr 262018
 

Have you just recently splurged and gone ahead and bought yourself a brand-new computer? Turning it on for the first time is always a satisfying feeling as everything is fresh, new, and works like a dream. New computers are always fast to load, feel sleek and modern, and are just enjoyable to use. Now just like with any investment, it’s always a good idea to take a look at how you can protect it. Sure, you may have gone ahead and purchased an extended warranty, but even with that you aren’t protected from everything.

In order to extend the lifespan of your brand-new computer and ensure it works great for as long as possible, here are some tips you can use.

Keep Food and Drinks Away from the Computer

It can be really tempting to place a snack or drink next to your keyboard, but let’s face it, accidents happen. Spilling liquid on any part of your computer can lead to some very expensive repairs, and a build-up of crumbs and food is no better. It’s best to play it safe and keep these at a distance.

Allow for Proper Airflow

Here’s something people don’t always think about but is extremely important to your computer’s well-being. The longer your computer is turned on, the hotter it gets, which is why it has a fan to help cool it down. In order for this fan to work properly, it needs airflow on all sides of it. This means you want to pull it out from the wall a bit, and allow airflow on either side of the computer as well.

Get Rid of Unnecessary Files and Programs

You will also want to stay on top of the files/programs that you have and delete any you don’t use. These just use up resources and may even be running in the background, so if they aren’t needed, why put the computer through that added stress?

Perform Software Updates When Offered

Also, you will want to go ahead with software updates whenever they are offered. These help to ensure your computer is operating at its optimum level and that it is well protected.

What If You Suspect You Have a Virus?

Even with all your best efforts to keep your computer safe and secure, things can still happen, and you may end up with a virus. Viruses are not only frustrating, but they can end up destroying your entire hard drive and leaving your computer as nothing more than an expensive paper weight. Virus protection software is an excellent way to help prevent this from happening, but unfortunately with new viruses being created on a daily basis, there is still no guarantee.

If you suspect you may have a virus, such as the common Trojan virus, then you may want to look online for instructions on how to get rid of these viruses and other malware.

Prolonging Its Lifespan

Prolonging the lifespan of your computer is all about protecting your investment and taking a few steps to help ensure it stays in good working condition.

Apr 172018
 

Lately one of my favorite things to do is journal.  It is a way I can relax and express my creative side.  The good thing is that there are many different types of journals and Fox Chapel Publishing has a lot to choose from.  One of my favorites is this one – My Faith Journey. My Faith Journey offers a full year of spiritual activities, designed to help the reader grow with God week by week. Ready-to-color line drawings, based on Scripture verses and uplifting messages, are accompanied by insightful prompts on the meaning of faith, with plenty of room to write and reflect.

Description: Keep moving forward on your personal faith journey with this inspiring new devotional journal. Inside My Faith Journey you’ll discover a full year of spiritual activities, designed to help you to grow with God week by week. Gifted artist Robin Pickens provides 52 beautiful line drawings, based on Scripture verses and uplifting messages, ready to color with markers, gel pens, colored pencils, or watercolors. Each illustration is accompanied by insightful prompts that will guide you to reflect on what faith means to you, and the role that God plays in your life. You’ll find plenty of lined space to write, and opportunities to pray, in this finely crafted journal.

Another one of the Journal I have that I really like is My Prayer Journal.  This faith-based guided journal will encourage readers to seek God’s plan through prayer every day, with thoughtful prompts, beautiful color illustrations, and plenty of space for reflective writing.

Description: Seek the presence of God every day with this inspiring new guided journal. My Prayer Journal is designed to help you develop a more intimate relationship with our loving heavenly Father, through prayers of comfort, courage, and hope. Each page presents thoughtful questions to stimulate reflective thinking and writing about your spiritual communion with God. Bestselling author and award-winning designer Joanne Fink provides beautiful color illustrations throughout the book, based on uplifting thoughts and Scripture passages. Attractively designed and made of the highest quality materials, this finely crafted journal offers plenty of lined space to write, as you focus your mind on living God’s plan today.

Fox Chapel Publishing has a wide variety of journals so that you can find one that you like. Some fun ones are from a line called TangleEasy.  One that I have is the TangleEasy Lined Journal Parrot.  It is filled with exquisite animal illustrations by visionary artist Ben Kwok, a.k.a. BioWorkZ, this finely crafted journal offers plenty of lined writing space to document your ideas, inspirations, hopes, and dreams.

Description: Inspire your journal writing with magnificent animal art from visionary artist Ben Kwok, a.k.a. BioWorkZ. Packed with Ben’s hyper-detailed and exquisitely rendered animal illustrations, TangleEasy Lined Journal Parrot offers plenty of writing space to document your world. Attractively designed and made of the highest quality materials, this finely crafted journal is your stress-relieving vehicle for personal exploration.

If you are looking for a journal for yourself or someone else I am sure you will find one or two you like from Fox Chapel Publishing.  Along with journals they offer a large range of books for crafting, cooking, children’s book and much more.  You can start shopping HERE.

 

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Apr 122018
 

I love to try new products and recently I tried these Sano Silk Mask.  One of my favorite things is that they are individually wrapped, they are the perfect size for one use and because they are separate it helps keep bacteria or germs from growing in them.  They are also easy to travel with.

The award-winning Korean beauty mask is all natural and takes years off your skin’s look and feel. Made for women and men of all ages to ensure your skin is functioning at peak performance, this spa-like beauty mask is the only one you will ever need. It competes with Keihls and Aveda but does so much more.

They are so easy to use – you just brush on to your face and let dry.  Then with warm water you wash it away.  Afterwards I noticed that my face felt softer and reduced the size of pores.  My skin felt tighter and looked radiant.  This is a product I would use again and again. With continued they will help fight the sign of ageing and make my skin look younger and brighter! If you would like to try them you can go HERE to purchase them.

 

“Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Mar 082018
 

Everything you eat has the potential to impact your body positively or negatively. By working with a virtual nutritionist, you can learn how to eat in a healthy way. There are various ways that a nutritionist can assist you. The questions you have about your nutrition can finally be answered.

Overcome Health Problems
If you have been experiencing health problems, such as chronic fatigue, gastrointestinal issues, or even managing your blood sugar, a nutritionist can work with you. It’s possible to learn more about the foods that will provide you with the necessary nutrients. You may find that it’s easier to overcome various problems simply by making different choices about what you eat.

Lose Weight
Losing weight is not always easy, especially for certain individuals. Depending on your metabolism and your level of activity, what works for one person may not work for you. Nutrition counseling can help you to answer some of the more fundamental health questions so that you can lose weight more effectively. If you feel like you have tried everything, it might be time to talk to a professional.

Deal with Food Sensitivities
Now more than ever, people of all ages seem to be dealing with food sensitivities. This doesn’t necessarily mean a food allergy. However, there may be foods that you are simply sensitive to. This can include dairy products, gluten, and other foods. If you have a sensitivity to them, you can learn about various substitutions as well as supplements that will help you to eat healthier and avoid the foods that are bothering you.

Perhaps the biggest benefit of working with a nutritionist virtually is that you can seek the help of a professional who will focus on your needs. You won’t have to depend on websites and the advice will be customized for you.